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Thundering waterfalls, plunging gorges, Aboriginal rock art, deserted beaches, a plethora of wildlife and fewer people per square mile than almost any other place on earth — The Kimberley is one of Australia’s hidden treasures. This vast area located in Australia’s North West is three times the size of England and three-fifths the size of Texas — and much of it is accessible only by boat. Cruise by Zodiac through an untamed wilderness, spotting extraordinary wildlife, experiencing thundering waterfalls and marveling at ancient rock paintings. Explore narrow channels, searching for eagles and ospreys in the mangroves and mud flats, and keeping an eye out for saltwater crocodiles. There are many beautiful places on Earth, but none is more beautiful than The Kimberley.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Embark Darwin, Northern Territory, Australia
Day 2 : Fursui, Selaru Island, Southern Maluku, Indonesia
Day 3 : Cruising Arafura Sea
Day 4 : Wyndham, Bungle Bungle, Kimberley, Western Australia
Days 5-10 : Kimberley, Western Australia
Day 11 : Broome, Western Australia


  • Witness the spectacular tidal change at Montgomery Reef
  • Discover Kimberley’s ancient and mysterious rock art
  • Look for White-bellied Sea Eagle, Brahminy Kite and Peregrine Falcon
  • View King George’s towering twin falls plunging over 260 feet (80 m)
  • Experience the vastness and power of the Mitchell Falls from a helicopter


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Day 1 Embark Darwin, Northern Territory, Australia

Embark on your ship for this stunning expedition — The Kimberley, Australia’s Hidden Treasure. This afternoon, you will be introduced to your Expedition Team and attend a Zodiac briefing, and tonight you are invited to familiarize yourself with your new home away from home, meet some of your fellow travelers and enjoy the first of many memorable meals in The Restaurant.

Day 2 Fursui, Selaru Island, Southern Maluku, Indonesia

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
The islands of Southern Maluku long managed to escape unwelcome attention from the outside world. No spices were grown here, so the only trade was largely limited to marine products. Selaru Island is part of the Tanimbar Group. In Southern Maluku are some of the few matrilineal cultures in Indonesia.The ship will make a short technical stop at Selarut Island, and, weather and time permitting you may be able to explore independently before starting back to Australia.

Day 3 Cruising Arafura Sea

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
A leisurely day at sea permits you to take advantage of the luxurious amenities aboard. Attend a lecture, perhaps about the Indonesian craft of Ikat weaving or the fascinating Dreamtime mythology of the Aborigines. Or just relax in the comfort of your suite and watch a movie on the in-suite interactive television.

Day 4 Wyndham, Bungle Bungle, Kimberley, Western Australia

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Wyndham is your gateway to the breathtaking Bungle Bungle mountain range in Purnululu National Park, a World Heritage Site — and with good reason. For more than 350 million years, nature has shaped geological formations of giant orange and black striped domes rising out of the ground, a landscape unlike anything you have ever seen. Known to the local aborigines for thousands of years, the Bungles were only discovered by the outside world in the mid 1980’s. Today take part in an inclusive overflight for an aerial view of these glorious panoramas, as well as seeing the majestic man-made Lake Argyle and Argyle Diamond Mine area from the air.

Day 5-10 Kimberley, Western Australia

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
The Kimberley is famous for having the second largest tidal range in the world after the Bay of Fundy.
A flexible itinerary allows you to take advantage of this natural phenomenon. In the true spirit of expedition cruising, each day the Expedition Leader and Captain will determine your best course depending on tide, weather and sea conditions. Here are some of the places you may visit during
your time in this wondrous region:

Nares Point & Crocodile Creek, Kimberley, Western Australia
Nares Point is a long finger of sandstone protruding from the mainland alongside Koolan Island. With its convoluted photogenic rock formations, this is a superb location for Zodiac exploration and beach walks with our naturalists. In nearby Crocodile Creek — free of crocodiles despite its name — take a refreshing swim in the cool natural pool to relax and beat the Kimberley heat.

Talbot Bay (Horizontal Falls), Buccaneer Archipelago, Kimberley, Western Australia
The British naturalist David Attenborough described Horizontal Falls as “one of the greatest natural wonders of the world“. This group of over 800 islands was created millions of years ago by the erosive tidal changes. The region’s tides of close to 36 feet (or nearly 11 m) create an amazing spectacle. Depending on whether the tides are ebbing or flowing, board your Zodiac for an exhilarating ride through the falls. Then continue deeper into the sandstone gorge of Cyclone Creek and explore geological formations that were created over the last two billion years.

