Boats Sailing to the Kimberley 2019

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  • #2588


    If you’re planning a cruise to the Kimberley in 2019, use this topic to post a brief outline of your plans to meet up with other vessels, cruise in company, ask questions, get info etc.

    Hope to see you out there.


    An update since I posted the above. Our new boat “R&R” is now based in Darwin and we plan to sail the KC twice this year. (2019) First trip to the East Kimberley around Easter for a few weeks.

    Second trip to the middle and west Kimberley in late June to attend the Annual Beach Party on 4th July in the Palm Island area, then onto Yampi Sound area before making our way slowly back to Darwin over about 6-8 weeks.


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  • #2597


    I’m a very definite maybe……… well maybe just a maybe. In case it’s not apparent I’m not good at setting rigid plans, I’d rather have general idea and let things work themselves out but the Kimberly is the focus of the trip.

    Depending on work and how fast we travel we will leave from Brisbane April-ish, I’d like to have a good look around, I expect we will probably make Darwin and leave it there for the wet then come back in 2020 and continue a slow trip anticlockwise,  lots of time in the Kimberly and a run out to Rowley Shoals.


  • #2600

    MV Fonster

    Hi, we are planning to leave Fremantle May 2019 and make our way North to spend 2~3 months in the Kimberley. May push on to Darwin for the wet or try west to east crossing to Queensland.

    will update as plans become firmer…..Dave & Fonny

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  • #2605


    From Perth – We are planning to leave either Carnarvon or Exmouth around the 1st of May 2019 making our way North, and probably departing Broome around the end of May, spending the majority of time in the Kimberley and planning to be in Darwin around September 2019.

    Will also update as plans become firmer….. Craig & Putu

    SV Sirocco

    Fountaine Pajot Athena 38 – Catamaran

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      <li style=”text-align: right;”>Hi we are planning our first trip north to Kimberley’s 2019 slowly making our way north . Leaving about mid march for some time at Abrolhos ,shark bay ,Ningaloo etc and hopefully in Broome late June and Darwin October .Boat will stay there until heading east to FNQ when safe to do so 2020.                                                                   

    Exact dates will be known early 2019 .Paul &Rose SV Arabella 45 leopard .


  • #2613


    We’re a 6.5m trailer boat so not exactly “saling” – but I hope you will still talk to us regardless 😉 We’re thinking we’ll be launching from Derby around 24th of June and returning on about 15th July. This will be our first time on the water in the area. Hope to make it as far north as the Sale river.

    There will be two boat – ours, “Skull Drag’n” and another boat “Bundy Runner”.

    Party will be 4 adults and 2 kids (14 & 12).


    • #2647


      hey guys, done a lot of trips up the islands out of derby over the last 10 years. love to help you out.

  • #2633

    Murray & Marilyn

    We have a tentative plan to undertake our 5th Kimberley visit in 2019 from Airlie Beach Central Qld in our Nordhavn 57 M.V. COMMANDER. Nordhavns are displacement power boats so we will average about 8 knots. At this moment just Marilyn and myself on board and our two dogs. We will generally day sail from Airlie to the top of Cape York then continuous run to Gove. Weather will influence our travel time as our boating is for pleasure not an endurance trial. There are a few boats on the east coast that have expressed a desire to cruise with us but nothing firm as yet. We would like to return to Airlie late 2019 – weather permitting. I sincerely trust the numerous shore side fires ( supposedly controlled burn offs) have ended since during our last Kimberley visit in Commander in 2015 the offshore smoke right across the top end and north of JGB was intolerable.

  • #2649


    Hi any body know of an insurance company that covers you in cyclone season north of 26 parallel

    Paul Rose Arabella

    • #2650


      Try QBE and Proteus Marine. If you are heading to the NT, they are probably your only choices, unless your vessel is commercial.

      Have you tried talking to your existing insurer? They may extend your cover for a limited time if you are returning south of the 26th.



  • #2661


    Planning our First Time Kimberley trip. Ketch, cutter rigged steel Mauritius 43 drawing 1.8m. Two of us plus the dog.

    Roughly leaving Perth in April 2019 and arriving in southern Queensland before December 2019. Like Paul & Rose on Arabella we are planning on spending some time in Abrolhos, Shark Bay, Ningaloo, Montebello Is on the way up.

    Thank you everyone for your patience as I am sure we will have a 100 questions.





