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KIMBERLEY COAST CRUISING

Darwin to Broome

10 Night Small Ship Expedition Cruise

Secluded gorges, tumbling falls and towering rock faces – uncover Australia's final frontier on a Kimberley Coast cruise.

Experience the most in-depth itinerary in the Kimberley and leave with a greater understanding of this timeless land.

This is the ideal way to explore the Kimberley Coast in smaller groups guided by APT's Expedition Team.

Explore the sandstone gorge carved by King George River to the 80 metre cascade of King George Falls, the highest in WA.

Marvel at the incredible Indigenous rock art of Bigge Island

Witness the tidal phenomenon of Montgomery Reef as it rises out of the water.

Board a high powered fast-boat to ride the massive tide at the spectacular Horizontal Falls.

 

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10 night cruise aboard the elegant MS Island/Caledonian Sky

All inclusive sightseeing in 16 destinations

Expert 10-member APT Expedition Team and Leader

Daily excursions on Zodiac vessels

All meals and exclusive all-day beverages package

Transfers, port charges, sightseeing and park fees

From $11,445pp share twin

 Please note:

Other suite categories and prices are available.

* denotes whale migration season

Cruising itineraries are subject to change due to tidal conditions and may be modified on board your ship. 

Weather events may cause disruption to itineraries. 

International travel insurance is mandatory on all cruises.

ALL-INCLUSIVE.

ALL TAKEN CARE OF.

ALWAYS.

Your Itinerary

APT Kimberley Coast Map

 

Day 1 -  Arrive Darwin, Embark Ship

Arrive in Darwin and be transferred to your expedition ship where you can settle in to your well-appointed suite or stateroom. Get to know your fellow guests, and Expedition Team during a Welcome Dinner tonight.

Stay: 10 Nights, MS Caledonian Sky

Daily : Dinner

Day 2 - At Sea

Get acquainted with your expedition ship as you enjoy informative lectures from your Expedition Team on board while spending a day at sea en route to the spectacular Kimberley Coast. Learn about the fascinating ecology of Australia’s most remote coastline, one that is dominated by some of the most dramatic tidal conditions on Earth. Hear stories of the rich World War II history and get prepared to discover ancient Indigenous culture that dates back for tens of thousands of years. Take time to relax as you feel the pleasant pristine air of the Timor Sea fill your lungs and then take advantage of the Open Bridge policy for the chance to make acquaintances with your ship’s Captain. After dinner tonight, make your way to the Lounge for the evening entertainment.

Daily : breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 3 - Koolama Bay, King George River and Falls

SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

While exploring the King George River, the highlight is sure to be King George Falls, plunging 80 metres over a magnificent sandstone cliff. Get up close to this spectacular cascade and learn how it turns to a raging torrent during the monsoonal wet season.


Wake up this morning on the Kimberley Coast as your ship cruises into Koolama Bay. Once known as Cape Ruilhieres, hear how this spectacular harbour was renamed following the Japanese bombing of the MV Koolama in 1942, while carrying 91 passengers, 89 crew and a cargo of war supplies destined for the Australian Army at Wyndham. Arrive at King George River and board your ship’s fleet of Zodiacs with an Expedition Team member. Meander through the gorge system, travelling 12 kilometres upstream to discover hidden mangrove-fringed coves and 100-metre-high red-cliffs.

Daily : breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 4 - Vansittart Bay, Jar Island

Join your Expedition Team to take an informative walk across salt flats at Vansittart Bay to view the wreckage of a US Air Force C-53 which crash landed on the beach during World War II. The C-53 is a modified civilian Douglas DC-3 airliner, an aircraft used extensively during World War II by the Allies. Later, visit Jar Island and see examples of the Kimberley’s mysterious Gwion Gwion (formerly Bradshaw) paintings, dating back some 20,000 years. These stylised figures give impressions of movement, depicting people involved in ritual dancing, complete with elaborate clothing including tassels hanging from the arms and waist. The style of these paintings are very distinctive.

