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 can be 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 (July - September), an array of bird life, and native animals including prehistoric saltwater 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's Western Coast is blessed with an amazing food and wine industry. Allow your Chef to tailor your menu showcasing all that the region 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 oceans in 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.
Talbot Bay and the Horizontal Falls
After arriving in Broome International Airport, you will be transferred by private charter to Talbot Bay.
Board your private yacht at Talbot Bay early afternoon, meet the crew and be welcome onboard.
Once everyone is settled in their cabins, a fast tender ride will allow you to experience the Horizontal falls and scenic Cyclone Creek.
Whilst being called waterfalls, they are unlike any other falls, as water passes horizontally through two narrow gorges. These massive tidal movements create a waterfall effect as the water banks up against one side of the narrow cliff passage, only to be repeated when the tide turns. It is an incredible feeling to be among the water movements from the safety of the tender!
The exhilarating afternoon ends back on board, relaxing at the sundeck bar to enjoy your first stunning Kimberley sunset and dinner on board at anchor.
Dugong Bay > Kingfisher Islands > Raft Point
Early morning fish: look out for fingermark, trevally, queenfish. The crew will have prepared breakfast for the fishing group, whilst the rest of the guests can relax on board at their leisure. The yacht will make its way towards Dugong Bay mouth.
By about 9am return on board, and change into walk/swim clothes. The crew will await you and prepare the tender for a refreshing swim in the Dugong Bay Rainforest. It is a short walk to a fresh waterpool and waterfall, and even a small hot water spring!
Return to the yacht in time for lunch, whilst we cruise towards Kingfisher Islands.
After lunch, a Pelagic fishing excursion around the Kingfisher islands. Return on board by 400pm to depart Kingfisher Island towards Raft Point.
Sunset drinks cruising into our overnight anchorage at Raft Point.
Raft Point to Montgomery Reef to Rothsay Water [8-10 hours]
Early this morning, we leave one spectacular destination only to cruise to yet another wonder of the Kimberley Coast. Whilst having breakfast on board, arrive at...
Montgomery Reef. A sight to behold as the entire reef appears to rise from the ocean on the falling tide. With often 10 metres of tidal differences on a single tide, nearly 5 metres of reef gradually emerges from the ocean, with water cascading down waterfalls and creating a river cutting through the reef.
The sights make you feel incredibly humble when seen from a drone above which your Crew will launch. We then have the opportunity to explore the reef up close from the tender: admire the water cascading to reveal the reef, itself busy creating its own "sunscreen" to protect from the harsh sun, whilst the birds and all kinds of marine life come to feed on the nutrient-rich landscape. An experience like no other!
Your guide will take you for an opportunity to swim at Sand Cay. Upon return on board, cruise towards Red Cone Creek.
Whilst the crew prepare your takeaway lunch, the tenders are ready to take you on a ride to Ruby Falls for a climb/swim. The crew will set Crab pots, which you can pull pots on return. Return on board, up anchor and cruise north, for a spectacular sunset passing High Cliffy Islands.
We will keep cruising until about 100am to Rothsay Water (approx. 8 hours).
Rothsay Water > St George Basin > Camp Creek
Alight around 5.30am for a chance to Birdwatch and/or escape for another fishing adventure from the tenders, in and around Rothsay Water.
After breakfast on board, we depart for an excursion to your first art site: the indigenous rock art is knows as Wandjina and Gwion styles. Visit some of the artwork created by local indigenous people, sometimes dating back to 50,000 years (!), and immerse yourself in the stories shared by our local aboriginal guide. You will be taken for short walks through to incredible & authentic art sites, some of them still being discovered nowadays. "The Wandjina drew themselves," according to local folklore. They're considered ancient spirits who carved out the waterways, lifted the mountains, created many of the plants and animals of the Kimberley.
Around 11am cruise towards Prince Regent River, Passing Mt Trafalgar and Mt Waterloo to the East as we enter St George’s Basin, lunch whilst cruising.
After lunch the tenders go ahead to fish, and we drop anchor mid afternoon at the mouth of Camp Creek, tenders fish for Barramundi until Sunset.
Prince Regent River, Camp Creek
Another morning of early Barramundi fishing in this popular spot, with a delicious breakfast in the tenders.
Return on board for Morning tea, change into your walk/swim clothes, and around 11am we depart for Camp Creek. A short guided 1hr walk will take you to a beautiful swimming waterhole, followed by picnic lunch.
Option for an afternoon fishing excursion, or simply relaxing on board. Dinner at anchor in Prince Regent River.
Kings Cascade > Prince Frederick Harbour > Porosis Creek
Morning Barramundi fish and/or birdwatching, before our morning scenic cruise towards the back of the river whilst our vessel moves towards King Cascades.
Boarding the yacht in the King Cascade Basin, it is time for your picture-perfect moments, and "shower" on the bow of the tenders. Guests then step ashore to climb the cascades and enjoy a magical swim in the top pools, whilst the yacht makes her way gently out of the Prince Regent River.
Lunch is ready when we return on board.
The tenders are launched for the afternoon bait fishing adventure, and when we return everyone steps ashore for a beach fire and sunset drinks - the ultimate Kimberley experience !
Dinner on board cruising, the yacht makes her way towards Prince Frederick Harbour. We drop anchor around 10pm in Porosis Creek, near the Hunter River.
On our last morning, there is an early morning fishing excursion and dinghy scenic ride, with takeaway breakfast. Go in search of crocodiles, and a last chance to catch a Barramundi,
Return on board for morning tea and refreshments, recount the last 7 days with excitment and all the memories you have now built, before departing via Seaplane.
It's only a goodbye !