15 Day Kimberley Complete Broome-Broome

15 Day Kimberley Complete Broome-Broome: Accommodated Tour

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HIGHLIGHTS

  • Take a breathtaking helicopter flight over spectacular Mitchell Falls
  • Admire impressive Indigenous Wandjina and Bradshaw rock art
  • Learn about the Indigenous program at Home Valley Station and the history of cattle stations
  • Soak in the thermal hot pools of Zebedee Springs at El Questro Wilderness Park, an extremely rare discovery within the region
  • After a day’s exploration of the Bungle Bungle range, enjoy drinks as the sun sets over its striking beehive domes
  • Journey along the Gibb River Road and Kalumburu Road
  • With torch in hand, wade through the waters of Tunnel Creek
  • Discover the beauty of Windjana, Bell, Galvans and Manning gorges
  • Visit Wyndham and the birdwatching paradise of Parry’s Lagoon
  • Explore ancient Geikie Gorge

 

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THE FACTS

Tour Route Broome-Broome
Accommodation Two nights at Cable Beach Club Resort; Experience six nights at APT’s network of Wilderness Lodges; Home Valley Station
Vehicle Comfortable 4WD Coach
Fitness A good level of fitness and health is required
Tour Code GKC15
Duration 15 Days / 14 Nights
Maximum Passengers 20
Price GKC15: 29 April-31 August 2016: $9,295 per person, twin share. September 2016 departures $8,995 per person, twin share.
Departs Regular departures April-September. Limited availability in 2016, please enquire.
Meals Includes 38 meals – Enjoy 14 Breakfasts, 12 Lunches and 12 Dinners
Luggage Please pack your required items into one small bag (no hard suitcases) weighing no more than 16kgs.
Validity 31 Mar 2016 – 30 Sep 2016

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itinerary (also operates in reverse visiting the Bungle Bungles first on selected dates)

Day 1. Broome

Arrive in Broome and be transferred to your hotel. Enjoy your day at leisure to explore this fascinating place. Your Driver-Guide will be in the Cable Beach Club Resort & Spa lobby between 5pm and 6pm for an orientation and opportunity to answer any of your questions. Afterwards, head to the Sunset Bar and Grill at your resort to see one of Australia’s best sunsets over Cable Beach. This evening, enjoy dinner at your leisure before your fascinating journey into the Kimberley commences.

Stay: Broome, Cable Beach Club Resort and Spa

Day 2. Gibb River Road, Tunnel Creek, Windjana Gorge

Your day starts with a visit to the fascinating Boab Prison Tree. Believed to be more than 1,500 years old and measuring an incredible 14 metres in diameter, this remarkable tree was once used by early police patrols as a standing point for prisoners as they were walked to Derby. Today, the hollow tree is a registered Aboriginal site of great cultural significance. Continue your journey along the iconic Gibb River Road, a remote 660-kilometre outback highway stretching between Broome and Kununurra. The ‘Gibb’ traverses the wild heart of the Kimberley, passing spectacular landscapes of intensely coloured ranges, dramatic gorges, deep rock pools and spectacular waterfalls. Turn off the Gibb River Road to the extraordinary Tunnel Creek, a 750-metre-long natural tunnel carved through the Napier Range. With torch in hand, wade through the cool waters that fill the tunnel and emerge on the other side to the sight of a tranquil and stunning oasis. Continue on to Windjana Gorge, where sheer cliffs tower above glistening white sands. Admire the ancient marine fossils embedded in the gorge walls and scour the banks for a glimpse of the freshwater crocodiles that laze on the shores of the Lennard River. Back on the Gibb River Road, travel into the King Leopold Range National Park, which covers more than 900,000 acres and features seven rugged ranges. Later, arrive at your lodge for dinner.

Stay: Two Nights: EXCLUSIVE! Bell Gorge Wilderness Lodge

Meals included: Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner

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Day 3. Bell Gorge, Hiking and Swimming

Back on the Gibb River Road, travel to Bell Gorge, where stunning cliffs 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 birdwatching. If you are feeling particularly energetic, you can hike to the lower pool of the gorge and take a relaxing dip below the cascading waterfall.

