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Kimberley Coast - Darwin to Broome

Example 11 Day Cruise aboard Coral Expeditions I
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Jump onboard Coral Expeditions I and let yourself be led by Kimberley experts into a world like no other. The exotic, remote, and surprising Kimberley coastline, located in Australia's northwest, offers unique discoveries from ancient aboriginal rock paintings and intriguing Horizontal Waterfalls, to incredible reefs home to fascinating wildlife and powerful tidal phenomena. Australia's Kimberley Coast is a natural marvel not to be missed. Come and see it for yourself!

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Darwin, Northern Territory | Embark
Day 2 : King George River and Falls
Day 3 : Vansittart Bay
Day 4 : Mitchell Falls, Winyalkan & Swift Bay
Day 5 : Prince Frederick Harbor
Day 6 : Prince Regent River and Careening Bay
Day 7 : Montgomery Reef
Day 8 : Doubtful Bay
Day 9 : Horizontal Falls and Buccaneer Archipelago
Day 10 : Lacepede Islands
Day 11 : Broome, Western Australia | Disembark

Highlights

  • Search for Gwion Gwion figures and WWII relics in Vansittart Bay inlets
  • Discover the Wandjina & Bradshaw rock paintings
  • Zodiac cruise through the powerful Horizontal Waterfalls
  • Watch for seabirds and turtle nesting grounds in the Lacepede Islands

Ship

Coral Expeditions I

Places Visited

  • Australia
  • South Pacific
  • Broome
  • Darwin
  • Horizontal Falls
  • King George River
  • Lacepede Islands
  • Mitchell Falls
  • Montgomery Reef
  • Prince Regent River
  • Vansittart Bay

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Snorkel the vibrant waters of the South Pacific The unusual red color of Broome, Australia The South Pacific is fringed with errupting blowholes Colorful coral reef and fish Rock formations along the coast of Kimberly

Day 1 Darwin, Northern Territory | Embark

  • Ship
  • 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Meet your fellow passengers and your expedition crew in Darwin, Northern Territory, and board Coral Expeditions I for a morning departure.

Day 2 King George River and Falls

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
At over 80 meters, King George Falls are the highest twin falls in Western Australia. Feel humbled by nature’s awesome force as thousands of tonnes of water cascade over the ancient sandstone cliffs. Early in the season, you may cruise under the mist of the falls, while in later months get up close to the sandstone walls to view the honeycomb erosion patterns.

Day 3 Vansittart Bay

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Vansittart Bay contains many sites of cultural and historical significance. Here you'll have opportunity to view the remarkable Gwion Gwion galleries and Macassan sites at Jar Island. On the Anjo Peninsula, discover the wreckage of the downed C-53 Skytrooper, well-preserved since it crashed in 1942.

Day 4 Mitchell Falls, Winyalkan & Swift Bay

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Carved through layers of sandstone, Mitchell Falls descends over four tiers, creating pools of emerald green on each level. The option to take a scenic helicopter flight will give you a breathtaking view, or alternatively explore the sandstone caves of Hathway’s Hideaway or enjoy a catch and release fishing excursion. Swift Bay reveals a series of fine Wandjina art galleries.

Day 5 Prince Frederick Harbor

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
At the southern end of the York Sound lies one of the most spectacular locations in the Kimberley: Prince Frederick Harbor. It is home to many islands, mangroves and monsoon rainforests, set against a backdrop of steep red escarpment. White-bellied sea eagles and other birds of prey are often seen here, and at low tide expansive mudflats reveal large populations of various mudskippers and mangrove crabs. Spot massive saltwater crocodiles on a cruise up Porosus Creek, visit art sites, and marvel at rock formations.

Day 6 Prince Regent River and Careening Bay

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Running on a fault line, this straight river is a haven for native species. If the tide is right, there may be an opportunity for swimming at Camp Creek, and here you'll visit the beautiful King Cascade. See the National Heritage Listed ‘Mermaid Tree’ at Careening Bay. It still bears the name carved by the crew of Phillip Parker King’s ship HMS Mermaid when the ship was repaired here in 1820.

