11 DAY BROOME TO DARWIN CRUISE WITH KIMBERLEY EXPEDITIONS

Your Broome to Darwin 11 day cruise awaits

This amazing Kimberley adventure departs from Broome. Come aboard our comfortable vessel, Reef Prince, to witness the unspoilt natural beauty and spectacular scenery of:

  • Jar Island –Gwion Gwion art
  • King George Falls – the highest in the area
  • Magnificent Hunter River
  • Montgomery Reef featuring the marine life of Turtle Gully
  • Prince Regent River including the beautiful King Cascades
  • Raft Points breathtaking scenery and aboriginal art galleries.
  • Talbot Bays ancient geology, mangrove creeks and spectacular Horizontal Water Falls
  • Vansittart Bay – WW2 aircraft crash
  • Bigge Islands intriguing ancient art
  • Silicon Beach nestled within the 800 islands of the Buccaneer Archipelago.
  • Countless perfect beaches, inlets and Kimberley coastal scenery.

 

BOOK THIS CRUISE ONLINE

OUR VESSEL
Reef Prince is a custom-built 38m-expedition vessel. The advanced catamaran design ensures very quiet operation, spacious interior with phenomenal stability. Perfect for sneaking into secluded shallow bays she draws only 1.8 meters and is powered by two quiet Mercedes diesel engines.

WHEN TO TRAVEL WITH US…
Most attractions are at their best during April – November, waterfalls are flowing, gorges are full, flora and fauna are at their abundant best. Ideal conditions apply for walking, exploring and experiencing one of the worlds most remote and tranquil destinations.

YOUR COMFORT AND SAFETY IS IMPORTANT TO US…
Our crew are experienced guides and will share with you their knowledge of the Kimberley and guide you safely on all excursions.

The dining area can seat all passengers comfortably for meals or presentations. Outside on the upper deck all guests can be seated under shade for alfresco meals and presentations, Reef Prince has three other comfortable outdoor viewing decks. We have available on board the vessel washing facilities to help make your packing lighter, dryer, iron and hairdryers.

Reef Prince carries a compliment of navigational equipment, radios, satellite communications, data facilities and a full DVD entertainment system.

Reef Prince allows for comfort for all guests with a choice of accommodation types to suit all budgets.

Our 2019 Broome to Darwin cruise is very popular so be sure to book early!

2019 bookings now open!

11 DAY BROOME TO DARWIN EXPEDITION FROM $9875 PP

22nd March 2019 to 1st April 2019

3rd May 2019 to 13th May 2019

5th June 2019 to 15th June 2019

8th July 2019 to 18th July 2019

1st August 2019 to 11th August 2019

3rd Sept 2019 to 13th Sept 2019

PRICING

CLASS 1 – $11,490 PP
(Cabins 13, 14, 17, 18, 19, 20, 23 & 24)

CLASS 2 – $10,980 PP
(Cabins 4, 5, 7 & 8)

CLASS 3 – $10,395 PP
(Cabins 1, 9, 15 & 16)

CLASS 4 – $9,875 PP
(Cabins  2 & 10)

11 DAY BROOME TO DARWIN CRUISE

See the Sights!

  • Breathtaking Scenery
  • Swim at the foot of a waterfall
  • Fast Boat ride through Horizontal waterfalls
  • Optional scenic Helicopter flights
  • Photograph the amazing Kimberley scenery
  • Barramundi sizzling in the kitchen below, and much more!
  • Explore the rugged landscapes of northwestern Australia and the traditional cultures
  • Spectacular Wildlife from giant saltwater crocodiles, migrating humpback whales to the shy chestnut rail

Excursions

Most excursions are via our tender vessel “Regent”. Regent is a 10 metre passenger tender that can take the guests ashore or on expedition at the same time. With safe easy access, commentary, comfortable seating, toilet, shade plus a open area for enjoying the waterfalls.  Regent is a fantastic asset to our expedition. We also have two other small vessels for those who would like to enjoy fishing, mud crabbing and exploring.

Disembarking

Disembarking is around 10am in Darwin, we recommend you don’t fly until the following day to avoid missing flights and avoid fatigue. Please ensure we have all your accommodation details prior to departure.

Departure

Transfers to and from the vessel are included. Please ensure you arrange accommodation in  Broome  to have the transfers included. Pick up to depart Broome will be at around 8am on the morning of your departure.

Reservations

If you require more information or wish to make a reservation please either booking online or send a quick inquiry, we also have a free call number for further information 1300 874 707

To confirm your reservation we require a 20% non refundable deposit to secure your booking, a signed booking form and final payment is due 60 days prior to your cruise.

We accept cheques; cash, Master and Visa Card or you can direct debit the deposit into our account. We look forward to welcoming you aboard Reef Prince.

