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Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Captivating Kimberley: cruising Australia’s North West


Weathered by eons of rain, wind and sea spray, these cliffs are almost as old as the Earth itself.

Roderick Eime revisits Australia's amazing North West

As you cast your eyes on the golden hues of the savagely weathered stone edifices along the Hunter and Prince Regent Rivers, laid down by the same ancient waterways almost two billion years ago, you are seeing a snapshot of our planet so old, it predates the earliest forms of multicellular life by hundreds of millions of years.

Read the full story at:
https://www.vacationstravel.com/captivating-kimberly-cruising-australias-west-coast/

Monday, December 31, 2018

True North Cruises in the Kimberley



Words: Roderick Eime

The rugged and foreboding Kimberley region of north-western Australia has a fearsome reputation for both its unforgiving environment and ability to draw adventure travellers from all over the world!

The sheer cliffs, raging tides, carnivorous wildlife and inhospitable landscape effectively deterred the early 17th Century Dutch mariners from further exploration, but the region also holds what are possibly the world’s oldest known cave paintings – the Bradshaws or Gwion Gwion.

These factors have very effectively isolated the monumental rock formations and glorious ancient stone vistas from modern human interference, but thanks to the latest wave of sophisticated luxury expedition vessels, the Kimberley is rated one of Australia’s “must see” travel destinations.

A secret well kept by expert fisherman, pearl divers and missionaries for most of the 20th century, the Kimberley is finally revealing its true wonder to the outside world.




Just over one hundred years ago, white Europeans brought cattle to the Kimberley and if ever a harsh and unforgiving land epitomised the bush spirit of early European settlement, it is here. The Kimberley tolerates man’s presence but offers no comfort.

Now that Baz Luhrman’s epic ‘Australia’ has swept the cinemas of the world, the Kimberley’s unknown status is forever lifted and thrust into the psyche of those that saw this ambitious spectacle. Fan of the film or not, there’s no glossing over the magnificent landscape!

Between May and September every year, the multi-award winning True North conducts its acclaimed, naturalist-escorted tours throughout the labyrinth of estuaries, waterways and coves. Teeming birdlife, mysterious archaeological sites, awe-inspiring landscapes and natural phenomenon witnessed by very few Europeans are just part of the irresistible allure of Australia’s Kimberley.

Some of the highlights include:

The Bradshaw Paintings: Believed by some researchers to be as old as 50,000 years, these intricate and detailed portraits depict a race of people long forgotten in the Kimberley. These contrast in style and design to the better known Wandjina paintings and have sparked many debates among experts.

The Horizontal Waterfalls: Described by David Attenborough as "one of the greatest natural wonders of the world", this highly unusual phenomenon occurs as the huge, 10-metre tides ebb and flow between a tiny gap in the ridge within Talbot Bay in the Buccaneer Archipelago.

Mitchell Falls. These superb cascades and their marvellous namesake plateau are perhaps the crowning glory of the scenic attractions of the Kimberley. Scenic helicopter flights are the best way to view these falls and are at their best early in the season.

Montgomery Reef. This incredible “vanishing reef” reveals itself only at low tide in a spectacular display as cascades of water rush off rapidly exposed coral. Turtles patrol the channels by the dozen, enjoying the banquet. The adjacent bay has some of the country’s best whale-watching. Stand in awe as mighty humpbacks breach just a few hundred metres away.

Broome. This isolated and remote township has come back to life as a bustling tourist centre and gateway to the great Kimberley region. From the iconic Cable Beach camel rides to pearling tours, the town is developing a world class tourism profile, yet retains its rugged, pioneering character.

True North Oyster Party

While numerous vessels conduct expedition journeys throughout the Kimberley, True North’s “Kimberley Wilderness Cruise” is the benchmark itinerary others strive to emulate. True, most first-time visitors are so awe-struck when confronted by the raw wilderness and out-of-this-world landscape, that any experience is life-changing. But North Star Cruises unmatched 20-plus years of cruising experience in the region gives them a decidedly unfair advantage. Their flagship, True North, is a purpose built, luxury expedition yacht carrying a maximum of just 36 guests and their trump card, a Bell jet helicopter, enables unprecedented access to remote locations including the top-secret Melaleuca Falls picnic and swimming spot, a genuinely unforgettable experience and a True North exclusive.

