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Australia's Kimberley: A Voyage to the Outback 2020

Your adventures in the Kimberley region of Western Australia are highlighted by unusual wildlife in Prince Regent Nature Reserve, the beauty of the Buccaneer Archipelago, and sublime desert-scapes.

Please note: Airfare Broome/Sydney is not included in your voyage rate.

23 April, 2020 to 05 May, 2020 Make a booking request for Australia's Kimberley: A Voyage to the Outback 2020, departing on 23 April, 2020

Prices quoted here are often dependent on currency fluctuations. Please check with (01432 507450 or info@small-cruise-ships.com) for the very latest price, which may well be cheaper than the one advertised here.

Category 1 £9227 GBP pp (was £ 11534 GBP pp, save 20%)
Located close to the Dining Room, our six spacious Category 1 (Main Deck B) staterooms are 18sqm (195 square feet) in size and feature twin portholes for expansive ocean views, along with a desk, sofa, telephone and your choice of Junior King or twin bedding.
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Category 2 £10151 GBP pp (was £ 12689 GBP pp, save 20%)
Located close to the Dining Room, our six spacious Category 2 (Main Deck A) staterooms are 18sqm (195 square feet) in size and feature large, twin porthole windows for expansive ocean views, along with a desk, sofa, telephone and your choice of Junior King or twin bedding.
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Category 3 £11075 GBP pp (was £ 13844 GBP pp, save 20%)
Located in the bow of the ship and encircled by a full-ship promenade, our two Category 3 (Promenade Deck B) staterooms are 15sqm (160 square feet) in size and feature picture windows for expansive ocean views, along with a desk, telephone and Junior King bedding.
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Category 4 £11999 GBP pp (was £ 14999 GBP pp, save 20%)
Encircled by a full-ship promenade, our twenty spacious Category 4 (Promenade Deck A) staterooms are 18sqm (195 square feet) in size and feature picture windows for expansive ocean views, along with a sofa, desk, telephone and your choice of Junior King or twin bedding.
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Category 2 Special Single (Limited) £12307 GBP pp (was £ 15384 GBP pp, save 20%)
Category 5 £13478 GBP pp (was £ 16847 GBP pp, save 20%)
Located on the exclusive Bridge Deck close to the Lounge and Bridge, our five spacious Category 5 (Bridge Deck Balcony) staterooms are 18sqm (195 square feet) in size and feature private balconies opening out from french windows providing comfortable indoor outdoor living, along with a sofa, desk, telephone and your choice of Junior King or twin bedding.
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Category 4 Special Single (Limited) £14648 GBP pp (was £ 18310 GBP pp, save 20%)
Encircled by a full-ship promenade, our twenty spacious Category 4 (Promenade Deck A) staterooms are 18sqm (195 square feet) in size and feature picture windows for expansive ocean views, along with a sofa, desk, telephone and your choice of Junior King or twin bedding.
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Australia's Kimberley: A Voyage to the Outback 2020 itinerary:

