Speciality Cruises

Each year Odyssey offers 4 cruises which are different from the norm.

The first trip of the year is a 10 day journey up the under appreciated Western Australian coast from Fremantle to Broome departing late February.

If your feeling adventurous you can extend this into our original 26 day combined cruise taking you from Fremantle all the way to Wyndham including all the magical waterfalls of the Kimberley.

Just recently added to our itinerary is the Land / Sea / Air package, the Complete Kimberley Experience. Before joining Odyssey our guests explore the Kimberley with a 12 day land based adventure, an overnight stay in Broome, 9 days cruising north with Odyssey then return to Broome by air.

Later in the year we offer our 19 day Best of Both Worlds trip starting in the amazing Kimberleys and then heading out to the fascinating Rowley Shoals.

Itineraries

Day: 1

Today your journey north to the port of Broome begins.  Your Skipper and crew are there to welcome you aboard as we depart from Sardine Wharf at 9.00am. You may wish to stroll around the decks, enjoy the fresh sea air with a cold beverage. Or just sit back and relax while observing our coastal beaches drift by as we start our journey north passing northern suburbs and towns of Lancelin and Dongara.

Day: 2

This morning we will be passing the multi-coloured shacks of the Abrolhos Islands. As we journey through the island passages we make our way to Anemone Lump, located within the marine sanctuary. After breakfast, a refreshing swim with lunch soon after. Time to visit the site of the Batavia wreck and learn about the mutiny that occurred in 1629. We depart early evening and head for Shark Bay.

Day: 3

Today we will be passing Steep Point, the entrance to South Passage. Spend time exploring Dirk Hartog Island by four wheel drive then have a hearty lunch at the homestead. Spend the afternoon at the homestead with swimming, snorkeling or relaxing before we head back on board Odyssey to continue northbound.

Day: 4

 A long journey ahead for us today, destination; The Monte Bello Islands. Time to relax and enjoy the sounds of the ocean as the miles roll by. Perhaps a few cold drinks before dinner, prepared by our chef and a beautiful West Australian sunset to put close to another pleasant day.

Day: 5

Today we arrive at the Monte Bello Islands. We explore the islands with a spot of fishing and swimming in the tranquil waters that these islands protect. We also visit the site of Ground Zero where an atomic blast occurred in the 1950's. After lunch, we move to the calm waters of Aden Cove to anchor.

Day: 6

A full day of exploring the islands, enjoying more fishing, swimming and snorkeling. A visit to Champagne Bay is also on our list.

Day: 7

We relish at the Monte's for another day going ashore on Trimoulle Island. The wreckage of the "Plim", the ship loaded with an atomic bomb which exploded during the atomic testing. We further explore to locate some other items that are scattered around this island. We will depart the Monte's early evening.

Day: 8

Today is a day for relaxing onboard as we steam north. Weather permitting there may be an opportunity to troll a line for a good size Tuna, Spanish Mackerel this is good territory for Pelagics.

Day: 9

As we steam towards Broome, the gateway to the Kimberley enjoy an opportunity to reflect on our journey, relax, take in the endless coastline of WA. Those who are keen can try their hand at fishing or enjoy a cold drink on the bow watching the sunset.

Day: 10

After breakfast,  we arrive at the Port of Broome mid-morning.  A courtesy bus will be waiting there to take you to Broome town centre, transferring you to Broome airport or your accommodation.

Day: 1

Today your journey north to the port of Broome begins.  Your Skipper and crew are there to welcome you aboard as we depart from Sardine Wharf at 9.00am. You may wish to stroll around the decks, enjoy the fresh sea air with a cold beverage. Or just sit back and relax while observing our coastal beaches drift by as we start our journey north passing northern suburbs and towns of Lancelin and Dongara.

Day: 2

This morning we will be passing the multi-coloured shacks of the Abrolhos Islands. As we journey through the island passages we make our way to Anemone Lump, located within the marine sanctuary. After breakfast, a refreshing swim with lunch soon after. Time to visit the site of the Batavia wreck and learn about the mutiny that occurred in 1629. We depart early evening and head for Shark Bay.

