KIMBERLEY CRUISES

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A KIMBERLEY COASTAL CRUISE WITH THE PIONEERS

Coral Expeditions’ Kimberley cruises explore a rugged land carved by powerful forces of nature, where engorged rivers overflowing with seasonal rains cut a swathe through sandstone cliffs. Natural highlights of a Kimberley expedition include waterfalls, wildlife, and mammoth tidal streams that conceal and reveal this ancient landscape twice daily. Experience a thrilling nature-based adventure riding horizontal tidal waterfalls, splashing beneath cascading falls or swimming in freshwater rock pools, when conditions allow.
A precious wilderness region almost twice the size of the United Kingdom, the Kimberley’s raw, rugged beauty is best seen from the deck of a small expedition ship. Coral Expeditions’ Kimberley cruise season runs between April and September with waterfalls generally at their peak in April and May.
Australian Aboriginals, the world’s oldest living culture, have recorded their connection to country through exquisite rock art galleries many thousands of years old. Wandjina style artworks etched into rock depict creation stories, mythical creatures and wildlife along with centuries-old European contact.
Coral Expeditions has over 23 years’ experience cruising the Kimberley with a knowledgeable expedition team providing insightful interpretation. Explore Australia’s Kimberley region on an unforgettable small ship expedition cruise through an ancient landscape where nature takes centre stage and Indigenous connections and exploration history abound.

OUR KIMBERLEY CRUISES:

THE KIMBERLEY CRUISE : DEPARTS DARWIN & BROOME : 10 NIGHTS

Three decades back, our inaugural voyages in the Kimberley relied on hand-drawn ‘mudmaps’ and insights from fishermen and early adventurers to navigate the sprawling, ever-shifting coastline. Today, armed with extensive experience, internal specialists, detailed maps, tidal charts, and comprehensive landing notes, we possess an unparalleled depth of knowledge.

We cordially invite you to join our timeless 10-night Kimberley expedition. Behold the awe-inspiring might of nature at the grand King George River and its soaring twin waterfalls, delve into ancient rock art guided by seasoned experts, and marvel at the array of marine life and cascading waters of Montgomery Reef. As the season progresses, you might even catch sight of the magnificent Humpback Whales during their migration northward to breeding habitats. Each Kimberley journey stands unique. Come, unearth the Kimberley’s wonders firsthand alongside the trailblazers.

BEST OF THE KIMBERLEY AND TIWI ISLANDS : DEPART BROOME & DARWIN : 10 NIGHTS

Embark on an enriching journey with us aboard Coral Discoverer as we unveil our captivating culture-themed expeditions. Traverse the Joseph Bonaparte Gulf and immerse yourself in the vibrant modern community of the Tiwi Islands alongside the ancient allure of the eastern Kimberley.

Limited to under 70 guests, this 10-night odyssey promises an intimate connection with the dynamic Tiwi Islands’ contemporary culture while traversing the sprawling Kimberley coast adorned with rock art galleries spanning over 40,000 years. Engage firsthand with the local art scene at Munupi Arts Centre’s cooperative gallery, offering guests a chance to acquire art directly, engage in workshops, and relish cultural performances.

KIMBERLEY ICONS, ASHMORE & THE ROWLEY SHOALS : DEPARTS DARWIN & BROOME : 12 NIGHTS

This itinerary seamlessly blends our classic 10-day Kimberley journey with an exploration of the stunning Rowley Shoals Marine Park and Ashmore Reef. Prepare to behold breathtaking coastal panoramas sculpted by towering rock ridges, serene hidden gorges, teeming wildlife, and monumental tidal shifts. Our adept guides decipher 40,000-year-old rock art while retracing the historic routes of Phillip Parker King, who charted this awe-inspiring coastline two centuries ago. Glide aboard a Zodiac, feeling the mist from the magnificent King George River and its towering 80-meter sandstone cliffs. Engage with expert guides to delve into the ancient history depicted in the Wandjina and Gwion Gwion rock paintings. Witness the cascading waterfalls on Montgomery Reef as it emerges from the ocean during the receding tide, revealing its diverse marine life. Concluding the voyage, discover a chain of coral atolls offering unparalleled snorkeling and diving prospects. These shallow lagoons harbor a plethora of coral species and marine life, including the majestic potato cod, Maori wrasse, a staggering 233 coral species, and 688 fish species—many of which are exclusive to these reefs.

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