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Luxury

Iconic Kimberley with Kimberley Coast to the Top End

Kununurra to Darwin
22 Days Request Quote
Trip Code: GKKCB22R
  • Trip Highlights
  • Map & Itinerary
  • Travel & Accommodation

Your Vacation Includes

  • Experiences in 27 destinations
  • Locally inspired dining - a total of 61 meals
  • The services of an expert APT driver-guide, cruise director and 12-member expedition team
  • Ten nights aboard the luxurious Le Bellot with daily excurisons on Zodiac vessels
  • Stay at APT's exclusive network of Wilderness Lodges
  • Soar over Mitchell Falls on an included helicopter flight
  • Embark on an exhilarating high-powered fast boat ride through Horizontal Falls
  • Toast the day with a glass of bubbly as the sun sets over the Bungle Bungle Range

Map & Itinerary

Australia Map 2021 GKKCB22R
Kununurra 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

Arrive in Kununurra, where we meet you on arrival and transfer you to your hotel. Enjoy a welcome dinner and meet your fellow travellers this evening.

Stay: Kununurra Country Club Resort

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Enjoy the morning to explore Kununurra, then travel to Lake Argyle and join a wildlife cruise on the mighty Ord River. Later, journey into Purnululu National Park, home to the famed black and orange striped domes of the Bungle Bungle Range.

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.


Explore the magic of Purnululu for yourself and discover the depth of the Bungle Bungle Range. Created by the constant erosion of river movements over 20 million years, the range has both geological and Indigenous cultural significance. Start with a walk along Piccaninny Creek, before stopping at Cathedral Gorge. You might like to take a helicopter flight over the Bungle Bungle Range (own expense).

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Discover Echidna Chasm, a natural cleft in the rock that reaches a staggering 200 metres in height while only being one metre wide at certain points. Later, travel to El Questro in the heart of the Kimberley and set out on a hike to the stunning waterfall at Emma Gorge.

Stay: Two Nights, El Questro, Emma Gorge Resort

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Passengers walking in the Echidna Chasm

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.


Cruise Chamberlain Gorge today, a fresh waterway fringed by tropical vegetation and rugged red escarpments. After lunch, enjoy a Signature Experience.

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Journey along the Gibb River Road to arrive at Mitchell Falls Wilderness Lodge. Enjoy the lodge’s Ungolan Pavilion, where you can relax in the lounge.

Stay: Two Nights, APT’s Exclusive Mitchell Falls Wilderness Lodge

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SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

Soar over incredible Mitchell Falls on an included helicopter flight.


A world of waterfalls awaits your discovery today. Begin with a guided hike to Little Mertens Falls and view rarely seen rock art. See Big Mertens Falls, then enjoy an included helicopter flight over Mitchell Falls, or you can hike back to the vehicle with your guide.

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Discover the Mitchell Falls plateau on a Kimberley Coast small ship expedition cruise

SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

View unique Wandjina and Bradshaw (Gwion Gwion) rock art on the banks of the King Edward River.


Explore the unique Indigenous art of the region, then travel to Drysdale River Station

Stay: Drysdale River Station

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Journey to the beautiful Manning Gorge today, where you can spot local birdlife as you enjoy lunch in the shade of a boab tree. Continue to Galvans Gorge, where a short walk leads to a picturesque waterhole.

Stay: Two Nights, APT’s Exclusive Bell Gorge Wilderness Lodge

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Walk to Bell Gorge today and enjoy lunch. While here, perhaps take a dip, go birdwatching, or enjoy a hike.

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Journey to Windjana Gorge, where cliffs tower above white sands. Wade through Tunnel Creek to the stunning oasis beyond. Travel to Broome and arrive at the iconic Cable Beach Club Resort and Spa, where you can enjoy a drink before a final farewell dinner at the resort’s Sunset Bar and Grill.

Stay: Broome, Cable Beach Club Resort and Spa

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After breakfast this morning, you will be transferred 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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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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SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

Today your ship cruises through to Talbot Bay, known for its massive 12-metre tides that create the unique Horizontal Falls. Subject to tidal conditions, you’ll board an exhilarating ride through the 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.


Explore Talbot Bay before transferring 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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SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

Depart with 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.


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.

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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 thrilling helicopter flight to see the Mitchell Falls in all its splendour from above (flight at own expense).

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SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

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


You continue to cruise north along the Kimberley Coast towards your final destination, Darwin, bound for another encounter with ancient art.

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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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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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SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

Anticipation builds as your Zodiac approaches King George Falls, which plunge 80 metres over a soaring 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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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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