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Kimberly Quest - Pearl Sea Coastal Cruises - 8 Days Northern Quest 2015 Rates

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2015 Rates per person in AUD
EXPEDITION   2015 DATES CRUISE
DIRECTION
Twin Double
Superior
Flybridge
Northern 1
05 - 12 May
$9.180 $10.208 $11,974 $13,294
Northern 2
12 - 19 May
$9.180 $10.208 $11,974 $13,294
Northern 3
19 - 26 May
$9.180 $10.208 $11,974 $13,294

NOTE: Passenger weights are required to be provided on your booking form for the 5 & 7 day cruises. This is important for the flight portion of the cruise as the total weight of the aircraft, including passenger weight and luggage weight, is limited due to safety restrictions. Due to flight transfers, luggage weight is restricted to 10kg per person.

Accommodation is based on twin share occupancy. Single passengers may reserve sole use of a cabin for 50% extra. Alternatively, if travelling alone you can also choose to share your cabin with a same sex room-mate and the single supplement fee will be waived. If we do not book another passenger into your cabin you will have sole use of the cabin at no additional cost. *Conditions apply.

What to Bring onboard - Please click here to download packing list

Rates, additional charges and conditions are subject to change, and to
currency fluctuation, without notice - Errors and Omissions Excepted

What is provide onboard Kimberley Quest II cruises:

  • All transfers are provided between your accommodation and the Kimberley Quest II.
  • Expeditions departing or arriving in Wyndham include transfers to and from Kununurra to the vessel.
  • Selected cruises include a light aircraft transfer and a helicopter flight over the Mitchell Falls.
  • cruises include daily excursions led by knowledgeable guides
  • fresh Kimberley style gourmet cuisine prepared by on-board chef
  • soft drinks and linen, including excursion towels.

Additional costs
Please be advised that the following items are not included in the cruise cost:

  • Alcoholic beverages and mixers
  • Kimberley Quest II merchandise
  • Use of satellite phone, facsimile and internet
  • Scenic helicopter flights
  • Airfares and pre / post accommodation are not included in the cruise cost however, can assist you with your pre and post cruise arrangements
  • Payments made by Mastercard or Visa will incur a 1.5% surcharge. Diners and American Express will incur a 3% surcharge.

TRANSFER TIMES:8 Day Northern Quest cruises

Broome - Mitchell River - Wyndham [Fly/Cruise]

  • Top End Guests depart Broome between 8.00am – 11.30am by light aircraft. Transfer times to Broome Airport will be confirmed to your accommodation or mobile number, if provided, the day before departure. Disembarkation is at approximately 7.30am. Guests are transferred to Kununurra, usually arriving by 9.00am. Guests are taken to their accommodation or the Kununurra Airport.

Wyndham - Mitchell River - Broome [Cruise/Fly]

  • Top End Guests will be collected at approximately 3.30pm from Kununurra for a transfer to Wyndham for a 5.00pm departure. Pick up time will be advised the day before departure to your accommodation or mobile number, if provided. Disembarkation flights arrive in Broome between 2.30 – 5.00pm and guests are transferred to their accommodation. Please don’t arrange same day flights from Broome as we cannot guarantee the above arrival times.;

8 DAYS NORTHERN QUEST ITINERARRIES

WYNDHAM - MITCHELL RIVER

DAY 1: Kununurra, Wyndham Port Your Northern
Quest begins when a courtesy vehicle picks you up from Kununurra at approximately 3.30pm and transfers you to the Kimberley Quest II in Wyndham port; here you will be welcomed aboard by your captain and crew. Begin your cruise with a relaxing drink as you cruise out of the Cambridge Gulf, as the sunsets over the horizon.

DAY 2: Berkeley River
Early morning we cruise up the Berkeley River, taking in the numerous waterfalls and ancient sandstone escarpments. Experience your first taste of fishing for barramundi or take a tender excursion with our knowledgeable guides to go crocodile-spotting and bird watching. Marvel at the amphitheatre waterfalls and then cool off in beautiful freshwater pools. Late afternoon we take a tender excursion up to the back of the Berkeley River, where the saltwater meets the freshwater. Fish off the flat rocks for barra which are lurking in the rapids, alternatively walk to a fresh water pool to enjoy a relaxing dip. Tonight we savour the surroundings anchoring nearby a secluded waterfall.