Daily : breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 5 - Bigge Island

SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

Bigge Island is well known for its Indigenous rock art, which was created by the Wunambal people.


Discover Bigge Island today, off the coast of the Kimberley, approximately six kilometres from the mainland. In caves throughout the island, see examples of first contact art depicting European tall ships dating from the 15th to 18th century. Learn how the mysterious Wandjina figures are unique to the Kimberley, to the Wunambal, the Wandjina is the supreme Creator and a symbol of fertility and rain who comes to the Kimberley every wet season to bring life. This belief in a single Creator or God is unique to the Kimberley. Many of the Wandjina art sites are still repainted each year as a tradition which reconnects the Wunambal to their Creator. Having been repainted annually for the past 5,000 years, this is thought to be the oldest continuous sacred painting tradition on the planet.

Daily : breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 6 - Prince Frederick Harbour, Hunter River, Mitchell Falls

Arrive at Prince Frederick Harbour, home to soaring red cliffs and mangroves. With its extreme tides and pristine ecosystems, there is an incredible range of wildlife to discover here including saltwater crocodiles, mudskippers and a plethora of bird species including kingfishers, egrets, herons and the majestic white-bellied sea eagles. Board a Zodiac with your Expedition Team to explore the Hunter River, then visit Naturalist Island where an optional helicopter flight to Mitchell Falls departs (own expense, guests are advised to pre-register interest).

Daily : breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 7 - Careening Bay, Prince Regent Reserve, St George's Basin

Visit Careening Bay, the home of the historic Mermaid Boab Tree, where in 1820 Lieutenant Phillip Parker King used the area’s massive tides to beach his damaged ship, the HMC Mermaid to repair a leak in the ship’s hull. One of King’s crew members carved the ship’s name in a Boab Tree that overlooks the bay, and today you have the chance to see for yourself a living piece of Australian colonial history. Continue on to explore Prince Regent Nature Reserve, a protected area that is only accessible by boat and is recognised as a national biodiversity hotspot. Spend time in the picturesque area of Hanover Bay and perhps visit St George Basin by Zodiac to see saltwater crocodiles and numerous marine creatures if tidal conditions permit.

Daily : breakfast, lunch, dinner

 Day 8 - Montgomery Reef, Doubtful Bay, Raft Point

SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

Embark on an unforgettable adventure today as the magnificent Montgomery Reef ‘rises’ out of the ocean as the tidal waters cascade down into the surrounding channels. Board your Zodiac to experience this natural phenomenon up close and discover the reef’s diverse marine life. Keep an eye out for unique bird life and turtles who may pop their heads up from time to time.


Cruise through Doubtful Bay, an amazing location for whale watching during the season. Later, travel ashore at Raft Point to visit an ancient Wandjina rock art site, gaining a unique perspective from a local Indigenous guide (when available). The Wandjina is known as a living art tradition as these stunning figures are ritually repainted, however scientific estimates show that the original depictions date as far back as 5,000 years. These figures, identified as having a distinctive plate-like face with no mouth, are said to show a powerful creator being.

Daily : breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 9 - Talbot Bay, Horizontal Falls

SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

Subject to tidal conditions, embark on a ride through Horizontal Falls on a high-powered fast boat.


Cruise through to Talbot Bay, known for its massive 12-metre tides that create an amazing spectacle, the incredible Horizontal Falls. David Attenborough described these impressive tides as “one the greatest natural wonders of the world.” Later, take a Zodiac cruise through Cyclone Creek to see dramatic folding in the rock formations and keep an eye out for native birdlife and saltwater crocodiles.

Daily : breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 10 - Buccaneer Archipelago, Adele Island

Arrive in the spectacular Buccaneer Archipelago, home to more than 800 islands. Cruise to Adele Island and board your ship’s Zodiacs with your Expedition Team to explore this remote and isolated island. The island is classified by BirdLife International as an Important Bird Area for sea birds and waders and is an important habitat for breeding frigatebirds, brown boobies, cormorants and Australian pelicans. The island is surrounded by Adele Reef which is home to soft and hard corals and a large variety of marine life including reef sharks and stingrays. Savour a Farewell Dinner this evening with new-found friends as you sail towards the historic pearling town of Broome.