Day 7 Montgomery Reef

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Montgomery Reef is a biologically diverse area covering over 300 sq km. Named by Phillip Parker King, this marvelous reef is home to several species of marine turtles, dolphins, dugongs, and crocodiles. As the reef emerges from the sea at low tide, get up close in the Xplorer and inflatables to witness the spectacle. Your guides will share their knowledge on the formation of the reef and the myriad wildlife here.

Day 8 Doubtful Bay

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Raft Point guards the entrance to this iconic area, with a host of destinations such as the mighty Sale River, Steep Island and Ruby Falls at Red Cone Creek. There may also be an opportunity to meet the Worrora people and experience the wonderous Wandjina art of Raft Point.

Day 9 Horizontal Falls and Buccaneer Archipelago

  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
The visual delight of the Buccaneer Archipelago reveals Talbot Bay. Here you'll find the natural wonder of the Horizontal Falls. The changing tide thunders through narrow gorges in the McLarty Ranges, and you can experience the thrill of traversing the falls at high speed aboard inflatable tenders.

At Cyclone Creek, view evidence of massive geological forces in the impressive rock formations, or take an Xplorer cruise through the Iron Islands, past Koolan Island, before enjoying sunset drinks at Nares Point.

Day 10 Lacepede Islands

  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
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 (subject to weather and tides).  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.  Disembark to board a Zodiac 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, and it is often seen nesting here.

Day 11 Broome, Western Australia | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
Upon arrival in Broome, say farewell to shipboard friends and crew before being transferred to the airport or continue on to explore Broome’s beaches, its pearling industry, and captivating history.

Coral Expeditions I

Per person starting at
$6,065
Coral Expeditions I - Cabin Twin Share
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Cabins
Averaging 108 sq. ft. Five cabins located on Deck C & D, with private en-suite bathroom, circle portholes, air conditioning, ample storage space and twin bed configuration.
Coral Expeditions I - Stateroom
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Staterooms
Averaging 151 sq. ft. Four cabins located on Deck C, with private en-suite bathroom, picture windows, comfortable settee, desk, ample storage space and your choice of fixed double or twin beds.
Coral Expeditions I - Upper Deck Stateroom
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Upper Deck Staterooms
Averaging 151 sq. ft. Eight cabins located on Deck B, with private en-suite bathroom, picture windows, comfortable settee, desk, ample storage space and your choice of fixed double or twin beds.
Coral Expeditions I - Deluxe Stateroom Double
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Deluxe Staterooms
Averaging 185 sq. ft. Six cabins located on Decks A & B, with private en-suite bathroom, picture windows, comfortable settee, desk, ample storage space and your choice of fixed double or twin beds.

Notes

Solo Travelers:
A 50% single supplement is charged or select the “Single Guest Match” program. Single Guest Match is available for guests who have flexible travel dates and are willing to share a cabin with another guest of the same gender. Passengers are placed on a standby list and notified if a match becomes available. Once confirmed, they are charged at the twin-share rate (no single supplement). Cabin category requests are accepted.

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

Please note:
No two Kimberley cruises with Coral Expeditions will be the same, each expedition is crafted by the experienced Masters and Expedition Leaders around the astounding 10+ meter tidal range, weather and sea conditions. Above is a selection of the key destinations you can hope to visit​.

Included in cruise fare:
  • Accommodation during the voyage onboard Coral Expeditions I
  • Transfer from the ship to your hotel or airport (post voyage)
  • Artist workshops
  • All meals, snacks, tea and coffee during the voyage
  • All shore excursions and Zodiac (inflatable boat) cruises & landings with purpose-built craft The Explorer
  • Educational lectures and guiding services from our expert team
  • Daily cabin service
  • Comprehensive pre-departure information and briefings
  • Professionally-produced hard back voyage log
  • Access to first aid service
  • Port taxes and charges
  • All applicable landing fees
Not included in cruise fare:
  • Air transport to and from the ship, unless specified
  • Hotel or airport transfers to the ship, unless specified
  • Meals and accommodation before and after the voyage in Broome or Darwin
  • Optional helicopter flight to Mitchel Falls
  • All items of a personal nature including but not limited to: alcoholic beverages and soft drinks, laundry services, personal clothing, medical expenses, gratuities, and email or phone charges
  • Travel insurance or emergency evacuation charges
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