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Kimberley Luxury Expedition – From Darwin to Broome

Kimberley Luxury Expedition – From Darwin to Broome

From AUD $12,900

Description

There are many beautiful places on Earth, but few will take your breath away like the sights of the Kimberley region. It is three times the size of England, and is home to about 40,000 people (per kilometre less than anywhere else on Earth). This vast area is a natrualist’s dream. Uncover some of the secrets of this spectacular region accompanied by our team of experts who will educate you on the wildlife, complex geology and millennia old Aboriginal rock art.

Trip Name
Kimberley Luxury Expedition - From Darwin to Broome
Days
13
Overview
Vessel Type: Luxury Expedition Length: 157 m Passenger Capacity: 200/260 Built: 1994 Refurbished & Rebranded: 2017 After extensive refurbishment, Silver Cloud will be the most spacious and comfortable ice class vessel in expedition cruising. Her large suites, her destination itineraries and her unparalleled service make her truly special. Her five dining options will tantalise your taste buds and as 80% of her suites include a veranda, watching a breaching whale or a few cavorting penguins has never been so personal. Broad sweeping decks with multiple open spaces and a swimming pool complete what is surely the most distinctive expedition ship sailing today. A limited number of guests, particularly with just 200 in polar waters, mean that Silver Cloud has the highest space to guest and crew to guest ratios in expedition cruising. With her 18 zodiacs, possibilities are almost limitless with ship-wide simultaneous explorations. Finally, a team of 19 passionate and dedicated experts are always at hand to ensure your voyage is enhanced every step of the way. DECK 09 - Observation Lounge, Jogging Track DECK 08 - Pool, Pool Bar, Hot Rocks, The Panorama Lounge, The Connoisseur’s Corner DECK 07 - La Terrazza, The Spa at Silversea, Beauty Salon, The Library DECK 06 - Lecture Theatre, The Fitness Centre, Reception/Guest Relations, Expedition Desk DECK 05 - The Bar, Boutique, Casino DECK 04 - Main Restaurant, Le Champagne, Launderette