Daily : breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 11 - Disembark Ship, Depart Broome

After breakfast on board this morning, the time has come to bid farewell to your wonderful crew as you disembark your ship for the last time. Enjoy a short Broome orientation tour before being transferred to Broome airport later this afternoon.

Daily : breakfast

TRAVEL INSURANCE

We recommend that you take out a travel insurance policy upon payment of your deposit. You should ensure that such insurance will protect you against cancellation and loss of deposits or payments prior to departure due to unforeseen circumstances, medical expenses arising from sickness or injury during your travel and protect you also against loss of or damage to your belongings. Please check natural disaster coverage and length of duration coverage. We can arrange travel insurance for you and can provide you with a quote and answer any queries you may have regarding the insurance we offer. 

 

 TERMS AND CONDITIONS

 WORLD TRAVELLERS - TERMS AND CONDITIONS

 Full conditions are available on our website.

APT - TERMS AND CONDITIONS

The following terms and conditions (‘booking conditions’) form the basis of your contract with Australian Pacific Touring Pty Ltd (‘APT’, ‘we’ or ‘our’). Please read them carefully as they set out your and our respective rights and obligations. By asking us to confirm your booking, we are entitled to assume that you have had the opportunity to read and have read these booking conditions, that you agree to them and that you agree to them applying to your holiday arrangements that you book with us and which we agree to make, provide or perform (as applicable) as part of our contract with you. References in these booking conditions to your ‘holiday package’ are references to the tour  or cruise package you have booked with APT. References to ‘excursions’ are references to short trips or tours included or available as part of your holiday package. 

GOVERNING LAW

These booking conditions are governed by the law force in Victoria, Australia.

Prices – Deposits – Discounts – Payments

Prices listed in this flyer are valid at the time of publication but are subject to change. They may be varied by advertising or special offers, or changed after the publication date for any reason, including without limitation, to cover changes in government taxes and charges, exchange rate variations, fuel surcharges, airline charges, a force majeure event or other material increases by suppliers. The most up to date pricing may be found on our website – www.aptouring.co.nz. Prices will be confirmed at time of booking and honoured for up to seven days. Once the security deposit is paid the price will be guaranteed.

A $1,000 security deposit per person, per holiday package is required within seven days of booking confirmation. Further payment details will be advised at the time of booking. APT reserves the right to cancel any ticket or booking or, refuse to honour any price or carry any passenger where any payment has not been received by APT within the specified time. All fares and charges are in New Zealand currency. Payment in full is required at time of booking for reservations made less than 100 days before departure from Australia or New Zealand. If APT is unable to confirm your reservation, all monies will be refunded.

 CANCELLATION POLICY

For all holiday packages in this publication, the following  APT cancellation fees apply:

 Days of Notice:                                 Fee Per Person:

100 days or more                             Loss of deposit

                       99-61 days                                      50% of holiday package price

                          60 days or less                                 100% of holiday package price

All cancellations must be received in writing by APT and are  not effective until this notification has been received. If your holiday has commenced, 100% of the full holiday package price is charged. There is no refund for unused services or if portions of the holiday package are missed. Additional cancellation fees may also be charged in respect to accommodation reserved outside the holiday package dates. These cancellation fees are in addition to any fees that may be levied by APT and your travel agent (if any). You acknowledge that the amounts estimated under the Cancellation Policy are reasonable and represent a genuine pre-estimate of APT’s loss and are otherwise reasonably necessary to protect the legitimate interests of APT. If you request changes after APT has issued your documents, APT may charge you an administration and processing fee of $70 per person in addition to any applicable cancellation fees.

