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Marvel at King George Falls

Australia's Iconic Kimberley

Broome - Darwin - Example 11 Day Cruise aboard Le Bellot
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Board on the Le Bellot for this unique 11-day Australia's Iconic Kimberley Cruise. View beautiful Broome located in the northwest of the Kimberley region, explore the Lacepede Islands, Collier Bay with its “Horizontal Waterfalls”, gorgeous Careening Bay, amazing Hunter River, exceptional Swift Bay that was named after Jonathon Swift - the author of Gulliver’s travels. Discover breathtaking King George River, and finally reach Darwin also known as the “Top End”.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Broome | Embark
Day 2 : Lacepede Islands
Days 3-4 : Collier Bay
Day 5 : Careening Bay
Day 6 : Hunter River
Day 7 : Swift Bay
Day 8 : Vansittart Bay
Day 9 : King George River
Day 10 : At Sea
Day 11 : Darwin | Disembark

Highlights

  • Discover Important Bird Area in Lacepede Islands
  • Experience the “Horizontal Waterfalls” in Talbot Bay or Montgomery reef
  • Visit the Gwion Gwion art galleries on the Vansittart Bay
  • Explore the King George twin falls on your adventure cruise

Ship

Le Bellot

Places Visited

  • Australia
  • South Pacific
  • Broome
  • Careening Bay
  • Collier Bay
  • Darwin
  • King George River
  • Lacepede Islands
  • Swift Bay
  • Vansittart Bay

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Marvel at King George Falls Explore the rugged Kimberley Coast Discover the beautiful landscape of Australia Vibrant sunset colors over the Australian coast Enjoy the beautiful Kimberley Coast

Day 1 Broome | Embark

Located in the northwest of the Kimberley region and the far north of Western Australia, the town of Broome is reputed for its history and its glorious pearling era. The fascinating Chinatown district which is the historic city centre and the famous Japanese Cemetery, which dates from 1896, allows to discover the city’s past marked by the immigration of numerous Chinese and Japanese workers, attracted by the prosperous pearl industry at the end of the 19th century and at the beginning of the 20th century. Broome is also famous for the “Staircase to the Moon”, an optical illusion created by the Moon reflecting on the sandbanks at low tides, 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 3-4 Collier Bay

  • Ship
  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
Collier Bay is located on the rocky and deserted coast of one of the most remote regions of the Kimberley, that visitors can only approach by ship. The tidal movements, amongst the largest range of anywhere on the planet, create amazing phenomena as seawater comes in or out: the “Horizontal Waterfalls”, a waterfall up to 4 metres high between the narrow passages of the vertiginous cliffs in Talbot Bay or Montgomery reef, a spectacular example of the impact of these tides cascading in mini-waterfalls as the entire reef appears to rise from the turquoise-blue waters of the bay. Containing large areas of shallow lagoon, seagrass beds, and corals, Montgomery reef is Australia’s largest inshore reef. In this majestic landscape, you enter an aboriginal area. Some outstanding open air painted caves galleries alluding to their myths of creation can be observed after a hike on the hills. 

As we are at the mercy of weather and tide conditions in this region, the activities mentioned are only possible experiences and can’t be guaranteed.

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 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 meters wide and National Heritage listed. A reminder of a bygone era of exploration!

Day 6 Hunter River

  • 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. Our expert Expedition Team will share their knowledge with you as you explore this pristine mangrove environment by Zodiac® keeping a constant lookout for wildlife. Also, have the opportunity to reach the Mitchell Falls by helicopter from Naturalist Island beach. 

Day 7 Swift Bay

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
The Bonaparte Archipelago is a stunningly rugged maze of islands stretching almost 150 km 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 unspoiled 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 the expedition team ashore for a guided walk to several 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 and 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 before our time and represents 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. The Expedition Team will escort you in either the Zodiacs or ship 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 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 observe marine species. A truly enchanted interlude, combining comfort, rest and entertainment.

Day 11 Darwin | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
Darwin is located in Australia’s Northern Territory which is also known as the “Top End”. It 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. Come discover the town’s still recent history through its emblematic buildings such as the new Parliament House opened in 1994, a magnificent example of tropical architecture or Admiralty House declared heritage place, a tropical-style home elevated on stilts that have survived two cyclones and numerous air raids.

After breakfast aboard the Le Bellot, disembark at Darwin.

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Notes

*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
  • Gratuities to onboard crew, local guides, and drivers
  • “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
  • Park entry fees into protected areas
  • Free and unlimited Wi-Fi (Internet access may be slower or in some situations interrupted, depending on certain geographic locations or other circumstances beyond our control).
Cruise and Transfers program rates are per person and also include:
  • From midday, meet and greet by representatives at 3 dedicated meeting places in Broome, to pick-up your luggage and transfer you to the city center.
  • Time at leisure in the city center, and group transfer from the meeting point to the port in time for embarkation (short drive).
  • Local English-speaking assistance
Cruise fares do not include:
  • Any ground services before and/or after the cruise other than the ones mentioned 
  • Pre or post cruise programs, overland programs or shore excursions mentioned
  • Visa expenses and/or immigration reciprocity taxes if applicable
  • Luggage handling
  • Optional Spa package to be booked prior to your departure
  • Beverages other than the ones mentioned
  • Laundry services, hair salon, and à la carte Spa treatments
  • Personal expenses, on board medical consultations and drug prescriptions
  • Cancellation/luggage/assistance/repatriation/medical insurance(s)
  • Dives when authorized by local authorities and feasible with ship equipment and Zodiacs®. Rates: €70 per standard dive; €80 per dive when local equipment or staff must be used, €80 for a “discover scuba dive” course, on some cruises a dive package might be on offer. In order to participate to diving sessions, guests must have with them a medical certificate less than 1-year-old and their up to date dive book.
These voyages include activities such as Zodiac® landings (sometimes wet landings), Zodiac® outings, moderate walks, to more active hikes. All this accompanied by your expedition team of naturalist guides. Considering the nature of the programs, a reasonable level of mobility is required to enjoy these expeditions.

Ports of call, visited sites, outings and landings will depend on weather conditions, position of ice, winds and the state of the sea. These can force a change of plans at any time. The Captain and the Expedition Leader may at any time cancel or stop any activity, or even modify the itinerary. The final itinerary will be confirmed by the Captain, who will take into account the touristic quality of the sites and above all, the safety of the passengers. His decision will be based on advice from experts and authorities.
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