KIMBERLEY, KAKADU & ARNHEM LAND WITH COASTAL CRUISE

27 DAYS BROOME TO BROOME

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

 

Day 1. Broome.
Arrive in Broome and be transferred to the iconic Cable Beach Club Resort & Spa, where you will enjoy the evening at leisure before joining a Welcome Dinner tonight.

Stay: Broome, Cable Beach Club Resort & Spa
Daily : Dinner

Day 2. Gibb River Road, Windjana Gorge, Tunnel Creek.
Journey on the Gibb River Road to Windjana Gorge to see fossils embedded in the gorge walls and spot freshwater crocodiles. Travel to Tunnel Creek and wade through the waters with a torch in hand.

Stay: Two Nights: EXCLUSIVE! Bell Gorge Wilderness Lodge
Daily : Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 3. Bell Gorge, Hiking and Swim.
Travel to Bell Gorge, where stunning cliffs surround a series of tiered waterholes. Perhaps hike to the lower pool of the gorge and enjoy a dip in the waterfall below.

Daily : Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 4. Galvans Gorge, Manning Gorge, Drysdale River Station.
Travel through the heart of Kimberley cattle country to discover some of the region’s most secluded gorges. At Galvans Gorge, take a leisurely swim, then continue to the beautiful Manning Gorge, where you can enjoy lunch before arriving at the historic cattle station of Drysdale River Station.

Stay: Drysdale River Station
Daily : Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 5. Mitchell Plateau, King Edward River.
Explore the Wandjina and Gwion Gwion (Bradshaw) rock art galleries of the remote Mitchell Plateau and swim in the clear waters of the King Edward River. For the next two nights, stay on the Mitchell Plateau at APT’s exclusive Wilderness Lodge.

Stay: Two Nights: EXCLUSIVE! Mitchell Falls Wilderness Lodge
Daily : Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 6. Mitchell Falls, Helicopter Flight.
See the fantastic Mitchell Falls at their best on an included scenic helicopter flight. Discover Mitchell Falls’ beautiful cascading waters and Indigenous rock art. When available, local Indigenous guides will join you. Begin with a guided hike to Little Mertens Falls and view rarely seen rock art. Continue on to Big Mertens Falls. Take an included helicopter flight back to your vehicle or should you prefer, hike back with your guide. Longer helicopter flights are also available at an additional expense.

Daily : Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 7. Gibb River Road, El Questro Wilderness Park.
Gibb River Road, El Questro. Bidding the spectacular Mitchell Plateau goodbye, rejoin the iconic Gibb River Road and ford the Durack and Pentecost rivers. Don’t be deceived by the tranquil the waters of these rivers as saltwater crocodiles inhabit these waterways. Travel to El Questro, a property that spans a vast area of rugged wilderness in the heart of the Kimberley. Stay two nights in safari style accommodation at the foot of the Cockburn Ranges, immersed in a natural oasis at the luxurious Emma Gorge Resort in El Questro and explore this beautiful setting.

Stay: Two Nights: El Questro, Emma Gorge Resort
Daily : Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 8. El Questro Wilderness Park.

After lunch, head to the beautiful Zebedee Springs, a permanent natural thermal spring tucked away in a secluded pocket of rainforest. Relax as you soak in the hot springs and leave feeling refreshed and revitalised. Discover the amazing wonders of El Questro today, covering close to 700,000 acres of the East Kimberley. With a local ranger, embark on a cruise along stunning Chamberlain Gorge, a fresh waterway fringed by tropical vegetation and rugged red escarpments. Return to Emma Gorge to absorb this serene setting at sunset and enjoy a sumptuous dinner later this evening with your fellow travellers.

Daily : Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 9. Purnululu National Park.
Journey deep into Purnululu National Park, home to some of the country’s most striking geological formations. Travel the Spring Creek Track then hike to the awe-inspiring Echidna Chasm, a spectacular natural cleft in the rock. Narrow in width with walls reaching 100 metres high, Echidna Chasm is a must-see in the Kimberley. Continue on to APT’s Bungle Bungle Wilderness Lodge, located in the heart of the serene Purnululu National Park. Tonight, enjoy a dinner in your open air restaurant and be amazed by the sense of remoteness and quality of dining.

Stay: Two Nights: EXCLUSIVE! Bungle Bungle Wilderness Lodge
Daily : Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 10. Bungle Bungle Range.
This evening, enjoy sunset drinks as the sun sets over the Bungle Bungle massif. Walk along Piccaninny Creek as it winds through the high walls of the Bungle Bungle domes. Your next stop is the natural amphitheatre of Cathedral Gorge. You may like to experience an optional scenic helicopter flight over the range (own expense).

Daily : Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 11. Ord River, Lake Kununurra.

