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14 Night Small Group 4WD Adventure | 10 Night Small Ship Expedition Cruise

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Itineraries

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Day 1. Arrive Broome

Arrive in Broome and be transferred to your hotel. Enjoy your day at leisure to explore this fascinating place. Head to the Sunset Bar and Grill at your resort to see one of Australia’s best sunsets over Cable Beach. This evening, enjoy a Welcome Dinner. 

Stay: Broome, Cable Beach Club Resort & Spa 
Daily : Dinner

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Day 2. Gibb River Road, Windjana Gorge, Tunnel Creek.

Your 4WD adventure commences today with a visit to the Boab Prison Tree, believed to be more than 1,500 years old and measuring an incredible 14 metres in diameter. This remarkable tree was once used by early police patrols as a standing point for prisoners as they were walked to Derby.

Continue your journey along the Gibb River Road, a remote 660-kilometre outback highway stretching between Broome and Kununurra. Turn off to explore Windjana Gorge, where sheer cliffs tower above glistening white sands. Continue on to Tunnel Creek, a 750-metre-long natural tunnel carved through the Napier Range. Later, arrive at Fitzroy Crossing. 

Stay: Fitzroy Crossing, Fitzroy River Lodge 
Daily : Breakfast Lunch Dinner

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Day 3. Geikie Gorge, Halls Creek, Purnululu National Park.

Travel to Geikie Gorge National Park and explore magnificent Geikie Gorge. Board a unique cruise along the stunning gorge and learn more about the beautiful flora and fauna of this spectacular region. Travel to Purnululu National Park, one of Australia’s most stunning natural landscapes. Settle into the tranquil ambience of APT’s exclusive Bungle Bungle Wilderness Lodge, located in the heart of the national park. 

Stay: Two Nights: EXCLUSIVE! Bungle Bungle Wilderness Lodge 
Daily : Breakfast Lunch Dinner

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Day 4. Purnululu National Park, Piccaninny Creek, Cathedral Gorge.

Today, discover the World Heritage-listed Purnululu National Park for yourself. It is home to the famed black and orange striped domes of the Bungle Bungle Range, ascending to 578 metres above sea level. Walk along Piccaninny Creek, a winding gorge within the Bungle Bungle domes. Your next stop is the natural amphitheatre of Cathedral Gorge, a spacious cavern where the acoustics are astounding. You may like to experience an optional scenic helicopter flight over the domes (own expense). This evening, enjoy drinks as the sun sets over the striking Bungle Bungle massif. 

Daily :Breakfast Lunch Dinner

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Day 5. Echidna Chasm, Kununurra.

Join a hike along a Livistona palm-fringed trail into Echidna Chasm, a spectacular natural cleft in the ancient red rock that pervades the Kimberley. Travel through glorious rugged red landscapes to Kununurra, gateway to the East Kimberley and home of the mighty Ord River Scheme.

Enjoy dinner at your hotel before time at leisure, perhaps exploring the township of Kununurra or relaxing at your hotel. 

Stay: Two Nights: Kununurra Country Club Resort 
Daily : Breakfast Lunch Dinner

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Day 6. Lake Argyle, Ord River, Kununurra.

Travel to majestic Lake Argyle, the largest man-made lake in the Southern Hemisphere. Join a spectacular wildlife cruise on the mighty Ord River. From your modern shaded vessel, discover a fascinating ecological system that has developed from the damming of the Ord River at two locations to create an area rich in wildlife, flora and undeniable beauty. Enjoy a mesmerising sunset while cruising on the tranquil Lake Kununurra. This evening, enjoy a delicious dinner at your hotel. 

Daily : Breakfast Lunch Dinner

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Day 7. Parry’s Lagoon, Wyndham, El Questro Wilderness Park

Visit the serenely beautiful Parry’s Lagoon, a bird-watcher’s paradise for your chance to see a wealth of water birds. Head to Wyndham and view the breathtaking Cambridge Gulf from the spectacular Five Rivers Lookout. Enjoy lunch before arriving at El Questro, which covers a staggering 700,000 acres. Stay in tented accommodation at the foot of the Cockburn Ranges immersed in nature. 

