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The Kimberley – Cruising to Australia’s Last Frontier

This 11-day exploration voyage to the Kimberley has so many highlights that you’ll be an expert in the Australian Last Frontier by the end. The expedition cruise begins from either Darwin, the capital city of the Northern Territory, or Broome, which is famous for its beauty and cultured pearls. Both are unique frontier centers and are the gateways to the magnificent Kimberley wilderness. 

Receive the best service while experiencing the wonderful remote access only a small cruise ship can permit. Choose from expeditions aboard the 72-guest Coral Discoverer or 120-guest Coral Adventurer. Experienced, highly informative expedition leaders and guest lecturers will supervise the itinerary maximizing the experiences offered on each shore excursion. Be awed by the power and vastness of this land steeped in ancient indigenous culture; experience it firsthand by traveling ashore to view the world’s oldest known indigenous rock art, the mysterious Bradshaw (Gwion Gwion) paintings. 

A specially designed excursion vessel enables exploration of the King George and Mitchell Falls, Prince Regent River and King Cascades. For the more adventurous, optional (added-cost) helicopter flights to the Mitchell Falls are also available. The abundance of bird life and native wildlife, including the salt-water crocodile, make every moment of the expedition unique. With hundreds of islands in the Buccaneer Archipelago, the tidal phenomena at Montgomery Reef and the extraordinary horizontal waterfalls near Talbot Bay, the Kimberley has it all!

Read on for details about this trip, or view all of AdventureSmith’s Australian cruises.



Itinerary

The Kimberley - Cruising to Australia's Last Frontier Itinerary

The 11-day The Kimberley – Cruising to Australia’s Last Frontier expedition travels southbound along Australia’s northwestern territory, beginning in Darwin and ending in Broome, Australia. 

  

The Kimberley - Cruising to the Australian Outback route map.
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Day 1
Embark Darwin, Australia

Board for a 9:00am departure. Cross Cambridge Gulf and sail into Western Australian waters. This afternoon, join the expedition staff for an informative introduction to the Kimberley before meeting your fellow travelers and friendly crew at the Captain’s Welcome Drinks Party.

Accommodations

Coral Discoverer, Coral Adventurer

Meals

lunch, dinner

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Days 2 - 10
Exploration of The Kimberley

No two Kimberley cruises are the same. Each expedition is crafted by experienced Masters and Expedition Leaders around the astounding 33-foot tidal range, weather and sea conditions. Below is a selection of the key destinations that the ship may visit.

King George River & Falls

At over 260 feet, King George Falls are the highest twin falls in Western Australia. Feel humbled by nature’s awesome force as thousands of tons of water cascade over the ancient sandstone cliffs. Early in the season conditions may enable cruising under the mist of the falls, while in later months get up close to the sandstone walls to view the honeycomb erosion patterns.

Vansittart Bay

Vansittart Bay contains many sites of cultural and historical significance. Enjoy the 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 its crash in 1942.

Mitchell Falls, Winyalkan & Swift Bay

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 provide 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.

Prince Frederick Harbor

At the southern end of the York Sound lies one of the most spectacular locations in the Kimberley: Prince Frederick Harbor. 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

Running on a fault line, this straight river is a haven for native species. If the tide is right, enjoy swimming at Camp Creek and visit the beautiful King Cascade. Discover the rock art gallery on Bigge Island, featuring fine examples of both Wandjina and Bradshaw art. Hear from Guest Lecturers about these traditional art forms and the myths from the dreamtime that inspired them. Then explore Careening Bay, which was named by Phillip Parker King after his ship, HMC Mermaid, was careened here during his second voyage of discovery in the Kimberley. The Expedition Team leads you to the site of a large boab tree baring the inscription “HMC Mermaid – 1820,” still clearly visible almost 200 years later.

Montgomery Reef

Montgomery Reef is a biologically diverse area covering over 186 square miles. 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, get up close in the Xplorer and inflatables to witness the spectacle. The guides will share their knowledge on the formation of the reef and the myriad wildlife here.

Doubtful Bay

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 & Buccaneer Archipelago

The visual delight of the Buccaneer Archipelago reveals Talbot Bay. Here 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

Subject to weather and tides, visit the Lacepede Islands. The low islands are a nature reserve and Important Bird Area, supporting up to 18,000 breeding pairs of brown boobies and Roseate terns, as well as a significant breeding area for the green sea turtle. Explore the island’s lagoon, from where you may spot many species of birds and marine wildlife.

