El Questro, Gorges & Purnululu with Coastal Cruise (MS Caledonian Sky) (Land in Reverse)

21 Day Small Group Tour & Cruise from Darwin to Broome with APT

Book online and enjoy exclusive savings on APT's 21 Day El Questro, Gorges & Purnululu with Coastal Cruise (MS Caledonian Sky) (Land in Reverse). Explore the wild and beautiful Kimberley region on a 4WD adventure staying at Bungle Bungle Wilderness Lodge and El Questro station. Cruise from Darwin on the MS Caledonian Sky...read more

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1 Arrive Darwin, Embark Ship
Arrive in Darwinand be transferred to your expedition ship where you can settle in to your well-appointed suite or stateroom. Get to know your fellow guests, and Expedition Team during a Welcome Dinner tonight. Stay 10 Nights: MS Caledonian Sky (D)
2 At sea
Get acquainted with your expedition ship as you enjoy informative lectures from your Expedition Team on board while spending a day at sea en route to the spectacular KimberleyCoast. Learn about the fascinating ecology of Australia’s most remote coastline, one that is dominated by some of the most dramatic tidal conditions on Earth. Hear stories of the rich World War II history and get prepared to discover ancient Indigenous culture that dates back for tens of thousands of years. Take time to relax as you feel the pleasant pristine air of the Timor Sea fill your lungs and then take advantage of the Open Bridge policy for the chance to make acquaintances with your ship’s Captain. After dinner tonight, make your way to the Lounge for the evening entertainment. (B/L/D)
3 Koolama Bay, King George River and Falls
Wake up this morning on the Kimberley Coast as your ship cruises into Koolama Bay. Once known as Cape Ruilhieres, hear how this spectacular harbour was renamed following the Japanese bombing of the MV Koolama in 1942, while carrying 91 passengers, 89 crew and a cargo of war supplies destined for the Australian Army at Wyndham. Arrive at King George River and board your ship’s fleet of Zodiacs with an Expedition Team member. Meander through the gorge system, travelling 12 kilometres upstream to discover hidden mangrove-fringed coves and 100-metre-high red-cliffs. (B/L/D)

Signature Experiences:
  • While exploring the King George River, the highlight is sure to be King George Falls, plunging 80 metres over a magnificent sandstone cliff. Get up close to this spectacular cascade and learn how it turns to a raging torrent during the monsoonal wet season.
4 Vansittart Bay, Jar Island
Join your Expedition Team to take an informative walk across salt flats at Vansittart Bay to view the wreckage of a US Air Force C-53 which crash landed on the beach during World War II. The C-53 is a modified civilian Douglas DC-3 airliner, an aircraft used extensively during World War II by the Allies. Later, visit Jar Island and see examples of the Kimberley’s mysterious Gwion Gwion (formerly Bradshaw) paintings, dating back some 20,000 years. These stylised figures give impressions of movement, depicting people involved in ritual dancing, complete with elaborate clothing including tassels hanging from the arms and waist. The style of these paintings are very distinctive. (B/L/D)
5 Bigge Island
Discover Bigge Island today, off the coast of the Kimberley, approximately six kilometres from the mainland. In caves throughout the island, see examples of first contact art depicting European tall ships dating from the 15th to 18th century. Learn how the mysterious Wandjina figures are unique to the Kimberley, to the Wunambal, the Wandjina is the supreme Creator and a symbol of fertility and rain who comes to the Kimberley every wet season to bring life. This belief in a single Creator or God is unique to the Kimberley. Many of the Wandjina art sites are still repainted each year as a tradition which reconnects the Wunambal to their Creator. Having been repainted annually for the past 5,000 years, this is thought to be the oldest continuous sacred painting tradition on the planet. (B/L/D)

