Kimberley Barra Bonanza (7 Nights)

Kimberley Barra Bonanza (7 Nights)

Kimberley Barra Bonanza (North): Wyndham – Hunter River

Kimberley Barra Bonanza (South): Hunter River – Broome

A Kimberley Wilderness Cruise with more time for fishing! Stalk elusive barramundi when conditions are at their best. Arm-wrestle giant trevally, lure smashing mackerel and ‘fine-eaters’ such as mangrove jack and fingermark. And, at the same time keep everyone in the gang happy with stunning sojourns to many of the Kimberley coast’s iconic destinations.

This itinerary is provided as example only – prevailing conditions and local arrangements may cause variation. Helicopter flights can be purchased additional to the cruise tariff as a package or individually.

**Why not combine the North and South for a 14-night Ultimate Fishing Adventure!  Contact our sales office to uncover the savings when booking these adventures back to back!**

Rates per person - 2018

  • Ocean Class $13,595
  • River Class $16,995
  • Explorer Class $18,995

Rates per person - 2019

  • Ocean Class $14,595
  • River Class $17,995
  • Explorer Class $19,995

Kimberley Barra Bonanza (North)

Barra Bonanza

Night One

Your “welcome aboard” the magnificent True North is in the frontier port of Wyndham. Embarkation is at 1700 – time for a cocktail with your fellow adventurers before departing at approximately 1730.  Then introduce yourself to the delights of TRUE NORTH’s revered dining saloon as we begin an overnight cruise to Cape Domett.

Barra Bonanza

Day One

Let the action begin! The expedition boats will be away early for our first ‘crack at the fish!’ Your guides will take the expedition boats deep into the mangroves on this eastern side of the Cambridge Gulf where hopefully it will be time for an early introduction to one of the Kimberley’s most famous residents – the mighty barramundi!  Fingers crossed we can lure some of these prized fish into the expedition boats for some even more-prized photo opportunities!

After lunch trolling in the Cape Domett area is likely to produce hefty pelagics such as arm-wrenching trevally and lure smacking mackerel.  A couple of good-sized goldens and some leaping queenfish will open the sashimi account!

Barra Bonanza

Day Two

In the morning we’ll target barramundi, golden trevally and reef species in Jade Creek and Atlantis Bay.

Then as soon as the tide is high enough we’ll cross the sand bars at the mouth of the mighty King George!  Our journey upstream will thereafter reveal a breathtaking river vista and, the very ‘jewel in the crown’ – The King George Falls!  Here we anchor at the base of the falls and you will find endless places to explore.  Climb, or take the helicopter to the top of the falls for a cruise highlight.

If time and tide permit, a heli-fish in the revered waters of Nulla Nulla can sometimes produce once in a lifetime encounters with ravenous barramundi.  And after all the day’s action is complete – relax with a much-deserved beverage as a blazing Kimberley sun slowly sinks into the sea!

Barra Bonanza

Day Three

Wake this morn to find the TRUE NORTH at anchor in Vansittart Bay and join an early morning expedition to see the “Bradshaws” – possibly the oldest art known to man.  The expedition boats will also visit Rocky Cove and Wade Creek in search of barramundi, fingermark bream and mangrove jack.

The heli-picnic at Eagle Falls is always a ‘big hit’ – enjoy a sumptuous picnic lunch amidst breathtaking scenery.

Whilst you are away the TRUE NORTH will move to the Osborn Islands and after a ‘day at the falls’ the keenest on-board can head back-out for a late afternoon session with the mackies!

Barra Bonanza

Day Four and Five

There’s so much to see and do in the Mitchell River – we have allocated 2 days to explore this icon of the Kimberley!

The ‘Mitchell’ is renowned for big barra and even bigger crocs!  The expedition boats will head up-stream to scenic Surveyors Creek – a great place for a swim (no crocs here!)  The fishers will continue the hunt for the barra as well as ‘great to eat’ threadfin salmon and, the helicopter will offer spectacular flights over the Mitchell Falls!  At the end of each day – join the crew for cocktails and other delights in the ship’s bar before revelling in more unique dining experiences in the TRUE NORTH’s ‘marri inspired’ dining saloon.

There will also be more ‘Mackie sessions’ at Cape Voltaire and the Montalivet Islands and,  the opportunity to go heli-camping to Cherubin Falls promises to be yet another cruise highlight.

Barra Bonanza

Day Six

The Roe River is yet another opportunity to catch a barra as we explore a river that boats one of the highest crocodile counts in the Kimberley!

The Roe was named after the first Surveyor-General of Western Australia – John Septimus Roe who conducted numerous expeditions along the Kimberley coast between 1829 & 1849 and, the ship’s helicopter will dramatically demonstrate the maze of creeks and endless coast that the early explorers encountered!

The mouth of the Roe River is another ‘hotpot’ for threadfin salmon and in the afternoon we’ll sail into Prince Frederick Harbour and the mouth of the Hunter River for sunset drinks in Art Island.

Barra Bonanza

Day Seven

One last chance to land a barra or maybe the biggest ‘jack’ of the trip as we explore the spectacular ‘Hunter’.

Then it’s time for your scenic heli-transfer to the Mitchell Plateau and light-aircraft flight to Broome.

Our crew will already be looking forward to the next opportunity to welcome you aboard the mighty TRUE NORTH.

