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+44 1756 706500

Iconic Kimberley

Explore Australia's Kimberley region including Montgomery Reef, Hunter River and King George River on this 10-night expedition cruise between Broome and Darwin

Cruise Only
10 nights from £5370pp

Luxury Expedition Holiday
  • Kimberley Region
  • Kimberley Region
  • Kimberley Region
  • Kimberley Region
  • Kimberley Region
  • Kimberley Region
  • Kimberley Region
  • Kimberley Region

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Discover the wild and grand landscapes of Australia's Kimberley region on this exceptional 10-night tropical expedition cruise.

Visit the Lacepede Islands, Western Australia's most important breeding area for Green Turtles and an important bird area with a large breeding colony of Brown Boobies. Explore the landscapes of Collier Bay, shaped by the daily tidal movements which occur nowhere else on earth. Nestled in the bay is Montgomery Reef and the Horizontal Falls.

Another part of the scenic Kimberley region is Hunter River, lined with mangroves and home to the iconic saltwater crocodiles. A key highlight of this cruise is a journey up the King George River with 80-metre-high sides creating a gorge.

This itinerary is an indication only and the final ports of call will depend on tide and weather conditions. The Captain and Expedition Leader may switch the order to ensure guests get the best experience possible

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Broome to Darwin

Day 1 - Broome

Embark your ship in Broome

Day 2 - Lacepede Islands

The Lacepede Islands are Western Australia’s most important breeding habitat for Green Turtles (Chelonia mydas), and have been named by BirdLife International as an Important Bird Area (IBA). The breeding colony of Brown Boobies is possibly the largest in the world. Up to 20,000 Roseate Terns have also been recorded here. Other birds breeding on the islands include Masked Boobies, Australian Pelicans, Lesser Frigatebirds, Eastern Reef Egrets, Silver Gulls, Crested, Bridled and Lesser Crested Terns, Common Noddies, Pied and Sooty Oystercatchers. Join your expedition team for a guided Zodiac® tour to view the prolific wildlife. Due to the sensitive nature of the environment, landings are prohibited on the Lacepede Islands.

Day 3-4 - Collier Bay

Lying to the east of the Buccaneer archipelago, the ancient landscapes of Collier Bay have been shaped by the massive tidal movements the region is renowned for, creating a photographer’s paradise. With a tidal range exceeding 14 metres, recorded near Yule entrance at the southern end of the bay, they are among the largest in the world. This massive daily movement of water creates unique phenomena that occur nowhere else in the world. Nestled in the centre of the Bay is Montgomery Reef, the world’s largest inshore reef system. As the tide falls a raging torrent of water cascades off the top of the reef, creating turbulent ‘rivers’ and mini waterfalls. At the Southern end of the Bay, Talbot Bay is home to the world’s only ’Horizontal Falls’ described by Sir David Attenborough as “One of the greatest wonders of the natural world.” Hidden in the many caves and grottos of this ancient landscape are a multitude of ancient Rock Art galleries. Here you can find spectacular examples of the Wandjina and Gwion Gwion styles. As we are at the mercy of weather and tide conditions in this region, the activities mentioned above are only possible experiences and can’t be guaranteed.

Day 5 - Careening Bay

Careening Bay was named by Lieutenant Phillip Parker King after his ship, HMC Mermaid, was careened there during his third voyage of discovery in 1820. King surveyed the western coast to complete the map initiated by Flinders 20 years earlier. The Mermaid had been leaking badly and King needed to find a shallow sandy bay where he could careen his boat to undertake repairs. At a high tide, on a warm September afternoon, he ran the Mermaid onto the sands. For ten days the Mermaid crew worked hard before refloating the vessel. The ship’s carpenter carved the name of the vessel and the year into a conspicuous boab tree. The famous boab tree is now 3 metres wide and National Heritage listed.

Day 6 - Hunter River

Arguably one of the most scenic parts of the Kimberley coast, Prince Frederick Harbour and the Hunter River are lined with ancient rainforest pockets, pristine mangroves and mosaic sandstone cliffs. They are considered to be some of the most pristine mangrove forests in the world, containing up to 18 different species, supporting a rich and diverse fauna. The sandstone escarpment at the river mouth, known as “Kampamantiya” rises over 200 metres high before giving way to extensive mud banks and mangrove forests home to numerous bird species and the iconic saltwater crocodile. Our expert Expedition Team will share their knowledge with you as you explore this pristine mangrove environment by Zodiac® keeping a constant lookout for wildlife. You will also have the opportunity to reach the Mitchell Falls by helicopter from Naturalist Island beach.

