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Luxury

Kimberley Coast to the Top End

Broome to Darwin
11 Days Request Quote
Trip Code: GKKCB11
  • Trip Highlights
  • Map & Itinerary
  • Travel & Accommodation

Trip Highlights

King George River and Falls

Explore the sandstone gorge carved by King George River to the 80 metre cascade of King George Falls, the highest in WA.

Phenomenal Montgomery Reef

Witness the tidal phenomenon of Montgomery Reef as it rises out of the water.

Spectacular Horizontal Falls

Board a high powered fast-boat to ride the massive tide at the spectacular Horizontal Falls.

Your Vacation Includes

  • Experiences in 16 destinations
  • Locally inspired dining – a total of 29 meals
  • A wide range of onboard beverages
  • Expert 12-member Expedition Team
  • Daily excursions on Zodiac vessels
  • Airport transfers, port charges and park fees

Map & Itinerary

GKKCB11
Broome to Darwin

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

Welcome to Broome, a former pearling port and an ideal stepping stone to your Kimberley Coast adventure. After your arrival on the stunning Indian Ocean coast, we will transfer you to your luxury ship, Le Bellot. Get to know your Expedition Team and APT Cruise Director at a welcome briefing before dinner.

Stay: 10 Nights, Le Bellot

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  • Dinner

Wake to the promise of adventure at sea as the Buccaneer Archipelago sprawls out before you with its more than 800 islands, Le Bellot charts a course for Adele Island, an important location for breeding seabirds including the lesser frigatebird and the brown booby. Led by your Expedition Team Leader, you’ll board a Zodiac and skim across the turquoise waters of Adele Reef to your island destination. The reef is bursting with coral and marine life, such as reef sharks and stingrays. Later, back aboard, cocoon yourself in Le Bellot’s refined setting and watch the amber glow of a Kimberley sunset before dinner this evening.

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  • Dinner
Learn from the 10-member expedition team about the islands the make up the vast Kimberley coastline

Signature Experience

Subject to tidal conditions, board an exhilarating ride through Horizontal Falls on a specially designed high-powered fast boat. Hold on tight as the boat zips 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 massive 12-metre tides that create the unique Horizontal Falls. Your adventure continues as you transfer to a Zodiac to explore Cyclone Creek. Accompanied by your Expedition Team Leader, you’ll weave nimbly past the dramatic folds of rock formations, keeping a look out for local wildlife.

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  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Step onto dry land at Raft Point to visit an ancient Wandjina rock art site. The unique figures depicted in these artworks are ritually repainted each year, but scientific estimates date the originals as far back as 5,000 years. You’ll be joined by a local Indigenous guide when available. Excitement builds this morning as you join your expedition team to discover Montgomery Reef by Zodiac. The reef ‘rises’ out of the ocean as the tidal waters cascade rapidly down into the surrounding channels. By Zodiac you’ll get up close to see this natural phenomenon for yourself.

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  • Lunch
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You are transported to Prince Frederick Harbour today, which is home to towering red cliffs and tangled mangroves. With its extreme tides and pristine ecosystems, the harbour is rich in wildlife including mudskippers and saltwater crocodiles. Keen birdwatchers should keep a careful eye out for kingfishers, egrets, herons and white-bellied sea eagles. Stepping out from the sleek comfort of Le Bellot to your trusty Zodiac, it’s hard to believe you’re at Australia’s final frontier, this time to explore 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 to see Mitchell Falls from above (own expense).

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View the sights Prince Frederick Harbour while on a Kimberley coast small ship expedition cruise

SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

Bigge Island is well known for its Indigenous rock art, created by the Wunambal people, and you’ll explore a network of caves throughout the island. Here, discover paintings that display fascinating examples of first-contact art and Wandjina figures.


Approximately six kilometres from the mainland, Bigge Island is ripe for discovery today.

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  • Dinner

Explore this maze of islands, inlets and peninsulas, believed to have been named by explorer Lieutenant Phillip Parker King after novelist Jonathan Swift, author of Gulliver’s Travels. Most significant here are extraordinary examples of Wandjina and Bradshaw (Gwion Gwion) rock art, estimated to have been created between 5,000 and 13,000 years ago. They can be seen in caves close to the water’s edge, mainly painted on rock overhangs.

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Wanjina Aboriginal art at Raft Point, Kimberley

This morning join your Expedition Team on an intriguing discovery. Walk across salt flats to view the wreckage of a US Air Force DC3 which crash-landed near Vansittart Bay during World War II. Later, visit Jar Island and discover the island’s outstanding rock art gallery. During your exploration here, you’ll see more examples of Bradshaw (Gwion Gwion) paintings, dating back more than 20,000 years.

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

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 onto the King George River. Join your expedition team and jump aboard a Zodiac to meander through the river’s gorge system, passing mangrove-fringed coves and sheer red cliffs.

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Relax and ease into a full day at sea, enjoying the endless horizon. Perhaps take a swim in the onboard pool, pamper yourself in the wellness area, or head below deck to Le Bellot’s underwater observation area for a stunning window into marine life below the ocean’s surface.

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Arriving into Darwin today means it’s time to say goodbye to your ship. You’ll disembark and we’ll transfer you either to Darwin airport or to your Darwin hotel.

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Travel & Accommodation

The Luxurious Le Bellot

With just 180 guests on board, the brand new Le Bellot charts a course across the epic Kimberley Coast.

Floating Five-Star Hotel

All 90 staterooms and suites feature private balconies in addition to being well-equipped and spacious.

Outstanding Dining

Experience gourmet cuisine in your ship's elegant restaurant, with the option to dine al fresco.

From the Australian Outback and Europe’s waterways to the icescapes of Antarctica and far beyond, we won’t just take you there, we’ll immerse you in the wonders of each and every place you visit