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Australia's Kimberley: Voyage to the Outback, Darwin to Broome

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Travel to a land of remote, spectacular scenery spread over huge distances with wild coastlines, towering escarpments, undulating woodlands, spectacular waterways, mangrove-covered tidal flats, and forests rich in flora and fauna. Embark in Darwin and set sail on a 13-day voyage to the Kimberly, exploring the region's hidden treasures by boat, Zodiac, and helicopter. Gaze upon the dramatic gorges and pools of Mitchell Falls, search for an astonishing variety of wildlife in the Prince Regent Nature Reserve, discover desert-scapes dotted with bizarre boab trees, and photograph the sublimely beautiful isles of the Buccaneer Archipelago.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Darwin, Australia
Day 2 : Darwin | Embark Coral Discoverer
Day 3 : Tiwi Islands
Day 4 : King George River | King George Falls
Day 5 : Jar Island | Anjo Peninsula
Day 6 : Bigge Island | Sterna Island
Day 7 : Hunter River | Mitchell Falls
Days 8-10 : Buccaneer Archipelago | Raft Point | Montgomery Reef | Talbot Bay
Day 11 : Lacepede Islands
Days 12-13 : Broome | Disembark | Sydney

Highlights

  • Search for rock wallabies, turtles, mighty saltwater crocodiles, and more!
  • View well-preserved Aboriginal paintings at Raft Point and Bigge Island
  • Discover the cultural traditions of the Tiwi people on the Tiwi Islands
  • View amazing Horizontal Falls & ride a helicopter to the Mitchell Plateau
  • Join optional pre-voyage tours to Arnhem Land, Kununurra, and Bungle Bungle

Ship

Coral Discoverer (ZE)

Places Visited

  • Australia
  • South Pacific
  • Bigge Island
  • Broome
  • Darwin
  • Jar Island
  • King George River
  • Lacepede Islands
  • Mitchell Falls
  • Raft Point
  • Talbot Bay
  • Tiwi Islands

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

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Day 1 Darwin, Australia

  • 1 Dinner
Arrive in Darwin and enjoy an afternoon at leisure. Gather this evening for a welcome dinner and overnight at your hotel.

Day 2 Darwin | Embark Coral Discoverer

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Today explore Darwin—a popular holiday destination graced with beautiful beaches and a laid-back atmosphere. Join a city tour to discover innovative museums and browse galleries that showcase the region’s rich indigenous art. This afternoon board the Coral Discoverer and set sail.

Day 3 Tiwi Islands

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Permission pending, go ashore on the Tiwis and join local Aboriginal guides for a tour of the small community of Nguiu, its museum, and the old Mission Precinct. You also have an opportunity to visit the local arts center and to view and purchase high-quality Tiwi crafts, as well as screen-printed fabric. 

Day 4 King George River | King George Falls

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Cruise through a spectacular canyon where vertical cliffs, gorges, and mangroves line the shores of the mighty King George River. The final destination is King George Falls, a supremely photogenic area of 325-foot cliffs of rust-colored sandstone rising from the tidal waters.

Day 5 Jar Island | Anjo Peninsula

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
View fine examples of ancient Bradshaw or Gwion Gwion art, thought to be 20,000 to 15,000 years old, on Jar Island. The Anjo Peninsula was the site of several significant air accidents during World War II and you can still see the wreck of a C-53 Skytrooper that crash landed on a salt flat in 1942. Tides permitting, step ashore on Woku-Woku Island to search for the remnants of old Macassan trepang stoves that were used to boil sea cucumbers collected on their journeys through the Kimberley hundreds of years ago.

Day 6 Bigge Island | Sterna Island

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
A unique experience awaits you on Bigge Island, sacred to Aborigines for thousands of years. Well-preserved Aboriginal paintings grace the walls of caves, depicting mythical figures and offering visual evidence of the European entrance into the Aboriginal way of life. Monjon (the smallest of the wallabies), are numerous on this island and can often be seen sprinting from one rock ledge to another. In the afternoon step ashore Sterna Island to search for a variety of seabirds, including four species of terns, pied cormorants, white-bellied sea eagles, and osprey. 

Day 7 Hunter River | Mitchell Falls

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
From Hunter River, fly via helicopter to the Mitchell Plateau to visit Mitchell Falls, a series of waterfalls and pools culminating in a deep gorge carving its way through the Outback. Explore the surrounding area on foot and enjoy a refreshing swim in the rushing freshwater pools. In the vicinity of your anchorage, you may explore the small tributaries by Zodiac, searching the mangroves and tidal mud flats for crocodiles, mud skippers, and fiddler crabs, as well as the many bird species that make their home within the dense vegetation.

