australia\'s kimberley coast: one of the world\'s great wildernesses
\"I \'d rather go somewhere else than do something else. When the sun went down, I looked west on the beach and the mainland was behind me. \" -Tim Winton. For those who have not read him, Tim Winton has always been an Australian writer. Especially he is from Western Australia. He got the wild majesty of the place. This sentence appears at the top of my first day activity list on home True North for the next six days. . . I think this is a good sign and the perfect way for us to start our journey along the coast to the last big wilderness in the world. I will find the vast, pristine coastline of northwest Australia on the most beautiful coastline of the area --known boats. When I mentioned that I was going to travel along the Kimberley coast, the real people of the North were envious. I will find its reputation for excellence well deserved. Kimberley covers an area of nearly 425 square kilometers. There are ancient sandstone canyons, winding rivers, reefs and thousands of small islands. We were in June, the winter season that started in October. The rainy season lasts from November to April, during which rainfall occurs. Spectacular views of many waterfalls in the area, but hot hell and wet with it. If you lie down with a book and a G & T and look forward to a quiet few days, you \'d better think about it again. . . The cruise was full of activities. They call this six. day, seven- Night Cruise Kimberley snapshot. This will allow us to see the most successful side of Kimberly. It will also take me out of the comfort zone in the best way possible. It\'s not ridiculous that they think this is the real North camp. There are 36 guests on board. Guest, not passenger. and 20 crew. The crew is young, Australian, and many have just returned from the super yacht circuit in Europe. They\'re fine though- They are proficient in taking care of the needs of the guests and actively encourage them to interact with the guests. When we are fishing, they use the hook as bait and break the fish, but they are also a treasure trove of information about the area and are happy to meet us when they can All this greatly adds to the relaxed and pleasant feeling on board. The real North set sail from night to the north, passing north through the Cape leffk, through the pirate islands, to the Whirlpool passage, named after many Whirlpool pools in the waters. We jumped into six sections to explore this passage. The smaller boats slide over the pool and rotate around the circle. It was a thrilling journey, just like the sea boiling. The tidal changes in this part of Australia\'s west coast are huge, with a difference of about 10 to 12 metres between the highs and lows. . . This is a nightmare for sailors, but a pleasure for vacationers. Our first and only saltwater swim took place on our first day on board, what a wonderful swim it was. It was abandoned when we approached the clay beach at the tender section, but for a few rows of brightly colored recliners and sun umbrellas that miraculously appeared on the beach. The trustworthy crew came here before us. This is my dream beach, white, squeaky sand, golden sandstone and crystal -- Clear turquoise warm water. A crew member sat on the rock above and looked at the crocodile. Saltwater crocodiles have been found on Kimberly\'s coastline, and they will not be messed up. Needless to say, we only keep a few of the guys games that explore the rock shelves. To master the absolute size of the area, you need to see it from the air. One of the most spectacular things in the north is that it has its own helicopter and we can fly into the sky. . . often. From the air, the islands are like a maze. Huge sandstone cliffs can be traced back to 1. 8 billion years. We looked for crocodiles in the blue waters and found a place to bask in the sun on the shoal. We went back around and looked at it carefully, but it was gone. Taking the level waterfall in Kimberly reminds me of the captain of Queenstown. There are two narrow gaps in the sandstone, and the water rushes out at low tide, rushing back as it rises again. Timing is all about Kimberly. The tides dominate our lives. It was a crazy journey and the second narrow passage was considered too dangerous for us to sail. This is an unusual phenomenon in the originally flat ocean. Kimberly is full of surprises. The most beautiful of them is Montgomery Reef, about 20 km kilometers from the central part of the Kimberley coast. Here, the magic is created by the changing trend. The coral reefs seem to rise from the depths of our eyes, and in countless small waterfalls, the water has washed away. We saw turtles and giant rays, sharks and wading birds in the lagoon. The view from the helicopter reveals how magnificent the reef, which stretches nearly 400 km, is. This pristine wilderness is an ideal place for bird watching. Of course, birds need to get up with them. At dawn, the tender leaves, and the dark waters of the Regent River are oily and calm. Soon we found our first sea eagle, with chestnut feathers shining in the first golden light of the sun. The bright red fiddler crab jumped on the mud, and the Kingfisher flew between the mangroves. True North\'s resident naturalist has been giving us some insight into the private lives of our feather friends whose eyes have been looking for Robin, honey eater, Ibis and herons. On the Regent\'s river, we are face-to-face with one of Kimberly\'s most beautiful attractions-King\'s falls. It is wide and magnificent, reminiscent of the Hanging Gardens of Babylon, and as the water rolls over, lush growth attaches to the surface of the rock, leaving glittering beads on the grass. Because of its shallow water, 1. 