Luxury Kimberley Cruises presents our
Kimberley Cruise Guide
Our Kimberley Cruise Guide to the Kimberley Region
Map of the Kimberley Region in Western Australia
(Click on the map image to view larger size)
Let our Kimberley Cruise Guide ignite your wanderlust for the mesmerizing Kimberley region. Cruising its coast should be on everyone’s bucket list, as it remains one of the world’s most extraordinary and unique destinations. Prepare to immerse yourself in the wonders of breathtaking gorges, majestic waterfalls, rugged limestone cliffs, pristine turquoise waters, expansive river systems, and awe-inspiring ancient art sites. Not to mention, the region is a sanctuary for an abundance of bird, marine, and wildlife. Get ready for an unforgettable journey of discovery and natural beauty.
Cruises operate from 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 two 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.
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 Kimberley Cruise Guide to the natural attractions you may visit:
The northern most point of the Dampier Peninsula. It is approximately 240kms from Broome. Most cruises will pass this point with Cape Leveque Lighthouse visible from the vessels.
Not visited on every cruise depending on tides but rich in birdlife and an important breeding ground for brown boobies and roseate terns. Situated in the Dampier Peninsula, an excursion through the 4 desolate islands will bring to life your interest in the abundant birdlife.
A little taste of white-water rafting in The Kimberley! Described by naturalist David Attenborough as “one of the greatest wonders of the natural world”, the Horizontal Falls are formed by a land break in-between the McLarty Ranges, deep in Talbot Bay. 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.
Home of over 800 rocky outcrop islands. As you meander through the region you will pass Cockatoo Island, famed for the BHP iron ore mine, as well as Alan Bond’s Cockatoo Island Resort in the 80s and 90s.
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!
Home of Australia’s first cultured Pearl Farm. Paspaley Pearls still operate a major pearl farm at Kuri Bay. The Bay is situated within the Prince Regent National Park and is also used by the Bureau of Meteorology as the boundary of the Northern Kimberley from the Western Kimberley region.
For the nautical history buffs, Careening Bay was where Captain Philip Parker King ‘careened’ his vessel, the HMC Mermaid in 1820, after it began taking on water. It was during the 10 days that repairs took place that the ship’s carpenter carved ‘HMC Mermaid 1820’ into the papery bark of a boab tree.
It’s all about the indigenous rock art. Bigge Island is renowned for the Bradshaw and Wandjina paintings. It is an easy walk to reach the artworks.
The spectacular four-tiered Mitchell Falls. Equally impressive whether flowing or dry. The Falls and the surrounding Mitchell Plateau region was 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 heighten 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.
Kings Cascades Falls
This spectacular 50 metre terraced Falls is located on the Prince Regent River. You’ll be given the chance to get up close to enjoy a dunking if you are there in the early part of the season when the Falls are in full glory. You may also have the opportunity to swim in one of the crystal clear rockpools at the back of the Falls.
Visit the remarkably well-preserved wreckage of a DC3 which made an emergency landing after running out of fuel on a flight from Perth to Darwin but due to re-fuel in Broome in 1942. Trapped on the beach for 3 days the outcome was a happy one with all 4 crew and 2 passengers safely rescued by a searching Corinthian aircraft.
One of the Kimberley’s longest rivers at 432kms. Explore the spectacular palm-studded landscape and rapids of the Drysdale area. Drysdale is renowned for its saltwater crocodiles, flying foxes and many species of bird life.
Known for its towering gorges, majestic waterfalls and sandstone cliffs. A cruise through the escarpments will delight the senses.
Prince Regent River
Home to Kings Cascade Falls, the river is relatively straight as it follows a fault line for much of its length.