Australia's Kimberley: A Voyage to the Outback
Aboard the Coral Discoverer
April 21, 2020 ♦ Darwin to Broome ♦ 15 Days
||DEPART USA/Darwin, Australia:
Board your independent overnight flight to Darwin, Australia, losing a day crossing the International Date Line. Arrive in Darwin on Saturday, enjoy your afternoon at leisure before you gather together for a Welcome Dinner and overnight at the Hilton Darwin.
||Darwin/Embark Coral Discoverer:
Exploring historic Darwin; join a city tour to discover museums and botantical gardens. This afternoon embark Coral Discoverer and depart.
Go ashore to join local Aboriginal guides for a tour of the small community of Nguiu. Opportunity for a visit to local arts center to view and purchase traditional Tiwi crafts.
||King George River and 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 supreely photogenic area of 325-foot lciffs of rust-colored sandstone rising from the tidal waters.
||Jar Island/Woku-Woku Island:
View fine examples of ancient Bradshaw or Gwion Gwion art, thought to be 15,000 to 20,000 years old, on Jar Island, a rocky, uninhabited island endowed with lovely white-sand beaches. Tides permitting, step ashore on Woku-Woku Island to search for the remannts of old Macassan trepang stoves that were used to boil sea cucumbers collected on their journeys through the Kimberley hundreds of years ago.
||Bigge Island and Sterna Island:
Bigge Island has been sacred to Aborigines for milenia and hosts well-preserved Aboriginal paintings on the cave walls, offering a glimpse into their spiritual and historical world. This is also a great place to witness Monjon, the smallest of wallabies. Look out for a diverse number of seabirds on Sterna Island.
||Hunter River and Mitchell Falls:
An exhilarating helicopter flight whisks you from Hunter River to Mitchell Plateau to discover the spectacular Mitchell Falls. Freshwater pools offer a cool spot to swim. There are plenty of delightful sights at the anchorage area among the mangroves and tidal mud flats, including birds, mud skippers, crocodiles and fiddler crabs.
|April 30-May 2
View the amazing array of marine life that is exposed at low tide, with possible green sea turtle and shark sightings
Witness the amazing Horizontal Waterfalls at Talbot Bay, where turning tides cause the waterfalls to reverse!
Learn the traditions of the Worrorra people during a bush walk and view ancient Aboriginal cave paintings of outstanding quality.
Consisting of more than 800 islands, the Buccaneer Archipelago offers some of the most picturesque shorelines in the world. Your daily schedule will be determined by the tides.
This is an important nesting spot for green sea turtles and several species of seabirds. A Zodiac cruise gets you closer to seabird colonies. The absence of city lights create a dazzling occasion for stargazing tonight from the ship's deck.
Disembark in Broome with time for some sightseeing. Transfer to the airport fr your independent flight to Sydney with dinner and overnight at the Rydges Sydney Airport Hotel.
Board your independent flight to the USA on Friday, arriving the same day.