|Day||Ports of call||Arrival||Departure|
|Total length of cruise: 13 nights|
Join the coach transfer in Kununurra - your “welcome aboard” the magnificent True NORTH will be in the frontier town of Wyndham. Embarkation is at 1700 – time for a cocktail with your 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.
As soon as the tide is high enough, you’ll cross the sand bar at the mouth of the mighty King George to reveal a breathtaking river vista. Your journey upstream will take you to the very ‘jewel in the crown’ - The King George Falls. Here the ship anchor at the base of the Twin Falls and you will find endless places to explore. Climb or take the helicopter to the top of the falls for a cruise highlight. In the afternoon learn the history of the wreck of the Koolama and take a stroll at Tranquil Bay.
Explore the Drysdale and catch one of your favourite fish, the impressive mangrove jack! The expedition boats will head ‘up-river’ on a barra 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!
Today you will have an opportunity to see the “Bradshaws” - ancient rock art that pre-dates other examples of Aboriginal culture. In fact, they are possibly the oldest ‘paintings’ known to man. The heli-picnic at Eagle Falls is always a ‘big hit’ - another breathtaking helicopter flight and, True NORTH’s mouth-watering fare alongside a picture-perfect waterfall in remote far-north Western Australia! The tenders will be busy exploring local beaches and rivers and, you will also visit an isolated site in the rainforest where a lone bomber crashed during WWII.
The Mitchell River is renowned for big barra and even bigger crocs! The expedition boats will head up river to the scenic Surveyors Creek - a great place for a swim (no crocs here!) 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! Then, join the crew for cocktail hour before experiencing another unique dining experience.
No time to dally – after an early morning breakfast it’s time to join the ‘hunt for the black-lip oyster’. In fact – their much-talked about proportions render them not hard to find at all! Savour their unique taste direct from the rock – aside from some freshly squeezed lemon, you can’t get much more a la naturale than that! 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 you will explore Voltaire Passage and the many surrounding islands. Back on board, the crew will explain the intriguing process of pearl farming.Then join the 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.
The Roe River - another great opportunity to catch a barra as you explore a river that boasts one of the highest crocodile counts in the Kimberley! The Roe was named after the first Surveyor-General of Western Australia - John Septimus Roe conducted numerous expeditions along the Kimberley coast between 1829 & 1849 and the ship’s helicopter will dramatically demonstrate the maze of creeks and endless coast that the early explorers encountered! In the afternoon you will sail into Prince Frederick Harbour and enjoy sunset drinks on Art Island.
Wake this morning in the magnificent Hunter River. The Hunter is about as far away as you 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. And, the Hunter has it all - fishing, mud crabbing, bird-watching and simply exploring “where few have been before!” Join one of the
expedition boats for a closer look, it’s only a short hike to Jackson Falls and, there’s even more splendour from the helicopter!
Our first stop this morning is one of the Kimberley’s most historic sites – Phillip Parker King’s boab tree. And then it’s onto the mighty Prince Regent! The scenery will astound and there will be some ‘not to be missed’ fishing action as the True NORTH graces this majestic river! At Kings Cascades you manoeuvre the True NORTH right under the falls before another breathtaking helicopter flight to a picnic that you’ll never forget – True North’s mouth-watering cuisine alongside a crystal clear billabong – in one of the most remote places on earth! The helicopter will also be popular when the first group of intrepid explorers returns from Jurassic Park! Then you’ll rejoin the True NORTH for an overnight anchorage off Camp Creek.
The early-risers will be treated to a heli-flight with a difference – a champagne sunrise on the top of a mountain! Then it’s time for more ‘adventure in the tenders’ – a chance to stretch the laces on your hiking boots and an opportunity to swim in yet another picture perfect billabong. The more adventurous will use the helicopter to fish the most secret billabongs and everyone will find their own special place in the mighty Regent.
This morning is devoted to exploring the Sale River. Fish the mouth for barra and then join naturalists and adventurers alike as you ‘ride the tide’ on a classic river expedition! Enjoy a swim in your very own billabong before returning to the ultimate comfort of the True NORTH. You will probably be enjoying lunch as you weigh anchor and set sail for Montgomery Reef! Montgomery is a unique eco-system that must be seen to be believed – and see it you will – 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 everyimaginable sea creature abound and the helicopter putsall in perspective!
Start the day with some more hot fishing action – this time at “Three Ways. A short lunchtime cruise will deliver all aboard to the impressive silhouette of Raft Point. Here, join crew and guest alike for a moderate climb to an art gallery with a difference and, the well-preserved Raft Point Wandjina paintings.
It’s time to ‘personally’ introduce you to another Kimberley icon – 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! Enjoy a swim at Crocodile Creek and a walk on Silica Beach. All too soon your adventure on the True NORTH is coming to an end – enjoy a farewell dinner to remember as the True NORTH glides past Cockatoo & Koolan Islands, Cape Leveque and down the Dampier Peninsula to Broome!
The arrival in Broome is in time for an early morning coach transfer to your accommodation or connecting flights – thecrew are already looking forward to the next opportunity to welcome you aboard the True NORTH!
For 26 years the Kimberley Ultimate Wilderness Cruise has been the flagship product of North Star Cruises, and they are justly proud of the fine blend of adventure, luxury and service they deliver to the guests on this thousand nautical mile voyage from Wyndham to Broome.
