11 Day Darwin to Broome Kimberly Experience ( May to September )

11 Day Darwin to Broome Kimberly Experience ( May to September )

See the Best of the Kimberley,including Darwin & Broome. Enjoy a dream time experience, wildlife spotting cruise and El Questro Wilderness Park. Cruise on ancient waterways, hike to magnificent waterholes, discover the rich Ord River Valley and enjoy an exclusive dining experience and a tour of a rum distillery. Visit a remote indigenous community to meet the locals and relax while taking in a magnificent Cable Beach sunset in Broome.

Tour Highlights

  • Cruise Katherine Gorge & see ancient Aboriginal rock art
  • Marvel at a Cable Beach sunset
  • Tour Darwin’s city sights
  • Indulge in food and wine on Darwin’s waterfront
  • Take in some history at Adelaide River War Cemetery
  • Visit fascinating Argyle Downs Homestead
  • Take a thrilling boat ride on the Ord River
  • Explore Hidden Valley (Mirima) National Park
  • Admire views of Kununurra from Kelly’s Knob Lookout
  • Experience the Ord Valley’s gourmet produce at a unique private dinner at Kununurra’s Sandalwood Factory Be My Guest Dining Icon
  • Travel on the Gibb River Road
  • Relax on Chamberlain Gorge with morning tea
  • Hike up Emma Gorge
  • Tour Argyle Diamond Mine
  • Visit Yiyili Aboriginal Community & art gallery Aboriginal Cultural Icon
  • Float down Geikie Gorge
  • Learn about the historic Boab Prison Tree at Derby
  • Enjoy two nights in Broome
  • Experienced Travel Director and Driver Guide

Tour Info

Code AK-WDB
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  • Hotel Accommodated
Duration 11 Days
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Note

Departs 12 May to 15 September.

Single supplement is on request.

Vehicle Luxury Coach
Suitability Open Age
Start Darwin @ 01.30 pm
Finish Broome @ 10.00 am

On arrival in Darwin you'll be transferred by private car to your hotel. This afternoon enjoy a tour of this tropical city. See the mixture of old and new architectural styles and cultural influences including old Government House and the new Northern Territory Parliament building, and see for yourself some of the damage caused to the town during Cyclone Tracy of 1974. Enjoy a welcome reception and dinner this evening with your Travel Director and fellow travellers at Wharf One with its spectacular views overlooking the Darwin waterfront.

Hotel: Mantra on the Esplanade, Darwin

Included Meals: Dinner with wine

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Please Note: Itinerary, departure dates & prices may be subject to change.

Travel south along the Stuart Highway stopping at Adelaide River War Cemetery along the way. During WWII, Adelaide River was headquarters to a large military base, and a large cemetery was created especially for those who gave their lives in the service and defence of their country. This afternoon you continue through Katherine to Nitmiluk National Park. Take a relaxing cruise at Katherine Gorge where you'll really feel the spirituality of the land and marvel at the gorges while you spot wildlife and learn about the history and culture of the local Traditional Owners, the Jawoyn people. Later on you'll meet Tom Curtain and experience his spectacular Outback show. It will be an experience you'll never forget. Tonight you'll have dinner at your hotel.

Hotel: Paraway Motel, Katherine

Included Meals: Breakfast, Dinner with wine

Watch the landscape transform as you journey across vast pastoral leases and Aboriginal homelands into Western Australia. Visit the historic Durack Homestead Museum. The homestead was originally built in 1895 by the famous pioneering Durack family on Argyle Downs Station. It was faithfully removed brick by brick and reconstructed to become a museum when Lake Argyle, Australia's largest man-made lake was filled. Later, cruise along the Ord River from Lake Argyle to Kununurra. Prior to Lake Argyle being filled, the Ord River only flowed during the wet season between December and March. Now the permanent water supply supports an abundance of life including fish, birds, marsupials and amphibians. Experience a magical sunset on the water before you arrive in Kununurra.

Hotel: Kununurra Country Club Resort

Included Meals:

, Dinner with wine.

Today you can take an optional early morning scenic flight over the spectacular Bungle Bungle beehive domes before a tour of Kununurra, or you may like to forgo your tour of Kununurra for a full day in-depth 4WD tour of the Bungle Bungle. Kununurra is the hub of local industry for agriculture, tourism and mining in the East Kimberley. On your tour of the town today you'll visit Mirima National Park, which is home to a huge variety of wildlife including many species of birds, all manner of reptiles, wallabies, bats, dingoes and echidna. The National Park has great cultural significance to the local Miriwoong people and features intriguing natural rock formations. Afterwards you'll have time to view the town from Kelly's Knob Lookout before enjoying a free afternoon to relax and unwind. Be My Guest Dining Icon This evening, join your fellow travellers at a privately hosted Be My Guest dinner at the Kununurra Sandalwood Factory in the heartland of Kununurra's Sandalwood plantations. Enjoy a presentation by a local Sandalwood expert and learn about this fascinating industry while you dine on fresh locally grown produce from the Ord Valley, Australia's next 'food bowl'.

