14 Day Kimberley Waterfall Safari

Situated in the far north west of Western Australia, the Kimberley offers a year round tropical climate, breathtaking scenery and an unspoiled coastline. A diverse array of flora and fauna inhabit the land and waters, including the infamous salt water crocodile.

The Kimberley is blessed with a rich pioneering and indigenous history, offering visitors the holiday experience of a lifetime. Deep gorges, awe-inspiring water falls, the ideal climate and clear night skies bursting with stars, makes the Kimberley a land to be discovered.

From March to May, Odyssey travels between Broome and Wyndham while the waterfalls throughout the Kimberley are pumping from the wet season rains.

Itineraries

Day 1: Welcome aboard in Broome

Our crew are looking forward to meeting you. Your charter bus will pick you up at around 9am & transport you to Gantheaume Point where our tender vessel, “Homer” will transfer you out to the Odyssey. After a safety briefing, an introduction and a light brunch you can settle into your new home for the next 14 days.
You may wish to stroll around the decks, enjoy the fresh sea air or just sit back and relax while observing the amazing colours of our northern coastal beaches drift by as we head north passing Cape Leveque and King Sound.

Day 2: Buccaneer Archipelago, Talbot Bay - Horizontal Falls

Today we cruise past Cockatoo and Koolan Islands as we make our way into Dugong Bay, here we will anchor close to Turtle Falls. Our first expedition on Homer will be to explore Dugong Bay which, after the heavy rains of the Big Wet, has many waterfalls and excellent fishing holes.
After a scrumptious lunch we'll head to Talbot Bay and experience the Kimberley’s most amazing natural phenomenon, the Horizontal Falls, an intense tidal current that hurtles through two narrow coastal gorges, the massive tidal movement creates a waterfall effect as water squeezes through the narrow cliff passages. Tonight we will anchor in Talbot Bay and enjoy one of many spectacular Kimberley sunsets.

Day 3: Red Cone Creek – Ruby Falls – Raft Point

An early departure for Kingfisher Islands today, as we head west to Montgomery Reef. Once at Montgomery Reef MV Odyssey will anchor in turtle channel, a narrow channel that splits the reef, then it’s all on board Homer for a closer look at the reef and the marine life it supports.
After lunch we will head back towards the mainland, motor past Raft Point and make our way to Red Cone Creek. We may have an opportunity to catch some Mud Crabs before we head upstream to Ruby Falls for a fresh water swim. We will spend the evening anchored in Red Cone Creek.

Day 4: Montgomery Reef – Sale River

The Sale River is our first stop today. Another exploration in Homer will take us past fascinating rock formations and steep gorges to a hidden rainforest and freshwater swimming hole. After lunch we will head further north to Hall Point for a spot of fishing before we steam past Kuri Bay pearl farm and onto Camden Sound, here we will anchor the night before visiting the historical sites of W.A.’s early explorers.

Day 5: Camden Sound - Sheep Island

Today we will visit Sheep Island in Brecknock Harbour. In the 1850s Mary Jane Pascoe was laid here to rest, her gravesite now one of the loneliest on the planet.
As you survey the landscape our guide will tell of the hardships endured by these early settlers.
Heading out past Augustus Island we will make our way to Hanover Bay for a leisurely swim and beach walk before heading towards the Prince Regent River.

Day 6: Prince Regent River, King Cascades Bradshaw Art

For those that are keen there may be an opportunity for an early morning fish before catching the incoming tide that will carry us deep into the Prince Regent River to Kings Cascade. Kings Cascade is a magnificent, terraced waterfall discovered and named by Philip Parker King in his own honour as he was searching for fresh water.
For the adventurous there is an opportunity to climb to the top of the falls for a fresh water swim. After exploring Kings Cascade we will then travel a small way upstream to visit a Bradshaw art site situated high above the water on the northern bank of the river before making our way to safe anchorage and an overnight stay in the river.

