4WD Tour and Kimberley Cruise

This 24 day adventure allows you to experience all the Kimberley has to offer by exploring the coast and the land. On your cruise many icons of the Kimberley can be found in the stunning southern region. This area is prolific with islands, whirlpools, inlets and pockets of rainforest home to many species of birds and other wildlife. You will explore a land of extraordinary contrast and colour, rich in history, ancient Aboriginal rock art and breathtaking scenery. We visit the famous Horizontal Waterfalls, Montgomery Reef and the King Cascade - a spring-fed waterfall in the Prince Regent River as well as many other Kimberley icons. This 8 day Kimberley cruise also includes a helicopter flight over the Mitchell Falls.

Your 4WD adventure travels the full length of the Gibb River Road in the comfort of a 5 star Mercedes 4WD coach staying in exceptional hotel, resort and lodge accommodation - all with ensuite facilities. Walk through the Bungle Bungles, cruise Geikie Gorge, view Aboriginal rock art, swim in gorges as you explore the Gibb River Road. Our 4WD tour and cruise is the complete Kimberley experience.

Map of 4wd tour and Kimberley Cruise

Broome

As the region's largest town, founded in the heyday of pearling, Broome's multicultural heritage runs deep. This is the place that inspired the music of the Pigram Brothers and Jimmy Chi's Bran Nue Dae and Corrugation Road. Enjoy magnificent Cable Beach, ride on a camel or watch the "Staircase to the Moon" over glittering Roebuck Bay. If you visit in August, Opera under the Stars and Race Round are options, while September's highlight is the Shinju Matsuri Festival. As an embarkation/disembarkation point for this cruise, you will either enjoy a relaxing "welcome aboard" drink or your last breakfast on-board while cruising past the world-famous Cable Beach.

Mitchell River, Mitchell Falls

Board a helicopter and enjoy an unforgettable flight over the spectacular Mitchell Falls before either landing on the helipad of the Kimberley Quest II to begin your cruise; or arriving at Mitchell Plateau after saying your farewells to the boat and crew.

Enjoy the sight of this magnificent tiered waterfall as a thrilling start to your cruise, or a spectacular last glimpse of the stunning Kimberley landscape.

Hunter River

Explore the spectacular Hunter River, one of the most scenic rivers for a relaxing ride in the tenders. This estuary in the north-east corner of Prince Frederick Harbour features huge cliffs, rainforests and mangroves.

Join a scenic tender ride as we spot ancient rock art, crocodiles, flying foxes, taking in the flora and fauna and the amazing high red escarpments which make the Hunter River so special.

Careening Bay

We visit Careening Bay, site of an ancient boab tree with a carving, which was first visited in 1820 by Phillip Parker King while on a hydro-graphic survey off the Australian coastline. The carving commemorates 16 days of hull and rudder repairs undertaken on the naval cutter under King's command, the Mermaid.

Camp Creek

This is a major tributary of the Prince Regent River, flowing in on its southern bank. Above tidal rapids, accessible by dinghy, weeping paperbark trees line tranquil billabongs. An energetic walk leads to a spectacular waterfall with a natural swimming pool.

We hike up to the falls to admire the scenery and wildlife and enjoy a refreshing swim in this delightful spot.

King Cascade

Following a fault-line trending southeast, the 104km Prince Regent River runs remarkably straight, giving it a unique character. Marvel at the pristine waterway that cuts through sandstone cliffs and gorges before arriving at the King Cascade waterfalls, which is spring fed. The rush of water cascades in magnificent tiers, surrounded by lush ferns, delicate grasses and a myriad of wildlife.

Climb above the falls for an unforgettable swim in a massive crystal clear pool and be rewarded with a breathtaking view over the magnificent river.

Cathedral Falls

Join our guides for a tender excursion to Cathedral Falls, an impressive amphitheatre of cliffs surrounding a circular pool with an impressive 80 metre drop. You can spot crocodiles and flying foxes, or alternatively, fish the Price Regent River which is renowned for big Barramundi and Threadfin Salmon.

Camden Harbour, Sheep Island

Camden Sound is the site of WA's newest marine park with this area being an important site for breeding Humpback Whales. From July - August the whales and their calves are a common sight in these waters.

