Kimberley Expeditions prides itself on providing experienced guides to the Kimberley on board our affordable yet very comfortable vessel “Reef Prince”. 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.
Our adventure departs from Broome or Darwin. Aboard Reef Prince witness both 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.
Our crew are experienced guides and will share with you their knowledge of the Kimberley and guide you safely on all excursions. 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. Reef Prince allows for comfort for all guests with a choice of accommodation types to suit all budgets.
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 3 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.
Excursions Most excursions are via our tender vessel “Regent”. Regent is a 10mtre 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.
Departure Transfers to and from the vessel are included. Please ensure you arrange accommodation in the Darwin CBD to have the transfers included. Pick up to depart Broome is 9am and Darwin will be at around 7am on the morning of your departure.
Disembarking is around 12 noon on the 11th day of your cruise in Broome and 2pm 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.
If you require more information or wish to make a reservation please either complete a booking form or send a quick inquiry, we also have a free call number and you can call 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.
Class 1 : : Exterior double bed with en-suites, writing desk, large viewing windows, DVD players, air conditioning, storage cabinet and bar fridge. Cabins 13 & 14 on the Port side and 17 & 18 on the Starboard side are on the mid deck.
Class 2: : Interior doubles with en-suites, personal DVD players, air conditioning, storage cabinet and bar fridge Cabins are on the main deck. Class 3 : Interior king single bunks with en-suites, writing desk, personal DVD players, air conditioning, storage cabinet and bar fridge. Cabins 15 & 16 are on the mid deck. Cabins 6 & 7 , 3 & 4 are located on the main deck
Class 4 : Exterior double bed with shared facilities on mid deck, large viewing windows, DVD players, air conditioning, storage cabinet and bar fridge. Cabins 20 (port side) and 23 (starboard side) are on the mid deck.
Class 5 : Interior double bed with DVD players, air conditioning, storage cabinet, bar fridge and shared facilities. Cabin 5 & 8 are located on the main deck
Class 6 : Exterior King single bunk beds with shared facilities, large viewing windows, DVD players, air conditioning, storage cabinet and bar fridge. Cabins 1 port side and 11 starboard side are on the main deck.
Class 7: Exterior single bunk beds with DVD player, air conditioning, storage cabinet and bar fridge. Cabins 12 and 2 are on the main deck, 19 Port side and 24 Starboard side are on the mid deck
Day 1 We Welcome You Aboard MV REEF PRINCE in Broome. Your Expeditions begins today from the beautiful pearling town of Broome. We will arrange a charter bus to pick you today at around 9am & transport you to board the vessel from Gantheaume Beach, this is the first of many tender rides 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.
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 King Sound we’ll witness the effects of the iron ore mining operations on Koolan and Cockatoo Islands. We’ll visit a freshwater safe swimming hole to enjoy a safe swim. Tonight we’ll arrive in Talbot Bay, the region’s 12 mtr tides create an amazing spectacle. You’ll know your in Kimberley country now.
Day 3 Experience the awesome power of the Horizontal Water falls. 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. Then it’s into our tenders to explore the spectacular geology and scenery of the waterways of Cyclone Creek. We head off to see Montgomery Reef ‘rise’ out of the ocean as the tide ebbs, before joining a reef cruise in our tenders to study the marine life. 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 Ancient Aboriginal Art. After a healthy breakfast we’ll take you ashore. A solid morning walk reveals another spectacular Kimberley view. At the top of our trail we’ll visit a hidden and very interesting Aboriginal Wandjina rock art gallery. One of the crews favorite destinations. This afternoon we steam further north out of Collier Bay to accept one of the many secluded anchorages that offers us a perfect nights sleep after another awesome Kimberley day.
Day 5 Prince Regent River to breathtaking King Cascades. On the high tide we take our vessel Reef Prince many miles up the Prince Regent River to discover an unusual and picturesque waterfall cascading over terraced rock formations. We can nose the bow of our tender vessel under the cascading falls to indulge in an unforgettable wash in the cool fresh water. This afternoon the adventurous may wish to have a steep climb to the top of Kings Cascade. A refreshing swim awaits after a tricky climb. Others may wish to relax and cruise to a magnificent steep water fall further up the Prince Regent River.
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 safety 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 crew will lead you to the site of a large Boab tree baring the inscription “HMC Mermaid – 1820”, still clearly visible almost 200 years later.
Day 7 Awake in Porosus Creek fringed by spectacular red cliffs. Fringed by spectacular red cliffs. This morning we explore the famous Hunter River and its wildlife. This ecosystem is a favorite for bird watches. 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. This arvo we explore Bigge Island. 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 of 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.
Day 8 This morning well awake in Vansittart Bay. Here we can explore a wreck of a world war 2 aircraft and hear about the history surrounding it. Well enjoy a walk ashore on a small island with some fabulous examples of Bradshaw art. Art that could be 20 – 60,000 year old.
Day 9 Koolama Bay, the entry to King George River. Wake in the tranquil setting of Koolama Bay, the entrance 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 sun deck and bow. Feel the spray mist produced from billions of liters of water falling hundreds of feet as MV Reef Prince is steered expertly to the majestic falls. Today some may wish to climb the escarpment to take in the views from above and some fantastic photographs of the vessel and falls in the backdrop.
Day 10 This mornoing we depart our beautiful over night anchorage. Relax while the amazing coastline disappears as we start our journey across the Cambridge Gulf and sail into Northern Territory waters overnight.
Day 11 Farewell your fellow travelers and swap details. We disembark Darwin at around 2pm in the afternoon, 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.
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. 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.
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. Fly Cruises and Expeditions – Guests who are joining us on our fly cruises will be restricted to a 15kg per person luggage allowance as a transfer flight are included and weight restrictions may apply. Please pack your gear into one soft bag as suitcases do not always fit in the seaplane or light aircraft compartments. *No weight restriction applies for the 11 Day cruises nor do we have baggage limits. 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
- Motion sickness preventative
- Sun protection (sunscreen is provided on-board)
- Insect repellent (Repellent spray is provided on-board)CLIMATE The Kimberley is a semi-tropical region experiencing two warm, balmy days with minimal rainfall and cool, starry nights during our cruise season.DRESS CODE/EVENING WEAR 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.Excursions 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.Footwear You will need a pair of enclosed shoes that offer good ankle support for bush walking. We also recommend you bring another pair of shoes that you do not mind getting wet as we regularly have wet landings. This includes;; reef sandals, booties or equivalent. Shoes can be worn on-board.PACKING LIST – CLOTHING 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
Wet Shoes Reef shoes or equivalent with good ankle support – a pair of redundant joggers are a cheaper option Dry Shoes Enclosed walking shoes (sneakers) . Shoes/Sandals (for on board and scenic excursions) Sleep wear, undergarments and socks Bathing suits for swimmers We recommend a sports towel (quick drying and light weight) Sarong Wide-brim hat (available for purchase on-board) Polarised sunglasses
From $5,800pp in 2018
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
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