9 Day Kimberley Cruise

Encounter glittering beaches, dramatic reefs, gorgeous waterfalls and exotic wildlife on our 9 day sailing cruise along the Kimberley waterways.

Starsand is the only sailing vessel offering charter tours in the Kimberley. Our 65ft yacht is available for private charter and sleeps 10 people, making for a uniquely intimate experience with family or friends. For aspiring sailors, there’s even the chance to keep watch on a night sail. Cabin accommodation is spacious and comfortable, and all snacks and meals are included.

FREE BUS

Complimentary accommodation pickup and drop-off service by air-conditioned bus is included! No need to drive!

Tour Details

  • Location Broome
  • Departs Gantheaume Beach in Broome
  • Dates May to September.
  • Duration 9 days
  • Costs

    Charter the whole yacht from $45,000 for up to 10 guests.

  • Inclusions

    Meals and light refreshments.

    Onboard accommodation.

Day 1 – Broome & Buccaneer Archipelago

We depart Broome’s Gantheaume Point at 7am, making our way to the luxury yacht Starsand on the tender.

After breakfast and a familiarisation with your new home-from-home, we adventure sail through the day and night to see sunrise over the Buccaneer archipelago.

For the salty dogs among us, there’s a chance to be part of the night watch.

Day 2 – Hidden Island & Myridi Bay

Sailing and sunrise over the Buccaneer archipelago!

At Hidden Island, we’ll swim at the dazzlingly white Silica Beach before sailing on to Myridi Bay for our first overnight anchorage.

Day 3 – Horizontal Water Falls

We set sail for Talbot Bay to visit the stunning Horizontal Water Falls. A thrilling fast boat ride through the falls is an optional extra ($50 per person).

We’ll then take a scenic ride along Cyclone Creek, looking out for birds, turtles, sea snakes, rock wallabies and crocodiles. We anchor in Starsand Bay overnight.

Day 4 – Ancient Rock Art & Steep Island

At the top of Talbot Bay we’ll visit the beautiful Blue Holes hidden at Turtle Reef, before heading across Collier Bay and on to Raft Point.

Here there’s the chance to walk up the hill and look at some fine samples of ancient rock art, learning something about the native tradition and history behind Raft Point.

It makes a great overnight anchorage – sunset is spectacular on the red rocks of the Point and Steep Island across the bay.

Day 5 – Swim at Ruby Falls

About an hour’s sail across Doubtful Bay and up Red Cone Creek, we’re heading for one of the trip’s main highlights – a freshwater swim among the lily pads at one of the Kimberley’s best swimming holes, Ruby Falls.

It’s a short climb up the rocks to the freshwater stream which meanders through beautiful pandanas and other Kimberley flora.

We stay overnight here, out of harm’s way from the countless crocodiles who are fond of stalking the boat.

Day 6 – Cascading Montgomery Reef & Kingfisher Islands

Today we sail out to Montgomery Reef, 100 square miles of pristine reef system that emerges from the ocean at low tide.

Anchored in the cut, we’ll watch the water cascading off the reef. A ride in the tender will allow us to spot sea snakes, many turtles and a whole lot of marine life in the crystal clear water.

Back on Starsand, we’ll sail on for a swim at Kingfisher Islands, where we’ll anchor overnight.

Day 7 – Yampi Sound, Crocodile Creek & Silver Gull Creek

Watch the sunrise as we head for Yampi Sound. There’s great swimming at Crocodile Creek before lunch on the boat.

Then we’ll head for Silver Gull Creek to visit Squatters Arms, home of Phil and Marion. There’s a pool tank where the water is 32 degrees all year round and the views are magnificent!

Marion has a beautiful selection of jewellery, t-shirts and other paraphernalia at the most isolated gift shop in the world!

Day 8 – Starsand BBQ & Starsand Quiz Night

Day eight will find us sailing back to Talbot bay for last night BBQ day.

Dinner will be a great Starsand BBQ, followed by the world famous Starsand quiz night!

Day 9 – Final Day & Fond Farewells

The final day brings fond farewells, great memories and an exciting sea plane ride back to Broome.

Time to check-in and cross a few things off your bucket-list.

Activities

Adventurous
Ancient Art
Fishing
Fresh Water Swims
Hiking
Island Hopping
Natural Attractions
Reef Viewing
Relaxing
Sailing
Shore Visits
Sightseeing
Snorkelling
Swimming
Wildlife

What to Bring

All food and sleep accommodation is provided during the Kimberley cruise on board Starsand.

Here’s a list of items you might like to pack.

  • Water proof torch
  • Broad-brimmed hat with sun visor for all round sun protection
  • 30+ sunscreen
  • Swimming clothing and a beach towel
  • Walking shoes
  • Warm jumper
  • Personal water bottle
  • Personal toiletries
  • Personal basic first aid
  • Personal medication required
  • Reef shoes if you choose to snorkel or explore reefs.

Tour Notes

Departures are subject to weather conditions and road closures: usually only a concern for tours in the wet season.

It is important that you appreciate the Kimberley is remote, please help keep the area pristine and natural by only taking photos and leaving only footprints.

Are you over 70 years old? Due to the remote location please let us know when booking.

Cruises are subject to change without notices due to weather conditions.

Mobile phone coverage is not always available during this cruise.

4/5

A terrific 13 day winter cruise up the Kimberley Coast

10 of us did a combined cruising/walking tour of the Kimberley Coast out of Broome on Starsand. The yacht is quite comfortable, galley very well equipped and stocked, and it was excellent value for money.