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11 Day Kimberley Coast Cruise

Broome - Darwin

Explore the best of the West and the NT

Discover the natural phenomenon the Horizontal Falls

Zodiac-cruise along mangroves and rugged rockface

Spectacular Montgomery Reef experience

 

From $15,695 pp twin share

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Description


 

Experience the best of the Kimberley Coast and Northern Territory on this luxury cruising package.

Begin your tour in Broome, if you have time explore the small seaside town, famous for its pearls and beautiful Cable Beach.

Once you board the Greg Mortimer you will be greeted by your expedition team, beginning your journey to Darwin. Along the way you will explore the Lacepede Islands, Collier and Talbot Bay, Prince Regent National Park, Prince Frederick Harbour, Hunter River, Northwestern Kimberley region, Vansittart Bay and Koolama Bay. 

On your journey you will get the opportunity to zodiac cruise the mangrove lined waterways, bush walk and come up close to the sandstone cliff and rock edges.

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Itinerary


Day 1 Day 2 Day 3 Day 4 Day 5 Day 6 Day 7 Day 8 Day 9 Day 10 Day 11

Day 1

Arrive Broome

You’re welcomed aboard the Greg Mortimer this afternoon, and shown your cabin before mandatory safety drills are carried out. Enjoy a welcome drink and meet fellow expeditioners at our voyage briefing, and Captain’s Welcome Dinner. Enjoy the rich colours of our first Kimberley sunset as we depart Broome and set sail on our Kimberley adventures.

Day 2

At Sea Lacepede Islands

Enjoy a morning at sea, and perhaps an informative talk to introduce you to the magic of the Kimberley coast. Be sure to keep an eye out for some of the estimated 40,000 humpback whales returning from Antarctica to give birth in these warmer waters, as well as the sea snakes, dugongs, sea turtles, and dolphins that call the Kimberley home. In the afternoon – weather permitting – make your first foray off the ‘mother ship’ and delight in the thousands of brown boobies that breed on the small, offshore cays known as the Lacepede Islands. The brown booby colony is possibly the largest in the world, with an estimated 18,000 breeding pairs. Other seabirds may also be spied, including lesser frigatebirds, crested and roseate terns, eastern reef egrets, and pied oystercatchers; as well as the bobbing heads of curious green turtles or sleek shovel-nosed rays in the waters around you. While landings are not possible on this designated Class A Nature Reserve, exceptional Zodiac cruising along the island’s shores will thrill.

Day 3

Collier Bay and Talbot Bay Area

Over these next expedition days, the nature and timing of our outings will be dictated by the tides and tidal currents.

The striking landscape and natural wonders around Collier Bay provide a myriad of adventures. Discover Montgomery Reef - Australia’s largest in-shore reef, covering some 400 square kilometres – and the diversity of its lively marine life. On a falling tide, witness the extraordinary phenomenon as the reef appears to ‘rise’ from the sea as foaming water cascades off it, and seabirds arrive to forage as the reef’s tasty inhabitants are exposed. Be enthralled by the unique geology and massive tides that create the Horizontal Waterfalls in Talbot Bay where you have the opportunity to take a thrilling boat ride through the falls*.

 

 

Day 4

  Collier Bay and Talbot Bay Area

Quietly cruise the meandering waterways of Cyclone Creek, and remain alert for glimpses of shy rock wallabies.

*Please note that while Zodiacs are not permitted to pass through the Horizontal Falls, our explorations will include views from the outer waters of Talbot Bay. We plan to offer

Day 5

  Prince Regent National Park

Enjoy forays into the coastal fringes of the Prince Regent National Park, and explore the outstanding biodiversity that earned it ‘UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve’ status. Experience picturesque Careening Bay – the place where Phillip Parker King chose to careen and repair His Majesty’s Cutter Mermaid in September 1820 – and discover the large boab tree on which King’s crew carved, ‘HMC Mermaid’ some 200 years’ ago. Visit this slice of early Australian history; look for vibrant mulla mulla, ancient cycads and spiralling pandanus in the surrounding woodland; and enjoy a gentle stroll along the wide sandy beach.

