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Coral Discoverer<br>10 Night Voyage to The Kimberley<br>Broome to Darwin

Coral Discoverer
10 Night Voyage to The Kimberley
Broome to Darwin

Ship: Coral Discoverer
Cruise Line: Coral Expeditions
Departures: 
Duration: 10 Nights
Ports: Broome, Lacepede Islands, Horizontal Falls, Buccaneer Archipelago, Ruby Falls, Raft Point, Doubtful Bay, Montgomery Reef, Prince Regent River, King Cascade, Careening Bay, Bigge Island, Mitchell Falls, Vansittart Bay, Jar Island, King George River, King George Falls, Darwin
Airport gateway (Arrival) : Broome
Airport gateway (Departure) : Darwin

Home to towering waterfalls, rugged coastline, ancient Aboriginal art and abundant wildlife, the wild Kimberley is a land of extremes, and there’s no better way to discover it than with the small ship experts who pioneering cruising in the region.

Join us to experience the icons of the Kimberley Coast over ten unforgettable days cruising between Broome and Darwin.Discover remarkable Montgomery Reef and the natural phenomenon of the Horizontal Falls of Talbot Bay. Cruise the Mitchell Plateau and saunter down the Kimberley’s ‘big’ rivers before discovering the majestic King George River with its towering 80-metre twin falls and the ancient Bradshaw (Gwion Gwion) paintings..

This is a land steeped in ancient Indigenous culture and Australia’s pioneering past. Soak up the history of early explorer Phillip Parker King, who first charted this spectacular coastline almost 200 years ago. Two landings most days offer you the opportunity to fully immerse yourself in the ochres of the Kimberley. Aboard our unique ‘Xplorer’ excursion vessel, a tender that fits every guest onboard, and yet small enough to allow access to the smallest bays and inlets, you’ll experience the majesty of the Kimberley in depth. And, our fleet of inflatable Zodiacs, combined with the expert local knowledge of our experienced guides, assures you’re making the most of every minute of your expedition, in comfort.

 

Expedition highlights:

• Experience the unique tidal phenomenon that expose Montgomery Reef and create the unique Horizontal Falls

• Get up close to mighty 4-tier Mitchell Falls aboard a Zodiac

• Experience thundering King George River and get in close to the soaring 80m high falls on a zodiac exccursions

• View and learn about the mysterious Gwion Gwion rock art, the world’s oldest known

• Expert interpretation of Wandjina and Gwion Gwion Rock art

• Possible sightings of dugongs, sea turtles, humpback whales and and rock wallabies

• See marine wildlife of sharks, turtles and rays at Montgomery Reef

• Optional scenic flight to Mitchell Falls (additional cost)

• Explore Hathaway’s Hideaway and the maze of sandstone caves

• Indulge in a remote beach barbeque as the sun sets over the Indian Ocean

• Aboard our Xplorer tender, cruise the Prince Regent River to King Cascades

Itinerary

DAY 1: DEPART BROOME
 
The start of your Kimberley Expedition Cruise. Board your ship at 4.30pm for  a planned 6.00pm departure > Check in to your cabin and participate in safety briefin g> Enjoy the Captain’s welcome drinks with fellow travellers and friendly Coral Expeditions’ crew, > Take in stunning views from the sundeck as we cruise north towards Cape Leveque
 
DAY 2: LACEPEDE ISLANDS
 
Explore Pender Bay on the Damper Peninsula >Visit the Lacepede Islands, a series of low islands consisting of coarse sand and coral rubble lying atop a platform reef (subject to weather and tides) > This nature reserve has been identified by BirdLife International as an Important Bird Area as it supports up to 18,000 breeding pairs of Brown Boobies and Roseate Terns, possibly the largest such population in the world > Disembark to board a Zodiac and explore the island’s lagoon, keeping an eye out for many species of marine birdlife including Australian Pelicans, Frigatebirds, Egrets, Gulls and Terns > The islands are also renowned as Western Australia’s most significant breeding grounds for the Green Turtle, and it is often seen nesting here
 
DAY 3: HORIZONTAL FALLS AND BUCCANEER ARCHIPELAGO
 
Travel ashore to Hidden Island for a walk on the fine white sands of Silica Beach > Cruise through the Buccaneer Archipelago, home to over 800 sandstone islands, created by a drowned coastline > In Talbot Bay the region’s 12 metre tides create an one-of-a-kind spectacle, the unique Horizontal Falls, described by legendary naturalist Sir David Attenborough as “one of the greatest natural wonders in the world” > the amazing power of the falls is revealed when the region’s 12 metre tides turn, forcing millions of litres of water to rush through the narrow gaps between cliffs > board the Zodiacs for an exhilarating ride through the falls
 
