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The Kimberley

The Kimberley: Broome to Darwin, 10 Nights

The Definitive Kimberley Cruise

Perfected over three decades, our 10-day Kimberley cruise takes you on an unforgettable journey from Broome to Darwin. 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, witness the Humpback Whales on their migration.

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 ancient Wandjina and Gwion Gwion rock paintings. Witness waterfalls cascading off Montgomery Reef as it rises out of the ocean on the ebbing tide, whilst discovering the reef’s diverse marine life.

Experience your Kimberley cruise aboard Coral Adventurer, Coral Discoverer or Coral Expeditions I. For ship details visit Our Fleet.

Expedition highlights

  • Experience the Horizontal Falls, created by a unique tidal phenomenon
  • Witness waterfalls cascading off Montgomery Reef, and discover the reef’s diverse marine life.
  • Experience King George River and get in close to the soaring 80m high falls
  • Learn from expert interpretation of Wandjina and Gwion Gwion Rock art
  • Watch out for sightings of crocodiles, tawny nurse sharks, sea turtles, humpback whales and rock wallabies
  • Optional scenic flight to Mitchell Falls (additional cost)
  • Indulge in drinks and canapes as you watch the sunset from the beach
  • Aboard our Xplorer tender, cruise the Prince Regent River to King Cascades

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Fares

March to October 2019

CORAL ADVENTURER TWIN SHARE PER PERSON SOLE USE
Bridge Deck Suite $14,995 n/a
Bridge Deck Balcony Stateroom $12,995 n/a
Explorer Deck $12,595 $18,893*
Promenade Deck $11,595 $17,393*
Coral Deck $10,695 $16,043*
CORAL DISCOVERER TWIN SHARE PER PERSON SOLE USE
Bridge Deck Balcony Stateroom $12,995 n/a
Promenade Deck A $11,995 n/a
Promenade Deck B $11,595 $17,393*
Main Deck A $10,995 n/a
Main Deck B $10,695 n/a
CORAL EXPEDITIONS I TWIN SHARE PER PERSON SOLE USE
Deluxe Stateroom $10,790 n/a
Upper Deck Stateroom $10,290 n/a
Stateroom $9,890 n/a
Cabin $8,690 $13,035*

* Limited sole use occupancy available

April to September 2020

CORAL ADVENTURER TWIN SHARE PER PERSON SOLE USE
Bridge Deck Suite $16,290 n/a
Bridge Deck Balcony Stateroom $14,090 n/a
Explorer Deck $12,990 $19,485*
Promenade Deck $10,850 $16,275*
Coral Deck $10,290 $15,435*
CORAL DISCOVERER TWIN SHARE PER PERSON SOLE USE
Bridge Deck Balcony Stateroom $15,190 n/a
Promenade Deck A $12,990 n/a
Promenade Deck B $11,940 $17,910*
Main Deck A $11,390 n/a
Main Deck B $10,890 n/a

* Limited sole use occupancy available

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Special Notice:  Since release of the 2019 Kimberley program, the Traditional Owners of the Kimberley and their representatives have advised that a permit/fee for guests accessing traditional lands when cruising the Kimberley region will be imposed for 2019 and beyond. Coral Expeditions are working with the Traditional Owners to integrate into a sustainable cultural tourism management plan however given the late introduction and enforcement of this fee, the listed 2019 fare excludes traditional owner visitor access fees.

the itinerary: key destinations

Embark: Board at Broome Wharf at 4:00pm for 5:00pm departure.
Disembark: Arrive and disembark at Darwin’s Fort Hill Wharf at 08:30am.

No two Kimberley cruises with Coral Expeditions will be the same, each expedition is crafted by our experienced Masters and Expedition Leaders around the astounding 10+ metre tidal range, weather and sea conditions. Below is a selection of the key destinations we visit.

Day 1: Depart Broome

Kimberley Coral Expeditions Broome

The start of your Kimberley Expedition Cruise. Board your ship at 4.0pm for  a  5.00pm departure.  Enjoy the Captain’s welcome drinks with fellow travellers and friendly Coral Expeditions’ crew.  Take in stunning views from the sundeck as we cruise north towards Cape Leveque.

Lacepede Islands

Kimberley Coral Expeditions Lacepedes

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 (subject to weather and tides).  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.  Disembark to board a Zodiac and explore the island’s lagoon, 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, and it is often seen nesting here.

