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Explore the remote and beautiful Kimberley Coast on board the MS Island Sky as you cruise from Darwin to Broome. Enjoy the rare and tranquil beauty of the vast bays and waterfalls along the way including famous Horizontal Falls.
• 10-night cruise aboard the elegant MS Island Sky
• All meals, sightseeing, national park fees, port charges and airport transfers included
• Daily excursions on Zodiac vessels with your Expert 10-member APT Expedition Team.
• Cruise to the base of King George Falls, the tallest single-drop falls in Western Australia
• Experience the tidal phenomenon of Montgomery Reef up close
• Enjoy a high-powered fast boat ride through Horizontal Falls
• Enjoy drinks as the sun sets over the Bungle Bungle Range
• Discover El Questro, including the thermal Zebedee Springs
• Take an unforgettable helicopter flight over Mitchell Falls
• Admire impressive Indigenous Wandjina and Gwion Gwion rock art
13 August 2019
unless sold out prior. Availability is limited.
Day 1. Arrive Broome
Arrive in Broome and be transferred to your hotel. Enjoy your day at leisure to explore this fascinating place. Head to the Sunset Bar and Grill at your resort to see one of Australia’s best sunsets over Cable Beach. This evening, enjoy a Welcome Dinner.
Stay: Broome, Cable Beach Club Resort & Spa (D)
Day 2. Gibb River Road, Tunnel Creek, Windjana Gorge
Your day starts with a visit to the fascinating Boab Prison Tree. Believed to be more than 1,500 years old and measuring an incredible 14 metres in diameter, this remarkable tree was once used by early police patrols as a standing point for prisoners as they were walked to Derby. Today, the hollow tree is a registered Aboriginal site of great cultural significance. Continue your journey along the iconic Gibb River Road, a remote 660-kilometre outback highway stretching between Broome and Kununurra. The‘Gibb’ traverses the wild heart of the Kimberley, passing spectacular landscapes of intensely coloured ranges, dramatic gorges, deep rock pools and spectacular waterfalls. Turn off the Gibb River Road to the extraordinary Tunnel Creek, a 750-metre-long natural tunnel carved through the Napier Range. With torch in hand, wade through the cool waters that fill the tunnel and emerge on the other side to the sight of a tranquil and stunning oasis. Continue on to Windjana Gorge, where sheer cliffs tower above glistening white sands. Admire the ancient marine fossils embedded in the gorge walls and scour the banks for a glimpse of the freshwater crocodiles. Back on the Gibb River Road, travel into the King Leopold Range National Park, which covers more than 900,000 acres and features seven rugged ranges. Later, arrive at your lodge for dinner.
Two Nights: EXCLUSIVE! Bell Gorge Wilderness Lodge (B, L, D)
Day 3. Bell Gorge, Hiking and Swimming
Back on the Gibb River Road, travel to Bell Gorge, where stunning cliffs surround a series of tiered waterholes. Sitting approximately 300 metres above sea level, Bell Gorge is an idyllic natural spot for swimming and photography. Here you can also enjoy a spot of birdwatching. If you are feeling particularly energetic, you can hike to the lower pool of the gorge and take a relaxing dip below the cascading waterfall. (B, L, D)
Day 4. Galvans Gorge, Manning Gorge, Drysdale River Station
Travel through the heart of Kimberley cattle country to discover some of the region’s most secluded gorges. At Galvans Gorge, a short walk leads to a picturesque waterhole where boab trees cling to the escarpment above. Inspect the Wandjina rock art on the gorge walls and take a leisurely swim. Continue to the beautiful Manning Gorge, where you’ll enjoy lunch in the shade of paperbark trees. Look out for the region’s bird life and enjoy a refreshing swim in the pristine water. Turn off the Gibb River Road and travel north on the Kalumburu Road towards the isolated Mitchell Plateau. Later, arrive at Drysdale River Station and enjoy a unique stay at this historic cattle property, including a delicious dinner. (B, L, D)
Drysdale River Station
Day 5. Mitchell Plateau, King Edward River, Bradshaw Art (Gwion Gwion)
Cross the beautiful Drysdale River, then ascend the Mitchell Plateau to enter a remote world of Livistona palm forests, beautiful lookouts, magnificent waterfalls and isolated swimming holes. The Kimberley’s rock art is arguably some of the world’s oldest, with evidence suggesting the earliest occupation in the region dates back 50,000 to 60,000 years ago. For the next two nights, experience Mitchell Falls Wilderness Lodge, with its Ungolan Pavilion, where you can relax in the lounge, treat yourself to a drink or read up on the local culture. In the heart of the Mitchell Plateau, your accommodation is perfectly positioned beside the Pandanus palm-fringed Camp Creek, where you can enjoy a refreshing dip. For wildlife watchers, the region’s fantastic array of bird life includes brolgas, herons, kites and sea eagles, as well as rainforest birds. This evening, be treated to a superb three-course dinner that showcases the region’s finest local produce. For the perfect accompaniment, a selection of flavoursome beers from Matso’s Broome Brewery and wines from Rosabrook Estate are available. (B, L, D)
Two Nights: EXCLUSIVE! Mitchell Falls Wilderness Lodge
Visit Wandjina and Gwion Gwion (Bradshaw) rock art galleries and swim in the clear waters at King Edward River.
