Kimberley Cruise: Australia’s Last Frontier (2020)

Explore the vast and untouched Kimberley coast with A&K’s award-winning Expedition Team on the luxurious ‘Le Laperouse,’ exclusively chartered by A&K.

Journey Overview

Explore the vast and untouched Kimberley coast, cruising for 10 nights with A&K’s award-winning Expedition Team on modern and luxurious, all-balcony ‘Le Laperouse,’ exclusively chartered by A&K. Embark on a shore-hopping exploration of far-flung islands, stunning tidal waterfalls, biodiverse coral reefs, riverine mangrove forests, and visit historic Aboriginal sites, cavernous coastal gorges, towering mountain ranges and view exotic wildlife. Wind down your expedition with a relaxing day at sea, disembarking in Darwin the following morning.

A&K Highlights

  • Cruise for 10 nights on state-of-the-art ‘Le Laperouse,’ exclusively chartered by A&K and featuring luxury all-balcony accommodations and newly added suites
  • Begin your journey with a two-night stay in the Outback beach town of Broome, known for its white sands, turquoise surf and spectacular sunsets
  • Sail with a remarkable team curated by A&K, featuring our award-winning Expedition Team, a skilled service staff and crew, and one of the best personnel-to-guest ratios at 1 to 1.3
  • Enjoy all-inclusive cruising with included gratuities, port charges, unlimited house drinks, every onboard meal and some meals ashore, Wi-Fi and Traveller’s Valet laundry service
  • Experience multiple opportunities to Design Your Day with a choice of included excursions throughout your voyage, such as in Broome and Wyndham
  • Discover ancient rock art during off-the-beaten-path excursions to Freshwater Cove and Swift Bay
  • Take off on an included helicopter tour of Mitchell Falls with its tumbling cataracts and pristine freshwater pools
  • Penetrate the rugged Kimberley coast on Zodiac excursions, exploring the mangrove-dotted Hunter River, and the canyons and twin falls of King George River
  • Soar over the beehive domes of the Outback’s Bungle Bungle Range on a fixed-wing flightseeing adventure

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Click Here to read Julietta Jameson's  account of her cruise through the Kimberley. 

Itinerary

Journey Itinerary

June 25 – 26: Arrive Broome, Australia

Arrive in Broome at the western edge of the Kimberley, hemmed by the blue Indian Ocean, and transfer to your hotel near iconic Cable Beach. The largest city in the Kimberley, Broome is home to over 14,000 residents, yet every bit as daring as its more sparsely populated counterparts. The next day, relax and explore at your leisure, taking in this swashbuckling treasure and its sweeping beaches, cinematic sunsets and relaxed atmosphere. In the evening, meet your fellow guests at a welcome dinner.
Cable Beach Club Resort & Spa | Meals: BD (Day 2)

June 27: Broome | Jewel in the Wilds

A day of adventure awaits with A&K experts who take you beyond the surface in splendid Broome. Enjoy a choice of preselected excursions that include a city tour revealing Broome’s historic pearling industry and rich multicultural past, and a birding walk on Roebuck Bay. Later, your adventure moves from the shore to sea when you board ‘Le Laperouse,’ your luxury expedition cruiser for the next 10 nights.
‘Le Laperouse’ | Meals: BLD 

June 28 – July 2: Kimberley’s Wild Coast | Extraordinary Tides

For the next five days, enjoy privileged insight and 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. Grasp the tremendous benefit of exploring with our experts as luxury ‘Le Laperouse’ cruises through archipelagos and along the Kimberley coast. Your Captain and Expedition Team determine the best daily excursions, which may include these stunning regions:

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 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 the phenomenon on a boat excursion to these unique falls.

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 denouement comes at low tide, when water dramatically cascades off the reef’s emerging sandstone platform covered in coralline and algae, perchance 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 of the Worrorra people, their myths, traditions and powerful connection to the sea.

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-coloured, 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, searching for crocodiles, mud skippers and fiddler crabs, and the many bird species that nest in the dense vegetation.
‘Le Laperouse’ | Meals: BLD 

July 3: Swift Bay | Sacred Art of the Mowanjum

Philip Parker King named Swift Bay after the author of Gulliver’s Travels, Jonathan Swift. Located in the Bonaparte Archipelago and sacred to the Worrorra people for centuries, Swift Bay is home to an incredible array of indigenous rock art. View two distinct styles of this art, the Wandjina (or Wanjina) style as well as the older Gwion-Gwion, also known as the Bradshaw style. 
‘Le Laperouse’ | Meals: BLD 

