THE DREAMTIME DIARIES – Fly Cruise from Sydney – departs 5th Dec 2019

Cruise Line
Le Laperouse
Package Departs
05 Dec 2019
Package Duration
21 Nights
Embark Ship
Darwin, Northern Territory, Australia
Disembark Ship
Cairns, Queensland, Australia
Prestige Stateroom Deck 4 - Balcony Prestige Stateroom Deck 6 - Balcony
AU $13,695
per person
AU $14,460
per person

Package Duration: 21 nights Fly, Cruise & Stay
Package Starts: 5th Dec 2019 – from Sydney
Cruise Starts: 6th Dec 2019 – from Darwin
Cruise Ends: 26th Dec 2019 – in Sydney


Prices per person in AUD from*
Twin PR4 Prestige Balcony – was $17,745 – now $13,695*pp (2 only at this price)
Twin PR5 Prestige Balcony – was $18,503 – now $14,995*pp
Twin PR6 Prestige Balcony – was $19,370 – now $14,460*pp ( 1 only at this price)
Twin DS3 Deluxe Suite – was $25,565 – now $20,425*pp
Single PR4 Prestige Balcony – was $34,160 – now $18,445* (1 only at this price)

THE DREAMTIME DIARIES Fly, Cruise & Stay package includes:
– One way economy class airfare from Sydney to Darwin inc tax
– One way transfer from Darwin airport to hotel
– 1 nights accommodation at the Doubletree by Hilton Hotel, Darwin with breakfast
– One way transfer from Darwin hotel to port
– 20 night cruise aboard the Le Laperouse from Darwin to Sydney including:
– All meals while on board the ship (from dinner on the day of embarkation to breakfast on the day of disembarkation)
– Captain`s welcome cocktail and gala dinner
– Open Bar (pouring wines, house champagne, alcohol except premium brands)
– Evening entertainment and events
– Room service 24h (special selection)
– Some included zodiac and shore activities
– Port taxes

Special Conditions

*Conditions Apply: All prices shown here are per person share twin (unless stated as single) in AUD, based on best available cruise fare at time of publication (21Mar19). All prices based on cash payment - credit card fees may apply. All air/taxes are due in full 24 hours from reservation and strict cancellation/change fees apply. Cruise deposit, amendment and cancellation conditions apply. Travel agent service fees may apply. Special conditions apply - please ask for full details at time of enquiry. All passports, vaccinations and visas are the responsibility of the travelling guest to secure prior to departure from Australia. Offer ends 30May19 or until sold out/withdrawn and are subject to availability at time of booking. We reserve the right to correct errors without penalty.

Special Validity Dates

Special is valid from 21 Mar 2019 to 30 May 2019 or until sold out/withdrawn.

Pre-cruise Itinerary

05 Dec 2019 Fly Sydney to Darwin, Transfer to hotel
06 Dec 2019 Transfer to port, embark Le Laperouse ship

Cruise Itinerary

06 Dec 2019
Darwin, Northern Territory, Australia
06:00 PM
07 Dec 2019
Tiwi Islands, Northern Territory, Australia
08 Dec 2019 At sea    
09 Dec 2019
Elcho Island, Australia
10 Dec 2019
Yirrkala, Australia
11 Dec 2019 At sea    
12 Dec 2019
Asmat, Papua New Guinea
13 Dec 2019 At sea    
14 Dec 2019 At sea    
15 Dec 2019 At sea    
16 Dec 2019
Cairns, Queensland, Australia

Post-cruise Itinerary

16 Dec 2019 LE LAPEROUSE: Cairns, Queensland, Australia 05:00 PM
17 Dec 2019 LE LAPEROUSE: Willis Island, Coral Sea
18 Dec 2019 LE LAPEROUSE: At sea - -
19 Dec 2019 LE LAPEROUSE: Hardy Reef, Queensland, Australia
20 Dec 2019 LE LAPEROUSE: Percy Isles, Queensland, Australia
21 Dec 2019 LE LAPEROUSE: Lady Musgrave Island, Queensland, Australia
22 Dec 2019 LE LAPEROUSE: Fraser Island, Queensland, Australia
23 Dec 2019 LE LAPEROUSE: At sea - -
24 Dec 2019 LE LAPEROUSE: At sea - -
25 Dec 2019 LE LAPEROUSE: Sydney, NSW, Australia overnight 07:30 AM
26 Dec 2019 LE LAPEROUSE: Sydney, NSW, Australia

All itineraries and ports of call at the discretion of the cruise line subject to local weather conditions and may change without notice.

