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Luxury

Kimberley Complete with Grand Kimberley Coast

24 Days Request Quote
Trip Code: GKKCD24
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Your Vacation Includes

  • Experiences in 27 destinations
  • Locally inspired dining - a total of 67 meals
  • The services of an expert APT driver-guide and 10-member expedition team.
  • Nine nights aboard the MS Caledonian Sky with daily excursions on Zodiac vessels
  • Stay at APT's exclusive network of Wilderness Lodges
  • Discover ancient Indigenous rock art in a number of Kimberley locations
  • Embark on a high-powered fast boat ride through the spectacular Horizontal Falls
  • Soar over Mitchell Falls on an included helicopter flight

Map & Itinerary

Australia Map 2023 GKKCD24
Darwin to Broome

Reverse Trip

Designed Exclusively for APT guests

SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

These once-in-a-lifetime moments allow you to experience an unforgettable world of exclusive moments, incredible cultures and charming surprises

We’ll meet you at the airport this afternoon before being welcomed aboard your expedition ship. A relaxed dinner this evening allows you the chance to meet your fellow travellers and sets the tone for the next nine nights on board.

Stay: Nine Nights, MS Caledonian Sky

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MS Caledonian Sky

Get acquainted with your expedition ship as you enjoy informative lectures from your Expedition Team on board while spending a day at sea en route to the spectacular Kimberley Coast. 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.

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SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

Anticipation builds as your Zodiac approaches King George Falls, plunging 80 metres over a towering sandstone cliff. Edge closer to this epic cascade and learn how it turns to a raging torrent during the monsoonal wet season.


Wake this morning as your ship cruises into Koolama Bay. Hear how this harbour was renamed following the Japanese bombing of the MV Koolama in 1942. Next, it's on to King George River. Join your expedition team and jump aboard a Zodiac to meander through the river's gorge system, passing hidden mangrove-fringed coves and soaring red cliffs. It is here you’ll experience your first Signature Experience.

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An intriguing exploration of Vansittart Bay awaits today. Join your expedition team and set out across the bay's vast salt flats to view the wreckage of a US Air Force C-53 that crash landed on the beach during World War II. Later, step ashore at Jar Island and see examples of mysterious Gwion Gwion (Bradshaw) paintings, dating back some 20,000 years.

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Explore Jar Island on a Kimberley small ship expedition cruise

SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

In caves throughout the island, see examples of first contact art depicting European tall ships dating from the 15th to 18th century. Having been repainted annually for the past 5,000 years, it is thought to be the oldest continuous sacred painting tradition on the planet.


Discover Bigge Island today, known for its Indigenous rock art created by the Wunambal people. During your time here, take in a Signature Experience.

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Your expedition ship arrives at Prince Frederick Harbour today, home to soaring red cliffs and mangroves. With its extreme tides and pristine ecosystems, the harbour is home to a wide variety of wildlife, including saltwater crocodiles and mudskippers. Keen birdwatchers should keep an eye out for kingfishers, egrets, herons and white-bellied sea eagles. It's time to jump aboard your Zodiac vessels for an exploration of the Hunter River and Naturalist Island. As your day of discovery draws to a close, you might choose to set out on a helicopter flight and view the natural spectacle of Mitchell Falls from above (own expense).

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SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

Excitement builds this morning as you join your expedition team for an in-depth exploration of Montgomery Reef by Zodiac. Witness the reef rise out of the ocean as the tidal waters cascade rapidly into the surrounding channels. Keep an eye out for unique birdlife and turtles who may pop their heads up from time to time.


Start your day with a phenomenal Signature Experience. Then, cruise through Doubtful Bay, a hotspot for whale watching during the season. Later, step ashore at Raft Point to visit an ancient Wandjina rock art site. When available, you'll be joined by a local Indigenous guide.

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Overhead view of water and sandbanks, Australia

SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

Subject to tidal conditions, set out on a thrilling ride through the falls aboard a high-powered fast boat. Hold on tight as your boat skims across Talbot Bay to the mouth of the falls before making its way through the churning waters.


Today your ship cruises through to Talbot Bay, known for its epic 12-metre tides that create an astonishing natural spectacle, the Horizontal Falls. Here, enjoy a Signature Experience. The adventure continues as you jump aboard your Zodiac vessel for an exploration of Cyclone Creek. See dramatic folding in the rock formations as you navigate through the creek, accompanied by your expedition team member.

