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KIMBERLEY COAST WITH LE PONANT & OUTBACK STATIONS

  • Overview
  • Accommodation
  • Itinerary
  • Fares

A journey overview

  • Broome
  • Mitchell Falls
  • Montgomery Reef
  • Horizontal Falls
  • Lacepede Islands
  • Bullo River Station
  • Bungle Bungle Range
  • Darwin

16 Days Expedition Voyage
  • Departing:
  • 19 Jul 2023 Less than 5 places remain

No more than 30 guests will embark the luxurious sailing ship Le Ponant for a cruise of the stunning Kimberley Coast. Fly aboard the Grumman Mallard Flying Boat to meet your vessel, before accessing coastal wonders that others can’t. Soak in the region’s natural phenomena and cultural history, then admire the unique Bungle Bungle Range and experience outback life at Bullo River Station.

Journey Map
Le Ponant
Le Ponant Interior

Exclusive Charter of Le Ponant

Cruise along the glistening Kimberley Coast aboard the luxurious, three-masted sailing ship Le Ponant. This elegant vessel offers spectacular viewing opportunities from its sun deck and panoramic dining area. And with as many crew on board as there are guests, attentive service is assured.

Bungle Bungles
Lake Argyle

The Ease of Private Air Travel

Soar over the wondrous Bungle Bungle Range and Lake Argyle aboard a private plane. A series of rocky peaks emerge from Lake Argyle’s vast man-made reservoir, while the distinctive beehive domes of Bungle Bungle Range never fail to astound.

Horizontal Falls
Vansittart Bay

The Kimberley’s Wonders Up Close

Our luxury yacht and its manoeuvrable Zodiacs allow us to experience coastal gems up close, from the tidal wonders of Horizontal Falls and Montgomery Reef to Naturaliste Island, the Lacepede islands and Buccaneer Archipelago. 

 

Image: Tourism Western Australia

Bullo River Station
Bullo River Station

Adventure Your Way at Bullo River Station

Choose from several authentic outback experiences at Bullo River Station. Climb aboard all-terrain vehicles to view remote rock art galleries, explore the station further aboard 4WDs, or join the team as they tend to the day’s tasks on this vast property.

Echidna Chasm
Cathedral Gorge

Striking Landscapes of Purnululu National Park

Our stay in the heart of Purnululu National Park means we have more time to explore the wonders of this enchanting region. Follow Piccaninny Creek between the beehive domes of the Bungle Bungle Range and behold awe-inspiring Echidna Chasm and Cathedral Gorge.

Itinerary

In Broome, we begin with a two-night stay at Kimberley Sands Resort. Make yourself comfortable in your spacious Master Pearler Suite, before getting to know your fellow guests during a Welcome Dinner at nearby Zanders. Feast on the region’s freshest seafood while looking over a vast stretch of white sand and the pristine waters of Cable Beach.

Following breakfast, immerse yourself in the rich culture and history of Broome during an in-depth exploration of the city. From our position atop the rocky promontory at Gantheaume Point, we soak in views of the Indian Ocean as it fills the sweeping gulf between the horizon and ourselves. A visit to the Japanese Cemetery illustrates the number of people enticed to Broome with hopes of securing a fortune in this resort town, linked inextricably to the pearling industry. Stroll through vibrant Chinatown, which further demonstrates Broome’s reputation as a cultural melting pot, before exploring the historic Sun Pictures theatre.

Afterwards, we pause for lunch at Matso’s Broome Brewery. Pair your meal with a unique mango, lychee or chilli beer. Or perhaps a more conventional, but just as refreshing, ale or lager. Soak in some time at leisure this afternoon before selecting from a variety of Broome’s restaurants for this evening’s dinner.

This morning presents a couple of options:

— Enjoy a light lunch and a tour of the Paspaley Pearl facility before heading to Broome Airport. Here you’ll climb aboard one of Paspaley’s Grumman Mallard amphibious aircraft for the flight north to Kuri Bay. 

— You might choose to remain in Broome a bit longer to discover more of the town’s sights during a tour. Afterwards, fly to Kuri Bay aboard a Grumman Mallard amphibious aircraft to meet up with the rest of the group.  

