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Dates
  • Jul 25-Aug 5, 2014R
  • Aug 15-26, 2014R
  • Aug 25-Sep 5, 2014
  • View all trip dates
  • Duration 12 days
    Group Size 50
    Land Cost $7,200-$8,840 Details
    Single Supplement $7,200-$8,900 Details
    Lodging 3 stars
    Grade I-II
    Best Time

    Australia's Rugged Kimberley Coast

    From Broome to Darwin in Australia's northwest aboard the Coral Princess

    Day 1      Arrive Broome

    Begin in Broome, one of the most energetic towns in Western Australia.

    Broome, initially established as a pearl diving center by Japanese entreprenuers in th 1880s, and peaked in the 1900s as the source of 80% of mother of pearl, mostly used for buttons. Today the diving has been replaced by pearl farms, which provide the world with exquisite Broome pearls.

    The dramatic colors of the rust-colored soil, the aqua bay and the white sandy beaches make a lasting impression.  This is the place where the desert meets the sea.

    Cruise price on this itinerary does not include Broome hotel and city touring.

    Sunset in Broome
    Day 2      Board the Coral Princess in Broome

    Enjoy a leisurely start to the day in Broome.  In the afternoon make your way to the dock in time to board the Coral Princess, your home for the next 10 days

    At 6pm, the ship disembarks on your Kimberley adventure.  This evening meet your fellow travellers and friendly crew at the Captain’s welcome cocktail party. Enjoy a sumptuous dinner and stunning views on the cruise north towards Cape Leveque.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging: Aboard the Coral Princess

    Board the Coral Princess
    Day 3      Lacepede Islands

    Cruise through Pender Bay and, subject to weather and tides, visit the Lacepedes, a series of low sand and coral islands lying atop a platform reef. Identified by BirdLife International as an "Important Bird Area", the islands support up to 18,000 breeding pairs of Brown Boobies and Roseate Terns, possibly the largest such population in the world. Explore the lagoon by zodica, keeping an eye out for many species of marine birdlife including Australian Pelicans, frigatebirds, egrets, gulls and terns. The islands are also renowned as Western Australia’s most significant breeding grounds for the Green Turtle, sometimes seen nesting on the islands. In the afternoon, expedition staff offer a presentation in the ship's lounge.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging: Aboard the Coral Princess

    Go ashore on Lacepede Islands
    Day 4      Horizontal Falls / Buccaneer Archipelago

    This morning travel ashore to Hidden Island for a walk on the fine white sands of Silica Beach. Then, cruise through the Buccaneer Archipelago, home to over 800 islands. In Talbot Bay, the region’s 12 meter tides create the unique Horizontal Falls, described by legendary naturalist David Attenborough as “one the greatest natural wonders in the world”.  Board the zodiacs for an exhilarating ride through the falls.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging: Aboard the Coral Princess

    Horizontal Falls
    Day 5      Ruby Falls / Raft Point

    This morning explore Red Cone Creek and enjoy a cooling dip at Ruby Falls. Cruising through Kuri Bay, home of the south sea pearl industry, travel ashore at Raft Point and visit a secluded Aboriginal rock art gallery to view Wandjina art and the mysterious Bradshaw - or Gwion - Paintings. The term "Bradshaw" refers to Joseph Bradshaw who discovered the art in 1891. Gwion is an Aboriginal term for the art which consists primarily of human figures ornamented with accessories such as bags and headdresses.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging: Aboard the Coral Princess

    Kimberley Aboriginal Art
    Day 6      Doubtful Bay / Montgomery Reef

    Cruise through scenic Doubtful Bay for a surprising view of Montgomery Reef "rising" out of the ocean as the tide ebbs. Board a zodiac to experience this natural phenomenon up close and discover the reef’s diverse marine life including turtles, manta rays and reef sharks.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging: Aboard the Coral Princess

    Explore Montgomery Reef
    Day 7      Prince Regent River / King Cascades

    Cruise the mighty Prince Regent River to breathtaking King Cascades, an unusual and picturesque waterfall cascading over terraced rock formations. Enjoy refreshments at beautiful Camp Creek, where there is time for a leisurely swim in the fresh water pools.
     

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging: Aboard the Coral Princess

    Day 8      Careening Bay / Bigge Island

    At Careening Bay visit the site of a large boab tree bearing the inscription “HMC Mermaid – 1820”, still clearly visible almost 200 years later. Then, discover the rock art gallery on Bigge Island, featuring fine examples of both Wandjina and Bradshaw/Gwion aboriginal art.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging: Aboard the Coral Princess

    Careening Bay Baob tree
    Day 9      Hathaway's Hideaway and Mitchell Falls

    After anchoring in Winyalken Bay travel ashore to explore the maze of natural sandstone caves known as Hathaway’s Hideaway. Later, helicopters are available for optional scenic flights 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 Aussie Beach BBQ.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging: Aboard the Coral Princess

    Enjoy an Aussie beach BBQ
    Day 10      Vansittart Bay DC3 / Jar Island

    Walk across salt flats to view the wreckage of a US Air Force DC3 which crash landed on the beach during WWII. Later, visit Jar Island's outstanding rock art. See fine examples of the Kimberley’s mysterious Bradshaw Paintings (Gwion), dating back some 20,000 years.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging: Aboard the Coral Princess

    US Air Force DC3
    Day 11      King George River and Falls

    Visit Tranquil Bay for beach walking and exploration. Later discover the last of the Kimberley’s ‘big’ rivers, the mighty King George. Explore scenic gorges by zodiac and cruise close to the base of magnificent King George Falls, the tallest falls in Western Australia, measuring 80 meters above the river.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging: aboard Coral Princess

    Kimberley Coast
    Day 12      Darwin / Onward

    Your Kimberley cruise ends in Darwin, the city marking Australia's "Top End", close to the enormous wild Kakadu National Park. Consider an extension in this area.


     

    Meals: Breakfast



     
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