Boats Sailing to the Kimberley Coast in 2021.

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    • #3388

      If you’re planning a cruise to the Kimberley in 2021, use this topic to post a brief outline of your sailing plans. You can arrange to meet up with other vessels, cruise in company, ask questions, get info etc.

      Hope to see you out there.


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    • #3389

      Ros and I are leaving Perth on R&R mid/late April with plans to meet up with everyone at the KCCYC Beach Party on 4th July. Then on to Darwin for the wet season.

      We sailed through the Kimberley from Darwin to Perth a few months ago and due to Covid 19 restrictions, we literally saw only 2 other private vessels between the Bonaparte Gulf and King Sound. Hopefully 2021 will be open to cruising crews from all over Australia to enjoy and explore the KC.

    • #3401

      Dave, Tina and Shazam (red stumpy cattle dog) on “Nomad Davina”, Lightwave 38 catamaran. Leaving Tin Can Bay, Queensland around mid March. Heading north over the top hopefully Darwin  around June, then straight over to the Kimberleys.

      • #3509

        HI all, great website! Thanks to all who have provided the information. Singularity (Lightwave 38 Cat) will be in Darwin late June, then to Perth. Looking forward to catching up. Steff, Cate & Wyynie.


    • #3402

      We’re starting to think about crossing the bight this summer and heading up the west coast. Boat is ‘Duplicat’, Privilege 435, and likely to be me and whoever I can find to crew (and even better if we find a way to get my wife back into the country from the UK!).

    • #3403

      Hi Everyone

      Brian Sandra and our dog Tilly are leaving Shoalhaven Heads straight after Christmas.Possibly Townsville by April ,then on to Darwin possibly May/June.Over to the Kimberly’s for our first visit.Looking forward to it heaps.

      Brian and Sandra Dorling

      MV Sealeaf

    • #3405

      Hi All,

      My wife Helen and I will be resetting our cancelled trip from this year and departing start of July out of Derby in our RL28 trailer sailer heading east and aiming to reach Darwin by around 17th of September. This will be our second trailer sailer trip to the Kimberley but hoping to see a lot more of the coast this time round. Hopefully we see a few of you along the way and if you see our small boat “Neringa” (you can’t miss the name) be sure to say hello.

      Cheers Mark

    • #3424
      Trevor Gill

      Trevor and Fiona on sailing catamaran Exhale. Originally planned to sail down the East coast but we are now heading over the top to the Kimberley. Planning to leave Brisbane around April. Looking forward to meeting other boaties on the way.



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    • #3429
      Liquidity II

      Hi All,

      Greg and I will sail to the Kimberley Coast departing Darwin April/May as soon as the weather permits. We own a Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 45.2. We are planning a 3 month trip to Broome, to visit family, re-stock and re-fuel, then return to Darwin over the following 3 months to arrive before the cyclone season begins again. 2021 will be our 5th wonderful trip through the Kimberley.

      Hope to see you out there. Fair winds and safe sailing.

      Robyn and Greg

      Liquidity II

    • #3430

      Hi All

      Three little Birds 1 will be departing Se Qld early April hoping to arrive in the Kimberley before the waterfalls stop flowing and the fish stop biting. We plan to spend the season in the region and return September.




    • #3432

      Hi Mark, I just spoke to friends who caretake the Faraway Bay Resort near the King George River over the wet season. They report reasonable rainfall in December and the creeks have started to flow. Hopefully, the La Nina in the Pacific will keep the rain coming over the next few months and you will get to see the falls and creeks in flow.

      Some advice you are likely to get from plenty of other sailors up north and from me, having done the trip several times, is to delay your return back from Darwin to Qld to as late in the dry season as possible. The east to south-easterly trade winds across the top and down the FNQ coast are consistently 20-25 knots most days. The seas are short and steep in this breeze and make for hard sailing, or mostly motoring. The trades start to drop off around mid November and if you’re lucky, you may get a N or NW breeze from December on. I suggest leaving Darwin early November..



    • #3437
      Wild Thing

      Hi all

      vickie and myself off the ‘Wild Thing’ 48’ sailing cat,will be planning to leave  from Darwin  for the Kimberley in the first week of April hope to catch up with some other boats on the way. Going as far as Rothesay water them returning to Darwin in August /September


      Russell and Vickie


    • #3440

      SV Defino , Myra and Shane will be leaving the GC heading north slowly early March , hopefully join up with a few other boats to cruise in company by at least TI


    • #3446
      John Peirce

      SV ‘Esoterica’, Martz 46 mono with John and Kerryn plan to depart from Tipperary Waters marina, Darwin, late April, sailing to the Kimberley Coast, returning back to Darwin mid-July. We are planning to sail to Cape Leveque before turning around and heading to the Beach Party. Hope to see others en-route.

    • #3448


      We have 3 motor boats leaving Fremantle April 2021 planning to be at the falls by 25th May heading up as far as Swift Bay.

      Memphis Belle – Tidy

      Q – Alan and Julie

      Orca – Neil and Lyn

      See ya there for a coldy


    • #3450
      Buena Vista

      Hello all,

      Some friends and I are bringing my boat back to Exmouth from Darwin in early April.

      We cruised across the top from Cairns in late 2019 and then got stuck with covid.

      So, a slow trip through the Kimberley sounds great – would like to meet up with other boats and also source relevant information on safe cruising this area please.

      Hope to make the famous bbq also.

    • #3453

      Hi Ross, I will be departing Darwin for Fremantle on SV Kelpie 1. The number of stops I make in the Kimberley will depend on the amount of time off work I get. One stop I would like to make will be the King George Falls.

      At this time I am planning to depart Darwin in the first week of June.

      I would like to keep in contact with anyone in the area around that time so please feel free to do the same.