At nearby Camden Harbour, we visit forlorn settler's graves on Sheep Island and soak up the history of this disastrous early European settlement. Take one of the tenders for a spot of exploration, have a go at fishing or collect and enjoy rock oysters.

Langii Stone Warriors

We visit the mysterious cove at Langii and witness the "Petrified Warriors". This is a major cultural site for the Wororra people, with these remarkable sandstone pillars representing the warriors killed in a Dreamtime battle. After viewing these geological marvels, enjoy a swim in the crystal-clear ocean.

Raft Point

We head to Steep Island and anchor below Raft Point. We hike to the well-known caves perched on the hill, site of some of the finest well-preserved Wandjina art in the Kimberley. The art is an account of the mythical Wandjina clan on the 'Great Fish Chase'. Depicted are the Wandjina spirits with their distinctive haloes, as well as fish, dugongs, crocodiles and snakes.

From the top of the high cliffs over Raft Point we have an amazing view of the Kimberley coast.

Sale River

The river was discovered and named on 9th June 1865 by an expedition from the short-lived Camden Harbour settlement searching for pastoral land.

Explore the Sale River and take an excursion upstream near the tidal limit, where a lush rainforest full of ferns and butterflies has a natural bathing spa that is perfect for a dip.

Doubtful Bay

Named by John Lort Stokes RN of HMS Beagle in 1838 due to his uncertainty as to whether or not the bay led to the Glenelg River, which had just been found by George Grey travelling overland. This area has many scenic and fishing attractions.

We fish the inlets of Doubtful Bay for the elusive Barramundi and Threadfin Salmon.

Red Cone Creek, Ruby Falls

On the eastern shore of Doubtful Bay, a vast area of mangrove-lined creeks surrounds Red Cone Hill. Behind this hill, a series of billabongs make their way into the narrow gorge of Ruby Falls.

Take a tender excursion to Red Cone Creek for a refreshing swim at Ruby Falls, or join our guides to try your luck at mud-crabbing.

Montgomery Reef

The amazing Montgomery Reef covers more than 300kmē, making it Australia's largest inshore reef. Watch as the tide falls right before your eyes, creating a waterfall effect as the reef rises out of the water. With tidal movements of up to 10m, up to 4m of the reef can be exposed - truly a unique phenomenon.

After observing the tidal movements, take a ride in the tenders to observe the many marine species that call the reef their home, including turtles and sea birds.

Horizontal Falls, Talbot Bay, Cyclone Creek

Talbot Bay is home to one of the icons of the Kimberley coast, the spectacular Horizontal Waterfalls. These twin narrow gaps in a corner of the bay separate a series of double bays. Extreme tidal whirlpools develop around the gaps, making for a thrilling dinghy ride. Take a tender and head in for an up-close and exhilarating ride through this natural phenomenon.

Further east, Cyclone Creek displays geological marvels. Join a scenic excursion up the back of Cyclone Creek to marvel at these amazing rock formations.

Buccaneer Archipelago, Dugong Bay

The Buccaneer Archipelago is often referred to as the "Thousand Islands", though many are mere rocks. The name celebrates the explorer and erstwhile pirate William Dampier, who visited the area in 1688 on a mission of exploration.

The scenery in this unique part of the world is a true taste of the Kimberley. Cool off with a refreshing swim in Dugong Bay, followed by a scenic tender excursion.

Derby

Derby was famous in the 1920s as the terminus of the first scheduled aviation service in Australia, West Australian Airways Ltd. They began their service with a first flight on 5 December 1921. At one time the Perth to Derby service was the world's longest passenger airline route. Derby is rich in cultural diversity, with the local Indigenous culture playing a large part in the community. The Mowanjum Festival is held annually at Mowanjum Community and features a showcase of traditional art.

Visit Myalls Bore and Cattle Trough, the Boab Prison Tree and the Old Derby Gaol.

Gibb River Road

This iconic Kimberley road is a former cattle route that stretches almost 660 kilometres from Derby to the Kununurra/Wyndham junction of the Great Northern Highway. Following the route of the Gibb River, the road cuts through the untamed wilderness of the Kimberley and is an experience in itself. The Gibb River Road has scenic views of geological formations and natural scenery, aboriginal and pastoral history, as well as rare and unique fauna and flora.

