Exploring Australia's Remote Kimberley Region In 2008 With Zegrahm Expeditions

Exploring Australia's Remote Kimberley Region In 2008 With Zegrahm Expeditions

For travelers who wish to experience a remote and captivating region of the Australian continent, Zegrahm Expeditions offers a unique voyage to the Kimberley aboard the 65-passenger luxury vessel, Oceanic Discoverer. Towering red rock cliffs, huge waterfalls, exotic wildlife, and some of the oldest rock art in the world distinguish the area. “The Kimberley is also a favorite destination of Australian travelers in search of the less-visited corners of home,” offers Casey Marker, Zegrahm’s Director of Marketing.

Natural highlights of the May / June Kimberley voyage include striking scenery, forests of bizarre boab trees, and unusual wildlife, such as rock wallabies (warabis), saltwater crocodiles, epaulet sharks, and numerous species of birds. An exciting river ride ends at the spectacular, 325-foot double cascade known as King George Falls, while an included helicopter ride to Mitchell Falls drops passengers off for a refreshing swim in rock-rimmed freshwater pools. The islands of the Buccaneer Archipelago dazzle photographers with their secluded coves, pristine beaches, and reefs that are home to vast numbers of green sea turtles.

Culturally, some of the oldest Aboriginal rock art in the world is found in the Kimberley. At Bigge Island, vast cave walls are covered with 20,000-year-old paintings of mythical figures. Australian-born Chris Done, a member of the onboard lecture team, sums up a previous visit to the caves here: “Our hearts started to race at the sight of a huge gallery of rock art spread before us on the cliff wall. We ‘listened’ to the telling of their age-old story through the paintings of the Wandjina figures and the lively fish chase depicted here...” Travelers also experience a living ancient culture during a visit to the Tiwi Islands where a guided bush walk showcases the native Tiwi people’s unique traditions.

The Oceanic Discoverer is perfect for navigating the region’s local rivers and hidden inlets; she carries Zodiacs, a glass-bottom boat, and the Xplorer, a powerful aluminum excursion boat that can carry all passengers ashore for exploratory adventures. All cabins enjoy an ocean view and public spaces include a large sundeck and two cocktail bars; a gourmet kitchen serves the region’s finest seafood paired with local wines.

Zegrahm Expeditions offers two departures for AUSTRALIA’S KIMBERLEY: A VOYAGE TO THE OUTBACK: May 27 – June 10, 2008 and June 6 – 20, 2008. Prices from $8,980 per person, double occupancy. An optional pre- or post-voyage extension to Kakadu National Park, Katherine Gorge & Bungle Bungle is available. More information and a brochure is available at www.zegrahm.com.

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Seattle-based Zegrahm Expeditions Inc., founded in 1990, is a leading adventure travel company specializing in small-ship cruises, tours, and safaris to remote and intriguing destinations around the world. Lead by expert guides and lecturers, Zegrahm itineraries are carefully crafted and all-inclusive, feature deluxe accommodations, and operate in all seven continents.  For more information, please access www.zegrahm.com.

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