8 Day Northern Kimberley Cruise Operates

between Wyndham & Mitchell River

Renowned for its massive gorges and river systems, extensive waterfalls, the northern Kimberley is an experience not to be missed.

The northern Kimberley is a landscape of impressive gorges and waterfalls big and small that have been carved out by the extensive river systems. We visit at the tail end of the wet season, when the many rivers and waterfalls are at their most magnificent. Join us as we visit sites of natural beauty, cultural importance, historical interest and more.

This 8 day northern Kimberley cruise operates just after the wet season when the waterfalls are spectacular! This quest also includes a helicopter flight over the Mitchell Falls.

DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATIONWyndham/Mitchell River OR Mitchell River/Wyndham (Australia)
DEPARTURE DATES

11 May 2021 – 18 May 2021 (W to M)

18 May 2021 – 25 May 2021 (M to W)

DURATION8 days/7 nights
PRICES per person

Double: A$11,990  
Superior: A$14,100

Flybridge: A$15,500

Accommodation is based on twin share occupancy. Single passengers may reserve sole use of a cabin for 50% extra.

GROUP SIZE18 Guests
INCLUDED
Pre and post cruise transfers to/from airport or local accommodation
Light aircraft transfer to/from Broome
Scenic helicopter flight over the Mitchell River & Falls
Daily excursions (including history, rock art, fishing, scenery, bird and nature viewing, bushwalking, visiting swimming holes),
All meals during the cruise (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Unlimited water, coffee and tea during the cruise
On board Naturalist during the cruise
Harbour docking fees, fuel and crewing
NOT INCLUDED
Air-tickets and taxes
Pre and Post land arrangements
Vaccination costs
Passport or Visa fees
Travel Insurance
Items of a personal nature 
Any other meals or sightseeing not specified in the detailed itinerary

Additional information

DestinationKimberley Coast
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Day 1

KUNUNURRA – WYNDHAM PORT

Your Northern Quest begins when a courtesy vehicle picks you up from Kununurra at approximately 3.30pm and transfers you to the Kimberley Quest II in Wyndham port; here you will be welcomed on board by your captain and crew. Begin your cruise with a relaxing drink as you cruise out of the Cambridge Gulf with the sun setting over the horizon.

 
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Day 2

BERKELEY RIVER

Early morning we cruise up the Berkeley River, taking in the numerous waterfalls and ancient sandstone escarpments. Experience your first taste of fishing for Barramundi or take a tender excursion with our guides to go crocodile-spotting and bird watching. Marvel at the Amphitheatre Falls and then cool off in beautiful freshwater pools. Late afternoon we take a tender excursion up to the back of the Berkeley River, where the salt water meets the fresh water. Fish off the flat rocks for Barra which are lurking in the rapids, or alternatively walk to a freshwater pool to enjoy a relaxing dip. Tonight we savour the surroundings, anchoring near a secluded waterfall.

 
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Day 3

KING GEORGE RIVER

At high tide, we cross the sandbars of the King George River for a breathtaking cruise along this majestic cathedral-like gorge. This incredible scenery unfolds as we approach the King George Falls, a dual waterfall that has an uninterrupted vertical drop of over 80m, making it one of the tallest waterfalls in Western Australia. The Kimberley Quest II is able to cruise to the base of the twin falls for a refreshing ‘shower’, Kimberley-style! For those intrepid adventurers, you may climb to the top for a breathtaking vista of the river below, a truly humbling experience as you appreciate the immensity of this untamed landscape, followed by a refreshing dip. Overnight we anchor just metres away from the falls, with tranquil sounds and an extraordinary view from the bow.

 
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Day 4

KOOLAMA BAY, PANGALI COVE, GLYCOSMIS FALLS

Visit Koolama Bay, where the vessel Koolama was beached in February 1942, following an attack by the Japanese in World War II. The passengers were taken ashore by order of the ship’s master and many had to walk overland on an epic cross-country trek. We then visit the survivors’ camp at Pangali Cove and enjoy a freshwater dip beneath a waterfall. In the afternoon we visit Glycosmis Falls to view another unbelievable Kimberley waterfall and then cruise around Cape Londonderry, the most northerly point of Western Australia.

 
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Day 5

DRYSDALE RIVER

Today we encounter one of the longest rivers in the Kimberley (432km), the Drysdale. Spend the day exploring the spectacular palm-studded landscape and the rapids of the Drysdale area. Join our guides on a scenic tender excursion to witness crocodiles, flying foxes and many species of bird life which thrive in these delta islands. Then enjoy a swim in secluded rock pools. Late afternoon walk on a deserted beach or try to catch a Barramundi, with many great ‘snags’ to fish around.

 
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Day 6

NAPIER BROOME BAY

Relax on board as we cruise across Napier Broome Bay. Midmorning there is an opportunity for a beach walk to a historic Indonesian Trepang site for an insight into the lives of the early Macassan fishermen. This site stems back to the first early contact between Aboriginal tribes and the Indonesian fishermen. Late afternoon we fish the inlets and estuaries for Barra and Mangrove Jack and we try our luck at mud crabbing.