Fisherfolk will be impressed at the incredible local knowledge and skill of the young crew, many born and bred in the region and expert in locating prime locations for that monster barramundi.


Fact File:

Cruise line: True North Adventure Cruises
Vessel: True North IIStar rating: Not rated, but easily 4+
Max passenger capacity: 36
GRT: 740 Length 50m stabilised
Entered service: 2005
Facilities: al fresco bar, lounge/theatre, dining room, observation deck and boutique. Scuba diving is offered on selected itineraries.

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Save up to $7800 per couple on luxury Kimberley cruises


plus bonus helicopter flight over natural wonder of Horizontal Falls

Book by October 31, 2017



Cruise Express has an exclusive allocation of cabins on two luxury Kimberley cruises in 2018 that offer savings of up to $7800 per couple compared to original, full fares. And bookings made by October 31, 2017, will also receive a bonus helicopter flight over the spectacular, natural phenomenon of the Horizontal Falls at Talbot Bay.

The two 10-night sailings are aboard Ponant’s five-star, French mega-yacht, L’Austral, between Brome and Darwin in July and August, 2018.

The chic 264-guest L’Austral will sail from Broome to Darwin on July 29, 2018, while the southbound voyage from Darwin to Broome sails on August 8, 2018.

Twice the size of Victoria, the vast and pristine Kimberley wilderness boasts magnificent waterfalls, remote coves, indigenous rock art, abundant wildlife and majestic coastal cliffs that glow red at sunset. Coastal cruises offer the best way to experience the Kimberley, with L’Austral taking guests to the majestic King George Falls, Mitchell Falls and Montgomery Reef. The itinerary also features the world-famous Horizontal Falls where seawater thunders horizontally at high tide through a narrow break in the cliffs, forming huge rapids – a phenomenon described by David Attenborough as one of the greatest wonders of the natural world.

Each cruise includes complimentary expeditions ashore and onboard drinks, including a free minibar in every stateroom. A specialist expedition team aboard L’Austral including experts in history, botany, marine biology and photography, will offer lectures and guided shore trips during the cruise.

The luxurious L’Austral features two restaurants, three bars, a pool, theatre and library and is renowned for her gourmet cuisine, personalised service and intimate ambience.

Cruise Express has an exclusive allotment of cabins at discounted rates on each of the 10-night sailings. Fares for the sailing from Darwin to Broome on August 8, 2018, start at $8590 per person, twin-share – a saving of $3700 on the original, full fare. And the voyage from Broome to Darwin on July 29, 2018, is priced from $8990 per person, twin-share – a saving of $3900 on the original, full fare.

Each person booking by October 31, 2017, will also receive a complimentary helicopter flight over Horizontal Falls and the surrounding ranges.

Fares include a full beverage package, gratuities and five zodiac excursions. Connecting flights are additional. Fares are available until sold out and conditions apply.

Call Cruise Express on 1300 766 537 or visit www.cruiseexpress.com.au

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Save up to 30% or $2990 pp on Kimberley 2018 expeditions


Now is the time to book...

The Kimberley is one of the last unspoiled regions with one of the most spectacular coastlines on the planet. With staggering waterfalls, rugged gorges, savannah woodlands, calm waters and desolate mountain ranges, the wild lands of the Kimberley offer the promise of an exceptional adventure.

Sailing on Ponant's L'Austral you'll encounter a chic and elegant yacht-like ambience, refined, personalised service, gastronomic cuisine and unique adventures ashore. 10 night expeditions sail from either Darwin or Broome and get you up close to the action like no other expedition.

And for a limited time we have suites available for Ponant's 2018 Kimberley season with massive fare savings up to 30% or $2990.00 per person!