Accommodations

Coral Discoverer, Coral Adventurer

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 11
Disembark Broome, Australia

This unforgettable cruise along the Kimberley coast concludes in Broome this morning after an early breakfast. Disembark at 8:00am and take an included transfer to the city or airport.

Accommodations

n/a

Meals

breakfast

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Details
Inclusions, Terms & Notes

Included

Accommodations as booked; cruise transportation; all meals onboard; 24-hour coffee and tea; showcase wines and selected beers with lunch and dinner service; excursions and sightseeing, daily lectures and briefings, use of Xplorer and Zodiac tender vessels; use of all onboard facilities, including comprehensive range of library and video resources; visitor pass for the Kimberley during the 2020 & 2021 seasons (subject to change).

Exclusions

Items of a personal nature, including but not limited to travel and medical insurance, laundry charges, shopping onboard, bar expenses, optional shore experiences, medical treatment, telephone and internet charges. A helicopter flight to Mitchell Falls may be available for purchase while onboard the vessel; the price to join this optional flight is approximately AUD545.00 per person (subject to change).

The Traditional Owners of the Kimberley and their representatives have now implemented a permit/fee for guests accessing traditional lands when cruising the Kimberley region.

Payment & Cancellation

Prices are based on exchange rates from the Australian Dollar. Pricing may vary based on the exchange rate and will be calculated at the time of final payment. AdventureSmith’s USD conversion rates are based on the market conversion rate plus a 1% banking conversion fee of total invoiced amount. Please contact AdventureSmith for current pricing.

In order to confirm this trip, a deposit of 20% of the total trip cost is required per person at time of booking. The balance of the trip price is due 90 days before the departure date. Special holiday payment and cancellation terms may apply. Guests who must cancel their trip for any reason must do so in writing. A name change/transfer of the booking to another person is considered a cancellation and cancellation penalties will apply. A $200 per person fee may be charged for any amendments not requiring a date change after booking is confirmed. There is a $500 per person fee if a date change is made more than 90 days before departure. Standard cancellations are subject to the following per-person penalties, based on number of days prior to departure:
Up to 90 days – 100% of deposit
89 to 60 days – 50% of total trip cost
59 to 0 days – 100% of total trip cost

Price Based on Exchange Rate

Prices are listed in USD and based on exchange rates from the Australian Dollar. See Payment & Cancellation above for details.

Terms & Conditions

This trip is subject to AdventureSmith Explorations Terms and Conditions. Please read this information carefully and call us if you have any questions. A Traveler Information Form, which includes a release of liability, must be completed and signed by all travelers. Your Adventure Specialist will send you a unique link to complete this form along with a packing list and extensive pre-departure and travel insurance information upon booking confirmation.

Arrival & Departure

The Kimberley – Cruising to Australia’s Last Frontier expedition begins in Darwin, Northern Territory, Australia (DRW), and ends in Broome, Western Australia, Australia (BME). Plan flights to arrive to Darwin in time for an 8:00am boarding and 9:00am departure on day 1 of the itinerary. Plan flights to depart Broome following the 8:00am disembarkation on day 11.

We highly recommend arriving one day prior to your trip start date in case of any flight delay, cancellation or lost luggage issues. If you would like assistance with international flights, please visit our Booking Flights resource page.

Activities

Whether you are looking for light activity options or more challenging outdoor pursuits, the ship’s crew can tailor most excursions to suit your skill level. Adventure activities may include hiking, scenic helicopter flights (added cost), inflatable boat/skiff excursions, land treks, wildlife observation and cultural visits.

Room Configuration

Limited double occupancy cabins for solo use may be available at a sole use rate; ask your Adventure Smith Specialist for details. Bookings made via the solo use rate are confirmed, with the option to request a cabin share; share requests made without a solo use rate booking are not guaranteed unless a match is found, accepted by both travelers and confirmed by the reservations team.

If you would like to share accommodation with another guest of the same gender, we will be happy to take your details and try to connect you with a suitable match. This program allows you to pay the per person double-occupancy rate if a match is found. Contact AdventureSmith for further details and availability.

Families & Children

Kids 12 years and older are welcomed aboard all departure dates; exceptions for children 11 years and under may be allowed with special pre-approval.

