8 Day Northern Quest Kimberley Cruise
Renowned for its massive gorges and river systems, extensive waterfalls, World War II relics and incredible Bradshaw rock art sites, the northern Kimberley is an experience not to be missed. Exploring between Wyndham and the Mitchell River, this cruise will visit Kimberley icons such as the King George Falls, Berkeley River and the Drysdale River and many more. Enjoy refreshing swims in fresh water holes, explore historical Aboriginal art sites, fish for the elusive barramundi plus many other fish specials and view majestic gorges. This 8 day northern Kimberley cruise operates just after the wet season when the waterfalls are spectacular! This quest also includes a helicopter flight over the Mitchell Falls.
Looking to cruise for a little longer? Why not explore our 10 day Kimberley Cruise for some extra adventure?
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. Your 8 day Northern Cruise either begins or ends in Broome, as you take a scenic flight from Broome to meet the boat, or back to Broome after enjoying your cruise.
The Mitchell Plateu 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 Plateu after farewelling the Kimberley Quest II and enjoying your spectacular scenic Mitchell Falls flight, before catching a flight back to Broome.
Mitchell River, Mitchell Falls, Surveyors Creek
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.
Take a scenic tender excursion to explore the magnificent Mitchell River. Drop a lure in later and perfect your fishing skills in these rich waters or go crocodile spotting. Enjoy a swim in the cool tranquil waters of Surveyor's Creek.
A mecca for rock art enthusiasts, locations such as Jar Island, Rocky Cove and Jalandal are justly famed for their fine examples of Gwion Gwion or Bradshaw art, which is unique to the Kimberley.
Some examples of Bradshaw art have been dated at over 17,000 years old, but they may be up to 50,000 years old - which would make them amongst the oldest rock art known to mankind. We explore various coves with Vansittart Bay, visiting sites rich in this fascinating rock art.
DC3 Plane Wreck
Located on the eastern side of Vansittart Bay, behind a salt-span, lies the poignant remains of US Army Air Corps Dakota. The plane was a victim of a forced landing during World War II. En route from Perth to Broome, the pilot became disoriented in bad whether and darkness, and was forced to land due to low fuel. The two crew members and two passengers all survived the landing and were rescued 3 days later.
Napier Broome Bay
Napier Broome Bay is home to historic Indonesian trepang site, which we visit for an insight into the lives of the early Macassan fisherman, who came down to north of Australia in search of trepang - also know as bêch-de-mer , or more commonly, sea cucumber. This site stems back to the first early contact between Aboriginal tribes and the Indonesian fisherman.
We also take the opportunity to fish the inlets and estuaries of Barra and Mangrove Jack and try our luck at mud-crabbing.
We encounter one of the longest rivers in the Kimberley, at 432km in length - the Drysdale. Spend the day exploring the spectacular palm-studded landscape and the rapids of the Drysdale area.
Join our guides on a scenic tender excursion to witness crocodiles, flying foxes and many species of bird life, which thrive in these delta islands, then enjoy a swim in secluded rock pools. Enjoy a late afternoon walk on a deserted beach or try to catch a Barramundi, with many great "snags" to fish around.
These twin waterfalls at the head of a shallow bay are named for a local native citrus plant. We admire the beautiful geological formations and spectacular waterfalls and look at examples of Gqion style rock art that can be found on nearby sandstone cliffs.
Koolama bay, pangali Cove
Visit Koolama Bay, where the vessel Koolama was beached in February 1942, following an attack by the Japanese in World War II. The passengers were taken ashore on orders of the ship's master and many had to walk overland on an epic cross-country trek.
We also visit the survivor's camp at Pangali Cove, where you can enjoy a freshwater dip beneath a waterfall.
king George Falls
At high tide, we cross the sandbars of the King George River, for a breathtaking cruise along one of the most spectacular gorges in Australia, rimmed by dizzying cliffs. This incredible scenery unfolds as we approach the King George Falls, a twin waterfall that has an uninterrupted vertical drop of over 80m. The Kimberley Quest II is able to cruise to the base of the falls for a refreshing 'shower', Kimberley style! Intrepid adventurers may climb to the top, for a vista of the river below, a truly humbling experience as you appreciate the immensity of this untamed landscape. Cool off with a refreshing dip, admire hte 'cappucino' foam, or fish the waters below the East Arm Falls for Barramundi. Overnight we stay in one of the most unqiue anchorages in the world - just metres away from the falls, with calming sounds and a world-class view.
Early morning we cruise up the Berkeley River, taking in the numerous waterfalls and ancient sandstone escarpments. Take an excursion with our guides to go crocodile spotting and bird watching or try your luck at fishing. Marvel at the amphitheatre waterfalls and then cool off in beautiful freshwater pools. Late afternoon we take a tender excursion up to the back of the Berkeley River, where the salt water meets the fresh water. Fish off the flat rocks for Barramundi which are lurking in the rapids, or alternatively walk to a fresh water pool to enjoy a relaxing dip.
Your 8 Day Northern Quest begins or ends in the port of Wyndham. You will either be welcomed on-board by your captain and crew and begin your cruise with a relaxing drink as you cruise out of the Cambridge Gulf with the sun setting over the horizon; or enjoy your last on-board breakfast then farewell the crew of the Kimberley Quest II before catching a courtesy coach to Kununurra.