  • #2816


    2 Trailer boats 7.2 Preston Craft and 7.5 Oceanic, heading to derby on our first Kimberley Adventure.Arriving in Derby about the 23rd/ 24th July. Spending 3 weeks on the water and hopefully get as far as Doubtful Bay. We Would love as much information on safe anchorages and things to see and do.



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    • #2819


      Hi Glen, If you don’t already have it, download Edition 5 of the West Australian Cruising Guide. and print out the pages for that area of the Kimberley. Also contact the guys at Mary Island Fishing Club in Derby – they have heaps of trailer boat experience in the area you are leaving from and heading to. Some are KCCYC members. I can also put you in touch with one of our members in Broome who regularly heads up to that area.

      Cheers, Ross

      • #2821


        Hi Ross

        Thank you for the the reply , much appreciated, things are starting to get real, feeling excited to soon experience what a lot of you have experienced.

        No I don’t have edition 5 of the Western Australia Cruising Guide, so I will download to start with.

        Will follow up on the Mary Island Fishing Club.

        Thank you I will stay in contact for the details of the Broome member as all knowledgeable information will make our trip much more enjoyable and stress free.

        Cheers, Glenn


  • #2818

    Dnd Ontour

    We completed the first half of our maiden Kimberley Voyage in 2018 – we left Darwin on 01 May and arrived in Exmouth on 10 September. We had a wonderful 4+ months enjoying the magic of the Kimberley – my husband, myself and our two pet chooks we got for the voyage!

    We are now spending time in Exmouth (working unfortunately) getting ready to head back to Darwin in the cruising season of 2020.  We look forward to catching up with the Northbound travellers as they pass through Exmouth.

    Safe Travels All

    Michelle, Dan and Spicks & Specks


  • #2831

    David Tognela

    Hi All

    Myself and a mate are planning our first trip up the Kimberly Coast leaving from Broome or Derby from May 1 till May 28.

    We havent been further North than Broome in the past and would welcome any advice regrading the trip. Fuel ( petrol ) , spots to visit , tides , route etc.

    We would also consider buddying up with another boat if the opportunity is there .

    We have planned on the trip taking 2 weeks Max and have the whole of May to adjust dates.

    Cheers Dave







    • #2832


      Hi Dave, Looks like you tried to upload a photo, but the file size was too big. Max size is 512KB.

      Have a look at my above reply to Glen on 23 Jan for some info on the area you are heading into. I suggest Derby is the best launching place. The coast between Broome and Cape Leveque is mainly beach and you’ll burn precious fuel to get to the start of the best places, which is the north east coast of King Sound.

      Cheers, Ross

  • #2836


    Hi, We are continuing our lap of Australia planning on being back in Freo for Xmas 2019. Will start heading north from Sunshine Coast, QLD in late March with an eye on the weather. Rough plan is Darwin in June/July and Exmouth by November. We are pretty keen to get out to Scott Reef on the way through. We are sailing on a Fountaine Pajot, Lipari 41. Its a cruising catamaran. Currently spending time cruising between Sunshine Coast and northern NSW.

    Frank & Marianne

    SV Barbarossa 1

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  • #2846

    Steve Spot On

    We are planning to leave Mackay late April / early May 2019 and cruise around the top, have a re stock in Darwin and end up at Honeymoon Bay for the months of July and August or more. Then slowly cruise back to Darwin.

  • #2847

    Wild Thing


    This is Russell&Vickie we are sailing to the kimberley this March/april 2019

    on our 48′ crowther cat WILDTHING . Leaving Mindarie late March for the

    Abrolhos,Sharkbay,Carnarvon and the Montebellos on the way


    cheers Russell

  • #2848


    Hi all,

    Casuarina, Samantha and Moon Mist all leaving Port Douglas far North Queensland around 1st week of May 20019 heading to Darwin and onto the Kinderleys. Hope to meet up with you all.


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    I will be taking my 6m centrecab, SeaCow, around the kimberly coast. Leaving Wyndham April 9th and arriving in Derby about a month later. If i can get the car and trailer transported by road otherwise i might go Wyndham to cassani island and back then go from derby up the coast and back. I’ll be traveling solo and I’m sure I’ll see some of you along the way.

    Having trouble actually speaking to the right people at shorebarge and paspaly regarding fuel. I have left several messages and sent emails over the last month. I’ll keep trying unless someone has any advise?


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