Your Southern Kimberley cruise experience starts off with flying out of Broome over the magnificent Kimberley landscape, you’ll land in the Mitchell Plateau where our helicopter will then transfer you past the Mitchell Falls and onto your luxury vessel. Your crew will welcome you aboard and provide a light brunch before we set off for the Hunter River, an incredibly scenic waterway rich with fat barramundi, succulent mud crabs and castaway island beaches. We can either stay here and have a fire on the beach for sunset drinks or cruise over to historic Careening Bay.
After visiting the Mermaid Tree, we’ll cruise down through Saint George’s Basin to the mouth of the Prince Regent Riverand the infamous Kings Cascade. This is a stunning cruise that passes both Mount Trafalgar and Mount Waterloo. With luck, the tide will allow us the chance to drop a line for a spot of fishing. If not, we’ll cruise straight up to Kings Cascadewhere everyone will want to explore the amazing natural gardens, as well as the multitude of freshwater pools and falls. Your vessel will then depart for Camp Creek.
We’ll spend the morning fishing, or croc-spotting and generally exploring. After lunch, we’ll head down Camp Creek for a trek to a beautiful waterfall and swimming hole. Upon returning to the boat, we’ll cruise towards Camden Harbour where we’ll anchor up for the evening.
Camden Harbour is steeped in history as the first attempted European settlement in the Kimberley. It failed dismally, and we’ll delve into that history as we explore the old settlement. Tide permitting, we’ll gather a sumptuous feast of Kimberley rock oysters and then cruise through Kuri Bay – the Kimberley’s first pearling settlement. We can then try our hand hunting for reef fish before spending the afternoon cruising down the coast to Langii, an Aboriginal Dreaming site. Here we’ll see the mystical ‘Petrified Warriors’ and spend time relaxing on the silicon beach, while the evening will be spent cruising to Doubtful Bay.
We’ll spend the next two days exploring waterfalls and fishing in such places such as the Sale River and Three Ways, with one evening spent under the magnificent Raft Point. Raising the anchor early, we’ll then take a quick cruise to Montgomery Reef, an unusual reef structure that creates spectacular cascading waterfalls in the middle of the ocean. This reef is also home to turtles, crocodiles and all kinds of aquatic life, which we’ll search for in the dinghies. Finally, we’ll spend the late afternoon cruising into Dugong Bay where we’ll anchor for the evening.
We’ll start the morning with a scenic walk through a rainforest canopy trail to a stunning hidden rock pool for a refreshing dip. Here you’ll also have the opportunity to see the Horizontal Falls from the air or via tender if the tides are right. Back on the boat, we’ll cruise toward the Buccaneer Archipelago where we can stop over at Crocodile Creek for a swim and a barbeque lunch. In the afternoon we’ll cruise past Cape Leveque on our way back to Broome.
After cruising all night, we’ll arrive at the Broome Jetty to disembark around 8:00am. Our friendly office staff will then organise a transfer to either your accommodation or the airport.
Your crew will welcome you aboard around 5:00pm at the Wyndham Jetty with drinks and canapés, before we set off for the spectacular Berkeley River. Dinner will be served underway and then you’ll have the rest of the evening to settle into your cabin, familiarize yourself with the boat, and relax.
The Berkeley River is a stunning river system that offers a wide variety of soft adventure options, including nature walks and swimming in fresh water pools. You’ll also have the opportunity to dangle your line and possibly catch that elusive 50-pounder barramundi, before enjoying a picnic lunch. In the afternoon we’ll cruise back down the river and anchor just outside the mouth for the late afternoon.
Start the day with a sumptuous breakfast as we cruise to the secluded Atlantis Bay. Here we’ll go ashore for a quick walk to a lovely waterhole, or perhaps take a leisurely stroll along the beach. We’ll then head toward Cape Whiskey and Whiskey Creek where we can go fishing on the low tide. In the afternoon, we’ll cruise to the magnificent King George River and set anchor for the night.
Your backdrop for breakfast will be cathedral-like gorges as we cruise down the magnificent King George River. Your vessel will be driven right up to the cascading waterfalls and you can take a shower right on the bow of the boat. We’ll then spend the day trekking, exploring and enjoying all the fantastic scenery this river has to offer.
We’ll kick things off with a fishing excursion to organise the daily lunch buffet. We target a variety of pelagic species here, including giant trevally, queenfish, tuna and mackerel. There are also a few places to pick up a mangrove jack, fingermark or bluebone as well. We’ll then cool off with a quick swim before trekking over to view the mysterious Bradshaw ancient rock art galleries. Back aboard the boat, we’ll enjoy a sumptuous fresh lunch as we cruise into the cove to explore a crashed World War II DC3 plane. In the evening, we’ll cruise around Cape Bougainville to the mighty Mitchell River.
