Kimberley Cruise – 11 Days – WA & NT
Perfected over three decades, this 10-night Kimberley cruise takes you on an unforgettable journey from Broome to Darwin. Expert guides interpret 40,000-year-old rock art and retrace the history of Phillip Parker King who first charted this spectacular coastline almost 200 years ago. Later in the season, witness the Humpback Whales on their migration.
• 10 nights accommodation onboard the Coral Discoverer in a Main Deck Category B Stateroom
• Captain's Welcome and Farewell Drinks
• House wine and beer served with lunch and dinner
• Services of expedition staff including lectures
• Briefings, slide/film presentations, and other group activities
• Group transfers during the cruise
• All meals, morning and afternoon teas
• 24 hour tea and coffee station & soft drink available all day
• Traditional Owners and landing fees
• Free Helicopter flight per person over Mitchell Falls^
Extras / Value-Add / Bonus: Free Helicopter flight per person over Mitchell Falls^
% or $ Discount: Save up to $590* per person
Room Type: Main Deck Category B
Room Configuration: Twin Share/Double
4 May & 25 May 2020; 15 June 2020; 6 & 27 July 2020; 17 August 2020 & 21 September 2020
31 Mar 20,
unless sold out prior. Availability is limited.
Day One - Broome
Board at 1630hrs and then at 1800hrs Our memorable cruise along the Kimberley coast begins in Broome today. This afternoon join our Expedition Staff for an informative introduction to the Kimberley before meeting your fellow travellers and friendly crew at the Captain's Welcome Drinks.
Day Two - Lacepede Islands (totally TIDE dependent; otherwise alternate activity will be arranged)
We cruise through Pender Bay and, subject to weather and tides; visit the Lacepede Islands, a series of low islands consisting of coarse sand and coral rubble lying atop a platform reef. This nature reserve has been identified by Birdlife International as an Important Bird Area as it supports up to 18,000 breeding pairs of Brown Boobies and Roseate Terns, possibly the largest such population in the world. Board the zodiacs and explore the island's lagoon, keeping an eye out for many species of marine birdlife including Australian Pelicans, frigate birds, egrets, gulls and terns. The islands are also renowned as Western Australia's most significant breeding grounds for the Green Turtle, often seen nesting on the islands.
Day Three - Horizontal Falls and Buccaneer Archipelago
Cruise through the Buccaneer Archipelago, home to over 800 islands. In Talbot Bay, the region's 12 metre tides create an amazing spectacle, the unique Horizontal Falls, described by legendary naturalist David Attenborough as "one of the greatest natural wonders in the world". Board the zodiacs for an exhilarating ride through the falls. Later, explore Silica Beach on Hidden Island with its stunning white sands and crystal clear waters.
Day Four - Raft Point
Cruising through Kuri Bay, home of the south sea pearl industry, we travel ashore at Raft Point and visit a secluded and very interesting Aboriginal rock art gallery to view Wandjina art and the mysterious Bradshaw Paintings (Gwion).
Day Five - Montgomery Reef & Doubtful Bay
Today savour a truly unforgettable moment as Montgomery Reef 'rises' out of the ocean as the tide ebbs. Join our Expedition Staff aboard the Xplorer and zodiacs to experience this natural phenomenon up close and discover the reef's diverse marine life including turtles, manta rays and reef sharks.
Day Six - Prince Regent River & King Cascades
We cruise the mighty Prince Regent River aboard Xplorer to breathtaking King Cascades, an unusual and picturesque waterfall cascading over terraced rock formations. Enjoy a picnic lunch at beautiful Camp Creek, where there is time for a leisurely swim in the fresh water pools. The more adventurous may wish to join a nature walk, keeping an eye out for native Kimberley birdlife.
Day Seven – Careening Bay & Bigge Island
Explore Careening Bay which was named by Phillip Parker King after his ship 'HMC Mermaid' was careened during his second voyage of discovery in the Kimberley. Our lecturers lead us to the site of a large boab tree bearing the inscription "HMC Mermaid ? 1820", still clearly visible almost 200 years later.
Guided beach walk and then discover the rock art gallery on Bigge Island, featuring fine examples of both Wandjina and Contact art.
Day Eight - Hathaway’s Hideaway and Mitchell Falls
After anchoring in Winyalken Bay we travel ashore aboard Explorer to explore the maze of natural sandstone caves known as Hathaway's Hideaway. Later, helicopters are available for optional scenic flights over the Mitchell Plateau for close up views of the mighty four?tiered Mitchell Falls. This evening, enjoy a spectacular Indian Ocean sunset as we indulge in a gourmet Aussie Beach BBQ.
Day Nine - Vansittart Bay DC3 and Jar Island
Join our Expedition Leader on a walk across salt flats to view the wreckage of a US Air Force DC3 which crash landed on the beach during WWII. Later, visit Jar Island and discover the island's outstanding rock art gallery. Our Guest Lecturers will point out fine examples of the Kimberley's mysterious Bradshaw Paintings (Gwion), dating back some 20,000 years.
Day Ten - King George River and Falls
Today we discover the first of the Kimberley's 'big' rivers, the mighty King George. Aboard Xplorer, our specially designed excursion vessel, we'll explore scenic gorges, and in our inflatable Zodiacs we'll cruise close to the base of magnificent King George Falls, the tallest waterfalls in Western Australia towering some 80 metres above the river below. Later, we visit Tranquil Bay for beach walking and exploration. This evening we enjoy Captains Farewell Drinks.
Day Eleven – Arrive Darwin
0800hrs – Our unforgettable cruise along the Kimberley coast concludes in Darwin this morning.
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