Onboard Naturalist

Kimberley Quest is able to provide selected Kimberley coast cruises with our very own naturalist.

Naturalist Tim Willing

Tim Willing

Tim Willing has lived in the Kimberley for 30 years and his wealth of experience brings an extra dimension to any cruise. Tim's principal area of expertise is in the Kimberley environment, particularly the Kimberley flora and the environmental values of the Kimberley coast and islands.

From 1980 to 1995 Tim was a horticulturist with Parks and Gardens for the Shire of Broome, and developed his abiding interest in identifying and cultivating the Kimberley flora. Passionate about finding new plant species, Tim regularly collects plant seeds from along the Kimberley coast which he sends to the WA Herbarium for further research. One such discovery of a plant species was named after him, the wattle Acacia Willingii in 2009.

From 1996 to 2003 Tim was Conservation Officer (West Kimberley) for the Department of Environment & Conservation. During this period Tim played a key role in developing marine ecotourism interpretation on the Kimberley coast.

In 2002, Tim co-authored Under a Regent Moon, about the pioneer pastoralists Joseph Bradshaw and Aeneas Gunn who worked at the remote Prince Regent River during the 1890s. In 1996, he co-authored Broome and Beyond: Plants and People of the Dampier Peninsula - a flora of the area north from Broome. The authors of this publication were awarded a CSIRO Medal for Research Achievement.

Each year, Tim spends weeks in archives and libraries around Australia and the UK collating research as well as sourcing information online. It is Tim's widespread research exploration on the region that makes up our extensive reference library, the most comprehensive of any Kimberley cruise vessel.

Naturalist Pam Jennings

Pam Jennings

Having lived and worked in the northern parts of Australia for more than 30 years, Pam is lucky to have the wild beauty of the Kimberley as her backyard.

Over the years Pam has expanded her knowledge of the birds, plants, animals and geology of the Kimberley along with an in-depth understanding of the Kimberley's Aboriginal cultures.

When Pam settled in Broome many years ago she started her guiding career by leading overland adventures to remote areas of the Kimberley. She started with short 2 or 3 day tours to iconic destinations popular with visitors. Not long after, the expeditions turned into 10 to 14 day treks traversing the more isolated areas only accessible by rough 4WD tracks, guiding special interest groups and adventurers thirsty for their experience in the Kimberley.

Her passion for the ocean and the Kimberley Coast saw her transfer these land based skills to vessels ranging from small whale watching day trips out of Broome to extended expedition vessels exploring the Kimberley Coast as a naturalist and expedition leader. She also spent a period of time working as a naturalist in far north Queensland and on the Great Barrier Reef.

Her interest in Aboriginal culture has resulted in her taking on positions in Aboriginal tourism project management, consulting on land management for tourism and IPAs, and roles in mentoring, training and developing tourism businesses.

Pam is also an accomplished photographer having won awards for her wildlife and landscape images internationally. She is an accredited member of the Australian Institute of Professional Photography (AIPP).

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Our naturalists' knowledge and experience bring an extra dimension to any cruise. A naturalist is not guaranteed to be on board for all cruises during the season. To request our naturalist please contact our office on 1300 156 035 or fill out the form to the left.