10 Night - Darwin & The Kimberleys

CORAL PRINCESS - Darwin & The Kimberley Cruise

Discover one of the world’s last untouched regions on a small ship cruise along the stunning Kimberley coastline, first charted only 200 years ago.

Experienced guides on board will take you on plenty of shore excursions to explore amazing landscapes, inaccessible by road. See towering waterfalls cascading through rugged gorges, admire some of Western Australia’s oldest Aboriginal rock art and marvel at the area’s unique plant and wildlife. You’ll also visit mysterious Bigge Island and the beautiful Montgomery Reef as you travel along the fringes of the Indian Ocean.

On board enjoy well equipped cabins, fine dining and the company of no more than 70 fellow guests on this unforgettable one-way cruise from Darwin or Broome.

Highlights...

• King George River excursion
• Rock art gallery on Bigge Island
• Explorer excursion to King Cascades waterfall
• Horizontal Falls cruise
• Aboriginal rock art

Your Cruise Itinerary...

Day 1: Depart Darwin
08:00am: Boarding commences for a 9:00am departure. Farewell Darwin Harbour, we cross Cambridge Gulf and sail into Western Australian waters. This afternoon join our Expedition Staff for an informative introduction to the Kimberley before meeting your fellow travellers and friendly crew at the Captain's Welcome Drinks.

Day 2: King George River and Falls
Today we discover the first of the Kimberley's 'big' rivers, the mighty King George. Aboard Explorer, our specially designed excursion vessel, we'll explore scenic gorges, and in our inflatable zodiacs we'll cruise close to the base of magnificent King George Falls, the tallest single-drop waterfalls in Western Australia towering some 80 metres above the river below.

Day 3: Vansittart Bay C53 and Jar Island
Join our Expedition Leader on a walk across salt flats to view the wreckage of a US Air Force C53 which crash landed on the beach during WWII. Later, visit Jar Island and discover the island's outstanding rock art gallery. Our Guest Lecturers will point out fine examples of the Kimberley's mysterious Bradshaw Paintings (Gwion), dating back some 20,000 years.

Day 4: Hathaway's Hideaway and Mitchell Falls
After anchoring in Winyalken Bay we travel ashore aboard Explorer to explore the maze of natural sandstone caves known as Hathaway's Hideaway (if no optional Heli Flights over Mitchell Falls are booked).

Helicopters are available for optional scenic flights 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 5: Bigge Island
Discover the rock art gallery on Bigge Island, featuring fine examples of both Wandjina and Bradshaw art.

Day 6: 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. Our lecturers lead us to the site of a large boab tree baring the inscription "HMC Mermaid - 1820", still clearly visible almost 200 years later.

We cruise the mighty Prince Regent River aboard Explorer to breathtaking King Cascades, an unusual and picturesque waterfall cascading over terraced rock formations. Enjoy lunch at beautiful Camp Creek, where there is time for a leisurely swim in the fresh water pools (wildlife permitting).

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 Explorer and zodiacs to experience this natural phenomenon up close and discover the reef's diverse marine life including turtles,and reef sharks.

Day 8: Raft Point, Ruby Falls & Doubtful Bay
Cruising through Kuri Bay, home of the south sea pearl industry, we 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, explore Red Cone Creek and enjoy a cooling dip at Ruby Falls.

Later, cruise through scenic Doubtful Bay

Day 9: Horizontal Falls and Buccaneer Archipelago
Cruise through the Buccaneer Archipelago, home to over 800 islands. In Talbot Bay, the region's 12 metre tides (tidal dependent) create an amazing spectacle, the unique Horizontal Falls, described by legendary naturalist David Attenborough as "one 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 10: Lacepede Islands (totally tide dependent, otherwise alternate activity will be arranged)
We 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 Bird Life 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, frigate birds, 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. This evening we farewell new-found friends as we enjoy the Captain's Farewell Drinks.

Day 11: Depart in Broome
8:00am. Our unforgettable cruise along the Kimberley coast concludes in Broome this morning.

10 night Coral Princess Cruise from £4694

Cruise operates from Darwin or Broome Apr - Sept on selected Mondays and Fridays - ask your consultant for details and departure dates. Price shown based on double/twin cabin. Stateroom from £4938 per person.

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About your cruise...

Your cruise includes:

• 10 nights cabin accommodation on board Coral Discoverer or Coral Expeditions I
• All meals, morning and afternoon teas and soft drinks
• Infomative talks from the expedition staff

Onboard Highlights:

• Two air conditioned lounges and dining room
• Comprehensive resource library
• Large sundeck
• On board shop and dive shop

Departures:

 

Coral Discoverer - 72 Passengers
Darwin to Broome                      Broome to Darwin
06 April 2018                               16 April 2018
27 April 2018                               18 June 2018 
29 June 2018                               30 July 2018
20 July 2018                                10 September 2018
10 August 2018
31 August 2018

Coral Expeditions - 48 Passengers
Darwin to Broome                      Broome to Darwin
30 March 2018                             9 April 2018
20 April 2018                                30 April 2018
13 July 2018                                 21 May 2018
14 September 2018                      2 July 2018
                                                     23 July 2018
                                                     13 August 2018 Princess
                                                      3 September 2018
                                                      24 September 2018

Ports of Call:

Darwin - Jar Island - Mitchell Falls - Bigge Island - Prince Regent River - Doubtful Bay - Broome

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