- 20 Day Grand Kimberley Coast with Essence of the Kimberley Itinerary

Broome to Kununurra

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Day 1

Arrive Broome

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Arrive in Broome, where we meet you on arrival and transfer you to your hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure.

Stay: Broome, Cable Beach Club Resort Spa

Day 2

Broome, Gibb River Road, Windjana Gorge, Tunnel Creek

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Journey along the Gibb River to Windjana Gorge, where ancient marine fossils lay embedded in the gorge walls. Next it’s on to Tunnel Creek, Western Australia’s oldest cave system. Wade through the cool waters that fill the tunnel and discover a serene oasis on the other side. Later, continue to Fitzroy Crossing where you’ll stay tonight.

Stay: Fitzroy Crossing, Fitzroy River Lodge

Day 3

Geikie Gorge, Purnululu National Park

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Travel to Danggu Geikie Gorge National Park today and explore incredible Geikie Gorge, famed for its towering walls that have been bleached white by the river when it floods. Afterwards, head to Halls Creek, before arriving at Purnululu National Park.

Stay: Two Nights, APT’s exclusive Bungle Bungle Wilderness Lodge

Day 4

Purnululu National Park, Piccaninny Creek, Cathedral Gorge

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Watch the sunset over the Bungle Bungle Range – with a glass of bubbly in hand, of course.

A full day has been set aside for you to explore Purnululu National Park today, starting with a walk along Piccaninny Creek. Your next stop is Cathedral Gorge, a natural amphitheatre of red rock, created by millions of years of water erosion. Tonight, end your day with an unforgettable Signature Experience.

Day 5

Echidna Chasm, Kununurra

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Today’s highlight is a hike to Echidna Chasm. Venture deep into this natural cleft in the rock, which reaches up to 200 metres in height despite its narrow width. Afterwards, continue to Kununurra.

Stay: Kununurra Country Club Resort

Day 6

Ord River, El Questro

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A wildlife cruise on the mighty Ord River provides a front-row seat to the area’s unique wildlife and flora this morning. Next it’s time to travel back to Kununurra before making the journey to El Questro.

Stay: El Questro, Emma Gorge Resort

Day 7

Emma Gorge, Home Valley Station

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Head to the beautiful Zebedee Springs and relax as you soak in the thermal pools.

After a Signature Experience this morning, hike to Emma Gorge, where you might like to go for a swim beneath the waterfall. Tonight you’ll be treated to views over the Cockburn Range during sunset.

Stay: Home Valley Station

Day 8

Manning Gorge, Galvans Gorge, Gibb River Road

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At Manning Gorge, enjoy lunch in the shade of boab trees. Continue to Galvans Gorge, where a short walk leads to a waterhole. Admire the Wandjina rock art on the gorge wall before travelling to Bell Gorge Wilderness Lodge.

Stay: Two Nights, APT’s exclusive Bell Gorge Wilderness Lodge

Day 9

Bell Gorge

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Travel to Bell Gorge today, where towering cliffs surround a series of tiered waterholes. You might like to hike to the lower pool of the gorge and enjoy a refreshing dip in the waterfall below, or enjoy a spot of bird-watching.

Day 10

Derby, Broome

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Venture into the Wilinggin King Leopold Range Conservation Park, then travel along the Gibb River Road to Derby, stopping at the Mowanjum Art and Culture Centre along the way. Stop by the Boab Prison Tree before arriving back in Broome later this afternoon.

Stay: Broome, Cable Beach Club Resort and Spa

Day 11

Broome, Embark Ship

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Check out of your hotel this morning and set out on a fleeting exploration of this historic pearling town. You’ll gain a deeper understanding of Broome’s Indigenous culture and the Japanese pearl divers who arrived here in the 1880s. Then it’s time to bid farewell to Broome and transfer to your expedition ship. A relaxed dinner this evening sets the tone for the next nine nights on board.

Stay: Nine Nights, MS Caledonian Sky

Day 12

Adele Island, Buccaneer Archipelago

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There’s promise of turquoise waters today as your ship arrives in the Buccaneer Archipelago, home to more than 800 islands. Cruise to Adele Island and join your expedition team for an exploration of this remote coastal area by Zodiac.

Day 13

Talbot Bay, Horizontal Falls

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Subject to tidal conditions, set out on a thrilling ride through Horizontal Falls aboard a high-powered fast boat.

Today your ship cruises through to Talbot Bay, known for its epic 12-metre tides that create an astonishing natural spectacle, the Horizontal Falls. After an exciting Signature Experience, join your expedition team and hop aboard a Zodiac to venture through Cyclone Creek.

Day 14

Raft Point, Doubtful Bay, Montgomery Reef

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Join your expedition team for an in-depth exploration of Montgomery Reef by Zodiac. Witness the reef rise out of the ocean as the tidal waters cascade rapidly into the surrounding channels.

Excitement builds this morning as you set out on an incredible Signature Experience. Then, cruise through Doubtful Bay before stepping ashore at Raft Point to visit an ancient rock art site.

Day 15

Careening Bay, Prince Regent Reserve, St George’s Basin

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Reach Careening Bay today, home to the historic Mermaid Boab Tree. See for yourself a living piece of Australian colonial history before continuing on to Prince Regent Nature Reserve. Only accessible by boat, explore this protected area and see why it is recognised as a national biodiversity hotspot. Next, it’s on to the untouched coastal area of Hanover Bay. While you’re here, you might like to hop aboard your Zodiac for an enthralling visit to St George’s Basin.

Day 16

Prince Frederick Harbour, Hunter River, Mitchell Falls

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Your expedition ship arrives at Prince Frederick Harbour today, home to soaring red cliffs and mangroves. Once again, it’s time to jump aboard your trusty Zodiac vessels, this time for an exhilarating exploration of the Hunter River and Naturalist Island. As your day of discovery draws to a close, you might choose to set out on a helicopter flight and view Mitchell Falls from above (own expense).

Day 17

Bigge Island

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In caves throughout Bigge Island, see examples of first contact art.

Discover Bigge Island today, known for its Indigenous rock art created by the Wunambal people.

Day 18

Vansittart Bay, Jar Island

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An intriguing exploration of Vansittart Bay awaits today. Join your expedition team and set out across the bay’s vast salt flats to view the wreckage of a US Air Force C-53 that crash landed on the beach during World War II. Later, step ashore at Jar Island and see examples of mysterious Bradshaw (Gwion Gwion) paintings, dating back some 20,000 years.

Day 19

Koolama Bay, King George River and Falls

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Join your expedition team and jump aboard a Zodiac to meander through the river’s gorge system. Anticipation builds as your Zodiac approaches King George Falls, plunging 80 metres over a towering sandstone cliff.

Wake this morning as your ship cruises into Koolama Bay. Hear how this harbour was renamed following the Japanese bombing of the MV Koolama in 1942. Next, it’s on to King George River, where you will enjoy a Signature Experience. Back on board, toast the end of an epic adventure during a farewell dinner.

Day 20

Wyndham, Disembark Ship, Depart Kununurra

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Arriving into Wyndham this morning means it’s time to say goodbye to your ship. Be transferred to the airport for your flight home.

* All itineraries are indicative only. No two Kimberley cruises will be the same. Each cruise is tailored around the astounding 10+ metre tidal range, weather and sea conditions.

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