8 Day Southern Kimberley Cruise Operates

between Broome & Hunter River

The stunning southern region of the Kimberley is prolific with islands, inlets and pockets of rainforest home to many species of birds and other wildlife.

This area is prolific with islands, whirlpools, inlets and pockets of rainforest home to many species of birds and other wildlife. You will explore a land of extraordinary contrast and colour, rich in history, ancient Aboriginal rock art and breathtaking scenery. We visit the famous Horizontal Falls, Montgomery Reef and the King Cascade – a spring-fed waterfall in the Prince Regent River as well as many other Kimberley icons.

This 8 day Kimberley cruise also includes a scenic flight over the Mitchell Falls.

DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATIONBroome/Hunter River OR Hunter River/Broome (Australia)
DEPARTURE DATES

8 June 2021 – 15 June 2021 (B to H)

15 June 2021 – 22 June 2021 (H to B)

22 June 2021 – 29 June 2021 (B to H)

6 July 2021 – 13 July 2021 (B to H)

13 July 2021 – 20 July 2021 (H to B)

20 July 2021 – 27 July 2021 (B to H)

27 July 2021 – 3 August 2021 (H to B)

3 August 2021 – 10 August 2021 (B to H)

10 August 2021 – 17 August 2021 (H to B)

17 August 2021 – 24 August 2021 (B to H)

24 Aug 2021 – 31 August 2021 (H to B)

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 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

BROOME – CAPE LEVEQUE

Your Southern Quest begins when a courtesy vehicle picks you up from your accommodation at approximately 4.30pm and transfers you to the Kimberley Quest II, where you will be welcomed on board by your captain and crew. Enjoy a relaxing drink as you watch the sun dip below the horizon, while cruising past the famous Cable Beach.

 
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Day 2

BUCCANEER ARCHIPELAGO, DUGONG BAY, TALBOT BAY

This morning will find us crossing the vast King Sound, cruising through the thousands of islands of the Buccaneer Archipelago. In and around Dugong Bay, we take a scenic tender excursion and cool off with a refreshing swim in one of the freshwater pools. Around the corner lies Talbot Bay, home to one of the icons of the Kimberley coast, the spectacular Horizontal Falls. Take a tender and head in for an up-close and exhilarating ride through this natural phenomenon. In the afternoon take a scenic excursion up the back of Cyclone Creek to marvel at the amazing rock formations.

 
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Day 3

COLLIER BAY, MONTGOMERY REEF, RED CONE CREEK

Early morning we take you fishing in Collier Bay, your first chance to catch a Barramundi. We then cruise to the amazing Montgomery Reef, which covers more than 300km2, making it Australia’s largest inshore reef. Watch as the tide falls right before your eyes, creating a spectacular waterfall effect. Take a tender ride to view many marine species, including turtles and sea birds. Enjoy an afternoon cruise to Red Cone Creek for a refreshing swim at Ruby Falls or try your luck at mud crabbing.

 
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Day 4

DOUBTFUL BAY, SALE RIVER, RAFT POINT

This morning we fish the inlets of Doubtful Bay for the elusive Barramundi and Threadfin Salmon. We then explore the Sale River and take an excursion upstream for a dip in the spring-fed rainforest pools, and on the journey home view ancient rock art from the tenders. In the afternoon we cruise towards Steep Island, anchor below Raft Point and walk to the caves perched on the hill. Here is some of the finest well-preserved Wandjina art in the Kimberley. From the top we have an amazing view of the Kimberley coast as the sun begins to set, capturing this unique landscape at its best.

 
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Day 5

KURI BAY, CAMDEN HARBOUR

Relax on board as we cruise past Augustus Island and the remote pearling settlement of Kuri Bay. At nearby Camden Harbour, we visit the forlorn settler’s graves on Sheep Island and soak up the history of the first European settlement in the 1860s.In the afternoon take a tender excursion for a spot of exploration. Have a go at fishing or collect rock oysters, before unwinding on the sundeck to take in the beautiful scenery.

 
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Day 6

PRINCE REGENT RIVER, KING CASCADE, CATHEDRAL FALLS

Early morning we cruise through St George Basin, a stunning inland sea. Leaving the vista of mighty Mt Trafalgar and Mt Waterloo, we cruise up the Prince Regent River, marvelling at the pristine waterway that cuts through sandstone cliffs and gorges. Arriving at King Cascade, which is spring fed, marvel at the rush of water cascading in breathtaking tiers, surrounded by lush ferns and a myriad of wildlife. Climb above the falls for an unforgettable swim in a massive crystal clear pool. Be rewarded with a breathtaking view over the magnificent Prince Regent River in the distance – wilderness adventuring at its best! Late afternoon join our guides for an excursion to Cathedral Falls, while spotting crocodiles and flying foxes. Alternatively fish the Prince Regent River which is renowned for big Barra and Threadfin Salmon.

