Broome to Darwin Cruises

A trip to Western Australia is not complete without a Broome to Darwin Kimberley cruise. One of the most magical and awe-inspiring parts of Australia, with Discovery One, you can travel the spectacular coastline and visit the magnificent King George River and its sandstone cliffs, the stunning Sampson Inlet, the Horizontal Falls of Talbot Bay, the freshwater swimming holes and billabongs of Camp Creek, and so much more! Our Broome to Darwin cruises are an unforgettable experience just waiting for you to join.

We saw places and scenery which aren’t featured in any brochures but should be. We saw parts of the Kimberley which only an experienced crew, in a shallow draft vessel, with fit-for-purpose tenders, can get passengers in to see. Totally loved every minute and the crew were fabulous.

Kimberley Cruises Broome to Darwin

We have a range of magnificent Kimberley cruises through wild and grandiose landscapes that are guaranteed to take your breath away. Immerse yourself in a world of captivating bays, serene inlets, pristine beaches, vibrant reefs, winding rivers, and the breathtaking spectacle of cascading waterfalls. We invite you to witness the raw beauty of the Kimberley in its most authentic form with our Kimberley cruises from Broome to Darwin.

Experience the waterfalls at the end of the wet season on this 13-night cruise around the Kimberley coast. Arrive to the Berkeley River via a seaplane flight from Kununurra. The aerial scenery is gorgeous! You’ll visit the majestic twin falls of the King George, Glycosmis and Berkeley Falls and more. This cruise also runs from Darwin to Broome.

Discovery One | Kimberley Cruises

A 9-night cruise travelling Derby and the Hunter River with exciting activities. Forget a scenic helicopter flight, we’ll take you up in a seaplane, landing on the Hunter River. View the stunning Mitchell Falls from the air as you fly from Kununurra to Mitchell Plateau. This cruise also runs from Darwin to Broome.

Kimberley cruises seaplane arrival

Our final season cruise delves into the wild northern coastline, uncovering the estuaries and waterways of the King George and Berkeley Rivers. Witness numerous bird species and marine life as you journey the rugged coastline and waterways of the Kimberley on this 13-night adventure.

Discovery One | Kimberley Cruises

Broome to Darwin Cruise - Let’s see where you are travelling!

Embark on an extraordinary journey through the North West of Western Australia’s most captivating coastal landscapes. Our Kimberley cruises from Broome to Darwin are more than voyages – they are transformative experiences that immerse you in the awe-inspiring wonders of the Kimberley. Admire curious wildlife, impressive rock formations, hidden reefs, stunning bays and more on this journey of a lifetime…

BROOME & DERBY

After one night’s accommodation in Broome a coach will pick up guests early in the morning and transfer you to Derby Jetty. After you have been welcomed on board with a drink and some information from the Captain, you can settle into your cabin, familiarise yourself with the boat and enjoy the scenery as we cruise to the top of King Sound.

 

SILICA BEACH

Near the entrance to King Sound lies Silica Beach which boasts pure white sands and clear blue water. It’s the kind of beach one imagines should be found on an island paradise. It’s a lovely place to take a dip in the shallows.

 

TALBOT BAY & THE HORIZONTAL FALLS

Talbot Bay is home to the famous Horizontal Falls (and the eighth wonder of the natural world according to Sir David Attenborough himself). The region’s massive tides create a spectacular scene, sending huge volumes of water pouring through two narrow chasms in the land formation when the tides reach peak flow in both rising and falling conditions. With up to 10m of height difference between the waters of each of the two inland bays and the sea, water gushes through the two chasms creating a mass of whirlpools and raging currents. In Cyclone Creek, the incredible marine life includes impressive Tawny Nurse sharks which often come to greet Discovery One.

 

MONTGOMERY REEF

North West of Raft Point and the popular Red Cone Creek and Ruby Falls is Montgomery Reef. This 400 sq km reef can emerge up to 4m above the waterline at low tide, creating a visual spectacle of waterfalls and sea life. Several small islands dot the reef and support rich mangroves, crocodiles, turtles, birds and fish.

