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Kimberley Quest - BEYOND ADVENTURE CRUISE

20 Night Cruise Only


  • Cruise Line: Kimberley Quest
  • Ship: Kimberley Quest II
  • Package Departs: 8 March 2022
  • Package Duration: 20 Nights
  • Offer Type: Cruise Only
  • Embark Ship: Darwin, NT, Australia
  • Disembark Ship: Broome, W A
This expedition departs from Darwin and is set to capture the Kimberley waterfall season. This is one of the most extensive itineraries on offer in the region!
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20 NIGHTS CRUISE ONLY
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BEYOND ADVENTURE CRUISE Cruise-Only prices include:
- 20 night small ship Kimberley expedition cruise aboard Kimberley Quest II from Darwin to Broome
- All transfers are provided between your accommodation and the Kimberley Quest II
- Daily excursions led by knowledgeable guides
- Fresh Kimberley-style gourmet cuisine prepared by an onboard chef
- Non-alcoholic drinks
- Port and Govt taxes
- One way transfer from port to your hotel or airport in Broome
Special Conditions
*Conditions Apply: All prices shown here are per person share twin in AUD, based on best available cruise fare at time of publication (10Aug21). Some cabins may have obstructed views. All prices based on cash payment - credit card fees may apply. Cruise deposit, amendment and cancellation conditions apply. Travel agent service fees may apply. Special conditions apply - please ask for full details at time of enquiry. All passports, vaccinations and visas are the responsibility of the travelling guest to secure prior to departure from Australia. While we endeavour to keep our pricing as up-to-date as possible, the advertised prices shown here may differ from the prices in our booking system at time of reservation. The following items are not included in your cruise fare: Alcoholic beverages, Use of satellite phone, facsimile and internet, Scenic helicopter flights, Traditional Owner Visitor Pass fees (charged onboard), Kimberley Quest II merchandise, airfares, pre or post accommodation, optional ship`s tips. Travel insurance is highly recommended but not included in your cruise fare. Offer subject to availability at time of booking. We reserve the right to correct errors without penalty.
Special Validity Dates
Special is valid from 10 August 2021 to 8 February 2022 or until sold out/withdrawn.
Cruise Itinerary
Date Port Arrive Depart
8 Mar 2022 Darwin, NT, Australia
9 Mar 2022 Berkeley River, Western Australia
10 Mar 2022 Berkeley River, Western Australia
11 Mar 2022 At Sea    
12 Mar 2022 King George River, Western Australia
13 Mar 2022 King George River, Western Australia
14 Mar 2022 Koolama Bay, W A
15 Mar 2022 At Sea    
16 Mar 2022 At Sea    
17 Mar 2022 Vansittart Bay, Western Australia
18 Mar 2022 Mitchell River, W.A., Australia
19 Mar 2022 Swift Bay
20 Mar 2022 Swift Bay
21 Mar 2022 Careening Bay, WA
22 Mar 2022 Prince Regent River, Western Australia
23 Mar 2022 King Casades, Western Australia
24 Mar 2022 Camden Harbour, WA, Australia
24 Mar 2022 Kuri Bay, Western Australia
24 Mar 2022 Deception Bay, WA, Australia
25 Mar 2022 Raft Point, Western Australia
25 Mar 2022 Sale River, Western Australia
25 Mar 2022 Doubtful Bay, Australia
26 Mar 2022 Montgomery Reef, W A
26 Mar 2022 Collier Bay, Western Australia
27 Mar 2022 Talbot Bay, Western Australia
27 Mar 2022 Cape Leveque, WA
28 Mar 2022 Broome, W A
20 Night Cruise sailing from Darwin to Broome aboard Kimberley Quest II.

DAY 1: Darwin – Joseph Bonaparte Gulf
Board Kimberley Quest II at 3pm for a 4pm departure. Join Kimberley Quest II at Darwin Fisherman's Wharf located at the end of Francis Bay Drive where you will enjoy canapes and a relaxing drink on the bow with the captain and friendly crew as the sun sets. Settle into your cabin before a sumptuous dinner, as your journey commences leaving Darwin Harbour crossing the Timor Sea. An expedition that is truly beyond adventure has begun!

DAY 2: Berkeley River
The journey continues, crossing the Bonaparte Gulf to approach the coast of the Kimberley - one of the world's last great remaining wilderness areas. Anchor tonight at Reveley Island, the entrance to the Berkeley River, surrounded by a blanket of stars under the Milky Way!

