Alone in the Wild

The con­verted nor­we­gian ice­breaker Anda is the only yacht for charter in aus­tralia’s re­mote Kim­ber­ley re­gion.

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They call it “The Last Fron­tier,” a place where al­most no­body goes and even fewer peo­ple stay. The Kim­ber­ley is a re­gion in north­west Aus­tralia that’s about the size of Cal­i­for­nia, but where only three towns have more than 2,000 res­i­dents. Steep ocean­front cliffs, deep in­land gorges and a lack of roads mean the only ways to ex­plore much of the Kim­ber­ley is by ATV, he­li­copter or boat. In the hand­ful of coast­line spots where tourist stopovers ex­ist, they call them “wilder­ness re­treats.”

It’s ex­actly the kind of place that ap­peals to the owner of 138-foot (42-me­ter) Anda, which launched in the 1960s as a Nor­we­gian ice­breaker and was con­verted to an ex­plorer yacht dur­ing a two-year re­fit com­pleted in 2012.

At the time you read this, Anda was sched­uled to be ar­riv­ing for her sec­ond tour of the Kim­ber­ley, where man­age­ment com­pany Ocean Al­liance says she will be the only yacht open for charter through Sep­tem­ber.

“The owner is a keen fish­er­man, and so uses Anda along with his [52-foot] game-fish­ing ves­sel Fortes­cue for ex­pe­di­tions to the Abrol­hos is­lands and Mon­te­bello Is­lands, which are renowned [for hav­ing] some of the best game-fish­ing in Aus­tralia,” says Anda’s cap­tain, Alan Mart­low. “We com­pleted a two-week voy­age to the Kim­ber­ley in Sep­tem­ber 2015, but 2016 is the first sea­son that Anda is be­ing made avail­able for charter for lux­ury Kim­ber­ley ex­pe­di­tions.”

Anda’s crew works with a local guide who is mar­ried to a landowner in the Kim­ber­ley, giv­ing

A 2010-12 re­fit turned Anda into a lux­ury ex­pe­di­tion yacht. above: The Kim­ber­ley is filled with ocean­front cliffs and in­land gorges. top:

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