North Star Cruises offers select cruises aboard The True North – your passage to experiencing true wilderness in real luxury.
One of the world’s finest adventure-cruise ships, The True North offers the ultimate in comfort and uninterrupted vistas as it plies the remote waters off northern Australia’s dramatic Kimberley region.
North Star Cruises are adventure-orientated, offering 6, 7 and 13-night cruises, and make greater provision for guests to do ‘what they want, when they want’. Daily activities include scenic walks, helicopter flights, cultural excursions, fishing, snorkelling, picnics, diving and exploring.
The vessel is purpose-built for accessing shallow river systems, fully licensed for fishing activities and has six dedicated expedition boats (not zodiacs) to enable guests to experience the wilderness close-up and in small-group comfort.
All cabins feature stylish décor, en-suite facilities, in-house entertainment and satellite telephones. The Explorer Class staterooms and the River Class cabins offer king size beds that can be converted to singles; Ocean Class twins feature roomy single beds.
The vessel has a guest limit of 36, while the crew of 20 ensures an unprecedented attention to detail and excellence in service. All meals on The True North feature modern Australian cuisine.
You’re transferred by light aircraft from Broome to the spectacular Mitchell Plateau to join your first flight in the airconditioned leather luxury of the onboard helicopter. You’re then taken to The True North moored in the untouched wilderness surrounding the Hunter River.
Once onboard there’s time to settle into your cabin and to sample famous cuisine of The True North kitchen.
Then it’s back to the business of adventure – and the Hunter has it all, including fishing, mudcrabbing, bird-watching and exploring where few have been before.
Board the expedition boats for a short expedition to Jackson Falls or enjoy more aerial splendour from the helicopter. Hopefully, there’s time for a sunset drink on Naturaliste Island before enjoying dinner on board.
First stop this morning is one of the Kimberley’s most historic sites – Phillip Parker King’s boab tree — then it’s on to the mighty Prince Regent.
The scenery will astound and there’s certain to be some fishing action as The True North enters this majestic river. At Kings Cascades your vessel is positioned right under the falls before another breathtaking helicopter flight takes you to a picnic spot you’ll never forget. Mouth-watering cuisine is served alongside a crystal clear billabong in one of the most remote places on earth.
Rejoin the True North for an overnight anchorage off Camp Creek.
If you are an early riser, you’ll be treated to a heliflight with a difference – a champagne sunrise on the top of a mountain. Then it’s time for more adventure – a chance to stretch the laces on your hiking boots and swim in yet another picture perfect billabong. If you’re keen on fishing, use the helicopter to fish billabongs that rarely see a line.
This morning is devoted to exploring the Sale River. Fish the mouth for barra and then join naturalists and adventurers on a classic river expedition. Enjoy a swim in your very own billabong before returning to the comfort of The True North. You will probably be enjoying lunch as the anchor is weighed and the boat sets sail for Montgomery Reef. Montgomery is a unique eco-system that must be seen to be believed – 140 square miles of coral reef rising out of the ocean before your very eyes. Water cascades from the reef as the tide falls exposing a privileged glimpse of another world. Turtles, dugong, manta rays and every imaginable sea creature abound and the helicopter puts all in perspective.
Start the day with some more fishing action – this time at Three Ways. Then enjoy a refreshing swim at Ruby Falls: ladies won’t be able to resist the natural mud pack on offer. After lunch, the well-preserved Wandjina paintings of Raft Point are sure to fascinate.
It’s time to introduce you to another Kimberley icon – The Horizontal Falls. Experience the awesome power of the region’s huge tidal range in an exhilarating tender ride and then climb aboard your helicopter for a view of the falls that very few experience. Enjoy a swim at Crocodile Creek and a walk on Silica Beach. All too soon, your adventure on The True North is coming to an end – enjoy a farewell dinner to remember as she glides past Cockatoo and Koolan Islands, Cape Leveque and down the Dampier Peninsula to Broome.
Your arrival in Broome is in time for an early morning coach transfer to your accommodation or connecting flights.