Day 7: Prince Regent River - Camp Creek

Today we will board Homer and make our way 8km upstream from Kings Cascade to Cathedral Falls. Falling approximately 75metres from an amphitheatre shaped rock formation, these spectacular falls are rarely visited because of their remoteness and tidal dependency. With the tide on our side we should be able to sneak in with Homer for a fresh water shower before heading back to Odyssey for morning tea.
Another spot we will visit today is Camp Creek. A small trek across sand and rock will take us to a wide flowing water hole, no crocs to worry about here just fresh, clear water with small eddies and tumbling currents. After a refreshing swim we will make our way to St George Basin passing Mt Waterloo and Mt Trafalgar then heading north once again to Careening Bay where we will anchor overnight.

Day 8: Careening Bay

An early visit to the beach this morning to a very historical site know as the Mermaid Tree, a huge Boab tree bearing the name of Philip Parker King’s vessel “Mermaid” and the date it was careened on the beach to allow for urgent repairs.
After a cooked breakfast back on board Odyssey we will depart for Prince Frederick Harbour, the mouth of the Hunter and Roe Rivers. Once anchored at the mouth of the Roe River we will board Homer for a scenic cruise upstream to a secluded freshwater swimming hole. Here at the headwaters we will stop for a picnic lunch and spend some time swimming, exploring Bradshaw Art and perhaps some Barra fishing.

Day 9: Bigge Island and Mudge Bay

We leave Prince Frederick Harbour today and head north to Bigge Island. After breakfast we will go ashore to explore some ancient Wandjina art sites. Later in the morning we will head to Mudge Bay and our luck at fishing before heading to the Mitchell River.
This afternoon brings exploring on the beach walk on one of the remote beaches there. Anchored securely for the evening we can enjoy pre dinner drinks whist watching another spectacular Kimberley Sunset.

Day 10: Surveyors Pool

Fishing and mud crabbing at low tide this morning then as the tide rises it’s time for a refreshing swim at Surveyors pool. After lunch we will depart the Mitchell River and head to Vansittart Bay.
Beautiful cruising as we navigate our way through the many Islands to an anchorage close to Jar Island for the evening.

Day 11: East Vansittart Bay - DC3 wreckage - Drysdale River

We will rise early this morning to visit a Bradshaw Art site then a short journey on Homer to the eastern side of Vansittart Bay, here we will go ashore to view the wreckage of a DC3 that crash land here during World War II.
Before lunch we will depart Vansittart Bay our next destination, the Drysdale River in Napier Broome Bay. Once at the mouth of the river we will board Homer and explore further up this river system. We have a late steam to Glycosmis Bay, our anchorage for the night.

Day 12: Koolama Bay - King George Falls

It’s an early steam this morning to Koolama Bay, at the mouth of the King George River. After a short journey another of the many highlights of the Kimberley emerges, King George Falls.
The view from the top of these falls is spectacular to say the least. A visit to Batman Cave is next to follow on what has been a memorable day for us all before departing Koolama Bay for the Berkeley River.

Day 13: Berkeley River - Cambridge Gulf

There will be an opportunity for some fishing early this morning, for those that are keen, followed by an excursion to the Berkeley River.
At the Berkeley we will head upstream viewing magnificent waterfalls along the way before a refreshing swim.
We’ll have lunch back on board Odyssey before departing the Berkeley River and head towards Cambridge Gulf. It's a nonstop journey as we make our way south east towards Wyndham.

Day 14: Ord River - Wyndham

This day has come all too quickly. We will wake as we are cruising towards the Ord River and our destination, Wyndham, is not far away. It’s time to say goodbye to fellow guests and crew members, with whom you are now friends, as we prepare to end the lifetime experience that we have just shared. After breakfast our courtesy bus will arrive to transfer you to your Kununurra accommodation or air transfer.

Day 1: Welcome aboard in Wyndham

Your charter bus will pick up from your Kununurra accommodation approximately 9:00am for a road journey to the port town of Wyndham. The crew of Odyssey will be looking forward to meeting you as you board the vessel.
Following an introduction to “Odyssey” and a safety briefing we will soon be under way. Admire the coastline as we head north through Cambridge Gulf and then northwest towards the Berkeley River.We will anchor at the mouth of the Berkeley for the evening ready for an early morning excursion.

