11 DAY KIMBERLEY CRUISE FROM BROOME TO DARWIN WITH KIMBERLEY EXPEDITIONS

Your Kimberley Cruise from Broome to Darwin awaits

Discover this amazing Kimberley cruise from Broome. Come aboard our comfortable vessel, Reef Prince, to witness the unspoilt natural beauty and spectacular scenery of. Our Kimberley cruise from Broome to Darwin includes:

  • Silica Beach the finest sand beach nestled within the 800 islands of the Buccaneer Archipelago
  • Crocodile Creek swim in a beautiful waterhole above a waterfall.
  • Talbot Bay ancient uplifted geology, mangrove creeks and the spectacular Horizontal Water Falls
  • Montgomery Reef featuring the marine life of Turtle Gully
  • Raft Point rich with indigenous history, towering rock formations and rocky islands to explore
  • Red Cone Creek and the wonderful Ruby Falls & Sapphire Falls. Swim above the falls
  • Sampson Inlet & Deception Bay fishing, scenic opportunities, Aboriginal rock art and whales in season.
  • Kuri Bay & Camden Harbour rich pearling history and the Kimberley’s first settlement.
  • Hanover Bay beaches, scenery, birds and rock art
  • Rothsay Waters scenic palm valley and rock art
  • Prince Regent River including the beautiful King Cascades & Cathedral Falls. Swim above the cascades
  • Careening Bay the site of the famous Mermaid Boab Tree
  • Hunter River & Porossis Creek scenic overload and a wildlife haven
  • York Sound sea caves, stunning beaches, incredible rock formations and Rainforest Ravine
  • Prudhoe Island petrogylphs, amazing views, crystal coves, reef fishing and turtles in season
  • Swifts Bay 3 art sites with scores of detailed panels
  • Woku Woku Island large Boab groves and rich in Macassan history
  • Vansittart Bay numerous  indigenous art sites including Jar Island and Rocky Cove, WW2 DC-3 aircraft crash and fabulous fishing
  • Glycosmis Bay large curtain waterfall and The Lost City rock art site
  • Koolama Bay numerous bays and beaches to explore. WW2 History
  • King George River and the incredible King George Falls.
  • Berkeley River narrow high gorges, wildlife, fishing, walks, Aboriginal art sites and waterhole swims
  • And there are also countless perfect beaches, inlets and Kimberley coastal scenery.

BOOK THIS CRUISE ONLINE

OUR VESSEL

Reef Prince is a custom-built 38m-expedition vessel, which is ideal for a Kimberley Cruise from Broome. 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 IS THE BEST TIME FOR A KIMBERLEY CRUISE FROM BROOME…

Most attractions are at their best during April – September, 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.

The front deck at the Bow has a shade sail covering the entire area and is a very popular place to enjoy the scenery when transiting.

On board is a laundry with full washing facilities to help make your packing lighter along with irons available and hairdryers in every ensuite.

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

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

2022/23 bookings now open!

11 DAY KIMBERLEY CRUISE

FROM BROOME TO DARWIN

EXPEDITION 

FROM $11,400 PP

 

1st April to 11th April 2022

25th April to 5th May 2022

20th May to 30th May 2022

14th June to 24th June 2022

11th July to 21st July 2022

4th August to 14th August 2022

29th August to 8th September 2022

 

2022 PRICING FROM

 

STATE CLASS – $14,685 PP
(Port Side Cabins 15 & 17) (Starboard 16 & 18)

CLASS 1 – $13,690 PP
(Port Side Cabins 9 & 10) (Starboard 11 & 12)

CLASS 2 – $13,100 PP
(Port Side Cabins 2 & 4) (Starboard 6 & 8)

CLASS 3 – $12,485 PP
(Internal Cabins 1, 3, 5, 7)

CLASS 4 – $11,900 PP
(Internal Cabins 13 & 14)

Based on Twin Share – SOLO Travellers Welcome
(Cruise Fare + 20% SOLO Sup)

11 DAY KIMBERLEY CRUISE FROM BROOME TO DARWIN 

See the Sights!