Stay: El Questro, Emma Gorge Resort 
Daily : Breakfast Lunch Dinner

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Day 8. El Questro Wilderness Park, Home Valley Station.

After lunch hike to the picturesque Emma Gorge and be rewarded with a refreshing swim. Later, cross the Pentecost River into Home Valley Station, an immense cattle property.

Head to a viewing area as you savour this inspirational setting with sunset drinks and gaze out to the ever-changing colours of the Cockburn Range as the sun retreats. Soak in the hot pools of Zebedee Springs and leave feeling revitalised.  

Stay: Home Valley Station Daily : 
Breakfast Lunch Dinner

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Day 9. Gibb River Road, Mitchell Plateau.

Back on the Gibb River Road, ford the mighty Durack River, then turn off and travel north on the Kalumburu Road towards the isolated Mitchell Plateau. Here, enter a remote world of Livistona palm forests, beautiful lookouts, magnificent waterfalls and isolated swimming holes. For the next two nights, experience APT’s exclusive Mitchell Falls Wilderness Lodge.

Stay: Two Nights: EXCLUSIVE! Mitchell Falls Wilderness Lodge 
Daily : Breakfast Lunch Dinner

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Day 10. Mitchell Falls, Helicopter Flight.

Enjoy an included helicopter flight over Mitchell Falls and the surrounding wilderness. If you prefer, you can hike back to the vehicle with your guide. Longer flights over this captivating and remote coastline are available at an additional expense.

Discover the beauty of Mitchell Falls, with its tiered waterfalls and Indigenous rock art. Begin with a guided hike to Little Mertens Falls to view rarely seen Indigenous rock art. Continue to Big Mertens Falls before arriving at the incredible Mitchell Falls. Return to your wilderness lodge and enjoy a gourmet dinner. 

Daily : Breakfast Lunch Dinner

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Day 11. Bradshaw (Gwion Gwion) Art, King Edward River, Drysdale River Station.

Visit Wandjina and Gwion Gwion (Bradshaw) rock art galleries and swim in the clear waters at King Edward River. Cross the beautiful Drysdale River and arrive at Drysdale River Station, where you will enjoy a unique stay at this historic cattle property. 

Stay: Drysdale River Station 
Daily :Breakfast Lunch Dinner

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Day 12. Manning Gorge, Galvans Gorge, Gibb River Road.

At Manning Gorge enjoy lunch in the shade of Boab Trees. Continue to Galvans Gorge, where a short walk leads to a picturesque waterhole where ancient palms cling to the escarpment above. Arrive at Bell Gorge Wilderness Lodge in time for dinner. 

Stay: Two Nights: EXCLUSIVE! Bell Gorge Wilderness Lodge 
Daily : Breakfast Lunch Dinner

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Day 13. Bell Gorge, Hiking and Swimming.

Back on the Gibb River Road, travel to Bell Gorge, where stunning cliffs surround a series of tiered waterholes. Bell Gorge is an idyllic natural spot for swimming and photography. Here you can also enjoy a spot of bird-watching. Perhaps hike to the lower pool of the gorge and enjoy a relaxing dip below the cascading waterfall. 

Daily :Breakfast Lunch Dinner

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Day 14. Derby, Broome.

Visit the Mowanjum Art and Culture Centre and Derby before checking into Broome’s Cable Beach Club Resort & Spa. 

Stay: Broome, Cable Beach Club Resort & Spa 
Daily : Breakfast Lunch Dinner

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Day 15. Broome, Embark Ship.

This morning check out of your hotel and take part in a short Broome tour before transferring to your expedition ship and enjoy a Welcome Dinner on board. 

Stay: 10 Nights, MS Caledonian Sky 

Daily : Breakfast Dinner

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Day 16. Adele Island, Buccaneer Archipelago.