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Category Twin Per Person     Single Per Person
Prestige Stateroom Deck 4
Prestige Stateroom Deck 6
Prestige Stateroom Deck 5
Deluxe Suite Deck 3

10 Night cruise departing from Darwin to Cairns onboard Le Laperouse.

Embark with PONANT aboard Le Lapérouse for an 11-day tropical expedition to discover the traditional cultures of Northern Australia and Papua.

During this all new voyage you will have the opportunity to meet and interact with Indigenous people living in remote communities and learn about their customs, traditions, spirituality and art.

From Darwin, the capital of the ‘Top End’ of Australia, you will sail to the Tiwi Islands, home of the Saltwater Tiwi People, renowned for their wooden carvings-particularly of birds which have a special place in Tiwi mythology.

Your ship will then continue to sail along the coast of the Northern Territory to reach Elcho Island and Yirrkala. The Yirrkala community is home to several renowned Aboriginal artists recognised for their spectacular traditional bark paintings and whose work can be found in art galleries around the world. It is also the traditional home of the Yidaki (didgeridoo) with some of the world’s finest didgeridoos being made here.

Further north into Western New Guinea you will come face-to-face with the legendary Asmat tribes. Here you will learn about their lives and customs in a traditional and authentic village setting.

Highlights of this cruise:

Darwin, Australia
Darwin is located in Australia’s Northern Territory which is also known as the “Top End”. It is the capital city and the most populated town of the Northern Territory. Darwin is a beautiful tropical city, a melting pot of people and cultures, over 50 different cultures live and work side by side that prides itself in its unique and friendly laid-back lifestyle. Discover the new Parliamant House opened in 1994, a magnificent example of tropical architecture and Admiralty House declared heritage place, a tropical-style home elevated on stilts that has survived two cyclones and numerous air raids. You will also enjoy the bustling waterfront on the Timor Sea.

Wurrumiyanga, Tiwi Islands
The Tiwi Islands are part of the Northern Territory, Australia, 80 km to the north of Darwin where the Arafura Sea joins the Timor Sea. They comprise Melville Island, Bathurst Island, and nine smaller uninhabited islands. Indigenous Australians have occupied the Tiwi Islands for centuries, with creation stories suggesting they were present at least 7,000 years ago. You will discover Wurrumiyanga, a village where you can discover the Pukamani (wooden funeral posts with geometric hand carved patterns) and beautiful paintings on canvas. Then you will attend a dance performance relating to the story of the Tiwi people.

The indigenous community of Yirrkala is located on the Gove Peninsula on the Northern Territory coastline. Overhung with gum trees, red sand paths run alongside the shoreline and lead to the dwellings inhabited by the indigenous communities. At the Buku-Larrnggay Mulka art centre you can admire a wide selection of local artwork including totems, bark paintings and sculpted effigies. Not only will you get a chance to hear musicians playing the yidaki – a traditional wooden didgeridoo –, you’ll also get the opportunity to attend a demonstration of ritual dancing. You might even be invited to some of the propitiatory ceremonies practiced by Yirrkala’s indigenous community.

Asmat, Papua
Occupying half the Island of New Guinea, Western New Guinea (once known as Irian Jaya) is one of the most remote and mysterious regions of the world. Even today, there are at least 44 tribes that have never had contact with the outside world. Nestled in the South West corner of the island is the Asmat region, long fabled as the realm of head-hunters and cannibals. Where ancient traditions of ancestor worship have resisted the influence of Christian missionaries. Today’s expedition starts with a zodiac transfer to the village of Syuru where you will be met by a multitude of Asmat warrior canoes. Once ashore a traditional ceremony will take place. In the afternoon guests can undertake a guided walking tour of Agats township.

