En­joy ex­pe­di­tion ex­cite­ment and ad­ven­ture aboard Orion

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Tri­ton Cape Sea Travel cor­re­spon­dent DUR­ING 2010, the lux­u­ri­ous ex­pe­di­tion cruise ship Orion will ex­plore Aus­tralia’s Kim­ber­ley coast­line with a se­ries of 10-night ex­pe­di­tions de­part­ing in May, June, July and Septem­ber. The cruises will al­low pas­sen­gers to view pre­his­toric abo­rig­i­nal rock art, land on re­mote is­lands and beaches, ex­plore gorges, in­lets and ser­pen­tine wa­ter­ways, and visit the high­est wa­ter­fall in Kim­ber­ley, the King Ge­orge falls.

Con­ve­niently em­bark­ing and dis­em­bark­ing i n Dar­win or Broome, Orion’s voy­ages will com­bine ex­plor­ing the an­cient and mag­nif­i­cent Kim­ber­ley wilder­ness, en­joy­ing great on­board ex­pe­ri­ences and vis­it­ing the his­tor­i­cal pearling town of Broome with its cafés and art gal­leries. Guests will see art gal­leries of an­other sort at Van­sit­tart Bay in the form of abo­rig­i­nal rock art be­lieved to be up to 50 000 years old, record­ing times when hu­mans first ex­plored this an­cient con­ti­nent.

Hunter River is flanked by lush green man­groves and soar­ing ochre cliffs – ar­guably one of the most scenic parts of the Kim­ber­ley coast – and guests will ven­ture into the labyrinth of wa­ter­ways in search of salt­wa­ter crocodiles.

An amaz­ing event un­folds at Mont­gomery Reef. Arriving at high tide, in wa­ters rich in marine life, in­clud­ing whales, dol­phins, du­gong, tur­tles, manta rays and black-tipped reef shark, as the 10m tide drops faster than the wa­ters trapped in­side the reef can es­cape, a rag­ing tor­rent of wa­ter cas­cades over the top as kilo­me­tres of reef emerge from the ocean. Orion’s Zo­diac in­flat­a­bles will take in­trepid guests into a chan­nel in the reef as wa­ter cas­cades down ei­ther side.

The 12km jour­ney up the King Ge­orge River, ei­ther by he­li­copter or Zo­diac, re­veals some of the world’s most spec­tac­u­lar scenery, in­clud­ing vertical canyon walls and the high­est sin­gle-drop wa­ter­falls in the whole of Kim­ber­ley.

Th­ese voy­ages ex­em­plify ex­pe­di­tion cruis­ing with Orion–ad­ven­ture , ex­cite­ment and dra­matic sea and land­scapes com­bined with out­stand­ing lev­els of ser­vice and com­fort on board. Orion’s Kim­ber­ley sea­son of­fers guests a range of 12 10-night cruise itin­er­ar­ies be­tween the trop­i­cal city of Dar­win and the his­tor­i­cal town of Broome, and vice versa. Orion is the world’s new­est pur­pose-built lux­ury ex­pe­di­tion cruise ship. With 75 crew mem­bers and a max­i­mum of 106 pas­sen­gers, it of­fers the high­est staff-to-guest ra­tio and guest-to-pub­lic space ra­tio of any ship based in Aus­tralian wa­ters.

Con­tact Tri­ton Cape Sea Travel on 021 4439030.

OCEAN FUN: Orion cruises al­low guests to land on re­mote is­lands and beaches.

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