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14 Day Ultimate Quest

This is the ultimate wilderness cruise along the whole Kimberley coast. Cruising between Broome and Wyndham, this adventure really does have it all; witness amazing Kimberley icons such as the King George Falls, Berkeley River, Montgomery Reef and the Horizontal Falls to name a few. Enjoy refreshing swims in fresh water holes, explore historical Aboriginal art sites, fish for the elusive Barramundi plus many other fish species and view majestic gorges. This cruise operates just after the wet season when the waterfalls are spectacular!

14 DAY ULTIMATE QUEST

Embark or disembark the vessel in Broome or Wyndham.

Cruises beginning or ending in Wyndham include a coach transfer to/from Kununurra.

18 Feb – 3 March, Broome – Darwin

28 Mar – 10 April, Broome  –  Wyndham

11 April – 24 April, Wyndham – Broome

25 April – 08 May, Broome  –  Wyndham

23 May – 05 June, Wyndham – Broome

Double $19,790

Superior $22,990

Flybridge $24,490

Embark or disembark the vessel in Broome or Wyndham. Cruises beginning or ending in Wyndham include a coach transfer to/from Kununurra.

BROOME – WYNDHAM
DAY 1: BROOME – CAPE LEVEQUE
Your Ultimate Quest begins when a courtesy vehicle picks you up from your accommodation at approximately 4.30pm and transfers you to the Kimberley Quest II, where you will be welcomed on board 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 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 take a scenic excursion up the back of Cyclone Creek to marvel at the amazing rock formations.

DAY 3: COLLIER BAY, MONTGOMERY REEF, RED CONE CREEK
Early morning we take you Barramundi fishing in Collier Bay and then 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 waterfall effect as the reef rises out of the water. Then take a ride in the tenders to observe many marine species, including turtles and sea birds. In the afternoon we cruise to Red Cone Creek for a refreshing swim at Ruby Falls, or try your luck at mud crabbing.

DAY 4: DOUBTFUL BAY, SALE RIVER, RAFT POINT
This morning we fish the inlets of Doubtful Bay for the elusive barramundi and Threadfin Salmon. We then explore the Sale River and take an excursion upstream for a dip in the spring-fed rainforest pools, and on the journey home, view ancient rock art from the tenders. We then head to Steep Island and anchor below Raft Point, as we prepare to 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: LANGII, KURI BAY, CAMDEN HARBOUR
Visit the mysterious cove at Langii and witness the ‘Petrified Warriors’. These remarkable sandstone pillars represent the warriors killed in a Dreamtime battle. We then cruise between Augustus Island and the mainland, passing the remote pearling settlement of Kuri Bay. At nearby Camden Harbour, we visit forlorn settlers’ graves on Sheep Island and soak up the history of the early European settlement. We take one of the tenders for a spot of exploration, have a go at fishing or collect rock oysters. Alternatively relax on the sundeck to take in the beautiful scenery.

DAY 6: PRINCE REGENT RIVER, KING CASCADE, CATHEDRAL FALLS
Early morning we cruise through St George Basin, a stunning inland sea. Leaving the vista of the mighty Mt Trafalgar and Mt Waterloo, we cruise up the Prince Regent River, marvelling at the pristine waterway that cuts through sandstone cliffs and gorges. Arriving at the spring- fed King Cascade, admire the rush of water cascading in breathtaking tiers, 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 7: CAREENING BAY, BIGGE ISLAND
Visit Careening Bay, site of an ancient carved boab tree first visited in 1820 by Phillip Parker King while on a hydrographic survey of the Australian coastline. Next we cruise north to Bigge Island, one of the largest sandstone islands and home to amazing Bradshaw art and Wandjina art with a maritime theme. As we continue our journey, witness the rugged terrain and ancient weathered rocks from the vessel while cruising towards the Mitchell River.

DAY 8: MITCHELL RIVER, SURVEYORS CREEK
We are now entering the incredible assortment of islands that form the Bonaparte Archipelago. Cruise to the Mitchell River, source of the magnificent Mitchell Falls, where you can charter a helicopter and take an exhilarating ride over the falls themselves. Drop a lure in later and perfect your fishing skills in these rich waters or go crocodile spotting. Late afternoon enjoy a swim in the cool tranquil waters of Surveyors Creek.

DAY 9: VANSITTART BAY, WWII DC3 CRASH SITE
Today we explore various coves within Vansittart Bay, visiting sites rich in the fascinating Bradshaw or Gwion Gwion art, named after Joseph Bradshaw, who in 1891 became the first European to record these amazing paintings. Some Bradshaw art, which is unique to the Kimberley, has been dated at over 17,000 years old. There is also the opportunity to visit the crash site of a DC3 aircraft, located on the eastern side of Vansittart Bay.