This open estuary river is the perfect hunting ground for the elusive barramundi. We’ll also take the opportunity to drop some mud crab pots, before kicking back to have a bite to eat. After lunch, we’ll head off to Surveyors Creek, which is a pretty little gorge about halfway down the Mitchell River where you can enjoy a swim in a huge waterhole. We’ll then stay at anchor tonight on the Mitchell River ahead of the next morning’s transfers.
Today you’ll be transferred from the boat via helicopter over the picturesque Mitchell Falls to the Mitchell airstrip. Here you’ll be greeted by a fixed-wing aircraft that will fly you back to Kununurra airport.
Your Kimberley cruise classic adventure will begin at approximately 5:30pm with a warm welcome aboard your vessel. Once underway the crew will treat you to your first delicious dinner as we cruise up the coast towards the Dampier Archipelago.
On your first full day aboard the boat, we’ll cruise across the vast King Sound to Yampi Sound. Tide permitting, you can collect some legendary Kimberley Rock Oysters for the evening entrée. Then it’s onto your first freshwater swim under an awe-inspiring waterfall. Back onboard, we’ll relax and enjoy the afternoon cruise through the Koolan Island Gap, weaving past many little islands on our way to Dugong Bay.
We’ll start the day with a picturesque walk through a rainforest trail to a beautiful rock pool for a refreshing swim. You’ll also have the opportunity to see the famous Horizontal Waterfalls from the air, before we take a scenic cruise through the Kingfisher Islands to Doubtful Bay. Here you’ll discover an ancient Aboriginal art gallery perched high on the side of Raft Point.
Doubtful Bay offers an impressive array of adventure activities, from fishing at 3-Ways to swimming under waterfalls and in gorgeous waterholes. We can then cruise down the spectacular Sale River for a barbeque lunch under a gloriously green rainforest canopy.
The unique tidal flows of Montgomery Reef are a sight to behold as we take an early morning cruise along this unique reef structure. Your crew will relate the incredible history of the area while we search for grazing turtles, roving sharks and the odd dugong. You’ll then have the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to view the reef from the air thanks to our onboard helicopter. The afternoon will be spent around Langii, where we can see the ‘Petrified Warriors’ and swim in crystal clear waters.
We’ll start this day with a visit to Camden Harbour and Sheep Island, the first attempted European settlement in the Kimberley. You’ll marvel at the scenery as we cruise through Port George and Treachery Passage to Saint George’s basin. Your crew will point out major Kimberley features such as Mount Trafalgar and Mount Waterloo as we enter the Prince Regent River. After lunch we’ll head up Camp Creek for a quick trek to swim at the base of another wonderful waterfall.
We’ll spend the morning fishing and explore the surrounding tributaries, before anchoring right next to the cascading waterfall. At the top of the falls, you can swim in a multitude of crystal clear freshwater pools and frolic beneath the magical waterfalls which feed them. The evening will be spent cruising out of the river to the delightful Careening Bay.
An early morning beach expedition will have you viewing the ancient Boab Tree. It’s this tree that the crew of the Mermaid carved their vessel’s name into when they ran aground in 1820. We’ll then make our way to the picturesque Hunter River, its sandstone cliffs and ancient rainforests making this a seemingly endless stretch of scenic heaven.
We’ll leave the boat and go ashore on Bigge Island to view a fascinating Aboriginal art gallery. You’ll then be able to stretch your legs on the white sandy beach or cool off with a swim, before we have lunch while cruising around Cape Voltaire toward the mighty Mitchell River.
This is a huge, open estuary-type river, which is ideal for hunting the elusive Barramundi, one of the world’s great fishing challenges and eating delights. After lunch we’ll indulge in a freshwater swim in Surveyors Creek or take a helicopter flight over the Mitchell Plateau to the amazing Mitchell Falls. We’ll depart at sunset for Vansittart Bay.
We’ll start the morning with a quick fish before cruising to the beach for a swim. We’ll then trek over to view the mysterious and famous Bradshaw galleries. After lunch we’ll journey further down the cove to explore an old DC3, which crashed near Truscott airbase at the end of World War II. The evening will be spent cruising around Cape Londonderry to the magnificent King George River.
Your backdrop for breakfast will be awesome cathedral-like gorges as we cruise up the magnificent King George River. You’ll spend today trekking, exploring and drinking in the fantastic scenery this river has to offer in overwhelming abundance. The iconic twin King George Falls are a highlight not just of the day but of the entire Kimberley Coast, and you can experience them right from the bow of the boat.
The Berkeley River is a spectacular river system that offers a wide variety of adventure activities, as well as a number of freshwater creeks that will give us a few tempting options for walking and swimming. In the afternoon, we’ll cruise back down the river and anchor just beyond the mouth to fully appreciate the splendour of the late afternoon colours.
Transfers to either your accommodation or to the airport can be arranged as you disembark at Wyndham Port.