Silver Discoverer: Broome to Darwin

 

 

Day 1 - April 22, 2014 - Broome, Western Australia

Right after sunset a calling Bridled Tern landed briefly on the pool deck railing as diners chatted excitedly about the start of the journey.


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Day 2 - April 23, 2014 -  Yampi Sound, Kimberley, Australia 

 

The great cruise in the morning led into a wonderful lunch, so we could refuel ourselves for the afternoon’s activities. Boarding the zodiacs again we headed up to Crocodile Creek swimming hole.

 


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Day 3 - April 24, 2014 - Talbot Bay, Kimberleys, Australia

“Bounty” struggles, but finally she skips through the gap at full throttle. I turn to see the other Zodiacs make it through as well. Cameras click away. This is where the first group had spotted a 3.5 meter resident saltwater croc at a rock -


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Day 4 - April 25, 2014 - Prince Regent River & King’s Cascades, Careening Bay

As the sun continued to rise we prepared the Zodiacs for a real expedition-day. For the first time ever we got the opportunity to explore Prince Regent River by Zodiac, and the “King Cascades” were our target. Soon our adventure began!


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Day 5 - April 26, 2014 - Hunter River, Mitchell Falls

I head off with a keen party of early morning discoverers in two Zodiacs to the large mangrove forest at high tide. We cruise through the flooded mangroves, a somewhat surreal experience. How often do you get to float through treetops?! Birds are calling all around us.


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Day 6 - April 28, 2014 - Swift Bay

The deep red colour of the monochromatic images contrasted well with the sandstone, most of the paintings depicting people in ceremonial poses with elaborate headdresses and tassels hanging from their body. As we walked around the gallery, it was easy to see why people had chosen to live in this area. The large rock overhang provided shelter from the sun, and a cool gentle breeze puffed though the gallery giving respite from the blistering heat outside.


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Day 7 - April 28, 2014 - King George River, Koolama Bay

With effort and patience we climbed a steep slope to a plateau above the gorge and walked easily to two streams above the falls. The rain started again as we swam in incredibly refreshing pools of cool water. I followed some faint bird calls and found a family of Variegated Wrens, a cooperatively-breeding species, and kept abreast of them as they moved slowly across the rocky terrain.


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Day 8 - April 29, 2014 - Wyndham

After lunch we continued cruising whilst spotting Ospreys, White-bellied Sea Eagles, Black and Whistling Kites, Little Pied Cormorants, Jacana, Rainbow Bee-eaters and a number of other birds. At the end of our journey we were taken in to meet our bus once again -but not before a Freshwater Crocodile eyed us off as we made our way ashore.


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Day 9 - April 30, 2014 - En route to Leti Island, Indonesia

This first real relaxing day is a well-deserved break from all the activities of the days gone by. Blessed with sunshine and a partly cloudy sky, plus a slight breeze from starboard and less than a meter wave height, the Silver Discoverer rolls gently and sails at about 12 knots over the shallow (~ 60 m depth) and nutrient-poor blue waters above the continental shelf of Western Australia.


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Day 10 - May 1, 2014 - Day at sea, en route to Darwin

Around midday I was observing wildlife from Silver Discoverer’s Deck 5. We spotted Red-footed Boobies, Bulver’s Petrels, and Greater Frigatebirds. Here and there a few flying fish were making their way ‘to fly’ above the sea. Also in the distant we spotted a spinner dolphin…what a great day!


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