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11 Day Cruise

True North: Kimberley Waterfalls

True North: Kimberley Waterfalls

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True North features enhanced levels of comfort and luxury throughout, allowing passengers the opportunity to experience wilderness in surroundings more akin to one of the world’s most exclusive hotels. Enjoy personalised service – a passenger limit of 36 and a crew of 18 ensure attention to detail and excellence in service.

All meals on the True North feature fine dining. Meals may even include that day’s catch – True North offers many fishing opportunities amongst other shore excursions, in 6 dedicated expedition boats.

A number of vantage points including a sundeck, a forward observation lounge, a ship’s lounge and an indoor/outdoor bar; 2 huge plasma screens in the lounge; an internet café; the latest in computer controlled motion stabilizers; lower deck dining room with large panoramic windows ensuring that passengers never miss any of the action, even when they are enjoying the ‘finest in fine dining’.

Please note – helicopter flights are an additional extra and are not included in the cruise price unless they are part of a transfer at the beginning or end of the cruise.

Bonus El Questro Day Tour!

El Questro day tour $99 pp (usually $625 pp) when you book True North with the Kimberley Cruise Centre. Your guide will pick you up from True North at Wyndham port with a personal 4wd tour of El Questro wilderness park. Soak in Zebedee thermal springs, enjoy a delicious lunch at Emma Gorge Resort (own expense), then enjoy a guided walk to stunning Emma Gorge. Option for a pre or post -cruise overnight at ELQ – please enquire.

STATEROOM

2021

Ocean Class $19,995 pp
River Class $23,995 pp
Explorer Class $26,995 pp

Cruise Fare includes: One way coach transfer Wyndham – Kununurra;  Meals; Shore excursions by tender boat; Crew.

Cruise Fare does not include: Alcohol; Flights before or after the cruise; Helicopter flights.

Single travellers: Can share a cabin with another traveller of the same gender and pay the twin share rate. We can advertise for a stranger to share OR pay an 80% single supplement for exclusive use of the stateroom.

2021

24 Mar – 3 Apr 2021 Broome- Wyndham
3 – 13 Apr 2021 Wyndham- Broome
14-24 Apr 2021 Broome- Wyndham

Helicopter

Adding yet another dimension to adventure, most True North cruises feature an onboard helicopter!

Carrying guests in air conditioned comfort, the ship’s helicopter provides unique opportunity to witness grandeur; unique opportunity to fish billabongs that have never been fished; unique opportunity to discover your very own wilderness! Now it’s not uncommon for our guests to embark with some uncertainty about flying in a helicopter – however it’s always a different story when the time comes for disembarkation.

“Wow – who would have thought, I have never been in a helicopter before, now I can’t get enough. I can’t speak highly enough about the whole operation, I felt completely safe and I could not have hoped to have seen all that I saw if we didn’t have a helicopter onboard.”

The ship’s helicopter helps you to climb mountains and volcanoes in air conditioned comfort. Even if you are not as spritely as you once were – the helicopter will deliver you without fuss to even the most inaccessible locations.

See ancient rock art without leaving your seat. Glide over impenetrable jungle and swoop on historic and cultural highlights. Take someone special on a sunrise flight or join the entire guest compliment for an unforgettable heli-picnic.

The light, single-engine Eurocopter 130 B4 is the quietest, most spacious helicopter available on the market. The ultra-quiet EC130 B4 integrates the latest technological advances of EUROCOPTER’s new generation helicopters. It has a maximum gross weight of 2.4tonnes, and offers an enlarged cabin, allowing comfortable accommodation for the pilot and 6 passengers on individual leather seats.

With air-conditioning and large cabin windows, it is perfectly suited for getting those spectacular aerial shots and exploring the many destinations that are on offer with North Star Cruises Australia.

Heli-operations are run by Rob Colbert, Chief Pilot of Skyhook Helicopters Pty Ltd.  Rob has been working in and flying around the Kimberley region for over 23 years, and has been working with TRUE NORTH since 1996.  He has a keen interest in fishing, local history and culture, and provides entertaining commentary on all flights!  Or you may be lucky enough to have Rainor Marshall or Will Stinson as your pilot, both experienced and very knowledgeable in their own right!

Cruise Details

Experience the emotive beauty that accompanies the end of the wet season. See the Kimberley’s renowned summer storms and spectacular light shows. Experience thundering waterfalls and swollen billabongs. Other highlights include unexplained rock-art, extraordinary wildlife and monster barramundi!

Reverse Destination Option Available
11 day Cruise: Kimberley Waterfalls

Accommodation

A number of vantage points including a sundeck, a forward observation lounge, a ship’s lounge and an indoor/outdoor bar; 2 huge plasma screens in the lounge; an internet café; the latest in computer controlled motion stabilizers; lower deck dining room with large panoramic windows ensuring that passengers never miss any of the action, even when they are enjoying the ‘finest in fine dining’.