Cruise to Adele Island and board your ship’s Zodiacs with your Expedition Team to explore this remote and isolated island. The island is classified by BirdLife International as an Important Bird Area for sea birds and waders and is an important habitat for breeding frigatebirds, brown boobies, cormorants and Australian pelicans. The island is surrounded by Adele Reef which is home to soft and hard corals and a large variety of marine life including reef sharks and stingrays. 

Daily : Breakfast Lunch Dinner

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Day 17. Talbot Bay, Horizontal Falls.

Subject to tidal conditions, embark on a ride through Horizontal Falls on a high-powered fast boat. Cruise through to Talbot Bay, known for its massive 12-metre tides that create an amazing spectacle, the incredible Horizontal Falls.

David Attenborough described these impressive tides as “one the greatest natural wonders of the world.” Later, take a Zodiac cruise through Cyclone Creek to see dramatic folding in the rock formations and keep an eye out for native birdlife and saltwater crocodiles. 

Daily : Breakfast Lunch Dinner 

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Day 18. Raft Point, Doubtful Bay, Montgomery Reef.

Embark on an unforgettable adventure today as the magnificent Montgomery Reef ‘rises’ out of the ocean as the tidal waters cascade down into the surrounding channels.

Board your Zodiac to experience this natural phenomenon up close and discover the reef’s diverse marine life. Keep an eye out for unique bird life and turtles who may pop their heads up from time to time. Travel ashore at Raft Point to visit an ancient Wandjina rock art site, gaining a unique perspective from a local Indigenous guide (when available).

The Wandjina is known as a living art tradition as these stunning figures are ritually repainted, however scientific estimates show that the original depictions date as far back as 5,000 years. These figures, identified as having a distinctive plate-like face with no mouth, are said to show a powerful creator being. Later cruise through Doubtful Bay, an amazing location for whale watching during the season. 

Daily : Breakfast Lunch Dinner

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Day 19. Careening Bay, Prince Regent Reserve, St George’s Basin.

Visit Careening Bay, the home of the historic Mermaid Boab Tree, where in 1820 Lieutenant Phillip Parker King used the area’s massive tides to beach his damaged ship, the HMC Mermaid to repair a leak in the ship’s hull.

One of King’s crew members carved the ship’s name in a Boab Tree that overlooks the bay, and today you have the chance to see for yourself a living piece of Australian colonial history. Continue on to explore Prince Regent Nature Reserve, a protected area that is only accessible by boat and is recognised as a national biodiversity hotspot. Spend time in the picturesque area of Hanover Bay and perhps visit St George Basin by Zodiac to see saltwater crocodiles and numerous marine creatures if tidal conditions permit. 

Daily : Breakfast Lunch Dinner

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Day 20. Prince Frederick Harbour, Hunter River.

Arrive at Prince Frederick Harbour, home to soaring red cliffs and mangroves. With its extreme tides and pristine ecosystems, there is an incredible range of wildlife to discover here including saltwater crocodiles, mudskippers and a plethora of bird species including kingfishers, egrets, herons and the majestic white-bellied sea eagles.

Board a Zodiac with your Expedition Team to explore the Hunter River, then visit Naturalist Island where an optional helicopter flight to Mitchell Falls departs (own expense, guests are advised to pre-register interest). 

Daily : Breakfast Lunch Dinner 

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Day 21. Bigge Island.

Bigge Island is well known for its Indigenous rock art, which was created by the Wunambal people. Discover Bigge Island today, off the coast of the Kimberley, approximately six kilometres from the mainland. In caves throughout the island, see examples of first contact art depicting European tall ships dating from the 15th to 18th century. Learn how the mysterious Wandjina figures are unique to the Kimberley, to the Wunambal, the Wandjina is the supreme Creator and a symbol of fertility and rain who comes to the Kimberley every wet season to bring life.