 
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Day 7

VANSITTART BAY, WWII DC3 CRASH SITE

Today we explore various coves within Vansittart Bay, visiting sites rich in the fascinating Bradshaw or Gwion Gwion art, named after Joseph Bradshaw, who in 1891 became the first European to record these amazing paintings. Some Bradshaw art, which is unique to the Kimberley, has been dated at over 17,000 years old. There is also the opportunity to walk to the crash site of the DC3 aircraft – which crashed during World War II – located on the eastern side of Vansittart Bay. Later we cruise around the coastline of the Bougainville Peninsula, where dramatic black basalt cliffs contrast with lush green rainforests.

 
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Day 8

MITCHELL RIVER, BROOME

This morning explore the estuary and gorge of the lower Mitchell River. Marvel at crocodiles, bird life, rock art and take in the flora and fauna for the last time. Depart the Kimberley Quest II by helicopter where you will enjoy a scenic flight over the Mitchell Falls. At the Mitchell Plateau airstrip you will board a light aircraft and discover the immensity of the Kimberley. Return to Broome by sunset, where our team will transfer you to your accommodation.

Please note: This is only a suggested itinerary. The remote Kimberley region experiences large tidal movements which can affect our itinerary. We may need to vary this from time to time, however, no matter the tides, we always visit the spectacular icons of this region. There will be plenty of land and sightseeing excursions to many untouched places, and opportunities to catch fresh fish for the table. Please note scenic helicopter flights are available on request.

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Day 1

BROOME – MITCHELL RIVER, SURVEYORS CREEK

Your Northern Quest begins in the morning when you depart for a scenic flight up the Kimberley coast to the Mitchell Plateau. Board a helicopter and enjoy an unforgettable flight over the spectacular Mitchell Falls before landing on the helipad of the Kimberley Quest II, followed by a buffet lunch at anchor. Late afternoon experience your first taste of fishing for Barramundi or take a scenic tender excursion to explore the magnificent Mitchell River. There will also be time for a swim in the cool waters of Surveyors Creek.

 
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Day 2

VANSITTART BAY, WWII DC3 CRASH SITE

This morning we cruise around the coastline of the Bougainville Peninsula, where dramatic black basalt cliffs contrast with lush green rainforests. We then explore various coves within Vansittart Bay, visiting sites rich in the fascinating Bradshaw or Gwion Gwion art, named after Joseph Bradshaw, who in 1891 became the first European to record these amazing paintings. Some Bradshaw art, which is unique to the Kimberley, has been dated at over 17,000 years old. There is also the opportunity to walk to the crash site of the DC3 aircraft – which crashed during World War II – located on the eastern side of Vansittart Bay.

 
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Day 3

NAPIER BROOME BAY

Relax on board as we cruise across Napier Broome Bay. Mid-morning there is an opportunity for a beach walk to a historic Indonesian Trepang site for an insight into the lives of the early Macassan fishermen. This site stems back to the first early contact between Aboriginal tribes and the Indonesian fishermen. Late afternoon we fish the inlets and estuaries for Barra and Mangrove Jack and we try our luck at mud crabbing.

 
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Day 4

DRYSDALE RIVER

Today we encounter one of the longest rivers in the Kimberley (432km), the Drysdale. Spend the day exploring the spectacular palm-studded landscape and the rapids of the Drysdale area. Join our guides on a scenic tender excursion to witness crocodiles, flying foxes and many species of bird life, which thrive in these delta islands. Then enjoy a swim in secluded rock pools. Late afternoon walk on a deserted beach or try to catch a Barramundi, with many great ‘snags’ to fish around.

 
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Day 5

GLYCOSMIS FALLS, PANGALI COVE, KOOLAMA BAY

Early morning we cruise around Cape Londonderry, the most northerly point of Western Australia. We then visit Glycosmis Falls to view an unbelievable Kimberley waterfall before witnessingthe survivors’ camp at Pangali Cove where you can enjoy a freshwater dip beneath a waterfall. In the afternoon we visit Koolama Bay, where the vessel Koolama was beached in February 1942, following an attack by the Japanese in World War II. The passengers were taken ashore by order of the ship’s master and many had to walk overland on an epic cross-country trek.

 
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Day 6

KING GEORGE RIVER

At high tide, we cross the sandbars of the King George River for a breathtaking cruise along this majestic cathedral-like gorge. This incredible scenery unfolds as we approach the King George Falls, a dual waterfall that has an uninterrupted vertical drop of over 80m, making it one of the tallest waterfalls in Western Australia. The Kimberley Quest II is able to cruise to the base of the twin falls for a refreshing ‘shower’, Kimberley-style! For those intrepid adventurers, you may climb to the top for a breathtaking vista of the river below, a truly humbling experience as you appreciate the immensity of this untamed landscape, followed by a refreshing dip. Overnight we anchor just metres away from the falls, with tranquil sounds and an extraordinary view from the bow.

