KIMBERLEY COMPLETE WITH COASTAL CRUISE

25 DAYS BROOME TO DARWIN

14 Night Small Group 4WD Adventure | 10 Night Small Ship Expedition Cruise

Day 1. Arrive Broome.
Arrive in Broome and be transferred to your hotel. Enjoy your day at leisure before a Welcome Dinner this evening. Stay: Broome, Cable Beach Club Resort & Spa. D
 
Day 2. Gibb River Road, Windjana Gorge, Tunnel Creek.
Your day starts with a visit to the Boab Prison Tree, believed to be more than 1,500 years old and measuring an incredible 14 metres in diameter, this remarkable tree was once used by early police patrols as a standing point for prisoners as they were walked to Derby. Continue your journey along the Gibb River Road, a remote 660-kilometre outback highway stretching between Broome and Kununurra. Turn off to explore Windjana Gorge, where sheer cliffs tower above glistening white sands. Continue on to Tunnel Creek, a 750-metre-long natural tunnel carved through the Napier Range. Later, arrive at Fitzroy Crossing. Stay: Fitzroy Crossing, Fitzroy River Lodge. BLD
 
Day 3. Geikie Gorge, Halls Creek, Purnululu National Park.
Travel to Geikie Gorge National Park and explore magnificent Darngku (Geikie Gorge). Board a unique cruise along the stunning gorge and learn more about the beautiful flora and fauna of this spectacular region. Travel to Purnululu National Park, one of Australia’s most stunning natural landscapes. Settle into the tranquil ambience of APT’s exclusive Bungle Bungle Wilderness Lodge, located in the heart of the national park. Two Night Stay: EXCLUSIVE! Bungle Bungle Wilderness Lodge. BLD
 
Day 4. Purnululu National Park, Piccaninny Creek, Cathedral Gorge.
Today, discover Purnululu National Park for yourself. It is home to the famed black and orange striped domes of the Bungle Bungle Range, ascending to 578 metres above sea level. Walk along Piccaninny Creek, a winding gorge within the Bungle Bungle domes. Your next stop is the natural amphitheatre of Cathedral Gorge, a spacious cavern where the acoustics are astounding. You may like to experience an optional scenic helicopter flight over the domes (own expense). This evening, enjoy drinks as the sun sets over the striking Bungle Bungle massif. BLD
 
Day 5. Echidna Chasm, Kununurra.
Join a hike along a Livistona palm-fringed trail into Echidna Chasm, a spectacular natural cleft in the ancient red rock that pervades the Kimberley. Travel through glorious rugged red landscapes to Kununurra, gateway to the East Kimberley and home of the mighty Ord River Scheme. Enjoy dinner at your hotel before time at leisure, perhaps exploring the township of Kununurra or relaxing at your hotel. Two Night Stay: Kununurra Country Club Resort. BLD
 
Day 6. Lake Argyle, Ord River, Kununurra.
Travel to majestic Lake Argyle, the largest man-made lake in the Southern Hemisphere. Join a spectacular wildlife cruise on the mighty Ord River. From your modern shaded vessel, discover a fascinating ecological system that has developed from the damming of the Ord River at two locations to create an area rich in wildlife, flora and undeniable beauty. Enjoy a mesmerising sunset while cruising on the tranquil Lake Kununurra. This evening, enjoy a delicious dinner at your hotel. BLD
 
Day 7. Parry’s Lagoon, Wyndham, El Questro Wilderness Park.
Visit the serene Parry’s Lagoon, a splendid bird-watcher’s paradise. Head to Wyndham and view the breathtaking Cambridge Gulf from the spectacular Five Rivers Lookout. Enjoy lunch before arriving at El Questro Wilderness Park, which covers a staggering one million acres. Soak in the hot pools of Zebedee Springs and leave feeling revitalised. Stay: El Questro Wilderness Park, Emma Gorge Resort. BLD
 
Day 8. El Questro Wilderness Park, Home Valley Station.
Hike to the picturesque Emma Gorge and be rewarded with a refreshing swim. Later, cross the Pentecost River into Home Valley Station, an immense cattle property. Discover the spellbinding scenery that captivated audiences in Baz Luhrmann’s movie ‘Australia’. Head to a viewing area as you savour this inspirational setting with sunset drinks and gaze out to the everchanging colours of the Cockburn Range. Stay: Home Valley Station. BLD
 
Day 9. Gibb River Road, Mitchell Plateau.
Back on the Gibb River Road, ford the mighty Durack River, then turn off and travel north on the Kalumburu Road towards the isolated Mitchell Plateau. Here, enter a remote world of Livistona palm forests, beautiful lookouts, magnificent waterfalls and isolated swimming holes. For the next two nights, experience Mitchell Falls Wilderness Lodge. Two Night Stay: EXCLUSIVE! Mitchell Falls Wilderness Lodge. BLD
 
 
 
Day 10. Mitchell Falls, Helicopter Flight. 
Discover the beauty of Mitchell Falls, with its magnificent tiered waterfalls and Indigenous rock art. Begin with a guided hike to Little Mertens Falls to view rarely seen Indigenous art. Continue to Big Mertens Falls before arriving at the incredible Mitchell Falls. Enjoy an included helicopter flight over Mitchell Falls and the surrounding wilderness. If you prefer, you can hike back to the vehicle with your guide. BLD 
 