Horizontal Falls and Buccaneer Archipelago

Kimberley Coral Expeditions Horizontal Falls

The visual delight of the Buccaneer Archipelago reveals Talbot Bay. Here we find the natural wonder of the Horizontal Falls. The changing tide thunders through narrow gorges in the McLarty Ranges, and you can experience the thrill of traversing the falls at high speed aboard inflatable tenders.
At Cyclone Creek, view evidence of massive geological forces in the impressive rock formations, or take an Xplorer cruise through the Iron Islands, past Koolan Island, before enjoying sunset drinks at Nares Point.

Doubtful Bay

Kimberley Coral Expeditions Raft Point

Raft Point guards the entrance to this iconic area, with a host of destinations such as the mighty Sale River, Steep Island and Ruby Falls at Red Cone Creek. There may also be an opportunity to meet the Worrora people and experience the wonderous Wandjina art of Raft Point.

Montgomery Reef

Kimberley Coral Expeditions Montgomery Falls

Montgomery Reef is a biologically diverse area covering over 300 sq km. Named by Phillip Parker King, this marvelous reef is home to several species of marine turtles, dolphins, dugongs, and crocodiles. As the reef emerges from the sea at low tide, we get up close in the Xplorer and inflatables to witness the spectacle. Our guides will share their knowledge on the formation of the reef and the myriad wildlife here.

Prince Regent River and Careening Bay

Kimberley Coral Expeditions King Cascade

Running on a fault line, this straight river is a haven for native species. If the tide is right, there may be an opportunity for swimming at Camp Creek, and here we visit the beautiful King Cascade.
See the National Heritage Listed ‘Mermaid Tree’ at Careening Bay. It still bears the name carved by the crew of Phillip Parker King’s ship HMS Mermaid when the ship was repaired here in 1820.

Prince Frederick Harbour

Kimberley Coral Expeditions Bigge Island

At the southern end of the York Sound lies one of the most spectacular locations in the Kimberley: Prince Frederick Harbour. It is home to many islands, mangroves and monsoon rainforests, set against a backdrop of steep red escarpment. White-bellied sea eagles and other birds of prey are often seen here, and at low tide expansive mudflats reveal large populations of various mudskippers and mangrove crabs.
Spot massive saltwater crocodiles on a cruise up Porosus Creek, visit art sites, and marvel at rock formations.

Mitchell Falls, Winyalkan, & Swift Bay

Kimberley Coral Expeditions Mitchell Falls

Carved through layers of sandstone, Mitchell Falls descends over four tiers, creating pools of emerald green on each level. The option to take a scenic helicopter flight will give you a breathtaking view, or alternatively explore the sandstone caves of Hathway’s Hideaway or enjoy a catch and release fishing excursion. Swift Bay reveals a series of fine Wandjina art galleries.

Vansittart Bay

Kimberley Coral Expeditions

Vansittart Bay contains many sites of cultural and historical significance. Here we have opportunity to view the remarkable Gwion Gwion galleries and Macassan sites at Jar Island. On the Anjo Peninsula, discover the wreckage of the downed C-53 Skytrooper, well-preserved since it crashed in 1942.

King George River and Falls

Kimberley Coral Expeditions King George Falls

At over 80 metres, King George Falls are the highest twin falls in Western Australia. Feel humbled by nature’s awesome force as thousands of tonnes of water cascade over the ancient sandstone cliffs. Early in the season, you may cruise under the mist of the falls, while in later months we get up close to the sandstone walls to view the honeycomb erosion patterns.

Day 11: Arrive in Darwin

Kimberley Coral Expeditions Darwin

Our incredible adventure along the Kimberley Coast concludes in Darwin this morning at 8:30am.  Bid farewell to new-found friends and the Captain and crew.  Post cruise transfers in Darwin included.