 

SAMPSON INLET

Further north is Sampson Inlet which leads into a monsoonal rainforest pocket with almost permanent fresh water. Many previous passengers have called this the most beautiful spot on the Kimberley coast. Keen photographers should remember their cameras!

 

HANOVER BAY & CAMDEN HARBOUR

Within Hanover Bay are the pristine sands of Hanover Beach. It is here, in 1838, where Lt. George Grey unloaded his Timor ponies and began the first land-based expedition of North West Australia in search of the great inland sea. The journey soon ended when he was speared by Aborigines. Despite this, Lt Grey reported back positively describing the area as ‘lush and fertile’. This glowing report encouraged a group of optimistic farmers to establish a new settlement in Camden Harbour in 1864. This was a total disaster from the start. The ruins of that settlement, which lasted only 9 months, can still be seen and the graves of some of these tough pioneers can be found on nearby Sheep Island.

 

ST GEORGE BASIN & THE PRINCE REGENT RIVER

Within the St George Basin are two flat-topped hills, Mt Trafalgar and Mt Waterloo, which provide a spectacular backdrop as you cruise to the mouth of the Prince Regent River. This river is the eroded remains of the longest single straight lineament in Australia, making it yet another geological wonder. Get your camera ready as you experience some spectacular scenery, flora and fauna on our journey down this remote and pristine waterway, concluding at the majestic King Cascade Falls. This magnificent site is where American model, Ginger Meadows, was fatally attacked by a crocodile in 1987, a horror story that has been retold around the world. Keep an eye out for crocodiles as you view these magnificent falls which cascade over fern-covered tiers in breathtaking splendour.

 

CAREENING BAY

Careening Bay is within the southern part of Nelson Bay where, in 1820, Phillip Parker King careened the vessel HMC ‘Mermaid’ for repairs whilst surveying the Australian coastline. His carpenter carved the vessel’s name into an ancient boab tree which is still visible today.

 

YORK SOUND AND THE HUNTER RIVER

Prince Frederick Harbour lies within York Sound and it is here that we find the Roe and Hunter River estuaries. This area boasts sensational scenery, with cathedral-like gorges and eroded sandstone features such as the Indian Head at the entrance to the Hunter River.

 

KING GEORGE RIVER

The King George River flows into Koolama Bay and is bordered by wonderful sandstone coloured cliffs. It is here you will see the spectacular King George Falls; the tallest falls in Western Australia. Be prepared for a shower! At this time of year the spray from the falls reach up to 500 metres down the gorge and the thundering falls add further excitement.

 

KOOLAMA BAY

Originally named Rulhieres Bay, Koolama Bay was re-named for the ill-fated 340ft vessel ‘Koolama’ that was attacked by the Japanese during WWII. After the attack she made her way into the Bay, dropped off her passengers and then travelled to Wyndham where she sank after another bombing raid.

 

THE BERKELEY RIVER

The stunning red ochre cliffs bordering the Berkeley River dominate the scenery as we cruise through this magical region of beautiful waterfalls and freshwater pools. The Berkeley has extensive smaller creeks feeding into it and drains the Seppelt and Collison Ranges and Gardner Plateau.

 

HUNTER RIVER, MITCHELL PLATEAU & KUNUNURRA

You will be greeted this morning by seaplane which will ferry you to Mitchell Plateau via a scenic fly over the Mitchell Falls. At the Plateau you will change to a fixed wing aircraft and then enjoy a scenic flight to Kununurra Airport and arrive in time for your afternoon flight to Darwin.

BROOME & DERBY

After one night’s accommodation in Broome a coach will pick up guests early in the morning and transfer you to Derby Jetty. After you have been welcomed on board with a drink and some information from the Captain, you can settle into your cabin, familiarise yourself with the boat and enjoy the scenery as we cruise to the top of King Sound.

