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Kimberley Waterfalls Luxury Adventure Cruise

Duration
11 Days
Prices From:
US$ 13,919

Come aboard the True North for a west Australian cruise like no other. Explore the waterfalls of the Kimberley region such as the magnificent King George Falls, examine extraordinary rock art from tens of thousands of years ago, and experience the majestic end of Kimberley’s wet season with its summer storms, spectacular light shows and swollen billabongs.


This 11-day luxury cruise takes you along the stunning rivers and falls of Kimberley in Western Australia.

Embark on the True North, a luxury cruise vessel that carries a maximum of 36 passengers. The fully-equipped vessel has an upscale bar, lounge, dining room and observation deck, as well as an onboard helicopter. It’s well suited for maximum comfort as you explore Kimberley.

The Horizontal Falls are an anomalous waterfall where the water falls horizontally instead of vertically. Take a helicopter ride to view this great natural phenomenon from a distinct vantage point. Then head to Raft Point to appreciate the stunning view over Steep Island and gaze at the point’s Wandjina rock paintings. Nearby Leadline Creek offers different pleasures. Fish for barramundi and photograph the stunning red cliffs that loom over the creek.

At the Montgomery Reef, you’ll witness the outgoing tide reveal over 140 square miles of coral reef. Sandstone islets and mangrove islands seemingly rise from the depths. Waterfalls cascade across the exposed rock and all manner of turtles, manta rays, birds, reef sharks and dugongs appear to feast on the exposed sea life of the reef. From the Montgomery Reef, head up the Prince Regent River and sail beneath the waterfall of the King Cascades.

Visit Hunter River where the waters flow off 90-metre high Hunter and Donkin Falls. The surrounding rainforest and waterbeds are great sites for fishing, mud crabbing and bird watching. Later, relax on a private beach on Prince Frederick Harbour. On the Mitchell River, fish for barramundi and see crocodiles in their natural habitat. Take a helicopter ride over Mitchell Falls and witness the impressive landscape from high above.

You’ll be lucky enough to see the Bradshaws, a complex series of rock paintings in the north of the Kimberley region. Dating back at least 20,000 years, the paintings were named after Joseph Bradshaw, a pastoralist who first recorded the paintings in the late nineteenth century. The paintings depict humans in various poses, often equipped with bags and headdresses or involved in rituals. There has been some controversy as to the origins of the paintings, but regardless of who painted them, they remain some of the oldest and most complex cave paintings on the planet.

Cruse up the King George River to see the crown jewel of the Kimberley region, King George Falls. See water pour off the twin falls and drop 80 meters into a deep gorge. King George Falls is considered to be one of the world’s best waterfalls and is only accessible by water or by air, so consider yourself lucky to see it with your own eyes.

This luxurious cruise through the heart of the Kimberley region will leave you awestruck at Western Australia’s natural beauty.


 

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Duration
11 Days
Prices From:
US$ 13,919

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Day 1

Board True North

Your "welcome aboard" the magnificent True North is in the pearling port of Broome. Embarkation is at 1700 - time for a cocktail with your fellow adventurers before departing at approximately 1830. Dinner is served shortly after leaving port for the overnight cruise to Yampi Sound.

Meal Plan Dinner
Duration10 Nights
Accommodation

True North

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    True North



    The True North is purpose built to sail deep into the very heart of wilderness- we visit areas that larger ships simply cannot access. Our itineraries specifically exclude lengthy periods at sea and feature frequent daily excursions and, an Australian crew that will uniquely chaperone ...

    The True North is purpose built to sail deep into the very heart of wilderness- we visit areas that larger ships simply cannot access. Our itineraries specifically exclude lengthy periods at sea and feature frequent daily excursions and, an Australian crew that will uniquely chaperone your holiday experience.

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    • Bar
    • Dining Room
    • Lounge(s)
    • Sundeck

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Day 2

The Horizontal Falls

It's time to 'personally' introduce you to a Kimberley icon - The Horizontal Falls. Experience the awesome power of the region's huge tidal range in an exhilarating tender ride and then climb aboard your air conditioned helicopter for a view of the falls that very few experience!

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 3

Raft Point and Montgomery Reef

Start the day with some hot fishing action at "Three Ways". Then a short cruise will deliver all aboard to the impressive silhouette of Raft Point. Here, join crew and guest alike for a moderate climb to an art gallery with a difference and, the well-preserved Raft Point Wandjina paintings.

You will probably be enjoying lunch as you set sail for Montgomery Reef! Montgomery is a unique eco-system that must be seen to be believed - and see it you will - as 140 square miles of coral reef rises out of the ocean right before your very eyes! Water cascades from the reef as the tide falls exposing a privileged glimpse of another world! Turtles, dugong, manta rays and every imaginable sea creature abound and the helicopter puts all in perspective!