DAY 10: DRYSDALE RIVER
Today we encounter one of the longest rivers in the Kimberley (432km), the Drysdale. Spend the day exploring the spectacular palm- studded landscape and the rapids of the Drysdale area. Join our guides on a scenic tender excursion to witness crocodiles, flying foxes and many species of bird life which thrive in these delta islands. Then enjoy a swim in secluded rock pools. Late afternoon walk on a deserted beach or try to catch a Barramundi, with many great ‘snags’ to fish around.

DAY 11: GLYCOSMIS FALLS, PANGALI COVE, KOOLAMA BAY
Early morning we cruise around Cape Londonderry, the most northerly point of Western Australia. We then visit Glycosmis Falls to view a unbelievable Kimberley waterfall before witnessing the survivors’ camp at Pangali Cove where you can enjoy a freshwater dip beneath a waterfall. In the afternoon we visit Koolama Bay, where the vessel Koolama was beached in February 1942, following an attack by the Japanese in World War II. The passengers were taken ashore by order of the ship’s master and many had to walk overland on an epic cross-country trek.

DAY 12: KING GEORGE RIVER
At high tide, we cross the sandbars of the King George River for a breathtaking cruise along this majestic cathedral-like gorge. This incredible scenery unfolds as we approach the King George Falls, a dual waterfall that has an uninterrupted vertical drop of over 80m, making it one of the tallest waterfalls in Western Australia. The Kimberley Quest II is able to cruise to the base of the twin falls for a refreshing ‘shower’, Kimberley-style! For those intrepid adventurers, you may climb to the top for a breathtaking vista of the river below, a truly humbling experience as you appreciate the immensity of this untamed landscape, followed by a refreshing dip. Overnight we anchor just metres away from the falls, with tranquil sounds and an extraordinary view from the bow.

DAY 13: BERKELEY RIVER, CAMBRIDGE GULF
Early morning we cruise up the Berkeley River, taking in the numerous waterfalls and ancient sandstone escarpments. Take an excursion with our guides to go crocodile-spotting and bird watching or try your luck at fishing. Marvel at the Amphitheatre Falls and then cool off in beautiful freshwater pools. Late afternoon we take a tender excursion up to the back of the Berkeley River, where the salt water meets the fresh water. Fish off the flat rocks for Barramundi which are lurking in the rapids, or alternatively walk to a freshwater pool to enjoy a relaxing dip. Savour your last evening under the Kimberley skies as we cruise towards Cambridge Gulf, journeying through the night towards the townsite of Wyndham.

DAY 14: WYNDHAM PORT, KUNUNURRA
Arrive into Wyndham Port early morning. Enjoy your last breakfast on board before saying goodbye to the crew of the Kimberley Quest II. Board a courtesy coach at 7.30am for transfer to Kununurra (100km), arriving at approximately 9.00am.

 Cruising the Kimberley With Kimberley Quest

With departures available from 2020 – 2023 your’e sure to find a cruise for you

There are a range of Kimberley tours available, and your daily cruise adventures feature a myriad of activities. Leaving the mother-ship in our custom-built tender vessels you will set out exploring the untouched river systems, viewing ancient Aboriginal rock art and fishing the tidal creeks as well as discovering the in-depth history of the area, viewing the rugged cliffs, caves, waterfalls and gorges, spotting wildlife, taking refreshing dips in secluded waterholes and much more!

21 Day Beyond Adventure

Expedition departing from Darwin is set to capture the spectacular Kimberley waterfall season. This itinerary allows extra time to explore the enormity of the vast Kimberley coastline. Cruise the steep gorges and experience the sheer power of the long drop waterfalls in the north, visit fascinating historical sites of WWII, ancient rock art sites and lost cities. You will fish for the elusive Barramundi and many other fish species as well as enjoy refreshing dips in pristine waterholes. As you head south you will visit many renowned icons of the Kimberley including King Cascade, Montgomery Reef and the famous Horizontal Falls. Disembarking in Broome you will have experienced an amazing 21 days and one of the most extensive itineraries on offer in the region!

PRICES FOR 2023 – PER PERSON

Embark the vessel in Darwin disembark Broome.

07 March – 27 March

Double $17,990

Superior $21,490

Flybridge $23,140

Cruises beginning or ending in the Mitchell River include a scenic helicopter flight over the Mitchell Falls and a light aircraft transfer to/from Broome.Cruises beginning or ending in the Hunter River include a scenic helicopter flight over the Mitchell Falls and a light aircraft transfer to/from Broome.

DAY 1: DARWIN – JOSEPH BONAPARTE GULF
Board Kimberley Quest II at 3pm for a 4pm departure. Join Kimberley Quest II at Darwin Fisherman’s Wharf located at the end of Francis Bay Drive where you will enjoy canapes and a relaxing drink on the bow with the captain and friendly crew as the sun sets. Settle into your cabin before a sumptuous dinner, as your journey commences leaving Darwin Harbour crossing the Timor Sea. An expedition that is truly beyond adventure has begun!

