Cruise 12 – Derby to The Mitchell Plateau

High Season Package: 14 days / 13 nights 

Saturday August 17th to Friday August 30th, 2019

This spectacular cruise is designed so that you view the magnificent Kimberley by sea in one direction, and by air in the other. You’re likely to see some whales too!

AVAILABILITY Double & Twin Share Cabins Available
DEPARTURE/DESTINATION Derby to the Mitchell Plateau
A night’s accommodation in Broome on August 17th
A bus transfer from Broome to Derby on August 18th
A 13 days/12 nights cruise from Derby to the Hunter River from August 18th to 30th
A scenic helicopter flight from Naturalist Island to the Mitchell Plateau Airstrip on August 30th
A light air scenic flight from the Mitchell Plateau to either Broome or Derby on August 30th
A shuttle transfer from Broome or Derby Airport to your accommodation on August 30th
All meals included

For those with vehicles, we suggest you travel to Derby where you can store your vehicles at our expense for the duration of the cruise. This replaces the accommodation in Broome.

Alcoholic Beverages
Private Excursions

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Departure - Sunday August 18th, 2019: Broome & Derby

After a night’s accommodation in Broome all passengers will be picked up by an air-conditioned bus and taken to Derby. This is approx a 3-hour drive and the driver will stop on the way so that you can purchase refreshments. (Passengers in Derby will be picked up on the way.) Once in Derby, you will be welcomed on board Discovery One by our friendly crew. Settle in, get acquainted with the boat and relax as Discovery One cruises to the top of King Sound and the beginning of the Buccaneer Archipelago. Your cruise of a lifetime is about to begin.

Silica Beach

Near the entrance to King Sound lies Silica Beach which boasts pure white sands and clear blue water. It’s the kind of beach no one imagines being found in an island paradise. If the crew think it’s safe, enjoy a dip in the shallows or just take a walk on this fabulous beach.

Silvergull Creek & Squatters Arms

Travelling down Silvergull Creek brings you to Squatters Arms, where a unique couple, Phil & Marion, made their home for around 20 years after they sailed in one day and discovered this beautiful spot with its freshwater springs. Sadly, Marion passed away in 2014, but there are managers there to welcome you. You can take a stroll in the rainforest that Phil & Marion created or just relax in their spring fed tank with amazing views.

Yampi Sound & Crocodile Creek

Yampi Sound contains islands (Iron, Koolan and Cockatoo) which boast some of the richest iron ore deposits in the world. When mining operations existed on Koolan Island, the miners would get away to Crocodile Creek with its beautiful rock pools fed by fresh waterfalls. Situated above the creek, access is via a ladder bolted into the rock. This means that, despite the name of the creek, the pools have no crocodiles so are an ideal place for a swim.

Talbot Bay & the Horizontal Falls

Talbot Bay is home to the famous Horizontal Falls. The region’s massive tides create a spectacular scene, sending huge volumes of water pouring through two narrow chasms in the land formation when the tides reach peak flow in both rising and falling conditions. With up to 10mts of height difference between the waters of each of the two inland bays and the sea, as the water pushes through to two chasms it creates a mass of whirlpools, boils and raging currents. In Cyclone Creek, the incredible marine life includes impressive Tawny Nurse sharks which often come to greet Discovery One.

Raft Point

Raft Point was so named because of the Indigenous people who were spotted with their rafts used for hunting turtles, rays and dugongs. This is home to some ancient and well preserved Wandjina cave paintings. We walk to the caves, where you will take in the breathtaking views over Doubtful Bay and Steep Island. This walk is approx 300mts with a relatively steep gradient. Some people might need a hiking stick.

Montgomery Reef

North West of Raft Point is Montgomery Reef. This 400sq km reef can emerge up to 4mts above the waterline at low tide, creating a visual spectacle of waterfalls and sea life. Several small islands dot the reef and support rich mangroves, crocodiles, turtles, birds and fish.

Samson Inlet & Langgi Beach

Samson Inlet leads into a monsoonal rainforest pocket with almost permanent fresh water. Many previous passengers have called this the most beautiful spot on the Kimberley coast. Travelling south, we reach Langgi Beach – a very significant Aboriginal site. Kimberley sandstone has eroded into amazing rock formations that nature has carved over millions of years with a multitude of shapes and colours.

Hanover Bay & Camden Harbour

Within Hanover Bay are the pristine sands of Hanover Beach. It is here, in 1838, that Lt. George Grey unloaded his Timor ponies and began the first land based expedition of North West Australia in search of the great inland sea. The journey soon ended when he was speared by Aborigines. Despite this, Lt Grey reported back positively describing the area as ‘lush and fertile’. This glowing report encouraged a group of optimistic farmers to establish a new settlement in Camden Harbour in 1864. This was a total disaster from the start. The ruins of that settlement, which lasted only 9 months, can still be seen and the graves of some of these tough pioneers can be found on nearby Sheep Island.

Saint George Basin & the Prince Regent River

Within the St George Basin are two flat topped hills, Mt Trafalgar and Mt Waterloo, which provide a spectacular backdrop as you cruise to the mouth of the Prince Regent River. This river is the remains of the longest single straight lineament in Australia, making it yet another geological wonder. Get your cameras ready as you experience some spectacular scenery, flora and fauna on our journey down this remote and pristine waterway, concluding at the majestic King Cascade Falls. This spectacular site is where American model, Ginger Meadows, was fatally attacked by a crocodile in 1987, a horror story which has been retold around the world! Keep an eye out for crocodiles as you view these magnificent falls which cascade over fern covered tiers in breathtaking splendour.

Careening Bay

Careening Bay is within the southern part of Nelson Bay where, in 1820, Phillip Parker King careened the vessel HMC ‘Mermaid’ for repairs whilst surveying the Australian coastline. His carpenter carved the vessel’s name into an ancient boab tree which is still viewable today.

York Sound and the Hunter River

Prince Frederick Harbour lies within York Sound and it is here that we find the Roe and Hunter River estuaries. This area boasts sensational scenery, with cathedral-like gorges and eroded sandstone features such as the Indian Head at the entrance to the Hunter River.

Arrival - Friday August 30th, 2019: The Mitchell Plateau

Over breakfast, say your goodbyes to the crew as we head for Naturalist Island at the mouth of the Hunter River. The crew will take you in relays to Naturalist Beach where helicopters will land to take you for an amazing scenic helicopter flight over the Mitchell Plateau and the stunning Mitchell Falls. The awesome geological wonder of this ancient landscape will amaze you. Once at the Mitchell Plateau airstrip, you will change to light planes and continue your aerial view of the Kimberley as you wind your way back to Derby or Broome, arriving mid to late afternoon. Taxis/shuttles will be waiting to transfer to your accommodation.

Please Note: The itinerary lists all the places you can reasonably expect to visit on your cruise between the Berkeley River & Derby. It is likely, however, that there will be additional places of interest visited on the actual cruise, time and tides allowing, which is why we prefer not to give you a day by day itinerary. Some of these places are well known, but others have been charted by our Captain during his 11 years of travelling the Kimberley Coast. It is his aim to maximise the cruising experience for all passengers, so he will decide when and where he will take you during your 14 days on the Kimberley coast. In this sense, every cruise is a little different and each passenger’s experience is unique.

Cruise 12 – Derby to The Mitchell Plateau

High Season Package: 14 days / 13 nights  
Saturday August 17th to Friday August 30th, 2019

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