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Cygnet Bay Pearl Farm Behind-the-Scenes Tour & Live Harvest

1. Cygnet Bay Pearl Farm Behind-the-Scenes Tour & Live Harvest

Join a guided tour for an insight into the fascinating history of pearling in Cygnet Bay. Cygnet Bay Pearl Farm is Australia’s oldest operating pearl farm. It is one of the very few operating pearl farms open to the public. The farm is located 2.5-hours out of Broome at the tip of the Dampier Peninsula and is surrounded by natural beauty. Your knowledgeable guide will demonstrate a live pearl harvest and give you a behind-the-scenes glimpse of the fully operational pearl farm. Your tour concludes with an in-depth pearl grading and appreciation session that will leave you feeling like a pearl expert. It’s with these exquisite gems that Cygnet Bay Pearl Farm is honored to share a unique and coveted treasure with seekers of true natural beauty. With turquoise blue water and white sand beaches largely untouched by human interference, the region around Cygnet Bay is considered one of the most beautiful locations in all of Australia. Extend your stay for a night or longer and experience life on the tip of the Dampier Peninsula with a million star view.

Cygnet Bay Island Explorer Scenic Cruise Experience

2. Cygnet Bay Island Explorer Scenic Cruise Experience

Cruise across the flooded fault line where the ancient Kimberley Rock begins and witness the visual spectacular of the Buccaneer Archipelago. Your tour departs from Cygnet Bay Pearl Farm on an amphibious sea vessel. Transfer to the tour vessel, a 12-seater rib with twin 250-horsepower engines, ideally suited for the tides in the area. The highlight of this tour is the emergence of a reef with a cascading waterfall on outgoing tides. Cruise through the pearl farm and along Joligo Beach to One Arm Point. Marvel at the islands of the Buccaneer Archipelago that come into view. The Kimberley’s extraordinary geological past becomes apparent at Pearl Passage. This is a fault line on the edge of the Canning Basin, running all the way down to the Pilbara.  With turquoise blue water and white sand beaches largely untouched by human interference, the region around Cygnet Bay is considered one of the most beautiful locations in all of Australia. Extend your stay for a night or longer and experience life on the tip of the Dampier Peninsula with a million star view.

Daintree Rainforest, Cape Tribulation, & Mossman Gorge Tour

3. Daintree Rainforest, Cape Tribulation, & Mossman Gorge Tour

Get picked up at your hotel and stop at the renowned Mossman Gorge, the first sight on your Daintree Forest tour. Embark on a guided walk and then hop aboard a river cruise on the Daintree River, home to the elusive estuarine crocodile. Observe stunning native and migratory bird life, butterflies, and breathtaking scenery. Cross the Daintree River, journey to Alexandra Lookout, and enjoy sweeping views extending from the Daintree River Estuary to the Coral Sea. Stop for morning tea under the canopy of this prehistoric rainforest. Have some muffin biscuits, coffee, Daintree Tea, and water.  Continue on to Cape Tribulation, with a stop at Kulki Lookout for unparalleled views of the rainforest and beach. Stop at Noah Valley, a World Heritage private property that plays host to some of the most spectacular, pristine rainforest found anywhere in the world. Take a stroll along The Gateway to Paradise and see one of the most primitive flowering plants still in existence. Enjoy a refreshing swim in the crystal-clear rainforest stream while your barbecue lunch is prepared in a private retreat surrounded by rainforest. Savor a lunch of steak, fish, and sausage, served with salads and a warm damper (Australian-style bread) followed by a tropical fruit platter. Follow lunch with an interpretive guided rainforest walk through the heart of the Daintree rainforest. Discover how all living parts of the Daintree Rainforest depend on each other for survival. Conclude the tour with a visit to Daintree Ice Cream Company.

Cygnet Bay Unique Tidal Waterfall Reefs Scenic Cruise

4. Cygnet Bay Unique Tidal Waterfall Reefs Scenic Cruise

Witness a tidal phenomenon that has to be seen to be believed. Experience an abundance of islands that form the Buccaneer Archipelago and the worlds largest tropical tides the expose the waterfall reef. Your sea safari departs from Cygnet Bay Pearl Farm on an amphibious sea vessel. Transfer to the tour vessel, a 12-seater rib with twin 250-horsepower engines, ideally suited for the tides in the area. The highlight of the tour is the emergence of a reef with a cascading waterfall on outgoing tides. With turquoise blue water and white sand beaches largely untouched by human interference, the region around Cygnet Bay is considered one of the most beautiful locations in all of Australia. Extend your stay for a night or longer and experience life on the tip of the Dampier Peninsula with a million star view.

