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Luxury

Kimberley and Top End with Grand Kimberley Coast

Kununurra to Darwin
26 Days Request Quote
Trip Code: GKKCW26
  • 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.

Yellow Waters Billabong Cruise

Keep your eyes peeled for local wildlife and watch the spectacular landscapes unfold on a Yellow Water Billabong cruise.

King George River and Falls

Explore the sandstone gorge carved by King George River to the 80 metre cascade of King George Falls, the highest in WA.

Your Vacation Includes

  • Experiences in 29 destinations
  • Locally inspired dining – a total of 73 meals
  • A wide range of onboard beverages
  • Expert APT driver-guide and 10-member expedition team
  • APT's Exclusive Network of Wilderness Lodges
  • Daily excursions on Zodiac vessels
  • Airport transfers, port charges and park fees

Map & Itinerary

Australia Map GKKCW26 2020
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

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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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. 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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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 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 expedition ship. Be transferred to the iconic Cable Beach Club Resort and Spa, where you will enjoy the evening at leisure.

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Journey on the Gibb River Road to Windjana Gorge, where sheer cliffs tower above pristine white sands and fossils lay embedded in the gorge walls. The gorge is home to an array of wildlife, including freshwater crocodiles. Next it's on to Tunnel Creek, a 750-metre-long natural tunnel carved through the Napier Range. Wade through the cool waters that fill the tunnel and emerge on the other side to a serene oasis.

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

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Travel to Bell Gorge, where towering cliffs surround a series of tiered waterholes. You might like to hike to the lower pool of the gorge and enjoy a dip in the waterfall below. Alternatively, relax in the shade and enjoy a spot of birdwatching.

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View of cascading waterfalls at Bell Gorge with people in the background, WA

Travel through the heart of Kimberley cattle country to Galvans Gorge, where a refreshing swim awaits. Then, continue to the beautiful Manning Gorge, where you'll enjoy lunch before arriving at the historic cattle station of Drysdale River Station.

Stay: Drysdale River Station

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SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

Admire ancient Indigenous Wandjina and Bradshaw (Gwion Gwion) rock art.


Explore the Wandjina and Bradshaw (Gwion Gwion) rock art galleries of the Mitchell Plateau before a swim in the clear waters of the King Edward River.

Stay: Two Nights, APT's exclusive Mitchell Falls Wilderness Lodge

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SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

Enjoy an included helicopter flight over Mitchell Falls or if you prefer, hike back to the vehicle with your guide.


A world of waterfalls awaits your discovery today. Take to the skies on an unforgettable Signature Experience.

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Bidding the Mitchell Plateau goodbye, rejoin the Gibb River Road and ford the Durack and Pentecost rivers on the way to El Questro.

Stay: Two Nights, El Questro, Emma Gorge Resort

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SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

Relax as you soak in the Zebedee Sprngs and leave feeling revitalised.


Cruise Chamberlain Gorge today, a fresh waterway fringed by tropical vegetation and rugged red escarpments. After lunch, head to Zebedee Springs, a permanent natural thermal spring tucked away in a secluded pocket of rainforest.

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4WD driving through Pentecost River in El Questro

Journey deep into Purnululu National Park and travel the Spring Creek Track before hiking to Echidna Chasm, a natural cleft in the rock.

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.


Today starts 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). Tonight, end your day with a special Signature Experience.

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Today will be spent travelling to Kununurra, the gateway to the eastern Kimberley.

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Travel to Lake Argyle and set out on a wildlife cruise along the mighty Ord River.

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Cross the border into the Northern Territory on the way to Nitmiluk National Park. This evening, be treated to canapes and drinks on arrival at Cicada Lodge, followed by a three-course dinner showcasing local produce.

Stay: Katherine, Cicada Lodge

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After breakfast, set out on a cruise through Nitmiluk Gorge. Next it's on to Kakadu, Australia’s largest national park. Enjoy a relaxing cruise on Yellow Water Billabong, then journey to Nourlangie Rock. See its ancient rock art, dating back some 20,000 years.

Stay: Two Nights, Hawk Dreaming Wilderness Lodge

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Croc mouth left wide opened in Kakdu National Park, Australia

A local guide will join you today as you cross the East Alligator River into spiritual Arnhem Land. This afternoon, return to Kakadu to discover the rock art and billabongs of Cannon Hill and Hawk Dreaming.

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Located within Kakadu National Park, visit Ubirr and explore its galleries of ancient Indigenous rock art. Later, travel to Darwin, where you'll enjoy a final farewell dinner.

Stay: Hilton Darwin

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Your epic adventure draws to a close today as you are transferred to Darwin Airport for your onward flight.

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Travel & Accommodation

Couple relaxing in their stateroom, Hebridien Sky

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Small Ship Expedition Cruising

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