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Colours of the Coral Coast and the Wildflower Way

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Trip Code: GKCCB15
  • Trip Highlights
  • Map & Itinerary
  • Travel & Accommodation

Trip Highlights

Soar Over Dampier Archipelago

See the striking colours of the Dampier Archipelago from above on an included helicopter flight.

The Wonders of Ningaloo Reef

Keep an eye out for incredible marine life as you cruise outer Ningaloo Reef in search of humpback whales.

Historic Dirk Hartog Island

Uncover the fascinating history of Dirk Hartog Island on a guided exploration.

Your Vacation Includes

  • Experiences in 13 destinations
  • Locally inspired dining - a total of 40 meals
  • A wide range of onboard beverages on board cruise
  • Expert 10-member expedition team
  • Daily excursions on Zodiac vessels
  • Airport transfers, port charges and park fees

Map & Itinerary

Australia Map GKCCB15 2020
Broome to Perth

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

Arrive in Broome, where we meet you on arrival and transfer you to 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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Prepare for a full day of adventure as your ship cruises into the Rowley Shoals Marine Park this morning. This incredible area is made up of three coral atolls that are believed to have been formed over 10 million years ago. Home to clear lagoons, untouched coral gardens and an abundance of marine life, Rowley Shoals is a true marine paradise. You'll find some of the world’s best diving and snorkelling sites here. Join your expedition team, hop aboard a Zodiac and head to pristine Mermaid Reef, home to over 200 species of hard coral. Catch your first glimpse of life below the surface during a snorkelling expedition before continuing to Cunningham Island, where more snorkelling awaits.

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Side view of the Caledonian Sky ship in full sail.

SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

Swap the water for the open skies today as you embark on a helicopter flight over the spectacular Dampier Archipelago.


Located just off the coast of Dampier and Point Samson in the Pilbara region, the Dampier Archipelago is made up of 42 islands and islets. The contrast between the brilliant white beaches, turquoise waters, and the rugged Pilbara landscape is a sight to behold and you’ll be left speechless by the mesmerising views seen from the air. Be sure to keep an eye out for turtles, whales, dugongs and dolphins as you soar over this coastal wonderland. See the main salt lakes and iron ore industries in full swing as you fly down the western side of the peninsula before heading back to Karratha Airport.

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Arrive at the Montebello Islands Marine Park today and set out on a Zodiac exploration to discover its rich maritime heritage. The islands gained international attention when three British atomic weapons tests were carried out here in 1952 and 1956. To this day, concrete bunkers, monitoring stations, roads and scrap metal can still be found on some of the islands. The atomic weapons were exploded on Alpha and Trimouille islands, and on the warship HMS Plym, which was anchored on the west side of Trimouille Island. You'll have the chance to join your expedition team and step ashore on Trimouille Island to see the wreckage of the HMS Plym.

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Zodiac along the crystal clear waters of the Kimberley to the shores of the islands the dot the coastline

Cruise to the Muiron Islands today, consisting of the North Muiron and South Muiron islands, which are separated by a deep-water channel. Vibrantly coloured soft corals can be found in abundance here and the waters are perfect for snorkelling and scuba diving – which is what you'll be doing today. Turtles love the soft corals here, so be sure to keep an eye out for them as you discover life underwater.

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  • Dinner

SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

Cruise outer Ningaloo Reef in search of humpback whales. These incredible creatures migrate through the coast near Ningaloo in pods from July right through to November. If you're lucky enough, perhaps catch a glimpse of them slapping their tails and fins as they play in the water.


Today is sure to be a memorable one as you enjoy a special Signature Experience.

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SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

As your ship cruises to Dirk Hartog Island today, enjoy a delicious homemade morning tea and set out on a guided exploration of the historic Homestead before cruising back to Denham.