- All expedition boat excursions & activities
- All transfers to/from True North
- Superb fine dining
- Non-alcoholic refreshments throughout the day
- All fishing & snorkeling equipment
- Cylinders & weight belts (on dive trips)
*Scenic helicopter flights & alcohol are additional.
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|Vessel: True North||Length: 164ft|
|Year: 2005||Draft: 7.20ft|
|Cruising speed: 14kn||Crew: 20|
|Electricity: 240V||Expedition Vessels: 6|
|Length: 50 metres||Passenger Capacity: 36|
|In-Cabin Entertainment||Observation Lounge|
|Satellite Telephone||Ship's Lounge|
ABOUT North Star Cruises Australia
Located on the upper deck – Explorer Class cabins feature a king size double (that can be converted to singles) and a twin basin en-suite. Cabin size is 15 square metres.
Other features include large panoramic windows, amenities fridge, in-cabin entertainment and satellite telephone.
Located on the lower deck – Ocean Class cabins feature roomy singles and en-suite. Cabin size is approximately 12 square metres.
Other features include 2 portholes, in-cabin entertainment and satellite telephone.
Located on the middle deck – River Class cabins feature a king size double (that can be converted to singles) and en-suite.
Other features include large panoramic windows, in-cabin entertainment and satellite telephone.
The platform for dining on-board the True North is sustainable, organic and very Australian cuisine. The ship’s menus are also destination inspired and feature the very best of locally sourced ingredients.
Signature dishes might include the revered barramundi, mud crabs cooked on the beach at sunset and, Spanish mackerel served as sashimi in the ship’s lounge.
Whilst cruising in the Kimberley, hometown highlights can include delicious mangrove jack and finger-mark bream, seasonal yellow-fin tuna, Yeeda estate beef, more than 20 different varieties of Kimberley honey and mangos from Broome, West Australian lamb and Margret River black pig.
Located on Main Deck deck
Located on Lower Deck
If you’re looking for experienced and knowledgeable fishing instructors look no further than the guides aboard the True North. Regardless of whether you are a beginner or an ‘expert’, you will benefit from our ‘local’ knowledge ensuring unequalled opportunity from the remote Kimberley to untouched West Papua and the rarely fished islands of the Eyre Peninsula.
Located on Lower Deck
Adding yet another dimension to adventure, most cruise itineraries on the True North also feature an onboard helicopter!
Carrying guests in air conditioned comfort, the ship’s helicopter provides unique opportunity to witness grandeur; unique opportunity to fish billabongs that have never been fished; unique opportunity to discover your very own wilderness! Now it’s not uncommon for the guests to embark with some uncertainty about flying in a helicopter – however it’s always a different story when the time comes for disembarkation.
Ask about the True North's ‘heli-picnics’ - these are an unforgettable way to enjoy the quintessential Aussie barbeque!
Additional charges apply
Located on Upper Deck
Your cruise aboard the magnificent True North will feature specialist guides and a naturalist. The ship’s naturalist will present entertaining and engaging interpretative sessions within the wilderness area of exploration. Every cruise aboard True North presents an exclusive opportunity to travel with our highly respected experts. They will present a full and exciting commentary on art, culture, history, flora and fauna of the Kimberley region, West Papua & Papua New Guinea as well as other stunning destinations along the Australian coastline.
Located on Upper Deck
True North Photos
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North Star Cruises – Terms and Conditions
Adventures on the True North include all expedition boat excursions & activities, superb fine dining and non-alcoholic refreshments throughout the day, all fishing & snorkeling equipment and cylinders & weight belts (on dive trips). Complimentary café style coffees and tea are available all day. Scenic helicopter flights & alcohol are additional.
A completed booking form and a 25% non-refundable deposit are required to confirm your reservation. An additional Cruise Republic deposit of $50 per adult is also payable.
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If a booking is cancelled less than 90 days prior to departure, or, if a passenger fails to arrive, the total cruise value is forfeited.
North Star Cruises cannot accept any responsibility for the actions of any carrier that might result in the purchaser failing to observe a booking condition.
North Star Cruises strongly recommends that passengers arrange adequate cancellation insurance.
Deferring travel is not permitted. All other changes for a confirmed booking will incur a $250 per person amendment fee.
Singles Share Policy
Cabin accommodation is based on double occupancy. Sole occupancy can be requested on the basis of 2 fares less 20% in EVERY cabin type available. If your booking is for a Willing to Share berth the passenger pays the single berth rate. This option is available ONLY in the Ocean Class Twin cabins. A same sex room mate may be assigned to the booked cabin.
Generally BYO drinks are not permitted onboard as the True North operates a licensed bar. However, passengers may be permitted to BYO drinks in instances where the desired drink is not available from the ship’s bar but ONLY with prior written approval. Corkage will be applied to all BYO drinks.
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Loss of Deposit *#
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100% Cancellation Fees *#
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|Deck||Cabin Type||Cabin Code|
|Lower Deck view||Ocean Class view||Ocean||N/A||$21665||N/A||N/A||Enquire Now|
|Main Deck view||River Class view||River||N/A||$25605||N/A||N/A||Enquire Now|
|Upper Deck view||Explorer Class view||Explorer||N/A||$29545||N/A||N/A||Enquire Now|
*Please note: All prices featured are in AUD (unless otherwise stated), and include port taxes, government taxes and fees. Prices and availability are subject to change due to changes made by the Cruise Companies.