Set Departure - Kimberley Snapshot

True North

Cruising Australia's Top End

Kimberley Cruising

A True North cruise blends adventure, exquisite luxury and expert guiding on a number of voyages covering thousands of nautical miles aboard one of the world’s finest expedition vessels.

A range of itineraries allow guests to experience the stunning coastline and rugged landscapes of remote Australia, whether you choose to experience nature’s mighty waterfalls, rock formations and coral reefs, discover the region’s ancient aboriginal history, fish for monster barramundi or enjoy a blend of activities on a carefully curated activity-based itinerary.

On this Kimberley Snapshot itinerary you will travel from Broome to Wyndham, where you’ll explore the majestic Kimberley, discover the colourful histories of Cockatoo and Koolan Islands, explore the unique eco-system of Montgomery Reef, witness the might and power of the King George Falls only meters from the bow of the ship, marvel at ancient rock paintings, soar in a helicopter up to stunning Eagle Falls, and tussle with barramundi, mangrove jack, and giant gold-spot snapper. The Kimberley captivates travellers with its rugged landscape and billion-year old sandstone gorges, while its delightful freshwater pools and streams offer many private oasis for safe swimming and cool refreshment.

Aboard True North you’ll find a sundeck, a forward observation lounge, a ship’s lounge and an alfresco bar. The ship’s naturalist presents interpretative information on wall mounted screens in the ship’s lounge and the lower deck dining room offers large panoramic windows allowing guests to enjoy panoramic vistas whilst fine dining. All cabins feature stylish décor, en suite facilities and plenty of space for either king or twin beds.

True North is purpose built to access wilderness areas and explore the upper reaches of shallow river systems that larger boats cannot access. Multiple small activity boats provide guests with greater opportunity to do “what they want, when they want” and most cruise options feature an on-board helicopter. Daily activities can include snorkelling, diving, fishing, hiking, picnics, natural history, cultural interpretation and scenic chopper flights.

A True North expedition is not a cruise but a voyage into the depths of the Australian wilderness.

You will love

  • Small ship luxury cruising
  • Remote wilderness
  • Ancient rock art galleries
  • Montgomery Reef & Horizontal Falls
  • Optional scenic helicopter flights

7 LUXURIOUS DAYS CRUISING THE KIMBERLEY

NIGHT 1

Your “welcome aboard” the magnificent TRUE NORTH is in the pearling port of Broome. Embarkation is at 5pm – time for a cocktail with your fellow adventurers before departing at approximately 6:30pm. Dinner is served shortly after leaving port on your overnight cruise to Yampi Sound.

DAY 1 | DOUBTFUL BAY | 1 NIGHT

Awake to the majestic Kimberley and savour an irresistible TRUE NORTH breakfast as you glide past Cockatoo and Koolan Islands – your attentive crew will be happy to introduce the colourful histories of both! Then it’s time to ‘personally’ introduce you to a Kimberley icon – The Horizontal Falls.

Experience the awesome power of the region’s huge tidal range in an exhilarating tender ride and then climb aboard your air conditioned helicopter for a view of the falls that very few experience!

Take a refreshing swim and then walk on the squeaky white sands of Silica Beach. Or join one of the adventure boats on a  sightseeing expedition to Whirlpool Pass, an aptly named further demonstration of the Kimberley’s powerful tides.

Before you know it, your first day onboard will be coming to an end – but there’s still time to select a fine wine and to enjoy a leisurely evening meal as we cruise to Doubtful Bay.

DAY 2 | MONTGOMERY REEF | 1 NIGHT

This morning is devoted to exploring the Sale River. Join naturalists and adventurers alike as you ‘ride the tide’ on a classic river expedition! For those who can’t wait one minute longer, the mouth of the Sale offers the first opportunity to ‘land a barra’! Or, take-off for a heli-fishing adventure to a rarely fished spot where the fresh meets the salt!

Enjoy lunch as you weigh anchor and cruise for another Kimberley icon – Montgomery Reef! Montgomery is a unique eco-system that must be seen to be believed – and see it you will – as 140 square miles of coral reef rises out of the ocean right before your very eyes! Water cascades from the reef as the tide falls exposing a privileged glimpse of another world! Turtles, dugong, crocodiles and every imaginable sea creature abound and the helicopter puts all in perspective!

