Australia, Broome, Darwin
10 nights / 11 days
Embark on an unforgettable voyage of discovery along Australia's wild and remote northwest regions of the stunning Kimberly coast. Explore the world's most unique natural wonders including mighty rivers and gorges, powerful waterfalls, towering rock ridges, extraordinary sea life, wildlife and remnants of an ancient world. Combined with small ship luxury and sophisticated amenities, expert guides and variety of itinerary options, elevate your adventure to a whole new level aboard Coral Adventurer, Coral Discoverer or Coral Expeditions for a once-in-a-lifetime experience.
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Day 1: Broome |
Arrive this afternoon at the Broome Wharf for embarkation aboard your Coral Expeditions ship. Check into your spacious stateroom and enjoy a brief onboard introduction. Then raise a glass to the Captain, as you meet fellow travelers and the hospitable crew for a cheerful welcome reception. Bid bon voyage, reveling in the stunning views from the sundeck as the ship departs towards Cape Leveque.
Day 2: Lacepede Islands |
Greet the sunrise onboard with a continental breakfast or hot buffet complemented by daily made-to-order specialties as you cruise to Pender Bay on the Damper Peninsula. Continue to the low-lying Lacepede Islands, where you will explore the islandâ€™s lagoon and tender to Lacepede Islands Nature Reserve, home to thousands of nesting birds including brown boobies, terns, pelicans, and egrets, as well as the breeding ground for the green turtle.
Mingle with your fellow adventurers onboard tonight as you savor a delectable dinner, paired with a premium varietal from a carefully curated wine list, as the ship departs for your second destination.
Day 3: Buccaneer Archipelago |
As the ship meanders through the rocky islands of the Buccaneer Archipelago to Talbot Bay, prepare to be amazed at a natural wonder unlike any other - the Horizontal Falls. Created by the tide flows through the narrow island gaps, ride the power of the tide on a Zodiac tender through the falls for an exhilarating experience of this legendary phenomenon. Then, travel ashore to Hidden Island for a stroll along the powder white sands of Silica Beach or climb the sandstone rocks for the perfect view of the Indian Ocean's turquoise waters to conclude your day in this remarkable region.
Day 4: Raft Point |
Sip your coffee with a light continental breakfast or customized specialty as you prepare for today's exploration. Cruise through the brilliant blue waters of Kuri Bay, home to Australia's first South Sea pearl farm. Travel ashore to visit Raft Point, a massive sedimentary rock formation located close to the mouth of Doubtful Bay. Climb the rock to discover outdoor Aboriginal rock galleries featuring Wanjina art figures, marine and wildlife depictions and well-preserved Bradshaw paintings before exploring Red Cone Creek.
Reminisce about your day of imposing discovery as you gather with your cruising friends in the dining room for a sumptuous dinner with a variety of main course options, accompanied by carefully curated wines, featuring artisanal Australian and New Zealand varietals.
Day 5: Doubtful Bay & Montgomery Reef |
Get ready for an unforgettable natural wonder as you sail through the scenic Doubtful Bay to Montgomery Reef. Join the expedition team aboard the Xplorer and Zodiacs to witness the ebb and flow of the tides up close as the reef appears to rise right out of the ocean from a raging torrent of water right before your eyes, revealing a myriad of marine life including fish, manta rays, turtles and sharks.
Enjoy impromptu stops for drinks and appetizers as the sun sets, reflecting on your exciting day of adventure and discovery.
Day 6: Prince Regency River & King Cascades |
Following a leisurely breakfast onboard, head out on the Xplorer tender for a day of adventure on Prince Regent River, one of Western Australia's straightest rivers. Continue to the picturesque King Cascades, a spectacular terraced waterfall in the Prince Regent National Park. Savor a delicious picnic lunch and afternoon tea at Camp Creek, with time for a swim in the freshwater pools.
Day 7: Careening Bay & Bigge Island |
Start the day with fresh fruits and yogurts or enjoy a fully-cooked breakfast in the dining room before embarking on today's tender adventure through Careening Bay. Named for Captain Phillip Parker King, after his ship ran aground along the shore, see the historic Mermaid Tree carved in 1820, commemorating his voyage around the Kimberley coast. Then, continue your exploration to Bigge Island for an informative tour of the amazing galleries of Aboriginal Bradshaw and Wandjina art in the coastal caves of the island, said to be the oldest images on earth.
Reflect on each exciting day of discovery as you share the day's experiences with your fellow shipmates as you savor an exquisite menu of local produce and specialties prepared with innovation and creativity by the talented chefs onboard this evening.
Day 8: Hathaway's Hideaway & Mitchell Falls |
Drop anchor in Winyalken Bay this morning before going ashore aboard Xplorer for a day of exploration through the network of sandstone caves known as Hathaway's Hideaway. For those who wish to get a bird's eye view of the stunning scenery, take an optional helicopter flight over the Mitchell Plateau, its stunning four-tiered waterfalls, unique surrounding rainforest and slopes of mangroves.
Unwind this evening with a signature cocktail or wine with canapes as you watch the spectacular sunset over the Indian Ocean. Enjoy a tantalizing barbeque on the ship's sundeck or on a secluded stretch of beach.
Day 9: Vansittart Bay DC3 & Jar Island |
Indulge in an early breakfast this morning as the ship arrives in Vansittart Bay. Home to numerous small islands and secluded coves, go ashore with your expedition leader to view the remarkably well preserved wreckage of a US Air Force DC3, which crash landed during World War II. Continue your informative experience at Jar Island, named for the shards of pottery found there and home to mysterious Bradshaw Paintings (Gwion Gwion), dating back 20,000 years.
Day 10: King George River & Falls |
Celebrate your last day of adventure in this evocative region starting with a visit to the secluded Tranquil Bay. Marvel at the weathered sandstone cliffs, reflected in the emerald waters, and explore scenic gorges of the King George River from the Xplorer. Get up close to magnificent King George Falls with the inflatable Zodiac and touch the spray of the water as you gaze with wonder at the twin falls, towering more than 260 feet over the river below for nature's grand finale to an awe-inspiring journey.
Toast to your final evening with your favorite Australian wine or handcrafted cocktail as you watch the sunset over the horizon. Then, celebrate your voyage of discovery and adventure with a sumptuous dinner as your Coral Expedition ship heads to its last port.
Day 11: Darwin / USA |
Following your breakfast this morning, disembark and transfer to your post-cruise hotel or airport for your flight home to begin planning your next cruising adventure in the land down under. With many options across Australia, peruse the Journese elite portfolio for the ideal post-cruise resort stay and many activity and excursion options.
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