Overview

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 MTU diesel engines. Reef Prince allows for comfort for all guests with a choice of accommodation types to suit all budgets. The prices for the Cruise and cabin configurations for 2016 are as follows;

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 Port side and 17,18 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

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 and bar fridge. Shared facilities 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

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 All excursions are off 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 10am and Darwin will be at around 8am on the morning of your departure.

Disembarking is around 10 – 12pm 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. 

Dates and Rates

CRUISE DATES 2017 and Rates

Broome – Darwin 11 day April 9th – 19th May 8th – 18th 2017  June 7th – 17th 2017 July 6th – 16th 2017 August 5th- 15th 2017, we also offer 10 day Broome to Broome cruises in September 4th to 13th 2017

Darwin – Broome 11 day April 23rd to 3rd of  May, May  22nd to June 1st 2017,  June 21st to July 1st 2017,  July 20th to 30th 2017 August 19th – 29th 2017, September cruises are Broome to Broome 18th to the 27th 2017

The cabin configurations for 2017 are as follows;

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 Port side and 17,18 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

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 and bar fridge. Shared facilities 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

 

Itinerary

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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 10am & transport you to board the vessel from Gantheaume Beach, this is the first of many 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.

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 Sale River and 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. Well then hop on the incoming tide and cruise up the beautiful Sale River. One of the crews favorite destinations. Cruising as far as the river will take us. We’ll leave our boats and enjoy an easy walk to a remanent rainforest and perfect creek splash. The Kimberley was once covered in rain forest. This little patch of heaven is a rich taste of all that remains. 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 vessel 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 the mysterious Aboriginal Bradshaw Paintings (Gwion Gwion), thought to be some of the world’s oldest indigenous art, dating back over 20,000 years

Day 6 Prince Regent River reveals another secret. Today’s high spring tide will allow us access to a hidden gem. Early Kimberley Explorers discovered and named this creek as an ideal place to camp. There should be time for a leisurely swim in the fresh water pools. The more adventurous may wish to join a nature walk, keeping an eye out for native Kimberley bird life.

Day 7 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 8 Awake in Perosus 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. Today you have the option to enjoy a very scenic helicopter flight over the Mitchell Falls. Register your interest with the skipper or let Lorie know on booking your cruise.

Day 9 Today we explore Bigge Island. This morning 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. This afternoon, if the tides allow, we’ll sneak into Vansittart Bay to enjoy a walk ashore on a small island with some fabulous examples of Bradshaw art.

Day 10 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. Climb the escarpment to take in the views from above and take some fantastic photographs of the vessel and falls in the backdrop. Relax while the amazing coastline disappears as we start our journey across the Cambridge Gulf. We cross 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 and Excluded

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.

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. 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
  • Vitamins
  • Motion sickness preventative
  • Chapstick
  • 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

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From $5,300pp in 2017

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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