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Kimberley, Kakadu and Arnhem Land Explorer - 4WD Small Group Tour

16 nights from £7,229 per person

  • Included:
  • Accommodation
  • In resort assistance & 24 hour contact centre
  • Internal travel
  • Tour guide throughout
  • 15 breakfasts, 12 lunches and 14 dinners
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Overview

Visit some of the less-explored areas of Australia on this fascinating 17 day tour taking in the beautiful Top End region as well as Western Australia. Explore the wetlands of Kakadu National Park, cruise through the scenic Katherine Gorge and marvel at the Bungle Bungles – this is a tour full of impressive natural beauty. You’ll also get the chance to see some ancient aboriginal rock art and learn about the traditions and customs of local people in the area. (AP - GKB17)

Highlights:

  • Admire impressive Wandjina and Bradshaw aboriginal 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
  • Explore the Bungle Bungle Range and enjoy drinks as the sun sets over its striking beehive domes
  • Cruise on Yellow Water Billabong, seeing spectacular landscapes and rich wildlife
  • Visit Kakadu National Park

Details

Day 1

Broome

Arrive in Broome and be transferred to your hotel, the Cable Beach Club Resort & Spa. Enjoy your day at leisure to explore this fascinating place. Head to the Sunset Bar and Grill at your resort to see one of Australia’s best sunsets over Cable Beach. This evening, enjoy a Welcome Dinner before your fascinating journey commences.

Overnight: Cable Beach Club Resort & Spa, Broome (dinner included)

Day 2

Gibb River Road, Windjana Gorge & Tunnel Creek

Today you’ll journey on the Gibb River Road to visit the picturesque Windjana Gorge where cliffs tower above white glistening 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. Continue to Tunnel Creek, a 750-metre-long natural tunnel carved through the Napier Range, located in the Dimalurru Tunnel Creek National Park. With torch in hand, wade through the cool waters that fill the tunnel’s winding path underground and emerge on the other side to the sight of a stunning oasis. Travel into the Wilinggin King Leopold Range Conservation Park. Covering more than 900,000 acres and featuring seven rugged ranges. Arrive at the first of three APT lodges, Bell Gorge Wilderness Lodge, which boasts an enviable position and a sprawling lawn to relax. Your tented cabin the perfect spot for you to enjoy the beauty of this ancient land from your private deck.

Overnight: Bell Gorge Wilderness Lodge (breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

Day 3

Barnett River Gorge/Bell Gorge

Back on the Gibb River Road, travel to Bell Gorge, where stunning cliffs surround a series of tiered waterholes. Sitting approximately 300 metres above sea level, Bell Gorge is an idyllic natural spot for swimming and photography. Here you can also enjoy a spot of bird-watching. Should you be feeling particularly energetic, you may take the opportunity to hike to the lower pool of the gorge and enjoy a relaxing dip below the cascading waterfall.

Overnight: Bell Gorge Wilderness Lodge (breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

Day 4

Gavans Gorge & Manning Gorge

Travel through the heart of Kimberley cattle country to discover some of the region’s most secluded gorges. At Galvans Gorge, perhaps take a leisurely swim or simply relax in this veritable oasis. Continue to beautiful Manning Gorge, where you will enjoy lunch before taking the Kalumburu Road to the historic cattle station of

Overnight: Drysdale River Station (breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

Day 5

Bradshaw, King Edward River, Mitchell Plateau

Ascending the Mitchell Plateau today, you’ll explore the Wandjina and Bradshaw (Gwion Gwion) rock art galleries and swim in the clear waters of the King Edward River. For the next two nights, stay at APT’s wilderness accommodation, situated in a unique location at the top of the plateau, which is set among the Livistona palms. Enjoy the facilities of the lodge’s Ungolan Pavilion, where you can relax in the lounge, treat yourself to a drink or read up on the fascinating local history and culture. In the heart of the Mitchell Plateau, your accommodation is perfectly positioned beside the Pandanus-fringed Camp Creek, where you can enjoy a refreshing dip.

Overnight: Mitchell Falls Wilderness Lodge (breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

Day 6

Mitchell Falls, Helicopter flight

Today, discover Mitchell Falls’ beautiful cascading waters and Indigenous rock art on a walk. When available, local Indigenous guides will join you to provide insight into the stories that the rock art and landscapes tell. Begin with a guided hike to Little Mertens Falls and view rarely seen rock art. Continue on to Big Mertens Falls and then see the fantastic Mitchell Falls at their best on an included helicopter flight. Should you prefer, hike back with your guide (longer helicopter flights are also available at an additional expense).

Overnight: Mitchell Falls Wilderness Lodge (breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

Day 7-8

El Questro

On day eight you’ll rejoin the iconic Gibb River Road and ford the Durack and Pentecost rivers. Don’t be deceived by the tranquil the waters of these rivers as saltwater crocodiles inhabit these waterways. Continue on to El Questro Wilderness Park, an incredible cattle station come nature reserve covering a staggering 700,000 acres right in the heart of the Kimberley. Spanning 80 kilometres from north to south and 60 kilometres east to west, much of this remote wilderness is unexplored. Stay two nights in tented accommodation at the foot of the Cockburn Ranges, immersed in nature at Emma Gorge Resort in the heart of El Questro Wilderness Park. Explore this stunningly beautiful setting, perhaps take a refreshing swim in the resort pool and relax on your private balcony to soak in the beauty of the Cockburn Range at sunset. Later, delight in a sumptuous dinner at your resort.

