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Essence of the Kimberley with Kimberley Coastal Expedition (Reverse)

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 Trip Length
21 Days
 Trip Starts
Broome
 Trip Finishes
Darwin
21 Day Essence of the Kimberley with Kimberley Coastal Expedition (Reverse) Itinerary (APT)
Countries Explored: Australia
Trip Operator
Trip Style
Small Ship Cruise
Departures
Accommodation
4 - 4.5 Star
Max. Group Size
23
Guide Level
Fully Guided, Locally Guided
Trip Code
GKKCB21R
Cruise Line
Ponant
Ship
Ship Class
Ponant Explorers
Passengers
184
Crew
118
Launched
2018

Overview

Book online and enjoy exclusive savings on APT's 21 Day Essence of the Kimberley with Kimberley Coastal Expedition (Reverse). After cruising the ancient Kimberley Coast, head inland to explore the Mitchell Plateau and Purnululu National Park on an epic 4WD adventure. Stay at APT’s exclusive wilderness lodges and discover natural wonders including the iconic Bungle Bungle Range and Mitchell Falls.

Itinerary

Arrive in Broome, where you will be met on arrival and transferred to your hotel. The rest of the day and evening is at leisure. Stay: Broome, Cable Beach Club Resort & Spa

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 cli fs 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 Wunaamin Miliwundi 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: APT's exclusive Bell Gorge Wilderness Lodge (L/D)

Back on the Gibb River Road, travel to Bell Gorge, where stunning cliffs surround a series of tiered waterholes. Sitting approximately 300 metres above sea level, Bell Gorge is an idyllic natural spot for swimming and photography. Here you can also enjoy a spot of birdwatching. If you are feeling particularly energetic, you can hike to the lower pool of the gorge and take a relaxing dip below the cascading waterfall. (B/L/D)

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. Continue to the beautiful Manning Creek, 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.

Later ford the mighty Durack River before arriving at Emma Gorge Resort, located at El Questro, a sprawling wilderness area which covers 700,000 acres. Settle in before enjoying dinner this evening. Stay Two Nights: El Questro, Emma Gorge Resort (B/L/D)

This morning hike to Emma Gorge where you'll be rewarded with a swim beneath a towering droplet waterfall. Enjoy lunch at El Questro Station, before relaxing at Zebedee Springs. Enjoy dinner this evening back at Emma Gorge Resort. (B/L/D)

Signature Experiences:
  • Head to Zebedee Springs, a permanent natural thermal spring tucked away in a secluded pocket of rainforest. Relax as you soak in the hot springs and leave feeling revitalised.

After a hearty breakfast, travel to Kununurra, the gateway to the eastern Kimberley and home of the Ord River Scheme, and the majestic Lake Argyle, the largest constructed 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. Stay: Kununurra Country Club Resort (B/L/D)

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 palm-fringed trail into Echidna Chasm, a spectacular natural 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: APT's exclusive Bungle Bungle Wilderness Lodge (B/L/D)

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). (B/L/D)

Signature Experiences:
  • Enjoy drinks as you take in a sensational sunset over the striking Bungle Bungles.

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 the Great Wall of China, after which it was named.

Continue on towards Fitzroy Crossing, a small settlement situated on the Fitzroy River. Stay: Fitzroy Crossing, Fitzroy River Lodge (B/L/D)

Travel to Yiyili for a Signature Experience, then return to Broome this afternoon. Say farewell to your Driver-Guide and your fellow land journey guests, before enjoying an evening at leisure in Broome. Stay: Broome, Cable Beach Club Resort & Spa (B/L)

Signature Experiences:
  • Treasure a special visit to the Yiyili community, admiring Indigenous art at the Laari Gallery before immersing yourself into Gooniyandi culture with a language class.

After a relaxed morning at leisure, be transferred to your luxurious expedition ship this afternoon. A relaxed dinner this evening sets the tone for the next 10 nights onboard. Stay 10 Nights: Le Laperouse or Le Jacques Cartier (B/D)

The Lacepede Islands are Western Australia's most important breeding habitat for Green Turtles (Chelonia mydas) and have been named by BirdLife International as an Important Bird Area. Join your expedition team for a guided Zodiac tour to view the prolific wildlife.