DAY 4: RUBY FALLS AND RAFT POINT
 
Cruise through Kuri Bay, home of the south sea pearl industry > travel ashore at imposing Raft Point and visit a secluded and very interesting Aboriginal rock art gallery to view Wandjina art and some of the Kimberley’s most well-preserved Bradshaw Paintings (Gwion Gwion) > explore Red Cone Creek and enjoy a leisurely swim at Ruby Falls
 
DAY 5: DOUBTFUL BAY AND MONTGOMERY REEF
 
Cruise through scenic Doubtful Bay before savoring a truly unforgettable moment as Montgomery Reef ‘rises’ out of the ocean as the tide ebbs > join our Expedition Staff aboard the Xplorer and Zodiacs to experience this natural phenomenon up close and discover the reef’s diverse marine life including turtles, manta rays and reef sharks.
 
DAY 6: PRINCE REGENT RIVER AND KING CASCADES
 
Cruise the mighty Prince Regent River aboard Xplorer to breathtaking King Cascades, an unusual and picturesque waterfall cascading over terraced rock formations > enjoy a picnic lunch at beautiful Camp Creek, where there is also time for a cooling dip in the freshwater pools
 
DAY 7: CAREENING BAY AND BIGGE ISLAND
 
Explore Careening Bay; named by early explorer Phillip Parker King after his ship ‘HMC Mermaid’ was careened for repairs during his second voyage of discovery in the Kimberley > our Expedition Team will lead us to the site of a remarkable boab tree bearing the inscription “HMC Mermaid – 1820”, still clearly visible almost 200 years later > discover the rock art gallery on Bigge Island featuring fine examples of both Wandjina and Bradshaw art > hear from our Guest Lecturers about these traditional art forms and the myths from the dreamtime that inspired them
 
DAY 8: HATHAWAY'S HIDEAWAY AND MITCHELL FALLS
 
Anchor in Winyalken Bay > travel ashore aboard Xplorer to explore the maze of natural sandstone caves known as Hathaway’s Hideaway > consider an optional scenic heli-flight over the Mitchell Plateau for close up views of the mighty four-tiered Mitchell Falls (additional expense) > this evening enjoy a spectacular Indian Ocean sunset as we indulge in a gourmet Aussie Beach BBQ
 
DAY 9: VANSITTART BAY DC3 AND JAR ISLAND
 
Join our Expedition Leader on 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 > visit Jar Island and discover the island’s outstanding rock art gallery > with our Guest Lecturers, see fine examples of the Kimberley’s mysterious Bradshaw Paintings (Gwion Gwion), dating back some 20,000 years
 
DAY 10: KING GEORGE RIVER AND FALLS
 
Visit secluded Tranquil Bay for beach walking and exploration > discover the mighty King George River, one of the Kimberley’s ‘big’ rivers and the last we will encounter > board Xplorer and explore scenic gorges > take to our inflatable Zodiacs and cruise close to the base of magnificent King George Falls, the tallest single-drop waterfalls in Western Australia, towering some 80 metres above the river below
 
DAY 11: DARWIN
 
Our incredible adventure along the Kimberley Coast concludes in Darwin this morning at 8:00am > bid farewell to new-found friends and the Captain and crew > post cruise transfers in Darwin included
 

This itinerary is an indication of the destinations we visit and activities on offer. Throughout the expedition we may make changes to the itinerary as necessary to maximise your expeditionary experience. Allowances may be made for seasonal variations, weather, tidal conditions and any other event that may affect the operation of the vessel.

* Ports of call may vary based on itinerary and departure dates selected

 

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Cruise fares from $10,290pp twin share.

 

Your cruise price includes:

• 10 night Expedition Voyage aboard Coral Discoverer or Coral Expeditions I in your chosen cabin category

• Expert Expedition Team, including Marine Biologists and Guest Lecturers, and a local Parks & Wildlife Guide

• An authentic, flexible expedition itinerary with expert Captain to respond to conditions

• Daily guided excursions on the Explorer and Zodiac tender vessels, and kayaks where conditions allow

• Small batch local dining, prepare fresh in our Galley: 7 buffet breakfasts, 6 buffet lunches and 7 table d’hote dinners

• Showcase wines and selected beer, as well as soft drinks, with lunch and dinner service

• Captain’s Welcome and Farewell Events, and Open Bridge Access with our Captain

• 24 hour speciality coffee and selection of teas

• Use of all onboard facilities, including reference library

• Comprehensive and fully guided sightseeing in each port

• All entrance fees to National Parks and Ports

 

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Cruise fares from $10,290pp twin share.