April 2019

Departure Departure Arrival Arrival Cost Per Person Cost PP Ship Availability  
08 April 2019 08 Apr 2019 18 April 2019 18 Apr 2019 From $8,690 From $8,690 Coral Expeditions I Call Us Contact Us
29 April 2019 29 Apr 2019 09 May 2019 09 May 2019 From $8,690 From $8,690 Coral Expeditions I Call Us Contact Us

May 2019

Departure Departure Arrival Arrival Cost Per Person Cost PP Ship Availability  
29 April 2019 29 Apr 2019 09 May 2019 09 May 2019 From $8,690 From $8,690 Coral Expeditions I Call Us Contact Us
20 May 2019 20 May 2019 30 May 2019 30 May 2019 From $8,690 From $8,690 Coral Expeditions I Call Us Contact Us
27 May 2019 27 May 2019 06 June 2019 06 Jun 2019 From $10,695 From $10,695 Coral Discoverer Call Us Contact Us

June 2019

Departure Departure Arrival Arrival Cost Per Person Cost PP Ship Availability  
27 May 2019 27 May 2019 06 June 2019 06 Jun 2019 From $10,695 From $10,695 Coral Discoverer Call Us Contact Us
03 June 2019 03 Jun 2019 13 June 2019 13 Jun 2019 From $10,696 From $10,696 Coral Adventurer Call Us Contact Us
17 June 2019 17 Jun 2019 27 June 2019 27 Jun 2019 From $10,695 From $10,695 Coral Discoverer Call Us Contact Us
24 June 2019 24 Jun 2019 04 July 2019 04 Jul 2019 From $10,696 From $10,696 Coral Adventurer Call Us Contact Us

July 2019

Departure Departure Arrival Arrival Cost Per Person Cost PP Ship Availability  
24 June 2019 24 Jun 2019 04 July 2019 04 Jul 2019 From $10,696 From $10,696 Coral Adventurer Call Us Contact Us
08 July 2019 08 Jul 2019 18 July 2019 18 Jul 2019 From $10,695 From $10,695 Coral Discoverer Call Us Contact Us
15 July 2019 15 Jul 2019 25 July 2019 25 Jul 2019 $10,695 to $12,995 $10,695 to $12,995 Coral Adventurer Filling Fast Book
22 July 2019 22 Jul 2019 01 August 2019 01 Aug 2019 From $8,690 From $8,690 Coral Expeditions I Call Us Contact Us
29 July 2019 29 Jul 2019 08 August 2019 08 Aug 2019 From $10,695 From $10,695 Coral Discoverer Call Us Contact Us

August 2019

Departure Departure Arrival Arrival Cost Per Person Cost PP Ship Availability  
22 July 2019 22 Jul 2019 01 August 2019 01 Aug 2019 From $8,690 From $8,690 Coral Expeditions I Call Us Contact Us
29 July 2019 29 Jul 2019 08 August 2019 08 Aug 2019 From $10,695 From $10,695 Coral Discoverer Call Us Contact Us
05 August 2019 05 Aug 2019 15 August 2019 15 Aug 2019 $10,695 to $12,995 $10,695 to $12,995 Coral Adventurer Filling Fast Book
12 August 2019 12 Aug 2019 22 August 2019 22 Aug 2019 From $8,690 From $8,690 Coral Expeditions I Call Us Contact Us
19 August 2019 19 Aug 2019 29 August 2019 29 Aug 2019 $10,695 to $12,995 $10,695 to $12,995 Coral Discoverer Available Book
26 August 2019 26 Aug 2019 05 September 2019 05 Sep 2019 $10,695 to $12,995 $10,695 to $12,995 Coral Adventurer Filling Fast Book

September 2019

Departure Departure Arrival Arrival Cost Per Person Cost PP Ship Availability  
26 August 2019 26 Aug 2019 05 September 2019 05 Sep 2019 $10,695 to $12,995 $10,695 to $12,995 Coral Adventurer Filling Fast Book
02 September 2019 02 Sep 2019 12 September 2019 12 Sep 2019 From $8,690 From $8,690 Coral Expeditions I Call Us Contact Us
16 September 2019 16 Sep 2019 26 September 2019 26 Sep 2019 $10,695 to $12,995 $10,695 to $12,995 Coral Adventurer Filling Fast Book
23 September 2019 23 Sep 2019 03 October 2019 03 Oct 2019 $10,695 to $12,995 $10,695 to $12,995 Coral Discoverer Available Book

October 2019

Departure Departure Arrival Arrival Cost Per Person Cost PP Ship Availability  
23 September 2019 23 Sep 2019 03 October 2019 03 Oct 2019 $10,695 to $12,995 $10,695 to $12,995 Coral Discoverer Available Book

