The Expedition of a Lifetime – Australia’s pristine raw wilderness
by Ocean Alliance.
DAY ONE – Cygnet Bay and the Buccaneer Archipelago (Total cruising time: nil.)
After a welcome reception and tour of one of Australia’s oldest working pearl farms, you will be transferred on board via beach transfer vessel and welcomed and inducted onboard by your Crew. After your first gourmet lunch, our adventure starts with a cruise through the islands of King Sound.
You will board the tender for an excursion to the Buccaneer Archipelago to witness the ‘giant tides’. Here we watch spectacular whirlpools and overflows being generated by the impressive large tides. The exhilarating scenic tour ends back on board, relaxing at the sundeck bar to enjoy your first stunning Kimberley sunset.
DAY TWO – King Sound to Silver Gull Creek (Total cruising time approx. 6-7 hours)
We arise early departing Cygnet Bay across King Sound and on to Hidden Island. On Hidden Island is Silica Beach, the whitest beach you will encounter in the Kimberley. Made from pure white silica sand, this beach is soft and white, and the waters a spectacular turquoise. The only of its kind in the Kimberley!
After lunch onboard, and potentially spotting some majestic whales, you will have the opportunity to visit Silica Beach and spend the afternoon swimming, exploring and walking along this pristine stretch of sand.
We cruise at sunset onto our striking overnight anchorage at Silver Gull Creek.
DAY THREE – Cockatoo Island to the Horizontal Falls (Total cruising time approx. 5-6 hours)
Day 3 begins with cruising past Cockatoo and Koolan Island – both renowned for their large deposits of rich, high-grade iron ore. See the mining infrastructure as we cruise past, and marvel at the scale of the mining operations that have existed for decades on these islands. We continue through to Talbot Bay, making our way to the Horizontal Falls, one of the most amazing natural features of the Kimberley.
Our opportunity to explore the affectionately named “Horries” comes after lunch, when we take the tenders out to experience this natural phenomenon. Whilst being called waterfalls, they are unlike any other falls, as water passes horizontally through two narrow gorges. These massive tidal movements create a waterfall effect as the water banks up against one side of the narrow cliff passage, only to be repeated when the tide turns. We will then return on board to enjoy the sunset at Talbot Bay, our overnight anchorage point.
DAY FOUR – Montgomery Reef to Raft Point (Total cruising time approx. 7 hours)
Today we leave one spectacular destination only to cruise to yet another wonder of the Kimberley Coast.
Montgomery Reef is a sight to behold as the entire reef appears to rise from the ocean on the falling tide. With often 10 metres of tidal differences on a single tide, nearly 5 metres of reef gradually emerges from the ocean, with water cascading down waterfalls and creating a river cutting through the reef.
We have the opportunity to explore the reef up close on the tender, before cruising to Raft Point for our overnight anchorage.
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