800 554 7016
top
New Luxury Expedition Cruises

Kimberley Cruise: Australia’s Last Frontier 2019


13 days from $15,495

Limited to 150 guests

Assemble in the former pearling city of Broome for a leisurely prelude to your expedition cruise. Then, join A&K’s world-renowned Expedition Team aboard ‘Le Laperouse,’ embarking on an 11-day exploration of northwestern Australia’s rarely glimpsed Kimberley region. Discover a vast, untouched wilderness of far-flung islands, stunning tidal waterfalls, biodiverse reefs, riverine mangrove forests, historic aboriginal sites, cavernous coastal gorges, towering mountain ranges and exotic wildlife. Wind down your expedition with a relaxing day at sea, disembarking in Darwin the following morning.

A&K Advantages

Explore the vast and untouched Kimberley, cruising for 10 nights on the new, state-of-the-art ‘Le Laperouse,’ exclusively chartered by A&K to feature luxury balcony accommodations for all guests

Begin your journey with a stay in the outback beach town of Broome, where turquoise surf, white sands and spectacular sunsets welcome you to the wonders of the Kimberley

Gain privileged insights from our award-winning Expedition Team, featuring passionate wildlife and cultural experts, photographers and true-to-life explorers who share an exciting program of lectures, excursions and informal discussions

Marvel at majestic tidal phenomena during an excursion to the mystifying Horizontal Falls

Discover ancient indigenous history and rock art during off-the-beaten path excursions to Freshwater Cove and Swift Bay

Take off on a thrilling heli-tour of Mitchell Falls’ tumbling cataracts and its pristine freshwater pools

Penetrate the rugged Kimberley coast on Zodiac excursions, exploring the mangrove-dotted Hunter River, and the canyons and twin falls of King George River

Soar over the beehive domes of the Outback’s dramatic Bungle Bungle Range on a fixed-wing flightseeing adventure

Enjoy an inclusive expedition the A&K way, with excursions, meals, house drinks and onboard gratuities all included

Itinerary at a Glance

JUN 20-21
Arrive Broome, Australia
JUN 22
Broome | Jewel in the Wilds
JUN 23-27
Kimberley’s Wild Coast | Extraordinary Tides
JUN 28
Swift Bay | Sacred Art of the Mowanjum
JUN 29
King George River & Falls | The King’s Treasure
JUN 30
Wyndham | Gateway to Natural Wonders
JUL 1
At Sea/Pulau Meatimiarang, Indonesia | The Timor Sea
JUL 2
Depart Darwin

Extend Your Journey

Margaret River Pre-Tour Extension 5 days from $5,495 Learn More
Arnhem Land Post-Tour Extension 4 days from $4,995 Learn More
View Full Itinerary
JUN 20-21
Arrive Broome, Australia

Arrive in the city of Broome, poised at the western edge of the vast Kimberley and hemmed by the blue Indian Ocean. You are met and transferred to your hotel near iconic Cable Beach. The largest city in the Kimberley, Broome is home to over 14,000 residents, yet every bit as daring as its more sparsely populated counterparts. Spend the next day exploring at your leisure, taking in this swashbuckling treasure and its sweeping beaches, cinematic sunsets and relaxed atmosphere. Tonight, meet your fellow guests at a welcome cocktail reception and dinner.

Cable Beach Club Resort & Spa
Kimberley Sands Resort & Spa
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner (Day 2)

Stateroom categories 1 and 2 will be accommodated at the Kimberley Sands Resort & Spa. Stateroom categories 3 through 8 will be accommodated at the Cable Beach Club Resort & Spa.

JUN 22
Broome | Jewel in the Wilds

A day of adventure awaits with A&K experts who take you beyond the surface in ever-splendid Broome. Join a city tour that reveals Broome’s historic pearling industry and rich multicultural past. Later, your adventure moves from the shore to sea when you board ‘Le Laperouse,’ your luxury expedition cruiser for the next 10 nights.

'Le Laperouse'
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
JUN 23-27
Kimberley’s Wild Coast | Extraordinary Tides

For the next five days, enjoy privileged insight and access to one of the most rarely visited regions in Australia. Each day, inspiring lectures, briefings and stimulating conversations with your Expedition Team elevate your discoveries in the Kimberley, bringing this vast wonderland into focus in a most enriching way. Grasp the tremendous benefit of exploring with our experts as luxury ‘Le Laperouse’ cruises through archipelagos and along the Kimberley coast. Your Captain and Expedition Team determine the best daily excursions, which may include these stunning regions:

Lacepede Islands: Set atop a coral reef, these four low-lying cay islands are separated from mainland Australia by the Lacepede Channel. The “Lacepedes,” as they are often called, are an important nesting site for green sea turtles and several species of seabirds, including brown boobies, red-chested frigate birds, crested terns and speckled ruddy turnstones.

