L'Austral by Ponant

This superb mega-yacht with 132 cabins is the result of the expertise of the Italian Fincantieri shipyard and French sophistication, as interpreted by designer Jean-Philippe Nuel. L'Austral remains faithful to our philosophy - to create a unique atmosphere, a subtle blend of luxury, intimacy and well-being. A sleek silhouette softened by elegantly smooth contours and large, arched windows opening up to the sea and the light: so many features come together to give L’Austral her distinctive shape. Precious materials, discreet elegance and a perfect balance between chic and casual, combine to make you feel as if you are on your own private yacht. 


A design blending tradition and innovation, where a nautical mood has been subtly recreated. A welcoming atmosphere of relaxed sophistication revolves around shades of grey, taupe, white and ivory enlivened by touches of cinnamon, caramel and tan.. So many personal touches create the spirit of a “private yacht.”


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  • Take a Zodiac trip to view the unique tidal phenomena of the Horizontal falls, with the option to enjoy a thrilling fast boat ride through the falls.
  • Encounter the world“s largest population of migrating humpback whales estimated to exceed 36,000; watch for Australian Humpback dolphins and elusive Dugong.
  • Enjoy Zodiac excursions with our experienced Expedition Team; explore the mangroves for saltwater crocodiles and be in awe of the grandeur of amazing geological features including waterfalls, Montgomery Reef and contorted landscapes so old they predate the existence of fossils.
  • Walk to caves to see outstanding examples of indigenous Wandjina and Gwion Gwion rock art, the oldest known depictions of the human form on the planet, a time capsule from man“s earliest occupation following arrival of the first migrations out of Africa.
  • Take an optional helicopter tour to see the water drop tiers of Mitchell Falls, the Mitchell River, and Mitchell Plateau.


Why cruise to the Kimberley with PONANT?

  • Experience a luxury adventure on board L'Austral, 124 staterooms and suites, 100% with private balconies.  French lifestyle, unique comfort & service, Open Bar, Sophisticated Cuisine & Fine Wines, and the facilities of a luxurious yacht including a pool.
  • Join the best-in-the-business local expedition team with over 50 years experience in the region
  • Travel on the youngest and most environmentally sustainable vessel in the region, certified Green Ship
  • Emjoy regular Zodiac outings and shore visits to get close to Kimberley nature
  • Discover billions of years old landscapes and ancient rock art; explore pristine mangrove environments, home to the worlds largest living reptile
  • Witness unique tidal phenomena such as the Horizontal Falls
  • Encounter the worlds largest population of migrating humpback whales


Dates & Rates 2018

Cruise Broome - Darwin Darwin - Broome
Date 29 July - 08 Aug
18 Aug - ​28 Aug
19 July - ​29 July
08 Aug - ​18 Aug
Deluxe Stateroom  (FULL)    FULL  FULL
Prestige Stateroom - Deck 4  (FULL)    FULL  FULL
Prestige Stateroom - Deck 5 (FULL)   FULL  FULL
Prestige Stateroom - Deck 6  (FULL)   FULL  FULL
Deluxe Suite (FULL)   FULL  FULL
Prestige Suite - Deck 5 (FULL)   FULL  FULL
Prestige Suite - Deck 6 (FULL)   FULL  FULL
Owner Suite (FULL)   FULL  FULL

Prices list in AUD per person, based on a twin/double occupancy.  All prices are correct at time of writing but can vary. For up to date costs for a specific departure please contact us – 1300 654 861

​All rates include 2 night’s free accommodation and sight-seeing tour in either Broome or Darwin.

Prices are subject to Traditional Owner Visitor Pass fees which are yet to be determined.
During your cruise you will visit many places of cultural significance. Currently regional Aboriginal Corporations are introducing visitor permits to access these sites. Pricing excludes visitor pass fees.

2019 Ponant Kimberley cruises will be operated by the new state of the art ship Le Laperouse.

Selected cabins available on most departures  Please Call Us for details.