25 Day Kimberley Complete with Coastal Cruise (MS Caledonian Sky) (Land in Reverse)

APT Small Group Tour & Cruise starting in Broome and finishing in Darwin

Book online and enjoy exclusive savings on APT's 25 Day Kimberley Complete with Coastal Cruise (MS Caledonian Sky) (Land in Reverse). Discover the stunning landscapes of the Kimberley region from land and coast. Explore this remote region by luxury 4WD then embark on a cruise along the untouched coast from Broome to Darwin...read more
Operator: APT
Type: Small Group Tour & Cruise (Premium)
Max Group Size: 20
Duration: 25 Days
From: Broome to Darwin
Tour Code: GKCSBD25R
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Visits: Australia
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Arrive in Broome and be transferred to your hotel. Enjoy your day at leisure to explore this fascinating place. Head to the Sunset Bar and Grill at your resort to see one of Australia's best sunsets over Cable Beach. This evening, enjoy a Welcome Dinner before your fascinating journey commences. Stay: Broome, Cable Beach Club Resort & Spa (D)
Gibb River Road, Tunnel Creek, Windjana Gorge

Your day starts with a visit to the fascinating Boab Prison Tree. Believed to be more than 1,500 years old and measuring an incredible 14 metres in diameter, this remarkable tree was once used by early police patrols as a standing point for prisoners as they were walked to Derby. Today, the hollow tree is a registered Aboriginal site of great cultural significance. Continue your journey along the iconic Gibb River Road, a remote 660-kilometre outback highway stretching between Broome and Kununurra. The'Gibb' traverses the wild heart of the Kimberley, passing spectacular landscapes of intensely coloured ranges, dramatic gorges, deep rock pools and spectacular waterfalls.

Turn off the Gibb River Road to the extraordinary Tunnel Creek, a 750-metre-long natural tunnel carved through the Napier Range. With torch in hand, wade through the cool waters that fill the tunnel and emerge on the other side to the sight of a tranquil and stunning oasis. Continue on to Windjana Gorge, where sheer cliffs tower above glistening white sands. Admire the ancient marine fossils embedded in the gorge walls and scour the banks for a glimpse of the freshwater crocodiles. Back on the Gibb River Road, travel into the King Leopold Range National Park, which covers more than 900,000 acres and features seven rugged ranges. Later, arrive at your lodge for dinner. Stay Two Nights: EXCLUSIVE! Bell Gorge Wilderness Lodge (B/L/D)

Bell Gorge, Hiking and Swimming
Back on the Gibb River Road, head to the incredible Bell Gorge, where stunning cliffs surround a series of spectacularly tiered waterholes. Sitting approximately 300 metres above sea level, Bell Gorge is an idyllic natural spot for swimming and photography. Take a relaxing dip above the cascading waterfall that feeds the lower pool or go bird-watching. If you are feeling energetic, perhaps hike to the lower pool of the gorge for a swim or perhaps visit some superb lookout spots. (B/L/D)
Galvans Gorge, Manning Gorge, Drysdale River Station
Travel through the heart of Kimberley cattle country to discover some of the region's most secluded gorges. At Galvans Gorge, a short walk leads to a picturesque waterhole where boab trees cling to the escarpment above. Inspect the Wandjina rock art on the gorge walls and take a leisurely swim. Continue to the beautiful Manning Gorge, where you'll enjoy lunch in the shade of paperbark trees. Look out for the region's bird life and enjoy a refreshing swim in the pristine water. Turn off the Gibb River Road and travel north on the Kalumburu Road towards the isolated Mitchell Plateau. Later, arrive at Drysdale River Station and enjoy a unique stay at this historic cattle property, including a delicious dinner. Stay: Drysdale River Station (B/L/D)
Mitchell Plateau, King Edward River, Bradshaw Art (Gwion Gwion)

Cross the beautiful Drysdale River, then ascend the Mitchell Plateau to enter a remote world of Livistona palm forests, beautiful lookouts, magnificent waterfalls and isolated swimming holes. The Kimberley's rock art is arguably some of the world's oldest, with evidence suggesting the earliest occupation in the region dates back 50,000 to 60,000 years ago. Visit Wandjina and Bradshaw Art (Gwion Gwion) galleries and swim in the clear waters at King Edward River.

For the next two nights, experience Mitchell Falls Wilderness Lodge, with its Ungolan Pavilion, where you can relax in the lounge, treat yourself to a drink or read up on the local culture. In the heart of the Mitchell Plateau, your accommodation is perfectly positioned beside the Pandanus palm-fringed Camp Creek, where you can enjoy a refreshing dip. For wildlife watchers, the region's fantastic array of bird life includes brolgas, herons, kites and sea eagles, as well as rainforest birds. This evening, be treated to a superb three-course dinner that showcases the region's finest local produce. For the perfect accompaniment, a selection of flavoursome beers from Matso's Broome Brewery and wines from Rosabrook Estate are available. Stay Two Nights: EXCLUSIVE! Mitchell Falls Wilderness Lodge (B/L/D)

Mitchell Falls, Helicopter Flight

Today you have a full day to discover the beauty of Mitchell Falls, with its magnificent waterfalls and Indigenous art. When available, local Aboriginal guides will join the adventure, imparting their knowledge of the area and sharing their cultural beliefs. Begin with a guided hike to Little Mertens Falls to view rarely seen Aboriginal art. Continue to Big Mertens Falls before arriving at Mitchell Falls. With superb scenery and rich culture, you can swim in the pools above the falls and spot the region's abundant wildlife.

