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King George River Gorge, Kimberley, Australia

Australia's Iconic Kimberley

Broome to Darwin - Example 11 Day Cruise aboard Le Laperouse
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Le Lapérouse takes you along one of the most spectacular coasts in the entire Kimberly region. At around two-thirds the size of France, Kimberley is one of the last unspoiled regions on the planet. Explore one of its most picturesque parts, the Hunter River, and observe wild mangrove forests where saltwater crocodiles live along with many species of birds. The highpoint of this cruise is undoubtedly the discovery of the King George River and the majestic Twin Falls, the highest falls in Western Australia. Also visit Collier Bay, where you are able to admire the Montgomery Reef, home to vast expanses of lagoons and immense coral reefs.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Broome | Embark
Day 2 : Lacepede Islands
Day 3 : Talbot Bay
Day 4 : Collier Bay | Montgomery Reef
Day 5 : Careening Bay
Day 6 : Hunter River & Mitchell Falls
Day 7 : Swift Bay
Day 8 : Vansittart Bay
Day 9 : King George River
Day 10 : At Sea
Day 11 : Darwin | Disembark

Highlights

  • Discover landscapes that are billions of years-old & ancient rock art
  • Explore pristine mangrove environments, home to the world’s largest living reptiles
  • Witness unique tidal phenomena such as the Horizontal Falls
  • Enjoy regular Zodiac rides & shore visits to get close to Kimberley nature

Ship

Le Laperouse

Places Visited

  • Australia
  • South Pacific
  • Broome
  • Careening Bay
  • Collier Bay
  • Darwin
  • King George River
  • Lacepede Islands
  • Mitchell Falls
  • Montgomery Reef
  • Swift Bay
  • Talbot Bay
  • Vansittart Bay

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

King George River Gorge, Kimberley, Australia Nightcliff Jetty, Darwin, Australia The unusual red color of Broome, Australia Rock formations along the coast of Kimberly Baby lemon shark with fish in mangrove forest

Day 1 Broome | Embark

Broome is located in the northwest of the Kimberley region and in the far north of Western Australia. This town is known for its history and its glorious pearling era. Start your visit in the fascinating Chinatown district and then discover the history of Japanese immigrants in Broome’s famous Japanese Cemetery, which dates from 1896. Your visit will perhaps involve an unusual encounter at Gantheaume Point, where dinosaur footprints more than 130 million years old can be seen. Broome is also famous for the “Staircase to the Moon”, an optical illusion created by the Moon reflecting on the sand banks at low tide, like a staircase climbing up towards the sky, a unique spectacle provided by nature.

Day 2 Lacepede Islands

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
The Lacepede Islands are Western Australia’s most important breeding habitat for Green Turtles (Chelonia mydas) and have been named by BirdLife International as an Important Bird Area (IBA). The breeding colony of Brown Boobies is possibly the largest in the world. Up to 20,000 Roseate Terns have also been recorded here. Other birds breeding on the islands include Masked Boobies, Australian Pelicans, Lesser Frigatebirds, Eastern Reef Egrets, Silver Gulls, Crested, Bridled and Lesser Crested Terns, Common Noddies, Pied and Sooty Oystercatchers. Join your expedition team for a guided zodiac tour to view the prolific wildlife. Due to the sensitive nature of the environment, landings are prohibited on the Lacepede Islands.

Day 3 Talbot Bay

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Described by Sir David Attenborough as “One of the greatest wonders of the natural world” the “Horizontal Waterfalls” are an iconic location and one of the premier tourist attractions of the West Kimberley. They are a pair of stunning breaks in the McLarty Range approximately 300m apart. With massive tidal differences of up to 10.8m on a spring tide, the “Horizontal Waterfalls” are created as seawater builds up faster on one side of the gaps than the other, creating a waterfall up to 4m high on a King tide. Today’s Zodiac excursion is timed, where possible, to coincide with the greatest tidal movement through the gaps. The amount of actual flow in the “falls” variates depending on the tide movement on the day.

Day 4 Collier Bay | Montgomery Reef

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
The tidal movements in the Kimberley are nothing short of massive, in fact the Kimberley has the third largest tidal range of anywhere on the planet. Montgomery Reef is a spectacular example of the impact of these tides as the entire reef appears to rise from the ocean. As the tide drops a raging torrent of water cascades off the top of the reef. At just under 400 km2 in size it is Australia’s largest inshore reef, containing large areas of shallow lagoon, seagrass beds and corals. Your Zodiac expedition today will take you to the exposed reef system with its cascading mini-waterfalls to witness the amazing tide induced phenomena first hand. The actual scale of the phenomena is strictly governed by the tides on the day.

