16 Day Kimberley & Top End: Broome-Darwin or reverse

16 Day Kimberley & Top End Broome-Darwin or reverse: Accommodated Tour

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HIGHLIGHTS

  • Admire impressive Indigenous Wandjina and Bradshaw rock art
  • Take an unforgettable helicopter flight over Mitchell Falls, as you take in the natural phenomena from above
  • Discover the impressive sights of El Questro Wilderness Park, including soaking in the thermal Zebedee Springs
  • After a day’s exploration of the Bungle Bungle range, enjoy drinks as the sun sets over its striking beehive domes
  • Enjoy a Guluyambi Cruise along the East Alligator River
  • Torch in hand, explore Tunnel Creek
  • Discover Windjana, Bell, Galvans and Manning gorges
  • Explore Kakadu National Park
  • Enjoy a cultural cruise along Yellow Water Billabong

 

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THE FACTS

Tour Route Broome-Darwin or reverse
Accommodation Stay one night at Cable Beach Club Resort & Spa in Broome; Enjoy one night at Mantra on the Esplanade in Darwin; Stay a total of six nights at APT’s fantastic network of Wilderness Lodges; Relax at the exquisite Cicada Lodge
Vehicle Comfortable 4WD Coach
Fitness A good level of fitness and health is required
Tour Code GKB16
Duration 16 Days / 15 Nights
Maximum Passengers 20
Price GKB16 Broome-Darwin: 06 May-23 August 2016: $10,295 per person, twin share. September 2016 departures $9,995 per person, twin share.

GKB16R Darwin-Broome: September 2016 departures $9,845 per person, twin share.

Departs Regular departures May-September. Limited availability in 2016, please enquire.
Meals Includes 41 meals – Enjoy 15 Breakfasts, 12 Lunches and 14 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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Broome-Darwin itinerary (also operates in reverse Darwin-Broome. See below for itinerary)

Day 1. Broome

Arrive in Broome and be transferred to your hotel. Discover all that Broome has to offer or relax on Cable Beach as you enjoy your day at leisure. There are a number of remarkable and poignant sites to visit in this historic pearl diving town. Take in a glorious sunset over the Indian Ocean and enjoy dinner at your leisure.

Stay: Broome, Cable Beach Club Resort and Spa

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

Leaving Broome, travel inland towards 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’s winding path through the mountain and emerge on the other side to the sight of a 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. Travel into the King Leopold Range National Park. Covering more than 900,000 acres and featuring seven rugged ranges. Arrive at Bell Gorge Wilderness Lodge, which boasts an enviable position and a sprawling lawn to relax. Your tented cabin the perfect spot for you to relax in the beauty of this ancient land from your private deck.

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, head to the incredible Bell Gorge, where stunning cliffs surround a series of spectacularly tiered waterholes. Sitting approximately 300 metres above sea level, Bell Gorge is an idyllic natural spot for swimming and photography. Take a relaxing dip above the cascading waterfall that feeds the lower pool or go birdwatching. If you are feeling energetic, perhaps hike to the lower pool of the gorge for a swim or perhaps visit some superb lookout spots.

Meals included: Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner

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

Travel through the heart of Kimberley cattle country to Galvans Gorge, where a short walk leads to a picturesque waterhole. Admire the rock art adorning the gorge walls or indulge in a leisurely swim. Continue to the beautiful Manning Gorge where you can spot local birdlife as you enjoy lunch in the shade of a gum tree.

Stay: Drysdale River Station

Meals included: Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner

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

Travel up the Kalumburu Road towards the isolated Mitchell Plateau. Ascending the Mitchell Plateau, explore the Wandjina and Gwion Gwion art galleries. 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. Swim in the clear waters of the King Edward River. For the next two nights, stay at our Mitchell Falls Wilderness Lodge located at the top of the plateau, which is perfect for wildlife watchers. In addition enjoy the facilities of the lodge’s 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.

