Kimberley Cruise: Australia’s Last Frontier 2021
13 days with Abercrombie & Kent Rating:
DAY 1-2 ARRIVE BROOME, AUSTRALIA
Arrive in Broome, the region’s largest city, and transfer to your hotel near Cable Beach. Poised at the western edge of the Kimberley and hemmed by the blue Indian Ocean, Broome is every bit as daring as its more sparsely populated counterparts. The next day, enjoy exploring this swashbuckling treasure at your leisure, taking in its sweeping beaches, cinematic sunsets and relaxed atmosphere. Then meet your fellow guests and A&K’s Expedition Team for a welcome dinner. (Breakfast, Dinner (Day 2))
DAY 3 BROOME | JEWEL IN THE WILDS
Adventure awaits as you set out on your pre-selected excursion, whether it be a city tour of Broome’s historic pearling industry and rich multicultural past or a birding walk on Roebuck Bay. Later, board ‘Le Bellot,’ your luxury expedition cruiser for the next 10 nights. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
DAY 4-8 KIMBERLEY’S WILD COAST | EXTRAORDINARY TIDES
For the next five days, enjoy privileged access to one of the most rarely visited regions in Australia. Each day, inspiring lectures, briefings and stimulating conversations with your Expedition Team elevate your discoveries in the Kimberley, bringing this vast wonderland into focus in a most enriching way. Your Captain and Expedition Team determine the best daily excursions, which may include:
Lacepede Islands: Set atop a coral reef, these four low-lying cay islands are separated from mainland Australia by the Lacepede Channel. The Lacepedes, as they are often called, are an important nesting site for green sea turtles and several species of seabirds, including brown boobies, red-chested frigate birds, crested terns and speckled ruddy turnstones.
Horizontal Falls: An exciting visit awaits at Horizontal Falls, described by Sir David Attenborough as “one of the greatest natural wonders of the world.” Set within Talbot Bay, the horizontally flowing waterfalls are created when massive tidal currents squeeze through two narrow gorges. Experience this captivating phenomenon on a boat excursion.
Montgomery Reef: The Kimberley’s theme of extreme tides continues at Montgomery Reef, Australia’s largest inshore reef. Board Zodiacs to explore the reef system’s lagoons, islets and rushing channels. The climax comes at low tide, when water dramatically cascades off the reef’s emerging sandstone platform covered in coralline algae, often revealing astonishing sea life.
Freshwater Cove: Enjoy a guided bushwalk that leads to a cave depicting indigenous rock art. A magnificent display of sacred Wandjina figures, these ancient paintings reveal the ways, myths and traditions of the Worrorra people.
Mitchell Falls: Take off on an included thrilling helicopter flight over the vast Mitchell Plateau to sandstone-carved Mitchell Falls. Explore the area on foot and perhaps enjoy a refreshing swim in the emerald-colored freshwater pools formed by the falls.
Hunter River: Join your naturalist guides and navigate by Zodiac through the river’s small tributaries, fringed by mangroves and tidal mud flats. Search for crocodiles, mud skippers and fiddler crabs, as well as the many bird species that nest in the dense vegetation.
Bigge Island: Sacred to the indigenous Wunambal people for more than 20,000 years, Bigge Island is home to an incredible array of indigenous rock art. Move beyond its shallow bays to discover its well-preserved Wandjina paintings and visual recordings of the European entrance into this ancient way of life.
(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
DAY 9 VANSITTART BAY | MYSTERIOUS ANCIENT ROCK ART
During one of his many survey expeditions, Admiral Phillip Parker King named Vansittart Bay after the pre-1788 Indonesian pottery found there. Conditions permitting, visit Jar Island, home to incredible ancient rock art of mysterious origin. Known as the Bradshaws, the stick-like figures are named for pastoralist Joseph Bradshaw, who first recorded seeing them in 1891. Said to date back as far as 30,000 years, the Bradshaws are among the oldest depictions of human figures in the world. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
DAY 10 KING GEORGE RIVER & FALLS | THE KING’S TREASURE
Arrive in Koolama Bay at the mouth of the King George River, named in honor of King George V. Your naturalist guides pilot Zodiacs upriver through a spectacular canyon draped in sandstone cliffs, gorges and mangroves, where you may spy impressive Aussie wildlife such as the saltwater crocodile. Witness the awe-inspiring King George Falls, plummeting from an elevation of 276 feet. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
DAY 11 WYNDHAM | GATEWAY TO NATURAL WONDERS
Beautifully poised between Cambridge Gulf and rugged hills in the northernmost region of the Kimberley, the former gold-rush town of Wyndham is the gateway to a bounty of photogenic wetlands. This includes the spectacular Ord River, where you may spot unique birds; the man-made Argyle Dam; and UNESCO World Heritagelisted Purnululu National Park. Choose from a wildlife cruise on the thriving Ord River or a scenic flight over east Kimberley and the Bungle Bungle Range, one of Australia’s greatest natural wonders. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
DAY 12 AT SEA & PULAU MEATIMIARANG, INDONESIA | THE TIMOR SEA
Enjoy a day at sea and the opportunity to unwind with fellow guests and your Expedition Team while ‘Le Bellot’ cruises through the Indonesian waters to clear customs. Take time to reflect on your adventures, share photos and attend more intriguing presentations. You may also choose to relax and enjoy the ship’s facilities, perhaps the spa or the view from your room’s private balcony. Later, join your Expedition Team and the new friends you’ve made for a farewell dinner. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
DAY 13 DEPART DARWIN
Bid farewell to your Expedition Team before disembarking ‘Le Bellot.’ Transfer to the airport to board your flight home or continue exploring on your post-tour extension. (Breakfast)
Note: Itinerary is for guidance purposes only and may be adjusted due to unforeseen circumstances including weather, medical emergencies and other conditions beyond A&K’s control at the sole discretion of the Captain.
All This Included
Cruise the Kimberley coast with A&K’s award-winning Expedition Team and uncover one of Australia’s most spectacular locales. Explore the remote city of Broome before setting off on a voyage that combines one-of-a-kind wildlife with lush scenery and vital indigenous culture. Fly by helicopter over Mitchell Falls, spot crocodiles in the Hunter River and view an astonishing horizontal waterfall on this thrilling adventure Down Under.
Broome: Cable Beach Club Resort & Spa
Cruising: Cabin onboard Le Bellot
Pre and Post Add-ons
Ningaloo Reef Pre-Tour Extension
5 days from $5,995 per person
Single Supplement from $1,345 per person
Internal air from $1,395 (Perth/Exmouth/Perth/Broome)
Experience the wonders of the Ningaloo Coast and Cape Range National Park, where you can snorkel and swim with whale sharks.
Perth and Margaret River Pre-Tour Extension
5 days from $4,895 per person
Single Supplement from $1,195 per person
Internal air from $365 (Perth/Broome)
Experience prized wineries in the Margaret River region, the Jewel Caves of the Karri forest and beachfront Perth.
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