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11 day cruise aboard L’Austral.

The luxury of the L’Austral provides a welcome haven as you explore the Kimberley coast. Be left breathless at the sight of King George & Horizontal Falls, & keep a close watch for marine & birdlife. View complete itinerary

Trip code: GKLA11
Duration: 11 days
Accommodation: Wilderness Lodges and Small Ship Cruising
Journey: Broome to Darwin
Meals included: 29

Itinerary

Day 1. Arrive Broome, Embark Ship

Arrive in Broome and be transferred to your ship, L’Austral. This evening, get to know your Expedition Leader and Team at a welcome briefing before enjoying dinner on board.
Stay: Ten Nights: L’Austral
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Dinner

Day 2. Adele Island, Buccaneer Archipelago

Arrive at Adele Island, an important location for breeding seabirds including the Lesser Frigatebird and the Brown Booby. Cruise through the Buccaneer Archipelago, home to more than 800 islands. Perhaps enjoy a refreshing cocktail while absorbing a sensational sunset before sitting down to dinner later this evening.
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast
  • • Lunch
  • • Dinner

Day 3. Talbot Bay, Horizontal Falls

Talbot Bay is known for its massive 12-metre tides that create an amazing spectacle, the unique Horizontal Falls. Subject to tidal conditions, you will embark on an exhilarating ride through the incredible falls on a specially designed high powered fast boat. David Attenborough described the phenomena as “one the greatest natural wonders of the world.” Keep your eyes open as you encounter members of the local Tawny Nurse Shark population. Back on board this evening, enjoy a delicious dinner as you cruise into the sunset.
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast
  • • Lunch
  • • Dinner

Day 4. Doubtful Bay, Raft Point

Today you will cruise through Doubtful Bay and travel ashore at Raft Point. A local expert will guide you to a significant Wandjina rock art site on a short hike.
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast
  • • Lunch
  • • Dinner

Day 5. Langii, Montgomery Reef

Embark on an unforgettable adventure today as the magnificent Montgomery Reef ‘rises’ out of the ocean as the tidal waters cascade down into the surrounding channels. Board your Zodiac to experience this natural phenomenon up close. Journey to Langii with your guide and view its incredible ancient warriors, which are sandstone pillars that vividly represent warriors killed in a Dreamtime battle.
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast
  • • Lunch
  • • Dinner

Day 6. Prince Frederick Harbour, Hunter River, Mitchell Falls

Arrive at Prince Frederick Harbour, home to soaring red cliffs and mangrove forests. With its extreme tidal system and pristine ecosystem, there is an incredible range of wildlife to discover here including saltwater crocodiles, mudskippers and birds. Explore the Hunter River and visit Naturalist Island where an optional helicopter excursion to Mitchell Falls departs (additional expense). Back on board, enjoy dinner.
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast
  • • Lunch
  • • Dinner

Day 7. Bigge Island

Bigge Island is filled with fantastic wildlife viewing opportunities. In caves across the island, see paintings that display examples of first contact rock art and Wandjina figures created by the Wunambal people.
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast
  • • Lunch
  • • Dinner

Day 8. Vansittart Bay, Jar Island

With your Expedition Team, walk across salt flats to view the wreckage of a US Air Force DC3 which crash landed on the beach during World War II. Later, visit Jar Island and discover the island’s outstanding rock art gallery. During your exploration here, you will see examples of the Kimberley’s mysterious Bradshaw (Gwion Gwion) paintings, dating back some 20,000 years.
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast
  • • Lunch
  • • Dinner

Day 9. Koolama Bay, King George River and Falls

Wake up in Koolama Bay, then arrive at King George River, where the highlight is sure to be King George Falls. The highest single drop falls in Western Australia, it plunges approximately 80 metres over a magnificent sandstone cliff.
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast
  • • Lunch
  • • Dinner

Day 10. At sea

Relax and enjoy a full day at sea.
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast
  • • Lunch
  • • Dinner

Day 11. Disembark Ship, Depart Darwin

Disembark your ship and be transferred to either Darwin Airport or your Darwin hotel.
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast

Trip Highlights

  • See the seabird breeding location of Adele Island
  • Take a high powered fast boat ride through the iconic Horizontal Falls
  • Explore amazing Montgomery Reef
  • Marvel at the incredible wildlife and Indigenous rock art of Bigge Island
  • Admire King George Falls, the tallest single drop falls in Western Australia