  • Breathtaking Scenery
  • Kimberley Cruise from Broome
  • Swim in freshwater swimming holes above waterfalls
  • Fast Boat ride through the Horizontal waterfalls
  • Optional scenic Helicopter flights (subject to availability)
  • Photograph the amazing Kimberley scenery
  • Fresh fish sizzling in the galley and much more!
  • Explore the rugged landscapes of northwestern Australia and the traditional cultures
  • Spectacular wildlife from saltwater crocodiles, dolphins, dozens of species of birds, migrating humpback whales (in season) and many different reptiles.

Excursions

Most excursions are via our three expedition tenders.
The main excursion vessel is the Regent which is a purpose built 7m alloy tender designed for Kimberley Expeditions in 2019. It has twin 140hp outboard motors and seats 13 guests and two crew in forward facing padded seats with back rests. It is perfectly suited for extended sightseeing, shore transfers and speeding through the Horizontal Falls.

Additionally there are 2 x 6m alloy tenders with 140hp outboard motors that seat up to 10 guests each. These are multi-purpose tenders and can be used for sightseeing, excursions, shore transfers, fishing and crabbing.

All three tenders are used at almost every location ensuring every guest onboard can be accommodated all at once. It also allows for diversity by giving guests a choice of activities such sightseeing, hiking or fishing.

Disembarking

In Darwin disembarking is usually around 9-10am but is subject to change depending on tides and weather. Because of this, 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 as hotel transfers are included.

Departure

In Broome a bus will pick you up from your accommodation. The Cruise Director will be onboard the bus to greet you and assist in departure. Hotel pick-ups usually start at 8am of the morning of departure and conclude at 9am. Departure of the vessel is usually around 10am.

Please note that boarding in Broome is via tenders at Gantheaume Point. This means you will have to wade out from the beach to the waiting tenders so please ensure you are wearing shorts and footwear that can be easily removed.

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 Kimberley cruise from Broome begins today from the beautiful pearling town of Broome. We will arrange a charter bus to pick you up between 8am & 9am and transport you to board the vessel from Gantheaume Beach. This is the first of many beach landings and tender rides you will encounter on your 11 day expedition.

Our crew will welcome you aboard and after a crew introduction we will depart Broome. On our way north there will be a safety briefing, morning tea and a vessel induction. After lunch we may have a fishing session by trolling lures from Reef Prince’s two custom game fishing chairs located in the two rear corners. Your trip director will also have discussion with you about the trip’s itinerary.

Overnight we’ll cruise up the Dampier Peninsula and into the Kimberley.

 

Day 2: Welcome to the Buccaneer Archipelago

For breakfast we stop at Myridi Bay and marvel at the incredible geology of Yampi Sound.

Yampi Sound is nestled within the Buccaneer Archipelago that has over 800 Islands so the area is visually stunning.
It’s then only a 45 minute steam to Croc Creek where we cruise up to a waterfall system and hike to the top of the waterfalls and swim in a crystal clear freshwater pool. Reptiles, birds and some unique fauna are also in the area.

After lunch we cruise past the iron ore mining operations on Cockatoo Island and Koolan Island before transiting through the “Gutter” and down into Talbot Bay. This area is scenic overload and most guests are outside taking in the amazing vista during the transit.

Day 3: Horizontal Waterfalls and Montgomery Reef – 2 Bucket lists!!

If we missed Cyclone Creek as a sunset tour the day before, we might even do it as a sunrise tour today!

We also experience the awesome power of the Horizontal Falls. Your attention will be taken by the incredible geology that abounds this area. David Attenborough called it the eigth wonder of the natural world!

Your 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 of our tender “Regent” during the fast boat ride through the falls.

We head off to see Montgomery Reef ‘rise’ out of the ocean as the tide ebbs. Jump in the tenders for an extended 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.

For the evening we anchor at the iconic Raft Point and marvel at the incredibly high rock formation of the area.

Other alternate options in the area include the Kingfisher Islands (during turtle nesting season), the 3-ways (for excellent fishing) and the scenic Sale River.

Day 4: Steep Island, Ruby Falls and Sampson Inlet.

After a healthy breakfast we explore the rocky islands of Bird Rock and Steep Island. These areas are bird rookeries and are culturally significant areas to the local indigenous people.

