Kimberley Cruise: Australia’s Last Frontier (2023)

Cruise the Kimberley coast with A&K’s award-winning Expedition Team and uncover one of Australia’s most spectacular locales.

Journey Overview

Discover one of Australia’s wildest and most spectacular locales on an all-encompassing Kimberley coast adventure led by A&K’s passionate Expedition Team. Combining one-of-a-kind wildlife with lush scenery and indigenous culture, this thrilling voyage features flights over Mitchell
Falls and the Outback’s Bungle Bungle Range, hikes to ancient rock art, crocodile spotting on the Hunter River and a Zodiac excursion into a rare horizontal waterfall.

Journey Highlights

  • Cruise the Kimberley for 10 nights on an exclusively chartered voyage with A&K and uncover the breadth and charm of Kimberley’s rugged coast
  • 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
  • Discover ancient rock art during off-the-beaten-path excursions to Freshwater Cove and Bigge Island
  • Take off on an included helicopter tour of Mitchell Falls with its tumbling cataracts and pristine freshwater pools
  • Discover the Kimberley coast’s labyrinth of coves, valleys and gorges with 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

Featured Experts

Brad Climpson, Expedition Leader
Born in Sydney, Australia, Brad earned a Bachelor of Science in marine biology and zoology at James Cook University, Townsville. His love for the underwater world brought him aboard expedition ships and to destinations that include Melanesia, Polynesia, the Maldives, Antarctica and the Kimberley. An accomplished scuba diver, Brad lives in North Queensland near the Great Barrier Reef and has developed an intimate knowledge of reef systems. His experience with Australia’s Aboriginal cultures has also provided meaningful insights into how indigenous cultures interact with their natural environment.

Bart Pigram, Aboriginal Culture Expert
Bart developed his passion for merging indigenous oral histories and language with western documentation while serving as a curator and cultural development project officer at Nyamba Buru Yawuru, where he contributed to award-winning projects that include the Jetty to Jetty Heritage Trail. A Yawuru man of Western Australia’s Broome, he envisions a culturally, environmentally and economically sustainable future for his people and other Indigenous communities. Bart is the owner operator of Narlijia Experiences Broome.

Click here to read Di Webster's account of A&K's 2019 Kimberley Cruise, with a very special mention of Bart Pigram, as published in Qantas Magazine.


Journey Itinerary

May 12-13: Arrive Broome, Western 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.

Cable Beach Club Resort & Spa | Meals: BD (May 13)

May 14: Broome | Jewel in the Wilds

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 your luxury expedition cruiser for the next 10 nights.

'Le Laperouse' | Meals: BLD

May 15-19: Kimberley’s Wild Coast | Extraordinary Tides

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-coloured freshwater pools formed by the falls.

Hunter River: 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 life.

'Le Laperouse' | Meals: BLD

May 20: Vansittart Bay | Mysterious Ancient Rock Art

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.

'Le Laperouse' | Meals: BLD

May 21: King George River & Falls | The King’s Treasure

Arrive in Koolama Bay at the mouth of the King George River, named in honour 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.

'Le Laperouse' | Meals: BLD

May 22: Wyndham | Gateway to Natural Wonders

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 Heritage-listed 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.

'Le Laperouse' | Meals: BLD

May 23: At Sea & Pulau Meatimiarang, Indonesia | The Timor Sea

Enjoy a day at sea on your luxury expedition ship and the opportunity to unwind while cruising through Indonesian waters to clear customs. Take time to reflect on your adventures, share photos and attend more intriguing presentations, all part of an endlessly fascinating enrichment program. 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 have made for a farewell dinner.

'Le Laperouse' | Meals: BLD

May 24: Depart Darwin

Bid farewell to your Expedition Team and fellow guests before disembarking your ship. Transfer to the airport to board your flight home or continue exploring on your post-tour extension.

Meals: B

Journey Details

This journey contains active elements, including Zodiac boat excursions, walks over uneven terrain and optional, challenging hikes.

Note: Itinerary is for guidance purposes only and may be adjusted due to unforeseen circumstances including weather, wildlife, medical emergencies and other conditions beyond A&K’s control at the sole discretion of the Captain.

Minimum age is 7 years.

Categories 4-8 include room upgrade at the hotel and butler service aboard the ship.

First group event: welcome reception and dinner at 6:30 p.m. on May 13.

Last group event: disembarkation by 9:00 a.m. on May 24.

Note: Proof of full vaccination for COVID-19 is required for this journey, including a booster shot if vaccination was received more than four months prior to departure (two months for the Johnson & Johnson vaccine).

Included with this Luxury Expedition Cruise

  • An Exclusively Chartered, All-Inclusive Voyage Led by A&K’s Expedition Team
  • Pre- and/or Post Cruise Stay at Stylish, Ideally Located Hotels and A&K-Led Excursions
  • Airport Meet and Greet and Transfers
  • Private Balcony with Every Onboard Accommodation and Butler Service with Every Suite
  • Maximum Personnel-to-Guest Ratio of 1 to 1.3 and ship occupancy limited to 80 percent
  • Culinary Program Featuring French-Inspired Cuisine, Including House Drinks, Afternoon Tea and Pastries
  • 24-Hour Room Service and Breakfast in Bed on board
  • Zodiac and Shore Excursions Led by A&K Expert Naturalist Driver-Guides
  • Enrichment program, lectures and presentations
  • Traveller’s Valet Laundry Service on board
  • All Gratuities, Port Charges and Taxes
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi on Board and in Hotels
  • Onboard Service from an English-Speaking Staff, Including an Accredited Physician
  • 24/7 A&K On-Call Support
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Preferred Accommodation

Preferred Accommodation

This journey features the following Preferred Accommodations:

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Dates & Prices

Journey Dates & Prices

Prices are per person, based on double occupancy

May 12, 2023 - May 24, 2023 Special Special Special Special Special Special Special Special
Cabin Class Le Laperouse: Classic Stateroom - Category 1 Price AU$20,415pp was AU$22,530 Single Supplement AU$16,895 Internal Air (From) AU$0 Availability Available Enquire
Cabin Class Le Laperouse: Deluxe Stateroom - Category 2 Price AU$24,640pp was AU$26,755 Single Supplement AU$20,065 Internal Air (From) AU$0 Availability Available Enquire
Cabin Class Le Laperouse: Prestige Stateroom - Category 3 Price AU$27,455pp was AU$29,570 Single Supplement AU$22,175 Internal Air (From) AU$0 Availability Available Enquire
Cabin Class Le Laperouse: Deluxe Balcony Suite - Category 4 Price AU$36,610pp was AU$38,725 Single Supplement AU$34,850 Internal Air (From) AU$0 Availability Available Enquire
Cabin Class Le Laperouse: Privilege Balcony Suite - Category 5 Price AU$40,130pp was AU$42,245 Single Supplement AU$38,135 Internal Air (From) AU$0 Availability Call for Availability Enquire
Cabin Class Le Laperouse: Prestige Two-Room Balcony Suite - Category 6 Price AU$50,695pp was AU$52,810 Single Supplement AU$48,160 Internal Air (From) AU$0 Availability Available Enquire
Cabin Class Le Laperouse: Grand Deluxe Balcony Suite - Category 7 Price AU$58,440pp was AU$60,555 Single Supplement AU$55,625 Internal Air (From) AU$0 Availability Available Enquire
Cabin Class Le Laperouse: Owner's Balcony Suite - Category 8 Price AU$62,665pp was AU$64,780 Single Supplement AU$59,540 Internal Air (From) AU$0 Availability Call for Availability Enquire

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