Join a 15 day exploration of the Kimberley and Top End, travelling by 4WD and staying in key locations and wilderness lodges. Highlights include searching for crocodiles at Windjana Gorge, swimming in Emma Gorge at El Questro Cattle Station and learning the history and culture of Aboriginal Rock Art in Kakadu National Park.
This tour is running only in May to September of the year.
* - Indicates the guaranteed departure dates.
|Vehicle||Mini Bus / Ferry / Flight|
|Start||Darwin @ 2.30 pm|
|Finish||Broome @ 9.30pm|
Day : 1. Arrival
Arrive in Darwin and enjoy a delicious Welcome Dinner.
Stay: Darwin, Mantra Pandanas
Day : 2. Depart Broome, Geikie Gorge Cruise
Start our magical journey leaving Broome as we travel inland towards Fitzroy Crossing. Then we head to the dramatic gorge waterways of the Kimberley to enjoy a spectacular cruise along Geikie Gorge, an ancient limestone barrier reef that was carved out about 360 million years ago.
Stay: Fitzroy River Lodge, Fitzroy Crossing (L D)
Day : 3. Tunnel Creek, Windjana Gorge
Our first stop is Tunnel Creek, a 750 metre-long natural tunnel carved through the Napier Range. With torch in hand, wade through the cool waters under the mountain range to view the oasis. Later in the Day :, we arrive at Windjana Gorge, where sheer cliffs tower above white sands. Look out for freshwater crocodiles lazing on the banks of the Lennard River, which runs through the gorge. Then we begin the journey on the famous outback highway, the Gibb River Road, continuing on to our exclusive lodge immersed in nature.
Stay Two Nights: EXCLUSIVE! Bell Gorge Wilderness Lodge. Stay in tented cabins with private ensuites, Gibb River Road (B L D)
Day : 4. Bell Gorge, Hiking and Swimming
Back on the Gibb River Road, travel to Bell Gorge, where rugged cliffs surround a series of tiered waterholes. Enjoy a swim below the waterfall, go bird-watching or choose from a number of hiking opportunities. This is the perfect place to simply relax and enjoy the surroundings.(B L D)
Day : 5. Galvans Gorge, Barnett River Gorge
Travel through Kimberley cattle country, discovering secluded gorges. At Galvans Gorge, a short walk leads to a picturesque waterhole. At Barnett River Gorge, stop to enjoy lunch under the gum trees, look for birdlife and perhaps take another dip. Then head for the Mitchell Plateau.
Stay: Drysdale River Station, Kalumburu Road (B L D)
Day : 5. King Edward River, Mitchell Plateau, Aboriginal Art
Visit Wandjina and Gwion (Bradshaw) rock art galleries and take a swim at King Edward River Crossing. Continue to our own wilderness lodge on the Mitchell Plateau.
Stay Two Nights: Tented cabins with private ensuite bathrooms at Mitchell Falls Wilderness Lodge (B L D)
Day : 7. Mitchell Falls, Helicopter Flight over the Falls
Discover the thundering Mitchell Falls, a true highlight of your Kimberley adventure. Where possible we try to secure the services of a local Aboriginal guide to share their knowledge of the region. Begin with a hike to Little Mertens Falls to view rare Aboriginal art. Continue on to Big Mertens Falls before arriving at Mitchell Falls. Swim in the river above the falls, then enjoy a helicopter flight over Mitchell Falls back to the vehicle, or alternatively hike back with your guide. Longer flights over this spectacular region are available at an additional charge. (B L D)
Day : 8. Gibb River Road, El Questro Wilderness Park
Leaving the magnificent Mitchell Plateau, rejoin the Gibb River Road. Prepare for more adventure as we ford the Pentecost and Durack rivers, where saltwater crocodiles inhabit the deceptively calm waters.
