Montgomery Reef in the Kimberley region

French expedition line Ponant is on its way to new territory in Australia as it embarks on a short series of voyages in the Kimberley region over two months in the 2017 dry season.

The line will send one of its four luxury yachts – L’Austral – to the northern Australia region for four voyages, each 10 nights / 11 days in duration. Three will travel between Darwin and Broome, departing on 03 July, 23 July and 12 August, while a fourth itinerary will operate round-trip from the Northern Territory capital city, leaving on 01 September 2017.

Voyages will showcase many of the most popular parts of the Kimberley region including the King George River, Mitchell Falls, Montgomery Reef and the Horizontal Falls as well as some of the lesser known inlets and coves accessible only via L’Austral’s fleet of 14 zodiac craft.

Mitchell Falls is a highlight of the Kimberley region
One of the highlights of any visit to the Kimberley is Mitchell Falls

Onboard with passengers will be an expedition team of 12 experts in a range of fields including ecotourism guides specialising in the Northern Territory, marine biologists and naturalists, all passing on their knowledge of the Kimberley landscapes, ancient native rock artworks and regional wilderness parks.

The team will be led by renowned Australian wildlife photographer and adventurer Mick Fogg, who has been working with Ponant on developing its expedition content for a growing Australian passenger market over the last few years. Fogg has embarked on more than 120 expeditions throughout the Kimberley and expressed his enthusiasm at Ponant’s arrival.

“Larger than 75% of the world’s countries, the Kimberley is a national biodiversity hotspot, listed in the top 3.7% of least impacted marine environments worldwide. In so many ways these are unforgettable voyages that will etch indelibly into your memory. A place all Australians should see; as captivating as Uluru, as spiritual as Kata Juta, this is the very essence of Australia,” Fogg added.

Sales for Ponant’s new range of Kimberley expeditions, entitled ‘Time Capsule’ opened today, with a short six-page online brochure available to download – CLICK HERE.

L'Austral will sail in the Kimberley region
One of four identical luxury yachts in the Ponant fleet will head to the Kimberley in 2017