Travel to Kununurra, which is the gateway to the eastern Kimberley and the home of the Ord River Scheme. Stay: Two Nights: Kununurra Country Club Resort 

Daily : Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 12. Lake Argyle, Ord River, Kununurra.
Travel to the majestic Lake Argyle, the largest man-made lake in the Southern Hemisphere. Join a wildlife cruise on the mighty Ord River. From a 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. This evening, enjoy dinner at your hotel and leisure time at the Kununurra Country Club Resort. 

Daily : Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 13. Nitmiluk National Park. 
Cross the border into the Northern Territory on the way to Nitmiluk National Park. This evening, enjoy canapés and drinks on arrival at the beautiful Cicada Lodge, before indulging in a superb dinner showcasing the region’s finest produce. 

Stay: Katherine, Cicada Lodge 
Daily : Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 14. Kakadu National Park, Yellow Water Cruise. 
Enjoy a cruise on Yellow Water Billabong, see spectacular landscapes and rich wildlife, then journey to Nourlangie Rock within Kakadu and view the unique Indigenous rock art. After breakfast, step aboard the unforgettable Nitmiluk Gorge Cruise. Discover the music, stories and ways of the local Jawoyn people. Head to Kakadu and marvel at its flora, wildlife and beautiful scenery in Australia’s largest national park. Tonight, enjoy dinner as you take in the beautiful surrounds of Hawk Dreaming Wilderness Lodge. 

Stay: Two Nights: EXCLUSIVE! Hawk Dreaming Wilderness Lodge 
Daily : Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 15. Arnhem Land, Hawk Dreaming, Cannon Hill. 
Accompanied by a local guide, cross the East Alligator River into spiritual Arnhem Land. This afternoon, return to Kakadu and enjoy the rock art and billabongs of Cannon Hill and Hawk Dreaming. 

Daily : Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 16. Ubirr rock art, Darwin. 
Located within Kakadu National Park, visit Ubirr and explore its galleries of ancient Indigenous rock art. Travel to Darwin and enjoy a delicious Farewell dinner.

Stay: Hilton Darwin
Daily : Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 17. Darwin, Embark Ship. 
Spend the day at leisure in Darwin before transferring to your expedition small ship. Soak up a sunset sailing from Darwin then enjoy dinner on board.

Stay: 10 Nights: MS Island Sky
Daily : Breakfast Dinner

Day 18. At sea. 
Get acquainted with your expedition ship as you enjoy informative lectures from your Expedition Team on board while spending a day at sea en route to the spectacular Kimberley Coast. Learn about the fascinating ecology of Australia’s most remote coastline, one that is dominated by some of the most dramatic tidal conditions on Earth. Hear stories of the rich World War II history and get prepared to discover ancient Indigenous culture that dates back for tens of thousands of years. Take time to relax as you feel the pleasant pristine air of the Timor Sea fill your lungs and then take advantage of the Open Bridge policy for the chance to make acquaintances with your ship’s Captain. After dinner tonight, make your way to the Lounge for the evening entertainment.

Daily : Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 19. Koolama Bay, King George River and Falls. 
While exploring the King George River, the highlight is sure to be King George Falls, plunging 80 metres over a magnificent sandstone cliff. Get up close to this spectacular cascade and learn how it turns to a raging torrent during the monsoonal wet season. Wake up this morning on the Kimberley Coast as your ship cruises into Koolama Bay. Once known as Cape Ruilhieres, hear how this spectacular harbour was renamed following the Japanese bombing of the MV Koolama in 1942, while carrying 91 passengers, 89 crew and a cargo of war supplies destined for the Australian Army at Wyndham. Arrive at King George River and board your ship’s fleet of Zodiacs with an Expedition Team member. Meander through the gorge system, travelling 12 kilometres upstream to discover hidden mangrove-fringed coves and 100-metre-high red-cliffs.

Daily : Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 20. Vansittart Bay, Jar Island. 
Join your Expedition Team to take an informative walk across salt flats at Vansittart Bay to view the wreckage of a US Air Force C-53 which crash landed on the beach during World War II. The C-53 is a modified civilian Douglas DC-3 airliner, an aircraft used extensively during World War II by the Allies. Later, visit Jar Island and see examples of the Kimberley’s mysterious Gwion Gwion (formerly Bradshaw) paintings, dating back some 20,000 years. These stylised figures give impressions of movement, depicting people involved in ritual dancing, complete with elaborate clothing including tassels hanging from the arms and waist. The style of these paintings are very distinctive.