July 4: King George River & Falls | The King’s Treasure

Arrive in Kooloma Bay at the mouth of the King George River, named in honour of King George V. Our naturalist guides pilot Zodiacs upriver through a spectacular canyon, draped in sandstone cliffs, gorges and mangroves, where you may also spy impressive Aussie wildlife, such as the saltwater crocodile. Arrive before the awe-inspiring King George Falls, plummeting from an elevation of 276 feet. 
‘Le Laperouse’ | Meals: BLD 

July 5: Wyndham | Gateway to Natural Wonders

Beautifully poised between rugged hills and Cambridge Gulf 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 Purnululu National Park, home to the iconic Bungle Bungle Range. Design Your Day when you choose a wildlife cruise on the thriving Ord River or a scenic flight over east Kimberley and the Bungle Bungles, one of Australia’s greatest natural wonders. 
‘Le Laperouse’ | Meals: BLD 

July 6: At Sea/Pulau Meatimiarang, Indonesia | The Timor Sea

Enjoy a day at sea and the opportunity to unwind with fellow guests and your Expedition Team, while ‘Le Laperouse’ cruises to Pulau Meatimiarang, Indonesia, to clear customs. Take time to reflect on your adventures, share photos and attend another intriguing lecture. You may also choose to relax and enjoy the ship’s facilities, perhaps at the spa or in your room with views from your own private balcony. Later, join a special farewell reception and dinner, a celebration to mark the culmination of an unforgettable expedition.
‘Le Laperouse’ | Meals: BLD 

July 7: Depart Darwin

Bid farewell to your Expedition Team before disembarking ‘Le Laperouse.’ Transfer to the airport to board your flight home or join our post-cruise extension program. 
Meals: B 

Note: Activity level is moderate. This cruise includes Zodiac boat excursions, walks over uneven terrain and optional, challenging hikes. Due to the nature of expedition cruising, this itinerary is subject to change and is for guidance purposes only.

Journey Details

  • This journey contains some active elements. It is an expedition cruise, and weather, sea and other conditions may affect the final itinerary, which may be adjusted at the sole discretion of your Captain and Expedition Leader for guest safety and enjoyment.
  • Triple occupancy is available in categories 4, 5 and 6; quadruple occupancy is available in category 6.
  • Minimum age is 10 years. 
  • First group event: welcome briefing and dinner on June 26. 
  • Last group event: ship arrival and disembarkation by 9:00 a.m. on July 7.
  • Special Offer Terms & Conditions
    Offer valid on stateroom categories 1-3. Subject to availability and may be withdrawn at anytime.
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Accommodation/Partners

Accommodation/Partners

Le Laperouse

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Dates & Prices

Journey Dates & Prices

Prices are per person, based on double occupancy

Jun 25, 2020 - Jul 7, 2020
Cabin Class Le Laperouse: Classic Stateroom - Category 1 Price AU$21,005pp Single Supplement AU$15,760 Internal Air (From) AU$0 Availability Call for Availability Enquire
Cabin Class Le Laperouse: Deluxe Stateroom - Category 2 Price AU$23,905pp Single Supplement AU$17,935 Internal Air (From) AU$0 Availability Call for Availability Enquire
Cabin Class Le Laperouse: Prestige Stateroom - Category 3 Price AU$26,080pp Single Supplement AU$19,560 Internal Air (From) AU$0 Availability Call for Availability Enquire
Cabin Class Le Laperouse: Deluxe Balcony Suite - Category 4 Price AU$32,600pp Single Supplement AU$30,980 Internal Air (From) AU$0 Availability Call for Availability Enquire
Cabin Class Le Laperouse: Privilege Balcony Suite - Category 5 Price AU$36,225pp Single Supplement AU$34,415 Internal Air (From) AU$0 Availability Call for Availability Enquire
Cabin Class Le Laperouse: Prestige Two-Room Balcony Suite - Category 6 Price AU$43,470pp Single Supplement AU$41,295 Internal Air (From) AU$0 Availability Limited Availability Enquire
Cabin Class Le Laperouse: Grand Deluxe Balcony Suite - Category 7 Price AU$53,615pp Single Supplement AU$50,935 Internal Air (From) AU$0 Availability Available Enquire
Cabin Class Le Laperouse: Owner's Balcony Suite - Category 8 Price AU$57,965pp Single Supplement AU$55,065 Internal Air (From) AU$0 Availability Call for Availability Enquire
Notes:

Availability shown here is updated weekly and indicative only. Availability on any product or journey shown here is not specific to a category of travel and may not denote availability at the cheapest ‘From’ price. For real time availability, talk to your travel agent or call Abercrombie & Kent on 1300 851 800.

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