Great Escape – Southern Kimberley Experience 7 Night Kimberley Cruise

Broome to Mitchell Plateau (or reverse)

About This Project

The Southern Kimberley Experience is a 7 night Kimberley cruise that explores the best of the Kimberley Coast from Broome to the Mitchell Plateau, essentially half our 13 night Kimberley Classic Adventure itinerary. You will fly over the most spectacular scenic wilderness in the Southern Kimberley in a 4 seater light aircraft, to arrive at Mitchell Plateau in the heart of the Kimberley, or if you take the opposite direction you will depart from the Mitchell Plateau to fly back to Broome. From Mitchell Plateau you will be met by our helicopter pilot who will fly you over the stunning Mitchell Falls on the way to land aboard MV Great Escape in the beautiful Hunter River wilderness.

Explore Careening Bay where the infamous Mermaid Boab tree stands. Phillip Parker King, one of the original explorers who mapped the Kimberley Coast, careened his vessel HMC Mermaid here and carved her initials into the tree. Cruise through the Prince Regent Nature Reserve and swim at the tranquil waterfalls at Camp Creek, surrounded by a captivating landscape. Then visit King Cascades with its exquisite rock pools and waterfalls. You will cruise through historic Camden Harbour and land at the site of one of the first European settlements to Australia back in 1864-1865. Explore the stunning expanse of Montgomerey Reef with its hundreds of turtles and extraordinary marine life, trek to picturesque Raft Point to view ancient Aboriginal rock-art galleries, swim at Ruby Falls, and have the opportunity to experience the famous Horizontal Waterfalls from the air.

This itinerary is also available in reverse – cruising from Broome to the Mitchell Plateau and then flying back to Broome.

Itinerary

Great Escape departing Broome
Day 1

Broome
Fly out of Broome at approximately 6am, heading north over the magnificent Kimberley landscape to the Mitchell Plateau where our helicopter will transfer you across the Plateau to the Hunter River and your luxurious cruise vessel. When the transfers have been completed we will then cruise up the picturesque Hunter River. We’ll try a little fishing or set the crab pots to perhaps catch dinner. In the evening we’ll cruise to Careening Bay where Phillip Parker King careened his vessel, the Mermaid, in 1820.

Great Escape Buccaneer Archipelago
Day 2

Buccaneer Archipelago
We’ll spend the morning cruising down through Saint George’s Basin to the mouth of the Prince Regent River and the infamous Kings Cascade, taking in captivating Mt Trafalgar and Mt Waterloo along the way. Your luxury cruise vessel will anchor right next to the spectacular cascading waterfall. At the top of the falls you can swim in a multitude of crystal clear freshwater pools and beneath other magnificent waterfalls.

Great Escape Montgomery Reef
Day 3 & 4

Montgomery Reef & Raft Point
We’ll spend the morning fishing and exploring the tributaries; croc-spotting, fruit-batting and generally having a good look around. After lunch we’ll head down Camp Creek for a trek to a beautiful waterfall and swimming pools. Later, when you’re relaxed but invigorated, we’ll cruise into the sunset towards Camden Harbour, where the first European Settlement in the Kimberley was attempted in the 1860′s.

Great Escape Kings Cascade
Day 5

Kings Cascade
After exploring the settlement and maybe gathering a feast of sumptuous Kimberley rock oysters, we’ll journey through Kuri Bay – the first pearling settlement in the Kimberley. The afternoon will be spent at Langii – an Aboriginal Dreaming site. Here we’ll see the mystical, Petrified Warriors and spend some time relaxing on Silicon Beach. The evening will be spent cruising to Doubtful Bay.

Great Escape Careening Bay
Day 6

Careening Bay
Doubtful Bay offers an array of adventure activities. You’ll be encouraged to help decided which areas we’ll visit.

The options include viewing a majestic waterfall and swimming at Ruby Falls, fishing at 3-Ways, taking a cruise down the spectacular Sale River, viewing Aboriginal art galleries and enjoying a barbeque lunch on the sandy beach under a rainforest canopy. One evening will be spent under the magnificent Raft Point before we encounter Montgomery Reef. Viewing the reef from the aerial perspective in the helicopter is also a highlight of this adventure.

Great Escape Bongaree fishing
Day 7

Bongaree
The day begins with a pituresque walk through a rainforest canopy trail to swim at a beautiful rock pool. You will also have the opportunity to view the famous Horizontal Waterfalls from the air.

Once back onboard, we’ll all enjoy a scenic cruise weaving past many islands and through the Koolan Island gap, before relaxing in one last freshwater pool before we head back to Broome, past Cape Leveque.

Great Escape Hunter River
Day 8

Hunter River
We’ll arrive at the Broome Jetty at around 7:30am and disembark at approximately 8am. A convenient transfer is included to your accommodation or the airport.

Please note: This is a typical itinerary and whilst your adventure will be similar to the one described here, tides will affect the itinerary. We plan each day according to the tides and often modify or rearrange the schedule to work in with Mother Nature.

Southern Kimberley Experience (7 Nights) Rates

Rates per person / twin share
Room TypePrice 2019
Panoramic view$13,700
Horizon view$12,560
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