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Kimberley & Across the Top of Australia

Example 11 Day Cruise aboard Coral Discoverer
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Experience all of the icons of the Kimberley Coast over 11 unforgettable days cruising between Darwin and Broome. Covering more than 400,000 square kilometers (an area three times larger than England) and home to a sparse population of just 30,000 residents, the Kimberley region of northwest Australia is a place universally acknowledged as one of the world’s last – and possibly most beautiful – wilderness areas. The Kimberley is a completely unique experience!

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Darwin | Embark
Day 2 : King George River & Falls
Day 3 : Vansittart Bay DC3 | Jar Island
Day 4 : Hathaway's Hideaway | Mitchell Falls
Day 5 : Bigge Island | Careening Bay
Day 6 : Prince Regent River | King Cascades
Day 7 : Montgomery Reef | Doubtful Bay
Day 8 : Raft Point | Ruby Falls
Day 9 : Horizontal Falls | Buccaneer Archipelago
Day 10 : Lacepede Islands
Day 11 : Broome | Disembark

Highlights

  • Zodiac to the base of King George Falls, the tallest in Western Australia
  • Explore Hathaway's Hideaway, a maze of natural sandstone caves
  • Visit Western Australia’s most significant green turtle breeding grounds
  • Watch the Montgomery Reef "rise" & view the reef's diverse marine life

Ship

Coral Discoverer

Places Visited

  • Australia
  • South Pacific
  • Bigge Island
  • Broome
  • Darwin
  • Horizontal Falls
  • Jar Island
  • King George River
  • Lacepede Islands
  • Mitchell Falls
  • Montgomery Reef
  • Raft Point
  • Vansittart Bay

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Swimming with sharks Access the shore aboard the specially designed expedition vessel Xplorer Admire ancient Aboriginal rock art Access the shore aboard the the Zodiac Manta ray during on a snorkeling trip.

Day 1 Darwin | Embark

  • Ship
  • 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Board the Coral Discoverer this morning. Farewelling Darwin Harbor, cross Cambridge Gulf and sail into Western Australian waters. This afternoon join Expedition Staff for an informative introduction to the upcoming Kimberley voyage before meeting your fellow travelers and friendly crew at the Captain’s Welcome Cocktails.

Day 2 King George River & Falls

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Today discover the first of the Kimberley’s ‘big’ rivers, the mighty King George. Aboard the Explorer, a specially designed excursion vessel, explore scenic gorges, and in inflatable zodiacs cruise close to the base of magnificent King George Falls, the tallest waterfall in Western Australia towering some 80 meters above the river below. Later, visit Tranquil Bay for beach walking and exploration.

Day 3 Vansittart Bay DC3 | Jar Island

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Join your Expedition Leader on a walk across salt flats to view the wreckage of a US Air Force DC3 which crash landed on the beach during WWII. Later, visit Jar Island and discover the island’s outstanding rock art gallery. Guest Lecturers point out fine examples of the Kimberley’s mysterious Bradshaw Paintings (Gwion), dating back some 20,000 years.

Day 4 Hathaway's Hideaway | Mitchell Falls

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
After anchoring in Winyalken Bay, travel ashore aboard the Xplorer to explore the maze of natural sandstone caves known as Hathaway’s Hideaway. Later, helicopters are available for optional scenic flights over the Mitchell Plateau for close up views of the mighty four-tiered Mitchell Falls (additional expense). This evening, enjoy a spectacular Indian Ocean sunset while indulging in a gourmet Aussie Beach BBQ.

Day 5 Bigge Island | Careening Bay

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Discover the rock art gallery on Bigge Island, featuring fine examples of both Wandjina and Bradshaw art. Then, explore Careening Bay which was named by Phillip Parker King after his ship ‘HMC Mermaid’ was careened for repairs during his second voyage of discovery in the Kimberley. Lecturers lead to the site of a large boab tree baring the inscription “HMC Mermaid – 1820”, still clearly visible almost 200 years later.

Day 6 Prince Regent River | King Cascades

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Cruise the mighty Prince Regent River aboard Xplorer to breathtaking King Cascades, an unusual and picturesque waterfall cascading over terraced rock formations. Enjoy a picnic lunch at beautiful Camp Creek, where there is time for a leisurely swim in the freshwater pools.

Day 7 Montgomery Reef | Doubtful Bay

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Savor a truly unforgettable moment as Montgomery Reef ‘rises’ out of the ocean as the tide ebbs. Join Expedition Staff aboard the Xplorer and zodiacs to experience this natural phenomenon up close and discover the reef’s diverse marine life including turtles, manta rays, and reef sharks. Later, cruise through scenic Doubtful Bay.

