KIMBERLEY COASTAL CRUISE

KIMBERLEY COASTAL CRUISE

$10975 per person

The 17 day package includes an 12 day/11 night cruise plus 3 nights on a family run Kimberley cattle station to see life on the property plus a cruise on Geikie Gorge and visits to Tunnel Creek, Windjana Gorge and Lennard River Gorge. You will fly in and out of Broome and can extend your holiday with a stay in Broome at the end of the cruise.

Join me on this private charter to cruise the pristine wilderness of the Kimberley coastline

Only 10 twin/double share cabins are available on this cruise so it is a first in, best dressed basis.
Cabin configurations are (5) outside and (5) inside with the inside cabins slightly larger in size.
All the one standard and are air conditioned.
An initial deposit of $250 per person is payable immediately to reserve your cabin with a further $2500 per person payable mid March 2020 and the balance mid March 2021.

  • Destination
  • Departure
    Broome/Broome
  • Dress Code
    Neat Casual
  • Included
    Accommodation
    All Transport
    Arrival Transfer
    Departure Transfer
    Entry Fees
    Group Equipment
    Inclusions as per Itinerary
    Most meals
    Permits
    Professional Guide
  • Not Included
    Airfare/taxes
    Alcohol & soft drinks
    Bottled water
    Items of a personal nature ie Laundry/telephone
    Optional excursions
    Taxes
    Tips
    Travel Insurance
    Visas
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DAY 1: BROOME – FITZROY CROSSING – JUBILEE DOWNS STATION (D)
Our tour vehicle will pick us up at Broome airport (midday) or Broome accommodation and travel out to near Fitzroy Crossing and our station property stay for the next three nights. Enjoy a welcome drink and BBQ dinner in the outdoor dining area tonight. Overnight: Cattle Station Property
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DAY 2: ACTIVITIES ON THE STATION (BLD)
Join our family hosts for a station tour and see the Cunningham & Fitzroy Rivers. Enjoy a picnic lunch on the river and afternoon tea on the lawn of the station homestead. Join in whatever station activities are happening. For the keen fisherman time to throw a line into the river to catch an elusive barra (catch & release basis). Overnight: As Above
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DAY 3: FITZROY CROSSING – GEIKIE GORGE CRUISE (BLD)
Travel into Fitzroy Crossing this morning to visit the township on the river including a visit to the original river crossing before the bridge was built. Enjoy a picnic lunch on the banks of the mighty Fitzroy River then enjoy a leisurely cruise on Geikie Gorge to see the abundant birdlife and freshwater crocodiles sunning themselves on the banks. Return to the station meandering along the station tracks adjacent to the river. Overnight: As Above
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DAY 4: TUNNEL CREEK – WINDJANA GORGE – DERBY (BLD)
Sadly leave the station behind following the King Leopold Ranges to Tunnel Creek – a unique 700m underground stream in its arid environment (please bring a torch and wet weather shoes). Continue to breathtaking Windjana Gorge with its towering gorge walls, pools of water and abundant birdlife. Join the Gibb River Road at Lennard River Gorge and travel to Derby, visiting the Prison Boab Tree and Myall Stock Trough from a bygone droving era. Overnight: Derby
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DAY 5: DERBY – BOARD CRUISE VESSEL (BD)
After being welcomed on board with a drink and information from the Captain, settle into your cabin and enjoy the scenery as we cruise to the top of King Sound. Overnight: Catamaran
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DAY 6: SILICA BEACH (BLD)
Near the entrance to King Sound lies Silica Beach which boasts pure white sands and clear blue water. It’s the kind of beach one imagines can be found on an island paradise and is a lovely place to take a dip. Overnight: As Above
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DAY 7: SILVERGULL CREEK & SQUATTERS ARMS (BLD)
Travelling down Silvergull Creek brings you to Squatters Arms where a unique couple, Phil & Marion, made their home for around 20 years after they sailed in and discovered this beautiful spot with its freshwater springs. Sadly, Marion passed away in 2014, but there are managers there to welcome you. You can take a stroll in the rainforest that Phil & Marion created or just relax in their spring fed tank with amazing views. Overnight: As Above
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DAY 8: YAMPI SOUND & CROCODILE CREEK (BLD)
Within Yampi Sound are the islands Iron, Koolan and Cockatoo, boasting some of the richest iron ore deposits in the world. When mining operations existed on Koolan Island, the miners would get away to Crocodile Creek with its beautiful rock pools fed by fresh waterfalls. Situated above the creek, access is via a ladder bolted into the rock meaning that despite the name of the creek, the pools are too high for crocodiles to reach and are an ideal place for a dip. Overnight: As Above
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DAY 9: TALBOT BAY & HORIZONTAL FALLS (BLD)
