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FLY FREE & STAY FREE!  IN AUSTRALIA`S NORTH - Silversea Expeditions Kimberley 18
FLY FREE & STAY FREE! IN AUSTRALIA`S NORTH - Silversea Expeditions Kimberley 18

Onboard Silver Discoverer View Ship

Special validity

Special is valid from 24th October 2017 to 31st December 2017.

Cruise Departure Date

Sunday, 29th July 2018

Duration & Cruise Type

10 night Fly Cruise and Stay

Special Inclusions

There are many beautiful places on Earth, but none is more beautiful than The Kimberley. Three times the size of England, this vast area is home to a huge variety of natural interest. With experts to take you through the untamed wildlife and to explain the Aboriginal rock art, uncover just a small part of this spectacular region on your voyage.

THE KIMBERLEY DISCOVERER Fly, Cruise & Stay package includes:
- FREE* One way economy class airfare from Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne, Adelaide or Perth to Darwin inc taxes
- FREE* One way shuttle bus transfer from Darwin airport to hotel
- FREE* 1 nights accommodation at a 4-star Darwin hotel
- FREE* One way shuttle bus transfer from Darwin hotel to port
- 10 night EXPEDITION Cruise aboard Silver Discoverer from Darwin to Broome (see below for in-depth information on cruise)
- All shipboard main meals including fine dining even in the most remote places on the planet
- Highly qualified onboard expedition team with experts in their field (marine biologists, ornithologists, historians and more)
- All Off-Ship excursions and activities, including explorations by Zodiac
- Complimentary expedition gear: backpack and water bottle on cruise
- Personalised cruise service with a butler for all suites
- This ship boasts comfortable amenities with the largest expedition suites at sea
- Complimentary beverages including an open-bar policy with included room-service, select wines, spirits and soft drinks throughout the ship
- Free WIFI throughout the ship (time limits may apply)
- Onboard Gratuities
- Port/Govt taxes
- FREE* One way private car transfer from Broome port to airport
- FREE* One way economy class airfare from Broome to Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne, Adelaide or Perth

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Cruise day to day itinerary
(subject to change without notice)

Day 1 - Darwin, Northern Territory, Australia
Embark Silver Discoverer for this stunning Silversea Expedition - Kimberley Coast Expedition. This afternoon, you will participate in a mandatory safety drill before departing Darwin. Later you will be introduced to your Expedition Team and attend a Zodiac briefing. We invite you to familiarise yourself with your new home away from home, meet some of your fellow travellers and enjoy the first of many memorable meals in The Restaurant.

Day 2 - At Sea, Cruising the Arafura Sea
A leisurely day at sea permits you to unwind after your travels, to learn your way around the ship, and to take advantage of the amenities aboard Silver Discoverer. Perhaps attend a lecture to prepare you for the fascinating Dreamtime mythology of the Aborigines, or relax in the comfort of your suite to watch a movie on the in-suite interactive television.

Day 3 - Jaco Island, Timor Leste
Timor is the easternmost of the Lesser Sunda Islands, and while the western part belongs to Indonesia, the eastern part gained independence in 2002 as Timor Leste. Our goal today is to enjoy Jaco Island off the eastern tip of Timor. Nobody lives on the island, as it is not only part of the Nino Konis Santana National Park, but also considered sacred by the Timorese. Silver Discoverer will anchor off its shore and we will enjoy the island, its forest, its beaches and its reef to have water activities offered. If conditions permit, a beach BBQ will be offered.

Day 4 - At Sea, Cruising the Arafura Sea
This leisurely day at sea will give you a chance to attend more lectures about the natural history, wildlife and human history of the Kimberley area. All members of the Expedition Team are experts in their fields and will love to entertain you with stories and information that will make your voyage all the more interesting and fulfilling.

Day 5 - Wyndham, Bungle Bungle, Kimberley, Western Australia
Wyndham is our gateway to the breathtaking Bungle Bungle mountain range in Purnululu National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. For more than 350 million years, nature has shaped the geological formations of giant orange and black striped domes rising out of the ground to form a landscape unlike anything you have ever seen. Known to the local aborigines for thousands of years, the Bungles were only discovered by the outside world in the mid-1980s. Today, take part in an inclusive overflight for an aerial view of these glorious panoramas, as well as seeing the majestic man-made Lake Argyle and Argyle Diamond Mine area from the air.

Alternatively, you can take a river cruise on the Ord River, looking for freshwater crocodiles, fruit-bats, short-eared rock wallabies and a variety of birds, including Mangrove Herons and Mangrove Gerygones.

Days 6-10 - Kimberley, Western Australia
The Kimberley is famous for having one of the largest tidal ranges in the world. A flexible itinerary allows us to take advantage of this natural phenomenon. In the true spirit of expedition cruising, each day the Expedition Leader and Captain will determine our best course depending on tide, weather and sea conditions. Here are some of the places we may visit during our time in this wondrous region:

-Nares Point, Kimberley, Western Australia
Nares Point is a long finger of sandstone protruding from the mainland alongside Koolan Island. With its convoluted photogenic rock formations, this is a superb location for Zodiac exploration with our naturalists.

