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Luxury

Iconic Kimberley with Grand Kimberley Coast

17 Days Request Quote
Trip Code: GKKCW17
  • Trip Highlights
  • Map & Itinerary
  • Travel & Accommodation

Trip Highlights

Explore the Bungle Bungles

Take part in an exploration of the Bungle Bungle Range as you witness the natural wonders of Purnululu National Park.

Montgomery Reef

Board your Zodiac to experience Montgomery Reef as the tide recedes, getting up close to unique marine life.

Spectacular Horizontal Falls

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

Your Vacation Includes

  • Experiences in 22 destinations
  • Locally inspired dining - a total of 45 meals
  • A wide range of onboard beverages
  • Expert APT driver-guide and 10-member expedition team
  • Daily excursions on Zodiac vessels
  • Airport transfers, port charges and park fees

Map & Itinerary

Australia Map GKKCW17 2020
Kununurra to Broome

Reverse Trip

From Kununurra transfer to Wyndham, where you will be welcomed on board your 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 Island Sky or MS Caledonian Sky

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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 Bradshaw (Gwion Gwion) paintings, dating back some 20,000 years.

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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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Reach Careening Bay today, home to the historic Mermaid Boab Tree. It was here in 1820 that Lieutenant Phillip Parker King used the area’s massive tides to beach his damaged ship, the HMC Mermaid. During this time, King's carpenter carved the ship’s name into a boab tree that overlooks the bay. Continue on to Prince Regent Nature Reserve, only accessible by boat. Explore this protected area and see why it is recognised as a national biodiversity hotspot. Next, it's on to the untouched coastal area of Hanover Bay. While you're here, you might like to hop aboard your Zodiac for an enthralling visit to St George's Basin. If the tide allows, perhaps catch a glimpse of a saltwater crocodile, among other marine life.

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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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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 ship. You’ll set out on a fleeting exploration of this historic pearling town before being transferred to Cable Beach Club Resort and Spa.

Stay: Broome, Cable Beach Club Resort and Spa

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Leave Broome this morning and head to the Boab Prison Tree. Believed to be 1,500 years old, the tree is a culturally significant site for the local Nyikina people. It also plays a vital role in the story of the early settlement of Derby and is said to have once been used as a prison, or as a holding area for Indigenous prisoners being transported long distances to the gaol at Derby. Continue along the Gibb River Road to Windjana Gorge, where ancient marine fossils lay embedded in the gorge walls. Next it's on to Tunnel Creek, Western Australia's oldest cave system. Wade through the cool waters that fill the tunnel and emerge on the other side to discover a serene oasis.

Stay: Fitzroy Crossing, Fitzroy River Lodge

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Group of people walking through shallow water inside a cave, Australia

Today will be spent travelling to Purnululu National Park, home to some of the Kimberley's most staggering natural landscapes. Settle into your tented cabin at our exclusive Bungle Bungle Wilderness Lodge before an open air dinner tonight. Your onsite chefs will have been hard at work preparing this three-course feast, drawing on local and seasonal produce for inspiration. Think crispy pork belly, fresh Cone Bay barramundi, and creamy coconut panna cotta.

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

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Set out on a hike to 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. See striking colour variations dance along the walls of this narrow cleft as the sun beams down into it. Continue your hike along a Livistona palm-fringed trail to discover Mini Palms Gorge, where ancient palms are surrounded by towering cliffs.

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Another full day has been set aside for you to explore Purnululu National Park today, starting with a walk along Piccaninny Creek. This winding gorge is set deep within the Bungle Bungle Range, offering unparalleled views of the striped beehive domes. Your next stop is Cathedral Gorge, a natural amphitheatre of red rock, created by millions of years of water erosion. This spacious cavern is renowned for its acoustics, and you'll see why as you wander through it.

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Guide and passengers at the Cathedral Gorge

This morning you have the option to take a scenic helicopter flight over the Bungle Bungle Range (own expense). There really is no better way to grasp the sheer size of the range than from the air. Afterwards, head to the unusual China Wall, located just outside of Halls Creek. This intriguing limestone formation rises up from a creek over a small hill, like a miniature version of China's Great Wall. Continue along the Great Northern Highway to the historic gold mining town of Halls Creek.

Stay: Halls Creek Motel

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Travel to Danggu Geikie Gorge National Park today and explore Geikie Gorge, famed for its towering walls that have been bleached white by the river when it floods. Set out on a cruise through the gorge and keep an eye out for crocs. The keen birdwatchers among you might be lucky enough to spy sea eagles, brolgas or even the rare purple-crowned fairy-wrens. Afterwards, it's back to Broome where you check in to Cable Beach Club Resort and Spa. You'll probably want to head to the Sunset Bar and Grill for a drink. Soak up the beach views from the bar as the sun dips below the Indian Ocean.

Stay: Broome, Cable Beach Club Resort and Spa

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Geikie Gorge at sunset, WA

Your journey comes to an end with a transfer to the airport today.

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Travel & Accommodation

Couple relaxing in their stateroom, Hebridien Sky

Spacious Suites on Sky Ships

With the largest lead-in cabins in the region for ships of this size, welcome to APT Small Ship Expedition Cruising.

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Finest Onboard Dining

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

Custom-designed 4WD vehicles

Our specially engineered vehicles have an impeccable reliability record, traversing some of the roughest terrain.

Our people are passionate about dreaming up once-in-a-lifetime experiences for our guests and making them possible