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The Kimberley

The Kimberley: Darwin to Broome, 10 Nights

The Definitive Kimberley Cruise

10 Nights | Departs Darwin | Arrives Broome

Perfected over three decades, our 10-night 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, Coral Discoverer or Coral Geographer

Latest Kimberley Trip Report  Kimberley 2020 Brochure   Kimberley 2021 Flyer

 

Expedition highlights

  • Experience the thrill of riding the Horizontal Falls in inflatable Zodiac tender vessels
  • Get up close to Montgomery Reef and discover the tidal reef’s diverse marine life
  • Experience King George River and 80m tall twin King George Waterfalls
  • Cruise the Prince Regent River to the ‘hanging garden’ King Cascades waterfall
  • Visit Indigenous rock art galleries and learn about ancient Wandjina and Gwion Gwion art
  • Spot native wildlife and birdlife in their natural habitat
  • View the Kimberley landscape by air on a scenic helicopter flight to Mitchell Falls (additional cost)
  • Enjoy sunset canapes and drinks on the beach as dusk settles over the Kimberley

 

Fares

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

 

April, August & September 2021 (Shoulder Season)

CORAL GEOGRAPHER TWIN SHARE PER PERSON SOLE USE*
Bridge Deck Balcony Suite $17,190 n/a
Explorer Deck $12,490 $18,735*
Promenade Deck $8,990 $13,485*
Coral Deck $7,650 $11,475*
CORAL ADVENTURER TWIN SHARE PER PERSON SOLE USE*
Bridge Deck Suite $17,190 n/a
Bridge Deck Balcony Stateroom $12,790 n/a
Explorer Deck $12,490 $18,735*
Promenade Deck $8,990 $13,485*
Coral Deck $7,650 $11,475*
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

 

May to July 2021 (Peak Season)

CORAL GEOGRAPHER TWIN SHARE PER PERSON SOLE USE*
Bridge Deck Balcony Suite $20,890 n/a
Explorer Deck $15,290 $22,935*
Promenade Deck $10,890 16,335*
Coral Deck $9,350 14,025*
CORAL ADVENTURER TWIN SHARE PER PERSON SOLE USE*
Bridge Deck Suite $20,890 n/a
Bridge Deck Balcony Stateroom $15,590 n/a
Explorer Deck $15,290 $22,935*
Promenade Deck $10,890 $16,335*
Coral Deck $9,350 $14,025*
CORAL DISCOVERER TWIN SHARE PER PERSON SOLE USE*
Bridge Deck Balcony Stateroom $16,690 n/a
Promenade Deck A $14,290 n/a
Promenade Deck B $13,150 $19,725*
Main Deck A $12,550 n/a
Main Deck B $11,990 n/a

 

Prices are per person, listed in Australian Dollars (AUD) and include GST. *Limited sole use occupancy available.

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Latest Kimberley Trip Report  Kimberley 2020 Brochure   Kimberley 2021 Flyer

 

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 8:00am.

The below itinerary is indicative. No two cruises with Coral Expeditions will be the same, with each expedition crafted by our experienced Masters and Expedition Leaders. Throughout the expedition we may make changes to the itinerary as necessary to maximise your expeditionary experience. Allowances may be made for seasonal variations, weather, tidal conditions and any other event that may affect the operation of the vessel. Coral Expeditions suggests that you do not arrive on the day of embarkation or depart on the day of disembarkation due to any changes that may occur in scheduling.

Day 1: Depart Darwin

Kimberley Coral Expeditions Darwin

Board your Coral Expeditions ship at 8.00am where there is time to settle into your cabin before our 9:00am departure. Spend a luxuriant sea day at leisure as we cruise across Joseph Bonaparte Gulf and sail into Western Australian waters.

Take the time to become acquainted with all the facilities onboard and join our Expedition Team in the Lounge for an insightful introduction to the Kimberley. As dusk falls meet your fellow travellers, the Captain and crew for the Captain’s Welcome Drinks.

King George River and Falls

Kimberley Coral Expeditions King George Falls

Fed by the King George River draining across the Gardner Plateau, 80m tall King George Falls are the most impressive Kimberley waterfalls and the highest twin falls in Western Australia. Before reaching the mist-like spray rising from the base of King George Falls, we cruise through steep-sided gorges carved by a flooded river system that carved a swathe through the Kimberley landscape 400 million years ago.

