directions_boatCruise & Rail in The Kimberley, Darwin, Broome, Adelaide, Alice Springs & Katherine
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Ride the Ghan + cruise the Kimberley on one epic luxury expedition!

Two bucket list holidays in one! Limited places for 2023

Aussie adventures don't get much more desirable than this. Running from Broome-Adelaide for limited 2023 dates, this enormous "rail and sail" adventure combines a luxury small ship cruise to Darwin with an extended cross-continental journey on the iconic Ghan railway — with an incredible itinerary of experiences and inclusions each step of the way.

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$18,535PP
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DURATION
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15 nights
WHAT'S INCLUDED
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About this holiday

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Sunset Broome

The Kimberley is one of the oldest and largest wilderness frontiers in the world, covering hundreds of thousands of square kilometres. This complex landscape encompasses sandstone cliffs, pristine mangroves, spectacular waterfalls, pockets of rainforest, and an astounding array of bird and wildlife.

Contrast a luxury, small-ship coastal odyssey with PONANT in a Deluxe Suite and the inland ochres of the Red Centre as you travel aboard The Ghan Expedition, culminating in a rail and sail experience that will connect you to land and sea and provide memories that will last a lifetime.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • View the unique tidal phenomena, Horizontal Falls
  • Take a helicopter flight over Mitchell Falls
  • See the oldest detailed depiction of human figures in the world on Jar Island
  • Explore pristine mangrove environments and spot crocodiles
  • Get up close to King George twin falls
  • Discover ancient landscapes and rock art in the
  • Northern Territory and the Kimberley
  • Witness spectacular outback landscapes as you travel on The Ghan Expedition
  • Visit the impressive natural wonder of Nitmuluk Gorge

Inclusions

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INCLUSIONS

  • 1 night’s accommodation in Broome including breakfast
  • Transfer from Broome hotel to Le Laperouse
  • 10-night Australia’s Iconic Kimberley expedition cruise aboard PONANT’s Le Laperouse, including prepaid gratuities
  • Transfer from Le Laperouse to Darwin hotel
  • 1 night’s accommodation in Darwin including breakfast
  • Transfer from Darwin hotel to Darwin Rail Terminal
  • 3 nights’ aboard The Ghan Expedition, Darwin to Adelaide, including all meals, beverages and Off Train
  • Experiences in Katherine, Alice Springs and Coober Pedy
  • 15 breakfasts, 12 lunches, 13 dinners

Accommodation

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Prestige Stateroom

2023 Departure dates are limited- enquire now on 1300 414 198

prices start from:

Prestige Staterooms from $18,535 per person twin share

Deluxe Suites from $22,590 per person twin share

Call our experienced travel team on 1300 414 198 to secure your space on this amazing journey.

Travel dates

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2023 departure dates are strictly limited - enquire now on 1300 414 198

  • 2 June 2023 - 16 day / 15 night
  • 21 May 2023 - 15 day / 14 night
  • 14 June 2023 - 17 day / 16 night
  • 5 July 2023 - 16 day / 15 night
  • 26 July 2023 - 15 day / 14 night

Call our experienced travel team on 1300 414 198 to secure your space on this amazing journey.

Itinerary

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This below itinerary also operates in the reverse- Ask our team for details of the itinerarySpace is limited and subject to availability.

DAY 1 – BROOME

Make your own way to Broome and check in to your hotel. The day is yours at leisure to explore the highlights of Broome.

  • Stay: 1 night Oaks Cable Beach Resort

DAY 2 – BOARD LE LAPEROUSE IN BROOME

This morning is yours to explore Broome at your leisure. In the afternoon, you will be transfer from your hotel to the Port of Broome to board Le Laperouse for your Kimberley cruising. Settle into your cabin, make yourself comfortable, and perhaps have a nightcap at the Blue Eye, a multisensorial underwater lounge.

  • Stay: 10 nights Le Laperouse Luxury Small-ship
  • Included Meals, Breakfast & Dinner

DAY 3 –LACEPEDE ISLANDS

The Lacepede Islands are Western Australia’s most important breeding habitat for Green Turtles and have been named by BirdLife International as an Important Bird Area (IBA). The breeding colony of Brown Boobies is possibly the largest in the world and up to 20,000 Roseate Terns have also been recorded here, amongst the plethora of other birdlife. Join your Expedition Team for a guided Zodiac tour to view the prolific wildlife.

  • Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

DAY 4 TO 5 – COLLIER BAY AND HORIZONTAL FALLS

Lying to the east of the Buccaneer Archipelago, the ancient landscapes of Collier Bay have been shaped by massive tidal movements, creating a photographer’s paradise. With a tidal range exceeding 14 metres, this movement of water creates unique phenomena. Nestled in the centre of the bay is Montgomery Reef, the world’s largest inshore reef system. As the tide falls a raging torrent of water cascades off the top of the reef, creating turbulent ‘rivers’ and mini waterfalls. At the Southern end of the Bay, Talbot Bay is home to the world’s only ’Horizontal Falls’, described by Sir David Attenborough as “One of the greatest wonders of the natural world.” Hidden in the many caves and grottos of this ancient landscape are a multitude of ancient rock art galleries. Activities here will be determined by the weather and tide conditions.

  • Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

DAY 6 – CAREENING BAY

Careening Bay was named by Lieutenant Phillip Parker King after his ship, HMC Mermaid, was careened there during his third voyage of discovery in 1820. At a high tide, on a warm September afternoon, King ran the leaking Mermaid onto the sands. As the crew worked hard to re-float the vessel, the ship’s carpenter carved the name of the vessel and the year into a conspicuous boab tree. The boab tree is now three metres wide and National Heritage listed.

  • Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

DAY 7 – HUNTER RIVER

Arguably one of the most scenic parts of the Kimberley coast, Prince Frederick Harbour and the Hunter River are lined with pockets of ancient rainforest, pristine mangroves and mosaic sandstone cliffs. The sandstone escarpment at the river mouth, known as “Kampamantiya” rises over 200 metres high before giving way to extensive mud banks and mangrove forests home to numerous bird species and the saltwater crocodile. The Expedition Team will share their knowledge as you explore by Zodiac,keeping a lookout for wildlife. You will also have the opportunity to reach the Mitchell Falls by helicopter from Naturalist Island beach.

  • Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

DAY 8 – SWIFT BAY

The Bonaparte Archipelago consists of a rugged maze of islands stretching almost 150kms along Western Australia's coast. Its remote location has ensured it remains a remarkably pristine location to explore and experience. The ‘T’ shaped bay is composed of heavily fractured sandstone providing an abundance of rock shelters. On the walls of these shelters are examples of Wandjina and Gwion Gwion style rock art. Join your Expedition Team ashore for a guided walk to a number of rock art galleries depicting these unique rock art styles.

  • Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

DAY 9 –VANSITTART BAY

Jar Island contains ancient rock art galleries depicting the Gwion Gwion style unique to the Kimberley region. Gwion Gwion art may extend back to over 30,000 years before our time and represents the first wave of seagoing colonisers of the Australian continent. As it is, these are the oldest detailed depiction of human figures in the world. Join your Expedition Team ashore for a short walk, past some fascinating rock formations, to the site of the Gwion Gwion art galleries.

  • Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

DAY 10 – KING GEORGE RIVER

The journey up the King George River is nothing short of breathtaking. The 80-metre-high sides of the gorge display varying degrees of weathering of the ancient Warton sandstone. The colours and textures change with the light creating a continually changing vista that is simply stunning. The journey culminates at the King George twin falls, the highest single-drop falls in the whole of the Kimberley. Your Expedition Team will escort you to the foot of the twin falls and explain the stunning geological formations of the canyon.

  • Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

DAY 11 – AT SEA

Enjoy a leisurely day at sea to take advantage of the luxurious onboard services or sip a cool drink by the pool. Your expedition team will offer an enrichment programme focusing on Australian history, flora and fauna. Enjoy some down time on the deck sunbathing, relax in the sauna, or sample culinary specialties prepared by the Chef and Galley Team. Lovers of the open sea can visit the ship’s upper deck to admire the spectacle of the waves and perhaps be lucky enough to observe marine species.

  • Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

DAY 12 – DARWIN

Darwin is the capital city and the most populated conurbation of the Northern Territory. It is a melting pot of people and cultures that prides itself on its friendly, laidback lifestyle. Early this morning, Le Laperouse will dock in the Port of Darwin where you will disembark and be transferred to your hotel. The day is yours to enjoy at leisure. Discover the town’s history through its emblematic buildings, such as the new Parliament House opened in 1994, a magnificent example of tropical architecture, or Admiralty House, a tropical-style home elevated on stilts that has survived two cyclones and numerous air raids.

  • Included Meals: Breakfast
  • Stay: 1 night Adina Apartment Hotel Darwin Waterfront

DAY 13 – BOARD THE GHAN EXPEDITION IN DARWIN AND KATHERINE

  • Check out of your hotel this morning and transfer by coach to the Darwin Rail Terminal. Here you will board The Ghan Expedition and enjoy an Off Train Excursion in Katherine.
  • Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Stay: 3 nights The Ghan Expedition

DAY 14 – THE GHAN EXPEDITION AND ALICE SPRINGS

After breakfast you’ll arrive into Alice Springs, where a day of fascinating Off Train Experiences await. Whether you explore the town, hike the scenic Simpsons Gap or get up close to native wildlife at Alice Springs Desert Park, the day promises to be interesting and immersive. Alternatively, upgrade to a scenic flight over Uluru. Come evening, re-join the group for a spectacular outback BBQ dinner under the stars at The Telegraph Station.

  • Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

DAY 15 – THE GHAN EXPEDITION AND COOBER PEDY

This morning, arrive at Manguri, a rail siding half an hour’s drive from Coober Pedy. Today is your chance to explore the fascinating opal mining town of Coober Pedy, including a memorable lunch in a unique location and marvelling at the ingenuity of the Serbian Orthodox Church, carved into the side of a mountain. Time spent at The Breakaways will give you a lasting impression of this unearthly landscape before returning to Manguri for a pre-dinner drink as the sun sets.

  • Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

DAY 16 – THE GHAN EXPEDITION AND ADELAIDE

The Ghan Expedition arrives in Adelaide this morning, where your epic rail and sail journey concludes.

  • Included Meals: Breakfast

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Fine print

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Travel at 60 and supplier booking conditions apply