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Cruise the Kimberley Coast

9 Day – Kimberley – Broome to Mitchell Plateau Cruise/Fly

Cruise & Explore the pristine Kimberley coastal areas

Happy Group Looking Forward To A Fresh Seafood Dinner

9 Day Broome to Mitchell Plateau Cruise/Fly

9 day Mitchell Plateau expeditions are a cruise/fly, which includes a helicopter flight over the magical Mitchell Falls and then a chartered scenic flight over the Kimberley back to Broome.

All cabins are well equipped and private with 240v power, personalised air-conditioning, storage units, hairdryers, reading lamps and bar fridges. Our deluxe double cabins also feature vanity basin. Four spacious toilet and shower facilities are located very close to all cabins. Laundry service provided onboard. We are fully licensed, we carry a selection of beer, wines, champagne & spirits at very reasonable prices.

Our 12m expedition vessel ‘Homer’ truly sets our expedition apart from other cruise vessels. She carries 20 guests in comfort and safety, whilst two quiet motors will ensure that you don’t miss a word of the Naturalist tour. ‘Homer’ has comfortable seating, shade cover, easy access ramp and stairs for landings, an on-board toilet and water facilities.

The prices indicated includes all meals, non-alcoholic beverages, laundry service, all guided land and water excursions and transfers.

 

Cruise the Kimberley Coast – 9 Days – Broome to Mitchell Plateau

DETAILED ITINERARY

Day One - Welcome aboard in Broome

The Odyssey Expeditions’ crew are looking forward to meeting you. Your charter bus will pick you up at around 9am & transport you to Gantheaume point where our tender vessel, “Homer” will transfer you out to the Odyssey, the first of many trips in the tender.

After a safety briefing, an introduction and a light brunch you can settle into your new home for the next 9 days. You may wish to stroll around the decks, enjoy the fresh sea air or just sit back and relax while observing the amazing colours of our northern coastal beaches drift by as we start our journey north.

Day Two - Buccaneer Archipelago, Talbot Bay - Silica Beach-Crocodile Creek - Horizontal Falls

Relax, sit back and enjoy a satisfying breakfast & take in the scenery as we cruise through the magnificent Buccaneer Archipelago, consisting of more than 800 islands & with a tidal range of over 10m, Named by Philip Parker King in 1820 in memory of William Dampier, a supposed Buccaneer for the king of the time.

We will go ashore for a leisurely walk on the pure white sands of Silica Beach then head to Crocodile Creek where we’ll have a swim in a fresh water hole at the base of a waterfall. We will then cruise through to Talbot Bay the location of the magnificent Horizontal Waterfalls, there we we’ll experience the awesome power of the falls then spend some time exploring the spectacular geology and scenery of the waterways of Cyclone Creek.

Tonight we’ll anchor in a protected bay to watch the Kimberley sun settle over ocean.

Day Three - Red Cone Creek - Ruby Falls - Raft Point

After a scrumptious Brekkie this morning it’s into “Hommer” and a leisurely cruise up Red Cone Creek for a refreshing swim in the water hole provided by the beautiful Ruby Falls, feel the power of the falls as you bathe beneath them.

Back to Odyssey and a short cruise to Raft Point, the site of perhaps the best Aboriginal rock art galleries on the coast. A short walk reveals spectacular scenery & endless views across Doubtful Bay to Steep Island. At the Raft Point gallery we will learn about the local Aboriginal beliefs & cultures, the lifestyles they once enjoyed & the Wandjina that shaped their land.

Day Four - Montgomery Reef - Sale River

From Raft Point we take an unforgettable passage through Turtle Alley to one of the Kimberley’s most amazing icons, Montgomery Reef, 400 square kilometres of reef that on a high spring tide is 4 metres underwater. With the outgoing tide the reef is then exposed by more than 4 metres; a marvel not to be missed. Spot for giant turtles, manta rays, dugongs & the many varieties of fish species that inhabit these watersmaybe even throw a line over & catch some tasty fish for dinner.

Then we will cruise across the bay to the beautiful Sale River, Homer will take us up stream for a closer look at the stunning orange and red sandstone cliff’s as we wind our way through the narrow gorge’s toward the Sale River Rainforest. We will take a leisurely walk in the lush rainforest environment and enjoy the crystal waters of the creeks that feed the Sale. Then it’s time to relax on board Odyssey as we overnight at Hall Point.

