Uncovering the Kimberley Coastline

11 Days
Broome to Darwin
From (AUD)
$ 18,740
Dates & Pricing

2021 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

Selected Itinerary

 
 

11 Day Itinerary

  1. Day 1 - Broome

    Welcome on board Scenic Eclipse, The World’s First Discovery Yacht™, where ultra-luxury meets discovery. 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.

    Meals Included: Dinner

  2. Day 2 - Lacepede Islands Nature Reserve

    Bird watchers will delight in today’s included tour to the stunning coast of Lacepede Islands Nature Reserve, which are fringed by sugar-white sands. Named by French explorer Baudin in 1801 to commemorate his naturalist compatriot, Count Lacepede, the islands are considered an important bird area, home to large colonies of lesser frigatebirds, brown boobies, masked boobies, roseate terns and many more. They are also an important nesting site for green turtles.

    Discovery

    Your expert Discovery Team will take you on an exhilarating Zodiac 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 famous Buccaneer Archipelago. This spectacular maze of more than 800 islands is jaw-dropping for its vivid colours: iron-rich red rock, lush green pockets of rainforest, striking turquoise ocean and pristine white beaches. Enjoy the picturesque scenery while you relax on your suite’s private verandah or learn about Australia’s history, flora and fauna from your Discovery Team who will be sharing their unrivalled expertise through enrichment programs.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  4. Day 4 - Talbot Bay & Horizontal Falls

    A Kimberley icon, Talbot Bay’s spectacular Horizontal Waterfalls is a phenomenon caused by a combination of geology and tides. Don’t just see it from afar.

    Discovery

    If time and tides permit, your expert Discovery Team may be able to take you right through the fascinating falls and around the narrow waterways of Talbot Bay by 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

    Today you will explore Montgomery Reef, an extraordinary and vast reef that rises out of the sea at low tide. Home to a startling array of corals, clams and sponges and a wealth of vibrant marine life, Montgomery Reef is part of an Aboriginal reserve.

    Discovery

    Take a Scenic Discovery excursion with our experts to witness the cascading waterfalls that are formed by the outgoing tide, and try to spot green turtles, manta rays, dolphins, black-tipped reef sharks and dugongs.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  6. Day 6 - Freshwater Cove & Kuri Bay

    Adjacent to Montgomery Reef, Freshwater Cove is known for fishing and Aboriginal art which can be viewed and purchased here. We will also cruise into Kuri Bay, home to Australia’s first South Sea pearl farm, now operated by renowned Paspaley pearls. The area is a haven for marine life; nearby Camden Sound Marine Reserve is a critical calving site for the largest population of humpback whales on the planet.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  7. Day 7 - Hunter River & Mitchell Falls

    An aqua blue highway flanked by pockets of emerald rainforests, vast swathes of mangroves and soaring red cliffs, the Hunter River is said to have the highest proportion of saltwater crocodiles in the Kimberley as well as prolific birdlife.
    Later you’ll have the opportunity to venture further into the Kimberley 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. View the breathtaking Mitchell Falls from the air during a flight in one of our two on board helicopters^.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  8. Day 8 - 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 Bradshaw (Gwion Gwion) paintings.

    Discovery

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

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  9. Day 9 - King George River

    Overnight, you will have cruised northwards past Cassini Island and Cape Bougainville toward King George River. Make your way along the river’s tranquil waters, through towering gorges – home to Brahminy kites, egrets, and kingfishers – and marvel at the sheer 100-metre drop of the twin King George Falls, an unforgettable sight.

    Discovery

    If tides are favourable, a Zodiac excursion of the river may be on offer.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  10. Day 10 - Darwin

    Crossing the Joseph Bonaparte?Gulf your Discovery Yacht is headed towards Darwin. Relax on your private verandah with a glass of fine champagne delivered by your private butler; unwind in the tranquil Senses Spa with an indulgent treatment*; head to the state-of-the-art theatre where your expert Discovery Team will be sharing their unrivalled expertise through enrichment programs; and savour culinary delights with up to 10 truly all-inclusive world-class dining experiences. 
    Located at the ‘Top End’ of Australia, Northern Territory’s capital city is a melting pot of more than 50 cultures and takes pride in its unique and friendly laidback lifestyle. Tonight, you will visit the atmospheric night markets at Mindil Beach. Browse some 200 stalls touting local arts and crafts, feast on street food, and watch buskers and performers showcase their talents as the sun dips behind the ocean. 

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  11. Day 11 - Darwin

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

    ^Helicopters and submarine at additional cost, subject to regulatory approval, availability, weight restrictions,medical approval and weather and tidal conditions.

    The advertised itineraries (Itinerary) are subject to the grant of Australian and international regulatory approvals for operations within Australian territorial waters. If final regulatory approvals  are granted, Scenic Eclipse and the Itinerary will still be subject to any Federal, State or Local government restrictions based on current pandemic protocols. These may include travel restrictions, quarantine regulations and border closures. In those circumstances, we may need to cancel or alter all or part of the Itinerary, either prior to or once the voyage has begun. Alteration of the Itinerary may include (without limitation) substituting or removing ports of call and shore excursions; delaying or bringing forward the commencement of all or any part of the Itinerary; reducing or extending the duration of all or any part of the Itinerary. Our terms and conditions contain the parties’ rights in the event that any of these protocols or restrictions are introduced, or regulatory approvals are not obtained.

    Meals Included: Breakfast

Tour inclusions

Highlights
  • Go bird watching around Lacepede Islands, an important breeding area for sea birds.
  • Explore Montgomery Reef, a magical, transient landscape where powerful outgoing tides expose a vast inshore reef.
  • Watch out for saltwater crocodiles while exploring the magical blue highway of the Hunter River, located in Prince Regent National Park.
  • See the renowned Wandjina (Kaiara or Sea Wandjina) spirit paintings whose origins remain shrouded in mystery and controversy, and gain a true sense of the antiquity of our country.

Truly all-inclusive luxury
  • Only up to 228 guests on board
  • Spacious all verandah Suites
  • Butler service for every guest and an almost 1:1 staff to guest ratio
  • Up to ten on board dining experiences, from casual to fine dining
  • Complimentary premium beverages all day, every day
  • Up to 15 member Specialist Discovery Team
  • Scenic Discovery excursions
  • Engaging lecture and education program on board
  • All tipping and gratuities

Pricing & Availability