13 Day cruise-4wd “Spirit of the Kimberley” custom adventure
cabin rates, twin share
13 June 2017
|Double (Lower Deck)||$13,718 pp||Please enquire|
13 June 2017 confirmed – 4 seats available. For other dates and cabin types, please enquire.
A unique guided tour through the Kimberley in a private 4wd taking a maximum of 4 passengers. The ultimate in bespoke touring with local guide, Scotty (of Kimberley Spirit Tours), who has lived in the Kimberley for 20 years. Combined with a luxury coastal cruise, this is the ultimate Kimberley tour!
“Scotty will turn your holiday into a memorable journey. Through his knowledge of the land and its people. With great respect for the culture of the first Australians. He will take you to places and connect with you with the Kimberley in a way that will resonate long after you’ve returned home. He has a gentle and easy manner that belies an extraordinary understanding of the region.” – Simon Reeve (whilst on location filming for Channel 7’s Sunday Night) 2016
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DAY 1: CRUISE BROOME – CAPE LEVEQUE
Your adventure begins this afternoon! A courtesy vehicle will pick you up from your accommodation at approximately 4.30pm and transfer you to the Kimberley Quest II, where you will be welcomed on-board by your captain and crew. Enjoy a relaxing drink as you watch the sun dip below the horizon, while cruising past the famous Cable Beach.
Stay: 7 nights aboard the Kimberley Quest II. Includes breakfast, lunch and dinner each day.
DAY 2: BUCCANEER ARCHIPELAGO, DUGONG BAY, TALBOT BAY
This morning will find us crossing the vast King Sound, cruising through the thousand islands of the Buccaneer Archipelago; this is your first taste of the Kimberley. Cool off with a refreshing swim in Dugong Bay, followed by a scenic tender excursion. Around the corner lies Talbot Bay, home to one of the icons of the Kimberley coast, the spectacular Horizontal Waterfalls. Take a tender and head in for an up-close and exhilarating ride through this natural phenomenon. In the afternoon take a scenic excursion up the back of Cyclone Creek to marvel at the amazing rock formations.
DAY 3: COLLIER BAY, MONTGOMERY REEF, RED CONE CREEK
Early morning we take you fishing in Collier Bay, your first chance to catch a barramundi. We then cruise to the amazing Montgomery Reef, which covers more than 300km², making it Australia’s largest inshore reef. Watch as the tide falls right before your eyes, creating a spectacular waterfall effect. Take a tender ride to view many marine species, including turtles and sea birds. Enjoy an afternoon cruise to Red Cone Creek for a refreshing swim at Ruby Falls or try your luck at mud crabbing.
DAY 4: DOUBTFUL BAY, SALE RIVER, RAFT POINT
This morning we fish the inlets of Doubtful Bay for the elusive barramundi and threadfin salmon. We then explore the Sale River and take an excursion upstream for a dip in the spring-fed rainforest pools, on the journey home view ancient rock art from the tenders. In the afternoon we cruise towards Steep Island, anchor below Raft Point and walk to the caves perched on the hill. Here is some of the finest well-preserved Wandjina art in the Kimberley. From the top we have an amazing view of the Kimberley Coast as the sun begins to set, capturing this unique landscape at its best.
DAY 5: LANGII, KURI BAY, CAMDEN HARBOUR
Visit the mysterious cove at Langii and witness the ‘Petrified Warriors’. These remarkable sandstone pillars represent the warriors killed in a Dreamtime battle. Enjoy a quick swim in the pristine ocean, before you relax onboard as we cruise past Augustus Island and the remote pearling settlement of Kuri Bay. At nearby Camden Harbour, we visit the forlorn settler’s graves on Sheep Island and soak up the history of the first European settlement in the 1860s. In the afternoon take a tender for a spot of exploration. Have a go at fishing or collect rock oysters, before unwinding on the sundeck to take in the beautiful scenery.
DAY 6: PRINCE REGENT RIVER, KING CASCADE, CATHEDRAL FALLS
Early morning we cruise through St George Basin, a stunning inland sea. Leaving the vista of mighty Mt Trafalgar and Mt Waterloo, we cruise up the Prince Regent River, marvel at the pristine waterway that cuts through sandstone cliffs and gorges. Arriving at the King Cascade waterfalls, which is spring fed, marvel at the rush of water cascading in breathtaking tiers, surrounded by lush ferns and a myriad of wildlife. Climb above the falls for an unforgettable swim in a massive crystal clear pool. Be rewarded with a breathtaking view over the magnificent Prince Regent River in the distance – wilderness adventuring at its best! Late afternoon join our guides for an excursion to Cathedral Falls, while spotting crocodiles and flying foxes. Alternatively fish the Price Regent River which is renowned for big barra and threadfin salmon.
DAY 7: PRINCE REGENT RIVER, CAMP CREEK, CAREENING BAY
Wake early morning for your last chance to catch a barra in the rich waters of the Prince Regent River. Visit Camp Creek, a beautiful waterway, lined with weeping paperbarks where you can enjoy a walk to the top of the falls for another memorable swim. In the afternoon we cruise out of the Prince Regent River and visit Careening Bay, site of an ancient boab tree first visited in 1820 by Phillip Parker King. Relax onboard as another spectacular sunset sinks below the Kimberley horizon, as we cross Prince Frederick Harbour, towards the Hunter River.
