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King George River Gorge, Kimberley, Australia

The Great Australian Adventure - Darwin to Broome

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Escape to a land of thunderous waterfalls, winding canyons of sandstone, and dazzling wildlife. Encounter famed wildlife like saltwater crocodiles, whales, and sea eagles, before witnessing the Horizontal Falls unleashing its raw power. Perhaps you will take an exhilarating flight over the Bungle Bungle Range, or an eye-opening boat journey along the lush, green Ord River, but no matter what, you will be tracing the Aboriginal history and creating memories that will never fade.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Darwin, Australia | Embark
Day 2 : At Sea
Day 3 : Matakus Island
Day 4 : At Sea
Day 5 : Wyndham, Australia
Day 6 : Koomala Bay, Kimberley
Day 7 : Vansittart Bay
Day 8 : Swift Bay
Day 9 : Freshwater Cove | Montgomery Reef
Day 10 : Talbot Bay, Kimberley
Day 11 : Broome | Disembark

Highlights

  • Meet members of aboriginal groups, Kimberley’s traditional landowners
  • Discover the stunning King George Falls a highlight of the Kimberley Coast
  • Admire the Hunter River's mangrove system & soaring red sandstone cliffs
  • Look up for Green sea turtles, humpback dolphins, hammerhead sharks & more!

Ship

Silver Explorer

Places Visited

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Nightcliff Jetty, Darwin, Australia A local man of the South Pacific King George River Gorge, Kimberley, Australia Baby lemon shark with fish in mangrove forest The unusual red color of Broome, Australia
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Day 1 Darwin, Australia | Embark

Darwin is Australia's most colorful, and exotic capital city. Surrounded on three sides by the turquoise waters of the Timor Sea, the streets are lined with tropical flowers and trees. Warm and dry in winter, hot and steamy in summer, it's a relaxed and casual place, as well as a beguiling blend of the tropical frontier outpost and Outback hardiness. Thanks to its close proximity to Southeast Asia and its multicultural population it also seems more like Asia than the rest of Australia. 

Day 2 At Sea

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Enjoy wine tastings, designer boutiques, language and dance classes onboard. Take in a matinee movie, check the market or your e-mail in the Internet Point, slip away with a novel from the library to a sunny chaise or with a movie to your suite. Or just take in the sun poolside. The choice is yours.

Day 3 Matakus Island

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Matakus is a small island and part of the Tanimbar archipelago. Matakus is just over two miles in length and less than a mile across. Despite its small size, its proximity to the regional capital city of Saumlaki just to the north ensures that the island is inhabited. The island is surrounded by fine, white-sand beaches and is a marine paradise, with fields of staghorn coral and schools of cardinalfish visible in its crystal clear waters.

Day 4 At Sea

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Enjoy wine tastings, designer boutiques, language and dance classes onboard. Take in a matinee movie, check the market or your e-mail in the Internet Point, slip away with a novel from the library to a sunny chaise or with a movie to your suite. Or just take in the sun poolside. The choice is yours.

Day 5 Wyndham, Australia

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Wyndham is a small settlement with the spirit of a Kimberley outback township. It was established in 1886 with the Halls Creek gold rush and sits on the Cambridge Gulf where several rivers converge. Today Wyndham has a population of roughly 900 people and operates largely as a port exporting cattle, servicing the mining industry and hosting a few small ships. For these vessels, Wyndham is a gateway to the breathtaking Bungle Bungle mountain range and the nearby Ord River. 

Day 6 Koomala Bay, Kimberley

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Koolama Bay is found at the mouth of the King George River. Named after the ship that had been beached here after a Japanese aerial attack during World War II, Koolama Bay is the starting point for a Zodiac cruise to reach King George Falls, one of the Kimberley’s most magnificent natural wonders. At 260 feet (80 m), the twin cascades are among the highest in Australia. Koolama Bay and the river weaving through an amazing landscape of near vertical red rock formations will offer a parade of wildlife —saltwater crocodiles and amazing birdlife, including giant raptors and the Brahminy Kite.

Day 7 Vansittart Bay

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Vansittart Bay is located near the northern tip of Western Australia. The bay was named by Phillip Parker King during one of his four surveys of Northern Australia during the early 19th century. Interesting parts of the bay include Jar Island and the opportunity to view Bradshaw (Gwion Gwion) and Wandjina styles of rock art. For these two different rock art styles, there are two sites in close proximity. An area with an example of more recent history is the Anjo Peninsula. A beach landing and a short hike across a lagoon or -depending on tides- a walk around the lagoon will lead to a World War II site. An almost intact wreck of an old airplane, a C-53, can be seen there.