Day 6

  Prince Regent National Park

Enjoy forays into the coastal fringes of the Prince Regent National Park, and explore the outstanding biodiversity that earned it ‘UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve’ status. Experience picturesque Careening Bay – the place where Phillip Parker King chose to careen and repair His Majesty’s Cutter Mermaid in September 1820 – and discover the large boab tree on which King’s crew carved, ‘HMC Mermaid’ some 200 years’ ago. Visit this slice of early Australian history; look for vibrant mulla mulla, ancient cycads and spiralling pandanus in the surrounding woodland; and enjoy a gentle stroll along the wide sandy beach.

Day 7

  Northwestern Kimberley, Montague Sound

In the remote north-western reaches of the Kimberley, we may explore either the treasures of either Swift Bay or Bigge Island. Both offer exceptional opportunities to explore rugged sandstone shelters, caves and overhangs whose surfaces are adorned with rock art of the Wunambal people, including the more recent Wandjina style.

Day 8

  Vansittart Bay: Jar Island & Anjo Peninsula

Named by explorer Phillip Parker King due to the pottery shards he found there (likely from Macassan fishermen looking for trepang, or sea cucumber), Jar Island offers our first encounters with ancient rock art galleries, including the mysterious, human-like Gwion Gwion (also known as Bradshaw) figures. On the bay’s eastern side, land on a pristine white beach of the Anjo Peninsula and take a short walk across salt flats leads to the well-preserved wreck of a C-53 (a cargo variation of the DC-3) that crash landed here in World War II. 

Day 9

  Koolama Bay, King George River

Wake to your final Kimberley dawn in Koolama Bay, and join the expedition team as we Zodiac to the mouth of the King George River. Cruise this majestic waterway below the towering, rust-red sandstone cliffs to 80-meter-high twin falls, and enjoy exploring the striking surrounds before we set sail for Darwin.

Day 10

  At Sea

First sighted by Abel Tasman in 1644 - and named by French explorer Nicholas Baudin in 1803 after Napoleon’s brother - the Joseph Bonaparte Gulf is an inlet of the Timor Sea with relatively shallow waters. As such, the seas can get quite choppy compared to the Kimberley’s mostly protected waters. Enjoy informative talks to consolidate your appreciation of the Kimberley coast’s compelling natural and human history. Toast your adventures in the wash of a Top End sunset and celebrate with friends – both new and old – at the Captain’s Farewell Dinner.

Day 11

Disembark Darwin

In Darwin, farewell the crew, expedition team and fellow travelers before your transfer to the airport or your hotel accommodation.

Inclusions & Exclusions


Inclusions

  •  Arrival transfer from airport or hotel to Greg Mortimer on Day 1
  • Departure transfer from Greg Mortimer to airport or hotel on last day
  • Onboard accommodation during voyage including daily cabin service
  • All meals, snacks, tea and coffee during voyage
  • Beer, house wine and soft drinks with dinner
  • Captain’s Welcome and Farewell reception including four-course dinner, house cocktails, house beer and wine, non-alcoholic beverages
  • All shore excursions and Zodiac cruises
  • Fast boat ride through the Horizontal Waterfalls
  • Educational lectures and guiding services from expedition team
  • Complimentary access to onboard expedition doctor and medical clinic (initial consult)
  • A spray jacket per person
  • Port surcharges, permits and landing fees

Accommodation

Balcony Stateroom Cat C upgrades available

Important note: In the spirit of expedition travel, we encourage exploration and adventure offering flexibility in challenging environments. This itinerary is only a guide and is subject to change due to weather, sea state and other conditions beyond our control.

Exclusions

  •  International or domestic flights, not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Transfers not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Airport arrival or departure taxes
  • Passport, visa, and vaccination charges
  • Travel insurance or emergency evacuation charges
  • Hotels and meals not included in itinerary
  • Optional excursions not included in the itinerary
  • Optional activity surcharges
  • All items of a personal nature including but not limited to: alcoholic beverages and soft drinks (outside of dinner service), laundry services, personal clothing, medical expenses, Wi-Fi, email or phone charges

Child Policy

Children are welcome from the age of 8 years, there is no child discount. No child minding facilities are available, must be under care of parent/ guardian at all times. Children between 8-17 years of age must pay the adult price of the expedition.

Single Supplement

A single supplement of 50% of the cabin price is applicable

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Departure Dates


AUG 2021
31 st
Tuesday 31 Aug 2021  ‐  Friday 10 Sep 2021
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