Stay Two Nights: Tented cabins with private facilities at Emma Gorge Resort, El Questro (B L D)
Day : 9. Zebedee Springs, Chamberlain Gorge Cruise, Emma Gorge
ToDay : we have the whole Day : to discover the wonders of El Questro. This morning, walk to beautiful Zebedee Springs, a permanent thermal spring. Then, with a local ranger, we cruise Chamberlain Gorge, a fresh waterway fringed by tropical vegetation and rugged escarpments before hiking into Emma Gorge, where you can indulge in a refreshing swim. (B L D)
Day : 10. World Heritage Purnululu National Park
World Heritage Purnululu National Park Journey deep into Purnululu National Park, a spectacular wilderness region that is home to some of the country's most striking geological formations. We'll travel the Spring Creek Track into the Bungle Bungle Range, where you'll discover the magic of Purnululu for yourself as you gaze at the distinctly unique black and orange striped domes. Here, we'll hike into the geological marvel that is Echidna Chasm, a spectacular cleft in the rock massif that, at times, narrows to two metres in width as it shoots up over 200 metres in height.
Stay Two Nights: Tented cabins with private ensuites at Bungle Bungle Wilderness Lodge, Purnululu National Park (B L D)
Day : 11. Cathedral Gorge, Piccaninny Creek
Perhaps enjoy an optional helicopter flight (own expense) before journeying to Piccaninny Creek and Cathedral Gorge. Walk among the beehive domes as your guide brings the natural history of the range to life. Learn about bushtucker, bush medicine and the area's significance to local Aborigines. Enjoy a drink as the sun sets over the iconic domes of the Bungle Bungle Range. (B L D)
Day : 12. Kununurra, Ord River Scheme
Travel through the rugged red landscape to Kununurra, the gateway to the eastern Kimberley, and home of the Ord River Scheme, one of Australia's great engineering feats.
Stay: Kununurra Country Club Resort, Kununurra (B L D)
Day : 13. Northern Territory, Nitmiluk National Park, Nabilil Dreaming Sunset Cultural Cruise
This morning, depart Kununurra and cross the border into the Northern Territory on the way to Nitmiluk National Park. Step aboard the unforgettable Nabilil Dreaming Sunset Cultural Cruise, during which your guide will detail the region's rich flora and fauna while you enjoy a delicious dinner on board. Discover the music, stories and ways of the local Jawoyn as the sun sets and the beauty of the gorge intensifies.
Stay: All Seasons Hotel, Katherine (B D)
Day : 14. World Heritage-listed Kakadu National Park, Yellow Water Cruise, Nourlangie Rock
ToDay : we travel into Kakadu, the Northern Territory's best known national park and rich in flora, wildlife and beautiful scenery. Board a guided cruise along Kakadu's Yellow Water Billabong. Keep an eye out for estuarine crocodiles that call these waters home. Travel to Nourlangie Rock to view Aboriginal rock art.
Stay Two Nights: EXCLUSIVE! Stay in tented cabins with private ensuites, Hawk Dreaming Wilderness Lodge, Kakadu National Park (B L D)
Day : 15. Arnhem Land, Hawk Dreaming, Cannon Hill
Accompanied by a local guide, we cross the East Alligator River into the magically spiritual Arnhem Land. This afternoon return to Kakadu and enjoy the art and billabongs of Cannon Hill and Hawk Dreaming (please note, order of touring may vary, Arnhem Land may be inaccessible for cultural reasons or when tides prevent crossing the East Alligator River). You'll then indulge in sunset drinks this evening in this pristine wilderness. (B L D)
Day : 16. Guluyambi Cruise, Ubirr Rock Art, Darwin
We cruise along the East Alligator River on the Guluyambi Cruise. Our Aboriginal guide will explain the culture, history and wildlife of the region. Then, we'll travel to Ubirr to explore rock art before continuing to Darwin. (B L)
Day : 17. Depart Broome
After the breakfast your adventure comes to an end today as you are transferred to the airport for your flight home.
Two night stays at APT’s Bell Gorge, Mitchell Falls, Bungle Bungle and Hawk Dreaming wilderness lodges
Stay at Emma Gorge Resort, El Questro
All accommodation is fully ensuited
Expert services of the Kimberley’s best Driver-Guides and Operations team
Travel in a deluxe 4WD vehicle
Guaranteed maximum of 20 passengers
All sightseeing, park and cruise fees
Dining - 42 meals included - 14 breakfasts (B), 14 lunches (L) and 14 dinners (D)
Activity Level - Active - contains some longer and more challenging walks, travel into very remote regions with limited services
Includes all sightseeing, park fees, cruises, meals as specified, permits and accommodation
Weather events may cause disruptions to itinerary, especially in remote locations
Triple rooms may include a roll-away bed. Please check details at time of booking