Day 8 Swift Bay

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Explore nature and beauty of Swift Bay.

Day 9 Freshwater Cove | Montgomery Reef

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Adjacent to Montgomery Reef, but on the mainland, Freshwater Cove –locally known as Wijingarra Butt Butt- will offer an opportunity to see and purchase Aboriginal art. Aboriginal guides will welcome guests with a traditional ochre welcome on the beach. The rock formations that can be seen along the shore represent spiritual ancestors relating to the great Wandjina battle. Caves with rock art are found in the vicinity, but can only be visited with local guides. On the beach, Aboriginal artists have set up a shelter where one can relax, share a cup of tea and damper with them, and peruse their paintings. These paintings based on Dreamtime stories and motives are available for purchase from the artists.

Montgomery Reef, which is some 300 square kilometers in size, can show an amazing tidal change of up to 4 meters. When the tide drops, the reef seems to rise out of the water. At low tide, a river is exposed that allows access to an amazing semi-submerged world. When the tide continues to ebb, Zodiacs will be used to make the way to the edge of the reef where one is surrounded by cascading waterfalls up to 3 meters high. Continuing up the river one is able to look at the abundance of reef birds and sea creatures including turtles and manta rays. A visit to Montgomery Reef is very much tide-depending, but truly a once in a lifetime experience.

Day 10 Talbot Bay, Kimberley

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Talbot Bay is famous for the Horizontal Falls which have been described as “one of the greatest natural wonders of the world“. The region’s tides of close to 36 feet create an amazing spectacle when the water tries to enter or leave Poulton Creek through two very narrow openings located one behind the other in the McLarty Ranges. Water builds up faster on one side than it can flow through the gaps, leaving or entering depending on the tide. This incredible tidal power can be experienced firsthand by boarding a local 900hp fast boat and taking an exhilarating ride through the Horizontal Waterfalls.

Day 11 Broome | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
Gateway to the oldest and most elusive of all Australia’s nine regions, Broome is where your Kimberley adventure begins. The ancient landscape has long-held travelers spellbound: The Kimberley is three-time larger than England but has a population of just 35,000, is over 65,000 years old and is home to 2,000 km of coastline. Almost impenetrable, incredibly remote, the red baked earth, prolific wildlife, majestic canyons and swimming holes are the stuff of Australian wilderness dreams. English explorer William Dampier was the first explorer to set foot in Broome in 1668. However, the land had long been used as a trading route between east and west Kimberley for Aboriginal families. These semi-nomadic tribes respected strict unwritten rules regarding ownership of the land. The Yawuru people remain the Native Title holders for the township of Broome to this day.
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Please note: Fares are capacity controlled, and subject to change at any time without notice. All prices are in US dollars, cruise-only per person based on double occupancy.

- The supplement for single occupancy in a Vista, Veranda or Midship Veranda Suite ranges from 25% – 100% above the double occupancy fare, depending upon the sailing and suite selected. Single supplement for a Silver or Medallion Suite (Silver Shadow and Silver Whisper), Owner’s, Grand or Royal Suites are 100% above of the double occupancy fare. Suites for single and third guests are capacity controlled.

Included in your cruise fare:
  • Personalized service – the best crew-to-guest ratio in expedition cruising
  • Butler service in every suite and stateroom – all guests are pampered equally
  • Open-seating dining options – dine when and with whomever you please
  • Beverages in-suite and throughout the ship – select wines, premium spirits, specialty coffees and soft drinks, plus your own tailored mini-bar
  • In-suite dining and room service
  • Enrichment lectures by a highly qualified Expeditions Team
  • Guided Zodiac, land and sea tours, and shoreside activities led by the Expeditions Team
  • Gratuities always included in your fare
  • One hour free Wifi per day for all guests. Unlimited free Wifi for guests sailing on select suite categories
  • Complimentary Parka
Not included in your cruise fare:
  • Airfare
  • Optional hotel accommodation,
  • Transfers and luggage handling,
  • Fuel surcharges
  • Optional shore excursions 
  • Meals ashore
  • Accommodation while ashore
  • Security surcharges 
  • Any item or service of a personal nature such as casino gaming, laundry or valet services, purchases from the ship boutiques, childcare services aboard ship, massages, spa treatments, private fitness instruction, hair styling and manicures.
  • Some champagne, premium wine and spirit selections, caviar, cigarettes and cigars are not included in your fare.
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