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Take in the unusual beauty of the Australian coast

The Kimberley

2020 - Example 11 Day Cruise aboard Coral Adventurer
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This 11-day sailing experience on Coral Adventurer brings you to the wonders of the Kimberley coast. Wonder at the unique tidal phenomenon of the Horizontal Waterfalls, marvel at the 80 meter high King George Falls, and watch for abundant wildlife as you travel and reach Broome. The Kimberley Region is named for its most imposing landmark - an ancient mountain range visible from the rugged sea coast. It is a place acknowledged as one of the world’s most beautiful wilderness areas. Witness magnificent coastal vistas created by towering rock ridges, silent secluded gorges, plunging waterfalls, abundant wildlife, and massive tidal movements.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Darwin | Embark
Days 2-10 : Explore Kimberley
Day 11 : Broome | Disembark

Highlights

  • Experience the unique tidal phenomenon of the Horizontal Waterfalls
  • Marvel at the plunging 80 meter high King George Falls
  • Learn from expert interpretation of ancient Wandjina and Gwion Gwion rock art
  • Witness Montgomery Reef rise out of the ocean with the falling tide

Ship

Coral Adventurer

Places Visited

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

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Take in the unusual beauty of the Australian coast Discover the beautiful landscape of Australia Marvel at King George Falls Saltwater crocodiles in Australia Enjoy the beautiful Kimberley Coast Relax with a walk on the pier Vibrant sunset colors over the Australian coast Explore the rugged Kimberley Coast

Day 1 Darwin | Embark

Arrive in Darwin and board at 8:00am for a 9:00am departure. Meet and mingle with fellow guests and crew at the Captain’s Welcome Drinks.

Day 2-10 Explore Kimberley

  • Ship
  • 9 Breakfasts, 9 Lunches, 9 Dinners
KING GEORGE RIVER & FALLS 
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 tons of water cascade over the ancient sandstone cliffs. Early in the season, cruise under the mist of the falls, while in later months, get up close to the sandstone walls to view the honeycomb erosion patterns.

VANSITTART BAY
Vansittart Bay contains many sites of cultural and historical significance. Have an 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. 

MITCHELL FALLS, WINYALKAN, & SWIFT BAY
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 gives 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.

PRINCE FREDERICK HARBOUR
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.

PRINCE REGENT RIVER & CAREENING BAY
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. 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.

MONTGOMERY REEF
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, manatee-like 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. 

DOUBTFUL BAY
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. Take the opportunity to meet the Worrora people and experience the wondrous Wandjina art of Raft Point.

HORIZONTAL FALLS & BUCCANEER ARCHIPELAGO
The visual delight of the Buccaneer Archipelago reveals Talbot Bay. Discover the natural wonder of the Horizontal Falls. The changing tide thunders through narrow gorges in the McLarty Ranges, and 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.

THE LACEPEDES
Subject to weather and tides, visit the Lacepede Islands. The low islands are a nature reserve and Important Bird Area, supporting up to 18,000 breeding pairs of Brown Boobies and Roseate Terns, as well as a significant breeding area for the Green Sea Turtle. Explore the island’s lagoon and spot many species of birds and marine wildlife.

Day 11 Broome | Disembark

After breakfast, disembark in Broome as a port cruise transfer awaits to drive you to the city or the airport. 

*Reverse departures Embark in Broome at 4:00 pm for a 5:00 pm departure.

Coral Adventurer

Per person starting at
$7,205
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Coral Deck Stateroom
Identical to the Promenade Deck Staterooms except for their location one deck below. These staterooms have twin portholes rather than picture windows.
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Promenade Deck Stateroom
Located below the Explorer deck and furnished with a junior King size bed which can be separated into two singles. A wardrobe, desk, and armchair are included.
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Explorer Deck Balcony Stateroom
Comfortably furnished with a junior King size bed which can be separated into two singles. A wardrobe, desk, and armchair are included.
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Bridge Deck Balcony Stateroom
Comfortably furnished with a junior King size bed which can be separated into two singles. A wardrobe, desk, and armchair are included.
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Bridge Deck Balcony Suite
Suites are equipped with a lounge area, minibar, and personal coffee machine. They have special King sized beds which can be separated into two singles.

Notes

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

Rates Include:
  • All excursions and sightseeing
  • Use of Xplorer and inflatable tender vessels
  • Daily lectures and briefings
  • Small-batch meals prepared by the chef
  • Showcase wines, selected beers, juices, and soft drinks with lunch and dinner 
  • All coffee and selection of teas
  • All entrance fees to National Parks and Ports
Rates Exclude: 
  • Pre and post flights, transfers and hotels
  • Entry visas to Australia
  • Alcoholic beverages outside of lunch and dinner service
  • Telephone and internet services
  • Laundry 
  • Optional Mitchell Falls helicopter flight 
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