DAY 3 | PRINCE REGENT RIVER | 1 NIGHT

The scenery will astound and there are some not-to-be-missed fishing spots as the TRUE NORTH graces the majestic Prince Regent River. This morning’s target species include delectable mangrove jack and fingermark bream. At King Cascade you will maneuver the TRUE NORTH right under the falls. Then it’s time for more ‘adventure in the tender’ – a chance to stretch the laces on your hiking boots and an opportunity to swim in yet another picture perfect billabong, or perhaps you’d like to venture further upriver to visit the spectacular ‘Amphitheatre’ waterfall. The helicopter will be popular again when the first group of intrepid explorers returns from Jurassic Park!

DAY 4 | VANSITTART BAY | OVERNIGHT

If you think the Regent was good – wait till you see the Hunter! With stunning red cliffs set behind rainforest and mangroves – the Hunter River is yet another awesome setting for fishing, mud crabbing, bird watching and just simply exploring!
Enjoy an exhilarating hike to the hidden Jackson Falls and there’s even more splendor from the helicopter! Hopefully you’ll have time for a sunset drink on Naturaliste Island before an overnight cruise to Vansittart Bay.

DAY 5 | KOOLAMA BAY | OVERNIGHT

Today there will be an opportunity to see the “Bradshaws” – ancient rock art that pre-dates other examples of Aboriginal culture. In fact, they are possibly the oldest ‘paintings’ known to man. Vansittart Bay also has a reputation for producing monster mackerel! The heli-picnic at Eagle Falls is always a ‘big hit’ – enjoy a sumptuous picnic lunch amidst breathtaking scenery. The tenders will also be busy exploring the local beaches and creeks. Overnight you cruise to Koolama Bay.

DAY 6 | WYNDHAM | 1 NIGHT

Yet another mighty Kimberley river – The King George! As soon as the tide is high enough, you’ll cross the sand bars at the mouth to reveal even more breathtaking river vista. Then your journey upstream will take you to the very ‘jewel in the crown’ – The King George Falls. Here you anchor at the base of the Twin Falls and you will find endless places to explore. Climb, or take the helicopter, to the top of the falls for a cruise highlight. Just the thought of leaving this magnificence will inspire mutiny! Learn about the bombing of a state-ship during WWII, then take a stroll at Tranquil Bay before you continue onto the frontier port of Wyndham.

DAY 7 | DISEMBARK TODAY

Your courtesy coach will arrive at approximately 0800 hours for transfer to Kununurra and your crew will already be looking forward to the next opportunity to welcome you aboard the mighty TRUE NORTH!

True North - Kimberley Snapshot Cruise

7 nights / 8 days

7 nights / 8 days

2021 rates - AUD $15,995 Ocean Class | $19,995 River Class | $21,995 Explorer Class
2022 rates - AUD $16,995 Ocean Class | $20,995 River Class | $22,995 Explorer Class
per person twin share

2021 rates - AUD $15,995 Ocean Class
$19,995 River Class
$21,995 Explorer Class
2022 rates - AUD $16,995 Ocean Class
$20,995 River Class
$22,995 Explorer Class
per person twin share

START: Broome, Australia     |     Finish: Wyndham, Australia

2021 Departures – on request due to limited availability

2022 Departures

  • 30 April – 07 May
  • 21 – 28 May
  • 11 – 18 June
  • 02 – 09 July
  • 23 – 30 July
  • 13 -20 August

Inclusions

  • Full board accommodation
  • Non-alcoholic beverages (except certain social occasions)
  • Local transfers to/from True North and port charges
  • All daily activities in the adventure boats
  • Satellite WIFI
  • Laundry services
  • Government taxes

Exclusions

  • Domestic flights
  • Visitor Pass Fees
  • Scenic helicopter flights
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Insurance
  • Items of a personal nature

Other Key Facts:

  • This itinerary is provided as example only – prevailing conditions, local arrangements and indeed, what is discovered on the day, may cause variation.
  • Helicopter flights can be purchased additional to the indicated tariff as a package or individually.
  • Maximum 32 guests on board.
  • Prices are inclusive of ensuite cabin accommodation, all meals, daily guided activities & select beverages.
  • A single supplement may apply.
  • Variety of itineraries available and multiple dates available.
  • Price is subject to change due to currency fluctuation and unforeseen changes beyond our control.

Please contact us for pricing, dates and a full itinerary.

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