Day: 3

Today we will be passing Steep Point, the entrance to South Passage. Spend time exploring Dirk Hartog Island by four wheel drive then have a hearty lunch at the homestead. Spend the afternoon at the homestead with swimming, snorkeling or relaxing before we head back on board Odyssey to continue northbound.

Day: 4

 A long journey ahead for us today, destination; The Monte Bello Islands. Time to relax and enjoy the sounds of the ocean as the miles roll by. Perhaps a few cold drinks before dinner, prepared by our chef and a beautiful West Australian sunset to put close to another pleasant day.

Day: 5

Today we arrive at the Monte Bello Islands. We explore the islands with a spot of fishing and swimming in the tranquil waters that these islands protect. We also visit the site of Ground Zero where an atomic blast occurred in the 1950's. After lunch, we move to the calm waters of Aden Cove to anchor.

Day: 6

A full day of exploring the islands, enjoying more fishing, swimming and snorkeling. A visit to Champagne Bay is also on our list.

Day: 7

We relish at the Monte's for another day going ashore on Trimoulle Island. The wreckage of the "Plim", the ship loaded with an atomic bomb which exploded during the atomic testing. We further explore to locate some other items that are scattered around this island. We will depart the Monte's early evening.

Day: 8

Today is a day for relaxing onboard as we steam north. Weather permitting there may be an opportunity to troll a line for a good size Tuna, Spanish Mackerel this is good territory for Pelagics.

Day: 9

As we steam towards Broome, the gateway to the Kimberley enjoy an opportunity to reflect on our journey, relax, take in the endless coastline of WA. Those who are keen can try their hand at fishing or enjoy a cold drink on the bow watching the sunset.

Day 10-12

After arrival at the Port of Broome a courtesy will be provided to transfer you to your Broome accommodation which is provided by Odyssey Expeditions.
Enjoy Broome at your leisure for three nights staying in quality accommodation prior to re-joining Odyssey for a 14 Day Broome to Wyndham Ultimate Kimberley Safari.

Day 13:  Broome

9:00 am you will be picked up from your Broome accommodation and transferred to MV Odyssey.  Be welcomed with fellow guests and meet your Skipper and crew. While enjoying a cold drink and a light brunch we cruise northward watching the endless stretch of Cable Beach pass by. Cruising  into the night passing Cape Leveque and across King Sound.

Day 14: Buccaneer Archipelago  - Horizontal Falls

Awake to a Kimberley sunrise as we travel through the Buccaneer Archipelago, consisting of more than 800 islands.
Over to Crocodile Creek where it's time to swim in a freshwater hole at the top of the waterfall.

Cruise to Talbot Bay and experience the iconic Horizontal Falls with an exhilarating boat ride through the Horizontal Falls, then explore the spectacular geology and scenery of Cyclone Creek.    Enjoy an overnight stay in Talbot Bay.

Day 15: Red Cone Creek – Ruby Falls – Montgomery Reef

At Montgomery Reef we take a cruise in Homer for a closer look at the marine life turtles, dugong, crocodiles and bird life. Water cascades from the reef on a falling tide exposing a privileged glimpse of another world!

Journey to Doubtful Bay, passing  the scenic Raft Point and Steep Island arriving into Red Cone Creek.

We board “Homer” for a leisurely cruise and a refreshing swim at the beautiful Ruby Falls.

Day 16: Brecknock Harbour - Kuri Bay - Sheep Island

Today we cruise through Camden Sound to Brecknock Harbour & Kuri Bay, the location of Paspaley Pearls remote base in the Kimberley. Over to Camden Harbour and go ashore at Sheep Island to visit the last resting place of Mary Jane Pascoe. Hear the story of the ill-fated settlement of the Camden Harbour Pastoral Association. Cruise past Augustus Island to Hanover Bay for a beach walk and a bonfire before dinner.

Day 17: Prince Regent River -King Cascades - Cathedral Falls

The incoming tide will carry us deep into the Prince Regent River, prepare to get wet on the bow of Odyssey as we nose into the spectacular Kings Cascade. Hike to the top of the falls for a swim in the large freshwater swimming hole. After lunch, we board Homer to view the thundering Cathedral Falls and have a refreshing dunk on the bow of Homer. Fishing in the afternoon and overnight in the Prince Regent River.

