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Australia's Coast - Cruise, Colors & Culture From $8,499 PP*

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Overview

The Top End of Australia offers stunning landscapes that change from vibrant greens to burnt ochres, Indigenous art and culture as well as some of the most magical places you will ever see. Explore them by land as well as sea on this vacation of the Top End and the Kimberleys.

Highlight inclusions

  • Let the magical Top End and the impressive Kimberley share their many stories with you as you journey into the heart of this unbelievable region.
  • Experience the many delights of the World Heritage-listed Kakadu National Park. Visit billabongs, spot crocodiles and immerse yourself in the ancient stories of this land.
  • The 10-day voyage from Broome, takes you on a journey back in time. From the remarkable Horizontal Falls, described by David Attenborough as "one of the greatest natural wonders of the world," to the pounding Mitchell Falls and King George Falls, see the power of nature at her best.

Package details

  • 2 nights at Adina Apartment Hotel Darwin Waterfront
  • 1 night/1 day at Kakadu and East Alligator River tour including 1 night accommodation and touring
  • 10 night Kimberley Cruise from Darwin to Broome including cabin accommodation, captain's welcome and farewell drinks, services of expedition leader and guest lecturers, landing fees and all meals including morning and afternoon tea with house wine and beer served with lunch and dinner
  • 2 nights at Cable Beach Club Resort and Spa including breakfast daily
  • Private arrival transfer in Darwin and Broome, and from Darwin hotel to Wharf

Package duration: 14 nights
Price: USD$8,499
Book by: 06/30/2018
Travel from: 05/01/2018
Travel by: 09/15/2018

Itinerary details

Day 1

Arrive in Darwin and transfer to your hotel. The remainder of your day is free to explore Darwin at your leisure.

Day 2

Yellow Water, Kakadu National Park, Northern Territory

Join your coach to commence a two-day Kakadu National Park and East Alligator River tour. Depart Darwin and travel along the Arnhem Highway into World Heritage-listed Kakadu National Park. Covering some 20,000 square kilometers, Kakadu is Australia's largest and arguably most famous National Park with vast wetlands and ancient escarpments to floodplains abundant with wildlife. Visit the Warradjan Cultural Centre to view the informative displays depicting the traditions of the Aboriginal people in Kakadu. Then join a local guide for a cruise on the famous Yellow Water Billabong. Search for saltwater crocodiles and the colorful range of birdlife for which this region is renowned. After lunch, stop at Nourlangie Rock where your guide will lead a walk to view ancient Aboriginal rock art galleries.

Day 3

Travel to Ubirr to explore the galleries of ancient Aboriginal artwork and see the views over the surrounding wetlands. After lunch, join the Guluyambi cultural cruise along the East Alligator River with an Aboriginal guide. Watch for a variety of wildlife including crocodiles and learn about the ancient culture and legends of the region. With special permission from the local custodians, disembark on the Arnhem Land side of the river for a short walk into Arnhem Land. Visit the Bowali Visitor Centre then in the late afternoon commence the return journey to Darwin.

Day 4

Saltwater crocodiles, Ramingining, Northern Territory

Transfer to Darwin Wharf to board your cruise vessel. Farewelling Darwin Harbour you cross Cambridge Gulf and sail into Western Australian waters. This afternoon join the expedition staff for an informative introduction to the Kimberley before meeting your fellow travelers and friendly crew at the captain's welcome drinks.

Day 5

Today discover the first of the Kimberley's 'big' rivers, the mighty King George. Aboard Explorer, the specially designed excursion vessel, you will explore scenic gorges, and in the inflatable zodiacs, you will cruise close to the base of magnificent King George Falls, the tallest single-drop waterfalls in Western Australia towering some 80 meters above the river below. Later, visit Tranquil Bay for beach walking and exploration.