Enjoy a Signature Experience before heading to Surf Point, located on the southern end of the island. This incredible area is a sanctuary zone within the Shark Bay Marine Park and a vast array of marine life can be found here. Look for sharks schooling in the shallow waters before continuing to Steep Point, located just across South Passage. As the westernmost point of Western Australia, Steep Point provides a perfect vantage point to see the spectacular Zuytdorp Cliffs, rising some 170 metres above sea level. The cliffs extend along the coast all the way to Kalbarri and are a great place for a spot of whale watching.

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SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

Head to Ocean Park Aquarium, an award-winning, eco-friendly aquarium located on the shores of the Shark Bay Marine Park. While here, watch a shark feeding and learn about the conservation efforts of the aquarium, whose mission is to protect and conserve the marine environment while inspiring visitors to further appreciate the incredible oceans.


Arrive in Shark Bay today, home to hidden bays, shimmering turquoise lagoons, remote peninsulas, towering limestone cliffs, and pristine white-sand beaches. Stretching more than 1,500 kilometres from Kalbarri to Carnarvon, Shark Bay became Western Australia's first World Heritage-listed area in 1991. The area is one of Western Australia's most biologically rich habitats. Its sheltered bays and beds of sea-grass provide the perfect habitat for dugongs, sea turtles, humpback whales, dolphins, stingrays, and sharks.

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Take a Kimberley Coast Cruise by small ship expedition and zodiac to otherwise unreachable places

Today will be spent exploring the Abrolhos Islands. More than 120 unspoilt islands lay clustered here, spanning over 100 kilometres off Western Australia's north coast. Join your expedition team and hop aboard a Zodiac for an in-depth discovery of this coastal wonderland. Large breeding colonies of sea birds can be found on the islands, with more than 90 different species currently identified. Keep watch for sea lions, dolphins and migratory whales as your expedition team member navigates through the turquoise waters. The Abrolhos Islands are also rich in maritime history, and the infamous Batavia wreck lies on the ocean floor on Morning Reef. The Batavia was wrecked in 1629 on her maiden voyage from Holland, the first of the Dutch ships lost off the west coast of Australia.

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Arriving into Geraldton this morning means it’s time to say goodbye to your expedition ship. Set out on an in-depth exploration of this coastal city and see sights including the HMAS Sydney II memorial, which commemorates the loss of HMAS Sydney II in 1941.

Stay: Two Nights, Geraldton, Ocean Centre Hotel

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Today will be spent exploring Kalbarri and its surrounding areas, starting with the mighty Murchison River – Western Australia's second longest river. The views are incredible as the river winds its way through sandstone cliffs and out to the Indian Ocean. Next it's on to Kalbarri National Park, home to towering sea cliffs, deep gorges and rolling sandplains. Walk over the newly built Kalbarri Skywalk and take in the soaring views of the gorge. Completed in 2019, the two world-class skywalks reach over 100 metres in height.

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Travel to Nambung National Park, a striking coastal desert region home to the eerie limestone Pinnacles. These amazing natural structures were formed approximately 25,000 to 30,000 years ago, after the sea receded and left deposits of sea shells.

Stay: Perth, Crown Metropol

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Sunset across a barren landscape with sandstone mounds, Western Australia

Travel by ferry to Rottnest Island this morning, home to pristine bays, picturesque beaches, and of course – the lovable quokka. The island is a car-free zone which makes it ideal to explore either by bike or on foot. After a full day of exploring, enjoy a delicious seafood dinner this evening.

Stay: Rottnest Island, Discovery Rottnest Island Luxury Eco-Tents

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The morning is yours to further explore this beautiful island, before catching the ferry back to Perth later this afternoon. We can't think of a more fitting way to celebrate the end of your adventure than with a farewell dinner.

Stay: Perth, Crown Metropol

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Your journey comes to an end today with a transfer to the airport for your onward flight.

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Travel & Accommodation

Small Ship Expedition Cruising

Explore by Zodiac with your Expedition Team to get closer to the sights on an APT Small Ship Expedition Cruise.

Finest Onboard Dining

From room service to elegant outdoor dining, you’ll be amazed by the culinary options aboard an APT Expedition Cruise.

Couple relaxing in their stateroom, Hebridien Sky

Spacious Suites on Sky Ships

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