Day 7 - Swift Bay

The Bonaparte Archipelago, is a stunningly rugged maze of islands stretching almost 150 km along Western Australia's remote Kimberley coast. Its colour and scale conspire to take ones’ breath away. Its distant location has meant it has remained an unspoilt and remarkably pristine location to explore and experience. Phillip Parker King named “Swift's bay" after Jonathon Swift (1667-1745) the author of Gulliver’s travels. The ‘T’ shaped bay is composed of heavily fractured sandstone providing an abundance of rock shelters. On the walls of these shelters are examples of both Wandjina and Gwion Gwion style rock art. Join your expedition team ashore for a guided walk to a number of rock art galleries depicting these unique rock art styles.

Day 8 - Vansittart Bay

Jar Island contains ancient rock art galleries depicting the Gwion Gwion style unique to the Kimberley region. Mainly neglected by, or unknown to, the early European researchers of Aboriginal culture in the Kimberley in favour of the dominant and more dramatic Wandjina art, Gwion Gwion art has in recent years gained world prominence. It is generally thought that this art may extend back to over 30,000 years before our time and represents the first wave of seagoing colonisers of the Australian continent. As it is, these are the oldest detailed depiction of human figures in the world. Join your Expedition Team ashore for a short walk, past some fascinating rock formations, to the site of the Gwion Gwion art galleries.

Day 9 - King George River

The journey up the King George River is nothing short of breathtaking. The 80-metre-high sides of the gorge display varying degrees of weathering of the ancient Warton sandstone. The colours and textures of the gorge change with the light as you travel further up the river creating a continual changing scenery that is simply stunning. The journey culminates at the King George twin falls; the highest single-drop falls in the whole of the Kimberley (80 m or 260 ft). Fed by wet season run-off the level of water cascading over the falls varies from year to year. Your Expedition Team will escort you in either the Zodiacs® or ships tenders to the foot of the twin falls, and explain all about the stunning geological formations of the canyon.

Day 10 - At sea

Enjoy the ship's facilities on a relaxing day at sea

Day 11 - Darwin

Disembark in Darwin.

This itinerary is an indication only and the final ports of call will depend on tide and weather conditions. The Captain and Expedition Leader may switch the order to ensure guests get the best experience possible

Darwin to Broome

Day 1 - Darwin

Embark your ship in Darwin

Day 2 - At Sea

Enjoy a leisurely day at sea to take advantage of the luxurious onboard services or enjoy a cool drink by the pool. Enjoy time to reflect on your experiences or share photographs with fellow guests. Your expedition team will be offering an enrichment programme focusing on Australia, it’s history and flora and fauna. Perhaps take the opportunity to be out on deck sunbathing or sampling culinary specialties prepared by our Chef and Galley Team. The Indonesian officials will perform the necessary clearance formalities. Our stopover at Pulau Meatimiarang is for technical clearance purposes only. There is no opportunity for guests to go ashore.

Day 3 - Wyndham

Wyndham is the northernmost town in Western Australia and in many ways is the gateway to the Kimberley. It is surrounded by some of the most spectacular landforms, rivers and wetlands in the Kimberley. Today there are three optional tours and each guest can choose one tour - please make your selection at least 90 days prior to departure and tours are on a first come, first serve basis. Choose from: Old River Tour, Bungle Bungle Scenic Flight or El Questro Tour.

Day 4 - King George Island

The journey up the King George River is nothing short of breathtaking. The 80-metre-high sides of the gorge display varying degrees of weathering of the ancient Warton sandstone. The colours and textures of the gorge change with the light as you travel further up the river creating a continual changing scenery that is simply stunning. The journey culminates at the King George twin falls; the highest single-drop falls in the whole of the Kimberley (80 m or 260 ft). Fed by wet season run-off the level of water cascading over the falls varies from year to year. Your Expedition Team will escort you in either the Zodiacs® or ships tenders to the foot of the twin falls, and explain all about the stunning geological formations of the canyon.

Day 5 - Vansittart Bay

Jar Island contains ancient rock art galleries depicting the Gwion Gwion style unique to the Kimberley region. Mainly neglected by, or unknown to, the early European researchers of Aboriginal culture in the Kimberley in favour of the dominant and more dramatic Wandjina art, Gwion Gwion art has in recent years gained world prominence. It is generally thought that this art may extend back to over 30,000 years before our time and represents the first wave of seagoing colonisers of the Australian continent. As it is, these are the oldest detailed depiction of human figures in the world. Join your Expedition Team ashore for a short walk, past some fascinating rock formations, to the site of the Gwion Gwion art galleries.

Day 6 - Swift Bay

The Bonaparte Archipelago, is a stunningly rugged maze of islands stretching almost 150 km along Western Australia's remote Kimberley coast. Its colour and scale conspire to take ones’ breath away. Its distant location has meant it has remained an unspoilt and remarkably pristine location to explore and experience. Phillip Parker King named “Swift's bay" after Jonathon Swift (1667-1745) the author of Gulliver’s travels. The ‘T’ shaped bay is composed of heavily fractured sandstone providing an abundance of rock shelters. On the walls of these shelters are examples of both Wandjina and Gwion Gwion style rock art. Join your expedition team ashore for a guided walk to a number of rock art galleries depicting these unique rock art styles.

