Small Group Escorted Tour
BROOME | FITROY CROSSING | PURNULULU NATIONAL PARK | CATHEDRAL GORGE | KUNUNURRA | LAKE ARGYLE | EL QUESTRO WILDERNESS PARK | MITCHEL PLATEAU | MITCHELL FALLS | GIBB RIVER | BELL GORGE
Take a deep breath and let your senses run wild in the Kimberley. A big part of what makes travelling to the Kimberley so much fun is the opportunity to experience one of the oldest cultures in the world. You will find landscapes at their most diverse; plunge into clear pools and treasure natural wonders like Cathedral Gorge and the Bungle Bungle Range. Bring your sense of adventure to ensure you get the most out of your journey as you travel along rugged tracks in custom 4WD vehicles with no more than 20 travellers and stay at exclusive wilderness lodges, offering a touch of luxury in the heart of the remote bush.
- Stay in APT’s Exclusive wilderness lodges
- See sunset over the Bungle Bungle range
- See the spectacular Mitchell Falls by air
- Admire impressive indigenous rock art
- Soak in thermal pools at Zebedee Springs
Day 1 : Arrive Broome
On arrival in Broome, the pearling capital of Australia, you will be transferred to your hotel and enjoy time at leisure. Broome’s rich and colourful history has created a multicultural melting pot that is reflected in the town’s welcoming and laid-back feel. Warm temperatures and palms deliver a tropical vibe that fits perfectly with the stretch of white sand known as Cable Beach. This evening, relax and enjoy a special Welcome Dinner with your fellow travellers.
Hotel: Broome Cable Beach Club Resort & Spa
Day 2 : Broome - Windjana Gorge - Tunnel Creek - Fitzroy Crossing
Your day starts with a visit to the Boab Prison Tree. The Boab Prison Tree. This “Boab Prison Tree” was once known as the “Hillgrove Lockup.” Evidence indicates that police on patrol from Wyndham in the 1890s noticed that holes in the upper branches indicated that the tree was hollow and so cut an opening into the tree to use it as a lockup for boriginal prisoners on their way to Wyndham for sentencing. Later continue your journey on the Gibb River Road. Turn off to explore Windjana Gorge, where you can see ancient marine fossils embedded in the walls and scour the banks for freshwater crocodiles. Continue on to explore Tunnel Creek and the 750 metre tunnel that a creek has worn through the Napier Range. The tunnel is the oldest cave system in Western Australia. Later, arrive at Fitzroy Crossing.
Hotel: Fitzroy River Lodge
Day 3 : Geikie Gorge - Halls Creek - Purnululu National Park
Travel to Geikie Gorge National Park for a cruise along Darngku (Geikie Gorge). Enjoy a visit to Halls Creek, before travelling to Purnululu National Park. Experience the fi rst of three exclusive APT wilderness lodges as you settle in to the Bungle Bungle Wilderness Lodge, located in the heart of this stunning national park. Accommodation for 2 nights: EXCLUSIVE! APT’s Bungle Bungle Wilderness Lodge
Day 4 : Purnululu National Park, Piccaninny Creek & Cathedral Gorge
Witness the beauty of Purnululu National Park. Walk along Piccaninny Creek and test the acoustics at Cathedral Gorge. Then, marvel at the beehive domes as your guide brings the natural history to life. For a truly unforgettable perspective, you may like to take an optional helicopter flight over the domes (own expense). Before returning to your lodge, enjoy drinks in the remote Outback landscapes as you watch the sun set over the Bungle Bungle Range.
Day 5 : Echidna Chasm - Kununurra
Hike to Echidna Chasm, a spectacular cleft in the rock. Then travel through glorious rugged red landscapes to Kununurra, one of the youngest towns in Australia.
Hotel for 2 nights: Kununurra Country Club Resort
Day 6 : Lake Argyle, Ord River & Kununurra
Lake Argyle, one of the Jewels of the Kimberley, is a man-made lake. Join a wildlife cruise on the mighty Ord River to discover a fascinating ecological system that has developed from the damming of the Ord River to create the lake.
