8 DAY ARNHEM LAND COASTAL CRUISE WITH KIMBERLEY EXPEDITIONS

8 DAY ARNHEM LAND COASTAL CRUISE WITH KIMBERLEY EXPEDITIONS

Your 8 day Arnhem Land Cruise awaits

Our Arnhem Land cruise walks through the footsteps of time, alongside members of an ancient culture. As you cross the Arafura Sea, step into the timeless wonder and magnificence of one of Australia’s secret treasures, Arnhem Land. Explore the Arnhem Land coastline on this amazing cruise expedition.

Join us as we explore the vast and unspoiled wilderness that is Arnhem Land, rich in Aboriginal culture, offering some of the most unique indigenous cultural experiences, rock art and some of the best fishing in the world.  Marvel at the towering rocky escarpments, breathtaking gorges, stunning rivers full of fish of many kinds and majestic waterfalls.

Spectacular scenery, long white sandy beaches and clear blue waters make Arnhem Land a truly magical destination.

The Aboriginal people of East Arnhem Land are called the Yolngu and live a unique lifestyle that blends western technologies with their timeless traditions.

This area is also one of the best fishing destinations in the world.  Enjoy a fishing expedition or cruise inland on a tidal estuary in search of the famous barramundi.

Wildlife is abundant throughout your Arnhem Land cruise, including many saltwater crocodiles. It provides an important conservation habitat for dugongs, nesting turtles and migratory birds.

A true wilderness area in the northern edge of Australia, Kimberley Expeditions will escort you from Darwin in our luxurious 38M catamaran Reef Prince to explore:

ARNHEM LAND CRUISE: EX DARWIN TO DARWIN

BOOK THIS CRUISE ONLINE

OUR VESSEL

Reef Prince is a custom-built 38m-expedition vessel – ideal for an Arnhem Land cruise. The advanced catamaran design ensures very quiet operation, spacious interior with phenomenal stability. Perfect for sneaking into secluded shallow bays she draws only 1.8 meters and is powered by two quiet Mercedes diesel engines.

WHEN TO TRAVEL WITH US…

Most attractions are at their best during April – November; flora and fauna are at their abundant best. Ideal conditions apply for walking, exploring and experiencing one of the worlds most remote and tranquil destinations.

YOUR COMFORT AND SAFETY IS IMPORTANT TO US…

Our crew are experienced guides and will share with you their knowledge of the Arnhem Land and guide you safely on all excursions.

Whilst we’re enjoying the very best our pristine North coast has to offer our Chef will be preparing his favorite dishes to compliment todays experiences.  He will use local fresh foods to craft a culinary delight. Choose from our wine list, and match todays special “Taste of Arnhem”.

The dining area can seat all passengers comfortably for meals or presentations. Outside on the upper deck all guests can be seated under shade for alfresco meals and presentations, Reef Prince has three other comfortable outdoor viewing decks. We have available on board the vessel washing facilities to help make your packing lighter, dryer, iron and hairdryers.

Reef Prince carries a compliment of navigational equipment, radios, satellite communications, data facilities and a full DVD entertainment system.

Reef Prince allows for comfort for all guests with a choice of accommodation types to suit all budgets.

Our 2020 Arnhem Land Coast Expedition is very popular so be sure to book early!

2020 bookings now open!

8 DAY ARNHEM LAND COASTAL EXPEDITION FROM $7,695 PP

EX DARWIN

16th May to 23rd May 2020

19th June to 26th June 2020

PRICING FROM

STATE CLASS – $9,780 PP
(Port Side Cabins 15 & 17) (Starboard 16 & 18)

CLASS 1 – $8,875 PP
(Port Side Cabins 9 & 10) (Starboard 11 & 12)

CLASS 2 – $8,485 PP
(Port Side Cabins 2 & 4) (Starboard 6 & 8)

CLASS 3 – $8,095 PP
(Internal Cabins 1, 3, 5 & 7)

CLASS 4 – $7,695 PP
(Internal Cabins 13 & 14)

Excursions

Most excursions are via our tender vessel “Regent”. Regent is a 10 metre passenger tender that can take the guests ashore or on expedition at the same time. With safe easy access, commentary, comfortable seating, toilet, shade plus a open area for enjoying the waterfalls.  Regent is a fantastic asset to our expedition. We also have two other small vessels for those who would like to enjoy fishing, mud crabbing and exploring.

Disembarking

Disembarking is around xxx in Darwin. Please ensure we have all your accommodation details prior to departure.

