Day 2-10 Explore Kimberley
- 9 Breakfasts, 9 Lunches, 9 Dinners
KING GEORGE RIVER & FALLS
At over 80 meters, King George Falls are the highest twin falls in Western Australia. Feel humbled by nature’s awesome force as thousands of tons of water cascade over the ancient sandstone cliffs. Early in the season, cruise under the mist of the falls, while in later months, get up close to the sandstone walls to view the honeycomb erosion patterns.
Vansittart Bay contains many sites of cultural and historical significance. Have an opportunity to view the remarkable Gwion Gwion galleries and Macassan sites at Jar Island. On the Anjo Peninsula, discover the wreckage of the downed C-53 Skytrooper, well-preserved since it crashed in 1942.
MITCHELL FALLS, WINYALKAN, & SWIFT BAY
Carved through layers of sandstone, Mitchell Falls descends over four tiers, creating pools of emerald green on each level. The option to take a scenic helicopter flight gives you a breathtaking view, or alternatively explore the sandstone caves of Hathway’s Hideaway or enjoy a catch and release fishing excursion. Swift Bay reveals a series of fine Wandjina art galleries.
PRINCE FREDERICK HARBOUR
At the southern end of the York Sound lies one of the most spectacular locations in the Kimberley: Prince Frederick Harbor. It is home to many islands, mangroves and monsoon rainforests, set against a backdrop of steep red escarpment. White-bellied sea eagles and other birds of prey are often seen here, and at low tide expansive mudflats reveal large populations of various mudskippers and mangrove crabs. Spot massive saltwater crocodiles on a cruise up Porosus Creek, visit art sites, and marvel at rock formations.
PRINCE REGENT RIVER & CAREENING BAY
Running on a fault line, this straight river is a haven for native species. If the tide is right, there may be an opportunity for swimming at Camp Creek. Visit the beautiful King Cascade. See the National Heritage Listed ‘Mermaid Tree’ at Careening Bay. It still bears the name carved by the crew of Phillip Parker King’s ship HMS Mermaid when the ship was repaired here in 1820.
Montgomery Reef is a biologically diverse area covering over 300 sq km. Named by Phillip Parker King, this marvelous reef is home to several species of marine turtles, dolphins, manatee-like dugongs, and crocodiles. As the reef emerges from the sea at low tide, get up close in the Xplorer and inflatables to witness the spectacle.
Raft Point guards the entrance to this iconic area, with a host of destinations such as the mighty Sale River, Steep Island and Ruby Falls at Red Cone Creek. Take the opportunity to meet the Worrora people and experience the wondrous Wandjina art of Raft Point.
HORIZONTAL FALLS & BUCCANEER ARCHIPELAGO
The visual delight of the Buccaneer Archipelago reveals Talbot Bay. Discover the natural wonder of the Horizontal Falls. The changing tide thunders through narrow gorges in the McLarty Ranges, and experience the thrill of traversing the falls at high speed aboard inflatable tenders. At Cyclone Creek, view evidence of massive geological forces in the impressive rock formations, or take an Xplorer cruise through the Iron Islands, past Koolan Island, before enjoying sunset drinks at Nares Point.
Subject to weather and tides, visit the Lacepede Islands. The low islands are a nature reserve and Important Bird Area, supporting up to 18,000 breeding pairs of Brown Boobies and Roseate Terns, as well as a significant breeding area for the Green Sea Turtle. Explore the island’s lagoon and spot many species of birds and marine wildlife.