Ruby Falls lies at the end of Red Cone Creek and the area is home to a large population of saltwater crocodiles. The falls are stunning and we climb to the top to enjoy a magnificent swim in the long freshwater pools and some incredible views on the way back down.
After cruising up the coast we will stop at either Deception Bay or Sampson Inlet and if time permits conduct a scenic cruise of the area.

Other alternate options in the area include, Hall Point for a swim and sightseeing, Wilson Point which is a popular calving area for humpback whales in season, Kuri Bay (the home of Australia’s first cultured pearl farm) and Camden Settlement/Sheep Island (the first European settlement in The Kimberley).

Day 5: Breathtaking Prince Regent River to Kings Cascades

Tide permitting we take a sunrise tour to view the morning rays shine onto the Valley of the Palms.

There is also an excellent rock art site further along and the area is a hotspot fishing for large Golden Snapper.

Then it’s out onto the foredeck as we cruise through the scenic St George Basin and into the mighty Prince Regent River. Whilst there is so much to do and see in this river system, the highlight is the amazing Kings Cascades waterfalls. For the adventurous, there is a walk to the top of the falls and a fabulous swimming area at the top fringed with blue gums and pandanus. On the other side of the swimming hole is a multi-layered rocky area offset with mini waterfalls and smaller splash pools to enjoy a dip. Kings Cascades is one of the cruise highlights and a favourite amongst the guests.

Other alternate options in the area include Hanover Inlet with its beautiful scenery, many beaches, brolga rock art & bower bird nests and Saint Andrews island with its incredible scenery in the St.George Basin.

Within the Prince Regent River system are scenic locations such as Camp Creek, Cathedral Falls (the highest in the region), two rock art sites and fabulous bottom fishing.

Day 6: Careening Bay, Porossis Creek and The Hunter River

In the morning we admire the work of an early European explorer Phillip Parker 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.

We visit the site of a large boab tree bearing the inscription “HMC Mermaid – 1820”, still clearly visible almost 200 years later. The area is filled with other interesting flora such as a cycad grove and tamarind trees.
In the afternoon we explore the famous Porossis Creek and Hunter River systems 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 on a multitude of species that are regularly caught here. The area is visually stunning with its jagged mountain ranges and high rocky escarpments. It’s also popular with our crew as a sunset drinks cruise location.

Other alternate options in the area are numerous and include Ivy Cove (with another iconic boab tree), Dolphin island with its swim beach and Wandjina art site, Naturalist Beach and surrounding waterways, the Roe River and York Sound with its multitude of beaches, sea caves, crystal coves & Rainforest Ravine.

Optional Helicopter Flight to the Mitchell Plateau.

There may also be an option to do a 45-50 minute helicopter flight from Naturalist Beach (which is at the mouth of the Hunter River and only 15 minutes steam from Porossis Creek). This flight with Helispirit Tours takes in the Hunter River, the Mitchell River, the Mitchell Plateau and finally the Mitchell Falls before returning via another set of falls and Porossis Creek. The flight has not been on offer during 2020 and 2021 due to Covid restrictions, however it may be available in 2022 and beyond. Your Tour Director will advise of this on the first day of your tour and bookings can be made that day. There are minimum numbers required and the price depends on the number of guests flying on the day.

Day 7: York Sound, Prudhoe Island and Swifts Bay.

For day 7 we have options.

If we didn’t get to York Sound the previous day due to the tides and optional Helicopter flights, then we can explore the area in the morning.

In the afternoon we can head out away from the coast and explore Prudhoe Island. The island has a multitude of things to do with some of the highlights being a walk to the peak at Petroglyph Point and marvel at the stone engraved petroglyphs that are estimated to be up to 60 000 years old and possibly the world’s oldest form of art.

Around the corner is a beach that is full of turtle tracks and turtle nests during the laying season.

Inside the bay is a wonderful beach that is great for a walk and a shallow swim and further around into the bay is a crystal creek that is filled with large clumps of quartz crystals. This site is super popular with the ladies and was only discovered by our tour director Paul when has was exploring the area in his own vessel.

If time permits and if we visited Prudhoe Island in the morning, then we can head back into the mainland to Swifts Bay and explore the rock art sites of the area in the afternoon. There are four main sites with two of them giving a very good cross section of Kimberley rock art both in the Gwion Gwion (Bradshaw) or the more recent Wandjina style.

