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. 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.
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.
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.
The amazing Montgomery Reef covers more than 300km², 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Despite how the name sounds, Bigge Island is the second largest island of the Kimberley coast. Its landscape of shattered King Leopold sandstone is populated by Australia's smallest rock wallaby, the monjon.
Bigge Island is home to amazing Bradshaw art and Wandjina art with a maritime theme.
We cruise to the Mitchell River, source of the magnificent Mitchell Falls where you can charter a helicopter and take an exhilarating ride over the falls, marvelling at the beautiful sight of this tiered waterfall.
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 within Vansittart Bay, visiting sites rich in this fascinating rock art.
Located on the eastern side of Vansittart Bay, behind a salt-pan, lies the poignant remains of a 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 disorientated in bad weather 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.
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 Gwion style rock art that can be found on nearby sandstone cliffs.
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 survivors' camp at Pangali Cove, where you can enjoy a freshwater dip beneath a waterfall.
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 Ultimate 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.