11 Day Wonders of the Kimberley Tour

11 Day Wonders of the Kimberley Tour - TouringDiscover the Wonders of the Kimberley from Broome to Darwin. Start with a spectacular West Coast sunset over Cable Beach then enter the rugged Kimberley to cruise down Geikie Gorge spotting freshwater crocodiles. Visit a remote Aboriginal community and tour through Argyle Diamond Mine.

Relax on Chamberlain Gorge with morning tea before embarking on a challenging hike to Emma Gorge for a refreshing swim in the waterhole, and experience the Ord Valley’s gourmet produce at a unique private dinner at Kununurra’s Sandalwood Factory. Take a thrilling cruise on the Ord River, experience the spirituality of Katherine Gorge and finish your spectacular trip in tropical Darwin. (itinerary available in reverse: Untamed Kimberley)

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: Welcome to Broome

On arrival in Broome you will be transferred to your hotel. This evening enjoy a welcome reception with your Tour Director and fellow travelling companions.

Day 2: Broome ‘Free Time’

This morning enjoy a guided tour of Broome including Gantheaume Point and the historic township before an afternoon at leisure to explore this tropical hideaway. Enjoy a leisurely stroll along the 22 kilometres of pristine sand and swim in the turquoise water that is Cable Beach. Wander through Chinatown or shop for pearls. Join your Tour Director this evening for dinner at the resort.

Hotel: Cable Beach Club Resort, Broome (2 nights)
Meals: Breakfast and Dinner (Day 2)

Day 3: Broome to Fitzroy Crossing

Travel to the Port of Derby, the oldest established town in the Kimberley, located at the base of King Sound. Visit the famous Boab Prison Tree, believed to be around 1,500 years old and 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.
Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

Day 4: Fitzroy Crossing to Halls Creek

This morning 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. Travel to Halls Creek, situated on the edge of the Great Sandy Desert.

Hotel: Kimberley Hotel, Halls Creek.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 5: Halls Creek to El Questro

Journey north of Halls Creek and enter the Argyle mining lease. A local guide will join you to conduct a tour of the Argyle Diamond Mine, the world’s largest diamond mine, which produces one quarter of the world’s diamonds annually. This afternoon travel to El Questro Wilderness Park, a million acres in the heart of the Kimberley, one of the world’s few remaining wild frontiers.

Day 6: El Questro Wilderness Park

This morning cruise with a local guide through Chamberlain Gorge, a three kilometre fresh waterhole fringed by tropical vegetation and 60 metre tall escarpments. Keep your eyes peeled for fresh water crocodiles sunning themselves as you glide past. At Emma Gorge Resort there is time to sit by the pool or take a challenging hike into Emma Gorge for a refreshing swim in the waterhole.

Hotel: Emma Gorge Resort, Tented Cabin with private facilities, El Questro (2 nights)
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner. Day 6: Breakfast and Dinner (Day 5)

Day 7: El Questro – Kununurra

This morning travel along the Gibb River Road to Parry Lagoon Nature Reserve, a haven for birdlife in this region (weather permitting). View the Dreamtime Statues at Warriu Park. This afternoon visit the historic Argyle Downs Homestead, which was faithfully removed brick by brick and reconstructed to become a pioneer museum. Then enjoy a riveting cruise along the Ord River from Lake Argyle to Kununurra with a local guide. This permanent water supply has formed wetland areas, which have become havens for myriads of birds and a variety of marsupials.

Day 8: Kununurra

Today you can take an optional full day tour to the Bungle Bungle or an early morning scenic flight over the spectacular beehive domes before you enjoy a tour of Kununurra, one of the youngest towns in Western Australia, which is the hub of local industry for agriculture, tourism and mining in the East Kimberley. See the Ord River Irrigation Scheme and Hidden Valley National Park, which features 300 million year old sandstone cliffs, often referred to as the ‘mini Bungles’. Admire the local views from Kelly’s Knob Lookout.

‘You’re invited’ this evening to a privately hosted 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: Pinctada Kimberley Grande, Kununurra, 2 nights.
Meals: Breakfast and Dinner (Day 7). Breakfast and 'You're invited' dinner (Day 8)

Day 9: Kununurra to Katherine

Cross vast cattle stations en route to Katherine, the third largest town in the Northern Territory, often described as the place ‘where the outback meets the tropics’.

Hotel: Knotts Crossing Resort, Katherine.
Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

Day 10: Katherine to Darwin

Join your local guide for a cruise on the placid waters of the Katherine River through the towering cliffs of two gorges. Look out for freshwater crocodiles. This afternoon travel to the city of Darwin for an orientation tour on arrival. This evening join your Tour Director and new-found friends for a farewell dinner at Il Lido, located at Wharf One with its spectacular views overlooking the Darwin Waterfront lagoon.

Hotel: Mantra on the Esplanade, Darwin.
Meals: Breakfast and Farewell dinner

Day 11: Farewell from Darwin

Your holiday concludes this morning after breakfast. You will be transferred to Darwin Airport for your onward flight.

Meals: Breakfast

NOTE : This tour can also be done in reverse from Darwin to Broome.

Tour Highlights

Discover beautiful Broome
Experience a Cable Beach sunset
Explore the fascinating Boab Prison Tree at Derby
Cruise along Geikie Gorge and spot freshwater crocodiles
Visit Yiyili Aboriginal Community and explore its art gallery
Tour Argyle Diamond Mine
Take a challenging hike to Emma Gorge
Cruise on Chamberlain Gorge with morning tea
Drive along the Gibb River Road
Experience the Ord Valley’s gourmet produce at a unique private dinner at Kununurra’s Sandalwood Factory
Visit Kelly’s Knob Lookout for views over Kununurra
Discover Kununurra’s Zebra Stone Factory
Explore Hidden Valley National Park
Take a thrilling boat cruise on the Ord River
Visit Argyle Downs Homestead
Cruise on Katherine Gorge & view ancient Aboriginal rock art
Take in some history at Adelaide River War Cemetery
Indulge in food and wine on Darwin’s waterfront
Tour Darwin’s city sights

Tour Highlights

Experienced Tour Director and Driver Guide
Quality accommodation
Travel by luxury coach
Airport transfers (see flight information below)

Departs

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NOTE: Unless otherwise specified, the rates listed are for the 2019 - 2020 season. The 2019 - 2020 season rates are valid from the 1st April 2019 to the 31st March 2020. The 2020 - 2021 season rates commence on the 1st April 2020.






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