Grand Kimberley Coast Expedition Cruise
small ship cruising
The deck of a small expedition ship is the best place to see Kimberley’s raw and rugged beauty It is here, in one of the world’s most remote and beautiful wilderness regions, that Indigenous nations have recorded their connection to the country through exquisite rock art galleries many thousands of years old. Covering more than 250,000 square miles yet home to just 30,000 people, the Kimberley Region is acknowledged as one of the world’s most beautiful wilderness areas. The seasons dominate the landscape and waterfalls are generally at their peak in April and May after seasonal rain. Later in the season, witness Humpback Whales on their migration to breeding grounds along the Kimberley coast.
Explore Australia’s Kimberley region on an unforgettable small ship expedition cruise through an ancient landscape where nature takes centre stage and Indigenous history abounds.
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Grand Kimberley Coast Expedition Cruise
Day 1-2 : Depart UK - Arrive Darwin
Take your overnight flight to Darwin via Singapore. On arrival make your way to your hotel for the night. The rest of the day is free to explore Darwin.
Day 3 : Embark Ship
Make your way to the dock to board your expedition ship. A relaxed dinner this evening allows you the chance to meet your fellow travellers and sets the tone for the next nine nights on board. D
Nine Nights: MS Caledonian Sky.
Day 4 : Day at Sea
Get acquainted with your expedition ship as you enjoy informative lectures from your expedition team on board while spending a day at sea en route to the spectacular Kimberley Coast. After dinner tonight, make your way to the Lounge for the evening entertainment. BLD
Day 5 : Koolama Bay, King George River and Falls
Cruise into Koolama Bay, a harbour renamed after the Japanese bombing of the MV Koolama in 1942. Next, it’s on to King George River. Join your expedition team and jump aboard a Zodiac to explore the river system around King George Falls. BLD
Day 6 : Vansittart Bay, Jar Island
With your expedition team, set out across Vansittart Bay to view the wreckage of a US Air Force C-53 that crash landed on the beach during World War II. Later, step ashore on Jar Island to see Gwion Gwion (Bradshaw) rock art, dating back some 20,000 years. BLD
Day 7 : Bigge Island
Discover Bigge Island today, known for its Indigenous rock art created by the Wunambal people. See examples of first-contact art depicting European tall ships dating from the 15th to 18th century in caves throughout the island. Having been repainted annually for the past 5,000 years, the images are thought to be the oldest continuous sacred-painting tradition on the planet. Return to your ship and perhaps dine al fresco this evening. BLD
Day 8 : Prince Frederick Harbour, Hunter River, Mitchell Falls
Arrive at Prince Frederick Harbour today, home to towering red cliffs, mangroves and a wide variety of wildlife. Then explore the Hunter River and Naturalist Island by Zodiac. You might also like to take a scenic flight for views over Mitchell Falls by helicopter (own expense). BLD
Day 9 : Montgomery Reef, Doubtful Bay, Raft Point
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. Watch for unique bird life and turtles, then cruise through Doubtful Bay, a hotspot for whale watching during the season. Step ashore at Raft Point to visit an ancient Wandjina rock art site. When available, a local Indigenous guide will join you. BLD
Day 10 : Talbot Bay, Horizontal Falls
Cruise through Talbot Bay, known for its epic 12-metre tides that create a natural spectacle, Horizontal Falls. Subject to tidal conditions, ride through the falls aboard a high-powered fast boat. The adventure continues as your Zodiac explores Cyclone Creek’s dramatic rock formations with your expedition team leader. BLD
Day 11 : Buccaneer Archipelago, Adele Island
Arrive in the Buccaneer Archipelago, home to more than 800 islands. Cruise to Adele Island and join your expedition team member to explore by Zodiac. The island is surrounded by Adele Reef, teeming with an array of coral and marine life, including reef sharks and stingrays. Back on board, toast the end of an epic adventure during a farewell dinner. BLD
Day 12-13 : Disembark Ship, Depart Broome - Arrive UK
We’ll transfer you to the airport in time for your flight home. B