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Cruise Western Australia

Cruise the peaceful Kimberley coastline from Wyndham to Broome

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14 days

from £12,895pp (excluding flights)
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  • 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.

Sustainable practices

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

Cruise dates

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.

For a more detailed itinerary with great ideas on what to do and where to stay, please get in touch with our experts.

Price Excluding Flights £Flight cost from 
£ 12895 £ 900
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what is included

  • All excursions as detailed in the itinerary
  • All meals on board True North
  • 13 nights on board the True North
  • Transfers as detailed

what is excluded

  • Helicopter flights whilst on board
  • Any flights
  • Gratuities
  • Travel Insurance
  • Visas


Itinerary at a glance

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Day 1

Kununurra to Wyndham & Embarkation
Travel by coach from Kununurra to Wyndham to board the True North. Embarkation is at 1700 in time for a cocktail with fellow adventurers before departing at approximately 1830. Dinner is served shortly after leaving port and then it's an overnight cruise to the King George River.

In the far northwest of Australia lies The Kimberley; an ancient landform of rugged ranges with deep, spectacular gorges, pristine sandy beaches and mighty river systems that produce cascading waterfalls during the wet season. Unexplored caves hide Bradshaw rock paintings, so old that even the aboriginal people do not know their origins, and cattle stations are so large that your next door neighbour can be 2 hours away! Most famous of the Kimberley towns is Broome, a relaxed seaside town which was established as a pearling port in the 1880’s.

You will be staying at True North Boat, Full board

Day 2

King George Falls
As soon as the tide is high enough today, we will cross the sand bar at the mouth of the mighty King George to reveal a breathtaking river vista. Journey upstream to the very 'jewel in the crown' - The King George Falls. Once anchored at the base of the Twin Falls there are endless places to explore. Climb or take the helicopter to the top of the falls for a cruise highlight. This afternoon learn about the history of the wreck of the Koolama and take a stroll at Tranquil Bay.

You will be staying at True North Boat, Full board

Day 3

Drysdale River
Explore the Drysdale River and maybe catch an mangrove jack fish. The expedition boats will head 'up-river' on a barramundi expedition complete with scones and billy tea! There will also be opportunities to indulge in some beachcombing and in the afternoon, join a scenic flight to Cape Londonderry - the northern most point of Western Australia!

You will be staying at True North Boat, Full board

Day 4

Bradshaws & Eagle Falls
Today visit the "Bradshaws" - ancient rock art that pre-dates other examples of Aboriginal culture and are possibly the oldest 'paintings' known to man. The heli-picnic at Eagle Falls is always a highlight - a breathtaking helicopter flight and a mouth-watering lunch alongside a picture-perfect waterfall in remote far-north Western Australia. Explore local beaches and rivers on board the expedition boats and visit an isolated site in the rainforest where a lone bomber crashed during WWII.

You will be staying at True North Boat, Full board

Day 5

Mitchell River & Falls
The Mitchell River is renowned for big barramundi and even bigger crocodiles! The expedition boats will head up river to the scenic Surveyors Creek - a great and safe place for a swim. The fishermen will again join the hunt for the elusive barramundi and, there will be more opportunities for helicopter flights over an ancient land including the spectacular Mitchell Falls. This evening join the crew for cocktail hour before experiencing another unique dining experience.

You will be staying at True North Boat, Full board

Day 6

Oysters, The Voltaire Passage & Pearling
After an early morning breakfast it's time to join the 'hunt for the black-lip oyster'. Savour their unique taste direct from the rock with a little freshly squeezed lemon. There are also some excellent examples of both Wandjina and Bradshaw art nearby and the waters are alive with light game species such as queenfish, giant trevally and mackerel. In the afternoon explore Voltaire Passage and the many surrounding islands. Back on board, the crew will explain the intriguing process of pearl farming before the on board pearl party! Enjoy a glass of bubbly and a taste of pearl meat, whilst trying on exquisite pieces created by the artistes at Linneys, Jewels of the Kimberley and Kimberley Fine Diamonds.

You will be staying at True North Boat, Full board

Day 7

Roe River & onwards to Prince Frederick Harbour
Explore the Roe River, which boasts one of the highest crocodile counts in the Kimberley and offers another great opportunity to catch barramundi. The Roe was named after the Surveyor-General of Western Australia - John Septimus Roe who conducted numerous expeditions along the Kimberley coast between 1829 & 1849. The ship's helicopter will dramatically demonstrate the maze of creeks and endless coast that the early explorers encountered. In the afternoon sail into Prince Frederick Harbour and sip sunset drinks on Art Island.

You will be staying at True North Boat, Full board

Day 8

Hunter River
Wake this morning in the magnificent Hunter River. The Hunter is about as far away as one can get in Australia - a stunning river system that is lined with dense mangrove forests, surrounded by rainforest encrusted mountains and home to man-eating crocodiles. The Hunter has it all - fishing, mud crabbing, bird-watching and simply exploring where few have been before. Join one of the expedition boats, take a short hike to Jackson Falls or take the skies in the helicopter for fabulous views of the mangroves.

You will be staying at True North Boat, Full board

Day 9

Prince Regent River & Kings Cascade
Visit one of the Kimberley's most historic sites - Phillip Parker King's boab tree before continuing onto the mighty Prince Regent river. At Kings Cascades the True North will manoeuvre right under the falls before another breathtaking helicopter flight to a picnic alongside a crystal clear billabong - in one of the most remote places on earth. Overnight anchored off Camp Creek.

You will be staying at True North Boat, Full board

Day 10

Prince Regent River
Early risers will be treated to a heli-flight with a difference - a champagne sunrise on the top of a mountain. Then a chance to hike to a picture perfect billabong for a swim.

You will be staying at True North Boat, Full board

Day 11

Sale River & Montgomery Reef
This morning is devoted to exploring the Sale River. Fish the mouth for barramundi before 'riding the tide' on a classic river expedition. Take a billabong swim before returning to the comfort of the True North. Over lunch set sail for Montgomery Reef. Montgomery is a unique eco-system that must be seen to be believed as 140 square miles of coral reef rises out of the ocean right before your very eyes. Water cascades from the reef as the tide falls exposing a privileged glimpse of another world. Turtles, dugong, manta rays and every imaginable sea creature abound and the helicopter puts all in perspective.

You will be staying at True North Boat, Full board

Day 12

Raft Point
Start the day with more fishing opportunities - this time at "Three Ways". A short lunchtime cruise will deliver all aboard to the impressive silhouette of Raft Point. Here, join crew and guests alike for a moderate climb to an art gallery with a difference and, the well-preserved Raft Point Wandjina paintings.

You will be staying at True North Boat, Full board

Day 13

Horizontal Falls & Cruise to Broome
Today visit the Horizontal Falls. Experience the awesome power of the region's huge tidal range in an exhilarating tender ride and then climb aboard your air conditioned helicopter for a view of the falls that very few experience. Take a swim at Crocodile Creek and a walk on Silica Beach. This evening a farewell dinner to remember as the True North glides past Cockatoo & Koolan Islands, Cape Leveque and down the Dampier Peninsula to Broome.

You will be staying at True North Boat, Full board

Day 14

Disembarkation in Broome
Arrive Broome and disembark True North.


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