Travel from Broome to dariwn on this spectacular 11 day tour. The tour features Broome, 4WD of Bungle Bungles, El Questro Wilderness Park, Katherine Gorge, Darwin and more exciting locations and activities!
Tour by luxury air-conditioned coach with 2-door access, restroom, seatbelts, reclining seats and panoramic windows. Tour with an experienced, professional Tour Director and Tour Driver.
Day 1: Arrive Broome
On arrival in Broome you will be transferred to your hotel. The afternoon is at leisure. Enjoy a welcome drink with your Tour Director this evening. Hotel: Cable Beach Club Resort, Broome, 2 nights.
Day 2: Broome 'Free Time'
Today is at leisure to explore this tropical hideaway. Wander through Chinatown or shop for pearls. At the end of the day sit back, relax and watch the spectacular sunset over the Indian Ocean. Or you may like to take a camel ride along Cable Beach. Ask your Tour Director for details.
Day 3: Fitzroy Crossing
Travel to the port of Derby, situated on the edge of King Sound. Visit the famous Boab Prison Tree, used by the first police as an overnight holding cell. Travel through some of Australia's biggest pastoral properties, to the remote township of Fitzroy Crossing. Hotel: Fitzroy River Lodge, Fitzroy Crossing.
Day 4: Geikie Gorge
This morning cruise through Geikie Gorge, formed by the waters of the Fitzroy River tunnelling through the Napier Range. Watch for wildlife as the 30 metre high walls of the gorge tower above you. Be sure to look out for crocodiles and sawfish, fruit bats and wallabies. Travel to Halls Creek, situated on the edge of the Great Sandy Desert. This afternoon you'll have the opportunity to meet and talk with some local indigenous artists. Hotel: Kimberley Hotel, Halls Creek.
Day 5: Bungle Bungle
Today turn off the highway and transfer to a locally based 4WD vehicles for the trip into Purnululu National Park, home to some of Australia's most unique vegetation and geology. This afternoon you tour into the southern side of the National Park and visit beautiful Cathedral Gorge, set as a natural amphitheatre offering amazing acoustics. You will also view the Beehives which are synonymous with the Bungle Bungle. The constant erosion and river movements have formed the huge black and orange striped domes over the last 20 million years. Although used extensively by the Aboriginal people during the wet season, when plant and animal life was abundant, few Europeans knew of their existence until the mid-1980's. Hotel: Bungle Bungle Bush Camp, tented cabins with shared semi-en suite facilities.
Day 6: Echidna Chasm - El Questro
This morning have an easy paced walk into the stunning Echidna Chasm, a truly beautiful destination surrounded by towering Livistona Palms. Travel back to the main highway and rejoin your coach for the journey to El Questro Wilderness Park. A million acres in size, El Questro is located on the eastern perimeter of the Kimberley and extends for approximately 80 kilometres into the heart of the region. Brimming with natural wonders including magnificent mountain ranges, rivers, gorges, thermal springs and vast stretches of spinifex plain, it is truly one of the world's few remaining wild frontiers. Hotel: Emma Gorge Resort, tented cabins with private facilities, El Questro, 2 nights.
Day 7: El Questro Wilderness Park
This morning cruise through Chamberlain Gorge, a three-kilometre fresh waterhole abounded by tropical vegetation and 60 metre tall escarpments. At Emma Gorge Resort there is the opportunity for a hike into picturesque Emma Gorge.
Day 8: Kununurra
Rejoin the Gibb River Road before heading to Parry Lagoon Nature Reserve. See the birdlife of this region. Continue to Wyndham to the 5 Rivers Lookout. Visit Warriu Park to see the Dreamtime Statues and rock art mural. This afternoon visit the historic Durack Homestead which was faithfully reconstructed to become a pioneer museum. Then cruise along the Ord River from Lake Argyle to Kununurra. Learn all about the unique sandalwood industry from soil to oil when you visit the Sandalwood Factory at Mount Romance. Tonight You are invited by the Dessert family to dinner at the Hoochery Rum Distillery. Hotel: Kimberley Grande, Kununurra.
Day 9: Katherine
Cross vast cattle stations en route to Katherine in the Northern Territory. Hotel: Paraway Motel, Katherine.
Day 10: Katherine Gorge
Join a local guide on an early morning cruise through Katherine Gorge. You have the opportunity to see wildlife and prolific birdlife. The cruise through the gorge takes you past sheer sandstone walls and all manner of flora and fauna. Make a short stop at the Adelaide River War Cemetery, a site dedicated to those killed in the air-raids in Darwin in the 1940's. On arrival in Darwin, enjoy an orientation tour of this tropical city, including Parliament House and the Botanic Gardens. Hotel: The Vibe, Darwin.
Day 11: Depart Darwin
Your tour concludes this morning.You will be transferred to Darwin Airport to connect with your onward flight.
Tour Includes: Full Buffet Breakfasts (10), Lunches (3), Hotel Dinners (8), Dinner (1), Twin share rooms with private facilities in centrally located hotels, 3 nights in tented cabins with shared or private facilities, welcome drink, travel wallet and map, airport transfers (Day 1 from Broome Airport - flights anytime; Day 11 to Darwin Airport - flights anytime) and hotel porterage.
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NOTE: Unless otherwise specified, the rates listed are for the 2013 - 2014 season. The 2014 - 2015 season rates are valid from the 1st April 2014 - 31st March 2015. The 2015 - 2016 season rates commence on the 1st April 2015.