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High Season Cruise Packages (Cruises 8, 10 & 12)

Kimberley Discovery Cruises


High Season Package 8: 14 days/13 nights
June 23rd to July 6th, 2017 - $8,990 per person

Included in this holiday package are;

  • a night’s accommodation in Broome
  • a bus transfer from Broome to Derby
  • a 13 day/12 night cruise from Derby to the Hunter River
  • a scenic helicopter flight from Naturalist Island to the Mitchell Plateau Airstrip
  • a light air scenic flight from the Mitchell Plateau to either Broome or Derby
  • a taxi/shuttle transfer from Broome or Derby Airport to your accommodation.

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 8: Derby to the Mitchell Plateau – June 24th to July 6th, 2017

This spectacular 14 day/ 13 night cruise is designed so that you view the magnificent Kimberley by sea in one direction, and by air in the other. You’re likely to do some whale spotting as well!

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June 24th: Derby

After a night’s accommodation in Broome all passengers will be picked up by an air-conditioned bus and taken to Derby. This is approx a 3 hour drive and the driver will stop on the way so that you can purchase refreshments. (Passengers in Derby will be picked up on the way.) Once in Derby you will be welcomed on board Discovery One by our friendly crew. Settle in, get acquainted with the boat and relax as Discovery One cruises to the top of King Sound and the beginning of the Buccaneer Archipelago. Your cruise of a lifetime is about to begin.

Silica Beach

Silica Beach, on Silica Island, 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.

Silver Gull Creek & Squatters Arms

Travelling down Silver Gull Creek brings you to Squatters Arms, where a unique couple made their home for around 20 years, after they sailed in and discovered this beautiful spot with its freshwater springs. You can take a stroll in the rainforest they created or just relax in their spring fed tank with amazing views.

Yampi Sound & Crocodile Creek

Yampi Sound contains 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 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, as the water pushes through to two chasms it creates a mass of whirlpools, boils and raging currents. In Cyclone Creek, the incredible marine life includes impressive Tawny Nurse sharks which often come to greet Discovery One.

Raft Point

Raft Point was so named because of the Indigenous people who were seen there with their rafts used for hunting turtles, rays and dugongs. This is home to some ancient and well preserved Wandjina cave paintings. We take a walk to the caves, where you will take in the breathtaking views over Doubtful Bay and Steep Island

Montgomery Reef

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.

Samson Inlet & Langgi Beach

Samson Inlet 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. Travelling south, 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.

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 splendor.

Careening Bay

Careening Bay is within the southern part of Nelson Bay where, in 1820, Phillip Parker King careened the vessel HMC 'Mermaid' for repairs whilst surveying the Australian coastline. His carpenter carved the vessel's name into an ancient boab tree which is still viewable today.

York Sound and the Hunter River

Prince Frederick Harbour lies within York Sound and it is here that we find the Roe and Hunter River estuaries. This area boasts sensational scenery, with cathedral-like gorges and eroded sandstone features such as the Indian Head at the entrance to the Hunter River.

July 6th: The Mitchell Plateau

Over breakfast, say your good byes to the crew as we head for Naturalist Island at the mouth of the Hunter River. The crew will take you in relays to Naturalist Beach where helicopters will land to take you for an amazing scenic helicopter flight over the Mitchell Plateau and the stunning Mitchell Falls. The awesome geological wonder of this ancient landscape will amaze you. Once at the Mitchell Plateau airstrip, you will change to light planes and continue your aerial view of the Kimberley as you wind your way back to Derby or Broome, arriving mid to late afternoon. Taxis/shuttles will be waiting to transfer to your accommodation.

Please Note:

This itinerary lists all the places you can reasonably expect to visit on your 13 day/12 night cruise between Derby and the Hunter River. 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, so he will decide when and where he will take you during your 13 days on the Kimberley coast. In this sense, every cruise is a little different and each passenger’s experience is unique.


High Season Package 10: 14 days/13 nights

July 21st to August 3rd, 2017 - $8,990 per person

Included in this holiday package are;

  • a night’s accommodation in Broome
  • a bus transfer from Broome to Derby
  • a 13 day/12 night cruise from Derby to the Hunter River
  •  a scenic helicopter flight from Naturalist Island to the Mitchell Plateau Airstrip
  • a light air scenic flight from the Mitchell Plateau to either Broome or Derby
  • a taxi/shuttle transfer from Broome or Derby Airport to your accommodation.

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 10: Derby to the Mitchell Plateau – July 22nd to Aug 3rd, 2017

This spectacular 14 day/ 13 night cruise is designed so that you view the magnificent Kimberley by sea in one direction, and by air in the other. You’re likely to do some whale spotting as well!

Download itinerary 

Saturday July 22nd: Derby

After a night’s accommodation in Broome all passengers will be picked up by an air-conditioned bus and taken to Derby. This is approx a 3 hour drive and the driver will stop on the way so that you can purchase refreshments. (Passengers in Derby will be picked up on the way.) Once in Derby you will be welcomed on board Discovery One by our friendly crew. Settle in, get acquainted with the boat and relax as Discovery One cruises to the top of King Sound and the beginning of the Buccaneer Archipelago. Your cruise of a lifetime is about to begin.

Silica Beach

Silica Beach, on Silica Island, 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.

Silver Gull Creek & Squatters Arms

Travelling down Silver Gull Creek brings you to Squatters Arms, where a unique couple made their home for around 20 years, after they sailed in and discovered this beautiful spot with its freshwater springs. You can take a stroll in the rainforest they created or just relax in their spring fed tank with amazing views.

Yampi Sound & Crocodile Creek

Yampi Sound contains 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 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, as the water pushes through to two chasms it creates a mass of whirlpools, boils and raging currents. In Cyclone Creek, the incredible marine life includes impressive Tawny Nurse sharks which often come to greet Discovery One.