Later, your ship charts a course into the stunning Buccaneer Archipelago. Made up of more than 800 islands, and filled with stunning scenery and an incredible array of wildlife. (B/L/D)

Explore Talbot Bay and Cyclone Creek. Accompanied by your Expedition Leader, you'll weave nimbly past the dramatic folds of rock formations, keeping a look out for local wildlife. (B/L/D)

Signature Experiences:
  • Today your ship cruises through to Talbot Bay, known for its massive 12-metre tides that create the unique Horizontal Falls. Subject to tidal conditions, board a Zodiac with your expedition team to view this natural phenomenon.

At Freshwater Cove take a guided hike to visit an ancient Wandjina rock art site. The unique figures depicted are ritually repainted each year, but scientific estimates date the originals as far back as 5,000 years.

Later, depart with your expedition team to discover Montgomery Reef by Zodiac. The reef rises out of the ocean as tidal waters cascade into surrounding channels. Indigenous guide when available. (B/L/D)

You are transported to Prince Frederick Harbour today, which is home to towering red cliffs and tangled mangroves. With its extreme tides and pristine ecosystems, the harbour is rich in wildlife including mudskippers and saltwater crocodiles. Keen birdwatchers should keep a careful eye out for kingfishers, egrets, herons and white-bellied sea eagles.

Stepping out from the sleek comfort of your ship to your trusty Zodiac, it's hard to believe you're at Australia's final frontier, this time to explore the Hunter River and Naturalists Island. As your day of discovery draws to a close, you might choose to set out on a thrilling helicopter flight to see the Mitchell Falls in all its splendour from above (flight at own expense). (B/L/D)

Discover paintings that display fascinating examples of first-contact art and Wandjina figures on Bigge Island. (B/L/D)

Signature Experiences:
  • Approximately six kilometres from the mainland, Bigge Island is ripe for discovery today. It's well known for its Indigenous rock art, created by the Wunambal people, and you'll explore a network of caves throughout the island.

Explore this maze of islands, inlets and peninsulas, believed to have been named by explorer Lieutenant Phillip Parker King after novelist Jonathan Swift, author of Gulliver's Travels. Most significant here are extraordinary examples of Wandjina and Gwion Gwion (Bradshaw) rock art, estimated to have been created between 5,000 and 13,000 years ago. They can be seen in caves close to the water's edge, mainly painted on rock overhangs. (B/L/D)

This morning join your expedition team on an intriguing discovery. Walk across salt flats to view the wreckage of a US Air Force DC3 which crash-landed near Vansittart Bay during World War II.

Later, visit Jar Island and discover the island's outstanding rock art gallery. During your exploration here, you'll see more examples of Gwion Gwion (Bradshaw) paintings, dating back more than 20,000 years. (B/L/D)

Wake this morning as your ship cruises into Koolama Bay. Hear how this harbour was renamed following the Japanese bombing of the MV Koolama in 1942. Next, it's onto the King George River. Join your expedition team and jump aboard a Zodiac to meander through the river's gorge system, passing mangrove-fringed coves and sheer red cliffs. (B/L/D)

Signature Experiences:
  • Anticipation builds as your Zodiac approaches King George Falls, which plunge 80 metres over a soaring sandstone cliff. Edge closer to this epic cascade and learn how it turns to a raging torrent during the monsoonal wet season.

Relax and ease into a full day at sea, enjoying the endless horizon. Perhaps take a swim in the onboard pool, pamper yourself in the wellness area, or head below deck to your ship's underwater observation area for a stunning window into marine life below the ocean's surface. (B/L/D)

Arriving into Darwin this morning means it's time to say goodbye to your ship and to be transferred to the airport. (B)

Trip Inclusions

  • View the incredible natural phenomenon Horizontal Falls
  • Join your Expedition Team to explore Montgomery Reef by Zodiac
  • Discover ancient Indigenous rock art in a number of Kimberley locations

  • Experiences in 25 destinations
  • The services of an APT cruise director and expert 12-member expedition team
  • Price includes airport transfers, port charges and park fees

  • Locally-inspired dining – a total of 55 meals and a wide range of onboard beverages

  • 10 nights aboard the luxury Le Laperouse or Le Jacques Cartier ship with daily excursions on Zodiac vessels
  • Stay at APT's exclusive network of Wilderness Lodges

