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Broome (Kimberley) to Darwin Expedition Cruise

20 - 30 June 2023

11 Days / 10 Nights

The Kimberley is a place where you can see the world as it was thousands of years ago. Enjoy thrilling Zodiac cruises to get as near to the thundering falls as possible, and walk through some of the Earth's oldest parts as you sail by the region's towering red cliffs.  You have to experience a journey to the Kimberley for yourself; if you do, you won't need any words to express it. Doesn't it feel like you should start if you haven't already?

Itinerary in a Nutshell

7

Ports

2

Countries

Silver Explorer

Expedition Cruise

Routes
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Australia: Broome (Kimberley) - Buccaneer Archipelago Region - Hunter River Region (Western Australia) - King George River (Kimberley, Western Australia) - Wyndham - Darwin
Indonesia: Matakus Island

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Day 01  |  Broome (Kimberley)

Broome is the gateway to the oldest and most elusive of Australia's nine regions, the Kimberley. The ancient scenery has always attracted travelers. The Kimberley is three times larger than England yet has a population of only 35,000. The city grew from its embryonic pearling industry in the late 19th century. Pearl diving was dangerous in the waters surrounding Broome, and for many years Aboriginal slaves, skin divers, battled storms, sharks, crocodiles, ear and chest illnesses to bring up as many pearl shells as possible for their masters. Natural pearls were scarce and costly, thus they were kept in a closed box. At its peak, circa 1914, Broome was responsible for 80% of the world's pearl trade.

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Day 02 - 03  |  Buccaneer Archipelago Region

Buccaneer Archipelago is one of Kimberley's best-kept secrets. The 50 k2 (19 sq mi) Archipelago, made up of 800 islands, protects the mainland from the 12 m tides and speed of Yampi Sound. Water's speed and power may not be comfortable for bathing, yet they create amazing natural wonders. Talbot Bay's reversible waterfall is an example. The tidal pull "reverses" the falls, but it also masks tight gaps between the islands, making sailing perilous. Sailors and divers have died in isolated graves. Cygnet Bay, Cascade Bay, Cone Bay, and Strickland Bay were pearling hotspots in the 1880s. Recently, open-cut mines were built on Koolan Island in Puget Sound. The world's richest iron ore is mined here.

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Day 04 - 05  |  Hunter River Region (Western Australia)

Hunter River's mangroves are flanked by red sandstone cliffs. Narrow mangrove canals hide birds, mudskippers, fiddler crabs, and the ferocious saltwater crocodile. Naturalist Island at the river's mouth boasts a lovely stretch of sandy beach that makes an ideal landing location for small helicopters. Four-tiered Mitchell Falls plunge into deep pools that feed into the Mitchell River. The cool headwaters of the falls provide a nice relief from the heat of the plain.

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Day 06 |  King George River (Kimberley)

King George Falls is a Kimberley natural wonder. The 260-foot double cascades are among Australia's highest. The river winds through red rock formations and a parade of animals, including ferocious saltwater crocodiles and gigantic raptors.

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Day 07  |  Wyndham

Wyndham is a small town with a Kimberley vibe. It was founded in 1886 during the Halls Creek gold rush on the Cambridge Gulf, where numerous rivers merge. Wyndham has 900 residents and functions as a port exporting cattle, serving the mining industry, and hosting small ships. These boats can access the neighboring Ord River from Wyndham. Cruising the tree-lined Ord River provides an opportunity to see freshwater crocodiles, fruit bats, short-eared rock wallabies, and Mangrove Herons and Mangrove Gerygones. All Kimberley destinations and order are subject to tidal and weather conditions.

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Day 08  |  Day at Sea

Days at sea allow you to relax, unwind, and catch up. These blue sea days are excellent for heading to the gym, visiting the spa, whale watching, catching up on reading, or topping off your tan.

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Day 09  |  Matakus Island

Indonesia's east is a wonderland. Home to many stunning, untouched sites that haven't seen a tourism boom. Matakus Island is one. It's great for adventurers who wish to get off the beaten road. Matakus is a Tanimbar island. It's one of the smaller islands, but its proximity to Saumlaki, the regional center, guarantees that it's inhabited (current population 100). The tourism infrastructure is nearly nonexistent, so don't expect to buy souvenirs. Instead, order a lunch of freshly caught and grilled fish from one of the local fishermen. The island has excellent, white-sand beaches and crystal blue seas with staghorn coral and cardinalfish. Tanimbar starling, Moluccan masked owl, Fawn-breasted thrush, and Blue-streaked lorry live there.

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Day 10  |  Day at Sea

Days at sea allow you to relax, unwind, and catch up. These blue sea days are excellent for heading to the gym, visiting the spa, whale watching, catching up on reading, or topping off your tan.

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Day 11  |  Darwin

Darwin is an interesting Australian destination with a distinct history, stunning islands, and Pacific flavors. Crocodiles patrol Australia's Top End gateway jungled rivers and rainforests. Explore Kakadu's misty canals by airboat. George Brown Darwin Botanic Gardens has chirping birds, fountains, and waterfalls. Soak it up, then relax with a picnic and BBQ. As dusk approaches, many people head to the city's soft beaches to rest at Mindil Beach. The adjacent market is loaded with souvenir and craft stands and offers spicy Asian flavors.

The Fleet

For more routes and detailed journey programs, please contact TRUVI team.

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