Wild Kimberley Coast

Wild Kimberley Coast

13 Days / 12 Nights

Price from$14,950

• Spectacular natural beauty • Pristine National Parks • Fascinating aboriginal artwork • Stunning beaches and waterfalls

The Kimberley coastline is on many a bucket list, with more than 2,600 islands, cascading waterfalls, reefs and crystal-clear water among its many charms. Discover this incredible natural environment of ancient rock art and pristine white beaches, while perfecting the art of sunset drinks. The most relaxing way to experience the largely untouched Kimberley coastline is with Island Escape Cruises aboard a luxury yacht. Sit back and enjoy as the amazing landscape slip past from the comfort of your deck chair, get up close on a Zodiac excursion or take a guided walk ashore. This adventure starts and ends in Broome.

Accommodating just 32 passengers, the brand new luxury yacht, Island Escape, takes you to some of the world's most spectacular places in style and comfort. She boasts a helideck, two luxury tenders, two Zodiacs, fish and snorkel gear, kayaks, paddle boards and a crew of 14 to look after your every need. Purpose built for coastal cruising and island hopping, you can explore places larger ships simply can't reach. Spacious surroundings and outdoor spaces include an indulgent spa on the sun deck. All 17 suites come with ocean views. The premium Owners Suite and six Horizon Suites are located on the upper deck with floor to ceiling panoramic doors to your balcony. The spacious Ocean Suites are available in king, twin or single configurations.

Wild Kimberley Coast map

Day 1: Broome Welcome to Broome and your Wild Kimberley Coast voyage. You will find Island Escape and your crew waiting for you in the port. Boarding commences at 3.00 pm for a 4.00 pm departure. If you arrive early, you can drop your luggage onboard when you arrive. We recommend you explore the rich history of Broome or enjoy her 22 km long Cable Beach. Once boarded please make yourselves at home in your suite, then join your Captain, his crew and your fellow passengers for cocktails and canapés on deck. The chefs have prepared a welcome dinner for you which will be served as you sail into the sunset towards adventure.

Day 2: Horizontal Waterfalls After a good night's rest, enjoy an al-fresco breakfast on the aft deck of the yacht while you take in gorgeous views as you glide through some of the 1,000 islands of the Buccaneer Archipelago. Be ready for your adrenaline to start pumping as you visit Australia's largest tides at the 'horizontal waterfalls'. The tidal movement in this area is huge, with some of the greatest tides on the planet. Here, an enormous measure of water endeavours to course through a small gap, creating a 4 m wave rushing along at up to 20 knots. Another is Whirlpool Passage, which has the territory on one side and an island on the other, causing huge whirlpools, with some reaching the size of a football field. The Zodiacs will be launched and you get 'really close' to these amazing acts from mother nature.

Day 3: Doubtful Bay Wake up to the stunning views of Doubtful Bay, named by early explorer Phillip Parker King who thought Doubtful was an entrance to the mythical Inland Sea. After breakfast, the crew are ready with the Zodiacs to take you on an adventure up the Sale River towards Red Cone Creek. Here you will find the small but impressive Ruby Falls, surrounded by rock walls, and you may be able to track over to reach crocodile-free freshwater swimming holes and waterfalls. After a day of exploring, enjoy the relaxing scenery as you sail to your next destination.

Day 4: Careening Bay Overnight the crew have sailed the yacht to Careening Bay, an uninhabited raw natural beauty that has very limited access. Here you will find one of the most interesting historical features of the Kimberley, the 'Mermaid' boab tree. The carving on its bark, which is still well and truly visible today, is evidence of early European visits to the area. Philip Parker King careened HMC Mermaid on the beach in 1820. His crew inscribed the date and name of the Cutter on the large boab tree which is situated approximately 60 metres from the high water mark. Enjoy wonderfully crafted cocktails on deck as you sail with the sun setting on the horizon.

Day 5: Naturaliste Island - Mitchell Falls Anchor near the mouth of the Hunter River and in front of the beautiful beach of Naturaliste Island. From this beach you will embark on a scenic helicopter flight to the famous multi-layered Mitchell Falls where emerald-tinted rock pools cascade down the slopes. Mitchell River National Park is populated by many bird species, reptiles, mammals, and amphibians. Here you will also view the indigenous flora, fauna, and ancient Aboriginal rock art sites. The sandstone platforms are a wonderful way to relish in the peacefulness of the spectacular terrain. Sail at 3.00 pm along the wild Kimberley coast for Jar Island. The views from the aft deck bar and lounge are amazing.

Day 6: Jar Island, Vansittart Bay Vansittart Bay is a picturesque, cultural, and historical must-see destination, named by Phillip Parker on one of his surveys of Northern Australia in the 19th century. Not only will you see pristine white beaches and glistening aqua waters, but you will also visit the grave of a DC3 aircraft. During World War II, the plane was on its way from Perth but needed to crash land onto the saltpan after it veered off course and ran out of fuel. It was on a mercy mission, clearing four Dutch citizens from the island of Java, and was a blessing that all lived to tell the story. Also on display are the ethnic shards of pottery and Gwion Gwion rock art galleries dating back 40,000 years - Aboriginals name the paintings Gwion after the bird whose blood was used to create these artworks.

Day 7: King George Falls Welcome to the spectacular King George Falls, Western Australia's highest twin waterfalls which reaches approximately 100 metres. The King George River plunges down the red sandstone cliffs into flowing tidal water, creating the great King George Falls where the Zodiacs will take you close enough to be showered by the waterfall. You will spend the day exploring and savouring the overwhelming scenery the river has to offer and gaze in awe at the ancient wilderness coast that is only experienced by a small number of people. Sail to nearby Faraway Bay to anchor for dinner before proceeding around midnight.

