Explore the Kimberley Cruise Packages (Cruises 6 & 7)
Explore the Kimberley Package 6: 13 days/12 nights
May 29th to June 10th, 2017 - $7,490 per person
Explore the Kimberley Package 7: 13 days/12 nights
June 9th to 21st, 2017 - $7,490 per person
Included in this holiday package are;
a night’s accommodation in Broome on June 9th
a bus transfer from Broome to Derby on June 10th
a 12 day/11 night cruise from June 10th to 21st
a bus transfer from Derby jetty back to Broome on June 21st.
For those with vehicles, we suggest you travel to Derby where you can store your vehicles at our expense for the duration of the cruise. This replaces the accommodation in Broome.
Cruise Itinerary (Cruise 7): Derby to Derby – June 10th to 21st, 2017
This exciting exploration cruise departs from and returns to the township of Derby. It takes you into the amazing Buccaneer Archipelago which is the jewel of the Kimberley Coast.
June 10th: Derby
After a night’s accommodation in Broome, a bus will be organized to pick up all guests and transport them to Derby. If you are in Derby, the bus will pick you up when Discovery One is ready to board. After you have been welcomed on board with a drink and some information from the Captain, you can settle into your cabin, get to know your fellow travellers and enjoy the scenery as we cruise to the top of King Sound.
Near the entrance to King Sound lays Silica Beach which boasts pure white sands and clear blue water. It’s the kind of beach one imagines to be found in an island paradise and is a lovely place to take a dip in the shallows.
Silvergull Creek & Squatters Arms
Travelling down Silvergull Creek brings you to Squatters Arms, where a unique couple, Phil & Marion, made their home for around 20 years, after they sailed in one day and discovered this beautiful spot with its freshwater springs. Sadly, Marion passed away in 2014, but there are managers there to welcome you0. You can take a stroll in the rainforest that Phil & Marion created or just relax in their spring fed tank with amazing views.
Yampi Sound & Crocodile Creek
Within Yampi Sound are the islands Iron, Koolan and Cockatoo, which boast some of the richest iron ore deposits in the world. When mining operations existed on Koolan Island, the miners would get away to Crocodile Creek with its beautiful rock pools fed by fresh waterfalls. Situated above the creek, access is via a ladder bolted into the rock. This means that, despite the name of the creek, the pools have no crocodiles so are an ideal place for a refreshing swim.
Talbot Bay & the Horizontal Falls
Talbot Bay is home to the famous Horizontal Falls. The region's massive tides create a spectacular scene, sending huge volumes of water pouring through two narrow chasms in the land formation when the tides reach peak flow in both rising and falling conditions. With up to
10mts of height difference between the waters of each of the two inland bays and the sea, the water pushing through the two chasms creates a mass of whirlpools and raging currents. In Cyclone Creek, the incredible marine life includes impressive Tawny Nurse sharks which often come to greet Discovery One.
Raft Point was so named because of the Indigenous people who were spotted with their rafts used for hunting turtles, rays and dugongs. This is home to some ancient and well preserved Wandjina cave paintings. We walk to the caves, where you will take in the breathtaking views over Doubtful Bay and Steep Island. This walk is approx 300mts with a relatively steep gradient. Some people might need a walking stick.
North West of Raft Point is Montgomery Reef. This 400 sq km reef can emerge up to 4mts above the waterline at low tide, creating a visual spectacle of waterfalls and sea life. Several small islands dot the reef and support rich mangroves, crocodiles, turtles, birds and fish.
Travelling NE we reach Langgi Beach – a very significant Aboriginal site. Kimberley sandstone has eroded into amazing rock formations that nature has carved over millions of years with a multitude of shapes and colours. Wander among these natural sculptures and hear the Aboriginal stories associated with the site.
Further north is Sampson Inlet which leads into a monsoonal rainforest pocket with almost permanent fresh water. Many previous passengers have called this the most beautiful spot on the Kimberley coast. Keen photographers should remember their cameras!
Hanover Bay & Camden Harbour
Within Hanover Bay are the pristine sands of Hanover Beach. It is here, in 1838, where Lt. George Grey unloaded his Timor ponies and began the first land based expedition of North West Australia in search of the great inland sea. The journey soon ended when he was speared by Aborigines. Despite this, Lt Grey reported back positively describing the area as ‘lush and fertile’. This glowing report encouraged a group of optimistic farmers to establish a new settlement in Camden Harbour in 1864. This was a total disaster from the start. The ruins of that settlement, which lasted only 9 months, can still be seen and the graves of some of these tough pioneers can be found on nearby Sheep Island.
Saint George Basin and the Prince Regent River
Within the St George Basin are two flat topped hills, Mt Trafalgar and Mt Waterloo, which provide a spectacular backdrop as you cruise to the mouth of the Prince Regent River. This river is the remains of the longest single straight lineament in Australia, making it yet another geological wonder. Get your cameras ready as you experience some spectacular scenery, flora and fauna on our journey down this remote and pristine waterway, concluding at the majestic King Cascade Falls. This spectacular site is where American model, Ginger Meadows, was fatally attacked by a crocodile in 1987, a horror story which has been retold around the world! Keep an eye out for crocodiles as you view these magnificent falls which cascade over fern covered tiers in breathtaking splendour.
June 21st Derby to Broome
On our last morning we head back to Derby, through King Sound, where you will be transferred by bus back to your accommodation in Broome or your vehicles in Derby, taking with you memories to last a lifetime.
This itinerary lists all the places you can reasonably expect to visit on your cruise in no particular order. It is likely, however, that there will be additional places of interest visited on the actual cruise, time and tides allowing, which is why we prefer not to give you a day by day itinerary. Some of these places are well known, but others have been charted by our Captain during his 10 years of travelling the Kimberley Coast. It is his aim to maximize the cruising experience for all passengers by viewing sites at the best time, so he will decide when and where he will take you during your 12 days on the Kimberley coast. In this sense, every cruise is a little different and each passenger’s experience is unique.