Itinerary



Day 1 - Day 1 Pre Cruise
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Day 2 - Day 2 Darwin AUSTRALIA
"Australia's capital of the north is a uniquely tropical city, and a historically isolated outpost of this vast, diverse country. Reaching up towards the equator, a full 2,000 miles from Sydney and Melbourne, the city was named in honour of Charles Darwin by the British settlers who established a frontier outpost here. With a unique history, beautiful islands nearby, and a palette of sizzling Pacific flavours, colourful Darwin is an enchanting and exotic Australian destination. Crocodiles patrol the jungled waterways and tropical rainforests around Australia's gateway to the Top End. Explore via airboat to look down on the veiny waterways of the mist-laced Kakadu National Park. The sounds of chattering birdlife and the gentle splash of fountains and waterfalls will fill your ears in George Brown Darwin Botanic Gardens. Soak it all in, before kicking back and relaxing with a picnic and a crackling barbecue. The sunshine and famous tropical pink sunsets mean many visitors naturally gravitate to the city's soft sands to relax at spots like pretty Mindil Beach, as evening approaches. The adjoining market is filled with souvenirs and crafts stands and is the perfect great place to enjoy some fiery Asian flavours. Stroll the stalls, grab some food, and crack open an ice-frosted beer as the sunset show begins. It may be remote, but Darwin found itself on the front line during the Pacific War, as the Japanese air force unloaded their bombs onto the city in 1942. This relaxed unassuming city has a deeply resilient backbone, however, and you can explore the museums to learn more of the war's impact on Darwin, as well as the devastating effects of one of Australia's worst natural disasters, Cyclone Tracy in 1973."
Day 3 - Day 3 Day at sea INTERNATIONAL WATERS
Days at sea are the perfect opportunity to relax, unwind and catch up with what you’ve been meaning to do. So whether that is going to the gym, visiting the spa, whale watching, catching up on your reading or simply topping up your tan, these blue sea days are the perfect balance to busy days spent exploring shore side.
Day 4 - Day 4 Matakus Island INDONESIA
The eastern part of Indonesia is a true paradise on Earth. Home to countless beautiful, unexplored destinations that have not enjoyed the tourism boom that many other parts of the country have. Matakus Island is one such destination. This makes it a perfect place for those who have a sense of adventure and truly want to explore off the beaten path. Matakus is a small island and part of the Tanimbar archipelago. At just over two miles in length and less than a mile across, it is one of the smaller islands but, despite its small size, its proximity to the regional capital city of Saumlaki just to the north ensures that the island is inhabited (current population 100). The tourism infrastructure is practically inexistent, so don’t expect to be souvenir shopping here – ordering a lunch of delicious freshly caught and grilled fish from one of the local fishermen that line the shore is about the maximum! The island is surrounded by fine, white-sand beaches and is a marine paradise, with fields of staghorn coral and schools of cardinalfish visible in its crystal clear waters. Birds including the Tanimbar starling, Moluccan masked owl, Fawn-breasted thrush and Blue-streaked lorry all call the island home.
Day 5 - Day 5 Day at sea INTERNATIONAL WATERS
Days at sea are the perfect opportunity to relax, unwind and catch up with what you’ve been meaning to do. So whether that is going to the gym, visiting the spa, whale watching, catching up on your reading or simply topping up your tan, these blue sea days are the perfect balance to busy days spent exploring shore side.
Day 6 - Day 6 Wyndham AUSTRALIA
Wyndham is a small settlement with the spirit of a Kimberley outback township. It was established in 1886 with the Halls Creek gold rush and sits on the Cambridge Gulf where several rivers converge. Today Wyndham has a population of roughly 900 people and operates largely as a port exporting cattle, servicing the mining industry and hosting a few small ships. For these vessels Wyndham is a gateway to the nearby Ord River. Conversely, cruising the peaceful and tree-lined Ord River is a chance to look for freshwater crocodiles, fruit bats, short-eared rock wallabies and a variety of birds, including Mangrove Herons and Mangrove Gerygones. Please note: All destinations on voyages in the Kimberley region, and the order in which they are visited, are subject to tidal variations and weather conditions.
Day 7 - Day 7 King George River (Kimberley, Western Australia) AUSTRALIA
The King George Falls is one of the Kimberley’s most magnificent natural wonders. At 80 meters (260 feet), the thundering spectacle of twin cascades are among the highest in Australia. The river weaves through an amazing landscape of near vertical red rock formations and a parade of wildlife — carnivorous saltwater crocodiles and amazing birdlife, including giant raptors and the Brahminy Kite.
Day 8 - Days 8 - 9 Hunter River Region (Western Australia) AUSTRALIA
The Hunter River is home to an immense mangrove system surrounded by soaring red sandstone cliffs. Narrow mangrove channels shelter numerous bird species, mudskippers, fiddler crabs and the infamous saltwater crocodile; the most aggressive crocodile species known to man. Naturalist Island at the mouth of the river has a stunning stretch of sandy beach that makes a perfect landing site for small helicopters that can pick up visitors wishing to explore some of the Kimberley’s vast interior. The highlight inland is the famous Mitchell Falls where four tiers of waterfalls plunge into deep pools that flow out into the mighty Mitchell River. The headwaters of the falls are cool and a dip in the fresh water is a welcome reprieve from the heat of the heartland.
Day 9 - Days 10 - 11 Buccaneer Archipelago Region AUSTRALIA
Set off the coast of Western Australia, the Buccaneer Archipelago is one of the Kimberley’s finest secrets. The Archipelago, 50 k2 (19 sq mi), is made up of around 800 islands and protect the mainland from the huge 12 metre tides and astonishing speed of the Yampi (or, in traditional Aborigine, “Yampee”) Sound. The speed and power of the water many not make for pleasant bathing, but do however result in fantastic natural phenomena. One fine example is the horizontal reversible waterfall in Talbot Bay. The tidal pull is responsible for the “reversible” nature of the falls, however, this also hides narrow gaps between the islands, making for treacherous sailing conditions. Isolated graves of sailors and divers are testimony to the danger. William Dampier sighted the Archipelago in 1688 but it would not be until 1821 that the Archipelago would become known as Buccaneer (a term coined by Captain Phillip Parker King) "in commemoration of William Dampier’s visit to this part of the coast ". Commander John Lort Stokes also noted the area in his 1838 record. Enterprising individuals were initially attracted to the Buccaneer Archipelago in the 1800s due to the superior pearling as well as the rich iron ore deposits. Pearling conducted by luggers in the 1880s was concentrated in Cygnet Bay, Cascade Bay, Cone Bay and Strickland Bay. More recently, mining operators established open-cut mines on Koolan Island on the east side of the Sound. Some of the richest iron ore in the world is extracted here to this day.
Day 10 - Day 12 Broome (Kimberley) AUSTRALIA
Gateway to the oldest and most elusive of all Australia’s nine regions, Broome is where your Kimberley adventure begins. The ancient landscape has long held travellers spellbound: The Kimberley is three time larger than England but has a population of just 35,000, is over 65,000 years old and is home to 2,000 km of coastline. Almost impenetrable, incredibly remote, the red baked earth, prolific wildlife, majestic canyons and swimming holes are the stuff of Australian wilderness dreams. English explorer William Dampier was the first explorer to set foot in Broome in 1668. However, the land had long been used as a trading route between east and west Kimberley for Aboriginal families. These semi-nomadic tribes respected strict unwritten rules regarding ownership of the land. The Yawuru people remain the Native Title holders for the township of Broome to this day. Broome itself has over 84 Aboriginal communities affiliated to it, 78 of which are considered remote. The city grew from its nascent pearling industry of the late 19th century. Pearl diving was dangerous in the waters surrounding Broome and for many years divers were limited to Aboriginal slaves, skin divers who faced cyclones, sharks, crocodiles, ear and chest infections in order to bring up as many pearl shells as possible for their masters. Natural pearls were rare and extremely valuable, and when found, were placed in a locked box. At the peak of its industry, around 1914, Broome was responsible for 80% of the world’s pearl trade.
Day 11 - Day 13 Post Cruise
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Day 12 - Please Note:
The excursions are provided as a sample of what may be offered on this voyage and are subject to change.