Signature Experiences:
  • Bigge Island is well known for its Indigenous rock art, which was created by the Wunambal people.
6 Prince Frederick Harbour, Hunter River, Mitchell Falls
Arrive at Prince Frederick Harbour, home to soaring red cliffs and mangroves. With its extreme tides and pristine ecosystems, there is an incredible range of wildlife to discover here including saltwater crocodiles, mudskippers and a plethora of bird species including kingfishers, egrets, herons and the majestic white-bellied sea eagles. Board a Zodiac with your Expedition Team to explore the Hunter River, then visit Naturalist Island where an optional helicopter flight to Mitchell Fallsdeparts (own expense, guests are advised to pre-register interest). (B/L/D)
7 Careening Bay, Prince Regent Reserve
Visit Careening Bay, the home of the historic Mermaid Boab Tree, where in 1820 Lieutenant Phillip Parker King used the area’s massive tides to beach his damaged ship, the HMC Mermaid to repair a leak in the ship’s hull. One of King’s crew members carved the ship’s name in a Boab Tree that overlooks the bay, and today you have the chance to see for yourself a living piece of Australian colonial history. Continue on to explore Prince Regent Nature Reserve, a protected area that is only accessible by boat and is recognised as a national biodiversity hotspot. Spend time in the picturesque area of Hanover Bay and perhps visit St George Basin by Zodiac to see saltwater crocodiles and numerous marine creatures if tidal conditions permit. (B/L/D)
8 Montgomery Reef, Doubtful Bay, Raft Point
Cruise through Doubtful Bay, an amazing location for whale watching during the season. Later, travel ashore at Raft Point to visit an ancient Wandjina rock art site, gaining a unique perspective from a local Indigenous guide (when available). The Wandjina is known as a living art tradition as these stunning figures are ritually repainted, however scientific estimates show that the original depictions date as far back as 5,000 years. These figures, identified as having a distinctive plate-like face with no mouth, are said to show a powerful creator being. (B/L/D)

Signature Experiences:
  • 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 and discover the reef’s diverse marine life. Keep an eye out for unique bird life and turtles who may pop their heads up from time to time.
9 Talbot Bay, Horizontal Falls
Cruise through to Talbot Bay, known for its massive 12-metre tides that create an amazing spectacle, the incredible Horizontal Falls. David Attenborough described these impressive tides as “one the greatest natural wonders of the world.” Later, take a Zodiac cruise through Cyclone Creek to see dramatic folding in the rock formations and keep an eye out for native birdlife and saltwater crocodiles. (B/L/D)

Signature Experiences:
  • Subject to tidal conditions, embark on a ride through Horizontal Falls on a high-powered fast boat.
10 Buccaneer Archipelago, Adele Island
Arrive in the spectacular Buccaneer Archipelago, home to more than 800 islands. Cruise to Adele Island and board your ship’s Zodiacs with your Expedition Team to explore this remote and isolated island. The island is classified by BirdLife International as an Important Bird Area for sea birds and waders and is an important habitat for breeding frigatebirds, brown boobies, cormorants and Australian pelicans. The island is surrounded by Adele Reef which is home to soft and hard corals and a large variety of marine life including reef sharks and stingrays. Savour a Farewell Dinner this evening with new-found friends as you sail towards the historic pearling town of Broome. (B/L/D)
11 Disembark Ship, Broome
After breakfast on board this morning, the time has come to bid farewell to your wonderful crew as you disembark your ship for the last time. Enjoy a short Broome orientation tour before being transferred to Cable Beach Club Resort. Stay:Broome, Cable Beach Club Resort & Spa(B)
12 Gibb River Road, Windjana Gorge, Tunnel Creek, Fitzroy Crossing
Your day starts with a visit to the Boab Prison Tree. Journey along the Gibb River Road to Windjana Gorge and Tunnel Creek. Later, continue to Fitzroy Crossing. Stay:Fitzroy Crossing, Fitzroy River Lodge (B/L/D)
13 Geikie Gorge, Purnululu National Park
Explore magnificent Geikie Gorge. Head to Halls Creek, before arriving at the World Heritage-listed Purnululu National Park, one of Australia’s most stunning natural landscapes. Settle into APT’s exclusive Bungle Bungle Wilderness Lodge. Stay Two Nights: Bungle Bungle Wilderness Lodge (B/L/D)
14 Purnululu National Park, Piccaninny Creek, Cathedral Gorge
Explore the magic of Purnululu for yourself and discover the beauty of the Bungle Bungle Range. Walk along Piccaninny Creek, a winding gorge within the Bungle Bungle domes. Marvel at the majestic beehive domes as your guide brings the natural history of the range to life. Your next stop is the natural amphitheatre of Cathedral Gorge, a spacious cavern where the acoustics are astounding. You may like to experience an optional scenic helicopter flight over the range (own expense). (B/L/D)

