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  • Departure Date
    • Jul 2018
  • Duration
    • 8-14 days

HomeKimberley Coast Cruise - Broome to Darwin

Kimberley Coast Cruise

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11 day cruise aboard L’Austral.

Board the Oceanic Discoverer and see the Kimberley Coast.

from $9,495 USD per person

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

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

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Itinerary

Day 1. Arrive Broome, Embark Ship

Arrive early this morning and enjoy a Broome orientation tour before transferring to your luxury ship, L’Austral. This evening, get to know your Expedition Team and Cruise Directors at a welcome briefing before enjoying dinner.
Stay: 10 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.
  • 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 incredible falls on a specially designed high-powered fast boat. Sir David Attenborough described the phenomena as “one the greatest natural wonders of the world.” Keep your eyes open for 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. Land here and take a walk to a significant Wandjina rock art site.
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast
  • • Lunch
  • • Dinner

Day 5. Montgomery Reef, Langgi

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. Afterwards, journey to Langgi 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 mangroves. With its extreme tide and pristine ecosystems, 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). Enjoy dinner back on board you ship.
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast
  • • Lunch
  • • Dinner

Day 7. Bigge Island

Approximately six kilometres from the mainland, Bigge Island is well known for its Indigenous rock art, created by the Wunambal people. In caves throughout the island, see paintings that display fascinating examples of first contact art and Wandjina figures.
  • 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.
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast
  • • Lunch
  • • Dinner

Day 10. At sea

Relax and enjoy a full day at sea perhaps taking a swim in your onboard pool, relaxing in one of the comfortable lounge areas or pampering yourself in the wellness centre.
  • 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

  • Admire King George Falls, the tallest single drop falls in Western Australia
  • Marvel at the incredible Indigenous rock art of Bigge Island
  • Witness the tidal phenomenon and marine life of Montgomery Reef
  • Take an exhilarating high-powered fast boat ride through the spectacular Horizontal Falls

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Included Experiences

  • All-inclusive sightseeing in up to 15 destinations
  • 10-night cruise aboard the luxurious L’Austral
  • The services of two APT Cruise Directors
  • Expert 12-member Expedition Team
  • All meals and exclusive all-day beverages package
  • Transfers, port charges, sightseeing and park fees
  • Finest dining - a total of 29 meals

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 are subject to change
  • Solo traveller pricing based on a Deluxe Stateroom
  • Please enquire for solo upgrade prices
  • 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 are for cruise only. Flights not included

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