Kimberley & Across the top of Australia Cruise

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 Oceanic Discoverer this morning as your ship sets sail. Farewelling Darwin Harbor, cross Cambridge Gulf and sail into Western Australian waters. This afternoon join your 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

      King George River & Falls

      Today discover the first of the Kimberley’s ‘big’ rivers, the mighty King George. Aboard the Explorer, your 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

        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. Your 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 travel ashore aboard the 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 5

            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 during his second voyage of discovery in the Kimberley. Your lecturers will lead you to the site of a large boab tree baring the inscription “HMC Mermaid – 1820”, still clearly visible almost 200 years later.

            Day 6

              Prince Regent River & King Cascades

              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 & Doubtful Bay

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

                Day 8

                  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

                    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

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

                      Day 11

                        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.
                        * Itinerary operates in reverse.
                        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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                        Solo Travelers:
                        A 50% single supplement is charged or select the “twin share” program. Book a cabin at the posted fare and the Oceanic 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 Oceanic 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 approx. $450.00 AUD per person.

                        Deposit & Payment

                        Initial deposit is 15%-25%, and most travelers will call our office and pay the deposit with a credit card. We accept Visa, Mastercard, AmEx, and Discover. Alternatively, you can send a check to our Missoula, Montana, office or register online at:

                        Final payment is due 70 days days prior to departure.

                        Final payment by bank transfer, check or Visa, Mastercard, Discover, or AmEx. Credit Card payments subject to 3% convenience fee and maximum $15,000 charge.

                        Booking last minute? No problem! Please contact one of our trip planners, and we can get you on your way if booking less than 70 days days prior to departure.

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                        Cancellation Policy

                        Days Prior to departureFee
                        70 days or moreDeposit
                        69-30 days55% cruise fare
                        29-0 days100% cruise fare