DAY 3: Berkeley River
Today commences with a leisurely cruise up the Berkeley River, taking in the numerous falls and ancient sandstone escarpments. The Berkeley River offers stunning ochre-tinted sandstone scenery, amphitheatre waterfalls and beautiful freshwater pools, perfect for a refreshing dip. You will have your first opportunity to catch a Barramundi today or alternatively you may go crocodile-spotting or bird watching. A walk up the back of the Berkeley River will lead us to a beautiful freshwater pool, where we enjoy a leisurely dip.

DAY 4: Seaplane Bay and Cape Bernier
Today we visit two sites associated with the German aviators Bertram & Klaussman. In 1932, the pair were blown off course in their seaplane Atlantis and endured starvation in the wilderness, before being found and rescued by Gwini Aborigines after 40 days.

DAY 5: King George River
At high tide, we cross the sandbars of the King George River for a breathtaking cruise along this beautiful waterway. Incredible scenery unfolds as we approach the King George Falls, through vertically-sided sandstone canyons, ending at the highest waterfall in Western Australia. The Kimberley Quest II cruises to the base of the twin falls for a refreshing 'Kimberley shower'. Overnight we anchor just metres away from the falls and are lulled to sleep by water cascading over the cliff face! This quest will capture Kimberley waterfalls during their peak performance.

DAY 6: King George Falls
This morning for those intrepid adventurers it is well worth a climb to the top of the falls for a breathtaking vista of the river below – a truly humbling experience, as you appreciate the immensity of this ancient untamed landscape. Enjoy a well-deserved swim in one of the cool upper pools, followed by an excursion to the East Arm Falls.

DAY 7: Koolama Bay
Visit Koolama Bay, where the motor vessel Koolama was beached in February 1942, following an attack by the Japanese. The passengers were taken ashore on orders from the ship's master, while 93 people had to walk overland on an epic cross-country trek. The Koolama was unfortunately sunk off the Wyndham jetty during another air raid. Plenty of history surrounds the Kimberley and our crew will be more than happy to share the stories with you. After visiting the survivors' camp at Pangali Cove, enjoy a freshwater dip beneath a nearby waterfall.

Day 8: Barramundi and Glycosmis Falls
Today we view more unbelievable Kimberley waterfalls, namely the Barramundi and Glycosmis falls. Try your luck at landing the elusive Barramundi or revel in the remoteness of this magical region. Later on, we cruise around Cape Londonderry, the most northerly point of Western Australia and enter the Indian ocean.

DAY 9: Drysdale River
Today we encounter one of the longest rivers in the Kimberley (432km), the Drysdale. Spend the day exploring the spectacular palmstudded landscape and the rock terraced rapids of the Drysdale area. Join our guides on a scenic excursion to witness crocodiles, flying foxes and many species of bird life which thrive in these delta islands. Then enjoy a swim in secluded rock pools. During late afternoon, walk on a deserted beach or try to catch a Barramundi, with many great 'snags' to fish around.

DAY 10: Vansittart Bay, WWII DC3 Crash Site
Today we explore various coves within Vansittart Bay, visiting sites rich in the fascinating Gwion Gwion (Bradshaw) art, named after Joseph Bradshaw, who in 1891 became the first European to record these amazing paintings. Some Bradshaw art, which is unique to the Kimberley, has been dated at over 17,000 years old. There is also the opportunity to visit a historic Makassan (Indonesian camp) and the wartime crash site of a DC3 aircraft, located on the eastern side of Vansittart Bay. As we continue our journey, we pass the rugged basalt cliffs and emerald rainforests of the Bougainville Peninsula, before crossing Admiralty Gulf.

DAY 11: Mitchell River, Surveyors Creek
We are now entering the incredible assortment of islands that form the Bonaparte Archipelago. Cruise up the Mitchell River estuary – a mangrove paradise ideal for mud crabbing! Later we drop a lure in and perfect your fishing skills in these rich waters or go crocodilespotting. Later in the afternoon enjoy a swim in the cool tranquil waters of Surveyors Creek.

DAY 12 & 13: Cape Voltaire, Swift Bay
Step back to a land before time, viewing some of the finest examples of Kimberley rock art. Every period of Kimberley rock art is on display in and around this area. Let your imagination flow as we hike through the remote terrain, sit under rocky coves and marvel in the magnitude.

