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Tour ID: 10058674

Travel through the Kimberleys, from Broome to Darwin on this 10 day 4WD tour

  • Walk in the 750m limestone tunnel at Tunnel Creek
  • Bell Gorge
  • Mt Elizabeth and Drysdale River Stations
  • El Questro Wilderness Park.
  • Zebedee Springs thermal pools
  • Bungle Bungles
  •  Kununurra and Lake Argyle

2019 tour departs Broome on 27th May only

Day 1 (L)

We’ll pick you up at 8am from your Broome accommodation for your 10 day 4WD tour through the Kimberley, from Broome to Darwin.

Our destination today is Fitzroy Crossing and en-route we’ll take a break at Willaire. After lunch we travel to Geike Gorge for a boat cruise along the Fitzroy River and through 30-metre-deep Devonian reef cliffs, which were carved through the limestone by floodwater. Layers of fossils are exposed, giving you a glimpse of life in a period before reptiles or mammals evolved.

After the cruise we continue to our accommodation nearby.

Overnight accommodation – air- conditioned safari lodges with en-suites at Fitzroy River Lodge

Day 2 (B,L)

Our destination this morning is the 750m limestone tunnel at Tunnel Creek in the Napier Range, part of the ancient Devonian limestone reef that can also be seen at nearby Geikie and Windjana Gorges. As you walk, and sometimes wade through the tunnel, view stalactites and stalacmites. Jandamarra, a famous Aboriginal legend / outlaw who led an organised armed rebellion against the European settlers in the late 1890’s, used the tunnel as a hideout in the late 1800’s.

Our next stop is Windjana Gorge and a walk into the gorge reveals fossilised marine life within the limestone of the gorge walls and freshwater crocodiles can often be seen lazing around on the river banks.

Overnight accommodation – Motel room with en-suite in Derby

**While this seems to be a bit of a backtrack, it’s the same time frame to Derby as it would be to Mt Hart, our previous accommodation, due to road conditions. In Derby, we get mobile reception and en-suites**

Day 3 (B,L,D)

After breakfast, we make our way through the Napier and King Leopold Ranges to Bell Gorge, believed to be the most picturesque in the Kimberley. En-route we stop to look at the King Leopold Range lookout, which offers great photo opportunities. We can swim and relax at the stunning waterfall and plungepool.

Then onto Galvans Gorge, where we can have a swim at the picturesque gorge which also has some rock art and boab trees.

We continue to this evenings accommodation, at Mt Elizabeth Station. Mt Elizabeth is a working cattle station, established in 1945 by the pioneering Lacey Family.

Overnight accommodation – station rooms with shared bathroom facilities at Mt. Elizabeth Station, on a DBB basis

** en-suite rooms are also available for an extra charge. Please note that en-suite rooms are available with double beds only (no twin bedded en-suite rooms).

Day 4 (B,L,D)

Departing Mt Elizabeth, we now travel along the Kalumburu road, visit an art site in the Gibb River area and then continue to our accommodation Drysdale River Station.

There’s time this afternoon for optional (additional cost) scenic flights over Mitchell Falls and the Kimberley coast.

Your 2 hour flight takes you past Mt Hann, Deep Gorge and the Rift, then over the magnificent Prince Regent Nature
Reserve. Follow the Prince Regent River, fly over unnamed waterfalls, King Cascades, St George Basin, Mt Trafalgar, Prince Frederick Harbour, the Hunter River, Donkins Hill Falls and the spectacular Mitchell Falls. The vast beautiful unspoilt coastline of the wilderness nature reserve is always a heart winner. You may even be lucky enough see crocodiles, dugong and whales.

An alternative to the flight is a swim at nearby Miners Pool

Overnight accommodation – Drysdale River Station, in station rooms with shared bathroom facilities, on a DBB basis

**upgrade to en-suited rooms may be available for an extra charge

Day 5 (B,L)

Our destination today is Emma Gorge, part of the vast El Questro Wilderness Park. En-route we’ll stop to view an art site of cuples, Wanjana figures and Petroglyphs (rock carvings).

We’ll also stop at a lookout for spectacular views of the Pentecost river and the mighty Cockburn Range, before driving through the river.

Overnight accommodation – Emma Gorge Resort, in tented cabins with en-suites (2 night stay).

Day 6 (B,L)

Zebedee Springs thermal pools are our first stop this morning. Set amongst palm trees with easy access for everyone, a dip in this Outback oasis is a great way to start the day !.

