15 Day Kimberley Discovery & Top End

15 Day Kimberley Discovery & Top End

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.

Tour Highlights

  • Cruise ancient Geikie Gorge
  • Torch in hand, wade through Tunnel Creek
  • Discover Windjana, Bell, Galvans and Barnett River gorges
  • Take a helicopter flight over Mitchell Falls
  • Explore Zebedee Springs and Emma Gorge
  • Cruise Chamberlain Gorge
  • Admire the Bungle Bungle Range in Purnululu National Park
  • Enjoy the Nabilil Dreaming Sunset Cruise
  • Explore Kakadu National Park and admire ancient Aboriginal rock art
  • Yellow Water Billabong wildlife cruise
  • Hawk Dreaming and Cannon Hill in Kakadu
  • Guluyambi Cruise on East Alligator River
  • Enjoy ancient Aboriginal rock art at Ubirr

Tour Info

Code KW-GKD17
Style
  • Deluxe Safari
Duration 17 Days
Price From $9995
Departures

This tour is running only in May to September of the year.

Month Departur Dates
May 14, 27*
June 04*, 11*, 25*
July 01, 08*, 20
August 06, 19*, 27
September 17*

* - Indicates the guaranteed departure dates.

Vehicle Mini Bus / Ferry / Flight
Suitability Open Age
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.

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Included Experiences

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)

Additional Information

Activity Level - Active - contains some longer and more challenging walks, travel into very remote regions with limited services

Trip Notes

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