Early in the waterfall season, we may cruise around the base of impressive King George Falls while in later months we take the opportunity to view the honeycomb erosion patterns of sandstone cliffs up close.

Vansittart Bay

Kimberley Coral Expeditions

Vansittart Bay is home to many cultural and historically significant sites like the remarkable Gwion Gwion (Bradshaw) Aboriginal rock art galleries estimated to be up to 20,000 years old. Jar Island is so-named after the pot shards found here, brought to the island by Macassan fisherman harvesting sea cucumbers (also known as trepang).

Nearby, on the Anjo Peninsula lays the well-preserved wreckage of a US Airforce C-53 Skytrooper aircraft, the result of a pilot losing his bearings flying from Perth to Broome in 1942 and putting down on a salt pan near present-day Truscott Airbase.

Mitchell Falls, Winyalkan, & Swift Bay

Kimberley Coral Expeditions Mitchell Falls

Tumbling down the Mitchell Plateau in a series of tiered waterfalls and emerald green rock pools, the Mitchell Falls are the photogenic poster child for the Mitchell River National Park. Take a scenic helicopter flight (additional cost) to multi-tiered Mitchell Falls where emerald-hued rock pools cascade down the escarpment and ancient rock art galleries are concealed in caves behind curtains of water.

Mitchell River National Park is inhabited by significant numbers of mammals, amphibians, reptiles and bird species which are lured by a year-round water source. Sandstone terraces beside tiered rock pools make a terrific viewing platform from which to savor the serenity of this ancient landscape.

An alternative option to Mitchell Falls is exploring the sandstone caves of Hathway’s Hideaway. This mass of weathered tunnels, arches and columns form a labyrinth-like maze and was once an Aboriginal midden. Another option while anchored at Winyalkan Bay is a visit to a series Wandjina and Gwion Gwion rock art galleries at Swift Bay.

In the evening we will enjoy watching the sunset over the Indian Ocean while indulging in a gourmet BBQ.

Prince Frederick Harbour

Kimberley Coral Expeditions Bigge Island

Prince Frederick Harbour is one of the Kimberley’s most spectacular locations at the southern end of York Sound. The harbour is dotted with islands lined with mangroves and monsoon rainforests, set against a backdrop of the ochre-hued escarpment.

White-bellied sea eagles and other birds of prey are often seen here, and at low tide, expansive mudflats reveal large populations of mudskippers and mangrove crabs. We will take our Xplorer tender vessels on a cruise up Porosus Creek to view some striking rock formations.

Prince Regent River & Careening Bay

Kimberley Coral Expeditions King Cascade

King Cascade is a classically beautiful terraced waterfall and is one of the most photographed waterfalls in the Kimberley. Falling from a considerable height and around 50m across, water tumbles down a staggered terrace of Kimberley sandstone. Layer upon layer of ochre-hued and blackened rock sprouts grasses, mosses and ferns in a sort of lushly vegetated hanging garden.

We reach King Cascade after cruising in our Xplorer tender vessels down the steep-sided Prince Regent River which is a remarkable anomaly as the river runs dead straight along a fault line.

Lt. Philip Parker King named nearby Careening Bay after he beached his leaking vessel HMC Mermaid to effect repairs. While stranded on this remote coastline for 17 days the ship’s carpenter carved HMC Mermaid 1820 into the bottle-shaped trunk of a boab tree near the beach. Almost 200 years later, the Mermaid Boab Tree has since split into two trunks and sports a mammoth girth of 12m. Significantly, the bulbous tree is listed on the National Register of Big Trees and the carpenter’s careful inscription now stands almost as tall as a person.

Montgomery Reef

Kimberley Coral Expeditions Montgomery Falls

Montgomery Reef is a biologically diverse area covering over 300 sq km and was named by Phillip Parker King. Twice daily, as the sea recedes in mammoth 11m tides, Montgomery Reef rises from the Indian Ocean in a cascade of rushing water revealing a flat-topped reef pockmarked with rock pools and rivulets.

