Following a COVID-19 enforced shutdown, adventure cruise operator True North is back in action. Their revered adventure-yacht departed Broome last month with a boatload of very excited West Aussies after it was announced that the Kimberley region was once again open for visitors.
Unfortunately, while Western Australia’s state border remains closed, the first post-COVID departure was necessarily a home-grown affair. But for locals who made it onboard, seven nights exploring the Kimberley coast was sure to be just what the doctor ordered – and that’s just a beginning.
True North has announced an amended sailing schedule for the entire second half of 2020 featuring the brand’s longstanding association with small-group and nature-based adventures in the most remote locations. Guests can travel safe and carefree while escaping the crowds and relaxing in the fresh air.
“It’s likely that some of our initial departures will continue to be impacted by the border closure, but we are hoping that guests from interstate will be able to join us soon,” said True North’s founding director, Craig Howson.
“Our amended schedule includes itineraries that are sure to attract the attention of discerning adventurers from all around the country. It’s still the perfect time of the year to be in Kimberley, so we are kicking things off with some old favourites – the Kimberley Snapshot and our flagship Kimberley Ultimate.”
Later this month, the successful Coast & Coral itinerary will also be on offer, taking guests from the Kimberley coast to the equally stunning Rowley Shoals. As well as a specialised itinerary on the Kimberley Coast that will feature fishing for barramundi.
In late October, True North plans to re-introduce another old favourite: the 13-night Over the Top from Darwin to Cairns. On this trip, guests can uncover the rugged ‘Top End,’ including spectacular wetlands adjacent to the world-famous Kakadu National Park, before soaking up the rainforest fringed coastline of Cape York and, the wonder of the Great Barrier Reef. There will also be opportunities for reef fishing or scenic flights in the helicopter.
The amended 2020 schedule also includes a selection of new itineraries. The seven-night Kimberley Northern Atolls features both the Rowley Shoals and, rarely visited Scott Reef, and two maiden voyages on the Great Barrier Reef will provide an opportunity for guests onboard to experience destinations not normally visited by larger ships, including the Gold Coast and Fraser Island.
Then it’s down the coast to Sydney for the True North’s well-known Christmas and New Year itineraries which feature the start of the Sydney to Hobart yacht race and the Harbour Bridge fireworks on New Year’s Eve.
“The best news is that in many instances, our amended 2020 sailing schedule includes pricing that is up to 25% less than our normal pricing,” Howson added.
And to ensure travellers safety, the company has also launched a new program called True North Fresh, featuring enhanced onboard hygiene and special booking conditions that offers greater flexibility.
Find out more: truenorth.com.au/cruise-map/schedule
Images: supplied/True North