Day 7 - Hunter River

Arguably one of the most scenic parts of the Kimberley coast, Prince Frederick Harbour and the Hunter River are lined with ancient rainforest pockets, pristine mangroves and mosaic sandstone cliffs. They are considered to be some of the most pristine mangrove forests in the world, containing up to 18 different species, supporting a rich and diverse fauna. The sandstone escarpment at the river mouth, known as “Kampamantiya” rises over 200 metres high before giving way to extensive mud banks and mangrove forests home to numerous bird species and the iconic saltwater crocodile. Our expert Expedition Team will share their knowledge with you as you explore this pristine mangrove environment by Zodiac® keeping a constant lookout for wildlife. You will also have the opportunity to reach the Mitchell Falls by helicopter from Naturalist Island beach.

Day 8-9 - Collier Bay

Lying to the east of the Buccaneer archipelago, the ancient landscapes of Collier Bay have been shaped by the massive tidal movements the region is renowned for, creating a photographer’s paradise. With a tidal range exceeding 14 metres, recorded near Yule entrance at the southern end of the bay, they are among the largest in the world. This massive daily movement of water creates unique phenomena that occur nowhere else in the world. Nestled in the centre of the Bay is Montgomery Reef, the world’s largest inshore reef system. As the tide falls a raging torrent of water cascades off the top of the reef, creating turbulent ‘rivers’ and mini waterfalls. At the Southern end of the Bay, Talbot Bay is home to the world’s only ’Horizontal Falls’ described by Sir David Attenborough as “One of the greatest wonders of the natural world.” Hidden in the many caves and grottos of this ancient landscape are a multitude of ancient Rock Art galleries. Here you can find spectacular examples of the Wandjina and Gwion Gwion styles. As we are at the mercy of weather and tide conditions in this region, the activities mentioned above are only possible experiences and can’t be guaranteed.

Day 10 - Lacepede Islands

The Lacepede Islands are Western Australia’s most important breeding habitat for Green Turtles (Chelonia mydas), and have been named by BirdLife International as an Important Bird Area (IBA). The breeding colony of Brown Boobies is possibly the largest in the world. Up to 20,000 Roseate Terns have also been recorded here. Other birds breeding on the islands include Masked Boobies, Australian Pelicans, Lesser Frigatebirds, Eastern Reef Egrets, Silver Gulls, Crested, Bridled and Lesser Crested Terns, Common Noddies, Pied and Sooty Oystercatchers. Join your expedition team for a guided Zodiac® tour to view the prolific wildlife. Due to the sensitive nature of the environment, landings are prohibited on the Lacepede Islands.

Day 11 - Broome

Disembark your ship in Broome

This itinerary is an indication only and the final ports of call will depend on tide and weather conditions. The Captain and Expedition Leader may switch the order to ensure guests get the best experience possible

Price Includes

  • 10-night full board expedition cruise
  • Captain's Welcome Cocktail and Gala Dinner
  • Open bar with wine, beer and house champagne
  • 24 hour room service (selected menu)
  • All landings and trips by Zodiac
  • Experienced expedition team on board
  • 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

Additional Information

  • Hunter River - Mitchell Falls Heliopter Flight Take a scenic helicopter flight over the Mitchell Falls, with around 50 minutes to explore the area before the return flight. Optional, supplementary shore excursion - must be pre-booked and pre-paid at least 60 days prior to the cruise.
  • Fast Boat Ride Through Horizontal Falls Take a short thrill ride on a purpose-built vessel to experience Horizontal Falls in full tidal movement. Optional, supplementary shore excursion - must be pre-booked and pre-paid at least 60 days prior to the cruise.
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2020 Departures £ price per person based on 2 people sharing

  • July
    • Jul 17th - Broome to Darwin - Sailing on: Le Laperouse From: £8170
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    • Jul 27th - Darwin to Broome - Sailing on: Le Laperouse From: £8190
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  • August
    • Aug 6th - Broome to Darwin - Sailing on: Le Laperouse From: £7810
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      Blue Water Price from: £7810 Blue Water Price from: £12020 Blue Water Price from: £18000 Blue Water Price from: £19800 Blue Water Price from: £21860
    • Aug 16th - Darwin to Broome - Sailing on: Le Laperouse From: £11410
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2021 Departures £ price per person based on 2 people sharing

  • April
    • Apr 18th - Broome to Darwin - Sailing on: Le Bellot From: £7180
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    • Apr 28th - Darwin to Broome - Sailing on: Le Bellot From: £6790
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    • Jul 17th - Darwin to Broome - Sailing on: Le Bellot From: £7540
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    • Jul 30th - Broome to Darwin - Sailing on: Le Laperouse From: £5370
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    • Aug 18th - Darwin to Broome - Sailing on: Le Bellot From: £6790
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    • Aug 28th - Broome to Darwin - Sailing on: Le Bellot From: £6390
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Map for Iconic Kimberley