Kimberley Coast

Days

11

Style

Cruise

Ex

Broome – Kununurra

Kununurra – Broome

 

From

AUD$8,990.00 – 2018

AUD$10,500.00 – 2019

turtleHighlights

  • Expedition led by Kimberley expert Mike Cusack
  • Zodiac cruise breathtaking Horizontal Waterfalls
  • Wandjina/ Gwion Gwion rock paintings
  • Lacepede Islands’ impressive seabird rookeries
  • Explore Magnificent King George falls
  • Montgomery Reef’s sharks, turtles and rays

The Kimberley coast lying north of Broome is one of the most stunning and isolated in the world.

Come and explore one of the last wilderness coastlines on Earth. You’ll share the sea with humpback whales and calves, dugongs, crocodiles, sharks and dolphins. Frigate-birds, boobies and pelicans nest on offshore islands, while “hard rock” country and spinifex grasslands are rich in reptiles and wallabies.

Voyages along the Kimberley’s spectacular coast are unpredictable, itineraries are at the mercy of powerful tides, yet its treasures are profound. Explore and enjoy the natural beauty and spectacular scenery of the awesome gorges, rivers and waterfalls found along the coast.

Whilst onshore experience the birdlife, reptiles and other wildlife along with Aboriginal art sites, culture and European history. You’ll enjoy the relaxed, casual atmosphere you’ll on board, and you’ll be getting out amongst it at every opportunity.

Broome to Darwin


Day                 Activity

1                         Explore Broome, board Coral Expeditions I

Enjoy Broome’s beaches, pearling industry and history before boarding Coral Expeditions I for a late afternoon departure.

2                         Lacepede Islands

Passing Dampier Peninsula in the morning, we aim for the seabird and turtle nesting grounds of Lacepede Islands.

3 – 4                   Buccaneer Archipelago, Crocodile Creek, Talbot Bay, Horizontal Waterfalls, Montgomery Reef

Buccaneer Archipelago’s 800 iron-rich islands stretch across azure waters, delighting photographers. Crocodile Creek beckons us to cool off in refreshing waters, while the Horizontal Waterfalls lure the adventurous. Montgomery Reef channels reveal manta rays and sharks, and tidal cascades.

5 – 6                   Camden Sound Whale Sanctuary, Raft Point, Kunmunya Mission, Prince Regent River, King Cascade

With luck we may see humpbacks and their calves in Camden Sound Whale Sanctuary. Mike Cusack leads us to the ruins of Kunmunya Mission, where he and his wife Susan lived, as Australian Geographic’s Wilderness Couple. A boating excursion along Prince Regent River takes us to King Cascade.

7                         Prince Regent Nature Reserve, Careening Bay, Mermaid Tree

Mangrove stands, towering red cliffs and powerful tidal currents characterise Prince Regent Nature Reserve, where more than half the Kimberley’s bird and mammal species thrive. We may spotlight for saltwater crocodiles. A massive boab tree in Careening Bay bears the 1820 blaze of Phillip Parker King’s HMC Mermaid.

8                         Bigge Island

Monjons (small rock wallabies) and nesting ospreys abound on Bigge Island, a significant cultural site. Immerse yourself in captivating Wandjina and Gwion Gwion (Bradshaw) figures interpreted by our rock art specialists.

9                         Vansittart Bay, King George River, King George Falls

The inlets, islands and protected waters of Vansittart Bay offer wonderful opportunities to search for Gwion Gwion figures or WWII relics. We cruise along King George River to the thundering, 80-metre cascade of King George Falls, WA’s tallest.

10                       Joseph Bonaparte Gulf

Our last leg takes us across Joseph Bonaparte Gulf, first sighted by Abel Tasman in 1644 and named by French explorer Nicolas Baudin in 1803. The Gulf is a relatively shallow inlet of the Timor Sea. We may also explore the serpentine creek system below Cox Peninsula.

11                       Darwin

On arrival in Darwin, we farewell shipboard friends and a complimentary transfer takes us to our hotel or airport.

We recommend any onward flights be booked after 11am.