April 2020

Departure Departure Arrival Arrival Cost Per Person Cost PP Ship Availability  
27 April 2020 27 Apr 2020 07 May 2020 07 May 2020 $10,290 to $14,090 $10,290 to $14,090 Coral Adventurer Available Book

May 2020

Departure Departure Arrival Arrival Cost Per Person Cost PP Ship Availability  
27 April 2020 27 Apr 2020 07 May 2020 07 May 2020 $10,290 to $14,090 $10,290 to $14,090 Coral Adventurer Available Book
04 May 2020 04 May 2020 14 May 2020 14 May 2020 $10,890 to $15,190 $10,890 to $15,190 Coral Discoverer Available Book
18 May 2020 18 May 2020 28 May 2020 28 May 2020 $10,290 to $14,090 $10,290 to $14,090 Coral Adventurer Available Book
25 May 2020 25 May 2020 04 June 2020 04 Jun 2020 $10,890 to $15,190 $10,890 to $15,190 Coral Discoverer Available Book

June 2020

Departure Departure Arrival Arrival Cost Per Person Cost PP Ship Availability  
25 May 2020 25 May 2020 04 June 2020 04 Jun 2020 $10,890 to $15,190 $10,890 to $15,190 Coral Discoverer Available Book
08 June 2020 08 Jun 2020 18 June 2020 18 Jun 2020 $10,290 to $14,090 $10,290 to $14,090 Coral Adventurer Available Book
15 June 2020 15 Jun 2020 25 June 2020 25 Jun 2020 $10,890 to $15,190 $10,890 to $15,190 Coral Discoverer Available Book
29 June 2020 29 Jun 2020 09 July 2020 09 Jul 2020 $10,290 to $14,090 $10,290 to $14,090 Coral Adventurer Available Book

July 2020

Departure Departure Arrival Arrival Cost Per Person Cost PP Ship Availability  
29 June 2020 29 Jun 2020 09 July 2020 09 Jul 2020 $10,290 to $14,090 $10,290 to $14,090 Coral Adventurer Available Book
06 July 2020 06 Jul 2020 16 July 2020 16 Jul 2020 $10,890 to $15,190 $10,890 to $15,190 Coral Discoverer Available Book
20 July 2020 20 Jul 2020 30 July 2020 30 Jul 2020 $10,290 to $14,090 $10,290 to $14,090 Coral Adventurer Available Book
27 July 2020 27 Jul 2020 06 August 2020 06 Aug 2020 $10,890 to $15,190 $10,890 to $15,190 Coral Discoverer Available Book

August 2020

Departure Departure Arrival Arrival Cost Per Person Cost PP Ship Availability  
27 July 2020 27 Jul 2020 06 August 2020 06 Aug 2020 $10,890 to $15,190 $10,890 to $15,190 Coral Discoverer Available Book
10 August 2020 10 Aug 2020 20 August 2020 20 Aug 2020 $10,290 to $14,090 $10,290 to $14,090 Coral Adventurer Available Book
17 August 2020 17 Aug 2020 27 August 2020 27 Aug 2020 $10,890 to $15,190 $10,890 to $15,190 Coral Discoverer Available Book
31 August 2020 31 Aug 2020 10 September 2020 10 Sep 2020 $10,290 to $14,090 $10,290 to $14,090 Coral Adventurer Available Book

September 2020

Departure Departure Arrival Arrival Cost Per Person Cost PP Ship Availability  
31 August 2020 31 Aug 2020 10 September 2020 10 Sep 2020 $10,290 to $14,090 $10,290 to $14,090 Coral Adventurer Available Book
19 September 2020 19 Sep 2020 29 September 2020 29 Sep 2020 $10,890 to $15,190 $10,890 to $15,190 Coral Discoverer Available Book
21 September 2020 21 Sep 2020 01 October 2020 01 Oct 2020 $10,290 to $14,090 $10,290 to $14,090 Coral Adventurer Available Book

October 2020

Departure Departure Arrival Arrival Cost Per Person Cost PP Ship Availability  
21 September 2020 21 Sep 2020 01 October 2020 01 Oct 2020 $10,290 to $14,090 $10,290 to $14,090 Coral Adventurer Available Book

Your cruise price includes:

