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The Kimberley

2020 - Example 11 Day Cruise aboard Coral Discoverer
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This 11-day sailing experience on Coral Discoverer 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


  • 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


Coral Discoverer

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


Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level


Trip Snapshots

Waterfall in the Australian outback Rock formations along the coast of Kimberly Nightcliff Jetty, Darwin, Australia King George River Gorge, Kimberley, Australia The unusual red color of Broome, Australia

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
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 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. 

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.

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.

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 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. 

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.

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.

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.

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Main Deck B
Averaging 195 sq. ft. Three cabins located on the Main Deck, equipped with twin portholes, desk, sofa, telephone and your choice of Junior King or twin bedding.
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Main Deck A
Averaging 195 sq. ft. Six cabins located on the Main Deck, equipped with twin porthole windows, desk, sofa, telephone and your choice of Junior King or twin bedding.
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Promenade Deck B
Averaging 160 sq. ft. Four cabins located on the Promenade Deck, equipped with picture windows, desk, telephone and Junior King bedding.
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Promenade Deck A
Averaging 195 sq. ft. Eighteen cabins located on the Promenade Deck, equipped with picture windows, sofa, desk, telephone and your choice of Junior King or twin bedding.
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Bridge Deck
Averaging 195 sq. ft. Five cabins located on the Bridge Deck, equipped with picture windows, sofa, desk, telephone and your choice of Junior King or twin bedding.


Solo Travelers:
Solo cabin occupancy is limited and based on availability in Promenade Deck B cabins only. Single supplement is an additional 50%.

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.

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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Our guide and driver were very good with their knowledge and were very helpful with our questions. It was a very pleasant visit that would have been impossible to do on our own. Hotels and restaurants were fantastic. The special places we got to go to, like the kitchens, were great. Enjoyed the entire trip!
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