A Yacht Charter Ininerary for The Kimberleys, Australia

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Your “welcome aboard” your luxury private yacht charter cruising The Kimberleys, Northern Australia is at the frontier pearling port of Broome. Embarkation on the yacht is at 1700 – time for a cocktail with your fellow adventurers before departing at approximately 1800. Dinner is served shortly after leaving port and then it’s an overnight steam to the Rowley Shoals. (Please note that North Star Cruises visits the Rowley Shoals only during the months of September, October and November.

These months are normally associated with “the doldrums” – a period of light winds and calm seas. In addition, the True North is fitted with computer controlled motion stabilisers that minimise vessel movement. Passengers can therefore anticipate comfortable conditions when cruising to the Shoals – however observing the normal precautions associated with the prevention of seasickness is always recommended.)

Day 1 We arrive early at Clerke Reef. Sample our fruit platter and a sumptuous breakfast before exploring the atoll’s huge lagoon. You will marvel at crystal clear waters teaming with life – clouds of fish and corals of every imaginable colour and shape. There will be plenty of opportunity for beach combing on Bedwell Island, relaxed snorkelling in tropical waist deep water or perhaps some “catch & release” lagoon fishing using eco-friendly tackle.

Our qualified and experienced crew will be on-hand to personally introduce everyone to the delights of this pristine environment. When you’re not on excursion, relax onboard True North and enjoy our renowned fine cuisine in air-conditioned comfort. The licensed open-air bar will definitely be “the spot” to witness your first spectacular ‘Rowley Sunset’.

Day 2 Start the day with a visit to the Aquarium! Forget the Great Barrier Reef – this is world-class snorkelling at its very best! Even if you’ve never put your head under water before – this is an absolute must. The water is only waist deep however the experience is literally “out of this world”! More brilliantly coloured corals, giant clams and more than 600 of the world’s most beautiful fish species at your fingertips! Don’t forget your underwater camera! After another sumptuous lunch try an introductory SCUBA dive or hand feed maori wrasse and potato cod from True North’s back steps!

Then we’ll “crank up the action” with something very unique – high-speed snorkel drifts through the outer reef! Again our friendly crewmembers will be on hand to ensure that everyone gets to try this once-in-a lifetime experience – as many times as you like! Our anchorage tonight is in the “swimming pool like” waters of Clerke Lagoon – 300 kilometres off the coast of Australia!

Day 3 Another day in paradise – perhaps an early morning swim and breakfast on the deck before we manoeuvre True North out of the lagoon. Now it’s time to experience the thrill of snorkelling from a 50 metre cruise boat - our captain will “back-up” to within inches of the reef and all you need to do is step off True North’s convenient rear steps! Outer reef snorkelling is a totally different experience – the sheer coral walls will take your breath away! Close encounters with humpback whales, manta rays and sailfish are also on the agenda as we cruise the outer reef. Finish the day with sunset drinks on the beach and one of our famous Island Parties! Then it’s back to the ultimate comfort of True North and another perfect night in Clerke Lagoon – 360 stars reflected in a glassy ocean!

Day 4 Start the day with an early morning stroll on your very own sand cay before we enjoy a leisurely cruise to Mermaid Reef – the Rowley’s northern-most atoll. By now you will be addicted to snorkelling on the outer reef and your wish is our command! We’ll spend the day exploring the outer reef of this remote and untouched wilderness and, depending on the tide, you may become one of the few people who have ever walked on Mermaid’s sand cay – it is completely submerged by tide twice a day. Then all too soon, it’s time for our overnight steam to Broome. Re-live what is guaranteed to be an experience of a lifetime as the Rowleys merge into a blazing western sky! Join the crew at the Captain’s Party and enjoy “the best sleep of your life”.

Rowley Shoals

The Rowley Shoals, situated 260km from Broome WA, off the north-west coast of Western Australia, are a true haven of natural beauty.

