Ocean Cruise Expeditions

Exploring the Kimberley

  • Duration 14 days | Broome to Darwin
  • From $15,180 AUD
Call 1800 889 088

Trip Overview

In partnership with PONANT, set sail from Broome to Darwin aboard Le Lapérouse for the wild and grandiose landscapes of the Kimberley. 

At around two-thirds the size of France, the Kimberley is one of the last unspoiled regions on the planet. Off the coast, in the Timor Sea, the Rowley Shoals, Browse Island and the Ashmore Reef nature reserve will reveal you an extraordinary underwater life that abounds in beautiful coral reefs.You will also be able to admire the Montgomery Reef, home to vast expanses of lagoons and immense coral reefs, and discover the history of the country, back in the time of the explorers, during an historic stopover at Careening Bay. In one of the most picturesque parts of the region, the Hunter River, you will see wild mangrove forests where saltwater crocodiles live along with many species of birds.

The highpoint of this cruise will undoubtedly be the discovery of the King George River and the majestic Twin Falls, the highest falls in Western Australia. Le Lapérouse will take you along one of the most spectacular coasts in the entire region. With their falls, abrupt gorges, savannah, desolate mountain chains and incredibly rich seabed, the wild lands of Kimberley are the promise of an exceptional adventure.

Lead Image: King George River, Morgane Monneret | Studio PONANT.

Highlights - 14 Days

  • Enjoy regular Zodiac® outings & shore visits to get close to Kimberley nature.
  • Discover billions of years-old landscapes & ancient rock art.
  • Listen to stories of the dreamtime from the oldest continuous culture on the planet.
  • Explore pristine mangrove environments, home to the world’s largest living reptile.
  • Witness unique tidal phenomena such as the Horizontal Falls.
  • Possibility of swimming or snorkeling.

 

Itinerary 

Day 1— Broome 

Embarkation 26/08/2020 from 15H30 to 16H30 . Departure 26/08/2020 at 17H30 . Located in the northwest of the Kimberley region and in the far north of Western Australia, the town of Broome is reputed for its history and its glorious pearling era.

Day 2— Rowley Shoals

Regarded as one of the world’s most spectacular diving and snorkelling locations, the Rowley Shoals lie 260 kilometres west of Broome in the Timor Sea.

Day 3— Rowley Shoals

The shallow lagoons inhabited by a diverse array of corals and abundant marine life are ideal for exploration by snorkellers and divers.

Day 4— Lacepede Islands

The Lacepede Islands are Western Australia’s most important breeding habitat for Green Turtles (Chelonia mydas), and have been named by BirdLife International as an Important Bird Area (IBA).

Day 5— Talbot Bay

Described by Sir David Attenborough as “One of the greatest wonders of the natural world” the “Horizontal Waterfalls” are an iconic location and one of the premier tourist attractions of the West Kimberley.

Day 6— Montgomery Reef 

The tidal movements in the Kimberley are nothing short of massive, in fact the Kimberley has the third largest tidal range of anywhere on the planet. Montgomery Reef is a spectacular example of the impact of these tides as the entire reef appears to rise from the ocean.

Day 7— Raft Point

Raft Point or ‘Ngumbri’, and its 188 metres high bluff, juts out into Doubtful Bay's entrance off Kimberley, is the site of the most spectacular outdoor Aboriginal Wandjina art gallery on the Kimberley coast. The Worrorra, Wunambal, and Ngarinyin people say that the Wandjina are the creator beings of the Dreaming, and that they made their world and all that it contains. Join your Expedition Team for a challenging guided walk to visit this spectacular rock art gallery.

Day 8— Careening Bay

Careening Bay was named by Lieutenant Phillip Parker King after his ship, HMC Mermaid, was careened there during his third voyage of discovery in 1820. King surveyed the western coast to complete the map initiated by Flinders 20 years earlier.

Day 9— Hunter River & Mitchell Falls

Arguably one of the most scenic parts of the Kimberley coast, Prince Frederick Harbour and the Hunter River are lined with ancient rainforest pockets, pristine mangroves and mosaic sandstone cliffs. They are considered to be some of the most pristine mangrove forests in the world, containing up to 18 different species, supporting a rich and diverse fauna.

Day 10— Browse Island

The 14-hectare uninhabited Browse Island lies 180 kilometres of the north west Kimberley coast. It is surrounded by extensive coral reefs and is an important nesting site for Green turtles as well as numerous species of seabirds. Join your expedition team to explore this pristine, remote, seldom visited destination by Zodiac®.

Day 11— Ashmore Reef 

Located in the Timor Sea, the Ashmore Reef Marine Park is a sanctuary for many marine species. Each year, more than 100,000 seabirds breed here, including crested terns, white-tailed tropicbirds and greater frigatebirds.

Day 12— Jar Island

Arrival 05/09/2020. Departure 05/09/2020.

Day 13— King George River

The journey up the King George River is nothing short of breathtaking. The 80m high sides of the gorge display varying degrees of weathering of the ancient Warton sandstone. The colours and textures of the gorge change with the light as you travel further up the river creating a continual changing scenery that is simply stunning. The journey culminates at the King George twin falls; the highest single-drop falls in the whole of the Kimberley (80m or 260ft).

Day 14— At sea

During your day at sea, make the most of the many services and activities on board. Treat yourself to a moment of relaxation in the spa or stay in shape in the fitness centre. Depending on the season, let yourself be tempted by the swimming pool or a spot of sunbathing. This day without a port of call will also be an opportunity to enjoy the conferences or shows proposed on board, to do some shopping in the boutique or to meet the PONANT photographers in their dedicated space.

Day 15— Darwin, with disembarkation at 0700 hrs.

Disembarkation 08/09/2020 at 0700hrs. Darwin is located in Australia’s Northern Territory which is also known as the “Top End”. It is the capital city and the most populated town of the Northern Territory. Darwin is a beautiful tropical city, a melting pot of people and cultures, over 50 different cultures live and work side by side that prides itself in its unique and friendly laid-back lifestyle.

 

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Exploring the Kimberley

From AUD $15,180 Call 1800 889 088

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