Day 5 Careening Bay

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Careening Bay was named by Lieutenant Phillip Parker King after his ship, HMC Mermaid, was careened there during his third voyage of discovery in 1820. King surveyed the western coast to complete the map initiated by Flinders 20 years earlier. The Mermaid had been leaking badly and King needed to find a shallow sandy bay where he could careen his boat to undertake repairs. At a high tide, on a warm September afternoon, he ran the Mermaid onto the sands. For ten days the Mermaid crew worked hard before refloating the vessel. The ship’s carpenter carved the name of the vessel and the year into a conspicuous boab tree. The famous boab tree is now 3 metres wide and National Heritage listed. A reminder of a by gone era of exploration!

Day 6 Hunter River & Mitchell Falls

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Arguably one of the most scenic parts of the Kimberley coast, Prince Frederick Harbour and the Hunter River are lined with ancient rainforest pockets, pristine mangroves, and mosaic sandstone cliffs. They are considered to be some of the most pristine mangrove forests in the world, containing up to 18 different species, supporting a rich and diverse fauna. The sandstone escarpment at the river mouth, known as “Kampamantiya” rises over 200 meters high before giving way to extensive mud banks and mangrove forests home to numerous bird species and the iconic saltwater crocodile. Your expert Expedition Team will share their knowledge with you as you explore this pristine mangrove environment by zodiac keeping a constant lookout for wildlife.

Day 7 Swift Bay

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
The Bonaparte Archipelago, is a stunningly rugged maze of islands stretching almost 150km along Western Australia's remote Kimberley coast. Its color and scale conspire to take ones’ breath away. Its distant location has meant it has remained an unspoilt and remarkably pristine location to explore and experience. Phillip Parker King named “Swift's bay" after Jonathon Swift (1667-1745) the author of Gulliver’s travels. The ‘T’ shaped bay is composed of heavily fractured sandstone providing an abundance of rock shelters. On the walls of these shelters are examples of both Wandjina and Gwion Gwion style rock art. Join your expedition team ashore for a guided walk to a number of rock art galleries depicting these unique rock art styles.

Day 8 Vansittart Bay

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Jar Island contains ancient rock art galleries depicting the Gwion Gwion style unique to the Kimberley region. Mainly neglected by, or unknown to, the early European researchers of Aboriginal culture in the Kimberley in favor of the dominant & more dramatic Wandjina art, Gwion Gwion art has in recent years gained world prominence. It is generally thought that this art may extend back to over 30,000 years BP & represent the first wave of seagoing colonizers of the Australian continent. As it is, these are the oldest detailed depiction of human figures in the world. Join your Expedition Team ashore for a short walk, past some fascinating rock formations, to the site of the Gwion Gwion art galleries.

Day 9 King George River

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
The journey up the King George River is nothing short of breathtaking. The 80m high sides of the gorge display varying degrees of weathering of the ancient Warton sandstone. The colors and textures of the gorge change with the light as you travel further up the river creating a continual changing scenery that is simply stunning. The journey culminates at the King George twin falls; the highest single-drop falls in the whole of the Kimberley (80m or 260ft). Fed by wet season run-off the level of water cascading over the falls varies from year to year. Your Expedition Team escorts you in either the Zodiacs or ships tenders to the foot of the twin falls and explain all about the stunning geological formations of the canyon.

Day 10 At Sea

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
During your day at sea, make the most of the many services and activities on board. Treat yourself to a moment of relaxation in the spa or stay in shape in the fitness center. Depending on the season, let yourself be tempted by the swimming pool or a spot of sunbathing. This day without a port of call will also be an opportunity to enjoy the conferences or shows proposed on board, to do some shopping in the boutique or to meet the PONANT photographers in their dedicated space. As for lovers of the open sea, they will be able to visit the ship’s upper deck to admire the spectacle of the waves and perhaps be lucky enough to observer marine species. A truly enchanted interlude, combining comfort, rest and entertainment.

Day 11 Darwin | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
Disembark this morning after breakfast in Darwin. Located in Australia’s Northern Territory which is also known as the “Top End”, Darwin is the capital city and the most populated town of the Northern Territory. Darwin is a beautiful tropical city, a melting pot of people and cultures, over 50 different cultures live and work side by side that prides itself in its unique and friendly laid-back lifestyle. Discover the new Parliamant House opened in 1994, a magnificent example of tropical architecture and Admiralty House declared heritage place, a tropical-style home elevated on stilts that has survived two cyclones and numerous air raids. Also enjoy the bustling waterfront on the Timor Sea.

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*Rates are capacity controlled and are subject to change without notice.

Cruise fares are per person and include the following:
  • All meals while on board the ship 
  • Captain’s welcome cocktail and gala dinner
  • “Open Bar” (pouring wines, house champagne, alcohol except premium brands...list available upon request)
  • Evening entertainment and events
  • 24h Room service (special selection)
  • English speaking lecturer 
  • Water sports activities (except scuba diving) using the ship’s equipment, when permitted by local authorities and confirmed by ship Master according to safety and sea conditions onsite
  • Highly experienced bilingual (French-English) Expedition team 
  • Park entry fees into protected areas
  • Complimentary boot rental on select cruises
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  • Gratuities to onboard crew, local guides and drivers
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