Meals included: Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner

Day 4. Galvans Gorge, Manning Gorge, Drysdale River Station

Travel through the heart of Kimberley cattle country to discover some of the region’s most secluded gorges. At Galvans Gorge, a short walk leads to a picturesque waterhole where boab trees cling to the escarpment above. Inspect the Wandjina rock art on the gorge walls and take a leisurely swim. Continue to the beautiful Manning Gorge, where you’ll enjoy lunch in the shade of paperbark trees. Look out for the region’s bird life and enjoy a refreshing swim in the pristine water. Turn off the Gibb River Road and travel north on the Kalumburu Road towards the isolated Mitchell Plateau. Later, arrive at Drysdale River Station and enjoy a unique stay at this historic cattle property, including a delicious dinner.

Stay: Drysdale River Station

Meals included: Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner

Day 5. Mitchell Plateau, King Edward River, Bradshaw Art (Gwion Gwion)

Cross the beautiful Drysdale River, then ascend the Mitchell Plateau to enter a remote world of Livistona palm forests, beautiful lookouts, magnificent waterfalls and isolated swimming holes. The Kimberley’s rock art is arguably some of the world’s oldest, with evidence suggesting the earliest occupation in the region dates back 50,000 to 60,000 years ago. Visit Wandjina and Bradshaw Art (Gwion Gwion) galleries and swim in the clear waters at King Edward River. For the next two nights, experience Mitchell Falls Wilderness Lodge, with its brand new Ungolan Pavilion, where you can relax in the lounge, treat yourself to a drink or read up on the local culture. In the heart of the Mitchell Plateau, your accommodation is perfectly positioned beside the Pandanus palm-fringed Camp Creek, where you can enjoy a refreshing dip. For wildlife watchers, the region’s fantastic array of bird life includes brolgas, herons, kites and sea eagles, as well as rainforest birds. This evening, be treated to a superb three-course dinner that showcases the region’s finest local produce. For the perfect accompaniment, a selction of flavoursome beers from Matso’s Broome Brewery and wines from Rosabrook Estate are available.

Stay: Two Nights: EXCLUSIVE! Mitchell Falls Wilderness Lodge

Meals included: Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner

Day 6. Mitchell Falls, Helicopter Flight

Today you have a full day to discover the beauty of Mitchell Falls, with its magnificent 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 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. Then, it’s time to return to your wilderness lodge to relax, knowing you have just experienced a day most people can only dream of. Perhaps spend some time in front of the camp fire recounting today’ s tales with your newfound friends.

Meals included: Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner

Day 7. Mitchell Plateau, Gibb River Road, Home Valley Station

Rejoin the Gibb River Road and ford the mighty Durack River before arriving at Home Valley Station, an immense cattle property. Discover the spellbinding scenery that captivated audiences in Baz Luhrmann’s movie ‘Australia’, including the imposing yet strikingly beautiful backdrop of the majestic Cockburn Range. Here you’ll enjoy an overnight stay in this inspirational setting.

Stay: Home Valley Station

Meals included: Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner

Day 8. Home Valley Station, El Questro Wilderness Park, Emma Gorge

Learn about the Indigenous training program and the history of the Kimberley’s cattle stations on a tour of Home Valley Station. Gain insight into the work that the Indigenous Land Corporation (ILC) do here and discover the amazing scenery where the movie ‘Australia’ was filmed. Later, cross the Pentecost River into El Questro Wilderness Park, covering a staggering one million acres. Soak in the delectable hot pools of Zebedee Springsand leave feeling refreshed and revitalised. Afterwards, visit the station township and take a moment to unwind. Tonight, absorb the serene surroundings before indulging in a delicious dinner with your fellow travellers.

Stay: Emma Gorge Resort in El Questro

Meals included: Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner

Day 9. El Questro, Wyndham, Parry’s Lagoon

After a hearty breakfast, continue exploring the remarkable El Questro Wilderness Park. Hike to the picturesque Emma Gorge and take a revitalising swim. Afterwards, head to Wyndham and view the breathtaking Cambridge Gulf from the spectacular Five Rivers Lookout. Enjoy lunch at an iconic outback pub before visiting the serene Parry’s Lagoon, a splendid birdwatcher’s paradise.