Day 8: Sailing Today is dedicated to exploring the area further offshore. Arrive around the Sand and Cassini Islands for lunch. The area is well known as a turtle breeding area as well as a productive fishing location. Wind through the islands on the way to anchorage at Swift Bay.

Day 9: Swift Bay Swift Bay is home to a series of Wandjina art galleries, located only a short walk from the Zodiac landing. The area holds some of the largest Aboriginal artwork dating back between 5,000 and 17,000 years. Birds, fish, turtles and Wandjina, the Aboriginal spirits who created the land and controlled the weather. After lunch, it is time to move and anchor at Winyalkan Bay and explore Hathaway's Hideaway. Be prepared to see geckos, bats, and other signs of life, albeit a long time ago when it was used as an Aboriginal midden. The curves and segments inside the cavern project the sensation of an optical dream, explains why they are often described as maze-like. In the evening you can enjoy the sun setting over the Indian Ocean whilst sipping delicious, crafted cocktails.

Day 10: Prince Regent National Park This morning sail through one of Australia's most important conservation sites, the Prince Regent National Park. Take breakfast on the aft deck whilst passing some brilliant terrain en route to King Cascade, a traditionally beautiful terraced waterfall said to be the most photographed in the Kimberley. Tumbling from an impressive height and around 50 m across, water dives down a staggered patio of Kimberley sandstone - welcome to King Cascade. Here the crew will position the Zodiacs under the falls for a wonderful showering experience.

Day 11: Montgomery Reef Today visit Montgomery Reef, a remarkable naturally assorted coral reef covering nearly 300 square km. Watch in awe as the monstrous Montgomery Reef rises out of the ocean at low tide, the outward development of the tide frames a downpour of water, falling cascades and a plethora of marine life as they try to escape the emerging reef - octopuses, turtles, reef sharks and even dugongs, manta rays and dolphins. The reef and island were named by Philip Parker King, the first European to find the island, whilst investigating the territory in 1818 on board the Mermaid. King named the reef after the ship's surgeon, Andrew Montgomery.

Day 12: Silica Beach & Cygnet Bay Pearl Farm Wake up in beautiful Silica Beach, located on the remote Hidden Island. Silica Beach is an extraordinariness in these parts, known for its turquoise ocean and ivory sand, the only such beach on the entire Kimberley coast. The white sand slants seaward between the headlands to more profound stone reefs, allowing small boat access. Here you will have the opportunity to relax and indulge in the wonderful views of the clear blue glistening water. After breakfast on the aft deck, sail towards Mission Bay where you have a tour of the Cygnet Bay Pearl Farm. This tour gives visitors an insight into the fascinating history of pearling in Cygnet Bay and how they cultivate some of the most sought-after and beautiful pearls in the world. Their knowledgeable tour guides will demonstrate a pearl harvest giving a glimpse into a fully operational pearl farm.

Day 13: Broome This incredible, memory-filled journey along the Wild Kimberley Coast concludes in Broome this morning at 9.00 am. Enjoy a healthy brunch as you sail into Broome - time to say goodbye to new-found friends, captain, and crew onboard Island Escape.

NB: Due to the nature of the areas where you are cruising, there may be alterations to activities and timings at the Captain's discretion.

• Luxury accommodation in a suite category of your choice • All meals and beverages onboard • All scheduled excursions and activities • Unlimited Wi-Fi • Gratuities

Pricing (per person) $NZD

Type TWIN SINGLE

2022

Ocean Suite (King)

Ocean Suite (Twin)

Horizon Suite (King)

Owners Suite (King)

Ocean Suite (Solo)

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$14,950

$14,950

$18,450

$20,950

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$19,450

Departs

2022 2, 14, 27 May (27 May is sold out)
8, 21 June
3, 16, 28 July
10, 22 August
4, 16 September

Booking conditions

• This voyage is intended for guests over the age of eighteen • Island Escape Cruises reserves the right to correct, without advance warning or liability, any mistakes, inaccuracies, or omissions at any time • Programs and offers can be withdrawn without warning at any time • All bookings are subject to Island Escape Cruises terms and conditions - the World Journeys Assurance policy does not apply to this cruise

Island Escape Cruises Assurance The health, safety, and wellbeing of both guests and crew is top priority. Onboard health procedures have been implemented to ensure that safe and responsible operation, and enhanced protocols and procedures for cleaning and disinfection in line with the latest National requirements and guidelines from the World Health Organization will be in place before you set sail. Throughout the yacht are placed hand sanitisers. The air conditioning system continuously supplies 100% fresh, filtered air from outdoors to all indoor spaces.

Book with Peace of Mind If you cancel due to Covid-19 you will receive a Future Cruise Credit of cruise monies paid, valid for 18 months from original booked sailing date in the following circumstances: a. If guest or part of travelling party test positive to COVID-19 in the 28 days prior to sailing. b. If guests show signs of COVID-19 symptoms including common cold symptoms such as mild fever, coughing, sneezing etc as assessed by Island Escape Cruises boarding team at time of pre-embarkation temperature checks. c. If Government Mandated Travel Restrictions, (a hard border that prevents you from leaving your home port or from arriving to the embarkation port) prevent the guest from travelling within 28 days of sailing. If Island Escape Cruises cancels a sailing due to Covid-19, guests will receive a Future Cruise Credit of monies paid, valid for 18 months from date of cancellation.

Please refer to World Journeys terms & conditions.

Not included

• Transport to departure/arrival point • Additional accommodation or arrangements which may be required in your itinerary to and from the cruise departure/arrival point