The Kimberley: Darwin to Broome (Coral Adventurer)

The Kimberley: Darwin to Broome (Coral Adventurer)

From AUD $10,290

Description

Perfected over 21 years, this 10-day voyage takes you on an unforgettable journey from Darwin to Broome. Ancient ochres meet thundering waterfalls on this voyage that explores the ‘bucket list’ destinations that you’ve always imagined visiting. From the remarkable Horizontal Falls, described by David Attenborough as “one of the greatest natural wonders of the world”, to the pounding Mitchell Falls and King George Falls, see the power of nature at her best. Expert guides interpret 40,000 year old rock art, and retrace the history of Phillip Parker King who first charted this spectacular coastline almost 200 years ago. Later in the season, watch Humpback Whales calf in these waters. Aboard our unique ‘Xplorer’ excursion vessel and fleet of inflatable Zodiacs you will come face-to-face with this ancient land and her inhabitants.

Board a Zodiac and touch the spray from the magnificent King George River and its towering 80-metre twin falls. Join an expert guide to learn about the history of the mysterious Gwion Gwion Paintings of Bigge Island. Aboard the Explorer, cruise along the Mitchell Plateau and marvel at the power of the Kimberley’s ‘big’ rivers. Then you’ll be moved by beautiful King Cascades, the remarkable Montgomery Reef and the unique natural phenomenon of the Horizontal Falls.

Be awed by the power and vastness of this land, steeped in ancient Indigenous culture, experienced firsthand as you.. travel ashore to view the world’s oldest known indigenous rock art, the mysterious Bradshaw (Gwion Gwion) paintings. Soak up the history of early explorers such as Phillip Parker King who first charted this spectacular coastline almost 200 years ago and landed at Careening Bay. Offering the opportunity to enjoy two landings most days, our guests will find themselves immersed in the magic of the Kimberley. With facilities tailor-made for expedition cruising including our unique ‘Xplorer’ excursion vessel and fleet of inflatable Zodiacs, coupled with the expert local knowledge of our experienced guides, you’ll complete this voyage with a new understanding and deep respect for this unrivaled region.

Trip Name
The Kimberley: Darwin to Broome (Coral Adventurer)
Days
11
Overview
Vessel Type: Expedition Ship Length: 93.4 meters Passenger Capacity: 120 (60 staterooms) Built: 2017 Our brand new ship is built to take you closer to unspoilt vistas in comfort, style and safety. A culmination of two years of design and three decades of passion for expedition cruising – Coral Expeditions is proud to invite you to experience the Coral Adventurer. BIGGER IS NOT BETTER At a time when cruise ships get larger and glitzier, we remain stubbornly compact and intimate. Our ships are designed to take you to unspoilt destinations not accessible to large ships.  We want you to have the luxury of space, dine with whom you please, or find your quiet corner on deck.  So we have limited the Coral Adventurer to 60 spacious cabins.  This preserves the intimate atmosphere we are known for without sacrificing the stability and comfort of a true ocean going vessel. BUILT FOR DISCOVERY The Coral Adventurer features our trademark dual ‘Xplorer’ tenders cradled on a hydraulic platform slung off the back of the ship, enabling our guests to go ashore in comfort and ease.  The shallow draft of the ship enables us to go closer to shore than larger ships. Together with our renowned expedition team, our new ship will offer the most advanced expedition capabilities of any small ship afloat. BUILT FOR COMFORT With active stabilisers dampening sea motion, mostly balcony cabins, and interiors designed with the colours and textures of tropical Queensland, the Coral Adventurer is a comfortable ship.  She features promenade decks, generous communal areas that accommodate all guests, a passenger elevator, and an open kitchen where you can observe our chefs whip up small batch cuisine from locally sourced ingredients. BUILT FOR PERSONAL SERVICE The Coral Adventurer will continue our proud tradition of Australian flagged vessels with friendly and professional Australian crew.  Our onboard atmosphere remains refreshingly informal and intimate.  Take your seat at our bridge lounge, chat with the captain at your leisure or accompany our chefs on a market tour. Food and wine features * Single seating dining area with communal ‘wine table’ finished with Australian stone; serving buffet breakfast and lunch, and multi-course table d’hote dinners * Showcase galley visible to guests for fresh small-batch cuisine featuring Australian produce * Multiple indoor and outdoor bars, including our Explorer bar on the sundeck for sunset drinks with 180 degree views * Curated wine cellar featuring modestly priced boutique wines for daily drinking and exceptional vintage Australian reds. Guest comfort * All outside guest cabins with en-suite bathrooms; majority have private balcony * Active stabilisers to dampen sea motion * Gym equipped with elliptical trainers and treadmills * Passenger elevator * Wi-Fi available in all guest areas