 

SILICA BEACH

Near the entrance to King Sound lies Silica Beach which boasts pure white sands and clear blue water. It’s the kind of beach one imagines should be found on an island paradise. It’s a lovely place to take a dip in the shallows.

 

TALBOT BAY & THE HORIZONTAL FALLS

Talbot Bay is home to the famous Horizontal Falls (and the eighth wonder of the natural world according to Sir David Attenborough himself). The region’s massive tides create a spectacular scene, sending huge volumes of water pouring through two narrow chasms in the land formation when the tides reach peak flow in both rising and falling conditions. With up to 10m of height difference between the waters of each of the two inland bays and the sea, water gushes through the two chasms creating a mass of whirlpools and raging currents. In Cyclone Creek, the incredible marine life includes impressive Tawny Nurse sharks which often come to greet Discovery One.

 

MONTGOMERY REEF

North West of Raft Point and the popular Red Cone Creek and Ruby Falls is Montgomery Reef. This 400 sq km reef can emerge up to 4m above the waterline at low tide, creating a visual spectacle of waterfalls and sea life. Several small islands dot the reef and support rich mangroves, crocodiles, turtles, birds and fish.

 

SAMPSON INLET

Further north is Sampson Inlet which leads into a monsoonal rainforest pocket with almost permanent fresh water. Many previous passengers have called this the most beautiful spot on the Kimberley coast. Keen photographers should remember their cameras!

 

HANOVER BAY & CAMDEN HARBOUR

Within Hanover Bay are the pristine sands of Hanover Beach. It is here, in 1838, where Lt. George Grey unloaded his Timor ponies and began the first land-based expedition of North West Australia in search of the great inland sea. The journey soon ended when he was speared by Aborigines. Despite this, Lt Grey reported back positively describing the area as ‘lush and fertile’. This glowing report encouraged a group of optimistic farmers to establish a new settlement in Camden Harbour in 1864. This was a total disaster from the start. The ruins of that settlement, which lasted only 9 months, can still be seen and the graves of some of these tough pioneers can be found on nearby Sheep Island.

 

ST GEORGE BASIN & THE PRINCE REGENT RIVER

Within the St George Basin are two flat-topped hills, Mt Trafalgar and Mt Waterloo, which provide a spectacular backdrop as you cruise to the mouth of the Prince Regent River. This river is the eroded remains of the longest single straight lineament in Australia, making it yet another geological wonder. Get your camera ready as you experience some spectacular scenery, flora and fauna on our journey down this remote and pristine waterway, concluding at the majestic King Cascade Falls. This magnificent site is where American model, Ginger Meadows, was fatally attacked by a crocodile in 1987, a horror story that has been retold around the world. Keep an eye out for crocodiles as you view these magnificent falls which cascade over fern-covered tiers in breathtaking splendour.

 

YORK SOUND AND THE HUNTER RIVER

Prince Frederick Harbour lies within York Sound and it is here that we find the Roe and Hunter River estuaries. This area boasts sensational scenery, with cathedral-like gorges and eroded sandstone features such as the Indian Head at the entrance to the Hunter River.

 

HUNTER RIVER, MITCHELL PLATEAU & KUNUNURRA

You will be greeted this morning by seaplane which will ferry you to Mitchell Plateau via a scenic fly over the Mitchell Falls. At the Plateau you will change to a fixed wing aircraft and then enjoy a scenic flight to Kununurra Airport and arrive in time for your afternoon flight with AirNorth to Darwin.

 

BROOME & DERBY

After a night’s accommodation in Broome you will be picked up by a bus and transferred to Derby to board Discovery One. Enjoy a welcoming drink and a briefing by the Captain before you settle in, become familiar with your surroundings and relax as we cruise to the top of King Sound and the start of the Buccaneer Archipelago. You are about to begin the journey of a lifetime!

 

SILICA BEACH

Near the entrance to King Sound lies Silica Beach which boasts pure white sands and clear blue water. It’s the kind of beach one imagines should be found on an island paradise. It’s a lovely place to take a dip in the shallows.