 INCLUDED IN HOLIDAY PACKAGE PRICE

All coach and travel, accommodation, airfares (if indicated in individual itinerary), gratuities, airport transfers on the first and last day, sightseeing, specified excursions, meals, admissions, port charges and the services of a Cruise or Tour Director are included. Conditions may differ where third party suppliers are involved. Please refer to World Travellers Christchurch for full details of the inclusions in your holiday package and the T&C’s relating to these. APT Collection cruises in Europe also include complimentary beverages served on board your river ship (French Champagne, premium spirits and selected wines are not included).

NOT INCLUDED IN OUR TOUR AND/OR CRUISE PRICE  Laundry (unless stated), passport and visa fees, food not on the regular table d’hôte menu, drinks may or may not be included as indicated in your itinerary, excess baggage, fuel surcharges and gratuities not specified in your itinerary. Travel insurance is not included in your holiday package and you are required to purchase comprehensive travel insurance at the time of booking.

 ARRIVAL/DEPARTURE TRANSFERS

Airport transfers are included on the first and last day of your APT holiday package at designated times. No refund will be given for unused transfers. Transfers cannot be re-routed to other pick-up points or destinations. Passengers who miss the pre-booked transfers must make their own way to/from the ship/hotel at their own expense. Some holiday packages include group transfers from or in between airports/hotels/ships and vice versa. A group transfer is generally a shared transfer departing at a set time and the type of vehicle used will normally be dependent upon the size of the group.

Visa and Passports 

All passengers must have a valid passport that is valid for at  least six months after the holiday package return date. Passengers must consult with the appropriate consulates to ensure that they have any applicable visas for countries included in the holiday  package prior to departure. Passengers are solely responsible  for meeting necessary passport and visa entry requirements and paying all associated costs. APT cannot obtain group visas on your behalf. APT is not responsible for delays or missed portions of the holiday package resulting from incorrect travel documents or visas. 

 Health and Fitness

A good level of fitness and health is required to participate on APT’s holiday packages. In some destinations there are extensive sightseeing excursions by foot and which can include climbing of stairs and uneven surfaces. Mobility is needed boarding or alighting coaches, river and ocean cruise ships, tender boats, zodiacs and trains. We recommend a visit to the doctor and dentist before travelling to overseas destinations. It is your responsibility to advise APT of any pre-existing medical conditions that may affect the normal conduct of a holiday package and the enjoyment of other passengers.

APT Deposit Cancellation Peace of Mind

Applicable when an upfront fee of $95 per person is paid with your deposit. The holiday package can be cancelled prior  to the final payment date and your deposit will be retained as  an APT holding credit to be used for future bookings. If Deposit Cancellation Peace of Mind is claimed, monies held must be used on a future cruise or tour and cannot be redeemed against the original cruise or tour departure date. Deposit held in credit will exclude fees imposed by third parties, including but not limited to air travel, rail travel and hotels. When booking airfares through APT (including when taking advantage of a special offer that includes air travel), standard airline cancellation fees will apply.

In some cases, airfares will be non-refundable. In the event of cancellation, these fees will be deducted from the deposit paid, and therefore the credit being held. APT Deposit Cancellation Peace of Mind applies to new bookings only and is only valid up until 100 days prior to travel. After three years, unused credit funds will incur the original cancellation conditions as per brochure. This does not replace travel insurance, which you are required to purchase at the time of booking.

SUPERDEALS AND SPECIAL OFFERS 

Conditions apply. For full terms and conditions relating to any SuperDeal or Special Offer on your booking, please go to: www. aptouring.co.nz/specialdeals.

Prices provided by APT are based on dynamic pricing and therefore subject to change at any time. Price is per person, based on twin share and is subject to availability at the time of booking. Prices are subject to currency fluctuations. Amendment, cancellation and credit card fees apply. Please refer to your World Travellers Christchurch consultant for full terms & conditions surrounding pricing and inclusions. Superdeals cannot be held for your group and are subject to availability at the time of booking.

APT’s prices and itineraries valid from 1 May 2019 for travel in 2019 but subject to change in terms of these conditions.

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