27 July 2018 • 14 Night Kimberley Expedition • Fly, Cruise & Stay Package

  • Pricing

    Per person twin share | 

    18 m² | Private balcony | 24hr room service | King size bed or twin beds| Minibar plus more 

    Twin Deluxe Balcony  $11,755 

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      Twin PR4 Prestige Balcony  –  $12,855  


     Twin PR5 Prestige Balcony  –  $13,365


      Twin PR6 Prestige Balcony  –  $13,895


     Single pricing

    Single Deluxe Balcony  –  $16,635


     Inclusions

    - Return economy class airfare** from Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne, Adelaide or Perth to Broome and ex Darwin on return inc taxes
    - One way shuttle bus transfer from Broome airport to hotel
    - 2 nights accommodation at the Kimberley Sands Hotel, Broome with daily breakfast
    - One way shuttle bus transfer from Broome hotel to port
    - 10 night Kimberley 2018 Expedition cruise aboard L`Austral from Broome to Darwin including: All meals while on board the ship (from dinner on the day of embarkation to breakfast on the day of disembarkation) | Captain`s welcome cocktail and gala dinner | Open Bar (pouring wines, house champagne, alcohol except premium brands) | Evening entertainment and events | Room service 24h (special selection) | Highly qualified bilingual French/English expedition team | Zodiac excursions | Park entry fees into protected areas (where applicable) | Port taxes
    - One way shuttle bus transfer from Darwin port to hotel
    - 2 nights accommodation at the Hilton Darwin in a Guest Harbour View Room with daily breakfast
    - One way shuttle bus transfer from Darwin hotel to airport

  • Itinerary – 27 July to 10 August 2018

    Iconic Kimberley

    Day 1: Friday 27 July – Broome, Western Australia
    Fly to Broome today and transfer to your hotel

    Day 2: Saturday 28 July – Broome, Western Australia
    Enjoy Broome at your leisure today. Broome is a beach resort town in Western Australia’s Kimberley region. Along its Indian Ocean coastline, the white sands of 22km-long Cable Beach offer a dramatic backdrop for sunset camel rides. At Gantheaume Point nearby, dinosaur tracks are revealed in the beach’s red rocks during low tide. Broome’s historic Chinatown overlooks Roebuck Bay, a jumping off point for cruises to local pearl farms.

    Day 3: Sunday 29 July – Broome, Western Australia – depart 6pm
    Transfer to port and embark on your expedition cruise aboard L’Austral

    Day 4: Monday 30 July – Lacepede Islands, Western Australia
    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 (IBA). The breeding colony of Brown Boobies is possibly the largest in the world. Up to 20,000 Roseate Terns have also been recorded here. Other birds breeding on the islands include Masked Boobies, Australian Pelicans, Lesser Frigatebirds, Eastern Reef Egrets, Silver Gulls, Crested, Bridled and Lesser Crested Terns, Common Noddies, Pied and Sooty Oystercatchers. Join your expedition team for a guided zodiac tour to view the prolific wildlife. Due to the sensitive nature of the environment, landings are prohibited on the Lacepede Islands.Image result for darwin ponant

    Day 5: Tuesday 31 July – Talbot Bay, Western Australia
    Described by Sir David Attenborough as “One of the greatest wonders of the natural world” the “Horizontal Waterfalls” are an iconic location and one of the premier tourist attractions of the West Kimberley. They are a pair of stunning breaks in the McLarty Range approximately 300m apart. With massive tidal differences of up to 10.8m on a spring tide, the “Horizontal Waterfalls” are created as seawater builds up faster on one side of the gaps than the other, creating a waterfall up to 4m high on a King tide. Today’s Zodiac excursion will be timed, where possible, to coincide with the greatest tidal movement through the gaps. The amount of actual flow in the “falls” will vary depending on the tide movement on the day.

    Day 6: Wednesday 1 August – Freshwater CoveImage result for freshwater cove ponant
    Wijingarra Bard Bard (Freshwater Cove), It is a special place to the Worrorra people and provides a unique opportunity for visitors to hear the stories of the Lalai (creation) and gain an understanding of how country and culture intertwine in this beautiful landscape. Worrorra are saltwater people, and along with the Ngarinyin and Wunambal tribes, they are part of the shared Wandjina culture and belief system. The Wandjina is their supreme spiritual being who created the landscape during Lalai (creation time). Today guests have the opportunity to hear stories of the Lalai and join a guided walk with the traditional custodians and members of the expedition team to view the significant sites of Wijingarra Bard Bard.

