Kimberley Coast - Darwin to Broome Dates & Rates

Step aboard Coral Expeditions I 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.


Add more to your Kimberley Coast adventure in 2016! For just an extra $100 per person you can add a 4-night stay at multi award-winning Ramada Eco Beach Resort located just one hour's drive south of Broome. Stay in a garden eco view villa with daily continental breakfast and return transfer!
Call 1800 637 688 or email us for more details.

*Must be booked before 31 December 2015. Terms and conditions apply.

dates & prices

Kimberley Coast: Darwin to Broome (KIM58)

Dates: 03-06-2016 to 13-06-2016
Duration: 11 Days
Start: Darwin, Northern Territory
Finish: Broome, Western Australia

Voyage Inclusions

• Accommodation during the voyage

• All meals, snacks, tea and coffee during the voyage

• All shore excursions and Zodiac (inflatable boat) cruises

• Educational lectures and guiding services from our expert team

• Daily cabin service

• Comprehensive pre-departure information

• Professionally produced electronic voyage journal

• Port taxes and charges

• All applicable landing fees

• Transfer from the ship to your hotel or airport after the voyage.


Voyage Exclusions

• Flights to Darwin or from Broome

• Airport transfers, or transfers TO the ship

• Meals and accommodation before and after the voyage in Darwin or Broome

• Optional helicopter flight

• All items of a personal nature including but not limited to: alcoholic beverages and soft drinks, laundry services, personal clothing, medical expenses, gratuities, and email or phone charges

• Travel insurance or emergency evacuation charges.


Deck C & Deck D Cabin (Twin share) AU$7,790
Deck C Stateroom AU$8,790
Deck B Upper Deck Stateroom AU$9,290
Deck A & Deck B Deluxe Stateroom AU$9,590

Kimberley Price Terms

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Kimberley Coast: Darwin to Broome (KIM58) 03-Jun-16 to 13-Jun-16

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

Kimberley Coast Voyage Map

Day 1
We meet in Darwin and board Coral Expeditions I for a morning departure.

Day 2
Our first 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.

Day 3
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.

Day 4
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.

Day 5
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.

King George FallsAboriginal ArtBigge Island

Days 6-7
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.

Days 8-9
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.

Day 10

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

Day 11
On arrival in Broome, we farewell shipboard friends, from where we can go on to enjoy Broome’s beaches, pearling industry and history.

Optional Activities

Artist Workshop
New to our program is an Artist Workshop, delivered by our onboard artist and author Alasdair McGregor. Alasdair will provide some tips and tricks to help you capture the stunning colours of the Kimberley landscape. Amateurs to experienced artists, everyone is invited to bring your own paper, pens, pencils and paints, and create your very own Kimberley masterpiece.

Mitchell Falls Helicopter Flight (surcharge applies)
We will attempt to rendezvous with helicopters on the coast to fly up to Mitchell Plateau to enjoy an amazing birds-eye view of these lush falls. More details and bookings will be taken onboard. Price for flights start from approximately $450 per person.

Kunmunya Wilderness Walk 
Aurora Expeditions offers our expeditioners the unique opportunity to walk into that wilderness and immerse themselves in the big and powerful landscape of the Kimberley. Follow our Expedition Leader, Mike Cusack who in 1988, with his wife Susan, became the first couple to undertake Australian Geographic‘s ‘Year in the Wilderness’ challenge. 

The premise was to see if the ‘modern Australian couple’ still had a spirit of adventure by living in remote and isolated circumstances. The site chosen was the former Presbyterian Mission at Kunmunya, inland of Port George IV. This walk is not for the faint-hearted. For those with good fitness, previous walking experience, and a spirit of adventure, it is a very satisfying, albeit often tough, experience.

Approximately 10kms, the walk typically takes at least 8 hours to complete. The majority of the walk is rock hopping (about 3km up the Kunmunya Creek bed), soft sands or loose gravels, and bare rock. Good balance and a confident step is necessary. The temperature can range from approximately 15°C in the early morning to 35°C in the day, with relative humidity from >60% to <10%.

Loose, light weight and light-coloured clothing is preferable. A broad-brimmed hat and sunscreen is essential! Long trousers – light and cool – are ideal to protect against the Kimberley vegetation’s propensity to cut and scratch. Gaiters are optional, but recommended to reduce the transfer of seeds and burrs. Well–fitting and ‘broken-in’ sturdy footwear are beneficial, although expeditioners have done the walk in good quality runners. A good daypack to carry water bottles, lunch, and any other personal items is also recommended.

Each person will be required to carry and consume a MINIMUM of four (4) litres of water; electrolytic drinks are included to minimise the possibility of heat exhaustion. Aurora Expeditions provides each passenger with a 750ml complimentary water bottle. If you are contemplating the walk and have a hydration pack, such as Camelbak®, please bring it with you. Our Expedition Staff carry a comprehensive First Aid kit and are in regular contact with Coral Expeditions I via satellite telephone, with progress tracked by GPS.

This is an optional activity and group sizes have ranged from as small as 6 and as large as 26! If you have any questions or concerns you can discuss them with your Expedition Leader on board, during the voyage.


11 Days 03-Jun-16 to 13-Jun-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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