  • 10 night Expedition Voyage aboard your chosen ship in your chosen cabin category
  • Expert Expedition Team, including Marine Biologists and Guest Lecturers, and a local Parks & Wildlife Guide
  • An authentic, flexible expedition itinerary with expert Captain to respond to conditions
  • Daily guided excursions on the Explorer and Zodiac tender vessels, and kayaks where conditions allow
  • All meals throughout your cruise, Australian cuisine prepared fresh in our galley
  • Showcase wines and selected beer, as well as soft drinks, with lunch and dinner service
  • Captain’s Welcome and Farewell Events, and Open Bridge Access with our Captain
  • 24 hour coffee and selection of teas
  • Use of all onboard facilities, including reference library
  • Comprehensive and fully guided sightseeing in each port

Your cruise price does not include:

  • Pre and post flights, transfers and hotels
  • Entry visas/travel permits
  • Travel Insurance
  • Items of a personal nature including but not limited to phone and internet communications and bar charges (outside of the included drinks package as highlighted), laundry charges and souvenir purchases
  • Traditional Owner access fees for 2019

Special Notice:  Since release of the 2019 Kimberley program, the Traditional Owners of the Kimberley and their representatives have advised that a permit/fee for guests accessing traditional lands when cruising the Kimberley region will be imposed for 2019 and beyond. Coral Expeditions are working with the Traditional Owners to integrate into a sustainable cultural tourism management plan however given the late introduction and enforcement of this fee, the listed 2019 fare excludes traditional owner visitor access fees.

Tipping not required:

Other cruise lines automatically add gratuities to your account and service charges to your bar invoices. On our vessels, our crew has no other agenda than your delight.

Now that you’ve chosen your cruise, our reservations specialists are on hand to assist with your booking arrangements to ensure your holiday runs as smoothly as possible.

Contact our reservations specialists for advice about making the most of your time before and after your cruise.

To speak to our reservations specialists, call 1800 079 545 (within Australia) or email cruise@coralexpeditions.com.

Don’t forget, we strongly recommend the purchase of Travel Insurance with any cruise purchase. See below for further details.

Recommended Broome Hotels

Mercure Broome

Located on beautiful Roebuck Bay, the newly refurbished, 3-star Mercure Broome is positioned amongst a tropical garden and located an easy 10 minute walk to central Broome and its many attractions. The comfortable rooms are fully air-conditioned and offer all the comforts for a memorable stay in Broome.

Cable Beach Club Resort & Spa

The only resort located directly on Cable Beach, award-winning Cable Beach Club offers a unique blend of cultural influences and architecture. The spacious and airy studios are located amongst magnificent gardens and two resort pools. Choose to dine at one of the resort’s four restaurants, each overlooking spectacular Cable Beach. Truly a luxurious start or finish to your expedition.

Recommended Darwin Hotels

Doubletree by Hilton Esplanade

Located in a prime position close to the waterfront, the Doubletree by Hilton Esplanade offers comfortable and well appointed rooms, a large outdoor pool and friendly, relaxed service. Just a short stroll from all of the attractions of the city, the restaurants of Mitchell Street and art galleries.

Hilton Darwin

Overlooking Darwin Harbour, Hilton Darwin offers fabulous Esplanade views and an ideal location in the heart of the city. Enjoy contemporary features, great location and a welcoming service every time you stay. The elegant rooms and suites are loaded with thoughtful amenities and many have stunning Harbour views. We also offers Mitchell’s Grill restaurant with innovative Australian cuisine, high-floor outdoor pool, gym, flexible meeting space and more.

TRAVEL INSURANCE

Comprehensive Travel Insurance is strongly recommended for all travellers as protection against any unforeseen events that may necessitate the cancellation or interruption of your holiday and should be purchased at the same time as you purchase your cruise. It should also include emergency evacuation and repatriation cover.

We recommend Travel Insurance by SureSave.

SureSave, is an Australian company who specialise in travel insurance designed for travellers. SureSave provides world assistance through a customer support team, a claims team and an in-house 24/7 Emergency Assistance division. Underwritten by Lloyds of London, you get peace of mind knowing your security is guaranteed.

Please note: SureSave Travel Insurance policies may only be purchased by Australian residents. For international travellers, please discuss your policy requirements with your local insurance provider.