Coral Expeditions reveals their top seven reasons to visit the Kimberley in September
Coral Expeditions, Australia’s pioneering cruise line, set sail in the Kimberley over 21 years ago and have become experts in cruising in the Kimberley, so are sharing their reasons why travellers should ‘rub shoulders’ with the September shoulder season.
It offers a whale of a time
September is the season to get up close and personal with the majestic Humpback Whale. The humpbacks migrate from the icy waters of the Antarctica to Kimberley’s warm tropical waters between June and October but September is the best month to get a glimpse of them calving after the mating is done. With Coral’s on-board marine biologist guests are given an immersive whale watching experience and have a good chance of seeing one of the 35,000 creatures who visit the Kimberley coast.
September marks the end of the dry season, so tours taper off and visiting numbers decrease, giving those who make the effort to visit this remote region, the opportunity to experience the Kimberley at its most tranquil.
It is blooming show
Wildflowers start blooming in the Kimberley from July but really reach their peak in September. Wildflowers of all colours, sizes and shapes, like the grevilias or kimberey rose or any number of the 65 species of Acacia (wattle) can be seen lining rivers and lakes and across the region.
The Birds and the bees
September sees the migration of half a million wading birds arriving on the coast from their breeding grounds in Siberia, which is a truly spectacular site to behold. Many of these birds are still sporting their colourful breeding plumage and bring their chicks in toe, who are often only weeks old, so bring a cute and colourful tableau to the Kimberley.
Whilst turtles can be seen all year round in the Kimberley, sightings can increase during the early part of the nesting season as turtles gather, on masse or alone, on beaches to lay their eggs. Australia is home to six of the seven species of sea turtle found in the world with the Flatback only nesting in Australia but is most abundant on the northern WA coastline. With hatchings occurring from October onwards, September is a great time to spot turtles in the nesting phase.
A land of contrast
As the Kimberley enjoys the balmy days before the onslaught of the rainy season, the landscape offers incredible contrasts between the burnished ochre and reds of the land and the brilliant aqua tapestry of rivers that run through the region. It also makes for great swimming conditions in Kimberley’s, occasional, croc free pools.
Clear skies, warm days and balmy nights create ideal sailing conditions, and mean evening sundowners are not to be missed experience as the conditions are perfect for watching a famed Kimberley sunset.
Coral Expeditions offers a ten night Darwin to Broome (v.v) itinerary which include two shore excursions per day, from exploring pre-historic Aboriginal rock art galleries with an expert guide to hopping in a Zodiac for a thrilling awe inspiring cruise through the Horizontal Falls – described by Sir David Attenborough as “one of the greatest natural wonders of the world”. Other highlights include; cruising the Prince Regent River before arriving at picturesque King Cascades, enjoying a sumptuous Australian Beach BBQ and sunset drinks, as well witnessing the tidal phenomena at Montgomery Reef.
With facilities tailor-made for expedition cruising including the unique ‘Xplorer’ excursion vessel and fleet of inflatable Zodiacs, coupled with the expert local knowledge of Coral Expeditions’ experienced Expedition Team, guests will complete this voyage with a new understanding and deep respect for this ancient region.
Guests can cruise on the Coral Expeditions I or the state-of-the-art flagship Coral Discoverer, which underwent a multi-million-dollar refurbishment in 2016. Guests can now enjoy the new Sun Deck and Explorers Bar – a perfect base for watching the sun set over the Indian Ocean as are the balconies of the new Bridge Deck Staterooms.
This 10 night itinerary departs between April and September 2017, with availability left on selected departures in March, April, May & September 2017. Prices from $7,980 per person.
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To book call 1800 079 545 or visit www.coralexpeditions.com