Expedition Cruising
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Expedition Cruising

Travel to Australia's most inaccessible region, the Kimberleys, by luxury expedition ship. Highlights include zodiac explorations, scenic walks to discover ancient aboriginal cave paintings, and helicopter flights over nature's stunning geological landforms and towering waterfalls.

Expedition Cruising
Best Months April - September
Epic Suggests 10 Days
  • Aboard Orion

    Technically and aesthetically, Orion is arguably the most sophisticated vessel in its class. Although custom-made for expedition cruising, Orion is the epitome of elegance. No expense has been spared when it comes to the quality of fittings and furnishings, and the range and calibre of onboard recreational facilities are nothing short of five-star.

    aust-expedition-cruising-aboard-orionOrion's Expedition Team will lead your exploration of secluded beaches and river inlets - waters famous for an abundance of wildlife. From spectacular waterfalls and awe inspiring gorges, to ancient cultural history and indigenous rock art, the only way you can access the best of the Kimberley is from the sea, onboard Orion.

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  • Aboard True North

    True North features enhanced levels of comfort and luxury throughout allowing cruise passengers opportunity to experience wilderness in surroundings more akin to one of the world's most exclusive hotels. The all Australian crew provides legendary service - a passenger limit of 36 and a crew of 18 ensure our reputation for attention to detail and excellence in service. True North is the only Kimberley adventure cruise vessel that travels with a full-time helicopter - an air-conditioned Bell 407 and is purpose built for accessing shallow river systems.

    aust-expedition-cruising-aboard-true-northShe is fully licensed for fishing activities and carries 6 dedicated expedition boats which allow guests to experience wilderness in comfort and, in small groups. Provision is made for travellers to do 'what they want, when they want'.

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  • Sample Itinerary

    Day 1: Darwin / Kimberleys

    You get underway in the late afternoon and spend the next 10 days relaxing onboard and exploring some of the most picturesque coastline in Australia.

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    Day 2: King George Falls

    Today is spent steaming towards King George Falls.

    This is the perfect opportunity to relax after your busy itinerary to date and get into the 'ship life' mode.
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    Day 3: Koolama Bay

    The journey up river reveals some of the world's most spectacular scenery and a wealth of bird species. The almost vertical sheer canyon walls have been eroded over millions of years. The King George River drains the Gardner Plateau and the falls are the highest single-drop falls in the whole of the Kimberley (100m / 330ft).

    The Orion zodiacs and tenders cruise up the stunning sandstone canyon that culminates in the twin drops of King George Falls. Take a walk to the top of the falls and enjoy a swim or take the King George Falls helicopter flight.

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    Day 4: Vansittart Bay

    The outdoor art gallery of Gwion Gwion (otherwise known as Bradshaw) Aboriginal art is believed to have been created at least 17,000 years ago with some theories indicating they could be even older, potentially up to over 50,000 years ago when humans first explored this continent.

    Go ashore via zodiac to a beach landing on Jar Island and commence a challenging walk over boulders and under overhangs. The reward is the stunning Gwion Gwion outdoor gallery of this ancient and mystical art form.

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    Day 5: Bigge Island

    Today you stop at the rugged and barren moonscape that is Bigge Island, famous as a rock art site, including "first-contact" art.

    Painted by the Wunambal people, you may see images of sailing ships and figures smoking pipes which have been interpreted as representing seafaring European visitors in the 19th century.
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    Day 6: Prince Frederick Harbour / Montgomery Reef

    Arguably one of the most scenic parts of the Kimberley coast, Prince Frederick Harbour and the Hunter River are lined with green rainforest, mangroves and soaring red cliffs up to 480 m high. Take a zodiac expedition or a helicopter flight to the Mitchell Plateau and over the Mitchell Falls.

    Stop at Montgomery Reef and take a zodiac ashore to Raft Point.  Climb to a spectacular outdoor Aboriginal art gallery showcasing the Wandjina spirits with their distinctive haloes and dugong, crocodiles, fish and snakes.
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    Day 7: Horizontal Waterfalls

    The Horizontal Waterfalls in the Buccaneer Archipelago are a product of the huge tides in the region, and the effect is created by the rapid tidal fall on the ocean-side of gaps in the cliffs. When conditions are right it is possible for a "waterfall" up to 3 metres high to form as the waters trapped on the landward side cascade out through the narrow gap to the ocean side.

    A flotilla of Orion's zodiacs will take you for an exhilarating trip to witness the phenomenon. Your zodiac excursion will be timed, where possible, to coincide with tidal movement through the gaps were the horizontal waterfalls are created.
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    Day 8: Cape Leveque

    Cape Leveque is situated 220km north of Broome on the tip of the Dampier Peninsula - a remote oasis in the white sands, red earth and thick bush. During your visit to Cape Leveque enjoy beautiful swimming in rock pools with clear water and abundant tropical fish.

    You may choose to experience a guided beach walk with a member of the Lombadina community, go fishing, or just sit back and relax.
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    Day 9: Broome

    Broome has a colourful history and a unique, cosmopolitan feel, which stems from its early pearling days. Stroll along kilometres of pristine white sand and swim in the clear water of Cable Beach, or skim across tidal flats aboard a hovercraft to Gantheaume Point, home of the 130 million year old Dinosaur Footprints.

    Orion guests are invited to a cocktail party at Paspaley Pearls Broome showroom. As well as viewing the fabulous pearl jewellery collection you have the rare opportunity to taste pearl meat.
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    Day 10: Broome

    Today you disembark the Orion in Broome. You are transferred to your accommodation or to the airport to connect with your onward flight.
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    Indicative Cost

    From AU$ 1,020 per person per day.

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  • 1/11 | Day 1: Darwin / Kimberleys
  • 2/11 | Day 2: King George Falls
  • 3/11 | Day 3: Koolama Bay
  • 4/11 | Day 4: Vansittart Bay
  • 5/11 | Day 5: Bigge Island
  • 6/11 | Day 6: Prince Frederick Harbour / Montgomery Reef
  • 7/11 | Day 7: Horizontal Waterfalls
  • 8/11 | Day 8: Cape Leveque
  • 9/11 | Day 9: Broome
  • 10/11 | Day 10: Broome
  • 11/11 | Indicative Cost
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