Kimberley Coastline, Arnhem Land, and Cape York Dates & Rates

Travelling from one side of Australia to the other, this fascinating voyage covers the very best of Australia’s northern coastline, showcasing the landscapes of two states, one territory and about 4000 kilometres!

From Broome to Cairns, this 23 day voyage will traverse the rugged Kimberley Coast stopping at key highlights including the Horizontal Falls, Montgomery Reef and the rock painting gallery on Bigge Island. Docking in Darwin, you’ll enjoy a day tour to enjoy a birds-eye view of the magnificent Kakadu National Park, followed by an evening to enjoy the energetic vibe of Darwin’s nightlife. 

Making our way across the Northern Territory’s  Arnhem Land coast you’ll stop at the rarely-visited Tiwi Islands, and learn of the fascinating Macassan traders of the 17th century. We’ll venture ashore to meet fabulous artisans in some of the most remote villages in Australia; some of whom have had their paintings exhibited in some of the most famous galleries in the world, including the Louvre in Paris. 

From Gove we cross the Gulf of Carpentaria by charter flight to enjoy the final leg of our journey. We’ll explore the islands north of Cape York including Horn and Thursday, before savouring a glass of champagne as we round the ‘Tip of Australia’ on the Cape York Peninsula. These finals days you’ll enjoy swimming and snorkelling opportunities in the clear tropical waters of the Great Barrier Reef, as well as a fascinating tour of the Lizard Island Research Station, before sailing into Cairns.

dates & prices

Kimberley Coastline, Arnhem Land and Cape York (KAC03)

Dates: 26-09-2016 to 18-10-2016
Duration: 23 Days
Start: Broome, Western Australia
Finish: Cairns, Queensland


+ Ship's accommodation. All public areas (bridge, outer decks, lounges and dining areas) are open to all passengers.

+ All meals on board ship and picnic lunches or barbecues onshore during the voyage.

+ Services of expedition team including lectures, briefings and slide/video shows.

+ All shore excursions from the ship including the use of Zodiacs and landing boat.

+ Port taxes, port charges and landing fees imposed by government authorities.

+ Pre-departure information.



+ Laundry, postage, personal clothing, medical expenses, personal travel insurance and items of a personal nature such as bar charges and phone calls.

+ Lunch or dinner whilst docked in Darwin.

+ Emergency evacuation charges.

+ Meals and accommodation before and after the cruise in Broome and Darwin.

+ Airport transfers, transfers to the ship.

+ Optional helicopter flight.

+ Flights to Broome or Darwin.


Deck C & Deck D Cabin (Twin share) AU$16,500
Deck B & Deck C Stateroom AU$18,580
TBA Upperdeck Stateroom AU$19,580
TBA Deluxe Stateroom AU$20,180

Kimberley Price Terms


Kimberley Coastline, Arnhem Land and Cape York (KAC03) 26-Sep-16 to 18-Oct-16

Kimberley Coastline, Arnhem Land and Cape York Voyage Map

Days 1-3
Board Coral Expeditions I in Broome late afternoon, meet our expedition team and fellow adventurers before sailing (weather and tide dependent) to the incredible seabird-rich Lacepede Islands. Brown boobies, roseate terns and green sea turtles breed here. Overnight we reach Buccaneer Archipelago, the dazzling beaches of Hidden Island and an adrenalin-ride through the Horizontal Waterfalls.

Days 4-7
We swim in Red Cone Creek, land at Raft Point for an easy walk up to exquisite Wandjina and Gwion Gwion rock paintings. Overnight we sail to Montgomery Reef, a world wonder surrounded by turtles, manta rays and reef sharks. Prince Regent River offers lovely King Cascade and cool Camp Creek. At Careening Bay we visit the 'Mermaid tree', while on Bigge Island, we view fine Wandjina and Gwion Gwion paintings.

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Days 8-10
In Winyalken Bay, we explore sandstone caves of Hathaway’s Hideaway or take optional scenic heliflight to Mitchell Falls. A sunset beach BBQ, before sailing to Vansittart Bay to see WWII DC3 wreckage, then fantastic rock paintings on Jar Island. Overnight we reach the mighty King George Falls, tallest in WA.

Days 10-13
In Darwin, an air-conditioned bus whisks us to spectacular Kakadu National Park including an unforgettable, scenic flight, before setting sail for Tiwi Islands in the evening. We arrive the next morning to a cultural feast of screen-printing, woodcarving and pottery. Overnight we reach Port Essington on Cobourg Peninsula and visit the ruins of Victoria Settlement.

Days 14-17
Expedition day on the remote islands off Arnhem Land coast, before carrying on to the world-renowned artist community of Elcho Island and a sunset beach BBQ. We cruise through Hole in the Wall, Wessel Islands, then to Nhulunbuy (Gove) for a night in Walkabout Lodge, before flying across the Gulf of Carpentaria to relax in the historic Gateway Torres Strait Resort on tropical Horn Island.

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Days 18-21
We tour Horn Island, then catch a ferry to Thursday Island to rejoin Coral Expeditions I. A short sail takes us to Cape York for a champagne sunset, then overnight to Forbes Island on the Great Barrier Reef. We spend the next three days snorkelling and swimming, photographing seabird rookeries and hiking to views. Highlights include Dave Reef, the Endaen rock art paintings on Stanley Island and the Lizard Island Research Station.

Days 22-23
We visit historic Cooktown, then cross Trinity Bay for an early arrival in Cairns where we complete our great adventure.


23 Days 26-Sep-16 to 18-Oct-16

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


How many people on the ship?
Coral Expeditions I 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 Expeditions I are generally Australian and speak English.

Is the ship air-conditioned? What is the temperature?
Coral Expeditions I 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. 

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 Expeditions I.

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 Expeditions I 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 Expeditions I 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 Expeditions I 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 Expeditions I 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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