 

TALBOT BAY & THE HORIZONTAL FALLS

Talbot Bay is home to the famous Horizontal Falls (and the eighth wonder of the natural world according to Sir David Attenborough himself). The region’s massive tides create a spectacular scene, sending huge volumes of water pouring through two narrow chasms in the land formation when the tides reach peak flow in both rising and falling conditions. With up to 10m of height difference between the waters of each of the two inland bays and the sea, water gushes through the two chasms creating a mass of whirlpools and raging currents. In Cyclone Creek, the incredible marine life includes impressive Tawny Nurse sharks which often come to greet Discovery One.

 

MONTGOMERY REEF

North West of Raft Point and the popular Red Cone Creek and Ruby Falls is Montgomery Reef. This 400 sq km reef can emerge up to 4m above the waterline at low tide, creating a visual spectacle of waterfalls and sea life. Several small islands dot the reef and support rich mangroves, crocodiles, turtles, birds and fish.

 

SAMPSON INLET

Further north is Sampson Inlet which leads into a monsoonal rainforest pocket with almost permanent fresh water. Many previous passengers have called this the most beautiful spot on the Kimberley coast. Keen photographers should remember their cameras!

 

HANOVER BAY & CAMDEN HARBOUR

Within Hanover Bay are the pristine sands of Hanover Beach. It is here, in 1838, where Lt. George Grey unloaded his Timor ponies and began the first land-based expedition of North West Australia in search of the great inland sea. The journey soon ended when he was speared by Aborigines. Despite this, Lt Grey reported back positively describing the area as ‘lush and fertile’. This glowing report encouraged a group of optimistic farmers to establish a new settlement in Camden Harbour in 1864. This was a total disaster from the start. The ruins of that settlement, which lasted only 9 months, can still be seen and the graves of some of these tough pioneers can be found on nearby Sheep Island.

 

ST GEORGE BASIN & THE PRINCE REGENT RIVER

Within the St George Basin are two flat-topped hills, Mt Trafalgar and Mt Waterloo, which provide a spectacular backdrop as you cruise to the mouth of the Prince Regent River. This river is the eroded remains of the longest single straight lineament in Australia, making it yet another geological wonder. Get your camera ready as you experience some spectacular scenery, flora and fauna on our journey down this remote and pristine waterway, concluding at the majestic King Cascade Falls. This magnificent site is where American model, Ginger Meadows, was fatally attacked by a crocodile in 1987, a horror story that has been retold around the world. Keep an eye out for crocodiles as you view these magnificent falls which cascade over fern-covered tiers in breathtaking splendour.

 

YORK SOUND AND THE HUNTER RIVER

Prince Frederick Harbour lies within York Sound and it is here that we find the Roe and Hunter River estuaries. This area boasts sensational scenery, with cathedral-like gorges and eroded sandstone features such as the Indian Head at the entrance to the Hunter River.

 

CAREENING BAY

Careening Bay is within the southern part of Nelson Bay where, in 1820, Phillip Parker King careened the vessel HMC ‘Mermaid’ for repairs whilst surveying the Australian coastline. His carpenter carved the vessel’s name into an ancient boab tree which is still visible today.

 

KOOLAMA BAY

Originally named Rulhieres Bay, Koolama Bay was re-named for the ill-fated 340ft vessel ‘Koolama’ that was attacked by the Japanese during WWII. After the attack she made her way into the Bay, dropped off her passengers and then travelled to Wyndham where she sank after another bombing raid.

 

THE BERKELEY RIVER

The stunning red ochre cliffs bordering the Berkeley River dominate the scenery as we cruise through this magical region of beautiful waterfalls and freshwater pools. The Berkeley has extensive smaller creeks feeding into it and drains the Seppelt and Collison Ranges and Gardner Plateau.

 

WYNDHAM, KUNUNURRA & DARWIN

It is here that your exceptional adventure along the Kimberley Coast concludes. A bus will be waiting to take you to Kununurra for a short tour and lunch prior to your afternoon flight to Darwin.