Talbot Bay is home to the famous Horizontal Falls. The region’s massive tides create a spectacular scene, sending huge volumes of water pouring through two narrow chasms in the land formation when the tides reach peak flow in both rising and falling conditions. With up to 10m of height difference between the waters of each of the two inland bays and the sea, the water pushing through the two chasms creates a mass of whirlpools and raging currents. In Cyclone Creek, the incredible marine life includes impressive Tawny Nurse sharks. Overnight: As Above
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DAY 10: RAFT POINT (BLD)
Raft Point was so named because of the Indigenous people who were spotted with their rafts used for hunting turtles, rays and dugongs. This is home to some ancient and well preserved Wandjina cave paintings. We walk to the caves, where you will take in the breathtaking views over Doubtful Bay and Steep Island. Overnight: As Above
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DAY 11: MONTGOMERY REEF (BLD)
North West of Raft Point is Montgomery Reef. This 400 sq km reef can emerge up to 4m above the waterline at low tide, creating a visual spectacle of waterfalls and sea life. Several small islands dot the reef and support rich mangroves, crocodiles, turtles, birds and fish. Ample time is given to explore this natural wonder. Overnight: As Above
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DAY 12: LANGGI BEACH (BLD)
Travelling NE we reach Langgi Beach – a very significant Aboriginal site. Kimberley sandstone has eroded into amazing rock formations that nature has carved over millions of years with a multitude of shapes and colours. Wander among these natural sculptures and hear the ancient stories associated with the site. Overnight: As Above
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DAY 13: SAMSON INLET (BLD)
Further north is Sampson Inlet which leads into a monsoonal rainforest pocket with almost permanent fresh water. Many previous passengers have called this the most beautiful spot on the Kimberley coast. Keen photographers should remember their cameras! Overnight: As Above
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DAY 14: HANOVER BAY & CAMDEN HARBOUR (BLD)
Within Hanover Bay are the pristine sands of Hanover Beach. It is here, in 1838, where Lt. George Grey unloaded his Timor ponies and began the first land based expedition of North West Australia in search of the great inland sea. The journey soon ended when he was speared by Aborigines. Despite this, Lt Grey reported back positively describing the area as ‘lush and fertile’. This glowing report encouraged optimistic farmers to establish a new settlement in Camden Harbour in 1864 which was a total disaster from the start. The ruins of that settlement, which lasted only 9 months, can still be seen and the graves of some of these tough pioneers can be found on nearby Sheep Island. Overnight: As Above
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DAY 15: PRINCE REGENT RIVER & KING CASCADE FALLS (BLD)
Within the St George Basin are two flat topped hills, Mt Trafalgar and Mt Waterloo, which provide a spectacular backdrop as you cruise to the mouth of the Prince Regent River. Get your cameras ready as you experience some spectacular scenery, flora and fauna on our journey down this remote and pristine waterway, concluding at the majestic King Cascade Falls. View these magnificent falls which cascade over fern covered tiers in breathtaking splendour. Overnight: As Above
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DAY 16: ARRIVAL : DERBY & BROOME (B)
On our last morning we head back to Derby, through King Sound, where you will be transferred by bus back to Broome, taking with you memories to last a lifetime, and arrive at your overnight accommodation. Overnight: Broome
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DAY 17: BROOME – FLY HOME OR EXTEND YOUR STAY (B)
Fly home today, or alternatively extend your stay in this beautiful pearling township.
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Please Note:
The itinerary lists all the places you can reasonably expect to visit on your cruise. It is likely, however, that there will be additional places of interest visited on the actual cruise, time and tides allowing, some of these places are well known, but others have been charted by our Captain during his 11 years of travelling the Kimberley Coast. It is his aim to maximise the cruising experience, so he will decide when and where he will take you on the Kimberley coast. In this sense, every cruise is a little different and each passenger’s experience is unique.
Alcohol is not included. There is a bar on board – a Boat Account is kept for the duration of the cruise for purchases to be finalised at the end by Mastercard or Visa. Prices are similar to pub prices. Optional excursions operated by a 3rd party are not included in the cost. No mobile phone or internet coverage available on the boat. The boat is equipped with a satellite phone for emergency use.There is a computer on board to upload photos to a memory stick. Towards the end of the day passengers are welcome to fish from the duckboard. Handlines & bait provided. Provided on the boat is the following – linen, towels, beach towels, shampoo, conditioner, body wash, soap, hairdryers, sunscreen, insect repellent, day packs, walking sticks, peaked caps & drink bottles. Travel insurance is mandatory to cover cruising in Australian waters. For a quote please contact us.