Holidays Away : Spring Edition 2008
10 HOLIDAYS AWAY • SPRING 2008 Orion, named after the most conspicuous and best known constellations in the sky, offers many of the luxuries and comforts of our super liners but with the added attraction of an intimate small ship feel that you would expect when there are only 50 couples and 75 very-friendly crew aboard. Your expedition always commences with a dockside welcome from the hotel manager and some of her staff and the obligatory glass of champers. After your formalities are completed and luggage taken care of, your will be escorted to your floating 5 star stateroom or suite where attention to every detail is paramount. A cruise on Orion is adventure travel at its best. The experienced expedition team is very well versed in all aspects of their various destinations and with the cooperation of their Zodiac drivers, you will be safely delivered to some amazingly picturesque and remote locations. Due the size of Orion and having access to the 10 rubber Zodiacs, these regions can be easily reached with a minimum of fuss. The Kimberley-East and West International 11 night voyages that run between May and August will not only present to you two sun-drenched islands of West Timor [Indonesia] , Palau Kera and Nusa Manuk but will also introduce to you to our world famous Kimberley coast. Your visit to West Timor will allow you to work on your tan, relax with a "coldie" on the beach or enjoy some thrilling snorkeling in the endless gardens of coral that fringe the islands. Your crew will provide a sumptuous lunch and beverages whilst the traditional owners will entertain you "island style" Returning to Australia, we now enter the Joseph Bonaparte Gulf that leads us to Wyndham, the northernmost town in W.A and in many ways the gateway to the Kimberley region. Gazetted in 1886, this frontier town survived through the link with the cattle and mining industries. Throughout its colourful history of early explorers, the gold rush days at Halls Creek and the pioneering cattle families, Wyndham offers an insight into the Kimberleys and the hardships experienced by all who opened up this region. Orion can organize a Scenic Flight or an Air-Ground Ultimate Experience from here so that you can view the wonders of our Bungle Bungles. If a flight doesn't suit, take the coach to Kununurra that was developed in 1961 through the construction of the Ord Irrigation scheme. With the opening of the Argyle diamond mine, the world's largest supplier of www.holidaysaway.net Story by TONY GLYNN There are times in your life when you know that you're going to experience something so magical and adventurous that you can't wait for it to happen-such an experience is an Orion Cruise. diamonds, Kununurra is now a well equipped modern town of over 6000 people and is the starting point of many outback adventures. As one old-timer said, "once you've fished or drunk from the Ord River, you'll never go home." At many of your destinations, fishing tours are on offer. Because these spots are rarely visited, fish varieties are plentiful for even the most amateur of us-your guide Mark will even catch live bait so that you have the best opportunity to catch a giant barramundi, snapper or even a small reef shark. Of all your stop-overs, I'm sure your day on King George River culminating in your falls excursion will be one of the best highlights. As you meander up the river, towering cliffs of ever-changing hues with giant boulders positioned by some ancient builder will have you in awe. Perhaps a lazy croc will be sun baking near the river or an eagle will be soaring on high-there could be a surprise at every turn. And then King George Falls will come into view. This imposing 80 metres high twin falls originate from a multi pooled plateau that you can access via a steep and strenuous rock climb. This isn't for the faint-hearted but the reward is worth it. Cool crystal clear pools to laze in, unspoilt virgin wilderness to explore and breath-taking vistas will all combine to make this a very unique time. And now for something completely different! Lurking in one of the zodiacs with its flashy umbrella at the base of the falls will be your bar manager offering you a refreshing champagne to ready you for your drenching. Keep a wary eye on your Zodiac driver because he intends to drive you right through the cascading waterfall. It is however, very refreshing and I'm sure the girls will head off to the salon before dinner. Your expedition hasn't finished yet. Bigge Island with its mysterious Wandjina images, the majestic Mitchell Falls and Montgomery Reef are all great adventure locations that you will visit prior to your arrival in the booming town of Broome. This modern bustling town with its turquoise blue waters and long sandy beaches is a magnet for visitors from around the world who have heard of its world's best sunsets. Take a camel ride on Cable Beach, stroll through the main street with its own curious architecture or even take in a movie at the long-running out-door theatre, you will fall in love with this isolated oasis. Life on board Orion is casually elegant yet very relaxed. The mouthwatering dinner menus designed by Serge Dansereau of Sydney's 'The Bathers' Pavilion' combined with the extensive wine list especially when enjoyed alfresco, will arouse those hedonistic tendencies in you. Try a beauty treatment or massage. You deserve to be pampered as you probably have spent a long day exploring some of God's own country. Orion offers expedition cruises almost all year round and includes Antarctica, Lord Howe Island and NZ, as well as Melanesia, and the Coral Sea islands of Louisiade and Trobriand Visit www.orioncruises.com.au or call 1300 361 012 for further information and bookings. Luxurious Luxurious expeditionary cruising Top: The Orion Below Left to Right: King George Falls; Fabulous cuisine; Rock art at Bigge Island; A massage on board.
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