Departure

Transfers to and from the vessel are included. Please ensure you arrange accommodation in  Darwin CBD to have the transfers included. Pick up to depart Darwin will be at around xxx on the morning of your departure.

Reservations

If you require more information or wish to make a reservation please either booking online or send a quick inquiry, we also have a free call number for further information 1300 874 707

To confirm your reservation we require a 20% non refundable deposit to secure your booking, a signed booking form and final payment is due 60 days prior to your cruise.

We accept cheques; cash, Master and Visa Card or you can direct debit the deposit into our account. We look forward to welcoming you aboard Reef Prince.

ITINERARY – Arnhem Land

Day 1: Depart Darwin aboard MV REEF PRINCE

Our Charter Bus will greet you at your accommodation and arrange for your transportation to Reef Prince.  Once aboard the vessel your friendly crew will settle you into your new home for the next 7 nights.

Today we start your Arnhem Land cruise and depart the capital of the Northern Territory - Darwin and Head North to the Coburg Peninsula.   On route we will use our masters experience to enjoy our first fishing expedition in our tenters and go in search of some tasty fish for the table.

Day 2: Black Point Cultural Centre then cruise to Goulburn Islands

Awake Deep in Arnhem Land.  Today we enjoy two shore expeditions.   Firstly we will visit the Rangers Station and museum. 

The centre offers travellers a unique insight into the rich history of the Cobourg Peninsula. Aboriginal people, Macassan traders and European pioneers have all made their mark on this land in varying ways. The displays include traditional Aboriginal bush tucker, history and artefacts, evidence of Macassan trading and a history on the Victoria Settlement.

In the afternoon we go ashore to explore the failed settlement of Port Essington.

Day 3: Awake in beautiful Somerville Bay to explore and fish.    

Croker Island is approximately 200 km northeast from Darwin and located at the meeting place of the Arafura Sea and the Timor Sea. It has an area of 331.5 km² and it is separated from the nearby Cobourg Peninsula in the west by Bowen Strait.

The traditional owners are the Yammirr people.  Kimberley Expeditions has negotiated a special access permit for our guests to the land on the island. Many Aboriginal people acknowledge Croker Island as the birthplace of the Rainbow Serpent – one of the most important spiritual beings in tales of the Dreamtime.

The island landscape is flat and covered with tropical rainforest, fringed by inviting sandy beaches and coral reef. Prolific Bird life includes the Brolga and graceful Black Neck Stork.   Fishing can be amazing with anglers bringing in a range of fish such as trevally, queen-fish, Spanish mackerel and mangrove jack.

Departing Croker Island we’ll cruise through the evening to Grant Island.

Day 4: Awake at Grant Island.

Early Morning ashore to discover the beaches and turtle nesting areas of Grant island.

Witness the exposure of a reef wonderland as the tide recedes.   Our comfortable tenders will help us meet the locals. Green turtles, sharks, feeding herons, scores of travelling waders and reef fish inhabit the area.

Departing Grant Island this afternoon we cruise through the evening to Trepang Bay.

Day 5: Breakfast within the ecology of Trepang Bay

Up early to watch the sun rise over Trepang Bay.  After a healthy breaky we’ll hop in our big safe Tenders and scoot up one of the many creek systems that feed into Trepang Bay.   Flick a lure or bring your camera and discover the ecology that awaits the morning explorer.   Creek systems open into vast wetlands fringed by mangroves and pandanas.  Arnhem Lands' tropical wonders await to awaken your senses.     

Tonight we’ll share photographs while we remain nestled within the arms of Trepang Bay

Day 6: Arnhem sunrise.

For those up for the Arnhem sunrise, you’ll watch Trepang Bay fade away into memories this morning as we cruise towards Cape Don lighthouse. 

Opened in 1917 Cape Don light house remains today

As an unmanned beacon since 1983.  Cape Don was named by Phillip Parker King in 1818, as a compliment to General Sir George Don, the Lieutenant-Governor of Gibraltar

You may opt to have a fishing excursion or go ashore and view the 36m tall light house.

 

 

 

Day 7: Awake in the spiritual Tiwi Island - Apsley Straight.

Enjoy a locally guided tour through the community of Wurrumiyanga.

Wurrumiyanga, formerly Nguiu, is a community on the southern coast of Bathurst Island. Nguiu was founded in 1911 as a Catholic mission by Francis Xavier Gsell. We hope to spend time with the locals while they work on their weaving and painting, enjoying some damper and billy tea as we watch. Visit the Patakijiyali Museum to see traditional art that depicts Tiwi Dreamtime stories. Then, enjoy a demonstration of totem dances and a smoking ceremony. Later, enjoy a cruise through the intricate creek systems of Melville Island (subject to weather and tidal conditions).

