10 Day Wildlife and Waterfalls Tour, Darwin to Broome, Australiaoffered by supplier M16382 (read about supplier)
Tour Duration: 10 day(s)
Group Size: 6 - 15 people
Specialty Categories: Wildlife Viewing
Season: May - September
Airfare Included: No
Tour Customizable: No
Minimum Per Person Price: 6195 Australian Dollar (AUD)
Maximum Per Person Price: 7395 Australian Dollar (AUD)
- Bungle Bungles.
- Lake Argyle including a cruise.
- Emma Gorge and El Questro.
- Aboriginal Rock Art.
- Bushtucker & Bush Medicines.
- Geike Gorge cruise.
- Bell Gorge.
- Galvans Gorge.
- King Leopold Ranges.
- Windjana Gorge.
- Tunnel Creek.
Day 1 (L).
You will be collected from your hotel at 7am this morning to begin your 10 day 4WD safari through the Kimberley region. We head south, along the Stuart Highway to Katherine and after some free time in the town, we continue west. En-route, we can stop to view the Victoria River, one of the largest tidal influenced rivers in the Territory with an abundance of saltwater crocodiles. We cross through the border into Western Australia and onto Lake Argyle, Australia’s largest man-made lake, covering 1000sq km and built as part of the Ord River scheme. It offers a great expanse of water from which steep red rocky slopes reach up approximately a 150m, in awe-inspiring grandeur.
Overnight accommodation - Lake Argyle Resort, in en-suite rooms.
Day 2 (B,L,D). After breakfast, we head out to Lake Argyle for a 2 hour morning cruise. Take in the untamed landscape of the magnificent Carr Boyd Ranges along the inaccessible North Western shoreline as you cruise through some of Lake Argyles 90 islands and inlets. Then we pop into Kununurra to collect fresh supplies (due to border restrictions) and for a look around before heading south to the Bungle Bungles. Purnululu National park (the Bungle Bungles) is famous for the ancient range of unusual beehive-shaped domes, gorges and chasms over 350 million years old. The section of road into the park is quite challenging and will give you a real sense of off-road adventure !
Overnight accommodation – Cabin with en-suite in the Bungle Bungles.
Day 3 (B,L,D).
We spend today in the Bungle Bungles. Our first stop in the park is Cathedral Gorge, a huge natural amphitheatre, with fantastic acoustics. We then take the walk to the Piccininny Lookout, followed by the “Domes trail walk”. This afternoon we take a walk into Echidna Chasm, which is a narrow gorge of conglomerate rock. The walk in is beautiful, passing endemnic livistonia palms. There’s time today for optional helicopter flights (additional cost). Overnight accommodation – Cabin with en-suite in the Bungle Bungles
Day 4 (B,L).
After breakfast, we leave the Bungle Bungles and head north again, to Emma Gorge, part of El Questro Wilderness Park, which is a million acres in size. En-route, we visit the beautiful Parrys Lagoon, which offers excellent bird watching in the comfort of the purpose built bird hide or from one of the walkways. We also stop to enjoy the breathtaking views from Telegraph Hill, over the billabong and wetlands. Overnight accommodation – Emma Gorge Resort, in tented cabins with en-suites.
Day 5 (B,L).
We start today with a dip at the Zebedee Springs thermal pools, set amongst palm trees. Then we drive to the station and you have some time to take an optional extra walk, bird watch, swim in the station rockpools or simply relax. We head back to Emma Gorge for lunch and this afternoon you can take the walk to the beautiful Emma Gorge and waterfall, at your leisure. A cool reward awaits you at the end of the walk in, where you can swim at Emma Gorge pool and the 200ft waterfall that is fed from a series of natural springs high above the plateau of the Cockburn Range. Overnight accommodation – Emma Gorge Resort, in tented cabins with en-suites
Day 6 (B,L,D).
