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The annual Kimberley cruising season begins at the beginning of May with a small fleet of expedition and adventure
boats offering their guests the trip of a lifetime. Protected by hundreds of offshore islands, it’s smooth sailing all
the way as you explore one of the world’s most pristine wilderness areas. Every day there is a new adventure...
Exploring High Cliffy Islands
Visit these tiny islands on the eastern
edge of Montgomery Reef and learn
about the mysterious disappearance of
a tribe of tall and muscular Aborigines,
some reputed to be more than 2m
tall. All that remains as proof of their
existence is a documentary that was
made in 1929, some rock paintings, and
remnants of circular stone structures
thought to be dwellings. Scramble up
and over boulders to the cave, which
holds a skull and set of bones – but you
are advised not to photograph them as
it is said they are cursed.
Swimming at Langii
On a crescent of squeaky white sand,
set against a backdrop of ochre-
coloured sandstone cliffs, enjoy a swim
on one of the most isolated beaches in
the world. Your view takes in the clear
turquoise water of the bay, and beyond
to some of the islands which make up
the Buccaneer Archipelago. Before
heading back to your cruiser, follow
the bay around to view the ‘petrified
warriors’, sandstone formations that
have been shaped into recognisable
figures by the relentless forces of
wind and tide. These formations are
a sacred site for the local Indigenous
people and, according to legend,
they represent warriors killed in a
Mud crabbing at Red Cone Creek
The mangrove-lined labyrinth of
Red Cone Creek is one of the best
spots in the Kimberley for mud
crabbing. On early morning excursions,
baited pots are set along the banks
of the maze-like channels, and their
locations marked by colourful floats
placed on the overhanging branches
of the mangroves. Just return and pull
in the morning’s catch – but watch out
for fingers and toes as you get those
giant, snapping claws safely into a
Climbing King Cascade Waterfall
Named after the area’s most famous
explorer, Captain Philip Parker King,
the terraced waterfall known as the
Cascades is well worth the long cruise
up the Prince Regent River. Covered
in fern-like greenery, the waterfall is
also famous as being the place where
American model Ginger Meadows was
taken by a resident croc in 1987. For the
moderately fit, there is a spectacular
climb up to the top of the escarpment
which, although challenging for those
with a fear of heights, rewards the
climber with spectacular views of
the river system below. Follow the
track and you will discover a series of
waterfalls and deep freshwater pools,
which serve as a popular picnic spot
for cruisers with helicopters.
Picnicking at Ruby Falls
One of the most easily accessible
of the freshwater pools is Ruby Falls.
A quick scramble along the gorge
brings you to an amphitheatre of
smooth flat rocks, a deep rock pool
and a thundering waterfall. While
you enjoy a refreshing swim and a
pummelling beneath the falls, your
crew will set up lunch beneath the
shade of an overhanging rock. After
lunch, take the short climb to follow
the stream back to where it disappears
underneath the ground.
The petrified warriors at Langii
(Photography Dale Fisher).
Setting crab pots in the mangroves
(Photography Dale Fisher).
Langii Beach (Photography
some of which dates back to the ice
age. Drop a line, go wildlife watching
or take a class at the cooking school.
Get there Aircraft or boat.
Distance 280km from Kununurra.
Best fished just after the Wet for
barramundi, trevally and mangrove
jack. Catch reef fish like coral trout on
the northern side of Reveley Island.
Go hiking after the Wet and find your
own waterholes or waterfalls.
Get there Aircraft or boat
Best fishing March-April.
Distance 60 nautical miles or 150km
Crossing the Pentecost River
(Photography Simon McBeth).
King Cascades (Photography Dale Fisher).
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