Odyssey

9 Day MITCHELL PLATEAU expedition

CABIN

2017 sale

2017

2018

Twin Share Twin Share Twin Share
Lower Deck Classic (Twin) $6,757 pp $7,950 pp $7,950 pp
Main Deck Deluxe (Double or Twin) N/A $9,450 pp $9,450 pp
*Single travellers may choose to be placed with another same-sex traveller in a Twin cabin for the price of the Twin Share. Not valid with the ‘special offer’ (special offer valid for 2 person bookings only)

JUNE 2017 SALE

Special Offer 15% off Lower Deck Classic (Twin) cabins for 3 June and 11 June 2017 expeditions aboard Odyssey. For new bookings only, made from 5 May 2017. Offer may be revoked at any time. Not combineable with any other special offer.

Broome-Mitchell Plateau (fly back to broome) CRUISE-FLY

DAY 1 welcome aboard in Broome

Odyssey side on Our crew are looking forward to meeting you. Your charter bus will pick you up at around 9am and transport you to Gantheaume Point where our tender vessel, “Homer” will transfer you out to the Odyssey, the first of many trips in the tender. After a safety briefing, an introduction and a light brunch you can settle into your new home for the next 9 days. You may wish to stroll to the decks, enjoy the fresh sea air or just sit back and relax while observing the amazing colours of our northern coastal beaches drift by as we start our journey north.

DAY 2 Buccaneer Archipelago – talbot bay – Crocodile Creek – horizontal falls

Odyssey beach Relax, sit back and enjoy a satisfying breakfast and take in the scenery as we cruise throughout the magnificent Buccaneer Archipelago, consisting of more than 800 islands and with a tidal range of over 10m. Named by Phillip Parker King in 1820 in memory of William Dampier, a supposed Buccaneer and early explorer for the king of the time. We will head to Crocodile Creek where there may be opportunity for a swim in a safe fresh water hole at the base of a lovely little waterfall. We will then cruise through to Talbot Bay the location of the magnificient Horizontal Falls, there we’ll experience the awesome power of the falls then spend some time exploring the spectacular geology and scenery of the waterways of Cyclone Creek. Tonight we’ll anchor in a protected bay to watch the Kimberley sun settle over the ocean.

DAY 3 Red Cone Creek – ruby falls – Raft Point

Odyssey at Ruby Falls After a scrumptious brekkie this morning it’s into “Homer” and a leisurely cruise up Red Cone Creek for a refreshing swim in the water hole provided by the beautiful Ruby Falls, feel the power of the falls as you bathe beneath them. Back to the Odyssey and a short cruise to Raft Point – the site of perhaps the best Aboriginal rock art gallery on the coast. A short walk reveals spectacular scenery and endless views across Doubtful Bay to Steep Island. At the Raft Point gallery we will learn about the local Aboriginal beliefs, culture, their lifestyles they once enjoyed and the Wandjina that shaped their land.

DAY 4 Montgomery Reef – Sale River

Odyssey at Raft Point From Raft Point we take an unforgettable passage through Turtle Alley to one of the Kimberley’s most ‘spectacular sights’, Montgomery Reef. 400 square kilometres of reef that on a high spring tide is 4 metres underwater. With the outgoing tide the reef is then exposed by more than 4 metres; a marvel not to be missed. Spot for giant turtles, manta rays, dugongs and the many varieties of fish species that inhabit these waters. Then we will cruise across the bay to the beautiful Sale River. “Homer” will take us up stream for a closer look at the stunning orange and red sandstone cliff’s as we wind our way through the narrow gorges toward the Sale River Rainforest. We will take a leisurely walk in the lush rainforest environment and enjoy the crystal waters of the creeks that feed the Sale River. Then it’s time to relax on board Odyssey as we overnight at Hall Point.

DAY 5 Camden sound – hanover beach – doubtful bay

Whales off bow Today we travel past the Bonaparte Archipelago through Camden Sound. This region has worldwide recognition as a crucial breeding and calving area for the Humpback Whale and hosts the world’s largest Humpback Whale population. Camden Sound is rich in other aquatic mammals such as Bottle and Snub-fin dolphins, Blue Whales, Pygmy Killer Whales and Pilot Whales. This area is surrounded by fringing reefs with thousands of fish and marine invertebrates living amongst the hard and soft corals in the warm tropical waters of this truly unique environment. Before lunch we will go ashore and stroll along the beautiful Hanover Beach, look at ancient aboriginal art then back to Odyssey for lunch and some afternoon fishing.

DAY 6 Prince Regent River – King Cascade – bradshaw art

Odyssey at Cascades Today we cruise into the St George Basin, the Kimberley’s largest inland sea. Standing tall on our arrival will be Mt Trafalgar and Mt Wellington, named by Phillip Parker King in 1820. We will cruise up the magnificent Prince Regent River and take you to, probably the Kimberley’s most famous icon, the magnificent King Cascade. You will marvel at the sight of cascading water over the terraced rock that has formed over thousands of years, time to put your bathers on you’re going to get wet. Further on up the Regent, if the tide allows we’ll visit the spectacular Cathedral Falls. Then it’s ashore for a short climb to view the ancient aboriginal artwork know as Bradshaw Art, named after pastoralist Joseph Bradshaw who was the first European to discover it in 1891.

