11 DAY KIMBERLEY CRUISE (DARWIN TO BROOME) WITH KIMBERLEY EXPEDITIONS

Join us for an amazing 11 day Kimberley Cruise from Darwin to Broome!

An adventure of a lifetime Kimberley Cruise from Darwin. Join us aboard Reef Prince to experience the best the Kimberley has to offer.  Our Kimberley Cruise from Darwin to Broome includes:

  • King George River and the incredible King George Falls.
  • Koolama Bay numerous bays and beaches to explore. WW2 History
  • Glycosmis Bay large curtain waterfall and The Lost City rock art site
  • 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
  • Swifts Bay three Aboriginal art sites with scores of detailed panels
  • Prudhoe Island petroglyphs, amazing views, crystal coves, reef fishing and turtles in season
  • York Sound sea caves, stunning beaches, incredible rock formations and Rainforest Ravine
  • Hunter River & Porossis Creek scenic overload and a wildlife haven
  • Careening Bay the site of the famous Mermaid Boab Tree
  • Prince Regent River including the beautiful King Cascades & Cathedral Falls. Swim above the cascades
  • Rothsay Waters scenic palm valley and rock art
  • Hanover Bay beaches, scenery, birds and indigenous rock art
  • Kuri Bay & Camden Harbour rich pearling history and the Kimberley’s first settlement.
  • Sampson Inlet & Deception Bay fishing, scenic opportunities, Aboriginal rock art and whales in season.
  • Red Cone Creek and the wonderful Ruby Falls & Sapphire Falls. Swim above the falls
  • Raft Point rich with indigenous history, towering rock formations and rocky islands to explore
  • Montgomery Reef featuring the marine life of Turtle Gully
  • Talbot Bay ancient uplifted geology, mangrove creeks and the spectacular Horizontal Water Falls
  • Crocodile Creek swim in a beautiful waterhole above a waterfall.
  • Silica Beach the finest sand 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, ideally suited for a Kimberley Cruise from Darwin. 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 DARWIN?
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 Darwin to Broome is very popular so be sure to book early!

2022/23 bookings now open!

11 DAY KIMBERLEY CRUISE FROM DARWIN TO BROOME FROM $11,900 PP

13th April to 23rd April 2022

7th May to 17th May 2022

1st June to 11th June 2022

27th June to 7th July 2022

23rd July to 2nd August 2022

16th August to 26th August 2022

19th September to 29th 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 DARWIN TO BROOME 

See the Sights!

  • Breathtaking Scenery
  • Kimberley Cruise departing 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 tender 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 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 from Fishermans Wharf.

Departure

In Broome disembarking is usually around 9-10am but is subject to change depending on tides, weather and other activities at the commercial wharf. 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 by bus are included. As it is a commercial wharf, there are entry restrictions and friends or family are not permitted onto the wharf to pick you up.

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 – Darwin to Broome

Day 1: Welcome Aboard Reef Prince. 

Your Kimberley cruise from Darwin begins today from the beautiful capital of the NT, the city of Darwin. We will arrange a charter bus to pick you up between 8am & 9am and transport you to board the vessel at the Fisherman’s Wharf.  Our crew will welcome you aboard and after a crew introduction we will depart. On our way out of the harbour there will be a safety briefing, morning tea and a vessel induction. After lunch your trip director will also have discussion with you about the trip’s itinerary.

For the afternoon and overnight we’ll cruise across the Joseph Bonaparte Gulf and into the Kimberley.

Photo of Koolama Bay

Day 2: The mighty King George River, Pangali Gove and Glycosmis Bay

In the morning and depending on the tide and our arrival time, we’ll start on a high and head across the sand bar and into the best of the Kimberley’s ‘big’ rivers – the mighty King George! While entering the King George River on the high tide and transit almost 10 miles up the river, all the while enjoying the soaring cliffs and two breath-taking King George Falls of mammoth proportions at the end.

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 crocodiles floating around.

In the afternoon we have a few options but Pangali Cove is popular earlier in the season with its WW2 history (the Koolama Incident), a waterfall and freshwater swimming holes.

If it’s low tide when we arrive in the morning then we can go fishing for pelagic species at Leseuer Island or simply swap the activities around and do the King George River in the afternoon.

Other alternate options in the area include trolling for pelagic fish, the Glycosmis Bay waterfalls (early in the season), the Lost City art site in Glycosmis Bay and Tranquil Bay with its picturesque backdrop and reflection pools.

Regent tender under King George falls - Kimberley Expeditions

Day 3: Vansittart Bay

By the time you wake up, we’ll have rounded Cape Londonderry overnight and will be anchored in Vansittart Bay.

The bay is a popular area 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.

