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  • 8 days/7 nights
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  • From $11,095 / person
  • (Varying single supplement)

Delight in this Luxury Australia Cruise!

Discover one of the world’s last great wilderness areas on a small ship luxury cruise. Watch wild waters plunge down the Horizontal Falls from a birds-eye view in a helicopter. Explore Kimberly rivers on classic river expeditions. Take in spectacular waterfalls and awe-inspiring gorges in style. From champagne sunrises to private billabongs your Australian small ship cruise will not fail to delight.

  • Custom Vacations
  • Cultural
  • Hiking
  • Small Ship
  • Snorkeling / Swimming
  • Wine / Gourmet

Activity Level: Moderately Easy

About
This Tour

Experience hidden oases, rich rainforests, and awesome waterfalls on an eight-day Australian cruise aboard the luxurious True North on an Australian cruise through the waterways of Kimberley.

  • Enjoy an incredible helicopter trip and thrilling tender (small motor boat) ride through the Horizontal Falls, a natural phenomenon where tidal pools move quickly through two narrow, close-set gorges giving the appearance of a horizontal waterfall
  • Take a refreshing dip in a secluded billabong
  • Marvel at some of the oldest art in the world, "The Bradshaws," a group of traditional cave paintings with mysterious origins
  • Try your hand at mud crabbing in the stunning Hunter River
  • Hike (or helicopter) to the top of King George Falls and reward yourself with stunning vistas
  • Sip on a fantastic glass of Australian wine as you watch the sunset from one of the ship's observation lounges

This was a great experience - nourishment for the soul.

Sharon Lehr Pittsburg, PA

Itinerary
& Map

Tour Itinerary

8 days/7 nights

Broome, Western Australia

Day 1: Broome / Yampi Sound
Meals Included:  D
Overnight: MV True North

Your “welcome aboard” the magnificent True North is in the pearling port of Broome.

  • Embarkation is at 5:00 PM – time for a cocktail with your fellow adventurers before departing at approximately 6:30 PM
  • Dinner is served shortly after leaving port for the overnight cruise to Yampi Sound

About the MV True North
The True North allows discerning adventurers to experience wilderness in surroundings more akin to one of the world’s most exclusive hotels! Guests are able to take advantage of a number of lavish vantage points including a sundeck, a forward observation lounge, a ship’s lounge and an alfresco bar. The ship’s naturalist presents interpretative information on plasma screens and an internet café enables convenient communication with the outside world.

A popular venue on any North Star cruise, the lower deck dining room offers the ultimate in comfort and uninterrupted vista – large panoramic windows ensure that guests never miss any of the action, even when they are enjoying the ‘finest in fine dining’. All cabins feature stylish décor, en-suite facilities, in-house entertainment and satellite telephones. The Explorer Class staterooms and the River Class cabins offer king size beds that can be converted to singles and the Ocean Class twins feature roomy single beds.

Multiple expedition boats provide guests with greater opportunity to do ‘what they want, when they want,” and to add yet another dimension to adventure, your cruise features an onboard helicopter! The purpose behind building the True North was to allow guests to explore the upper reaches of shallow river systems. You only need step out of your cabin to experience wilderness, and the latest in computer controlled motion stabilizers ensures a comfortable ride.

You may choose between 3 types of cabins:

  • Explorer Class Stateroom: 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 50 square feet. Other features include large panoramic windows, amenities fridge, in-cabin entertainment and satellite telephone.
  • River Class Double: Located on the middle deck – River Class cabins feature a king size double (that can be converted into singles) and en-suite. Cabin size is similar to Explorer Class. Other features include large panoramic windows, in-cabin entertainment and satellite telephone.
  • Ocean Class Twin: Located on the lower deck – Ocean Class cabins feature roomy singles and en-suite. Cabin size is approximately 40 square feet. Other features include 2 portholes, in-cabin entertainment and satellite phone.
Day 2: Yampi Sound / The Horizontal Falls / Doubtful Bay
Yampi Sound / The Horizontal Falls / Doubtful Bay
Meals Included:  B, L, D
Overnight: MV True North

Awake to the majestic Kimberley and savor an irresistible True North breakfast as you glide past Cockatoo and Koolan Islands – your attentive crew will be happy to introduce the colorful histories of both!

