The Kimberley is one of Australia’s hidden treasures with an immense and complex landscape that encompasses rugged mountains and spectacular gorges, majestic waterfalls and pockets of lush rainforest, unexplained rock art and an astonishing variety of wildlife. Located on the northernmost part of Western Australia and covering some 421,451 square kilometres, an area three times the size of England, the Kimberley is home to only 40,000 people meaning there are fewer people per kilometre than almost any other place on the planet. Your voyage begins in the pearling port of Broome where you embark your state of the art adventure-cruise vessel, purpose built to access shallow river systems and the ultimate in comfort and style. The tender vessels will ensure you experience the wilderness up close and, to add yet another dimension to the adventure, the vessel sails with its own helicopter. With the ability to carry six passengers in air conditioned comfort, the helicopter provides a unique opportunity to witness the full grandeur of the Kimberley’s panoramic landscapes. The Kimberley’s most amazing natural phenomenon is Horizontal Falls where, unlike any other waterfall, the water passes horizontally. You will experience the awesome power of the region’s huge tidal range in an exhilarating tender ride and then climb aboard your air-conditioned helicopter for a view of the falls that very few experience. Montgomery Reef is a unique eco-system that must be seen to be believed – 100 square kilometres of coral reef will rise out of the ocean right before your eyes! Water cascades from the reef as the tide falls exposing a privileged glimpse of another world with turtles, dugongs and manta rays. With stunning red cliffs set behind rainforest and mangroves, the Hunter River is an awesome setting for fishing, mud-crabbing, birdwatching or just simply exploring. Yet another mighty Kimberley river is The King George. Your journey upstream will take you to the King George Falls where you can climb, or take the helicopter to the top of the falls, or just relax with a drink whilst eating fresh oysters off the rocks. You will see some excellent examples of ancient rock art. The paintings were first recorded by Joseph Bradshaw in 1891 and, although incredibly sophisticated, they originate from an unknown period which some say could be 50,000 years ago. Along the way there will be plenty of time to fish for barramundi, swim in crystal clear billabongs and experience unforgettable picnics in some of the most remote places on earth! Your final destination will be the frontier port of Wyndham. The Kimberley Wilderness Wild and wonderful, the Kimberley is one of the world’s last great wilderness areas. Choose either a 14-day or a shorter seven- or eight-day journey. 202 F O R R E S E R V A T I O N S C A L L U S O N 0845 130 6982 Itinerary Day 1. Embark in Broome Day 2. The Horizontal Falls Day 3. No Name Creek, Ruby Falls, Raft Point Day 4. Sale River, Montgomery Reef Days 5 & 6. Prince Regent River Day 7. Hunter River Day 8. Winyalkin Island, Voltaire Passage Day 9. Mitchell River Day 10. Eagle Falls Day 11. Drysdale River Day 12. King George River Day 13. Berkeley River, Cambridge Gulf Day 14. Wyndham and disembark Single supplement On request. If you are travelling alone ask about our request share programme which enables solo travellers to share a cabin with another solo traveller. Things you need to know Embark Broome, Western Australia, 13-night Broome or Hunter River, 6 or 7-nights Disembark Wyndham, Western Australia, 13-nights Hunter River or Wyndham, 6 or 7-nights Departure dates 13-nights: 15 to 28 Mar, 12 to 25 Apr, 10 to 23 May, 24 May to 6 June, 7 to 20 June, 21 June to 4 July, 5 to 18 July, 19 July to 1 Aug, 16 to 29 Aug, 13 to 26 Sep Price From: £6,295 in a twin share cabin Departure dates 6 or 7-nights: 29 Mar to 5 Apr, 5 to 11 Apr, 26 Apr to 3 May, 3 to 9 May, 2 to 9 Aug, 9 to 15 Aug, 30 Aug to 6 Sept, 6 to 12 Sep Price From £4,095 in a twin share cabin Vessel The True North (see Vessel pages for more details). What’s included Voyage including guided shore & zodiac excursions, all meals onboard, helicopter & light air transfers to vessel, fishing & snorkelling equipment. Adventure options Around 20 different helicopter flights are offered at a supplement. Their cost is around £65 per flight if bought individually, but they may be purchased as a package. Guide price for flights & accommodation package Around £1,450 including return flights from the UK & 2-nights in Broome.
Your journey to paradise begins in the vibrant city of Cairns, Australia. You will board a Dash 8 aircraft for the flight to Alotau, on the southeastern tip of Papua New Guinea, where your comfortable 36-passenger adventure cruise vessel awaits. As you sail the Province of Milne Bay with its 600 or more islands, you discover pristine beaches fringed with coconut palms, tranquil villages and a flotilla of canoes, while the ship’s six-passenger helicopter offers unique views of the many fishing villages. On jungle walks you will discover countless varieties of birds including colourful parrots, hornbills, wildfowl and of course birds of paradise. Many rare species of butterfly are present and Papua New Guinea is also home to over two thirds of the world’s orchid species. You may even be lucky enough to see a reclusive tree kangaroo. Anchored in the Solomon Sea, amongst the corals of Star Reef and the beautiful, uninhabited Lusancay Islands, you can take a stroll around your own deserted island, snorkel in the shallows or drop off the outer reef for the dive of a lifetime. The coast of New Britain promises unrivalled adventure – in beautiful Jacqinot Bay the shallow draft of your vessel ensures access to the mighty rivers, while the expedition boats will take you deep into the jungle to visit isolated villages with little contact to the outside world. Smoking volcanoes surround the largely abandoned town of Rabaul, once considered the most beautiful in the South Pacific before being smothered under a cloud of ash in 1994. The helicopter flights here promise to be entertaining. The many islands around Kavieng are a cruise highlight: a morning sing sing will be a memorable event as everyone turns out in welcome; and, what a place for diving and snorkelling, here you will find ships, planes and even submarines in the islands’ shallow waters. Your journey ends with a return flight to Cairns. Adventures in Paradise Papua New Guinea See the untamed Papua New Guinea: mighty rivers, impenetrable jungle, unique culture, smouldering volcanoes, picture postcard beaches and classic South Pacific vistas. S E E U S O N T H E W E B AT wildlifeworldwide.com 203 Itinerary Day 1. Flight from Cairns and embark in Alotau, Papua New Guinea Day 2. Milne Bay Day 3. Tufi Day 4. Solomon Sea Day 5. New Britain Day 6. Duke of York Islands Day 7. Kavieng Day 8. Disembark and fly to Cairns Vessel True North (see Vessel pages for more details). Things you need to know Embark Alotau, Milne Bay, Papua New Guinea Disembark Kavieng, Papua New Guinea Voyage nights 7 nights Departure dates 8 to 15 Nov, 15 to 22 Nov, 22 to 29 Nov, 29 Nov to 6 Dec, 6 to 13 Dec Price From £4,550 in a twin share cabin Single supplement On request. If you are travelling alone ask about our request share programme which enables solo travellers to share a cabin with another solo traveller. What’s included Return charter air between Cairns & Papua New Guinea, voyage including guided shore & zodiac excursions, all meals onboard & transfers. Adventure options Helicopter flights (additional costs), scuba diving: cylinders, weight belts and weights are provided, snorkelling: mask, snorkel and fins are complimentary Guide price for flights & accommodation package Around £1,295 including return flights from the UK & 2-nights in Cairns.