Australia's Kimberley Coast
Darwin - Broome
|Schedule for 2011|
|08 Apr 2011||Coral Princess|
|15 Apr 2011||Oceanic Discoverer|
|29 Apr 2011||Coral Princess|
|06 May 2011||Oceanic Discoverer|
|20 May 2011||Coral Princess|
|27 May 2011||Oceanic Discoverer|
|17 Jun 2011||Oceanic Discoverer|
|01 Jul 2011||Coral Princess|
|08 Jul 2011||Oceanic Discoverer|
|22 Jul 2011||Coral Princess|
|29 Jul 2011||Oceanic Discoverer|
|12 Aug 2011||Coral Princess|
|19 Aug 2011||Oceanic Discoverer|
|02 Sep 2011||Coral Princess|
|09 Sep 2011||Oceanic Discoverer|
|30 Sep 2011||Oceanic Discoverer|
Please note: These cruises are extremely popular and availability is very limited. We strongly recommend to make your reservation at least one year in advance.
Day 1: Depart Darwin
10:00am: Board Coral Princess or Oceanic Discoverer for an 11:00am departure. Departing Darwin Harbour we cross Cambridge Gulf and sail into Western Australian waters. This evening meet your fellow travellers and friendly crew as we enjoy the Captain’s Welcome Aboard Cocktails.
|Day 2: King George River|
Today we discover the first of the Kimberley's big rivers, the mighty King George. Aboard Xplorer, our specially designed excursion vessel, we'll explore scenic gorges, and in our inflatable zodiacs we'll cruise close to the base of magnificent King George Falls, the tallest waterfalls in Western Australia towering some 80 metres above the river below. Later, we visit Tranquil Bay for beach walking and exploration.
Day 3: Bigge Island and Aboriginal Art
Bradshaw Art (40KB)
Helicopter Flights (26KB)
|Day 4: Prince Frederick Harbour|
Cruising into Prince Frederick Harbour we anchor at Naturalist Island. We have helicopters available for optional scenic flights over the Mitchell Plateau for close up views of the mighty four-tiered Mitchell Falls. This evening, enjoy a spectacular Indian Ocean sunset as we indulge in a gourmet Aussie Beach BBQ.
|Day 5: Careening Bay|
Careening Bay was named by Phillip Parker King after his ship, HMC Mermaid, was careened during his first voyage of discovery in the Kimberley. Our lecturers lead us to the site of a large boab tree baring the inscription HMC Mermaid – 1820, still clearly visible almost 200 years later. This afternoon we cruise into the very scenic Prince Regent Basin.
Day 6: Prince Regent River and King Cascades
Camp Creek (63KB)
Swimming Hole (60KB)
|Day 7: Kuri Bay and Raft Point|
Today we cruise through Kuri Bay, home of the south sea pearl industry. Travelling ashore at Raft Point we visit a secluded and very interesting Aboriginal rock art gallery to view Wandjina art and the mysterious Bradshaw Paintings (Gwion), thought to be the world’s oldest indigenous art, dating back over 20 000 years. Enjoy time to discover one of the bay's many uninhabited islands and enjoy a cooling dip in the freshwater pools.
Day 8: Montgomery Reef and Horizontal Falls
Today we cruise through the Buccaneer Archipelago, home to over 800 islands, and experience two of the unforgettable highlights of the Kimberley Coast. See Montgomery Reef rise out of the ocean as the tide ebbs, before joining a reef walk and marine life study. In Talbot Bay, the region's 12 metre tides create an amazing spectacle, the unique Horizontal Falls. Board the zodiacs for an exhilarating, up-close view of this natural phenomenon.
|Day 9: King Sound and Crocodile Creek|
Cruising through King Sound we witness the effects of the iron ore mining operations on Koolan and Cockatoo Islands. We visit Crocodile Creek to enjoy exploration and fresh water swimming.
Montgomery Reef (45KB)
Day 10: Lacepede Islands
Cruising Yampi Sound we visit the Lacepede Islands. These islands are situated well off shore and are known for the turtle nestings and booby and frigate bird colonies. This evening we farewell new-found friends as we enjoy the Captain’s Farewell Cocktail Party.
Day 11: Arrive in Broome
8:00am. Our unforgettable cruise along the Kimberley coast concludes in Broome this morning.
Please Note: This itinerary is an indication of the reef, islands and coastal areas we visit. While every effort will be made to follow this itinerary we do reserve the right to vary this itinerary to make allowances for weather and tidal conditions and any other event that may affect the operation of the vessel.
* Cabin fare in AUD, based on double occupancy.
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