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

Cruise Line: Zegrahm Expeditions
International Dateline (Crossing) to Sydney, Australia
Dates: 03 May 2019 - 18 May 2019

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ARRIVE DEPART
DAY 1
03 May 2019
Air travel
DAY 2
04 May 2019
International Dateline (Crossing)

Board 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 our hotel.

DAY 3
05 May 2019
Air travel
Broome, Australia

Today explore Broome—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.

DAY 4
06 May 2019
Broome, Australia
Broome, Australia

Take a cruise around Nares Point, a long finger of ancient sandstone protruding from the mainland. Step ashore on a sparkling strand of pure-white sand at silica beach. Take a walk with our naturalists, or relax on the beach and soak in the amazing view.

DAY 5
07 May 2019
Nares Point, Australia

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.

DAY 6
08 May 2019
Montgomery Reef, Australia

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 "HMC Mermaid 1820" still clearly visible. The Mermaid was a British Navy hydrographic survey ship under the command of Lt. Phillip Parker King, who stayed at the bay for six weeks while repairing his ship.

DAY 7
09 May 2019
St. George Basin, Australia
King Cascade, Australia
Camp Creek, Australia
St. George Basin, Australia
Careening Bay, 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.

DAY 8
10 May 2019
Sterna Island, Australia
Bigge Island, Australia

Visit a pearl farm to learn about the intriguing process of "growing pearls". Then take a walk to view some excellent examples of Wandjina and Bradshaw art nearby.

DAY 9
11 May 2019
Swift Bay, 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, mudskippers, and fiddler crabs, as well as the many bird species that make their home within the dense vegetation.

DAY 10
12 May 2019
Hunter River, Australia
Mitchell Falls, Australia
Hunter River, Australia

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. 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, reefs, rugged gorges, and whirlpools.

DAY 11
13 May 2019
Raft Point, Australia
Buccaneer Archipelago, Australia

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.

DAY 12
14 May 2019
Talbot Bay, 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. Cruise the area by Zodiac for a closer look at the seabird colonies. 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
15 May 2019
Lacepede Islands, Australia
DAY 14
16 May 2019
Broome, Australia
Air travel
Sydney, Australia

Disembark in Broome with time for a bit of sightseeing. (Or continue your explorations on Underwater Wonders of Western Australia, May 13–27, 2019!) Transfer to the airport for your independent flight to Sydney with dinner and overnight at the Rydges Sydney Airport Hotel. Board your independent flight on Friday, arriving in the USA the same day.

DAY 15
17 May 2019
Sydney, Australia
Air travel
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About the Ship

Papua New Guinea
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.

What's Included

Included

  • 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.

Not Included

  • All air transportation (except where noted); optional extensions and excursions as noted in the itinerary; 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 (other than listed above); e-mail/internet/fax/telephone charges.

About Us

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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