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

Coral Discoverer
10 Night Voyage to The Kimberley
Darwin to Broome

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

Perfected over 21 years, this 10-day voyage, departing Darwin to Broome, takes you on a journey back in time. Ancient ochres meet thundering waterfalls on this voyage that visits all of those “Bucket List” destinations that you’ve long dreamt of. 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. Expert guides interpret 40,000 year old rock art, and retrace the history of Phillip Parker King who first charted this spectacular coastline almost 200 years ago. Later in the season, watch Humpback Whales calf in these waters. Aboard our unique ‘Xplorer’ excursion vessel and fleet of inflatable Zodiacs you will come face-to-face with this ancient land and her inhabitants.

Board  a Zodiac and touch the spray from the magnificent King George River and its towering 80-metre twin falls. Join an expert guide to learn about the history of the mysterious Bradshaw (Gwion) Paintings of Bigge Island. Aboard the Explorer, cruise along the Mitchell Plateau and marvel at the power of the Kimberley’s ‘big’ rivers before being moved bby beautiful King Cascades – and one of our guests most commented on “bucket list” items, theremarkable Montgomery Reef and the unique natural phenomenon of the Horizontal Falls.

Be awed by the power and vastness of this land, steeped in ancient Indigenous culture, experienced firsthand as you.. travel ashore to view the world’s oldest known indigenous rock art, the mysterious Bradshaw (Gwion Gwion) paintings. Soak up the history of early explorers such as Phillip Parker King who first charted this spectacular coastline almost 200 years ago and landed at Careening Bay. Offering the opportunity to enjoy two landings most days, our guests will find themselves immersed in the magic of the Kimberley. With facilities tailor-made for expedition cruising including our unique ‘Xplorer’ excursion vessel and fleet of inflatable Zodiacs, coupled with the expert local knowledge of our experienced guides, you’ll complete this voyage with a new understanding and deep respect for this unrivalled region.

 

Expedition highlights:

• Experience the unique Horizontal Falls, described by David Attenborough as “one of the greatest natural wonders of the world”

• Zodiac right up close to mighty 4-tier Mitchell Falls

• Be awed by the mighty King George River and feel the spray of the 80m high falls as you explore by Zodiac

• Enjoy expert interpretation of Wandjina and Gwion Gwion Rock art, the world’s oldest known

• Take in possible sightings of dugongs, sea turtles, humpback whales and and rock wallabies

• From the Zodiac or Xplorer, see marine wildlife that might include sharks, turtles and rays at Montgomery Reef

• Take in an optional scenic flight to Mitchell Falls (additional cost)

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

• Indulge in 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 DARWIN

Board your ship at 8.00am for planned 9:00am departure > cross Cambridge Gulf and sail into Western Australian waters > join our expedition staff in the lounge for an informative introduction to the Kimberley > with fellow travellers and friendly Coral Expeditions’ crew, enjoy the Captain’s welcome drinks

 

DAY 2: KING GEORGE RIVER AND FALLS

Discover the first of the Kimberley’s ‘big’ rivers, the mighty King George > board Xplorer, our specially designed excursion vessel 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 > visit secluded Tranquil Bay for beach walking and exploration

 

DAY 3: 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 4: 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 5: BIGGE ISLAND AND CAREENING BAY

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 > 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

 

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: MONTGOMERY REEF AND DOUBTFUL BAY

Savour 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 > discover the reef’s diverse marine life including turtles, manta rays and reef sharks > cruise through scenic Doubtful Bay

 

DAY 8: RAFT POINT AND RUBY FALLS

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 9: HORIZONTAL FALLS AND BUCCANEER ARCHIPELAGO

Meander through the Buccaneer Archipelago, home to over 800 islands > in Talbot Bay the region’s 12 metre tides create an amazing 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 > explore Silica Beach on Hidden Island with its stunning white sands and crystal clear waters

 

DAY 10: LACEPEDE ISLANDS

Explore Pender Bay and subject to weather and tides, visit the Lacepede Islands, a series of low islands consisting of coarse sand and coral rubble lying atop a platform reef > 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 > 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 > this evening we reflect on this wonderful expedition with new-found friends as we enjoy the Captain’s farewell drinks

 

DAY 11: ARRIVE IN BROOME

Our adventure along the Kimberley Coast concludes in Broome this morning at 8:00am > if you’re not transferring directly to the airport why not spend the day visiting world-famous Cable Beach or stroll the historic streets of Chinatown in central Broome > post cruise transfers 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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Your cruise price includes:

• 10 night Expedition Voyage aboard Coral Discoverer 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 a la carte 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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Your cruise price includes:

• 10 night Expedition Voyage aboard Coral Discoverer 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 a la carte 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

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

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.

Vansittart Bay

Jar Island

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

Mitchell Falls

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

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)

 

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

Montgomery Reef

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

Doubtful Bay

Raft Point

Ruby Falls

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

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)

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

 

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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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