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Australia – The Kimberley with Saumlaki

Australia Cruise

  • Silver Discoverer
  • Luxury Expedition Ship
  • 120 Capacity
  • 11 Days
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Summary : Journey to see one of Australia’s hidden treasures. 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, crocodiles, and osprey nests ashore, and listen to expert interpretations of ancient rock paintings first drawn by the traditional land owners eons ago. Explore narrow channels, searching for White-bellied Sea-Eagles, Black-necked Storks, kingfishers, kites, and other regal birds in the mangroves and mud flats. Throughout the voyage learn about the history, geology, wildlife and botany of this spectacular area from lecture presentations offered by your knowledgeable on board Expedition Team.

Activities : Birding, Culture, Hiking, Triple/Quad Cabins

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Itinerary
Day 1
Broome, Western Australia

Embark the ship and meet your Expedition Team. Enjoy time to familiarize yourself with your new home away from home, and meet fellow travelers.

Day 2 – 3
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 4 – 5
Hunter River Region

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. Naturalist Island at the mouth of the river has a stunning stretch of sandy beach that makes a perfect landing site for small helicopters (optional) 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.

Day 6
King George River Region

The King George Falls is one of the Kimberley’s most magnificent natural wonders. At 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—saltwater crocodiles and amazing birdlife, including giant raptors and the Brahminy Kite.

Day 7
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 8
At Sea

While you're at sea, enjoy wine tastings, designer boutiques, language and dance classes. Take in a matinee movie, check the market or your e-mail in the Internet Point, slip away with a novel from the library to a sunny chaise or with a movie to your suite. Or just take in the sun pool side. The choice is yours.

Day 9
Saumlaki, Indonesia

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. The Tanimbar Islands were part of the Dutch East Indies; and the bay at Saumlaki was the site of a battle during World War II.

Day 10
At Sea

While you're at sea, enjoy wine tastings, designer boutiques, language and dance classes. Take in a matinee movie, check the market or your e-mail in the Internet Point, slip away with a novel from the library to a sunny chaise or with a movie to your suite. Or just take in the sun pool side. The choice is yours.

Day 11
Darwin, Northern Territory, Australia

Following breakfast, disembark Silver Discoverer.

Notes

This itinerary is subject to change. ExpeditionTrips is not responsible for itinerary changes.

Reverse Itinerary (Darwin to Broome): 4/5/2019, 4/25/2019, 5/15/2019, 6/4/2019

Included:
Suite accommodations; onboard meals and entertainment; butler service; gratuities aboard ship (except spa); complimentary beverages aboard ship (including select wines, champagnes, spirits, soda, water and coffee); 1 hour of Internet access per guest/per day for passengers booked in Explorer and View Suites; unlimited Internet access for passengers booked in Vista, Veranda, and Medallion Suites. Subject to change without notice.

Not Included:
Airfare; transfers and luggage handling; optional shore excursions; government fees and taxes; passport and visa expenses; some champagne, premium wine and spirit selections, caviar, cigarettes and cigars; laundry or valet services; items of a personal nature such as boutique purchases, medical care, and spa services; fuel surcharge may apply.

Photo Credit: © Creative Services at Silversea Cruises, © Richard Sidey (rock art, crocodile), © AMOS (waterfall)

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