24 hours in Darwin

The Thirsty Travellers had never been to Darwin before, so it was exciting to get a brief chance to explore the city following our Kimberley cruise on the Reef Prince. Our hotel was just a block from Mitchell Street, which was going off like a frog in a sock, with loud music pouring from various…

Cruising the Kimberley: dinner under the stars

We are surrounded by the ocean on our last full day of the cruise, so we decide to sleep in until 6.30am. It’s a laidback day, filled with food, snoozing, fishing and slide shows. There’s a photo competition among the passengers that is fiercely fought. Among our favourites are some of the amazing reflections we’ve…

Cruising the Kimberley: King George Falls

We wake on Day 9 of our Reef Prince cruise at mouth of King George River and eat an early breakfast while we wait for high tide so we can cross over the sandbar. Larger cruise boats can’t get over the sandbar and send tenders up the river instead to the famed King George Falls….

Cruising the Kimberley: WW2 plane wreck & Bradshaw art

The Reef Prince drops anchor in Vansittart Bay at 3am on Day 8 of our cruise and we wake to another glorious sunrise. At 7.45am, the tender takes us across to a shell-scattered beach and we walk over the dunes and a salt flat to the wreckage of an airplane from World War 2, which…

Cruising the Kimberley: exploring crystal beaches

It’s an early start on Day 7 of our cruise aboard the Reef Prince – we’re in the tenders at 6.30am for a tour of the stunningly beautiful Hunter River. Flocks of corellas and brolgas swoop over our heads and we catch a glimpse of a pom-pom tailed short-eared rock wallaby. The air is blissfully…

Cruising the Kimberley: Boabs, brolgas & The Mermaid

As day six of our cruise aboard the Reef Prince dawns we watch another gorgeous sunrise over the bow at Careening Bay, then head inside for a hot breakfast of bacon and scrambled eggs. Soon afterwards we’re back in the tenders to explore Prince Regent Nature Reserve. Hammerhead sharks swim past the boat as we…

Cruising the Kimberley: Kings Cascades

We wake on day five of our Reef Prince cruise in the Prince Regent River and wander onto the deck to watch the sun rise. It’s such a serene, beautiful time of day, After breakfast, a boatload of passengers go fishing, while another group head off on a scenic tour of Camp Creek. The fishermen…

Cruising the Kimberley: fishing & beachcombing

We wake to the sound of chains rattling on the fourth day of our Reef Prince cruise – a tender is being lowered for a dawn fishing expedition. The sun is rising over the cliffs of Sampson Inlet as we sit on the front deck of the Reef Prince sipping coffee as the sky streaks…

Cruising the Kimberley: Montgomery Reef

We set our alarms for Day Three of our Kimberley cruise aboard the Reef Prince to catch the sunrise and are rewarded with a stunning sight. There are just enough clouds to create magnificent colours, while the water shimmers with shades of pink and orange. Trip Director Paul later rates it among the top five…

Cruising the Kimberley: The Horizontal Falls

The Thirsty Travellers have returned from the trip of a lifetime: a 10-day cruise through the Kimberley aboard the Reef Prince. The Kimberley is one of the world’s most majestic wilderness regions. Spread over Australia’s vast north-western corner, it’s filled with native wildlife, ancient indigenous art, dramatic rivers and canyons, pristine beaches, waterfalls and freshwater…