10 Night Darwin & The Kimberleys Cruise
10 night Cruise - from £4695
Discover one of the world’s last untouched regions on a small ship cruise along the stunning Kimberley coastline, first charted only 200 years ago.
- King George River excursion
- Rock art gallery on Bigge Island
- Explorer excursion to King Cascades waterfall
- Horizontal Falls cruise
- Aboriginal rock art
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Your Cruise Itinerary
Experienced guides on board will take you on plenty of shore excursions to explore amazing landscapes, inaccessible by road. See towering waterfalls cascading through rugged gorges, admire some of Western Australia’s oldest Aboriginal rock art and marvel at the area’s unique plant and wildlife. You’ll also visit mysterious Bigge Island and the beautiful Montgomery Reef as you travel along the fringes of the Indian Ocean.
On board enjoy well equipped cabins, fine dining and the company of no more than 120 fellow guests on this unforgettable one-way cruise from Darwin or Broome.
Day 2: King George River and FallsToday we discover the first of the Kimberley's 'big' rivers, the mighty King George. Aboard 'Xplorer', our specially designed excursion vessel, we'll explore scenic gorges, and in our inflatable Zodiacs we'll cruise close to the base of magnificent King George Falls, the tallest single-drop waterfalls in Western Australia towering some 80 metres above the river below.
Day 3: Vansittart Bay C53 and Jar IslandJoin our 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. Our Guest Lecturers will point out fine examples of the Kimberley's mysterious Bradshaw Paintings (Gwion), dating back some 20,000 years.
Day 4: Hathaway's Hideaway and Mitchell FallsAfter anchoring in Winyalken Bay we travel ashore aboard 'Xplorer' to explore the maze of natural sandstone caves known as Hathaway's Hideaway (if no optional Heli Flights over Mitchell Falls are booked).
Helicopters are available for optional scenic flights over the Mitchell Plateau for close up views of the mighty four-tiered Mitchell Falls. This evening, enjoy a spectacular Indian Ocean sunset as we indulge in a gourmet Aussie Beach BBQ.
Day 5: Bigge IslandDiscover the rock art gallery on Bigge Island, featuring fine examples of both Wandjina and Bradshaw art.
Day 6: Prince Regent RiverWe 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 fresh water pools (wildlife permitting).
Day 7: Montgomery ReefToday savour a truly unforgettable moment as Montgomery Reef 'rises' out of the ocean as the tide ebbs. Join our Expedition Staff aboard the 'Xplorer' and zodiacs to experience this natural phenomenon up close and discover the reef's diverse marine life including turtles,and reef sharks.
Day 8: Raft Point, Ruby Falls & Doubtful BayCruising through Kuri Bay, home of the south sea pearl industry, we 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.
Later, cruise through scenic Doubtful Bay.
Day 9: Horizontal Falls and Buccaneer ArchipelagoCruise through the Buccaneer Archipelago, home to over 800 islands. In Talbot Bay, the region's 12 metre tides (tidal dependent) 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(totally tide dependent, otherwise alternate activity will be arranged)
We 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, frigate birds, 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 we farewell new-found friends as we enjoy the Captain's Farewell Drinks.
Day 11: Depart in Broome8:00am. Our unforgettable cruise along the Kimberley coast concludes in Broome this morning.
10 night Cruise - from £4695
Cruise operates from Darwin or Broome Apr - Sept on selected Mondays and Fridays - ask your consultant for details and departure dates. Price shown based on double/twin cabin.
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About your cruise
Delightful small ship cruising with plenty of on-shore activities and excursions. Enjoying a cruise will be the highlight of your Australia holiday.
Your cruise includes:
- 10 nights cabin accommodation on board Coral Discoverer or Coral Expeditions I
- All meals, morning and afternoon teas and soft drinks
- Informative talks from the expedition staff
- Two air conditioned lounges and dining room
- Comprehensive resource library
- Large sundeck
- On board shop and dive shop
Coral Discoverer – 72 Passengers
Darwin to Broome Broome to Darwin
26 April 2019 27 May 2019
7 June 2019 17 June 2019
28 June 2019 8 July 2019
19 July 2019 29 July 2019
9 August 2019 19 August 2019
30 August 2019 23 September 2019
Coral Expeditions – 44 Passengers
Darwin to Broome Broome to Darwin
29 March 2019 8 April 2019
19 April 2019 29 April 2019
21 June 2019 20 May 2019
12 July 2019 22 July 2019
2 August 2019 12 August 2019
23 August 2019 2 September 2019
Ports of Call:
Darwin – Jar Island – Mitchell Falls – Bigge Island – Prince Regent River – Doubtful Bay – Broome