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LUXURY KIMBERLEY EXPEDITION
BROOME to DARWIN

SILVER DISCOVERER - 10 nights from $12,900 per person Twin Share


14 JUNE 2019

Broome to Darwin

Luxury Expedition Cruise
Cruise Line: Silversea
Cruise Ship: Silver Discoverer
Cruise Departure Date: 14 June 2019
 


There's never been a better time to explore the wonders of the Kimberley. For adventure of a truly epic spirit, the Kimberley has few equals: thundering waterfalls, plunging gorges, Aboriginal rock art, deserted beaches, a plethora of wildlife and fewer people per square mile than almost any other place on earth. Discover the wonder of the Kimberley on an all-inclusive luxury Expedition cruise aboard the 120-guest Silver Discoverer.

In case Promotional Flights are not available or for guests not utilizing the promotional bundle offer, we are pleased to offer a AU$750 Air credit. Free Transfers are available only for guests utilizing Silversea air offer.



INCLUDED IN THE CRUISE FARE
> Economy Class Air Roundtrip
> Transfers (between airport and ship)
> Guided Zodiac, land and sea tours, and shoreside activities led by the Expeditions Team
> Enrichment lectures by a highly qualified Expeditions Team
> Spacious suites
> Butler service in every suite
> Unlimited Free Wifi
> Personalised service – nearly one crew member for every guest
> Choice of restaurants, diverse cuisine, open-seating dining
> Beverages in-suite and throughout the ship, including champagne, select wines and spirits
> In-suite dining and room service
> Onboard entertainment
> Onboard gratuities

Voyage Highlights

Join us for a journey to see one of Australia’s hidden treasures. Feel the thunder of waterfalls, explore spectacular gorges, witness variations of Aboriginal rock art, and look for West Australia’s wildlife in destinations that in many cases are accessible only by ship. Cruise by Zodiac through an untamed wilderness to spot wallabies, crocodiles, and osprey nests ashore, and listen to expert interpretations of ancient rock paintings first drawn by the traditional land owners eons ago. Explore narrow channels, searching for White-bellied Sea-Eagles, Black-necked Storks, kingfishers, kites, and other regal birds in the mangroves and mud flats. Throughout the voyage learn about the history, geology, wildlife and botany of this spectacular area from lecture presentations offered by your knowledgeable on board Expedition Team. 

Buccaneer Archipelago, Australia – 
The Buccaneer Archipelago has of over 800 islands and was created millions of years ago by erosion-causing tidal changes. The region’s tides present amazing spectacles that can create seemingly horizontal waterfalls at Talbot Bay. Watch reefs and islands come out of the ocean, only to have them disappear before your eyes again.

Hunter River, Australia – 
Hunter River is home to an immense mangrove system and soaring red sandstone cliffs. Narrow mangrove channels serve as shelter to numerous bird species, mudskippers, fiddler crabs and the enigmatic saltwater crocodile. Close by is the lovely stretch of beach at Naturalist Island, from where optional helicopter flights to Mitchell Falls launch. This incredible four-tiered waterfall is worth the ride!

King George River, Australia – 
Arrive by Zodiac to the impressive King George Falls, West Australia’s highest twin waterfalls considered some of the top waterfalls in the world. These magnificent falls drop 80 meters straight down ancient sandstone cliffs into a dramatic gorge, a sight that makes the King George Falls a highlight of visiting the Kimberley Coast. 

Wyndham, Australia – 
Wyndham is the oldest and northernmost town in the Kimberley region of Western Australia, serving as a key port in the 1886 gold rush. From Wyndham, see the incredible natural sandstone towers of the Bungle Bungle Range from the air, or cruise up the scenic, winding Ord River by local boat. Land at Kununurra, the largest town in the area (population just over 4,500) that is nestled between scenic hills and ranges for which the Kimberley Region is known. 

Cultural Highlights: 
• Meet members of aboriginal groups who are the Kimberley’s traditional landowners
• Traditional welcomes with ochre and farewell smoking ceremony
• Wandjina and Bradshaw rock paintings can be discovered in cliffs, rock ledges and caves

Wildlife Watch List:
• Bottlenose dolphins, humpback dolphins, lemon sharks, hammerhead sharks, tawny nurse sharks, manta rays, eagle rays
• Green sea turtles and flatback turtles
• Rock wallabies
• Saltwater crocodiles and freshwater crocodiles, monitor lizards
• Birds of note: Darter, Australian Pelican, Osprey, Black Kites, White-bellied Sea-Eagles, Comb-crested Jacana, Little Corellas, Pied Cormorants, Silver-crowned Friarbird, Whistling Kite, Crimson Finch, Eastern Reef Egrets, Azure Kingfisher, Sacred Kingfisher, Crested Tern, Red-headed Honey-eater

Please note: Expedition highlights and wildlife listed here are possible experiences only and cannot be guaranteed. Your Expedition Leader and Captain will work together to ensure opportunities for adventure and exploration are the best possible, taking into account the prevailing weather, wildlife activity and ice conditions. Expedition Team members scheduled for this voyage are subject to change or cancellation. 