Continue to discover the amazing wonders of El Questro Wilderness Park on your second day here. This morning head to the beautiful Zebedee Springs, a permanent natural thermal spring tucked away in a secluded pocket of rainforest. Relax as you soak in the hot springs and leave feeling refreshed and revitalised. After lunch at The Station, join a local ranger, to embark on a cruise along stunning Chamberlain Gorge, a fresh waterway fringed by tropical vegetation and rugged escarpments. Return to Emma Gorge for an afternoon hike to absorb this serene setting at sunset before a sumptuous dinner back at Emma Gorge Resort.

Overnight: two nights at the El Questro Wilderness Park, Emma Gorge (two breakfasts, one lunch and two dinners)

Day 9

Purnululu National Park, Echidna Chasm

Journey deep into Word Heritage-listed Purnululu National Park, home to some of the country’s most striking geological formations. The park is home to the famed black and orange striped domes of the Bungle Bungle Range. Travel the Spring Creek Track then 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. Tonight, enjoy a dinner in the open air restaurant and be amazed by the sense of remoteness and quality of dining.

Overnight: Bungle Bungle Wilderness Lodge (breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

Day 10

Purnululu National Park, Piccaninny Creek, Cathedral Gorge

Explore the magic of Purnululu for yourself and discover the depth of the Bungle Bungle Range. Walk along Piccaninny Creek as it winds through the high walls of the Bungle Bungle domes. Marvel at the majestic beehive domes as your guide brings the natural history of the range to life. Your next stop is the natural amphitheatre of Cathedral Gorge, a spacious cavern reaching skyward, where the acoustics are astounding. You may like to experience an optional scenic helicopter flight over the range (own expense). This evening, enjoy sunset drinks with new-found friends as the sun sets over the Bungle Bungle massif.

Overnight: Bungle Bungle Wilderness Lodge (breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

Day 11-12

Kununurra & Lake Argyle, Ord River Cruise

Travel through rugged red landscapes to Kununurra. It is the gateway to the eastern Kimberley and 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. Settle into Kununurra Country Club Resort and enjoy dinner later this evening.

Travel to the majestic Lake Argyle, the largest man-made lake in the Southern Hemisphere. Join a spectacular wildlife cruise on the mighty Ord River. From a modern shaded vessel, discover a fascinating ecological system that has developed from the damming of the Ord River at two locations to create an area rich in wildlife, flora and undeniable beauty. This evening, enjoy dinner at your resort.

Overnight: two nights at the Kununurra Country Club Resort (breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

Day 13

Nitmiluk National Park.

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

Overnight: Katherine, Cicada Lodge (breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

Day 14

Nitmiluk Gorge Cruise, Kakadu National Park, Yellow Water Billabong

After breakfast, step aboard the unforgettable Nitmiluk Gorge Cruise. Discover the music, stories and ways of the local Jawoyn people. Head to Kakadu and marvel at its flora, wildlife and beautiful scenery in Australia’s largest national park. Enjoy a cruise on Yellow Water Billabong, see spectacular landscapes and rich wildlife, then journey to Nourlangie Rock within Kakadu and view the unique Indigenous rock art. Tonight, enjoy dinner as you take in the beautiful surrounds of Hawk Dreaming Wilderness Lodge.

Overnight: Hawk Dreaming Wilderness Lodge (breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

Day 15

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 guests. This afternoon, return to Kakadu and enjoy the art and billabongs of Cannon Hill and Hawk Dreaming. (Arnhem Land may be inaccessible for cultural reasons or when tides prevent the crossing of the East Alligator River).

Overnight: Hawk Dreaming Wilderness Lodge (breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

Day 16

Ubirr Rock Art, Darwin

Today visit the sacred site of Ubirr and explore its galleries of ancient Indigenous rock art. The magnificent rock faces have been continuously painted and repainted since 40,000BC, with most created approximately 2,000 years ago. Later, travel to Darwin and indulge in a Farewell Dinner with fellow guests and newly made friends.

Overnight: Hilton Darwin (breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

Day 17

Depart Darwin

After breakfast your tour of this fascinating part of the world concludes with a transfer to Darwin airport for your onward flight.

(Breakfast included)

 

  • Airport transfers
  • All internal travel in custom-designed 4WD
  • Accommodation in wilderness lodges, resorts and hotel
  • All meals included throughout the tour
  • Expert driver guide throughout & additional local guides on selected walks
  • Small group – maximum of 20
  • All-inclusive sightseeing experiences in up to 25 locations including the national park fees

The activity level on this tour is Active as it includes some longer, more challenging hikes over uneven terrain.

Please note: Weather may cause disruptions to itinerary, especially in remote locations. Tours at the start of the season are more susceptible to itinerary changes due to late seasonal rain.

Local 2018 Departure Dates Broome to Darwin: 8 May, 17 May, 21 May, 30 May, 13 Jun, 20 Jun, 26 Jun, 7 Jul, 22 Jul, 11 Aug, 20 Aug, 4 Sep

 

Please not this tour also operates in reverse, starting in Darwin and ending in Broome

Local 2018 Departures Dates Darwin to Broome: 30 Apr, 27 May, 4 Jun, 13 Jun, 18 Jun, 8 Jul, 14 Jul, 27 Jul, 9 Aug, 31 Aug, 9 Sep

 

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