DAY 7 Prince Regent River – Camp Creek

Camp Creek Still within the Prince Regent, “Homer” will take you ashore where a short walk takes you to the waters of Camp Creek. Enjoy the scenic surrounds and immerse yourself in the refreshing water as we spend some time here at this idyllic location. For the more agile in the group a 20 minute walk to the upper reaches will find two stunning waterfalls, the scenery is breathtaking. The upper fall feeds a giant fresh water pool, ideal for swimming, then flows through and over rock to form another pristine pool of fresh water below. After a swim it’s back down river to rejoin the rest of the group for a snack. After spending some time at Camp Creek it’s back to Odyssey to take the falling tide out of the Regent and St George Basin heading towards Carreening Bay.

DAY 8 Careening bay

Mermaid Boab Awake in beautiful Careening Bay. In 1820 the HMC Mermaid was careened on this beach to repair her hull. Whilst the vessel’s naturalist was recording and drawing many new and unusual Kimberley species of flora and fauna the carpenter took the opportunity to record their time in this area by engraving a large nearby Boab tree with the letters “HMC Mermaid 1820”. We’ll go ashore here to spend an hour reliving history. From the Prince Regent we cruise towards Prince Frederick Harbour, which is fed by many rivers and creeks including the spectacular Roe and Hunter Rivers. Making the most of the tides we will also be able to visit Porosus Creek.

DAY 9 Prince Frederick Harbour – Hunter and Roe Rivers

 Mitchell Falls helicopter This day has come all too soon, but the adventure is not over yet, you still have an action packed day ahead. Today we are within the Prince Frederick Harbour and the Hunter River. The Hunter River presents perhaps the most spectacular river scenery in Western Australia, with grand red cliffs towering above the mangrove fringed river. After an early breakfast our expert guides will show you hidden wonders of this area’s wildlife focusing on the bird life and crocodiles. You may spot an elusive Chestnut Rail on the mud banks, Giant Egrets or the huge Great Billed Heron within the tops of the mangroves or the ever present saltwater croc lurking below.Then it’s off on your last trip in “Homer” to explore the beaches of Naturalist Island where we will meet your helicopter. After the farewells on the beach you are off on a thrilling scenic helicopter flight where you can see the breathtaking Mitchell Falls. Your pilot will then take you to the Mitchell Plateau airstrip where your aircraft awaits you. A light aircraft will take you southward along the coastline back to Broome. On your arrival back into Broome you will be transferred back to your accommodation.

PLEASE NOTE

Light aircraft and helicopter transfers from the vessel to Broome or Broome to the vessel are included in the cost of the cruise. Luggage must be packed into soft bags and weigh no more than 10kg for each guest.


**This is only a suggested itinerary. Because the Kimberley region has vast tidal movements we may be unable to venture into all the sights mentioned above, however, there are many more spectacular sights not mentioned all along the Kimberley Coast and we will endeavour to visit as many fascinating sights as possible.

Broome fly to Mitchell Plateau – cruise back to broome FLY-cruise

DAY 1 Mitchell Plateau

This day has finally come, your transport will pick you up from your accommodation and take you to Broome airport. From Broome airport you will take a scenic flight to the Mitchell Plateau airstrip, there your helicopter waits to take you over the majestic Mitchell Falls and further on sweeping round MV Odyssey to land on Naturalist Island. There “Homer” our expedition tender vessel will be waiting to transport you to our eagerly awaiting crew on board Odyssey, your home for the next 9 days. After a safety briefing and induction our chef will have a scrumptious lunch for you. After lunch it’s time to explore the riches of the Hunter and Roe Rivers and Porosis Creek. The Hunter presents perhaps the most spectacular river scenery in Western Australia, with grand red cliffs towering above mangrove fringed rivers. Our expert guides will show you hidden wonders of this areas wildlife focusing on the bird life and crocodiles make sure you have your camera at the ready! The bird and animal life along this watercourse is prolific. You may spot an elusive Chestnut Rail on the mud banks, Giant Egrets or the huge Great Billed Heron within the tops of the mangroves or the ever present saltwater croc lurking below.

Day 2 Careening Bay and Prince Regent River

Today we leave Prince Frederick Harbour and travel southward towards the sight of the HMC Mermaid tree, a giant boab tree made famous by Philip Parker King when he careened his vessel HMC Mermaid for repairs in 1820. Whist the vessel’s naturalist was recording and drawing many new and unusual Kimberley species of flora and fauna the vessel’s carpenter took the opportunity to record their time in this area by engraving the ancient boab tree with the letters ‘HMC Mermaid 1820’. We’ll go ashore and spend time reliving history. Then back on board Odyssey for a leisurely cruise through the St George basin.