Montgomery Reef, Kimberley, Western Australia
At Montgomery Reef, which is over 400 square miles (1035 km2) in size, observe the amazing tidal changes that take place here. Timing of the tides is everything today; low tide reveals up to 13 feet (4 m) of reef exposing a river that allows access to this amazing semi-submerged world. As the tide continues to ebb, take Zodiacs to the edge of the reef where you are surrounded by cascading waterfalls up to 10 feet high (3 m), and continue up the river as you look at the abundance of reef birds and every imaginable sea creature including turtles, manta rays and, if you are lucky, the elusive dugong. A visit to Montgomery Reef is truly a once in a lifetime experience.

Raft Point, Kimberley, Western Australia
At the Opening Ceremony of the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney, the world saw an enormous Wandjina spirit rising out of the ground. It was a breath-taking moment, and for most spectators their very first encounter with Aboriginal mythology. The image was actually that of a 114-foot sculpture (35 m) created by an artist who lives at Raft Point, home to indigenous Wandjina paintings. Zodiac ashore and set out towards the top of Raft Point. Your hike takes you through the abundant Kimberley Flora including the iconic Baobab Tree, also known by the local Aboriginals as the “upside down tree”. Upon reaching the top of Raft Point, enjoy the spectacular views of the bay in the shade of the overhanging cliff, which is home to the Wandjina Spirit and many other Dreamtime stories and images representing daily aboriginal life. Take a seat, or lie on your back and take in the Wandjina Spirit and listen to the Dreamtime stories associated with this extremely important Aboriginal spirit.

Hunter River, Kimberley, Western Australia
The Hunter River is home to an immense mangrove. Be sure to look for the image of the Indian Head in the soaring red sandstone cliffs as you set out in Zodiacs to explore the narrow mangrove channels, watching for numerous bird species and keeping an eye out for the Crocodylus Porosous (saltwater crocodile), the most aggressive crocodile known to man.

For those wishing to explore some of the Kimberley’s vast interior your on-board Silversea Expeditions team can arrange an optional helicopter flight seeing excursion to the famous Mitchell Falls where four tiers of waterfalls plunge into deep pools that flow out into the
Mitchell River.

Avid fishermen might want to take another optional helicopter excursion to exceptional fishing grounds.

King George River & Falls, Kimberley, Western Australia
The King George Falls is one of the Kimberley’s most magnificent natural wonders. At 260 feet (80 m), the twin cascades are among the highest in Australia. Drop anchor at the mouth of the river and ride Zodiacs up this waterway, weaving through an amazing landscape of near vertical red rock formations and a parade of wildlife — carnivorous saltwater crocodiles and amazing birdlife, including giant raptors and the Brahminy Kite. Arriving at the falls, we can cruise quite close to the base to contemplate the immensity of this thundering spectacle — a truly humbling experience.

Day 11 Broome, Western Australia

  • 1 Breakfast
Following breakfast, disembark Silver Discoverer.

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Included in cruise fare:
Suite accommodations, onboard meals and entertainment, gratuities aboard ship (except spa), complimentary beverages aboard ship (including select wines, champagnes, spirits, soft drinks, water, tea and coffee. All fares are quoted in US dollars, are per guest and based on double occupancy. 
Not included in cruise fare:
Airfare, hotel accommodations, transfers and luggage handling, optional shore excursions, meals ashore, fuel surcharges, accommodations whilst ashore, casino gaming, laundry or valet services, purchases from the ship boutiques or any item or service of a personal nature such as medical care, massages, spa treatments, private fitness instruction, hair styling and manicures. Some champagne, premium wine and spirit selections, caviar, cigarettes and cigars are not included in your fare and may not be available at all times. 

Expedition highlights and wildlife listed here are possible experiences only and cannot be guaranteed. Your Expedition Leader and Captain will work together to ensure opportunities for adventure and exploration are the best possible, taking into account the prevailing weather and wildlife activity. Expedition Team members scheduled for this voyage are subject to change or cancellation.


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