Day 18: Prince Regent River - Fishing - Camp Creek

Still within the Prince Regent River gives you an opportunity for a early morning fish before visiting the freshwater swimming holes at Camp Creek. After spending time cooling off, it’s back to Odyssey to take the outgoing tide of the Prince Regent. Watch the sunset over St George Basin while enjoying your catch for dinner prepared by your chef.

Day 19: Careening Bay - Bigge Island

Early morning steam to Careening Bay, where we will go ashore to the Mermaid Boab tree made famous by Philip Parker King in 1820. Leaving Careening Bay, we head to north to Bigge Island. After lunch, go ashore to explore ancient Wandjina art sites. Later on we head to Prudhoe Island and try our luck at fishing.

Day 20: Swift Bay - Mudge Bay

Mid-morning we board Homer to explore Mudge and Swift Bay, there we observe Wandjina and Bradshaw art sites unique to the Kimberley region.

Bradshaw art also know as Gwion Gwion was recorded by Joseph Bradshaw in 1891 and is thought to be at least 17,000, perhaps more than 25,000 years old.

Later on, we depart for the Mitchell River for over night anchorage

Day 21: Mitchell River - Surveyors Pool

After breakfast, hop in the tenders and try our luck at fishing and mud crabbing. After lunch, time to enjoy a freshwater swim in Surveyors Pool. While steaming to Vansittart Bay, drink champagne and indulge fresh mud crabs on the bow of Odyssey as we watch a warm Kimberley sunset.

Day 22: Vansittart Bay

Early rise this morning to visit a Bradshaw Art site then a short journey on Homer to the eastern side of Vansittart Bay. Here we go ashore to view the wreckage of the DC3 that crash landed during World War II. Keep your eye out for the diamonds that were supposedly on the plane! Later on enjoy a refreshing swim and anchor overnight at Fresh Water Bay.

Day 23: Glycosmis Bay - Koolama Bay - King George River

After visiting Glycosmis Falls we depart for Koolama Bay and the King George River. Mid-morning we take a beach walk at Tranquil Bay with a spectacular waterfall at the head of the beach. Then visit Pangali Cove where the passengers and crew camped after the Japanese bombing of the MV Koolama in 1942. In the afternoon we journey through the picturesque river to the powerful King George Falls.

Day 24:  King George Falls

It’s an early hike to the top of King George Falls, at over 80 meters the view from the top of these falls is spectacular to say the least! While taking in the view enjoy a refreshing swim at the top of the falls. Board Homer to discover more swimming holes, bird life and colony of bats in this remarkable area. Departing the King George River to explore the Berkeley River.

Day 25: Berkeley River - Cambridge Gulf

 At high water, we cross the sand bar and head upstream of what is a spectacular gorged river with many waterfalls. After Lunch, enjoy a refreshing swim and an opportunity for a spot fishing before departing the Berkeley River and head towards Cambridge Gulf. It's a nonstop journey as we make our way south east towards the Port of Wyndham

Day 26:  - Wyndham - Cambridge Gulf

This day has come all too quickly. Awake as we cruise towards the the Port of Wyndham. After breakfast, it’s time to say goodbye to fellow guests and crew members. A courtesy bus will take you to the Five Rivers lookout on the top of the Bastion Range to view the Cambridge Gulf, then a one hour informative ride to Kununurra.

 

Day 1

  • Broome to the mighty Fitzroy River
  • Willare Bridge Roadhouse
  • Prison Boab Tree
  • Gibb River Road
  • Windjana Gorge
  • Tunnel Creek - a 750 metre cave walk
  • Camp under the stars at Windjana Gorge DPAW campsite

Day 2

  • Windjana Gorge
  • Devonian Reef System
  • Gibb River Road
  • King Leopold Range
  • Bell Gorge
  • Bell Waterfall - Swimming
  • Imintji Store
  • Camp next to the tranquil pools of the Lower Manning River for 2 nights

Day 3

  • Manning Gorge
  • Manning Falls - Swimming
  • Aboriginal Rock Art
  • Galvan's Gorge - Swimming
  • Waterfalls
  • Camp again next to the tranquil pools of the Lower Manning River

