TOP END & KIMBERLEY FARM TOUR
Departs 14 June 2021. Travel through the beautiful Kimberley region from Darwin to Broome as you experience breathtaking sights, interesting agricultural/technical visits and local hospitality.
* Katherine Gorge cruise
* Ord River cruise, Kununurra
* Emma Gorge & Zebedee Springs, El Questro
* Bungle Bungles sightseeing & 2 night stay
* Geikie Gorge cruise
* Tunnel Creek & Windjana Gorge
* Broome sightseeing & 3 night stay
FARM & TECHNICAL VISITS:
* Northern Territory Cattleman’s Association presentation (subject to confirmation)
* Commercial mango farm
* Cattle station property visits
* Katherine Research Station & Ag College visits
* Vegetable properties – Kununurra
* Large merchandise store, Derby
* Willie Creek Pearl Farm
Tour Cost Includes:
• Air conditioned, restroom equipped vehicle travel with experienced driver/guide.
• Twin share accommodation with ensuite facilities throughout.
• Meals as per itinerary: B = Breakfast, L = Lunch (bush style, salad rolls etc), D = Dinner.
• All entry fees to sightseeing activities & farm/technical visits as listed in the itinerary.
Tour cost does not include:
• Travel insurance – for a quote or to purchase a policy please advise.
• Airfare to Darwin & from Broome (Vagabond Travel can assist if required, please advise).
• 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.
+ $1750 / single supplement
Darwin / Broome
Inclusions as per Itinerary
Alcohol & soft drinks
Items of a personal nature ie Laundry/telephone
DAY 1: Mon 14 Jun FLY TO DARWIN (-)
Depart your home port and fly to Darwin (own expense), capital city of the Northern Territory, and situated on the Timor Sea. Upon arrival meet your crew where you will transfer to your hotel to check-in. Enjoy a tour briefing this evening and dinner (own expense).
DAY 2: Tue 15 Jun DARWIN VISITS (BL)
Following breakfast a representative from the Northern Territory Cattleman’s Association will speak about the pastoral industry in the Kimberley (subject to confirmation). Afterwards travel to a mango farm located outside of Darwin which produces a variety of mangoes plus some lime trees, complete with extensive packing sheds. After lunch travel to Berry Springs to visit the Territory Wildlife Park in time to see the Birds of Prey presentation. This park houses 3 distinct habitats; The Wetland area includes lagoons, springs & creeks which remain after the monsoonal wet season rainfall. See birds from the bird-hide or journey through the aquarium beginning with freshwater crocodiles, turtles and barramundi and ending with saltwater crocodiles and a mangrove area housing beautiful brightly coloured fish. The second area is the Monsoon Vine Forest with the highlight being a 1km stroll along a lightly sloping path raising from the forest floor to the canopy above and at the top walk through the domed aviary. The final exhibit is the Woodlands – dry with the iconic Eucalyptus trees in abundance. Visit the Nocturnal House for the opportunity to see some of the rare & endangered “species of the night”. Head back to Darwin this afternoon.
Overnight: As Above
DAY 3: Wed 16 Jun DARWIN – KATHERINE (GORGE CRUISE) (BLD)
After an early breakfast travel south along the Stuart Highway stopping at the solemn but beautiful Adelaide River War Cemetery to see the military graves honouring those killed in the bombing of Darwin. Continue along the Stuart Highway and visit Edith Falls, a series of cascading waterfalls and pools on the Edith River before arriving at Katherine in time for an afternoon gorge cruise along one of the most majestic waterways in Australia to see the abundant wildlife including crocodiles sunning themselves on the banks of the river.
DAY 4: Thu 17 Jun KATHERINE AGRICULTURAL VISITS (BD)
Begin today’s visits at the Katherine Research Station to learn about their research on pasture and grass management. Afterwards visit a large sandalwood plantation and time permitting visit the local hot springs. Later in the day visit the Katherine Agricultural College for a guided tour of the facility to see their practical methods of outback education and enjoy dinner at the College this evening.
Overnight: As Above
DAY 5: Fri 18 Jun KATHERINE – KUNUNURRA (BLD)
Travel to Kununurra, a relatively new town established in 1961 as a service centre for the huge Ord River Irrigation scheme, our home for the next two nights. Enroute today visit a cattle station property on the Victoria River.