Raft Point

Raft Point was so named because of the Indigenous people who were seen there with their rafts used for hunting turtles, rays and dugongs. This is home to some ancient and well preserved Wandjina cave paintings. We take a walk to the caves, where you will take in the breathtaking views over Doubtful Bay and Steep Island

Montgomery Reef

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.

Samson Inlet & Langgi Beach

Samson Inlet 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. Travelling south, 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.

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 splendor.

Careening Bay

Careening Bay is within the southern part of Nelson Bay where, in 1820, Phillip Parker King careened the vessel HMC 'Mermaid' for repairs whilst surveying the Australian coastline. His carpenter carved the vessel's name into an ancient boab tree which is still viewable today.

York Sound and the Hunter River

Prince Frederick Harbour lies within York Sound and it is here that we find the Roe and Hunter River estuaries. This area boasts sensational scenery, with cathedral-like gorges and eroded sandstone features such as the Indian Head at the entrance to the Hunter River.

Thursday August 3rd: The Mitchell Plateau

Over breakfast, say your good byes to the crew as we head for Naturalist Island at the mouth of the Hunter River. The crew will take you in relays to Naturalist Beach where helicopters will land to take you for an amazing scenic helicopter flight over the Mitchell Plateau and the stunning Mitchell Falls. The awesome geological wonder of this ancient landscape will amaze you. Once at the Mitchell Plateau airstrip, you will change to light planes and continue your aerial view of the Kimberley as you wind your way back to Derby or Broome, arriving mid to late afternoon. Taxis/shuttles will be waiting to transfer to your accommodation.

Please Note:

This itinerary lists all the places you can reasonably expect to visit on your 13 day/12 night cruise between Derby and the Hunter River. 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, so he will decide when and where he will take you during your 13 days on the Kimberley coast. In this sense, every cruise is a little different and each passenger’s experience is unique.


High Season Package 12: 14 days/13 nights

August 18th to 31st, 2017 - $8,990 per person

Included in this holiday package are;

  • a night’s accommodation in Broome
  • a bus transfer from Broome to Derby
  • a 13 day/12 night cruise from Derby to the Hunter River
  • a scenic helicopter flight from Naturalist Island to the Mitchell Plateau Airstrip
  • a light air scenic flight from the Mitchell Plateau to either Broome or Derby
  • a taxi/shuttle transfer from Broome or Derby Airport to your accommodation.

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 12: Derby to the Mitchell Plateau –August 19th to 31st, 2017

This spectacular 14 day/ 13 night cruise is designed so that you view the magnificent Kimberley by sea in one direction, and by air in the other. You’re likely to do some whale spotting as well!

Download itinerary 

Saturday August 19th: Derby

After a night’s accommodation in Broome all passengers will be picked up by an air-conditioned bus and taken to Derby. This is approx a 3 hour drive and the driver will stop on the way so that you can purchase refreshments. (Passengers in Derby will be picked up on the way.) Once in Derby you will be welcomed on board Discovery One by our friendly crew. Settle in, get acquainted with the boat and relax as Discovery One cruises to the top of King Sound and the beginning of the Buccaneer Archipelago. Your cruise of a lifetime is about to begin.

Silica Beach

Silica Beach, on Silica Island, 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.

Silver Gull Creek & Squatters Arms

Travelling down Silver Gull Creek brings you to Squatters Arms, where a unique couple made their home for around 20 years, after they sailed in and discovered this beautiful spot with its freshwater springs. You can take a stroll in the rainforest they created or just relax in their spring fed tank with amazing views.

Yampi Sound & Crocodile Creek

Yampi Sound contains 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 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, as the water pushes through to two chasms it creates a mass of whirlpools, boils and raging currents. In Cyclone Creek, the incredible marine life includes impressive Tawny Nurse sharks which often come to greet Discovery One.

Raft Point

Raft Point was so named because of the Indigenous people who were seen there with their rafts used for hunting turtles, rays and dugongs. This is home to some ancient and well preserved Wandjina cave paintings. We take a walk to the caves, where you will take in the breathtaking views over Doubtful Bay and Steep Island

Montgomery Reef

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.

Samson Inlet & Langgi Beach

Samson Inlet 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. Travelling south, 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.

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 splendor.

Careening Bay

Careening Bay is within the southern part of Nelson Bay where, in 1820, Phillip Parker King careened the vessel HMC 'Mermaid' for repairs whilst surveying the Australian coastline. His carpenter carved the vessel's name into an ancient boab tree which is still viewable today.

York Sound and the Hunter River

Prince Frederick Harbour lies within York Sound and it is here that we find the Roe and Hunter River estuaries. This area boasts sensational scenery, with cathedral-like gorges and eroded sandstone features such as the Indian Head at the entrance to the Hunter River.

Thursday August 31st: The Mitchell Plateau

Over breakfast, say your good byes to the crew as we head for Naturalist Island at the mouth of the Hunter River. The crew will take you in relays to Naturalist Beach where helicopters will land to take you for an amazing scenic helicopter flight over the Mitchell Plateau and the stunning Mitchell Falls. The awesome geological wonder of this ancient landscape will amaze you. Once at the Mitchell Plateau airstrip, you will change to light planes and continue your aerial view of the Kimberley as you wind your way back to Derby or Broome, arriving mid to late afternoon. Taxis/shuttles will be waiting to transfer to your accommodation.

Please Note:

This itinerary lists all the places you can reasonably expect to visit on your 13 day/12 night cruise between Derby and the Hunter River. 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, so he will decide when and where he will take you during your 13 days on the Kimberley coast. In this sense, every cruise is a little different and each passenger’s experience is unique.

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