Kimberley Coast - Darwin to Broome

11 Days from AU$8,690 per person

Enjoy the camaraderie and raw beauty that comes from exploring the planet's oldest and wildest frontiers. The remote Kimberley coastline offers unique discoveries, from ancient aboriginal rock paintings and intriguing Horizontal Waterfalls to incredible reefs home to fascinating wildlife and powerful tidal phenomena. Australia's Kimberley Coast is a natural marvel not to be missed. Come and see it for yourself!

Expedition Highlights

  • Zodiac cruise into the spray of King George Falls, Western Australia's highest waterfall
  • Meander white beaches and climb to hidden waterholes for a sneaky dip
  • From boobies to frigates, fly catchers to fantails; delight in the variety and beauty of birds you'll see
  • Excursions to admire graceful Gwion Gwion figures and informative Wandjina paintings

Map & Itinerary

Day 1 – Arrive Darwin

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

Day 2 – Joseph Bonaparte Gulf

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 explore the serpentine creek system below the Cox Peninsula.

Day 3 – King George Falls

Heading for the mouth of the King George River is without a doubt one of the Kimberley’s most amazing attractions. Enormous cliff-faces tower above us as we make our way up the tranquil waters of huge gorges, the haunt of Brahminy kites, egrets and kingfishers. The famous 90-metre plunge of King George Falls is a highlight and favourable tides may enhance our opportunity to explore the river gorge.

Day 4 – Bigge Island

We plan to head offshore to Bigge Island to see the famous Wandjina (Kaiara – Sea Wandjina) spirit paintings whose origins remain shrouded in mystery and controversy. Time and weather permitting, we may well walk to the far side of the island to view graceful Bradshaw (Gwion Gwion) paintings. Bigge Island is a haunting place of great silence, rich with wildlife. It is a wonderful place to get a true sense of the antiquity of our land. We have only explored a tiny fragment of the island to date so the convoluted bays and rocky headlands are enticing.

Day 5 – Prince Regent Nature Reserve

The coastal fringe of Prince Regent River Nature Reserve is home to crocodiles, half of the region’s mammal and bird species, and some 500 plant species. We track southward, following in the wake of Lieutenant Phillip Parker King and come ashore at Careening Bay. King and his crew spent time here repairing their ship after her rough trot along the Kimberley coast (Mermaid was actually damaged off Port Bowen, Far North Queensland). The inscription “HMC Mermaid 1820” is still clearly visible on a large boab tree. During these days we will attempt to rendezvous with helicopters on the coast to fly up to Mitchell Plateau. More details will be provided onboard. Price for flights start from approximately $545 per person.

Day 6 – Prince Regent River

Today’s activities will be dictated by the tide. We will take the excursion boat to explore the magnificent Prince Regent River, which follows a 100km long fracture in King Leopold Sandstone. We hope to stop at King Cascade, a magnificent waterfall that tumbles over terraced rock formations, and maybe disembark at Camp Creek for a long walk and a climb through rocky overhangs, waterfalls and pandanus palms to a beautiful freshwater swimming spot.

Day 7 – Camden Sounds

Kuri Bay – site of the Southern Hemisphere’s largest pearl farm. We will learn about the pearl industry along the way, but for security reasons visitors are not permitted to land. As we cruise past the failed sheep farming settlement of Camden Harbour, we gain a deeper understanding of the harsh conditions faced in the 1860’s by the pioneering inhabitants of this beautiful, remote area. We may well launch the excursion boat for a night-time crocodile cruise.

Day 8 – Montgomery Reef

We plan to explore Montgomery Reef - home to a startling array of corals, clams and sponges, and part of an Aboriginal reserve. The reef is an extraordinary and bizarre area of several hundred square kilometres, which appears from the sea at low tide. The rapid daily ritual of immersion under water means that the flanks of the reef are like waterfalls as the tide drops. Green turtles often play or swim in the narrow corridors of coral around the edge of the reef.

Day 9 – Horizontal Waterfalls

We plan to visit Talbot Bay’s spectacular Horizontal Waterfalls, a phenomenon caused by a combination of geology and tides. With favourable tides, we may be able to pass right through the falls in our Zodiacs and if time permits, we hope to explore some of the enticing narrow waterways around the fringes of Talbot Bay.

