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Luxury

Grand Kimberley and Colours of the Coral Coast

Kununurra to Geraldton
19 Days Request Quote
Trip Code: GKKCW19
  • 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 23 destinations
  • Locally inspired dining - a total of 51 meals
  • A wide range of onboard beverages
  • Expert 10-member expedition team
  • Daily excursions on Zodiac vessels
  • Airport transfers, port charges and park fees

Map & Itinerary

Australia Map GKKCW19 2020
Kununurra to Geraldton

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

We meet you on arrival in Kununurra and transfer you to Wyndham, where you will be welcomed on board your expedition ship. Your first night starts as it should, with a relaxed dinner on board.

Stay: 18 Nights, MS Caledonian Sky

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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 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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SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

In caves throughout the island, see examples of first contact art depicting European tall ships dating from the 15th to 18th century. Having been repainted annually for the past 5,000 years, it is thought to be the oldest continuous sacred painting tradition on the planet.


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. Once again, it's time to jump aboard your trusty Zodiac vessels, this time for an exhilarating 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 Mitchell Falls from above (own expense).

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Reach Careening Bay today, home to the historic Mermaid Boab Tree. 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.

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SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

Excitement builds this morning as you join your expedition team for an in-depth exploration of Montgomery Reef by Zodiac. Witness the reef rise out of the ocean as the tidal waters cascade rapidly into the surrounding channels. Keep an eye out for unique bird life and turtles who may pop their heads up from time to time.


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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SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

Subject to tidal conditions, set out on a thrilling ride through the falls aboard a high-powered fast boat. Hold on tight as your boat skims 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 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 for an exploration of this remote coastal area by Zodiac. 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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Arrive in Broome and spend the day exploring this historic pearling town at leisure as you prepare to explore the Coral Coast.

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People in silhouette walking along the beach at sunset, Broome, WA

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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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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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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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

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.


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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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. Be transferred to the airport for your onward flight home.

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