The Kimberley – Australia’s Hidden Treasure
Broome to Darwin
May 16, 2017

Overview:

There are many beautiful places on Earth, but none is more beautiful than The Kimberley. Three times the size of England, this vast area is home to a huge variety of natural interest. With experts to take you through the untamed wildlife and to explain the Aboriginal rock art, uncover just a small part of this spectacular region on your voyage. Aboard Silver Discoverer.

Brief Itinerary

Day 1: Broome, Western Australia
Day 2-6: Kimberley, Western Australia
Day 7: Wyndham (Bungle Bungle), Kimberley, Western Australia
Day 8: Cruising the Arafura Sea
Day 9: Jaco Island, Timor Leste
Day 10: Cruising the Arafura Sea
Day 11: Darwin, Northern Territory, Australia

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

The Kimberley – Australia’s Hidden Treasure
Broome to Darwin
May 16, 2017

Day-By-Day Itinerary:

Day 1: Broome, Western Australia
Embark Silver Discoverer for this stunning Silversea Expedition — The Kimberley, Australia’s Hidden Treasure. This afternoon, you will be introduced to your Expedition Team and attend a Zodiac briefing, and tonight we invite you to familiarise yourself with your new home away from home, meet some of your fellow travellers and enjoy the first of many memorable meals in The Restaurant.

Days 2-6: Kimberley, Western Australia
The Kimberley is famous for having the second largest tidal range in the world after the Bay of Fundy. A flexible itinerary allows us to take advantage of this natural phenomenon. In the true spirit of expedition cruising, each day the Expedition Leader and Captain will determine our best course depending on tide, weather and sea conditions. Here are some of the places we may visit during our time in this wondrous region.

Nares Point & Crocodile Creek, Kimberley, Western Australia

Nares Point is a long finger of sandstone protruding from the mainland alongside Koolan Island.

With its convoluted photogenic rock formations, this is a superb location for Zodiac exploration and beach walks with our naturalists. In nearby Crocodile Creek — free of crocodiles despite its name — take a refreshing swim in the cool natural pool to relax and beat the Kimberley heat.

Talbot Bay (Horizontal Falls), Buccaneer Archipelago, Kimberley, Western Australia

The British naturalist David Attenborough described Horizontal Falls as “one of the greatest natural wonders of the world“. This group of over 800 islands was created millions of years ago by the erosive tidal changes. The region’s tides of close to 36 feet (or nearly 11m) create an amazing spectacle. Depending on whether the tides are ebbing or flowing, we board our Zodiacs for an exhilarating ride through the falls. Then continue deeper into the sandstone gorge of Cyclone Creek and explore geological formations that were created over the last two billion years.

Montgomery Reef, Kimberley, Western Australia

At Montgomery Reef, which is over 400 square kilometres (154 square miles) in size, we observe the amazing tidal changes that take place here. Timing of the tides is everything today; low tide reveals up to 13 feet (4 m) of reef exposing a river that allows access to this amazing semi-submerged world. As the tide continues to ebb, we use our Zodiacs to make our way to the edge of the reef where we are surrounded by cascading waterfalls up to 10 feet high (3 m), and continue up the river as we look at the abundance of reef birds and every imaginable sea creature including turtles, manta rays and, if we are lucky, the elusive dugong. A visit to Montgomery Reef is very tide-depending but truly a once in a lifetime experience.

Raft Point, Kimberley, Western Australia

At the Opening Ceremony of the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney, the world saw an enormous Wandjina spirit rising out of the ground. It was a breathtaking moment, and for most spectators their very first encounter with Aboriginal mythology. The image was actually that of a 114-foot sculpture (35 m) created by an artist who lives at Raft Point, home to indigenous Wandjina paintings. We zodiac ashore and set out towards the top of Raft Point. Our hike takes us through the abundant Kimberley Flora including the iconic boab tree, also known by the local Aboriginals as the “upside down tree”. Upon reaching the top of Raft Point, enjoy the spectacular views of the bay in the shade of the overhanging cliff, which is home to the Wandjina Spirit and many other Dreamtime stories and images representing daily aboriginal life. Take a seat, or lie on your back and take in the Wandjina Spirit and listen to the Dreamtime stories associated with this extremely important Aboriginal spirit.