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 4

Prince Regent River

The scenery will astound and there are some not to be missed fishing spots as the True North graces the majestic Prince Regent River. At King Cascade True North will manoeuvre right under the falls. Then it's time for more 'adventure in the tender' - a chance to stretch the laces on your hiking boots and an opportunity to swim in yet another picture perfect billabong. The helicopter will be popular again when the first group of intrepid explorers returns from Jurassic Park!

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 5

Prince Regent River

Be amongst the first on deck and join an early morning fishing expedition, or see some stunning rock art or join the ship's naturalist in one of the expedition boats - and all before another breathtaking helicopter flight to a picnic at Melaleuca Falls that you'll never forget! The True North's mouth-watering cuisine alongside a crystal clear billabong - in one of the most remote places on earth!

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 6

Hunter River and Prince Frederick Harbour

Wake this morning in the magnificent Hunter River. The Hunter is about as far away as you can get in Australia - a stunning river system that is lined with dense mangrove forests, surrounded by rainforest encrusted mountains and home to man-eating crocodiles. And, the Hunter has it all - fishing, mud crabbing, bird-watching and simply exploring "where few have been before!" Join one of the expedition boats for a closer look, it's only a short hike to Jackson Falls and, there’s even more splendour from the helicopter!

In the afternoon you will sail into Prince Frederick Harbour and enjoy sunset drinks on your own secluded beach.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 7

Voltaire Passage

No time to dally - after an early morning breakfast it's time to join the 'hunt for the black-lip oyster'. In fact - their much-talked about proportions render them not hard to find at all! Savour their unique taste direct from the rock - aside from some freshly squeezed lemon, you can't get much more a la naturale than that! There are also some excellent examples of both Wandjina and Bradshaw art nearby and the waters are alive with light game species such as queenfish, giant trevally and mackerel. In the afternoon explore Voltaire Passage and the many surrounding islands. Then join enjoy a pearl party! Enjoy a glass of bubbly and a taste of pearl meat, whilst trying on exquisite pieces created by the artistes at Linneys, Jewels of the Kimberley and Kimberley Fine Diamonds.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 8

Mitchell River and Falls

The Mitchell River is renowned for big barra and even bigger crocs! The expedition boats will head up river to the scenic Surveyors Creek - a great place for a swim (no crocs here!) The fishermen will again join the hunt for the elusive barramundi and, there will be more opportunities for helicopter flights over an ancient land including the spectacular Mitchell Falls! Then, join the crew for cocktail hour before experiencing another unique dining experience.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 9

The Bradshaws

Today you will have another opportunity to see the "Bradshaws" - ancient rock art that pre-dates other examples of Aboriginal culture. In fact, they are possibly the oldest 'paintings' known to man. The heli-picnic at Eagle Falls is always a big hit - another breathtaking helicopter flight and, True North's mouth-watering fare alongside a picture-perfect waterfall in remote far-north Western Australia! The tenders will be busy exploring local beaches and rivers and, you also visit an isolated site in the rainforest where a lone bomber crashed during WWII.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 10

The King George River and Falls

Yet another mighty Kimberley river - The King George! As soon as the tide is high enough, you'll cross the sand bar at the mouth to reveal even more breathtaking river vista. Then your journey upstream will take you to the very 'jewel in the crown' - The King George Falls. Here you anchor at the base of the Twin Falls and you will find endless places to explore. Climb or take the helicopter to the top of the falls for a cruise highlight. In the afternoon learn the history of the wreck of the Koolama and take a stroll at Tranquil Bay before you continue onto the frontier port of Wyndham.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 11

Disembark

Your courtesy coach will arrive at approximately 0800 hours for transfer to Kununurra and your crew will already be looking forward to the next opportunity to welcome you aboard the mighty TRUE NORTH!

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DEPARTURES:

From Broome: Mar 22; Apr 11, 2018

From Wyndham: Apr 1, 2018

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • Accommodation in air conditioned cabins
  • All meals
  • Non alcoholic beverages
  • All activities such as fishing, sight-seeing, swimming, on-shore visits, etc.

PRICE EXCLUDES:

  • Travel insurance
  • International and domestic airfare & airfare taxes
  • Visa fees if applicable
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Gratuities unless otherwise stated
  • All scenic helicopter flights
  • Purchases from resort shop
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Personal valet/laundry
  • Use of satellite phones
  • Internet access

TERMS AND CONDITIONS:

Prices are "from" per person based on twin/double share accommodation and for travel in low season. Seasonal surcharges and blackout dates may apply. Limited seat/spaces and all pricing is subject to change and availability. Rates for single or triple travellers are available on request - please inquire.

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