Day Five - Camden Sound - Hanover Beach - Doubtful Bay

Today we travel past the Bonaparte Archipelago through Camden Sound. This region has worldwide recognition as a crucial breeding and calving area for the Humpback Whale and hosts the world largest Humpback Whale population. Camden sound is rich other aquatic mammals such as Bottle and Snub-fin dolphins, Blue Whales, Pygmy Killer Whales and Pilot Whales.

This area is surrounded by fringing reefs with thousands of fish and marine invertebrates living amongst the hard and soft corals in the warm tropical waters of this truly unique environment.

Before Lunch we will go ashore a stroll along the beautiful Hanover Beach, look at ancient aboriginal art then back to Odyssey for lunch and some afternoon fishing.

Day Six - Prince Regent River, King Cascades - Bradshaw Art

Today we cruise into the St George Basin, the Kimberley’s largest inland sea. Standing tall on our arrival will be Mt. Trafalgar & Mt. Wellington, named by Philip Parker King in 1820. We will cruise up the magnificent Prince Regent River and take you to, probably the Kimberley’s most famous icon, the magnificent King Cascades. You will marvel at the sight of cascading water over the terraced rock that has formed over thousands of years,

Time to put your bathers on you going to get wet. Further on up the Regent, if tide allows we’ll visit the spectacular Cathedral Falls.

Then it’s ashore for a short climb to view the ancient aboriginal artwork know as Bradshaw Art, named after pastoralist Joseph Bradshaw who was the first European to discover it in 1891.

Day Seven - Prince Regent River - Camp Creek

Still within the Prince Regent, Homer will take you ashore where a short walks takes you to the waters of Camp Creek. Enjoy the scenic surrounds and immerse yourself in the refreshing water as we spend some time here at this idyllic location.

For the more agile in the group a 20 minute walk to the upper reaches will find two stunning waterfalls, the scene is breathtaking. The upper fall feeds a giant fresh water pool, ideal for swimming, then flows through and over rock to form another pristine pool of fresh water below. After a swim it’s back down river to rejoin the rest of the group for a snack.

After spending some time at Camp Creek it’s back to Odyssey to take the falling tide out of the Regent and St George Basin heading towards Careening Bay.

Day Eight - Careening Bay

Awake in beautiful Careening Bay, In 1820 the HMC Mermaid was careened on this beach to repair her hull. Whilst the vessel’s naturalist was recording & drawing many new & unusual Kimberley species of flora & fauna the vessel’s Carpenter took the opportunity to record their time in this area by engraving a large Boab tree with the letters ‘HMC Mermaid 1820’. We’ll go ashore & spend some time reliving history.

From the Prince Regent River we cruise towards Prince Frederick Harbour, which is fed by many rivers and creeks including the spectacular Roe & Hunter Rivers. . Making the most of the tides we will also be able to visit Porosus Creek

Day Nine - Prince Frederick Harbour, Hunter & Roe Rivers

This day has come all too soon, but the adventure is not over yet, you still have an action packed day ahead. Today we are within the Prince Frederick Harbour & the Hunter River. The Hunter presents perhaps the most spectacular river scenery in Western Australia, with grand red cliffs towering above mangrove fringed rivers. After an early breakfast Our expert guides will show you hidden wonders of this areas wildlife focusing on the bird life and crocodiles, you may spot an elusive Chestnut Rail on the mud banks, Giant Egrets or the huge Great Billed Heron within the tops of the mangroves or the ever present Saltwater Croc lurking below.

Then it’s off on your last trip in Homer to explore the beaches of Naturalist Island where we will meet your helicopter. After the farewells on the beach you are off on a thrilling scenic helicopter flight where you can see the breathtaking Mitchell Falls.

Your pilot will then take you to the Mitchell Plateau airstrip where your aircraft awaits you. A light aircraft will take you southward along the coastline back to Broome. On your arrival back into Broome you will be transferred back to your accommodation.

Departure Dates – Tour Notes – Tour Vehicle Info – T&C’s

Cruise the Kimberley - 9 Day Broome to Mitchell Plateau Cruise/Fly

Departures 
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This is only a suggested itinerary. Because the Kimberley region has vast tidal movements we may be unable to venture into all the sights mentioned above, however, there are many more spectacular sights not mentioned all along the Kimberley coast and Odyssey Expedition will endeavour to visit as many fascinating sights as possible.

Light aircraft & helicopter transfers are included in the cost of your cruise. Luggage must be packed into Soft bags & weigh no more than 12kg for each guest.