These itineraries list all the places you can reasonably expect to visit on your cruise between Derby and Wyndham. It is likely, however, that there will be additional places of interest visited on the actual cruise, time and tides allowing, which is why we prefer not to give you a day-by-day itinerary. The Captain aims to maximise the cruising experience for all passengers, so he will decide when and where he will take you during your cruise along the Kimberley coast. In this sense, every cruise is a little different and each passenger’s experience is unique.

Embark on unrivalled adventures with us

Set sail on an extraordinary journey with Discovery One, a 25-metre, family-owned catamaran boasting over two decades of legacy in the Kimberley region. Crafted for stability and shallow draft, this vessel grants access to secluded waterways and coastal treasures that larger boats can't reach. Onboard, our passionate crew ensures your comfort, with air-conditioned cabins to keep you cool during your travels.


Your cruise from Broome to Darwin is a symphony of curated experiences. Scenic flights (either via helicopter or seaplane) provide breathtaking aerial views of this vast landscape. Enjoy the flexibility of tailored itineraries, allowing you to immerse yourself in the Kimberley's diverse wonders. Engage in daily excursions, from serene exploration to thrilling jet boat rides through the Horizontal Falls. Unveil lesser-known havens guided by an experienced Captain, ensuring solitude amidst the stunning landscapes.


Discovery One is not merely a vessel – it's your passport to an exceptional Kimberley adventure. Revel in authenticity, comfort, and flexibility, as this family-owned gem promises an unforgettable journey through the heart of Australia's natural beauty.

Kimberley Map

venture this way

We move people between Darwin and Broome, or Broome to Broome, but we don’t cruise you all that way. We incorporate flights to get you in and out of the heart of the Kimberley quickly, so the time you spend with us is spent exploring and doing the exciting stuff. Follow the lines on the map to see where each package travels from/to. Note, as we are a small boat, we always hug the coast (lines are for illustrative purposes only).

Kimberley Cruise Packages

Why choose our cruises from Broome To Darwin?

With over two decades of family-owned heritage to share with you, each carefully curated expedition cruise unveils the region’s finest as you cruise the Kimberley to Darwin with Discovery One.

Packaged tours include coach transfers, a seaplane flight, comfortable accommodation, daily excursions in the adventure boats, all your meals onboard and free daily laundry service. 

With an experienced crew and tailor-made options, we invite you to become part of our extended Discovery One family, exploring the Kimberley’s grandeur and history firsthand. The Kimberley is vast, (the coastline is the same size as the state of Victoria) and one visit will leave you wanting more.

Our Kimberley tour company has welcomed many return passengers, some on their third or fourth expedition – sometimes returning for our Darwin to Broome cruise, experiencing the magic from the opposite direction. So cruise the Kimberley from Broome to Darwin aboard Discovery One.

Broome to Darwin cruise FAQs

Private excursions are not included in our cruise packages, but our itinerary includes a variety of captivating activities and experiences that showcase the amazing Kimberley scenery.

You can reserve your spot here. Click the Book Now tab at the top of this page or contact our friendly customer service team on 1800 996 717 to ask about available dates, pricing, and any specific requirements you may have.

Yes, you can elect to stay on, or arrive early into Kununurra and explore the Bungle Bungles (Purnululu National Park), Lake Argyle, El Questro, the diamond mines and other local attractions.  We can accommodate your vehicles if driving, or you can elect to fly directly from Perth to Kununurra. A $250 per person flight credit is available if you don’t need a seat on the Darwin to Kununurra group flight.

Your accommodation is well-tailored for your comfort after a full day of incredible adventure. Cabins onboard accommodate a maximum of two people and are either a double bed or two single beds. There are no bunk beds.

With a legacy of two decades, Discovery One has become an integral part of the Kimberley community, offering a responsible and sustainable way to experience the region’s natural beauty while supporting local economies.

While they are available, alcoholic beverages are not included in this package.