ITINERARY: 11 DAYS Darwin-Broome
|Twin share||Sole use||Twin share||Sole use|
|Category 1||$4,837 pp||$8,340||$5,300 pp||$8,840|
|Category 2||$4,000 pp on special||$6,450||$4,900 pp||N/A|
|Category 3||$6,450 pp||N/A||$6,000 pp||N/A|
|Category 4||$6,950 pp||N/A||$7,500 pp||N/A|
|Category 5||$5,800 pp||N/A||$4,900 pp||$6,950|
does not include
kimberley cruise centre exclusives
» Shore excursions by tender boat
» Services of expedition staff
» Accommodation or flights before or after the cruise
» Mitchell Falls optional helicopter flight
|» 20% off comprehensive travel insurance|
DAY 1: Welcome Aboard
Your Kimberley expedition begins today. We will arrange a charter bus to pick you up this morning at approx 8 am and transport you to board the vessel. Our crew will welcome you aboard and after a safety briefing, an introduction and a light brunch we’ll departing Darwin Harbor, cross Cambridge Gulf and sail into Western Australian waters. This evening meet your fellow travellers and friendly crew as you enjoy the view from the decks and the fresh sea air. Relax while the amazing coastline disappears as we start our journey across the Cambridge Gulf.
DAY 2: Koolama Bay, the entry to King George River
Wake in the tranquil setting of Koolama Bay, the entrance to King George River. Over breakfast we will discuss the day’s activities. The first of the Kimberley’s ‘big’ rivers, the mighty King George. While entering King George River on the high tide we can enjoy the soaring cliffs and two breathtaking falls of mammoth proportions. The best views are from the upper sun deck and bow. Feel the mist produced from billions of litres of water falling hundreds of feet as your vessel is steered expertly to the majestic falls. Climb the escarpment to take in the views from above and take some fantastic photographs of the vessel and falls in the backdrop. Tonight we cruise to Bigge Island.
DAY 3: Today we will explore Bigge Island
Our crew will lead you to a stunning display of the distinctive Aboriginal rock art in beach caves. The paintings include examples of first contact of sailing ships and pipe-smoking European seafarers of the 19th century. Keep an eye out for small rock wallabies and large salt water crocodiles. The lack of feral predators makes the island an ideal habitat for vulnerable mammal species.
DAY 4: Porosus Creek, Hunter River, optional Mitchell Falls
Awake in Porosus Creek, fringed by spectacular red cliffs. This morning we explore the famous Hunter River and its wildlife. This ecosystem is a favorite for bird watches. We have a chance to spot a Great Billed Heron, or a Chestnut Rail. Fishermen might have an opportunity to try their luck for a Giant Threadfin Salmon on the turn of the tide. *Today you may have the option to enjoy a very scenic helicopter flight over the Mitchell Falls. Register your interest with the skipper*.
DAY 5: Careening Bay – Prince Regent Basin
Careening Bay was named by Phillip Parker King after his ship, ‘HMC Mermaid’, was careened during his first voyage of discovery in the Kimberley. Our crew will lead you to the site of a large boab tree baring the inscription “HMC Mermaid – 1820″, still clearly visible almost 200 years later. This afternoon we continue our cruise into the popular Prince Regent Basin.
DAY 6: Prince Regent River to breathtaking King Cascades
On the high tide we take our vessel many miles up the Prince Regent River to discover an unusual and picturesque waterfall cascading over terraced rock formations. We can nose the bow of our vessel under the cascading falls to indulge in an unforgettable wash in the cool fresh water. This afternoon a steep climb up the banks of the river will reveal the mysterious Aboriginal Bradshaw Paintings (Gwion Gwion), thought to be some of the world’s oldest indigenous art, dating back over 20, 000 years.
DAY 7: Camp Creek, Hanover Beach
Enjoy a picnic lunch at beautiful Camp Creek – Today’s high spring tide will allow us access to this hidden gem. Early Kimberley Explorers discovered and named this creek as an ideal place to camp. There should be time for a leisurely swim in the fresh water pools. The more adventurous may wish to join a nature walk, keeping an eye out for native Kimberley birdlife. This evening we cruise to our favorite Kimberley Beach, Hanover Beach, where an early explorer Lt Grey set out to discover the great inland sea.
DAY 8: Kuri Bay pearl farm, Collier Bay, Wandjina rock art
A morning beach walk and possibility of a beach swim. Cruise through Kuri Bay, once home of the south sea pearl industry. Down into Collier Bay home of up to 12m tides. Going ashore to visit a secluded and very interesting Aboriginal Wandjina art rock art gallery.
DAY 9: Montgomery Reef, Red Cone Creek, Ruby Falls, Sale River
See Montgomery Reef ‘rise’ out of the ocean as the tide ebbs, before joining a reef cruise in our tenders to study the marine life. We explore Red Cone Creek for a refreshing swim in the water hole of Ruby Falls or the beautiful Sale River rainforest and creek splash. We will then cruise through to Talbot Bay the location of the magnificent Horizontal Falls.
DAY 10: Horizontal Falls, Crocodile Creek waterfall
In Talbot Bay the region’s 12 metre tides create an amazing spectacle. After we have experienced the awesome power of the falls then spend some time exploring the spectacular geology and scenery of the waterways of Cyclone Creek. Cruising through King Sound, witness the effects of the iron ore mining operations on Koolan and Cockatoo Islands. Visit Crocodile Creek to enjoy exploration and fresh water swimming. Time depending, we visit Silica Beach for afternoon drinks.
DAY 11: Broome disembarkation
Disembark in Broome this morning approx 10 am, for guests departing Broome today we can arrange your transfers to the airport or to our depot in Broome until your flights – we recommend a flight departing mid-late afternoon. Other guests can be transferred to their hotel of choice.
Due to the influencing factors of tide and weather, this itinerary should be used as a guide only and is subject to change.