Moving on to El Questro Station, you have some free time here to indulge your own interests. Perhaps take a walk, bird watch, take part in an optional tour (extra cost), swim in the station rockpools or just relax and enjoy your surrounds.

Back at Emma Gorge we have lunch and then you can explore the beautiful Emma Gorge and waterfall, in your own time. At the end of the walk you’ll reach the 200ft waterfall and pool which is fed from a series of natural springs and here you can enjoy a swim in the heart of Emma Gorge.

Overnight accommodation – Emma Gorge Resort, in tented cabins with en-suites

Day 7 (B,L,D)

Departing Emma Gorge, we travel further north to the beautiful Parrys Lagoon, where the walkways and bird hide offer the chance to bird watch. We also stop to enjoy the stunning view over the billabong and wetlands, from Telegraph Hill.

Today we’re heading to Purnululu National park (the Bungle Bungles), famous for it’s unique and ancient multi- coloured beehive-shaped domes, gorges and chasms. The interesting drive through cattle station land into the park is slow going and is a real outback experience !

Overnight accommodation – Cabin with en-suite in the Bungle Bungles (2 night stay).

Day 8 (B,L,D)

We have the whole day to explore the Bungle Bungles.

The amazing Cathedral Gorge, a huge natural amphitheatre, has fantastic acoustics. We can also take the walk to the Piccininny Lookout, and take the “Domes trail walk”.

After lunch, we’ll travel to the other side of the park and take a walk into Echidna Chasm. You won’t believe you’re in the same park as this morning as the environment is so different as you enter the narrow gorge, passing beautiful livistonia palms, which are only found in this region.

You’ll also have the chance to take a helicopter flight today (additional cost).

Overnight accommodation – Cabin with en-suite in the Bungle Bungles

Day 9 (B,L)

Departing Purnululu National park this morning, we now make our way north towards Kununurra and onto Lake Argyle, Australia’s largest man- made lake. Lake Argyle was built as part of the Ord River scheme and covers a huge 1000sq km of water, surrounded by steep red rocky slopes 150m high.

You’ll finish the day on a Lake Argyle sunset cruise, a 2 hour cruise through some of Lake Argyles 90 islands, viewing the spectacular Carr Boyd Ranges. Keep an eye out for freshwater crocodiles.

Overnight accommodation - Lake Argyle Resort, in en-suite rooms

Day 10 (B,L)

Today we drive to Darwin, passing into the NT and travelling through Timber Creek and Gregory National Park. We also stop for a look at the mighty Victoria River, home to a large number of saltwater crocodiles.

After a break in Katherine we head north now to Darwin, arriving at approximately 5.30pm. Youou will be dropped off at your accommodation.

END ITINERARY

B= Breakfast L= Lunch D= Dinner

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Tour Details

  • Included in price:

    Accommodation, meals as indicated, permits and entry fees, El Questro Wilderness Pass, Lake Argyle cruise, Geike Gorge cruise.

  • Available for purchase/hire:

    Single tent / room is an additional $1200 in 2019. Single travelers must have pay single supplement for own room OR can request to share with another solo traveler of the same sex, although this cannot be guaranteed.
    Optional 2 hour scenic flight over Mitchell Falls and the Kimberley Coast starts at $450

  • Duration:

    10 Days

  • Departure:

    8:00 AM Mon

  • Return:

    6pm

  • Departure points:

    Broome

  • Pickup/departure instructions:

    Safaris depart Broome and pick up will be from your hotel at approx 8am- please advise your hotel upon booking.

  • What to bring:

    1L water bottle, per person,
    Clothes and personnal items,
    Toilettries,
    Towel ,
    Medication- please notify guide on pick up if you need any medication to be refrigerated.,
    Camera and spare batteries or charger,
    Swimwear,
    Sunglasses,
    Sunscreen,
    Insect repellant - we recommend ‘Bushmans’ in a spray can,
    Wide Brimmed hat,
    Good walking boots/ shoes/sandals,
    small torch,
    warm clothing for the evenings such as fleece or thermals

  • Fitness level required:

    Medium

  • Child policies:

    This safari is not suitable for children under the age of 10.
    Child fare is valid for children over 10 but under 15 years

  • Additional Information:

    Please advise us of any dietry requirements at time of booking

  • Destinations:

    Kimberley Region, Kununurra, Bungle Bungles, Gibb River Road, Geikie Gorge, Tunnel Creek, Windjana Gorge, Fitzroy Crossing, El Questro Station, King Leopold Ranges, Lake Argyle and Darwin

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