Stay: Two Nights: EXCLUSIVE! Mitchell Falls Wilderness Lodge

Meals included: Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner

Day 6. Mitchell Falls, Helicopter Flight

Discover Mitchell Falls, a true highlight of your Kimberley adventure. Where possible, a local Indigenous guide will join you, providing a unique insight into the region. Begin with a hike to Little Mertens Falls to view rare Aboriginal art. Continue on to Big Mertens Falls before arriving at Mitchell Falls. Take a dip in the river before enjoying a helicopter flight over the spectacular Mitchell Falls back to the vehicle. Alternatively, hike back with your guide.

Meals included: Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner

Day 7. Gibb River Road, El Questro Wilderness Park

Leaving the magnificent Mitchell Plateau, rejoin the Gibb River Road. Your adventure continues as you ford the Durack and Pentecost Rivers where saltwater crocodiles inhabit the deceptively calm waters. Travel to El Questro Wilderness Park, a one million-acre property of rugged wilderness in the heart of the Kimberley. Stay two nights immersed in nature at Emma Gorge Resort in El Questro and explore this spectacular primordial setting.

Stay: Two Nights: El Questro Wilderness Park, Emma Gorge Resort

Meals included: Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner

Day 8. El Questro Wilderness Park

Discover the amazing wonders of El Questro Wilderness Park today. With a local ranger, embark on a cruise along stunning Chamberlain Gorge, a fresh waterway fringed by tropical vegetation and rugged escarpments. After lunch, head to the beautiful Zebedee Springs, a permanent natural thermal spring tucked away in a secluded pocket of rainforest. Return to Emma Gorge and enjoy dinner later this evening.

Meals included: Breakfast; Dinner

Day 9. Purnululu National Park, Echidna Chasm

Journey deep into Purnululu National Park, a spectacular wilderness region that is home to some of the country’s most striking geological formations. Travel the Spring Creek Track and discover the magnitude of Purnululu for yourself. Hike to the awe-inspiring Echidna Chasm, a spectacular natural cleft in the rock. Narrow in width with walls reaching 100-metres high, Echidna Chasm is a must-see in the Kimberley. Continue on to APT’s award-winning Bungle Bungle Wilderness Lodge, located in the heart of the serene Purnululu National Park.

Stay: Two Nights: EXCLUSIVE! Bungle Bungle Wilderness Lodge

Meals included: Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner

Day 10. Piccaninny Creek, Cathedral Gorge

Explore the magic of World Heritage-listed Purnululu National Park and discover the depth of the Bungle Bungle Range today. Walk along Piccaninny Creek as it winds through the high walls of the Bungle Bungle domes. Your next stop is the natural amphitheatre of Cathedral Gorge, a spacious cavern reaching skyward, 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 range (own expense). This evening, enjoy sunset drinks as the sun goes down on the Bungle Bungle massif.

Meals included: Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner

Day 11. Ord River, Lake Kununurra

Travel through rugged red landscapes to Kununurra, which is the gateway to the eastern Kimberley and the home of the Ord River Scheme, an engineering feat designed to prevent seasonal flooding and to store water for irrigating large areas subject to drought. Today, explore the beauty of Kununurra, before heading to the Kununurra Country Club Resort for dinner later this evening.

Stay: Kununurra Country Club Resort

Meals included: Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner

Day 12. Northern Territory, Nitmiluk National Park

Cross the border into the Northern Territory on the way to Nitmiluk National Park. This evening, enjoy canapés and drinks on arrival at the beautiful Cicada Lodge, before indulging in a superb dinner showcasing the region’s finest produce, guaranteed to be a highlight of your holiday.

Stay: Katherine, Cicada Lodge

Meals included: Breakfast; Dinner

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Day 13. Katherine Gorge, Kakadu National Park, Nourlangie Rock

Step aboard an unforgettable Katherine Gorge cruise. Your guide will reveal the region’s magical highlights. Discover the music, stories and ways of the local Jawoyn people. Continue to Kakadu, Australia’s largest national park that covers an enormous area of 20,000 square kilometres. The Northern Territory’s best known national park is rich in flora, wildlife and beautiful scenery. Journey to Nourlangie Rock to view Aboriginal rock art. Cruise the famous Yellow Water Billabong. Here, wildlife abounds and local a guide will give you great insights into how the Bininj people use the flora and fauna to support their way of life. Later, arrive at Hawk Dreaming Wilderness Lodge, located in a restricted area of Kakadu National Park. Tonight, enjoy dinner as you take in the beautiful surrounds.