Signature Experiences:
  • This evening, enjoy drinks as the sun sets over the striking Bungle Bungle massif.
15 Echidna Chasm, Kununurra
Take a captivating hike to Echidna Chasm, a spectacular natural cleft in the rock. Afterwards, head to Kununurra. Stay:Kununurra Country Club Resort(B/L/D)
16 Ord River, El Questro
Travel to the majestic Lake Argyle and join a spectacular wildlife cruise on the mighty Ord River. From a modern shaded vessel, discover a fascinating ecological system that is rich in wildlife, flora and undeniable beauty. Journey to the incredible El Questro. Stay:El Questro, Emma Gorge Resort(B/L/D)
17 Emma Gorge, Home Valley Station
After a hearty breakfast, continue to explore remarkable El Questro. After lunch, hike to picturesque Emma Gorge, where you can indulge in a refreshing dip in a safe freshwater swimming hole beneath a towering droplet waterfall. Cross the Pentecost River into Home Valley Station, an immense cattle property filled with spellbinding scenery. Head to a superb viewing area as you savour this inspirational setting with sunset drinks, overlooking the Cockburn Range. Later enjoy a delicious dinner at Home Valley Station. Stay:Home Valley Station (B/L/D)

Signature Experiences:
  • Soak in the delectable hot pools of Zebedee Springsand leave feeling revitalised.
18 Manning Gorge, Galvans Gorge, Gibb River Road
This morning ford the mighty Durack River and join back up with the Gibb River Road. This river flows north below the Durack Range, both named in 1882 after explorer and Kimberley pioneer Michael Durack. At beautiful Manning Gorge, you’ll enjoy lunch in the shade of Boab trees. Travel through the heart of Kimberley cattle country to discover the beautifully secluded Galvans Gorge, where a short walk leads to a picturesque waterhole, perhaps cool down with a refreshing swim. Later, arrive at Bell Gorge Wilderness Lodge for dinner. Stay Two Nights: Bell Gorge Wilderness Lodge (B/L/D)
19 Bell Gorge, Hike and Swim
Travel to Bell Gorge, where stunning cliffs surround a series of tiered waterholes. You have the option to take an energetic hike to the lower pool of the gorge and enjoy a dip below the cascading waterfall. (B/L/D)
20 Bell Gorge, Derby, Broome
Travel into Wilinggin King Leopold Range Conservation Park through to Derby and visit the Mowanjum Art and Culture Centre. Return to Broome and arrive at the iconic Cable Beach Club Resort & Spa. Perhaps watch a sensational sunset from the perfectly positioned Sunset Bar and Grill. Stay:Broome, Cable Beach Club Resort & Spa(B/L)
21 Broome, Depart
Discover the delights of Cable Beach Club Resort and Spa as you enjoy your day at leisure before transferring to the airport for your flight home. (B)

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Journey Highlights
  • Explore the sandstone gorge carved by King George River to the 80 metre cascade of King George Falls, the highest in WA
  • Soak in hot pools of Zebedee Springs, a natural oasis in the heart of Kimberley
  • Enjoy sunset drinks and canapes overlooking the spectacular Bungle BungleMassif as the colours turn from orange to red
Trip Inclusions
  • All-inclusive sightseeing experiences in 29 locations
  • Daily excursions on Zodiac vessels
  • APT Driver-Guide and 10 member Expedition Team
  • 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
  • 56 included meals over the course of your trip
  • Exclusive beverage package on your cruise
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
  • Prices are for land/cruise only. Flights not included

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