Map

Included Experiences

  • Expert 12-member APT Expedition Team and Leader
  • The services of two APT Cruise Directors
  • Daily excursions on Zodiac vessels
  • Transfers to and from your Luxury Mega-Yacht
  • 10 night cruise aboard the luxurious LAustral
  • Finest dining – includes all meals and beverages while on board

Suite Floor and Ship Plan

L'Austral

Total Refurbishment: 2015, Length: 142m, Width: 18m, Max. Cruising Speed: 16 knots, Guest Capacity: 230, Crew: 139

See L'Austral Deck Plans here.

Enjoy the refined elegance onboard the luxurious L'Austral. Accommodating up to 230 guests with an intimate setting that doesn't compromise on elegance. L'Austral offers a unique cruising experience that evokes a feeling of warmth and effortless style.

 

 

Enjoy your spacious suite on your small ship cruise with APT.

While the sizes of L'Austral's suites and staterooms vary, you can rely on their luxury. Enjoy views from private balconies in all 115 suits and staterooms. 

 

 

Take a refreshing dip in the pool aboard the L'Austral luxury small ship.

Onboard L'Austral there is no shortage of areas where you can relax and get to know your fellow passengers. There's also a pool, sun deck, terrace and theatre.

Trip Notes

  • Itinerary and inclusions subject tochange
  • Cruising itineraries are subject to change due to tidal conditions and may be modified on board your ship
  • Weather events may cause disruption to itineraries
  • Travel insurance is mandatory on all cruises
  • Prices is for land / cruise only. Flights not included

11 day cruise aboard L'Austral.

Board the Oceanic Discoverer and see the Kimberley Coast.

from $8,195 USD per person

The luxury of the L’Austral provides a welcome haven as you explore the Kimberley coast. Be left breathless at the sight of King George & Horizontal Falls, & keep a close watch for marine & birdlife. View complete itinerary

Trip code: GKLA11
Duration: 11 days
Accommodation: Wilderness Lodges and Small Ship Cruising
Journey: Broome to Darwin
Meals included: 29

View departure dates & prices

Itinerary

Day 1. Broome

Arrive in Broome and be transferred to your ship, L’Austral. This evening, get to know your Expedition Leader and Team at a welcome briefing before enjoying dinner.
Stay: Ten Nights: L’Austral
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Dinner

Day 2. Adele Island, Buccaneer Archipelago

Arrive at Adele Island, an important location for breeding seabirds including the Lesser Frigatebird and the Brown Booby. Cruise through the Buccaneer Archipelago, home to more than 800 islands. Perhaps enjoy a refreshing cocktail while absorbing a sensational sunset before sitting down to dinner later this evening.
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast
  • • Lunch
  • • Dinner

Day 3. Horizontal Falls, Talbot Bay

Talbot Bay is known for its massive 12-metre tides that create an amazing spectacle, the unique Horizontal Falls. Subject to tidal conditions, you will embark on an exhilarating ride through the falls on a specially designed high powered fast boat. David Attenborough described the phenomena as “one the greatest natural wonders of the world.” Keep your eyes open in the chance you may get to see some of the local Tawny Nurse Shark population. Back on board this evening, enjoy a delicious dinner.
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast
  • • Lunch
  • • Dinner

Day 4. Doubtful Bay, Raft Point

Today you will cruise through Doubtful Bay and travel ashore at Raft Point to visit a significant Wandjina art site with a local guide.
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast
  • • Lunch
  • • Dinner

Day 5. Montgomery Reef, Langii

Embark on an unforgettable adventure today as the magnificent Montgomery Reef ‘rises’ out of the ocean as the tidal waters cascade down into the surrounding channels. Board your Zodiac to experience this natural phenomenon up close. After, journey to Langii with a local guide and view its incredible ancient warriors, which are sandstone pillars that represent warriors killed in a Dreamtime battle.
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast
  • • Lunch
  • • Dinner

Day 6. Prince Frederick Harbour, Hunter River, Mitchell Falls

Arrive at Prince Frederick Harbour, home to soaring red cliffs, green rainforest and mangroves. With its extreme tide system and pristine eco-system, there is an incredible range of wildlife to discover here including saltwater crocodiles, mudskippers and birds. Explore the Hunter River and visit Naturalist Island where an optional helicopter excursion to Mitchell Falls departs (own expense).
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast
  • • Lunch
  • • Dinner

