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Discovery and Cruising

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Activities
  • Day walks
Accommodation
  • 8 nights boat
Meals
  • 8 Dinners
  • 9 Lunches
  • 8 Breakfasts

9 Days$8600AUD

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Trip Code: KCM

Trip highlights


  • Scenic helicopter flight over the majestic Mitchell Falls
  • Montgomery Reef, featuring the marine life of Turtle Gully
  • Prince Regent River, including the beautiful King Cascade and Camp Creek
  • Historic Camden Harbour settlement and Kuri Bay
  • Raft Points’ breathtaking scenery and Aboriginal art gallery
  • Talbot Bay’s ancient geology, mangrove creeks and spectacular Horizontal Waterfalls
  • Crocodile Creek’s idyllic freshwater waterfall and swimming hole
  • Silicon Beach, nestled within the 800 islands of the Buccaneer Archipelago

The Kimberley region of Western Australia is one of the world's last great wilderness areas. The coastline is simply spectacular with deep gorges, coral reefs, mangroves and huge tides providing some of the many natural highlights. Utilising a 20 berth expedition cruise boat, you can access some of the Kimberley's wildest coastline in comfort, avoiding the need for weeks of punishing overland 4WD travel to experience the magic of this rugged region. The cruise north of Broome will explore some of the Kimberley's best kept secrets and place you amongst her astonishing beauty and diversity. During your days on board the Odyssey, the accent will be on day walks and shore explorations including visits to the Lacepede Islands, Montgomery Reef, Horizontal Water Falls, Sale River, Prince Regent River, King Cascade and Camp Creek to mention just a few destinations. From Naturaliste Island you'll enjoy a stunning helicopter flight over the Mitchell Falls to join your charter flight back to Broome where this extraordinary wilderness experience concludes.

Activities:

Itinerary

Our crew are looking forward to meeting you. our charter bus will pick you up from your accommodation at 9.00am & 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 around 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.

Meals:  L,D

Relax, sit back and enjoy a satisfying breakfast & take in the scenery as we cruise through the magnificent Buccaneer Archipelago, consisting of more than 800 islands & with a tidal range of over 10m, Named by Philip Parker King in 1820 in memory of William Dampier, a supposed Buccaneer for the king of the time. We will go ashore for a leisurely walk on the pure white sands of Silica Beach then head to Crocodile Creek where we'll have a swim in a fresh water hole at the base of a waterfall. We will then cruise through to Talbot Bay the location of the magnificent 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 ocea

Meals:  B,L,D

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 Odyssey and a short cruise to Raft Point, the site of perhaps the best Aboriginal rock art on the coast.A short walk reveals spectacular scenery & endless views across Doubtful Bay to Steep Island. At the Raft Point gallery we will learn about the local Aboriginal beliefs & cultures, the lifestyles they once enjoyed & the Wandjina that shaped their land.

Meals:  B,L,D

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 & 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.

Meals:  B,L,D

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 largest Humpback Whale population. Camden sound is rich 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 a stroll along the beautiful Hanover Beach, look at ancient aboriginal art then back to Odyssey for lunch and some afternoon fishing.

Meals:  B,L,D

Today we cruise into the St George Basin, the Kimberley’s largest inland sea. Standing tall on our arrival will be Mt. Trafalgar & Mt. Wellington, named by Philip 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 Cascades. 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 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.

Meals:  B,L,D

Still within the Prince Regent, "Homer" will take you ashore where a short walks 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 to take the falling tide out of the Regent

Meals:  B,L,D

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 & drawing many new & unusual Kimberley species of flora & fauna the vessel’s Carpenter took the opportunity to record their time in this area by engraving a large Boab tree with the letters ‘HMC Mermaid 1820’. We’ll go ashore & spend some time reliving history. From the Prince Regent River we cruise towards Prince Frederick Harbour, which is fed by many rivers and creeks including the spectacular Roe & Hunter Rivers. Making the most of the tides we will also be able to visit Porosus Creek..

Meals:  B,L,D

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 & the Hunter River. The Hunter presents perhaps the most spectacular river scenery in Western Australia, with grand red cliffs towering above mangrove fringed rivers. After an early breakfast Our expert guides will show you hidden wonders of this areas 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.

Meals:  B,L


Inclusions

  • Professional Charter Captain and Boat Staff
  • Accommodation on board, twin or double share as requested in a classic cabin (a supplement applies to upgrade to a deluxe cabin)
  • All meals from lunch on the first day to lunch on the last day
  • All National Park, mooring fees and shore excursions
  • Comprehensive first aid kit & emergency satellite telephone
  • All activities while on cruise including zodiac excursions and guide services
  • Use of all ship facilities
  • Mitchell Plateau cruise/fly also includes helicopter transfers to Mitchell Plateau and charter flight from Mitchell Plateau to Broome

  • Airfares to Broome
  • Accommodation in Broome before and after your trip
  • Insurance
  • Items of a personal nature, such as laundry and postage
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Mandatory Native Title Land Access Fee

Suitability

Discovery and Cruising

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This adventure requires a reasonable level of fitness, and we believe that any adventure holiday is more enjoyable if you are reasonably fit. During the day you’ll carry your own daypack, in which you’ll have your lunch, a water bottle, camera, etc. Apart from making the walk easier, your level of fitness can help you acclimatise, so we suggest a bit of preparation for your adventure in the Kimberley!


Departure dates


Notes

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High Season
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Trip operates in reverse (see trip notes for reverse itinerary).
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Mandatory Native Title Land Access Fee is payable in addition to the cabin prices for all departures.

Total Priceper person from

$8600AUD

Options & Supplements*
  • Deluxe Cabin 2021AUD$1390
  • Deluxe Cabin 2023AUD$1500
  • Classic Cabin - Solo surchage 2022AUD$4300
  • Classic Cabin - Solo surchage 2023AUD$4690
*Prices listed are per person

Essential Information

Ready to book? Make sure you download and read the detailed Kimberley Cruise Mitchell Plateau trip notes which contains all the essential information you need to know before booking. Once you’ve booked, we will supply you with a Pre-Departure document which contains a detailed gear list and other important information to help you prepare for your adventure ahead.


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Positive Impact Travel

By joining this trip you are directly supporting positive impact projects in line with the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

We’ve offset the carbon emitted by this trip by purchasing credits that support important projects that address the UN’s seventeen SDGs, like reducing poverty, affordable and clean energy, reducing hunger, clean water and climate action.

Proceeds from this adventure purchase carbon credits through the world’s largest and most awarded carbon project developer, South Pole, which are invested into projects accelerating the transition to renewable energy sources in developing countries.

Supported projects are based on internationally recognised standards and are third-party audited. They entail a series of positive impacts on the ground, which benefit local communities and ecosystems, that are aligned with the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

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