Broome to Darwin luxury cruise in Australia
Description of Broome to Darwin luxury cruise in Australia
This Broome to Darwin luxury cruise sees you set sail aboard a luxury expedition vessel for 10 nights exploring Kimberley, and one of the most stunning stretches of coastline in Australia. You’ll travel in the company of expert local guides who will in places be joined by traditional owners to tour First Nations’ lands and explain their significance.
Beginning with a drinks reception hosted by the captain where you can meet your fellow passengers, you’ll head eastwards through the Lacepede Islands, a protected nature reserve that not only provide habitat for many species of bird but are also a valuable nesting site for green turtles. You continue to the Horizontal Falls, described by Sir David Attenborough as “one of the greatest natural wonders in the world,” getting up close to this thundering torrent of seawater using Zodiac tenders.
Reaching Doubtful Bay the following day, you’ll meet up with a guide from the traditional owners of the land, the Worrora, who follow Wandjina their god, law-maker and creator. You may encounter images of Wandjina throughout Kimberley including in the ancient rock art galleries here. Not only does using an Indigenous guide convey respect to local communities, as well as ensuring that they benefit financially from tourism in the area, it also means you can learn about traditions and values first hand from someone who lives them every day.
The small ship cruise continues on through the vast Montgomery Reef, where huge tides recede twice daily exposing sealife to the attentions of birds, turtles and dolphins, and past the gorgeous King Cascade, a terraced waterfall. Mitchell River National Park is another highlight, where you can opt for a scenic helicopter flight (at a supplement) above the tiered Mitchell Falls, or explore more images of Wandjina in the Gwion Gwion rock art galleries of Swift Bay.
Reaching Darwin, by now you’ll be familiar with most of your fellow passengers and crew, given the limited numbers aboard. As well as making shore excursions much faster to organise, among the many other benefits of a small ship cruise is that you can reach ports and channels that larger vessels cannot. And in a place as geographically diverse and beautiful as Kimberley, the value of that freedom cannot be overestimated.
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PlanetOur trips adhere to ABTA’s industry-leading animal welfare guidelines to ensure the best possible practices with regard to working animals and wildlife viewing.
Marine Friendly SPF50+ Sunscreen is available onboard all vessels for all guests to use, and to avoid harming the unique marine environment.
The fact that, by travelling on a smaller vessel with fewer than 100 passengers, and by using local guides & Australian crew, they ‘tread lightly’ to minimise our impact on local resources and the environment.
Coral Expeditions donates to the Bare Sands Turtle Sanctuary, a valuable research project, and offers logistical support to transport staff, equipment, and turtles.
Coral Expeditions is proudly accredited as an ecotourism cruise operator with world-leading EcoTourism Australia. Some of the initiatives they have been a part of include parting ways with plastic straws in 2018, bringing water and supplies to drought stricken small island communities, providing on board education to all guests and they have also been involved in coral species collection for the world’s largest Coral Biobank.
Across the Coral Expedition fleet, they are continually looking for ways to improve their sustainability to reduce waste, partner with more Organic and Fairtrade suppliers, and deliver a food and beverage experience in line with their expedition roots and beliefs.
Coral Expeditions have successfully implemented measures to remove P.C plastics and reduce packaging waste in their food and beverage supply chain. For example, water provided on board is packaged in reusable recycled paper-based containers with a lid made from sugar cane in Far North Queensland. Please bring your own re-usable water bottle on this trip; filtered water will be provided where tap water is not drinkable.
Coral Expeditions rely on a community of local providers, farmers and growers and use locally-sourced food (as much as possible) which has not been transported long distances. This ensures each regional menu champions seasonality, whilst creating delicious dishes sustainably wherever possible.
Vegetarian and vegan options are available and included on all cruise menus, meaning passengers can opt for meals with a lower carbon footprint.
PeopleThe use of local guides and Australian crew, means customers will be well informed about local traditions, and cultural and social sensitivities.
Coral Expeditions acknowledges the First Nations people of Australia as traditional custodians of the lands on which they work and travel, and pay respects to elders past and present.
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