All cabins feature enhanced décor, en-suite facilities, in-house entertainment and satellite telephones.

Ocean Class

  • Location: Lower Deck and Main Deck
  • Twin beds
  • Two port holes
  • Private ensuite bathroom
  • In-cabin entertainment
  • Satellite phone
  • ALL OCEAN CLASS CABINS HAVE 2x single beds EXCEPT for Camden Harbour (cabin 11 on the deckplan) which has bunk beds, therefore receives a 10% discount.

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*Please note: You can request to have a particular cabin number. Cabins are allocated on booking, but only confirmed 30 days prior to travel. Room Request allocations are not guaranteed.

River Class

  • Location: Main Deck
  • Large viewing windows
  • King Sized Bed (adaptable to 2 single beds)
  • Private ensuite
  • In-cabin entertainment
  • Satellite phone

*Please note: You can request to have a particular cabin number. Cabins are allocated on booking, but only confirmed 30 days prior to travel. Room Request allocations are not guaranteed.

Explorer Class

  • Location: Upper Deck
  • Large viewing windows
  • King Sized Bed (adaptable to 2 single beds)
  • Private ensuite with twin basin
  • Amenities fridge
  • In-cabin entertainment
  • Satellite phone

*Please note: You can request to have a particular cabin number. Cabins are allocated on booking, but only confirmed 30 days prior to travel. Room Request allocations are not guaranteed.

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  • Destination
  • Departure
    Broome
  • Included
    Accommodation
    Meals
    National park fees
    Non-alcoholic beverages
    Services of staff
    Shore excursions by tender boat
  • Not Included
    Alcoholic beverages
    Coffee & tea
    Flights to/from your cruise
    Optional extra helicopter flights
    Souvenirs on board

Tour Plan

1

Embark in Broome

Your ‘Welcome Aboard’ the magnificent TRUE NORTH is in the pearling port of Broome. Embarkation is at 1700 – time for a cocktail with your fellow adventurers before departing at approximately 1830. Dinner is served shortly after leaving port for the overnight cruise to Yampi Sound.
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Buccaneer Archipelago, Horizontal Falls, Silica Beach

It’s time to ‘personally’ introduce you to a Kimberley icon – The Horizontal Falls. Experience the awesome power of the region’s huge tidal range in an exhilarating tender ride and then climb aboard your air conditioned helicopter for a view of the falls that very few experience! Enjoy a walk on Silica Beach.
3

Fishing at 3 Ways, Raft Point Art, Montgomery Reef

Start the day with some hot fishing action – this time at “Three Ways”. Then all aboard to the impressive silhouette of Raft Point. Here, join crew and guest alike for a moderate climb to an art gallery with a difference and, the well-preserved Raft Point Wandjina Paintings. You will probably be enjoying lunch as we weigh anchor and set sail for Montgomery Reef! Montgomery is a unique eco-system that must been seen to be believed – and see it you will – as 400 sq km of coral reef rises out of the ocean right before your very eyes! Water cascades from the reef as the tide falls exposing a privileged glimpse of another world! Turtles, dugong, manta rays and every imaginable sea creature abound and the helicopter puts it all in perspective.
4

Prince Regent River, King Cascade

The scenery will astound and there are some not to be missed fishing spots as the TRUE NORTH graces the majestic Prince Regent River. At King Cascade we manoeuvre the TRUE NORTH right under the falls. Then it’s time for more ‘adventure in the tender’ – a chance to stretch the laces on your hiking boots and an opportunity to swim in yet another picture perfect billabong. The helicopter will be popular again when the first group of intrepid explorers returns from Jurassic Park.
5

Hunter River, Naturaliste Island

If you think the Regent was good – wait till ya see the Hunter! With stunning red cliffs set behind rainforest and mangroves – the Hunter River is yet another awesome setting for fishing, mud crabbing, bird watching and just simply exploring! Enjoy an exhilarating hike to the hidden Jackson Falls and there’s even more splendour from the helicopter! Hopefully we’ll have time for a sunset drink on Naturaliste Island and then it’s an overnight cruise to Vansittart Bay.
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Fishing & Billabong Swims

Be amongst the first on deck and join an early morning fishing expedition, or see some stunning rock art or join the ship’s naturalist in one of the expedition boats – and all before another breathtaking helicopter flight to a picnic that you’ll never forget. The True North’s mouthwatering cuisine alongside a crystal clear billabong – in one of the most remote places on earth.
7