Washed by the Coral Sea, the harbour town of Cairns is located on Australia’s north-east coast. The seafront esplanade is a popular place for locals and visitors to walk, swim and picnic under the shade of swaying palm trees. The hills surrounding Cairns form the gateway to the Queensland Rainforests, proclaimed a UNESCO World Heritage site for their fauna and flora from the Gondwana era.

Featuring innovative and environmentally-friendly equipment, elegantly designed cabins, spacious suites with large windows, and lounge areas that open onto the outside, this new limited-capacity yacht boasting just 92 cabins and suites will offer you a truly unique cruising experience.

As the first ship in a new series that remains true to the Ponant spirit, Le Lapérouse will embody the unique atmosphere that is the cruise line’s hallmark: a subtle blend of refinement, intimacy and comfort.

Aboard this ship that flies the French flag, you will experience the incomparable pleasure of an intimate cruise, with the possibility of exploring an ever-increasing range of destinations in an ethnic-chic ambiance with 5-star service.

Experience a luxurious setting where the accent is on authenticity and passion for travel.

Ship Profile & Stats

  • Length: 131 metres
  • Maiden Voyage: June 2018
  • Passenger Capacity (dbl): 184
  • Officer Nationality: French
  • Ship Registration: France

Ship Amenities

  • Individually Controlled Air Conditioning
  • Mini Bar
  • Flat Screen Television
  • Satellite Television
  • Ipod Players
  • Video on Demand
  • Safe
  • Hair Dryer
  • Bath Robes
  • Satellite direct line telephone
  • 110/220 volts outlet
  • 24hr room service
  • Internet acces wifi

Ship Facilities

  • Reception Desk
  • Boutique
  • Zodiac
  • Water Sports including Kayaking & Paddle-Boarding
  • Pool Deck
  • Swimming Pool
  • Solarium
  • Pool Bar & Lounge
  • Theatre
  • Main Lounge
  • Restaurant
  • Panoramic Lounge
  • Spa & Fitness Centre


Our mission is to transport you to mythical destinations and secret ports only accessible to small capacity ships.

To offer the delights of a French-inspired cuisine in an intimate environment – a discreet service where no attention to detail is spared – and unforgettable moments of relaxation on board elegant yachts of character.

To combine sophistication and conviviality, with priority given to authentic experiences, emotions and the ongoing quest for excellence.

Yacht cruises: more than a cruise, a privilege…

Attentive, professional, discreet and elegant, the fully bilingual service on board will meet your every desire. Our unique atmosphere is filled with a signature sentiment: a warm welcome from an experienced crew who are passionate about what they do, in the tradition of private yachting.

In the dining areas, our gourmet cuisine is worthy of top fine dining restaurants: exquisite wines are available, and menus are created with expertise by our skilled chefs with a French-inspired menu enhanced by specialties from our various ports of call.

Pleasure, enrichment, discovery: relax – we take care of everything…

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* Unless otherwise noted all pricing is on a per person twin share basis. All prices based on cash payment - credit card fees may apply. Cruise deposit, amendment and cancellation conditions apply. Special conditions may apply - please ask for full details at time of enquiry. All passports, vaccinations and visas are the responsibility of the travelling guest to secure prior to departure from Australia. Any pricing not in Australian Dollars will be converted on the day of payment into the relevant currency based on our daily rate of exchange. Please note that many of the prices shown on this website are not shown in real time. Whilst we endeavour to keep our pricing as up-to-date as possible, the advertised prices shown here may differ slightly from the live prices in our booking system. All pricing and offers are subject to availability at time of booking. Whilst all information is correct at the time of publication, offers are subject to change. We reserve the right to correct errors without penalty. Please submit any data errors/omissions you may notice on this site.

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