DAY 2: BERKELEY RIVER
The journey continues, crossing the Bonaparte Gulf to approach the coast of the Kimberley – one of the world’s last great remaining wilderness areas. Anchor tonight at Reveley Island, the entrance to the Berkeley River, surrounded by a blanket of stars under the Milky Way!

DAY 3: BERKELEY RIVER
Today commences with a leisurely cruise up the Berkeley River, taking in the numerous falls and ancient sandstone escarpments. The Berkeley River offers stunning ochre-tinted sandstone scenery, amphitheatre waterfalls and beautiful freshwater pools, perfect for a refreshing dip. You will have your first opportunity to catch a Barramundi today or alternatively you may go crocodile-spotting or bird watching. A walk up the back of the Berkeley River will lead us to a beautiful freshwater pool, where we enjoy a leisurely dip.

DAY 4: SEAPLANE BAY AND CAPE BERNIER
Today we visit two sites associated with the German aviators Bertram & Klaussman. In 1932, the pair were blown off course in their seaplane Atlantis and endured starvation in the wilderness, before being found and rescued by Gwini Aborigines after 40 days.

DAY 5: KING GEORGE RIVER
At high tide, we cross the sandbars of the King George River for a breathtaking cruise along this beautiful waterway. Incredible scenery unfolds as we approach the King George Falls, through vertically-sided sandstone canyons, ending at the highest waterfall in Western Australia. The Kimberley Quest II cruises to the base of the twin falls for a refreshing ‘Kimberley shower’. Overnight we anchor just metres away from the falls and are lulled to sleep by water cascading over the cliff face! This quest will capture Kimberley waterfalls during their peak performance.

DAY 6: KING GEORGE FALLS
This morning for those intrepid adventurers it is well worth a climb to the top of the falls for a breathtaking vista of the river below – a truly humbling experience, as you appreciate the immensity of this ancient untamed landscape. Enjoy a well-deserved swim in one of the cool upper pools, followed by an excursion to the East Arm Falls.

DAY 7: KOOLAMA BAY
Visit Koolama Bay, where the motor vessel Koolama was beached in February 1942, following an attack by the Japanese. The passengers were taken ashore on orders from the ship’s master, while 93 people had to walk overland on an epic cross-country trek. The Koolama was unfortunately sunk off the Wyndham jetty during another air raid. Plenty of history surrounds the Kimberley and our crew will be more than happy to share the stories with you. After visiting the survivors’ camp at Pangali Cove, enjoy a freshwater dip beneath a nearby waterfall.

DAY 8: BARRAMUNDI AND GLYCOSMIS FALLS
Today we view more unbelievable Kimberley waterfalls, namely the Barramundi and Glycosmis falls. Try your luck at landing the elusive Barramundi or revel in the remoteness of this magical region. Later on, we cruise around Cape Londonderry, the most northerly point of Western Australia and enter the Indian ocean.

DAY 9: DRYSDALE RIVER
Today we encounter one of the longest rivers in the Kimberley (432km), the Drysdale. Spend the day exploring the spectacular palmstudded landscape and the rock terraced rapids of the Drysdale area. Join our guides on a scenic excursion to witness crocodiles, flying foxes and many species of bird life which thrive in these delta islands. Then enjoy a swim in secluded rock pools. During late afternoon, walk on a deserted beach or try to catch a Barramundi, with many great ‘snags’ to fish around.

DAY 10: VANSITTART BAY, WWII DC3 CRASH SITE
Today we explore various coves within Vansittart Bay, visiting sites rich in the fascinating Gwion Gwion (Bradshaw) art, named after Joseph Bradshaw, who in 1891 became the first European to record these amazing paintings. Some Bradshaw art, which is unique to the Kimberley, has been dated at over 17,000 years old. There is also the opportunity to visit a historic Makassan (Indonesian camp) and the wartime crash site of a DC3 aircraft, located on the eastern side of Vansittart Bay. As we continue our journey, we pass the rugged basalt cliffs and emerald rainforests of the Bougainville Peninsula, before crossing Admiralty Gulf.

DAY 11: MITCHELL RIVER, SURVEYORS CREEK
We are now entering the incredible assortment of islands that form the Bonaparte Archipelago. Cruise up the Mitchell River estuary – a mangrove paradise ideal for mud crabbing! Later we drop a lure in and perfect your fishing skills in these rich waters or go crocodilespotting. Later in the afternoon enjoy a swim in the cool tranquil waters of Surveyors Creek.

DAY 12 & 13: CAPE VOLTAIRE, SWIFT BAY
Step back to a land before time, viewing some of the finest examples of Kimberley rock art. Every period of Kimberley rock art is on display in and around this area. Let your imagination flow as we hike through the remote terrain, sit under rocky coves and marvel in the magnitude.

