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PIONEERS IN THE KIMBERLEY

Over two decades ago, Coral Expeditions fell in love with the Kimberley. In this ancient land shaped by all-powerful tide and life-giving rain, thundering waterfalls and pre-historic art wait to be explored.

Coral Expeditions were amongst the first cruise operators to this vast and wild landscape and have been conducting expedition voyages in the region for 23 years.

In the belief that this vast expanse of Northern Australia is best seen from a small ship, we launched our Kimberley expeditions on the Coral Expeditions I in 1993. In 2006, we added the Coral Discoverer, our Australian-built, 72 passenger, world exploration vessel.  We have been continually refining our Kimberley guest experience over the years, one voyage at a time.

Our ships re-trace the footsteps of the early explorers – William Dampier, Abel Tasman, Matthew Flinders and of course Phillip Parker King.  Our custom-built shallow draft ships and tender equipment get you up-close to the magnificent Horizontal falls, the great Kimberley rivers of Mitchell, King George and Prince Regent, and the 25,000 year old Gwion Gwion Rock art.

Our wealth of knowledge of the area and local indigenous communities, together with our Australian crew, allow us to offer our guests a unique Kimberley experience today.

 

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KIMBERLEY EXPEDITION VOYAGES

CLASSIC KIMBERLEY EXPEDITION: DARWIN to BROOME. 10 NIGHTS

Perfected over 21 years, this 10-day voyage, departing Darwin to Broome, takes you on a journey back in time. Ancient ochres meet thundering waterfalls on this voyage that visits all of those “Bucket List” destinations that you’ve long dreamt of. From the remarkable Horizontal Falls, described by David Attenborough as “one of the greatest natural wonders of the world”, to the pounding Mitchell Falls and King George Falls, see the power of nature at her best. 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, watch Humpback Whales calf in these waters. Aboard our unique ‘Xplorer’ excursion vessel and fleet of inflatable Zodiacs you will come face-to-face with this ancient land and her inhabitants.

> Departs March to September

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CLASSIC KIMBERLEY EXPEDITION: BROOME - DARWIN. 10 NIGHTS

Operating in the reverse direction, departing Broome to Darwin, this is an extraordinary journey through Australia’s North-West wilderness. Explore some of the most remote and pristine coastline in the Southern Hemisphere, including the world’s only Horizontal Falls.  Travel ashore with your interpretative guide to view the Gwion Gwion (Bradshaw) rock art, the world’s oldest known. With landings and tender opportunities every day, you’ll Zodiac under majestic Mitchell and King George Falls, cruise via Xplorer up the Prince Regent River and marvel at Kings Cascades, , and become immersed in the magic of the region.

> Departs April to September

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THE HORIZONTAL FALLS

David Attenborough called it “one of the greatest natural wonders of the world”. The world’s only Horizontal Falls are a pair of stunning breaks in the McLarty Range, sitting approximately 300 metres apart. Here, water pours through natural openings in the range, causing a horizontal waterfall with a height of approx. 5 metres on a King Tide.

This natural phenomenon is created when seawater builds up faster on one side of the gaps than the other. Located in the Buccaneer Archipelago, the Horizontal Falls are only accessible by boat. Guests of Coral Expeditions will board a Zodiac to speed through the falls on a thrilling exploration.