The Kimberley & Beyond

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Description

The Kimberley Region straddles the top end of Western Australia to the north west of Broome. It’s an ancient landscape with fewer people per square kilometre than most places on earth. Hidden in the region’s heart are vast wildlife sanctuaries and spectacular gorges, some of which can only be accessed by air. Our tour begins in Darwin before a visit to Katherine and then onto Kununurra which is the gateway to the East Kimberley. The magnificent Lake Argyle, some wonderful Kununura touring and the ancient Geikie Gorge are all on our itinerary.  Three nights in Broome will complete our 11 day adventure.

Tour starts in Darwin and completes in Broome

Itinerary

Welcome to our fabulous hosted holiday to The Kimberley Ranges. Our timing for this tour is perfect as we’ll enjoy a week of sunny winter weather of around 28°C and it’s the perfect spot to unwind and enjoy some slow-paced touring and hospitality – Kimberley Style!

DAY1  – Depart for Darwin,  Mindil Beach Markets

Boarding your flight to Darwin (at own arrangements) Please arrive no later than 3pm and make your way to Oaks Elan Resort Darwin for your pre-arranged check in. We are lucky enough to be in Darwin on a Thursday night, so we are going to take the chance to explore the famous Mindil Beach Sunset Market.  Please meet your tour host and the other members of the tour group in the lobby at 4.30pm before departing our hotel at 5pm  Mindil Beach Sunset Market is a modern day market in the heart of the tropics. Located on the iconic strip overlooking Mindil Beach, the market features over 300 stalls and you are sure to be tempted by the delicious food as we wander through the market and view the stunning Darwin Sunset. 

Flights at own arrangements. Overnight Darwin Oaks Elan

DAY 2 –  Explore Darwin and enjoy a Harbour Sunset Dinner Cruise

Today we see the new Parliament House built on the site of the Darwin Post Office bombed during the war, the port area plus the many other fascinating sights. We then take a drive to East Point where we visit the Military Museum. Then departing for our Sunset Dinner Cruise where the incredible Darwin Harbour sunset will provide a fantastic photo opportunity.  (B, D) Overnight Darwin  Oaks Elan 

DAY 3 – Darwin to Katherine

Today we visit the award winning Territory Wildlife Park at Berry Springs. Discover an entire Top End river system, the beauty of a natural wetland and the secrets of the night, within the nocturnal house.  We then continue south to Adelaide River where we have a slight detour to visit the Adelaide River War Cemetery, the site of the only Australian war cemetery on Australian soil. There are 432 servicemen and 63 civilians, all of whom died as a result of Japanese bombing. Of course, a visit to Katherine would not be complete without a Katherine Gorge Cruise. Back on dry land, we enjoy dinner on the deck overlooking the river.  (B, L ,D)  Knotts Crossing Resort, Katherine

DAY 4 – Kimberley Rangers,  Lake Argyle

From Katherine we travel to Victoria River Crossing and Timber Creek at the northern edge of the Gregory National Park. This park covers 12,500 square kilometres and is in a transitional zone between tropical and semi arid regions.  We then cross the border into WA.  Just over the border, we turn south to Lake Argyle for lunch. One of the many highlights of our tour to the Kimberley Ranges will be our cruise this afternoon from below the massive wall of Lake Argyle into Lake Kununurra, 55 kilometres downstream. The Ord River Scheme was a progressive and far sighted move to develop the tropical north of Western Australia. During “the wet’ the rivers of the East Kimberley become raging torrents. At times the Ord River can empty 50 million litres a second into the Cambridge Gulf!   (B, L, D) The Kimberley Grande, Kununurra

DAY 5 – Kununarra & Zebra Mine

Touring  Kununurra this morning before we begin making our way to the Zebra Mine on the Northern Territory border. We’ll enjoy some touring along the way including some unique off-road sightS. Lunch will be freshly caught Silver Cobbler and they say the lunch hits a 10 on the “fish ‘n chip-odometer”!!  We’ll take a tour of the mine then enjoy our afternoon tea, followed by our Wetlands Cruise. How does some champagne and nibbles sound as we watch the sun set over Lake Argyle? And this is the only place where you can do this! What a fantastic last day in Kununurra.(B, D) The Kimberley Grande, Kununurra