  • Itinerary and inclusions are subject to change
  • High Zodiac Activity – This expedition cruise uses Zodiacs for most excursions
  • Travel insurance is mandatory on all cruises
  • Cruising itineraries are subject to change due to tidal conditions and may be modified on board your ship
  • Weather may cause disruptions to itinerary, especially in remote locations
  • Activity Level: Active; This tour includes some longer, more challenging hikes over uneven terrain
  • Prices are for land/cruise only. Flights not included unless specified
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Deck Plans

 
Deluxe Stateroom
 
Deluxe Suite
Deck 3
 
Prestige Stateroom
 
Deluxe Suite
Deck 4
 
Prestige Stateroom
 
Deluxe Suite
 
Privilege Suite
 
Grand Deluxe Suite
Deck 5
 
Prestige Stateroom
 
Deluxe Suite
 
Privilege Suite
 
Grand Deluxe Suite
 
Owners Suite
Deck 6
Deck 7

Cabins

Deluxe Stateroom

  • Deluxe Stateroom, 19 sq m
  • Private balcony
  • King-size bed or twin beds
  • Individually-controlled air-conditioning
  • Shower, French bath products with hairdryer & bath robes
  • Minibar
  • Flat screen Satellite TV
  • Desk with stationery and personal safe
  • Internet access WiFi, Video on demand, iPod players, Direct line telephone
  • 24hr room service

Prestige Stateroom

  • Prestige Stateroom, 19 sq m
  • Private balcony
  • King-size bed or twin beds
  • Individually-controlled air-conditioning
  • Shower, French bath products with hairdryer & bath robes
  • Minibar
  • Flat screen Satellite TV
  • Desk with stationery and personal safe
  • Internet access WiFi, Video on demand, iPod players, Direct line telephone
  • 24hr room service

Deluxe Suite

  • Deluxe Suite, 27 sq m
  • Private balcony
  • Individually-controlled air-conditioning
  • King-size bed or twin beds and sofa
  • Shower,  French bath products with hairdryer & bath robes
  • Minibar
  • Flat screen Satellite TV
  • Desk with stationery and personal safe
  • Internet access WiFi, Video on demand, iPod players, Direct line telephone
  • 24hr room service

Privilege Suite

  • Privilege Suite, 32 sq m
  • Private balcony
  • Individually-controlled air-conditioning
  • King-size bed or twin beds and sofa
  • Shower,  French bath products with hairdryer & bath robes
  • Minibar
  • Flat screen Satellite TV
  • Desk with stationery and personal safe
  • Internet access WiFi, Video on demand, iPod players, Direct line telephone
  • 24hr room service

Grand Deluxe Suite

  • Grand Deluxe Suite, 45 sq m
  • Private balcony
  • Individually-controlled air-conditioning
  • King-size bed or twin beds and sofa
  • Shower,  French bath products with hairdryer & bath robes
  • Minibar
  • Flat screen Satellite TV
  • Desk with stationery and personal safe
  • Internet access WiFi, Video on demand, iPod players, Direct line telephone
  • 24hr room service

Owners Suite

  • Owners Suite, 45 sq m
  • Private balcony
  • Individually-controlled air-conditioning
  • King-size bed or twin beds
  • Shower & Bathtub + Jacuzzi on terrace
  • Individually-controlled air-conditioning
  • King-size bed or twin beds and sofa
  • French bath products with hairdryer & bath robes
  • Minibar
  • Flat screen Satellite TV
  • Desk with stationery and personal safe
  • Internet access WiFi, Video on demand, iPod players, Direct line telephone
  • 24hr room service

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Kimberley & Outback Wilderness Adventures

APT Kimberley & Outback Wilderness Adventures (2024)

Australia’s vast Kimberley region is one of the world’s last true wilderness frontiers. Uncover 420,000 square kilometres of ancient landscapes and boab-studded plains. In the outback, your senses are heightened as you enter a boundless landscape alive with Indigenous culture and powerful echoes of an ancient history. Its stark beauty is majestic to...more behold. Queensland boasts a coastline defined by magnificent islands and reefs, as well as a fascinating and rugged interior. Whether you want to journey to the ends of the land or find yourself within its spiritual centre, APT offer a wide range of remote journey.

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Prestige Stateroom D6 $ 2,750
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Deluxe Suite D4 $ 7,300
Deluxe Suite D5 $ 7,300
Deluxe Suite D6 $ 7,300
Privilege Suite D5 $ 13,200
Privilege Suite D6 $ 13,200
Grand Deluxe Suite $ 14,000
Owners Suite $ 18,000
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