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The Kimberley

The Kimberley: Darwin to Broome, 10 Nights

The Definitive Kimberley Cruise

Perfected over three decades, our 10-day Kimberley cruise takes you on an unforgettable journey from Darwin to Broome. 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 or Coral Discoverer. 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 King George 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 enjoy a spectacular Kimberley sunset from the beach
  • Aboard our Xplorer tender, cruise the Prince Regent River to King Cascades



April to September 2020

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*
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


The itinerary: Key destinations

Embark: Board at Darwin’s Fort Hill Wharf at 8:00am for 9:00am departure.
Disembark: Arrive and disembark at Broome Wharf at 08:00am.

The below itinerary is indicative. No two Kimberley cruises with Coral Expeditions will be the same, with each expedition 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 Darwin

Kimberley Coral Expeditions Darwin

Board your ship at 8.00am for a 9:00am departure.  As we cross Cambridge Gulf and sail into Western Australian waters, join our expedition staff in the lounge for an informative introduction to the Kimberley.  Meet and mingle with fellow guests and crew at the Captain’s Welcome Drinks.

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.

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. With our Guest Lecturers, see fine examples of the Kimberley’s mysterious Bradshaw Paintings (Gwion Gwion), dating back some 20,000 years.

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. This evening enjoy a spectacular Indian Ocean sunset as we indulge in a gourmet BBQ on the sundeck or the beach.

*Catch and release fishing not available on board Coral Adventurer in 2019

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.

Prince Regent River & 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 (Note: swimming at freshwater swimming holes is subject to group size and local conditions), 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 careened here for repairs in 1820.

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.

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.

Horizontal Falls and Buccaneer Archipelago

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.

The Lacepede Islands

Kimberley Coral Expeditions Lacepedes

Subject to weather and tides, we 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 here.  This evening we enjoy the Captain’s farewell drinks.

Day 11: Arrive in Broome

Kimberley Coral Expeditions 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.

April 2020

Departure Departure Arrival Arrival Cost Per Person Cost PP Ship Availability  
17 April 2020 17 Apr 2020 27 April 2020 27 Apr 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  
08 May 2020 08 May 2020 18 May 2020 18 May 2020 $10,290 to $14,090 $10,290 to $14,090 Coral Adventurer Filling Fast Book
15 May 2020 15 May 2020 25 May 2020 25 May 2020 $10,890 to $15,190 $10,890 to $15,190 Coral Discoverer Available Book
29 May 2020 29 May 2020 08 June 2020 08 Jun 2020 $10,290 to $14,090 $10,290 to $14,090 Coral Adventurer Available Book

June 2020

Departure Departure Arrival Arrival Cost Per Person Cost PP Ship Availability  
29 May 2020 29 May 2020 08 June 2020 08 Jun 2020 $10,290 to $14,090 $10,290 to $14,090 Coral Adventurer Available Book
05 June 2020 05 Jun 2020 15 June 2020 15 Jun 2020 $10,890 to $15,190 $10,890 to $15,190 Coral Discoverer Available Book
19 June 2020 19 Jun 2020 29 June 2020 29 Jun 2020 $10,290 to $14,090 $10,290 to $14,090 Coral Adventurer Filling Fast Book
26 June 2020 26 Jun 2020 06 July 2020 06 Jul 2020 $10,890 to $15,190 $10,890 to $15,190 Coral Discoverer Available Book

July 2020

Departure Departure Arrival Arrival Cost Per Person Cost PP Ship Availability  
26 June 2020 26 Jun 2020 06 July 2020 06 Jul 2020 $10,890 to $15,190 $10,890 to $15,190 Coral Discoverer Available Book
10 July 2020 10 Jul 2020 20 July 2020 20 Jul 2020 $10,290 to $14,090 $10,290 to $14,090 Coral Adventurer Available Book
17 July 2020 17 Jul 2020 27 July 2020 27 Jul 2020 $10,890 to $15,190 $10,890 to $15,190 Coral Discoverer Available Book
31 July 2020 31 Jul 2020 10 August 2020 10 Aug 2020 $10,290 to $14,090 $10,290 to $14,090 Coral Adventurer Available Book

August 2020

Departure Departure Arrival Arrival Cost Per Person Cost PP Ship Availability  
31 July 2020 31 Jul 2020 10 August 2020 10 Aug 2020 $10,290 to $14,090 $10,290 to $14,090 Coral Adventurer Available Book
07 August 2020 07 Aug 2020 17 August 2020 17 Aug 2020 $10,890 to $15,190 $10,890 to $15,190 Coral Discoverer Available Book
21 August 2020 21 Aug 2020 31 August 2020 31 Aug 2020 $10,290 to $14,090 $10,290 to $14,090 Coral Adventurer Available Book
28 August 2020 28 Aug 2020 07 September 2020 07 Sep 2020 $10,890 to $15,190 $10,890 to $15,190 Coral Discoverer Available Book

September 2020

Departure Departure Arrival Arrival Cost Per Person Cost PP Ship Availability  
28 August 2020 28 Aug 2020 07 September 2020 07 Sep 2020 $10,890 to $15,190 $10,890 to $15,190 Coral Discoverer Available Book
11 September 2020 11 Sep 2020 21 September 2020 21 Sep 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 Coral Discoverer 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 contact us during business hours on freecall 1800 079 545 (within Australia) or email

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

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.

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.


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.