Daily : Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 21. Bigge Island. 
Bigge Island is well known for its Indigenous rock art, which was created by the Wunambal people. Discover Bigge Island today, off the coast of the Kimberley, approximately six kilometres from the mainland. In caves throughout the island, see examples of first contact art depicting European tall ships dating from the 15th to 18th century. Learn how the mysterious Wandjina figures are unique to the Kimberley, to the Wunambal, the Wandjina is the supreme Creator and a symbol of fertility and rain who comes to the Kimberley every wet season to bring life. This belief in a single Creator or God is unique to the Kimberley. Many of the Wandjina art sites are still repainted each year as a tradition which reconnects the Wunambal to their Creator. Having been repainted annually for the past 5,000 years, this is thought to be the oldest continuous sacred painting tradition on the planet.

Daily : Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 22. Prince Frederick Harbour, Hunter River, Mitchell Falls. 
Arrive at Prince Frederick Harbour, home to soaring red cliffs and mangroves. With its extreme tides and pristine ecosystems, there is an incredible range of wildlife to discover here including saltwater crocodiles, mudskippers and a plethora of bird species including kingfishers, egrets, herons and the majestic white-bellied sea eagles. Board a Zodiac with your Expedition Team to explore the Hunter River, then visit Naturalist Island where an optional helicopter flight to Mitchell Falls departs (own expense, guests are advised to pre-register interest).

Daily : Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 23. Careening Bay, Prince Regent Reserve. 
Visit Careening Bay, the home of the historic Mermaid Boab Tree, where in 1820 Lieutenant Phillip Parker King used the area’s massive tides to beach his damaged ship, the HMC Mermaid to repair a leak in the ship’s hull. One of King’s crew members carved the ship’s name in a Boab Tree that overlooks the bay, and today you have the chance to see for yourself a living piece of Australian colonial history. Continue on to explore Prince Regent Nature Reserve, a protected area that is only accessible by boat and is recognised as a national biodiversity hotspot. Spend time in the picturesque area of Hanover Bay and perhps visit St George Basin by Zodiac to see saltwater crocodiles and numerous marine creatures if tidal conditions permit.

Daily : Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 24. Montgomery Reef, Doubtful Bay, Raft Point. 
Embark on an unforgettable adventure today as the magnificent Montgomery Reef ‘rises’ out of the ocean as the tidal waters cascade down into the surrounding channels. Board your Zodiac to experience this natural phenomenon up close and discover the reef’s diverse marine life. Keep an eye out for unique bird life and turtles who may pop their heads up from time to time. Cruise through Doubtful Bay, an amazing location for whale watching during the season. Later, travel ashore at Raft Point to visit an ancient Wandjina rock art site, gaining a unique perspective from a local Indigenous guide (when available). The Wandjina is known as a living art tradition as these stunning figures are ritually repainted, however scientific estimates show that the original depictions date as far back as 5,000 years. These figures, identified as having a distinctive plate-like face with no mouth, are said to show a powerful creator being.

Daily : Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 25. Talbot Bay, Horizontal Falls. 
Subject to tidal conditions, embark on a ride through Horizontal Falls on a high-powered fast boat. Cruise through to Talbot Bay, known for its massive 12-metre tides that create an amazing spectacle, the incredible Horizontal Falls. David Attenborough described these impressive tides as “one the greatest natural wonders of the world.” Later, take a Zodiac cruise through Cyclone Creek to see dramatic folding in the rock formations and keep an eye out for native birdlife and saltwater crocodiles.

Daily : Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 26. Buccaneer Archipelago, Adele Island. 
Arrive in the spectacular Buccaneer Archipelago, home to more than 800 islands. Cruise to Adele Island and board your ship’s Zodiacs with your Expedition Team to explore this remote and isolated island. The island is classified by BirdLife International as an Important Bird Area for sea birds and waders and is an important habitat for breeding frigatebirds, brown boobies, cormorants and Australian pelicans. The island is surrounded by Adele Reef which is home to soft and hard corals and a large variety of marine life including reef sharks and stingrays. Savour a Farewell Dinner this evening with new-found friends as you sail towards the historic pearling town of Broome.

Daily : Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 27. Disembark Ship, Depart Broome. 
After breakfast on board this morning, the time has come to bid farewell to your wonderful crew as you disembark your ship for the last time. Enjoy a short Broome orientation tour before being transferred to Broome airport later this afternoon.

Daily : Breakfast

2019 DATES & PRICES

MS ISLAND SKY

13 May Double or Twin Share Solo Travel
Standard Suite (Forward) $23,990 $32,440
Standard Suite $24,290 $32,940
Superior Suite $25,390 $34,540
Deluxe Balcony Suite $27,290 $36,990
Premium Balcony Suite $27,490 $37,140
Corner Balcony Suite $27,790 $40,840
Owners Balcony Suite $29,090 $42,640
Island Suite $29,890 $44,240

 

PLEASE NOTE: 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.

27 Days