Day 3 Prince Regent River – Camp Creek

Today we cruise into the St George Basin, the Kimberley’s largest inland sea. Standing tall on our arrival will be Mt Trafalgar and Mt Wellington, named by Philip Parker King in 1820. After a scrumptious brekkie we will cruise up the Prince Regent River and head ashore where a short walk takes you to the waters of Camp Creek. Enjoy the scenic surrounds and immerse yourself in the refreshing water as we spend some time here at this idyllic location. For the more agile in the group a 20 minute walk to the upper reaches will find two stunning waterfalls , the scene is breathtaking. The upper fall feeds a giant fresh water pool, ideal for swimming, then flows through and over rock to form another pristine pool of fresh water below. After a swim it’s back down river to rejoin the rest of the group for a snack. After spending some time at Camp Creek it’s back to Odyssey, a spot of fishing may be on the agenda, the keen fishermen and women can try their hand at catching the elusive Barramundi.

day 4 Prince Regent River – King Cascade

Still within the Pince Regent there is a lot of exploring to do, we will cruise further up the magnificent watercourse and take you to, probably the Kimberley’s most famous icon, the magnificent King Cascade. You will marvel at the sight of cascading water over the terraced rock that has formed over thousands of years. Time to put your bathers on you’re going to get wet. Further on up the Regent, if the tide allows we’ll visit the spectacular Cathedral Falls. Then it’s ashore for a short climb to view the ancient aboriginal artwork know as Bradshaw Art, named after pastoralist Joseph Bradshaw who was the first European to discover it in 1891.

DAY 5 Camden harbour

Today we travel through Camden Sound. This region has worldwide recognition as a crucial breeding and calving area for the Humpback Whale and hosts the world’s largest Humpback Whale population. Camden Sound is rich in other aquatic mammals such as Bottle and Snub-fin dolphins, Blue Whales, Pygmy Killer Whales and Pilot Whales. This area is surrounded by fringing reefs with thousands of fish and marine invertebrates living amongst the hard and soft corals in the warm tropical waters of this truly unique environment. As we travel through Camden Sound we’ll stop for a walk on Sheep Island a short walk takes us to the headstone and grave of Mary Jane Pascoe. We’ll take time to reflect on the tragic events that took place in this region in the 1860’s as early settlers tried to make the Kimberley their home.

DAY 6 Montgomery Reef – Sale River

Today we take an unforgettable passage through Turtle Alley to one of the Kimberley’s most ‘spectacular sights’, Montgomery Reef. 400 square kilometres of reef that on a high spring tide is 4 metres underwater. With the outgoing tide the reef is then exposed by more than 4 metres; a marvel not to be missed. Spot for giant turtles, manta rays, dugongs and the many varieties of fish species that inhabit these waters. Then we will cruise across the bay to the beautiful Sale River. “Homer” will take us up stream for a closer look at the stunning orange and red sandstone cliff’s as we wind our way through the narrow gorges toward the Sale River Rainforest. We will take a leisurely walk in the lush rainforest environment and enjoy the crystal waters of the creeks that feed the Sale River. Then it’s time to relax on board Odyssey as we overnight at Hall Point.

DAY 7 Red Cone Creek – ruby falls – Raft Point

After a scrumptious brekkie this morning it’s into “Homer” and a leisurely cruise up Red Cone Creek for a refreshing swim in the water hole provided by the beautiful Ruby Falls, feel the power of the falls as you bathe beneath them. Back to the Odyssey and a short cruise to Raft Point – the site of perhaps the best Aboriginal rock art gallery on the coast. A short walk reveals spectacular scenery and endless views across Doubtful Bay to Steep Island. At the Raft Point gallery we will learn about the local Aboriginal beliefs, culture, their lifestyles they once enjoyed and the Wandjina that shaped their land.

DAY 8 Buccaneer Archipelago – talbot bay – Crocodile Creek – horizontal falls

Relax, sit back and enjoy a satisfying breakfast and take in the scenery as we cruise through to Talbot Bay the location of the magnificient Horizontal Falls, there we will experience the awesome power of the falls then spend some time exploring the spectacular geology and scenery of the waterways of Cyclone Creek. We will head on over to Crocodile Creek where there may be opportunity for a swim in a fresh water hole at the base of a waterfall, then continue south through the magnificent Buccaneer Archipelago, consisting of more than 800 islands and with a tidal range of over 10m. Named by Phillip Parker King in 1820 in memory of William Dampier, a supposed Buccaneer and early explorer for the king of the time.

Day 9 Broome

Sadly your adventure with us is coming to an end. After on overnight steam south, past Cape Leveque, enjoy your last brekkie on board Odyssey, watching the endless stretch of Cable Beach pass by. It’s time to swap emails and farewell your new found friends onboard Odyssey as we arrive into the Port of Broome mid morning where your transport will be waiting to take you back to your accomodation.

PLEASE NOTE

Light aircraft and helicopter transfers from the vessel to Broome or Broome to the vessel are included in the cost of the cruise. Luggage must be packed into soft bags and weigh no more than 10kg for each guest.


**This is only a suggested itinerary. Because the Kimberley region has vast tidal movements we may be unable to venture into all the sights mentioned above, however, there are many more spectacular sights not mentioned all along the Kimberley Coast and we will endeavour to visit as many fascinating sights as possible.