Visit the Northernmost region of Western Australia on this adventure through the beautiful Kimberley starting and ending in Broome. Experience the breathtaking Windjana Gorge, cruise along Geikie Gorge and stay at a working cattle station and visit the world heritage listed Bungle Bungles. All this and more on this fabulous journey through this dramatic countryside.
***Departs 04 May 2021***
* Tunnel Creek & Windjana Gorge
* Halls Creek sightseeing
* Geikie Gorge Cruise
* Guided town tour, Kununurra
* Durack Homestead & Ord River Cruise, Kununurra
* Bungle Bungles sightseeing & 2 night stay
* Emma Gorge & El Questro Station
* Spectacular Bell Gorge
* Derby sightseeing
* Broome sightseeing & 3 night stay
Tour Cost Includes:
• Air conditioned vehicle travel with experienced driver/guide & hostess.
• Twin share accommodation throughout.
• Meals as per itinerary: B = Breakfast, L = Lunch (bush style, salad rolls etc), D = Dinner.
• All entry fees to sightseeing activities as listed in the itinerary.
Tour cost does not include:
• Travel insurance – for a quote or to purchase a policy please advise.
• Airfares to and from Broome (Vagabond Travel can assist, please enquire for a quote if required).
• Items of personal nature eg laundry/phone and any optional extras/tours listed in the itinerary.
• Alcoholic beverages, soft drinks and meals not indicated in the itinerary.
+ $2000 / single supplement
Inclusions as per Itinerary
Alcohol & soft drinks
Items of a personal nature ie Laundry/telephone
DAY 1: Tue 04 May FLY TO BROOME & OVERNIGHT (D)
Depart your home port and fly to Broome (own expense). On arrival meet your Platinum Journeys crew who will transfer you to the hotel to check-in with free time to rest prior to a tour briefing and dinner at the hotel restaurant. Broome is located on a peninsula and its exotic pearling past holds remarkable history and a unique and diverse mix of cultures. See pristine beaches, clear waters and breathtaking colours whilst enjoying the tropical climate.
DAY 2: Wed 05 May WINDJANA GORGE – TUNNEL CK – FITZROY CROSSING (BLD)
This morning travel to visit Tunnel Creek – an underground stream located in the King Leopold Ranges to walk through the creek and marvel at this unique stream in its arid environment (please bring a torch and wet weather shoes). Continue to magnificent Windjana Gorge with its walls soaring 80 metres above the riverbed and enjoy time to walk into the gorge. Arrive at our destination of Fitzroy Crossing in time for dinner.
Overnight: Fitzroy Crossing
DAY 3: Thu 06 May FITZROY CROSSING – HALLS CREEK (BLD)
After breakfast travel to Danggu Gorge National Park to enjoy a leisurely cruise on Geikie Gorge to see the abundant wildlife and crocodiles sunning themselves on the banks of the river. Afterwards continue to Halls Creek, situated on the northern edge of the Great Sandy Desert, and enjoy dinner at the hotel this evening.
Overnight: Halls Creek
DAY 4: Fri 07 May HALLS CREEK – BUNGLE BUNGLES NATIONAL PARK (BLD)
After breakfast visit the statue in town known as ‘Russian Jack’ and hear about his heroic act. Travel out to the original Old Halls Creek site where gold was discovered in 1885 and see the crumbling mud brick ruins plus the China Wall – a natural quartzite formation. Continue to Purnululu National Park, home of the World Heritage listed Bungle Bungles ranges which are striking geological formations of unique beehive shaped domes. Arrive at our accommodation in the national park itself in time for dinner.
Overnight: Bungle Bungles
DAY 5: Sat 08 May BUNGLE BUNGLES NATIONAL PARK (BLD)
A full day to explore this magnificent area. Travel to Cathedral Gorge, an amazing natural amphitheatre of red rock formation with fantastic acoustics. Afterwards travel to Echidna Chasm to walk amongst the steep-sided gorge walls and enjoy a bush lunch along with a visit to the Rangers Station
Overnight: As Above
DAY 6: Sun 09 May BUNGLE BUNGLES – WYNDHAM – KUNUNURRA (BLD)
Sadly depart this magical spot and travel north to Wyndham, situated on Cambridge Gulf, which is Western Australia’s most northerly town. See the large historic port area which still services the cattle export industry along with the mining and tourism industries. Continue to 5 Rivers Lookout on top of Bastion Range where the five mighty Kimberley Rivers meet and flow into the ocean. Afterwards head to Kununurra for a two night stay - a relatively new town established in 1961 as a service centre for the huge Ord River Irrigation scheme.
DAY 7: Mon 10 May KUNUNURRA SIGHTSEEING (BD)
This morning a local guide joins us for a tour of the town itself, the Ord River irrigation scheme farms, Ivanhoe Crossing, Diversion Dam, Indian sandalwood plantations, hybrid seed production plus chia, melon and pumpkin crops. After an early lunch (own expense), and time permitting - travel out to the relocated original homestead of the pioneering Durack family from Argyle Downs and cross the Lake Argyle dam wall that holds the water for the gravity fed Ord irrigation scheme. Board your cruise boat for the Ord River cruise into Kununurra, enjoying a spectacular Kimberley sunset over the Carr Boyd Ranges and Lake Kununurra.
Overnight: As Above
DAY 8: Tue 11 May KUNUNURRA – EL QUESTRO STATION – EMMA GORGE (BD)
An early start this morning to enter the heart of the Kimberley as the going gets tough but the scenery is superb travelling along the Gibb River Road, arriving at renowned El Questro Wilderness Park set amongst the rocky red Cockburn Ranges. Visit Zebedee Springs with time to see the pools amongst the palm trees and its unique circular backdrop gorge wall and crystal clear rock pools.
