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Lindblad returns to Oz

The National Geographic Orion will sail back into local waters after an extended absence, as Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic prepares to explore the Kimberley region in 2023 for the first time in eight years.

THE 53-cabin luxury expedition vessel will offer two new itineraries: Kimberley Expedition: Australia’s Wild Northwest, and Kimberley Expedition: Northwest Australia & Indonesia.

The 12-day Australia’s Wild Northwest expedition regales guests with the best of the Kimberley wilderness – picture plunging waterfalls, wild sandstone formations, emerald rainforest and deep gorges. See the Aboriginal rock art, unique geological formations, and the remote waterfalls that are home to this otherworldly landscape.

Guests taking in the stunning rock faces of the region. ©Lindblad Expeditions

Travellers can experience dropping in on Horizontal Falls in the Buccaneer Archipelago, and see the world’s largest inshore reef, Montgomery Reef, which is transformed by some of the biggest tidal changes on earth.

Special guest speaker, mountaineer and expedition leader, Peter Hillary, will join the 17 July 2023 sailing. Prices for this itinerary start from $13,940 per person.

Showcasing the natural wonders of two diverse countries, the 16-day Northwest Australia & Indonesia trip takes guests to the ancient landscapes of the Kimberley as well as the remote island villages of Indonesia.

Highlights of this expedition include a trip to Komodo National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site, to go in search of the legendary Komodo dragon, snorkelling among the colourful fish and coral in the remote reefs of Indonesia and the pristine Rowley Shoals in Australia, and Zodiac up the King George River to see its towering red rock canyon walls.

Giant saltwater crocodiles, migrating humpback whales, and endearing wallabies are just some of the wildlife that guests may encounter on this journey. Prices start from $19,520, with departures in August 2023.

All Lindblad itineraries are carbon neutral, 100% free of single-use plastic, and feature a sustainable seafood and locally sourced food program led by its expert Expedition Team.

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