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There’s promise of yet more turquoise waters today as your ship arrives in the Buccaneer Archipelago, home to more than 800 islands. Cruise to Adele Island and join your expedition team member for an exploration of this remote coastal area by Zodiac. The island is surrounded by Adele Reef, teeming with an array of coral and marine life, including reef sharks and stingrays. Back on board, toast the end of an epic adventure during a farewell dinner. Then, take in the amber glow of a Kimberley sunset for the last time as your ship sets sail towards Broome.

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Arriving into Broome this morning means it’s time to say goodbye to your expedition ship. Be transferred to your hotel, where you will enjoy the evening at leisure.

Stay: Broome, Cable Beach Club Resort & Spa

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Journey on the Gibb River Road to Windjana Gorge, where sheer cliffs tower above pristine white sands and fossils lay embedded in the gorge walls. The gorge is home to an array of wildlife, including freshwater crocodiles. Next it’s on to Tunnel Creek, a 750-metre-long natural tunnel carved through the Napier Range. Wade through the cool waters that fill the tunnel and emerge on the other side to a serene oasis.

Stay: Fitzroy River Lodge, Fitzroy Crossing

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Travel to Danggu Geikie Gorge National Park and board a unique cruise. Flooding of the river has bleached the walls white over time – an intriguing sight that makes it popular with photographers. 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 the Great Wall of China, after which it was named. 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. Settle into the tranquil ambience of the Bungle Bungle Wilderness Lodge, located in the heart of this stunning national park.

Stay: Two Nights, APT's exclusive Bungle Bungle Wilderness Lodge

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SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

Toast the day with a glass of bubbly as the sun sets over the Bungle Bungle Range.


Today starts with a walk along Piccaninny Creek, marvelling at the majestic beehive domes of the Bungle Bungle Range, as your guide brings its natural history to life. Your next stop is the natural amphitheatre of Cathedral Gorge, a spacious cavern whose acoustics are astounding. You might like to experience an optional scenic helicopter flight over the range (own expense).Tonight, enjoy a special Signature Experience.

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Explore the beauty of Kununurra this morning at leisure before travelling to 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 BBQ dinner as you watch a mesmerising sunset while cruising on tranquil Lake Kununurra.

Stay: Two Nights, Kununurra Country Club Resort

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Travel to Lake Argyle before joining a wildlife cruise on the mighty Ord River. Later, soak up the Kimberley sunset while cruising on the tranquil Lake Kununurra.

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Explore Parry Lagoons then head to Wyndham and view the Cambridge Gulf from the Five Rivers Lookout.

Stay: Emma Gorge Resort, El Questro

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SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

Head to Zebedee Springs, a permanent natural thermal spring tucked away in a secluded pocket of rainforest. Relax as you soak in the hot springs and leave feeling revitalised.


An incredible Signature Experience awaits this morning in the wilderness of El Questro. Tonight, you'll be treated to views over the Cockburn Range during sunset.

Stay: Home Valley Station

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4WD parked in open valley in WA during sunset

Rejoin the Gibb River Road and then ascend the Mitchell Plateau to enter a remote world of Livistona palm forests, beautiful lookouts, magnificent waterfalls and isolated swimming holes. 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.

Stay: Two Nights, APT's exclusive Mitchell Falls Wilderness Lodge

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SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

Enjoy an included helicopter flight over Mitchell Falls or if you prefer, hike back to the vehicle with your guide.


Today you have a full day to discover the beauty of Mitchell Falls, with its magnificent waterfalls and Indigenous art. When available, local Aboriginal guides will join the adventure, imparting their knowledge of the area and sharing their cultural beliefs. Begin with a guided hike to Little Mertens Falls to view rarely seen Indigenous art. Continue to Big Mertens Falls before arriving at Mitchell Falls. You can swim in the pools above the falls and spot the region’s abundant wildlife, amid superb scenery and rich culture.

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SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

Admire ancient Indigenous Wandjina and Gwion Gwion (Bradshaw) rock art.


Visit Indigenous rock art galleries and enjoy a refreshing swim in King Edward River.

Stay: Drysdale River Station

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At Manning Gorge, enjoy lunch in the shade of boab trees. Continue to Galvans Gorge.

Stay: Two Nights, APT's exclusive Bell Gorge Wilderness Lodge

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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.

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Return to Broome, stopping at the Mowanjum Art and Culture Centre and the Boab Prison Tree along the way.

Stay: Broome, Cable Beach Club Resort & Spa

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After breakfast this morning your Kimberley adventures come to an end, and you are transferred to the airport for your flight home.

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