Day 8 Raft Point | Ruby Falls

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Cruising through Kuri Bay, home of the South Sea pearl industry, travel ashore at Raft Point and visit a secluded and very interesting Aboriginal rock art gallery to view Wandjina art and the mysterious Bradshaw Paintings (Gwion). Later, explore Red Cone Creek and enjoy a cooling dip at Ruby Falls.

Day 9 Horizontal Falls | Buccaneer Archipelago

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Cruise through the Buccaneer Archipelago, home to over 800 islands. In Talbot Bay, the region’s 12 meter tides create an amazing spectacle, the unique Horizontal Falls, described by legendary naturalist David Attenborough as “one the greatest natural wonders in the world”. Board the zodiacs for an exhilarating ride through the falls. Later, explore Silica Beach on Hidden Island with its stunning white sands and crystal clear waters.

Day 10 Lacepede Islands

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Cruise through Pender Bay and, subject to weather and tides, visit the Lacepede Islands, a series of low islands consisting of coarse sand and coral rubble lying atop a platform reef. This nature reserve has been identified by Bird Life International as an Important Bird Area as it supports up to 18,000 breeding pairs of brown boobies and roseate terns, possibly the largest such population in the world. Board the zodiacs and explore the island’s lagoon, keeping an eye out for many species of marine birdlife including Australian pelicans, frigatebirds, egrets, gulls, and terns. The islands are also renowned as Western Australia’s most significant breeding grounds for the green turtle, often seen nesting on the islands. This evening say farewell to new-found friends as you enjoy the Captain’s Farewell Cocktails.

Day 11 Broome | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
Your unforgettable cruise along the Kimberley coast concludes in Broome this morning.

Coral Discoverer

Per person starting at
$8,320
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Main Deck B
Averaging 195 sq. ft. Three cabins located on the Main Deck, equipped with twin portholes, desk, sofa, telephone and your choice of Junior King or twin bedding.
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Main Deck A
Averaging 195 sq. ft. Six cabins located on the Main Deck, equipped with twin porthole windows, desk, sofa, telephone and your choice of Junior King or twin bedding.
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Promenade Deck B
Averaging 160 sq. ft. Four cabins located on the Promenade Deck, equipped with picture windows, desk, telephone and Junior King bedding.
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Promenade Deck A
Averaging 195 sq. ft. Eighteen cabins located on the Promenade Deck, equipped with picture windows, sofa, desk, telephone and your choice of Junior King or twin bedding.
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Bridge Deck
Averaging 195 sq. ft. Five cabins located on the Bridge Deck, equipped with picture windows, sofa, desk, telephone and your choice of Junior King or twin bedding.

Notes

Solo Travelers:
A 50% single supplement is charged or select the “Single Guest Match” program. Single Guest Match is available for guests who have flexible travel dates and are willing to share a cabin with another guest of the same gender. Passengers are placed on a standby list and notified if a match becomes available. Once confirmed, they are charged at the twin-share rate (no single supplement). Cabin category requests are accepted.

Important Fare Information:
Rates are posted based off of the current exchange rates from Australian or New Zealand Dollars. Please contact us for current exchange rates.

This itinerary is an indication of the destinations hoped to visit and activities on offer. Throughout the expedition the Coral Discoverer may make changes to the itinerary as necessary to maximize your expeditionary experience. Allowances may be made for seasonal variations, weather, tidal conditions and any other event that may affect the operation of the vessel.

Cruise Fare Includes: 
  • 10 night Expedition Voyage aboard Coral Discoverer in your chosen cabin category
  • Expert Expedition Team, including Marine Biologists and Guest Lecturers, and a local Parks & Wildlife Guide
  • An authentic, flexible expedition itinerary with expert Captain to respond to conditions
  • Daily guided excursions on the Explorer and Zodiac tender vessels, and kayaks where conditions allow
  • Small batch local dining, prepare fresh in our Galley: 7 buffet breakfasts, 6 buffet lunches and 7 a la carte dinners
  • Showcase wines and selected beer, as well as soft drinks, with lunch and dinner service
  • Captain’s Welcome and Farewell Events, and Open Bridge Access with our Captain
  • 24 hour speciality coffee and selection of teas
  • Use of all onboard facilities, including reference library
  • Comprehensive and fully guided sightseeing in each port
  • All entrance fees to National Parks and Ports
Cruise Fare Excludes: 
  • Pre and post flights, transfers and hotels
  • Entry visas/travel permits
  • Travel Insurance
  • Items of a personal nature including but not limited to phone and internet communications and bar charges (outside of the included drinks package as highlighted), laundry charges and souvenir purchases

Included

  • 10 Breakfasts, 10 Lunches, 10 Dinners
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