Kimberley Barra Bonanza (South)

Barra Bonanza

Day/Night One

Your “welcome aboard” the magnificent True North begins with a light-aircraft flight from Broome to the Mitchell Plateau.  Then join a scenic heli-transfer to your floating boutique hotel in the spectacular Hunter River.

Once on-board, settle into your cabin and enjoy a welcome aboard refreshment before heading off in search of the mighty barramundi and equally revered mangrove jack!  Yes, that’s right – no time to dally – the fishing action waits for no man, or woman!

Barra Bonanza

Day Two

The Roe River is another opportunity to catch a barra as we explore a river that boats one of the highest crocodile counts in the Kimberley!

The Roe was named after the first Surveyor-General of Western Australia – John Septimus Roe who conducted numerous expeditions along the Kimberley coast between 1829 & 1849 and, the ship’s helicopter will dramatically demonstrate the maze of creeks and endless coast that the early explorers encountered!

With time on our side we’ll retain the history theme with a visit to Phillip Parker King’s boab tree in Careening Bay.

The mouth of The Roe is a ‘hotpot’ for threadfin salmon and in the afternoon we’ll sail into Prince Frederick Harbour for sunset drinks on Art Island.

Barra Bonanza

Day Three

The scenery will astound and there will be more ‘not to be missed’ fishing action as the TRUE NORTH graces the majestic Prince Regent River.  At King Cascades we manoeuvre the bow under the falls and swim in the billabong above.  But enough of that – it’s picnic day!

Another breathtaking helicopter flight this time to the picnic that you’ll never forget – the TRUE NORTH’s mouth-watering cuisine prepared alongside a crystal clear billabong – in one of the most remote places on earth!

Those with an interest in indigenous rock art might also take advantage of a dedicated rock art flight.

Barra Bonanza

Day Four

This morning the expedition boats will ply St George Basin and Rothsay Water – more discovery and, more fishing action!

Perhaps there will be opportunity to visit the ruins of an ill-fated first settlement and the graves of the most unfortunate.  Then join ‘the hunt for the giant black-lip oyster’.  In fact – their much-talked about proportions render them not that hard to find at all!  Savour their unique taste direct from the rock – aside freshly squeezed lemon; you can’t get much more au naturel than that!

Barra Bonanza

Day Five

The George Water is very highly regarded as a fishing destination – and that is saying something in the fish-rich waters of the Kimberley.

The ‘George’ is a vast area of creeks and estuaries known to be stalked by hungry barramundi!  A large mulloway or ‘threadie’ will also give you a run for your money and other target species include ‘fine eaters’ such as mangrove jack and fingermark.

Then it’s onto the Barlee Impediment – a huge bank of mud surrounded by intriguing mangroves.  The mangroves always prove to be a bird-watchers delight and the area is another favoured barra habitat!

We’ll also explore the Glenelg River.

Any chance to explore the ‘Glenelg’ is a chance not to be missed – the river is remote, not often visited and well known for crocs!  No fear in the ship’s helicopter though – those keen for a swim can fly well beyond the reach of even the most determined saltie!

A short cruise will then deliver all aboard to the impressive silhouette of Raft Point.  Here, join a moderate hike to an art gallery with a difference and Raft Point’s well-preserved Wandjina paintings.

In the late afternoon the expedition boats will be away again – this time in search of the Kimberley mud crab.  Mud-crabbing is definitely a favoured activity on-board the TRUE NORTH but it might be a good idea to let your guide wrangle these feisty critters – as you keep equally busy with a chilled beverage in hand!

Barra Bonanza

Day Six

It’s time to introduce a Kimberley icon – Montgomery Reef!  Montgomery is a unique eco-system that must be seen to be believed – and see it you will – as 140 square miles of coral rises out of the ocean right before your very eyes!  Water cascades from the reef as the falling tide exposes a privileged glimpse of another world!  Turtles, dugong, manta rays and every imaginable sea creature abound whilst the ship’s helicopter puts all in perspective!

And even more high adventure today!  The ‘Walcott’ is renowned for big barra and even bigger crocs!

And the opportunity to ‘ride the tide’ through the spectacular Charnley Gorge, to where the salt meets the fresh – is one of the Kimberley’s most hand-picked experiences!  This is especially so if you then get a chance to sight-cast ravenous barra as they wait for the tide to spill into their billabong home away from home!

Jacks, fingermark and threadfin will also be on today’s ‘list’.

Barra Bonanza South Day 7

Day Seven

Today we encounter yet another Kimberley icon – The Horizontal Falls!  Experience the awesome power of the region’s huge tidal range in an exhilarating expedition boat ride and then climb aboard the helicopter for a view of the falls that few experience!  The fishing action continues too with impressive soirees into the local creek systems.

Secure Bay and Leadline Creek offer one last opportunity to land a barra and the waters around Cockatoo and Irvine Islands conclude the blue-water action before we enjoy a leisurely evening cruise around Cape Leveque.

Barra Bonanza

Day Eight

Your courtesy coach will arrive at approximately 0800 hours for transfer to the Broome airport or your accommodation and, our crew will already be looking forward to the next opportunity to welcome you aboard the mighty TRUE NORTH.

Guest Feedback

Thank you everyone for the most special week. To be in this pristine environment with so much care & attention – a time I will never forget. I hope that this is not a goodbye but “Au-revouir” until we meet again.

Janet Goss

WOW what a trip! Up with the Best! Great camaraderie amongst the guests and the team. No stone is left unturned. Will be back again! Thank you for a great holiday.

Betty Croft

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