DAY 14: YORK SOUND, CAREENING BAY
This morning we cruise south through Scotts Strait to visit amazing sea-caves and the spectacular sandstone coastline of York Sound. As we continue our journey we visit Careening Bay, site of an ancient carved boab tree first visited in 1820 by Phillip Parker King while on a hydrographic survey of the Australian coastline.

DAY 15 & 16: PRINCE REGENT RIVER, KING CASCADE, CATHEDRAL GORGE
Early this morning, we cruise through St George Basin, a stunning inland sea. Leaving the vista of the might Mt Trafalgar and Mt Waterloo, we cruise up the Prince Regent River, marveling at the fault line waterway that cuts through sandstone cliffs and gorges. Arriving at the spring-fed King Cascade, admire the rush of water cascading in breath-taking tiers, 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 breath-taking view over the magnificent Prince Regent River in the distance – wilderness adventuring at its best! Late in the 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 17: CAMDEN HARBOUR, KURI BAY, DECEPTION BAY
At nearby Camden Harbour, we visit forlorn settlers’ graves on Sheep Island and soak up the history of the early European settlement. Take one of the tenders for a spot of exploration, have a go at fishing or collect rock oysters. Alternatively relax on the sun-deck to take in the beautiful scenery. We then cruise between Augustus Island and the mainland, passing the remote pearling settlement of Kuri Bay. Late afternoon we will enter Deception Bay for a refreshing swim among paperbark trees.

DAY 18: RAFT POINT, SALE RIVER, DOUBTFUL BAY
This morning we cruise to Steep Island and anchor below the stunning cliffs of Raft Point, as we prepare to 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. We then explore the Sale River and take an excursion upstream for a dip in the spring-fed rainforest pools, and on the journey home, view ancient rock art from the shaded fast boat, Quest Express. As the sun begins to set, we fish the inlets of Doubtful Bay for the elusive Barramundi and Threadfin Salmon.

DAY 19: RED CONE CREEK, MONTGOMERY REEF, COLLIER BAY
Take a tender excursion to Red Cone Creek for a refreshing swim at Ruby Falls, or join our guides to try your luck at mud crabbing. We then 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 waterfall effect as the reef rises out of the water. Then take a ride in the tenders to observe many marine species, including turtles and sea birds. Late afternoon try your luck at Barramundi fishing in Collier Bay or alternatively, relax on board and take in the beautiful scenery.

DAY 20: TALBOT BAY, DUGONG BAY, BUCCANEER ARCHIPELAGO
Cruise to 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. Join a scenic excursion up the back of Cyclone Creek to marvel at the amazing rock formations. In and around Dugong Bay, we take a scenic tender excursion and cool off with a refreshing swim in one of the freshwater pools. In the afternoon we cross the vast King Sound, after cruising through the thousands of islands of the Buccaneer Archipelago passing Cape Leveque at sunset, as we journey through the night towards Broome.

DAY 21: CAPE LEVEQUE – BROOME
Arrive into Broome early morning. Enjoy your last breakfast on board before saying goodbye to the crew of the Kimberley Quest II. Disembarkation on Cable Beach is at approximately 8.00am, where a courtesy vehicle will transfer you to your accommodation or airport.

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.

Australia and Beyond is also able to organise your stay and activities in Broome at the end of the cruise.

8 Day Northern Quest

Renowned for its massive gorges and river systems, extensive waterfalls, World War II relics and incredible Bradshaw rock art sites, the northern Kimberley is an experience not to be missed. Exploring between Wyndham and the Mitchell River, this cruise will visit Kimberley icons such as the King George Falls, Berkeley River, Drysdale River and many more. Enjoy refreshing swims in fresh water holes, explore historical Aboriginal art sites, fish for the elusive Barramundi plus many other fish species and view majestic gorges. This cruise operates just after the wet season when the waterfalls are spectacular! This quest also includes a scenic flight over the Mitchell Falls.

 

9 May – 16 May – Wyndham –  Mitchell River

16 May 23 May – Mitchell River  –  Wyndham

Double $12,990

Superior $14,990

Flybridge $16,490

Cruises beginning or ending in Wyndham include a coach transfer to/from Kununurra. Cruises beginning or ending in the Mitchell River include a scenic helicopter flight over the Mitchell Falls and a light aircraft transfer to/from Broome.

WYNDHAM – MITCHELL RIVER (CRUISE – FLY)
DAY 1: KUNUNURRA, WYNDHAM PORT
Your Northern Quest begins when a courtesy vehicle picks you up from Kununurra at approximately 3.30pm and transfers you to the Kimberley Quest II in Wyndham port; here you will be welcomed on board by your captain and crew. Begin your cruise with a relaxing drink as you cruise out of the Cambridge Gulf with the sun setting over the horizon.

