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Blue Water Holidays - ABTA - ATOL - CLIA
01756 706500
+44 1756 706500

Essential Kimberley National Geographic

Explore the heart of the wild and unspoiled Kimberley region on this exceptional luxury expedition cruise from Darwin in partnership with National Geographic Expeditions. Includes exciting Zodiac trips to get up-close to nature

Cruise Only
12 nights from £7075pp

Luxury Expedition Holiday
  • Darwin
  • Mitchell Falls
  • Kimberley
  • Kimberley region
  • Kimberley region

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The Kimberley is one of the last unspoiled regions in the world and this luxury expedition voyage is the perfect way to discover its incredible natural wonders, in the company of a National Geographic Photographer and expert.

Embark your ship in Darwin and head to Wyndham, the northernmost town in Western Australia and gateway to the breathtaking Kimberley. Cruise up the King George River, an incredible experience. The sides of the sandstone gorge are breathtaking. The colours and textures change with the light creating a continually changing scene. The journey culminates at the cascading King George twin falls which you will explore by Zodiac.

Jar Island has fascinating ancient rock art galleries which depict the Gwion Gwion style, unique to the region. Enjoy a walk past incredible rock formations to the Gwion Gwion art galleries, before heading to one of the most scenic parts of the Kimberley coast. Prince Frederick Harbour and the Hunter River are lined with rainforest, pristine mangroves and sandstone cliffs. A Zodiac trip is the best way to explore this stunning environment, teeming with wildlife.

To the east of the Buccaneer archipelago is Collier Bay which has been shaped by the tidal movements which the region is renowned for. Nestled in the centre of the bay is Montgomery Reef, the world's largest inshore reef system, and at the southern end of the bay is Talbot Bay, home to the world's only 'Horizontal Falls', arguably one of the greatest wonders of the natural world. A visit to the beautiful Bonaparte Archipelago is a fitting finale to this exceptional voyage.

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Essential Kimberley National Geographic Itinerary

Day 1 - Darwin (Australia)

Embark your ship in Darwin.

Day 2 - Pulau Meatmiarang (Indonesia)

Enjoy the facilities on board during a day at sea or join the expedition team for their enrichment programme. The stop at Pulau Meatimiarang is for clearance formalities only, so there will be no opportunity to go ashore.

Day 3 - Wyndham (Australia)

Wyndham is the northernmost town in Western Australia and known as the gateway to the Kimberley. There are three complimentary excursions, available on a first come first served basis. Cruise the Ord River between Kununurra and Lake Argyle with lunch at a riverside camp, enjoy a scenic flight over the Bungle Bungle massif, or join an El Questro ranger and journey through Emma Gorge and Zebedee Thermal Springs.

Day 4 - King George River

The voyage up King George River is truly breathtaking. The colours and textures of the sandstone gorge change with the light creating a constantly changing scene. The journey culminates at the King George twin falls, which you'll explore by Zodiac or ships tenders.

Day 5 - Vansittart Bay

Jar Island is home to several ancient rock art galleries depicting the Gwion Gwion style which is unique to the Kimberley region. It is believed that this art form dates back over 30,000 years meaning these are the oldest depictions of human figures in the world. Join your Expedition Team for a short walk ashore to the Gwion Gwion galleries.

Day 6 - Hunter River

Arguably one of the most beautiful parts of the Kimberley coast, Prince Frederick Harbour and the Hunter River are lined with pockets of rainforest, mangroves and sandstone cliffs. They are considered some of the most pristine mangrove forests in the world and are teeming with wildlife. The Expedition Team will share their knowledge as you explore the mangroves by Zodiac keeping an eye out for wildlife. You will have the opportunity to join a helicopter ride to Mitchell Falls.

Day 7 - Collier Bay

Lying to the east of the Buccaneer archipelago is Collier Bay, whose landscapes have been shaped by tidal movements. With a tidal range of over 14 metres, they are amongst the largest in the world. In the centre of the bay is Montgomery Reef, the world's largest inshore reef system. At the southern end of the bay is Talbot Bay, home to the world's only 'Horizontal Falls'. Hidden in the many caves are an array of Rock Art galleries with Wandjina and Gwion Gwion styles.

Day 8 - Lacepede Islands

The Lacepede Islands are an important breeding ground for Green Turtles, and also home to a large colony of breeding Brown Boobies. Other bird species found here include Australian Pelicans, Lesser Frigatebirds and Silver Gulls. Enjoy a Zodiac tour with the Expedition Team, taking in the prolific wildlife.

Day 9 - Collier Bay

Lying to the east of the Buccaneer archipelago is Collier Bay, whose landscapes have been shaped by tidal movements. With a tidal range of over 14 metres, they are amongst the largest in the world. In the centre of the bay is Montgomery Reef, the world's largest inshore reef system. At the southern end of the bay is Talbot Bay, home to the world's only 'Horizontal Falls'. Hidden in the many caves are an array of Rock Art galleries with Wandjina and Gwion Gwion styles.

Day 10 - Careening Bay

Named by Lieutenant Philip Parker King after his ship was careened during his voyage in 1820, Careening Bay has a famous boab tree which is National Heritage listed. It contains a carving by the ship's carpenter with the name of the vessel and the year.

Day 11 - Swift Bay

The Bonaparte Archipelago is a maze of islands dotted along the remote Kimberley coast. It has remained pristine and unspoiled. The 'T' shaped bay has rock shelters which have stunning examples of both Wandjina and Gwion Gwion rock art. Enjoy a guided walk with the Expedition Team to these rock galleries.

Day 12 - At sea

Enjoy the facilities on board during a day at sea.

Day 13 - Darwin

Disembark your ship in Darwin.

For navigational reasons, the Captain reserves the right to amend the cruise itinerary. Due to the nature of this itinerary, landings and wildlife sightings can't be guaranteed.

Price Includes

  • 12-night full board expedition cruise
  • Open bar with wine, beer and house champagne
  • Captain's Welcome Cocktail and Gala Dinner
  • 24 hour room service (selected menu)
  • All landings and trips by Zodiac
  • National Geographic Photographer, Expert and experienced expedition team
  • Complimentary unlimited Wi-Fi on board
  • Evening entertainments and events, and/or organised shows
  • Porterage from the quayside to the ship and vice versa

Price Does Not Include

  • International Flights - we can arrange these for you, please contact us
  • Travel Insurance
  • Optional shore excursions
  • Personal expenses and gratuities
  • Airport taxes
  • Port and safety charges

Special Features

  • Please note, an Electronic Travel Authority (ETA) must be obtained before your arrival in Australia.
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Price Information

  • A fluid pricing structure is in place and prices can change at any time
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