One of the last remaining authentic wildernesses, the Kimberley is every explorer’s final frontier.
To say that Australia and New Zealand are a region of extremes is no understatement. Silent fjords and coral reefs. Sandy shores and abundant wildlife. The oldest indigenous lands in the world, with some of the youngest cities.
Cruise around Australia with our fleet of small, ultra-luxury cruise ships. Sailing to 150 destinations, our all-inclusive fleet is as comfortable in the salty waters of The Kimberley as berthed in Sydney Harbour. And with both Expedition and Ocean-faring ships sailing the region, whether you want in-depth discovery or leisurely exploration, we guarantee we have an itinerary to suit.
What’s more, our crew to guest ratio of almost 1:1 is one of the highest in the industry. Add bespoke midland adventures and a wide variety of shore excursions and an authentic ultra-luxury small ship experience and we think you’ll agree: our Australia and New Zealand cruises really do take you closer to the authentic beauty of the world.
The Hunter River is home to an immense mangrove system surrounded by soaring red sandstone cliffs. Narrow mangrove channels shelter numerous bird species, mudskippers, fiddler crabs and the infamous saltwater crocodile; the most aggressive crocodile species known to man. Naturalist Island at the mouth of the river has a stunning stretch of sandy beach that makes a perfect landing site for small helicopters that can pick up visitors wishing to explore some of the Kimberley’s vast interior.
KING GEORGE RIVER
The King George Falls is one of the Kimberley’s most magnificent natural wonders. At 80 meters (260 feet), the thundering spectacle of twin cascades are among the highest in Australia. The river weaves through an amazing landscape of near vertical red rock formations and a parade of wildlife — carnivorous saltwater crocodiles and amazing birdlife, including giant raptors and the Brahminy Kite.
Roughly 15,000 people live year-round in Broome perched on the edge of the Kimberley region of Western Australia. The population swells to over 45,000 during the tourist season as people from all over the world are drawn to the natural splendours of the Dampier Peninsula. Broome is surrounded by lush green mangroves and mudflats along Roebuck Bay, but the interior is dry and rugged like much of the Kimberley coast.
Darwin is Australia's most colourful, and exotic, capital city. Surrounded on three sides by the turquoise waters of the Timor Sea, the streets are lined with tropical flowers and trees. Warm and dry in winter, hot and steamy in summer, it's a relaxed and casual place, as well as a beguiling blend of tropical frontier outpost and Outback hardiness. Darwin is a city that has always had to fight for its survival.
Montgomery Reef, which is some 300 square kilometres in size, can show an amazing tidal change of up to 4 metres. When the tide drops, the reef seems to rise out of the water. At low tide a river is exposed that allows access to an amazing semi-submerged world. When the tide continues to ebb, Zodiacs will be used to make the way to the edge of the reef where one is surrounded by cascading waterfalls up to 3 metres high.
Some 300 kilometres northwest of Broome, the Rowley Shoals consists of the three reefs Imperieuse, Clerke and Mermaid. The first two reefs form the Rowley Shoals Marine Park and have sandy cays that will still be visible at high tide. Bedwell Island, a small sandy cay inside Clerke Reef, is home to one of Western Australia’s two colonies of Red-tailed Tropicbirds. Other birds nesting on the island are Wedge-tailed Shearwaters, White-bellied Sea-Eagles, Eastern Reef-Egrets and terns.
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Many people want to explore the Kimberley, but few are lucky enough to actually do it. Luckily, Silversea’s small ships (some of the smallest in the industry) are the perfect choice when it comes to your luxury Kimberley cruise. Small enough to get to some of the most inaccessible areas, yet large enough to assure all your onboard creature comforts there really is no other choice when it comes to choosing Kimberley cruises.
Luxury Oceanview Suites
With all that exploring on shore, we are sure that you’ll be delighted to find your sumptuous suite waiting for you at the end of the day. Private veranda for most suites, pillow choice, mattress choice, premium linen, marble bathroom, mini bar stocked with your preferences, state of the art in suite entertainment system … we really know how to put the luxury in our luxury Kimberley cruises!
Whether you are on a Silversea Expeditions ship, or one of our classic fleet, get ready to experience personal service like never before! As other cruise lines streamline their service, we buck the trend and make sure that every single suite has its own butler and 24/7 suite attendants. From pole to pole our amazing team caters to your every need, and makes the difference between a good cruise and an amazing one.
Our personal service is not award winning for nothing! Every suite on every one of our luxury Kimberley cruises has the attention of a personal butler and a suite attendant. Additionally, a team of dedicated and enthusiastic expedition leaders (the highest ratio in the business of nearly 1:1) will talk you through the fascinating history, and makes the difference between a good cruise and an amazing one.
When thinking of gourmet cuisine, the north of Australia may not spring immediately to mind. But when you explore the Kimberly with Silversea, you explore every sense, taste included! Fresh fish and native crab are obviously musts, while native herbs such as bush basil, lemon myrtle, gubinge, karkalla, lemon aspen and bush pepper allow your taste buds to travel. Not forgetting ingredients of the liquid kind, as Australia has some of the best wines worldwide, and you really do have all the ingredients for an adventure of a lifetime.
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