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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 : King George Falls, Australia
Days 7-8 : Hunter River
Days 9-10 : Buccaneer Archipelago
Day 11 : Broome, Australia | 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 King George Falls, Australia

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
The King George Falls is one of the Kimberley’s most magnificent natural wonders. At 80 meters (260 feet), the thundering spectacle of twin cascades is among the highest in Australia. The river weaves through an amazing landscape of near vertical red rock formations and a parade of wildlife — carnivorous saltwater crocodiles and amazing birdlife, including giant raptors and the Brahminy Kite.

Day 7-8 Hunter River

  • Ship
  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
The Hunter River is home to an immense mangrove system surrounded by soaring red sandstone cliffs. Narrow mangrove channels shelter numerous bird species, mudskippers, fiddler crabs and the infamous saltwater crocodile; the most aggressive crocodile species known to man. Naturalist Island at the mouth of the river has a stunning stretch of sandy beach that makes a perfect landing site for small helicopters that can pick up visitors wishing to explore some of the Kimberley’s vast interior. 

Day 9-10 Buccaneer Archipelago

  • Ship
  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
Roughly 800 islands of the Buccaneer Archipelago surround and shelter the impressive spread of Yampi Sound (from the aboriginal word for water, “Yampee”). The area was named in 1821 by Captain Phillip Parker King, in commemoration of William Dampier’s visit in 1688. Pearlers began visiting the area in the late 1800s, and more recently mining operators established open-cut mines on Koolan Island on the east side of the Sound. Some of the richest iron ore in the world is extracted here to this day. 

Day 11 Broome, Australia | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
Roughly 15,000 people live year-round in Broome perched on the edge of the Kimberley region of Western Australia. The population swells to over 45,000 during the tourist season as people from all over the world are drawn to the natural splendors of the Dampier Peninsula. Broome is surrounded by lush green mangroves and mudflats along Roebuck Bay, but the interior is dry and rugged like much of the Kimberley coast. 
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Fares are based on double occupancy and are capacity controlled. Rates may fluctuate at any time and subject to change without notice.
Please contact us for more details and current pricing.

Flexible New Booking Policy
For sailings departing through May 31, 2020, travelers have the option to cancel up to 2 days prior to departure and receive a full refund in the form of a future cruise credit.

For reservations made for travel between June 1- July 31, 2020, travelers have the option to cancel up to 30 days prior to departure for a full cash refund, or up until 2 days prior to departure for a future cruise credit.

Travelers booked on cruises departing between August 1- December 31, 2020, have the option to cancel up to 30 days prior to departure for a full cash refund. Full cash refunds are subject to a $200 administrative fee. Some restrictions may apply. Contact us for more details.
Applies to all departures up to Dec 31, 2020

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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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