Day 4

  • East along the Gibb River Road
  • Durack River
  • Indigenous Interaction
  • Aboriginal rock art
  • Cockburn Ranges
  • Pentecost River
  • Home Valley Station Campsite

Day 5

  • Cross the Pentecost River
  • Emma Gorge - Swimming
  • El Questro Township
  • Optional Champagne Chamberlain Gorge Cruise
  • Optional Horse Riding
  • Settle in for 2 nights at El Questro Campsite

Day 6

  • El Questro Station
  • Optional Mitchell Falls Scenic Flight
  • El Questro Gorge Walk - Swimming
  • Pentecost River
  • Enjoy your 2nd night at El Questro Campsite

Day 7

  • Zebedee Hot Springs
  • Leave the Gibb River Road
  • Explore Kununurra
  • Diversion Dam
  • Camp at Ivanhoe Village Caravan Park Kununurra

Day 8

  • Free day to explore Kununurra
  • Relax or take a walk into town
  • Optional tours to Lake Argyle & to explore the Ord River
  • Other optional activities from fishing, scenic flights to horse riding
  • Second night camp at Ivanhoe Village Caravan Park Kununurra

Day 9

  • Ivanhoe Crossing
  • Warmun Art Centre (Limited Opening Hours)
  • Optional Bungle Bungle helicopter flights
  • Bungle Bungle Station Campsite for two nights

Day 10

  • Drive into Purnululu National Park
  • Bungle Bungle Domes Walk
  • Picinniny Creek Walk
  • Cathedral Gorge
  • Echidna Chasm
  • Return to Bungle Bungle Station Campsite

Day 11

  • Great Northern Highway
  • China Wall
  • Halls Creek
  • Fitzroy Crossing
  • Final night is by a billabong at our exclusive campsite on a working cattle station

Day 12

  • Complimentary Geikie Gorge Cruise
  • Fitzroy River
  • Drive to Broome
  • Transfers to your resort style accommodation
  • Farewell

Day 13:  Broome

9:00 am you will be picked up from your Broome accommodation and transferred to MV Odyssey.  Be welcomed with fellow guests and meet your Skipper and crew. While enjoying a cold drink and a light brunch we cruise northward watching the endless stretch of Cable Beach pass by. Cruising  into the night passing Cape Leveque and across King Sound.

Day 14: Buccaneer Archipelago - Horizontal Falls

Awake to a Kimberley sunrise as we travel through the Buccaneer Archipelago, consisting of more than 800 islands.
Over to Crocodile Creek where it's time to swim in a freshwater hole at the top of the waterfall. Cruise to Talbot Bay and experience the iconic Horizontal Falls with an exhilarating boat ride through the Horizontal Falls, then explore the spectacular geology and scenery of Cyclone Creek.
Enjoy an overnight stay in Talbot Bay.

Day 15: Montgomery Reef - Red Cone Creek - Ruby Falls

At Montgomery Reef we take a cruise in Homer for a closer look at the marine life turtles, dugong, crocodiles and bird life. Water cascades from the reef on a falling tide exposing a privileged glimpse of another world!

Journey to Doubtful Bay, passing  the scenic Raft Point and Steep Island arriving into Red Cone Creek.

We board “Homer” for a leisurely cruise and a refreshing swim at the beautiful Ruby Falls.

Day 16: Brecknock Harbour - Kuri Bay - Sheep Island

Today we cruise through Camden Sound to Brecknock Harbour and Kuri Bay, the location of Paspaley Pearls remote base in the Kimberley.
Over to Camden Harbour and go ashore at Sheep Island to visit the last resting place of Mary Jane Pascoe. Hear the story of the ill fated settlement of the Camden Harbour Pastoral Association. Cruise past Augustus Island to Hanover Bay for a beach walk and a bonfire before dinner.

Day 17: Prince Regent River - Kings Cascade - Cathedral Falls

The incoming tide will carry us deep into the Prince Regent River today, prepare to get wet on the bow of Odyssey as we nose into the Kings Cascade. Hike to the top of the falls for a swim in the large freshwater swimming hole. After lunch, we board Homer to view the thundering Cathedral Falls and have a refreshing dunk on the bow of Homer. Fishing in the afternoon and overnight in the Prince Regent River.

