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Cruising the Kimberley with Coral Expeditions

19 days from CAD15,615pp

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Tour highlights

  • Spend time in the cultural hub of Darwin.

  • Explore Australia's Top End including a visit the Kakadu National Park and a Wilderness Lodge experience.

  • Discover the Kimberley region onboard a 10-night Coral Expeditions cruise.

  • Relax in the cosmopolitan town of Broome and near the beautiful Cable Beach.

19 days from CAD15,615pp

Price includes:

  • In-destination transfers
  • Activities and excursions as detailed
  • All accommodations
  • 24-hour support while you travel
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Itinerary idea in detail

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  • Arrive into Darwin today where a private transfer will take you to your hotel.

  • Spend the day getting to know Darwin, including a sunset cruise of the Darwin harbour where you'll be on the lookout for wildlife.

  • Collect a hire car this morning and travel out of Darwin and to your wilderness lodge, located just outside the Kakadu National Park on the Mary River floodplain.

  • Enjoy a full day group activity today into the Kakadu National Park, which is home to amazing wildlife and Aboriginal rock-art.

  • Today you'll enjoy the surrounds of your wilderness lodge and take part in a couple of tours from the lodge itself, including a Home Billabong Nature Cruise and a cruise to explore the Mary River Rockhole.

  • After a leisurely morning at the lodge, travel back to Darwin for one final night.

  • Today is the start of your exciting multi-day cruise of the Kimberley, which will see you travel from Darwin in the Northern Territory through to Broome in Western Australia. The Kimberley is one of Australia's most remote and untouched regions and one which receives a huge tidal range, which means that no two itineraries are the same. Coral Expeditions have been sailing these waters for many years and will ensure that each voyage takes in its key highlights and each day will present you with a huge array of side activities to get to know this fascinating part of the country.

  • King George Falls are one of the Kimberley's most awe-inspiring sites, and at over 80 m (262 ft) are the highest twin falls in Western Australia. Today's activities focus on exploring scenic gorges, getting up close to the base of King George and visiting Tranquil Bay for some beach walking and exploration.

  • Discover two very different sides of Kimberley history today, with visits to Vansittart Bay and Jar Island. First join your Expedition Leader for a view of the wreckage of a US Air Force DC3 which crash landed on the beach during WWII and later, be humbled, by the rock art gallery of Jar Island and some examples of Bradshaw Paintings (Gwion) which date back some 20,000 years.

  • Witness one of the Kimberley's most photographed sites today, Mitchell Falls, a beautiful four tiered waterfall which sits proudly on the Mitchell Plateau and where you have the option to take a scenic helicopter flight (additional expense) to capture it from the air. Further to this today you'll take in natural sandstone caves and enjoy a gourmet Aussie BBQ with accompanying Kimberley sunset.

  • Today you'll have the opportunity to take in further rock art galleries, this time on Bigge Island, as well as enjoying a coastal cruise and nature walk.

  • Explore the mighty Prince Regent River today and take in the picturesque Kings Cascade, a beautiful waterfall which, as the name suggests, cascades over terraced rock formations. Later you'll venture ashore in Careening Bay and the site where Phillip Parker King inscribed a large boab tree with 'HMC Mermaid 1820', after his ship which was careened during his second voyage in the Kimberley and a marking which is still visible almost 200 years later.

  • The extreme of the Kimberley tidal movements becomes very evident today as you watch the Montgomery Reef 'rise' out of the ocean before your very eyes. You'll join your expedition team onboard one of its tenders which will allow you to get up close to this natural phenomenon and discover its diverse marine life, including turtles, rays and reef sharks.

  • Today you'll have further opportunity to explore the rich aboriginal history of the Kimberley as you visit the secluded Raft Point, home to interesting examples of Wandjina art and the mysterious Bradshaw 'Gwion' Paintings.

  • Your voyage today will travel through the Buccaneer Archipelago, which is home to over 800 islands and in Talbot Bay, one of the Kimberley's most well-known sites, the Horizontal Falls. Described by David Attenborough as 'one of the greatest natural wonders in the world', this natural attraction is formed, again, by the Kimberley's extreme tidal movements and a 12 m (39 ft) surge of outgoing tide. You'll have the opportunity to board the Coral Expedition's zodiacs for an exhilarating ride through the falls.

  • Your last full day of cruise will see you visit the Lacepede Islands, a series of low islands identified by Bird Life International as an Important Bird Area as it supports up to 18,000 breeding pairs of Brown Boobies and Roseate Terns, which is possibly the largest such population in the world. This is also a fantastic location to spot green turtles, as the islands are its most important breeding grounds in Western Australia. Tonight enjoy the captain's farewell drinks before your last night onboard.

  • Awake this morning in the cosmopolitan town of Broome and be transferred to your beachfront hotel for a day of relaxation.

  • A final day at leisure today to either enjoy the sites and sounds of Broome, the legendary beach of Cable Beach or simply laze by the pool of your resort.

  • A transfer will take you to Broome for your onward arrangements.

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