- All Steppes travel guests will receive a complimentary bottle of champagne in their cabin.
This 14-day expedition cruise on board True North explores the magnificent Kimberley coast with its wild and rugged mountains, spectacular gorges and waterfalls, ancient rock-art and unique wildlife – truly one of the world’s last great wilderness areas.
- View this vast wilderness of river systems, mangroves and waterfalls from the air
- See ancient rock art including the Bradshaw's, possibly the oldest paintings known to man
- Relax on secluded beaches, swim in hidden creeks, go fishing, mud crabbing, bird watching and croc spotting
- Dine on superb and unusual cuisine from freshly picked black-lip oysters to pearl meat
Spend 14 days on board this luxury ship and every day the expert staff on board will unveil another hidden secret from this secluded and stunning coastline. This flagship adventure explores some of Australia’s most magical and remote scenery during a one thousand nautical mile voyage between the towns of Wyndham and Broome. Pioneers in adventure-cruising in this part of the world, nobody knows this area of Western Australia like they do.
Why cruise the Kimberley
The Kimberley is a vast area, with a dramatic coastline of river networks, waterfalls, mangroves and tidal systems; by far the best way to access and experience these areas is from the water.
Guides and specialists on board True North
The crew onboard are generally Australian and know the geography, history and wildlife of the area like no one else. With an extremely high crew to guest ratio, they are also able to ensure a truly personal service. Every sailing has a ships biologist on board who leads a team of six guides, one per expedition boat.
Unique experiences on and off the ship
The shallow draft, expedition boats and onboard helicopter allow access to otherwise inaccessible areas of this vast wilderness, plus the chance to view the sheer scale of the region from the air. Dramatic waterfalls, dense mangrove forests, unique reef eco-systems, horizontal waterfalls, rugged sandstone gorges, aboriginal cave art galleries and meandering rivers. As well as accessing hidden areas by expedition boat, there is the chance to see many of the sites from the bird’s eye view of a helicopter. There can’t be many better ways to see the splendours of this vast part of the world, with its maze of creeks and endless coast.
Rowley Shoals: Selected departures now combine the ancient landscapes of the Kimberley with the three coral atolls known as Rowley Shoals. Covering roughly 145 square kilometres these remote and little-visited islands offer some of the best diving and snorkelling in the world. Swim amongst large groups of big fish such as groupers and trevally as well as white and black shark plus many varieties of tropical fish.
What is given back
As well as being a luxurious cruising vessel True North is also a floating gallery showcasing artwork by many artists including Larry Mitchell, with whom True North has a unique partnership. Not just a revered landscape painter, Larry is also a man on a mission, committed to exhorting greater recognition of global warming and its impact on vulnerable coastal communities. True North aids Larry to access these remote areas and raise awareness of climate change.
Adventure-cruising is a low impact means of accessing wilderness without the intrusion of roads. True North can explore yet leave no trace of its visit. The ship is also compliant with requirements under the MARPOL Convention – an international convention designed to minimize and eventually eliminate pollution of the sea by harmful substances. On-board waste is either processed via a treatment plant, retained for recycling or retained for disposal at an approved waste management site.
Pre and post cruise ideas
- Head to the Ningaloo Reef to swim with whale sharks, manta ray and humpback whales
- Travel north to the wilds of the Northern Territories and Kakadu National Park for an Australian safari experience amidst extraordinary landscapes
- Fly to the centre of the country and the chance to experience the iconic Uluru; stay at Longitude 131 and wake up with a view from your bed
Cruises along the Kimberley coastline run from April through to early September. A 10-night itinerary departs as early as March, at the end of the wet season, when the waterfalls are thundering, billabongs are swollen and summer storms spectacular. Shorter seven-night itineraries are also available.
Additional cruise itineraries include Indonesia and Papua New Guinea.
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