Ocean Dream - 8 Day Southern Kimberley Dream Itinerary
Broome to Mitchell Plateau
Experience the picturesque Southern Kimberley, thousands of islands, cascading waterfalls, tidal phenomena, mighty river systems and an amazing variety of marine life. Includes a scenic helicopter flight over the Mitchell Falls and a light aircraft flight over the rugged Kimberley. Horizontal Waterfalls, Montgomery Reef and King Cascades are just some of the highlights you will experience over 8 wonderful days. Departure is from Broome either on the vessel.
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A courtesy vehicle will pick you up from your Broome accommodation around 1:30pm and take you to Ocean Dream. Your Kimberley Wilderness journey will begin with a refreshing drink as we cruise past Cable Beach, famous for its aquamarine water, camels and beautiful sunsets. Sit back and relax as you enjoy your first gourmet dining experience and meet your fellow passengers. The vessel will continue to steam north along the Dampier Peninsula and past Cape Leveque as you sleep through the night.
Silica Beach is located on Hidden Island and forms part of the 800 islands of the Buccaneer Archipelago. Named after the high content of Silica in the sand, the beach is a lovely place to swim and stretch your legs. Enjoy an expedition up Crocodile Creek and a freshwater swim in a spring fed waterhole. Anchorage overnight in one of the many beautiful creeks.
The Horizontal Falls are one of the natural wonders of the Kimberley. Guests have the option of taking a fast boat ride through the falls and a scenic flight for an aerial view. We take a tender vessel excursion up Cyclone Creek to explore the incredible rock formations created billions of years ago. Fascinating wildlife to be observed in water and on land.
The morning is spent exploring the Doubtful Bay and the incredible spectacle of Montgomery Reef. Witness as 400 square kilometres of coral reef appears to rise out of the water on the falling tide, creating hundreds of cascading waterfalls as the water rushes off the reef. The reef attracts an abundance of marine life including turtles, manta rays, dugongs, dolphins, crabs and fish. In the afternoon we will put on our hiking boots for a moderate climb up to the Raft Point caves to explore a well preserved collection of Wandjina rock art. Delicious canapes and drinks on the bow of Ocean Dream will top off an incredible day of adventure with a sunset you will never forget.
Red Cone Creek
Fishing enthusiasts will delight in the day’s activities as the hunt for the elusive Barramundi is on. Have a go at catching a Barra or try your luck in the mangroves for some mud crabs. Later on, the crew will take you on a tender vessel excursion up Red Cone Creek for a refreshing dip at the beautiful Ruby Falls, a picturesque spot for scenic photography. Back on the vessel, the chef will prepare all freshly caught fish for a sensational seafood feast on Ocean Dream.
Explore the Slate Islands and the myriad of wildlife species that call this sanctuary home. Enjoy a beach swim and take a walk around the incredible rock formations whilst on the lookout for turtle tracks. The afternoon is spent discovering Sheep Island and the history behind the failed white settlement at Camden Harbour in 1864. Keep an eye out for ship wrecks, gravesites, and archaeological findings. Once back on the vessel, we will steam into St George Basin and the Prince Regent River.
Prince Regent River
Time to put your bathers on as Ocean Dream is manoeuvred directly under the King Cascade Falls. Feel the power of the falls from the bow of the vessel before a moderate climb up the falls for a refreshing swim in the Cascade pool. A tender excursion will take you upriver to the scenic “amphitheatre” falls before heading to Careening Bay and the famous Mermaid Boab tree. Discover the history behind Lieutenant Phillip Parker King’s quest to accurately chart the Kimberley coast. Back on board Ocean Dream we will steam into the mighty Hunter River.
Enjoy a final delicious breakfast and a scenic cruise up Porosus Creek. Say your final goodbyes as you depart from the onboard helideck and take a scenic helicopter flight over the multi-tiered Mitchell Falls. From Mitchell Plateau, you will board a light aircraft for the flight back to Broome. Arriving approximately 4pm, a coach transfer will take you to your Broome accommodation. Ocean Dream Charters recommends staying overnight in Broome in case of any unforeseen delays.
* All itineraries are indicative only. No two Kimberley cruises will be the same. Each cruise is tailored around the astounding 10+ metre tidal range, weather and sea conditions.