Hunter River, Prince Frederick Harbour

Wake this morning in the magnificent Hunter River. The Hunter is about as far away as you can get in Australia – a stunning river system that is lined with dense mangrove forests, surrounded by rainforest encrusted mountains and home to man-eating crocodiles. And, the Hunter has it all – fishing, mud-crabbing, bird-watching and simply exploring “where few have been before!” Join one of our expedition boats for a closer look, it’s only a short hike to Jackson Falls, and, there’s even more splendour from the helicopter. In the afternoon we will sail into Prince Frederick Harbour for another chance to catch a plump wet season barra, finishing the day with sunset drinks on your own secluded beach. .
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Fresh Oysters, Wandjina & Bradshaw Rock Art, Voltaire Passge

No time to dally – after an early morning breakfast it’s time to join the ‘hunt for the black-lip oyster’. In fact – their much-talked about proportions render them not hard to find at all. Savour their unique taste direct from the rock – aside from the freshly squeezed lemon, you can’t get much more a la-naturale than that. There are also some excellent examples of both Wandjina and Bradshaw art nearby and the waters are alive with light game species such as queenfish, giant trevally and mackeral. In the afternoon we will explore Voltaire Passage and the many surrounding islands.  Then join us for our pearl party. Enjoy a glass of bubbly whilst trying on exquisite pieces created by the artistes at Linneys, Jewels of the Kimberley and Kimberley Fine Diamonds.
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Mitchell River, Surveyors Creek, Mitchell Falls + Optional Heli

The Mitchell River is renowned for big barra and even bigger crocs. The expedition boats will head up river to the scenic Surveyors Creek – a great place for a swim (no crocs here!) The fishermen will again join the hunt for the elusive barramundi and, there will be more opportunities for helicopter flights over an ancient land including the spectacular Mitchell Falls. Then, join the crew for cocktail hour before experiencing another unique dining experience.
10

Bradshaw Art, Exploring Beaches & Rivers

Today you will have another opportunity to see the “Bradshaws” – ancient rock art that pre-dates other examples of Aboriginal culture. In fact, they are possibly the oldest ‘paintings’ known to man. The heli-picnic at Eagle Falls is always a ‘big hit’ – another breathtaking helicopter flight and, TRUE NORTH’s mouthwatering fare alongside a picture perfect waterfall in remote far-north Western Australia! The tenders will be busy exploring local beaches and rivers and, we also visit an isolated site in the rainforest where a lone bomber crashed during WWII.
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King George River & Falls, Koolama Bay, Tranquil Bay

Yet another mighty Kimberley river – the King George! As soon as the tide is high enough, we’ll cross the sand bar at the mouth to reveal even more breathtaking river vista. Then our journey upstream will take us to the very ‘jewel in the crown’ – The King George Falls. Here we anchor at the base of the Twin Falls and you will find endless places to explore. Climb or take the helicopter to the top of the falls for a cruise highlight. In the afternoon learn the history of the wreck of the Koolama and take a stroll at Tranquil Bay before we continue onto the frontier port of Wyndham.
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Disembarkation in Wyndham

Your courtesy coach will arrive at approximately 0800 hours for transfer to Kununurra and your crew will already be looking forward to the next opportunity to welcome you aboard the mighty TRUE NORTH!
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Special Offer - El Questro $99

Exclusive day tour for $99 per person (usually $625 pp)! Kimberley Cruise Centre will arrange an exclusive day tour of the East Kimberley including El Questro wilderness park and the Ord Valley culminating in Kununurra. Soak in Zebedee thermal springs*, enjoy a delicious lunch at Emma Gorge Resort*, then (if you’re feeling up for it) enjoy a guided walk to stunning Emma Gorge. Option to stay overnight – please enquire. *Itinerary is flexible- weather, roads and timing may affect itinerary

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Bonus El Questro Tour!

El Questro day tour FREE when you book True North with the Kimberley Cruise Centre. Your guide will pick you up from True North at Wyndham port with a personal 4wd tour of El Questro wilderness park. Soak in Zebedee thermal springs, enjoy a delicious lunch at Emma Gorge Resort (own expense), then enjoy a guided walk to stunning Emma Gorge. Option for a pre-cruise overnight at ELQ – please enquire.

Save 10% on bookings made before 1st April 2020

STATEROOM

2020

2021

Ocean Class $18,995 pp $19,995 pp
River Class $22,995 pp $23,995 pp
Explorer Class $25,995 pp $26,995 pp

Cruise Fare includes: One way coach transfer Wyndham – Kununurra;  Meals; Shore excursions by tender boat; Crew.

Cruise Fare does not include: Alcohol; Flights before or after the cruise; Helicopter flights.

Single travellers: Can share a cabin with another traveller of the same gender and pay the twin share rate. We can advertise for a stranger to share OR pay an 80% single supplement for exclusive use of the stateroom.

2021

24 Mar – 3 Apr 2021 Broome- Wyndham
3 – 13 Apr 2021 Wyndham- Broome
14-24 Apr 2021 Broome- Wyndham
10 Night Cruise: Kimberley Waterfall
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