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THE KIMBERLEY WITH TRUE NORTH & BY PRIVATE PLANE

  • Overview
  • Accommodation
  • Itinerary
  • Fares

A journey overview

  • Broome
  • True North Luxury Yacht
  • Horizontal Falls
  • Montgomery Reef
  • Kings Cascades
  • Bungle Bungle Range
  • Kununurra

12 Days Expedition Voyage
  • Departing:
  • 9 Jun 2022 2 suites remain

Board the luxury yacht True North and access the remote destinations of the Kimberley Coast like no other vessel can. By private plane, we fly to the Bungle Bungle Range.

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Itinerary

Arrive in beautiful Broome this afternoon and transfer to the iconic Cable Beach Club Resort, situated right on 22-kilometre long Cable Beach. Our afternoon is free to relax and enjoy the resort’s expansive gardens and excellent facilities, or just to take a stroll or a swim at the beach. We’ll convene as the sun goes down – a Broome sunset is never to be forgotten – at the resort‘s Sunset Bar. Afterwards, we’ll enjoy a welcome dinner at Cicetti Club, a tapas restaurant with a Venetian twist.

After a leisurely breakfast, we’ll head off on a walking tour of the town, which will include the pearl luggers which hark back to Broome’s historic pearl industry days; Sun Pictures, the open-air cinema which dates to 1916; Chinatown, and a visit to the Short Street Gallery, which showcases contemporary Indigenous art. Lunch will be at Matsos Brewery. Then we’ll discover Gantheume Point, known for its dinosaur footprints, made here 125 million years ago, as well as its views of red rock outcrops and turquoise seas. We’ll also explore the moving Chinese Cemetery, with its more than 90 graves and funerary monuments – both a moving commemoration of the pearling days, and a testament to Broome’s multicultural nature. This evening, we can choose where to dine – perhaps at one of the resort’s many options, or at restaurants close by along Cable Beach.

This morning, we embark on one of two fascinating Your World Experiences. One option is to join Robert Dann for an insight into Broome’s unique cultural mix, including its ancient Indigenous culture. We learn of the region’s Aboriginal and pearling history, bush tucker, and tragic stories of the Stolen Generations. Alternatively, travel out of town to Willie Creek Pearl Farm, where we learn about the cultured pearl farming process and take a boat ride to view live oyster farms. At 5pm, we embark the True North, our home for the next seven nights. This luxury cruising yacht carries a maximum of only 36 guests, and is equipped with its own helicopter and six dedicated adventure boats. After a cocktail reception, we’ll dine as the ship leaves port for the overnight cruise to Yampi Sound.

We awake to the spectacular sight of the Kimberley and savour breakfast as we glide past Cockatoo and Koolan Islands, both of which have an iron-ore mining history. Then it’s on to a Kimberley icon, the Horizontal Falls. Riding on a True North tender, we experience the extraordinary power of the huge tide as it flows rapidly through two narrow gorges. At additional cost, we can opt to fly over the falls on our own helicopter. Later, we swim and take a walk on the squeaky white sands of Silica Beach, or choose to take one of the adventure boats to Whirlpool Pass, another powerful example of the Kimberley tides. The evening ends with a leisurely dinner and drinks as we cruise to Doubtful Bay.

First, we explore the Sale River, riding the tide on a classic river expedition. For keen anglers, the mouth of the Sale offers the first chance to land a burramundi – at an additional cost, we can take off on a heli-fishing adventure to a rarely visited spot. We savour lunch as 360 square kilometres as the tide recedes. The falling tide sees the waters cascade into surrounding channels, and turtles, dugongs, crocodiles and other sea creatures make for open water. It’s also a feast for seabirds who swoop on the reef’s bounty.

We enter another fishing haven, Prince Regent River. Here we can fish for the mangrove jack and fingermark bream. As we reach King Cascade, the captain will manoeuvre True North right under the falls, and then we have a chance to explore the region further, perhaps on a hike, a swim in a pristine billabong, or a diversion to the spectacular Amphitheatre waterfall.

Our explorations of the Kimberley’s fascinating rivers continues with a cruise on the Hunter River, known for its red cliffs set amid lush rainforest and a tangle of mangroves. Here is another perfect setting for fishing, mud crabbing and birdwatching. We take an exhilarating walk to the hidden Jackson Falls, with the option of a helicopter flight over this splendid landscape at additional cost. If time permits, we’ll enjoy a sundowner at Naturalist Island before we cruise overnight to Vansittart Bay.

Today we have an opportunity to see awe-inspiring Gwion Gwion art, also known as Bradshaws – ancient rock art that pre-dates most other examples of Indigenous culture and may date back as far as 12,000 years, among the world’s oldest-known paintings. Vansittart Bay is famed for its monster mackerel, so again the anglers among us will be busy. A highlight of our journey is today’s lunch at Eagle Falls, with the helicopter flying us to and from this memorable picnic spot. As well, the tenders will be busy exploring the local beaches and creeks before we make for Koolama Bay as we sleep.

As soon as the tide permits, we cross the sand bars at the mouth of the King George River to reveal breathtaking views and enjoy these staggering vistas as we cruise upstream to the mighty King George Falls. The captain will anchor at the base of the twin falls, the tallest in Western Australia at 80 metres. We can trek to the top for a view of sheer magnificence, or climb into the helicopter to get a bird’s-eye view of the falls and the surrounding gorge (additional expense). Later, we learn about the bombing of the merchant ship Koolama during World War II, and take a relaxing stroll at Tranquil Bay before we continue on to the frontier port of Wyndham.

This morning we farewell True North and transfer to Wyndham Airport, there to board our privately chartered Cessna Caravans for the one-hour flight to the magnificent Purnululu National Park. On arrival, we take a scenic walk through Cathedral Gorge and its imposing natural rock amphitheatre before heading to our luxurious Outback home for the next two nights. APT’s Bungle Bungle Wilderness Lodge is an oasis of comfort in the heart of the Kimberley, and our luxury tents place us perfectly in the surroundings. We unwind on our private decks and take in the serenity before dinner at the lodge.

A pleasant two-kilometre walk to Echidna Chasm is a highlight of the final full day of our journey. We navigate a path thorough a cleft in the rocks, which subtly change colour with the angle of the sun. Around us are boulder-strewn tracks, and rocks improbably topped with palm trees. Lunch at the lodge follows, and then we have a free afternoon to relax. Our Farewell Dinner as we watch the sun set gives us a chance to reflect on the memorable time we’ve spent together.

We transfer to the Bungle Bungle airstrip and join our privately chartered aircraft for the one-hour trip to Kununurra, where we meet our connecting flights home.

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