Day 2: Berkeley River - Koolama Bay - King George River

Early start today as we board our tender vessel “Homer” for an excursion into the Berkeley River. Magnificent waterfalls abound as we head upstream for a fresh water swim. Back to Odyssey for a fully cooked breakfast while your crew make ready to depart for Koolama Bay.
Soon after lunch we will arrive and head straight into the magnificent King George River and astound at the majesty of King George Falls. For those that are brave we can ascend to the top of the falls and look down upon Odyssey and Homer below.

Day 3: Drysdale River - East Vansittart Bay

After spending the night on anchor close to King George Falls your crew were up very early and now as you wake Odyssey is in transit to the Drysdale River.
Heading around Cape Londonderry then turning south into Napier Broome Bay we find the Drysdale River. Our tender Homer will enable us to access this river and along the way those that are keen could have a
fish from one of our other two tender vessels, “Shearwater” and “Calypso”. Later today we will steam around to East Vansittart Bay admiring the Kimberley coast as we travel close.

Day 4: Vansittart Bay - Surveyors Pool - Mitchell River

Up early again today to go ashore and visit a WWII wreckage of a DC3 aircraft that just failed to make it back to the airfield a little to the north.
The wreckage is largely intact given the crash and length of time since WWII. Heading deeper into Vansittart Bay towards Jar Island we visit a Bradshaw art site before another refreshing dip at Surveyors Pool. Mitchell River headwaters are next to visit and fishing and mud crabbing is on our agenda.

Day 5: Mudge Bay - Bigge Island - Prince Frederick Harbour

Departing Mitchell River we head north and then west through Voltaire Passage before passing through Montague Sound to arrive at Mudge Bay for a beach walk. This is a great fishing spot for those who are keen. Just a short steam across to Bigge Island to visit a Wandjana art site, it’s an easy stroll from the beach. Heading south again in the afternoon, this time to a grand waterway, Prince Frederick Harbour. Deep water surrounds the islands and outcrops as we forge deeper to the mouths of the Hunter and Roe rivers.
Then it’s sunset drinks and beach cricket before we anchor in Porosus Creek for the night.

Day 6: Hunter River - Roe River - Careening Bay

As the tide rises we are able to enter the Roe River in Homer for a cruise to a lovely swimming spot at the fresh headwaters. Bradshaw art is available close to this spot and for the keen fishers Barramundi are ever present. A picnic breakfast is served before heading back to Odyssey and around to the Hunter River.
The Hunter River presents perhaps some of the most spectacular river scenery in Western Australia, with grand red cliffs towering above mangrove fringed rivers.Our expert guides will show you hidden wonders of this areas wildlife focusing on the bird life and crocodiles make sure you have your camera at the ready!
The bird and animal life along this watercourse is prolific. You may spot an elusive Chestnut Rail on the mud banks, Giant Egrets or the huge Great Billed Heron within the tops of the mangroves or the ever present Saltwater Croc lurking below.

Day 7: Careening Bay - Prince Regent River

Today we leave Prince Frederick Harbour and travel southward towards the sight of the HMC Mermaid tree, a giant boab tree made famous by Philip Parker King when he careened his vessel HMC Mermaid for repairs in 1820.
Whilst the vessel’s Naturalist was recording & drawing many new & unusual Kimberley species of flora & fauna the vessel’s Carpenter took the opportunity to record their time in this area by engraving the ancient boab tree with the letters ‘HMC Mermaid 1820’. We’ll go ashore & spend some time reliving history.
Then back on board Odyssey for a leisurely cruise through the St George basin.

Day 8: Prince Regent River – Camp Creek

Today we cruise into the St George Basin, the Kimberley’s largest inland sea. Standing tall on our arrival will be Mt. Trafalgar & Mt. Wellington, named by Philip Parker King in 1820. After a scrumptious brekkie we will cruise up the Prince Regent River and head ashore where a short walk takes you to the waters of Camp Creek. Enjoy the scenic surrounds and immerse yourself in the refreshing water as we spend some time here at this idyllic location.
For the more agile in the group a 20 minute walk to the upper reaches will find two stunning waterfalls, the scene is breathtaking. The upper fall feeds a giant fresh water pool, ideal for swimming, then flows through and over rock to form another pristine pool of fresh water below. After a swim it’s back down river to rejoin the rest of the group for a snack. After spending some time at Camp Creek its back to Odyssey, a spot of fishing may be on the agenda, the keen fishermen and women can try their hand at catching the elusive Barramundi.