Then it’s time to ‘personally’ introduce you to a 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!

Then – you will have hardly had a chance to catch your breath when, for those who can’t wait 1 minute longer, Leadline Creek will be the first opportunity to ‘land a barra’!

Before you know it, your first day onboard will be coming to an end – but there’s still time to select a fine wine and to enjoy a leisurely evening meal as we cruise to Doubtful Bay.

Day 3: Sale River / Montgomery Reef
Meals Included:  B, L, D
Overnight: MV True North

This morning is devoted to exploring the Sale River.

  • Fish the mouth for barra and then join naturalists and adventurers alike as we ‘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
  • Then, you’ll probably be enjoying lunch as we weigh anchor and cruise for another Kimberley icon – Montgomery Reef!

Montgomery is a unique ecosystem 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, dogong, manta rays and every imaginable sea creature abound and the helicopter puts all in perspective.

Day 4: Prince Regent River / Kings Cascades
Prince Regent River / Kings Cascades
Meals Included:  B, L, D
Overnight: MV True North

The early-risers will be treated to a heli-flight with a difference – a champagne sunrise on the top of a mountain!

The scenery will astound and there are some not to be missed fishing spots as the True North graces the majestic Prince Regent River. At Kings Cascades we manoeuver the True North right under the falls.

Then it’s time for more ‘adventure in the tender’ – a chance to stretch the laces on your hiking boots and an opportunity to swim in yet another picture perfect billabong.

The helicopter will be popular again when the first group of intrepid explorers returns from Jurassic Park!

Day 5: Hunter River / Jackson Falls / Naturaliste Island / Vansittart Bay
Hunter River / Jackson Falls / Naturaliste Island / Vansittart Bay
Meals Included:  B, L, D
Overnight: MV True North

If you think the Regent was good – wait till you see the Hunter!

With stunning red cliffs set behind rainforest and mangroves – the Hunter River is yet another awesome setting for fishing, mud crabbing, bird watching and just simply exploring!

It’s only a short hike to Jackson Falls and there’s even more splendor from the helicopter!

Hopefully we’ll have time for a sunset drink on Naturaliste Island and then it’s an overnight cruise to Vansittart Bay.

Day 6: “Bradshaws” / Eagle Falls / Koolama Bay
“Bradshaws” / Eagle Falls / Koolama Bay
Meals Included:  B, L, D
Overnight: MV True Noth

Today there will be an opportunity to see the “Bradshaws” – possibly the oldest art known to man.

The heli-picnic at Eagle Falls is always a ‘big hit’, the tenders will be busy exploring local beaches and creeks, and we also visit the site of a bomber that crashed during WWII.

Overnight we cruise to Koolama Bay!

Day 7: King George River & Falls / Twin Falls / Koolama Bay / Tranquil Bay / Wyndham
King George River & Falls / Twin Falls / Koolama Bay / Tranquil Bay / Wyndham
Meals Included:  B, L, D
Overnight: MV True North

Yet another mighty Kimberley river – The King George!

As soon as the tide is high enough, we’ll cross the sand bars at the mouth to reveal even more breathtaking river vista. Then, our journey upstream will take us to the very ‘jewel of the crown’ – The King George Falls.

Here we 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. Just the thought of leaving this magnificence will inspire mutiny!

Visit Koolama Bay and learn about the bombing of a state-ship during WWII, then take a stroll at Tranquil Bay before we continue onto the frontier port of Wyndham.

Day 8: Windham / Kununurra
Meals Included:  B

On the final day, your courtesy coach will arrive at approximately 8:00 AM for transfer to Kununurra and your crew will already be looking forward to the next opportunity to welcome you aboard the mighty True North.

