Saltwater crocodiles are prevalent in The Kimberley so there is no swimming from the boats or beaches, and it is hot, very hot! The saving grace is the boats are air-conditioned and the crew know many creeks and gorges that end in a waterfall (or two) with deep pools high up for swimming safe from the crocs. This is the first waterfall and pool we visited when the early morning light turned the pool to molten gold.
On our first day we left from Broome (at one time the pearling capital of the world) in a heavy haze or mist and motored north along The Kimberley coast on the “Diversity” a well appointed 19.5 metre cruising catamaran. Twelve of us on a World Photo Adventures trip lead by Darran Leal and a crew of five. A very diverse group in age and background and not a dud among the lot!
That first day was spent in cruising north along the coast of the Dampier Peninsular within sight but too hazy for photographs, then rounding Cape Leveque we headed east to finally stop in Yampie Sound at Silver Gull Creek about 4am the next morning. This was now the true Kimberley.
On this second day we explored the closest beach before sunrise (see yesterday’s post) then still using Diversity’s 3 dinghies we shot around to Croc Creek and waterfall (which you see here). After a swim it was back to the boat for a bite to eat and up anchor to cruise around to Talbot Bay two and a half hours away and the Horizontal Waterfall. See more in tomorrows post 🙂