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Luxury

Essence of the Kimberley with Grand Kimberley Coast

20 Days Request Quote
Trip Code: GKKCW20
  • Trip Highlights
  • Map & Itinerary
  • Travel & Accommodation

Your Vacation Includes

  • Experiences in 28 destinations
  • Locally-inspired dining – a total of 54 meals and a wide range of onboard beverages
  • The services of an expert APT driver-guide and 10-member expedition team.
  • Stay at APT's exclusive network of Wilderness Lodges
  • Nine nights aboard the MS Island Sky with daily excursions on Zodiac vessels
  • Watch the sunset over the iconic Bungle Bungle Range with a glass of bubbly
  • Discover ancient Indigenous rock art in a number of Kimberley locations
  • Embark on a thrilling fast boat ride through the spectacular Horizontal Falls

Map & Itinerary

GKKCW20 Map 2021
Kununurra to Broome

Reverse Trip

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 luxurious expedition ship. Your first night starts as it should, with a relaxed dinner on board.

Stay: Nine Nights, MS Island Sky

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SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

Ride aboard a Zodiac to approach King George Falls, which plunge 80 metres over a 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.

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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

See examples of first-contact art depicting European tall ships dating from the 15th to 18th century in caves throughout Bigge Island. Having been repainted annually for the past 5,000 years, the images are thought to be the oldest continuous sacred-painting tradition on the planet.


After a busy day of exploring, return to your ship and perhaps dine al fresco this evening.

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  • Dinner

Arrive at Prince Frederick Harbour, home to towering 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. For the keen birdwatchers among you, be sure to keep an eye out for kingfishers, egrets, herons and white-bellied sea eagles. Then explore the Hunter River and Naturalist Island. You might choose to set out on a helicopter flight and view Mitchell Falls from above (own expense).

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

Reach Careening Bay today, home to the historic Mermaid Boab Tree. Here in 1820 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. Explore this protected area, which 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 a 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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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

Board a Zodiac to witness Montgomery 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 which may pop their heads up from time to time.


After an in-depth exploration of Montgomery Reef, 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. These unique art figures are ritually repainted each year, however scientific estimates show that the originals date back as far as 5,000 years. When available, a local Indigenous guide will join you.

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SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

Subject to tidal conditions, set out on a thrilling ride through the Horizontal 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. The adventure continues later as your Zodiac explores Cyclone Creek. See dramatic folds in the rock formations as you navigate through the creek, accompanied by your expedition team member.

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Today 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. Back on board, toast the end of an epic adventure during a farewell dinner. Then, take in the glow of a Kimberley sunset for the last time as your ship sets sail for Broome.

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Arriving into Broome this morning means it’s time to say goodbye to your ship. Be transferred to the iconic Cable Beach Club Resort and Spa for an evening at leisure.

Stay: Broome, Cable Beach Club Resort and Spa

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  • Breakfast

Journey along the Gibb River 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 discover a serene oasis on the other side. Later, continue to Fitzroy Crossing where you'll stay tonight.

Stay: Fitzroy Crossing, Fitzroy River Lodge

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Travel to Danggu Geikie Gorge National Park today and explore incredible Geikie Gorge, famed for its towering walls that have been bleached white by the river when it floods. Afterwards, head to Halls Creek, before arriving at Purnululu National Park.

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

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SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

Watch the sunset over the Bungle Bungle Range – with a glass of bubbly in hand, of course.


A full day has been set aside for you to explore Purnululu National Park today, starting with a walk along Piccaninny Creek. Your next stop is Cathedral Gorge, a natural amphitheatre of red rock, created by millions of years of water erosion. Tonight, end your day with an unforgettable Signature Experience.

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Admire the beauty of Cathedral Gorge with APT.

Today's highlight is a hike to Echidna Chasm. Venture deep into this natural cleft in the rock, which reaches up to 200 metres in height despite its narrow width. Afterwards, continue to Kununurra.

Stay: Kununurra Country Club Resort

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A wildlife cruise on the mighty Ord River provides a front-row seat to the area's unique wildlife and flora this morning. Next it's time to travel back to Kununurra before making the journey to El Questro.

Stay: El Questro, Emma Gorge Resort

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SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

Enjoy a visit 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 refreshed.


Hike to Emma Gorge where you’ll be rewarded with a swim beneath a towering droplet waterfall. Tonight, head to a spectacular viewpoint and take in the views as the sun sets over the Cockburn Range.

Stay: Home Valley Station

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  • Dinner

At Manning Gorge, enjoy lunch in the shade of boab trees. Continue to Galvans Gorge, where a short walk leads to a waterhole. Admire the Wandjina rock art on the gorge wall before travelling to Bell Gorge Wilderness Lodge.

Stay: Two Nights, APT's exclusive Bell Gorge Wilderness Lodge

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Travel to Bell Gorge today, where towering cliffs surround a series of tiered waterholes. You might like to hike to the lower pool of the gorge and enjoy a refreshing dip in the waterfall below, or enjoy a spot of bird-watching.

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Tourist having a closer look at Bell gorge, WA

Venture into the Wilinggin King Leopold Range Conservation Park, then travel along the Gibb River Road to Derby, stopping at the Mowanjum Art and Culture Centre along the way. Stop by the Boab Prison Tree before arriving back in Broome later this afternoon.

Stay: Broome, Cable Beach Club Resort and Spa

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

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