Broome to Darwin

Day                 Activity

1                         Board Coral Expeditions I, Joseph Bonaparte Gulf

We meet in Darwin, Northern Territory and board Coral Expeditions I for a morning departure.

2                         Joseph Bonaparte Gulf

We start by crossing Joseph Bonaparte Gulf which was first sighted by Abel Tasman in 1644 and named by French explorer Nicolas Baudin in 1803. Located in the Timor Sea, the gulf consists of a shallow inlet. We also try to explore the serpentine creek system below Cox Peninsula.

3                         King George River, King George Falls, Vansittart Bay

Vansittart Bay has many inlets, islands and protected waters that let us search for Gwion Gwion figures and WWII relics. WA’s tallest waterfall, 80-meter thundering King George Falls await us on the other side of the King George River.

4                         Bigge Island

Bigge Island is an important cultural landing site and is home to monjons (small rock wallabies) and ospreys. Our rock painting specialist will take you through the fascinating Wandjina and Gwion Gwion (Bradshaw) figures.

5                         Careening Bay, Mermaid Tree, Prince Regent Nature Reserve

Prince Regent Nature Reserve is where more than half of the region’s bird life and mammal species thrive. The reserve boasts mangrove stands, towering red cliffs, impressive tidal currents and the famous saltwater crocodiles. In Careening Bay, a huge boab tree bears the 1820 blaze of Phillip Parker King’s HMC Mermaid.

6 – 7                   Prince Regent River, King Cascade, Camden Sound Whale Sanctuary, Kunmunya Mission

We hope to be lucky enough to see humpback whales and their young in Camden Sound Whale Sanctuary. Expedition leader and Kimberley expert Mike Cusack takes us to ruins of the Kunmunya Mission, the remote settlement he and his wife Susan called home for a year, as Australia Geographic’s Wilderness Couple. We’ll also cruise along Prince Regent River up to the cooling King Cascade.

8 – 9                   Talbot Bay, Montgomery Reef, Buccaneer Archipelago, Crocodile Creek, Horizontal Waterfalls

Photographers will revel in the 800 iron-rich islands that make up the Buccaneer Archipelago, stretching across azure waters. We take the time to cool off in Crocodile Creek and the adventure seekers experience the thrill of a Zodiac cruise through the powerful Horizontal Waterfalls. The marine sanctuary of Montgomery Reef is home to friendly manta rays and sharks and tidal cascades.

10                       Lacepede Islands, Dampier Peninsula

Today we sail pass the Dampier Peninsula and head towards the Lacepede Islands in search of seabird and turtle nesting grounds.

11                       Broome

On arrival in Broome, farewell shipboard friends and crew, before being transferred to the airport or continue on to explore Broome’s beaches, its pearling industry and captivating history.

NB: The above itineraries may be varied according to conditions and advice

Broome – Darwin

11th – 21st June 2018
10th – 20th June 2019
1st – 11th July 2019

Darwin – Broome

1st – 11th June 2018
22nd June – 2nd July 2018
31st May – 10 June 2019
21 June – 1 July 2019

  • Accommodation during the voyage onboard Coral Expeditions I
  • Transfer from the ship to your hotel or airport (post voyage)/li>
  • All meals, snacks, tea and coffee during the voyage
  • All shore excursions and Zodiac (inflatable boat) cruises & landings with purpose-built craft The Explorer
  • Educational lectures and guiding services from our expert team
  • Artist workshops
  • Daily cabin service
  • Comprehensive pre-departure information and
    briefings
  • Professionally-produced hard back voyage log
  • Access to first aid service

“We had a fabulous time and took lots of photos. One poor lady broke her leg at Prince Regent’s River, which provided us all with a lot of interest, unfortunately for the lady and her husband who were planning to drive round Australia in a caravan. It was very illuminating seeing the powers that be running around and how hard they worked. It is such a remote place as well. The staff were marvellous and we all put on several pounds with all the delicious food. Me especially with all the yummy gluten free food that I never normally make for myself. The staff were EXTREMELY hard working.”
Maureen Gardiner

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