Ship - Silver Discoverer
A culturally-rich itinerary, a dedicated expedition team and all the amenities of superlative Silversea style, Silver Discoverer is the savvy travellers choice. Silver Discoverer’s shallow draft allows her to navigate closer to shore, and with a fleet of 12 Zodiacs, guests can explore wetlands and submerged ecosystems, up-close and in-depth.

 

FRIDAY 14 JUN
Broome (Kimberley)
Departure 4:00 PM
Roughly 15,000 people live year-round in Broome perched on the edge of the Kimberley region of Western Australia. The population swells to over 45,000 during the tourist season as people from all over the world are drawn to the natural splendors of the Dampier Peninsula. Broome is surrounded by lush green mangroves and mudflats along Roebuck Bay, but the interior is dry and rugged like much of the Kimberley coast. The town of Broome started up around a nascent pearling industry that attracted Japanese, Chinese, Malay and Aboriginal divers to the area in an interesting mix of cultures. Chinatown is still the center of town, but nowadays the pearls are produced in modern aquaculture facilities.

SATURDAY 15 JUN
Talbot Bay (Kimberley, Western Australia)
11:15 AM - 8:30 PM
Talbot Bay is famous for the Horizontal Falls which have been described as “one of the greatest natural wonders of the world“. The region’s tides of close to 36 feet create an amazing spectacle when the water tries to enter or leave Poulton Creek through two very narrow openings located one behind the other in the McLarty Ranges. Water builds up faster on one side than it can flow through the gaps, leaving or entering depending on the tide. This incredible tidal power can be experienced firsthand by boarding a local 900hp fast boat and taking an exhilarating ride through the Horizontal Waterfalls.

SUNDAY 16 JUN
Raft Point (Kimberley)
7:00 AM - 12:00 PM
At the southern end of Doubtful Bay and just south of Steep Island, Raft Point is a low headland that is home to indigenous Wandjina paintings. A hike through abundant Kimberley Flora including the iconic boab tree will head towards the top of Raft Point. There one can enjoy spectacular views of the bay in the shade of the overhanging cliff, which is home to the Wandjina Spirit. Many large and ancient wall paintings of Dreamtime stories and images representing daily aboriginal life can be seen.

SUNDAY 16 JUN
Montgomery Reef (Kimberley)
1:30 PM - 5:00 PM
Montgomery Reef, which is some 300 square kilometres in size, can show an amazing tidal change of up to 4 metres. When the tide drops, the reef seems to rise out of the water. At low tide a river is exposed that allows access to an amazing semi-submerged world. When the tide continues to ebb, Zodiacs will be used to make the way to the edge of the reef where one is surrounded by cascading waterfalls up to 3 metres high. Continuing up the river one is able to look at the abundance of reef birds and sea creatures including turtles and manta rays. A visit to Montgomery Reef is very much tide-depending, but truly a once in a lifetime experience.

MONDAY 17 JUN
Hunter River
6:30 AM - 9:30 AM
The Hunter River is home to an immense mangrove system surrounded by soaring red sandstone cliffs. Narrow mangrove channels shelter numerous bird species, mudskippers, fiddler crabs and the infamous saltwater crocodile; the most aggressive crocodile species known to man. Naturalist Island at the mouth of the river has a stunning stretch of sandy beach that makes a perfect landing site for small helicopters that can pick up visitors wishing to explore some of the Kimberley’s vast interior. The highlight inland is the famous Mitchell Falls where four tiers of waterfalls plunge into deep pools that flow out into the mighty Mitchell River. The headwaters of the falls are cool and a dip in the fresh water is a welcome reprieve from the heat of the heartland.

MONDAY 17 JUN
Bigge Island
2:00 PM - 6:00 PM

TUESDAY 18 JUN
Swift Bay
6:30 AM - 4:30 PM

WEDNESDAY 19 JUN
Koomala Bay (Kimberley, Western Australia)
6:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Koolama Bay is found at the mouth of the King George River. Named after the ship that had been beached here after a Japanese aerial attack during World War II, Koolama Bay is the starting point for a Zodiac cruise to reach the King George Falls, one of the Kimberley’s most magnificent natural wonders. At 260 feet (80 m), the twin cascades are among the highest in Australia. Koolama Bay and the river weaving through an amazing landscape of near vertical red rock formations will offer a parade of wildlife —saltwater crocodiles and amazing birdlife, including giant raptors and the Brahminy Kite.

