Darwin to Broome 2013 Dates & Rates

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Darwin to BroomeStep aboard the recently refurbished Coral Princess and join us on a wonderful voyage along the remote, exotic Kimberley Coast. Australia’s wildest frontier is twice the size of Victoria, with an incredible 2500 offshore islands that offer excellent opportunities for exploration and relaxation. Humpback whale calves are born and nurtured in the warm, tropical, sheltered waters, which also attract myriad fish, dolphins, dugongs, sharks and even crocodiles. The islands are alive with pelicans, boobies, terns, egrets, frigatebirds, oystercatchers and many more – an absolute delight for birdwatchers and photographers.

At Aurora Expeditions we treat our destinations with the love and respect they deserve. On the Kimberley coast, powerful tides dictate our schedule. Share your adventure with likeminded souls in a relaxed, casual atmosphere while making the most of every opportunity for adventure and discovery.

*Not valid with any other offer. Subject to availability. Valid until sold out. Other terms and conditions may apply.

dates & prices

There are no trips scheduled for this expedition.

Itinerary

TRIP DATES

NOTE: Boarding is at 0800 on Day 1. We recommend you arrive the day before departure and overnight in Darwin.

Day 1
King George FallsExcitement builds as we depart the harbour of Australia’s northern most city Darwin, we set our course across Joseph Bonaparte Gulf in the morning. We meet our Expedition team, crew and fellow travellers and explore our home for the next 11 days.

Day 2
The first leg of our expedition takes us across Joseph Bonaparte Gulf, first sighted by Abel Tasman in 1644, and named by French explorer Nicholas Baudin in 1803. The Gulf is an inlet of the Timor Sea with shallow waters. Weather and time permitting, we may explore the serpentine creek system below Cox Peninsula.

Day 3
Aboriginal ArtWe cruise along King George River and deep into the red-rock gorge to be refreshed by the 80-metre, uninterrupted cascade of King George Falls, the tallest waterfall in Western Australia. The inlets, islands and protected waters of Vansittart Bay offer wonderful opportunities to search for Gwion Gwion figures and World War II relics.

Day 4
Immerse yourself in the captivating Wandjina and Bradshaw (Gwion Gwion) figures while our rock painting specialist interprets their meaning. Monjons (small rock wallabies) and nesting ospreys abound on Bigge Island, one of the most significant cultural sites on our voyage.

Day 5 Boab Tree
Moving south, a massive boab tree in Careening Bay bears witness to Phillip Parker King’s 1820 visit, with HMC Mermaid blazed into its trunk. 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.

Days 6 - 7
A boating excursion along Prince Regent River delivers us to superb King Cascade. With luck we may sight humpback whales and their calves as we pass through Camden Sound Whale Sanctuary. Hardy souls have a chance to accompany Mike Cusack on a trek into the ruins of Kunmunya Mission, where Mike and Susan spent a year as Australian Geographic’s “Wilderness Couple”.

Days 8 - 9
Bigge IslandPearl farms bedeck Talbot Bay and Montgomery Reef showcase pelagic marine creatures, including manta rays and sharks. Buccaneer Archipelago’s 800 iron-rich islands stretch across azure waters, delighting photographers. Crocodile Creek beckons us to cool off in refreshing water while Horizontal Waterfalls lure the adventurous.

Day 10
We head to Lacepede Islands, where huge numbers of frigates, boobies and other birds next. Green and flatback turtles also frequent the area. In the late afternoon, we steam past the Dampier Peninsula, heading towards Broome, enjoying farewell drinks with our new found friends.

Coral Princess
Day 11

In the early morning, the wonderful beaches of Broome welcome us, as we farewell shipboard friends and make our way to hotels or the airport with a complimentary transfer.

Additional Tours

Meet the Artist
If time permits, and pending sea and weather conditions we will offer our passengers to join a complimentary 'Meet the Artist' tour, were we meet the artists of the Wandjina culture. They will welcome us with a traditional 'smoking' ceremony, and we will learn the cultural history of Wijingarra bard bard. At the purpose-built “artist’s shelter”, we sit and talk with the Aboriginal artists over a cup of tea, watching them create their paintings, talk about Wandjina culture and the importance of their paintings and culture in their everyday lives. You will have the opportunity to purchase paintings, on country, direct from the artist. Commission for paintings are welcome. The Wandjina Tours artists are represented through the Mowanjum Art Centre and produce paintings of the highest quality.