Day 9: Prince Regent - King Cascade

Still within the Prince Regent there is a lots of exploring to do, we will cruise further up the magnificent watercourse and take you to, probably the Kimberley’s most famous icon, the magnificent King Cascades.
You will marvel at the sight of cascading water over the terraced rock that has formed over thousands of years, Time to put your bathers on you going to get wet. Further on up the Regent, if tide allows we’ll visit the spectacular Cathedral Falls. Then it’s ashore for a short climb to view the ancient aboriginal artwork know as Bradshaw Art, named after pastoralist Joseph Bradshaw who was the first European to discover it in 1891.

Day 10: Camden Harbour

Today we travel through Camden Sound. This region has worldwide recognition as a crucial breeding and calving area for the Humpback Whale and hosts the world largest Humpback Whale population.
Camden sound is rich other aquatic mammals such as Bottle and Snub-fin dolphins, Blue Whales, Pygmy Killer Whales and Pilot Whales. This area is surrounded by fringing reefs with thousands of fish and marine invertebrates living mongst the hard and soft corals in the warm tropical waters of this truly unique environment. As we travel south through Camden sound we’ll stop for a walk on Sheep Island a short walk takes us to the headstone and grave of Mary Jane Pascoe. We’ll take time to reflect on the tragic events that took place in this region.

Day 11: Montgomery Reef – Sale River

Today we take an unforgettable passage through Turtle Alley to one of the Kimberly’s most amazing icons, Montgomery Reef, 400 square kilometres of reef that on a high spring tide is 4 metres underwater.
With the outgoing tide the reef is then exposed by more than 4 metres; a marvel not to be missed. Spot for giant turtles, manta rays, dugongs & the many varieties of fish species that inhabit these waters- maybe even throw a line over & catch some tasty fish for dinner. Then we will cruise across the bay to the beautiful Sale River, Homer will take us up stream for a closer look at the stunning orange and red sandstone cliff’s as we wind our way through the narrow gorge’s toward the Sale River Rainforest. We will take a leisurely walk in the lush rainforest environment and enjoy the crystal waters of the creeks that feed the Sale. Then it’s time to relax on board Odyssey as we overnight at Hall Point.

Day 12: Red Cone Creek/Ruby Falls and Raft Point

After a scrumptious Brekkie this morning it’s into “Homer” and a leisurely cruise up Red Cone Creek for a refreshing swim in the water hole provided by the beautiful Ruby Falls, feel the power of the falls as you bathe beneath them. Back to Odyssey and a short cruise to Raft Point, the site of perhaps the best Aboriginal rock art galleries on the coast.
A short walk reveals spectacular scenery & endless views across Doubtful Bay to Steep Island. At the Raft Point gallery we will learn about the local Aboriginal beliefs & cultures, the lifestyles they once enjoyed & the Wandjina that shaped their land.

Day 13: Buccaneer Archipelago, Talbot Bay - Silica Beach-Crocodile Creek- Horizontal Falls

Relax, sit back and enjoy a satisfying breakfast & take in the scenery as we cruise through to Talbot Bay the location of the magnificent Horizontal Waterfalls, there we we’ll experience the awesome power of the falls then spend some time exploring the spectacular geology and scenery of the Cyclone Creek.
We will head on over to Crocodile Creek where we'll have a swim in a fresh water hole at the base of a waterfall, then continue south through the magnificent Buccaneer Archipelago, consisting of more than 800 islands and with a tidal range of over 10m, Named by Philip Parker King in 1820 in memory of William Dampier, a supposed Buccaneer for the king of the time. We will go ashore for your last magnificent Kimberley sunset on the pure white sands of Silica Beach.

Day 14: Broome

Sadly your adventure with us is coming to an end. After an overnight steam south, past Cape Leveque, enjoy your last brekkie on onboard Odyssey, watching the endless stretch of Cable Beach pass by. It’s time to swap emails and farewell your new found friends onboard Odyssey as we arrive into the Port of Broome mid morning where your transport will be waiting to take you back to your accommodation.

This is a suggested itinerary only. All our cruises are subject to change due to changing tidal movements and unpredictable weather conditions.