DAY 3: King George River
At high tide, we cross the sandbars of the King George River, for a breathtaking cruise along this majestic cathedral-like gorge. This incredible scenery unfolds as we approach the King George Falls, a dual waterfall that has an uninterrupted vertical drop of over 80m, making it one of the tallest waterfalls in Western Australia. The Kimberley Quest II is able to cruise to the base of the twin falls for a refreshing shower, Kimberley style! For those intrepid adventurers, you may climb to the top for a breathtaking vista of the river below, a truly humbling experience as you appreciate the immensity of this untamed landscape, followed by a refreshing dip. Overnight we anchor just metres away from the falls, with tranquil sounds and an extraordinary view from the bow.

DAY 4: Koolama Bay, Pangali Cove, Glycosmis Falls
Visit Koolama Bay, where the vessel Koolama was beached in February 1942, following the attack by the Japanese in World War II. The passengers were taken ashore on orders, by the ship’s master and many had to walk overland on an epic cross-country trek. After visiting the survivors camp at Pangali Cove, enjoy a freshwater dip beneath a waterfall. In the afternoon we visit Glycosmis Falls to view another unbelievable Kimberley waterfall and then cruise around Cape Londonderry, the most northerly point of Western Australia.

DAY 5: Drysdale River
Today we encounter one of the longest rivers in the Kimberley (432km), the Drysdale. Spend the day exploring the spectacular palm-studded landscape and the rapids of the Drysdale area. Join our guides on a scenic tender excursion to witness crocodiles, flying foxes and many species of bird life, which thrive in these delta islands. Then enjoy a swim in secluded rock pools. Late afternoon walk on a deserted beach or try to catch a barramundi, with many great snags to fish around.

DAY 6: Napier Broome Bay
Relax onboard as we cruise across Napier Broome Bay. Mid morning there is an opportunity for a beach walk to a historic Indonesian Trepang site for an insight into the lives of the early Macassan fishermen. This site stems back to the first early contact between Aboriginal tribes and the Indonesian fisherman. Late afternoon we fish the inlets and estuaries for barra, mangrove jack and we try our luck at mud-crabbing.

DAY 7: Vansittart Bay, WWII DC3 Crash Site
Today we explore various coves within Vansittart Bay, visiting sites rich in the fascinating Bradshaw or Gwion Gwion art. Named after Joseph Bradshaw, the first European to record these amazing paintings in 1891. Some Bradshaw art has been dated at over 17,000 years old, which is unique to the Kimberley. There is also the opportunity to walk to the crash site of the DC3 aircraft, which crashed during World War II, located on the eastern side of Vansittart Bay. Later we cruise around the coastline of the Bougainville Peninsula, where dramatic black basalt cliffs contrast with lush green rainforests.

DAY 8: Mitchell River, Broome
This morning explore the estuary and gorge of the lower Mitchell River. Marvel at crocodiles, bird life, rock art and take in the flora and fauna for the last time. Depart the Kimberley Quest II by helicopter where you will enjoy a scenic flight over the Mitchell Falls. At the Mitchell Plateau airstrip you will board a light aircraft and discover the immensity of the Kimberley. Return to Broome in mid-afternoon, where our team will transfer you to your accommodation.

All air & helicopter transfers between Broome and the Mitchell River are included in the price of the cruise. Extra scenic flights are available on request.

This is only a suggested itinerary. Due to the vast tidal movements and remote terrain of the Kimberley region, Pearl Sea Coastal Cruises cannot guarantee that the itinerary will remain the same. However, during the time you spend with us you will experience many more spectacular places not listed on the itinerary. There will be plenty of opportunities to catch fresh fish for the table as well as land and sightseeing excursions to many untouched places.

MITCHELL RIVER - WYNDHAM ITINERARIES

DAY 1: Broome - Mitchell River, Surveyors Creek
Your Northern Quest begins in the morning when you depart for a scenic flight up the Kimberley coast to the Mitchell Plateau. Board a helicopter and enjoy an unforgettable flight over the spectacular Mitchell Falls before landing on the helipad of the Kimberley Quest II, followed by a buffet lunch at anchor. Late afternoon experience your first taste of fishing for barramundi or take a scenic tender excursion to explore the magnificent Mitchell River. There will also be time for a swim in the cool waters of Surveyors Creek.