L'Austral - 10 night expeditions
19 July 2018 - Darwin to Broome
29 July 2018 - Broome to Darwin
08 August 2018 - Darwin to Broome
18 August 2018 - Broome to Darwin

Elsewhere you'll pay up to $11,000 pp twin
SPECIAL CRUISE EXPRESS OFFER
from $8,010* pp twin share

More information here »

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Ponant Kimberley 2018 Cruises

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Don't miss out on reading our new Kimberley Brochure. In 2017 and again in 2018, PONANT is offering compelling expedition voyages that explore this isolated 13,000 kilometres of coastline - Australia's lesser visited great Outback.

The Kimberley boasts more than 2,600 islands, extensive mangrove forests, wild rivers and important seabird breeding colonies, all comfortably explored via small ship and Zodiac.

Join us onboard the luxury expedition ship L'Austral, the youngest, most modern and, importantly, ecologically advanced ship in the region, for a truly memorable adventure.

Monday, February 6, 2017

Cruise the Kimberley aboard Silver Discoverer - flights included


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Silversea Expeditions, is pleased to announce, that for the month of February, new bookings to the Kimberley aboard Silver Discoverer will include complimentary flights for Australian guests.

Silversea clients will have access to round-trip Economy Class flights or Business Class upgrades from select gateway cities in Australia, in addition to one of the most unforgettable cruises Silversea is known for.

Silversea Expeditions invites guests to experience a unique opportunity to view the ancient wonders and thundering waterfalls of the Kimberley aboard Silver Discoverer on 10-day voyages travelling between Darwin and Broome.  The Kimberley has experienced the wettest December on record, with Broome recording 410mm of rain in December (a 47% increase on the previous record from 1970), which is seven times greater than the normal rainfall of 58mm.

For the duration of Silversea's expedition cruises in the Kimberley from March to May 2017, the famous Kimberley coast waterfalls, including King George River & Falls and Talbot Bay (Horizontal Falls) will thunder more spectacularly than ever before.  The twin cascades of King George Falls are amongst Australia's highest, plunging over 80 metres. At Talbot Bay, the regions tides of close to 36-feet create an amazing spectacle. Depending on whether the tides are ebbing or flowing, guests can experience an exhilarating Zodiac ride to the "Horizontal Falls".

Guests can expect to witness these extraordinary waterfalls, along with the rich history and wildlife of this region, aboard the elegant, warm and friendly Silversea vessel.




Amber Wilson, Managing Director Asia Pacific, says:

"Our Kimberley voyages are an extraordinary experience that will amaze and delight even the most discerning travellers, and now with free flights, guests can enjoy even more exceptional value.  The contrast between lush flora and fauna, dramatic landscapes and indigenous history is ideal for those seeking an unforgettable adventure. This season, with the tremendous December rainfall, will provide travellers with a once-in-a-lifetime viewing experience."

"The freshly refurbished Silver Discoverer is the epitome of casual elegance and sophistication, making it the perfect platform for exploring the untamed landscapes of the Kimberley.  With a team of 11 experts hand-picked for their expertise and passion for the region guiding travellers throughout the voyage, this truly will be a unique adventure".

These voyages feature incredible itineraries which include 10-day sea explorations of rugged coast, imposing rock formations and deep gorges departing from Broome and Darwin.  While in the Kimberley region, guests can: witness the spectacular tidal changes and semi-submerged world of Montgomery Reef; discover ancient and mysterious rock art; spot the White-bellied Sea Eagle, Osprey, Brahminy Kite or Peregrine Falcon; view King George's towering twin falls; and photograph the dramatic tiger-striped Bungle Bungle Range from above.

"Silversea prides itself on offering a luxurious cruising experience through all-suite accommodations, butler service, complimentary spirits and fine wines, Wi-Fi and world-class cuisines" added Wilson.

Departure dates for Silversea Expeditions' Kimberley 2017 voyages include: 6 April, 16 April; 26 April; 6 May; and 17 May.

The new program offers guests a choice of any of the following flight options aboard a Silversea partner airline flight added to the already incredible voyage: an Economy Class air round-trip from capital cities within Australia; an option to upgrade to Business Class for just AU$1,995 per person from Eastern seaboard or $1,500 per person ex Perth.

