Our Original Cruise at the Original Price!
To use some 80s terminology … Dude! May is going to be like totally gnarly for Triple J Tours in Kununurra, Western Australia. They will be having a phat time and are going to party hardy as they celebrate 30 years on the Ord River. Like, don’t have a cow – their birthday offer is the real deal. The original J4 Ord River Cruise at the original 1980s price – just $80 per person! Totally wicked!
Guests will save up to $105 on the cruising price for the Ord River Cruise when booking during the Argyle Diamonds Ord Valley Muster from 11 to 20 May, 2018.
In May 1988, Jeff & Jenny Hayley and Jenny’s brother Jamie, commenced Triple J Tours (not to be confused with the radio station, Triple J Tours name is from the first initial of the founding Directors names). Today Triple J Tours is owned and operated as a partnership between Jeff Hayley and Grant Lodge.
Triple J’s tour is one of the longest daily river cruises in Australia, traversing the 55km stretch of river between Kununurra and the Ord Top Dam (Lake Argyle). Combine the tour with a 70km coach trip through ‘Durack country’ and a visit to the Durack Homestead Museum and you have what has become one of the most popular touring options for visitors to Kununurra. The tour highlights the development of the ambitious Ord River Irrigation Scheme, the resulting agriculture and the eco-system that has flourished after the Kununurra Diversion Dam was constructed in 1963.
For the past 30 years, Triple J Tours has provided almost 400,000 passengers with one of the most exhilarating and educational tours in Western Australia. The original Ord River Cruise still operates today and has visitors enjoying a cruise to the Ord Top Dam and returning by boat to Kununurra. Stopping for afternoon tea on the banks of the river enables guests to stretch their legs and enjoy their riverside location. The cruise ends with a glorious sunset whilst still out on the water.
Co-Director Jeff Hayley, who has been on the river every year provides some amazing statistics, “I have skippered approximately 4,500 cruises in the past 30 years and our pumpkin scones (served for afternoon tea) have proven very popular with our guests. Kununurra grown pumpkins have been a staple on the Ord River Cruise and I estimate that 26,500 kgs of pumpkin has been consumed in pumpkin scones as part of our touring program during our time on the river”.
Equally impressive are a few other statistics from Triple J Tours’ time on the river, “I’d estimate 1,276,000 kms using around 2,500,000L of fuel. This has been for approximately 11,600 cruises and carrying almost 395,000 passengers”, advises Jeff.
Together, business partners Jeff and Grant ensure skippers are trained and educated on the Ord River system to the point of what they don’t know about the river system probably isn’t worth knowing! Triple J Tours offer a range of experiences including the introduction to wildlife, photography, bird-watching, geology appreciation, cultural interpretation, history and agriculture.
In 1988 when first cruising in this river system, Triple J Tours was operating in a pure wilderness area and navigating a section of water fraught with hazards – sandbanks, submerged logs, treacherous overhangs. It was incredibly hard work in the early days but here they are, 30 years later, and their efforts have been unequivocally worth it.
Join the Triple J Tours team for a truly remarkable river cruising experience.