Kimberley small group adventure tours, Broome to Darwin

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8 Day Tour

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Scenic Flights River Cruises 4WD Tour
Aboriginal Culture Meals Included

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Kimberley small group adventure tours, Broome to Darwin

Wrap up the Top End – Combine spectacular Kimberley scenery with Top End treats. Experience incredible rock art galleries - learn about Aboriginal culture, lore, men and women’s business, spirituality, bush medicines and food, language and history, ceremony, song and dance. Enriching and fulfilling experiences in the land of the world’s longest surviving culture.  Visit special Wandjina and Bradshaw (Gwion Gwion) Aboriginal rock art sites. A unique opportunity to learn ancient wisdom, recreating community and nature. Enriching and fulfilling experiences with the world’s longest surviving culture.

Price

Adult: $4280 (Comfy Camping)
Luxury Accommodation:  $95 per night - $330 per double cabin

5 Night Motel Upgrade: $695

Single Suplement: $555

2014 Dates

Broome to Darwin: June 8, July 6, July 20, August 3, August 17, August 31, September 14, September 28.

Darwin to Broome (Reversed): May 18, June 1, June 15, June 29, July 13, July 27, August 10, August 24 , September 7,  September 21.

Itinerary

Kimberley small group adventure tours, Broome to Darwin

Day 1 - selected Sundays - Depart from Broome 830 am. Visit the famous prison Boab tree, and then Derby highlights including the Derby wharf (30 ft tides!) on King Sound, the worlds longest cattle drinking trough, the new Mowanjum Art Centre (meet the artists, learn and buy from source) at Mowanjum Aboriginal Community. Depart from Derby for mystical Windjana Gorge and a short hop further to Tunnel Creek. We walk through this 600m cave river system to a special waterhole. After an optional swim, return to Windjana Gorge for a sunset gorge walk at this special creation “waterhole”. Meet the local freshwater crocodiles and exotic bird life (maybe even a rare Gouldian Finch) in this eerie, ancient seabed environment. Overnight Windjana Gorge. LD

 

Day 2 - We travel the Gibb River Rd visiting Lennard River, and through the Napier Range at Queen Victoria Pass. We traverse the King Leopold Ranges & Conservation Park (great views) via Inglis Gap and visit Imitji store and Aboriginal community to arrive at Mornington Wildlife Sanctuary for our overnight stop. You can join Mornington’s Naturalist Guide for a complimentary talk/slideshow for an insight into the work of the Australian Wildlife Conservancy and the unique values of Mornington Wildlife Sanctuary. Also, browse the Interpretive centre displays and find information on research and conservation activities at Mornington. A good selection of reference and ID books are also available. BLD

 

Kimberley small group adventure tours, Broome to Darwin

Day 3 - Enjoy an easy access early morning walk along Annie Creek if you choose, before our spectacular 4WD journey to either nearby gorge. Dimond Gorge is beautiful. Majestic geological formations area a highlight and the view from the lookout at Dimond Gorge is very special. The drive to Sir John Gorge takes you through undulating savannah formed over the millennia from the erosion of the Leopold Sandstones and the breakdown of volcanic ridges. It is a 1 hour drive (14km). The destinations itself is a massive thoroughfare of the Fitzroy River that started to carve its way through the sandstone while life on earth was still in its infancy. Mornington Sanctuary covers more than 3,000 km2 of spectacular gorges and tropical savannah dominated by the Fitzroy River and King Leopold Ranges. Owned and managed by the non-profit Australian Wildlife Conservancy. Our wilderness camp base is a naturalist’s paradise, providing refuge for over 200 species of birds and a diverse range of other wildlife. All proceeds from the Wilderness Camp are dedicated to the conservation of wildlife in the Kimberley. After lunch, we stop at picturesque Galvan's Gorge for an optional swim, then travel via Mt Barnett, before our turn off the Gibb River Rd to the Kulumburu Rd to Drysdale River cattle station. Here we overnight and enjoy the local stories, and an introduction to cattle station life, with a tasty meal at the bar or in the lush garden. Overnight Drysdale Station.