 
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Day 7

PRINCE REGENT RIVER, CAMP CREEK, CAREENING BAY

Wake early morning for your last chance to catch a Barra in the rich waters of the Prince Regent River. Visit Camp Creek, a beautiful waterway lined with weeping paperbarks where you can enjoy a walk to the top of the falls for another memorable swim. In the afternoon we cruise out of the Prince Regent River and visit Careening Bay, site of an ancient boab tree first visited in 1820 by Phillip Parker King. Relax on board to another spectacular sunset as the sun sinks below the Kimberley horizon, while we cross Prince Frederick Harbour towards the Hunter River.

 
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Day 8

HUNTER RIVER – BROOME

In the morning we explore the spectacular Hunter River, one of the most scenic rivers for a relaxing ride in the tenders as we spot ancient rock art, crocodiles and flying foxes, taking in the flora and fauna of the Kimberley 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 or airport.

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 – HUNTER RIVER

Your Southern 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 take a scenic tender excursion to view the amazing high red escarpments and wildlife which make the Hunter River so special.

 
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Day 2

CAREENING BAY, PRINCE REGENT RIVER, CAMP CREEK

This morning we visit Careening Bay, site of an ancient carved boab tree first visited in 1820 by Phillip Parker King while on a hydrographic survey off the Australian coastline. We then cruise through St George Basin, a stunning inland sea. Leaving the vista of mighty Mt Trafalgar and Mt Waterloo, we cruise up the Prince Regent River, marvelling at the pristine waterway that cuts through sandstone cliffs and gorges. Take an excursion to Camp Creek, a beautiful waterway lined with weeping paperbarks where you can enjoy a walk to the top of the falls for a refreshing swim.

 
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Day 3

PRINCE REGENT RIVER, KING CASCADE, CATHEDRAL GORGE

Early morning we cruise to King Cascade, which are spring fed, to marvel at the rush of water cascading in breathtaking tiers, surrounded by lush ferns and a myriad of wildlife. Climb above the falls for an unforgettable swim in a massive crystal clear pool. Be rewarded with a breathtaking view over the magnificent Prince Regent River in the distance – wilderness adventuring at its best! Late afternoon join our guides for an excursion to Cathedral Falls, while spotting crocodiles and flying foxes. Alternatively fish the Prince Regent River which is renowned for big Barramundi and Threadfin Salmon.

 
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Day 4

CAMDEN HARBOUR, KURI BAY

At nearby Camden Harbour, we visit forlorn settlers’ graves on Sheep Island and soak up the history of the early European settlement. Take one of the tenders for a spot of exploration, have a go at fishing or collect rock oysters. Alternatively relax on the sundeck to take in the beautiful scenery. We then cruise between Augustus Island and the mainland, passing the remote pearling settlement of Kuri Bay.

 
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Day 5

RAFT POINT, SALE RIVER, DOUBTFUL BAY

This morning we cruise to Steep Island and anchor below Raft Point, as we prepare to walk to the caves perched on the hill, where some of the finest well-preserved Wandjina art in the Kimberley can be found. From the top we have an amazing view of the Kimberley coast. We then explore the Sale River and take an excursion upstream for a dip in the spring-fed rainforest pools and on the journey home view ancient rock art from the tenders. As the sun begins to set, we fish the inlets of Doubtful Bay for the elusive Barramundi and Threadfin Salmon.

 
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Day 6

RED CONE CREEK, MONTGOMERY REEF, COLLIER BAY

Take a tender excursion to Red Cone Creek for a refreshing swim at Ruby Falls, or join our guides to try your luck at mud crabbing. We then cruise to the amazing Montgomery Reef, which covers more than 300km2, making it Australia’s largest inshore reef. Watch as the tide falls right before your eyes, creating a waterfall effect as the reef rises out of the water. Then take a ride in the tenders to observe many marine species, including turtles and sea birds. Late afternoon try your luck at Barramundi fishing in Collier Bay or alternatively relax on board and take in the beautiful scenery.

 
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Day 7

TALBOT BAY, DUGONG BAY, BUCCANEER ARCHIPELAGO

Cruise to Talbot Bay, home to one of the icons of the Kimberley coast, the spectacular Horizontal Falls. Take a tender and head in for an up-close and exhilarating ride through this natural phenomenon. Join a scenic excursion up the back of Cyclone Creek to marvel at the amazing rock formations. In and around Dugong Bay, we take a scenic tender excursion and cool off with a refreshing swim in the freshwater pools. In the afternoon we cross the vast King Sound, cruising through the thousands of islands of the Buccaneer Archipelago. We pass Cape Leveque at sunset and journey through the night towards Broome.

 
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Day 8

CAPE LEVEQUE – BROOME

Arrive into Broome early morning. Enjoy your last breakfast on board before saying goodbye to the crew of the Kimberley Quest II. Disembarkation is at approximately 8.00am, where a courtesy vehicle will transfer you to your accommodation or airport.

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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