Stay: Two Nights: Kununurra Country Club Resort

Meals included: Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner

Day 10. Ord River, Lake Kununurra

Explore the beauty of Kununurra this morning at leisure before travelling to the majestic Lake Argyle, the largest man-made lake in the Southern Hemisphere. Join a spectacular wildlife cruise on the mighty Ord River. From modern shaded vessels, discover a fascinating ecological system that has developed from the damming of the Ord River at two locations to create an area rich in wildlife, flora and undeniable beauty. Enjoy a mesmerising sunset while cruising on the tranquil Lake Kununurra. This evening, spend your time at leisure, and perhaps explore the township of Kununurra or relax at your hotel.

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 11. Purnululu National Park, Echidna Chasm

Depart Kununurra and journey to Purnululu National Park, one of Australia’s most stunning natural landscapes. The park is home to the famed black and orange striped domes of the Bungle Bungle Range, ascending to 578 metres above sea level. Standing over a grass-covered plain, steep cliffs form the western face. Created by the constant erosion of river movements over a staggering 20 million years, the range has both geological and Indigenous cultural significance. It is an imposing sight and one that you are sure to remember forever. Join a hike along a Livistona palm-fringed trail into Echidna Chasm, a spectacular natural cleft in the rock. Settle into the tranquil ambience of the Bungle Bungle Wilderness Lodge, located in the heart of this stunning national park. Enjoy a delicious dinner and share your adventures with your fellow travellers.

Stay: Two Nights: EXCLUSIVE! Bungle Bungle Wilderness Lodge

Meals included: Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner

Day 12. Piccaninny Creek, Cathedral Gorge

Explore the magic of Purnululu for yourself and discover the depth of the Bungle Bungle Range. Walk along Piccaninny Creek, a winding gorge within the Bungle Bungle domes. Your next stop is the natural amphitheatre of Cathedral Gorge, a spacious cavern where the acoustics are astounding. Marvel at the majestic beehive domes as your guide brings the natural history of the range to life. You may like to experience an optional scenic helicopter flight over the domes (own expense). This evening, enjoy sunset drinks as the sun goes down on the Bungle Bungle massif..

Meals included: Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner

Day 13. Halls Creek, Fitzroy Crossing

Head to Halls Creek and admire the unusual China Wall. A natural quartz formation that runs six kilometres along the landscape, the wall is an echo of that for which it was named – the Great Wall of China. Continue on towards Fitzroy Crossing, a small settlement situated on the Fitzroy River.

Stay: Fitzroy Crossing, Fitzroy River Lodge

Meals included: Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner

Day 14. Geikie Gorge, Broome

Travel to Geikie Gorge National Park and explore magnificent Darngku (Geikie Gorge). Flooding of the river has bleached the walls white over time – an intriguing sight that makes it popular with photographers. Board a unique cruise before returning to Broome. Return to Cable Beach Club Resort & Spa and later this evening, perhaps enjoy a drink before your Farewell Dinner at the Sunset Bar and Grill.

Stay: Broome, Cable Beach Club Resort and Spa

Meals included: Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner

Day 15. Depart Broome

Discover the delights of Cable Beach Resort & Spa as you enjoy your day at leisure. Perhaps relax on the beach, enjoy a free art and history tour, or take an early morning Yoga session. Later, be transferred to the airport for your flight home.

Meals included: Breakfast

INCLUSIONS

  • Sightseeing, park and excursion fees
  • Transfers to and from the airport
  • Small groups – maximum 20 travellers
  • The services of an expert Driver-Guide
  • Additional guides on selected walks
  • Travel in a custom-designed 4WD

TRIP NOTES

  • Itinerary and inclusions are subject to change
  • Weather may cause disruptions to itinerary, especially in remote locations and at the start of the season
  • APT highly recommends travel insurance
  • Prices are for land only. Flights not included

ACTIVITY LEVEL

A good level of fitness and health is required to participate in APT’s holiday packages.  Some sightseeing excursions will involve the climbing of stairs and walking over uneven surfaces and in some cases walking over rocks and through shallow streams. This tour contains mainly easy walks with some more moderate walks.  Sturdy walking shoes are an absolute must on all adventures.  Please enquire about our Health and Fitness Mobility checklist at the time of booking.