DAY 2: Vansittart Bay, WWII DC3 Crash Site
This morning we cruise around the coastline of the Bougainville Peninsula, where dramatic black basalt cliffs contrast with lush green rainforests. We then explore various coves within Vansittart Bay, visiting sites rich in the fascinating Bradshaw or Gwion Gwion art. Named after Joseph Bradshaw, the first European to record these amazing paintings in 1891. Some Bradshaw art has been dated at over 17,000 years old, which is unique to the Kimberley. There is also the opportunity to walk to the crash site of the DC3 aircraft, which crashed during World War II, located on the eastern side of Vansittart Bay.

DAY 3: Napier Broome Bay
Relax onboard as we cruise across Napier Broome Bay. Mid morning there is an opportunity for a beach walk to a historic Indonesian Trepang site for an insight into the lives of the early Macassan fishermen. This site stems back to the first early contact between Aboriginal tribes and the Indonesian fisherman. Late afternoon we fish the inlets and estuaries for barra, mangrove jack and we try our luck at mud-crabbing.

DAY 4: Drysdale River
Today we encounter one of the longest rivers in the Kimberley (432km), the Drysdale. Spend the day exploring the spectacular palm-studded landscape and the rapids of the Drysdale area. Join our guides on a scenic tender excursion to witness crocodiles, flying foxes and many species of bird life, which thrive in these delta islands. Then enjoy a swim in secluded rock pools. Late afternoon walk on a deserted beach or try to catch a barramundi, with many great “snags” to fish around.

DAY 5: Glycosmis Falls, Pangali Cove, Koolama Bay
Early morning cruise around Cape Londonderry, the most northerly point of Western Australia. We then visit Glycosmis Falls to view an unbelievable Kimberley waterfall before witnessing the survivors camp at Pangali Cove where you can enjoy a freshwater dip beneath a waterfall. In the afternoon we visit Koolama Bay, where the vessel ‘Koolama’ was beached in February 1942, following the attack by the Japanese in World War II. The passengers were taken ashore on orders by the ship’s master and many had to walk overland on an epic cross-country trek.

DAY 6: King George River
At high tide, we cross the sandbars of the King George River, for a breathtaking cruise along this majestic cathedral-like gorge. This incredible scenery unfolds as we approach the King George Falls, a dual waterfall that has an uninterrupted vertical drop of over 80m, making it one of the tallest waterfalls in Western Australia. The Kimberley Quest II is able to cruise to the base of the twin falls for a refreshing ‘shower’, Kimberley style! For those intrepid adventurers, you may climb to the top for a breathtaking vista of the river below, a truly humbling experience as you appreciate the immensity of this untamed landscape, followed by a refreshing dip. Overnight we anchor just metres away from the falls, with tranquil sounds and an extraordinary view from the bow.

DAY 7: Berkeley River, Cambridge Gulf
Early morning we cruise up the Berkeley River, taking in the numerous waterfalls and ancient sandstone escarpments. Take an excursion with our knowledgeable guides to go crocodile-spotting and bird watching or try your luck at fishing. Marvel at the amphitheatre waterfalls and then cool off in beautiful freshwater pools. Late afternoon we take a tender excursion up to the back of the Berkeley River, where the saltwater meets the freshwater. Fish off the flat rocks for barramundi which are lurking in the rapids, alternatively walk to a fresh water pool to enjoy a relaxing dip. Savour your last evening under the Kimberley skies as we cruise towards Cambridge Gulf, journey through the night towards the townsite of Wyndham.

DAY 8: Wyndham Port, Kununurra
Arrive into Wyndham Port early morning. Enjoy your last breakfast onboard before saying goodbye to the crew of the Kimberley Quest II. Board a courtesy coach at 7.30am for transfer to Kununurra (100kms), arriving at approximately 9.00am.

Scenic Helicopter flights available on request

This is only a suggested itinerary. Due to the vast tidal movements and remote terrain of the Kimberley region, Pearl Sea Coastal Cruises cannot guarantee that the itinerary will remain the same. However, during the time you spend with us you will experience many more spectacular places not listed on the itinerary. There will be plenty of opportunities to catch fresh fish for the table as well as land and sightseeing excursions to many untouched places.

 

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