DAY 2: BERKELEY RIVER
Early morning we cruise up the Berkeley River, taking in the numerous waterfalls and ancient sandstone escarpments. Experience your first taste of fishing for Barramundi or take a tender excursion with our knowledgeable guides to go crocodile-spotting and bird watching. Marvel at the Amphitheatre Falls and then cool off in beautiful freshwater pools. Late afternoon we take a tender excursion up to the back of the Berkeley River, where the salt water meets the fresh water. Fish off the flat rocks for Barra which are lurking in the rapids, or alternatively walk to a freshwater pool to enjoy a relaxing dip. Tonight we savour the surroundings, anchoring nearby a secluded waterfall.

DAY 3: KING GEORGE RIVER
At high tide, we cross the sandbars of the King George River for a breathtaking cruise along this majestic cathedral-like gorge. This incredible scenery unfolds as we approach the King George Falls, a dual waterfall that has an uninterrupted vertical drop of over 80m, making it one of the tallest waterfalls in Western Australia. The Kimberley Quest II is able to cruise to the base of the twin falls for a refreshing ‘shower,’ Kimberley style! For those intrepid adventurers, you may climb to the top for a breathtaking vista of the river below a truly humbling experience as you appreciate the immensity of this untamed landscape, followed by a refreshing dip. Overnight we anchor just metres away from the falls, with tranquil sounds and an extraordinary view from the bow.

DAY 4: KOOLAMA BAY, PANGALI COVE, GLYCOSMIS FALLS
Visit Koolama Bay, where the vessel Koolama was beached in February 1942, following an attack by the Japanese in World War II. The passengers were taken ashore by order of the ship’s master and many had to walk overland on an epic cross-country trek. After visiting the survivors’ camp at Pangali Cove, enjoy a freshwater dip beneath a waterfall. In the afternoon we visit Glycosmis Falls to view another unbelievable Kimberley waterfall and then cruise around Cape Londonderry, the most northerly point of Western Australia.

DAY 5: DRYSDALE RIVER
Today we encounter one of the longest rivers in the Kimberley (432km), the Drysdale. Spend the day exploring the spectacular palm-studded landscape and the rapids of the Drysdale area. Join our guides on a scenic tender excursion to witness crocodiles, flying foxes and many species of bird life, which thrive in these delta islands. Then enjoy a swim in secluded rock pools. Late afternoon walk on a deserted beach or try to catch a Barramundi, with many great ‘snags’ to fish around.

DAY 6: NAPIER BROOME BAY
Relax on board as we cruise across Napier Broome Bay. Midmorning there is an opportunity for a beach walk to a historic Indonesian Trepang site for an insight into the lives of the early Macassan fishermen. This site stems back to the first early contact between Aboriginal tribes and the Indonesian fishermen. Late afternoon we fish the inlets and estuaries for Barra and Mangrove Jack and we try our luck at mud crabbing.

DAY 7: VANSITTART BAY, WWII DC3 CRASH SITE
Today we explore various coves within Vansittart Bay, visiting sites rich in the fascinating Bradshaw or Gwion Gwion art, named after Joseph Bradshaw, who in 1891 became the first European to record these amazing paintings. Some Bradshaw art, which is unique to the Kimberley, has been dated at over 17,000 years old. There is also the opportunity to walk to the crash site of the DC3 aircraft – which crashed during World War II – located on the eastern side of Vansittart Bay. Later we cruise around the coastline of the Bougainville Peninsula, where dramatic black basalt cliffs contrast with lush green rainforests.

DAY 8: MITCHELL RIVER, BROOME
This morning explore the estuary and gorge of the lower Mitchell River. Marvel at crocodiles, bird life, rock art and take in the flora and fauna for the last time. Depart the Kimberley Quest II by helicopter where you will enjoy a scenic flight over the Mitchell Falls. At the Mitchell Plateau airstrip you will board a light aircraft and discover the immensity of the Kimberley. Return to Broome by sunset, where our team will transfer you to your accommodation.

AABH can add on your additional accommodation to this cruise package.

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.

8 Day Southern Quest

Many icons of the Kimberley can be found in the stunning southern region. This area is prolific with islands, whirlpools, inlets and pockets of rainforest home to many species of birds and other wildlife. You will explore a land of extraordinary contrast and colour, rich in history, ancient Aboriginal rock art and breathtaking scenery. We visit the famous Horizontal Falls, Montgomery Reef and King Cascade – a spring fed waterfall in the Prince Regent River as well as many other Kimberley icons. This quest also includes a scenic flight over the Mitchell Falls.