DAY 6 – Bungle Bungels & Hidden Valley

This morning we have time for optional flights over Purnululu National Park ex Kununurra. Early morning is the best time to fly over the Bungle Bungles.  For those of us not wanting to fly, this is the perfect opportunity for a sleep-in!  After a slightly later breakfast, we check out, then visit the Mirima National Park, also called Hidden Valley. The sandstone formations here resemble the domes of the famous Bungle Bungles, which is why they are sometimes called Mini Bungle Bungles – it’s a perfect opportunity to get an “on ground” experience.  We now depart Kununurra and travel south to Halls Creek, on the edge of the Great Sandy Desert. (B , L, D)  Kimberley Hotel, Halls Creek. Optional Bungle Flights from $405pp

 

DAY 7– Fitzroy River Crossing & Geikie Gorge

This morning, we continue west through the magnificent red mountain scenery of the Kimberley to Fitzroy Crossing. We enjoy lunch at the Lodge, and later this afternoon we travel out to nearby Geikie Gorge where we take a cruise through this spectacular landscape. The Fitzroy River has carved its path through the fossil “Barrier Reef” resulting in breathtaking scenery.  (B, L, D)  Fitzroy River Lodge, Fitzroy Crossing

DAY 8 –  Boab Tree Prison Tree,  Derby, Arrive Broome

Our destination today is Broome, but on the way, we have a little detour to see the famous Boab Prison Tree, which was used in the early days as an overnight lock up for prisoners before the final trek into Derby. We too make the trek into Derby and then back on the highway stopping in at the Willare Bridge Roadhouse before the last leg of our journey into Broome.  (B, D)  The Oaks Resort, Broome

DAY 9 –   July,  Explore Broome, Pearl Luggers, Cable Beach

We take a sightseeing tour of Broome this morning.  We’ll see the red rocks of Gantheaume Point, the port area and we will take time to wander through the Japanese Cemetery. We then head to Chinatown with the jetty and pass by The Sun Pictures building, the open air theatre owned by the Yamsaki family.  We’ll visit the fascinating attraction, Pearl Luggers and hear the stories first hand which is a memorable experience. Late afternoon, we’ll drive out to the famous Cable Beach where we have dinner and the Beachfront Zanders Restaurant. We arrive just before sunset for a unique photo opportunity and the  extra option for anyone who wants to ride a camel.   (B, D ) The Oaks Resort, Broome

DAY 10 –  Relax or Explore

We have a free day today.  Some of us may like to visit the Willie Creek Pearl Farm or take a hovercraft ride over Roebuck Bay. Of course, some may just like to lay around the pool and relax – the choice is yours.  All activities today are optional.  Tonight we meet up to discuss our day’s activities over our final dinner together.  (B, D)  The Oaks Resort, Broome

DAY 11 – Farewell to Broome

Following breakfast, it is time to check out and make your way home under your own arrangements. You will arrive home with some fabulous memories of our holiday to the Kimberley!

Return Flights at own arrangements, or can be pre-arranged if required.  Extra nights Broome upon request

Inclusions

Top Quality Accommodation & Meals

Coach Touring with informative Commentary

Fully Hosted by our Friendly Staff

  • Dinner Cruise on Darwin Harbour
  • Guided Tours of Darwin
  • Katherine Gorge & Lake Argyle Cruise
  • Cruise down the Ord River to Kununurra
  • Kununurra Touring & Mini Bungel, Bungels
  • Zebra Mine Tour and Wetlands Cruise
  • Hidden Valley National Park
  • Geikie Gorge & Fitzroy River Cruise
  • Boab Prison Tree & Derby
  • Broome Touring & Pearl Luggers
  • Dinner at Zanders Cable Beach

 

Tour Length 11 Days

Tour Cost EX Darwin $4990.00

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Additional Details

Double/Twin, Single ADD $800

No Children

Tour Dates
18/07/2019

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