Itinerary



Day 1 - DAY 1: DEPART DARWIN
Board your ship at 8.00am for planned 9:00am departure > cross Cambridge Gulf and sail into Western Australian waters > join our expedition staff in the lounge for an informative introduction to the Kimberley > with fellow travellers and friendly Coral Expeditions’ crew, enjoy the Captain’s welcome drinks
Day 2 - DAY 2: KING GEORGE RIVER AND FALLS
Discover the first of the Kimberley’s ‘big’ rivers, the mighty King George > board Xplorer, our specially designed excursion vessel and explore scenic gorges > take to our inflatable Zodiacs and cruise close to the base of magnificent King George Falls, the tallest single-drop waterfalls in Western Australia, towering some 80 metres above the river below > visit secluded Tranquil Bay for beach walking and exploration
Day 3 - DAY 3: VANSITTART BAY DC3 AND JAR ISLAND
Join our Expedition Leader on a walk across salt flats to view the wreckage of a US Air Force DC3 which crash landed on the beach during World War II > visit Jar Island and discover the island’s outstanding rock art gallery > with our Guest Lecturers, see fine examples of the Kimberley’s mysterious Bradshaw Paintings (Gwion Gwion), dating back some 20,000 years
Day 4 - DAY 4: HATHAWAY’S HIDEAWAY AND MITCHELL FALLS
Anchor in Winyalken Bay > travel ashore aboard Xplorer to explore the maze of natural sandstone caves known as Hathaway’s Hideaway > consider an optional scenic heli-flight over the Mitchell Plateau for close up views of the mighty four-tiered Mitchell Falls (additional expense) > this evening enjoy a spectacular Indian Ocean sunset as we indulge in a gourmet BBQ on the sundeck or the beach.
Day 5 - DAY 5: BIGGE ISLAND AND CAREENING BAY
Discover the rock art gallery on Bigge Island featuring fine examples of both Wandjina and Bradshaw art > hear from our Guest Lecturers about these traditional art forms and the myths from the dreamtime that inspired them > explore Careening Bay; named by early explorer Phillip Parker King after his ship ‘HMC Mermaid’ was careened for repairs during his second voyage of discovery in the Kimberley > our Expedition Team will lead us to the site of a remarkable boab tree bearing the inscription ‘HMC Mermaid – 1820’, still clearly visible almost 200 years later
Day 6 - DAY 6: PRINCE REGENT RIVER AND KING CASCADES
Cruise the mighty Prince Regent River aboard Xplorer to breathtaking King Cascades, an unusual and picturesque waterfall cascading over terraced rock formations > enjoy a picnic lunch at beautiful Camp Creek, where there is also time for a cooling dip in the freshwater pools
Day 7 - DAY 7: MONTGOMERY REEF AND DOUBTFUL BAY
Savour a truly unforgettable moment as Montgomery Reef ‘rises’ out of the ocean as the tide ebbs > join our Expedition Staff aboard the Xplorer and Zodiacs to experience this natural phenomenon up close > discover the reef’s diverse marine life including turtles, manta rays and reef sharks > cruise through scenic Doubtful Bay
Day 8 - DAY 8: RAFT POINT
Cruise through Kuri Bay, home of the south sea pearl industry > travel ashore at imposing Raft Point and visit a secluded and very interesting Aboriginal rock art gallery to view Wandjina art and some of the Kimberley’s most well-preserved Bradshaw Paintings (Gwion Gwion) > explore Red Cone Creek
Day 9 - DAY 9: HORIZONTAL FALLS AND BUCCANEER ARCHIPELAGO
Meander through the Buccaneer Archipelago, home to over 800 islands > in Talbot Bay the region’s 12 metre tides create an amazing spectacle, the unique Horizontal Falls, described by legendary naturalist Sir David Attenborough as “one of the greatest natural wonders in the world” > the amazing power of the falls is revealed when the region’s 12 metre tides turn, forcing millions of litres of water to rush through the narrow gaps between cliffs > board the Zodiacs for an exhilarating ride through the falls > explore Silica Beach on Hidden Island with its stunning white sands and crystal clear waters
Day 10 - DAY 10: LACEPEDE ISLANDS
Explore Pender Bay and subject to weather and tides, visit the Lacepede Islands, a series of low islands consisting of coarse sand and coral rubble lying atop a platform reef > this nature reserve has been identified by BirdLife International as an Important Bird Area as it supports up to 18,000 breeding pairs of Brown Boobies and Roseate Terns, possibly the largest such population in the world > board the Zodiacs and explore the island’s lagoon, keeping an eye out for many species of marine birdlife including Australian Pelicans, frigate birds, egrets, gulls and terns > the islands are also renowned as Western Australia’s most significant breeding grounds for the Green Turtle, often seen nesting > this evening we reflect on this wonderful expedition with new-found friends as we enjoy the Captain’s farewell drinks
Day 11 - DAY 11: ARRIVE IN BROOME
Our adventure along the Kimberley Coast concludes in Broome this morning at 8:00am > if you’re not transferring directly to the airport why not spend the day visiting world-famous Cable Beach or stroll the historic streets of Chinatown in central Broome > post cruise transfers included
Day 12 - Please Note:
This itinerary is an indication of the destinations we visit and activities on offer. Throughout the expedition we may make changes to the itinerary as necessary to maximise your expeditionary experience. Allowances may be made for seasonal variations, weather, tidal conditions and any other event that may affect the operation of the vessel.