Trip Dates

StartEndPrice FromRoom Type
08-06-202420-06-2024AUD $13,900Vista Suite. From
08-06-202420-06-2024AUD $15,900Veranda Suite. From
08-06-202420-06-2024AUD $18,800Deluxe Veranda Suite. From
08-06-202420-06-2024AUD $23,600Medallion Suite. From
08-06-202420-06-2024AUD $31,000Silver Suite. From
08-06-202420-06-2024AUD $39,800Grand Suite. From
08-06-202420-06-2024AUD $62,900Royal Suite. From
08-06-202420-06-2024AUD $68,300Owner's Suite. From
18-06-202430-06-2024AUD $16,500Deluxe Veranda Suite. From
18-06-202430-06-2024AUD $20,700Medallion Suite. From
18-06-202430-06-2024AUD $26,900Silver Suite. From
18-06-202430-06-2024AUD $62,800Royal Suite. From
18-06-202430-06-2024AUD $65,800Grand Suite. From
18-06-202430-06-2024AUD $68,300Owner's Suite. From
18-06-202430-06-2024AUD $12,900Vista Suite. From
18-06-202430-06-2024AUD $14,900Veranda Suite. From
28-06-202410-07-2024AUD $12,900Vista Suite. From
28-06-202410-07-2024AUD $14,900Veranda Suite. From
28-06-202410-07-2024AUD $16,500Deluxe Veranda Suite. From
28-06-202410-07-2024AUD $20,700Medallion Suite. From
28-06-202410-07-2024AUD $26,900Silver Suite. From
28-06-202410-07-2024AUD $62,900Royal Suite. From
28-06-202410-07-2024AUD $65,800Grand Suite. From
28-06-202410-07-2024AUD $68,300Owner's Suite. From
08-07-202420-07-2024AUD $12,900Vista Suite. From
08-07-202420-07-2024AUD $14,900Veranda Suite. From
08-07-202420-07-2024AUD $16,500Deluxe Veranda Suite. From
08-07-202420-07-2024AUD $20,700Medallion Suite. From
08-07-202420-07-2024AUD $26,900Silver Suite. From
08-07-202420-07-2024AUD $60,000Royal Suite. From
08-07-202420-07-2024AUD $62,800Grand Suite. From
08-07-202420-07-2024AUD $65,200Owner's Suite. From
18-07-202430-07-2024AUD $12,900Vista Suite. From
18-07-202430-07-2024AUD $14,900Veranda Suite. From
18-07-202430-07-2024AUD $16,500Deluxe Veranda Suite. From
18-07-202430-07-2024AUD $20,700Medallion Suite. From
18-07-202430-07-2024AUD $26,900Silver Suite. From
18-07-202430-07-2024AUD $57,300Royal Suite. From
18-07-202430-07-2024AUD $59,900Grand Suite. From
18-07-202430-07-2024AUD $62,200Owner's Suite. From
28-07-202409-08-2024AUD $12,900Vista Suite. From
28-07-202409-08-2024AUD $14,900Veranda Suite. From
28-07-202409-08-2024AUD $16,500Deluxe Veranda Suite. From
28-07-202409-08-2024AUD $20,700Medallion Suite. From
28-07-202409-08-2024AUD $27,600Silver Suite. From
28-07-202409-08-2024AUD $59,200Royal Suite. From
28-07-202409-08-2024AUD $61,900Grand Suite. From
28-07-202409-08-2024AUD $64,200Owner's Suite. From

Inclusions

    • Bungle Bungle Range, Australia
    • King George River, Australia
    • Hunter River Region, Australia
    • Buccaneer Archipelago Region, Australia
    • Broome, Australia

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