 

Your cruise price includes:

• 10 night Expedition Voyage aboard Coral Discoverer or Coral Expeditions I in your chosen cabin category

• Expert Expedition Team, including Marine Biologists and Guest Lecturers, and a local Parks & Wildlife Guide

• An authentic, flexible expedition itinerary with expert Captain to respond to conditions

• Daily guided excursions on the Explorer and Zodiac tender vessels, and kayaks where conditions allow

• Small batch local dining, prepare fresh in our Galley: 7 buffet breakfasts, 6 buffet lunches and 7 table d’hote dinners

• Showcase wines and selected beer, as well as soft drinks, with lunch and dinner service

• Captain’s Welcome and Farewell Events, and Open Bridge Access with our Captain

• 24 hour speciality coffee and selection of teas

• Use of all onboard facilities, including reference library

• Comprehensive and fully guided sightseeing in each port

• All entrance fees to National Parks and Ports

 

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Ports

Broome

Bordered by the Indian Ocean and sandy beaches on one side and the arid red-green landscape of the Kimberley wilderness on the other, Western Australia's Broome is a place a beat apart from the rest of Australia. Broome is a vibrant city filled with a history and culture all its own, as well as the gateway to the vast Kimberley wilderness.

Country - Australia
Distance from port to City - 10kms
Distance from port to Airport - 12kms
Currency - Australian Dollars (AUD)

Places of Interest
The Kimberleys, Cable Beach

Lacepede Islands

These low lying islands are the most important breeding grounds for Green Turtles and also Brown Booby and Lesser Frigate birds. Situated on a large platform reef off the west coast of the Dampier Peninsula, these islands are rarely visited.

Country
- Australia
Distance from port to City - 100kms
Distance to Airport - 100kms
Currency - Australian Dollars (AUD)

Horizontal Falls

Horizontal Falls is the name given to a natural phenomenon on the coast of the Kimberley region in Western Australia. Despite their name, the Horizontal Falls are a fast-moving tidal flow through two narrow, closely aligned gorges of the McLarty Range, located in Talbot Bay. The direction of the flow reverses with each change of tide.

Buccaneer Archipelago

Ruby Falls

Raft Point

Doubtful Bay

Montgomery Reef

Montgomery Reef is situated at the south western end of Camden Sound and surrounds the Montgomery Islands.

Prince Regent River

The Prince Regent River in the East Kimberley is an untouched waterway which cuts through sandstone cliffs and gorges and in some places runs entirely straight through the Pitta Gorge between incredibly steep cliffs. The main attraction is the terraced rock formations of Kings Cascade waterfall, however the Prince Regent National Park region contains some of Australia’s most spectacular coastal scenery, and is home to an abundance of ancient rock art, as well as a wide variety of native bird species.

Country - Australia
Distance from port to City - 400kms
Distance to Airport - 400kms
Currency - Australian Dollars (AUD)

King Cascade

Careening Bay

Careening Bay was named by Phillip Parker King after his ship, ‘HMC Mermaid’, was careened during his first voyage of discovery in the Kimberley.

Country - Australia
Distance from port to City - 650kms
Distance to Airport - 650kms
Currency - Australian Dollars (AUD)

 

Bigge Island

Bigge Island is the largest of the islands that comprise the Bonaparte Archipelago.

Country - Australia
Distance from port to City - 500kms
Distance from port to Airport - 500kms
Currency - Australian Dollar (AUD)

Places of Interest

Mitchell Falls

Vansittart Bay

Jar Island

Jar Island (176.76 hectares) is located in Vansittart Bay, north Western Australia.

King George River

King George River and Falls
Latitude: 13°57'S
Longitude: 127°19'E

Originally known as King George Bay, the area was renamed after the merchant ship Koolama was bombed near here by Japanese aircraft during World War II. The 12km journey up the King George River reveals some of the world's most spectacular scenery and a wealth of bird species. The almost vertical sheer canyon walls have been eroded over millions of years and look like stacks of sandstone reminiscent of a child's building blocks. The King George River drains the Gardner Plateau and the falls are the highest single-drop falls in the whole of the Kimberley (100m or 330ft). Whether you experience the mighty thundering of the falls early in the season, or have the chance to get up close and personal later in the year, you'll be in awe of the sight.