ACCOMMODATION SHARE POLICY  – Accommodation prices are based on twin share occupancy. Sole occupancy is charged at the normal fare plus a 50% single supplement. If the passenger is willing to share and Odyssey Expeditions is able to book a same sex roommate this supplement will be waived.

It is essential that you bring good walking shoes, sandals, broad-brimmed hat with all round protection, sunscreen and swimming costume.

It is also recommended that you bring insect repellent, a warm jacket/jumper for the evening, personal toiletries, with any personal medication required.

MEDICAL RISKS – We strongly advise that you arrange comprehensive travel, cancellation and medical insurance, at the time of booking. Passengers with any medical conditions or dietary requirements should also make them aware to Odyssey Expeditions at the time of booking. If a medical condition is diagnosed after making the booking, passengers should make Odyssey Expeditions aware of the condition as soon as possible after receiving medical confirmation, and can ascertain that they are fit to travel. Medical ailments or accidents during the trip should be reported to the captain immediately. Emergency evacuation is available for severe medical conditions, at the customer’s expense (see Travel and Medical Insurance conditions).

PASSENGER HEALTH AND RESPONSIBILITY  – The passenger admits a full understanding of the nature and character of the vessel and the scope of the activities contemplated by the passenger during the cruise (including those related to off vessel activities such as excursions in the vessel tenders, snorkelling and diving) and assures and undertakes to the carrier:

  • That they are in good health and will be able to undertake the cruise and contemplated activities That they will affect travel insurance sufficient to cover any limitation of liability against the operator.
  • That they accept the risk that they may suffer from sea sickness.
  • That they have disclosed any physical or mental disability requiring special attention or treatment at the time when the reservation for the cruise was made
  • Any charges incurred by passengers for medical reasons including but not limited to physicians, surgeons, hospitals, off vessel accommodation, medication, diagnostic facilities, air ambulance evacuation or ground ambulance shall be the sole responsibility of the passenger. For the safety and comfort of all passengers smoking is not permitted in/on the vessel except in nominated areas.
  • And the passenger agrees to indemnify the carrier from and against all claims, costs, charges and fines or penalties arising as a result of any claim made against the carrier in this respect

It is your responsibility to contact us with your preferred accommodation pick up point.

Please read the Terms & Conditions of Odyssey Expeditions carefully.  They will be the Operator conducting this tour.

TERMS AND CONDITIONS OF ODYSSEY EXPEDITIONS (OPERATOR FOR THIS CRUISE/FLY TOUR)

RESERVATIONS

To make a reservation please complete the booking and information form and sign the Terms and Conditions. For individual, whole boat or exclusive charters a 30% non-refundable deposit of the full booking amount is to be paid, by cheque, direct debit or credit card. This deposit is non-refundable. Bookings are valid for a maximum of seven (7) days without a deposit and completed booking and information form, after this time the date will be released for sale. The balance is due a minimum of sixty (60) days prior to departure.  Odyssey Expeditions require a completed reservation form and signed terms and conditions from all passengers to be returned with the payment. We recommend that clients book their flights and accommodation in Broome/Kununurra at the same time they commit to travel with Odyssey Expeditions. All prices are in Australian dollars.

PASSENGER CANCELLATION

Cancellation within 60 days prior to departure or if passengers fail to arrive – the total value of the reservation is forfeited. The 30% deposit payment is nonrefundable. In the case of cancellation all other payments are non-refundable and passengers refer to their travel insurance. Odyssey Expeditions reserve the right to resell an unoccupied cabin due to cancellation.

TRAVEL AND MEDICAL INSURANCE

Odyssey Expeditions strongly recommends passengers arrange suitable comprehensive travel insurance which includes cancellation insurance at time of booking. Please ensure this includes medical evacuation and not just medical expenses. This acts as protection from any circumstance which may force you to cancel or leave an expedition whilst it is in progress. In the unlikely event of a medical evacuation while onboard please bring your travel insurance policy inclusive of medical evacuation or a valid credit card for payment.  Odyssey Expeditions accepts no responsibility for the actions of any carrier that results in not meeting a booking or deadline.

ACCOMMODATION SHARE POLICY

Accommodation prices are based on twin share occupancy. Sole occupancy is charged at the normal fare plus a 50% single supplement. If the passenger is willing to share and Odyssey Expeditions is able to book a same sex roommate this supplement will be waived.