    Day 7: Thursday 2 August – Montgomery Reef | Raft Point, Western Australia
    The tidal movements in the Kimberley are nothing short of massive, in fact the Kimberley has the third largest tidal range of anywhere on the planet. Montgomery Reef is a spectacular example of the impact of these tides as the entire reef appears to rise from the ocean. As the tide drops a raging torrent of water cascades off the top of the reef. At just under 400km2 in size it is Australia’s largest inshore reef, containing large areas of shallow lagoon, seagrass beds and corals. Your Zodiac expedition today will take you to the exposed reef system with its cascading mini-waterfalls to witness the amazing tide induced phenomena first hand. The actual scale of the phenomena is strictly governed by the tides on the day.

    Day 8: Friday 3 August – Hunter River, Western Australia
    Arguably one of the most scenic parts of the Kimberley coast, Prince Frederick Harbour and the Hunter River are lined with ancient rainforest pockets, pristine mangroves and mosaic sandstone cliffs. They are considered to be some of the most pristine mangrove forests in the world, containing up to 18 different species, supporting a rich and diverse fauna. The sandstone escarpment at the river mouth, known as “Kampamantiya” rises over 200 metres high before giving way to extensive mud banks and mangrove forests home to numerous bird species and the iconic saltwater crocodile. Our expert Expedition Team will share their knowledge with you as you explore this pristine mangrove environment by zodiac keeping a constant lookout for wildlife.

    Day 9: Saturday 4 August – Swift BayImage result for freshwater cove ponant
    The Bonaparte Archipelago, is a stunningly rugged maze of islands stretching almost 150km along Western Australia’s remote Kimberley coast. Its colour and scale conspire to take ones’ breath away. Its distant location has meant it has remained an unspoilt and remarkably pristine location to explore and experience. Phillip Parker King named “Swift’s bay” after Jonathon Swift (1667-1745) the author of Gulliver’s travels. The ‘T’ shaped bay is composed of heavily fractured sandstone providing an abundance of rock shelters. On the walls of these shelters are examples of both Wandjina and Gwion Gwion style rock art. Join your expedition team ashore for a guided walk to a number of rock art galleries depicting these unique rock art styles.

    Day 10: Sunday 5 August – Vansittart Bay, Western Australia
    Jar Island contains ancient rock art galleries depicting the Gwion Gwion style unique to the Kimberley region. Mainly neglected by, or unknown to, the early European researchers of Aboriginal culture in the Kimberley in favour of the dominant & more dramatic Wandjina art, Gwion Gwion art has in recent years gained world prominence. It is generally thought that this art may extend back to over 30,000 years BP & represent the first wave of seagoing colonisers of the Australian continent. As it is, these are the oldest detailed depiction of human figures in the world. Join your Expedition Team ashore for a short walk, past some fascinating rock formations, to the site of the Gwion Gwion art galleries.

    Day 11: Monday 6 August – King George River, Western Australia
    The journey up the King George River is nothing short of breathtaking. The 80m high sides of the gorge display varying degrees of weathering of the ancient Warton sandstone. The colours and textures of the gorge change with the light as you travel further up the river creating a continual changing scenery that is simply stunning. The journey culminates at the King George twin falls; the highest single-drop falls in the whole of the Kimberley (80m or 260ft). Fed by wet season run-off the level of water cascading over the falls varies from year to year. Your Expedition Team will escort you in either the Zodiacs or ships tenders to the foot of the twin falls, and explain all about the stunning geological formations of the canyon.

    Day 12: Tuesday 7 August – At seaImage result for freshwater cove ponant

    Day 13: Wednesday 8 August – Darwin, Northern Territory – Arrive 6am
    Darwin is located in Australia’s Northern Territory which is also known as the “Top End”. It is the capital city and the most populated town of the Northern Territory. Darwin is a beautiful tropical city, a melting pot of people and cultures, over 50 different cultures live and work side by side that prides itself in its unique and friendly laid-back lifestyle. Discover the new Parliamant House opened in 1994, a magnificent example of tropical architecture and Admiralty House declared heritage place, a tropical-style home elevated on stilts that has survived two cyclones and numerous air raids. You will also enjoy the bustling waterfront on the Timor Sea.

    Day 14: Thursday 9 August, Darwin, Northern Territory
    Transfer to hotel, Darwin at leisure. Darwin is the capital of Australia’s Northern Territory and a former frontier outpost. It’s also a gateway to massive Kakadu National Park. Its popular waterfront area has several beaches and green areas like Bicentennial Park. Also near the water is the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, displaying Southeast Asian and Pacific art, plus a pearling lugger and other seafaring vessels.

    Day 15: Friday 10 August – Darwin, Northern Territory

    Transfer to airport today for your flight home

  • Only one date available – 27 July to 10 August 2018

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