Discover the Kimberley on a 10-night itinerary cruising between Darwin and Broome. There are two landings most days, allowing plenty of opportunities to see the magic of the Kimberley, such as the world’s oldest known indigenous rock art – the mysterious Bradshaw (Gwion Gwion) paintings. From the comfort of your ship, discover the King George River with its towering 80-metre twin falls, and cruise the Kimberley’s ‘big rivers' experiencing the King Cascades, Montgomery Reef and the amazing natural phenomenon of the Horizontal Falls.
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Board the Coral Discoverer early this morning for your 10-night cruise. Sail out of Darwin Harbour across the Cambridge Gulf and into Western Australian waters. This afternoon, join the expedition staff for an informative introduction to the Kimberley before meeting your fellow travellers and the crew at the captain's welcome drinks. (L, D)
Discover the first of the Kimberley's 'big' rivers – the mighty King George. Explore scenic gorges aboard the Xplorer vessel, then transfer to inflatable Zodiacs to get close to the base of the magnificent King George Falls, the tallest single-drop waterfalls in Western Australia, towering some 80 metres above the river below. Later, visit Tranquil Bay for beach walking and exploration. (B, L, D)
Join a walk across salt flats to view the wreckage of a US Air Force DC3 in Vansittart Bay, which crash landed on the beach during the second world war. Continue to Jar Island and discover outstanding rock art. The expedition’s lecturers will point out fine examples of the Kimberley's mysterious Bradshaw paintings (Gwion), dating back some 20,000 years. (B, L, D)
After anchoring in Winyalken Bay, travel ashore aboard the Xplorer vessel to discover the maze of natural sandstone caves known as Hathaway's Hideaway. Later, helicopters are available for optional scenic flights over the Mitchell plateau for close-up views of the mighty four-tiered Mitchell Falls. This evening, enjoy a gourmet Aussie beach barbecue against the backdrop of a spectacular Indian Ocean sunset. (B, L, D)
Discover the rock art on Bigge Island, featuring fine examples of both Wandjina and Bradshaw art. Continue to Careening Bay, named by Phillip Parker King after his ship HMC Mermaid was careened here during his second voyage of discovery in the Kimberley. The ship’s lecturers will lead you to the site of a large boab tree baring the inscription "HMC Mermaid - 1820", still clearly visible almost 200 years later. (B, L, D)
Cruise the mighty Prince Regent River aboard the Xplorer to the breathtaking King Cascades, an unusual and picturesque waterfall descending over terraced rock formations. Enjoy a picnic lunch at beautiful Camp Creek, where there is time for a leisurely swim in the freshwater pools. (B, L, D)
Discover the Montgomery Reef, using the Xplorer vessel and Zodiacs to get up close to the reef's diverse marine life such as turtles, manta rays and reef sharks. Later, cruise through scenic Doubtful Bay. (B, L, D)
Cruise through Kuri Bay, home of the south sea pearl industry, then travel ashore at Raft Point and visit a secluded Aboriginal rock art site. Later, explore Red Cone Creek and enjoy a cooling dip at Ruby Falls. (B, L, D)
Cruise through the Buccaneer archipelago, home to over 800 islands, then into Talbot Bay where the region's 12-metre tides create an amazing spectacle, the unique Horizontal Falls, described by legendary naturalist David Attenborough as "one the greatest natural wonders in the world". Board the Zodiacs for an exhilarating ride through the falls. Later, explore Silica Beach on Hidden Island with its stunning white sands and crystal-clear waters. (B, L, D)
Cruise through Pender Bay and, subject to weather and tides, visit the Lacepede Islands, a series of low islands consisting of coarse sand and coral rubble lying on top of a platform reef. This nature reserve has been identified by Bird Life International as an Important Bird Area as it supports up to 18,000 breeding pairs of brown boobies and roseate terns. Also keep an eye out for other birds such as Australian pelicans, frigatebirds, egrets and gulls, and for green turtles that are often seen nesting on the islands. Captain's farewell drinks will be held this evening. (B, L, D)
Disembark after breakfast, then either transfer to the airport for your flight home or begin onward arrangements to explore more of Australia. (B)
As per itinerary – B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.
This tour is based in 4-star cruise accommodation.
The transfers and excursions relevant to the cruise are operated as a group with other passengers who may or may not be Cox & Kings clients. Cox & Kings is acting as an agent on behalf of Coral Expeditions and its cancellation conditions will apply.
This is a sample itinerary to showcase some of the highlights of the cruise. The captain and the expedition team will determine the daily itinerary to take advantage of the weather conditions.
International flights are not included.
In addition to this Great Barrier Reef cruise, Coral Expeditions also operates a number of cruise itineraries in other parts of Australasia including Tasmania and Papua New Guinea.
The flagship expedition cruise ship in the Coral Expeditions fleet, the Coral Discoverer is the newest small ship operating in Australia and the South Pacific today. Launched in 2005 and purpose-built for cruising in the tropical regions of the southern oceans, guests will enjoy a uniquely Australian atmosphere on board, and relax among stylish furnishings, spacious decks and modern facilities. The ship accommodates just 72 guests in 36 spacious staterooms, and has a cruising speed of 14 knots, with a shallow draught that enables access to even the most remote locations of the South Pacific, beyond the reach of larger ships.
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The flagship expedition cruise ship in the Coral Expeditions fleet, the Coral Discoverer is the newest small ship operating in Australia and the South Pacific today. Launched in 2005 and purpose-built for cruising in the tropical regions of the southern oceans, guests will enjoy a uniquely Australian atmosphere on board, and relax among stylish furnishings, spacious decks and modern facilities. The ship accommodates just 72 guests in 36 spacious staterooms, and has a cruising speed of 14 knots, with a shallow draught that enables access to even the most remote locations of the South Pacific, beyond the reach of larger...
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OKC2017: 10 Nights