      • #3534

        Update to my original post, I am scheduled to depart Darwin 15/6 AM for KGR. Joining me will be my wife Lyn and my brother Charles. I would be happy to meet and communicate with persons on vessels in the area. If you do hear us on the radio or see us, please feel free to come aboard.

    • #3454

      Hi Ross and Others,I hope to leave Cape Jaffa in the first week of March to head across the Bight to get to the Kimberleys for the BBQ. I got to Ceduna last year but had to come back when the boarders closed.It would be great to hear from anyone who is travelling from the southern part of Ausralia

    • #3455
      Phil Harman

      Hi – planning to leave Mandurah WA  early April to arrive Darwin by 26 May – then joining other boats to come back and explore the Kimberleys in June /July.
      Have never travelled waters north of Perth -and would greatly appreciate the ability to travel in company of other more experienced skippers in these waters if possible – ideally exploring Abrolhos & Montebello’s enroute .

      Riviera 56 with good long range fuel capacity and great on board facilities .
      Currently only 2 pax on board – ideally looking for a third person ( experienced ) to share skipper duties -especially if overnight passage making is part of the itinerary.
      Notice that Memphis Belle , Q, & Orca are all looking to do same ‘similar trip’-your contact details greatly appreciated.


      Phil Harman


    • #3476
      Don Reed

      Hi Fellow cruisers
      Don and I hope to tow our 30ft trailer sailer ‘Moonbeam’ to Darwin in May 2021. We will launch it there then Don plans to drive the ute and empty trailer to Broome and leave them there then fly back to Darwin to begin our Kimberlie adventure for the next few months. We are looking forward to catching up with other cruisers along the way.
      Agnes and Don Reed
      Noosaville QLD

    • #3479
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      Terry and Leonie on SV Sens de la Vie Beneteau  Oceanis mono

      leaving Cairns beginning of April to Darwin in June and then making our way to Kimberly coast

      looking forward to meeting others along the way on our passage making

      This was our plan last year

      In these uncertain times we are taking a leap of faith that we can achieve this long held dream to sail to the Kimberly Coast in 2021

    • #3480

      Kathmandu is in Darwin after sailing from Brisbane last year. I expect to leave in May for Kimberley. Hope to meet up with others at times as travelling alone. First time and want to see all I can in up to 5 months cruising. Fingers crossed borders stay open.

    • #3481

      Hi all,

      Glen and Kym here sailing Tigress Too, we are hoping to leave Mandurah in the first weeks of April heading up to the Kimberley and then on to Darwin and maybe across to Queensland looking forward to meeting up at the 2021 beach party.

      We are fairly new to sailing, been having lessons to start getting our skills up, and whilst we have nowhere near the skill sets of some long time sailors are feeling confident enough to be able to set out and start moving.

      We are happy to buddy up with anyone that may be heading North at that time if anyone else would like the added comfort of having another vessel close to hand.

    • #3483
      Cool Change

      Hi everyone,

      Lisa and Matt on Cool Change (Beneteau Oceanis 43), leaving Cairns late April to be in Darwin sometime in June/July, and then head to the Kimberley, before continuing down West Coast.

      We’ve already met Terry and Leonie on Sens de la Vie (they’re ace!) and looking forward to meeting many more of you out there!

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    • #3496

      Hello all,

      Colin and Nicole on FatBlueSky (Beneteau Oceanis 411) departing Freo March 26 heading to Abrohlos for 3weeks or so then on up the coast. Plan to get to Broome late May and spend June July in the Kimberley. Making the beach party on 4th July before turning around and heading South again.

      Look forward to meeting some of you along the way. Safe cruising!

    • #3502
      Equinox 7

      Rod and Leonie on Equinox 7 will be departing Fremantle this Thursday for a week in the Abrolhos and another week in the Monties before arriving there in late April till early July. We will go up as far as the Berkley and look forward to catching up with other members.
      Looking forward to the beach party on the 4th.

    • #3514

      Departing from Mindarie marina in mid April on our Shearwater 39, Sheer Tenacity. Making our way across the top and down to Brisbane by September. Would love to meet up with other cruisers along the way.
      Paul & Brenda

    • #3515
      SV Heatwave

      Peter and Toni Sailing Catamaran Heatwave.  Making our way across from Queensland for our first trip to the Kimberley by boat.  Hope to get there June or July.

      This site is a fantastic resource.  Thanks very much for the effort that goes into it.
      Peter and Toni

    • #3549


      We are planning on leaving Darwin around the 21 June to spend about 6 weeks in the Kimberley.  There will be four of us on board our Prout45S.

    • #3551

      Hi Craig and Janette on Napea a Buizen 52 sailing across the top from Qld and leaving Darwin for the Kimberley in the second week of June. We will continue south to reach Fremantle by late September.

    • #3552

      Hi all,

      Adam and Menita leaving Darwin on or shortly after June 19 for our first trip through the Kimberley, down to Exmouth and celebrating a 50th on the way!

      Looking forward to meeting up with as many of you as possible.

      Safe travels to all…

    • #3559
      Miss Piggy

      Hi All,

      Brigitte and Bruce on SV Miss Piggy looking to join you all, but will sadly miss the AGM.  We left Fremantle 1 June and are currently in Dampier.  Hoping to make Broome early July then spend 5 or 6 weeks in the Kimberley before heading home.

      This site is a great resource and a credit to all concerned. Thank you!

    • #3562


      We were intending to set sail last Friday, but had a set back to one of the crew so had to wait till this Friday.  Rang the NT Covid hotline and they have told us that we are unable to leave Darwin Harbor whilst the lockdown is in place.  So who knows when we will be leaving.

      Anyway we are doing some repairs whilst we wait although thats hard as the chandlery stores are all closed as well.  We wait with baited breath to see what the next announcement includes.



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