Arrive Broome, Australia
Arrive in Broome at the western edge of the Kimberley, hemmed by the blue Indian Ocean, and transfer 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. The next day, relax and explore at your leisure, taking in this swashbuckling treasure and its sweeping beaches, cinematic sunsets and relaxed atmosphere. In the evening, meet your fellow guests at a welcome dinner.
Broome | Jewel in the Wilds
A day of adventure awaits with A&K experts who take you beyond the surface in splendid Broome. Enjoy a choice of preselected excursions that include a city tour revealing Broome’s historic pearling industry and rich multicultural past, and a birding walk on Roebuck Bay. Later, your adventure moves from the shore to sea when you board ‘Le Laperouse,’ your luxury expedition cruiser for the next 10 nights.
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 lowlying 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 horizontally flowing waterfalls are created when massive tidal currents squeeze through two narrow gorges. Experience the phenomenon on a boat excursion to these unique falls.
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 that leads to a cave depicting indigenous rock art. A magnificent display of sacred Wandjina figures, these ancient paintings reveal the ways of the Worrorra people, their myths, traditions and powerful connection to the sea.
Mitchell Falls: Take off on an included, thrilling helicopter flight over the vast Mitchell Plateau to sandstone-carved Mitchell Falls. Explore the area on foot and perhaps enjoy a refreshing swim in the emerald-colored, 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.
Swift Bay | Sacred Art of the Mowanjum
Philip Parker King named Swift Bay after the author of Gulliver’s Travels, Jonathan Swift. Located in the Bonaparte Archipelago and sacred to the Worrorra people for centuries, Swift Bay is home to an incredible array of indigenous rock art. View two distinct styles of this art, the Wandjina (or Wanjina) style as well as the older Gwion-Gwion, also known as the Bradshaw style.
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.
Wyndham | Gateway to Natural Wonders
Beautifully poised between rugged hills and Cambridge Gulf in the northernmost region of the Kimberley, the former gold-rush 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. Design Your Day when you choose 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.
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.
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.