Especially loved by divers, the Shoals are made up of 3 coral atolls - Clerke Reef, Mermaid Reef and Imperieuse Reef - with shallow lagoons filled with an abundance of marine life and spectacular coral.
Each atoll that makes up the Rowley Shoals is approximately 80 - 90 square kilometres in area, and very similar is size, shape and distance apart.

The Rowley Shoals were named in 1818 by Captain Philip Parker King, who first described their relative positions. He named the most north-easterly of the trio Mermaid Reef, after his ship. The middle shoal was named Clerke Reef after Captain Clerke, who had reported it from a whaler sometime between 1800 and 1809, and the south-western shoal was dubbed Imperieuse Reef after the ship from which Captain Rowley sighted it in 1800.

The Shoals are now considered one of the very best pristine marine environments in the world. With their remoteness, lying on the very edge of the Australian continental shelf, many claim they are the most perfect example of shelf atolls in Australian waters.

The coral gardens of the Rowley Shoals are absolutely beautiful and almost untouched by man. You can dive the area and hand feed the potato cod and maori wrasse, and the colourful reef fish don't seem to be disturbed by the presence of scuba divers.

As the tides go down, the sea gushes over the edges of the shoals like miniature waterfalls, and the reefs disappear below the water's surface at high tide, with only the Clerke and Imperieuse island's sandy beaches showing.

A visit to the "Acquarium" is an essential for the snorkeller. Rivalling the Great Barrier Reef, yet only waist-deep in water, the diving experience is amazing. It has brilliantly coloured corals, giant clams and more than 600 of the world’s most beautiful fish species at your fingertips! An underwater camera is a MUST!

Another very popular diving WA experience is a "wall dive", where you dive along the shoal walls as they are submerged in water. Outer reef snorkelling is amazing, as you explore the sheer coral walls. Clean and virtually undamaged by the effects of man and pollution, you'll get to see just how spectacular the colours and shapes of the coral are.

Your visit to this amazing place will be a memory that lasts for a lifetime. There's very few spots like this left in the world nowdays, because of the ravages of mankind, so the Rowley Shoals should be high on your list of holiday destinations if you want an amazing experience. One you can tell your grandchildren about and still remember the beauty and colour of this spectacular location. Definitely one of Australia's highlights.

South Kimberley Itinerary

Setting off from Broome, the South Kimberley cruise takes seven leisurely days to reach the majestic Hunter River.
Apart from fixed dates of departure and arrival, we offer a flexible itinerary. According to guest requests on each cruise, and considering tides and prevailing weather conditions, the journey can vary. However, we would never miss major sites like:

• Montgomery Reef
• The Horizontal Falls, or
• King Cascade Waterfall.
These are must-see attractions! You can also expect to:
• Travel up-river to rugged Gorges;
• See man-eating crocodiles;
• Cast a fishing line (or two-hundred);
• Drink to spectacular sunsets; and,
• Experience five-billion-star dining.

As always, we encourage you to do as much, or as little, as you like. So if you prefer a good book, quiet and complete rest, you’re welcome to stay on-board and pursue more contemplative pursuits. It’s your holiday and your choice.
Here’s the suggested day-by-day South-Kimberley Itinerary.

Day One
Our driver meets you at your luxury hotel. It is 1330 hours in the historic pearling town of Broome. We arranged all connecting flights and accommodation. Welcome Aboard!

Settle into your luxury suite and meet The Captain and The Crew. Safety briefings complete it is cocktail hour and time to sail. World-famous sunset at Cable Beach as we cruise by, heading north into one of the world’s last great wilderness areas. Constellations shimmer and only the finest cuisine & finest wine is served. Retire below to absolute luxury of your private en-suite cabin. Maybe relax in front of the flat screen. The satellite telephone or Internet is at your command. A nightcap if inclined. I-pod connect. If sleep escapes, join us navigating the night or sleep sound and wake in Yampi Sound.

