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KIMBERLEY CRUISES

14 DAY KIMBERLEY CRUISE & PRIVATE 4WD ADVENTURE

Included Highlights:    

  • 7 Day Kimberley Coastal Cruise onboard the luxury small expedition vessel ‘True North’ includes shore based excursions & all meals
  • 7 Day exclusive Private Fully Guided 4WD Kimberley Adventure

Featuring:

  • Horizontal Falls
  • Barramundi Fishing
  • Aboriginal Rock Art Paintings
  • King George Falls
  • Montgomery Reef
  • El Questro Chamberlain Gorge Cruise
  • Lake Argyle Sunset Cruise
  • Bungle Bungles Touring
  • Geikie Gorge Wildlife Cruise
  • Windjana Gorge, Tunnel Creek

Details:

  • Price: from $18935.00pp
  • Stay: True North Cruise Ship (7N), El Questro (2N), Lake Argyle Resort (1N), Bungle Bungle Wilderness Lodge (2N), Fitzroy River Lodge (1N)
  • Commence: Broome – Conclude: Broome
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Commencing in Broome this is the total Kimberley adventure. Join a 7 night coastal cruise on the luxurious Australian crewed expedition vessel True North where you will explore the Kimberley coast in comfort, fish for the mighty barramundi, visit ancient Aboriginal rock art and be in awe of amazing natural wonders such as King George Falls and Montgomery Reef. Then join your private guided 4WD journey where we explore in-depth and at a relaxed pace this unique and inspiring region. We meet the characters, stay in comfortable and stylish accommodation, and have the opportunity to appreciate the environment in only a way that travelling in a small private tour with your own friendly and experienced local guide allows. Your tour completes a full Kimberley circuit with conclusion back in Broome.

Day 1 – Join True North – Overnight Cruise

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.

Accommodation: True North En-suited Cabin
Meals: Dinner

Day 2 – On Board True North – Horizontal Falls

Awake to the majestic Kimberley and savour an irresistible True North breakfast as we glide past Cockatoo and Koolan Islands – our attentive crew will be happy to introduce the colourful histories of both! Then 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!

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Then – you will have hardly had a chance to catch your breath when, for those who can’t wait one minute longer, Leadline Creek will be the first opportunity to ‘land a barra’! Before you know it, your first day onboard will be coming to an end – but there’s still time to select a fine wine and to enjoy a leisurely evening meal as we cruise to Doubtful Bay.

Accommodation: True North En-suited Cabin
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3 – On Board True North – Montgomery Reef

This morning is devoted to exploring the Sale River. Fish the mouth for barra and then join naturalists and adventurers alike as we ‘ride the tide’ on a classic river expedition! Enjoy a swim in your very own billabong before returning to the ultimate comfort of the True North. Then, you’ll probably be enjoying lunch as we weigh anchor and cruise for another Kimberley icon – 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!

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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!

Accommodation: True North En-suited Cabin
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4 – On Board True North – Kings Cascades

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 Kings Cascades we manoeuvre the True North 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!

Accommodation: True North En-suited Cabin
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5 – On Board True North – Barra Fishing

If you think the Regent was good – wait till ya see the Hunter! With stunning red cliffs set behind rainforest and mangroves – the Hunter River is yet another awesome setting for fishing, mud crabbing, bird watching and just simply exploring! Enjoy an exhilarating hike to the hidden Jackson Falls and there’s even more splendour from the helicopter! Hopefully we’ll have time for a sunset drink on Naturaliste Island and then it’s an overnight cruise to Vansittart Bay.

Accommodation: True North En-suited Cabin
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6 – On Board True North – Aboriginal Rock Art

Today there will be an opportunity to see the “Bradshaws” – possibly the oldest art known to man. The heli-picnic at Eagle Falls is always a ‘big hit’- enjoy a sumptuous picnic lunch amidst breathtaking scenery. The tenders will also be busy exploring local beaches and creeks. Overnight we cruise to Koolama Bay.

Accommodation: True North En-suited Cabin
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7 – On Board True North – King George Falls

Yet another mighty Kimberley river – The King George! As soon as the tide is high enough, we’ll cross the sand bars at the mouth to reveal even more breathtaking river vista. Then our journey upstream will take us to the very ‘jewel in the crown’ – The King George Falls. Here we 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. Just the thought of leaving this magnificence will inspire mutiny! Learn about the bombing of a state-ship during WWII, then take a stroll at Tranquil Bay before we continue onto the frontier port of Wyndham.

Accommodation: True North En-suited Cabin
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8 – Join your Private 4WD Journey 

This morning your friendly InStyle Adventures tour guide and fully equipped 4WD vehicle will great you as you say farewell to the True North at Wyndham port. After a trip up to the stunning 5 Rivers Lookout, giving you a great panoramic view of Cambridge Gulf, we will take a short drive along the highway prior to turning off onto the iconic Gibb River Road. Forged through cattle country by the early pioneers ‘the track’ as it is known traverses the heart of the Kimberley.

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We cross the Pentecost River, with spectacular vistas that provided the backdrop to Baz Luhrmann’s movie Australia, we stop for morning tea on the banks of this mighty estuary. We arrive at the outback oasis of Home Valley Station where we have the opportunity to take a short walk and learn about this cattle property that is owned by the Indigenous Land Council and where training in the hospitality and pastoral industries is provided to local indigenous youth. Lunch is a hearty affair enjoyed at Dusty’s Bar & Grill. This afternoon we venture back to El Questro Wilderness Park, the most famous station and tourism resort along the Gibb River Road. The spectacular landscape, dotted with boab trees and stunning gorges is the perfect environment to appreciate the captivating beauty of this remote region. The afternoon is the perfect time to tackle the challenging Emma Gorge walk prior to enjoying a cocktail and a delicious meal under the evening sky.

