Australia's Kimberley – A Voyage to The Outback (15 Days)

Cruise Line: Zegrahm Expeditions
International Dateline (Crossing) to Sydney, Australia
Dates: 15 May 2018 - 29 May 2018

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15 May 2018
Air travel
16 May 2018
International Dateline (Crossing)

Board your independent flight to Darwin, Australia, losing a day as you cross the International Date Line. Arrive in Darwin on Thursday and enjoy an afternoon at leisure. Gather this evening for a welcome dinner and overnight at our hotel.

17 May 2018
Air travel
Darwin, Australia

Today explore Darwin—a popular holiday destination graced with beautiful beaches and a laid-back atmosphere. Join a city tour to discover innovative museums and browse galleries that showcase the region's rich indigenous art or take a tour of the lovely botanical gardens. This afternoon board the Coral Discoverer and set sail.

18 May 2018
Darwin, Australia
Darwin, Australia

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.

19 May 2018
Nguiu, Australia

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.

20 May 2018
Koolama Bay, Australia
King George Falls, Australia
Koolama Bay, Australia

View fine examples of ancient Bradshaw or Gwion Gwion art, thought to be 20,000 to 15,000 years old, on Jar Island. The Anjo Peninsula was the site of several significant air accidents during World War II and you can still see the wreck of a C-53 Skytrooper that crash landed on a salt flat in 1942. Tides permitting, step ashore on Woku Woku Island to search for the remnants of old Macassan trepang stoves that were used to boil sea cucumbers collected on their journeys through the Kimberley hundreds of years ago.

21 May 2018
Jar Island, Australia
Anjo Peninsula, Australia
Woku Woku Island, Australia

A unique experience awaits us on Bigge Island, sacred to Aborigines for thousands of 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. Monjon (the smallest of the wallabies) are numerous on this island and can often be seen sprinting from one rock ledge to another. Step ashore Sterna Island to search for a variety of seabirds, including four species of terns, pied cormorants, white-bellied sea eagles, and osprey.

22 May 2018
Sterna Island, Australia
Bigge Island, Australia

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.

23 May 2018
Hunter River, Australia
Mitchell Falls, Australia
Hunter River, Australia
DAY 10
24 May 2018
Raft Point, Australia
DAY 11
25 May 2018
Montgomery Reef, Australia

Your daily activities are planned around the tides—a way of life in the Kimberley. 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. 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 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. 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.

DAY 12
26 May 2018
Talbot Bay, Australia
Buccaneer Archipelago, Australia

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.

DAY 13
27 May 2018
Lacepede Islands, Australia
DAY 14
28 May 2018
Broome, Australia
Air travel
Sydney, Australia

Disembark in Broome with time for a bit of sightseeing. Transfer to the airport for your independent flight to Sydney with dinner and overnight at the Rydges Sydney Airport Hotel. Board your independent flight to the USA on Tuesday, arriving the same day.

DAY 15
29 May 2018
Sydney, Australia
Air travel
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Raft Point
Coral Discoverer

The 65-guest Coral Discoverer was refurbished in 2016. She carries Zodiacs, and an excursion boat that can carry all guests for tours. A spacious lounge, equipped with two large plasma TV screens, is ideal for lectures. All staterooms offer an ocean view. The dining room features the finest fresh seafood a selection of Australian and New Zealand wines.

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  • All gratuities; accommodations 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; and medical expense coverage and emergency evacuation insurance.

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With over 25 years in expedition travel, Seattle-based Zegrahm Expeditions Inc. is a leading adventure travel company specializing in small-ship expedition cruises, tours, and safaris to remote and intriguing destinations around the world. Led by expert guides and lecturers, Zegrahm itineraries are carefully crafted and all-inclusive, feature deluxe accommodations, and operate in all seven continents.

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Shore Excursions

Hunter River, Australia - 23 May 2018

Hunter River, Australia - 23 May 2018

Sydney, Australia - 28 May 2018

Sydney, Australia - 29 May 2018

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