-Talbot Bay (Horizontal Falls), Buccaneer Archipelago, Kimberley, Western Australia
David Attenborough described Horizontal Falls as `one of the greatest natural wonders of the world`. The region’s tides of close to 36 feet create an amazing spectacle. You can experience firsthand the incredible tidal power by boarding a 900hp fast boat and taking an exhilarating ride through the Horizontal Waterfalls. Depending on whether the tides are ebbing or flowing, we will also board our Zodiacs for a ride through the falls to continue deeper into the sandstone gorge of Cyclone Creek and to explore the geological formations that were created over the last two billion years.

-Montgomery Reef, Kimberley, Western Australia
At Montgomery Reef, which is 154 square miles in size, we can observe the amazing tidal changes that take place here. Timing of the tides is everything; low tide reveals up to 13 feet of reef exposing a river that allows access to this amazing semi-submerged world. As the tide continues to ebb, we use our Zodiacs to make our way to the edge of the reef where we are surrounded by cascading waterfalls up to 10 feet high and continue up the river as we look at the abundance of reef birds and sea creatures including turtles and manta rays. A visit to Montgomery Reef is very much tide-depending, but truly a once in a lifetime experience.

-Raft Point, Kimberley, Western Australia
Raft Point is home to indigenous Wandjina paintings. We will zodiac ashore and set out towards the top of Raft Point. Our hike takes us through abundant Kimberley Flora including the iconic boab tree. Upon reaching the top of Raft Point, enjoy the spectacular views of the bay in the shade of the overhanging cliff, which is home to the Wandjina Spirit and many other Dreamtime stories and images representing daily aboriginal life. Take a seat, or lie on your back and take in the Wandjina Spirit and listen to the Dreamtime stories associated with this extremely important Aboriginal spirit.

-Freshwater Cove, Kimberley, Western Australia
At Freshwater Cove we will be welcomed on the beach by Aboriginal guides with a traditional ochre welcome. Immediately afterwards we will be immersed in Wandjina culture with a walk amongst the rock formations that represent spiritual ancestors, and hear the story of the great Wandjina battle. From there the walk crosses a tidal creek and makes its way through the woodland forest. The highlight of the walk is a unique Jungurim (Boab tree) and its culturally significant carvings from long ago. On the return to the beach, we will have a look at the artists’ shelter where one can relax, share a cup of tea and damper with the artists and peruse their paintings. These paintings based on Dreamtime stories and motives are available for purchase from the artists. The farewell will be a traditional smoking ceremony on the beach at Wijingarra Bard Bard.

-Hunter River, Kimberley, Western Australia
The Hunter River is home to an immense mangrove. The image of the Indian Head in the soaring red sandstone cliffs will guide us as we set out in Zodiacs to explore the narrow mangrove channels, watching for numerous bird species and keeping an eye out for saltwater crocodiles, the most aggressive crocodile known to man.

For those wishing to explore some of the Kimberley’s vast interior your onboard Silversea Expeditions team can arrange an optional helicopter flightseeing excursion to the famous Mitchell Falls Plateau and Mitchell Falls where four tiers of waterfalls plunge into deep pools that flow out into the Mitchell River.

-King George River & Falls, Kimberley, Western Australia
The King George Falls is one of the Kimberley’s most magnificent natural wonders. At 260 feet the twin cascades are among the highest in Australia. We drop anchor at the mouth of the river and ride Zodiacs up this waterway, weaving through an amazing landscape of near vertical red rock formations and also looking for wildlife - saltwater crocodiles and a variety of birdlife, including giant raptors and the Brahminy Kite. Arriving at the falls, we can cruise quite close to the base to contemplate the immensity of this spectacle - the force of the falls is very much depending on seasonal rainfalls.

Day 11 - Broome, Western Australia
Following breakfast, disembark Silver Discoverer.

Please Note: Expedition highlights and wildlife listed here are possible experiences only and cannot be guaranteed. Your Expedition Leader and Captain will work together to ensure opportunities for adventure and exploration are the best possible, taking into account the prevailing weather and wildlife activity. Expedition Team members scheduled for this voyage are subject to change or cancellation.

*Conditions Apply: All prices shown here are per person share twin (unless stated as single) in AUD, based on best available cruise fare at time of publication (24Oct17). Prices listed here are based on Twin Explorer for ocean view and Twin Veranda for balcony. All prices based on cash payment - credit card fees may apply. Free airfares/taxes are bookable approx end August 2017 - once booked and ticketed, strict cancellation/change fees apply. Free airfare carrier, routing and schedule is at the discretion of Cruise Traveller. Fares can be upgraded to business at an extra cost. Free hotel/transfers are at the discretion of cruise traveller. Cruise deposit, amendment and cancellation conditions apply. Travel agent service fees may apply. Special conditions apply - please ask for full details at time of enquiry. All passports, vaccinations and visas are the responsibility of the travelling guest to secure prior to departure from Australia. We reserve the right to correct errors without penalty. Offer ends 31Dec17 or until sold out/withdrawn from sale and is subject to availability at time of booking. Travel insurance is mandatory but not included in package price.

