Tremendous December rainfall enhances once in a lifetime travel experienceLuxury expedition cruise specialist Silversea is featuring exceptional opportunities this year for adventure enthusiasts to explore Australia's amazing Kimberley Coast.
The spectacular natural vistas of the country's remote North West region have been enhanced by the wettest December on record. Seven times greater than normal, the unusually high rainfall will power spectacular waterfalls to plunge down the region's sun-scorched gorges, which can be witnessed on any of five voyages aboard Silver Discoverer, sailing between Darwin and Broome.
For the duration of Silversea's expedition cruises along the Kimberley coastline from March to May 2017, the famous King George Falls and Talbot Bay's Horizontal Falls will thunder more spectacularly than ever before. The twin cascades of King George Falls are among Australia's highest, plunging over 262 feet. At Talbot Bay, the region's tides of nearly 36 feet create an amazing spectacle. Depending on whether the tides are ebbing or flowing, Silversea guests can experience an exhilarating Zodiac ride through the Horizontal Falls, with an optional helicopter excursion also available to observe the dazzling four-tiered Mitchell Falls.
"We purposely schedule our expeditions to the Kimberley Coast at the end of the wet season, when the waterfalls are in full flow," said Conrad Combrink, Silversea's Global Head of Expedition Planning and Strategic Development. "With December's extraordinary rainfall, the region's magnificent waterfalls will be on peak display this year, and we're very pleased to offer our guests this rare opportunity to witness nature at its most majestic."
With its landscape of striking contrasts, the Kimberley Coast offers travellers a kaleidoscope of images, from white sand beaches and glistening turquoise waters filled with colourful marine life to towering red-hued sandstone cliffs and captivating, ancient rock art paintings Its incredible untouched wilderness offers nature lovers the chance to observe a variety of bird species, including white-bellied sea eagles, ospreys, Brahminy kites and peregrine falcons. The dramatic tiger-striped Bungle Bungle mountain range is perfect for aerial exploration on a complimentary Silversea excursion.
The recently refurbished Silver Discoverer offers a comfortable, intimate and convivial on board lifestyle where guests can feel at home as they explore these secluded realms. They will enjoy ocean-view suites, sumptuous cuisine, the personalised service of a butler, and a generous selection of all-inclusive shipboard amenities, including complimentary beverages, wines and spirits served throughout the ship and free Wi-Fi.
In true Silversea Expeditions style, the guest experience will be enriched by an on board programme of destination lectures, photo presentations and daily recaps. Exploratory Zodiac excursions and interactive walks ashore, led by experts in their field such as marine biologists, ornithologists, geologists, botanists, historians, and anthropologists, are complimentary.
Departure dates for the 2017 Kimberley Coast expeditions are 26 March, 06 April, 16 April, 26 April, and 06 May. All-inclusive fares start from £6,650 per guest based on double occupancy of the View Suite.