Accommodation: El Questro
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 9 – El Questro Station, Emma Gorge

A full day of exploring the vast wilderness of El Questro entices us today. We will visit the magical warm waters of Zebedee Springs and take a cruise on the hauntingly beautiful Chamberlain River. We have ample time to explore the 4WD tracks, hitting low range as we head up to Branco’s and Saddleback lookout. With many walking options including El Questro Gorge or Amalia Gorge we can tailor our day to suit and after a visit to the main ‘township’ we return to our relaxing oasis at Emma Gorge.

Accommodation: El Questro – Emma Gorge
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 10 – Kununurra, Lake Argyle Sunset Cruise

Departing El Questro this morning we take time out to explore the ‘capital’ of the East Kimberley, Kununurra. A chance to catch up with the ‘real world’ in this manicured outback oasis beautifully situated on the mighty Ord River. A short drive out of town will take us to one of Australia’s largest inland waters where you will enjoy an exciting sunset cruise on Lake Argyle. Learn of how this mighty lake was formed whilst viewing the abundant native wildlife and enjoying a glass of champagne, it doesn’t get much better.  Your comfortable room at the recently refurbished resort provides stunning views over the lake.

Accommodation: Lake Argyle Resort
Meals: Breakfast

Day 11 – The Bungle Bungles, Echidna Chasm 

Today we journey deep into what is sure to be a highlight of our journey, the World Heritage protected Purnululu National Park, a spectacular wilderness region that is home to some of the country’s most striking geological formations. Travel the 4WD Spring Creek Track and discover the magnitude of Purnululu as we hike to Echidna Chasm, a spectacular natural cleft in the rock. Narrow in width, with walls reaching 100-metres high, the chasm is a must see in the Kimberley as the afternoon light sees it at it’s most glorious. This evening we arrive at the private Bungle Bungle Wilderness Lodge, our home for the next 2 nights.

Accommodation: APT Bungle Bungle Wilderness Lodge
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 12 – The Bungle Bungles, Cathedral Gorge

We have a full day to continue our exploration of this extraordinary natural wonder, including the famous Bungle Bungle domes. Rivers created this landscape of unique orange and black striped ‘beehive’ geological formations over a period of 20 million years. Unbelievably, only the locals knew it existed until the early 1980’s; once discovered by others, the area was made a national park in 1987. We take a short walk into stunning Cathedral Gorge, where towering rocks create a natural amphitheatre and will have time in the afternoon to take a highly recommended optional helicopter flight that puts the whole area into a spectacular perspective. This evening view a sensational sunset enjoying drinks & nibbles.

Accommodation: APT Bungle Bungle Wilderness Lodge
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 13 – Halls Creek, Giekie Gorge Cruise

This morning we head to the outback town of Halls Creek and admire the unusual China Wall. A natural quartz formation that runs six kilometres along the landscape, the wall is an echo of that for which it was named – the Great Wall of China. Continuing towards Fitzroy Crossing we arrive late afternoon at Geikie Gorge National Park where we explore the magnificent Darngku on a guided boat tour. Flooding of the river has bleached the walls white over time, an intriguing sight that makes it popular with photographers. This evening our comfortable accommodation is situated on the banks of the mighty Fitzroy River.

Accommodation: Fitzroy River Lodge
Meals: Breakfast

Day 14 – Tunnel Creek, Windjana Gorge  

We join the Fairfield Leopold Road tracking through a stunning landscape of boab trees and limestone escarpments arriving at Tunnel Creek, a 750- metre cave system carved through the Napier Range, in which we discover stalactites, secret caves and a variety of wildlife. It is here we also hear of the legend of Jandamarra, an Aboriginal freedom fighter who used the tunnel as a hide out in the late 1800’s. Our journey continues to the stunning natural beauty of Windjana Gorge with spectacular cliffs and an opportunity to get up close (but not too close!) with the endemic freshwater crocodile.

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After a picnic lunch inside the gorge we once again hit the Gibb River Road stopping at Mowanjam Art & Cultural Centre for an insight into the local Indigenous artists.  We take a short diversion into the pioneer township of Derby and visit the famous Boab Prison Tree prior to crossing the Fitzroy River en-route to our late afternoon arrival into Broome where your tour concludes with a drop off at your accommodation.

Concludes Broome
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

What to Bring

  • A pair of shoes/sandals that you don’t mind getting wet for Tunnel Creek Tours
  • A broad-rimmed hat for all round sun protection
  • Swimming costume & towel
  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Personal water bottle – at least 1 litre recommended
  • Small day pack
  • Light comfortable clothing, including a fleece & long trousers for evenings

Your Private Luxury 4WD Adventure Includes:

  • All Sightseeing, Park Fees, Tours & Meals as Specified
  • Transport in a Modern & Comfortable 4wd Vehicle
  • Pick up & Drop off at your Accommodation
  • Services of an Friendly & Experienced Driver Guide
  • Drinking Water & Snacks whilst on tour

What’s not included:

  • Items of a Personal Nature
  • Optional Activities
  • Personal Travel Insurance

Important Notes:

  • Departures and itinerary are subject to availability, regional weather conditions & road closures
  • Minimum 2 Guests Maximum 4 Guests
  • Personal Travel Insurance covering medical / emergency / cancellation & loss is strongly recommended
  • Some itineraries involve some clambering over rocks, through water & walking on un-even ground. A reasonable level of fitness is advised however options can be arranged to suit most guests abilities.
  • All tours operated by 3rd parties are subject to that operator’s terms & conditions and availability.
  • The Kimberley climate during our touring season coincides with ‘the Dry’. Generally the temperature ranges between 28-32º C during the day & may drop down to below 6º C during the night. It may be considerably warmer during September & October as ‘the Wet’ approaches.