As the reef emerges, we get up close in our Xplorer and Zodiac inflatable tenders to witness the spectacle as our Expedition Team share their knowledge on the formation of the reef and the myriad wildlife. Opportunistic birds take advantage of the emerging reef, feeding on marine life left exposed in rock pools. Turtles, dolphins, dugongs and sawfish too are also attracted to feeding opportunities as the ocean recedes.

The ocean is awash in a swirl of eddies and whirlpools as the moon’s gravitational force takes hold. Then, a few hours later the entire water-borne drama is reversed as the tide comes in and Montgomery Reef disappears below sea level.

Doubtful Bay

Kimberley Coral Expeditions Raft Point

Raft Point guards the entrance to Doubtful Bay, a vast body of sheltered water which harbours significant sites such as the ancient Wandjina rock art galleries located a short walk from the beach and are considered some of the finest in the Kimberley and we visit the rock art galleries when traditional owners are available to guide us. Doubtful Bay is the traditional country of the Worrora people who follow the Wandjina, their god, law-maker and creator. Images of Wandjina are found throughout the Kimberley, recording their stories, knowledge and culture in stone.

Red Cone Creek flows gently downstream until it meets the small but impressive Ruby Falls. Named by local mariner Capt. Chris Trucker after his daughter, Red Cone Creek is carved through rock formations stacked atop each other like building blocks. These rock walls are great for climbing and clambering over before reaching a series of freshwater swimming holes and waterfalls. The falls may be a gurgling torrent or a gentle trickle, depending on the time of the year.

Other sites we aim to visit in Doubtful Bay include the mighty Sale River and Steep Island.

Horizontal Falls and Buccaneer Archipelago

The Horizontal Falls are one of the Kimberley’s biggest attractions and are a result of the mammoth 11m tides the Kimberley is renowned for. Naturalist David Attenborough described the Horizontal Falls as ‘one of the greatest natural wonders of the world.’

The Horizontal Falls are created as the ocean thunders through a narrow gorge in the McLarty Ranges. Water builds up on one side and is forcibly pushed through the bottleneck, creating a rushing horizontal waterfall of swiftly flowing seawater. Riding the rapids on our Zodiac inflatable tenders is one of the highlights of our Kimberley expedition cruises.

Talbot Bay is at the heart of the Buccaneer Archipelago, where rocks on the 800 or so islands are estimated at over 2 billion years old. At Cyclone Creek, you will see evidence of massive geological forces in the impressive rock formations and cruise through the Iron Islands, past Koolan Island, before enjoying sunset drinks at Nares Point.

The Lacepede Islands

Kimberley Coral Expeditions Lacepedes

The Lacepede Islands are a protected class-A nature reserve and are significant as a seabird nesting rookery for brown boobies and roseate terns. Other species often sighted at the Lacepedes include Australian Pelicans, frigate birds, egrets and gulls. The four low-lying islands are also an important breeding and nesting habitat for green turtles.

If weather and tide conditions are suitable, we will explore the lagoons by Xplorer and Zodiac tender vessels.

As our incredible Kimberley adventures draw to a close, on our last evening aboard we enjoy the Captain’s farewell drinks amongst new-found friends.

Day 11: Arrive in Broome

Kimberley Coral Expeditions Broome

Our incredible adventure along the Kimberley Coast concludes in Broome this morning at 8:00am.  Bid farewell to new-found friends, the Captain and crew. A post-cruise transfer to Broome CBD or Airport is included.

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.

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 From $10,290 From $10,290 Coral Adventurer Call Us Contact Us
15 May 2020 15 May 2020 25 May 2020 25 May 2020 $10,890 to $15,190 $10,890 to $15,190 Coral Discoverer Filling Fast 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 Filling Fast 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 Filling Fast 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 Filling Fast Book
19 June 2020 19 Jun 2020 29 June 2020 29 Jun 2020 From $10,290 From $10,290 Coral Adventurer Call Us Contact Us
26 June 2020 26 Jun 2020 06 July 2020 06 Jul 2020 $10,890 to $15,190 $10,890 to $15,190 Coral Discoverer Filling Fast 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 Filling Fast 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

