Melbourne to Darwin: Australia Expedition Cruise

Melbourne to Darwin: Australia Expedition Cruise

From USD $11,200

Description

Join us for a journey to partly circumnavigate Australia and to see some of Australia’s hidden treasures.
Explore geological features, taste some of the best wines and seafood Australia has to offer, snorkel with sea lions and whale sharks, feel the thunder of waterfalls, explore spectacular gorges, witness variations of Aboriginal rock art, and look for wildlife in destinations that in many cases are accessible only by ship. Cruise by Zodiac through an untamed wilderness to spot wallabies and crocodiles. Throughout the voyage learn about the history, geology, wildlife and botany of this spectacular area from lecture presentations offered by your knowledgeable onboard Expedition Team.

There are optional flights available to see some of Western Australia’s highlights from the air. Please enquire, as seats might be limited.

Trip Name
Melbourne to Darwin: Australia Expedition Cruise
Days
26
Overview
Vessel Type: Luxury Expedition Length: 108 metres Passenger Capacity: 132 Built / refurbished: 1989 / 2008 / 2017 Silversea’s purpose-built luxury Silver Explorer expedition cruise ship has been designed specifically for navigating waters in some of the world’s most remote destinations, including both of earth’s polar regions.  A strengthened hull with a Lloyd’s Register ice-class notation (1A) for passenger vessels enables the Silver Explorer Expedition Cruise Ship to safely push through ice floes with ease. A fleet of Zodiac boats (11) allows Silversea Expedition guests to visit even the most off-the-beaten path locations and an expert Expedition Team provides insight and understanding to each unforgettable Silver Explorer luxury cruise adventure.

Itinerary



Day 1 - Day 1 MELBOURNE
Consistently rated among the "world's most livable cities" in quality-of-life surveys, Melbourne is built on a coastal plain at the top of the giant horseshoe of Port Phillip Bay. The city center is an orderly grid of streets where the state parliament, banks, multinational corporations, and splendid Victorian buildings that sprang up in the wake of the gold rush now stand. This is Melbourne's heart, which you can explore at a leisurely pace in a couple of days.
Day 2 - Day 2 DAY AT SEA
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 whale watching from the Observatory Lounge, writing home to your loved ones or simply topping up your tan by the pool, these blue sea days are the perfect balance to busy days spent exploring shore side.
Day 3 - Day 3 KANGAROO ISLAND
Kangaroo Island is with 1,740 square miles the third largest island off the coast of Australia. It is 96 miles long and 34 miles wide, and known for its outstanding natural beauty. Due to its remote location, Kangaroo Island was less affected than the mainland by the impact of European development. To this day, the island is rich in diverse flora and fauna seldom found elsewhere. As one of the world’s last unspoiled wilderness places, about 30 percent of the island has been designated as National Parks.
Day 4 - Days 4 - 5 PORT LINCOLN
Port Lincoln is the second-largest city on the lower Eyre Peninsula in the Australian state of South Australia. Nestled on the shore of Boston Bay, Australia's largest natural harbour, Port Lincoln opens eastward into Spencer Gulf. Port Lincoln is the largest city in the west coast region, and located approximately 174 miles (280 kilometres) from the capital city of Adelaide. Port Lincoln has a contrasting coastal landscape, ranging from sheltered waters and beaches to surf beaches and rugged oceanic coastline.
Day 5 - Days 6 - 7 AT SEA
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 whale watching from the Observatory Lounge, writing home to your loved ones or simply topping up your tan by the pool, these blue sea days are the perfect balance to busy days spent exploring shore side.
Day 6 - Day 8 ESPERANCE
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Day 7 - Day 9 DAY AT SEA
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 whale watching from the Observatory Lounge, writing home to your loved ones or simply topping up your tan by the pool, these blue sea days are the perfect balance to busy days spent exploring shore side.
Day 8 - Day 10 BUSSELTON
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Day 9 - Day 11 JURIEN BAY
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Day 10 - Day 12 ABROLHOS ISLANDS
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Day 11 - Day 13 DAY AT SEA
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 whale watching from the Observatory Lounge, writing home to your loved ones or simply topping up your tan by the pool, these blue sea days are the perfect balance to busy days spent exploring shore side.
Day 12 - Day 14 TURQUOISE BAY, NINGALOO
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Day 13 - Day 15 DAY AT SEA
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 whale watching from the Observatory Lounge, writing home to your loved ones or simply topping up your tan by the pool, these blue sea days are the perfect balance to busy days spent exploring shore side.
Day 14 - Day 16 ROWLEY SHOALS
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Day 15 - Days 17 - 18 BUCCANEER ARCHIPELAGO REGION
Roughly 800 islands of the Buccaneer Archipelago surround and shelter the impressive spread of Yampi Sound (from the aboriginal word for water, “Yampee”). The area was named in 1821 by Captain Phillip Parker King, in commemoration of William Dampier’s visit in 1688. Pearlers began visiting the area in the late 1800s, and 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. The coastline of Yampi shows rock layers wildly twisted and contorted into great folds.
Day 16 - Days 19 - 20 HUNTER RIVER REGION (KIMBERLEY, WESTERN 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.
Day 17 - Day 21 KING GEORGE RIVER (KIMBERLEY, WESTERN 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 18 - Day 22 WYNDHAM
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 breathtaking Bungle Bungle mountain range and the nearby Ord River. The Bungle Bungle Mountains in Purnululu National Park are now a World Heritage Site.
Day 19 - Day 23 DAY AT SEA
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 whale watching from the Observatory Lounge, writing home to your loved ones or simply topping up your tan by the pool, these blue sea days are the perfect balance to busy days spent exploring shore side.
Day 20 - Day 24 SAUMLAKI
Saumlaki is a regional capital city on the island of Yamdena, the main island of the unique Tanimbar archipelago, located in Indonesia between Papua New Guinea and the northern coast of Australia. The Tanimbar Islands have a distinct culture with still-vibrant traditions. They actively produce traditional crafts such as richly-colored ikat cloth and carved wooden statutes, and local residents still carry on their own centuries-old forms of music and dance.
Day 21 - Day 25 DAY AT SEA
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 whale watching from the Observatory Lounge, writing home to your loved ones or simply topping up your tan by the pool, these blue sea days are the perfect balance to busy days spent exploring shore side.
Day 22 - Day 26 DARWIN
Darwin is Australia's most colorful, and exotic, capital city. Surrounded on three sides by the turquoise waters of the Timor Sea, the streets are lined with tropical flowers and trees. Warm and dry in winter, hot and steamy in summer, it's a relaxed and casual place, as well as a beguiling blend of tropical frontier outpost and Outback hardiness. Thanks to its close proximity to Southeast Asia and its multicultural population it also seems more like Asia than the rest of Australia. Darwin is a city that has always had to fight for its survival.
Day 23 - Please Note:
Expedition highlights and itinerary listed here are possible experiences only and cannot be guaranteed. Your Expedition Leader and Captain will work together to ensure opportunities for adventure and exploration are the best possible, taking into account the prevailing weather and wildlife activity. Expedition Team members scheduled for this voyage are subject to change or cancellation.

