Ocean Dream, Luxury Kimberley Cruise
8 Nights Southern Kimberley Dream Cruise
Broome to Mitchell Plateau/Broome (Cruise/Fly) itinerary
Day 1: Broome, Gantheaume Point
A courtesy vehicle will collect you from your Broome accommodation at approximately 1:30pm and transfer you to MV Ocean Dream for a 3:00pm departure. Your Kimberley Wilderness journey will begin with a refreshing drink as we cruise past Cable Beach, famous for its aquamarine water, camels and beautiful sunsets. Sit back and relax as you enjoy your first gourmet dining experience and meet your fellow passengers. The vessel will continue to steam north along the Dampier Peninsula and past Cape Leveque as you sleep through the night.
Day 2: Silica Beach, Crocodile Creek
Silica Beach, a favoured destination located on Hidden Island which forms part of the 800 islands of the Buccaneer Archipelago. Named after the high content of Silica in the sand, the beach is a lovely place to swim and stretch your legs. Later, enjoy an expedition up Crocodile Creek and a freshwater swim in a spring fed waterhole. Anchorage overnight in one of the many beautiful creeks.
Day 3: Talbot Bay, Horizontal Falls
The Horizontal Falls are a truly remarkable natural wonders of the Kimberley. Guests have the option of taking a fast boat ride through the falls. We take a tender vessel excursion up Cyclone Creek to learn the history of the area and explore the incredible rock formations created billions of years ago. We have the opportunity to view some of the fiora and fauna unique to the Kimberley region before finishing the day with another gourmet feast provided by our chef.
Day 4: Doubtful Bay, Montgomery Reef
The morning is spent exploring the Doubtful Bay and the incredible spectacle of Montgomery Reef. Witness as 400 square kilometres of coral reef appears to rise out of the water on the falling tide, creating hundreds of cascading waterfalls as the water rushes off the reef. The reef attracts an abundance of marine life including turtles, manta rays, dugongs, dolphins, crabs and fish. Delicious canapes and drinks on the bow of Ocean Dream will top off an incredible day of adventure with a sunset you will never forget.
Day 5: Red Cone Creek, Ruby Falls
Fishing enthusiasts will delight in the day’s activities as the hunt for the elusive Barramundi is on. Have a go at catching a Barra or try your luck in the mangroves for some mud crabs. Later on, the crew will take you on a tender vessel excursion up Red Cone Creek for a refreshing dip at the beautiful Ruby Falls, a picturesque spot for scenic photography. Back on the vessel, the chef will prepare all freshly caught fish for a sensational seafood feast on Ocean Dream.
Day 6: Slate Islands, Sheep Island, Camden Harbour
Explore the Slate Islands, the sanctuary home to a myriad of wildlife species. Enjoy a beach swim and take a walk around the incredible rock formations whilst on the lookout for turtle tracks. Spend the afternoon discovering Sheep Island, and hear the history behind the failed white settlement at Camden Harbour in 1864. Afterwards, we head back to the vessel to relax and enjoy delicious canapes and pre-dinner drinks while we steam into the St George Basin.
Day 7: Prince Regent River, King 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. Feel the power of the falls from 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 8: Careening Bay, Mermaid Boab Tree
Start the day with a hearty breakfast on board before we head off to Careening Bay and the famous Mermaid Boab tree. Discover the history behind Lieutenant Phillip Parker King’s quest to accurately chart the Kimberley coast. Spend the afternoon fishing before we’re back on board Ocean Dream and ready to steam into the mighty Hunter River.
Day 9: Hunter River, Mitchell Falls, Arrive Broome
Enjoy one last delicious breakfast and say your final goodbyes as you depart Ocean Dream from the on board helideck. The pilot will take you on a scenic helicopter fiight over the multi-tiered Mitchell Falls before landing on the plateau. From Mitchell Plateau, you will board a light aircraft for the fiight back to Broome. Arriving approximately 4:00pm, a coach transfer will take you to your Broome accommodation. Ocean Dream Charters recommends staying overnight in Broome in case of any unforeseen delays.
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, commencing in Broome with a flight to Mitchell Plateau and finishing in Broome.
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.