 
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Day 7

BERKELEY RIVER, CAMBRIDGE GULF

Early morning we cruise up the Berkeley River, taking in the numerous waterfalls and ancient sandstone escarpments. Take an excursion with our knowledgeable guides to go crocodile-spotting and bird watching or try your luck at fishing. Marvel at the Amphitheatre Falls and then cool off in beautiful freshwater pools. Late afternoon we take a tender excursion up to the back of the Berkeley River, where the salt water meets the fresh water. Fish off the flat rocks for Barramundi which are lurking in the rapids, or alternatively walk to a fresh water pool to enjoy a relaxing dip. Savour your last evening under the Kimberley skies as we cruise towards Cambridge Gulf and journey through the night towards the town site of Wyndham.

 
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Day 8

WYNDHAM PORT, KUNUNURRA

Arrive into Wyndham Port early morning. Enjoy your last breakfast on board before saying goodbye to the crew of the Kimberley Quest II. Board a courtesy coach at 7.30am for transfer to Kununurra (100km), arriving at approximately 9.00am.

Please note: This is only a suggested itinerary. The remote Kimberley region experiences large tidal movements which can affect our itinerary. We may need to vary this from time to time, however, no matter the tides, we always visit the spectacular icons of this region. There will be plenty of land and sightseeing excursions to many untouched places, and opportunities to catch fresh fish for the table. Please note scenic helicopter flights are available on request.

 

Kimberley Quest II

 

Our custom-built vessel is fully air-conditioned, equipped with a helipad, spa, large en-suited cabins and offers indoor and outdoor alfresco areas so there will always be plenty of room to take in the panoramic scenery and breathtaking sunsets. Whilst on board take advantage of the extensive library, including a fantastic array of Kimberley reference books and general interest novels, otherwise sit with the Captain in the wheelhouse and learn more about the Kimberley outback.

Accommodating just 18 passengers and 7 crew, your holiday of a lifetime can be enjoyed with fellow travellers in luxurious and intimate surrounds. You have the choice of 9 cabins from deluxe double, superior and the exclusive flybridge. All cabins feature private ensuites, individual air-conditioning, viewing windows, mini-refrigerators and are serviced daily by your hostess.

Introduced in 2017, the Quest Express is our custom built jet boat offering a fantastic way to see the sights while providing shade and ultimate comfort on excursions.

Carrying three excursion tenders, days are filled with a myriad of activities both on and off land, exploring the spectacular region with your very own local guide who has extensive knowledge of the Kimberley coastline. During your cruise you are free to do as much or as little as you wish and can be sure that your Kimberley cruise with us will exceed your expectations!

 

 

 

On Board Facilities

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Onboard facilities include:

  • Helipad
  • Spa located on the sundeck
  • 9 spacious guest cabins including double, superior and the exclusive flybridge. Each cabin has a spacious ensuite
  • Additionally, three custom built 5 metre tenders with 90HP outboards
  • Plus, an 11 metre 20 passenger, luxury shaded fast boat ‘Quest Express’.
  • Open wheelhouse allowing you to sit with the captain and learn more about the Kimberley outback
  • Wide screen plasma TV and DVD unit
  • BOSE hi tech sound system throughout the vessel – indoors and out
  • Satellite phone and internet; Wifi is available for purchase
  • Extensive library including a fantastic array of Kimberley reference books and general interest novels
  • 24-hour tea and coffee facilities with espresso machine
  • Two ice machines
  • Three alfresco deck areas including fully seated outside dining
  • Inside dining and lounge area
  • Desalination units capable of producing 6000L/day on average
  • Open galley
  • Includes complimentary laundry service

How to Book

To ensure your place on this exciting adventure, please contact us to reserve a place 02 6355 2022 or , then complete the Adventure Associates Booking Form and return to us with your 20% per person deposit.

Deposit required per person:20% at the time of booking
Balance due:75 days prior to departure
If booking within 75 days of departure:Full payment must be made.

Reservations are established when you receive written confirmation and acceptance of the deposit and Booking Form. Travel insurance is strongly recommended at the time of booking.

Cancellations

Cancellations must be advised in writing to Adventure Associates. Cancellation charges are subject to regulations of airlines, coach and tour operators, hotels and other principals involved. If it is necessary to cancel your arrangements, the following non-refundable charges will apply.

Deposits are non-refundable once paid

20% per person

Cancellation within 60 days prior to departure incurs a cancellation fee of 100%.

No Refund

If the cancellation charge is more than your advance payment you remain liable for the difference. For these and other reasons mentioned above you are strongly recommended to take out Travel Insurance. Once the tour has departed there will be no refund for any unused portions of the trip.

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