 Approx. 15,000 years ago rising sea levels, at the end of the last ice age, cut off Bathurst and Melville Islands from mainland, and created Aspley and Dundas Straits. In relative isolation distinctive Tiwi culture began to evolve. Tiwi people believe they are created by their spirit ancestors. Tiwi meaning "we, the only people".

 

 

Day 8: Cruise to Darwin  

Today in the last day of your Arnhem Land cruise and we depart Bathurst & Melville island and make our way to Darwin.

Arriving around 10 am we have organised a special tour of the historic sites of Multicultural Darwin for you.  On the completion of the historic tour you’ll be dropped at your choice of accommodation.

Please note: This itinerary is subject to change. The skipper will customize your cruise depending on weather and tidal conditions. To undertake some of the shore based excursions you will need to have a moderate level of fitness. You are however, quite welcome to enjoy the views from the vessel without going ashore. It’s your cruise so you can do as little or as much as you would like.

PACKING LIST

When packing for your Kimberley cruise we recommend that all passengers pack lightly. Laundry facilities are available on-board free of charge. You do have room to store suitcases either under your beds or in the cupboards provided in each cabin.

The Kimberley is a semi-tropical region experiencing warm, balmy days with minimal rainfall and cool, starry nights during our cruise season.

Toiletries and Medications

We do require you to bring your own private toiletries which include:

  • Personal toiletries/hygiene items (we provide hair-dryers)
  • Prescription medication
  • Vitamins
  • Motion sickness preventative
  • Chapstick
  • Sun protection (sunscreen is provided on-board)
  • Insect repellent (Repellent spray is provided on-board)

We advise guests to pack four to five changes of casual clothing which are comfortable. There is no dress code for dining as a rule, generally “Kimberley casual” attire for evenings is recommended.

Light-weight and quick-dry clothing for excursions is recommended. This includes a few pairs of shorts, T-shirts, a long-sleeved shirt and pair of light-weight pants that offer protection against the sun.
  • T-shirts/Blouses – Short-sleeved, quick-drying and sun protected
  • Long-sleeved Shirts – Quick drying, sun-protected and breathable (Can be purchased on-board)
  • Jumper/Jacket- Suitable for cooler nights
  • Shorts – Loose, quick-drying and comfortable
  • Pants – Long, light-weight and comfortable.
  • Sleep wear, undergarments and socks
  • Bathing suits for swimmers

  • Enclosed walking shoes (sneakers or similar with good ankle support for bush walking) .
  • Shoes/Sandals (for on board and scenic excursions)

We also recommend you bring another pair of shoes that you do not mind getting wet as we regularly have wet landings

  • Reef shoes or equivalent with good ankle support – a pair of redundant joggers are a cheaper option .

 

  • Sports towel (quick drying and light weight)
  • Sarong
  • Wide-brim hat (available for purchase on-board)
  • Polarised sunglasses

INCLUDED

Included in your cruise fare are:

  • Accommodations as booked on board
  • Cruise transportation to Central Business District Hotels in Darwin only
  • All meals on board
  • Boat ride through the Horizontal Waterfalls,
  • Facilities, port & handling charges,
  • Excursions and tender transfers.
  • Govt. Fees & Taxes.

EXCLUDED

Fares do not include items of a personal nature, including but not limited to:

  • Travel and medical insurance
  • Emergency evacuation
  • Shopping on board
  • Bar expenses
  • Transfers from hotels in Darwin outside of the CBD and airport
  • Optional shore experiences – heli flights and adventure high speed boat rides
  • Medical treatment
  • Telephone and internet charges.

NOTE: The traditional owners of the Kimberley and Arnhem Land and their representatives are proposing the introduction of a ‘Visitor’s Pass/Permit/Fee’ for all guests accessing traditional lands when cruising the Kimberley and Arnhem Land coast.  If a visitor pass of this nature is introduced prior to the commencement of the cruise/expedition, then in that event the Visitor Pass fee will be added to the cost of the cruise.

Arnhem Land 8 day adventure -are you ready?

ABOUT US

Kimberley Expeditions can offer you a Kimberley expedition cruise of a lifetime!

Join us aboard MV Reef Prince in our air conditioned, catamaran with a choice of en-suited cabins. Our vessel Reef Prince is designed specifically for the Northern Australian and Kimberley coast!

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1300 874 707

EMAIL:
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ADDRESS:
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POSTAL ADDRESS:
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Mataranka, NT, 0852

 

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