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Early Bird 20 Day Kimberley Cruise & Luxury Lodge Adventure 2023

Darwin - Broome - Kununurra

10 nights of luxury cruising on the Coral Discoverer Cruise Ship 

Cruise through the most unique sights of the Kimberley region!

5 nights luxury all-inclusive Berkeley River Lodge stay - One of Australias most remote and luxury lodge

4 nights  premium accommodation in Darwin, Broome & Kununurra 

Zodiac cruising, guided excursions & so much more!!

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Description


Early Bird special for 2023, the ultimate luxury Kimberley experience 

Your journey will begin in Broome, with a two-night stay. You will then make your way to the port to board your luxury cruise. You will meet your fellow passengers and crew at the Captains Welcome Drinks. 

While on your cruise your voyage will take you to King George River and Falls, Mitchell Falls, Prince Frederick Harbour, Montgomery Reef, Doubtful Bay, Horizontal Falls, and The Lacapede Islands. 

You will bid farewell to your captain and crew with a farewell drink and dinner. You will disembark in Darwin.

Your journey isn't over just yet! Fly to Kununurra and check in to one of Australias' most remote and luxury lodges, the Berkeley River Lodge. The lodge is completely all-inclusive, and you have the opportunity to decide what excursions you would like to enjoy with your personal concierge upon arrival.

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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 12 Day 13 Day 14 Day 15 Day 16 Day 17 Day 18 Day 19 Day 20

Day 1

Arrive in Broome

At any time today and make your own way to Pearle Cable Beach (or similar) where you will have time at leisure for the next two full days to explore. 

Overnight: Guest Room at Pearle Cable Beach or similar

Day 2

 Broome at Leisure

Day 3

DEPART BROOME

Kimberley Coral Expeditions Broome

Board your Coral Expeditions ship at 4.00pm where there is time to settle into your stateroom before our 5:00pm departure. Take the time to become acquainted with all the facilities onboard as we cruise northwards towards Cape Leveque.

As dusk falls meet your fellow travellers, the Captain and crew for the Captain’s Welcome Drinks.

Day 4

LACEPEDE ISLANDS

 

Kimberley Coral Expeditions Lacepedes

The Lacepede Islands are a protected class-A nature reserve and are significant as a seabird nesting rookery for brown boobies and roseate terns. Other species often sighted at the Lacepedes include Australian Pelicans, frigate birds, egrets and gulls. The four low-lying islands are also an important breeding and nesting habitat for green turtles.

 

If weather and tide conditions are suitable, we will explore the lagoons by Xplorer and Zodiac tender vessels.

Day 5

HORIZONTAL FALLS (GARAANNGADDIM) AND BUCCANEER ARCHIPELAGO

Kimberley Coral Expeditions Horizontal Falls

The Horizontal Falls are one of the Kimberley’s biggest attractions and are a result of the mammoth 11m tides the Kimberley is renowned for. Naturalist David Attenborough described the Horizontal Falls as ‘one of the greatest natural wonders of the world.’

The Horizontal Falls are created as the ocean thunders through a narrow gorge in the McLarty Ranges. Water builds up on one side and is forcibly pushed through the bottleneck, creating a rushing horizontal waterfall of swiftly flowing seawater. Riding the rapids on our Zodiac inflatable tenders is one of the highlights of our Kimberley expedition cruises.

The Horizontal Falls are known as “Garaanngaddim” to the local Indigenous group, the Dambimangari people.

Talbot Bay is at the heart of the Buccaneer Archipelago, where rocks on the 800 or so islands are estimated at over 2 billion years old. At Cyclone Creek, you will see evidence of massive geological forces in the impressive rock formations and cruise through the Iron Islands, past Koolan Island, before enjoying sunset drinks at Nares Point.

Day 6

DOUBTFUL BAY AND RAFT POINT (NGUMBREE)

Kimberley Coral Expeditions Raft Point

Raft Point guards the entrance to Doubtful Bay, a vast body of sheltered water which harbours significant sites such as the ancient Wandjina rock art galleries, considered some of the finest in the Kimberley. If a Traditional Owner guide is available to accompany us, we will be able to visit the galleries. Raft point is known as Ngumbree to the Indigenous Group here, the Dambimangari people.