Stay: Two Nights: Hawk Dreaming Wilderness Lodge

Meals included: Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner

Day 14. Arnhem Land, Hawk Dreaming, Cannon Hill

Accompanied by a local guide, cross the East Alligator River into the magical and spiritual Arnhem Land. Experience the ancient art and natural beauty of a region that is normally inaccessible to most travellers. This afternoon, return to Kakadu and enjoy the art and billabongs of Cannon Hill and Hawk Dreaming. (Please note, order of touring may vary. Arnhem Land may be inaccessible for cultural reasons or when tides prevent the crossing of the East Alligator River). Watch the stunning sunset. Later this evening, gather around a camp fire to share anecdotes with your fellow travellers in the midst of this pristine wilderness, before enjoying a tantalising dinner utilising the freshest produce.

Meals included: Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner

Day 15. Guluyambi Cruise, Ubirr Rock Art, Darwin

Located within the world-renowned wilderness region of Kakadu National Park, visit Ubirr and explore its galleries of ancient Aboriginal art. The magnificent rock faces have been continuously painted and repainted since 40,000BC, with most created approximately 2,000 years ago. Later, take an unforgettable Guluyambi Cruise along the East Alligator River. As the evocative landscapes glide by, your Indigenous guide will explain the colourful culture and intriguing history of this stunning region. Learn about the beautiful birds, prehistoric reptiles and fascinating mammals that call this spectacular and timeless land home. Travel to Darwin this afternoon and indulge in a Farewell Dinner as you reminisce about the amazing adventure that has just gone by and say goodbye to your fellow travellers.

Stay: Darwin, Mantra on the Esplanade

Meals included: Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner

Day 16. Guluyambi Cruise, Ubirr Rock Art, Darwin

Your Kimberley, Kakadu and Arnhem Land wilderness adventure comes to an end today. After breakfast, transfer to Darwin airport for your onward flight home.

Meals included: Breakfast

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Darwin-Broome itinerary – tour code GKB16R

Day 1. Darwin

Arrive in Darwin and enjoy the evening at your leisure.

Stay: Darwin, Mantra on the Esplanade

Day 2. Darwin, Ubirr Rock Art, Guluyambi Cruise

Depart Darwin and travel across the sweeping wetlands of the Marrakai Plains to Kakadu National Park. Head to Ubirr to explore galleries of ancient Aboriginal art before taking an unforgettable journey along the East Alligator River on the Guluyambi Cruise. As the evocative landscapes glide by, an Indigenous guide will explain the colourful culture, intriguing history and fascinating wildlife of this stunning region.

Stay: Two Nights: Hawk Dreaming Wilderness Lodge

Meals included: Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner

Day 3. Arnhem Land, Aboriginal Art, Cannon Hill, Hawk Dreaming

Accompanied by a local guide, cross the East Alligator River into the spiritual Arnhem Land. Experience the art and natural beauty of a region that is inaccessible to most travellers. Return to enjoy the surrounds of Hawk Dreaming as the sun sets.

Meals included: Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner

Day 4. Nourlangie Rock, Katherine

Travel to stunning Kakadu, the Northern Territory’s best known national park. At Nourlangie Rock, view Aboriginal rock art. Cruise the famous Yellow Water Billabong. Here, wildlife abounds and local a guide will give you great insights into how the Bininj people use the flora and fauna to support their way of life. Later travel to Katherine and enjoy canapés and drinks at the beautiful Cicada Lodge, before indulging in an exceptional gourmet three-course meal.

Stay: Katherine, Cicada Lodge

Meals included: Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner

Day 5. Katherine Gorge, Kununurra

Head to the beautiful Nitmiluk National Park, before boarding an unforgettable cruise through the spectacular Katherine Gorge. Discover the music, stories and ways of the local Jawoyn people as you learn about their spiritual culture. Afterwards, travel into Western Australia.

