Sailing the Kimberley
Encounter glittering beaches, dramatic reefs, gorgeous waterfalls and exotic wildlife on our 10-day sailing cruises along the Kimberley waterways.
Our adventure-packed tours of this spellbinding region start and finish in Broome, taking in the many marvels of the surrounding region. We’ll visit the Horizontal Falls, where you can take a thrilling power boat ride through the surging water. You’ll swim under the fresh water at Ruby Falls, get up close to sea turtles on Montgomery Reef, witness ancient rock art at Raft Point, see sunrise in Yampi Sound, swim at Cockatoo Island, take in the brilliant turquoise of Cape Leveque, and visit the most isolated gift shop in the world!
Starsand is the only sailing vessel offering charter tours in the Kimberley. We average six passengers per trip, making for a uniquely intimate experience. For aspiring sailors, there’s even the chance to keep watch on a night sail. Cabin accommodation is spacious and comfortable, and tours are fully catered with wholesome fare.
Let Captain Simon Milsom and his crew take you on the adventure of a lifetime.
KIMBERLEY SAILING CRUISE
Gantheaume Point, Broome, at 7am (returning to Broome).
Every second Thursday from May to September.
From $3750.00pp. Includes all meals and light refreshments onboard plus accommodation.
Aft Double with en suit $9600.00 for two
Mid double $8,400.00 for two
Forward double $8,400.00 for two
Forward single $3750.00 for one
10 Days Sailing the Kimberley
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. At Hidden Island, we’ll swim at the dazzlingly white Silica Beach before sailing on to Myridi Bay for our first overnight anchorage.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
It’s destination Cape Leveque, where the white sand and turquoise water are dazzling. There’s time to have a good walk along the beach and up to the lighthouse before we’re off again with the setting sun, en route for Broome. The option of night watch is back for those who want to be part of the sailing coalface.
Depending on the wind and tide, we should anchor at Cable Beach around midday. Lunch will be served on board and there’ll be a chance to swim off the boat or at the famous beach – or even make a trip into town. Dinner will be a great Starsand BBQ, followed by the world famous Starsand quiz night!
Waking up at Gantheaume Point after a peaceful nights sleep. A leisurely breakfast will be served and then its time to gently pack up ready for the dingy ride to the beach and fond farewells.
“Simon gave our group of birdwatchers and photographers a wonderful 10 days exploring the magnificent Kimberley coast. He enthusiastically found mangrove-lined tidal creeks, reefs and other spots to see plenty of bird species. To cap it all off the meals were very enjoyable. Starsand is a beautiful and comfortable vessel – we would have no hesitation in using Simon and Starsand for further trips.”
– Irene and Michael, Perth
“Thank you so much for our wonderful trip! We all had a ball and you went out of your way to accommodate us to do everything we wanted to do! In the telling of the tales the crocs have become bigger, the sharks fiercer, the fire catastrophic and the seas huge! But everyone had a fantastic time so thank you once again.”
– Ro and the other Kimberley Kapers