Broome: Dampier Peninsula 4WD Tour & Optional Return Flight

5. Broome: Dampier Peninsula 4WD Tour & Optional Return Flight

After pickup from your hotel in Broome, head north on Cape Leveque Road. Travelling over rugged terrain on the unsealed sections of the road, your first stop will be the Beagle Bay Aboriginal Community. Visit the famous Sacred Heart Church, with its exquisite Pearl Shell Altar, built in 1918 by the Pallottine Monks. Heading further north to One Arm Point, also known as Ardyaloon, visit another remote indigenous community, with amazing views of the Buccaneer Archipelago. Here you will enjoy a guided visit of the Trochus Shell Hatchery & Aquaculture Centre. Get an insight into aquaculture and the strong connection the Bardi Jawi have to their country as saltwater people. Marvel at the diverse range of locally-crafted products and beautiful polished shells, which are also available to buy as a souvenir. Next stop is Cygnet Bay Pearl Farm, where you will tuck into a chef-prepared lunch, followed by a tour of the farm, which is Australia’s oldest operating pearl farm. Following the tour, take the opportunity to visit their showroom to see where some of the finest South Sea Pearls are grown and harvested. Opt for the return scenic flight (must be pre-booked) down the beautiful coast to arrive in Broome at approximately 5 PM, or travel back by 4WD coach to return to Broome at 7:30 PM.

Cygnet Bay Giant Whirlpool Tidal Boat Experience

6. Cygnet Bay Giant Whirlpool Tidal Boat Experience

Your sea safari departs from Cygnet Bay Pearl Farm on an amphibious sea vessel. Transfer to the tour vessel, a 12-seater rib with twin 250-horsepower engines, ideally suited for the tides in the area. Feel the power of the world’s largest tropical tides as you cruise among the giant whirlpools and standing tidal waves. Venture into Escape Passage, recently described by scientists as having the fastest ocean currents in the world. The tides on this section of the Kimberley Coast are particularly large due to the area’s geography. When the sun and moon align on a spring tide, the ocean is pulled towards the north-west of WA and Indonesia, gathering speed as it reaches the shallow continental shelf and bottle-necking as it passes between Australia and Indonesia. This creates the exhilarating whirlpools and standing waves you will see on the tour. With turquoise blue water and white sand beaches largely untouched by human interference, the region around Cygnet Bay is considered one of the most beautiful locations in all of Australia. Extend your stay for a night or longer and experience life on the tip of the Dampier Peninsula with a million star view.

From Cairns: Daintree Wilderness & Cape Tribulation Bus Tour

7. From Cairns: Daintree Wilderness & Cape Tribulation Bus Tour

On this full-day tour you will discover the beautiful Daintree Rainforest. The remote natural magnificence of Cape Tribulation and the Daintree Rainforest is far from the glitz of civilization and brings both awe and peace, a true solace to the soul. Daintree is nature's kingdom, a gem in Australia's crown of natural icons. Here you will find fan palms, Flying Paradise Kingfishers, tree frogs, butterflies of every hue and color, Rainbow Lorikeets, entwining strangler figs, and rampant climbing vines set by crystal streams flowing into a tropical sea. On this tour you will visit the Wildlife Habitat to experience the 5 wildlife environments – the savannah, rainforest, wetlands, nocturnal, and grasslands. Cross the Daintree River on board a cable-driven vehicular ferry. You will travel deep into the Daintree Rainforest to the Cape Tribulation Resort to enjoy a tropical lunch. At Cape Tribulation you can enjoy the dazzling white sand beaches and azure tropical sea and visit Alexandra Lookout to admire the spectacular views of the Daintree River and the Coral Sea. Cruise along the Daintree River among mangroves, impenetrable rainforest jungle, and crocodile-infested waters and enjoy afternoon tea before returning to Cairns.

