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Percy Islands

Distance Travelled: 184 NM
Steaming Time: 17 Hours

The Percy Isles are a stunningly beautiful destination of shimmering beaches and wooded hilltops - a Robinson Crusoe island rising from the indigo depths of the Coral Sea. Some of the stories of this little known group of islands are made of legend.

First charted by Matthew Flinders, and named after the Duke of Northumberland (who later cruised the area with his courtesan, the "scandalous" Lola Montes), Middle Percy was visited by Errol Flynn and, in 1932, by the Australian writer Dora Birtles, who captures its allure in her classic, North-West by North. Until 2001, when it entered a dark period.

Middle Percy was one of the last remaining leasehold islands off the Queensland coast, bound to a tradition of providing fresh water and supplies to passing seafarers. For an interesting period, it was leased Eton-educated eccentric Andrew Martin, the self-exiled son of aristocrats who took over in 1964. Martin, who became known as "Lord Percy" transformed the island into a boaties' magnet, offering goat meat, fresh fruit and vegetables, honey and bread and meals at the homestead. Martin had no shortage of time, and in the end, it was excessive contemplation - not of nature but Old Testament prophecy - that would lead him horribly astray.

Guests will hear this tales, enjoy the islands walking trails and relax on the pristine and remote beaches of this idyllic outpost.

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Australia’s Pioneering Cruise Line
For over 30 years Coral Expeditions has had one purpose – taking small groups of like-minded explorers to the most remote parts of the world, with expert guidance and warm Australian hospitality. Coral Expeditions was founded by a fisherman with a passion for the sea. Then named Coral Princess Cruises, the small North Queensland based company explored the Great Barrier Reef and pioneered small ship expedition cruising to the Kimberley and Papua New Guinea. Today, Coral Expeditions has grown to include voyages to Tasmania, Islands of the South Pacific, New Zealand, and the Indonesian Archipelago. Our Australian crew provide warm hospitality and personal service on board. Shore-rich itineraries in remote locations allow our guests to be immersed in local cultures, get close to wildlife, and enjoy adventurous land and sea activities in safety. We invite you to celebrate 35 years of exploration with us.

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