 

Day 4 –  From Drysdale Station, we take a 2 hour scenic flight viewing Mt Hann, Deep Gorge and the Rift, then over the magnificent Prince Regent Nature Reserve. We follow the Prince Regent River, fly over numerous 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. This is a flight over the most remote wilderness area in the world. This is the best way to see this country, the rugged landscape, untouched coastline and massive waterfalls stay in your memory forever.On return we journey the scenic and spectacular Gibb River Road via the Cockburn Range, and many boab trees to cross the mighty Pentecost River and view from a high vantage point. We visit Home Valley Station and stop to view some special Aboriginal rock art including Wandjina and Bradshaw (Gion Gion) rock art. Today takes us through varying terrain including high mountains and "jump ups", and some great river crossings as we travel from East to West Kimberley. Enjoy a break at a bird lovers billabong. Overnight El Questro Wilderness Park BL Dinner own cost at riverside restaurant.


Day 5 – This morning enjoy a pre breakfast swim or walk adjacent our accommodation by the Pentecost River. After breakfast relax in the warm waters of the tropical paradise amongst the Livingstonia palm trees at Zebedee hot springs. This morning we also enjoy a walk and optional swim in one of El Questro's many fabulous gorges. After lunch by the riverside, enjoy a cruise in the Chamberlain River Gorge and the view from Pigeon Lookout over the Pentecost River. We leave El Questro travelling adjacent the Cockburn Ranges and boab trees, having completed the Gibb River Rd, to arrive Kununurra for overnight. BLD


Day 6 - Depart 830 am to experience Kununurra, 'the eastern gateway to the Kimberley' and surroundings by air with a morning scenic flight over the renowned Ord Irrigation area, mighty Ord River Scheme and the enormous man made Lake Argyle before arriving at the Bungle Bungle where you transfer to an air-conditioned 4WD. On your short overland travels to Cathedral Gorgelearn of the Bungles heritage and hear some of local nature’s hidden secrets. Be amazed on your walk into Cathedral Gorge, where you will be surrounded by the Beehive Domes for which the park is so famous. Arrival into the gorge displays a magnificent amphitheatre designed by nature at its best. Relax in this shaded area and enjoy a memorable picnic lunch before returning on your walk to rejoin the 4WD. Travel to the Bungle Bungle Bush Camp for afternoon tea then rejoin the aircraft to complete your afternoon scenic flight over the ancient Ragged Ranges and the Argyle Diamond Mine. Arriving back in Kununurra approx. 500 pm. Day includes easy to moderate 3 km walk into Cathedral Gorge via the Beehive Domes. On return, enjoy some free time relaxing by the lake or check out some art bargains. Overnight in Kununurra. Dinner own expense local restaurant. Fly to Darwin option. BL


Day 7 - Depart Kununurra via spectacular Victoria River mountain landscapes, travelling savannah cattle country, then Timber Creek, and on to the Stuart Highway and enjoy a stop in Katherine by the natural springs. Late afternoon arrive in Darwin to your accommodation. BL Optional flights to several major Australian cities which depart Darwin late evening/ early am.

 

Day 8 - A free day to celebrate your journey. Enjoy a leisurely breakfast and the many sights or activities Darwin has to offer. Options include a trip to Kakadu or Litchfield National Parks, or simply shop or relax in Darwin's balmy climate. Tour ends after breakfast. Home Flights depart from Darwin or consider travelling with us to Alice Springs via Kakadu, Katherine Gorge, Lost City & Devils Marbles.

 

Inclusions

  •  Scenic Flight over Bungle Bungles & Bungle Bungles ground tour & walks
  •  Professional and experienced driver / guides 
  •  Long established relationships with local Aboriginal people enriches experiences 
  •  Access to remote areas and rock art sites unreachable by most tour vehicles
  •  All accommodation, including last night in Broome
  •  Delicious meals as shown , including vegetarian optional. 
  •  Accommodated sleeping or camping - Your choice. Camp gear is modern and easy to use.
  •  All World Heritage and National Park entry and accommodation fees
  •  Aboriginal Art community visits for "direct from artist" purchases
  •  Contributions of tour price supports Outback Kids and nature care programs.
  •  You - and Your involvement in a creation much bigger than most can imagine
     

Exclusions

  •  1 dinner at El Questro & 1 dinner in Kununurra restaurant. 
  •  Alcohol 
  •  Accommodation upgrades if required. Available at all locations
  •  Flights to and from departure points