Day 7. Bigge Island

Off the coast of the Kimberley, approximately 6 kilometres from the mainland, Bigge Island is filled with fantastic wildlife viewing opportunities and is well known for its Indigenous Australian rock art, created by the Wunambal people. In caves throughout the island, you will be able to see paintings including fascinating examples of first contact art and Wandjina figures.
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast
  • • Lunch
  • • Dinner

Day 8. Vansittart Bay, Jar Island

After breakfast this morning, set off with your Expedition Team, walk across salt flats to view the wreckage of a US Air Force DC3 which crash landed on the beach during World War II. Later, visit Jar Island and discover the island’s outstanding rock art gallery. During your exploration here, you will see examples of the Kimberley’s mysterious Bradshaw (Gwion Gwion) paintings, dating back some 20,000 years.
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast
  • • Lunch
  • • Dinner

Day 9. Koolama Bay, King George River and Falls

Wake up in Koolama Bay, named after a merchant ship bombed by the Japanese in World War II. Arriving at King George River, the highlight is sure to be King George Falls. The highest single drop falls in Western Australia, it plunges approximately 80 metres over a magnificent sandstone cliff.
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast
  • • Lunch
  • • Dinner

Day 10. At sea

Today you have the opportunity to become familiar with your luxury ship with a full day at sea. Relax and enjoy the many public areas available to you, or simply sit back and enjoy the incredible views as they pass by.
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast
  • • Lunch
  • • Dinner

Day 11. Disembark Cruise, Depart Darwin

Disembark your ship after breakfast, and be transferred to either Darwin Airport for your flight home, or to your Darwin hotel.
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast

Trip Highlights

  • See the seabird breeding location of Adele Island
  • Take a high powered fast boat ride through the iconic Horizontal Falls
  • Explore amazing Montgomery Reef
  • Marvel at the incredible wildlife and Indigenous art of Bigge Island
  • Admire King George Falls, the tallest single drop falls in Western Australia
  • See Indigenous art at Raft Point
  • Discover the amazing stone warriors at Langii
  • Witness the soaring red cliffs at Prince Frederick Harbour
  • View the wreckage of a DC3

Map

Included Experiences

  • Ten night cruise aboard the stylish expedition small ship L’Austral
  • Daily excursions on Zodiac vessels
  • Exclusive all-day beverages package
  • The services of two APT Cruise Directors
  • Learn about this stunning region from your Expedition Team
  • Transfers to and from your small ship

Suite Floor and Ship Plan

L'Austral

Total Refurbishment: 2015, Length: 142m, Width: 18m, Max. Cruising Speed: 16 knots, Guest Capacity: 230, Crew: 139

See L'Austral Deck Plans here.

Enjoy the refined elegance onboard the luxurious L'Austral.Accommodating up to 230 guests with an intimate setting that doesn't compromise on elegance. L'Austral offers a unique cruising experience that evokes a feeling of warmth and effortless style.


Enjoy your spacious suite on your small ship cruise with APT.While the sizes of L'Austral's suites and staterooms vary, you can rely on their luxury. Enjoy views from private balconies in all 115 suits and staterooms. 


Take a refreshing dip in the pool aboard the L'Austral luxury small ship.Onboard L'Austral there is no shortage of areas where you can relax and get to know your fellow passengers. There's also a pool, sun deck, terrace and theatre.

Accommodation

  • Choose from a range of cabins aboard L’Austral, the most luxurious ship to cruise the coastline
  • Private Balcony Suites available

Dining

  • Enjoy 10 Breakfasts, 9 Lunches and 10 Dinners

Additional Information

Activity Level - Moderate

  • This tour includes mainly easy walks, with some optional more challenging hikes. A good level of fitness and health is required to participate in APT’s holiday packages
  • Please enquire about our Health and Fitness Mobility Checklist at the time of booking

Frequently Asked Questions

Trip Notes

  • Itinerary and inclusions are subject to change
  • Cruising itineraries are subject to change due to tidal conditions and may be modified on board your ship
  • Travel insurance is mandatory on all cruises
  • Weather events may cause disruption to itineraries
  • Price is  for land and cruise only. Flights not included

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