DAY 14: York Sound, Careening Bay
This morning we cruise south through Scotts Strait to visit amazing sea-caves and the spectacular sandstone coastline of York Sound. As we continue our journey we visit Careening Bay, site of an ancient carved boab tree first visited in 1820 by Phillip Parker King while on a hydrographic survey of the Australian coastline.

DAY 15 & 16: Prince Regent River, King Cascade, Cathedral Gorge
Early this morning, we cruise through St George Basin, a stunning inland sea. Leaving the vista of the might Mt Trafalgar and Mt Waterloo, we cruise up the Prince Regent River, marveling at the fault line waterway that cuts through sandstone cliffs and gorges. Arriving at the spring-fed King Cascade, admire the rush of water cascading in breath-taking tiers, surrounded by lush ferns and a myriad of wildlife. Climb above the falls for an unforgettable swim in a massive crystal-clear pool. Be rewarded with a breath-taking view over the magnificent Prince Regent River in the distance – wilderness adventuring at its best! Late in the afternoon join our guides for an excursion to Cathedral Falls, while spotting crocodiles and flying foxes. Alternatively, fish the Prince Regent River which is renowned for big Barra and Threadfin Salmon.

DAY 17: Camden Harbour, Kuri Bay, Deception Bay
At nearby Camden Harbour, we visit forlorn settlers' graves on Sheep Island and soak up the history of the early European settlement. Take one of the tenders for a spot of exploration, have a go at fishing or collect rock oysters. Alternatively relax on the sun-deck to take in the beautiful scenery. We then cruise between Augustus Island and the mainland, passing the remote pearling settlement of Kuri Bay. Late afternoon we will enter Deception Bay for a refreshing swim among paperbark trees.

DAY 18: Raft Point, Sale River, Doubtful Bay
This morning we cruise to Steep Island and anchor below the stunning cliffs of Raft Point, as we prepare to walk to the caves perched on the hill. Here is some of the finest well-preserved Wandjina art in the Kimberley. From the top we have an amazing view of the Kimberley coast. We then explore the Sale River and take an excursion upstream for a dip in the spring-fed rainforest pools, and on the journey home, view ancient rock art from the shaded fast boat, Quest Express. As the sun begins to set, we fish the inlets of Doubtful Bay for the elusive Barramundi and Threadfin Salmon.

DAY 19: Red Cone Creek, Montgomery Reef, Collier Bay
Take a tender excursion to Red Cone Creek for a refreshing swim at Ruby Falls, or join our guides to try your luck at mud crabbing. We then cruise to the amazing Montgomery Reef, which covers more than 300km², making it Australia's largest inshore reef. Watch as the tide falls right before your eyes, creating a waterfall effect as the reef rises out of the water. Then take a ride in the tenders to observe many marine species, including turtles and sea birds. Late afternoon try your luck at Barramundi fishing in Collier Bay or alternatively, relax on board and take in the beautiful scenery.

DAY 20: Talbot Bay, Dugong Bay, Buccaneer Archipelago
Cruise to Talbot Bay, home to one of the icons of the Kimberley coast, the spectacular Horizontal Falls. Take a tender and head in for an up-close and exhilarating ride through this natural phenomenon. Join a scenic excursion up the back of Cyclone Creek to marvel at the amazing rock formations. In and around Dugong Bay, we take a scenic tender excursion and cool off with a refreshing swim in one of the freshwater pools. In the afternoon we cross the vast King Sound, after cruising through the thousands of islands of the Buccaneer Archipelago passing Cape Leveque at sunset, as we journey through the night towards Broome.

DAY 21: Cape Leveque - Broome
Arrive into Broome early morning. Enjoy your last breakfast on board before saying goodbye to the crew of the Kimberley Quest II. Disembarkation on Cable Beach is at approximately 8.00am, where a courtesy vehicle will transfer you to your accommodation or airport.

This is only a suggested itinerary. The remote Kimberley region experiences large tidal movements which can affect our itinerary. We may need to vary this from time to time, however, no matter the tides, we always visit the spectacular icons of this region. There will be plenty of land and sightseeing excursions to many untouched places, and opportunities to catch fresh fish for the table. Please note scenic helicopter flights are available on request.

The Kimberley Quest II has been designed for relaxing and exploring the Kimberley coastline in complete comfort and style.

Our custom-built vessel is fully air-conditioned, equipped with a helipad, spa, large en-suited cabins and offers indoor and outdoor alfresco areas so there will always be plenty of room to take in the panoramic scenery and breathtaking sunsets. Whilst on board take advantage of the extensive library, including a fantastic array of Kimberley reference books and general interest novels, otherwise sit with the Captain in the wheelhouse and learn more about the Kimberley outback.