DAY 8: HUNTER RIVER, HELI to MITCHELL PLATEAU
In the morning we explore the spectacular Hunter River, one of the most scenic rivers for a relaxing ride in the tenders as we spot ancient rock art, crocodiles, flying foxes, taking in the flora and fauna of the Kimberley for the last time. Depart the Kimberley Quest II by helicopter where you will enjoy a scenic flight over the Mitchell Falls to land at the Mitchell Plateau airstrip. Here your 4wd tour guide will meet you for an afternoon of exploring the magnificent Mitchell Plateau before retiring to your overnight accommodation in a nearby safari camp.
Stay: Mitchell Falls Wilderness Camp. Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks.
DAY 9: MITCHELL FALLS
Today we explore the magnificent Mitchell Falls, a true highlight of your Kimberley adventure! Begin with a hike to Little Mertens Falls to view rare Aboriginal art. Continue on to Big Mertens Falls before arriving at the magnificent Mitchell Falls. Take a dip in the river and bask in the Kimberley sunshine. Enjoy lunch with a breath-taking view of the waterfalls. Time for some more exploring this afternoon before heading back to our wilderness camp close by.
Stay: Mitchell Falls Wilderness Camp. Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks.
DAY 10: DRYSDALE RIVER, GIBB RIVER ROAD, HOME VALLEY STATION
This morning we descend the Mitchell Plateau, immersed in a forest of livistona palms. We will enjoy morning tea at the scenic King Edward River, a beautiful spot to relax and rejuvenate on the shady river bank. Also a great spot for a swim! Re-joining Kalumbaru Road we head south toward Drysdale River Station with lunch at a shady spot enroute. This afternoon we’ll enjoy a swim on the sandy beach of Miner’s Pool before setting up for an evening at Drysdale River Station.
Stay: Drysdale River, Standard Room (ensuite). Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks.
DAY 11: ELLENBRAE STATION, HOME VALLEY STATION
This morning we will head south to re-join the Gibb River Road. We’ll enjoy some Kimberley hospitality in the form of delicious scones at Ellenbrae Station before continuing on to Home Valley Station, an immense cattle property operated by the Indigenous Land Corporation. Discover the spellbinding scenery that captivated audiences in Baz Luhrmann’s movie ‘Australia’, including the beautiful backdrop of the majestic Cockburn Range. Here you’ll enjoy an overnight stay in this inspirational setting. Dinner will be enjoyed in Home Valley’s ‘Dusty Bar and Grill’.
Stay: Home Valley Station (ensuite room). Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks.
DAY 12: EL QUESTRO (ZEBEDEE SPRINGS, EMMA GORGE), KUNUNURRA
This morning we will cross the mighty Pentecost River and into El Questro’s million acre wilderness park. At Zebedee Springs we will soak in the natural, thermal springs under a rainforest canopy. This unique oasis is a true treasure of the Kimberley! We’ll head into the Station Township for a delicious lunch with a view over a tranquil swimming hole in the Pentecost River. Then we’ll head across to Emma Gorge. As one of the best-known, most spectacular gorges of the Kimberley, Emma Gorge is a sight to behold. The 1-hour (each way) walk culminates at a large cool waterhole, graced by a 65m droplet waterfall, perfect for a relaxing swim. Nestled beneath towering cliffs, Emma Gorge is sure to delight and the neighbouring Turquoise Pool is also a sight to behold. This afternoon we continue on to Kununurra, waving goodbye to the Gibb River Road.
Stay: Freshwater Apartments Kununurra or Kununurra Country Club, Club Room (ensuite). Meals: Breakfast, lunch and snacks (dinner at own expense tonight. We can drop you to the famous Pumphouse Restaurant overhanging the Ord River, or advise of other options).
DAY 13: KUNUNURRA TOURING, FAREWELL
After checking out from your accommodation your guide will pick you for a tour of Kununurra and the Ord Valley. Kununurra is rich in agriculture with crops being grown such as Sandalwood, chia and melons. Cross the Diversion Dam and tour the Ord irrigation area; stop in at the Zebra Rock Gallery (pending if it’s open); learn about the M1 irrigation channel at The Pumphouse; enjoy a fresh fruit platter at scenic Ivanhoe Crossing (famous in the ‘Australia’ movie) and take in the spectacular view over Kununurra and the Ord Valley from ‘Kelly’s Knob’ scenic lookout. Your guide will then drop you to the airport and bid you farewell. We can assist in arranging your onward flight, please enquire. There are regular flights to Broome, Darwin and Perth from Kununurra.
- STAY A LITTLE LONGER! WE CAN ARRANGE FOR ADDITIONAL DAYS IN KUNUNURRA TO VISIT THE BUNGLE BUNGLES, LAKE ARGYLE AND THE ORD RIVER. WE ALSO OPERATE TOURS TO THESE PLACES. PLEASE ENQUIRE*
*This is only a suggested itinerary. Due to the vast tidal movements and remote terrain of the Kimberley region, we cannot guarantee that the itinerary will remain the same. However, during the time you spend with us you will experience many more spectacular places not listed on the itinerary. Some accommodation may change if unavailable. 4wd tour may be shortened or lengthened to suit your requirements