Leaving Emma Gorge, we head onto the Gibb River Road and we’ll drive through the Pentecost River to a lookout, for fantastic views of the river and the mighty Cockburn Range. We’ll also view an art site of cuples, Wanjana figures and Petroglyphs (rock carvings). This is also where the local Aboriginal people used to shelter and sharpen their spears. We turn onto the Kalumburu Road and make our way to Drysdale River Station. Overnight accommodation – Drysdale River Station, in station rooms with shared bathroom facilities, on a DBB basis. Upgrade to en-suited rooms may be available for an extra charge
Day 7 (B,L,D).
This morning you have the option (additional cost) of taking a spectacular 2 hour flight over Mitchell Falls and the Kimberley coast. Your flight takes you past Mt Hann, Deep Gorge and the Rift, then over the magnificent Prince Regent Nature Reserve. Follow the Prince Regent River, fly over unnamed waterfalls, King Cascades, St George Basin, Mt Trafalgar, Prince Frederick Harbour, the Hunter River, Donkins Hill Falls and the spectacular Mitchell Falls. The vast beautiful unspoiled coastline of the wilderness nature reserve is always a heart winner. You may even be lucky enough see crocodiles, dugong and whales. Those not taking the scenic flight can enjoy a swim at nearby Miners Pool. Our destination today is Mt Elizabeth Station, a working cattle station, established in 1945 by the pioneering Lacey Family, who still own and run the property today. En-route we visit an art site in the Gibb River area. Once we’ve checked into our Mt Elizabeth accommodation, you should have a couple of hours to take the station nature walk or relax and enjoy your surrounds, before dinner.
Overnight accommodation – station rooms with shared bathroom facilities at Mt. Elizabeth Station, on a DBB basis. En-suite rooms are planned as an addition to the property in 2018 and may be available for an extra charge.
Day 8 (B,L,D).
Our first stop this morning is Galvans Gorge, where a short walk leads to a pretty gorge and plunge pool, surrounded by boab trees. It also has some interesting rock art. We continue west to Bell Gorge, which is said to be the most picturesque gorge in the Kimberley. We have lunch here and spend the rest of the afternoon swimming and relaxing at the waterfall and plunge pool. Then we’ll make our way through the Napier and King Leopold Ranges to our accommodation. Overnight accommodation – air- conditioned station rooms with shared bathroom facilities at Mt. Hart Wilderness Lodge, or en-suite safari tent, on a DBB basis.
Day 9 (B,L).
Today we pass through the King Leopold and Napier Ranges to Windjana Gorge, part of an ancient Devonian reef system where the Lennard River has cut through the Napier range. We take a walk into Windjana gorge to view the fossilised reef system and freshwater crocodiles can often be seen lazing around on the river banks. Then onto Tunnel Creek, a 750m long limestone tunnel in the Napier Range, carved into the rock over thousands of years. As you walk through the tunnel, view stalactites and stalacmites and hear the story of Jandamarra, who used the tunnel as a hideout in the late 1800’s. Overnight accommodation – air- conditioned safari lodges with en-suites at Fitzroy River Lodge.
Day 10 (B,L).
Start today with a ranger lead boat cruise through Geike Gorge, where flood waters of the Fitzroy River have carved the 30-metre-deep Gorge through the limestone at the junction of the Oscar and Geike Ranges. In the dry season, the river transforms itself into a quiet stream strung out beneath the towering cliffs of the Devonian reef. Here, layers of fossils and the limestone strata of an ancient reef are exposed in cross section, showing glimpses of life in the Devonian period before reptiles or mammals evolved. After the cruise we continue our journey to Broome, with a stop en-route at Willaire. We arrive into Broome in the early evening and you will be dropped off at your accommodation.
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Airfare is not included in the tour price.
Twin share price is $6195 pp adult and $5895 child (aged 10-15 years), single room is $7395. Solo travelers can request own room or twin share room with someone of the same sex but if this cannot be found, must have own room and pay single supplement.
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M16382 is a small, family owned and operated tour company, based in Darwin. We specialize in small group 4WD Kakadu tours, 4WD Kimberley tours, Pilbara tours, Uluru tours, Nullarbor tours,Outback South Australia and Flinders Ranges 4WD tours and personalized private charters throughout the Northern Territory, Kakadu,...