Afterwards visit El Questro Homestead for lunch (own expense). Continue to Emma Gorge and have the opportunity to walk into the gorge itself and be rewarded with the view of a spectacular waterfall and pools. Return to the accommodation late in the afternoon.
Overnight: Emma Gorge – safari style tented cabin with ensuite.
DAY 9: Wed 12 May EMMA GORGE – MT ELIZABETH STATION (BLD)
This morning travel to Ellenbrae Station, a working cattle property of 1 million acres, and enjoy morning tea in the gardens (own expense). Continue further along the track stopping off at the road junction to Kalumburu and Honeymoon Bay. Later on enter a working family cattle station – Mt Elizabeth in the heart of the Kimberley – for our overnight stay.
Overnight: Mt Elizabeth Station – shared facilities
DAY 10: Thu 13 May MT ELIZABETH STATION – BELL GORGE (BLD)
Enroute today stop off at beautiful Manning Gorge and afterwards take the short walk into scenic Galvan’s Gorge, ending the day on the old Silent Grove outstation which is the entry point to the most spectacular gorge in the Kimberley. Arrive at our tented camp in time for dinner
Overnight: Bell Gorge - safari tent with ensuite
DAY 11: Fri 14 May BELL GORGE – DERBY (BLD)
This morning visit one of the highlights of the trip, Bell Gorge, located in the King Leopold Range Conservation Park. Note: A good level of fitness is required for the 2km walk into Bell Gorge - tracks are rocky, uneven and steep at times therefore good non-slip shoes are required. Continue along the Gibb River Road stopping off at Lennard River Gorge and viewing the magnificent rocky outcrops of the Napier and King Leopold Ranges.
Afterwards enter the olde world town of Derby, located on the tidal mud flats on the edge of picturesque King Sound. The town’s origins were the pastoral and mining industries – Derby developed as a port to service the pastoral properties along the Fitzroy River and pearl luggers used the port collecting in the Buccaneer Archipelago. Derby has the highest tidal range of any port in Australia
DAY 12: Sat 15 May DERBY – BROOME (B)
This morning travel out to see the unique circular wharf overlooking King Sound, visit the Boab Prison Tree and see the Myall Stock Trough. Head south crossing the mighty Fitzroy River – the largest watercourse in the western Kimberley – before arriving at the cosmopolitan pearling township of Broome, our home for the next 3 nights.
DAY 13: Sun 16 May BROOME SIGHTSEEING (B)
This morning see the highlights of Broome including Chinatown, the Sun outdoor theatre, the Japanese Pearl Divers Cemetery, Gantheaume Point and the Dinosaur’s footprints. Enjoy a guided tour of the Pearl Lugger’s Museum to learn about the history of the pearl industry. Afterwards some time at leisure before transferring to Cable Beach to enjoy a spectacular sunset and optional camel ride. Dinner is at own expense this evening.
Overnight: As Above
DAY 14: Mon 17 May FREE DAY – HORIZONTAL FALLS OPTIONAL TOUR (BD)
A full free day for private sightseeing or see the below optional tour;
HORIZONTAL FALLS OPTIONAL TOUR
Fly from Broome to Horizontal Falls on board a Seaplane and enjoy a spectacular landing on the calm waters of Talbot Bay. Transfer to fast boat and enjoy the experience the incredible tidal power of this natural phenomenon as you are taken through the falls. Enjoy breakfast or lunch on the houseboat. View Paspaley pearl farms in Talbot Bay as we take off for our return flight. Fly at 200m over hundreds of islands of the Buccaneer Archipelago and Cape Leveque before heading south along the coast of the Dampier Peninsula over Lombadina, Beagle Bay, Carnot Bay, Willie Creek & Cable Beach prior to landing in Broome. Tour Cost - $TBA per person.
Alternatively a full day Horizontal Falls tour is available travelling by 4WD along the Dampier Peninsula to see the Beagle Bay church, Cape Leveque and One Arm Point where you board the seaplane to view the falls as per above. Tour Cost - $TBA per person. Tours must be booked and paid in full prior to departure. Please note: There are strictly limited vacancies and they fill very quickly. If you wish to confirm a seat please advise Vagabond Travel immediately.
THIS TOUR IS SUBJECT TO NEAP TIDES AND DOES NOT OPERATE SOME DAYS
This evening walk the short distance to Matso’s Brewery Restaurant for a special farewell dinner.
Overnight: As Above
DAY 15: Tue 18 May BROOME – FLY HOME (B)
Have the opportunity for last minute shopping to buy mementos or take a final stroll or swim along Cable Beach before making your way to Broome airport for your flight home, so ending a memorable trip to the Kimberley region.
Alterations to the itinerary may occur – a final confirmed itinerary will be provided with your travel documentation approximately 3 weeks prior to departure.
* Based on a minimum of 14 passengers travelling *
Non-refundable deposit required: $500.00 per person
This trip will be escorted by Platinum Journeys crew (a driver/guide & hostess) who have been working for many years in this role and are highly experienced in all aspects of group travel.
Breakfasts will be served daily at the accommodation. Included lunches will be picnic style, eg meat & salad rolls. The majority of included dinners will be served at the accommodation.
Please note that due to the remoteness of some areas travelled accommodation standards may vary. We have endeavoured to stay at the best properties available in these areas.