8 DAY SOUTHERN QUEST

06 June – 13 June, Broome  – Hunter River

13 June- 20 June, Hunter River  –  Broome

20 June- 27 June, Broome  – Hunter River

27 June- 04 July, Hunter River  –  Broome

04 Jul – 11 July, Broome  – Hunter River

11 July – 18 July Hunter River – Broome

18 July- 25 July, Broome  – Hunter River

25 July- 01 Aug, Hunter River  –  Broome

01 August- 08 Aug, Broome  – Hunter River

08 Aug- 15 Aug, Hunter River  –  Broome

15 Aug – 22 Aug ,Broome  – Hunter River

22 Aug – 29 Aug,Hunter River  –  Broome

Double $12,990

Superior $14,990

Flybridge $16,490

Cruises beginning or ending in the Hunter River include a scenic helicopter flight over the Mitchell Falls and a light aircraft transfer to/from Broome.

BROOME – HUNTER RIVER (CRUISE – FLY)
DAY 1: BROOME – CAPE LEVEQUE
Your Southern Quest begins when a courtesy vehicle picks you up from your accommodation at approximately 4.30pm and transfers you to the Kimberley Quest II, where you will be welcomed on board 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 take a scenic excursion up the back of Cyclone Creek to marvel at the amazing rock formations.

DAY 3: COLLIER BAY, MONTGOMERY REEF, RED CONE CREEK
Early morning we take you fishing in Collier Bay, your first chance to catch a Barramundi. We then 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. Enjoy an afternoon cruise to Red Cone Creek for a refreshing swim at Ruby Falls or try your luck at mud crabbing.

DAY 4: DOUBTFUL BAY, SALE RIVER, RAFT POINT
This morning we fish the inlets of Doubtful Bay for the elusive Barramundi and Threadfin Salmon. We then explore the Sale River and take an excursion upstream for a dip in the spring-fed rainforest pools, and on the journey home 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: KURI BAY, CAMDEN HARBOUR
Relax on board as we cruise past Augustus Island and the remote pearling settlement of Kuri Bay. At nearby Camden Harbour, we visit the forlorn settler’s graves on Sheep Island and soak up the history of the first European settlement in the 1860s.In the afternoon take a tender excursion for a spot of exploration. Have a go at fishing or collect rock oysters, before unwinding on the sundeck to take in the beautiful scenery.

DAY 6: PRINCE REGENT RIVER, KING CASCADE, CATHEDRAL FALLS
Early morning we cruise through St George Basin, a stunning inland sea. Leaving the vista of mighty Mt Trafalgar and Mt Waterloo, we cruise up the Prince Regent River, marvelling at the pristine waterway that cuts through sandstone cliffs and gorges. Arriving at King Cascade, which is spring fed, marvel at the rush of water cascading in breathtaking tiers, 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 7: PRINCE REGENT RIVER, CAMP CREEK, CAREENING BAY
Wake early morning for your last chance to catch a Barra in the rich waters of the Prince Regent River. Visit Camp Creek, a beautiful waterway lined with weeping paperbarks where you can enjoy a walk to the top of the falls for another memorable swim. In the afternoon we cruise out of the Prince Regent River and visit Careening Bay, site of an ancient boab tree first visited in 1820 by Phillip Parker King. Relax on board to another spectacular sunset as the sun sinks below the Kimberley horizon, while we cross Prince Frederick Harbour towards the Hunter River.

DAY 8: HUNTER RIVER
In the morning we explore the spectacular Hunter River, one of the most scenic rivers for a relaxing ride in the tenders as we spot ancient rock art, crocodiles and flying foxes, taking in the flora and fauna of the Kimberley for the last time. Depart the Kimberley Quest II by helicopter where you will enjoy a scenic flight over the Mitchell Falls. At the Mitchell Plateau airstrip you will board a light aircraft and discover the immensity of the Kimberley. Return to Broome by sunset where our team will transfer you to your accommodation or airport.

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.

10 Day Adventure Quest

The 10 day Adventure Quest 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, fishing for Barramundi and many more fish species. Visiting icons such as the Horizontal Falls, Montgomery Reef and King Cascade to name a few. Your cruise 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.

Departures and pricing

30 Aug – 08 Sept Broome –  Cygnet Bay

08 Sept – 17 Sept Cygnet Bay –  Cygnet Bay

18 Sept – 27 Sept – Cygnet Bay  – Cygnet Bay

27 Sept – 06 Oct Cygnet Bay – Cygnet Bay

 Double: $11,400

Superior: $12,400

Flybridge: $14,400

Embark and disembark the vessel in Broome or Cygnet Bay. Cruise disembarking in Cygnet Bay includes transfer to/from Broome.

Embark and disembark the vessel in Cygnet Bay. Cruises include transfer to/from Broome.

DAY 1: BROOME – CAPE LEVEQUE
Your Adventure Quest 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
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. Australia and Beyond Holidays is able to offer pre and post accommodation and experiences. Reverse itinerary follows the same route.

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.

