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Explore the rugged Kimberley Coast

The Great Australian Adventure - Darwin to Broome

Example 10 Day Cruise aboard Silver Explorer
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There are many beautiful places on Earth, but you have yet to find somewhere that is more beautiful than the Kimberley. Three times the size of England, this vast area is home to a huge variety of natural interest. With knowledgeable experts to take you through the wildlife and geology to explain the Aboriginal rock art, this voyage is your chance to uncover part of this spectacular region. Awe inspiring memories guaranteed aboard the Silver Explorer on this 10-day cruise!
 

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Darwin, Australia | Embark
Day 2 : King George River
Day 3 : Wyndham
Day 4 : Vansittart Bay (Jar Island)
Day 5 : Hunter River Region
Day 6 : Montgomery Reef | Raft Point
Day 7 : Talbot Bay
Day 8 : Yampi Sound, Kimberley
Day 9 : Lacepedes Islands
Day 10 : Broome | Disembark

Highlights

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

Ship

Silver Explorer

Places Visited

  • Australia
  • South Pacific
  • Broome
  • Darwin
  • King George River
  • Lacepede Islands
  • Montgomery Reef
  • Raft Point
  • Talbot Bay
  • Vansittart Bay
  • Wyndham

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Explore the rugged Kimberley Coast Snorkel off of Australia's beautiful coast Snorkel the vibrant waters of the South Pacific Enjoy the beautiful Kimberley Coast Marvel at King George Falls Rock formations along the coast of Kimberly
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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 King George River

  • 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 are 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 3 Wyndham

  • 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. The Bungle Bungle Mountains in Purnululu National Park are now a World Heritage Site. In excess of 350 million years have shaped geological formations of giant orange and black striped domes rising out of the ground into a landscape unlike any other. Known to the local Aboriginal people for thousands of years, the Bungles were only discovered by the outside world in the mid-1980s. Conversely, cruising the peaceful and tree-lined Ord River is a chance to look for freshwater crocodiles, fruit bats, short-eared rock wallabies and a variety of birds, including Mangrove Herons and Mangrove Gerygones. Please note: All destinations on voyages in the Kimberley region, and the order in which they are visited, are subject to tidal variations and weather conditions.

Day 4 Vansittart Bay (Jar Island)

  • 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 a 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 5 Hunter River Region

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
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. The highlight inland is the famous Mitchell Falls where four tiers of waterfalls plunge into deep pools that flow out into the mighty Mitchell River. The headwaters of the falls are cool and a dip in the fresh water is a welcome reprieve from the heat of the heartland.

Day 6 Montgomery Reef | Raft Point

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Montgomery Reef, which is some 300 square kilometres in size, can show an amazing tidal change of up to 4 metres. 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 metres 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.

At the southern end of Doubtful Bay and just south of Steep Island, Raft Point is a low headland that is home to indigenous Wandjina paintings. A hike through abundant Kimberley Flora including the iconic boab tree will head towards the top of Raft Point. There one can enjoy spectacular views of the bay in the shade of the overhanging cliff, which is home to the Wandjina Spirit. Many large and ancient wall paintings of Dreamtime stories and images representing daily aboriginal life can be seen.

Day 7 Talbot Bay

  • 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 8 Yampi Sound, Kimberley

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Yampi Sound and the Buccaneer Archipelago are part of an area that includes several interesting geological features and will show rock layers wildly twisted and contorted into great folds. The area is rich in minerals and open-pit mines have operated on the islands and the mainland for several decades. White-bellied Sea Eagles, Brahminy Kites, Ospreys, Common Sandpipers and Eastern Reef Egrets show that the area is rich in fish life, which in turn is an attraction for bottlenose dolphins that come to feed in the early mornings. Southwest of Cockatoo Island, within Yampi Sound, is Crocodile Creek, a hidden oasis tucked at the far end of a narrow bay lined with colourful orange cliffs of sandstone and mangrove trees and a nice waterfall and natural pool.

Day 9 Lacepedes Islands

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner

Day 10 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 travellers 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. Broome itself has over 84 Aboriginal communities affiliated to it, 78 of which are considered remote. The city grew from its nascent pearling industry of the late 19th century. Pearl diving was dangerous in the waters surrounding Broome and for many years divers were limited to Aboriginal slaves, skin divers who faced cyclones, sharks, crocodiles, ear and chest infections in order to bring up as many pearl shells as possible for their masters. Natural pearls were rare and extremely valuable, and when found, were placed in a locked box. At the peak of its industry, around 1914, Broome was responsible for 80% of the world’s pearl trade.
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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:
  • Transfers (between airport, hotel and ship)
  • 1 night pre and 1 night post cruise hotel
  • Guided Zodiac, land and sea tours, and shoreside activities led by the Expeditions Team
  • Enrichment lectures by a highly qualified Expeditions Team
  • Spacious suites
  • Butler service in every suite
  • Unlimited Free Wifi
  • Personalised service – nearly one crew member for every guest
  • Choice of restaurants, diverse cuisine, open-seating dining
  • Beverages in-suite and throughout the ship, including champagne, select wines and spirits
  • In-suite dining and room service
  • Onboard entertainment
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