Day 2-6 | Kimberley, Western Australia
The next few days will be spent traveling through the magnificent Kimberley region in Australia’s far northwest. The course will be determined by weather and sea conditions, as well as the large tidal range for which the region is renowned, with our destinations being selected from the following:
Nares Point is a long sliver of sandstone which protrudes from mainland Australia near Koolan Island. It’s an ideal destination to explore by zodiac, with photogenic rock formations and remote beaches to walk along, accompanied by your naturalist guides.
Talbot Bay (Horizontal Falls), Buccaneer Archipelago:
Described by David Attenborough as “one of the greatest natural wonders of the world“, the Horizontal Falls are situated within the Buccaneer Archipelago. This group of more than 800 islands was created millions of years ago by erosive tidal changes which create an amazing spectacle. Depending on the tides, we will board our zodiacs for the exhilarating ride through these falls before continuing into the sandstone gorge of Cyclone Creek.
Stretching over 400 square kilometers (154 square miles), Montgomery Reef exhibits amazing tidal changes which completely transform the landscape. We’ll board zodiacs to the edge of its semi-submerged reef which is surrounded by cascading waterfalls, then continue upriver to spot its abundance of reef birds, together with sea turtles and manta rays.
Home to indigenous Wandjina paintings, Raft Point is the ideal location for discovering the Kimberley’s Aboriginal culture. We’ll take zodiacs ashore for a hike to witness its iconic boab tree and soak up the spectacular views from an overhanging cliff while learning about the indigenous Dreamtime stories.
Featuring an immense mangrove system, the Hunter River is an ideal birdwatching destination, as well as being home to saltwater crocodiles. We’ll explore its narrow channels by zodiacs or opt for a helicopter flightseeing excursion to witness the famous Mitchell Falls which plunge into the river below.
King George River & Falls:
One of the Kimberley’s most impressive natural wonders, the King George Falls cascade 80 meters (260 feet) into the King George River. We’ll anchor at the mouth of the river and ride zodiacs through its red rock canyon where giant raptors soar above and saltwater crocodiles lurk beneath the water’s surface. We’ll cruise close to the base of the falls to take in this natural wonder, before returning to the ship.