Accommodating just 18 passengers and 7 crew, your holiday of a lifetime can be enjoyed with fellow travellers in luxurious and intimate surrounds. You have the choice of 9 cabins from deluxe double, superior and the exclusive flybridge. All cabins feature private ensuites, individual air-conditioning, viewing windows, mini-refrigerators and are serviced daily by your hostess.

Carrying three excursion tenders, days are filled with a myriad of activities both on and off land, exploring the spectacular region with your very own local guide who has extensive knowledge of the Kimberley coastline. During your cruise you are free to do as much or as little as you wish and can be sure that your Kimberley cruise with us will exceed your expectations!


Ship Profile & Stats
  • Maiden voyage: 2005
  • Length: 24m
  • Beam: 8m
  • Draft: 2m
  • Speed: 10 knots
  • Ship registration: Australia
  • Passenger capacity (dbl): 18
  • Crew nationality: Australian
  • Officer nationality: Australian
  • Dining nationality: Australian
Ship Amenities
  • Air Conditioning
  • Ensuites
  • Mini Fridge
  • Hair Dryer
Ship Facilities
  • Air Conditioning
  • State of the art communications and Navigation systems
  • Fresh desalinated water
  • Tenders
  • Sun Deck
  • Helipad
  • Spa
  • Library
  • Laundry
  • Main Lounge and Dining Area
From its foundations in 1994 as a pilot boat for Broome Port, Kimberley Quest has grown into a multi-award winning, luxury Kimberley cruise company operating extended wilderness expeditions along the magnificent Kimberley coast.

Kimberley Quest is a dynamic and thriving business that has remained dedicated to providing all guests with an unforgettable experience. Whilst having operated now for over 20 years, the company still succeeds in exciting all those that step aboard and extends its passion for the Kimberley to all its guests.

With a strong sense of guest-focus and quality service, at the core of the business, Kimberley Quest looks forward to their adventure ahead.

The Kimberley Quest II is a 25 metre vessel that has been designed for relaxing and exploring the Kimberley coastline, its custom design allows us to visit areas many other Kimberley cruises simply cannot reach. Whilst on board guests can enjoy indoor and outdoor alfresco areas, a refreshing dip in the spa and gourmet cuisine prepared by our on-board chef. Cruising with a maximum of 18 guests our personalised service and attention to every detail means you will enjoy the amazing surrounds in complete comfort and luxury.

There are a range of Kimberley tours available, your daily cruise adventures feature a myriad of activities. Leaving the mother-ship in our custom-built tender vessels you will set out exploring the untouched river systems, viewing ancient Aboriginal rock art and fishing the tidal creeks as well as discovering the in-depth history of the area, viewing the rugged cliffs, caves, waterfalls and gorges, spotting wildlife, taking refreshing dips in secluded waterholes and much more!

The Kimberley is prolific with islands, whirlpools, inlets, extensive waterfalls, pristine beaches and unforgettable scenery that will take your breath away. The team at Kimberley Quest will convey their passion for this ancient land, forging the sights and sounds of the Kimberley into your memory forever.

Lower Deck

Main Deck

Top Deck

Our exclusive flybridge cabin is the only guest cabin on the top deck and features a queen size bed, well appointed private ensuite with hair dryer, individual air-conditioning and a personal mini-fridge. With a large window in the bedroom and a port hole in the ensuite you will never miss a moment of the magnificent Kimberley scenery.

Storage consists of a small closet with hanging facilities, cupboard and space underneath your bed.

Note: The queen size bed in this cabin is accessible from both sides.

Our superior cabins are located on the main deck and feature a queen size bed, well appointed private ensuite with hair dryer, individual airconditioning, personal mini-fridges and large viewing windows.

A small closet with hanging facilities, cupboard and storage underneath your bed is also in your cabin.

The double cabins are located on the lower deck and feature a double size bed with an additional single bed above, well appointed private ensuite with hair dryer, individual air-conditioning, personal mini-fridges and viewing windows.

For guests who would like stay in our double cabins and would prefer separate bedding we have one double bed which can be split into two single beds.

Storage consists of a small closet with hanging facilities, cupboard and space underneath your bed.
From

AU $16,995*

per person
*All prices are per person twin share unless stated as solo, triple or quad share.
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