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Day 1 Darwin, Australia
Arrive in Darwin and enjoy an afternoon at leisure. Gather this evening for a welcome dinner and overnight at the Hilton Darwin.
Day 2 Darwin / Embark Coral Discoverer
Today explore historic Darwin with a visit to the George Brown Botanic Gardens, the Darwin Military Museum, and the impressive Darwin Museum and Art Gallery which celebrates Aboriginal art and the history of the region. This afternoon board the Coral Discoverer and set sail.
Day 3 Tiwi Islands
Permission pending, go ashore on the Tiwis and join local Aboriginal guides for a tour of the small community of Nguiu, its museum, and the old Mission Precinct. You will also have an opportunity to visit the local arts center, to view and purchase high-quality Tiwi crafts and screen-printed fabric.
Day 4 King George River / King George Falls
Cruise through a spectacular canyon where vertical cliffs, gorges, and mangroves line the shores of the mighty King George River. The final destination is King George Falls, a supremely photogenic area of 325-foot cliffs of rust-colored sandstone rising from the tidal waters.
Day 5 Jar Island / Woku-Woku Island
View fine examples of ancient Bradshaw or Gwion Gwion art, thought to be 20,000 to 15,000 years old, on Jar Island, a rocky uninhabited island endowed with lovely white-sand beaches. Tides permitting, step ashore on Woku-Woku Island to search for the remnants of old Macassan trepang stoves that were used to boil sea cucumbers collected on their journeys through the Kimberley hundreds of years ago.
Day 6 Bigge Island / Sterna Island
A unique experience awaits us on Bigge Island, sacred to Aborigines for thousands of years. Well-preserved Aboriginal paintings grace the walls of caves, depicting mythical figures and offering visual evidence of the European entrance into the Aboriginal way of life. Keep an eye out for Monjon (the smallest of the wallabies), they can often be seen sprinting from one rock ledge to another. In the afternoon step ashore Sterna Island to search for a variety of seabirds, including four species of terns, pied cormorants, white-bellied sea eagles, and osprey.
Day 7 Hunter River / Mitchell Falls
From Hunter River, fly via helicopter to the Mitchell Plateau to visit Mitchell Falls, a series of waterfalls and pools culminating in a deep gorge carving its way through the Outback. Explore the surrounding area on foot and enjoy a refreshing swim in the rushing freshwater pools. In the vicinity of our anchorage, you may explore the small tributaries by Zodiac, searching the mangroves and tidal mud flats for crocodiles, mudskippers, and fiddler crabs, as well as the many bird species that make their home within the dense vegetation.
Day 8 - 10 Montgomery Reef / Talbot Bay / Raft Point / Buccaneer Archipelago
At Montgomery Reef, view the amazing array of marine life exposed at low tide. The 150-square-mile reef is home to an incredible number of green sea turtles and sharks are sometimes spotted in the surrounding waters. The fish that are trapped by the falling tide attract a plethora of birds including reef egrets and sea eagles. At Talbot Bay visit the Horizontal Waterfalls, one of the most unusual regional attractions. The falls, created by a phenomenon resulting from the mammoth tides, actually reverse as the tide turns. Join a bush walk at Raft Point to learn the traditions of the Worrorra people and view ancient Aboriginal cave paintings of outstanding quality, depicting the significance of the marine world to the Aboriginal way of life. The Buccaneer Archipelago consists of more than 800 islands. The shorelines of these rarely visited isles are among the most photogenic in the world, and include mangrove estuaries, secluded bays, untouched beaches, cliffs, reefs, rugged gorges, and whirlpools.
Day 11 Lacepede Islands
The Lacepede Islands are a group of four low, sandy islands lying on a coral reef. The islands are an important nesting site for green sea turtles and several species of seabirds including frigatebirds, brown boobies, crested terns, sandpipers, and ruddy turnstones. Cruise the area by Zodiac for a closer look at the seabird colonies. Be on deck this evening as the sun sets and the night sky comes alive—far from the city lights, stargazing in the Kimberley is simply spectacular.
Days 12 - 13 Broome / Disembark / Sydney / USA
Disembark in Broome with time for a bit of sightseeing. Transfer to the airport for your independent flight to Sydney with dinner and overnight at the Rydges Sydney Airport Hotel. Board your independent flight back home.
Please Note:
Based on the expeditionary nature of our trips, there may be ongoing enhancements to this itinerary.

Australia's Kimberley: A Voyage to the Outback 2020 reverse itinerary:

show main itinerary
Based on the expeditionary nature of our trips, there may be ongoing enhancements to this itinerary.
Disembark in Broome with time for a bit of sightseeing. Transfer to the airport for your independent flight to Sydney with dinner and overnight at the Rydges Sydney Airport Hotel. Board your independent flight back home.
The Lacepede Islands are a group of four low, sandy islands lying on a coral reef. The islands are an important nesting site for green sea turtles and several species of seabirds including frigatebirds, brown boobies, crested terns, sandpipers, and ruddy turnstones. Cruise the area by Zodiac for a closer look at the seabird colonies. Be on deck this evening as the sun sets and the night sky comes alive—far from the city lights, stargazing in the Kimberley is simply spectacular.
At Montgomery Reef, view the amazing array of marine life exposed at low tide. The 150-square-mile reef is home to an incredible number of green sea turtles and sharks are sometimes spotted in the surrounding waters. The fish that are trapped by the falling tide attract a plethora of birds including reef egrets and sea eagles. At Talbot Bay visit the Horizontal Waterfalls, one of the most unusual regional attractions. The falls, created by a phenomenon resulting from the mammoth tides, actually reverse as the tide turns. Join a bush walk at Raft Point to learn the traditions of the Worrorra people and view ancient Aboriginal cave paintings of outstanding quality, depicting the significance of the marine world to the Aboriginal way of life. The Buccaneer Archipelago consists of more than 800 islands. The shorelines of these rarely visited isles are among the most photogenic in the world, and include mangrove estuaries, secluded bays, untouched beaches, cliffs, reefs, rugged gorges, and whirlpools.
From Hunter River, fly via helicopter to the Mitchell Plateau to visit Mitchell Falls, a series of waterfalls and pools culminating in a deep gorge carving its way through the Outback. Explore the surrounding area on foot and enjoy a refreshing swim in the rushing freshwater pools. In the vicinity of our anchorage, you may explore the small tributaries by Zodiac, searching the mangroves and tidal mud flats for crocodiles, mudskippers, and fiddler crabs, as well as the many bird species that make their home within the dense vegetation.
A unique experience awaits us on Bigge Island, sacred to Aborigines for thousands of years. Well-preserved Aboriginal paintings grace the walls of caves, depicting mythical figures and offering visual evidence of the European entrance into the Aboriginal way of life. Keep an eye out for Monjon (the smallest of the wallabies), they can often be seen sprinting from one rock ledge to another. In the afternoon step ashore Sterna Island to search for a variety of seabirds, including four species of terns, pied cormorants, white-bellied sea eagles, and osprey.
View fine examples of ancient Bradshaw or Gwion Gwion art, thought to be 20,000 to 15,000 years old, on Jar Island, a rocky uninhabited island endowed with lovely white-sand beaches. Tides permitting, step ashore on Woku-Woku Island to search for the remnants of old Macassan trepang stoves that were used to boil sea cucumbers collected on their journeys through the Kimberley hundreds of years ago.
Cruise through a spectacular canyon where vertical cliffs, gorges, and mangroves line the shores of the mighty King George River. The final destination is King George Falls, a supremely photogenic area of 325-foot cliffs of rust-colored sandstone rising from the tidal waters.
Permission pending, go ashore on the Tiwis and join local Aboriginal guides for a tour of the small community of Nguiu, its museum, and the old Mission Precinct. You will also have an opportunity to visit the local arts center, to view and purchase high-quality Tiwi crafts and screen-printed fabric.
Today explore historic Darwin with a visit to the George Brown Botanic Gardens, the Darwin Military Museum, and the impressive Darwin Museum and Art Gallery which celebrates Aboriginal art and the history of the region. This afternoon board the Coral Discoverer and set sail.
Arrive in Darwin and enjoy an afternoon at leisure. Gather this evening for a welcome dinner and overnight at the Hilton Darwin.
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Coral Discoverer, the ship servicing Australia's Kimberley: A Voyage to the Outback 2020