Broome: Dampier Peninsula, Indigenous Communities & Sea Tour

8. Broome: Dampier Peninsula, Indigenous Communities & Sea Tour

After pickup from your hotel in Broome, head north on Cape Leveque Road. Travelling over rugged terrain on the unsealed sections of the road, your first stop will be the Beagle Bay Aboriginal Community. Visit the famous Sacred Heart Church, with its exquisite Pearl Shell Altar, built in 1918 by the Pallottine Monks. Heading further north to One Arm Point, also known as Ardyaloon, visit another remote indigenous community, with amazing views of the Buccaneer Archipelago. Here you will enjoy a guided visit of the Trochus Shell Hatchery & Aquaculture Centre. Get an insight into aquaculture and the strong connection the Bardi Jawi have to their country as saltwater people. Marvel at the diverse range of locally-crafted products and beautiful polished shells, which are also available to buy as a souvenir. Next stop is Cygnet Bay Pearl Farm ,where you will tuck into a chef-prepared lunch, followed by a tour of the farm, which is Australia’s oldest operating pearl farm. Following the tour, take the opportunity to visit their showroom to see where some of the finest South Sea Pearls are grown and harvested. Finally, head out on an adventurous and exhilarating 2-hour sea safari on the Buccaneer Archipelago, famous for its enormous tidal rushes, standing waves and intense whirlpools.

From Broome: Windjana Gorge, Tunnel Creek & Boab Prison Tree

9. From Broome: Windjana Gorge, Tunnel Creek & Boab Prison Tree

Begin your day trip into the Kimberley region with an early morning pick-up in Broome. Travel east over the Willare Bridge, crossing the mighty Fitzroy River. Stop at one of the Kimberley’s most famous landmarks the massive ancient Boab Prison Tree, once used to house convicts. Continue east through the Kimberley Cattle country and journey along the famous Gibb River Road. Arrive at Windjana Gorge and enjoy a scrumptious picnic lunch. The gorge is a renowned freshwater crocodile spotting site. Keep an eye out for wildlife hiding in the Lennard River that runs through Windjana Gorge. Limestone walls rise more than 100 meters and are home to fossils of shells and sea creatures. Afterwards, head to Tunnel Creek, a 750-meter long flooded cavern. Wade through knee to thigh high water and hear the story of Jandamarra. The tunnel features many beautiful formations and is home to a variety of bats, olive pythons and freshwater crocodiles. Enjoy a swim at the end of the tunnel in a waterhole before heading back to afternoon tea. Begin the return journey to Broome as the sun sets. There will be time to stop en-route for dinner (at your own expense). Arrive in Broome at approximately 10:00 PM. 

From Broome: Dampier Peninsula Discoverer Helicopter Ride

10. From Broome: Dampier Peninsula Discoverer Helicopter Ride

Discover the breathtaking coastline of Australia’s Kimberley region on this exciting trip through the sky. Get picked up from your hotel in Broome, then kick back and enjoy the ride. Don’t forget your camera, so you can capture the spectacular views from the Discoverer Helicopter. Fly low across the unique terrain of Kimberley’s bush and cattle country. Soar to the northern tip of the Dampier Peninsula and watch the landscape change. Head up to Cygnet Bay and pass over shallow waters teeming with marine life. Stretch your legs and explore Cygnet Bay Pearl Farm. If you’re feeling it, you can grab a bite here too. Journey back over the dusty, red cliffs of Cape Leveque and James Price Point, contrasted against white beaches and shimmering waves.

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What people are saying about Kimberley, Australia

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 323 reviews

Our skipper Janey was very knowledgeable and very friendly. She explained the working of the Pearl farm and how the pearls are grown and harvested. Then she took us on an exhilarating boat ride to experience the wonder of the waterfall reef. The trip was well worth while. Thanks

A great day. Gary, our guide, was friendly, approachable and very knowledgeable. We saw stunning places such as Mossman Gorge and Thornton Beach, as well as the Daintree. Lunch was excellent and the highlight for me was swimming in Noah’s Creek. Highly recommend!

Please please book it . What a wonderful wonderful day . So much to see and do . Awesome nothing was to hard or over the top. It's all planned sit back realx and enjoy. Randall our driver and tour guide was amazing such a wonderful man .

Realy enjoyed the Tour learned alot about the Dauntree forest

Great itinerary Good lunch Gary was an excellent guide