With time and tide permitting in the late afternoon, we might stop for a walk at Woku Woku Island. This area has a massive Boab Tree on the mainland and a large Boab Grove on the opposite shore on the island. 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.

Other alternate options in the area include Jar Island with its 2 art sites & rocky headlands, the Anjo Peninsula and the Drysdale River.

Image WWII aircraft crash site

Day 4: Prudhoe Island & York Sound.

Once again, when you wake up it will be in a different location. This time a continental island off the coast called 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.

From there we will travel back towards the mainland and into York Sound.

There are lots of options for things to do in the sound. Some of the highlights include fishing, a fantastic series of sea caves to enter at low tide, Rainforest Ravine, scenery abound with lots of unusual rock formations and overhangs, Castle Beach with its rock castle and swimming options and even a crystal cove.

In the evening we transit into Porossis Creek for our overnight stay.

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.

And there is Swifts Bay with four rock art sites to explore.

Image Bigge islands Aboriginal Art

Day 5: The Hunter River, Porossis Creek and Naturalist Beach

Wake up anchored within the famous Porossis Creek (named after the scientific name for a saltwater crocodile – Crocodylus Porosus). This ecosystem and the adjoining Hunter River 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. Scenic tours in the tenders here are a highlight.

Other alternate options in the area include Dolphin island with its swim beach and Wandjina art site, Naturalist Beach & surrounding waterways and the Roe River.

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.

 

Boab Tree

Day 6: Careening Bay, Rothsay Waters and St.George Basin

In the early 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 visit Rothsay Waters. This area has fantastic scenery options like Valley of the Palms, a remote art site on the river’s edge, numerous side tributaries to explore and excellent bottom fishing for golden snapper at an area called Land of the Giants.
We then move down through Strong Tide Point (which is great viewed from on the bow) and into the scenic St. George Basin which is overshadowed by the iconic flat topped mesas of Mount Trafalgar and Mount Waterloo.

Day 7 : Prince Regent River & Kings Cascades.

On the rising tide we move out onto the front deck 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.

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

Other alternate options in the area include Hanover Inlet with its beautiful scenery, many beaches, brolga rock art and bower bird nests.

Image Ruby Falls

Day 8 : Deception Bay or Sampson Inlet, Ruby Falls and Raft Point.

Both Sampson Inlet and Deception Bay have wonderful areas to explore and offer fantastic scenic tours. Lookout for rock wallabies, bird life, reptiles, crocodiles and lots of fish life. The fishing at Samson inlet can also be excellent when trolling lures around the rocky edges. Either way you won’t be disappointed.

From there it’s a cruise down the coast past numerous landmarks and into Red Cone Creek. On the way there is great opportunities to see humpback whales in season.

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.

Then we make the one hour trek across doubtful bay and anchor up under the iconic Raft Point for the evening.

If time permits we can do a sunset tour and 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.

Image Montgomery Reef

Day 9 : Montgomery Reef  and Talbot Bay.

If we missed Bird Rock and Steep Island as a sunset tour the day before, we might even do it as a sunrise tour today!

Then 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. This extended scenic tour is described by many of our guests as the most memorable moment of their Kimberley experience.

Then kick back as we steam past the Kingfisher Islands and down into Talbot Bay, anchoring up opposite the Horizontal Falls.

If time permits we can do a sunset scenic tour of Cyclone Creek and take a few beverages with us as we marvel at the incredible uplifted rock formations of the area.

Horizontal Falls, WA

Day 10: The Horizontal Falls, Koolan Island and Croc Creek or Silica Beach

Wake up and have breakfast – but not too much as things are about to get lively as we 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 then steam out of Talbot Bay and it’s definitely worthwhile to be outside as we pass the incredible geological rock formations of the area. We then transit through the “Gutter” before heading past the mining islands of Koolan and Cockatoo. Your tour director will give you an insight to the past and present of the two iron ore mines.

As a last excursion we will head into Yampi Sound which is nestled within the Buccaneer Archipelago that has over 800 Islands. The area is visually stunning and being outside whilst cruising along is highly recommended.
Depending on the tide and weather, we will stop at either Croc Creek and hike to the top of a waterfall for a swim in a crystal clear freshwater swimming hole, or head further south to Silica Beach which has the finest white sand in the archipelago.

Either way, both options will leave you finishing on a high as we then spend the rest of the afternoon and overnight steaming down the coast towards Broome.

Day 11

This morning we head past Cable Beach and Gantheaume Point before transiting into Roebuck Bay and trying up alongside the large commercial wharf. Farewell your fellow travelers and swap details. Sadly it’s the end of your Kimberley Cruise from Darwin. We disembark Broome at around 10am and say goodbye to the crew. Guests will be transferred by bus to their hotel of choice in the Broome district

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
  • Trransfers 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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EMAIL:
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ADDRESS:
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