Group tours to the Kimberley by ship August 2018 - Photo
Tours to the Kimberley by small cruise ship - Photo
Small ship cruises to the Kimberley - Photo
Kimberley Cruises 2018 - Photo

itinerary

DAY 1. Arrive Broome (D)

Flights arrive into Broome where you will be met by a local coach captain for transfers to our hotel in Broome. Tonight, we will meet for pre-dinner drinks to get to know each other. 1 Night Stay: Oaks Resort, Broome

DAY 2. Willie Creek Pearl Farm, Board Kimberley Quest II (B,L,D)

This morning we pack and store our luggage at the hotel concierge. We then make our way to Willie Creek Pearl Farm for a pearling masterclass! A fascinating insight to how pearls are produced from the ‘seeding’ through to harvesting. You’ll cruise Willie Creek’s azure waters and view live oysters suspended in their natural environment amongst our native flora and fauna. Enjoy a leisurely lunch, then take time to shop for the perfect pearl – they choose you. We return to our hotel for a short break before meeting our Kimberley Quest II cruise representative for transfers to our vessel. Enjoy a warm welcome on board by your captain and crew. Enjoy a relaxing drink as you watch the sun dip below the horizon, while cruising past the famous Cable Beach.

DAY 3. Horizontal Waterfalls (B,L,D)

This morning will find us crossing the vast King Sound, cruising through the thousand islands of the Buccaneer Archipelago. This is your first taste of the Kimberley. Cool off with a refreshing swim in Dugong Bay, followed by a scenic tender excursion. Around the corner lies Talbot Bay, home to one of the icons of the Kimberley coast, the spectacular Horizontal Waterfalls. Take a tender and head in for an up-close and exhilarating ride through this natural phenomenon. In the afternoon take a scenic excursion up the back of Cyclone Creek to marvel at the amazing rock formations.

DAY 4. Collier Bay, Montgomery Reef, Red Cone Creek, Ruby Falls (B,L,D)

Early morning, we take you fishing in Collier Bay, your first chance to catch a barramundi. We then cruise to the amazing Montgomery Reef, which covers more than 300km making it Australia’s largest inshore reef. Watch as the tide falls right before your eyes, creating a spectacular waterfall effect. Take a tender ride to view many marine species, including turtles and sea birds. Enjoy an afternoon cruise to Red Cone Creek for a refreshing swim at Ruby Falls or try your luck at mud crabbing.

DAY 5. Doubtful Bay, Sale River, Raft Point (B,L,D)

This morning we fish the inlets of Doubtful Bay for the elusive barramundi and threadfin salmon. We then explore the Sale River and take an excursion upstream for a dip in the spring-fed rainforest pools, on the journey home view ancient rock art from the tenders. In the afternoon, we cruise towards Steep Island, anchor below Raft Point and walk to the caves perched on the hill. Here is some of the finest well-preserved Wandjina art in the Kimberley. From the top we have an amazing view of the Kimberley Coast as the sun begins to set, capturing this unique landscape at its best – just magical.

DAY 6. ‘Petrified Warriors’, Camden Harbour, Sheep Island (B,L,D)

Visit the mysterious cove at Langii and witness the ‘Petrified Warriors’. These remarkable sandstone pillars represent the warriors killed in a Dreamtime battle. Enjoy a quick swim in the pristine ocean, before you relax onboard as we cruise past Augustus Island and the remote pearling settlement of Kuri Bay. At nearby Camden Harbour, we visit the forlorn settler’s graves on Sheep Island and soak up the history of the first European settlement in the 1860s. In the afternoon take a tender for a spot of exploration. Have a go at fishing or collect rock oysters, before unwinding on the sundeck to take in the beautiful scenery.

DAY 7. St George Basin, Prince Regent River, Cathedral Falls (B,L,D)

Early morning we cruise through St George Basin, a stunning inland sea. Leaving the vista of mighty Mt Trafalgar and Mt Waterloo, we cruise up the Prince Regent River, marvel at the pristine waterway that cuts through sandstone cliffs and gorges. Arriving at the King Cascade waterfalls, which is spring fed, marvel at the rush of water cascading in breathtaking tiers, surrounded by lush ferns and a myriad of wildlife. Climb above the falls for an unforgettable swim in a massive crystal clear pool. Be rewarded with a breathtaking view over the magnificent Prince Regent River in the distance – wilderness adventuring at its best! Late afternoon, join our guides for an excursion to Cathedral Falls, while spotting crocodiles and flying foxes. Alternatively, fish the Price Regent River which is renowned for big Barra and Threadfin Salmon.

