Australia’s Kimberley Coast is home to some of the world’s most incredible natural landscapes. This year the National Geographic Orion will complete her inaugural voyage along this amazing coastline. If that’s not enough to capture your imagination, here are seven other reasons to cruise the Kimberley Coast.
1. SCENERY: Rugged and remote, the Kimberley Coast is the gateway to the Kimberley Region which is home to dramatic gorges, soaring cliffs, crystal clear waterfalls, rock pools and reefs. These have all been beautifully preserved and you will be able to see, feel, hear, smell and touch the power of Mother Nature everywhere you go.
2. WILDLIFE: You can get up close to the world underwater by diving and snorkelling around the coast where the sea life will astound you – giant manta rays and colourful fish are everywhere. Salt-water crocodiles can also be found in the area and, in season, dolphins and humpback whales are regularly spotted in the ocean. On land you might see the ancient Komodo dragon, or a giant Bird of Paradise.
3. ANCIENT CULTURE: Nestled in amongst the vast landscape, there are many rock paintings and drawings by Australia’s indigenous people, and the region is also home to the world-renowned Gyorn Gyorn rock paintings which are believed to be 60,000 years old – five times older than the Egyptian pyramids. The Aboriginal people have long had an affinity with the Kimberley Region and in their art you can experience their culture, including its myths, rituals, spirituality and magic.
4. ROMANCE: With isolated beaches and pristine white sandy coastline that stretches on and on, breathtaking daily sunsets and the beautiful seasonal ‘staircase to the moon’, the Kimberley Coast will captivate couples and families alike, providing memories to last a lifetime.
5. HISTORY: The Kimberley Ranges are a unique landscape that’s estimated to have been 350 million years in the making. But aside from the area’s natural history, the region was also one of the first-settled places in Australia. It has a fascinating past which involves the Aboriginal people as well as the arrival of English settlers who managed to establish the first cattle and sheep farms in Australia’s north west, despite hostile conditions and isolation. The region was involved in the spice trade, the Antipodean gold rush and also had a small role to play in the Japanese landings in Australia during World War II.
6. PROFESSIONAL GUIDES: The National Geographic Orion tours are unlike any others you’ll experience thanks to professional guides who are experts in their fields: whether it be history, botany, geology, marine life, or wildlife. Their intimate knowledge of the region stimulates the traveller’s imagination. Their unmatched experience enables you to explore sensitively without causing damage to the environment or its natural inhabitants and without putting yourself in any danger.
7. RELAXATION: The National Geographic Orion has only just been christened and is the most sophisticated vessel in its class. The ship was built with the most advanced design features and technology, setting new standards in sustainable marine exploration. The size and shape of the ship means it can access remote areas larger vessels cannot. To enhance guest experiences, passenger numbers are also limited – to just 102 per voyage – serviced by an expedition team of 12 plus 65 officers and crew. The quality of the fittings, furnishings and recreational facilities are five-star. Passengers can create their own experience of the Kimberley Coast by opting into a range of additional adventures and experiences, or by simply enjoying some of the on-deck pleasures, including delicious food and wine, massages, beauty treatments, saunas, bars, lounges and strolling the several observational decks provide 360 degree views.
For more information about tours of the Kimberley Coast, visit Orion Expeditions.
Posted By Roland
Updated : 30th January 2014 | Words : 615 | Views : 53385