The Great Escape Kimberley Barramundi Safari
MV Great Escape – – Kimberley Fishing Extravaganza Cruise – WA
The friendly and accomplished crew of this luxurious cruising vessel will provide a relaxed atmosphere to ensure you have the most enjoyable and memorable adventure holiday of your life, all in comfort and safety. The crew’s experience and knowledge of the region is unequalled and offers the most comprehensive Fishing extravaganza cruise in the Kimberley.
MV Great Escape – WA
Captains Chris and Jeremy Tucker have been exploring the Kimberley Coast and the Rowley Shoals for more than 30 years. Catch a Barramundi in one of the “secret spots,” set mud-crab pots, harvest oysters, observe whales, dolphins, turtles and crocodiles while visiting this remarkable landscape and truly experience Australia’s most intriguing Final Frontier.
Launched in 2006, MV Great Escape is a 26 metre, fully air-conditioned, luxury catamaran, custom-built for cruising the Kimberley Coast in comfort and style. With six executive staterooms, MV Great Escape caters for just 12 guests (on Fishing Adventures) and an experienced 6 person crew.
The Great Escape’s spacious open lounge area is an excellent place to relax after a day’s fishing or appreciate the spectacular passing scenery. Indoor and alfresco dining areas offer both casual and formal dining experiences. The invigorating saltwater spa on the foredeck provides a refreshing break during the warm Kimberley days and lets you lay back in style as you cruise through this wondrous land.
The Great Escape Charter Company offer an onboard helicopter dedicated to guests, as another thrilling way to experience the Kimberley Coast and capture this extraordinary and enchanting wilderness from the air along with fishing that untouched spot. The heli-expeditions are provided by Heliwest and will delight you with phenomenal journeys to some of the most remote and hidden art-sites, land locked fishing spots, waterfalls, and swimming-holes.
Three Panoramic View Staterooms are located on the mid-level and on the upper deck. This is the superior level of accommodation onboard MV Great Escape, providing added space, larger windows, and larger ensuites. The Panoramic Stateroom is 15.2 metres squared including the ensuite.
Three Horizon View Staterooms are located on the lower deck, all with private ensuites, large port-hole style windows, personal fridges, flat screen televisions and DVD players. These rooms have queen-size beds and two can be configured as twin-single beds as well. The Horizon View Stateroom is 8.8 metres squared including the ensuite.
MV Great Escape carries 4 dinghies –which mean just 3 people per tender for your fishing comfort. These smaller expedition vessels will allow guests to choose from a wide variety of activities including mud crabbing.
Premium quality equipment including rods, reels, hooks and lures are provided. All tackle is supplied on a replace if lost basis. You can bring your own gear if you prefer.
Fishing Extravaganza Itinerary
Kimberley Fishing Extravaganza – 4 nights
Broome to Doubtful Bay to Broome – Fly / Cruise / Fly
Please note this is a typical itinerary and a guide only. Whilst your fishing adventure will be similar to the following itinerary, huge Kimberley tides will affect daily activities. Fishing is planned around tidal movements and Mother Nature.
Day 1 – Glenelg River
Your Kimberley Fishing Adventure cruise will begin with an early morning flight where you will meet you crew in the heart of the Kimberley Coast. You will then be transferred by helicopter to land aboard MV Great Escape in the ancient wilderness and prime river-systems just waiting to be explored. The flight is approximately 2 hours and the helicopter transfer between 20-30 minutes. Your crew will meet you on MV Great Escape for a warm welcome and a hearty brunch to begin the day.
The Captain will deliver a familiarization and safety briefing before setting off to explore the vast Glenelg River System. This is a vast river system with very few boats venturing into the vicinity due to the strong tidal flows and the numerous underwater rocks around the mouth. Our experienced skipper however will guide you through to the best fishing spots, tide dependent. You could hope to hook up to Mangrove Jack, Fingermark and with luck on your side, the elusive Barra.
Day 2 – Sale River
The Sale River is one of the most scenic rivers in this area. Encompassing both tidal estuaries and spectacular sandstone gorges, we have a couple of exciting activities planned for this river. We will fish down the Sale River, where the fresh water meets the salt water. Feel free to flick around the rock bars as the fresh and salt mix – it has been known for hiding the dark, silvery 40 pounders!!! We may even enjoy a BBQ lunch on a sandy beach under a rainforest canopy and perhaps some more fishing at Three Ways, depending upon how the day pans out.
Ruby Falls is a favourite Kimberley watering hole. Named after one of our Captain’s daughters’, it is a great place to relax, cool off and have a swim. Tide permitting, if anyone would like a hike, we can follow the freshwater back to where it heads underground.
Be excited about great estuary fishing with nice wide mud flats, speckled with rock bars. Working with the incoming and outgoing tides you may hook a mangrove jack, fingermark or salmon for dinner tonight!
