Ocean Dream, Luxury Kimberley Cruise
13 Nights Kimberley Dream Cruise
Kununurra/Wyndham to Broome itinerary
Day 1: Kununurra, Wyndham Port
On the day of embarkation, a courtesy vehicle will collect you from your accommodation in Kununurra and it’s just a 90 minute coach journey to Wyndham Port, where you will arrive at the awaiting Ocean Dream. Your cruise begins with welcome aboard drinks, as you cruise out of the Cambridge Gulf watching a glorious Kimberley sunset. Unpack, meet your fellow adventurers, and enjoy a delicious dinner served on the rear deck while we cruise through the night towards the Berkeley River.
Day 2: Berkeley River
Join a tender vessel excursion to explore the beautiful Berkeley River, with towering gorges, waterfalls and sandstone cliffs. We discover the head of this incredible river system and the myriad of animal species that call this place home. Swim in freshwater holes and there is the opportunity for a spot of fishing.
Day 3: King George River, King George Falls
At high tide, we cross the sandbars of the King George River and make our way up to the falls. It’s an enticing welcome to one of the Kimberley’s most magnificent natural wonders. The dual waterfall has a vertical drop of over 80m, making it one the tallest waterfalls in Western Australia.
Day 4: Koolama Bay
We visit the historically significant Koolama Bay where the 1942 MV Koolama bombing attack by Japanese air raids occurred. Swim in the afternoon in a beautiful waterhole at the site where the MV Koo lama bombing survivors camped.
Day 5: Glycosmis Falls & Barra Falls
Located near Cape Londonderry, today we experience two unique and impressive falls of the north Kimberley. Glycosmis Falls, complete with two thundering streams of water pouring off the cliff face into the sea is well worth a visit and if time permits and tides are right, we can explore the area for Gwion Gwion Art. Barra Falls, equally as impressive and only accessible by helicopter or smaller vessels, is a stunning location for a hike and freshwater swim.
Day 6: Vansittart Bay, Jar Island
Join a tender vessel excursion out to Jar Island to explore the fascinating Gwion Gwion art (Bradshaw Art). Unique to the Kimberley region, the fascinating art is recorded to be over 17,000 years old, with recognisable differences in style and meaning. In the afternoon, there will be an opportunity to take a walk to the crash site of DC3 aircraft which crashed in 1942, located on the eastern side ofVansittart Bay.
Day 7: Mitchell River, Surveyor’s Pool
If you haven’t seen a crocodile yet then you will more than likely encounter one or two on the mighty Mitchell River. A fantastic river for fishing and exploring the hundreds of creeks that form along the mangrove forests as the tide falls. The area is alive with wildlife making for exciting scenic excursions and the afternoon is spent at the beautiful Surveyor’s Pool for a bush walk and swim.
Day 8: Swift Bay
If the tides are favourable, there will be an early morning oyster harvest on the exposed rocks of Swift Bay. Guests will then have the option of a helicopter fiight over the Mitchell Falls, or a scenic tender vessel excursion. The afternoon is spent exploring the cultural significance of Swift Bay that was once an important meeting place for the Indigenous people.
Day 9: Bonaparte Archipelago, Bigge Island
Experience the beauty of Bigge Island which lies approximately six kilometres off the coast in the Bonaparte Archipelago. This weathered sandstone island is surrounded by reef filled bays and is home to several endangered and rare mammals. It is also a significant Indigenous rock art site fort he Wunambal Gaambera people.
Day 10: Prince Regent River, Kings Cascade Falls
Entering the Prince Regent River in the morning, it’s time to put your bathers on as Ocean Dream is manoeuvred directly under the Kings Cascade Falls. Have a natural, freshwater shower on the bow of the vessel before embarking on a moderate climb up to the top of the falls for a refreshing swim in the spectacular Cascade Pool. Alternatively, join a tender excursion upriver to the scenic “amphitheatre” falls, all the while keeping a look out for fascinating wildlife.
Day 11: Montgomery Reef, Red Cone Creek, Ruby Falls
The morning will be spent exploring the fascinating Montgomery Reef that appears to rise on a falling tide. Witness the abundance of marine life such as fish, crabs, manta rays, sharks and dugongs as their habitat changes with the moving tide. In the afternoon, there will be the chance of some fishing or mud crabbing and a scenic tender excursion to explore the Sale River.
Day 12: Talbot Bay, Horizontal Falls
Today we experience the Horizontal Falls, one of the natural wonders to be found in the Kimberley. Guests have the option of taking a fast boat ride through the falls and a tender vessel excursion up Cyclone Creek to explore the incredible rock formations created billions of years ago. Fascinating wildlife can be observed in water and on land.
Day 13: Crocodile Creek, Silica Beach
Enjoy an expedition up Crocodile Creek and a freshwater swim in a spring fed waterhole. Take in the beautiful scenery as we cruise through Yampi Sound to Silica Beach, located on Hidden Island. Forming part of the Buccaneer Archipelago, it is named after the high content of Silica in the sand and is a lovely place to swim and stretch your legs.
Day 14: Gantheaume Point, Broome
Following one last breakfast and final goodbyes to fellow guests and crew, we disembark from Ocean Dream at 8:30am. Our courtesy coach will transfer guests to their accommodation in Broome.
Due to the large tidal variations in the Kimberley, we are not always able to guarantee to keep with the planned itinerary and adjustments may be considered by the captain during the cruise. Our Wilderness Cruises are adventure based and you can expect to see and experience more than what is listed on the itinerary. Weather changes and other vessel movements will be taken into consideration to ensure an exceptional wilderness experience for our guests.
Please note: This cruise also operates in reverse (vv) order.
The Uunguu Visitor Pass (UVP) is now required for all visitors along the Kimberley coastline. This fee is paid to the Uunguu native title holders, also known as the Wunambal Gaambera people for access along the coastline and onto their land. The fee collected by Ocean Dream Charters is passed directly on to the Uunguu native title holders and is separate to cruise costs.