We have also included a helicopter flight over Mitchell Falls and the surrounding wilderness back to the vehicle (or, if you prefer, hike back with your guide). Longer helicopter flights over this captivating and remote coastline are available at additional expense. Then, it's time to return to your wilderness lodge to relax, knowing you have just experienced a day most people can only dream of. Perhaps spend some time in front of the camp fire recounting today's tales with your newfound friends. (B/L/D)

Mitchell Plateau, Gibb River Road, Home Valley Station
Rejoin the Gibb River Road and ford the mighty Durack River before arriving at Home Valley Station, an immense cattle property. Discover the spellbinding scenery that captivated audiences in Baz Luhrmann's movie "Australia", including the imposing yet strikingly beautiful backdrop of the majestic Cockburn Range. Head to a superb viewing area as you savour this inspirational setting with sunset drinks, as you gaze out to the ever-changing colours of the Cockburn Range as the sun retreats. Stay Two Nights: El Questro Wilderness Park, Emma Gorge Resort (B/L/D)
El Questro Wilderness Park, Emma Gorge
Cross the Pentecost River into El Questro Wilderness Park, covering a staggering one million acres. Soak in the delectable hot pools of Zebedee Springs, and leave feeling refreshed and revitalised. Afterwards, visit the station township and take a moment to unwind. Tonight, absorb the serene surroundings before indulging in a delicious dinner with your fellow travellers. (B/L/D)
El Questro, Wyndham, Parrys Lagoon
After a hearty breakfast, continue exploring the remarkable El Questro Wilderness Park. Hike to the picturesque Emma Gorge and take a revitalising swim. Afterwards, head to Wyndham and view the breathtaking Cambridge Gulf from the spectacular Five Rivers Lookout. Enjoy lunch at an iconic outback pub before visiting the serene Parry's Lagoon, a splendid birdwatcher's paradise. Stay Two Nights: Kununurra Country Club Resort (B/L/D)
Ord River, Lake Kununurra
Explore the beauty of Kununurra this morning at leisure before travelling to the majestic Lake Argyle, the largest man-made lake in the Southern Hemisphere. Join a spectacular wildlife cruise on the mighty Ord River. From modern shaded vessels, discover a fascinating ecological system that has developed from the damming of the Ord River at two locations to create an area rich in wildlife, flora and undeniable beauty. Enjoy a mesmerising sunset while cruising on the tranquil Lake Kununurra. This evening, spend your time at leisure or simply relax at your hotel. (B/L/D)
Purnululu National Park, Echidna Chasm
Depart Kununurra and journey to Purnululu National Park, one of Australia's most stunning natural landscapes. The park is home to the famed black and orange striped domes of the Bungle Bungle Range, ascending to 578 metres above sea level. Standing over a grass-covered plain, steep cliffs form the western face. Created by the constant erosion of river movements over a staggering 20 million years, the range has both geological and Indigenous cultural significance. It is an imposing sight and one that you are sure to remember forever. Join a hike along a Livistona palm-fringed trail into Echidna Chasm, a spectacular natural cleft in the rock. Settle into the tranquil ambience of the Bungle Bungle Wilderness Lodge, located in the heart of this stunning national park. Enjoy a delicious dinner and share your adventures with your fellow travellers. Stay Two Nights: EXCLUSIVE! Bungle Bungle Wilderness Lodge (B/L/D)
Piccaninny Creek, Cathedral Gorge
Explore the magic of Purnululu for yourself and discover the depth of the Bungle Bungle Range. Walk along Piccaninny Creek, a winding gorge within the Bungle Bungle domes. Your next stop is the natural amphitheatre of Cathedral Gorge, a spacious cavern where the acoustics are astounding. Marvel at the majestic beehive domes as your guide brings the natural history of the range to life. You may like to experience an optional scenic helicopter flight over the domes (own expense). This evening, enjoy sunset drinks as the sun goes down on the Bungle Bungle massif. (B/L/D)
Halls Creek, Fitzroy Crossing
Head to Halls Creek and admire the unusual China Wall. A natural quartz formation that runs six kilometres along the landscape, the wall is an echo of that for which it was named – the Great Wall of China. Continue on towards Fitzroy Crossing, a small settlement situated on the Fitzroy River. Stay: Fitzroy Crossing, Fitzroy River Lodge (B/L/D)
Geikie Gorge, Broome
Travel to Geikie Gorge National Park and explore magnificent Darngku (Geikie Gorge). Flooding of the river has bleached the walls white over time – an intriguing sight that makes it popular with photographers. Board a unique cruise before returning to Broome and the Cable Beach Club Resort & Spa. Stay: Broome, Cable Beach Club Resort & Spa (B/L/D)
