Coastal Quest Ponant - June 2, 2023 - The Ghan Expedition

Departures per week

Coastal Quest departs commences in Broome June 2, 2023

Day of departure

The Coastal Quest package commences in Broome on June 2nd 2023.

Duration

14
days
/
13
nights
Example:

Arrive in Broome by Friday by own arrangement, finishes in Adelaide on Saturday morning.

Coastal Quest Ponant - June 2, 2023 - The Ghan Expedition

Inclusions

  • 1 night’s accommodation in Broome including breakfast
  • Transfer from Broome hotel to Le Laperouse
  • 10-night Australia’s Iconic Kimberley expedition cruise aboard PONANT’s Le Laperouse
  • Transfer from Le Laperouse to Darwin hotel
  • 1 night’s accommodation in Darwin including breakfast
  • Transfer from Darwin hotel to Darwin Rail Terminal
  • 3 nights’ aboard The Ghan Expedition, Darwin to Adelaide, including all meals, beverages and Off Train Experiences in Katherine, Alice Springs and Coober Pedy
  • 15 breakfasts, 12 lunches, 13 dinners

Details

Day 1
Day 2
Day 3
Day 4
Day 0

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This is a journey of significance combining the wonders of the Kimberley with one of the world’s most renowned rail journeys – The Ghan Expedition from Darwin to Adelaide. Your adventure into the heart of the pristine Kimberley from amazing Broome will leave you speechless and it only gets better from there.

DAY 1 – FRIDAY, 02 JUNE 2023.

BROOME

Make your own way to Broome and check in to your hotel.The day is yours at leisure to explore the highlights of Broome.
OVERNIGHT: 1 night Oaks Cable Beach Resort 2

DAY 2

SATURDAY, 03 JUNE 2023, BOARD LE LAPEROUSE IN BROOME

This morning is yours to explore Broome at your leisure. In the afternoon, you will be transfer from your hotel to thePort of Broome to board Le Laperouse for your Kimberley cruising. Settle into your cabin, make yourself comfortable, and perhaps have a nightcap at the Blue Eye, a multi sensorial underwater lounge. (B,D)

OVERNIGHT: 10 nights Le Laperouse

Today is yours to explore Broome. A fascinating multicultural community surrounded by stunning natural wonders, be sure to visit famous Cable Beach and swim in its turquoise waters. (B)

DAY 3

SUNDAY, 04 JUNE 2023. BROOME TO FITZROY CROSSING

The Lacepede Islands are Western Australia’s most important breeding habitat for Green Turtles and have been named by BirdLife International as an Important Bird Area (IBA). The breeding colony of Brown Boobies is possibly the largest in the world and up to 20,000 RoseateTerns have also been recorded here, amongst the plethora of other birdlife. Join your Expedition Team for a guided Zodiac tour to view the prolific wildlife. (B,L,D) )

OVERNIGHT: 10 nights Le Laperouse

Day 4 and 5

MONDAY, 05 JUNE 2023 TO TUESDAY, 06 JUNE 2023, \COLLIER BAY AND HORIZONTAL FALLS

Lying to the east of the Buccaneer Archipelago, the ancient landscapes of Collier Bay have been shaped by massive tidal movements, creating a photographer’s paradise. With a tidal range exceeding 14 metres, this movement of water creates unique phenomena. Nestled in the centre of the bay is Montgomery Reef, the world’s largest inshore reef system. As the tide falls a raging torrent of water cascades off the top of the reef, creating turbulent ‘rivers’ and mini waterfalls. At the Southern end of the Bay, Talbot Bay is home to the world’s only ’Horizontal Falls’, described by SirDavid Attenborough as “One of the greatest wonders of the natural world.” Hidden in the many caves and grottos of this ancient landscape are a multitude of ancient rock art galleries. Activities here will be determined by the weather and tide conditions. (B,L,D)

Today is all about incredible landscapes and a chance to meet Indigenous artists at Halls Creek – a fascinating town rich in both Aboriginal and European history and culture.

Day 6

WEDNESDAY, 07 JUNE 2023, CAREENING BAY

Careening Bay was named by Lieutenant Phillip Parker King after his ship, HMC Mermaid, was careened there during his third voyage of discovery in 1820. At a high tide, on a warm September afternoon, King ran the leaking Mermaid on to the sands. As the crew worked hard to re-float the vessel, the ship’s carpenter carved the name of the vessel and the year into a conspicuous boab tree. The boab tree isn ow three metres wide and National Heritage listed. (B,L,D)

Day 7

THURSDAY, 08 JUNE 2023, HUNTER RIVER

Arguably one of the most scenic parts of the Kimberley coast, Prince Frederick Harbour and the Hunter River are lined with pockets of ancient rainforest, pristine mangroves and mosaic sandstone cliffs. The sandstone escarpment at the river mouth, known as “Kampamantiya” rises over 200metres high before giving way to extensive mud banks and mangrove forests home to numerous bird species and the saltwater crocodile. The Expedition Team will share their knowledge as you explore by Zodiac, keeping a lookout for wild life. You will also have the opportunity to reach the Mitchell Falls by helicopter from Naturalist Island beach.(B,L,D)

