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Luxury

Cape Leveque with Kimberley Coast and the Top End

Broome to Darwin
13 Days Request Quote
Trip Code: GKKCBL13
  • Trip Highlights
  • Map & Itinerary
  • Travel & Accommodation

Your Vacation Includes

  • Experiences in 20 destinations
  • Locally inspired dining - a total of 35 meals and a wide range of onboard beverages
  • The services of an APT cruise director and expert 12-member expedition team
  • 10 nights aboard Le Laperouse with daily excursions on Zodiac vessels
  • Join a local expert at Cygnet Bay Pearl Farm to discover how the world’s finest pearls are produced
  • Embark on an exhilarating high-powered fast boat ride through Horizontal Falls
  • Join your expedition team for an in-depth exploration of Montgomery Reef by Zodiac
  • Step ashore on Bigge Island and discover Indigenous rock art created by the Wunambal people

Map & Itinerary

Australia Map 2021 GKKCBL13
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 the former pearling port of Broome, where we’ll meet and transfer you to Cape Leveque. Here, you’ll visit the remote camp of Kooljaman, which is owned and run by the Indigenous Bardi Jawi Communities. Dinner tonight will be accompanied by an Indigenous host at Kooljaman. Later, arrive at Cygnet Bay Pearl Farm and settle in to your unique accommodation for the next two nights.

Stay: Two Nights, Cygnet Bay Pearl Farm

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SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

Join a local expert to discover the secrets of how the world’s finest pearls are produced at Cygnet Bay Pearl Farm.


Start your day with breakfast overlooking Cygnet Bay before a Signature Experience. Cygnet Bay is the oldest Australian and family owned pearl farm. It has been operating since 1946 and is still leading the industry with some of the largest and most exquisite pearls in the world. After lunch, take to the water on a Sea Safari and cruise the ancient landscapes of the Buccaneer Archipelago. Watch the sunset on Shell Island before dinner back at Cygnet Bay this evening.

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Pearl resting against some sand coloured coral, Australia

Farewell the Cygnet Bay Pearl Farm this morning and visit the Ardyaloon Trochus Hatchery & Aquaculture Centre at One Arm Point. Here you will learn about the cultural traditions of the local Bardi Jawi communities and gain a fascinating insight into the Dreamtime. The Bardi Jawi retain a strong connection to their rich culture and saltwater traditions, and you'll learn about the hunting and gathering methods that have been passed down by their ancestors over the years. Aftwerwards, continue to Beagle Bay, a small Indigenous community that was founded in 1890 by French Trappist monks. Visit the Beagle Bay Church and view its decorative altar. An abundance of mother of pearl shells from local waters have been laid into the plaster, giving it a unique finish. Later, return to Broome where we’ll transfer you to your luxury ship, Le Laperouse. Get to know your expedition team and APT cruise director at a welcome briefing before dinner.

Stay: 10 Nights, Le Laperouse

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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 Laperouse charts a course for Adele Island, an important location for breeding seabirds including the lesser frigate bird 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 Laperouse'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 Laperouse 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).

Keep exploring: Discover what life is like for a helicopter pilot and an APT driver-guide in the remote Kimberley region us | Read article

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Zodiac to the remote shores that feature along the Kimberley Coast

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 plunges 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 the 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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It has been a privilege to welcome so many guests aboard APT’s award-winning journeys, and a joy to see those guests fall in love with each new experience the world presents.