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Cruising the Kimberley Coastline

Overview

Cruising the Kimberley coastline provides an experience to treasure for a lifetime and will take you to a land untouched for centuries. It remains one of the world’s truly unique cruising regions.

A Kimberley cruise allows you to experience close at hand spectacular gorges, stunning waterfalls, rugged limestone cliffs, crystal clear turquoise waters, vast river systems and unforgettable ancient art sites. The region is also a haven for bird, marine and wildlife.

Cruises operate from March until October with various sizes and standards of vessels, catering to all types of passengers. The cruises offer a variety of land and water based excursions each day. A reasonable level of fitness is required for some walks and a steadiness on your feet will also be of assistance, although this won’t preclude you from doing most excursions each day. We would recommend travelling early in the season when waterfalls and gorges have an abundance of water and the vegetation is green and lush.

Cruises will enable passengers to visit a range of Kimberley coastal icons:

Horizontal Waterfalls: Up to 10 metre tides create a spectacular scene, sending huge volumes of water pouring through a narrow chasm in the land formation. Take an exhilarating ride through this natural phenomenon.

Montgomery Reef: Australia’s largest inshore reef of 292 sq km provides a stunning panorama of white water rapids on the ebb tide. The reef is rich in marine life, including dugongs, turtles, manta rays and many species of sea birds.

Mitchell Plateau: This region was formed over 1800 million years ago amidst volcanic eruptions and massive upheavals in the earth’s crust. It is home to the spectacular four tiered Mitchell Falls. The region is also biologically significant and contains over 50 species of mammals, 220 bird species and 86 species of amphibians and reptiles.

King George Falls: Take a breathtaking cruise to the King George Falls through vertically-sided sandstone canyons, ending at the highest waterfall (80 metres) in Western Australia.

Drysdale River: One of the Kimberley’s longest rivers at 432km. Explore the spectacular palm-studded landscape and rapids of the Drysdale area. Drysdale is renowned for its saltwater crocodiles, flying foxes and many species of bird life, which thrive in its delta islands.

Vessels offering Kimberley cruises:

Coral Adventurer

  • 120 passengers, 40 crew
  • 93m length
  • Zodiacs

Itineraries:

  • Broome to Darwin
  • Darwin to Broome

Cruise features:

  • 2 ‘Xplorer’ passenger excursion vessels
  • Passenger Lift
  • Balcony Cabins

Coral Discoverer

  • 72 passengers, 25 crew
  • 63m length
  • Zodiacs

Itineraries:

  • Broome to Darwin
  • Darwin to Broome

Cruise features:

  • Balcony Staterooms
  • 72 passenger excursion vessel
  • Hydraulic platform

Coral Expeditions I

  • 46 passengers, 15 crew
  • 35m length
  • Zodiacs

Itineraries:

  • Broome to Darwin
  • Darwin to Broome

Cruise features:

  • 46 passenger excursion vessel
  • Hydraulic platform
  • All Australian crew

True North

  • 36 passengers, 20 crew
  • 50m length
  • Excursion tenders

Itineraries:

  • Broome to Wyndham
  • Rowley Shoals

Cruise features:

  • On-board helicopter
  • Flexible excursion options
  • All Australian crew

Ocean Dream

  • 12 passengers, 5 crew
  • 24m length
  • Excursion tenders

Itineraries:

  • Broome to Hunter River
  • Broome to Wyndham

Cruise features:

  • On-board spa
  • Helipad
  • Flexible excursion options

Kimberley Quest II

  • 18 passengers, 6 crew
  • 25m length
  • Excursion tenders

Itineraries:

  • Broome to Mitchell Plateau
  • Mitchell Plateau to Wyndham
  • Broome to Wyndham

Cruise features:

  • On-board spa
  • Flexible excursion options
  • Helipad

MV Great Escape

  • 14 passengers, 6 crew
  • 26m length
  • Excursion tenders

Itineraries:

  • Broome to Mitchell Plateau
  • Broome to Wyndham
  • Broome to Doubtful Ba
  • Wyndham to the Mitchell Plateau

Cruise features:

  • On-board helicopter
  • Fishing itineraries
  • 4 night cruise option

MV Diversity

  • 12 passengers, 5 crew
  • 21m length
  • Excursion tenders

Itineraries:

  • Broome to Wyndham
  • Broome to Hunter River
  • Broome to Buccaneer Archipelago

Cruise features:

  • Recently renovated
  • Flexible excursion options
  • Fishing itineraries

Kimberley Pearl

  • 10 passengers, 4 crew
  • 22m length
  • Excursion tenders

Itineraries:

  • Broome to Montgomery Islands
  • Broome to Wyndham

Cruise features:

  • Flexible itineraries
  • Fishing opportunities
  • Flexible excursion options

Le Lapérouse

  • 184 passengers, 110 crew
  • 131m length
  • Zodiacs

Itineraries:

  • Broome to Darwin
  • Darwin to Broome

Cruise features:

  • Balcony Suites
  • Underwater Lounge
  • Passenger Lift

MS Caledonian Sky

  • 110 passengers, 75 crew
  • 91m length
  • Zodiacs

Itineraries:

  • Broome to Darwin
  • Darwin to Broome

Cruise features:

  • Balcony Suites
  • Cruise Director
  • Passenger Lift

Silver Discoverer

  • 120 passengers, 96 crew
  • 96m length
  • Zodiacs

Itineraries:

  • Broome to Darwin
  • Darwin to Broome

Cruise features:

  • Veranda Suites
  • Butler Service
  • Passenger Lift