Australia's Rugged Kimberley Coast

From Broome to Darwin in Australia's northwest aboard the Coral Princess
Overview

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Discover the Kimberley, the spectacular rugged outback of Australia's northwest. Here find powerful waterfalls  -- including the phenomenal horizontal falls formed by massive tides exploding through narrow gorges.  Come face to face with the extreme coastal rock faces. Find a bounty of wildlife and the world’s oldest indigenous rock art. The best way to explore the Kimberley is by small ship. This itinerary on the Coral Princess, has been refined over 18 years to offer the most comprehensive program available. Throughout your expedition an all-Australian staff and expert team of guest lecturers impart a wealth of knowledge covering the region's landscapes, history and culture. This is the heart of Australia's northernmost unspoiled outback -- a part of the land downunder that few Americans visit.

itinerary

itinerary

  • Day 1: Arrive Broome
    Sunset in Broome

    Begin in Broome, one of the most energetic towns in Western Australia.

    Broome, initially established as a pearl diving center by Japanese entreprenuers in th 1880s, and peaked in the 1900s as the source of 80% of mother of pearl, mostly used for buttons. Today the diving has been replaced by pearl farms, which provide the world with exquisite Broome pearls.

    The dramatic colors of the rust-colored soil, the aqua bay and the white sandy beaches make a lasting impression.  This is the place where the desert meets the sea.

    Cruise price on this itinerary does not include Broome hotel and city touring.

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  • Day 2: Board the Coral Princess in Broome
    Board the Coral Princess

    Enjoy a leisurely start to the day in Broome.  In the afternoon make your way to the dock in time to board the Coral Princess, your home for the next 10 days

    At 6pm, the ship disembarks on your Kimberley adventure.  This evening meet your fellow travellers and friendly crew at the Captain’s welcome cocktail party. Enjoy a sumptuous dinner and stunning views on the cruise north towards Cape Leveque.

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging
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  • Day 3: Lacepede Islands
    Go ashore on Lacepede Islands

    Cruise through Pender Bay and, subject to weather and tides, visit the Lacepedes, a series of low sand and coral islands lying atop a platform reef. Identified by BirdLife International as an "Important Bird Area", the islands support up to 18,000 breeding pairs of Brown Boobies and Roseate Terns, possibly the largest such population in the world. Explore the lagoon by zodica, keeping an eye out for many species of marine birdlife including Australian Pelicans, frigatebirds, egrets, gulls and terns. The islands are also renowned as Western Australia’s most significant breeding grounds for the Green Turtle, sometimes seen nesting on the islands. In the afternoon, expedition staff offer a presentation in the ship's lounge.

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    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
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  • Day 4: Horizontal Falls / Buccaneer Archipelago
    Horizontal Falls

    This morning travel ashore to Hidden Island for a walk on the fine white sands of Silica Beach. Then, cruise through the Buccaneer Archipelago, home to over 800 islands. In Talbot Bay, the region’s 12 meter tides create 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.

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    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
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  • Day 5: Ruby Falls / Raft Point
    Kimberley Aboriginal Art

    This morning explore Red Cone Creek and enjoy a cooling dip at Ruby Falls. Cruising through Kuri Bay, home of the south sea pearl industry, travel ashore at Raft Point and visit a secluded Aboriginal rock art gallery to view Wandjina art and the mysterious Bradshaw - or Gwion - Paintings. The term "Bradshaw" refers to Joseph Bradshaw who discovered the art in 1891. Gwion is an Aboriginal term for the art which consists primarily of human figures ornamented with accessories such as bags and headdresses.

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  • Day 6: Doubtful Bay / Montgomery Reef
    Explore Montgomery Reef

    Cruise through scenic Doubtful Bay for a surprising view of Montgomery Reef "rising" out of the ocean as the tide ebbs. Board a zodiac to experience this natural phenomenon up close and discover the reef’s diverse marine life including turtles, manta rays and reef sharks.

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  • Day 7: Prince Regent River / King Cascades

    Cruise the mighty Prince Regent River to breathtaking King Cascades, an unusual and picturesque waterfall cascading over terraced rock formations. Enjoy refreshments at beautiful Camp Creek, where there is time for a leisurely swim in the fresh water pools.
     

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  • Day 8: Careening Bay / Bigge Island
    Careening Bay Baob tree

    At Careening Bay visit the site of a large boab tree bearing the inscription “HMC Mermaid – 1820”, still clearly visible almost 200 years later. Then, discover the rock art gallery on Bigge Island, featuring fine examples of both Wandjina and Bradshaw/Gwion aboriginal art.

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  • Day 9: Hathaway's Hideaway and Mitchell Falls
    Enjoy an Aussie beach BBQ

    After anchoring in Winyalken Bay travel ashore to explore 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 (additional expense). This evening, enjoy a spectacular Indian Ocean sunset as we indulge in a gourmet Aussie Beach BBQ.

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    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
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  • Day 10: Vansittart Bay DC3 / Jar Island
    US Air Force DC3

    Walk across salt flats to view the wreckage of a US Air Force DC3 which crash landed on the beach during WWII. Later, visit Jar Island's outstanding rock art. See fine examples of the Kimberley’s mysterious Bradshaw Paintings (Gwion), dating back some 20,000 years.

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    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
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  • Day 11: King George River and Falls
    Kimberley Coast

    Visit Tranquil Bay for beach walking and exploration. Later discover the last of the Kimberley’s ‘big’ rivers, the mighty King George. Explore scenic gorges by zodiac and cruise close to the base of magnificent King George Falls, the tallest falls in Western Australia, measuring 80 meters above the river.