Travel Insurance

Protect your travel investment with insurance. Our partners at Travelex Insurance offer a variety of plans and policies to fit every trip and budget. You must purchase your travel insurance policy within 15 or 21 days of booking (depending on plan) for it to cover pre-existing medical conditions; refer to plan details. Learn more about travel insurance or get a free quote.

Itinerary Notes

Use the itinerary as a guide only. Itineraries may be altered due to weather, wildlife, National Park regulation or at the captain’s discretion. The ability to be flexible makes this type of small ship cruising unique.

Reverse Kimberley - Cruising to Australia's Last Frontier Itinerary

The 11-day reverse Kimberley – Cruising to Australia’s Last Frontier expedition travels northbound along Australia’s northwestern territory, beginning in Broome and ending in Darwin, Australia. 

The Kimberley - Cruising to the Australian Outback route map.
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Day 1
Embark Broome, Australia

Board at 4:00pm for a 5:00pm departure. Join the expedition staff for an informative introduction to the Kimberley before meeting fellow travelers and the friendly crew at the Captain’s Welcome Drinks Party.

Accommodations

Coral Discoverer, Coral Adventurer

Meals

dinner

Read More
Days 2 - 10
Exploration of The Kimberley

No two Kimberley cruises are the same. Each expedition is crafted by experienced Masters and Expedition Leaders around the astounding 33-foot tidal range, weather and sea conditions. Below is a selection of the key destinations that the ship may visit.

The Lacepede Islands

Subject to weather and tides, visit the Lacepede Islands. The low islands are a nature reserve and Important Bird Area, supporting up to 18,000 breeding pairs of brown boobies and Roseate terns, as well as a significant breeding area for the green sea turtle. Explore the island’s lagoon, from where you may spot many species of birds and marine wildlife.

Horizontal Falls & Buccaneer Archipelago

The visual delight of the Buccaneer Archipelago reveals Talbot Bay. Here 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.

Doubtful Bay

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.

Montgomery Reef

Montgomery Reef is a biologically diverse area covering over 186 square miles. 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, get up close in the Xplorer and inflatables to witness the spectacle. The guides will share their knowledge on the formation of the reef and the myriad wildlife here.

Prince Regent River & Careening Bay

Running on a fault line, this straight river is a haven for native species. If the tide is right, enjoy swimming at Camp Creek and visit the beautiful King Cascade. Discover the rock art gallery on Bigge Island, featuring fine examples of both Wandjina and Bradshaw art. Hear from Guest Lecturers about these traditional art forms and the myths from the dreamtime that inspired them. Then explore Careening Bay, which was named by Phillip Parker King after his ship, HMC Mermaid, was careened here during his second voyage of discovery in the Kimberley. The Expedition Team leads you to the site of a large boab tree baring the inscription “HMC Mermaid – 1820,” still clearly visible almost 200 years later.

Prince Frederick Harbor

At the southern end of the York Sound lies one of the most spectacular locations in the Kimberley: Prince Frederick Harbor. 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.

Mitchell Falls, Winyalkan & Swift Bay

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 provide 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.

Vansittart Bay

Vansittart Bay contains many sites of cultural and historical significance. Enjoy the 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 its crash in 1942.

King George River & Falls

At over 260 feet, King George Falls are the highest twin falls in Western Australia. Feel humbled by nature’s awesome force as thousands of tons of water cascade over the ancient sandstone cliffs. Early in the season conditions may enable cruising under the mist of the falls, while in later months get up close to the sandstone walls to view the honeycomb erosion patterns.

Accommodations

Coral Discoverer, Coral Adventurer

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

Read More
Day 11
Disembark Darwin, Australia

This unforgettable cruise along the Kimberley coast concludes in Darwin this morning after an early breakfast. Disembark at 8:30am and take an included transfer to the city or airport.

Accommodations

n/a

Meals

breakfast

Read More
Details
Inclusions, Terms & Notes

Included

Accommodations as booked; cruise transportation; all meals onboard; 24-hour coffee and tea; showcase wines and selected beers with lunch and dinner service; excursions and sightseeing, daily lectures and briefings, use of Xplorer and Zodiac tender vessels; use of all onboard facilities, including comprehensive range of library and video resources; visitor pass for the Kimberley during the 2020 & 2021 seasons (subject to change).

