Darwin to Broome

9 day tour

$4725 per person (twin share)
single supplement $980

Departure dates in 2019

  • July 1 – Full
  • July 30 -3 seats left
Highlights:
Litchfield National park, Florence & Wangi falls, Mirima (Hidden Valley) National Park, Ord River Cruise, Lake Argyle Sunset Cruise, Bungle Bungles Sunrise Flight (Optional), Parry Lagoons Nature Reserve, El Questro Wilderness Park, Chamberlain Gorge Cruise, Zebedee Thermal Springs, Argyle Diamond Mine Tour, Geikie Gorge Cruise, Derby Prison Tree, Cable Beach Broome.

Discover the wonder of the top end as we journey from Darwin to Broome through Australia’s most rugged landscapes. Immerse yourself in the spectacular scenery of The Kimberley, taking in the breathtaking gorges and waterfalls, the towering escarpments and ancient rock art, staying at some of Australia’s finest outback resorts and stations along the way.

Itinerary

Darwin to Katherine (Lunch / Dinner)

Pick up from your Darwin CBD accommodation at 7.00 am. We then travel to Batchelor, originally established for employees of the Rum Jungle Mine. We discover Litchfield National Park, where we see fascinating magnetic termite mounds, Florence Falls and Wangi Falls. We stop at the Adelaide River War Cemetery, a site dedicated to the WWII air raids on Darwin. We then travel on to Pine Creek, a uranium mining district and gateway to Arnhem Land and finally we arrive in Katherine. Overnight stay at the Paraway motel.

Katherine to Kununuura (Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner)

Today we head west along the Victoria Highway towards the East Kimberley region; we pass the towering escarpment & rock formations of the Gregory National Park that make this region. We arrive at Timber Creek Hotel for lunch and then cross the Western Australia border into Kununurra. We visit the Zebra Rock Gallery and admire the jewellery on display with an opportunity to taste the mango smoothie at the cafe. Overnight stay at the Kununurra Country Club Resort (2 nights).

Kununurra Sights (Breakfast / Dinner)

Today we enjoy a tour of Kununurra, one of the youngest towns in Western Australia in the east Kimberley. We visit Hidden Valley National Park with its 350 million year old rock formations, enjoy a short walk through part of the park, home to a large variety of wildlife including many species of birds, wallabies, bats, dingoes and echidna. We admire the local views from Kelly’s Knob Lookout. In the afternoon, we travel onto the shores of the expansive Lake Argyle, the heart of the Ord River Irrigation System to join a sunset boat cruise on the lake, before returning to Kununurra. An optional 2 hour sunrise sightseeing flight (AU$ 385 own expense) over the Bungle Bungles’ unique and fascinating beehive-like striped rock dome formations is also possible (please advise at time of booking).

Kununurra to El Questro (Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner)

Today we travel to Parry Lagoons Nature Reserve (weather permitting) to see the birdlife of this region. We continue to Wyndham and to the 5 Rivers Lookout for sensational views over the Cambridge Gulf. We admire the Dreamtime Statues and rock art murals at Warriu Park, before continuing along one of the most isolated tracks in Australia, the Gibb River Road. We arrive at the world renowned El Questro Wilderness Park, where we spend the next two nights in unique tented ensuite cabins at Emma Gorge Resort.

El Questro Wilderness Park (Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner)

This morning we head to Chamberlain Gorge for a cruise through a three-kilometre fresh waterhole, fringed by tropical vegetation and 60 metre tall escarpments. We have a good chance of seeing fresh water crocodiles sunning themselves as we glide past. Afterwards, we visit the magical Zebedee Thermal Springs and go for a swim amongst livingstonia palms in the crystal clear 30 degree (C) water. We return to Emma Gorge Resort, where we can enjoy the pool or walk up to the Emma Gorge waterfall (medium level of fitness required).

El Questro to Halls Creek (Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner)

Today we take in a ground tour of the Argyle Diamond Mine, which is the world’s largest supplier of naturally coloured diamonds, and home to the famous and rare pink diamond. If we are unable to do this tour due to access restrictions (which happens from time to time) this will be replaced with another activity on that morning. After lunch, we continue South to the historic town of Halls Creek, situated on the edge of the Great Sandy Desert, and at the doorstep of the World Heritage listed Purnululu National Park. Staying overnight at the Kimberley Hotel, Halls Creek.

Halls Creek to Fitzroy Crossing (Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner)

We travel through the Kimberley to the remote township of Fitzroy Crossing. This afternoon, we enjoy a 1 hour cruise through Geikie Gorge, which has been formed by the waters of the Fitzroy River tunnelling through the Napier Range. Flood water marks show the volume of water during flood time. The gorge itself is fascinating and its existence is related to an ancient sea bed where fossils can still be found. Watch for wildlife as the 30 metre high walls of the gorge tower above you. Be sure to look out for crocodiles and sawfish. Staying overnight at Fitzroy River Lodge, Fitzroy Crossing.

Fitzroy Crossing to Broome (Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner)

Heading west, we arrive at the township of Derby, the first town settled in the Kimberley, and home of the famous Boab Prison Tree, used by the first police as an overnight holding cell. We have lunch at the Derby Wharf, with its 11.5m tides, the second highest in the world. This afternoon we travel on the great Northern Highway to Broome. Overnight stay at the Mangrove resort Broome.

Broome to Homeport (Breakfast)

Enjoy breakfast at your leisure, before being transferred to the airport where we say our goodbyes and take our respective flights home.