True North II, Luxury Kimberley Cruise
10 Night Coast & Coral Cruise
Broome to Wyndham via Rowley Shoals
An adventure that combines the very best of two equally stunning destinations — the Kimberley coast and the Rowley Shoals. In the beginning your vista will be framed by layers of ancient geology and then your every moment will be awash in the vibrant colours of a coral wonderland. See all of the coastal icons and then immerse yourself in one of the world’s most-rare habitats.
This itinerary is provided as example only — prevailing conditions, local arrangements and indeed, what we discover on the day, may cause variation. Helicopter flights can be purchased additional to the indicated tariff as a package or individually.
Night 1 – Welcome Aboard
Your ‘welcome aboard’ the luxurious True North II is in the frontier, pearling port of Broome. Embarkation is at 5.00pm — time for a cocktail with your fellow adventurers before departing at approximately 6.00pm. Dinner is served shortly after leaving port and then it’s an overnight steam to the Rowley Shoals.
Day 1 – Rowley Shoals
We arrive early at Clerke reef. Enjoy a sumptuous breakfast before exploring the atoll’s huge lagoon. You will marvel at crystal clear waters teaming with life — clouds of fish and corals of every imaginable colour and shape. There will be plenty of opportunity for beach combing on Bedwell Island, relaxed snorkelling in tropical waist deep water or perhaps some ‘catch and release’ lagoon fishing using eco-friendly tackle. Our qualified and experienced crew will be on hand to personally introduce everyone to the delights of this pristine environment. When you’re not on excursion, relax onboard True North and enjoy our renowned cuisine in air-conditioned comfort.
The licensed open-air bar will definitely be the spot to witness your first spectacular ‘Rowley’s Sunset’.
Day 2 – Clerke Lagoon
Start the day with a visit to the Aquarium. Forget the Great Barrier Reef – this is world class snorkelling at its very best. Even if you’ve never put your head under water before – this is an absolute must. The water is only waist deep however the experience is literally “out of this world”. More brilliantly coloured corals, giant clams and more than 600 of the world’s most beautiful fish species at your fingertips.
Don’t forget your underwater camera! In the afternoon we’ll “crank up the action” with something very unique – high-speed snorkel drifts through the outer reef. Again our friendly crew members will be on hand to ensure that everyone gets to try this once-in-a-lifetime experience – as many times as you like. Our anchorage tonight is in the “swimming pool like” waters of Clerke Lagoon – 300 kilometres off the coast of Australia.
Day 3 – The Outer Reef
Another day in paradise and now it’s time to experience the thrill of snorkelling on the outer reef. Outer reef snorkelling is a totally different experience — the sheer coral walls will take your breath away. Close encounters with humpback whales, manta rays and sailfish are also on the agenda. Finish the day with sunset drinks on the beach and one of our famous Island Parties.
Day 4 – The Horizontal Falls
Awake to the majestic Kimberley and savour an irresistible True North II breakfast as we glide past Cockatoo and Koolan Islands – our attentive crew will be happy to introduce the colourful histories of both. Then it’s time to ‘personally’ introduce you to the Kimberley icon — The Horizontal Falls. Experience the awesome power of
the region’s huge tidal range in an exhilarating tender ride and then climb aboard your air-conditioned helicopter for a view of the falls that very few experience. Take a refreshing swim and a walk on the squeaky white sands of Silica Beach.
Day 5 – Montgomery Reef
It’s time for some hot fishing action at Three Ways. Then join guest and crew alike for a moderate walk to Ruby Falls and be rewarded with a refreshing swim in the large natural rock pool.
You will probably be enjoying lunch as we weigh anchor and set sail for Montgomery Reef. Montgomery is a unique eco-system that must be seen to be believed — and see it you will — as 140 square miles of coral reef rises out of the ocean right before your very eyes. Water cascades from the reef as the tide falls exposing a privileged glimpse of another world. Turtles, dugong, crocodiles and every imaginable sea creature abound, and the helicopter again puts all in perspective.
Day 6 – Prince Regent River
The scenery will astound and there are some not-to-be-missed fishing spots as the True North II graces the majestic Prince Regent River. This morning’s target species include delectable mangrove jack and fingermark bream.
At King Cascade we will manoeuvre the vessel right under the falls. Then it’s time for more ‘adventure in the tender’ — a chance to stretch the laces on your hiking boots and an opportunity to swim in yet another picture-perfect billabong, or perhaps you’d like to venture further upriver to visit the spectacular ‘Amphitheatre’ waterfall. The helicopter will be popular again when the first group of intrepid explorers returns from Jurassic Park.
Day 7 – Hunter River
Wake this morning in the magnificent Hunter River. The Hunter is about as far away as you can get in Australia — a stunning river system that is lined with dense mangrove forests and surrounded by rainforest-encrusted mountains. And, the Hunter has it all — fishing, mud-crabbing, bird-watching and simply exploring where few have been before.
Join one of our adventure boats for a closer look, enjoy a challenging hike to Jackson Falls and, there’s even more splendour from the helicopter. In the afternoon we will sail into Price Frederick Harbour and enjoy sunset drinks on picturesque Crystals Beach. Enjoy some delicious hors d’oeuvres and watch the sun descend on another action packed day in the Kimberley.
Day 8 – Vansittart Bay
Today there will be an opportunity to see the ‘Bradshaws’ – ancient rock art that pre-dates other examples of Aboriginal culture. In fact, they are possibly the oldest ‘paintings’ known to man. Vansittart Bay also has a reputation for producing monster mackerel. The heli-picnic at Eagle Falls is always a ‘big hit’ — enjoy a sumptuous picnic lunch amidst breathtaking scenery. The adventure boats will also be busy exploring the local beaches and creeks.
Day 9 – The King George
Yet another mighty Kimberley river — The King George. As soon as the tide is high enough, we’ll cross the sand bars at the mouth to reveal even more breathtaking river vista. Then our journey upstream will take us to the very ‘jewel in the crown’ – The King George Falls.
Take the helicopter to view the top of the falls for another highlight. Just the thought of leaving this magnificence will inspire mutiny. Learn about the bombing of a state-ship during WWII, then take a stroll at Tranquil Bay before we continue onto the frontier Port of Wyndham.
Day 10 – Transfer to Kununurra
Your courtesy coach will arrive at approximately 8.00am for transfer to Kununurra and your crew will already be looking forward to the next opportunity to welcome you aboard the mighty True North II.
Please note: itinerary also available in reverse.