Day 7 : Parry’s Lagoon – Wyndham - El Questro Wilderness Park
Visit Parry’s Lagoon, then head to Wyndham and view the Cambridge Gulf from the Five Rivers Lookout. Enjoy lunch before continuing to El Questro Wilderness Park, which covers a staggering one million acres. El Questro is a destination unlike any other and off ers the freedom to explore one of Australia’s last true frontiers. From deep gorges and majestic mountains to thermal springs, mud and salt-flats, rainforests and cascading waterfalls everything the Kimberley has to off er is located across the property’s 700,000 acres and is why we say that El Questro is the heart of the Kimberley. End your day with a relaxing soak in the thermal pools of Zebedee Springs.
Accommodation: El Questro Wilderness Park, Emma Gorge Resort
Day 8 : El Questro Wilderness Park - Home Valley Station
Hike to Emma Gorge and swim beneath a droplet waterfall. Later, cross the Pentecost River to Home Valley Station. This immense cattle property is set to the backdrop of the majestic Cockburn Range. Home Valley Station is located close to the mighty Pentecost River. Experience the exhilaration of barramundi fishing, soak in the unforgettable scenery of the East Kimberley and be inspired by the region’s Indigenous people. This evening, enjoy drinks as you watch the sun setting.
Accommodation: Home Valley Station.
Day 9 : Home Valley - Mitchell Plateau
Back on the Gibb River Road you ford the Durack River, then turn off and travel to the Mitchell Plateau where your accommodation for the next two nights sits beside palm-fringed camp creek. Tonight you’ll feast on three superb courses that showcase the region’s local produce.
Day 10 : Mitchell Falls, Helicopter Flight
Today you have a full day to discover the beauty of Mitchell Falls, with its magnificent tiered waterfalls and Indigenous art. When available, local Aboriginal guides will join the adventure, imparting their
knowledge of the area and sharing their cultural beliefs. Begin with a guided hike to Little Mertens Falls to view rarely seen Aboriginal art. Continue to Big Mertens Falls before arriving at the incredible Mitchell Falls. With superb scenery and rich culture, you can swim in the pools above the falls and spot the region’s abundant wildlife. We have also included a helicopter flight over Mitchell Falls and the surrounding wilderness back to the vehicle or, if you prefer, hike back with your guide. Longer helicopter flights over this captivating and remote coastline are available at additional expense. Later, it’s time to return to your wilderness lodge to relax, knowing you have just experienced a day most people can only dream of.
Day 11 : Wandjina and Bradshaw Rock Art (Gwion Gwion) - King Edward River - Drysdale River Station
The Kimberley’s ancient rock art comes to the fore during a visit to Wandjina and Bradshaw (Gwion Gwion) rock art galleries. Enjoy a dip at King Edward River, then travel to Drysdale River Station.
Day 12 : Manning Gorge - Galvans Gorge - Gibb River Road
Travel through the heart of Kimberley cattle country to discover some of the region’s most secluded gorges. Look out for the region’s bird life and enjoy a refreshing swim in the pristine water. Continue to Galvans Gorge, where a short walk leads to a picturesque waterhole where boab trees cling to the escarpment above. Inspect the rock art on the gorge walls and take a leisurely swim. Later, arrive at Bell Gorge Wilderness Lodge in time for dinner, which will become your home for the next two nights. The remarkable lodge is situated in an enviable position, with a sprawling lawn to relax and unwind, while offering stunning views of the King Leopold Range.
Day 13 : Bell Gorge, Hiking and Swimming
Travel to Bell Gorge, where stunning cliff s surround a series of tiered waterholes. Sitting approximately 300 metres above sea level, Bell Gorge is an idyllic natural spot for swimming and photography. Here you can also enjoy a spot of bird-watching. Should you be feeling particularly energetic, you may take the opportunity to hike to the lower pool of the gorge and enjoy a relaxing dip below the cascading waterfall.
Day 14 : King Leopold Range – Broome
Travel through the King Leopold Range Conservation Park en route to Broome. Tonight enjoy a special Farewell Dinner.
Hotel: Cable Beach Club Resort & Spa
Day 15 : Depart Broome
Transfer to the airport this morning for your onward journey.