3/126 Albert Road, Warragul VIC 3820 Phone: (03) 5623 5151 Fax: (03) 5623 4952 Email us EMERGENCY NUMBER +61 (0)419 213 274
18th April – 2nd May 2018
Personally escorted by Linda Owen
YOUR TOUR ESCORTS
Linda Owen is an experienced travel agent with more than 10 years in the industry.
Her love of the outback and knowledge of this area will enhance your Kimberley experience.
For all of our Gippsland Travel personally escorted tours, our tour escorts pride themselves on attention to detail and personal care. Linda will ensure that everyone travelling in her group will have a wonderful adventure.
Note: All costs are based on a twin or double share cabin
Based on UPPER DECK STATEROOM – availability:
Based on LOWER CABIN – availability:
Based on Upgrade to DELUXE STATEROOM – availability:
**Single supplement – on application, available for land component only
Places on the tour will be secured in order of receipt of a signed, completed booking form followed by a full deposit of $2500 per person by Friday, 9 June 2017. After this date, this deposit will be non-refundable.
FINAL PAYMENT: Due Tuesday, 9 January, 2018.
YOUR TOUR INCLUDES:
Prices correct as per 30 May, 2017
CRUISE THE SPECTACULAR KIMBERLEY
Property features: 24-hour reception; 24-hour room service; poolside restaurant & bar; swimming pool.
CORAL EXPEDITION 1
Experienced, highly informative Expedition Leaders and Guest Lecturers will supervise the expedition itinerary maximising the experiences offered on shore excursions. Sensitive arrangements are also made allowing guests to absorb the cultural remnants of one of the world's most ancient people, the Australian Aborigine.
A specially designed excursion vessel allows you to explore the gorges of the Mitchell, King George, Prince Regent and Hunter Rivers. For the more adventurous, optional helicopter flights to the Mitchell Plateau are also available. The abundance of bird life and native wildlife including the salt-water crocodile make every moment of the expedition unique. The hundreds of islands in The Buccaneer Archipelago, the tidal phenomena at Montgomery Reef and the extraordinary horizontal waterfalls near Talbot Bay …The Kimberley has it all.
The "Explorer" is a specially designed aluminum excursion vessel used for the majority of excursions. This vessel has high horsepower engines and will accommodate all passengers at one time. The "Explorer" will be used for landings and for extensive exploration of rivers and tributaries. For your added convenience and comfort, the "Explorer" is equipped with an awning and toilet. The vessel also carries two inflatable landing craft (Zodiacs). Designed for expedition work, these large and heavy-duty inflatables are extremely safe. Separate air compartments retain a large reserve of buoyancy even if the boat is damaged. The flat bottom design permits these crafts to land directly onto the beaches. Expect nonetheless to wade through shallow water to reach the shore.
CABLE BEACH CLUB RESORT & SPA
We shall have an early morning departure from Gippsland to Melbourne Airport for our flight to Darwin. On arrival, we will be met and transferred to our hotel, the DOUBLETREE BY HILTON DARWIN, or similar for a two-night stay. After checking into 0ur hotel, there will be time to take an optional orientation walk or just relax. Tonight, enjoy a Welcome Dinner.
After breakfast, we shall take a City Sights tour, the perfect introduction to the tropical city of Darwin. Our city sights tour will feature many Darwin landmarks including the Chinese Temple, Botanical Gardens, East Point Reserve, Stokes Hill Wharf, WWII Relics, historic city sights and the Museum and Art Gallery of the NT and the Defence of Darwin Experience.
We have an early check out for our transfer to the Harbour to board our home for the next 10 nights, the Coral Expeditions 1. We farewell Darwin Harbour, cross Cambridge Gulf and sail into Western Australian waters. This afternoon join Expedition Staff for an informative introduction to the Kimberley before meeting your fellow travellers and friendly crew at the Captain’s Welcome Cocktails.
Today we discover the first of the Kimberley’s ‘big’ rivers, the mighty King George. Aboard Explorer, the specially designed excursion vessel, we’ll explore scenic gorges, and in the inflatable zodiacs we’ll cruise close to the base of magnificent King George Falls, the tallest waterfalls in Western Australia towering some 80 metres above the river below. Later we visit Tranquil Bay for beach walking and exploration.