Bell Gorge

Bell Gorge is one of the most spectacular in the Kimberley. Nestled deep in the King Leopold Ranges Conservation Park, the gorge features a beautiful waterfall and several good swimming spots. The view down the gorge is an extremely impressive sight.

Enjoy a swim in the pools at the top of the waterfall and admire the stunning view down the gorge.

Mornington Wildlife Sanctuary

Once a dominant cattle station of the Kimberley, Mornington is now owned and operated by the Australian Wildlife Conservancy (AWC) and is one of the largest non-government protected areas in Australia. The sanctuary covers over 800,000 acres in the upper Fitzroy catchment and protects a range of ecosystems.

Combined with the neighbouring Marion Downs and Artesian Range sanctuaries, AWC owns and/or manages a staggering 1.8 million acres, giving threatened species like the iconic Northern Quoll and Gouldian Finch a fighting chance for survival.

Galvans Gorge

Galvans is only a small gorge located not far off the Gibb River Road. A short walk takes you up to the waterfall and gorge, where you can also have a swim. It's a pristine little waterhole that's an ideal resting place when travelling along the notorious Gibb River Road.

Drysdale River Station

Drysdale River Station is a working cattle station covering over a million acres and running 9,000 head of cattle. They also offer top-quality outback accommodation, with full ensuite facilities.

Mitchell Plateau

The Mitchell Plateau is a transfer point for our Northern cruises. You will either fly in from Broome before being transferred to the Kimberley Quest II via a scenic helicopter flight over Mitchell Falls; or land at Mitchell Plateau after farewelling the Kimberley Quest II and enjoying your spectacular scenic Mitchell Falls flight, before catching a flight back to Broome.

El Questro Wilderness Park

The one million acre El Questro Wilderness Park straddles the Gibb River Road near the Cockburn Range, and is home to some sensational natural landscapes, namely Chamberlain Gorge, Zebedee Springs and Emma Gorge. The park features 3 styles of accommodation, including Emma Gorge Resort which features deluxe tented cabins and a beautiful restaurant.

We stop to admire the view of the stunning escarpment before continuing on to Emma Gorge Resort.

Kununurra

Kununurra is known as the "Gateway to the East Kimberley". The second largest Kimberley town, after Broome, Kununurra is a fascinating outback town with a rich history and lots of attractions.

Bungle Bungles, Purnululu National Park

World Heritage Listed in 2003, the Bungle Bungles are one of the highlights of any trip to the Kimberley. Characterised by orange and black beehive shaped domes, the park is simply breathtaking and a delight to avid photographers. Passengers have the option to undertake a scenic helicopter flight over the Park.

Cathedral Gorge

Purnululu is home to Cathedral Gorge, a huge natural amphitheatre that is one of the most spectacular gorges in northern Australia. The fascinating acoustics of this natural formation make for some interesting experiments, but it is also a serene place to sit and relax. Cathedral Gorge is reached by a walking trail along scenic Piccaninny Creek.

Echidna Chasm

Echidna Chasm is one of the highlights of Purululu National Park. It involves a short walk with a somewhat challenging climb, but it is worth the effort! The gorge is a spectacular long, narrow chasm with spectacular colour variations.

The amazing conglomerate boulders strewn along the path provide a clue to the sedimentary origin of the Bungle Bungle Range.

Geikie Gorge

A cruise on Geikie Gorge is a great way to discover the secrets of the mighty Fitzroy River. The gorge itself cuts through a limestone range that was formed by an ancient coral reef, exposing layers of fossils from the Devonian period.

Tunnel Creek

Tunnel Creek National Park is Western Australia's oldest cave system ans is part of the same ancient Devonian reef system as Windjana Gorge. The cave has been carved out over time by the waters of Tunnel Creek flowing beneath the Napier Range.

Windjana Gorge

One of the most imposing natural attractions in the Kimberley, Windjana is a must-see attraction. Formed from a river carving its way through limestone its walls stand up to 100m above the alluvial floodplain. It's a refuge for wildlife too, with fresh water crocodiles, fish and prolific birdlife.

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