DAY 6: Sat 19 Jun KUNUNURRA SIGHTSEEING (BD)
This morning our 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), travel out to the relocated original homestead (time permitting) 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 7: Sun 20 Jun KUNUNURRA – EL QUESTRO – EMMA GORGE (BD)
After breakfast travel to renowned El Questro Wildnerness Park set amongst the rocky red Cockburn Ranges. Visit Zebedee Springs with time to see the pools amongst the palm trees with its unique circular backdrop gorge wall and crystal clear rock pools. Afterwards visit El Questro Homestead for lunch (own expense) before continuing to Emma Gorge. This afternoon have the opportunity to walk into Emma Gorge itself and be rewarded with the view of a spectacular waterfall and pools.
Overnight: Emma Gorge – safari style tented cabin with ensuite.
DAY 8: Mon 21 Jun EL QUESTRO – WYNDHAM – KUNUNURRA (BD)
This morning head to Wyndham, situated on Cambridge Gulf, which is Western Australia’s most northerly town. See the large 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. Continue to Kununurra for lunch (own expense) where the remainder of the afternoon is at leisure before returning to the accommodation this afternoon with dinner at the hotel.
DAY 9: Tue 22 Jun KUNUNURRA – BUNGLE BUNGLES (BLD)
After breakfast travel 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 10: Wed 23 Jun BUNGLE BUNGLES NATIONAL PARK (BLD)
A full day to explore this wonderful 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 11: Thu 24 Jun BUNGLE BUNGLES – FITZROY CROSSING (BLD)
Sadly depart this magnificent spot and re-join the highway, passing through the historic gold township of Halls Gap and visit a cattle station property enroute today before arriving at our destination of Fitzroy Crossing, situated on the banks of the mighty Fitzroy River. Time to relax before dinner at the hotel.
Overnight: Fitzroy Crossing
DAY 12: Fri 25 Jun TUNNEL CREEK & WINDJANA GORGE – DERBY (BLD)
After an early breakfast travel to Danggu Gorge National Park to enjoy a leisurely cruise on Geikie Gorge and see the abundant wildlife and crocodiles sunning themselves on the banks of the river. Afterwards 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 into Derby late this afternoon which is 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.
DAY 13: Sat 26 Jun DERBY SIGHTSEEING – BROOME (B)
This morning travel out to see the unique wharf overlooking King Sound, with the original wharf being built in 1885 before being upgraded in the 1890’s to service the early pastoralists of the region. Afterwards stop at a large merchandise store stocking farm supplies before visiting the renowned Boab Prison Tree and see the Myall Stock Trough. Continue west crossing the mighty Fitzroy River – the largest watercourse in the western Kimberley – to Willie Creek Pearl Farm for an informative talk about the process of cultured pearl farming and see how they sustainably produce some of the world’s best pearls. Enjoy a boat cruise whilst viewing the full process from the hatchery to seeding/harvesting and finishing with the valuation & jewellery craftmanship of the pearls. This afternoon arrive at the cosmopolitan pealing township of Broome, our home for the next 3 nights.
DAY 14: Sun 27 Jun 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. Afterwards some time at leisure before transferring to Cable Beach to enjoy a spectacular sunset and optional camel ride before dinner (own expense) this evening.
Overnight: As Above
DAY 15: Mon 28 Jun FREE DAY – HORIZONTAL FALLS OPTIONAL TOUR (BD)
A full free day for private sightseeing or see the optional tour below;
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, Willie Creek & Cable Beach prior to landing in Broome. Tour Cost - $835.50 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 - $930.50 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 16: Tue 29 Jun 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 you flight home, so ending a memorable trip to the Kimberley region.
Tour Escort - Stuart Kyle.
Stuart was born in East Gippsland, being brought up on the family sheep and cattle farm. He commenced work with Victorian Producers Co-Op in 1981 with a two year stint at Newmarket, then to Bendigo, Deniliquin, Nhill, Finley and Kaniva, where he was Branch Manager for several years. In 1997 Stuart and his wife Gladys started Kyle Livestock in the West Wimmera until 2008, when they with four others formed a new partnership creating Westech Ag/Kyle Livestock offering a full livestock and agronomic service in far west Victoria. In his time at VPC Stuart led farming tours including a memorable trip to Cape York and is still in contact with lots of the fellow travellers. Stuart met his wife Gladys when in Nhill where she was nursing and they have 2 children Jessica and Jonathon. Stu enjoys a spot of fishing when time permits, and is an avid Geelong supporter.
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.
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.
Tour cost based on a minimum of 14 passengers
Non refundable deposit required: $500.00 per person
Balance required no later than: 30 April 2021
Cancellation: In the event of cancellation levies will apply, please see booking conditions for details.