Day 3 – Raft Point
Today you have some options to consider which will be tide dependent and based upon what the majority of the guests would like to do. Your captain will be able to go through timings and your best options for the day. You are surrounded by a truly picturesque landscape with an expansive body of water loaded with different fishing locations. Today might be the day to set off down the mangrove lined creeks in search of succulent & delicious mud crabs for dinner.
This area, along the vast Kimberley coast, is also one of the better spots where we can find some clearer fast moving water and you can try your luck hooking up on sport fish giants, Trevally and Queenfish. We might lose a few lures though as we’ll be fishing on light tackles. Such fun, the thrill of the chase, then finally the catch!
We can hike up to majestic Raft Point to discover an ancient Aboriginal art gallery with views over Doubtful Bay that are breathtaking. Or you may like to just kick back and relax on the luxurious MV Great Escape and enjoy a drink in the cool spa.
Perhaps you would like to throw a cast around a secret fishing spot at Eagle Creek? This is a relatively secluded creek discovered by the crew from MV Great Escape while exploring one day. We don’t think many people know about it… AND on most occasions guests have been quite successful hooking a few barras, along with the likes of Mangrove Jack, Fingermark and Salmon.
The other option is we steam to one of the wonders of the Kimberley coast, “Montgomery Reef”. This is a spectacle to behold as the entire reef appears to rise from the ocean on a falling tide. With tidal differences of over 10 metres over a single spring tide cycle, nearly 5 metres of reef gradually emerges from the ocean, as water cascades down numerous channels. Marvel at the waterfalls of Montgomery Reef in an early morning foray along this unusual reef structure. Discovered by Phillip Parker King in the early 1800’s this area has a rich history. Your crew will tell you interesting stories that relate to the reef. We also see large numbers of turtles grazing on the exposed seagrass, sharks and the odd dugong or two.
Our Chef will cook up a sumptuous meal to end the day’s proceedings and your Captain will discuss the next day’s activity options with you all.
Day 4 – Walcott Inlet
Today we’ll explore & fish Walcott Inlet, where our timing will need to be exact to enter the narrow inlet. Witness amazing volumes and whirlpools of water, as the tide rushes through. As we explore further in our tenders you’ll delight in the abundant bird life, ancient boab trees and Livistonia palms framing your river pathway.
A huge body of water and we will be targeting estuary fishing again
Throw a lure over the side of the tender and you may encounter, Threadfin Salmon, Fingermark or if you’re lucky a juicy silvery Barra!
You will have the option of taking an amazing aerial chopper flight over the infamous Horizontal Waterfalls today. Long regarded as one of the worlds natural wonders, “The Horries” are a fast-moving tidal flow through two narrow, closely aligned gorges of the McLarty Range, located in Talbot Bay. The direction of the flow reverses with each change of tide. As tides in the Kimberley can reach 10 metres, a peak tide gives rise to a significant difference in the sea level on either side of each gorge. Witness the spectacular water movements in this untouched rugged wilderness. If you are into photography you will love this thrill with the doors off!
Day 5 – Broome
Departure by helicopter will be at approximately between 7.30 am and 9.00 am. You will land at the Kimberley airstrip and be transferred to Broome by a fixed wing charter flight. If you would like to experience an early morning activity, the crew will be more than happy to discuss what options you have available. We will just have to make sure you are packed and ready for when the transfer departs to fly you back to Broome.
What You Can Catch
Throughout the cruise you will find yourself on numerous excursions in remote river tributaries, hunt for the elusive Barramundi, and also target other species such as Mangrove Jack, Fingermark, Bream, Queenfish, Salmon along with a Mackerel.
MV Great Escape operates along the Kimberley Coast for the Fishing Extravaganza cruises. You will be flown from Broome to the heart of the Kimberley coast and then transferred by helicopter to board the vessel.
Commercial airlines operate direct flights to Broome. Check with Qantas, Airnorth, Skywest and Virgin Australia for flight options.
Fishing Extravaganza Cruise:
7 October – 11 October 2014
11 October – 15 October 2014
15 October – 19 October 2014
19 October – 23 October 2014
23 October – 27 October 2014
4 nights – $3145 Horizon View Stateroom per person Ex Broome (twin or double share)
4 nights – $3880 Panoramic View Stateroom per person Ex Broome (twin or double share)
Full Package Includes:
- Accommodation in luxurious and stylish stateroom with private ensuite twin or double share
- Return scenic fixed wing charter flight from Broome over the spectacular Dampier Peninsula
- Scenic helicopter transfer from the Kimberley wilderness to MV Great Escape
- Contemporary Australian cuisine prepared by talented onboard chef for breakfast, lunch, dinner, morning & afternoon teas
- Beverages including coffee, tea, soft drinks (BYO alcohol)
- Premium fishing equipment provided on board or choose to bring your own (used on a replace if lost basis)
- Experienced 6 person crew who know the secret spots
- Use of 4 tenders
- Sightseeing activities