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King George River Gorge, Kimberley, Australia

Kimberley Expedition: Waterfalls & Wandjinas

Darwin - Broome - Example 11 Day Cruise aboard Seabourn Pursuit
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Set off on an exciting 11-day Kimberley expedition cruise with Waterfalls & Wandjinas aboard the Seabourn Pursuit traveling from Darwin to Broome. Begin in Darwin, a city steeped in history and culture. Explore the Museum and Art Gallery, Bicentennial Park, and the WWII Oil Storage Tunnels. The Mindil Beach Sunset Market offers delectable cuisine and breathtaking sunsets. Kuri Bay, with its indigenous heritage and pearl farming, showcases Wandjina rock art and exceptional pearl cuisine. Wyndham serves as a gateway to the Kimberley, boasting Aboriginal rock art and stunning landscapes. Vansittart Bay features ancient Gwion Gwion rock paintings, pristine beaches, and diverse marine life. Explore the Kimberley's wonders, from Montgomery Reef's tidal marvel to Talbot Bay's Aboriginal heritage and Broome's pearl-rich paradise.
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Highlights
  • Explore Darwin's rich history at the Museum and Art Gallery
  • Visit the WWII Oil Storage Tunnels for wartime history
  • Unravel Wyndham's rich history through ancient Aboriginal rock art
  • Experience Broome's unique blend of pearls, beaches, and adventure
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Activity Level: Relaxed
Involves minimal physical effort and is typically associated with leisurely activities. Activities are low-intensity or last less than a few hours each day.
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Day 1: Darwin, Australia | Embark

With an estimated population of 150,000, this remote city contains most of the Northern Territory population. Its rich history and heritage come alive with a visit to the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory; marvel at ancient Aboriginal artifacts and explore the region's storied past. Walk along the Bicentennial Park and gaze upon the Eternal Flame, commemorating the lives of servicemen and women lost in wartime, and absorb the tranquility of the lush gardens surrounding the Government House. History buffs won't want to miss the iconic WWII Oil Storage Tunnels - a vital piece of Darwin's wartime history. Visitors to the Mindil Beach Sunset Market are rewarded with mouthwatering dishes and tantalizing aromas featuring local Australian produce, exotic international cuisine, and delectable seafood – all within a stone's throw of the alluring sunsets across the Arafura Sea. Glimpse the abundance of diverse flora and fauna offered by Darwin's lush wilderness, including the saltwater crocodiles of the Adelaide River. The George Brown Darwin Botanic Gardens showcases a breathtaking variety of native plants, rainforest walks, and exotic orchids. Darwin has been rebuilt almost entirely four times, following cyclones and Japanese air raids in World War II. Explore the marrying of old and new as you navigate through this tropical city.

Day 2: Days At Sea

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Spend your day at sea enjoying the many facilities available.

Day 3: Wyndham, Australia

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Kuri Bay holds a unique cultural significance with its deep ties to the indigenous Bardi and Jawi people. Discover the awe-inspiring Wandjina rock art, showcasing the ancient spirituality of the Indigenous people while reveling in the serenity of the surrounding landscape. The bay whispers tales of its past right at your fingertips. The bay's waters are rich in pearls, playing a vital role in the community’s growth. Here, you can even find acclaimed chefs turning exquisite pearls into culinary art. The region is named after Mr. Kuribayashi, the principal of the first pearl farm in the Kimberley, a joint venture between Australia and Japan. The venture eventually became part of the Paspaley operation, known around the world as the producer of the world’s finest quality pearls. Cruises with a lust for the road less traveled will want to explore opportunities to visit Kuri Bay’s large yet elusive school of Tawny Nurse Sharks, also known as Sleepy Sharks.