4 Day Taste Of The Kimberley

This 4 day cruise offers a taste of our renowned Quest itineraries and will see you visit some of the breathtaking scenery within the southern Kimberley. The ‘Taste of the Kimberley’ will have you touring a fully operational Australian South Sea Pearl farm, cruising through the thousand islands of the Buccaneer Archipelago and visiting icons including the famous Horizontal Falls and Montgomery Reef, Australia’s largest inshore reef. You will have the opportunity to try your luck at fishing in the pristine Kimberley waters. Exploring this region aboard the well-appointed Kimberley Quest II, accompanied by our luxury fast boat Quest Express, will leave you with the taste for more!

4 DAY TASTE OF THE KIMBERLEY

Cygnet Bay  –  Cygnet Bay

06 Oct – 9 Oct

9 Oct – 12 Oct

 24 Oct – 27 Oct

27 Oct – 30 Oct

Double $4,500

Superior $5,200

Flybridge $5,790

Embark and disembark the vessel in Cygnet Bay. Cruises include transfer to/from Broome.

DAY 1: BROOME – CYGNET BAY
Your Quest begins with a transfer to Cygnet Bay Pearl Farm located on the Dampier Peninsular. On your arrival, you will be transferred to the Kimberley Quest II, where you will be welcomed aboard by your captain and crew. Enjoy lunch whilst crossing King Sound, cruising through the thousand islands of the Buccaneer Archipelago; this is your first taste of the Kimberley. Cool off with a refreshing swim in one of many Kimberley freshwater pools, followed by a scenic tender excursion. This evening you can witness one of the spectacular Kimberley sunsets.

DAY 2: TALBOT BAY, DUGONG BAY & KINGFISHER ISLANDS
This morning will find us exploring Talbot Bay, home to one of the icons of the Kimberley coast; the spectacular Horizontal Falls. Take an exhilarating ride through this natural phenomenon and wonder at the amazing rock formations of Cyclone Creek. In and around Dugong Bay, we take a scenic tender excursion and cool off with a refreshing swim in one of the freshwater pools. Later in the day you will have your first taste of fishing for Giant Trevally, Mackerel, Tuna and Queenfish at the Kingfisher Islands.

DAY 3: MONTGOMERY REEF, STRICKLAND BAY
This morning, we cruise towards 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 Strickland Bay visiting old pearlers graves and joining our guides in search of Threadfin Salmon and other species. Before unwinding on the sun deck capturing one last sunset aboard Kimberley Quest II.

DAY 4 : CYGNET BAY – BROOME
Today, after one last breakfast, we disembark Kimberley Quest II. Followed by a Cygnet Bay Pearl Farm tour, offering you a rare glimpse into the life of an operational pearl farm. This experience will leave you with a deeper understanding of what makes this place unique! Here we wave goodbye with a transfer back to Broome. On arrival you will be transferred to your chosen accommodation.

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.

Fishing Expeditions

Offering some of the best fishing in the world, spectacular scenery and perfect weather the Kimberley is undoubtedly a very special place. Isolated and remote, this true wilderness country encompasses rugged gorges, towering sandstone escarpments, meandering river systems and immense estuaries. The waters are teeming with many species of fish including Barramundi, Mangrove Jack, Fingermark Bream, Salmon, Giant Trevally and more. We take a maximum of 12 guests on our fishing expedition to ensure there is plenty of space in our tenders. Each tender is driven by knowledgeable and enthusiastic guides who will use their experience to help you land the ‘big ones!’

FISHING EXPEDITIONS

12 Oct – 18 Oct 18 Oct – 24 Oct

Double $7,390

Superior $9,390

Flybridge $10,390

Embark and disembark the vessel in Cygnet Bay. Cruises include transfer to/from Broome.

***Prices are subject to Traditional Owner Visitor Pass fees which are yet to be determined***
During your cruise you will visit many places of cultural significance. Currently regional Aboriginal Corporations are introducing visitor permits to access these sites. Pricing excludes visitor pass fees.

Cabins

FLYBRIDGE CABIN
Our exclusive flybridge cabin is the only guest cabin on the top deck and features a queen size bed, well appointed private ensuite with hair dryer, individual air-conditioning and a personal mini-fridge. With a large window in the bedroom and a port hole in the ensuite you will never miss a moment of the magnificent Kimberley scenery.

Storage consists of a closet with hanging facilities, cupboard and space underneath your bed.

Note: The queen size bed in this cabin is accessible from both sides.

SUPERIOR CABINS
Our superior cabins are located on the main deck and feature a queen size bed, well appointed private ensuite with hair dryer, individual airconditioning, personal mini-fridges and large viewing windows.

A closet with hanging facilities, cupboard and storage underneath your bed is also in your cabin.

DOUBLE CABINS
The double cabins are located on the lower deck and feature a double size bed with an additional single bed above, well appointed private ensuite with hair dryer, individual air-conditioning, personal mini-fridges and viewing windows.

