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Highlights
  • Throughout this Western Australia tour, discover the region’s iconic wildlife, including elusive rock wallabies, huge colonies of flying foxes, and massive saltwater crocodiles
  • Cruise along Montgomery Reef, which rises from the ocean with the outgoing tide
  • Enjoy a highly scenic helicopter ride to Mitchell Falls during the Kimberley expedition, where we swim in crystal-clear freshwater pools
  • Birders thrill to flocks of sulphur-crested cockatoos, gregarious zebra finches, white-bellied sea eagles, great-billed herons, and black-necked storks
  • View the amazing spectacle of the Horizontal Falls, created by massive tidal currents

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 65-guest Oceanic Discoverer easily navigates the mighty rivers and tiny inlets of the region throughout your Kimberley adventure travels. During numerous excursions throughout this Western Australia tour, 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. On your Western Australian adventure, you'll 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.

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Itinerary

Days 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 April 24 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 Oceanic Discoverer

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 the Oceanic Discoverer 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. Join our naturalists on nature walks along the long, white-sand beaches. 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.

Days 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 the Worrorra people and view ancient Aboriginal cave paintings of outstanding quality depicting the significance of the marine world to the Aboriginal way of life.

Days 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 Zodiacs 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. At Careening Bay visit a large boab tree with the inscription “H.M.C. Mermaid – 1820” still clearly visible. The Mermaid was a British Navy hydrographic survey ship under the command of Lt. Philip Parke King, who stayed at the bay for six weeks while repairing his ship.

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 atoll known as Low Rocks. As Zodiacs 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, 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.

Days 14-15: Darwin / Disembark / Brisbane / USA

Disembark in Darwin with time for a bit of sightseeing. Transfer to the airport for your independent flight to Brisbane with dinner and overnight at the Novotel Brisbane Airport Hotel. Board your independent flight to the USA on May 6, arriving home the same day.

Dates & Pricing

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$ 13,580

Price Per Day:

$ 905 per person
 
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Details
Ship Name

Oceanic Discoverer

Ship Description

Launched in 2005, the 65-guest Oceanic Discoverer's small size is perfect for regional exploration. She carries Zodiacs, a glass-bottom boat, and a powerful aluminum excursion boat that can carry all guests during excursions. A spacious lounge, equipped with two large plasma TV screens, is a wonderful venue for lectures by onboard naturalist-guides. The dining room features the finest fresh seafood of the region and a comprehensive selection of Australian and New Zealand wines. All staterooms feature ocean views, two twin beds or a double bed, a sitting area, a well-appointed en suite bathroom, large closets, desk, and individually controlled air-conditioning.

Deck & Cabin Plans

Trip Includes
  • All gratuities
  • Accommodations in our hotel and on board the Ocean Discoverer as outlined in the itinerary
  • All onboard meals and group meals ashore, including soft drinks, beer, and wine 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
  • Medical expense coverage
  • Emergency evacuation insurance
  • Helicopter tour
Trip Excludes
  • All air transportation
  • Excess baggage charges
  • Airport arrival and departure taxes
  • Transfers for independent arrivals and departures
  • Travel insurance
  • Scuba diving fees and equipment where required
  • Passport and/or visa fees
  • Items of a personal nature such as laundry, bar charges, alcoholic beverages except as listed; e-mail/Internet/fax/telephone charges.
Meals Included:

All meals included aboard ship and with the group ashore, including house wine, beer or soft drinks with lunch and dinner onboard

Flights & Transport
Only ground transport
Group Size:
Standard Group
Start City
Broome
End City
Darwin

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