The Kimberley Expedition Cruise

from £5181
excluding flights *
10 nights Apr-Oct

Overview

Discover one of Australia's most compelling regions on an adventurous cruise. The Kimberley takes its name from its most imposing landmark; an ancient mountain range visible from the rugged sea coast. This 11-day expedition cruise takes in the highlights of this spectacular outback wilderness.

What's Included

  • Accommodation on board with private bathroom
  • All meals, tea and coffee
  • Zodiac excursions & transfers

Full description

Covering more than 400,000 square kilometres (an area three times larger than England), The Kimberley offers a truly remote Australian experience. Located between Darwin and Broome in Australia's northwest, the region boasts magnificent vistas created by towering rock ridges, silent secluded gorges, wide savannah plains and waterfalls which defy both nature and belief.

Accompanied by expert guides and lecturers, you will gain a real insight into the history, culture and geology of this special place. Whether you travel on the 50-passenger Coral Expeditions I or the 72-passenger Coral Discoverer, the small group size will allow for in-depth exploration and a truly personal experience. During the cruise you will enjoy shore landings and day trips on board a specially designed aluminium excursion vessel, or the ship's fleet of inflatable Zodiacs.

Travelling by water takes you off the beaten track and offers a chance to relax and soak up your surroundings - there is no better way to explore The Kimberley!

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Prices & Dates *

Airfares start from around £730 per person and are quoted separately to the holiday price. When enquiring, our Travel Specialists will provide the best fare possible from your preferred airline / airport.

From prices per person based on 2 sharing a room with private bathroom

Departure Duration Itinerary Vessel Twin Price (pp)
02 Jul 2018 10 nights Broome - Darwin Coral Expeditions 1 £5,181
09 Jul 2018 10 nights Broome - Darwin Coral Discoverer £6,431
13 Jul 2018 10 nights Darwin - Broome Coral Expeditions 1 £5,181
20 Jul 2018 10 nights Darwin - Broome Coral Discoverer £6,431
23 Jul 2018 10 nights Broome - Darwin Coral Expeditions 1 £5,181
30 Jul 2018 10 nights Broome - Darwin Coral Discoverer £6,431
10 Aug 2018 10 nights Darwin - Broome Coral Discoverer £6,431
13 Aug 2018 10 nights Broome - Darwin Coral Expeditions 1 £5,181
31 Aug 2018 10 nights Darwin - Broome Coral Discoverer £6,431
03 Sep 2018 10 nights Broome - Darwin Coral Expeditions 1 £5,181
10 Sep 2018 10 nights Broome - Darwin Coral Discoverer £6,431
14 Sep 2018 10 nights Darwin - Broome Coral Expeditions 1 £5,181
24 Sep 2018 10 nights Broome - Darwin Coral Expeditions 1 £5,181

What's Included

  • Accommodation on board with private bathroom
  • All meals, tea and coffee
  • Captain's welcome and farewell cocktails
  • Access to islands, marine and national parks
  • Zodiac excursions & transfers
  • Services of expedition staff including lectures
  • Landing fees
  • 24 hour emergency assistance from our team during your holiday
  • No surcharge guarantee

Group Size:
Minimum group size: 18
Maximum group size: 50 Coral Expeditions | 78 Coral Discoverer

Itinerary & Accommodation

Itinerary & Accommodation

Day 1: Depart Darwin

Board Coral Discoverer or Coral Expeditions I at 8am, for a 9am departure. Departing Darwin Harbour cross Cambridge Gulf and sail into Western Australian waters. This evening meet your fellow travellers and friendly crew as you enjoy the Captain's Welcome Aboard Cocktails.

Day 2: King George River

Discover the first of the Kimberley's 'big' rivers, the mighty King George. Aboard 'Xplorer', a specially designed excursion vessel, explore scenic gorges, and in inflatable zodiacs 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, visit Tranquil Bay for beach walking and exploration.

Day 3: Vansittart Bay DC3 & 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 4: Hathaway's Hideaway & 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 you indulge in a gourmet Aussie Beach BBQ.

Day 5: Bigge Island

Discover the rock art gallery on Bigge Island, featuring fine examples of both Wandjina and Bradshaw art.

Day 6: Careening Bay and Prince Regent River

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. Visit a large boab tree bearing the inscription "HMC Mermaid - 1820", still clearly visible almost 200 years later.
Cruise the mighty Prince Regent River aboard Explorer 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.

Day 7: Montgomery Reef

Today savour a truly unforgettable moment as Montgomery Reef 'rises' out of the ocean as the tide ebbs. Join the Expedition Staff aboard the Explorer 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 8: Raft Point, Ruby Falls & Doubtful Bay

Cruising through Kuri Bay, home of the south sea pearl industry, 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). Later, explore Red Cone Creek and enjoy a cooling dip at Ruby Falls before cruising through Doubtful Bay.

Day 9: Horizontal Falls & 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 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 10: Lacepede Islands

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 Bird Life 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, frigatebirds, 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. This evening say good- new-found friends over the Captain's Farewell Cocktails.

Day 11: Departure

Your unforgettable cruise along the Kimberley coast concludes at 8am in Broome this morning.

Coral Expeditions

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Grade: Superior

Type: Luxury Ship

Coral Expeditions have a fleet of three expedition style cruise ships which have been specially designed and purpose-built.

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This spectacular expedition cruise explores one of Australia's remotest regions.

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Coral Expeditions

Coral Expeditions have a fleet of three expedition style cruise ships which have been specially designed and purpose-built.

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