I have been travelling for more than 50 years and this was truly a unique destination but with special "Orion" touches that made it a "Once in a lifetime " travel experience.The ship "Orion" is a beautiful vessel,and our suite ( whilst not top of the range) was spacious and light with a good sized ensuite. The restaurant catered to every need; and provided extraordinary culinary treats whether it be buffet breakfast, freshly baked pastries, breakfast eggs cooked to order, beach bar, breakfast at the swimming hole or gourmet dinners...the variety was endless but the quality was always excellent.All of the above made "Orion" a welcome home to return to after a day of expedition s on the zodiacs.
And those expeditions were many and varied. From flying in small aircraft over the Bungle Bungles to climbing to the top of the King Georges Falls and swimming in the crocodile free waters.
To the dusk trip up the Hunter River to spot crocs and osprey and kites, in the glow of the vast red cliffs.The landscape dwarfing the zodiacs and increasing the feeling of remoteness.
Our expert expedition team had us positioned at the beginning of the 20 foot fall in tide off Montgomery Reef, where we watched the comings and goings of the turtles, birds and fish; all the while deafened by the raging tide waters.
Our trip to Raft Point where we met with the traditional owners of the land who showed us the ancient(greater than 37,000 years old) Aboriginal Rock Art we were daubed with traditional ochre face paint on our ascent into a high rock cave with spectacular views over the ocean. On our descent, we were part of a "smoking" ceremony to cleanse us.
At Talbot Falls on the following day we witnessed the turbulence which is the Horizontal Waterfalls and yet another "one off" experience.
At Nares Point on Day 11 we had breakfast above a waterfall and swam in the crystal pure clear waters of Crocodile Creek.
After a sublime 12 days on board Orion, we reluctantly disembarked at Broome.
It was such an amazing, educative and thought provoking trip... I could do it all again tomorrow.
The size of Orion enables it to land its (maximum of 100) guests efficiently at remote and exclusive locations; thus ensuring a truly "once in a lifetime" experience.