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    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
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  • Day 12: Darwin / Onward

    Your Kimberley cruise ends in Darwin, the city marking Australia's "Top End", close to the enormous wild Kakadu National Park. Consider an extension in this area.

     

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Price and Date Details

Price and Date Details

Apr 3-14, 2015R
Apr 13-24, 2015
Apr 24-May 5, 2015R
May 4-15, 2015
May 15-26, 2015R
May 25-Jun 5, 2015
Jun 5-16, 2015R
Jun 17-28, 2015R
Jun 27-Jul 8, 2015
Aug 7-18, 2015R
Aug 17-28, 2015
Aug 28-Sep 8, 2015R
Sep 7-18, 2015
Sep 18-29, 2015R
Sep 28-Oct 9, 2015
Land Cost:
$7,200
- $8,840
rates may fluctuate based on exchange rate
Single Supplement:
$7200-8900
Accommodation on the ship is based on twin share occupancy. This cost is cabin cost only.
Need to Know

Need to Know

 

2014-15  Coral Princess per person costs, based on double occupancy

Standard cabin: $7,200

Stateroom:  $8,150

Upper Deck Stateroom: $8,620

Deluxe Stateroom: $8,900

A single supplement is available for an additional 50% of the cabin cost for cabin and regular stateroom only.

 

Duration:
12 days
The number of days, or duration, in a destination corresponds with the itinerary as published. This is the time period covered by the land cost.
Comfort Level:
3
Group Size:
50
The stated range indicates minimum required for guaranteed departure and maximum accepted on the scheduled dates. Exceptions can often be made for private departures.
Activity Level:
2
JOURNEYS grading system from I to IV will help you choose an experience with physical demands which match your motivation. 1. Active Active exploration with optional day hikes, easy walking, leisurely bicycling or light canoeing. Comfortable travel by vehicle. 2. Vigorous Experience may include regular hiking or physical exercise in varied environments. Travel by vehicle may be long or over rough terrain. 3. Challenging Parts of trip will involve physical challenge. Daily hiking in rough terrain, high altitude, rough road travel and remoteness from modern medical care may be unavoidable circumstances. 4. Demanding Extended foot travel in very remote areas. Previous wilderness travel experience advisable. Doctor's certification may be requested.

Terms & Conditions: 

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Please note: Prices may fluctuate based on the exchange rate between the US Dollar and the Australian Dollar.

Included in costs: Meals as noted, each night in double occupancy accommodations, land transfers between components, English speaking guides, park or site entry fees, surface transport, equipment other than personal gear, government tax, airport transfer assistance, in-country ticket reconfirmation & check-in assistance (where permitted), complete pre-departure packet, toll-free pre-departure phone assistance.

Not included in costs: Meals not noted as included, gratuities, beverages (except tea or coffee at meals), international or domestic airfare unless specified, airport departure taxes not included with air tickets, visas, itinerary changes after confirmation, any services not included in itinerary, any costs incurred due to canceled or delayed flights, acts of nature or other happenings beyond our control, or other costs as are more fully described in JOURNEYS Terms & Conditions.

Deposit and payment schedule: An initial payment of $1200 per person per trip or the applicable amount based on the trip and the proximity of the departure date.  Final payment for land arrangements is due 90 days prior to departure.  Airlines require full payment when tickets are issued. The deposit may be made by Visa, Master Card or check, and the Reservation Form may be submitted by fax, mail or via our website. Full payment schedule and cancellation penalties are described in our Terms and Conditionsas noted in our Global Expedition Catalog, on our website and elsewhere. Please request these if you do not have them before advancing a deposit.

Insurance: When you make your application, we strongly recommend the purchase of comprehensive travel insurance in case of emergency situations. Please contact us for a recommended policy.

Air fares: JOURNEYS can make complete air arrangements applicable to your trip as noted in this itinerary. If you wish to redeem frequent flyer mileage or arrange flights directly with the airline, you may do so on your own at no penalty. If you do, please consult with us on exact arrival and departure dates and times before having your tickets issued to avoid errors.

Itinerary Change Fee: There will be a $40 fee for changes once an itinerary has been confirmed and approved. Additional cancellation penalties or change fees may apply as per our terms and conditions. The passenger is responsible for such fees.

Resources

Trip Extensions

Trip Extensions

Sydney Stopover

Duration: 4 days

Sydney is a great place to spend more than just a day, whether you are looking for an exciting place to explore or hoping to just sit back and relax. Discover Sydney's unique dining, shopping, and recreational options in one of the world's most attra... read more

Tasmania Cradle Mountain

Duration: 5 days

Sample Tasmania’s remote wilderness and relaxed lifestyle at Cradle Mountain. This is a wonderful escape with breathtaking scenery, cosy cabins, magnificent meals and days filled with simple pleasures.

Melbourne

Duration: 3 days

Visit the friendly city of Melbourne and enjoy a true Aussie wildlife experience where you will see kangaroos, koalas, and other native animals in the WILD!

Lamington National Park and Fraser Island

Duration: 7 days

Explore Australia's largest subtropical rainforest located in Lamington National Park and discover the amazing array of plant and animal species that inhabit this region. Then it's on to Fraser Island, where you will see beautiful freshwater lakes, o... read more

Australia Top End

Duration: 6 days

This safari visits two of the most popular national parks of the Top End, Kakadu and Arnhemland. Kakadu National Park is home to incredible aboriginal rock art as well as spectacular wildlife and beautiful natural landscapes. In Kakadu, you will expe... read more

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