Trip Dates

StartEndPrice FromRoom Type
05-07-201915-07-2019AUD $10,695Coral Deck Stateroom
05-07-201915-07-2019AUD $11,595Promenade Deck Stateroom
05-07-201915-07-2019AUD $12,595Explorer Deck Balcony Stateroom
05-07-201915-07-2019AUD $12,995Bridge Deck Balcony Stateroom
05-07-201915-07-2019AUD $14,995Bridge Deck Balcony Suite
05-07-201915-07-2019AUD $16,043Coral Deck Stateroom Sole
05-07-201915-07-2019AUD $17,393Promenade Deck Stateroom Sole
05-07-201915-07-2019AUD $18,893Explorer Deck Balcony Stateroom Sole
26-07-201905-08-2019AUD $12,595Explorer Deck Balcony Stateroom
26-07-201905-08-2019AUD $12,995Bridge Deck Balcony Stateroom
26-07-201905-08-2019AUD $14,995Bridge Deck Balcony Suite
26-07-201905-08-2019AUD $16,043Coral Deck Stateroom Sole
26-07-201905-08-2019AUD $17,393Promenade Deck Stateroom Sole
26-07-201905-08-2019AUD $18,893Explorer Deck Balcony Stateroom Sole
26-07-201905-08-2019AUD $10,695Coral Deck Stateroom
26-07-201905-08-2019AUD $11,595Promenade Deck Stateroom
16-08-201926-08-2019AUD $10,695Coral Deck Stateroom
16-08-201926-08-2019AUD $11,595Promenade Deck Stateroom
16-08-201926-08-2019AUD $12,595Explorer Deck Balcony Stateroom
16-08-201926-08-2019AUD $12,995Bridge Deck Balcony Stateroom
16-08-201926-08-2019AUD $14,995Bridge Deck Balcony Suite
16-08-201926-08-2019AUD $16,043Coral Deck Stateroom Sole
16-08-201926-08-2019AUD $17,393Promenade Deck Stateroom Sole
16-08-201926-08-2019AUD $18,893Explorer Deck Balcony Stateroom Sole
06-09-201916-09-2019AUD $10,695Coral Deck Stateroom
06-09-201916-09-2019AUD $11,595Promenade Deck Stateroom
06-09-201916-09-2019AUD $12,595Explorer Deck Balcony Stateroom
06-09-201916-09-2019AUD $12,995Bridge Deck Balcony Stateroom
06-09-201916-09-2019AUD $14,995Bridge Deck Balcony Suite
06-09-201916-09-2019AUD $16,043Coral Deck Stateroom Sole
06-09-201916-09-2019AUD $17,393Promenade Deck Stateroom Sole
06-09-201916-09-2019AUD $18,893Explorer Deck Balcony Stateroom Sole
17-04-202027-04-2020AUD $10,290Coral Deck Stateroom
17-04-202027-04-2020AUD $10,850Promenade Deck Stateroom
17-04-202027-04-2020AUD $12,990Explorer Deck Balcony Stateroom
17-04-202027-04-2020AUD $14,090Bridge Deck Balcony Stateroom
17-04-202027-04-2020AUD $15,435Coral Deck Stateroom Sole
17-04-202027-04-2020AUD $16,275Promenade Deck Stateroom Sole
17-04-202027-04-2020AUD $16,290Bridge Deck Balcony Suite
17-04-202027-04-2020AUD $19,485Explorer Deck Balcony Stateroom Sole
08-05-202018-05-2020AUD $10,290Coral Deck Stateroom
08-05-202018-05-2020AUD $10,850Promenade Deck Stateroom
08-05-202018-05-2020AUD $12,990Explorer Deck Balcony Stateroom
08-05-202018-05-2020AUD $14,090Bridge Deck Balcony Stateroom
08-05-202018-05-2020AUD $15,435Coral Deck Stateroom Sole
08-05-202018-05-2020AUD $16,275Promenade Deck Stateroom Sole
08-05-202018-05-2020AUD $16,290Bridge Deck Balcony Suite
08-05-202018-05-2020AUD $19,485Explorer Deck Balcony Stateroom Sole
29-05-202008-06-2020AUD $10,290Coral Deck Stateroom
29-05-202008-06-2020AUD $10,850Promenade Deck Stateroom
29-05-202008-06-2020AUD $12,990Explorer Deck Balcony Stateroom
29-05-202008-06-2020AUD $14,090Bridge Deck Balcony Stateroom