Day 4: King George River, Western Australia

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Surrounded by some of Kimberley’s most spectacular landforms, rivers, and, Wyndham in many ways is the gateway to the Kimberley region. Unravel the cultural tapestry woven throughout the streets of Wyndham by visiting the ancient Aboriginal rock art at Munurru, which provides a fascinating glimpse into the rich history of Australia's indigenous people. Explore the remains of Wyndham's Old Port district, where the town's pastoral and gold-rush heritage comes alive. Be captivated by the notable landmarks, including the enormous Big Crocodile Sculpture and the Five Rivers Lookout, where the enticing panoramas of the Kimberley region deliver an unparalleled visual feast. The frontier township of Kununurra, about an hour’s drive inland and the green capital of the north, owes its verdant surrounds to the largest manmade lake on the Australian mainland; the nearby Lake Argyle and the smaller Lake Kununurra. While impressive in its own right, Wyndham serves as a jumping point for you to Kununurra, El Questro National Park, and the Bungle Bungles.

Day 5: Vansittart Bay, Australia

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Vansittart Bay is home to breathtaking beaches, historic aircraft wrecks, and famously - the mesmerizing Gwion Gwion rock paintings. As guests of the Traditional Landowners, enjoy the opportunity to view the aboriginal artwork of the Wandjina, a true testament to the richness of Aboriginal culture. Estimated to be over 17,000 years old, these ancient artworks offer a rare glimpse into the lives and traditions of the First Nations people. According to Aboriginal legend, the art was created by birds. It was said that these birds pecked the rocks until their beaks bled, and then created these fine paintings by using a tail feather and their own blood. Continue your exploration of this remote bay with a stroll along endless stretches of white sand beaches, or dive into the crystal-clear waters brimming with colorful marine life, creating lasting memories over enchanting coral gardens and vibrant wrecks. Your journey to Vansittart Bay promises to exceed your wildest dreams, elevating your travel experiences to new heights. Don't miss your chance to uncover this hidden gem of Australia – book your journey of a lifetime now and experience the true essence of sophistication, culture, and luxury.

Day 6: Service call

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SERVICE CALL, NO DESTINATION ACCESS

Day 7: Hunter River, Western Australia

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Nestled in the heart of Australia's wine country, the Hunter River region is a haven for wine and food aficionados, as well as a treasure trove of history and culture. It is home to world-renowned vineyards, such as the iconic Tyrrell's Wines Estate, with the stunning Kimberley landscape as its backdrop. The enchanting town of Morpeth is beautifully preserved with colonial buildings and a rich heritage. The Maitland Regional Art Gallery houses an impressive collection of works from local and international artists, showcasing the region's vibrant creative scene. Adventure beckons in the picturesque Hunter Valley Gardens, where you can immerse yourself in 60 acres of lush greenery and explore themed gardens that transport you around the world. Hot air balloons can be commonly found floating above, while those riding them spot kangaroos in the wild while floating through the sky. For an unconventional experience, follow the Convict Trail and unearth hidden stories of Australia's convict past. Mitchell River National Park is one of Kimberley's two national parks, residing in some of the most inaccessible terrain in Australia. The 115,300 hectares-sized park lies in a remote part of the Kimberley and contains some of the region's scenic jewels. The Mitchell Plateau is one of the most scenic and biologically important areas of the state; small patches of rainforest grow around the margins of the plateau, where they are protected from fire and receive additional moisture The river is home to a large mangrove estuary, that forms part of Porosus Creek (Crocodile Creek) and home to several bird species, Osprey, Brahminy Kite, and White-tailed Sea eagles. 

Day 8: Kuri Bay, Western Australia

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This lovely bay is located in the remote fjordlands of Australia’s northwest Kimberley region, some 140 miles from the nearest town of Derby. The name springs from the fact that the bay houses Australia’s first pearl farm, started in 1956 by Tokiuchi Kuribayashi, who perfected the techniques of cultivating silver-lip pearl oysters in the warm Indian Ocean waters after Australia authorized the production of cultured pearls. Today the aquatic farm is operated by the Paspaley company, and at one time produced about 60% of the world’s large white South Sea pearls. The bay is alive with other sea life, including sharks, turtles, and huge saltwater crocodiles. It is part of the Prince Regent Nature Reserve, as well as the Kumunya Aboriginal Reserve. The nearby Camden Sound Marine Reserve is the most important humpback whale calving grounds in the world, attracting up to 1,000 whales during the season from October to June. Another famous sight is the “horizontal waterfalls” created by the huge Montgomery Reef, Australia’s largest inshore reef, when the 10-meter tide change creates immense cascades of water off the sides as the reef-top “island” appears above the receding sea. A visit to Sheep Island reveals the ruins of a 19th-century settlement, along with the graves bearing silent witness to the settler’s failure. The rugged cliffs glow red at sunrise and sunset.

