The Kimberley has two seasons, the dry and the wet. It is hot most of the year with average temperatures generally above 30°C. The dry season, from May to September, features beautiful clear skies, warm to hot days, and the occasional cool night. The weather during the dry season is very stable and predictable, the chance of rain very low – every day is a beautiful day.
During the wet season, from November to April, monsoonal rains inundate the region, rivers flood, replenishing the majestic waterfalls and currents. It is during this time that the region receives about 90% of its rainfall. The weather during the wet season is quite unpredictable.
Cruising through the Kimberley region you will be amazed by the beauty and richness of this part of Australia. Immerse yourself in the heart of Australia's culture beating through the red dirt, explore the rugged landscape, spectacular gorges, waterfalls, and embrace the feeling of swimming in pristine freshwater lagoons after a good hike. An abundance of wildlife exists along the way such as majestic whales, an array of birdlife, and native animals including prehistoric salt water crocodiles and barramundi.
The Kimberley is rich with a captivating history, not only from early explorer expeditions to Australia, but dating back thousands of years with a rich indigenous culture. Share in the stories of the Aboriginal people, visit sacred sites where extraordinary rock art are dotted throughout many caves, and immerse yourself in the land that has sustained the Aboriginal people for centuries. Guests will be guided by incredible local knowledge to experience Bradshaw-style rock art, some of it still being discovered today. The insightful interpretation of your very own onboard guide will reveal that some artworks have been dated to be older than the famous Prehistoric Lascaux grotto (more than 50,000 years old), whilst the first Aboriginal families established themselves in Australia between 60,000 - 80,000 years ago.
Australia, especially Western Australia, is blessed with an amazing food and wine industry. Allow your chefs to tailor your menu showcasing all that Western Australia, has to offer. Enjoy local delicacies (perhaps caught on your journey!) such as oysters, barramundi, and even specialties like delicate pearl meat. You may also visit a pearl farm such as Paspaley or Cygnet Bay to uncover the incredible creations delivered by Mother Nature - Australia's Mother of Pearls are among the most valued in the world.
Fishing in the Kimberley is incredible, the region being so pristine. Western Australia is home to some of the world’s best deep sea and beach fishing with world-class challenges and rewards to lure many keen novice and professional anglers to the state’s rivers and 12,500 kilometres (7,767 miles) of coastline. Anglers can experience the thrill of hooking Australia’s most iconic fish, the barramundi. Other species in these waters include threadfin salmon, giant trevally, tuna, and queenfish.
Cygnet Bay and Buccaneer Archipelago [0-7 hours]
After arriving in Broome International Airport, you will be transferred by private charter to Cygnet Bay – an area renowned for its magnificent pearl farming.
After a welcome reception and tour of one of Australia’s oldest working pearl farms, you will be transferred on board via beach transfer vessel and welcomed onboard by your Crew.
After your first gourmet lunch, our adventure starts with a cruise through the islands of King Sound. You will board the tender for an excursion to Buccaneer Archipelago to witness the ‘giant tides’. Here we watch spectacular whirlpools and overflows being generated by the impressive large tides. The exhilarating scenic tour ends back on board, relaxing at the sundeck bar to enjoy your first stunning Kimberley sunset.