Day Two
Morning is the wonderland of Buccaneer Archipelago’s hidden bays. Civilisation lost. Fresh Oysters easily found. Wonder at Yampi Sound’s ancient geological history. Discover pioneering spirit & fascinating local history. 20th Century iron ore mining operations prove sustainable. Land, sea and air: abundance of astounding wildlife. Visit Crocodile Creek Waterfall and the beautiful swimming hole before being humbled by the power of the Horizontal Falls - an absolutely amazing and totally unique natural phenomenon. Massive tides rush huge volumes of water through a narrow chasm.

Nature is at her powerful best in the Kimberley’s - an ancient land at massive scale. The Jet boat will be launched for an exhilarating ride through the falls. Fishing parties often return triumphant. Fresh fish is a perennial favourite but the chef caters to all. Calm waters and warm evenings of the Kimberley dry season. Look to the stars for the greatest show on earth.

Day Three
You can catch the sunrise in the hydro-tub or enjoy a late and sumptuous breakfast in the salon. Indeed, you can sleep until lunch if you wish. It’s your cruise and your choice.

By this time we have arrived at Montgomery Reef. The tide disappears very quickly and water cascades over the coral reef. An explosion of colour and diversity is revealed in temporary lagoons. Witness this beautiful marine environment’s brief surface performance. Many species of fish are here including Manta Rays, dugongs, sharks and turtles. The Jet Boat is easily launched for exploration and fishing aficionados can head off in one of the Tenders. These trips often see guests returning with impossibly big barramundi or snapper although a prime filet steak and delicate red is always an option.

Day Four
It’s called Doubtful Bay yet we know exactly where we are, entering the Sale River and its charismatic estuary. Head up the river through rugged and remote Kimberley gorges. Swim in crystal clear pools unspoiled by travellers. Take a stroll or prepare for a hike through breathtaking scenery. Isolated and hidden for millions of years, the unique Australian wildlife rarely disappoints. The coastline and rugged shores are unforgiving, in direct contrast to the luxury enjoyed onboard. It’s an experience hard to beat.

Day Five
Cruising toward Camden Harbour we pass Kurri Bay’s pearl farms. Kimberley pearls are as prized as her beautiful diamonds. Explore the ruins of one of the earliest pioneering sheep stations or maybe set-off on an oyster hunting party. The fishing lines are always waiting to test the waters. Enjoy the cocktail hour on board or on a secluded beach before spending a tranquil evening at anchor in a peaceful bay.

Day Six
Wake up to adventure in the Kimberley’s largest inland sea. Cruise through St. George Basin to reach the Prince Regent River. Get close and very personal to magnificent King Cascade Waterfalls, a scene of tropical splendour untouched and unseen by the masses. Some guests climb high above the falls for spectacular views. Others cannot resist one of the many fresh water rock pools. Camp Creek is deceptively named for such a divine natural haven. Dive into the crystal waters and revitalise the soul. Another glorious Kimberley sunset sets the scene to see the end of another day in paradise.

Day Seven
The morning sun greets us in Careening Bay. Visit one of the Kimberley’s most historic sites, the ancient Boab tree. The Tenders are launched for more exploring and sightseeing.

Fishing the rich bounty in these waters is difficult to ignore. Lunch is served as we cruise to remote Bigge Island. Step ashore one of the largest islands in the Kimberley and discover indigenous art treasures hidden amongst the rock shelters. Marvel at a traditional indigenous culture over 60,000 years old. The sun is setting on the last night of the South Kimberley cruise. Our chef has prepared another culinary delight in order to savour your final night onboard.

Day Eight
The final destination of the South Kimberley cruise is now in sight. Stand in awe at the majestic Hunter River and the rugged landscape. The Indian Head at the river mouth welcomes you. Kimberley-red rocks contrast brilliantly with another clear blue sky. If you have booked 14 nights, stay aboard for the North Kimberley cruise.

Departing guests enjoy a spectacular helicopter flight. See the Mitchell Falls before landing at the Mitchell Plateau. Board a light aircraft for a scenic flight back to Broome. Be amazed at the sheer magnitude of the Kimberley landscape as you get a birds-eye view from the air. Arrive at Broome at around 1430 Hours.