Broome, Embark Ship
This morning check out of your hotel and enjoy a short Broome tour before transferring to your expedition ship. Stay 10 Nights: MS Caledonian Sky (B/D)
Adele Island, Buccaneer Archipelago
Arrive at Adele Island today, an important area for breeding seabirds like the Lesser Frigatebird and the Brown Booby. Later, cruise through Buccaneer Archipelago's islands before dinner. (B/L/D)
Talbot Bay, Horizontal Falls
Embark on a high-powered fast boat ride at the unique Horizontal Falls. Later, take a Zodiac excursion to Cyclone Creek and keep an eye out for native birdlife. (B/L/D)
Raft Point, Doubtful Bay, Montgomery Reef
Cruise through Doubtful Bay and then visit a Wandjina art site at Raft Point before witnessing the magnificent Montgomery Reef 'rise' out of the ocean. Board your Zodiac to experience this natural phenomenon up close. (B/L/D)
Careening Bay, Prince Regent Reserve, St George's Basin
Visit Careening Bay, the home of the Mermaid boab tree. Explore Prince Regent Nature Reserve, a protected area, and cruise St George's Basin. (B/L/D)
Prince Frederick Harbour, Hunter River
Arrive at Prince Frederick Harbour, home to soaring red cliffs and an incredible range of wildlife including saltwater crocodiles, then explore the Hunter River. (B/L/D)
Bigge Island
Bigge Island is well known for its Indigenous rock art, which was created by the Wunambal people. In caves throughout the island, see examples of first contact art and the mysterious Wandjina figures. (B/L/D)
Vansittart Bay, Jar Island
Take a 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 its Bradshaw (Gwion Gwion) rock art gallery. (B/L/D)
Koolama Bay, King George River and Falls
Wake up in Koolama Bay before arriving at King George River. The highlight is sure to be King George Falls. (B/L/D)
At sea
Relax and enjoy your ship's facilities. (B/L/D)
Disembark Ship, Depart Darwin
Disembark in Darwin after breakfast and be transferred to the airport or to your hotel. (B)
APT Inclusions
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Journey Highlights
  • Enjoy drinks as the sun sets over the Bungle Bungle Range
  • Discover El Questro Wilderness Park, including the thermal Zebedee Springs
  • Take an unforgettable helicopter flight over Mitchell Falls 
  • Admire impressive Indigenous Wandjina and Bradshaw rock art 
  • Take a high-powered fast boat ride through the iconic Horizontal Falls
  • Explore amazing Montgomery Reef
  • Marvel at the incredible Indigenous rock art of Bigge Island
  • Admire King George Falls, the tallest single drop falls in Western Australia
Trip Inclusions
  • 10 night Kimberley Coast cruise aboard APT's exclusive expedition small ship the MS Caledonian Sky
  • All-inclusive sightseeing experiences in up to 40 locations
  • Daily excursions on Zodiac or Xplorer vessel 
  • APT Driver-Guide and Expedition Leader
  • Small groups of no more than 20 guests on your 4WD land journey 
  • Transfers, port charges, sightseeing and park fees 
MS Caledonian Sky
  • Featuring just 57 suites with a maximum of 110 passengers, personalised attention is assured thanks to your crew of 75. This small ship is equipped with the latest safety, navigation and communications equipment, as well as roll stabilisers to minimise the ship's motion.
  • Get up close to the action faster, thanks to the 10 Zodiac vessels. This means guests can explore together, resulting in less time waiting and more time discovering.
  • Enjoy all meals included on board, with a selection of wine, beer, spirits, soft drinks and juices as well as tea and coffee served at your discretion throughout the day. Wi-Fi internet is also included for your convenience.
  • Spacious suites provide the elegance and state-of-the-art amenities of a boutique hotel. Each suite is at least 20 metres square – almost twice the size of suites on some other cruise ships her size, while a large number of suites have their very own private balconies. All suites feature ocean views, a sitting area and ensuite.
  • Take advantage of alfresco dining on the Lido Deck, unwind on the Sun Deck or enjoy a drink in the Panorama Lounge. You will also find a library, small gym and a hair salon.
Included Meals
  • 70 meals and exclusive beverage package on your cruise
  • Enjoy 24 Breakfasts, 22 Lunches and 24 Dinners
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
  • Weather events may cause disruption to itineraries
  • Travel insurance is mandatory on all cruises
  • Activity Level: Active – This tour includes some longer, more challenging hikes over uneven terrain
  • Prices are for land/cruise only. Flights not included
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Average Age: 45-60+ years
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