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Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Kimberley Quest II - SAVE 30% on 2011 Cruises

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If you've always wanted to cruise the Kimberley, but needed a fantastic offer to seal the deal, this is the offer for you!

There's nothing like leaving the everyday behind and surrendering to the peaceful isolation of one of the world's last unique wilderness areas, the Kimberley coast. Spending blissful days exploring a land of extraordinary contrast and colour; rich in history, unforgettable ancient art sites and breathtaking scenery is truly a once in a lifetime opportunity.

Kimberley Quest II is a luxury small vessel specializing in unique wilderness expeditions along the vast coastline of the Kimberley between Broome and Wyndham.     Accommodating   just 18 passengers, Kimberley Quest II can get closer to the waterfalls and attractions that big cruise ships cannot, allowing guests a more intimate experience with wildlife and the breathtaking natural surroundings.

Ultimate  Kimberley  expeditions  begin  from  the  historic  Pearl  settlement  of  Broome;  either departing onboard Kimberley Quest II for their 7 day journey north, or by light aircraft which fly's guests to meet the vessel in a secluded bay near the Mitchell Plateau for their 7 day journey back to Broome.

A typical day onboard the Kimberley Quest is spent waking early to the sounds of nature and water cascading over striking rock formations before embarking on a morning excursion. From scenic tender rides, fishing, discovering rock art, bush walking, bird watching and nature viewing, guests can do as little or as much as they like.

The crew is on hand to assist and convey their knowledge of local history, identifying flora and fauna, assisting with catching that prized barramundi and sharing their rock art discoveries. With one of the largest tidal ranges in the world, every day presents a new challenge and opportunity. 

A soak in the onboard spa is a perfect way to relax after an adventurous morning exploring this awe-inspiring region.  Each blissful day ends with nibbles and drinks on the bow watching as the sun sinks below the Indian Ocean.

Broome  &  The  Kimberley  Holidays  are  pleased  to  present  an  exclusive  NEW  package  offer. Kimberley Quest II is taking 30% off all remaining "Southern Quest Fly/Cruise" itineraries for the 2011 season. That's a saving of up to $4490 per couple.  But wait, there's more..

This EXCLUSIVE package also includes:

•           2 night's accommodation in a Hotel Room at Oaks Broome with the option to upgrade to Cable Beach Club Resort & Spa
•           7 nights 'Southern Quest Cruise/Fly' Broome to Mitchell falls or v.v onboard the Kimberley Quest II.
•           FREE dining experience at Sunset Bar & Grill overlooking stunning Cable beach at Cable Beach Club Resort & Spa
•           Return airfares from most major capital cities

To book an exclusive 2011 Kimberley cruise onboard the Kimberley Quest, visit your local Travel Agent or call Broome & The Kimberley Holidays on 1300 245 565. More information is at our website www.broomekimberley.com.au

Price may vary according to flight availability.

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Broome & The Kimberley Holidays: NEW Kimberley Cruising package offer!

Broome & The Kimberley Holidays have partnered with Kimberley Quest II and are pleased to present an exclusive NEW package offer. Kimberley Quest II is taking 30% off all remaining "Southern Quest Fly/Cruise" itineraries for the 2011 season.  That's a saving of up to $4490 per couple.  But wait, there's more..

This EXCLUSIVE package also includes:

·         2 night's accommodation in a Hotel Room at Oaks Broome with the option to upgrade to Cable Beach Club Resort & Spa
·         7 nights 'Southern Quest Cruise/Fly' Broome to Mitchell falls or v.v onboard the Kimberley Quest II.
·         FREE dining experience at Sunset Bar & Grill overlooking stunning Cable beach at Cable Beach Club Resort & Spa
·         Return airfares from most major capital cities.

The Product

Pearl Sea Coastal Cruises, Kimberley Quest II, is a luxury small vessel specializing in wilderness expeditions along the vast coastline of the Kimberley between Broome and Wyndham for just 18 passengers. As a small vessel operator they specialise in small groups, providing comfortable surroundings and intimate experiences that will be remembered forever. The Kimberley Quest II has been designed for relaxing and exploring the Kimberley coastline in comfort and style. Carrying three excursion tenders, days are filled with a myriad of activities, exploring the waterways with your very own local guide who has extensive knowledge of the Kimberley region.

There is a choice of 9 cabins from deluxe twin, double, superior and the exclusive flybridge. All cabins feature private ensuites, individual air-conditioning, viewing windows, mini-refrigerators and are serviced daily.

The Details

·         Package is valid on all 7 Day Southern Quest cruises for the remaining 2011 season only (July – September).
·         Offer subject to availability.
·         Prices start from $6642* ex Perth, $6922* ex Melbourne & Brisbane, and $6882* ex Sydney.
·         *Conditions apply.

 www.broomekimberley.com.au


Thursday, June 23, 2011

Orion releases 2012 Expedition Cruise brochure

Orion Expedition Cruises releases 2012 season brochure - an expansive brochure of year-round voyages for expedition cruise ships Orion and Orion II, featuring itineraries for 69 voyages to 17 countries and 174 destinations stretching from Antarctica to the Russian Far East.

Borneo, Vietnam, Thailand, the Inland Sea of Japan, Russian Far East, China and Micronesia are included in Orion II's itineraries; while Australia's Kimberley coast, Arnhem Land, Great Barrier Reef, the Spice Islands, Antarctica and Papua New Guinea feature in Orion's range of expeditions.

