GO WEST AND WILD
If you don’t want to miss the boat for a Kimberley cruise this year, or even next, experts are urging travellers to book well ahead.
“Every year we think it’s impossible for Kimberley cruising to become any more popular, and every year we’re surprised when it does,” says Kimberley Cruise Specialists general manager Andrew Castles. “There are still a few rooms on the most popular ships available earlier and later in the season but the peak is booked.”
In response to continung popularity, Coral Expeditions’ new ship, Coral Adventurer, will join the Kimberley fleet mid-2019. “Ponant is also launching brand new expedition ships next year and putting in a ship called Le
Lapérouse,” Castles says. “It’s a bit smaller than L’Austral (about 190 passengers) and has an underwater bar with a big porthole.”
If you’re itching to discover this unspoilt corner of Australia, Castles says, “Smaller ships are certainly the best way of seeing it. “The thing with the Kimberley is there are 14m tides – basically a four or five-storey building difference. If you’re in a smaller ship you can get up rivers the bigger ships can’t reach.”