Tour ID: 10063110
Tour departs Darwin on 23rd May 2018 only.
Day 1 (L)
We’ll pick you up at 7am from your Darwin accommodation for your 10 day 4WD tour through the Kimberley, from Darwin to Broome.
Travelling south on the Stuart Highway, we make our way Katherine with a stop en-route. After a break in Katherine we now travel west, stopping for a look at the mighty Victoria River, home to a large number of saltwater crocodiles.
Crossing into WA, our destination this afternoon is 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.
Overnight accommodation - Lake Argyle Resort, in en-suite rooms
Day 2 (B,L,D)
We’ll start today with a 2 hour cruise through some of Lake Argyles 90 islands, viewing the spectacular Carr Boyd Ranges. Keep an eye out for freshwater crocodiles.
We now pop into Kununurra and you have the chance for a look around while your guide restocks our fresh supplies (due to border restrictions).
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 3 (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 4 (B,L)
Departing Purnululu National park this morning, we now make our way to Emma Gorge, part of the vast El Questro Wilderness Park.
On the way, we visit 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.
Overnight accommodation – Emma Gorge Resort, in tented cabins with en-suites (2 night stay).
Day 5 (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 6 (B,L,D)
We start our journey along the Gibb River Road today, driving through the Pentecost River to a lookout, for spectacular views of the river and the mighty Cockburn Range.
Our destination today is Drysdale River Station and en-route we’ll stop to view an art site of cuples, Wanjana figures and Petroglyphs (rock carvings).
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 7 (B,L,D)
There’s time this morning 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.
Departing Drysdale Station, we head back down the Kalumburu road, visit an art site in the Gibb River area and then continue to our 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 planned as an addition to the property in 2018 and may be available for an extra charge
Day 8 (B,L,D)
After breakfast we drive to Galvans Gorge, where we can have a swim at the picturesque gorge which also has some rock art and boab trees.
Then onto the magnificent Bell Gorge, where we have plenty of time to swim and relax at the waterfall and plungepool.
Then we’ll make our way through the Napier and King Leopold Ranges to our accommodation
Overnight accommodation – air- conditioned station rooms with shared bathroom facilities at Mt. Hart Wilderness Lodge, or en-suite safari tent, on a DBB basis
**Months after we had already booked this accommodation, Mt Hart introduced a minimum 2 night stay, so we can no longer stay there on this trip and alternative accommodation has been organised**
Day 9 (B,L)
Travelling through the King Leopold and Napier Ranges, our first stop today is Windjana Gorge. The gorge cuts through Napier Range and is part of the ancient Devonian limestone reef that can also be seen at nearby Geikie Gorge and Tunnel Creek. 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.
Our next stop is the 750m limestone tunnel at Tunnel Creek, also part of the Napier Range. 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.
Overnight accommodation – air- conditioned safari lodges with en-suites at Fitzroy River Lodge
Day 10 (B,L)
Departing our accommodation this morning, we travel to nearby 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 our journey to Broome, with a stop en-route at Willaire.
Arriving into Broome in the early evening, you will be dropped off at your accommodation.
B= Breakfast L= Lunch D= Dinner
B= Breakfast L= Lunch D= Dinner
Accommodation, meals as indicated, permits and entry fees, El Questro Wilderness Pass, Lake Argyle cruise, Geike Gorge cruise.
Single room is an additional $1200 in 2018. Single travelers must have single safari tent / room and pay single supplement.
Optional 2 hour scenic flight over Mitchell Falls and the Kimberley Coast starts at $450
7:00 AM Wed
Darwin to Broome
Safaris depart Darwin and pick up will be from your hotel at approx 7am- please advise your hotel upon booking.
1L water bottle, per person,
Clothes and personnal items,
Medication- please notify guide on pick up if you need any medication to be refrigerated.,
Camera and spare batteries or charger,
Insect repellant - we recommend ‘Bushmans’ in a spray can,
Wide Brimmed hat,
Good walking boots/ shoes/sandals,
warm clothing for the evenings such as fleece or thermals
This safari is not suitable for children under the age of 10. Child fare is valid for children over 10 but under 15 years
Please advise us of any dietry requirements at time of booking
Broome, Kimberley Region, Kununurra, Bungle Bungles, Gibb River Road, Geikie Gorge, Tunnel Creek, Windjana Gorge, Fitzroy Crossing, El Questro Station, King Leopold Ranges and Lake Argyle
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