In this spectacular setting, we embark our luxurious sailing ship Le Ponant. During the first of seven adventure-filled days and nights, the Kimberley’s turquoise waters, soaring sandstone cliffs and boundless blue skies welcome us. 

The cliffs of Prince Regent River glow a deep red just after dawn. We recommend waking early to enjoy the glorious panoramas that await this morning. As we reach Kings Cascades, our ship nudges right under the falls, which surge down a series of rocky terraces and onto the bow of our vessel. We don our boots and head ashore for a hike to the top of the falls where gleaming freshwater pools beckon. The national park itself has been recognised as an important conservation centre, home to around 500 plant species and half of the known wildlife species in the Kimberley.

Wake to the fresh sea air again this morning. We soon anchor near the mouth of the Hunter River, the stunning beaches of Naturaliste Island lying before us. Upon setting foot on the island’s white sands, we embark on a scenic helicopter flight to one of the Kimberley’s most striking attractions, the four-tiered Mitchell Falls. Soar above the falls, admiring the Mitchell River as its waters converge in serene rock pools before tumbling into the deep gorge below.

After our flight, we have the opportunity to explore the region at close range, as we approach Mitchell River National Park’s diverse flora and fauna, before marvelling at its astonishing galleries of Indigenous rock art. Painted many thousands of years ago, the Gwion Gwion paintings are distinct from other forms of rock art, with their elongated human depictions. Return to Le Ponant to revel in its amenities and indulge in another satisfying meal.

Today we have the opportunity to meet representatives of the local Worrorra people. Along with the Ngarinyin and Wunambal tribes, they share the Wandjina belief system. While here, we hear stories of the Lalai (creation) and learn how country and culture converge before this stunning landscape. A guided walk with traditional custodians and members of our expedition team also brings us to some of Wijingarra Bard Bard’s significant sites.

A tidal phenomenon lies ahead today as we visit the incredible Montgomery Reef, the world’s largest inshore reef. Aboard our convenient Zodiac vessels, we get up close to the reef as the significant tide turns and the reef appears to rise from the ocean, unveiling the vibrant world below the surface. Surrounded by cascading ocean waterfalls as far as the eye can see, we watch as the reef bursts into life. Keep your eyes peeled for the diverse wildlife of the reef, from turtles, sharks and octopuses to manta rays, dugong and dolphins, alongside the region’s many birds flocking in for a fresh feast. Back aboard Le Ponant, gaze out to sea and toast the day as the sun sets over the Indian Ocean.

After sailing further along the Kimberley’s rugged coastline, we approach the arresting Buccaneer Archipelago on the fringe of Talbot Bay. Absorb views of rocky islands surrounded by enticing waters from the aft deck of our sleek yacht. Next, we board our Zodiacs for a special experience, getting up close to the remarkable Horizontal Falls. The falls are created as one of the world’s greatest tides forces the pristine waters to rush through two narrow gorges at up to 20 knots. Admire its swirling waters before returning to Le Ponant. This evening, our onboard chefs are sure to delight with a delectable dinner.

Home to thousands of seabirds, the Lacepede Islands are also an important habitat for breeding green turtles. Named as an Important Breeding Area by BirdLife International, the islands are home to brown boobies, Australian pelicans, lesser crested terns, sooty oystercatchers and a host of other bird species. Due to the sensitive nature of the environment here, landings are prohibited. Aboard our Zodiacs, and accompanied by our expedition team, however, we’re afforded a glimpse into this fascinating site as very few others ever will.

This morning, our gradual southward voyage comes to an end as we dock in Broome. We say goodbye to our captain and crew before you join your chosen experience. Alternatively, head straight to Kimberley Sands Resort for a day at leisure.

Following breakfast, we split into two smaller groups. Privately chartered planes meet us, with half of our guests journeying to the Bungle Bungle Range in Purnululu National Park, while the remainder set off for Bullo River Station.