THURSDAY 20 JUN
Wyndham
6:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Wyndham is a small settlement with the spirit of a Kimberley outback township. It was established in 1886 with the Halls Creek gold rush and sits on the Cambridge Gulf where several rivers converge. Today Wyndham has a population of roughly 900 people and operates largely as a port exporting cattle, servicing the mining industry and hosting a few small ships. For these vessels Wyndham is a gateway to the breathtaking Bungle Bungle mountain range and the nearby Ord River. The Bungle Bungle Mountains in Purnululu National Park are now a World Heritage Site. In excess of 350 million years have shaped geological formations of giant orange and black striped domes rising out of the ground into a landscape unlike any other. Known to the local Aboriginal people for thousands of years, the Bungles were only discovered by the outside world in the mid-1980s. Conversely, cruising the peaceful and tree-lined Ord River is a chance to look for freshwater crocodiles, fruit bats, short-eared rock wallabies and a variety of birds, including Mangrove Herons and Mangrove Gerygones. Please note: All destinations on voyages in the Kimberley region, and the order in which they are visited, are subject to tidal variations and weather conditions. Other destinations may be visited in lieu of the stop described above.

FRIDAY 21 JUN
Day At Sea
Days at sea are the perfect opportunity to relax, unwind and catch up with what you’ve been meaning to do. So whether that is going to the gym, visiting the spa, whale watching, catching up on your reading or simply topping up your tan, these blue sea days are the perfect balance to busy days spent exploring shore side.

SATURDAY 22 JUN
Saumlaki, Indonesia
11:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Saumlaki is a regional capital city on the island of Yamdena, the main island of the Tanimbar archipelago, located in Indonesia between Papua New Guinea and the northern coast of Australia. The Tanimbar Islands have a distinct culture with still-vibrant traditions. They actively produce traditional crafts such as richly-colored ikat cloth and carved wooden statutes, and local residents still carry on their own centuries-old forms of music and dance. In addition to its rich history and cultural heritage, the region possesses golden, tree-lined beaches and a diverse fauna, including 8 bird species native to this archipelago

SUNDAY 23 JUN
Day At Sea
Days at sea are the perfect opportunity to relax, unwind and catch up with what you’ve been meaning to do. So whether that is going to the gym, visiting the spa, whale watching, catching up on your reading or simply topping up your tan, these blue sea days are the perfect balance to busy days spent exploring shore side.

MONDAY 24 JUN
Darwin
Arrive 8:00 AM
Darwin is Australia's most colorful, and exotic, capital city. Surrounded on three sides by the turquoise waters of the Timor Sea, the streets are lined with tropical flowers and trees. Warm and dry in winter, hot and steamy in summer, it's a relaxed and casual place, as well as a beguiling blend of tropical frontier outpost and Outback hardiness. Darwin is a city that has always had to fight for its survival. The seductiveness of contemporary Darwin lifestyles belies a history of failed attempts that date from 1824 when Europeans attempted to establish an enclave in this harsh, unyielding climate. The original 1869 settlement, called Palmerston, was built on a parcel of mangrove wetlands and scrub forest that had changed little in 15 million years. It was not until 1911, after it had already weathered the disastrous cyclones of 1878, 1882, and 1897, that the town was named after the scientist who had visited Australia's shores aboard the Beagle in 1839. During World War II it was bombed more than 60 times, as the harbor full of warships was a prime target for the Japanese war planes. Then, on the night of Christmas Eve 1974, the city was almost completely destroyed by Cyclone Tracy, Australia’s greatest natural disaster. It's a tribute to those who stayed and to those who have come to live here after Tracy that the rebuilt city now thrives as an administrative and commercial center for northern Australia. Old Darwin has been replaced by something of an edifice complex—such buildings as Parliament House and the Supreme Court all seem very grand for such a small city, especially one that prides itself on its casual, outdoor-centric lifestyle. Today Darwin is the best place from which to explore Australia's Top End, with its wonders of Kakadu and the Kimberley region.

 

Explorer Suite
from $12,900

View Suite
from $14,300

Prices are per person, in Australian dollars. Offers subject to availability. Amounts payable to third parties not included. Please check all prices, availability and other information with your travel consultant before booking. All prices are per person Twin Share unless stated otherwise.


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