Day 18: Prince Regent River - Fishing - Camp Creek

Still within the Prince Regent River gives you an opportunity for an early morning fish before visiting the freshwater swimming holes at Camp Creek. After spending time cooling off, it’s back to Odyssey to take the outgoing tide of the Prince Regent. Watch the sunset over St George Basin while enjoying your catch for dinner prepared by your chef.

Day 19: Careening Bay

Early morning journey to Careening Bay Once there we visit the Mermaid Boab tree made famous by Philip Parker King, who charted the Kimberley waters  between 1818-1820. The carpenter  recorded their time in this area by engraving a large Boab tree with the letters ‘HMC Mermaid 1820’. We go ashore and spend time understanding the history. Later on we cruise north to your next location, Prince Frederick Harbour.

Day 20: Prince Frederick Harbour - Roe River - Porosus Creek

Boarding Homer today we explore the Roe River which will include crocodile spotting, a look at the local flora and fauna and a freshwater swim. After lunch, we try our hand at fishing from our tenders. Time to enjoy a cold beverage while our chef prepares your catch of the day for dinner on board Odyssey.  Enjoy the sunset from our secluded anchorage in Porosus Creek.

Day 21: Prince Frederick Harbour - Hunter River - Mitchell Falls

 After an early breakfast an excursion in Homer we explore the Hunter River. The Hunter presents perhaps the most spectacular river scenery in Western Australia, focusing on the flora and fauna and of course some of the largest crocodiles reside here. Back to Odyssey for an early lunch then seaplane out over the Mitchell Falls and a scenic flight returning to Broome.

Day 1: Mitchell Falls - Porosus Creek - Hunter River

 Transfer from your accommodation to Broome Airport, board your aircraft and enjoy a scenic flight over the Kimberley and Mitchell Falls. After a safety briefing, induction and lunch it’s time to explore Hunter River and Porosus Creek. Hunter River presents perhaps the most spectacular river scenery in Western Australia, Our crew will show you this areas flora and fauna focusing on the bird life and crocodiles, eyes peeled for the elusive Chestnut Rail.

Day 2: Prince Frederick Harbour - Roe River

Boarding Homer today to explore the Roe River which will include crocodile spotting, a look at the local flora and fauna and a freshwater swim. We try our hand at fishing from our tenders followed by a cold beverage and dinner to taste your fresh fish of the day while anchored in the secluded Porosus Creek.

Day 3: Careening Bay

Early morning journey to Careening Bay Once there we visit the Mermaid Boab tree made famous by Philip Parker King, who charted the Kimberley waters  between 1818-1820. The carpenter  recorded their time in this area by engraving a large Boab tree with the letters ‘HMC Mermaid 1820’. We go ashore and spend time understanding the history. We then cruise south to your next location St Georges Basin and Prince Regent River.

Day 4: Prince Regent River - Kings Cascade - Cathedral Falls

 The incoming tide  will carry us deep into the Prince Regent River today, prepare to get wet on the bow of Odyssey as we nose into the Kings Cascade. Hike to the top of the falls for a swim in the large freshwater swimming hole. After lunch, we board Homer to view the thundering Cathedral Falls and have a refreshing dunk on the bow of Homer. Fishing in the afternoon and overnight in the Prince Regent River.

Day 5: Prince Regent River - Fishing - Camp Creek

Still within the Prince Regent River gives you an opportunity for an early morning fish before visiting the freshwater swimming holes at Camp Creek. After spending time cooling off, it’s back to Odyssey to take the outgoing tide of the Prince Regent. Watch the sunset over St George Basin while enjoying your catch for dinner prepared by your chef.

Day 6:  Camden Harbour - Sheep Island - Montgomery Reef  

Over to Camden Harbour and go ashore at Sheep Island to visit the last resting place of Mary Jane Pascoe. Hear the story of the ill fated settlement of the Camden Harbour Pastoral Association. Now cruising to Montgomery Reef, we board Homer for a closer look at the marine life turtles, dugong, crocodiles and bird life. Water cascades from the reef on a falling tide exposing a privileged glimpse of another world! Depart for Doubtful Bay for our anchorage at Red Cone Creek.