Horizontal Falls: An exciting visit awaits at Horizontal Falls, described by David Attenborough as “one of the greatest natural wonders of the world.” Set within Talbot Bay, the unique, horizontally flowing waterfalls are created when massive and intense tidal currents squeeze through two narrow gorges.

Montgomery Reef:The Kimberley’s theme of extreme tides continues at Montgomery Reef, Australia’s largest inshore reef. Board Zodiacs to explore the reef system’s lagoons, islets and rushing channels. The denouement comes at low tide, when water dramatically cascades off the reef’s emerging sandstone platform covered in coralline and algae, perchance revealing astonishing sea life.

Freshwater Cove: Enjoy a guided bushwalk at Freshwater Cove that leads to a cave depicting indigenous rock art. A magnificent display of sacred Wandjina figures, the ancient paintings reveal the ways of the Worrorra people, their myths, traditions and powerful connection to the sea.

Mitchell Falls: Opt for a thrilling helicopter flight over the vast Mitchell Plateau to the sandstone-carved Mitchell Falls, which tumble through a series of emerald pools into a gorge. Explore the surrounding area on foot and perhaps enjoy a refreshing swim in the freshwater pools formed by the falls.

Hunter River:Join your naturalist guides and navigate by Zodiac through the river’s small tributaries fringed by mangroves and tidal mud flats, searching for crocodiles, mud skippers and fiddler crabs, and the many bird species that nest in the dense vegetation.

'Le Laperouse'
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
JUN 28
Swift Bay | Sacred Art of the Mowanjum

Philip Parker King named Swift’s Bay after Jonathan Swift, the author of Gulliver’s Travels. Located in the Bonaparte Archipelago and sacred to the indigenous Worrorra people for centuries, Swift Bay is home to an incredible array of indigenous rock. View two distinct styles of indigenous rock art, the Wandjina (or Wanjina) style as well as the older Gwion-Gwion, also known as the Bradshaw style.

'Le Laperouse'
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
JUN 29
King George River & Falls | The King’s Treasure

Arrive in Kooloma Bay at the mouth of the King George River, named in honor of King George V. Our naturalist guides pilot Zodiacs upriver through a spectacular canyon, draped in sandstone cliffs, gorges and mangroves, where you may also spy impressive Aussie wildlife, such as the saltwater crocodile. Arrive before the awe-inspiring King George Falls, plummeting from an elevation of 276 feet.

'Le Laperouse'
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
JUN 30
Wyndham | Gateway to Natural Wonders

Beautifully poised between rugged hills and Cambridge Gulf in the northernmost region of the Kimberley, the former goldrush town of Wyndham is the gateway to a bounty of photogenic wetlands. This includes the spectacular Ord River, where you may spot unique birds; the man-made Argyle Dam; and Purnululu National Park, home to the iconic Bungle Bungle range. During this stop, you may opt for a wildlife cruise on the thriving Ord River or a scenic flight over east Kimberley and the Bungle Bungles, one of Australia’s greatest natural wonders.

'Le Laperouse'
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
JUL 1
At Sea/Pulau Meatimiarang, Indonesia | The Timor Sea

Enjoy a day at sea and the opportunity to unwind with fellow guests and your Expedition Team, while ‘Le Laperouse’ cruises to Pulau Meatimiarang, Indonesia, to clear customs. Take time to reflect on your adventures, share photos and attend another intriguing lecture. You may also choose to relax and enjoy the ship’s facilities, perhaps at the spa or in your room with views from your own private balcony. Later, join a special farewell reception and dinner, a celebration to mark the culmination of an unforgettable expedition.

'Le Laperouse'
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
JUL 2
Depart Darwin

Bid farewell to your Expedition Team before disembarking ‘Le Laperouse.’ Transfer to the airport to board your flight home or join our post-cruise extension program.

Meals: Breakfast

Note: Activity level is moderate. This cruise includes regular Zodiac boat excursions and walks over uneven terrain, with some optional, more challenging hikes. Due to the nature of expedition cruising, this itinerary is subject to change.