DAY 8. Camp Creek, Careening Bay, Prince Frederick Harbour (B,L,D)

Wake early morning for your last chance to catch a barramundi. Visit Camp Creek, a beautiful waterway, lined with weeping paperbarks where you can enjoy a walk to the top of the falls for another memorable swim. In the afternoon we cruise out of the Prince Regent River and visit Careening Bay, site of an ancient boab tree first visited in 1820 by Phillip Parker King. Relax onboard as another spectacular sunset sinks below the Kimberley horizon, as we cross Prince Frederick Harbour towards the Hunter River.

DAY 9. Hunter River, Mitchell Falls by helicopter, Arrive Broome (B,L,D)

In the morning we explore the spectacular Hunter River, one of the most scenic rivers for a relaxing ride in the tenders as we spot ancient rock art, crocodiles, flying foxes, taking in the flora and fauna of the Kimberley for the last time. Depart the Kimberley Quest II by helicopter where you will enjoy a scenic flight over the Mitchell Falls. At the Mitchell Plateau airstrip, you will board a light aircraft and discover the immensity of the Kimberley. Return to Broome in mid-afternoon, where we will be transferred to our accommodation in Broome. 1 Night Stay: Oaks Resort, Broome

DAY 10. Flights home (B)

Enjoy breakfast at your leisure before being transferred to the airport where we say our goodbyes and take our respective flights home. A sensational tour, showcasing dramatic landscapes, rugged rock structures, living Aboriginal culture, colossal waterways and incandescent ocean.

dates & pricing

Cabin Type Per person Sole Use Departs 2018
Double Cabin $12390 +$5770* Aug 13
Superior Cabin $14100
Flybridge Cabin $15530
  • *Sole use price based on Double Cabin
  • Non-refundable deposit of $2000pp required to secure your reservation.
  • NB. This package is subject to a fuel levy without notice for air, cruise & coach components.
  • Pre & Post tour extender packages in Broome are available and subject to availability. As some return flights will travel via Perth, please advise at time of booking if you are interested in a stopover in Perth for further sight-seeing. As flight timetables constantly change we cannot guarantee that all departures will offer this option. Please enquire further at time of booking.
  • FITNESS LEVEL – A RATING OF 3 (ACTIVE/MODERATE) Passengers must be able to:-
    • Participate in walking tours without having to stop or sit down to rest for up
    to 20 minutes
    • Walk up an incline equal to a flight of stairs, without stopping
    • Stand for 30 minutes, without needing to sit down
    • Walk over uneven ground, tackle cobbled creek crossings & walk through soft sand
    • Getting on and off transportation multiple times unaided

Highlights & inclusions

  • Return economy class flights to Broome ex Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide & Perth
  • 2 nights Broome
  • Willie Creek Pearl Farm Tour
  • 7-night private charter for Fun Over Fifty guests on the Kimberley Quest II
  • Small group of 18 passengers only
  • Ensuited cabins serviced daily
  • Cruise islands of the Buccaneer Archipelago
  • Tender excursion to the Horizontal Waterfalls
  • Collier Bay Barra fishing expedition
  • Cruise to Montgomery Reef, Red Cone Creek & Ruby Falls
  • Anchor below Raft Point and walk to the caves to view some of the finest well preserved Wandjina art in the Kimberley
  • ‘Petrified Warriors’ sandstone pillars
  • Visit Sheep Island and soak up the history of the first European settlement in the 1860s
  • See pristine waterfalls such as King Cascade Waterfalls and Cathedral Falls
  • Various daily tender excursions
  • Sensational fishing for Barra and Threadfin Salmon
  • Scenic flight from Mitchell Plateau to Broome
  • Scenic helicopter flight over the Mitchell Falls
  • 26 meals

NOT INCLUDED:

  • Alcoholic beverages and mixers
  • Use of satellite phone and internet
  • Other scenic helicopter flights other than specified

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