4WD Tour and Kimberley Cruise Highlights

Horizontal Falls

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.

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.

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.

Camden Harbour

At 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.

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.

Prince Regent River

Following a fault-line trending southeast, the 104 km river runs remarkably straight, giving it a unique character. Keep an eye out for rare snubfin dolphins, which live in the estuary. Almost the whole catchment is conserved in the Prince Regent National Park: one of the great wilderness areas of Australia.

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.

Montgomery Reef

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.

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.

Kuri Bay

Once the largest pearl farm in the world, this remote settlement is now abandoned. It was here in the 1950s that the first South Sea cultured pearls were produced by Pearls Pty Ltd, laying the foundation of a multi-million dollar industry.

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.

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.

Mitchell Falls

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.

It is known as Punamii-unpuu to the Wunambal people, who revere the place as the home of Creator Snakes or Wunggurr.

Mitchell Plateau

The Mitchell Plateau is located in the isolated far north of the Kimberley region. It is accessed by road using the Gibb River Road, followed by the Kalumburu Road and then Port Warrender Road. The closest township is Kununurra, located 630 kilometres away (12 hour drive). The area can also be accessed by air using the airstrip on the Mitchell Plateau, located approximately 7 kms away from the camp.

The Mitchell Plateau is an extraordinary region. It features a stunning Livistona palm forest, the biggest in Australia. It is in fact the original location where all other Livistona palms in Australia are derived from.

El Questro (Emma Gorge, Zebedee Springs and Chamberlain Gorge)

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.

Bungle Bungles (Cathedral Gorge and Echidna Chasm)

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. It's also home to Cathedral Gorge, one of the most incredible in northern Australia and reached by a walking trail along Piccaninny Creek, as well as Echidna Chasm. Passengers also have the option to undertake a scenic helicopter flight over the Park.

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.

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.

Bell Gorge and Galvans 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.

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.