For guests who would like stay in our double cabins and would prefer separate bedding we have one double bed which can be split into two single beds.

Storage consists of a closet with hanging facilities, cupboard and space underneath your bed.

On Board

Food

Cuisine on board Kimberley Quest II is simply delicious. All meals are prepared by our talented chef in the fully equipped gourmet galley, offering an array of fresh fish, seafood, the highest quality meats, freshly baked breads and some of the best local produce.

The menu is designed with variety in mind and you can expect a minimum of three meals each day with tasty treats and snacks in between meals. When our guests catch fresh fish, oysters or crabs, you can expect to see them on the menu!

With both indoor and outdoor dining areas, you can relax while enjoying the amazing cuisine and the ever-changing backdrop. The air conditioned indoor dining area offers a large open dining/lounge space and is an excellent location to sit down and enjoy a delicious meal with views through our full length windows, whilst the outdoor dining area offers a relaxed environment complete with a soft ocean breeze.

We cater for all dietary requirements and special needs. We have endless fresh drinking water, tea, coffee and an espresso machine available 24 hours a day.

Kimberley Quest II is a fully licensed vessel and beverages can be pre-ordered prior to your departures. BYO is also an option.

Activities

Kimberley Quest offers an array of Kimberley cruise activities to enhance your cruise experience.
FISHING
Our fishing has no rigid daily schedule. Different areas will be covered according to what the Captain and guides believe will be the best on each day. Quality Shimano tackle and Halco lures are used. Sustainable fishing is practiced with only enough fish for the table kept.

All fishing is tidal dependent with Mangrove Jack and Threadfin Salmon to be found in the upper tidal reaches of the river system. Barramundi is the prize catch and this is where our experience and local knowledge really counts. Pelagic species such as Spanish Mackerel and Queen fish are prolific and can be caught off the outer islands. See the full itinerary for our Kimberley Fishing Expeditions here.

WHALES AND MARINE LIFE
Majestic Humpback Whales migrate from the icy waters of Antarctica to the warmth of the Kimberley coastline to give birth in these safe, calm waters. From July through to September these magnificent mammals can often be seen frolicking with their young from the bow of the Kimberley Quest II making for fantastic photographic opportunities.

There is an abundant diversity of marine life that can be seen in the Kimberley. From Humpback Whales to dolphins, turtles and sea snakes. Montgomery Reef in particular provides ample opportunities to view marine life in its natural habitat.

WALKS
Throughout your cruise you will visit places of historical, cultural and scenic interest such as the 1820 Mermaid boat tree, 1864 Camden Harbour settlement, King Cascade waterfalls and many other locations. Treks may vary in difficulty and your crew will advise you accordingly.

ANCIENT ROCK ART
Some of the best Wandjina and Bradshaw art sites can be viewed throughout your cruise. Wandjina art can be seen along the whole of the Kimberley coast line whilst the enigmatic Bradshaw art is located predominantly in the northern region. Be amazed by the different epochs and art styles and learn the ancient stories behind them.

SWIMMING
Swimming is an integral part of the cruise itinerary, where expeditions are planned to cool off in pristine picturesque spring fed waterholes. All swimming is conducted in safe surroundings, well away from estuarine crocodile habitats.

TENDER EXCURSIONS
Every onshore expedition consists of a tender excursion. View mangrove habitats, spot crocodiles basking on the mudflats, bird watch, fish and experience the natural beauty of the Kimberley from the comfort and safety of the Kimberley Quest II tenders.

QUEST EXPRESS
With the opportunity to further explore the Kimberley region in the Kimberley Quest’s first ever fast boat, the Quest Express, guests can now enjoy tender excursions of an exhilarating nature. Equipped with 2 x 440 HP Yanmars, with a top speed of 40 knots, guests can look no further for a cruise that goes beyond adventure.

BEACHCOMBING
Throughout your cruise there will be opportunities to explore remote beaches where there isn’t another footprint in sight. Enjoy a book on the pristine white sand, take a walk and discover an array of shells, rock and other interesting finds or simply relax and enjoy the company of your new found friends.

SCENIC HELI FLIGHTS
There are several places throughout your cruise that are perfect for aerial viewing or where there is the opportunity of a helicopter activity. Exciting helicopter adventures such as flying with your guide to the most inaccessible locations for activities such as viewing ancient rock art, fishing in billabongs that have never been fished before or scenic heli flights to see the amazing landscape from an aerial perspective can be arranged a day in advance.

RELAXATION
There is plenty of opportunity to simply relax on board the Kimberley Quest II. Enjoy a refreshing dip in the spa, read a book on the deck lounges, explore the on board library, have a quiet coffee or tea whilst enjoying the warm breezes and ever changing views or play a board game with your friends – do as much or as little as you like.

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