April 2021

Departure Departure Arrival Arrival Cost Per Person Cost PP Ship Availability  
16 April 2021 16 Apr 2021 26 April 2021 26 Apr 2021 $10,890 to $15,190 $10,890 to $15,190 Coral Discoverer Available Book
23 April 2021 23 Apr 2021 03 May 2021 03 May 2021 $7,650 to $12,790 $7,650 to $12,790 Coral Adventurer Available Book
30 April 2021 30 Apr 2021 10 May 2021 10 May 2021 $7,650 to $17,190 $7,650 to $17,190 Coral Geographer Available Book

May 2021

Departure Departure Arrival Arrival Cost Per Person Cost PP Ship Availability  
23 April 2021 23 Apr 2021 03 May 2021 03 May 2021 $7,650 to $12,790 $7,650 to $12,790 Coral Adventurer Available Book
30 April 2021 30 Apr 2021 10 May 2021 10 May 2021 $7,650 to $17,190 $7,650 to $17,190 Coral Geographer Available Book
07 May 2021 07 May 2021 17 May 2021 17 May 2021 $11,990 to $16,690 $11,990 to $16,690 Coral Discoverer Available Book
14 May 2021 14 May 2021 24 May 2021 24 May 2021 $9,350 to $15,590 $9,350 to $15,590 Coral Adventurer Available Book
21 May 2021 21 May 2021 31 May 2021 31 May 2021 $9,350 to $20,890 $9,350 to $20,890 Coral Geographer Available Book

June 2021

Departure Departure Arrival Arrival Cost Per Person Cost PP Ship Availability  
04 June 2021 04 Jun 2021 14 June 2021 14 Jun 2021 $9,350 to $15,590 $9,350 to $15,590 Coral Adventurer Available Book
11 June 2021 11 Jun 2021 21 June 2021 21 Jun 2021 $9,350 to $20,890 $9,350 to $20,890 Coral Geographer Available Book
25 June 2021 25 Jun 2021 05 July 2021 05 Jul 2021 $9,350 to $15,590 $9,350 to $15,590 Coral Adventurer Available Book

July 2021

Departure Departure Arrival Arrival Cost Per Person Cost PP Ship Availability  
25 June 2021 25 Jun 2021 05 July 2021 05 Jul 2021 $9,350 to $15,590 $9,350 to $15,590 Coral Adventurer Available Book
02 July 2021 02 Jul 2021 12 July 2021 12 Jul 2021 $9,350 to $20,890 $9,350 to $20,890 Coral Geographer Available Book
16 July 2021 16 Jul 2021 26 July 2021 26 Jul 2021 $9,350 to $15,590 $9,350 to $15,590 Coral Adventurer Available Book
23 July 2021 23 Jul 2021 02 August 2021 02 Aug 2021 $9,350 to $20,890 $9,350 to $20,890 Coral Geographer Available Book

August 2021

Departure Departure Arrival Arrival Cost Per Person Cost PP Ship Availability  
23 July 2021 23 Jul 2021 02 August 2021 02 Aug 2021 $9,350 to $20,890 $9,350 to $20,890 Coral Geographer Available Book
06 August 2021 06 Aug 2021 16 August 2021 16 Aug 2021 $7,650 to $12,790 $7,650 to $12,790 Coral Adventurer Available Book
27 August 2021 27 Aug 2021 06 September 2021 06 Sep 2021 $7,650 to $12,790 $7,650 to $12,790 Coral Adventurer Available Book

September 2021

Departure Departure Arrival Arrival Cost Per Person Cost PP Ship Availability  
27 August 2021 27 Aug 2021 06 September 2021 06 Sep 2021 $7,650 to $12,790 $7,650 to $12,790 Coral Adventurer Available Book

Your cruise price includes:

  • 10-night Expedition Voyage 
  • Expert Expedition Team and Guest Lecturers
  • An authentic, flexible expedition itinerary
  • All daily guided excursions 
  • Lectures, workshops and demonstrations onboard
  • All meals, chef-prepared on board
  • Selected wines and beer with lunch and dinner service
  • Captain’s Welcome and Farewell Events, and Open Bridge Access 
  • 24-hour coffee and teas
  • Use of all onboard facilities, including reference library
  • Access fees including traditional owner fees

Your cruise price does not include:

  • Pre and post flights, transfers and hotels
  • Helicopter Flight over Mitchell Falls
  • 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

Tipping not required

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 cruise@coralexpeditions.com.

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.

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.