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Kimberley Cruises from Broome to Darwin

The Kimberley in Western Australia is home to some of the world’s most fascinating rock formations, ancient rock arts, red-rust vistas and relatively intact wilderness still ringing with aboriginal sounds. At the gates of this Australian Wild West stands Broome, a pearling town and tourist hub that is also the departure point for Kimberley cruises from Broome to Darwin.

Two and a half hours by plane from Perth, the capital city of Western Australia, Broome is a destination unto itself. Up until the 1980s, Broome remained a lonely outpost in The Kimberley coast. But the vast terrestrial and marine wealth and staggering sceneries that just lay at its doorsteps were hard to keep a secret for long. Broome cruises account for a large share of regional tourism, but the town itself is rich with touristic gems that can be visited before or after your cruise.

As a pearling town going back to the late 19th century, Broome has plenty of local pearl farms that are open for day tours. The multi-ethnic community that first settled in this town has also left a legacy of monuments and museums: Japanese, Filipino, Chinese and Malay cultures can be glimpsed in Chinatown, Pearl Luggers Museum and the Japanese Cemetery (where hundreds of divers who died pearling were buried).

Cable Beach, one of the most beautiful along the Kimberley coast, boasts of 22 kilometres of relatively flat white sand beach and sparkling turquoise waters ideal for sunbathing and swimming. Clothing-optional swimmers would find Cable Beach more than ideal.

Broome cruises to Darwin

After it registered in the travel scene in the 1980s, Broome has become a tourist town, with tourist traffic swelling to twice its resident population during the peak season (from May to October). The generally dry season and clear days during this period make Broome an ideal jump-off point to cruise along The Kimberley coast.

Broome cruises conclude in Darwin in the Northern Territory. This gives you the opportunity to explore The Kimberley’s billion-year-old geological history both on land and in water since Broome to Darwin cruises trace the entire Kimberley coastline.

Cruise the Kimberley Coast

As one of the earliest settled regions in Australia, The Kimberley teems with anthropological interests that are some of the oldest in the world. The Gyorn Gyorn stick figures (Bradshaw Paintings) are a must-see. The equally ancient 350-million-year-old Purnululu or Bungle Bungle Range of multi-coloured and “striped” cone-shaped sandstone rocks should also be on your list. Excursions to these sites can be arranged while booking for your Kimberley cruises from Broome.

The Lacepedes, Buccaneer Archipelago, Montgomery Reef, Bigge Island, Hathaway’s Hideaway and Jar Island are the usual stop-over points in a 7-day or 11-day Broome to Darwin cruises, with plenty of side trips to other attractions depending on the itinerary you pick. See the amazing Horizontal Waterfalls on Buccaneer Archipelago. Given favourable tide and weather conditions, expeditions offshore often set sail to remote islands and reef systems that are swamped with colourful and intriguing wildlife. Excursions ashore would bring you to many gorgeous waterfalls, bays, capes and estuaries which are some of the most scenic in Western Australia.

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