29-05-202008-06-2020AUD $15,435Coral Deck Stateroom Sole
29-05-202008-06-2020AUD $16,275Promenade Deck Stateroom Sole
29-05-202008-06-2020AUD $16,290Bridge Deck Balcony Suite
29-05-202008-06-2020AUD $19,485Explorer Deck Balcony Stateroom Sole
19-06-202029-06-2020AUD $10,290Coral Deck Stateroom
19-06-202029-06-2020AUD $10,850Promenade Deck Stateroom
19-06-202029-06-2020AUD $12,990Explorer Deck Balcony Stateroom
19-06-202029-06-2020AUD $14,090Bridge Deck Balcony Stateroom
19-06-202029-06-2020AUD $15,435Coral Deck Stateroom Sole
19-06-202029-06-2020AUD $16,275Promenade Deck Stateroom Sole
19-06-202029-06-2020AUD $16,290Bridge Deck Balcony Suite
19-06-202029-06-2020AUD $19,485Explorer Deck Balcony Stateroom Sole
10-07-202020-07-2020AUD $10,290Coral Deck Stateroom
10-07-202020-07-2020AUD $10,850Promenade Deck Stateroom
10-07-202020-07-2020AUD $12,990Explorer Deck Balcony Stateroom
10-07-202020-07-2020AUD $14,090Bridge Deck Balcony Stateroom
10-07-202020-07-2020AUD $15,435Coral Deck Stateroom Sole
10-07-202020-07-2020AUD $16,275Promenade Deck Stateroom Sole
10-07-202020-07-2020AUD $16,290Bridge Deck Balcony Suite
10-07-202020-07-2020AUD $19,485Explorer Deck Balcony Stateroom Sole
31-07-202010-08-2020AUD $10,290Coral Deck Stateroom
31-07-202010-08-2020AUD $10,850Promenade Deck Stateroom
31-07-202010-08-2020AUD $12,990Explorer Deck Balcony Stateroom
31-07-202010-08-2020AUD $14,090Bridge Deck Balcony Stateroom
31-07-202010-08-2020AUD $15,435Coral Deck Stateroom Sole
31-07-202010-08-2020AUD $16,275Promenade Deck Stateroom Sole
31-07-202010-08-2020AUD $16,290Bridge Deck Balcony Suite
31-07-202010-08-2020AUD $19,485Explorer Deck Balcony Stateroom Sole
21-08-202031-08-2020AUD $10,290Coral Deck Stateroom
21-08-202031-08-2020AUD $10,850Promenade Deck Stateroom
21-08-202031-08-2020AUD $12,990Explorer Deck Balcony Stateroom
21-08-202031-08-2020AUD $14,090Bridge Deck Balcony Stateroom
21-08-202031-08-2020AUD $15,435Coral Deck Stateroom Sole
21-08-202031-08-2020AUD $16,275Promenade Deck Stateroom Sole
21-08-202031-08-2020AUD $16,290Bridge Deck Balcony Suite
21-08-202031-08-2020AUD $19,485Explorer Deck Balcony Stateroom Sole
11-09-202021-09-2020AUD $10,290Coral Deck Stateroom
11-09-202021-09-2020AUD $10,850Promenade Deck Stateroom
11-09-202021-09-2020AUD $12,990Explorer Deck Balcony Stateroom
11-09-202021-09-2020AUD $14,090Bridge Deck Balcony Stateroom
11-09-202021-09-2020AUD $15,435Coral Deck Stateroom Sole
11-09-202021-09-2020AUD $16,275Promenade Deck Stateroom Sole
11-09-202021-09-2020AUD $16,290Bridge Deck Balcony Suite
11-09-202021-09-2020AUD $19,485Explorer Deck Balcony Stateroom Sole

Inclusions

    • Experience the unique tidal phenomenon of the Horizontal Waterfalls
    • Marvel at the plunging 80 metre high King George Falls
    • View the mysterious Gwion Gwion (Bradshaw) rock art and learn about the ancient cultures of the indigenous people
    • See crocodiles, humpback whales, rock wallabies, turtles, and birdlife
    • Witness Montgomery Reef rise out of the ocean with the falling tide
    • Learn about the first explorers to chart this magnificent coastline.

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