Uncover the Kimberley Coastline: An Ancient Wilderness

11 Days
Broome to Darwin
From (USD)
$ 11,991
Dates & Pricing

2024 Broome > Darwin

The treasures of Kimberley’s ancient shores

More than a few thousand million years ago, the Kimberley was a unique land, detached from the rest of the Australian continent. Geological forces caused it to collide with the ancient Pilbara and Yilgarn regions, laying the foundation of the great land we call home.
The Kimberley’s antiquity is visible in its unique topography, the many fossils that have been discovered here and its deep-rooted Aboriginal legacy. Your Discovery Voyage on board the 6-star ultra-luxury Scenic Eclipse, will take you deeper into this wondrous land to reveal to you its many unseen, remote gems. Pristine islands, spectacular native birdlife, concealed reefs bursting with vibrant marine life, and the ancient spiritual heritage of the traditional landowners. The Scenic Discovery Team will introduce you to the Kimberley’s unseen richness of your homeland and our indigenous experts will guide you to a deeper appreciation of this vast land. This once-in-a-lifetime experience is the ultimate combination of ultra-luxury and captivating exploration. Disclaimer - Subject to regulatory approval to operate
Tour Map
Tour Code:
101O
Duration:
11 days
Departure City:
Broome
Return City:
Darwin

11 Day Itinerary

  1. Day 1 - Broome, Australia

    Welcome aboard ultra-luxurious Scenic Eclipse, The World’s First Discovery Yacht™. Settle into your spacious suite and enjoy the first destination of this incredible journey.  Your Kimberley experience begins in Broome, a charming outback town where red desert collides with the turquoise Indian Ocean lapping onto pristine white sands. Founded as a pearling port in the 1880s, Broome still produces some of the finest pearls in the world today.

    Please book your flight to arrive into Broome prior to 02:00 PM.

    Meals Included: Dinner

  2. Day 2 - Lacedepe Islands

    The stunning coast of Lacepede Islands Nature Reserve was named by French explorer Baudin in 1801 to commemorate his naturalist compatriot, Count Lacepede. In the past, Macassan boats used for fishing trepang (sea cucumbers) frequented these islands, but today they are an important nesting site for green turtles, and home to large colonies of lesser frigate birds and brown boobies.

    Discovery

    Your expert Discovery Team will take you on an exhilarating Zodiac discovery excursion, weather permitting.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  3. Day 3 - Buccaneer Archipelago

    Overnight, your Discovery Yacht will cruise across the mouth of King Sound into the Buccaneer Archipelago. This spectacular maze of more than 800 islands is jaw-dropping for its vivid colours: iron-rich red rock, green pockets of lush rainforest, striking turquoise ocean and pristine white beaches. Enjoy the picturesque scenery while you relax onboard in ultra-luxury.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  4. Day 4 - Talbot Bay > Horizontal Falls

    Talbot Bay’s spectacular Horizontal Waterfalls is a natural wonder to tick off your Australian bucket list. This phenomenon is caused by a unique combination of geology and massive tidal surges.

    Discovery

    If time and tides permit, your expert Discovery Team may be able to take you through these fascinating falls and around the narrow waterways of Talbot Bay in a Zodiac. Later, choose to embark on a challenging 9.5 kilometre walk into the Kimberley’s remote wilderness.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  5. Day 5 - Montgomery Reef > Raft Point

    Magically rising out of the sea at low tide, Montgomery Reef is a transient landscape of coral reef and waterfalls rich with marine life. Green turtles often swim in the narrow corridors of coral around the edge of the reef, so keep your eyes peeled.

    Discovery

    Take a Zodiac cruise with your expert Discovery Team around the waterfalls and try to spot manta rays, dolphins, black-tipped reef sharks or dugongs. You will also visit Raft Point, an imposing bluff in the middle of Doubtful Bay, home to an impressive indigenous rock art gallery.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  6. Day 6 - Bigge Island > Low Rocks

    Bigge Island is a haunting place of great silence where you’ll gain a true sense of the antiquity of our country. Rise early this morning to see the renowned Wandjina (Kaiara or Sea Wandjina) spirit paintings whose origins remain shrouded in mystery and controversy. Time and weather permitting, you can walk to the far side of the island to view the unique Gwion Gwion (Bradshaw) paintings.

    Discovery

    Immerse yourself in the local culture during a traditional smoking ceremony, followed by tea with local indigenous artists.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  7. Day 7 - Hunter River > Mitchell Falls

    Located in Prince Regent National Park, the Hunter River is flanked by pockets of rainforest, vast swathes of mangroves and soaring red cliffs. Explore this magical waterway, which is said to have the highest proportion of saltwater crocodiles in the Kimberley. Later you’ll have the opportunity to venture further into the outback to Mitchell Falls, a dramatic four-tiered waterfall that has been carved out over millennia. Its deep emerald pools contrast with the rugged red sandstone of the Mitchell Plateau, creating a mesmerising oasis.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  8. Day 8 - King George River

    At 112 kilometres long and with a sheer drop of 100 metres, the thundering twin falls of King George River is an unforgettable experience. Make your way along the river’s tranquil waters, through towering gorges – home to Brahminy kites, egrets, and kingfishers.  The river is of high cultural significance to the Balangagarra people, with the falls representing the male and female Wunkurr rainbow serpent. 

    Discovery

    If tides are favourable, a Zodiac discovery excursion of the river may be available.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  9. Day 9 - At sea

    Enjoy a leisurely day at sea to take advantage of the luxurious onboard facilities. Relax on your private terrace or verandah and enjoy personalised butler service, revitalise your mind, body and soul in the luxurious Senses Spa with a massage, or learn about Australia’s history, flora and fauna from your expert Discovery Team who will be sharing their unrivalled expertise through enrichment programs. 

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  10. Day 10 - At sea > Pulau Meatimiarang, Indonesia

    With another day at sea, it’s the perfect opportunity to meet new friends at one of the many bars, soak in a Scandinavian-inspired outdoor vitality pool, take in the view through the Swarovski telescopes in the Observation Lounge, and savour culinary delights with up to 10 all-inclusive world-class dining experiences. Scenic Eclipse will be stopping at Pulau Meatimiarang for technical clearance. There will be no opportunity for guests to go ashore.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  11. Day 11 - Darwin, Australia

    Your unforgettable Discovery Voyage comes to an end today; it is time to bid farewell to your friendly crew and new friends.

    Please book your flight to depart out of Darwin after 12:00 PM.

    The itinerary is a guide only and may be amended for operational reasons. As such Scenic cannot guarantee the voyage will operate unaltered from the itinerary stated above. Please refer to our terms and conditions for further information.

    Meals Included: Breakfast

Tour inclusions

The perfect blend of expedition and cruise voyages with
  • Up to 228 guests on board for a truly exclusive Discovery Voyage
  • Up to 15-member specialist Discovery Team
  • Engaging lectures and education program with on board experts
  • Scenic Discovery excursions and shore side expedition program
  • Full kayak program and stand-up paddle boarding
  • Exclusive Scenic Enrich experiences
  • Personalised Scenic Freechoice experiences

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