Explore the Wonders Down Under on an Expedition Cruise to Australia’s Wild West
Down Under, “The Kimberley” means the ultimate in wilderness. Raw and intense in its beauty, this stretch of rugged coast on the northwest flank of the Australia Outback is largely inaccessible except by sea. The vast plateau of the Kimberley runs headlong into the ocean, bearing scars of the erosive action of surf, wind and water over millennia. Rivers cut deep gorges through ochre sandstone. Waterfalls plunge over cliffs. Dazzling white sand beaches meet a transparent ocean studded with islands.
A fascinating collection of wildlife is at home here, including huge primeval crocodiles. Our small ship is the ideal means to explore the complex coastline, cut by rivers and narrow inlets. Excursions by boat, Zodiac and helicopter reveal the Kimberley’s wonders: the spectacular gorges and pools of Mitchell Falls, Prince Regent Nature Reserve with its astounding wildlife, desert tableaus dotted with bizarre boab trees, and the entrancing isles of the Buccaneer Archipelago.
Though the Kimberley is sparsely inhabited except by wildlife, its rich human history is also on display in stunning galleries of Aboriginal rock art.
Physical Rating: Moderate / Flexible
Departure Dates: This expedition is timed during the beginning of the dry season, and occasional showers can be expected.
Apr 22, 2016 – May 06, 2016 Oceanic Discoverer
Apr 14, 2017 – Apr 28, 2017 Coral Discoverer
Group Size Limit: Maximum 65 Travellers
Image: © Australia’s southern coral coast
All gratuities; accommodations in our hotels and on board the Oceanic Discoverer as outlined in the itinerary; all on-board meals; all group meals on land; soft drinks, wine, and beer with lunch and dinner; arrival and departure transfers on group dates; services of the expedition staff, including lectures, briefings, slide/film shows; all group activities and excursions; landing and port fees; some medical expense coverage and emergency evacuation insurance. Helicopter touring included in cost.
All air transportation; excess baggage charges; airport arrival and departure taxes; transfers for independent arrivals and departures; passport and/or visa fees; travel insurance; items of a personal nature such as laundry, bar charges, alcoholic beverages except as listed, e-mail/Internet/fax/telephone charges.
Physical Requirements: Moderate
For most activities, a moderate level physical exertion is involved. You must be able to climb into and out of inflatable Zodiacs to participate in excursions ashore. Once ashore, you must be able to walk from one to three miles, unassisted, over terrain that is sometimes rough and rocky. There will be opportunities for both leisurely strolls and longer, more active hikes. This expedition is timed during the beginning of the dry season, but occasional showers can be expected. Average daily temperatures will range from the upper 80s°F to the low 90s°F, though high humidity can make it seem warmer.
Getting There & Getting Home
You will need to purchase airfare to Broome and out of Darwin (if you connect through Brisbane, the overnight is included in the trip cost).
According to the itinerary, Days 1-3 count as travel days, with your arrival into Broome on Day 3.
You will disembark in Darwin, and transfer to the airport for your independent flight back to Sydney on the second to last day of the trip. The overnight in Sydney is included. The last day of the trip you will fly home.
Discover the region’s intriguing wildlife, including vast seabird colonies, rock wallabies, flying foxes and giant saltwater crocodiles, one of the most ancient creatures on earth.
Enjoy a spectacular helicopter flight to Mitchell Falls atop the Kimberley Plateau, where we stop to swim in crystal-clear freshwater pools
Travel by Zodiac up the Hunter River, passing mangrove estuaries and vertical sandstone cliffs to King George Falls, the highest in the Kimberley.
Our expertise takes the guesswork out: Over the years our staff has taken literally hundreds of expedition cruises aboard dozens of ships. We’re very picky. We know which ones meet our – and your – high standards. And those are the only ones we’ll put you on.
Small Ships assure closer nature encounters; typically carry 60-120 passengers.
Outstanding Naturalist Guides who specialize in the destinations you’ll visit. From wildlife biologists to ornithologists, marine scientists to polar historians, you’ll travel with experts who are carefully chosen for their in-depth knowledge of the destination you’re traveling to.
Our ground handler, NHA, is WWF’s Travel Partner