Day 6. Mitchell Falls, Helicopter Flight
Discover the beauty of Mitchell Falls, with its tiered waterfalls and Indigenous rock art. Begin with a guided hike to Little Mertens Falls to view rarely seen Indigenous rock art. Continue to Big Mertens Falls before arriving at the incredible Mitchell Falls. Return to your wilderness lodge and enjoy a gourmet dinner. (B, L, D)
Enjoy an included helicopter flight over Mitchell Falls and the surrounding wilderness. If you prefer, you can hike back to the vehicle with your guide. Longer flights over this captivating and remote coastline are available at an additional expense.
Day 7. Mitchell Plateau, Gibb River Road, Home Valley Station
Rejoin the Gibb River Road and ford the mighty Durack River before arriving at Home Valley Station, an immense cattle property. Discover the spellbinding scenery that captivated audiences in Baz Luhrmann’s movie “Australia”, including the imposing yet strikingly beautiful backdrop of the majestic Cockburn Range. Head to a superb viewing area as you savour this inspirational setting with sunset drinks, as you gaze out to the ever-changing colours of the Cockburn Range as the sun retreats. (B, L, D)
Home Valley Station
Day 8. El Questro Wilderness Park, Emma Gorge
Cross the Pentecost River into El Questro, covering a staggering one million acres. Visit the station township and take a moment to unwind. Tonight, absorb the serene surroundings before indulging in a delicious dinner with your fellow travellers. (B, L, D)
El Questro, Emma Gorge Resort
Soak in the hot pools of Zebedee Springs and leave feeling revitalised.
Day 9. El Questro, Wyndham, Parrys Lagoon
After a hearty breakfast, continue exploring the remarkable El Questro. Hike to the picturesque Emma Gorge and take a revitalising swim. Afterwards, head to Wyndham and view the breathtaking Cambridge Gulf from the spectacular Five Rivers Lookout. Enjoy lunch at an iconic outback pub before visiting the serene Parry’s Lagoon, a splendid birdwatcher’s paradise.
Two Nights: Kununurra Country Club Resort (B, L, D)
Day 10. Ord River, Lake Kununurra
Explore the beauty of Kununurra this morning at leisure before travelling to the majestic Lake Argyle, the largest man-made lake in the Southern Hemisphere. Join a spectacular wildlife cruise on the mighty Ord River. From modern shaded vessels, discover a fascinating ecological system that has developed from the damming of the Ord River at two locations to create an area rich in wildlife, flora and undeniable beauty. Enjoy a mesmerising sunset while cruising on the tranquil Lake Kununurra. This evening, spend your time at leisure or simply relax at your hotel. (B, L, D)
Day 11. Purnululu National Park, Echidna Chasm
Depart Kununurra and journey to Purnululu National Park, one of Australia’s most stunning natural landscapes. The park is home to the famed black and orange striped domes of the Bungle Bungle Range, ascending to 578 metres above sea level. Standing over a grass-covered plain, steep cliffs form the western face. Created by the constant erosion of river movements over a staggering 20 million years, the range has both geological and Indigenous cultural significance. It is an imposing sight and one that you are sure to remember forever. Join a hike along a Livistona palm-fringed trail into Echidna Chasm, a spectacular natural cleft in the rock. Settle into the tranquil ambience of the Bungle Bungle Wilderness Lodge, located in the heart of this stunning national park. Enjoy a delicious dinner and share your adventures with your fellow travellers. (B, L, D)
Two Nights: EXCLUSIVE! Bungle Bungle Wilderness Lodge
Day 12. Piccaninny Creek, Cathedral Gorge
Explore the magic of Purnululu for yourself and discover the depth of the Bungle Bungle Range. Walk along Piccaninny Creek, a winding gorge within the Bungle Bungle domes. Your next stop is the natural amphitheatre of Cathedral Gorge, a spacious cavern where the acoustics are astounding. Marvel at the majestic beehive domes as your guide brings the natural history of the range to life. You may like to experience an optional scenic helicopter flight over the domes (own expense). (B, L, D)
This evening, enjoy drinks as the sun sets over the striking Bungle Bungle massif.
