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Cruising the Kimberley Coastline

Luxury Cruises in the Kimberley Region

Introduction

If you do just one thing in your life, it should be to cruise the Kimberley Coast. It remains one of the world’s 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 late 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. And some vessels have an onboard helicopter.

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.

When Is The Best Time To Take A Luxury Kimberley Cruise?

If your schedule allows it, we would recommend travelling early in the season when waterfalls and gorges have an abundance of water and the vegetation is green and lush.

Here is our guide to the natural attractions you may visit:

Horizontal Waterfalls: a little taste of white-water rafting in The Kimberley! Up to 10 metre tides send huge volumes of water pouring through a narrow chasm in the land formation. You can take an exhilarating ride through this wonder.

Montgomery Reef: if you love marine life then Montgomery Reef will be your haven. The reef is rich in marine life, including dugongs, turtles, manta rays and many species of sea birds. It is Australia’s largest inshore reef of 292kms² and provides a stunning panorama of white-water rapids on the ebb tide. Many cruise guest’s favourite excursion!

Mitchell Falls: the spectacular four-tiered Mitchell Falls. Equally impressive whether flowing or dry. The falls and the surrounding Mitchell Plateau region were formed over 1800 million years ago amidst volcanic eruptions and massive upheavals in the earth’s crust. Take a helicopter flight over the falls to marvel this magnificent natural wonder.

King George Falls: the highest falls in Western Australia at 80 metres. The meandering cruise through the giant escarpments only heightens the experience when you arrive to view these majestic falls. Some of the cruise companies also offer the option of a clambering walk up the side of the falls to take in the view from the top.

Berkeley River: is known for its towering gorges, majestic waterfalls and sandstone cliffs. A cruise through the escarpments will delight the senses.late

Map of the Kimberley Region in Western Australia

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Kimberley coastal cruising vessels:

Launched in April 2019, Coral Adventurer is built to take you closer to unspoiled vistas in comfort, style and safety….

Refurbished in November 2016, Coral Discoverer continues to raise the bar to new levels of sophistication in expedition cruising…

Coral Expeditions’ fourth expedition ship is launching in 2021 and is built small enough to go to untouched places…

This twin-hilled catamaran provides stability and ensures a steady cruise across the crystal waters of the beautiful Kimberley coast…

The advanced design ensures very quiet operation, offering a spacious interior with phenomenal stability. Perfect for sneaking into secluded shallow bays…

Accommodating just 36 guests, True North provides an exclusive and highly personalised cruising experience…

True North II was purpose-built to explore the Kimberley, and completed a soft refurbishment in January 2023.

Custom designed for this region, Kimberley Quest II is built to cruise these specific waters and explore these natural landscapes…

A smooth and stable twin-hulled catamaran offering luxury Kimberley cruise itineraries of 4 to 13 nights…

With a maximum of 12 guests on board, Diversity’s crew to guest ratio ensures personalised service for that unforgettable experience…

If you are after an intimate Kimberley cruising experience, with the chance to make lifelong friends, the Kimberley Pearl is for you.

Le Lapérouse has been designed to provide absolute comfort for its passengers, even at the heart of the world’s most remote regions…

Featuring innovative equipment, elegantly designed staterooms, spacious suites with private terraces, Le Soléal will give you a unique cruising experience…

With a maximum of 12 guests, Ocean Dream will feel like your own private vessel, SO you’ll be able to cruise through the ancient Kimberley landscape in style and comfort…

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