Coral Discoverer

Vessel Type: Luxury Expedition

Length: 63 metres

Passenger Capacity: 72 (in 36 rooms)

Built: 2005

Onboard Accommodation

Onboard accommodation comprises 36 spacious modern staterooms. You can select from Bridge, Promenade or Main Deck staterooms offering a choice of twin through to junior king-size doubles. All staterooms have an ocean view, en-suite facilities, settee, large wardrobe, desk, luggage storage, individual air-conditioning control, and are serviced daily.

Onboard Facilities

What you would expect of a much larger cruise ship:

  • Large sundeck
  • Spa Pool
  • Guest computer
  • Comprehensive reference library
  • Phone and fax facilities
  • Lecture lounge with large plasma screen
  • Limited laundry facilities
  • Two fully stocked cocktail bars
  • Boutique and dive shop
  • Air-conditioned public areas

 Coral Discoverer is equipped with the latest technology active stabilizers and is fitted with state-of-the-art safety and navigational equipment and is the only Australian passenger ship registered with full SOLAS compliance allowing opportunities to explore a multitude of international voyages.

Dining

All meals during the cruise are included. Breakfast and lunch are served in the Dining Room located on the Main Deck and are buffet-style while dinner is table d’hote. Coffee and tea is available 24 hours. Standard hours are breakfast from 7:00-8:30am, lunch at 12:30pm and dinner at 7:30pm however meal times may vary according to the day's activities. Meal times will be advised in the onboard daily bulletins.

Excursion Boats And Zodiacs

The "Xplorer" is a specially designed aluminium excursion vessel used for the majority of our excursions. This vessel has high horsepower engines and will accommodate all passengers at one time. The "Xplorer" will be used for landings and for extensive exploration of rivers and tributaries. For your added convenience and comfort, the "Xplorer" is equipped with an awning and toilet.

We also carry two inflatable landing craft (Zodiacs). Designed for expedition work, these large and heavy-duty inflatables are extremely safe. Separate air compartments retain a large reserve of buoyancy even if the boats damaged. The flat bottom design permits these crafts to land directly onto the beaches. Expect nonetheless to wade through shallow water to reach the shore. See photo below (right)

 

Cabin layout for Coral Discoverer
• Fly via helicopter to explore the dramatic gorges of Mitchell Plateau and swim in the crystal-clear pools above photogenic Mitchell Falls.

• Discover Australia's unique wildlife—rock wallabies, turtles, and mighty saltwater crocodiles.

• Take a guided bush walk that reveals Aboriginal cultural traditions and view well-preserved rock art at Raft Point and Bigge Island.

• View the amazing spectacle of the Horizontal Falls, created by massive tidal currents.

• Join an optional pre-extension to Kununurra, Bungle Bungle, and Arnhem Land.
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