Kimberley & Across the Top of Australia Cruise


  • Discover the first of the Kimberley’s ‘big’ rivers, the mighty King George
  • Cruise the mighty Prince Regent River to breathtaking King Cascades
  • Explore Western Australia’s most significant breeding Green Turtle grounds
  • Enjoy a gourmet Aussie Beach BBQ on Top of Australia.

Covering more than 400,000 square kilometers (an area three times larger than England) and home to a sparse population of just 30,000 residents, the Kimberley region of North West Australia is a place universally acknowledged as one of the world’s last – and possibly most beautiful – wilderness areas. Discover the heartland of Australia’s northernmost unspoilt outback on an unforgettable small ship cruise. The Kimberley is a completely unique experience.

Day 1

Embark in Darwin

Board the Coral Discoverer this morning as your ship sets sail. Farewelling Darwin Harbor, cross Cambridge Gulf and sail into Western Australian waters. This afternoon join Expedition Staff for an informative introduction to the upcoming Kimberley voyage before meeting your fellow travelers and friendly crew at the Captain’s Welcome Cocktails.

Day 2

  • Ship
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

King George River & Falls

Today discover the first of the Kimberley’s ‘big’ rivers, the mighty King George. Aboard the Explorer, a specially designed excursion vessel, explore scenic gorges, and in inflatable zodiacs cruise close to the base of magnificent King George Falls, the tallest waterfall in Western Australia towering some 80 meters above the river below. Later, visit Tranquil Bay for beach walking and exploration.

Day 3

  • Ship
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Vansittart Bay DC3 & Jar Island

Join your 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. Guest Lecturers point out fine examples of the Kimberley’s mysterious Bradshaw Paintings (Gwion), dating back some 20,000 years.

Day 4

  • Ship
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Hathaway's Hideaway & Mitchell Falls

After anchoring in Winyalken Bay, travel ashore aboard the Xplorer 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(additional expense). This evening, enjoy a spectacular Indian Ocean sunset while indulging in a gourmet Aussie Beach BBQ.

Day 5

  • Ship
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Bigge Island & Careening Bay

Discover the rock art gallery on Bigge Island, featuring fine examples of both Wandjina and Bradshaw art. Then, explore Careening Bay which was named by Phillip Parker King after his ship ‘HMC Mermaid’ was careened for repairs during his second voyage of discovery in the Kimberley. Lecturers lead to the site of a large boab tree baring the inscription “HMC Mermaid – 1820”, still clearly visible almost 200 years later.

Day 6

  • Ship
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Prince Regent River & King Cascades

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 freshwater pools.

Day 7

  • Ship
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Montgomery Reef & Doubtful Bay

Savor a truly unforgettable moment as Montgomery Reef ‘rises’ out of the ocean as the tide ebbs. Join 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. Later, cruise through scenic Doubtful Bay.

Day 8

  • Ship
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Raft Point & Ruby Falls

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.

Day 9

  • Ship
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Horizontal Falls & Buccaneer Archipelago

Cruise through the Buccaneer Archipelago, home to over 800 islands. In Talbot Bay, the region’s 12 meter 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

  • Ship
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Lacepede Islands

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 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 farewell to new-found friends as you enjoy the Captain’s Farewell Cocktails.

Day 11

  • Breakfast

Depart in Broome

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

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Please note: Fares are based off of current exchange rates from the Australian Dollar. Please contact us for current rates.
Solo Travelers:
A 50% single supplement is charged or select the “twin share” program. Book a cabin at the posted fare and the Coral Discoverer will attempt to match you with another solo traveler of the same gender. If not possible, enjoy the sole use of the cabin at the twin share price.

Important Fare Information:
Rates are posted based off of the current exchange rates from Australian or New Zealand Dollars. Please contact us for current exchange rates.

This itinerary is an indication of the destinations hoped to visit and activities on offer. Throughout the expedition the Coral Discoverer may make changes to the itinerary as necessary to maximize your expeditionary experience. Allowances may be made for seasonal variations, weather, tidal conditions and any other event that may affect the operation of the vessel.

Cruise Fare Includes: Accommodation charges on board, services of expedition staff including lectures, briefings, slide/film presentations, and other group activities; group transfers during the cruise; all meals; 24 hour tea/coffee station; landing fees.

Cruise Fare Excludes: Pre and Post flights and transfers; personal items such as telephone, facsimile charges, laundry, bar charges, travel insurance.

Optional Costs: (During Cruise) Helicopter Flights to Mitchell Falls approximately AUD$545 per person.
South Pacific, Australia, Darwin, King George River, Broome, Vansittart Bay, Jar Island, Bigge Island, Mitchell Falls, Prince Regent River, Montgomery Reef, Raft Point, Horizontal Falls, Lacepede Islands
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