North Kimberley Itinerary

Setting off from The Hunter River, the North Kimberley cruise takes seven idyllic days to reach the historic port town of Wyndham.

Apart from fixed dates of departure and arrival, we offer a flexible itinerary. According to guest requests on each cruise, and considering tides and prevailing weather conditions, the journey can vary. However, we would never miss major sites like:

• The Mitchell River
• The Bradshaws - Ancient Aboriginal Art
• King George Falls.

Here’s the suggested day-by-day North Kimberley Itinerary.

Day One
At around 13h00 our driver meets you. Depart your luxury accommodation for Broome Airport. Hop aboard a light aircraft for a scenic flight to the Mitchell Plateau, then into a helicopter to view the magnificent Mitchell Falls. Settle into your extravagantly comfortable en-suite cabin and meet the Captain and crew for safety briefing before the adventure begins. Board a tender for sightseeing or fishing the Hunter River or join an expedition to explore Jackson Falls. Keep your eyes open for the ever-present gigantic crocs. Relax into cocktail hour and prepare for an evening of fine dining.

Day Two
Awake to the splendour of the Mitchell River, a remote waterway known for big barra and even bigger crocs. Head up the river on the jet boat to scenic Surveyors Creek. Spend an idyllic day of fishing, sightseeing or simply relaxing. Trophy hunters can search for the not-so-elusive barramundi. Land a barra and our Chef will prepare it for you on the spot. It’s all part of the exceptional service. Throw any stress over-board as the Kimberley works its magic and enjoy a leisurely night cruise to Vansittart Bay.

Day Three
The day begins with breakfast beautifully prepared and served. Sleep in if you like. Indulge yourself. Stay aboard and curl up with a good book or magazine. Birdwatchers are in paradise and the fishing is as enticing as ever. You’re welcome to visit the world’s oldest art gallery.

See Aboriginal rock-art that is older than any other art on earth. An experience that often asks more questions than it answers. Who painted them? When? And why?

After lunch continue exploring the many beaches and inlets. Step into history and visit a World War 11 bomber crash site. As night descends the fine wine disappears just as easily as world-class cuisine is served under the stars. The end to an eventful day and your luxury suite awaits.

Day Four
The Drysdale River greets you. Plenty of barra as the salt water meets the fresh water.
It’s a short cruise to one of the Kimberley’s biggest rivers. Tide permitting we cross the sandbars into the mighty King George River. Wonder at beautiful scenery and extraordinary wildlife in every direction. Journey upstream to the jewel in the crown - King George Falls.

INDULGENCE nudges into anchor at the base of the twin falls. A paradise is waiting to be discovered. Swim the water holes, climb the falls or feast on oysters from the rocks. This is an oasis of tranquillity that enchants all who visit. You’ll find it difficult to leave so beauty so we stay the night with the falls as a backdrop, the constellations shimmer as you enjoy another culinary delight.

Day Five
The morning sun reveals King George falls in all its glory. A shower beneath the cascading water is always highly recommended. After a breakfast fit for King George himself we set sail for a short cruise to Koolama Bay and the wreck of the Koolama. Consider the harsh reality of this unforgiving coastline. The plaque in memory of the wreck makes for sober reading. Experience a land of contrast as we enter Tranquil Bay, a place of special beauty insulated from time. Explore the coves and comb the beaches for your shell collection. Return to the yacht for cocktails and a voyage to the Berkley River.

Day Six
Wake once again to the clear blue skies of the Kimberley dry season. Is this your last chance to land a barramundi? Fishing expeditions on the Berkley River are rarely disappointing.

The jet boat is launched for more exploring and sightseeing. Oyster Hunters have been known to disappear for hours. A banquet of splendid proportions is prepared for your final lunch. The sun is over the yard-arm and the bubbly is open. When the tide permits the final voyage begins. We cruise into the Cambridge Gulf and toward our final destination.
We have reached the port of Wyndham,

Day Seven
After breakfast it is time to say farewell. It’s a short drive to Kununurra where you can board a light aircraft for a scenic flight to Broome. Our driver will be waiting at the airport.

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