The daily movement of the sea in The Kimberley is immense in magnitude, with the area experiencing the third highest tides in the world. Montgomery Reef is an exceptional example of this, offering a unique spectacle that you will be able to observe from the dinghies, as the entire reef appears to emerge from the water at low tide. When the sea goes out, it leaves behind cascades of water that flow down from the top of the reef. This phenomenon occurs due to the fact that the tide retreats faster than the rate at which the water trapped by the reef is able to flow out. At around 400 km2 in area, this is Australia's largest inshore reef.
The Hunter River and Mitchell Falls
Undoubtedly one of the most picturesque areas on The Kimberley coast, Prince Frederick Harbour and the Hunter River are interspersed with ancient stands of tropical forest, wild mangroves and a mosaic of sandstone cliffs, which rise to a height of around 200 metres at the river's mouth. The mangroves here, which are among the world's most unspoiled, are home to many species of birds and around one hundred different reptiles and amphibians, including the famous saltwater crocodile
The Horizontal Falls and Talbot Bay
The high point of your cruise will without any doubt be the opportunity to explore this rocky part of the coast. The area is home to a globally-unique phenomenon caused by the tide, which, at 11 metres at the equinox here, is one of the highest in the world. The vertiginously high cliffs are divided by two narrow passes through which the sea floods as the tide rises. When the tide falls, the water retreats faster on one side than on the other, causing the appearance of the famous Horizontal Falls, a veritable wall of water that can reach four metres in height. Depending on the tide times, you will be offered the opportunity to go on a dinghy excursion to experience the wonderful thrill of this unparalleled spectacle.
Vansittart Bay and Jar Island
Jar Island is home to ancient galleries of Gwion Gwion style rock paintings, which are specific to this area of The Kimberley. The human figures depicted are highly ornamented and seem to float on the sandstone rock faces of the countless galleries. Often painted in a beautiful mauve colour, these stencilled designs add indelible colour to the rock; the paintings are estimated to be more than 17,000 years old. They are the oldest detailed depictions of human figures so far found in the world. This provides a fascinating glimpse into an early and extremely rich human culture, the heritage of which extends across today's contemporary aboriginal culture throughout the whole of Australia.