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‘Choose the best’: True North luxury cruises are big on adventure

If you’ve ever dreamed of a luxury Kimberley cruise or sailing off into the unknown, True North is the cruise company you need to know about.

What’s your definition of adventure?

True North think it’s any experience that takes you into your unknown. And that’s what the luxury cruise company does, every day.

For more than 30 years, True North has been tracking down unique experiences in Australia, Indonesia, West Papua and Papua New Guinea.

This is not your typical expedition cruise. The built-for-purpose True North has been designed to sail off the beaten track, so you can uncover hidden coastal gems in maximum comfort.

The TRUE NORTH provides greater access to the spectacular Kimberley coast
The TRUE NORTH provides greater access to the spectacular Kimberley coast

Every True North cruise is unique. The guests craft the itinerary.

You’ll have six dedicated adventure boats and an onboard helicopter at your disposal so the sky really is the limit. Perhaps today will be the day that you catch your first barramundi. Or you could fly to an otherwise impossible‑to‑reach gorge deep in the Kimberley wilderness.

“We can’t necessarily say what you will be doing each day because it’s up to you.” — True North

An adventure on the Kimberley coast is a once in a lifetime experience. Make the most of it.

Where can I go?

True North operates all around the magnificent Australian coastline and in the stunning waters of Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, Melanesia and the Solomon Islands.

The company carefully crafts its sailing schedule to ensure each destination is at its stunning best.

The Kimberley with TRUE NORTH
The Kimberley

True North adventures

True North is one of the only Australian cruise companies that can access the still-wild coast of Western Australia.

You can sail between WA’s intriguing Abrolhos Islands, a rarely seen archipelago comprised of 122 islands and coral reefs off the coast of Geraldton.

See whale sharks as you explore the world-famous Ningaloo Reef. Explore the fishing paradise of the Montebello Islands and marvel at the pristine Rowley Shoals

On a luxury Kimberley cruise, you can explore rugged mountains, spectacular gorges and majestic waterfalls.

In South Australia, the ‘Southern Safari’ cruises along white sandy beaches, inhabited islands and sheltered bays between Kangaroo Island and Ceduna.

Exlplore in Comfort
Exlplore in Comfort

You can even choose a luxury True North adventure in Sydney Harbour.

See the spectacular New Year’s Eve fireworks in style, or see the start of the Sydney to Hobart yacht race.

International cruises

True North can also take you deep into Papua New Guinea and West Papua’s incredible wilderness, exploring places rarely seen by tourists.

Departing from Darwin, you can witness the flourishing biodiversity hotspot of Cenderawasih Bay and, snorkel with huge, but gentle whale sharks.

Heli inbond King George
Heli inbond King George

Papua New Guinea is the land of the unexpected, a paradise just waiting to be found.

With True North, you can take a helicopter flight over the active Rabaul volcano, visit the stirring Isurava memorial on the Kokoda track and witness a crocodile initiation ceremony on the mysterious Sepik River.

Traditional canoe in Melanesia
Traditional canoe in Melanesia

True North’s Melanesia cruise offers a rare opportunity to explore the Louisiade Archipelago, which stretches 400km along the northern rim of the Coral Sea. On this luxury cruise, you can also visit the unique Trobriand Islands and spectacular Bougainville.

Head to the True North website below to see the full list of incredible, action-packed luxury cruise itineraries.

What to expect on board

True North cruises ooze comfort and style. The spacious cabins feature modern decor, en-suites and satellite telephones. Guest numbers are limited to 36 and an Australian crew of 22 uniquely chaperones every experience.

Expect sustainable, organic, modern Australian cuisine onboard. The ship’s menus are destination-inspired and feature the best locally sourced ingredients.

Signature dishes might include the revered barramundi – perhaps caught by your own hand that very day.


Guests also love the plump black-lip oysters prize which True North staff prize from a rock. You can help, or simply watch sipping on an essential glass of champagne.

Other favourites include mud crabs cooked on the beach at sunset and, Spanish mackerel served as sashimi in the ship’s lounge.

Hometown highlights include delicious mangrove jack and finger-mark bream, seasonal yellow-fin tuna and Yeeda Estate beef.

Adventures include mud-crabbing and fishing
Adventures include mud-crabbing and fishing © @truenorthaustralia Instagram

True North’s ‘heli-picnics’ are an unforgettable way to enjoy the quintessential Aussie barbeque. They feature an array of seafood cooked alongside a private waterfall in the wilderness.

What you won’t get is extended periods at sea. True North adventures are just that – adventures. They go where the bigger ship can not go and they do it in style.

Guests consistently remark “that’s the best holiday I have ever had”.

Make sure you choose the best.

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