Hotel: Kununurra Country Club Resort

Included Meals:

, Be My Guest dinner

First up, visit Hoochery Distillery and meet the makers of the only rum produced in WA! Take a guided tour and try the famous Ord River Rum Cake for morning tea. Delish! Travel to Parry Lagoons Nature Reserve (weather permitting) to see the birdlife of this region. Marglu Billabong is an important waterbird feeding and breeding area and it's even a stop off point for migratory birds that come from as far away as Siberia! You'll see egrets, herons, ibises, magpie geese and maybe even a few jabirus and lurking crocodiles. Continue to the Gibb River Road and journey to El Questro Wilderness Park for your stay at Emma Gorge Resort. Nestled at the foot of the rusty red Cockburn Ranges, you won't even know the resort is there as you approach down the dusty dirt road, but before you know it, an oasis of native pandanus and palms appear. Staying in safari style tented cabins, you really feel like you're immersed in nature. It's just magic!

Hotel: Emma Gorge Resort, Tented Cabin with private facilities, El Questro

Included Meals:

, Dinner with wine.

This morning rise to the calls of native birds and head to the resort's large verandah for a hearty breakfast with views of the surrounding ranges. Next up you'll travel across the Pentecost River to the hub of El Questro for a cruise on Chamberlain Gorge, a fresh waterhole fringed by tropical vegetation and 60 metre tall escarpments. Afterwards, spend a little time at the station and grab a bite for lunch before it's back to Emma Gorge Resort. This afternoon is free for you to relax and enjoy your surrounds. Maybe take a dip in the resort pool, lay back with a good book on your cabin's verandah or if you're up for it, join your Travel Director for a challenging hike to Emma Gorge for a dip in the crystal clear waterhole. This evening after dinner, sit back with a drink and enjoy local entertainment.

Hotel: Emma Gorge Resort, Tented Cabin with private facilities, El Questro

Included Meals: Breakfast, Dinner with wine

Today visit the Argyle Diamond Mine. Located at the traditional Barramundi Dreaming site at Barramundi Gap, it's the world's largest supplier of natural coloured diamonds. The mine has been operating since 1983 and has produced 800 million carats of rough diamond! A local indigenous guide will join you for an extensive behind the scenes look at the diamond mining process and cultural significance of the mine site. Continue south to the historic town of Halls Creek, situated on the edge of the Great Sandy Desert, at the doorstep of the World Heritage listed Purnululu National Park. The town is rich in Aboriginal and European history and culture. It's passed by Aboriginal songlines and trading paths stretching from coast to coast and is near the site where prospector Charlie Hall found a one kilogram gold nugget in 1885.

Hotel: Kimberley Hotel, Halls Creek

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner with wine

- Fitzroy Crossing

Travel through the Kimberley to the remote township of Fitzroy Crossing. Aboriginal Cultural Icon Stop at the Yiyili indigenous community. Yiyili is home to approximately 250 residents living scattered across Louisa Downs, a cattle property owned and operated by the community. In the late 80s the station was handed back to the Cox family and then leased by the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission (ATSIC) from the family on a 99 year lease. The majority of the residents are Cox family members. You'll get the chance to meet some of the family at Laari Gallery, an art gallery located at the community. This afternoon cruise with a local guide through Geikie Gorge, which was formed by the waters of the Fitzroy River tunnelling through the Napier Range. During the wet season, the Fitzroy River rises over 16 metres, staining the limestone walls of the gorge and flooding the national park with seven metres of water. In the dry season, the river transforms itself into a quiet stream strung beneath the towering cliffs of the Devonian Reef. Watch for freshwater crocodiles, fruit bats and wallabies as the 30 metre high walls of the gorge tower above you.

Hotel: Fitzroy River Lodge, Fitzroy Crossing

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner with wine

- Broome

Travel to the resort town of Broome on the Indian Ocean. On arrival, enjoy a tour of the city with your Travel Director. See the sights including the Japanese Cemetery, which dates back to the pearling days and Gantheaume Point, whose deep red rugged rocks are in stark contrast to the striking blue Indian Ocean.

'Free Time'

You have a full day to explore this tropical hideaway. At some stage you may like to take a leisurely stroll along the 22 kilometres of pristine sand and swim in the turquoise water that is Cable Beach. Perhaps wander through Chinatown or shop for pearls. This evening sit back and relax with a drink to watch the spectacular sunset over the ocean and join your Travel Director and fellow travellers at a farewell dinner to share some laughs and relive all the stories from your journey across the Kimberley.

Hotel: Cable Beach Club Resort, Broome, 2 nights

Included Meals:

Say farewell to your fellow travellers this morning when your holiday across The Kimberley concludes after breakfast.

Included Meals: Breakfast

Inclusions

Transportation

  • Quality accommodation
  • Travel by luxury coach
  • Airport transfers (see flight information below)

Fully Guided

  • Tour with an experienced, professional Tour Director and Tour Driver

Accommodation

  • Twin share rooms with private facilities in centrally located hotels. 2 nights in tented cabins with en suites

Dining Inclusions

  • Full buffet breakfasts (10)
  • Lunches (2)
  • Be My Guest dinner (1)
  • Dinners with wine (7)
  • Farewell dinner (1)

Flight Details

Any flights referred to in the itinerary are at the client’s expense and are not included in the land content price.

  • Day 1Flights to arrive prior to 1.30pm into Darwin Airport
  • Day 11Flights to depart anytime  from Broome Airport

Fitness Level

  • Moderate: The hike to Emma Gorge is classified as difficult. It may not be suitable for all guests.

What to bring

  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Sunglasses, sunscreen and hat
  • Water bottle
  • Camera
  • Jacket in cooler months
  • Swimwear and beach towel