Described as one of the world’s last wilderness frontiers, the Kimberley is a beautiful and beguiling land spread over Australia’s north-western corner.
Three times larger than England and with a population of less than 40,000, the region is home to incredible wildlife, huge canyons, cascading waterfalls and freshwater rock pools.
Remote and unspoilt, the Kimberley’s raw, rugged beauty is best seen from the deck of a small expedition ship.
From April to September, Australian adventure experts Coral Expeditions traverse this incredible part of the world with Coral Adventurer, Coral Discoverer and, from 2021, Coral Geographer.
Its classic 10-day voyage between Darwin and Broome, or vice versa, is an immersion into this ancient land.
Guests will witness coastal vistas created by towering rock ridges, secluded gorges and plunging waterfalls, with waterfalls generally at their peak in April and May.
But it’s not just natural wonders to be seen. Australian Aboriginals, the world’s oldest living culture, have recorded their connection to country through rock art galleries many thousands of years old.
Wandjina style artworks etched into rock depict creation stories, mythical creatures and wildlife along with centuries-old European contact.
Coral Expeditions, which was recently given Cruise Critic’s ‘Best for Adventure’ award in the Australian market, has over 24 years’ experience cruising the Kimberley with a knowledgeable expedition team providing insightful interpretation.
Expert guides interpret 40,000-year-old rock art, and retrace the history of Phillip Parker King who first charted this spectacular coastline almost 200 years ago.
Guest are able to board a Zodiac and sail the magnificent King George River and witness its towering 80-metre twin falls, as well as take in waterfalls cascading off Montgomery Reef. Later in the season, guests get the chance to witness humpback whales on their migration.
Guests can experience a Kimberley cruise aboard Coral Adventurer, Coral Discoverer or Coral Geographer in 2020 or 2021.