Day 11. Bradshaw (Gwion Gwion) Art, King Edward River, Drysdale River Station. 
Visit Wandjina and Bradshaw (Gwion Gwion) rock art galleries and swim in the clear waters at King Edward River. Cross the beautiful Drysdale River and arrive at Drysdale River Station, where you will enjoy a unique stay at this historic cattle property. Stay: Drysdale River Station. BLD 
 
Day 12. Manning Gorge, Galvans Gorge, Gibb River Road. 
At beautiful Manning Gorge, you’ll enjoy lunch in the shade of a boab tree. Continue to Galvans Gorge, where a short walk leads to a picturesque waterhole where boab trees cling to the escarpment above. Afterwards, arrive at Bell Gorge Wilderness Lodge in time for dinner. Two Night Stay: EXCLUSIVE! Bell Gorge Wilderness Lodge. BLD 
 
Day 13. Bell Gorge, Hiking and Swimming. 
Back on the Gibb River Road, travel to Bell Gorge, where stunning cliffs surround a series of tiered waterholes. Sitting approximately 300 metres above sea level, Bell Gorge is an idyllic natural spot for swimming and photography. Should you be feeling particularly energetic, you can hike to the lower pool of the gorge and enjoy a relaxing dip below the cascading waterfall. BLD
 
Day 14. Derby, Broome. 
Return to Broome’s Cable Beach Club Resort & Spa via Derby and later this evening, enjoy a Farewell Dinner at your resort. Stay: Broome, Cable Beach Club Resort & Spa. BLD 
 
Day 15. Broome, Embark Ship. 
This morning check out of your hotel and enjoy a short Broome tour before transferring to your expedition ship. 10 Night Stay: Aboard your choice of Expedition Ship. BD PLEASE NOTE: This cruise is based on the MS Caledonian Sky. 
 
Day 16. Adele Island, Buccaneer Archipelago. 
Arrive at Adele Island today, an important area for breeding seabirds like the Lesser Frigatebird and the Brown Booby. Later, cruise through Buccaneer Archipelago’s islands before dinner. BLD 
 
Day 17. Talbot Bay, Horizontal Falls. 
Embark on a high-powered fast boat ride at the unique Horizontal Falls. Later, take a Zodiac excursion to Cyclone Creek and keep an eye out for native birdlife. BLD 
 
Day 18. Raft Point, Doubtful Bay, Montgomery Reef. 
Cruise through Doubtful Bay and then visit a Wandjina art site at Raft Point before witnessing the magnificent Montgomery Reef ‘rise’ out of the ocean. Board your Zodiac to experience this natural phenomenon up close. BLD
 
Day 19. Careening Bay, Prince Regent Reserve, St George’s Basin. 
Visit Careening Bay, the home of the Mermaid boab tree. Explore Prince Regent Nature Reserve, a protected area, and cruise St George’s Basin. BLD 
 
Day 20. Prince Frederick Harbour, Hunter River. 
Arrive at Prince Frederick Harbour, home to soaring red cliffs and an incredible range of wildlife including saltwater crocodiles, then explore the Hunter River. BLD 
 
Day 21. Bigge Island. 
Bigge Island is well known for its Indigenous rock art, which was created by the Wunambal people. In caves throughout the island, see examples of first contact art and the mysterious Wandjina figures. BLD 
 
Day 22. Vansittart Bay, Jar Island. 
Take a walk across salt flats to view the wreckage of a US Air Force DC3, which crash landed on the beach during World War II. Later, visit Jar Island and discover its Bradshaw (Gwion Gwion) rock art gallery. BLD 
 
Day 23. Koolama Bay, King George River and Falls. 
Wake up in Koolama Bay before arriving at King George River. The highlight is sure to be King George Falls. BLD 
 
Day 24. At sea. 
Relax and enjoy your ship’s facilities. BLD 
 
Day 25. Disembark Ship, Depart Darwin. 
Disembark in Darwin after breakfast and be transferred to the airport or to your hotel. B

2018 DATES & PRICES

MS CALEDONIAN SKY

July 14, 14, 18*; Aug. 3, 7*, 23, 23, 27*, 27#.
Twin Share Solo Travel
Standard Suite (Forward) $21,990 $29,790
Standard Suite $22,290 $30,290
Superior Suite $23,390 $31,890
Premium Suite $23,990 $32,690
Deluxe Balcony Suite $25,290 $34,340
Premium Balcony Suite $25,490 $34,490
Owners Corner Suite $26,190 $38,190

 

L'AUSTRAL

June 25, 29#. Twin Share Solo Travel
Deluxe Stateroom $21,990 $29,790
Prestige Stateroom (Deck 4) $22,290 $30,290
Prestige Stateroom (Deck 5) $23,390 $31,890
Premium Suite $23,990 $32,690
Deluxe Balcony Suite $25,290 $34,340
Premium Balcony Suite $25,490 $34,490
Owners Corner Suite $26,190 $38,190

 

CORAL DISCOVERER

May 14, 14; Aug. 6 Twin Share Solo Travel
Main Deck (Cat.B) $20,640 $27,940
Main Deck (Cat.A) $21,040 $28,540
Promenade Deck (Cat.B) $21,540 $29,290
Promenade Deck (Cat.A) $21,940 $29,590
Bridge Deck Stateroom $23,190 $31,090

 

PLEASE NOTE: Bold dates indicate land touring operates in reverse, # indicates that both cruise and land touring operate in reverse, * indicates cruise component of itinerary operates in reverse from Darwin to Broome followed by land touring. Cruising itineraries are subject to change due to tidal conditions and may be modified on board your ship. Weather events may cause disruption to itineraries. Travel insurance is mandatory on all cruises.

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