Barramundi Fishing Expedition
If time permits, and pending sea and weather conditions, we will also offer a Barramundi fishing expedition for a limited number of passengers. This tour is at an additional cost and can be paid on board, during the voyage. Please note this fishing expedition will be run at the same time as the Meet the Artist tour. Maximum of 6 anglers per voyage, first come, first serve basis. Prices are based per boat, of which there are two, and start from $480 per boat (as at June 2012).

Activities

TRIP DATES ACTIVITIES

How to Prepare

How to prepare for a Kimberley Coast Expedition

To ensure you have an enjoyable and safe expedition we have developed some import pre-departure information to help you prepare for your voyage. We strongly recommend you download the documents below and read carefully. Our reservation staff will be happy to answer any questions you may have. Before you depart for your expedition we will send you a detailed pack including your itinerary, travel documents and any other essential information relevant to your voyage.

Travel insurance? 
All passengers are required to provide travel insurance details including policy number and emergency contact number to Aurora Expeditions prior to departure. We strongly recommend insurance coverage that includes emergency medical evacuation from the vessel.

Emergency contact details 
So that you can be contacted in the case of an emergency, remember to provide your family or friends with a copy of your travel documents as well as Aurora Expeditions’ and your Ship’s contact numbers.

Remember to pack any valuables or essential items such as medication in your hand luggage to avoid issues in the case of lost baggage.

Kimberley What to Bring Guidelines

Kimberley Photography Hints

FAQ's

How many people on the ship?
Coral Princess sleeps 44 passengers. We believe that small groups are the best way to experience our destinations.

Where do passengers come from?
The majority of our clients come from Australia, however we do often have a mix of other nationalities on board.

How much room is there for luggage?
There is ample storage space in your cabin on all our ships. Your empty baggage can be stored safely elsewhere on the ship if need be.

Does the crew speak English?
Staff on Coral princess are generally Australian and speak English.

Is the ship air-conditioned? What is the temperature?
Coral Princess is airconditioned, however it is not adjustable in individual cabins, so please bring something to keep you warm at night.

How do we dry wet clothing?
Clothing dries very quickly inside your cabin. There are no passenger laundry facilities for you to do your own washing, but there is a laundry service on board all our vessels. Prices are listed in your cabin. All cabins have a sink.

What clothes do I take to wear on the ship?
Shipboard clothing is informal and casual. Shorts, shirts and sandals are perfect for on board in the Kimberly. Don’t forget a hat and sunscreen to wear on the deck.

Some people like to take a nice outfit or something a bit special for the Captain’s welcome and farewell drinks, but formal clothing is not necessary.

What kind of footwear do I need for our shore visits?
It is most important that you bring a good pair of walking shoes. In the tropics you will need a pair of wet landing shoes, that you are happy to get wet – Velcro sandals, Crocs, or an old pair of joggers are all ideal.

How often do we get off the ship?
We aim to get off the ship as much as possible, usually two times a day depending on weather and itinerary. Weather permitting we spend between one to four hours at each location. We come back to the ship for meals.

Longer excursions are offered on selected voyages, such as the Kunmunya walk in the Kimberley.

What is not included in the price of the voyage?
In general items that are not included in the cost of your voyage are flights to and from your voyage, pre and post accommodation, transfers, drinks from the bar (alcohol and soft drinks), gratuities, ship-shop items, laundry costs and other items of a personal nature.

Do I need travel insurance?
Travel insurance, including medical evacuation cover, is mandatory for all Aurora Expeditions’ voyages. We advise you have insurance for voyage cancellation to ensure you will be covered financially if you are forced to cancel your voyage due to circumstances beyond your control. It is in your best interest to read carefully the General Terms & Conditions on your booking form or on our website.

http://www.auroraexpeditions.com.au/terms-and-conditions 

How much should I tip?
People often ask us what they should do about tipping. Tipping is a very personal matter, however if pressed we recommend $AU10 per passenger, per day that you are on the ship.

Should I bring along my own walking poles?
Yes, it’s a good idea, especially if you have trouble walking over uneven ground. Some of our landings can be on slippery rocks, and we may go for extended walks to see different parts of our landing point. We recommend the telescopic poles, which you can purchase these poles in most outdoor stores.

Do you have facilities on board to download digital images from my camera?
No, we do not provide a computer to download your digital images. We recommended you bring a laptop computer or similar downloading device to download your images, either between landings, in the evenings or during sea crossings.

What is the electrical supply on board? Do I need a converter?
A standard, Australian three-prong plug is used on Coral Princess.

Is there Internet, email or telephone access on board?
Internet is available via a wireless network for use on your own computer or PDA, or via an onboard internet booth. Internet access is available through purchasing an internet card from the Purser onboard. Access options are 60mins - $40, 120mins - $60 and 240mins - $90.