Day 9: Montgomery Reef, West Territories, Australia

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Vibrant wonders await at the vast Montgomery Reef, formed some 1.8 billion years ago. This ancient reef is recognized today as one of the most significant geological marine environments in the Kimberley.

Experience the mesmerizing allure of the largest inshore reef in Australia as it magically rises from the ocean during the tidal shifts, revealing a kaleidoscope of marine life. Observe the captivating sight of cascading waterfalls, formed as the reef drains during low tide, which is unmistakably a once-in-a-lifetime spectacle, exclusive to this part of the world.

Let the stories of this rich cultural heritage unfold before your eyes, through the natural marvels or perhaps through centuries-old Indigenous rock art that adorns the ancient cliffs.

As your time in Montgomery Reef progresses, be sure to immerse yourself in activities that showcase this unique destination's unparalleled natural beauty. Bear witness to marine life, such as playful dolphins, serene dugongs, and curious sea turtles, thriving in their natural habitat. For bird lovers, revel in the sights of rare species including the white-bellied sea eagle and osprey as they gracefully soar the skies. A 14-meter tidal change makes this an unbelievable zodiac experience.

Day 10: Talbot Bay, Australia

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Delve into the stories of its First Nations heritage and marvel at the ancient rock art found throughout Talbot Bay, where extreme natural wonders await exploration. Explore its rocky shores and steep cliffs, which are comprised of deformed quartz sandstones blended with volcanic rock. Or investigate the diverse seabeds, which can dramatically transform from 100-foot deep channels to exposed rock formations. Water enthusiasts will also want to explore Turtle Reef, named for its abundance of turtles on the reef, and home to coral reefs and crocodiles. The pinnacle of this great region is the iconic Horizontal Falls, a jaw-dropping natural wonder, hailed by Sir David Attenborough as 'Australia's most unusual natural feature.” The effect of the waterfalls is created by the rapid tidal fall on the ocean side of gaps in the sandstone cliffs. Waters on the inland side of the gaps cannot escape fast enough, resulting in a “horizontal waterfall” created by the cascades, with water levels differing sometimes by several meters on either side of the gaps.

Day 11: Broome, Western Australia, Australia

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Isolated on the farthest northwest corner of the continent, Broome thrived from its founding in 1883 based on the bounty of South Sea pearls found in offshore oyster beds. Even today, the pearling industry is active here, though most are now cultured. But Broome has grown into one of Australia’s premier holiday destinations, offering an amazing variety of attractions and activities for visitors. It boasts a splendid, 14-mile strand of soft white sand at Cable Beach, where people flock to enjoy sunset camel rides. And with 2,600 islands in the area and warm seas, it is a sportsman’s paradise. But the unique allure of the region is the unspoiled expanse of bizarre geological formations, waterways, and ancient Aboriginal lands called the Kimberley. Corrugated with red-hued cliffs and escarpments, and laced with pristine waterways, swimming holes, and waterfalls, the Kimberley is unlike any other landscape on Earth. It invites visitors to cruise the coast, fly over the ranges, and explore the rugged terrain in 4WD vehicles. The only difficulty is deciding which adventure to partake of next.