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King George Falls

The King George River plunges 100 metres over a sandstone cliff into tidal waters to create the King George Falls, Western Australia’s highest twin waterfalls.

Darwin

Darwin is a modern city (largely because its previous incarnation was blown down by a cyclone) with sparkling buildings and broad streets. Its fortunes are built on the sugar and fruits from the plantations and forests, which enfold the city. Study Aboriginal art and pearl fishing in the city’s museums.

Country - Australia
Distance from port to City - 0kms
Distance from port to Airport - 11kms
Currency - Australian Dollars (AUD)

Places of Interest
Crocodylus Park, Museum of Art and Science, Adelaide River

 

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Coral Expeditions

Coral Expeditions

Welcome to Coral Expeditions -

Coral Expeditions is Australia’s leading small ship and expedition cruise line, with an unrivalled worldwide reputation for cruising excellence built over more than 30 years. Join them on award-winning 3,4 and 7 night Great Barrier Reef cruises or discover Australia’s ancient outback on an expedition to the remarkable Kimberley region or Cape York and Arnhem Land. Venture further afield into the South Pacific to discover mysterious Papua New Guinea, the exotic Spice Islands and Raja Ampat, explore the magical island cultures of Melanesia and savour the scenic beauty of ‘the land of the long white cloud’, New Zealand.

 

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Coral Discoverer

Launched in 2005, Coral Discoverer set a new benchmark standard for small ship cruising in Australia. Refurbished in November 2016, she continues to raise the bar to new levels of sophistication in expedition cruising in the Southern Hemisphere.

The 1800-tonne Coral Discoverer is the grand vision of Coral Expeditions, pioneers in expedition and adventure cruises around Australia, Papua New Guinea and South East Asia. Her shallow draught and manoeuvrability allow her to go where larger vessels cannot. Her tender vessel, Xplorer, can seat all 72 passengers for excursions to beaches and rivers. Coral Discoverer is equipped with latest technology active stabilisers to ensure comfortable cruising in open waters and is fitted with modern safety and navigation equipment and wireless internet facilities.

Coral Discoverer was built to the exacting international SOLAS (Safety of Life at Sea) standards and specifications in Cairns, Australia, with one aim in mind; to create the ultimate small ship cruising experience. Australian flagged, and staffed entirely by an Australian and New Zealand crew, your experience aboard Coral Discoverer will be unique.

THE EVOLUTION OF CORAL DISCOVERER: 2016 REFURBISHMENT COMPLETE

We are excited to announce the completion of a significant upgrade and refresh of our facilities aboard Coral Discoverer, bringing her amenities to an even higher level. The Sun Deck has evolved to become a new social space and the hub of on board community living. This area has been converted into an undercover deck area complete with round ‘Explorer Bar’ with bar stools and sun deck with lounges and an area for outdoor exercise equipment.

Guest accommodation has also received a substantial upgrade with the addition of six Bridge Deck Balcony Staterooms providing coveted inside/outside living quarters. Each of our other Stateroom grades has also received a full upgrade with updated bathroom fixtures, soft furnishings and artwork making for an even more comfortable stay on board Coral Discoverer.

REFURBISHED STATEROOM ACCOMMODATION

Following her full refurbishment in 2016, the Coral Discoverer now offers five different grades of staterooms, ranging from Bridge Deck Balcony Staterooms to Main Deck Staterooms. Bridge Deck Balcony Staterooms are on the top deck and have private balconies opening out from french windows. All rooms are furnished with contemporary flair and feature original artwork, a small private en-suite, individually-controlled air-conditioning, an iPod dock, ample storage and Australian toiletries. All staterooms are serviced daily. Each stateroom is spacious, sized between 15sqm (161 square feet) to 20 sqm (215 square feet) and has either a balcony, feature picture windows or porthole windows. Most staterooms can be configured to either junior king or twin bedding.

FACILITIES ON BOARD

> Sun Deck with undercover area, sun lounges and ample seating
> Three fully stocked cocktail bars, including brand new round Explorer Bar on Sun Deck
> Spacious, modern dining room, recently refurbished
> Forward lounge
> Reference library
> Gift shop
> Open bridge
> Workout Area
> Wireless internet available* for laptops, mobile devices or via onboard guest computer
> Limited laundry facilities available
> SCUBA diving department (selected itineraries)

 

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