Day 8-10 Buccaneer Archipelago | Raft Point | Montgomery Reef | Talbot Bay

  • Ship
  • 3 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 3 Dinners
The Buccaneer Archipelago consists of more than 800 islands. The shorelines of these rarely visited isles are among the most photogenic in the world, and include mangrove estuaries, secluded bays, untouched beaches, cliffs, headlands, reefs, rugged gorges, and whirlpools. This area is known for its extreme tidal conditions—ranging up to 30 feet in places. Your daily activities are planned around the tides—a way of life in the Kimberley. At Raft Point, join a bush walk to learn the traditions of the Worrorra people and view ancient Aboriginal cave paintings of outstanding quality, depicting the significance of the marine world to the Aboriginal way of life. At Montgomery Reef, view the amazing array of marine life exposed at low tide. The reef is home to an incredible number of green sea turtles and sharks are sometimes spotted in the surrounding waters. At Talbot Bay visit the Horizontal Waterfalls, one of the most unusual regional attractions. The falls, created by a phenomenon resulting from the mammoth tides, actually reverse as the tide turns.

Day 11 Lacepede Islands

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
The Lacepede Islands are a group of four low, sandy islands lying on a coral reef. The islands are an important nesting site for green sea turtles and several species of seabirds including frigatebirds, brown boobies, crested terns, sandpipers, and ruddy turnstones. Join naturalists on nature walks along the long, white-sand beaches. Be on deck this evening as the sun sets and the night sky comes alive—far from the city lights, stargazing in the Kimberley is simply spectacular.

Day 12-13 Broome | Disembark | Sydney

  • 2 Breakfasts, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Disembark in Broome with time for a bit of sightseeing. Transfer to the airport for your independent flight to Sydney with dinner and overnight at the Rydges Sydney Airport Hotel. Board your independent flight the next day.

Coral Discoverer (ZE)

Per person starting at
$13,580
Oceanic Discoverer's Main Deck Category B.
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Category 1
Staterooms are 195 sq. feet and feature two portholes, two twin beds or a double bed, a sitting area, a well-appointed en suite bathroom, large closets, desk, and individually controlled air-conditioning.
Oceanic Discoverer's Main Deck Category A.
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Category 2
Staterooms are 195 sq. feet and feature two small windows, two twin beds or a double bed, a sitting area, a well-appointed en suite bathroom, large closets, desk, and individually controlled air-conditioning.
Comfortable rooms aboard the Oceanic Discoverer
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Category 3
Staterooms are 160 sq. ft and feature a large window, two twin beds or a double bed, a sitting area, a well-appointed en suite bathroom, large closets, desk, and individually controlled air-conditioning.
Suites on the Oceanic Discoverer are very comfortable
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Category 4
Staterooms are 195 sq. feet and feature a large window, two twin beds or a double bed, a sitting area, a well-appointed en suite bathroom, large closets, desk, and individually controlled air-conditioning.
Comfortable cabin aboard the Oceanic Discoverer
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Category 5
Staterooms are 195 sq. feet and feature a large window, two twin beds or a double bed, a sitting area, a well-appointed en suite bathroom, large closets, desk, and individually controlled air-conditioning.

Notes

- Rates are per person based on double occupancy.
- Singles may be available at 1.6 times the share rate.

For most activities, a moderate level of exertion is required. You will need to climb into and out of Zodiacs for excursions ashore. Ashore, you must be able to walk one to three miles, unaided, over sometimes rough terrain. There will be opportunities for leisurely strolls and more active hikes. This expedition is timed during the beginning of the dry season, and occasional showers can be expected. Average daily temperatures will range from the low 80s°F to the low 90s°F, though high humidity can make it seem warmer.

Included:
  • Daily activity options including cultural tours, nature walks, and Zodiac cruises
  • All gratuities
  • All accommodations
  • World-class lecture and expedition team
  • All onboard meals and group meals ashore, including soft drinks, beer, and wine with lunch and dinner
  • All entrance fees, taxes, and landing and port charges
  • Arrival and departure transfers on group dates
  • Gift certificates for recommended expedition gear and reading materials
  • Medical expense coverage and emergency evacuation insurance

Excluded:
  • Airfare from your home city/Darwin and Broome/Sydney/home city
  • Excess baggage charges
  • Airport arrival and departure taxes
  • Transfers for independent arrivals and departures
  • Passport and/or visa fees
  • Travel insurance
  • Items of a personal nature such as laundry, bar charges, and alcoholic beverages 
  • Email/Internet/fax/telephone charges

Included

  • 12 Breakfasts, 11 Lunches, 12 Dinners
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