Asia / Pacific Australia Cruise

Kimberley Expedition: Australia’s Wild Northwest

On these Kimberley cruises aboard 102-guest Nat Geo Orion, see the best of the vibrant Kimberley wilderness. Stretching along Australia’s northwest coast, the Kimberley plateau is a vast landscape of plunging waterfalls, wild sandstone formations, emerald rainforest and deep gorges. Explore this immense and complex landscape: examine Aboriginal rock art, see otherworldly geological formations, and witness fascinating phenomena from “horizontal” waterfalls to the spectacular—and remote—King George Falls.

Take Zodiacs up the spectacular King George River and be dwarfed by the towering red rock canyon walls, then cooled by the mist of King George Falls. View an outdoor Aboriginal art gallery, portraying images of the Wandjina spirits. Take a scenic flight over the famous Bungle Bungle Ranges, a natural wonder. Visit Montgomery Reef, where the tide drops so rapidly that waters trapped atop the reef create a raging torrent as they escape. Travel westbound from Darwin to Broome, or reverse, making a sea crossing for a brief technical stop in East Timor along the way.

All departures are aboard 102-guest National Geographic Orion, a ship built for stability in open sea. Enjoy the ship’s educational features along the way, including a remotely operated vehicle (ROV) with an underwater video feed, as well as enough Zodiacs and kayaks to accommodate all guests at the same time.

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