ITINERARY – Broome to Darwin

Day 1: We Welcome You Aboard MV REEF PRINCE in Broome

Your Expedition begins today from the beautiful pearling town of Broome. We will arrange a charter bus to pick you today at around 9am and transport you to board the vessel from Gantheaume Beach. This is the first of many beach landing, tender rides you will encounter on your 11 day expedition.

Our crew will welcome you aboard and after a safety briefing, an introduction and a light brunch we’ll depart Broome’s Gantheaume Bay and cruise up the Dampier Peninsula heading into the heart of the Kimberley overnight.

 

Day 2: Welcome to the Buccaneer Archipelago

Ashore for a morning walk on one of the many beautiful Kimberley islands. The squeaky clean white sands caress your feet while the morning bird call welcomes you ashore. Cruising through Yampi Peninsula we will witness the past effects of the iron ore mining operations on Koolan and Cockatoo Islands. We’ll visit a freshwater swimming hole to enjoy a safe swim.

Tonight we’ll arrive in Talbot Bay, the region’s 12 metre tides create an amazing spectacle. You’ll know you’re in Kimberley country now.

Day 3:Experience the awesome power of the Horizontal Waterfalls

This morning we can experience the awesome power of the Horizontal Falls. On a trip through the falls our attention will be taken by the incredible geology that abounds this area.

Our cruise director will point out the changes that have occurred in this region over the last 2000 million years to form the water ways we now enjoy. The adventurous can cling on to the rails during an optional fast boat ride through the falls. The tour is included in your cruise package.

We head off to see Montgomery Reef ‘rise’ out of the ocean as the tide ebbs. Join the excursion vessel for a reef cruise to study the marine life of Turtle Gully, described by many of our guests as the most memorable moment of their Kimberley experience. On the high tide we explore Red Cone Creek for a refreshing swim in the water hole of Ruby Falls.

Day 4: Fascinating ancient Aboriginal art

After a healthy breakfast you will be taken ashore for a solid morning walk which reveals another spectacular Kimberley view. At the top of our trail we visit a hidden and very interesting Aboriginal Wandjina rock art gallery.

We’ll then hop on the outgoing tide and cruise out of Collier Bay to Hall Point to try our luck at fishing or exploring the beaches.

Day 5: Breathtaking Prince Regent River to King Cascades

On the high tide we take our vessel many miles up the Prince Regent River to discover a picturesque waterfall cascading over terraced rock formations. We can nose the bow of our expedition tender under the cascading falls to indulge in an unforgettable wash in the cool fresh water.

This afternoon a steep climb up the banks of the river will reveal a perfect fresh water swimming hole fringed with blue gums and pandanus.

Day 6: Departing the Prince Regent and St George Basin.

Today we admire the work of an early European explorer P.P. King. King explored and chartered the Kimberley in 1820-22. His detailed and accurate charts form the basis of our modern electronic plotters, allowing us to safely cruise these waters. Unfortunately his early exploits didn’t come without problems as we’ll discover. Careening Bay was named by Phillip Parker King after his ship, ‘HMC Mermaid’, was careened during his first voyage of discovery in the Kimberley.

Our Itinerary crew will lead you to the site of a large boab tree bearing the inscription “HMC Mermaid – 1820”, still clearly visible almost 200 years later. This afternoon we explore the famous Porosus Creek and its wildlife. This ecosystem is a favourite for bird watchers. We have a chance to spot a Great Billed Heron, or a Chestnut Rail. On the turn of the tide fishermen can try their luck for a giant thread fin salmon.

 

Day 7: Awake in Porosus Creek fringed by spectacular red cliffs.

Today we explore Bigge Island.

This afternoon our crew will lead you to a stunning display of the distinctive and relatively modern Aboriginal rock art in beach caves. The paintings include examples of first contact with sailing ships and pipe-smoking European seafarers of the 19th century. Keep an eye out for small rock wallabies and large salt water crocodiles.The lack of feral predators makes the Kimberley islands an ideal habitat for vulnerable mammal species. Tonight we steam to Vansittart Bay.

Day 8: This morning well awake in Vansittart Bay.

Here your guides will escort you ashore to a small island with some fabulous examples of mysterious Bradshaw Paintings (Gwion Gwion), thought to be some of the world’s oldest indigenous art, dating back over 20,000 years.

A short cruise across the bay and we’ll take an easy walk to witness the site of a crashed WW2 transport plane. Well preserved in the Kimberley bush, your guides will recall the fateful day in early 1942.

Tonight we cruise to the mouth of the King George River.

Day 9: Koolama Bay, the entry to King George River. 

The best of the Kimberley ‘big’ rivers, the mighty King George. While entering King George River on the high tide we can enjoy the soaring cliffs and two breath taking falls of mammoth proportions. The best views are from the upper deck and bow.