Exclusions

Items of a personal nature, including but not limited to travel and medical insurance, laundry charges, shopping onboard, bar expenses, optional shore experiences, medical treatment, telephone and internet charges. A helicopter flight to Mitchell Falls may be available for purchase while onboard the vessel; the price to join this optional flight is approximately AUD545.00 per person (subject to change).

The Traditional Owners of the Kimberley and their representatives have now implemented a permit/fee for guests accessing traditional lands when cruising the Kimberley region.

Payment & Cancellation

Prices are based on exchange rates from the Australian Dollar. Pricing may vary based on the exchange rate, and will be calculated at the time of final payment. AdventureSmith’s USD conversion rates are based on the market conversion rate plus a 1% banking conversion fee of total invoiced amount. Please contact AdventureSmith for current pricing.

In order to confirm this trip, a deposit of 20% of the total trip cost is required per person at time of booking. The balance of the trip price is due 90 days before the departure date. Special holiday payment and cancellation terms may apply. Guests who must cancel their trip for any reason must do so in writing. A name change/transfer of the booking to another person is considered a cancellation and cancellation penalties will apply. A $200 per person fee may be charged for any amendments not requiring a date change after booking is confirmed. There is a $500 per person fee if a date change is made more than 90 days before departure. Standard cancellations are subject to the following per-person penalties, based on number of days prior to departure:
Up to 90 days – 100% of deposit
89 to 60 days – 50% of total trip cost
59 to 0 days – 100% of total trip cost

Price Based on Exchange Rate

Prices are listed in USD and based on exchange rates from the Australian Dollar. See Payment & Cancellation above for details.

Terms & Conditions

This trip is subject to AdventureSmith Explorations Terms and Conditions. Please read this information carefully and call us if you have any questions. A Traveler Information Form, which includes a release of liability, must be completed and signed by all travelers. Your Adventure Specialist will send you a unique link to complete this form along with a packing list and extensive pre-departure and travel insurance information upon booking confirmation.

Arrival & Departure

The reverse Kimberley – Cruising to Australia’s Last Frontier expedition begins in Broome, Western Australia, Australia (BME) and ends in Darwin, Northern Territory, Australia (DRW). Plan flights to arrive to Broome in time for a 4:00pm boarding and 5:00pm departure on day 1 of the itinerary. Plan flights to depart Darwin following the 8:30am disembarkation on day 11. We highly recommend arriving one day prior to your trip start date in case of any flight delay, cancellation or lost luggage issues. If you would like assistance with international flights, please visit our Booking Flights resource page.

Activities

Whether you are looking for light activity options or more challenging outdoor pursuits, the ship’s crew can tailor most excursions to suit your skill level. Adventure activities may include hiking, scenic helicopter flights (added cost), inflatable boat/skiff excursions, land treks, wildlife observation and cultural visits.

Room Configuration

Limited double occupancy cabins for solo use may be available at a sole use rate; ask your Adventure Smith Specialist for details. Bookings made via the solo use rate are confirmed, with the option to request a cabin share; share requests made without a solo use rate booking are not guaranteed unless a match is found, accepted by both travelers and confirmed by the reservations team.

If you would like to share accommodation with another guest of the same gender, we will be happy to take your details and try to connect you with a suitable match. This program allows you to pay the per person double-occupancy rate if a match is found. Contact AdventureSmith for further details and availability.

Families & Children

Kids 12 years and older are welcomed aboard all departure dates; exceptions for children 11 years and under may be allowed with special pre-approval.

Travel Insurance

Protect your travel investment with insurance. Our partners at Travelex Insurance offer a variety of plans and policies to fit every trip and budget. You must purchase your travel insurance policy within 15 or 21 days of booking (depending on plan) for it to cover pre-existing medical conditions; refer to plan details. Learn more about travel insurance or get a free quote.

Itinerary Notes

Use the itinerary as a guide only. Itineraries may be altered due to weather, wildlife, National Park regulation or at the captain’s discretion. The ability to be flexible makes this type of small ship cruising unique.

Rates & Dates

Cruise Rates & Dates

Listed prices for this trip are based on foreign currency exchange rates and may vary. USD pricing will be calculated at the time of final payment based on the market conversion rate plus a 1% banking conversion fee of total invoiced amount. Please contact AdventureSmith for current pricing.

Departures available regularly, April through October. Contact us for current rates and availability.

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