Wonders of the Kimberley

11 Day Guided Holiday

(Tour Code FLAATWK)

Begin your magnificent Kimberley experience with a spectacular sunset over Broome's Cable Beach, then enter a magical world of rich waterways, plunging gorges, stunning rock formations and prolific wildlife.  Meet the residents of a remote Aboriginal community and tour the world's principal source of rare pink diamonds.  Experience the Ord Valleys gourmet produce at a unique private dinner, and end your trip in tropical, cosmopolitan Darwin.

Itinerary

DAY 1 - 2 Welcome to Broome – 'Free Time'​

Day 1 Meet your Travel Director and fellow travellers over a drink before dining in your resort’s Bar and Grill with its sweeping views of the Indian Ocean.

Day 2  Today is yours to explore this tropical former pearling outpost. Enjoy a leisurely stroll along the pristine sands of Cable Beach and swim in its turquoise waters, or wander through Chinatown and shop for pearls. This evening, sit back and relax with a drink, as you take in a spectacular sunset over Cable Beach.

Hotel: Cable Beach Club Resort, Broome, 2 nights.  Included Meals: Day 1: Dinner with wine. Day 2: Breakfast

DAY 3  Broome - Fitzroy Crossing

Tour the city of Broome this morning before travelling on to Geikie Gorge for a scenic cruise on tranquil waters bordered by the gorge’s towering limestone walls. Watch for freshwater crocodiles, fruit-bats and wallabies. During the wet season, the Fitzroy River floods the gorge to a depth of over 16 metres. Continue to Fitzroy Crossing.

Hotel: Fitzroy River Lodge, Fitzroy Crossing.  Included Meals: Breakfast and Dinner with wine

DAY 4  Fitzroy Crossing to Halls Creek

As you move on today through stunning landscapes, stop in Halls Creek stop at an art gallery with a chance to meet Indigenous artists. Continue to Halls Creek, a town rich in both Aboriginal and European history and culture.

Hotel: Kimberley Hotel, Halls Creek.  Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner with wine

DAY 5 - 6  Halls Creek to El Questro

Day 5  Today visit the Argyle Diamond Mine, the world’s largest source of natural coloured diamonds, where a local Indigenous guide will join you for a behind-the-scenes look at the mining process. Travel on to Parry Lagoons Nature Reserve (weather permitting) to see egrets, herons, ibis, magpie geese and perhaps even a jabiru or a lurking crocodile. In the afternoon, continue on to your safari-style tented cabin nestled in an oasis of native pandanus and palms at the foot of the red-hued Cockburn Ranges in the El Questro Wilderness Park.

Day 6  Awake to the calls of native birds, and after a hearty breakfast, take a cruise on Chamberlain Gorge, an extensive waterhole fringed by tropical vegetation and soaring escarpments. Spend a little time at the station before returning to your resort to enjoy an afternoon at leisure: take a dip in the pool, relax with a good book on your cabin’s verandah or join your Travel Director for a challenging hike to Emma Gorge and a dip in its crystal-clear waterhole.

Hotel: Emma Gorge Resort, Tented Cabin with private facilities, El Questro, 2 nights.  Included Meals: Day 5: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner with wine. Day 6: Breakfast and Dinner with wine

 

 

 

 

 

DAY 7 - 8  El Questro to Kununurra

Day 7  This morning, travel on to Kununurra, the food bowl of WA. Take a guided tour of Hoochery Distillery, the home of Ord River Rum, then pause at the historic Durack Homestead Museum. Originally built in 1895, the homestead was relocated when nearby Lake Argyle, Australia’s largest man-made lake, was created. Later, cruise along the Ord River, now a permanent waterway which supports an abundance of native sh, birds, marsupials and amphibians. Experience a magical sunset over the water before your arrival in Kununurra.

Day 8  Today you may choose an optional early-morning scenic flight over the spectacular beehive-shaped towers of the Bungle Bungle Range before a tour of Kununurra, or a full-day 4WD tour of the Bungle Bungles. Kununurra, the hub for agriculture, tourism and mining. It’s also close to Mirima National Park, home to a vast array of wildlife and a site of great cultural significance to the local Miriwoong people. It also features intriguing natural rock formations. Be my guest dining experienceAfter an afternoon at leisure, dine this evening on locally-grown produce at a privately-hosted Be My Guest dinner in the heart of Kununurra’s sandalwood plantations while learning about this fascinating local industry.

This evening, join your fellow travellers at a privately hosted Be My Guest dinner at the Kununurra Sandalwood Factory in the heartland of Kununurra's Sandalwood plantations. Enjoy a presentation by a local Sandalwood expert and learn about this fascinating industry while you dine on fresh locally grown produce from the Ord Valley, Australia's next 'food bowl'.

Hotel: The Kimberley Grande, Kununurra, 2 nights.  Included Meals: Day 7: Breakfast and Dinner with wine. Day 8: Breakfast and Be My Guest dinner

DAY 9  Kununurra to Katherine

Watch the dramatic transformation of the landscape as you journey across vast pastoral leases and Aboriginal homelands into the Northern Territory’s Top End. Later on you’ll meet Tom Curtin during his entertaining show at the Katherine Outback Experience.

Hotel: Paraway Motel, Katherine  Included Meals: Breakfast and Dinner with wine

DAY 10 Katherine to Darwin

This morning, travel to Nitmiluk National Park, where a tranquil cruise along the spectacular Katherine Gorge will allow you to sense the spirituality of the land while you catch glimpses of the abundant wildlife and learn about the history and culture of the local traditional owners, the Jawoyn people. Later, travel north along the Stuart Highway, stopping at Adelaide River, the site of a large WWII military base and a significant War Cemetery, the final resting place of nearly 500 military personnel and civilians who died in the service of their country. On arrival in Darwin, tour the sights of Australia’s only tropical State capital before joining your Travel Director and fellow travellers for a Farewell Dinner overlooking the waterfront.

Hotel: Mantra on the Esplanade, Darwin.  Included Meals: Breakfast and Farewell dinner
 
DAY 11  Farewell from Darwin
 
Say farewell to your fellow travellers when your holiday comes to an end this morning after breakfast.
 
Included Meals:  Breakfast

 

 

Departures / Pricing 2018

$5275 adult twin $6725 single 

Departs - Returns

18 May - 28 May
08 June - 18 June
22 June - 02 July
06 July - 16 July
20 July - 30 July
03 August - 13 August
17 August - 27 August
31 August - 10 September
21 September - 01 October

Departures / Pricing 2019

$5430 adult twin $6900 single

Departs - Returns

24 May - 03 June
07 June - 17 June
05 July - 15 July
12 July - 22 July
02 August - 12 August
09 August - 19 August
06 September - 16 September
13 September - 23 September
20 September - 30 September