CRUISE CHANGES DELAYS OR CANCELLATIONS

If the carrier cancels the cruise prior to departure for operational reasons, the carrier will refund the fare paid. If the departure of the cruise is delayed / curtailed in excess of 24 hours, the carrier will refund part of the fare paid on a pro rata basis less any accommodation, evacuation or relocation costs. Odyssey Expeditions will endeavour to follow the cruise itinerary and the passenger accepts that the carrier has the right to change the Itinerary, the vessel or cancel the cruise as a result of force majeure or prevailing inclement weather conditions. The passenger accepts that they may then not be entitled to any compensation.

LIABILITY CONDITIONS

Odyssey Expeditions provides adventure expeditions and cruises and such the passengers may face dangers and discomfort. Should this happen each passenger should be prepared for and accept the risks involved with a trip of this nature. While all due care is taken by Odyssey Expeditions to avoid unnecessary risks it is the passenger’s ultimate responsibility for damages or loss of personal property or any illness, injury or loss of life. Odyssey Expeditions does not accept liability for  losses, costs or out of pocket expenses suffered as a delay in delivery of services. Odyssey Expeditions does not accept liability for any breach of contract resulting from or caused by force of nature, natural disaster, act of god or unforeseen circumstances.

MEDICAL RISKS

We strongly advise that you arrange comprehensive travel, cancellation and medical insurance, at the time of booking. Passengers with any medical conditions or dietary requirements should also make them aware to Odyssey Expeditions at the time of booking. If a medical condition is diagnosed after making the booking, passengers should make Odyssey Expeditions aware of the condition as soon as possible after receiving medical confirmation, and can ascertain that they are fit to travel. Medical ailments or accidents during the trip should be reported to the captain immediately. Emergency evacuation is available for severe medical conditions, at the customer’s expense (see Travel and Medical Insurance conditions).

PASSENGER HEALTH AND RESPONSIBILITY

The passenger admits a full understanding of the nature and character of the vessel and the scope of the activities contemplated by the passenger during the cruise (including those related to off vessel activities such as excursions in the vessel tenders, snorkelling and diving) and assures and undertakes to the carrier:

  • That they are in good health and will be able to undertake the cruise and contemplated activities That they will affect travel insurance sufficient to cover any limitation of liability against the operator.
  • That they accept the risk that they may suffer from sea sickness.
  • That they have disclosed any physical or mental disability requiring special attention or treatment at the time when the reservation for the cruise was made
  • Any charges incurred by passengers for medical reasons including but not limited to physicians, surgeons, hospitals, off vessel accommodation, medication, diagnostic facilities, air ambulance evacuation or ground ambulance shall be the sole responsibility of the passenger. For the safety and comfort of all passengers smoking is not permitted in/on the vessel except in nominated areas.
  • And the passenger agrees to indemnify the carrier from and against all claims, costs, charges and fines or penalties arising as a result of any claim made against the carrier in this respect

LIMITATION OF CARRIERS LIABILITY

The liability of the carrier to the passenger is limited with respect to both personal injury and damage to loss of property to the full extent permitted by law and in terms of these cruise ticket conditions. The carrier accepts no responsibility of liability to the passenger for loss, death or delay of, or injury to any passenger. These cruise ticket conditions remain in effect for all period when the carrier is under any responsibility to the passenger or the passenger’s property. Odyssey Expeditions does not accept any responsibility if any passenger delays the cruise due to illness, injury or medical evacuation.

EXPEDITION ACTIVITIES

Odyssey Expeditions will not be liable to passengers for any injury or damage, which occur during recreational activities. This includes those activities both on and off the main vessel and associated tenders.

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Included Helicopter Flight

Iincluded in your package is a scenic Helicopter transfer between the Mitchell Plateau and Naturalist Island that will take you over the magnificent Mitchell Falls.

Gourmet Meals

All meals are prepared fresh daily using only fresh produce or your catch of the day. We cater for all dietary requirements,

Amazing Fishing!

There is an abundance of fish in the waters of the Kimberley ranging from pelagic such as Trevally and Tuna to estuarine fish like Barramundi or Mangrove Jack. You might also catch a delicious Mud Crab for dinner.

About us

Kimberley Outback Tours commenced touring in the Kimberley in 2006.  We have gradually expanded across the Kimberley, introducing many Australian and International visitors to our wonderful part of Australia. Kimberley Outback Tours prides itself on offering something for everyone, no matter which way you like to travel, with Tours, Accommodation, Camping and Self Drive Packages. So please come join us as we help you discover the very best of the Kimberley and beyond.

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