Each year, Aroona strives to captivate guests with the beauty and wonder of some of the most remote regions of far northern Australia. In March 2018, Aroona’s expedition was two-fold: a journey into the most untouched and uppermost reaches of the Great Barrier Reef and a search of the pristine river systems in and around Princess Charlotte Bay.
The most northern confines of the Great Barrier Reef are some of the most challenging waters to navigate and anchor on the whole of the Great Barrier Reef. The currents that run through the reef in this area have helped shape the reef for thousands of years and transformed them into the vein-like river systems we see today. Even when tidal movement is low, the strong currents through the narrow passages between Papua New Guinea and Australia create some of the most spectacular sections of reef to explore. The views our drone captured from above of this slice of paradise are simply stunning! Over the two months Aroona spent in the far north we found coral gardens with 100% coral cover and an incredible diversity of fish and marine life.
Each day the activities ranged from scuba diving, snorkelling, spearfishing, light tackle fishing, exploring islands, sand cays and kite surfing. The fishing was fantastic with a variety of species caught from light tackle, fly fishing and spearfishing allowing our chef to have a great selection to prepare every day.
Along with the outer reef, we managed to cruise out to the mid shelf reefs off Princess Charlotte Bay and traverse the estuary rivers of the Cape York Peninsula. Our guests were picked up at Lizard Island, Lockhart River, Portland Roads and Horn Island. The remote air strips in these locales make it possible to experience the best of the Great Barrier Reef without having to spend 3 days travelling on board.
Time is a precious commodity these days.
In 2020 Aroona will be running a limited number of 6 to 7 day trips again in the Far North. We just can’t get enough and there is soooo much more to discover in our own “backyard”! If you wish to secure a week with us please contact us and ask about the 2020 Far North expedition. We can tailor each trip to suit your level of adventure. Limited dates are now available click HERE to enquire.