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Decks 5, 6, 7, 8; Approximate total space: 355 sq. ft. (33 sq. m.) including veranda of 75 sq. ft. (7 sq. m.)* All Veranda Suites onboard Seabourn Venture feature a comfortable living area; private veranda; queen-size bed or two twin beds; walk-in closet; personal safe; interactive TV with music and movies; fully stocked bar and refrigerator; writing desk with personalized stationery; makeup vanity; spacious bathroom, separate tub and shower, plush robes, slippers, luxury health and beauty products, hairdryer and 110/220V AC outlets. *Some veranda sizes vary.
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Deck 5; Approximate total space: 355 sq. ft. (33 sq. m.) including veranda of 75 sq. ft. (7 sq. m.)* All Veranda Suites onboard Seabourn Venture feature a comfortable living area; private veranda; queen-size bed or two twin beds; walk-in closet; personal safe; interactive TV with music and movies; fully stocked bar and refrigerator; writing desk with personalized stationery; makeup vanity; spacious bathroom, separate tub and shower, plush robes, slippers, luxury health and beauty products, hairdryer and 110/220V AC outlets. *Some veranda sizes vary.
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Veranda Suite (V2)
Decks 6, 7, 8; Approximate total space: 355 sq. ft. (33 sq. m.) including veranda of 75 sq. ft. (7 sq. m.)* All Veranda Suites onboard Seabourn Venture feature a comfortable living area; private veranda; queen-size bed or two twin beds; walk-in closet; personal safe; interactive TV with music and movies; fully stocked bar and refrigerator; writing desk with personalized stationery; makeup vanity; spacious bathroom, separate tub and shower, plush robes, slippers, luxury health and beauty products, hairdryer and 110/220V AC outlets. *Some veranda sizes vary.
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Veranda Suite (V3)
Decks 6, 7, 8; Approximate total space: 355 sq. ft. (33 sq. m.) including veranda of 75 sq. ft. (7 sq. m.)* All Veranda Suites onboard Seabourn Venture feature a comfortable living area; private veranda; queen-size bed or two twin beds; walk-in closet; personal safe; interactive TV with music and movies; fully stocked bar and refrigerator; writing desk with personalized stationery; makeup vanity; spacious bathroom, separate tub and shower, plush robes, slippers, luxury health and beauty products, hairdryer and 110/220V AC outlets. *Some veranda sizes vary.
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Veranda Suite(V4)
Decks 7, 8; Approximate total space: 355 sq. ft. (33 sq. m.) including veranda of 75 sq. ft. (7 sq. m.)* All Veranda Suites onboard Seabourn Venture feature a comfortable living area; private veranda; queen-size bed or two twin beds; walk-in closet; personal safe; interactive TV with music and movies; fully stocked bar and refrigerator; writing desk with personalized stationery; makeup vanity; spacious bathroom, separate tub and shower, plush robes, slippers, luxury health and beauty products, hairdryer and 110/220V AC outlets. *Some veranda sizes vary.
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Veranda Spa Suite
Deck 7 Suites 741, 743; Approximate total space: 355 sq. ft. (33 sq. m.) including veranda of 75 sq. ft. (7 sq. m.) All Veranda Spa Suites onboard Seabourn Venture feature a comfortable living area; private veranda; queen-size bed or two twin beds; walk-in closet; personal safe; interactive TV with music and movies; fully stocked bar and refrigerator; writing desk with personalized stationery; makeup vanity; spacious bathroom, separate tub and shower, plush robes, slippers, luxury health and beauty products, hairdryer and 110/220V AC outlets.
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Panorama Veranda Suite
Deck 7 Suites 741, 743; Approximate total space: 355 sq. ft. (33 sq. m.) including veranda of 75 sq. ft. (7 sq. m.) All Veranda Spa Suites onboard Seabourn Venture feature a comfortable living area; private veranda; queen-size bed or two twin beds; walk-in closet; personal safe; interactive TV with music and movies; fully stocked bar and refrigerator; writing desk with personalized stationery; makeup vanity; spacious bathroom, separate tub and shower, plush robes, slippers, luxury health and beauty products, hairdryer and 110/220V AC outlets.