Please Note: Due to the remote location of your voyage, making contact with the ship via telephone can be difficult and expensive. In case of emergency, it is recommended your family and friends contact the Aurora Expeditions’ office and we will do our best to get the message through to the ship.

Please Note: Due to the remote location of your voyage, making contact with the ship via telephone can be difficult and expensive. In case of emergency, it is recommended your family and friends contact the Aurora Expeditions’ office and we will do our best to get the message through to the ship.

Do you cater for special meal requests?
Yes. Our talented chefs will take your requirements into their meal planning and ensure you receive tasty, healthy meals. Please ensure you list any dietary requirements on your personal details form.

What if I need to go to the toilet when ashore?
Our expedition staff will instruct you with these types of rules on board.. In the Kimberley, we are often in remote bush and forests, and you will need to find a discreet location to do your business.

Do you provide toiletries on board?
On Coral Princess small hotel style soap, shampoo and conditioner is provided in your cabin.

How fit do I need to be?
To make the most of our voyages, you should be in good general health and able to walk reasonable distances, sometimes over uneven terrain. However, if you have problems walking on rough ground, you can enjoy the scenery closer to shore. Should you have any physical limitations please notify us well in advance of your departure, but this should not discourage you participating.

How do we pay for our bar bill at the end of the voyage?
Our hotel manager will organise this on board. On Coral Princess we accept all major credit cards or Australian dollars.

Can I smoke on board?
There is a ‘No Smoking’ policy throughout the interior of our ships. Our expedition leader will advise you on designated smoking areas on deck.

Are there hairdryers on board?
All cabins on Coral Princess have hairdryers.

Will I get sea sick?
Many people ask us if they will get seasick. It is a very difficult question to answer because it depends so much on the individual. Our experience is that a small percentage of people are seasick on any trip and most of these people are fine after a day or so at sea. If you feel that you are particularly susceptible to seasickness then it is a good idea to talk to your doctor. Come with motion sickness tablets. There will be a a first aid officer on Coral Princess who will be able to assist with any bouts of seasickness.

What kind of footwear do I need for our shore visits?
It is most important that you bring a good pair of walking shoes, sandshoes or running shoes, because we'll be encountering slippery rock and mud ashore. Some people prefer to wear sports sandals such as ‘Teva’, but they must have a good grip. You do not need expensive footwear, just shoes that will protect your feet and be comfortable. You should be prepared to throw the ‘wet landing’ shoes away at the end of the voyage. Thongs and some sandals can actually be quite dangerous ashore, but can be worn on the ship.

Can I go fishing?
In 2013 our program includes a special barramundi fishing option. This is limited to six keen anglers and may be reserved on a first come, first served basis. Please contact Aurora expeditions for more details on +61 2 9252 1033. (Note: optional tours are subject to weather conditions and tides)

Will there be snorkelling opportunities?
It is highly unlikely that there will be snorkelling opportunities during this expedition. However, there is a supply of masks, snorkels and fins on board so you do not need to bring your own. Don't forget we'll be in crocodile territory - our Captain and staff are familiar with locations that are safe for swimming and snorkelling, and we plan to stop if time permits.

Will it be very hot onshore?
The temperature ranges from about 25°C to 32°C, so please make sure you bring a good hat, sunscreen and sunglasses.

How to Book

Contact us

If you are interested in an Aurora Expeditions voyage, please contact our sales team to check availability.
Either email an expert here or call our experienced consultants direct on + 61 2 9252 1033 or 1800 637 688 (Freecall within Australia).

Complete a booking form

Once availability is confirmed, please download, print and complete the booking form. Please return it to us, along with your deposit to secure your berth.  Please ensure you read the Terms and Conditions of contract before sending us your signed booking form.

Download the booking form here.

Terms & Conditions

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Preparation for your voyage

On receipt of the booking form, we will contact you to confirm your booking and our reservations staff will send you a comprehensive pre-departure kit. This kit will contain all necessary pre-departure information including visa information, insurance information, a medical and personal details form, comprehensive gear list and information tailored to your voyage.

Aurora Expeditions - Your Personal Travel Agent

Aurora Expeditions is a licensed travel agent. Our experienced reservations consultants all have specialised expertise on the destinations we travel to. Each voyage has a dedicated travel expert solely working on developing dynamic itineraries for our passengers.  Contact our reservations team and allow us to create a personal itinerary to compliment your voyage, including airfares, accommodation, travel insurance and pre and post voyage travel options.

We look forward to assisting you with your journey of a lifetime.

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