Australia's Kimberley: A Voyage to the Outback

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An exotic odyssey by cruise showcasing a forgotten land where nature reigns supreme. Departing on April 21, 2020.

Give into the call of the wild on this dramatic adventure showcasing Australia’s mesmerizing Kimberly region, one of the last places on the continent where nature still reigns supreme. Soar over dramatic gorges in a helicopter on your way to Mitchell Falls. Watch history come to life on a guided bush walk to gaze at astounding paintings dating back 15000 years. Explore rarely-visited isles home to mangroves, rugged gorges, and whirlpools and get up close to vast seabird colonies. Hailing from Sydney Australia, our leader on this tour Brad Climpson began his career aboard expedition cruises in Northern Australia in the late 1990s and is the ultimate guide for your Outback adventure. With a strong interest in terrestrial fauna and his experience with the Aboriginal cultures of Australia, he will be able to provide meaningful insights into how indigenous cultures interact with their natural environment. Along with Brad, you’ll be joined by renowned social anthropologists, geologists, ornithologists and more. Especially chosen for this voyage, our team of expert leaders and lecturers serves to bring a comprehensive educational component to your adventure through lectures, guided excursions, and daily recaps.  

Highlights
* 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.  
Destinations
  • Australia
  • Australasia
Tour Types
  • New Cultural Holidays
  • Adventure
  • Wildlife
Day 1

Arrive in Darwin on April 23 and enjoy an afternoon at leisure. Gather this evening for a welcome dinner and overnight at the Hilton Darwin. *Accommodation*: The Hilton Darwin

Day 2

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. *Accommodation*: The Coral Discoverer

Day 3

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. *Accommodation*: The Coral Discoverer

Day 4

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. *Accommodation*: The Coral Discoverer

Day 5

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. *Accommodation*: The Coral Discoverer

Day 6

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. *Accommodation*: The Coral Discoverer

Day 7

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. *Accommodation*: The Coral Discoverer

Day 8-9

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. *Accommodation*: The Coral Discoverer

Day 10

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. *Accommodatio*n: The Coral Discoverer

Day 11-12

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, arriving in home city the same day. *Accommodation*: The Rydges Sydney Airport Hotel  

* Daily activity options including cultural tours, nature walks, and Zodiac cruises. * All gratuities * All accommodations * World-class lecture and expedition team * All onboard meals and group meals ashore, including soft drinks, beer, and wine with lunch and dinner * All entrance fees, taxes, and landing and port charges * Arrival and departure transfers on group dates * Gift certificates for recommended expedition gear * Medical expense coverage and emergency evacuation insurance  

You will have the option to book your own flights independently with the operator.

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