8 Day Southern Quest Kimberley 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.

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Map of 8 Day Southern Kimberley Cruise


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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 be George Grey travelling overland. This area has many scenic and fishing attractions.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Hunter River

Explore the spectacular Hunter River, one of the most scenic rivers for a relaxing ride in the tenders. The 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.

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.

Mitchell Plateau

The Mitchell Plateu is a transfer point for our Southern 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.

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