Day 8

FRIDAY, 09 JUNE 2023, SWIFT BAY

The Bonaparte Archipelago consists of a rugged maze of islands stretching almost 150kms along Western Australia's coast. Its remote location has ensured it remains are markably pristine location to explore and experience. The‘T’ shaped bay is composed of heavily fractured sandstone providing an abundance of rock shelters. On the walls of these shelters are examples of Wandjina and Gwion Gwion style rock art. Join your Expedition Team ashore for a guided walk to a number of rock art galleries depicting these unique rock art styles. (B,L,D)

Day 9

SATURDAY, 10 JUNE 2023, VANSITTART BAY

Jar Island contains ancient rock art galleries depicting the Gwion Gwion style unique to the Kimberley region. Gwion Gwion art may extend back to over 30,000 years before our time and represents the first wave of seagoing colonisers of the Australian continent. As it is, these are the oldest detailed depiction of human figures in the world. Join yourExpedition Team ashore for a short walk, past some fascinating rock formations, to the site of the Gwion Gwion art galleries. (B,L,D)

Day 10

SUNDAY, 11 JUNE 2023, KING GEORGE RIVER

The journey up the King George River is nothing short of breathtaking. The 80-metre-high sides of the gorge display varying degrees of weathering of the ancient Wartons and stone. The colours and textures change with the light creating a continually changing vista that is simply stunning. The journey culminates at the King George twinfalls, the highest single-drop falls in the whole of theKimberley. Your Expedition Team will escort you to the foot of the twin falls and explain the stunning geological formations of the canyon. (B,L,D)

Day 11

MONDAY, 12 JUNE 2023, AT SEA

Enjoy a leisurely day at sea to take advantage of the luxurious onboard services or sip a cool drink by the pool.Your expedition team will offer an enrichment programme focusing on Australian history, flora and fauna. Enjoy some down time on the deck sunbathing, relax in the sauna, or sample culinary specialties prepared by the Chef and GalleyTeam. Lovers of the open sea can visit the ship’s upper deck to admire the spectacle of the waves and perhaps be lucky enough to observe marine species. (B,L,D)

Day 12

DAY 12 – TUESDAY, 13 JUNE 2023, DARWIN

Darwin is the capital city and the most populated conurbation of the Northern Territory. It is a melting pot of people and cultures that prides itself on its friendly, laidback lifestyle. Early this morning, Le Laperouse will dock in the Port of Darwin where you will disembark and be transferred to your hotel. The day is yours to enjoy at leisure. Discover the town’s history through its emblematic buildings, such as the new Parliament House opened in1994, a magnificent example of tropical architecture, orAdmiralty House, a tropical-style home elevated on stilts that has survived two cyclones and numerous air raids. (B)OVERNIGHT: 1 night Adina Apartment Hotel DarwinWaterfront

Day 13

WEDNESDAY, 14 JUNE 2023, BOARD THE GHAN EXPEDITION IN DARWIN AND KATHERINE

Check out of your hotel this morning and transfer by coach to the Darwin Rail Terminal. Here you will board The GhanExpedition and enjoy an Off Train Excursion in Katherine.(B,L,D)

OVERNIGHT: 3 nights The Ghan Expedition

Day 14

THURSDAY, 15 JUNE 2023, THE GHAN EXPEDITION AND ALICE SPRINGS

After breakfast you’ll arrive into Alice Springs, where a day of fascinating Off Train Experiences await. Whether you explore the town, hike the scenic Simpsons Gap or get up close to native wildlife at Alice Springs Desert Park, the day promises to be interesting and immersive. Alternatively, upgrade to a scenic flight over Uluru. Come evening, re-join the group for a spectacular outback BBQ dinner under the stars at The Telegraph Station. (B,L,D)

Day 15
FRIDAY, 16 JUNE 2023, THE GHAN EXPEDITIONAND COOBER PEDY

This morning, arrive at Manguri, a rail siding half an hour’s drive from Coober Pedy. Today is your chance to explore the fascinating opal mining town of Coober Pedy, including a memorable lunch in a unique location and marvelling at the ingenuity of the Serbian Orthodox Church, carved into the side of a mountain. Time spent at The Breakaways will give you a lasting impression of this unearthly landscape before returning to Manguri for a pre-dinner drink as the sun sets. (B,L,D)

Day 16

SATURDAY, 17 JUNE 2023, THE GHAN EXPEDITION AND ADELAIDE

The Ghan Expedition arrives in Adelaide this morning, where your epic rail and sail journey concludes. (B)

Coastal Quest Ponant - June 2, 2023 - The Ghan Expedition
Coastal Quest Ponant - June 2, 2023 - The Ghan Expedition

Pricing (per person)

2023

High Season

June 2, 2023

2024

Peak Season

Date TBA

Heading

Peak Season

(Unavailable from March to October inclusive)

Shoulder Season

(November 2018)

  • Platinum: $3,899 (every day fare)
  • Gold Twin: $2,599 (every day fare), $2,069 (advance purchase)
  • ‍Gold Single: $2,459 (every day fare), $1,949 (advance purchase)

Low Season

(December 2018, January, February 2019)

  • Platinum: $3,269 (every day fare)
  • Gold Twin: $2,069 (every day fare) . $1,649 (advance purchase)
  • Gold Single: $1,959 (every day fare), $1,549 (advance purchase)

Advance Purchase Fares
must be booked and paid for in full a minimum of six months in advance.
Only a limited number of these fares available per departure and are subject to availability.

Children aged 4-15 inclusive receive a 20% discount off the accompanying adult fare.
Children 0-3 free in existing bedding. All prices in Australian dollars (AUD).
Terms and Conditions apply.