Margaret River Pre-Tour Extension

Margaret River Pre Tour Extension

5 days from $5,495

Single Supplement from $1,595

Internal air from $335

Perth/Broome

Day 1

Arrive in Perth, Australia, where you are met and transferred to your centrally located hotel.

Pan Pacific Hotel
Meals: Dinner
Days 2-3

Drive to Western Australia’s Margaret River wine region, stopping en route to ride Busselton’s jetty on Geographe Bay and to explore the Jewel Caves of the Karri forest. Check in at your Margaret River lodge and enjoy dinner at its acclaimed restaurant. The next day, indulge in tastings at prize wineries followed by exquisitely paired meals.

Cape Lodge
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 4

Drive to Perth. Tour Fremantle, enjoy lunch at a brewery and stop at Cottesloe beach.

Pan Pacific Hotel
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 5

Fly to Broome. Begin your main program.

Meals: Breakfast

Arnhem Land Post-Tour Extension

Arnhem Land Post Tour Extension

4 days from $4,995

Single Supplement from $1,395

Darwin/Davidson’s Safari Lodge/Darwin

Internal air included 

Day 1

Disembark ‘Le Laperouse’ and board your private charter flight to untouched Arnhem Land, one of the largest Indigenous Protected Areas in Australia. Arrive at your atmospheric ecolodge set within the reserve.

Davidson's Arnhemland Safari Lodge
Meals: Lunch, Dinner
Day 2

Spend the day exploring the wild landscapes of Arnhem Land. Enjoy included activities, from fishing and walking excursions to viewing indigenous rock art and a billabong cruise.

Davidson's Arnhemland Safari Lodge
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 3

Fly to Darwin, where you enjoy a panoramic city tour.

Adina Apartment Hotel Waterfront
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 4

Transfer to airport for your flight home.

Meals: Breakfast


Prices are in USD, per person, based on double occupancy.

  • Jun 20 - Jul 02
    Limited Availability
    Cabin Class
    Price
    Single Supplement
    Availability
    Cabin Class
    Category 1 Classic Stateroom
    Price
    $13,495
    Single Supplement
    $10,125
    Availability
    Waitlist Only - Call A&K
    Cabin Class
    Category 2 Deluxe Stateroom
    Price
    $15,495
    Single Supplement
    $11,625
    Availability
    Limited Availability
    Cabin Class
    Category 3 Prestige Stateroom
    Price
    $16,995
    Single Supplement
    $12,745
    Availability
    Waitlist Only - Call A&K
    Cabin Class
    Category 4 Deluxe Suite
    Price
    $20,995
    Single Supplement
    $19,945
    Availability
    Waitlist Only - Call A&K
    Cabin Class
    Category 5 Privilege Suite
    Price
    $22,995
    Single Supplement
    $21,845
    Availability
    Waitlist Only - Call A&K
    Cabin Class
    Category 6 Prestige Two-Room Suite
    Price
    $27,995
    Single Supplement
    $26,595
    Availability
    Limited Availability
    Cabin Class
    Category 7 Grand Deluxe Suite
    Price
    $33,495
    Single Supplement
    $31,820
    Availability
    Waitlist Only - Call A&K
    Cabin Class
    Category 8 Owner’s Suite
    Price
    $36,995
    Single Supplement
    $35,145
    Availability
    Waitlist Only - Call A&K

    Optional pre-tour and post-tour extensions available on this departure.

    Complimentary butler service with Suite categories 4-8.

    'Le Laperouse' Deck Plan
    How many people are travelling in your group?
Journey Details

This journey contains some active elements and is subject to change based on weather, sea and other conditions beyond A&K’s control.

Due to limited availability, categories 1–2 will be accommodated at the Kimberley Sands Resort & Spa, and categories 3–8 will be accommodated at the Cable Beach Club Resort & Spa. Hotel accommodations are subject to change and will be confirmed prior to departure. Every effort will be made to accommodate parties of 3 or more at the same property.

Minimum age is 10 years.

First group event: welcome briefing on June 21. Last group event: ship arrival and disembarkation at 9:00 a.m. on July 2.

Guests flying from the U.S./Canada will cross the International Dateline and may be required to depart 2 days prior to their targeted arrival date.


Destination Information

Download all the information you need to prepare for your journey, from visa requirements to packing recommendations.

Download PDF

Visas & Passports

Visit our partner Visa Central for convenient, one-stop visa and passport processing.

Visit Visa Central

Climate

See the average temperature and rainfall for your destination.

CDC Information

Familiarize yourself with health and immunization requirements for your destination at the Center for Disease Control’s website.

Visit CDC

Chat
Now