Australia’s Kimberley Expedition: Voyage to the Outback
April 14, 2017

Overview:

This Western Australia expedition takes you to The Kimberley, one of the most remote and captivating regions on earth—a land of towering cliffs, plunging waterfalls, ancient cultures, and exotic wildlife. The expedition ship easily navigates the mighty rivers and tiny inlets of the region throughout your Kimberley adventure travels. During numerous excursions throughout this Australia’s Kimberley Expedition, travelers enjoy striking scenery and unusual wildlife—by boat, Zodiac, and helicopter explore the region’s hidden treasures—narrow gorges, shallow tributaries, and cascading waterfalls. Your Western Australian adventure travels take you to gaze upon the dramatic gorges and pools of Mitchell Falls, search for an astonishing variety of wildlife in the Prince Regent Nature Reserve, discover desert-scapes dotted with bizarre boab trees, and photograph the sublimely beautiful isles of the Buccaneer Archipelago. Aboard 65-Guest Coral Discoverer (2017)

Brief Itinerary:
Day 1-3: USA / Broome, Australia
Day 4: Broome / Embark Ship
Day 5: Lacepede Islands
Day 6-7: Buccaneer Archipelago / Talbot Bay / Montgomery Reef / Raft Point
Day 8-9: Prince Regent Nature Reserve / Camp Creek / Careening Bay
Day 10: Hunter River / Mitchell Falls
Day 11: Bigge Island / Low Rocks
Day 12: King George River / King George Falls
Day 13: Tiwi Islands
Day 14 – 15: Darwin / Disembark / Sydney / USA

Interested in more information? Please contact Expedition Easy by telephone at 1-800-617-2319 or e-mail info@expeditioneasy.com.

Australia’s Kimberley Expedition: Voyage to the Outback
April 14, 2017

Day-By-Day Itinerary:

Day 1-3: USA / Broome, Australia
Depart on your independent flight to Broome, Australia, losing a day as you cross the International Date Line. Arrive in Broome on Sunday and enjoy an afternoon at leisure. Gather this evening for a welcome dinner and overnight at the Cable Beach Club Resort.

Day 4: Broome / Embark Expedition Ship
Today explore Broome—a popular holiday destination graced with beautiful beaches and a laid-back atmosphere. Join a city tour that reveals Broome’s pearling history and multicultural past, or join a birding tour. This afternoon board your expedition ship and set sail.

Day 5: Lacepede Islands
The Lacepede Islands are a group of four low, sandy islands lying on a coral reef. The islands are an important nesting site for green sea turtles and several species of seabirds including frigatebirds, brown boobies, crested terns, sandpipers, and ruddy turnstones. Be on deck this evening as the sun sets and the night sky comes alive—far from the city lights, stargazing in the Kimberley is simply spectacular.

Day 6-7: Buccaneer Archipelago / Talbot Bay / Montgomery Reef / Raft Point
The Buccaneer Archipelago consists of more than 800 islands. The shorelines of these rarely visited isles are among the most photogenic in the world, and include mangrove estuaries, secluded bays, untouched beaches, cliffs, headlands, reefs, rugged gorges, and whirlpools. This area is known for its extreme tidal conditions—ranging up to 30 feet in places.

Your daily activities are planned around the tides, a way of life in the Kimberley. At Talbot Bay visit the Horizontal Waterfalls, one of the most unusual regional attractions. The falls, created by a phenomenon resulting from the mammoth tides, actually reverse as the tide turns. At Montgomery Reef, view the amazing array of marine life exposed at low tide. The reef is home to an incredible number of green sea turtles and sharks are sometimes spotted in the surrounding waters. At Raft Point, join a bush walk to learn the traditions of Worrorra people and view ancient Aboriginal cave paintings of outstanding quality depicting the significance of the marine world to the Aboriginal way of life.

Day 8-9: Prince Regent Nature Reserve / Camp Creek / Careening Bay
The Prince Regent Nature Reserve is one of Australia’s most remote areas, and the rugged sandstone and volcanic landscape helps to protect its scenic grandeur. This is pure wilderness, accessible only by air or boat, and you can truly say that you have been to a place seen by few others. The area boasts more than half of the mammal and bird species found in the entire Kimberley region and more than 500 species of plants.

