Australia's Kimberley: A Voyage to the Outback

Australia's Kimberley
April 22, 2016
15 Days
Aboard the Oceanic Discoverer
65 Guests
From $13,580
Australia's Kimberley: Voyage through the Outback

Expedition Highlights

  • Fly via helicopter to explore the dramatic gorges of Mitchell Plateau and swim in the crystal-clear pools above photogenic Mitchell Falls.
  • Discover Australia's unique wildliferock wallabies, turtles, and mighty saltwater crocodiles.
  • Step ashore on the Tiwi Islands for a guided hike that reveals the cultural traditions of the Tiwi people, and view well-preserved Aboriginal paintings at Raft Point and Bigge Island.
  • View the amazing spectacle of the Horizontal Falls, create by massive tidal currents.

I love the remoteness of the Kimberley, particularly as we sail its magnificent coastline. There is simply no other way to see this part of an ancient landscape, and most Australians would give their eye teeth to see it! I never tire of being in the Kimberley. 

Shirley Campbell

Expedition Team

Oceanic Discoverer

The 65-guest Oceanic Discoverer was launched in 2005. Her small size is perfect for regional exploration. She carries Zodiacs, a glass-bottom boat, and a powerful excursion boat that can carry all guests for tours ashore. A spacious lounge, equipped with two large plasma TV screens, is ideal for lectures. All staterooms offer an ocean view. The dining room features the finest fresh seafood of the region and a comprehensive selection of Australian and New Zealand wines.

Additional Exploration

Bungle Bungle, Australia's Kimberley
Pre-expedition extension:
Arnhem Land, Kununurra & Bungle Bungle
April 16April 25, 2016
From $7,480

Australia’s last frontier is a wild land of remote, spectacular scenery spread over huge distances, with a severe climate, a sparse population, and minimal infrastructure. Traveling here is a true adventure as you view towering escarpments, undulating woodlands, spectacular waterways, mangrove-covered tidal flats, and forests rich in flora and fauna. Visit important Aboriginal sites and sleepy outposts to learn about life in this unforgiving, yet ultimately beautiful land.

Gear Up!

  • Mosquito Head Net
Mosquito Head Net

Keep the bugs at bay with this handy mosquito heat net, which fits comfortably over most headwear. Your views of the Kimberley’s Mitchell Falls and incredible birdlife are kept unhindered thanks to a fine mesh outer layer that keeps out mosquitoes and other small insects. No more swatting those pesky critters away from your face and eyes!

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Beyond the Destination

Interesting Perspectives from Previous Expeditions to Australia's Kimberley

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    The Best Time to Visit the Kimberley

    April 15, 2016 | Blog Post

    Shirley Campbell is a social anthropologist with a special interest in the indigenous peoples of Australia, Melanesia, and the Pacific. After growing up in California, she has widely traveled and experienced firsthand the ways in which communities form and develop distinct, yet interrelated cultures. 

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    Fairy Terns, Seychelles

    A Birder's Vocabulary

    March 16, 2016 | Blog Post

    Brent Stephenson is an ornithologist who spent years studying the breeding biology of Australasian gannets in New Zealand. He co-re-discovered the "extinct" New Zealand storm-petrel in 2003, and has traveled virtually everywhere, from the Arctic to the Antarctic, Australia, the Solomon Islands, Papua New Guinea, Indonesia, French Polynesia, China, the Americas, and Africa.

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    Broome, Australia

    Australia's Kimberley: A Voyage to the Outback Field Report 2015

    July 2, 2015 | Field Report

    Sunday, April 26, 2015 - Broome, Australia: Located in the far northwest of Australia, our independent journeys to this remote part of the island-continent finally ended in Broome. Staying at the beautiful Cable Beach Club Resort overlooking the Indian Ocean, we met our fellow travelers, renewed old acquaintances, and made new friends over sunset cocktails.

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  • Jar Island, Australia

    Ancient Aboriginal Rock Art from Australia's 'Top End'

    June 9, 2015 | Blog Post

    The ‘Top End’ of northern Australia contains the world’s greatest collection of rock art. From Cape York Peninsula in the east, across the north and southwest into the Pilbara region of Western Australia, there are thousands upon thousands of rock art galleries.

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    Nares Point, Talbot Bay

    Australia's Kimberley: A Voyage to the Outback Field Report 2013

    November 15, 2013 | Field Report

    Sunday, September 15, 2013 - Broome, Australia / Embark Caledonian Sky: We converged on the far-away outpost of Broome from distant reaches of the planet for the same reason—to embark on an expedition to experience the culture, wildlife, and landscapes of Australia’s Kimberley region.

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    Montgomery Reef

    On Location: Australia’s Montgomery Reef Reveals Living Treasures

    June 10, 2008 | Blog Post

    This morning during a spectacular sunrise—made even more dramatic by the rare presence of clouds—we headed toward what appeared to be a mesa rising from the middle of the ocean. This apparition was, in fact, Montgomery Reef which is only visible during low tide. The roughly 80-mile long reef is submerged twice a day—by extreme tides.

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