Hunter River Adventure
Darwin to Broome / Broome to Darwin
10 Night Package
 


from $9,490 / per person twin share

Fly over the fascinating delta country near Kununurra in a fixed wing aircraft. Enjoy a scenic flight over Mitchell Falls in a seaplane and land in the sheltered water of the Hunter River. Experience 9 nights aboard Discovery One exploring the hidden gems of the Kimberley.

What's included

  • Flight between Darwin and Kununurra on package date (*or receive a $250pp flight credit and make your own travel arrangements to/from Kununurra
  • First night’s accommodation -  Broome Cruises 14 & 16, or Kununurra Cruises 15 & 17 and Airport transfers
  • Scenic fixed wing flight between Kununurra and Mitchell Plateau
  • Seaplane flight between Mitchell Plateau and the Hunter River – includes a scenic flight over the Mitchell Falls
  • 9 nights aboard Discovery One cruising between the Hunter River and Derby
  • Coach transfer between Derby and Broome
  • DRIVING OPTION: Leave your vehicles safely stored in Kununurra or Broome. Use the $250pp flight credit and make your own travel arrangements between Kununurra and Broome.  Air North and Nexus fly most days or there is a Greyhound bus. 

August / September 2024

Cruise 14:

Thursday 22 August – Sunday 1 September. Broome to Darwin. Download Itinerary

Cruise 15:

Saturday 31 August – Tuesday 10 September. Download Itinerary

Cruise 16:

Wednesday 11 – Saturday 21 September.  Broome to Darwin.  Download Itinerary

Cruise 17:

Friday 20 – Monday 30 September. Darwin to Broome.  Download Itinerary

“The cruise was a wonderful combination of scenic and marine."

Broome & Derby
After one night’s accommodation in Broome a coach will pick up guests early on 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.
Broome & Derby
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.
Silica Beach
Talbot Bay & the Horizontal Falls
Talbot Bay is home to the famous Horizontal Falls. 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.
Talbot Bay & the Horizontal Falls
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.
Montgomery Reef
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!
Sampson Inlet
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.
Hanover Bay & Camden Harbour
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 cameras ready as you experience some magnificent scenery, flora and fauna on our journey down this remote and pristine waterway, concluding at the majestic King Cascade Falls. This spectacular site is where American model, Ginger Meadows, was fatally attacked by a crocodile in 1987, a horror story which 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.
St George Basin & the Prince Regent River
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.
York Sound and 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.
Hunter River, Mitchell Plateau & Kununurra
Something Extra… This itinerary lists all the places you can reasonably expect to visit on your cruise in no particular order. 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. It is the Captain’s aim to maximize the cruising experience for all passengers by viewing sites at the best time; so he will decide when and where he will take you during your 9 nights on the Kimberley coast. In this sense, every cruise is a little different and each passenger’s experience unique.