2 m, the real North can move directly to the waterfall: We can almost shower at the bow. We took a shower at the next waterfall, and when the water came to us, we screamed happily and popped out of the Rock and squeezed on the bow of the section. You will never know that the amphitheater falls are there, hidden in a narrow winding passage. When we turn, they reveal themselves and roll down, which is a perfect semi-circle of red sandstone, which is amazing. Kimberly is a paradise for fishermen. Even a newbie like me can definitely catch something. We caught up with lunch. I am very happy that I am wearing decent clothes. sized salmon . . . My foam burst when I found out it was different from our New Zealand salmon and was only considered bait. We later used it to attract hammerhead sharks to take pictures on the beams of True North. I would love to try out the pastimes of most Australians, mud crabs. I found it to be a risky business. We went to one of the many mangroves. A covered stream of the Regent\'s son River, looking for some possible attractions. Crab like a beach But the same is true of crocs, other residents of the river. Every once in a while we tie the crab net to the branches of the tree to wait and listen to the sound of peace, the slapping of the water and the call of the birds. When we capsized to collect fishing nets, I found a crocodile, but he was one of the many crocodiles. Because of the huge tidal changes, we are now tied to the water level. There was a feeling of fear because I remember someone warning us not to put our hands close to the water, but got the net back with a reliable broom and yes, there were crabs and it was good because we provided Eat tonight. Once on board, however, be careful as they can take off their toes with those sturdy pliers. Mud crabs are very hard-to-eat small animals that hide sweet meat under hard and complex shells. Fortunately, the crew had dealt with them and we watched the sun happily lick our fingers down the mountain. We\'re going to explore this land every day. Hiking is challenging, but ends with a great sense of accomplishment, usually swimming in one of the many rocky pools. We drag ourselves on huge boulders and drop almost vertically. Dr Seuss- Like the huge baobab and gum scramble for space, we often get rewards for rock art. Kimberly is home to some of the world\'s oldest rock art sites. There are thousands of places hidden under rocks that provide shelter near beaches and rivers, or places close to food. The earliest residents came here about 50,000 years ago. Some art places are carbon-free. At least 17,000 years old. But in the north, there are some animals that have been extinct for more than 40,000 years in the picture. The work is really awesome. Not only for their age, but also for their details are inspiring. Many tell about hunting adventures, others show exquisite headwear and other decorations, and some simple handprints that just tell family stories. Still found in this part of Australia, a large part of it is the real North. Her captain is still drawing part of the map of the coast, he is 18 Worked in the real north for a year and couldn\'t imagine working elsewhere. \"It\'s peace and quiet,\" he told me . \". \"You can sit on the outside deck, only you, the wind and the birds. \"Will, our helicopter pilot, is constantly meeting new treasure stones to show us. Eagle Falls is one of them. One day, when he went out to fly with his boss, he happened to find them by chance. They named them Eagle Falls in honor of the two eagles hovering overhead at the time. We had a picnic here, flew in by helicopter and were keenly aware that it would be our last flight before we got home. We landed on the edge of the second of the four waterfalls. The crew once again went above and beyond, set up a shady shed under the cliff, and prepared a recliner for the sumptuous picnic. Kangaroo steak from Barbie, salad, beer and wine, lamb and Moroccan chicken. What else do you want? Oh yes . . . and Tim Tams. This is where my limit lies. No one was swimming where the bottom could not be seen, and I avoided the rock pool at home because there were all kinds of creatures lurking there, namely eel. But here I had to follow others into the top pool. There is a crocodile named Lambchop who lives in the ground floor pool and he is a big boy, probably because he has collected so many lamb chops from a real Northern picnic. Hopefully his teammates haven\'t reached the fourth pool yet. This is a mysterious place, surrounded by familiar sandstone, wrapped around the Reed and grass. The water is dark and deep, still. I have the courage to devote myself to it. It\'s heaven. So this is what I have been missing over the years. Check list gets there: Air New Zealand is flying almost every day Stop flights between Auckland and Perth. For more information: Polaris Cruises operates luxury adventure cruises in the Kimberley region.