While our first group’s eventual destination is Purnululu National Park, the pilot charts an initial course over Lake Argyle, where our aircraft grants us exceptional perspectives over the vast freshwater lake’s many islands. We then soar over the Bungle Bungle Range; our private plane flying us low for close-up views of the unique domes. After touching down, we make the short trip to our tented accommodation at Bungle Bungle Wilderness Lodge. We dine here for lunch before heading out on an enthralling adventure. We first head to Osmand Lookout for expansive views of the park’s geological wonders, before wandering between the sheer red cliff faces of mysterious Echidna Chasm. As we navigate a narrow path, we peer up at the light penetrating the narrow crevice above us. Absorb your surroundings further during an open-air dinner at our lodge, before settling in for our first relaxing night in the bush.

Meanwhile, our other plane touches down on the green lawn adjacent to Bullo River Station’s original homestead, now a guest house. The station serves as our base over the next two nights.  From here, you may set off on a variety of excursions at your discretion. You may like to head out on a guided hiking tour, admiring the arresting scenery that makes up this special place. For those tempted by the lure of wildlife encounters, morning and evening safaris reveal native species, including kangaroos, goanna, emus, crocodiles, and a plethora of bird species. We enjoy dinner under the stars, beside the campfire and the knobbly trunks of eucalyptus.

For those in Purnululu National Park, begin the day with a morning walk alongside the beehive domes of the Bungle Bungle Range. Absorb the colossal and ancient landscape as we slowly make our way to the awe-inspiring Cathedral Gorge, a magnificent natural amphitheatre carved into the vibrant red rock over millions of years. With the gorge’s welcoming shadows having cooled us, we depart to follow Piccaninny Creek further through the rugged terrain, our efforts rewarded with peerless panoramas. 

Lunch is served back at our lodge before we enjoy an afternoon at leisure. Spend this time in your own way, while continuing to soak up the atmosphere of the bush. For dinner, a three-course meal of regional specialties, served with Indigenous herbs, brings the authentic flavours of the Kimberley together. Matso’s locally brewed beer and Rosabrook Margaret River wines are also available for an added touch.

At Bullo River Station, breakfast is served on the veranda. Fuelled for the day ahead, we waste no time in presenting for our preferred activities. Choose a day out on the land, revelling in the dust, sweat and exhilaration of station life. Scoot around the property in 4WDs, all-terrain vehicles or on horseback. Or perhaps join the team as they take on the day’s list of tasks, including cattle mustering, bore checks and poddy calf feeding. 

A collection of ancient Indigenous rock art sites, discovered within the station’s cliffs and ridges, are thought to have belonged to the Ngarinman people who lived on this land before the arrival of Europeans. Admire their vivid galleries during a tour, arriving by all-terrain vehicles. Freshwater and tidal fishing in the Bullo River is a thrilling experience. At an additional cost, guests can cast off from aboard the station’s boats or along the riverbank in an attempt to lure the prized local barramundi. These are just a few of the experiences available today.

Today, our two groups swap places. Following breakfast, farewell Bungle Bungle Wilderness Lodge and board a private charter flight to Bullo River Station, landing conveniently in front of its charming homestead. Join the station’s staff, tackling the daily tasks of the station and gaining insight into the operations of this unique accommodation. 

Guests who have already experienced the pastoral pleasures of Bullo River Station board their private charter flight to Purnululu National Park. Along the way, marvel at expansive Lake Argyle and its many islands as you soar over the colossal body of water. Upon reaching our tented accommodation at Bungle Bungle Wilderness Lodge, enjoy two days admiring the ancient natural phenomena of the Outback.

Make the most of your final day, whether at Bullo River Station or in Purnululu National Park. You may like to take a refreshing dip in a remote waterhole, admire Indigenous rock art or simply experience the spirit and serenity of these inspiring landscapes.

After breakfast, privately chartered aircraft deliver our two groups to Darwin. Take a panoramic tour of this tropical city, before checking into the centrally located Hilton Darwin.  We toast our final evening together with dinner at Pee Wee’s at the Point. Freshly caught seafood and award-winning wines enhance the outdoor coastal setting of East Point Nature Reserve, the ideal spot to reflect upon our remarkable journey.

Share one last meal this morning before saying goodbye to your new-found friends. We then make our way to the airport, our journey at an end.

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