Summary : A fine blend of adventure, luxury and service on this 1,000 nautical mile, Australian Kimberley voyage from Wyndham to Broome. Witness the might and power of King George Falls only meters from the bow of the ship; marvel at ancient rock paintings in the caves of Jar Island; fish for barramundi, mangrove jack, and giant gold-spot snapper on a daily basis while keeping an eye out for crocodiles; or soar by helicopter up to stunning Eagle Falls. The Kimberley captivates with its rugged landscape and billion-year old sandstone gorges, while its delightful freshwater pools and streams bestow many private oases.
Activities : Birding, Culture, Hiking
$14,099 to $19,745
Arrive in Kununurra and transfer by coach to Wyndham and embark the expedition vessel. Once aboard, enjoy time to explore the ship and sip evening cocktails with fellow adventurers.
Cross the sand bars at the mouth of King George River as the tide rises to reveal a breathtaking river vista. Journey upstream to the ‘jewel in the crown’ – King George Falls! Anchor at the base of Twin Falls and find endless places to explore. Climb, or take a helicopter ride (optional), to the top of the falls for a cruise highlight. In the afternoon learn about the history of the wreck of the Koolama and take a stroll at Tranquil Bay.
Explore the Drysdale and perhaps try to catch the impressive mangrove jack. Or head up-river on a barramundi expedition complete with scones and billy tea. There will also be opportunities to indulge in beachcombing and in the afternoon, opt to join a scenic flight (optional) to Cape Londonderry – the northern most point of Western Australia!
Enjoy an opportunity to see the “Bradshaws” – ancient rock art that pre-dates other examples of Aboriginal culture. In fact, they are possibly the oldest ‘paintings’ known to man. Partake in a breathtaking heli-picnic (optional) at Eagle Falls with mouth-watering fare alongside a picture-perfect waterfall in remote far-north Western Australia. Explore local beaches and rivers, and visit an isolated rainforest where a lone bomber crashed during WWII.
Renowned for its big barra and even bigger crocs, head up river in expedition boats to scenic Surveyors Creek – a great place for a swim (no crocs here!) Choose to fish for the elusive barramundi, and there will be more opportunities for helicopter flights (optional) over ancient land including spectacular Mitchell Falls! Later join the crew for cocktail hour before experiencing another unique dining experience.
Hunt for black-lipped oysters and savor them directly from the rocks with a little freshly squeezed lemon. Discover excellent examples of both Wandjina and Bradshaw rock art and learn about their significance.
Explore Voltaire Passage and many surrounding islands. Back on board, learn about the intriguing process of pearl farming. Then join in a pearl party with a glass of bubbly and a taste of pearl meat whilst trying on exquisite pieces created by artistes such as Linneys and Jodie Penfold.
The Roe River – another great opportunity to catch a barra as you explore a river that boasts one of the highest crocodile counts in the Kimberley! The Roe was named after the Surveyor-General of Western Australia – John Septimus Roe conducted numerous expeditions along the Kimberley coast between 1829 & 1849 and the ship’s helicopter will dramatically demonstrate the maze of creeks and endless coast that the early explorers encountered! In the afternoon, sail into Prince Frederick Harbour and enjoy sunset drinks on Art Island.
Wake this morning in the magnificent Hunter River. The Hunter is about as remote as it gets in Australia – a stunning river system that is lined with dense mangrove forests, surrounded by rainforest encrusted mountains and home to crocodiles. Enjoy a ride on one of the small expedition boats, land ashore and take a short hike to Jackson Falls. Choose to see the falls by helicopter (optional) for a really unique experience.
First up this morning is one of the Kimberley’s most historic sites – Phillip Parker King’s boab tree. Then it’s on to the mighty Prince Regent River. The scenery will astound and the fishing will be lively as the ship graces this majestic river. At Kings Cascades, delight as the ship maneuvers right under the falls! Take a breathtaking helicopter flight (optional) to a picnic that you’ll never forget alongside a crystal clear billabong in one of the most remote places on earth. In the evening, anchor off of Camp Creek.
Early-risers can experience a heli-flight (optional) with a difference – champagne sunrise on top of a mountain! Later, hike to a rejuvenating swim in yet another picture perfect billabong. Explore by helicopter (optional) to fish secret billabongs. Everyone will find their own special place in the mighty Regent.
Fish the mouth of the Sale River for barra and then join naturalists and adventurers alike as we ‘ride the tide’ on a classic river expedition. Enjoy a swim in a private billabong before returning to the ultimate comfort of the expedition vessel. In the afternoon, set sail for Montgomery Reef – a unique eco-system that must be seen to be believed – 140 square miles of coral reef rising out of the ocean right before your eyes! Watch water cascade from the reef as the tide falls exposing a privileged glimpse of another world. Turtles, dugong, manta rays and sea creatures abound and an optional helicopter ride can give you a bird’s eye view!
Start the day with a morning fish. Take a short lunchtime cruise to the impressive silhouette of Raft Point. Enjoy a moderate climb to an art gallery with a difference – the well-preserved Raft Point Wandjina paintings.
Experience the awesome power of the region’s huge tidal range in an exhilarating ride through Horizontal Falls and then climb aboard an air conditioned helicopter (optional) for a view of the falls that very few experience! Enjoy a swim at Crocodile Creek and a walk on Silica Beach. Wrap up the wonderful adventure with a farewell dinner as the ship sails past Cockatoo and Koolan Islands, Cape Leveque and down the Dampier Peninsula to Broome.
Arrive in Broome and disembark the vessel. Transfer by coach to accommodation or airport.
This itinerary is subject to change due to prevailing conditions and local arrangements. ExpeditionTrips is not responsible for itinerary changes.
Optional Helicopter Excursions:
Scenic helicopter flights can be purchased as a package or individually. Please contact ExpeditionTrips for details.
'No shoes onboard' policy:
This policy assists with safety and promoting a casual atmosphere onboard. However if a medical condition necessitates, footwear may be worn. All passengers will need appropriate footwear for shore excursions.
Accommodations as booked; meals aboard the vessel; non-alcoholic beverages; excursions in the expedition vessels; airport/accommodation transfers to/from vessel; port charges and taxes; fishing gear (except lures). Subject to change without notice.
Airfare, scenic helicopter flights; alcoholic beverages; items of a personal nature including but not limited to travel and medical insurance, onboard shopping, valet and laundry service; satellite phones and Internet Cafe charges; gratuity; fishing lures (available to purchase onboard); fuel surcharge may apply.