Doubtful Bay is the traditional country of the Worrora people who follow the Wandjina, their god, law-maker and creator. Images of Wandjina are found throughout the Kimberley, recording their stories, knowledge and culture in stone.

Other sites we aim to visit in Doubtful Bay include the mighty Steep Island and Ruby Falls at Red Cone Creek

Day 7

 MONTGOMERY REEF (YOWJAB)

Kimberley Coral Expeditions Montgomery Falls

Montgomery Reef is a biologically diverse area covering over 400sq km and was named by Phillip Parker King. Twice daily, as the sea recedes in mammoth 11m tides, Montgomery Reef rises from the Indian Ocean in a cascade of rushing water revealing a flat-topped reef pockmarked with rockpools and rivulets.

As the reef emerges, we get up close in our Xplorer and Zodiac inflatable tenders to witness the spectacle as our Expedition Team share their knowledge on the formation of the reef and the myriad wildlife. Opportunistic birds take advantage of the emerging reef, feeding on marine life left exposed in rock pools. Turtles and dolphins too are also attracted to feeding opportunities as the ocean recedes.

The ocean is awash in a swirl of eddies and whirlpools as the moon’s gravitational force takes hold. Then, a few hours later the entire water-borne drama is reversed as the tide comes in and Montgomery Reef disappears below sea level.

Montgomery Reef’s Indigenous name is Yowjab, and the channel Wilyjaru. The Indigenous group here is the Dambimangari people.

 

Day 8

PRINCE REGENT RIVER AND CAREENING BAY (WUNBUNG-GU)

Kimberley Coral Expeditions King Cascade

King Cascade (Mambulbada) is a classically beautiful terraced waterfall and is one of the most photographed waterfalls in the Kimberley. Falling from a considerable height and around 50m across, water tumbles down a staggered terrace of Kimberley sandstone. Layer upon layer of the ochre-hued and blackened rock sprouts grasses, mosses and ferns in a sort of lushly vegetated hanging garden. We reach King Cascade after cruising in our Xplorer tender vessels down the Prince Regent River which is a remarkable anomaly as the river runs dead straight along a fault line. The Indigenous group here is the Dambimangari people.

Lt. Phillip Parker King named nearby Careening Bay after he beached his leaking vessel HMC Mermaid to effect repairs. While stranded on this remote coastline for 17 days the ship’s carpenter carved HMC Mermaid 1820 into the bottle-shaped trunk of a boab tree near the beach. 200 years later, the Mermaid Boab Tree has since split into two trunks and sports a mammoth girth of 12m. Significantly, the bulbous tree is listed on the National Register of Big Trees and the carpenter’s careful inscription now stands almost as tall as a person. Learn more about the Mermaid Boab Tree.

Careening Bay’s indigenous name is Wunbung-gu, and the Indigenous Group is the Wunambal people.

Day 9

PRINCE FREDERICK HARBOUR AND BIGGE ISLAND (WUUYURU)

Kimberley Coral Expeditions Bigge Island

Prince Frederick Harbour is one of the Kimberley’s most spectacular locations at the southern end of York Sound. The harbour is dotted with islands lined with mangroves and monsoon rainforests, set against a backdrop of ochre-hued escarpment.

White-bellied sea eagles and other birds of prey are often seen here, and at low tide, expansive mudflats reveal large populations of mudskippers and mangrove crabs. We will take our Xplorer tender vessels on a cruise up Porosus Creek to view some striking rock formations.

Bigge Island’s Indigenous name is Wuuyuru, and the Indigenous Group of the area is the Wunambal people.

Day 10

MITCHELL FALLS, WINYALKAN, & SWIFT BAY

Kimberley Coral Expeditions Mitchell Falls

Tumbling down the Mitchell Plateau in a series of tiered waterfalls and emerald green rock pools, the Mitchell Falls (Punamii-Uunpuu) are the photogenic poster child for the Mitchell River National Park. Take a scenic heli flight (additional cost) to multi-tiered Mitchell Falls where emerald-hued rock pools cascade down the escarpment. The Indigenous group here are the Wunambal people.

