Kimberley and Top End with Grand Kimberley Coast

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From 01-Apr-2022 to 30-Sep-2022

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Dates Availability Price
  • May Fri 06 2022 to May Tue 31 2022

What's included

Experiences in 26 destinations.
Locally inspired dining – a total of 73 meals and a wide range of onboard beverages.
The services of an expert APT driver-guide and 10-member expedition team.
Nine nights aboard the MS Caledonian Sky with daily excursions on Zodiac vessels.
Stay at APT's exclusive network of Wilderness Lodges.
Discover ancient Indigenous rock art in a number of Kimberley locations.
Embark on a high-powered fast boat ride through the spectacular Horizontal Falls.
Soar over Mitchell Falls on an included helicopter flight.


  • Day 1 - Arrive Darwin, Embark Ship We’ll meet you at the airport this afternoon before being welcomed aboard your expedition 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.
  • Day 2 - Day at Sea Get acquainted with your expedition ship as you enjoy informative lectures from your Expedition Team on board while spending a day at sea en route to the spectacular Kimberley Coast. Learn about the fascinating ecology of Australia’s most remote coastline, one that is dominated by some of the most dramatic tidal conditions on Earth. Hear stories of the rich World War II history and get prepared to discover ancient Indigenous culture that dates back for tens of thousands of years. Take time to relax as you feel the pleasant pristine air of the Timor Sea fill your lungs and then take advantage of the Open Bridge policy for the chance to make acquaintances with your ship’s Captain. After dinner tonight, make your way to the Lounge for the evening entertainment.
  • Day 3 - Koolama Bay, King George River and Falls 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.
  • Day 4 - Vansittart Bay, Jar Island 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.
  • Day 5 - Bigge Island Discover Bigge Island today, known for its Indigenous rock art created by the Wunambal people. During your time here, take in a Signature Experience.
  • Day 6 - Prince Frederick Harbour, Hunter River, Mitchell Falls 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).
  • Day 7 - Montgomery Reef, Doubtful Bay, Raft Point 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.
  • Day 8 - Talbot Bay, Horizontal Falls 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.
  • Day 9 - Buccaneer Archipelago, Adele Island 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.
  • Day 10 - Disembark Ship, Broome 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.
  • Day 11 - Gibb River Road, Windjana Gorge, Tunnel Creek 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.
  • Day 12 - Bell Gorge 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.
  • Day 13 - Galvans Gorge, Manning Gorge, Drysdale River Station 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.
  • Day 14 - Mitchell Plateau, King Edward River 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.
  • Day 15 - Mitchell Falls A world of waterfalls awaits your discovery today. Take to the skies on an unforgettable Signature Experience.
  • Day 16 - Gibb River Road, El Questro Bidding the Mitchell Plateau goodbye, rejoin the Gibb River Road and ford the Durack and Pentecost rivers on the way to El Questro.
  • Day 17 - El Questro Hike to Emma Gorge where you'll be rewarded with a swim beneath a towering droplet waterfall. Afterwards, enjoy a Signature Experience.
  • Day 18 - Purnululu National Park, Echidna Chasm Journey deep into Purnululu National Park and travel the Spring Creek Track before hiking to Echidna Chasm, a natural cleft in the rock.
  • Day 19 - Purnululu National Park, Piccaninny Creek, Cathedral Gorge 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.
  • Day 20 - Ord River, Kununurra Today will be spent travelling to Kununurra, the gateway to the eastern Kimberley.
  • Day 21 - Lake Argyle, Ord River Cruise Travel to Lake Argyle and set out on a wildlife cruise along the mighty Ord River.
  • Day 22 - Nitmiluk National Park 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.
  • Day 23 - Nitmiluk Gorge, Kakadu National Park, Yellow Water Billabong Cruise

    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.

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  • Day 24 - Arnhem Land, Hawk Dreaming, Cannon Hill 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.
  • Day 25 - Ubirr Rock, Darwin 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.
  • Day 26 - Depart Darwin Your epic adventure draws to a close today as you are transferred to Darwin Airport for your onward flight.
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