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 landowners 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 onboard Expedition Team.
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.
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 King George Falls a highlight of visiting the Kimberley Coast.
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!
Buccaneer Archipelago, Australia – The Buccaneer Archipelago has 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.
• 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/or ice conditions. Expedition Team members scheduled for this voyage are subject to change or cancellation. GEAR UP
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