Mitchell River National Park is inhabited by significant numbers of mammals, amphibians, reptiles and bird species which are lured by a year-round water source. Sandstone terraces beside tiered rock pools make a terrific viewing platform from which to savour the serenity of this ancient landscape.

An alternative option to Mitchell Falls is exploring the sandstone caves of Wollaston Bay or Wollaston Creek. This mass of weathered tunnels, arches and columns form a labyrinth-like maze and was once an Aboriginal midden. Another option while anchored at Winyalkan Bay is a visit to a series Wandjina and Gwion Gwion rock art galleries at Swift Bay.

In the evening we will enjoy watching the sunset over the Indian Ocean while indulging in a gourmet BBQ.

Day 11

VANSITTART BAY (BANJAL)

Kimberley Coral Expeditions

Vansittart Bay is home to many cultural and historically significant sites like the remarkable Gwion Gwion (Bradshaw) Aboriginal rock art galleries estimated to be up to 20,000 years old. Jar Island is so-named after the pot shards found here, brought to the island by Macassan fisherman harvesting sea cucumbers (also known as trepang). Jar Island’s Indigenous name is Njula, and the Indigenous Group is the Gaambera people.

Nearby, on the Anjo Peninsula lays the well-preserved wreckage of a US Airforce C-53 Skytrooper aircraft, the result of a pilot losing his bearings flying from Perth to Broome in 1942 and putting down on a salt pan near present-day Truscott Airbase.

Day 12

KING GEORGE RIVER AND FALLS (OOMARI FALLS)

Kimberley Coral Expeditions King George Falls northern Australia

Fed by the King George River draining across the Gardner Plateau, 80m tall King George Falls (Oomari Falls) are the most impressive Kimberley waterfalls and the highest twin falls in Western Australia. Before reaching the mist-like spray rising from the base of King George Falls, we cruise through steep-sided gorges carved by a flooded river system that carved a swathe through the Kimberley landscape 400 million years ago. The Indigienous group here is the Balanggarra people.

Early in the waterfall season, we may cruise around the base of impressive King George Falls while in later months we take the opportunity to view the honeycomb erosion patterns of sandstone cliffs up close.

As our incredible Kimberley adventure draws to a close, on our last evening aboard we enjoy the Captain’s farewell drinks amongst new-found friends.

Day 13

ARRIVE IN DARWIN

Kimberley Coral Expeditions Darwin

 

Our incredible adventure along the Kimberley Coast concludes in Darwin this morning at 8:30am.  Bid farewell to new-found friends and the Captain and crew and make your own way to Hilton Darwin where you will spend the night. 

Day 14

 Today, your next adventure begins! Please make your own way to the airport today. You will be flying to Kununurra. 

The rest of the day is at leisure to explore

Overnight Kimberley Grande or similar

Day 15

 

This morning is at leisure in Kununurra. This afternoon you will be transferred to the airport to board a charter flight to Berkeley River Lodge at 2.00pm.  In one of the last true wilderness areas on earth, between Timor Sea sunrises and Berkeley River sunsets, the ultimate Kimberley adventure and refined indulgence await. Australia's most remote mainland luxury lodge experience, only accessible by air, getting to the Berkeley River Lodge is half the adventure. Leave modern life far behind and relax into the rhythms of nature in your luxurious villa floating atop the coastal dunes.  Dedicated and experienced staff are available on-site to guide you on river cruises, 4WD tours, sunset drinks, fishing expeditions, hiking and animal watching, and skilled chefs will cater all of your meals, including a five-course degustation dinner each night.  If that's not enough, your private glass-fronted villa with the occasional seating and daybed on your deck beckons you to laze away an afternoon, then enjoy cheese platters and drinks on your balcony as the sun sets over the Timor Sea.

Day 16

Berkeley River Lodge

Enjoy the spectacular facilities offered at this luxurious lodge.  Choose to hop on a river cruise, sign up for Bush & Beach 4WD adventures or guided creek walks! 

Accommodation: Berkeley River Lodge in a Villa 

 

Meals included: breakfast, lunch and dinner

 

Day 17

Berkeley River Lodge

Enjoy the spectacular facilities offered at this luxurious lodge.  Choose to hop on a river cruise, sign up for Bush & Beach 4WD adventures or guided creek walks! 