Feel the spray mist produced from billions of litres of water falling hundreds of feet as MV Reef Prince is steered expertly to the base of the majestic falls. Climb the escarpment to take in the views from above and take some fantastic photographs of the vessel and falls in the backdrop.

Day 10

This morning the Vessel Master sneaks us out of the King George River over the shallow sand banks. Relax while the amazing coastline disappears as we start our journey across the Bonaparte Gulf and sail into Northern Territory waters overnight.

 

Day 11

Farewell your fellow travellers and swap details. We disembark Darwin at around 10am, say goodbye to the crew. Guests can be transferred to their hotel of choice in the Darwin CBD.

Please note: This itinerary is subject to change. The skipper will customize your cruise depending on weather and tidal conditions. To undertake some of the shore based excursions you will need to have a moderate level of fitness. You are however, quite welcome to enjoy the views from the vessel without going ashore. It’s your cruise so you can do as little or as much as you would like.

PACKING LIST

When packing for your Kimberley cruise we recommend that all passengers pack lightly. Laundry facilities are available on-board free of charge. You do have room to store suitcases either under your beds or in the cupboards provided in each cabin.

*No weight restriction applies for the 11 Day cruises nor do we have baggage limits. 

The Kimberley is a semi-tropical region experiencing warm, balmy days with minimal rainfall and cool, starry nights during our cruise season.

Toiletries and Medications

We do require you to bring your own private toiletries which include:

  • Personal toiletries/hygiene items (we provide hair-dryers)
  • Prescription medication
  • Vitamins
  • Motion sickness preventative
  • Chapstick
  • Sun protection (sunscreen is provided on-board)
  • Insect repellent (Repellent spray is provided on-board)

We advise guests to pack four to five changes of casual clothing which are comfortable. There is no dress code for dining as a rule, generally “Kimberley casual” attire for evenings is recommended.

Light-weight and quick-dry clothing for excursions is recommended. This includes a few pairs of shorts, T-shirts, a long-sleeved shirt and pair of light-weight pants that offer protection against the sun.
  • T-shirts/Blouses – Short-sleeved, quick-drying and sun protected
  • Long-sleeved Shirts – Quick drying, sun-protected and breathable (Can be purchased on-board)
  • Jumper/Jacket- Suitable for cooler nights
  • Shorts – Loose, quick-drying and comfortable
  • Pants – Long, light-weight and comfortable.
  • Sleep wear, undergarments and socks
  • Bathing suits for swimmers

  • Enclosed walking shoes (sneakers or similar with good ankle support for bush walking) .
  • Shoes/Sandals (for on board and scenic excursions)

We also recommend you bring another pair of shoes that you do not mind getting wet as we regularly have wet landings

  • Reef shoes or equivalent with good ankle support – a pair of redundant joggers are a cheaper option .

 

  • Sports towel (quick drying and light weight)
  • Sarong
  • Wide-brim hat (available for purchase on-board)
  • Polarised sunglasses

INCLUDED

Included in your cruise fare are:

  • Accommodations as booked on board
  • Cruise transportation to your Hotel in Broome
  • Cruise transportation to Central Business District Hotels in Darwin only
  • All meals on board
  • Boat ride through the Horizontal Waterfalls,
  • Facilities, port & handling charges,
  • Excursions and tender transfers.
  • Govt. Fees & Taxes.

EXCLUDED

Fares do not include items of a personal nature, including but not limited to:

  • Travel and medical insurance
  • Emergency evacuation
  • Shopping on board
  • Bar expenses
  • Transfers from Hotels in Darwin outside of the CBD and airport
  • Optional shore experiences – heli flights and adventure high speed boat rides
  • Medical treatment
  • Telephone and internet charges.

NOTE: The traditional owners of the Kimberley and Arnhem Land and their representatives are proposing the introduction of a ‘Visitor’s Pass/Permit/Fee’ for all guests accessing traditional lands when cruising the Kimberley and Arnhem Land coast.  If a visitor pass of this nature is introduced prior to the commencement of the cruise/expedition, then in that event the Visitor Pass fee will be added to the cost of the cruise.

Are you ready for and amazing, 11 day adventure?

 

ABOUT US

Kimberley Expeditions can offer you a Kimberley expedition at a very competitive price!

Join us aboard MV Reef Prince in our air conditioned, catamaran with a choice of en-suited cabins, solo cabin and standard cabins. Our vessels are designed specifically for the Kimberley coast!

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CONTACT US

FREE CALL:
1300 874 707

EMAIL:
[email protected]

ADDRESS:
7 Farrell Street, Broome, WA

POSTAL ADDRESS:
PO BOX 4006
Mataranka, NT, 0852

*Guests who book directly have access to the depot in Broome to leave cars and vans or to just swim and relax in the pool whilst waiting for your flight.

 

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