Day 7: Red Cone Creek - Ruby Falls

 This morning it’s  time for fishing and mud crabbing.  After lunch, we will board “Homer” for a leisurely cruise to Red Cone Creek and have a refreshing swim in the water hole above Ruby Falls. Departing Doubtful Bay we will enjoy some mud crabs on the bow of Odyssey while enjoying a spectacular Kimberley sunset over Raft Point and Steep Island.

Day 8: Buccaneer Archipelago - Talbot Bay - Silica Beach - Horizontal Falls

This morning we will take an exhilarating boat ride through the  iconic Horizontal Falls, then explore the spectacular geological and scenery of Cyclone Creek. Depart for Yampi Sound, cruising through the Buccaneer Archipelago passing Koolan and Cockatoo Islands. Soon after we spend a relaxing afternoon taking a stroll at Silica Beach before making our way past Cape Leveque, with sunset drinks on the bow.

Day 9-11: Broome

As we journey south this day has come all too quickly,  enjoy your  breakfast on onboard Odyssey watching the endless stretch of Cable Beach pass by. We arrive into at Port of Broome mid-morning where your courtesy bus will be waiting to transfer you to your Broome accommodation that is provided by Odyssey Expeditions. Spend 2 nights in Broome and we will pick you up from your accommodation between 9:00 - 9:30 am on the day of departure.

Day: 12

Meet at Odyssey Expeditions depot in Broome @ 10.00 am. Our dive master will be there to greet you and your check dive certifications.  We will transfer you and your luggage to the vessel, please make sure that you have all your equipment.   Cold beverage and a light lunch will be served shortly after leaving Broome and then it's an overnight steam to the Rowley Shoals.

Day: 13

We arrive at Clerke Reef, one of three atolls approximately 300 km north-west off the coast of Broome.   On approach to the atoll, we will gather on the bow to view the spectacular reef emerge as we cruise through the channel into the lagoon.  Following a dive/snorkel briefing you will be assigned your buddy pairs and be ready for the first dive/snorkel of the day, an introduction dive inside the atoll, "The Aquarium". After lunch, we will head outside the atoll where the water is deeper.

Day: 14

Into Homer at 6.30 am for a 7.00 am dive/snorkel at Clerke Wall before tucking into a hearty cooked breakfast. After a short break, its off to another of the many dive/snorkel sites, so much to see; schools of Hump Headed Wrasse, Parrot Fish, Pelagic species, game fish like Trevally, Tuna, Wahoo not to forget the amazing colourful reef.  Our next dive/snorkel is after lunch exploring some of the many caves and crevices of Clerke Reef.  Late afternoon or evening dive/snorkel depending on conditions at Eel Creek.

Day: 15

Clerke Gutters will be our first dive/snorkel of the day before a mid-morning roller coaster ride through the channel.  After a surface break, it is back into Homer to head for the north tip of Clerke Reef for an afternoon dive/snorkel at Blue Lagoon.

Day: 16

After our first dive/snorkel we take a last look at Bedwell Island before we head off to Mermaid Reef, 20 miles to our North. We cruise through the western face of Mermaid Atoll before  entering the inner reef. Our first dive/snorkel "V in the Wall", a huge chunk of reef that has broken of the main atoll in the shape of a V. Mermaid Channel dive/snorkel is next.

Day: 17

Mermaid Wall rising from a depth of 400 meters is a sheer wall alive with corals and fish. Dolphins, manta rays and turtles are frequently spotted in this area.  Coral Gardens is our second dive/snorkel.  Labyrinths is next and to finish of this amazing day we will drift dive/snorkel the channel.

Day: 18

Back to spectacular Mermaid Wall this morning followed by a visit to the Cod Hole for a farewell dive with the curious Potato Cod.   These two dive/snorkel spots are ones that nobody could ever get enough of. Mermaid Caves will be our afternoon dive/snorkel around 1.30 pm and then it is time to store our gear and depart Mermaid Reef  for an overnight cruise back to Broome.

Day: 19

Cruising over night this day has come all to soon we arrive back to the Port of Broome at approximately 9:00 am.  After breakfast  your courtesy  bus will transfer to your Broome accommodation or airport.

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