Accommodation: Berkeley River Lodge in a Villa 

Meals included: breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 18

Berkeley River Lodge

Enjoy the spectacular facilities offered at this luxurious lodge.  Choose to hop on a river cruise, sign up for Bush & Beach 4WD adventures, or guided creek walks! 

Accommodation: Berkeley River Lodge in a Villa 

Meals included: breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 19

Berkeley River Lodge

Enjoy the spectacular facilities offered at this luxurious lodge.  Choose to hop on a river cruise, sign up for Bush & Beach 4WD adventures, or guided creek walks! 

Accommodation: Berkeley River Lodge in a Villa 

Meals included: breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 20

This morning after breakfast, you will check out of your villa and board a charter flight back to Kununurra. 

Inclusions & Exclusions


Inclusions

Our Expeditions include

  • 2 nights at at the Pearle of Cable Beach
  • 1 night in a King room at the Hilton Darwin including Breakfast
  • 1 night in a Pool view or Terrace room at the Kimberley Grande
  • 5 night stay at the Berkeley River Lodge including charter flights to/from the lodge. 
  • All meals, chef-prepared onboard featuring regionally inspired “small batch” cuisine (On cruise) 
  • Morning and afternoon tea daily (on cruise)
  • Tea and coffee are always available
  • Showcase wines, selected beers, juices, house spirits, and soft drinks served with lunch and dinner. (Cruise and Berkeley River Lodge)
  • Daily room servicing and evening turndown service
  • Use of Xplorer, Zodiac tender vessels for excursions and sightseeing
  • Tours (may vary between ships)
  • Daily lectures and briefings from expert guides
  • All entrance fees to national and marine parks and ports
  • Use of comprehensive range of library and video resources
  • Port taxes and government charges imposed by government authorities*
  • Flight from Broome to Kununurra

Accomodation:

The Pearle of Cable Beach, Broome (or similar) - Guest Room

Hilton Darwin (or similar) - King Room

Kimberley Grande Resort, Kununurra (or similar) - Pool View or Terrace Room 

Berkeley River Lodge - Kimberley Villa 

Coral Discoverer - Main Deck B Stateroom

Single Supplement: available on request

Exclusions

  • Meals not mentioned
  • Travel insurance
  • Personal expenses
  • Optional activities
  • Departure/return flights

 

Fine Print or Special terms and conditions: 

We must receive your online booking form within 48 hours of booking to secure this package

A driver's license is required to be taken with you to board the cruise ship. 

All guests must have travel insurance to participate on this tour and will be required to show this prior to departure.  (including Remote Area Evacuation)

Level of fitness: All participants should be in good general health, able to walk reasonable distances over sometimes uneven terrain, and stand during excursions.

All guests must be able to make their own way up and down stairs in case of emergency.

Covid19 policy: Guests must have a medical check 7 days prior to boarding and a PCR Test no earlier than 72hours – results of the PCR test to be shown

to Coral Expeditions medical expert prior to boarding. No results, no boarding.

Want to upgrade to a Balcony or Suite on your cruise? Ask our team today!

 

NOTE - The below itinerary is indicative. No two cruises with Coral Expeditions will be the same, with each expedition crafted by our experienced Masters and Expedition Leaders. Throughout the expedition we may make changes to the itinerary as necessary to maximise your expeditionary experience. Allowances may be made for seasonal variations, weather, tidal conditions and any other event that may affect the operation of the vessel. Coral Expeditions suggests that you do not arrive on the day of embarkation or depart on the day of disembarkation due to any changes that may occur in scheduling”

Departure Dates


APR 2023
22 nd
Saturday 22 Apr 2023  ‐  Thursday 11 May 2023
MAY 2023
13 th
Saturday 13 May 2023  ‐  Thursday 01 Jun 2023
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+ $1,499 p.p
JUN 2023
03 rd
Saturday 03 Jun 2023  ‐  Thursday 22 Jun 2023
Surcharge
+ $1,499 p.p
JUN 2023
24 th
Saturday 24 Jun 2023  ‐  Thursday 13 Jul 2023
Surcharge
+ $1,499 p.p
JUL 2023
15 th
Saturday 15 Jul 2023  ‐  Thursday 03 Aug 2023
Surcharge
+ $1,499 p.p

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