Hunter River, Kimberley, Western Australia

The Hunter River is home to an immense mangrove system. Be sure to look for the image of the Indian Head in the soaring red sandstone cliffs as we set out in Zodiacs to explore the narrow mangrove channels, watching for numerous bird species and keeping an eye out for the Crocodylus porosous (saltwater crocodile), the most aggressive crocodile known to man.

For those wishing to explore some of the Kimberley’s vast interior your on-board Silversea Expeditions team can arrange an optional helicopter flightseeing excursion to the famous Mitchell Falls where four tiers of waterfalls plunge into deep pools that flow out into the Mitchell River.

King George River & Falls, Kimberley, Western Australia

The King George Falls is one of the Kimberley’s most magnificent natural wonders. At 260 feet (80 m), the twin cascades are among the highest in Australia. We drop anchor at the mouth of the river and ride Zodiacs up this waterway, weaving through an amazing landscape of near vertical red rock formations and a parade of wildlife — carnivorous saltwater crocodiles and amazing birdlife, including giant raptors and the Brahminy Kite. Arriving at the falls, we can cruise quite close to the base to contemplate the immensity of this thundering spectacle — a truly humbling experience.

Day 7: Wyndham (Bungle Bungle), Kimberley, Western Australia
Wyndham is our gateway to the breathtaking Bungle Bungle mountain range in Purnululu National Park, a World Heritage Site. For more than 350 million years, nature has shaped geological formations of giant orange and black striped domes rising out of the ground, a landscape unlike anything you have ever seen. Known to the local aborigines for thousands of years, the Bungles were only discovered by the outside world in the mid-1980s.

Today take part in an inclusive overflight for an aerial view of these glorious panoramas, as well as seeing the majestic man-made Lake Argyle and Argyle Diamond Mine area from the air. Alternatively you can take a river cruise on the Ord River, looking for freshwater crocodiles, fruit-bats, short-eared rock wallabies and a variety of birds, including Mangrove Herons and Mangrove Gerygones.

Day 8: Cruising the Arafura Sea
A leisurely day at sea permits you to take advantage of the luxurious amenities aboard Silver Discoverer. Attend a lecture to recap the fascinating Dreamtime mythology of the Aborigines or just relax in the comfort of your suite and watch a movie on the in-suite interactive television.

Day 9 — Jaco Island, Timor Leste
Timor is the easternmost of the Lesser Sunda Islands, and while the western part belongs to Indonesia, the eastern part gained independence in 2002 as Timor Leste.

Our goal today is to enjoy Jaco Island off the eastern tip of Timor. Nobody lives on the island, as it is not only part of the Nino Konis Santana National Park, but also considered sacred by the Timorese. Silver Discoverer will anchor off its shore and we will enjoy the island, its forest, its beaches and its reef to have water activities offered. If conditions permit, a beach BBQ will be offered.

Day 10: Cruising the Arafura Sea
This last leisurely day at sea will give you a chance to exchange notes with fellow travelers and to attend final lectures about the natural history, wildlife and human history of the area.

Our onboard Videographer/Photographer will present the Voyage-DVD, letting you re-live the many moments of outstanding nature experiences had during this voyage through “Australia’s Hidden Treasure”.

Day 11: Darwin, Northern Territory, Australia

Following breakfast, disembark Silver Discoverer.

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

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The Kimberley – Australia’s Hidden Treasure
Broome to Darwin
May 16, 2017

Rates:

Starting at Approx. $11,550 per person sharing

Please contact Expedition Easy for details and available cabin 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:

– Highly qualified expedition team with experts in their field (marine biologists, ornithologists, historians and more)
– Excursions and activities, including explorations by Zodiac®
– Complimentary expedition gear: backpack and water bottle on every voyage, Haglöfs parka for polar expeditions
– Personalised service with a butler for all suites and the highest crew to guest ratio in the industry
– Fine dining even in the most remote places of the planet
– Comfortable amenities with the largest expedition suites at sea
– Inclusive room-service, select wines, spirits and soft drinks throughout the ship
– Free WIFI throughout the ship
– Onboard Gratuities
– Exclusive partnership with The Royal Geographical Society

Not Included:

Airfare; optional hotel accommodation; transfers and luggage handling; fuel surcharges; optional shore excursions; meals ashore; accommodation while ashore; security surcharges; items of a personal nature such as laundry, spa treatments or purchases from the ship boutiques. Some champagne, premium wine and spirit selections, caviar, cigarettes and cigars are not included in your fare.

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.

May 16, 2017