Day 13. Halls Creek, Fitzroy Crossing
Head to Halls Creek and admire the unusual China Wall. A natural quartz formation that runs six kilometres along the landscape, the wall is an echo of that for which it was named - the Great Wall of China. Continue on towards Fitzroy Crossing, a small settlement situated on the Fitzroy River. (B, L, D)
Fitzroy Crossing, Fitzroy River Lodge
Day 14. Geikie Gorge, Broome
Travel to Geikie Gorge National Park and explore magnificent Darngku (Geikie Gorge). Flooding of the river has bleached the walls white over time - an intriguing sight that makes it popular with photographers. Board a unique cruise before returning to Broome. Return to Cable Beach Club Resort and Spa and later this evening, perhaps enjoy a drink before your Farewell Dinner at the Sunset Bar and Grill. (B, L, D)
Broome, Cable Beach Club Resort and Spa
Day 15. Broome, Embark Ship
This morning check out of your hotel and take part in a short Broome tour before transferring to your expedition ship and enjoy a Welcome Dinner on board.
10 Nights, MS Island Sky (B, D)
Day 16. Adele Island, Buccaneer Archipelago
Cruise to Adele Island and board your ship’s Zodiacs with your Expedition Team to explore this remote and isolated island. The island is classified by BirdLife International as an Important Bird Area for sea birds and waders and is an important habitat for breeding frigatebirds, brown boobies, cormorants and Australian pelicans. The island is surrounded by Adele Reef which is home to soft and hard corals and a large variety of marine life including reef sharks and stingrays. Savour a Farewell Dinner this evening with new-found friends as you sail towards the historic pearling town of Broome.Afterwards, cruise through Buccaneer Archipelago. (B, L, D)
Day 17. Talbot Bay, Horizontal Falls
Cruise through to Talbot Bay, known for its massive 12-metre tides that create an amazing spectacle, the incredible Horizontal Falls. David Attenborough described these impressive tides as “one the greatest natural wonders of the world.” Later, take a Zodiac cruise through Cyclone Creek to see dramatic folding in the rock formations and keep an eye out for native birdlife and saltwater crocodiles. (B, L, D)
Subject to tidal conditions, embark on a ride through Horizontal Falls on a high-powered fast boat.
Day 18. Raft Point, Doubtful Bay, Montgomery Reef
Travel ashore at Raft Point to visit an ancient Wandjina rock art site, gaining a unique perspective from a local Indigenous guide (when available). The Wandjina is known as a living art tradition as these stunning figures are ritually repainted, however scientific estimates show that the original depictions date as far back as 5,000 years. These figures, identified as having a distinctive plate-like face with no mouth, are said to show a powerful creator being. Later cruise through Doubtful Bay, an amazing location for whale watching during the season. (B, L, D)
Embark on an unforgettable adventure today as the magnificent Montgomery Reef ‘rises’ out of the ocean as the tidal waters cascade down into the surrounding channels. Board your Zodiac to experience this natural phenomenon up close and discover the reef’s diverse marine life. Keep an eye out for unique bird life and turtles who may pop their heads up from time to time.
Day 19. Careening Bay, Prince Regent Reserve
Visit Careening Bay, the home of the historic Mermaid Boab Tree, where in 1820 Lieutenant Phillip Parker King used the area’s massive tides to beach his damaged ship, the HMC Mermaid to repair a leak in the ship’s hull. One of King’s crew members carved the ship’s name in a Boab Tree that overlooks the bay, and today you have the chance to see for yourself a living piece of Australian colonial history. Continue on to explore Prince Regent Nature Reserve, a protected area that is only accessible by boat and is recognised as a national biodiversity hotspot. Spend time in the picturesque area of Hanover Bay and perhps visit St George Basin by Zodiac to see saltwater crocodiles and numerous marine creatures if tidal conditions permit. (B, L, D)
Day 20. Prince Frederick Harbour, Hunter River, Mitchell Falls
Arrive at Prince Frederick Harbour, home to soaring red cliffs and mangroves. With its extreme tides and pristine ecosystems, there is an incredible range of wildlife to discover here including saltwater crocodiles, mudskippers and a plethora of bird species including kingfishers, egrets, herons and the majestic white-bellied sea eagles. Board a Zodiac with your Expedition Team to explore the Hunter River, then visit Naturalist Island where an optional helicopter flight to Mitchell Falls departs (own expense, guests are advised to pre-register interest). (B, L, D)
Day 21. Bigge Island
Discover Bigge Island today, off the coast of the Kimberley, approximately six kilometres from the mainland. In caves throughout the island, see examples of first contact art depicting European tall ships dating from the 15th to 18th century. Learn how the mysterious Wandjina figures are unique to the Kimberley, to the Wunambal, the Wandjina is the supreme Creator and a symbol of fertility and rain who comes to the Kimberley every wet season to bring life. This belief in a single Creator or God is unique to the Kimberley. Many of the Wandjina art sites are still repainted each year as a tradition which reconnects the Wunambal to their Creator. Having been repainted annually for the past 5,000 years, this is thought to be the oldest continuous sacred painting tradition on the planet. (B, L, D)
Bigge Island is well known for its Indigenous rock art, which was created by the Wunambal people.