2012 voyage highlights:

New sailings feature the islands of Micronesia and themed voyages to Japan with Art of Japan and Culinary Voyage of Japan itineraries. China is included for the first time with expeditions that includes the Yangtze Delta (Kobe to Shanghai) and Shanghai to Tawau (Yangtze, Taiwan, Philippines), while a visit to Java includes the long lost temples of Borobudur.
  • 16 Kimberley Expeditions, all with inclusive Bungle Bungle flight-seeing
  • Orion's inaugural New Zealand Bay of Islands Voyage of Discovery
  • Orion II's Voyage of Discovery to the islands of Micronesia
  • 7 voyages to Japan reveal fine art, cuisine and ancient cultures
  • Russian Far East expeditions include rarely visited Cold War hot spots
  • 15 Borneo voyages with various itineraries circumnavigate the island
  • 3 Vietnam Explorer voyages each explore 4 UNESCO World Heritage sites
  • 6 Papua New Guinea expeditions reveal untouched cultures
  • A visit to Java includes the 8th century Buddhist temples of Borobudur
  • 2 inaugural voyages that include China and a trip up the Yangtze River
  • 3 Antarctic voyages to Commonwealth Bay (Mawson's Hut) and the Ross Sea (Scott and Shackleton's huts)
  • 2 voyages to Thailand and Cambodia, include the Mekong Delta, Ho Chi Minh City and the  temples of Angkor Wat
www.orionexpeditions.com

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Thursday, June 2, 2011

Want to do something now to help Save The Kimberley?

Hello Save The Kimberley supporters,
People often ask us what they can do to help in the campaign to stop inappropriate industrialisation of the Kimberley. The threat of an LNG processing precinct is at our doorstep, and quite a lot is happening in the campaign locally and nationally, so please keep updated by reading the 'latest news' page of our website and find us also on Facebook. To support Save The Kimberley financially visit our donations page.
We write to you today to tell you something simple and important that you can do from your own home if only you have a little time to spare.  A letter writing campaign has been launched in Broome to let our environment minister know that many of us have concerns about the gas and we need him to address these concerns. Environment Minister Tony Burke is expected to make his final decision on the cultural and environmental assessment for the project sometime later this year, so the more voices he hears, the better. Politicians tell us that letter writing is an extremely effective way to get politicians to listen, so please take the time to write a letter for the Kimberley.


Federal environment minister Tony Burke
Below is part of a letter writing guide from Environs Kimberley. You can see the whole thing at:
http://www.environskimberley.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2011/05/2011-04-29-Letter-writing-flier.pdf
We would like to thank E.K. for making this information available to pass on to you.
For greatest effectiveness, please pass this on to any friends, family, or co-workers who might be sympathetic.
Warm regards,
The Save the Kimberley committee

Do you want to help in the fight against a gas hub on the Kimberley coast?
WRITE A LETTER TODAY!
Individual letters to politicians CAN make a real impact – it's well worth your time to send a letter, and to encourage your friends, family and colleagues to do so too. Letter writing is one of the best ways we have to make ourselves heard directly by decision makers!
Letter writing is a tried and true part of the political process – let's make use of it.
Federal Environment Minister Burke needs to hear from the community that we don't want this gas plant to go ahead, and that we consider HIM responsible for making sure it doesn't!
Here are some tips to write a powerful letter:
MAKE IT SHORT AND SNAPPY. i.e. try to get it on to one page.  Your letter doesn't have to be wordy, or spout lots of science facts or figures to be taken seriously.  Write your letter in your own words, with a simple summary of your main concerns.
INTRODUCE YOURSELF. e.g. …I've lived in Broome for xx years/I've visited Broome xx times… I am a small business owner/work in the tourism industry/am a teacher/nurse/doctor…
SAY WHY BROOME AND THE KIMBERLEY MATTERS TO YOU.  e.g. Broome/Kimberley is a very special place to me because:
…it's one of the few places in the world that hasn't been industrialized.
…very strong sense of place/community
…it's culturally diverse and tolerant.
…the Kimberley is one of the last large, intact natural areas in the world…

BRIEFLY OUTLINE YOUR CONCERNS.
Let the Minister know why you don't want the Kimberley industrialised, and what most concerns you about the proposed gas hub:
e.g…that the WA government is forcing the project on the community.
…I'm concerned about air pollution.
…I'm worried about what this will mean for my local community.
…I don't want Broome to become just another WA  mining town/the Kimberley to become another Pilbara.
TELL THE MINISTER YOU CONSIDER HIM RESPONSIBLE.
Make it clear that you consider the Minister has a responsibility to show leadership and protect the Kimberley's environment (i.e. decisions shouldn't just be made at the state level)
e.g. … Minister Burke, I understand that you have the final say on whether the gas proposal for James Price Point will go ahead.  You must not let this happen.
AT THE END, ASK A QUESTION SO THAT THE MINISTER HAS TO RESPOND TO YOUR LETTER.
e.g … Minister Burke, please tell me what action you plan to take to ensure that the Kimberley, one of the world's great natural areas, is protected? I look forward to your response.
SEND YOUR LETTER VIA THE POST, NOT EMAIL.

Address your letter to the Honorable Tony Burke MP, Minister for Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities, PO Box 6022, House of Representatives, Parliament House, Canberra ACT 2600.
The correct salutation to Minister Burke is Dear Minister (i.e. not Dear Mr. Burke or Dear Tony)