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Deck 8 Suites 818-821; Approximate total space: 527 sq. ft. (49 sq. m.) including veranda of 97 sq. ft. (9 sq. m.) All Penthouse Suites onboard Seabourn Venture feature a comfortable living area; private veranda; queen-size bed or two twin beds; walk-in closet; personal safe; interactive TV with music and movies; fully stocked bar and refrigerator; writing desk with personalized stationery; makeup vanity; spacious bathroom, separate tub and shower, plush robes, slippers, luxury health and beauty products, hairdryer and 110/220V AC outlets.
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Deck 7 Suites 735, 736; Total space: 1,044 sq. ft. (97 sq. m.) including veranda of 129 sq. ft. (12 sq. m.) All Wintergarden Suites onboard Seabourn Venture feature a comfortable living area; private veranda; queen-size bed or two twin beds; walk-in closet; personal safe; interactive TV with music and movies; fully stocked bar and refrigerator; writing desk with personalized stationery; makeup vanity; spacious bathroom, separate tub and shower, plush robes, slippers, luxury health and beauty products, hairdryer and 110/220V AC outlets.
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Wintergarden Suite
Deck 7 Suites 735, 736; Total space: 1,044 sq. ft. (97 sq. m.) including veranda of 129 sq. ft. (12 sq. m.) All Wintergarden Suites onboard Seabourn Venture feature a comfortable living area; private veranda; queen-size bed or two twin beds; walk-in closet; personal safe; interactive TV with music and movies; fully stocked bar and refrigerator; writing desk with personalized stationery; makeup vanity; spacious bathroom, separate tub and shower, plush robes, slippers, luxury health and beauty products, hairdryer and 110/220V AC outlets.
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Owners Suite
Deck 7 Suites 700, 701 Total space 1,023 sq. ft. (95 sq. m.) incl. veranda of 484 sq. ft. (45 sq. m.) Owner's Suites on Seabourn Venture feature a comfortable living area; private veranda; queen-size bed or two twin beds; extra-large walk-in closet for expedition gear; personal safe; interactive flat-screen TV with music and movies; fully stocked bar and refrigerator; writing desk with personalized stationery; makeup vanity; spacious bathroom with double vanities, tub and shower, plush robes, slippers, hairdryer and 110/220V AC outlets.
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Signature Suite
All Signature Suites onboard Seabourn Venture feature a comfortable living area; private veranda; queen-size bed or two twin beds; walk-in closet, personal safe; interactive TV with music and movies; fully stocked bar and refrigerator; writing desk with personalized stationery; makeup vanity; spacious bathroom, separate tub and shower, plush robes, slippers, luxury health and beauty products, hairdryer and 110/220V AC outlets.
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Grand Wintergarden Suite
Deck 7 Combine mid-ship Suites 733 and 735 for Suite 7353, or Suites 734 and 736 for Suite 7364 Total space: 1,399 sq. ft. (130 sq. m.) including two verandas totaling 205 sq. ft. (19 sq. m.) All Grand Wintergarden Suites onboard Seabourn Venture feature a comfortable living area; private veranda; queen-size bed or two twin beds; walk-in closet; personal safe; interactive TV with music and movies; fully stocked bar and refrigerator; writing desk with personalized stationery; makeup vanity; spacious bathroom, separate tub and shower, plush robes, slippers, luxury health and beauty products, hairdryer and 110/220V AC outlets.
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  • 10 Breakfasts, 9 Lunches, 10 Dinners
  • 10 Nights Accommodations
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  • Ground transportation as listed
  • Activities as listed
  • Meals as listed
  • Access to a 24-7 Emergency line while traveling
  • Unlimited Wifi
  • Complimentary fine wines at lunch and dinner, and open bars throughout the ship
  • In-suite bar and refrigerator stocked with your preferences
  • All dining venues are complimentary
  • Personal Suite Host and Suite Attendant 
  • Marina and complimentary watersports
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  • Travel Insurance
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  • Flight costs (please request a quote)
  • Additional excursions during free time
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  • Medical and Evacuation insurance coverage.
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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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