Kimberley Quest Cruise
10 Days – 19-28 September 2022
Broome to Broome
The 10 day Kimberley Quest Cruise is an extensive exploration of the southern Kimberley, visiting many unknown sights, rarely visited islands, inlets and ‘secret spots’. Enjoy pristine beaches, secluded fresh water swimming holes, ancient Aboriginal art sites and fishing for Barramundi and many more fish species.
This Broome to Broome loop visits icons such as the Horizontal Falls, Montgomery Reef and the King Cascade to name a few. Your 10 day Adventure Quest from Broome takes in all there is to offer of the southern Kimberley region allowing you to explore many breathtaking areas, discover the deep history of the region and enjoy unforgettable scenery.
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.
Day 1: Broome – Cape Leveque
Your Kimberley Quest Cruise begins on board the Kimberley Quest II, where you will be welcomed aboard 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.
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 we take a scenic excursion up the back of Cyclone Creek to marvel at the amazing rock formations.
Day 3: Surprise Falls, Secure Bay
Mid-morning you will visit Surprise Falls for a refreshing swim. Then enter Secure Bay and watch the incredible tidal movements as we cruise through many spectacular whirlpools. Take a scenic tender excursion to witness the colours of ancient sandstone cliffs and the stunning Kimberley Rose. Late afternoon get your first taste of fishing for Giant Trevally, mackerel, tuna and queenfish.
Day 4: Montgomery Reef, Sale River & Raft Point
Today we 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. Later we explore the Sale River taking an excursion upstream for a dip in the spring-fed rainforest pools. On the journey home we 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.
Day 5: Doubtful Bay, Red Cone Creek, Camden Sound
This is another day packed with adventure as we cruise towards Three Ways for Barramundi fishing and mud crabbing. Further exploration takes us to Ruby Falls, located off Red Cone Creek. Enjoy this picturesque freshwater swimming hole, filled with water lilies and smooth water-worn rocks to sit on and take in the tranquil surrounds. Marvel at the antics of infant whales as we cruise through the Humpback breeding sanctuary of Camden Sound.
Day 6: Camden Harbour, Rothsay Water
Early morning we take you pelagic fishing or join our guides in search of Kimberley rock oysters. Afterwards visit Camden Harbour, scene of a 19th-century sheep farming fiasco by early European settlers. In this rugged setting and harsh climate, the settlement failed miserably and was abandoned after less than two years. Mid-afternoon we cruise towards Rothsay Water to take a tender excursion exploring ancient Bradshaw and Wandjina art.
Day 7: Prince Regent River, King Cascade, Cathedral Falls
Cruising up the Prince Regent River, marvel at the pristine waterway that cuts through sandstone cliffs and gorges. We arrive at King Cascade, which is a spring-fed waterfall, 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.
Day 8: Hanover Bay, Booby Island
Cruising up the Prince Regent River, marvel at the pristine waterway that cuts through sandstone cliffs and gorges. We arrive at King Cascade, which is a spring-fed waterfall, surrounded by Enjoy a tender excursion around historic Hanover Bay and learn about the naming of Treachery Head and the exploits of explorer George Grey (1837). Cruise out past the scenic sandstone and basalt islands of Brunswick Bay. Marvel at the remote seabird colony of Booby Island and try your luck at pelagic fishing.
Day 9: Heywood & Champagny Islands
Spend the day exploring the spectacular crystal clear beaches of Heywood and Champagny Islands. Visit a historic secret radar base from World War II, which is a truly fascinating heritage site. The final leg of your journey takes you towards Cape Leveque as you savour your last evening on board enjoying the sunset and marvelling at the spectacular Humpback Whales.
Day 10: Cygnet Bay, Broome
This morning enjoy your last breakfast on board, then wave goodbye to the crew of the Kimberley Quest II before boarding a scenic flight back to Broome. On arrival ( approximately 12.00pm) in Broome a courtesy vehicle will transfer you to your accommodation.
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.
Price + Inclusions
|10 Day Adventure Quest||Price per person|
- 19 September 2022 – 28 September 2022
- Gourmet cuisine – using local and fresh ingredients prepared by our talented on-board Chef
- Ensuited cabins – serviced daily
- Laundry service – this complimentary service is provided upon request
- Pre and post cruise transfers are provided from/to your choice of local accommodation or Broome/Kununurra airport
- A variety of daily shore and tender excursions