Day 6

Join the expedition leader on a walk across salt flats to view the wreckage of a U.S. Air Force DC3, which crash-landed on the beach during WWII. Later, visit Jar Island and discover the island's outstanding rock art gallery. The guest lecturers will point out fine examples of the Kimberley's mysterious Bradshaw Paintings (Gwion), dating back some 20,000 years.

Day 7

Mitchell Falls, Kimberley Region, West Australia

After anchoring in Winyalken Bay, travel ashore aboard Explorer to explore the maze of natural sandstone caves known as Hathaway's Hideaway. Later, helicopters are available for optional scenic flights over the Mitchell Plateau for close up views of the mighty four-tiered Mitchell Falls. This evening, enjoy a spectacular Indian Ocean sunset as you indulge in a gourmet Aussie beach BBQ.

Day 8

Discover the rock art gallery on Bigge Island, featuring fine examples of both Wandjina and Bradshaw art. Then, explore Careening Bay, named by Phillip Parker King after his ship HMC Mermaid, was careened during his second voyage of discovery in the Kimberley. The lecturers lead us to the site of a large boab tree baring the inscription "HMC Mermaid - 1820", still clearly visible almost 200 years later.

Day 9

Cruise the mighty Prince Regent River aboard Explorer to breathtaking King Cascades, an unusual and picturesque waterfall cascading over terraced rock formations. Enjoy a picnic lunch at beautiful Camp Creek and a leisurely swim in the fresh water pools.

Day 10

Today savor a truly unforgettable moment, as Montgomery Reef 'rises' out of the ocean as the tide ebbs. Join the expedition staff aboard the Explorer and zodiacs to experience this natural phenomenon up close and discover the reef's diverse marine life including turtles, manta rays and reef sharks. Later, cruise through scenic Doubtful Bay.

Day 11

Cruising through Kuri Bay, home of the south sea pearl industry, travel ashore at Raft Point and visit a secluded and very interesting Aboriginal rock art gallery to view Wandjina art and the mysterious Bradshaw Paintings (Gwion). Later, explore Red Cone Creek and enjoy a cooling dip at Ruby Falls.

Day 12

Buccaneer Archipelago, The Kimberley, Western Australia

Cruise through the Buccaneer Archipelago, home to over 800 islands. In Talbot Bay, the region's 12 meter tides create an amazing spectacle, the unique Horizontal Falls, described by legendary naturalist David Attenborough as "one the greatest natural wonders in the world." Board the zodiacs for an exhilarating, ride through the falls. Later, explore Silica Beach on Hidden Island with its stunning white sands and clear waters.

Day 13

Cruise through Pender Bay (subject to weather and tides) and visit the Lacepede Islands, a series of low islands consisting of coarse sand and coral rubble lying atop a platform reef. The nature reserve has been identified by Bird Life International as an Important Bird Area, supporting up to 18,000 breeding pairs of brown boobies and roseate terns, possibly the largest such population in the world. Board the zodiacs and explore the island's lagoon, keeping an eye out for many species of marine birdlife including Australian pelicans, frigate birds, egrets, gulls and terns. The islands are also renowned as Western Australia's most significant breeding grounds for the green turtle, often seen nesting on the islands. This evening we farewell new-found friends as you enjoy the captain's farewell dinner.

Day 14

Your unforgettable cruise along the Kimberley coast concludes in Broome this morning, where you will be transferred to your Broome hotel for a two-night stay.

Day 15

Streeter's Jetty, Broome, Western Australia

Day at leisure to explore Broome.

Day 16

Depart Broome.

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Terms & Conditions:

*Prices are quoted in USD and are 'from', per person, based on double occupancy. Single supplements apply. Cruise departs Darwin: Apr 6, 27; Jun 29; Jul 20; Aug 10; Sep 10. Itinerary can be taken in reverse. Black-out dates and surcharges may apply to certain dates. Pricing is subject to availability and all prices, itineraries and routings are subject to change without notice. Prices are current at time of posting (11/21/2017) and may differ when you book your travel. CA CST: 2076233-40 | WA ID: 601 684 531