Special Conditions

*Conditions Apply: All prices shown here are per person share twin (unless stated as single) in AUD, based on best available cruise fare at time of publication (24Oct17). Prices listed here are based on Twin Explorer for ocean view and Twin Veranda for balcony. All prices based on cash payment - credit card fees may apply. Free airfares/taxes are bookable approx end August 2017 - once booked and ticketed, strict cancellation/change fees apply. Free airfare carrier, routing and schedule is at the discretion of Defence Escapes. Fares can be upgraded to business at an extra cost. Free hotel/transfers are at the discretion of cruise traveller. Cruise deposit, amendment and cancellation conditions apply. Travel agent service fees may apply. Special conditions apply - please ask for full details at time of enquiry. All passports, vaccinations and visas are the responsibility of the travelling guest to secure prior to departure from Australia. We reserve the right to correct errors without penalty. Offer ends 31Dec17 or until sold out/withdrawn from sale and is subject to availability at time of booking. Travel insurance is mandatory but not included in package price.

Cruise Description

10 Night Cruise sailing from Darwin to Broome aboard Silver Discoverer.

A thing of beauty is a joy forever, so hold on to your memories as you are humbled by the experience of watching the sun rise over the Kimberley coast and the splendour of the Bungle Bungle mountain range. Feel the magnetism of this region as you explore Aboriginal rock art, deserted beaches and a plethora of wildlife on Australia’s final frontier.

Highlights of this cruise:

Darwin
Darwin is Australia's most colorful, and exotic, capital city. Surrounded on three sides by the turquoise waters of the Timor Sea, the streets are lined with tropical flowers and trees. Warm and dry in winter, hot and steamy in summer, it's a relaxed and casual place, as well as a beguiling blend of tropical frontier outpost and Outback hardiness. Thanks to its close proximity to Southeast Asia and its multicultural population it also seems more like Asia than the rest of Australia. Darwin is a city that has always had to fight for its survival.

Saumlaki
Saumlaki is a regional capital city on the island of Yamdena, the main island of the unique Tanimbar archipelago, located in Indonesia between Papua New Guinea and the northern coast of Australia. The Tanimbar Islands have a distinct culture with still-vibrant traditions. They actively produce traditional crafts such as richly-colored ikat cloth and carved wooden statutes, and local residents still carry on their own centuries-old forms of music and dance. The Tanimbar Islands were part of the Dutch East Indies; the bay at Saumlaki was the site of a battle during World War II between the Dutch

Wyndam
Wyndham is a small settlement with the spirit of a Kimberley outback township. It was established in 1886 with the Halls Creek gold rush and sits on the Cambridge Gulf where several rivers converge. Today Wyndham has a population of roughly 900 people and operates largely as a port exporting cattle, servicing the mining industry and hosting a few small ships. For these vessels Wyndham is a gateway to the breathtaking Bungle Bungle mountain range and the nearby Ord River. The Bungle Bungle Mountains in Purnululu National Park are now a World Heritage Site. In excess of 350 million years have shaped geological formations of giant orange and black striped domes rising out of the ground into a landscape unlike any other.

Hunter River
The Hunter River is home to an immense mangrove system surrounded by soaring red sandstone cliffs. Narrow mangrove channels shelter numerous bird species, mudskippers, fiddler crabs and the infamous saltwater crocodile; the most aggressive crocodile species known to man. Naturalist Island at the mouth of the river has a stunning stretch of sandy beach that makes a perfect landing site for small helicopters that can pick up visitors wishing to explore some of the Kimberley’s vast interior. The highlight inland is the famous Mitchell Falls where four tiers of waterfalls plunge into deep pools that flow out into the mighty Mitchell River.

Broome
Roughly 15,000 people live year-round in Broome perched on the edge of the Kimberley region of Western Australia. The population swells to over 45,000 during the tourist season as people from all over the world are drawn to the natural splendors of the Dampier Peninsula. Broome is surrounded by lush green mangroves and mudflats along Roebuck Bay, but the interior is dry and rugged like much of the Kimberley coast. The town of Broome started up around a nascent pearling industry that attracted Japanese, Chinese, Malay and Aboriginal divers to the area in an interesting mix of cultures. Chinatown is still the center of town, but nowadays the pearls are produced in modern aquaculture facilities.

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Available Sailing Dates

Pre-Cruise Itinerary

    • 28/07
    • Fly Syd, Bne, Mel, Adl or Per to Darwin, Transfer to hotel
    • 29/07
    • Transfer to port, embark Silversea cruise

Cruise Itinerary

Post-Cruise Itinerary

    • 08/08
    • Transfer to airport, Fly Broome to home city

Itinerary may vary by sailing date and itineraries may be changed at the cruise lines discretion. Please check itinerary details at time of booking and before booking other travel services such as airline tickets.