Untamed Kimberley

AAT Kings Untamed Kimberley

Day 1: Welcome to Darwin

On arrival in Darwin you will be transferred to your hotel. This afternoon enjoy a tour of the tropical city of Darwin. See the mixture of old and new building styles including the old Government House and the new Northern Territory Parliament building. Visit the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory. Enjoy a Welcome Reception and dinner this evening with your Tour Director and fellow travellers at Crocosaurus Cove, where you’ll enter the world of the awesome Northern Territory saltwater crocodile.

Hotel: Mantra on the Esplanade, Darwin. D

Day 2: Darwin – Katherine

Head south along the Stuart Highway towards Katherine. Stop at the Adelaide River War Cemetery, a site dedicated to the WWII air raids on Darwin. In Nitmiluk National Park, cruise the placid waters of the Katherine River through the towering cliffs of two gorges as the walls reflect the colours of the late afternoon sun.

Hotel: Knots Crossing Resort, Katherine. B D

Day 3: Katherine – Kununurra

Travel via Timber Creek and Victoria River across vast cattle stations into Western Australia. Visit the historic Argyle Downs Homestead, which was faithfully removed brick by brick and reconstructed to become a pioneer museum. See Lake Argyle, Australia’s largest man-made lake. Later, cruise along the Ord River from Lake Argyle to Kununurra. This permanent water supply has formed wetland areas, which have become havens for myriads of birds and a variety of marsupials that inhabit the islands in the lake.

Hotel: Kununurra Country Club Resort, Kununurra, 2 nights. B D

Day 4: Kununurra Sights

Enjoy a tour of Kununurra, one of the youngest towns in Western Australia which is the hub of local industry for agriculture, tourism and mining in the East Kimberley. See the Ord River Irrigation Scheme and Hidden Valley National Park, which features 300 million year old sandstone cliffs. The park is home to a big variety of wildlife including many species of birds, all manner of reptiles, wallabies, bats, dingoes and echidna. Admire the local views from Kelly’s Knob Lookout. You’re invited to a privately hosted dinner at the Mt. Romance 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-inspired produce grown in the Ord Valley, Australia’s next ‘food bowl’. B YD

Day 5: Kununurra – El Questro

Travel to Parry Lagoon Nature Reserve (weather permitting) to see the birdlife of this region. Continue to Wyndham to the 5 Rivers Lookout for sensational views over the Cambridge Gulf. View the Dreamtime Statues and rock art murals at Warriu Park, before continuing along the Gibb River Road to El Questro Wilderness Park.

Hotel: Emma Gorge Resort, tented cabins with private facilities, El Questro, 2 nights. B D

Day 6: El Questro Wilderness Park

This morning cruise on Chamberlain Gorge, a fresh waterhole fringed by tropical vegetation and 60 metre tall escarpments. At Emma Gorge Resort there is time to relax and sit by the pool or to hike into Emma Gorge for a refreshing swim in the waterhole. B D

Day 7: El Questro – Halls Creek

Today visit the Argyle Diamond Mine, which produces one quarter of the world’s diamonds annually. A local guide will join you for a behind the scenes look at the diamond mining process. Continue south to the historic town of Halls Creek, situated on the edge of the Great Sandy Desert, at the doorstep of the World Heritage listed Purnululu National Park.

Hotel: Kimberley Hotel, Halls Creek. B L D

Day 8: Halls Creek – Fitzroy Crossing

Travel through the Kimberley to the remote township of Fitzroy Crossing. This afternoon cruise with a local guide through Geikie Gorge, which was formed by the waters of the Fitzroy River tunnelling through the Napier Range. During the wet season, the Fitzroy River rises over 16 metres, staining the limestone walls of the gorge and flooding the national park with seven metres of water. In the dry season, the river transforms itself into a quiet stream strung beneath the towering cliffs of the Devonian Reef. Watch for freshwater crocodiles, fruit bats and wallabies as the 30 metre high walls of the gorge tower above you.

Hotel: Fitzroy River Lodge, Fitzroy Crossing. B L D

Day 9: Fitzroy Crossing – Broome

Travel to the port of Derby and see the Boab Prison Tree, used by the first police as an overnight holding cell. Continue to the resort town of Broome. This evening sit back, relax and watch the spectacular sunset over the Indian Ocean. Or you may like to take a camel ride along Cable Beach.

Hotel: Cable Beach Club Resort, Broome, 2 nights. B

Day 10: Broome ‘Free Time’

Today is at leisure to explore this tropical hideaway. Enjoy a leisurely stroll along the 22 kilometres of pristine sand and swim in the turquoise water that is Cable Beach. Wander through Chinatown or shop for pearls. Join your Tour Director this evening for a Farewell Dinner at the resort. B FD

Day 11: Farewell from Broome

Your holiday concludes this morning after breakfast. You will be transferred to Broome Airport for your onward flight. B

Note: This itinerary is valid for departures after 1 April 2015.

Departures:

 

10 July 17 – Cost $5179.00pp – Twin Share

24 July 17 – Cost $5179.00pp – Twin Share

07 August 17 – Cost $5179.00pp – Twin Share

21 August 17 – Cost $5179.00pp – Twin Share

11 September 17 – Cost $5179.00pp – Twin Share

Departures are guaranteed

Ask us about departures for other months

Conditions:

Deposit of $300.00pp is required 7days from confirmation
Balance is due 90days prior to departure.

Highlights

  • Cruise on Katherine Gorge &view ancient Aboriginal rock art
  • Experience a west coast Cable Beach sunset
  • Tour Darwin’s city sights
  • Indulge in food and wine on Darwin’s waterfront
  • Take in some history at Adelaide River War Cemetery
  • Visit fascinating Argyle Downs Homestead
  • Take a thrilling boat ride on the Ord River
  • Explore Hidden Valley National Park
  • Discover Kununurra’s Zebra Stone Factory
  • Admire views of Kununurra from Kelly’s Knob Lookout
  • Experience the Ord Valley’s gourmet produce at a unique private dinner at Kununurra’s Sandalwood Factory
  • Travel along the Gibb River Road
  • Relax on Chamberlain Gorge with morning tea
  • Take a challenging hike to Emma Gorge
  • Tour Argyle Diamond Mine
  • Visit Yiyili Aboriginal Community and explore their art gallery
  • Float down Geikie Gorge and spot freshwater crocodiles
  • Learn about the historic Boab Prison Tree at Derby
  • Stay two nights in Broome

First Choice Holiday Inclusions

Transportation

  • Tour by luxury air-conditioned coach with 2-door access, restroom, seatbelts,
    reclining seats, panoramic windows

Professionally Guided

  • Tour with an experienced, professional Tour Director and Tour Driver

Accommodation

  • Twin share rooms with private facilities in centrally located hotels.
    2 nights in tented cabins with en suites

Dining Inclusions

  • Full Buffet Breakfasts (10) B
  • Lunches (2) L
  • ‘You are invited’ Dinner (1) YD
  • Dinners (7) D
  • Farewell Dinner (1) FD

Plus

  • Welcome Reception
  • Travel wallet and map
  • Airport transfers (see flight information below)
  • Hotel porterage included

Flight Information

Any flights referred to in the itinerary are at the client’s expense and are not included in the land content price.

Day 1     Flights to arrive prior to 2.00pm into Darwin
Day 11   Flights anytime from Broome

Optional Experience:
Broome & the Kimberley Coast

Tours are in co-operation with AAT Kings.

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