With the ship at anchor in St. George Basin, board the Xplorer to cruise up the Prince Regent River. With near-vertical cliffs on either side, make your way to the face of King Cascade, an unusual and picturesque waterfall cascading over terraced rock formations. Tidal conditions permitting, you will also explore nearby Camp Creek in search of local fauna such as estuarine crocodiles, red-tailed black cockatoos, and galahs.

Day 10: Hunter River / Mitchell Falls
From Hunter River, fly via helicopter to the Mitchell Plateau to visit Mitchell Falls, a series of waterfalls and pools culminating in a deep gorge carving its way through the Outback. Explore the surrounding area on foot and enjoy a refreshing swim in the rushing freshwater pools. In the vicinity of our anchorage, you may explore the small tributaries by Zodiac, searching the mangroves and tidal mud flats for crocodiles, mud skippers, and fiddler crabs, as well as the many bird species that make their home within the dense vegetation.

Day 11: Bigge Island / Low Rocks
A unique experience awaits us on Bigge Island, sacred to Aborigines for more than 20,000 years. Well-preserved Aboriginal paintings grace the walls of caves, depicting mythical figures and offering visual evidence of the European entrance into the Aboriginal way of life. Warabis, or rock wallaby (the smallest of the wallabies), are numerous on this island and can often be seen sprinting from one rock ledge to another.

In the afternoon step ashore on a tiny island atoll known as Low Rocks. As you approach, the skies fill with the movements and sounds of thousands upon thousands of seabirds, including four species of terns, pied cormorants, white-bellied sea eagles, and osprey. The island is also a nesting site for green and flatback turtles, and has its own resident saltwater crocodile, which is often seen patrolling the waters around the island.

Day 12: King George River / King George Falls
Cruise through a spectacular canyon where vertical cliffs, gorges, and mangroves line the shores of the mighty King George River. The final destination is King George Falls, a supremely photogenic area of 325-foot cliffs of rust-colored sandstone rising from the tidal waters.

Day 13: Tiwi Islands
Permission pending, go ashore on the Tiwis and join local Aboriginal guides for a tour of the small community of Nguiu, its museum, and the old Mission Precinct. You will also have an opportunity to visit the local arts center, to view and purchase high-quality Tiwi crafts, as well as screen-printed fabric.

Day 14 – 15: Darwin / Disembark / Sydney / USA
Disembark in Darwin with time for a bit of sightseeing. Transfer to the airport for your independent flight to Sydney with dinner and overnight. Board your independent flight to the USA on Friday, arriving the same day.

*Please note: This itinerary is subject to change. In the spirit of expedition travel, the itinerary may deviate slightly to take full advantage of encounters with the destination and its people, culture, and wildlife.

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Australia’s Kimberley Expedition: Voyage to the Outback
April 14, 2017

Rates:

April 14, 2017
Category 1: $13,580
Category 2: $14,980
Category 3: $16,180
Category 4: $17,580
Category 5: $19,880
*Aboard 68-Guest Coral Discoverer

*Above rates are per person, based on double occupancy.
*Please contact us for single rates.

Rates are approximate until the time of booking. Please note rates are subject to change without prior notice due to circumstances beyond our control; i.e. fuel increases, currency fluctuations, etc.

Included:

– All gratuities; accommodations in hotels and on board the ship as outlined in the itinerary; all onboard meals; all group meals on land; soft drinks, wine, and beer with lunch and dinner; arrival and departure transfers on group dates; services of the expedition staff, including lectures, briefings, slide/film shows; all group activities and excursions; landing and port fees; and medical expense coverage and emergency evacuation insurance. Helicopter touring included in cost.

Not Included:

– All air transportation; excess baggage charges; airport arrival and departure taxes; transfers for independent arrivals and departures; passport and/or visa fees; travel insurance; items of a personal nature such as laundry, bar charges, alcoholic beverages except as listed, email/Internet/fax/telephone charges.

Deposit & Payments

This itinerary is subject to the availability of all services at the time of making a reservation. No space is being held at this time. Please contact Expedition Easy for the full terms and conditions that apply. We are happy to answer questions and discuss your trip.

Reservations

To reserve space on a trip on the Expedition Easy website, please contact Expedition Easy by telephone at 1-800-617-2319 or e-mail info@expeditioneasy.com.

April 14, 2017