Come with us and explore a land of extraordinary contrast and colour, rich in history, ancient Aboriginal rock art and breathtaking scenery. Your onboard experience is one that you will never forget. From the minute your journey begins, you will encounter spectacular locations with your captain and guides sharing their wealth of knowledge, cuisine that is beyond your expectations and scenery that will take your breath away. The Kimberley Quest II was custom built for cruising in the Kimberley region. Its unique design allows the vessel to access the shallowest of water giving you access to the most remote and untouched parts of the coastline.
3rd August 2020
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
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 into 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.
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.
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 300km2 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.
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. **Please note: Suggested itinerary only and may be subject to change
Visit the mysterious cove at Langii and witness the ‘Petrified Warriors’. These remarkable sandstone pillars represent the warriors killed in a Dreamtime battle. Relax on board 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
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 along the pristine waterway that cuts through sandstone cliffs and gorges. Arriving at the King Cascade, 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
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 on board as another spectacular sunset sinks below the Kimberley horizon, as we cross Prince Frederick Harbour towards the Hunter River.
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 and 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 mid-afternoon where we will be transferred to our accommodation in Broome.
1 Night Stay: Oaks Resort, Broome
Enjoy breakfast at your leisure before being transferred to the airport where we say our goodbyes and take our respective flights home.
**Sole Use price on application due to cabin type availability.
Non-refundable deposit of $3000pp required within 14 days of making booking to secure your reservation. N.B. This package is subject to a fuel levy without notice for air, cruise & coach components. Flights are arranged to suit the tour group in advance, therefore we cannot book individual preferences, or guarantee direct flights.
Pre and 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. Please enquire further at time of booking.
**Please note: Due to the vast tidal movements and remote terrain of the Kimberley region, itinerary is subject to change. SWIMMING: All swimming opportunities are offered in fresh water pools up above waterfalls. No ocean swimming is advised.
B = Full Breakfast MT = Morning Tea L = Lunch AT = Afternoon Tea D = Two Course Dinner
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