  • This cruise is run in partnership with North Star Cruises Australia.
  • Call to inquire about our 14-day Ultimate Kimberley Adventure.

** Trip itineraries are subject to change without notice due to road, weather, water and other factors outside of our control, for the safety and enjoyment of our guests, as deemed necessary and appropriate by Austin Adventures and North Star.

Dates, Rates
& Details

Start planning your next adventure now. See the information below for the rates and selection of available dates. For additional information on dates and availability, please contact our travel specialists.

  • 8 days/7 nights
  • Next Departure: Call (800) 575-1540
  • From $11,095 / person
  • (Varying single supplement)

Additional Trip Information

Departure
  • Complimentary transfers are included in the trip price.
  • Generally, embarkation in Broome will be from 3:30 PM onward. We highly recommend guests arrive in Broome the day prior to the cruise departure or no later than noon on the day of embarkation.
  • On the day of disembarkation, at approximately 8:00 AM, a coach transfer is provided from the port of Wyndham to the town of Kununurra.
  • If connecting with an onward flight on the same day, we recommend this departs no earlier than 10:30 AM.
Activities

True North wants you to experience the Kimberley coastline, and their activity-based cruises and avoidance of extended periods at sea allow you take in all that Western Australian has to offer.

Daily activities include:

  • Scenic walks
  • Helicopter flights
  • Culture & exploring
  • Fishing
  • Snorkeling
  • Nature, and much more!

All activities are designed to your wants and desires; if you’d rather hike than snorkel, then your crew can arrange that; if you want to experience a scenic helicopter flight over King George Falls rather than climb to the vantage point, you just say the word; if you crave a fishing experience like no other and your significant other would rather spend the day basking in a picture-perfect billabong, all of this and more can be arranged in order to make your vacation absolutely perfect.

Meals

Food is always a highlight on a North Star Cruise. Hors d’oeuvres in the ship’s lounge is a not be missed daily event! Keep an eye out for succulent oysters (which you almost certainly helped collect!) and sashimi caught just hours before.

Signature dining includes freshly caught barramundi – a revered sport fish possibly caught with your very own hands, or perhaps aged Angus or delicate Wagyu beef, or exquisite Australian lamb!

Heli-picnics are an unforgettable way to enjoy the quintessential Aussie barbeque featuring a wide variety of seafood including freshly caught reef fish, local king prawns, squid, pearl meat and smoked salmon.

All meals on board the cruise: breakfasts, lunches, snacks, dinners, refreshments and receptions are included as indicated by the itinerary. (B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner).  Alcoholic beverages and related gratuities are not included in the trip price.

Included in Trip Price
  • Double occupancy cabins with private baths.
  • Superb fine dining and non-alcoholic refreshments throughout the cruise.
  • Fully trained, attentive crew and knowledgeable guides.
  • All expedition boat excursions and activities.
  • All fishing and snorkeling equipment (lures are available for purchase).
  • Austin Adventures T-shirt & luggage tags.
  • Pre-departure and packing information.
Not Included in Trip Price
  • Scenic helicopter flights.
  • Souvenir and purchases from the resort shop.
  • Guide gratuities.
  • Alcoholic beverages and related gratuities.
  • Personal valet / laundry.
  • Use of satellite phones and internet café.
  • Pre-and post-trip accommodations and associated expenses.
  • Air and land transportation to/from host cities.
  • All types of personal insurance.
  • Personal expenses.
Photos

A few more reasons why you've gotta go…

  • 1. For all of our star gazing travelers, in ideal conditions in remote parts Australia, the naked eye can see about 5,780 stars at night.
  • 2. Why do we travel by ship on this trip? Australia has 6,000 species of flies, 4,000 species of ants, and 350 species of termites. Watch out!
  • 3. Who doesn't love a little extra breathing room? Population density in Australia is calculated in square kilometers per person and not people per square kilometers.
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