Trip Dates

StartEndPrice FromRoom Type
24-02-202021-03-2020USD $11,200Adventurer Suite. From
24-02-202021-03-2020USD $11,700Explorer Suite. From
24-02-202021-03-2020USD $12,600View Suite. From
24-02-202021-03-2020USD $13,100Vista Suite. From
24-02-202021-03-2020USD $18,200Veranda Suite. From
24-02-202021-03-2020USD $21,500Medallion Suite. From
24-02-202021-03-2020USD $22,900Silver Suite. From
24-02-202021-03-2020USD $25,200Grand Suite. From
24-02-202021-03-2020USD $27,800Owner's Suite. From

Inclusions

    • Port Lincoln, Esperance, Busselton, Jurien Bay, Abrolhos Islands, Turquoise Bay, Buccaneer Archipelago, Hunter River, King George River, Wyndham
    • Explore the Houtman Abrolhos and learn about the Dutch ship Batavia
    • Meet members of aboriginal groups who are the Kimberley’s traditional landowners
    • Wandjina and Bradshaw rock paintings can be discovered in cliffs, rock ledges and caves
    • Wildlife Watch List: Bottlenose dolphins, humpback dolphins, whale sharks, lemon sharks, hammerhead sharks, tawny nurse sharks, manta rays, eagle rays, Green sea turtles and flatback turtles, Australian sea lions, Rock and Tammar wallabies, Saltwater crocodiles and freshwater crocodiles, monitor lizards, Darters, Australian Pelicans, Ospreys, Black and Whistling Kites, White-bellied Sea-Eagles, Comb-crested Jacanas, Little Corellas, Pied Cormorants, Silver-crowned Friarbirds, Crimson Finches, Eastern Reef Egrets, Azure and Sacred Kingfishers, Crested Terns, Red-headed Honey-eaters

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