Day 10 – Lacepede Islands

We should reach the remote Lacepede Islands Nature Reserve and, weather permitting, we will explore the area in our excursion boat. The islands are an important nesting site for green turtles, and home to large colonies of Lesser Frigate Birds and Brown Boobies. These islands were named by the French explorer Baudin in 1801 to commemorate his naturalist compatriot, Count Lacepede. They have often been visited by Macassan fishing boats and the white sands of the islands shine like beacons in the electric blue sea. The waters around are alive with fish and the air is swimming with frigate birds and boobies.

Day 11 – Disembark 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.

Inclusions

  • On-board accommodation during voyage including daily cabin service
  • All meals, snacks, tea and coffee during voyage
  • All shore excursions and Zodiac cruises
  • Educational lectures and guiding services from expedition team
  • Access to our onboard doctor and basic medical services
  • Reusable stainless steel water bottle
  • Comprehensive pre-departure information
  • A printed photo book produced with photos from your voyage
  • Port surcharges, permits and landing fees

Exclusions

  • International or domestic flights, unless specified
  • Transfers not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Airport arrival or departure taxes
  • Passport, visa, reciprocity and vaccination charges
  • Travel insurance or emergency evacuation charges
  • Hotels and meals not included in itinerary
  • Optional excursions not included in the itinerary
  • Optional activity surcharges
  • All items of a personal nature including but not limited to: alcoholic beverages and soft drinks, laundry services, personal clothing, medical expenses, gratuities, Wi-Fi, email or phone charges
This was the realisation of a long held dream of seeing the Kimberley Coastal/River regions. That the trip exceeded expectations is thanks entirely to Aurora's planning and personnel.
Richard G., Kimberley Coast, 2015
We were left spellbound & yearning more by our expedition team of modern day explorers led by Mike Cusack. Their deep enthusiasm and passion for this magnificent corner Australian is infectious!
Leanne M. - Kimberley Coast, 2016

Dates & Rates

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31 May '19 10 Jun '19 11 DAYS

Kimberley Coast - Darwin to Broome

Trip code: KIM68

31 May '19 10 Jun '19 - 11 Days

Voyage Inclusions

  • Accommodation during the voyage aboard Coral Expeditions I
  • Transfer from the ship to your hotel or airport (post voyage)
  • All meals, snacks, tea and coffee during the voyage
  • All shore excursions, Zodiac cruises and 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 services
  • Port taxes and charges
  • All applicable landing fees

Voyage Exclusions

  • Air transport to and from the ship, unless specified
  • Hotel or airport transfers to the ship, unless specified
  • Meals and accommodation before and after the voyage in Broome or Darwin
  • Optional helicopter flight to Mitchell Falls
  • Any art materials used in the complimentary Artist Workshops
  • 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
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Private Bathroom
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21 Jun '19 1 Jul '19 11 DAYS

Kimberley Coast - Darwin to Broome

Trip code: KIM70

21 Jun '19 1 Jul '19 - 11 Days

Voyage Inclusions

  • Accommodation during the voyage onboard Coral Expeditions I
  • Transfer from the ship to your hotel or airport (post voyage)
  • 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
  • Port taxes and charges
  • All applicable landing fees

Voyage Exclusions

  • Air transport to and from the ship, unless specified
  • Hotel or airport transfers to the ship, unless specified
  • Meals and accommodation before and after the voyage in Broome or Darwin
  • Optional helicopter flight to Mitchell Falls
  • Any art materials used in the complimentary Artist Workshops
  • 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
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Suite
Cabin
Private Bathroom
AU$8,690 (Please contact us for availability)
Suite
Stateroom
Private Bathroom
AU$9,990 (Please contact us for availability)
Suite
Upper Stateroom
Private Bathroom
AU$10,790 (Please contact us for availability)
Suite
Deluxe Stateroom
Private Bathroom
AU$10,990 (Please contact us for availability)

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Prices quoted are per person and in Australian dollars, based on twin share. Single occupancy is 1.7 times the twin share price. No single travel fees apply if you are willing to share your cabin (twin cabins only). Fuel surcharge may apply in the event of significant fuel price increases. No refund for unused services. Please contact us to determine cabin availability.

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