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(13 days) Broome to Darwin
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Coral Expeditions – 13 Day Kimberley Expedition Cruise - Coral Adventurer
Day 1 Broome

Often referred to as the pearl of North West Australia, Broome is Western Australia’s coastal gateway to the magnificent wilderness region of the Kimberley.  It’s also home to the world-famous white sands of Cable Beach, making it one of the State’s most popular holiday resorts.

Cable Beach Club Resort, Broome

Accommodation in a Pool View Studio for 2 nights – Room Only

Cable Beach Road, Broome WA 6725

Phone: 08 9192 0400

Welcome to the magnificent Cable Beach, home of the award-winning resort.  Reconnect, with nature, your partner, your family and yourself.  Relax and unwind with two glistening pools, delicious cuisine at a choice of three restaurants, leisure facilities, the first Australian L’Occitane spa and a personal touch to every experience.  Explore Broome’s unique wonders or enjoy family fun, the Resort provides the ultimate haven for both a romantic couples retreat and a unique family escape.

Day 2 Broome

This morning is at leisure and an opportunity to do some independent exploring, or just relax.

InStyle Adventures, Broome

Afternoon Best of Broome – Shared Small Group Tour

Inclusions: Hotel pick up and drop off, sunset platter, Chinatown walking tour

Take in all the best sites of Broome with entertaining and informative commentary from your local guide.  An easy paced walking tour around historical Chinatown then touring in our comfortable air-conditioned 4WD we visit Town Beach, sight of the WWII bombing, the fascinating and moving Japanese Cemetery before venturing to Gantheaume Point, a home of the dinosaur footprints.  Enjoy drinks and a gourmet platter as the sunsets over the Indian Ocean.

Day 3 Broome

Coral Expeditions, Broome

11 Day Kimberley Expedition Cruise – Coral Adventurer – Coral Deck, 1 Double

Inclusions: Captain’s Welcome and Farewell Drinks, all meals, morning and afternoon teas, house wine and beer served with lunch and dinner meal service, services of expedition staff including lectures, briefings, slide/film presentations, and other group activities, group transfers during the cruise, 24 hour tea and coffee station, landing fees

Exclusions: Alcoholic and other beverages outside of lunch and dinner service, telephone and satellite internet services,  laundry, optional Mitchell Falls helicopter flight (can only be booked and purchased on board).

The Traditional Owners of the Kimberley and their representatives are proposing the introduction of a Visitor Pass/permit/fee for all guests accessing traditional lands when cruising the Kimberley Coast. If a Visitor Pass/permit/fee is introduced prior to the commencement of the cruise/expedition, then in that event the Visitor Pass fee will be added to the cost of the cruise.

6.00 pm: Your memorable cruise along the Kimberley coast begins in Broome today.  Join the Expedition Staff for an informative introduction to the Kimberley before meeting your fellow travellers and friendly crew at the Captain’s Welcome Drinks.

Day 4 Lacepede Islands

Cruise through Pender Bay and, subject to weather and tides; visit the Lacepede Islands, a series of low islands consisting of coarse sand and coral rubble lying atop a platform reef. This nature reserve has been identified by Birdlife International as an Important Bird Area as it supports up to 18,000 breeding pairs of Brown Boobies and Roseate Terns, possibly the largest such population in the world. Board the zodiacs and explore the island’s lagoon, keeping an eye out for many species of marine birdlife including Australian Pelicans, frigatebirds, egrets, gulls and terns. The islands are also renowned as Western Australia’s most significant breeding grounds for the Green Turtle, often seen nesting on the islands.

 

Day 5 Horizontal Falls and Buccaneer Archipelago

Cruise through the Buccaneer Archipelago, home to over 800 islands. In Talbot Bay, the region’s 12 metre tides create an amazing spectacle, the unique Horizontal Falls, described by legendary naturalist David Attenborough as “one of the greatest natural wonders in the world”. Board the zodiacs for an exhilarating ride through the falls. Later, explore Silica Beach on Hidden Island with its stunning white sands and crystal clear waters.

Day 6 Raft Point and Doubtful Bay

Cruising through Kuri Bay, home of the south sea pearl industry, travel ashore at Raft Point and visit a secluded and very interesting Aboriginal rock art gallery to view Wandjina art and the mysterious Bradshaw Paintings (Gwion).  Later, cruise through scenic Doubtful Bay

Day 7 Montgomery Reef

Today savour a truly unforgettable moment as Montgomery Reef ‘rises’ out of the ocean as the tide ebbs. Join our Expedition Staff aboard the Xplorer and zodiacs to experience this natural phenomenon up close and discover the reef’s diverse marine life including turtles, manta rays and reef sharks.

Day 8 Careening Bay and Prince Regent River

Explore Careening Bay which was named by Phillip Parker King after his ship ‘HMC Mermaid’ was careened during his second voyage of discovery in the Kimberley. Lecturers lead you to the site of a large boab tree bearing the inscription “HMC Mermaid – 1820”, still clearly visible almost 200 years later. Cruise the mighty Prince Regent River aboard Xplorer to breathtaking King Cascades, an unusual and picturesque waterfall cascading over terraced rock formations. Enjoy a picnic lunch at beautiful Camp Creek, where there is time for a leisurely swim in the fresh water pools. The more adventurous may wish to join a nature walk, keeping an eye out for native Kimberley birdlife.

Day 9 Bigge Island

Guided beach walk and then discover the rock art gallery on Bigge Island, featuring fine examples of both Wandjina and Contact art.

Day 10 Hathaway’s Hideaway and Mitchell Falls

After anchoring in Winyalken Bay travel ashore aboard Explorer to explore the maze of natural sandstone caves known as Hathaway’s Hideaway. Later, helicopters are available for optional scenic flights (additional cost) over the Mitchell Plateau for close up views of the mighty four-tiered Mitchell Falls. This evening, enjoy a spectacular Indian Ocean sunset as we indulge in a gourmet Aussie Beach BBQ.

Day 11 Vansittart Bay DC3 and Jar Island

Join the Expedition Leader on a walk across salt flats to view the wreckage of a US Air Force DC3 which crash landed on the beach during WWII. Later, visit Jar Island and discover the island’s outstanding rock art gallery. Guest Lecturers will point out fine examples of the Kimberley’s mysterious Bradshaw Paintings (Gwion), dating back some 20,000 years.

Day 12 King George River and Falls

Today discover the first of the Kimberley’s ‘big’ rivers, the mighty King George. Aboard Xplorer, our specially designed excursion vessel, we’ll explore scenic gorges, and in our inflatable Zodiacs, cruise close to the base of magnificent King George Falls, the tallest waterfalls in Western Australia towering some 80 metres above the river below. Later, visit Tranquil Bay for beach walking and exploration.  This evening enjoy Captains Farewell Drinks.

Day 13 Darwin

8.00 am – Arrive Darwin Harbour. Complimentary transfer provided upon disembarkation to inner city accommodation or the airport.

Accommodation
Broome
Cable Beach Club Resort