Day 2 - Arrive Broome, Australia
Arrive in Broome, the region’s largest city, and transfer
to your hotel near Cable Beach. Poised at the western
edge of the Kimberley and hemmed by the blue Indian
Ocean, Broome is every bit as daring as its more sparsely
populated counterparts. The next day, enjoy exploring
this swashbuckling treasure at your leisure, taking in
its sweeping beaches, cinematic sunsets and relaxed
atmosphere. Then meet your fellow guests and A&K’s
Expedition Team for a welcome dinner.
Day 3 - Broome
Adventure awaits as you set out on your pre-selected
excursion, whether it be a city tour of Broome’s historic
pearling industry and rich multicultural past or a birding
walk on Roebuck Bay. Later, board ‘Le Bellot,’ your luxury
expedition cruiser for the next 10 nights.
Day 8 - Kimberley’s Wild Coast
For the next five days, enjoy privileged access to one of
the most rarely visited regions in Australia. Each day,
inspiring lectures, briefings and stimulating conversations
with your Expedition Team elevate your discoveries in the
Kimberley, bringing this vast wonderland into focus in a
most enriching way. Your Captain and Expedition Team
determine the best daily excursions, which may include:
Lacepede Islands: Set atop a coral reef, these four low-lying
cay islands are separated from mainland Australia by the
Lacepede Channel. The Lacepedes, as they are often called,
are an important nesting site for green sea turtles and several
species of seabirds, including brown boobies, red-chested
frigate birds, crested terns and speckled ruddy turnstones.
Horizontal Falls: An exciting visit awaits at Horizontal Falls,
described by Sir David Attenborough as “one of the greatest
natural wonders of the world.” Set within Talbot Bay, the
horizontally flowing waterfalls are created when massive tidal
currents squeeze through two narrow gorges. Experience this
captivating phenomenon on a boat excursion.
Montgomery Reef: The Kimberley’s theme of extreme tides
continues at Montgomery Reef, Australia’s largest inshore
reef. Board Zodiacs to explore the reef system’s lagoons,
islets and rushing channels. The climax comes at low tide,
when water dramatically cascades off the reef’s emerging
sandstone platform covered in coralline algae, often
revealing astonishing sea life.
Freshwater Cove: Enjoy a guided bushwalk that leads to a
cave depicting indigenous rock art. A magnificent display of
sacred Wandjina figures, these ancient paintings reveal the
ways, myths and traditions of the Worrorra people.
Mitchell Falls: Take off on an included thrilling helicopter
flight over the vast Mitchell Plateau to sandstone-carved
Mitchell Falls. Explore the area on foot and perhaps enjoy
a refreshing swim in the emerald-colored freshwater pools
formed by the falls.
Hunter River: Join your naturalist guides and navigate by
Zodiac through the river’s small tributaries, fringed by
mangroves and tidal mud flats. Search for crocodiles, mud
skippers and fiddler crabs, as well as the many bird species
that nest in the dense vegetation.
Bigge Island: Sacred to the indigenous Wunambal people for
more than 20,000 years, Bigge Island is home to an incredible
array of indigenous rock art. Move beyond its shallow bays
to discover its well-preserved Wandjina paintings and visual
recordings of the European entrance into this ancient way of
Day 9 - Vansittart Bay
During one of his many survey expeditions, Admiral
Phillip Parker King named Vansittart Bay after the pre-1788
Indonesian pottery found there. Conditions permitting, visit Jar Island, home to incredible ancient rock art of
mysterious origin. Known as the Bradshaws, the stick-like
figures are named for pastoralist Joseph Bradshaw, who first
recorded seeing them in 1891. Said to date back as far as
30,000 years, the Bradshaws are among the oldest depictions
of human figures in the world.
Day 10 - King George River & Falls
Arrive in Koolama Bay at the mouth of the King George
River, named in honor of King George V. Your naturalist
guides pilot Zodiacs upriver through a spectacular canyon
draped in sandstone cliffs, gorges and mangroves, where
you may spy impressive Aussie wildlife such as the saltwater
crocodile. Witness the awe-inspiring King George Falls,
plummeting from an elevation of 276 feet.
Day 11 - Wyndham
Beautifully poised between Cambridge Gulf and rugged
hills in the northernmost region of the Kimberley, the
former gold-rush town of Wyndham is the gateway
to a bounty of photogenic wetlands. This includes the
spectacular Ord River, where you may spot unique birds;
the man-made Argyle Dam; and UNESCO World Heritagelisted
Purnululu National Park. Choose from a wildlife
cruise on the thriving Ord River or a scenic flight over east
Kimberley and the Bungle Bungle Range, one of Australia’s
greatest natural wonders.
Day 12 - At Sea & Pulau Meatimiarang, Indonesia
Enjoy a day at sea and the opportunity to unwind with fellow guests and your Expedition Team while ‘Le Bellot’
cruises through the Indonesian waters to clear customs.
Take time to reflect on your adventures, share photos and
attend more intriguing presentations. You may also choose
to relax and enjoy the ship’s facilities, perhaps the spa or
the view from your room’s private balcony. Later, join your
Expedition Team and the new friends you’ve made for a
Day 13 - Depart Darwin
Bid farewell to your Expedition Team before disembarking
‘Le Bellot.’ Transfer to the airport to board your flight home
or continue exploring on your post-tour extension.