Ocean Dream - 8 Day Southern Kimberley Dream Itinerary
Mitchell Plateau to Broome
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 via light aircraft flight to Mitchell Plateau.
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Your journey will begin with a coach transfer from your Broome accommodation to the airport at approximately 7:30am. The light aircraft flight to Mitchell Plateau will give you a wonderful aerial perspective of the unique Kimberley landscape with its vivid colours, patterns and occasional whale spotting. On arrival at the Mitchell Plateau airstrip, you will board a helicopter for a 30 minute scenic flight over the multi-tiered Mitchell Falls and land directly onto Ocean Dream’s helideck. Meet your captain, crew and fellow guests and enjoy a sumptuous lunch prepared by our onboard chef. The afternoon will be spent exploring the area in our expedition tenders before a brilliant sunset with drinks and canapes.
Fishing enthusiasts will get their chance to throw out a line in the morning or try their luck at mud crabbing in Porosus Creek. Ocean Dream will then depart for Careening Bay and visit the famous Mermaid Boab tree. Discover the history behind Lieutenant Phillip Parker King’s quest to accurately chart the Kimberley coast and the careening of his ship HMC Mermaid. Ocean Dream will then depart for Saint George Basin and anchor in Lushington Valley overnight.
Prince Regent River
Entering the Prince Regent River in the morning, it’s 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 and explore an ancient Bradshaw art site. Also known as Gwion Gwion, the rock art depicts human figures ornamented with accessories such as bags, tassels and headdresses and has been dated around 20,000 years old.
Discover 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. 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.
Red Cone Creek
Have a go at catching a Barra or try your luck in the mangroves for some mud crabs. The crew will take you on a tender vessel excursion up Red Cone Creek for a refreshing dip at the beautiful Ruby Falls. The afternoon is spent exploring 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 water rushes off the reef. The reef attracts an abundance of marine life including turtles, manta rays, dugongs, dolphins, crabs and fish.
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.
Enjoy an expedition up Crocodile Creek and a freshwater swim in a spring fed waterhole. Take in the beautiful scenery as we cruise through Yampi Sound to Silica Beach, located on Hidden Island. Forming part of the Buccaneer Archipelago, it is named after the high content of Silica in the sand, and is a lovely place to swim and stretch your legs. This is your last evening under the Kimberley skies as we cruise past Cape Leveque and along the Dampier Peninsula towards Broome.
Ocean Dream will arrive in Broome where we say our goodbyes. After a final delicious breakfast, a coach transfer will take guests to their Broome accommodation or the airport. Disembarkation is approximately at 8:00am.
* 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.