Guests can also take advantage of a number of added benefits when booking an air and cruise package through Silversea including: round the clock support in the case of disruptions, applicable transfers to the ship; fare protection as well as flexible payment and flight options.

All-inclusive cruise package fares including flights are per person starting from AU$12,550 based on double occupancy in an Explorer Suite for 16 April 2017 departure.  Not available in conjunction with Silver Select offer.  Silversea Expeditions' fares include: all shore Zodiac excursions hosted by an expedition leader, all-suite accommodation with butler service, gourmet meals, complimentary wines, Champagne and spirits, Wi-Fi for all guests and all gratuities. These voyages are subject to availability. Terms and conditions apply.


For more information contact your travel professional or Silversea Cruises on +61 2 9255 0600 or 1300 306 872 or visit http://www.silversea.com/kimberley/


Sunday, January 15, 2017

Massive December rainfalls ensure spectacular Kimberley waterfalls


Silversea Expeditions invites guests to discover a unique opportunity to experience the ancient wonders and thundering waterfalls of the Kimberley aboard Silver Discoverer on 10 or 11-day voyages travelling between Darwin and Broome.  The Kimberley has experienced the wettest December on record, with Broome recording 410mm of rain in December (a 47% increase on the previous record in 1970), which is seven times greater than the normal rainfall of 58mm.

For the duration of Silversea's Expedition cruises in the Kimberley in March and April 2017, the famous Kimberley coast waterfalls, including King George River & Falls and Talbot Bay (Horizontal Falls) will thunder more spectacularly than ever before.  The twin cascades of King George Falls are amongst Australia's highest, plunging over 80 metres. At Talbot Bay, the regions tides of close to 36-feet create an amazing spectacle. Depending on whether the tides are ebbing of flowing, guests can experience an exhilarating ride to the "Horizontal Falls".

Guests can expect to witness these extraordinary waterfalls, along with the rich history and wildlife of this region all aboard the elegant, warm and friendly Silversea vessel.



Amber Wilson, Managing Director Asia Pacific, says:

"The Kimberley voyages are an extraordinary experience that will amaze and delight. The contrast between lush flora and fauna, dramatic landscape and indigenous history is ideal for those seeking an unforgettable adventure. This season, with the tremendous December rainfall, will provide travellers with a once-in-a-lifetime viewing experience."

"The freshly refurbished Silver Discoverer is the epitome of casual elegance and sophistication, making it the perfect platform for exploring the untamed landscapes of the Kimberley.  With a team of 11 experts hand-picked for their expertise and passion for the region guiding travellers throughout the voyage, this truly is a unique adventure".

These voyages feature incredible itineraries which include 10 or 11-day sea explorations of rugged coast, imposing rock formations and deep gorges departing from Benoa (Bali), Broome and Darwin.  While in the Kimberley region, guests can: witness the spectacular tidal changes and semi-submerged world of Montgomery Reef; discover ancient and mysterious rock art; spot the White-bellied Sea Eagle, Osprey, Brahminy Kite or Peregrine Falcon; view King George's towering twin falls; and photograph the dramatic tiger-striped Bungle Bungle Range.

"Silversea prides itself on offering a luxurious cruising experience through all-suite-accommodations, butler service, complimentary spirits and fine wines, Wi-Fi and world-class cuisines" added Wilson.

Departure dates for Silversea Expeditions' Kimberley 2017 voyages include: 26 March; 6 April, 16 April; 26 April; 6 May; and 17 May.

Prices are per person starting from AU$11,750 based on double occupancy in an Explorer Suite for 6 April 2017 departure.  Book a second suite on the same voyage and receive 50% off the fare as part of the Silver Select offer.  Silversea Expeditions' fares include: all shore Zodiac excursions hosted by an expedition leader, all-suite accommodation with butler service, gourmet meals, complimentary wines, Champagne and spirits, Wi-Fi for all guests and all gratuities.

These voyages are subject to availability. Terms and conditions apply.

For more information contact your travel professional or Silversea Cruises on +61 2 9255 0600 or 1300 306 872 or visit  http://www.silversea.com/kimberley/