Today we join Expedition Leader on a walk across salt flats to view the wreckage of a US Air Force DC3 which crash landed on the beach during WWII. Later we visit Jar Island and discover the island’s outstanding rock art gallery. The Guest Lecturers will point out fine examples of the Kimberley’s mysterious Bradshaw Paintings (Gwion), dating back some 20,000 years.
After anchoring in Winyalken Bay, we travel ashore aboard Explorer to explore the maze of natural sandstone caves known as Hathaway’s Hideaway. Later, helicopters are available for optional scenic flights over the Mitchell Plateau for close up views of the mighty four-tiered Mitchell Falls. This evening, enjoy a spectacular Indian Ocean sunset as we indulge in a gourmet Aussie Beach BBQ.
We discover the rock art gallery on Bigge Island, featuring fine examples of both Wandjina and Bradshaw art. Then we explore Careening Bay which was named by Phillip Parker King after his ship ‘HMC Mermaid’ was careened during his second voyage of discovery in the Kimberley. The lecturers lead us to the site of a large boab tree baring the inscription “HMC Mermaid – 1820”, still clearly visible almost 200 years later.
We cruise the mighty Prince Regent River aboard Explorer to breathtaking King Cascades, an unusual and picturesque waterfall cascading over terraced rock formations. We then enjoy a picnic lunch at beautiful Camp Creek, where there is time for a leisurely swim in the fresh water pools.
Today we savour a truly unforgettable moment as Montgomery Reef ‘rises’ out of the ocean as the tide ebbs. We join Expedition Staff aboard the Explorer and zodiacs to experience this natural phenomenon up close and discover the reef’s diverse marine life including turtles, manta rays and reef sharks. Later we cruise through scenic Doubtful Bay.
After cruising through Kuri Bay, home of the south sea pearl industry, we travel ashore at Raft Point and visit a secluded and very interesting Aboriginal rock art gallery to view Wandjina art and the mysterious Bradshaw Paintings (Gwion). Later we explore Red Cone Creek and enjoy a cooling dip at Ruby Falls.
We cruise through the Buccaneer Archipelago, home to over 800 islands. In Talbot Bay, the region’s 12 metre tides create an amazing spectacle, the unique Horizontal Falls, described by legendary naturalist David Attenborough as “one the greatest natural wonders in the world”. We then board the zodiacs for an exhilarating ride through the falls and later explore Silica Beach on Hidden Island with its stunning white sands and crystal clear waters.
This morning we cruise through Pender Bay and, subject to weather and tides, will visit the Lacepede Islands, a series of low islands consisting of coarse sand and coral rubble lying atop a platform reef. This nature reserve has been identified by Bird Life International as an Important Bird Area as it supports up to 18,000 breeding pairs of Brown Boobies and Roseate Terns, possibly the largest such population in the world. Board the zodiacs and explore the island’s lagoon, keeping an eye out for many species of marine birdlife including Australian Pelicans, frigate birds, egrets, gulls and terns. The islands are also renowned as Western Australia’s most significant breeding grounds for the Green Turtle, often seen nesting on the islands. This evening farewell new-found friends as you enjoy the Captain’s Farewell Cocktails.
This unforgettable cruise along the Kimberley coast concludes in Broome this morning. After we disembark we shall take a tour of Broome before checking into the CABLE BEACH CLUB RESORT & SPA, for a two-night stay. The afternoon is free to relax or explore before we get together for Sunset drinks.
Today is at your leisure. Surrounded by magnificent gardens, you can relax by the water in style. The resort has two swimming pools – one for families, and the other reserved solely for adults. Or, you can also relax for a while in the Chahoya Spa or the meditative Buddha Sanctuary. Cable Beach Club Spa and Resorts boasts four distinctively different restaurants and bars and also features two tennis tourts, a hair salon and an air-conditioned gym.
Tonight, we will get together for our Farewell Dinner.
Our wonderful Kimberley adventure has come to an end, we checkout and transfer to Broome airport for our flight back to Melbourne. On arrival, we shall be transferred by coach back to Gippsland.