Day 22. Vansittart Bay, Jar Island
Join your Expedition Team to take an informative walk across salt flats at Vansittart Bay to view the wreckage of a US Air Force C-53 which crash landed on the beach during World War II. The C-53 is a modified civilian Douglas DC-3 airliner, an aircraft used extensively during World War II by the Allies. Later, visit Jar Island and see examples of the Kimberley’s mysterious Gwion Gwion (formerly Bradshaw) paintings, dating back some 20,000 years. These stylised figures give impressions of movement, depicting people involved in ritual dancing, complete with elaborate clothing including tassels hanging from the arms and waist. The style of these paintings are very distinctive. (B, L, D)
Day 23. Koolama Bay, King George River and Falls
Wake up this morning on the Kimberley Coast as your ship cruises into Koolama Bay. Once known as Cape Ruilhieres, hear how this spectacular harbour was renamed following the Japanese bombing of the MV Koolama in 1942, while carrying 91 passengers, 89 crew and a cargo of war supplies destined for the Australian Army at Wyndham. Arrive at King George River and board your ship’s fleet of Zodiacs with an Expedition Team member. Meander through the gorge system, travelling 12 kilometres upstream to discover hidden mangrove-fringed coves and 100-metre-high red-cliffs. (B, L, D)
While exploring the King George River, the highlight is sure to be King George Falls, plunging 80 metres over a magnificent sandstone cliff. Get up close to this spectacular cascade and learn how it turns to a raging torrent during the monsoonal wet season.
Day 24. At sea
Enjoy a full day to relax at sea and take in a presentation from your Expedition Team. Learn about the fascinating ecology of Australia’s most remote coastline, one that is dominated by some of the most dramatic tidal conditions on Earth. Hear stories of the rich World War II history and get prepared to discover ancient Indigenous culture that dates back for tens of thousands of years. Take time to relax as you feel the pleasant pristine air of the Timor Sea fill your lungs and then take advantage of the Open Bridge policy for the chance to make acquaintances with your ship’s Captain. After dinner tonight, make your way to the Lounge for the evening entertainment. (B, L, D)
Day 25. Disembark Ship, Depart Darwin
After breakfast, be transferred to the airport or your Darwin hotel. (B)
B = Breakfast
L = Lunch
D = Dinner
*Conditions apply. Offer ends 9 Dec 2018. Prices correct as at 05 November 2018 but may fluctuate if surcharges, fees, taxes or currency change. Offers subject to availability. Agents may charge service fees, rates vary. Payments by credit card will incur a surcharge. All savings are included in the advertised price. A non-refundable deposit of $2000 per person due within 7 days of booking. Final payment due 100 days prior to departure. ^A limited number of beverages are included with dinner and a selection of meals. Limited suites/cabins/staterooms on set departures are available and are subject to availability. #You must be a Qantas Frequent Flyer member to earn Qantas Points. A joining fee may apply. Qantas Frequent Flyer members can earn 1 Qantas Point per AU$1 spent on APT holidays. A valid Qantas Frequent Flyer number and surname must be entered before the trip departure date. Offers may be withdrawn without notice and are not combinable with any other offers unless stated. Please check all prices, availability and other information before booking. APT, Qantas Frequent Flyer and Helloworld Travel booking terms and conditions apply, see in store for details.
*Conditions apply. Offer ends 9 Dec 2018. Prices correct as at 05 November 2018 but may fluctuate if surcharges, fees, taxes or currency change. Offers subject to availability. Agents may charge service fees, rates vary. Payments by credit card will incur a surcharge. All savings are included in the advertised price. A non-refundable deposit of $2000 per person due within 7 days of booking. Final payment due 100 days prior to departure. ^A limited number of beverages are included with dinner and a selection of meals. Limited suites/cabins/staterooms on set departures are available and are subject to availability. #You must be a Qantas Frequent Flyer member to earn Qantas Points. A joining fee may apply. Qantas Frequent Flyer members can earn 1 Qantas Point per AU$1 spent on APT holidays. A valid Qantas Frequent Flyer number and surname must be entered before the trip departure date. Offers may be withdrawn without notice and are not combinable with any other offers unless stated. Please check all prices, availability and other information before booking. APT, Qantas Frequent Flyer and Helloworld Travel booking terms and conditions apply, see in store for details.Read more