This belief in a single Creator or God is unique to the Kimberley. Many of the Wandjina art sites are still repainted each year as a tradition which reconnects the Wunambal to their Creator. Having been repainted annually for the past 5,000 years, this is thought to be the oldest continuous sacred painting tradition on the planet. 

Daily : Breakfast Lunch Dinner

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Day 22. Vansittart Bay, Jar Island.

Join your Expedition Team to take an informative walk across salt flats at Vansittart Bay to view the wreckage of a US Air Force C-53 which crash landed on the beach during World War II. The C-53 is a modified civilian Douglas DC-3 airliner, an aircraft used extensively during World War II by the Allies. Later, visit Jar Island and see examples of the Kimberley’s mysterious Gwion Gwion (formerly Bradshaw) paintings, dating back some 20,000 years.

These stylised figures give impressions of movement, depicting people involved in ritual dancing, complete with elaborate clothing including tassels hanging from the arms and waist. The style of these paintings are very distinctive. 

Daily : Breakfast Lunch Dinner

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Day 23. Koolama Bay, King George River and Falls.

While exploring the King George River, the highlight is sure to be King George Falls, plunging 80 metres over a magnificent sandstone cliff. Get up close to this spectacular cascade and learn how it turns to a raging torrent during the monsoonal wet season. Wake up this morning on the Kimberley Coast as your ship cruises into Koolama Bay.

Once known as Cape Ruilhieres, hear how this spectacular harbour was renamed following the Japanese bombing of the MV Koolama in 1942, while carrying 91 passengers, 89 crew and a cargo of war supplies destined for the Australian Army at Wyndham. Arrive at King George River and board your ship’s fleet of Zodiacs with an Expedition Team member.

Meander through the gorge system, travelling 12 kilometres upstream to discover hidden mangrove-fringed coves and 100-metre-high red-cliffs. 

Daily : Breakfast Lunch Dinner

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Day 24. At sea.

Enjoy a full day to relax at sea and take in a presentation from your Expedition Team. 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. 

Daily : Breakfast Lunch Dinner

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Day 25. Disembark Ship, Depart Darwin.

After breakfast, be transferred to the airport or your Darwin hotel. 

Daily : Breakfast

Highlights

  • Enjoy drinks as the sun sets over the Bungle Bungle Range 
  • Discover El Questro Wilderness Park, including the thermal Zebedee Springs 
  • Take an unforgettable helicopter flight over Mitchell Falls 
  • Admire impressive Indigenous Wandjina and Bradshaw rock art 
  • Take a high-powered fast boat ride through the iconic Horizontal Falls 
  • Explore amazing Montgomery Reef 
  • Marvel at the incredible Indigenous rock art of Bigge Island 
  • Admire King George Falls, the tallest single drop falls in Western Australia

 

Departures / Pricing 2019

MS CALEDONIAN SKY

July 3, 30. Aug 26.Twin ShareSolo Travel
Standard Suite (Forward) $22,990$31,040
Standard Suite$23,290$31,540
Superior Suite$24,390$33,140
Premium Suite$24,990$33,940
Deluxe Balcony Suite$26,290$35,590
Premium Balcony Suite$26,490$35,740
Owners Corner Suite$26,890$38,990

PLEASE NOTE: Bold dates indicate land touring operates in reverse, # indicates that both cruise and land touring operate in reverse, * indicates cruise component of itinerary operates in reverse from Darwin to Broome followed by land touring. Cruising itineraries are subject to change due to tidal conditions and may be modified on board your ship. Weather events may cause disruption to itineraries. Travel insurance is mandatory on all cruises.

Call 1300 197 351 for up to date availability.

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Inclusions

  • All-inclusive sightseeing experiences in 31 locations
  • Daily excursions on Zodiac vessels
  • APT Driver-Guide and 10 member Expedition Team
  • Small groups of no more than 20 guests on your 4WD land journey
  • 70 meals and all-day beverages on your cruise
  • Airport transfers, port charges, sightseeing and park fees