Stay: Kununurra Country Club Resort

Meals included: Breakfast; Dinner

Day 6. Kununurra, Purnululu National Park, Echidna Chasm

Travel to Purnululu National Park, home to the Bungle Bungle Range. Hike to Echidna Chasm, a spectacular natural cleft in the rock.

Stay: Two Nights: EXCLUSIVE! Bungle Bungle Wilderness Lodge

Meals included: Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner

Day 7. Cathedral Gorge, Piccaninny Creek

Hike to Piccaninny Creek and through to the spectacular Cathedral Gorge. Perhaps indulge in an optional helicopter flight – own expense. Watch as the sun sets over the stunning Bungle Bungle Range.

Meals included: Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner

Day 8. Purnululu National Park, El Questro

Farewell the Bungle Bungle Range and travel to El Questro Wilderness Park, a million-acre cattle station in the heart of the Kimberley. Stay two nights immersed in nature to explore this primordial setting.

Stay: Two Nights: Emma Gorge Resort in the picturesque El Questro Wilderness Park

Meals included: Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner

Day 9. El Questro Wilderness Park

Discover the amazing wonders of El Questro Wilderness Park today. With a local ranger, embark on a cruise along stunning Chamberlain Gorge, a fresh waterway fringed by tropical vegetation and rugged escarpments. After lunch, head to the beautiful Zebedee Springs, a permanent natural thermal spring tucked away in a secluded pocket of rainforest. Return to Emma Gorge and enjoy dinner later this evening.

Meals included: Breakfast; Dinner

Day 10. El Questro, Gibb River Road, Mitchell Plateau

Journey along the Gibb River Road to arrive at Mitchell Falls Wilderness Lodge. Enjoy the facilities of the lodge’s brand new Ungolan Pavilion, where you can relax in the lounge, treat yourself to a drink or read up on the local culture.

Stay: Two Nights: EXCLUSIVE! Mitchell Falls Wilderness Lodge

Meals included: Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner

Day 11. Mitchell Falls, Helicopter Flight

Discover Mitchell Falls, a true highlight of your Kimberley adventure. Where possible, a local Indigenous guide will join you, providing a unique insight into the region. Begin with a hike to Little Mertens Falls to view rare Aboriginal art. Continue on to Big Mertens Falls before arriving at Mitchell Falls. Take a dip in the river before enjoying a helicopter flight over the spectacular Mitchell Falls back to the vehicle. Alternatively, hike back with your guide.

Meals included: Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner

Day 12. Mitchell Plateau, King Edward River, Ancient Rock Art, Drysdale River Station

View unique Wandjina and Bradshaw Art Gwion Gwion on the banks of the King Edward River.

Stay: Drysdale River Station

Meals included: Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner

Day 13. Manning Gorge, Galvans Gorge

Journey to the beautiful Manning Gorge where you can spot local birdlife as you enjoy lunch in the shade of a gum tree. Continue to Galvans Gorge, where a short walk leads to a picturesque waterhole. Admire the rock art adorning the gorge walls or indulge in a leisurely swim.

Stay: Two Nights: EXCLUSIVE! Bell Gorge Wilderness Lodge

Meals included: Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner

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Day 14. Bell Gorge, Hiking and Swimming

Travel to Bell Gorge and enjoy lunch. Take a dip, go birdwatching, or perhaps enjoy a hike.

Meals included: Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner

Day 15. Windjana Gorge, Tunnel Creek, Broome

Journey to Windjana Gorge, where cliffs tower above white sands. Wade through Tunnel Creek to the stunning oasis beyond. Travel to Broome and arrive at the iconic Cable Beach Club Resort and Spa, where you can enjoy a drink as you watch the sunset before a Farewell Dinner at the resort’s Sunset Bar and Grill.

Stay: Broome, Cable Beach Club Resort and Spa

Meals included: Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner

Day 16. Depart Broome

Be transferred to the airport for your flight home.

Meals included: Breakfast

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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.