Other alternate options in the area are the Osbourne Island Group that has a shipwreck, more rock art, a wall of hexagonal basalt columns, a natural stone arch, stunning views from the peaks and a working pearl lease.

Day 8:  Vansittart Bay.

With tide permitting, we might stop for an early walk at Woku Woku Island. This area has a massive Boab Tree (also inscribed by Phillip Parker King) and a large Boab Grove on the opposite shore. The area is rich in Macassan history as it was a popular area for Macassan fisherman to harvest and process Sea Cucumbers. The remains of many hearths can be still seen today.

Vansittart Bay is a popular area and is filled with many things to do. The fishing is superb, particularly for Spanish Mackerel which cruise around the edges of the many pearl leases in the area.

We will take you on an easy walk across a salt flat to witness the site of a crashed WW2 DC-3 transport plane. Well preserved in the Kimberley bush, your guide will recall the fateful day in early 1942.

It is only a short cruise across the bay to Rocky Cove, where can go ashore to a rock art site that has some fabulous examples of mysterious Bradshaw (Gwion Gwion) Paintings and a special cave full of the more modern Wandjina rock art. The Bradshaw rock art is thought to be some of the world’s oldest indigenous art, dating back over 20,000 years.

Other alternate options in the area include Jar Island with its two art sites and rocky headlands, the Anjo Peninsula and the Drysdale River.

Day 9: Glycosmis Bay, Pangali Cove and the mighty King George River

In the morning and depending on the tide, we can visit The Lost City in Glycosmis Bay. This is the most extensive art site that we know of along the Kimberley coast. It has a mixture of Gwion Gwion and Wandjina art and is the longest walk of the tour. It’s not visited all that often but is popular for those super keen on the local rock art.

Earlier in the season Pangali Cove is the preferred morning stop with its WW2 history (the Koolama Incident), a waterfall and freshwater swimming hole.

The best of the Kimberley’s ‘big’ rivers is the mighty King George! While entering the King George River on the high tide we can enjoy the soaring cliffs and two breath-taking falls of mammoth proportions.

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.

We then enter the tenders and go back into the falls and down the river in the smaller boats which enable us to get right up the falls, into the smaller side tributaries and stop to admire the wildlife both above and below the water. There is also a third waterfall in a smaller offshoot that is accessible at high tide and usually has a couple of crocs floating around.

That night we usually have one heck of a party on board within the river system as we enjoy the last night in the Kimberley.

Other alternate options in the area include the Glycosmis Bay waterfalls (early in the season) and Tranquil Bay with its picturesque backdrop and reflection pools.

Day 10

This morning the captain 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

This morning we head into Darwin Harbour. It’s a stunning view to watch the sun come up over the city skyline as we transit towards Fisherman’s Wharf.

Farewell your fellow travelers and swap details. Sadly it’s the end of your Kimberley Cruise from Broome. We disembark Darwin at around 10am and say goodbye to the crew. Guests will be transferred to their hotel of choice in the Darwin CBD.

Please note: This itinerary is subject to change. The Captain and Tour Director will customize your cruise depending on weather, tidal conditions and your feedback from the tour itinerary talk with your Tour Director on the first day.

We promote an active cruise and 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.

The Pilbara will enjoy plenty of sunny days and pleasant starry nights during our cruise season.

You can find a comprehensive guide of what to bring on your cruise here

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.

Visitors Pass (North Kimberley Region) - Wunambal Gaambera Country

The traditional indigenous owners of the Wunambal Gaambera Country of the North Kimberley Region and their representatives have recently introduced a ‘Visitor’s Pass’ for all guests entering their lands.

As you may be aware there has been many discussions with the Aboriginal Corporations regarding the Visitor’s Pass (VP). A visitor pass is now required for all passengers to access areas and visit the natural and cultural assets of the Wunambal Gaambera Country of the North Kimberley Area.

This Visitor Pass fee is included in our cruise fares. 

Are you ready for an amazing, 11 day adventure?

ABOUT US

Kimberley Expeditions can offer you a Kimberley expedition cruise of a lifetime!

Join us aboard MV Reef Prince in our air conditioned, catamaran with a choice of en-suited cabins. Our vessel Reef Prince is designed specifically for the Northern Australian and Kimberley coast!

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