1. Depart Broome, Boab Prison Tree, Geikie Gorge Cruise
view the Boab Prison Tree near Derby. The hollow trunk of the Prison Tree was
used as a prison cell during the region’s early days. At Geikie Gorge discover
a stunning waterway hemmed by sandstone walls that have been bleached by annual
flooding. Cruise the gorge guided by a traditional Bunuba land owner.
Accommodation Accommodation (Fitzroy Crossing), Lunch, Dinner
2. Tunnel Creek, Windjana Gorge
Our first stop
is Tunnel Creek, a 750 metre-long natural tunnel carved through the Napier Range.
With torch in hand, you can wade through the cool waters under the mountain range
to view the oasis that awaits on the other side. At Windjana Gorge, sheer cliffs
tower above white sands and ancient marine fossils are embedded in the gorge walls.
Look out for freshwater crocodiles lazing on the banks of the Lennard River which
runs through the gorge. Then we begin our journey on the famous Outback highway,
the Gibb River Road, continuing on to our exclusive camp, in the heart of Ngarinyin
Inclusions: Accommodation (Safari Tent
- Imintji), Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
3. Bell Gorge, Hiking and Swimming
Back on the
Gibb River Road we travel to Bell Gorge, where rugged cliffs surround a series
of tiered waterholes. The afternoon is yours to explore. Enjoy a swim below the
waterfall, go birdwatching or choose from a number of hiking opportunities. This
is the perfect place to simply relax and enjoy the surroundings. Head back to
Inclusions: Accommodation (Safari Tent -
Imintji), Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Day 4. Galvans
Gorge, Barnett River Gorge
Travel through Kimberley cattle country,
discovering secluded gorges. At Galvans Gorge, a short walk leads to a picturesque
waterhole. Inspect the gorge’s rock art and take a swim. At Barnett River Gorge
enjoy lunch under the paperbark trees. Look out for birdlife and take another
dip. We then head towards the isolated Mitchell Plateau. Ford the Drysdale River
and arrive at our overnight wilderness camp on the banks of the upper King Edward
River. This area is the traditional home of the Ngarinyin Aboriginal people.
Accommodation (Safari Tent - Marunbabidi), Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
5. King Edward River, Mitchell Plateau
Ascending the Mitchell
Plateau, we enter a world of Livistona palm forests, ancient Aboriginal art, magnificent
waterfalls and isolated swimming holes. Today, explore Wandjina and Gwion (Bradshaw)
art galleries and swim in crystal-clear waters at King Edward River Crossing.
Relax at our exclusive wilderness camp beside Camp Creek at the top of the plateau.
Inclusions: Accommodation (Safari Tent - Ungolan),
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
6. Mitchell Falls, Scenic Flight over Falls
Today discover the
beauty of Mitchell Falls. When available, local Aboriginal guides will join us,
imparting their knowledge of the area. Begin with a guided hike to Little Merten
Falls to view rarely seen Aboriginal art. Continue on to view Gwion (Bradshaw)
art and Big Merten Falls before arriving at Mitchell Falls. Here swim in the river
above the falls and discover the wildlife. Take a helicopter flight over Mitchell
Falls back to the vehicle (or, if you prefer, hike back with your guide). Longer
flights over the remote coastline are available at an additional charge.
Accommodation (Safari Tent - Ungolan), Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
7. Gibb River Road, El Questro Station
Leaving the magnificent
Mitchell Plateau, we rejoin the Gibb River Road and ford the Durack River, named
after the region’s most famous pioneering family. Then ford the Pentecost River
where saltwater crocodiles inhabit the deceptively calm waters, before arriving
at El Questro Station and Wilderness Park – one million acres in the Kimberley
Inclusions: Accommodation (Safari
Tent- El Questro), Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
8. Chamberlain Gorge, Aboriginal Art, Zebedee Thermal Pools, Emma Gorge
Today discover the wonders of El Questro. Cruise Chamberlain Gorge, a fresh
waterway fringed by tropical vegetation and rugged escarpments, with a ranger.
You’ll also see rare Wandjina Aboriginal rock art at the gorge. This afternoon
walk to beautiful Zebedee Springs to soak in the natural thermal pools, surrounded
by lush ferns and palms. After a leisurely soak, hike to Emma Gorge and indulge
in a refreshing swim over to the towering droplet waterfall.
Accommodation (Safari Tent- El Questro), Breakfast, Dinner
9. World Heritage Purnululu National Park
Farewell El Questro
and journey to World Heritage Purnululu National Park, a spectacular wilderness
region. We travel the rugged Spring Creek Track into the Bungle Bungle Range.
Enjoy a drink while the sun sets over the Bungle Bungle.
Accommodation (Safari Tent - Bungle Bungles), Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 10. Echidna Chasm, Cathedral Gorge
Discover the magic
of Purnululu for yourself. Virtually unknown to white Australians until 1982,
the park’s remoteness is equalled only by its untouched, mysterious beauty.
Hike into Echidna Chasm, a spectacular cleft in the rock massif. Continue on to
Piccaninny Creek and the natural amphitheatre of Cathedral Gorge. Walk among the
beehive domes as your guide brings the natural history of the range to life. Learn
about bushtucker, bush medicine and the area’s significance to local Aboriginals.
Inclusions: Accommodation (Safari Tent - Bungle
Bungles), Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 11. Kununurra, Ord River
Travel to Kununurra and tour the Ord River Scheme, which
was constructed on the river in 1963. The scheme was established to harness the
wild, tropical rivers of Western Australia so that the water could be used for
irrigation and electricity production.
Accommodation (Country Club Kununurra), Breakfast, Lunch
Northern Territory, Nitmiluk National Park, Katherine Gorge Dinner Cruise
Departing Kununurra we cross the border into the Northern Territory. Pass the
tiny town of Timber Creek en route to Nitmiluk National Park. The traditional
home of the Jawoyn people, Nitmiluk’s 13 stunning gorges were carved from red
sandstone over the course of 20 million years. Experience a memorable dinner cruise
through the towering cliffs of Katherine Gorge. Your guide will detail the region’s
rich flora and fauna, and explain the significance of the gorge’s Aboriginal
Inclusions: Accommodation (All Seasons- Katherine),
13. World Heritage Kakadu National Park
Travel into World Heritage-listed
Kakadu, the Northern Territory’s best known national park. Rich in flora, wildlife
and beautiful scenery, it’s home to more than 5000 rock art sites and up to
one-third of all Australian bird species. For these reasons, the park is one of
the few World Heritage sites that is listed for both its cultural values and natural
features. Explore Gunlom waterhole and enjoy a relaxing swim.
Accommodation (Hawk Dreaming Wilderness Camp), Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
14. Yellow Water Cruise, Warradjan Cultural Centre, Nourlangie Rock
Join a guided cruise on Kakadu’s Yellow Water billabong. Cruise along
the tranquil waters as your guide provides commentary on the region’s natural
history, abundant flora and wildlife. Keep an eye out for fearsome saltwater crocodiles.
Then visit the Warradjan Aboriginal Cultural Centre and gain an insight into the
cultural and historical significance the park holds for its traditional owners.
We travel to Nourlangie Rock to view Aboriginal art. The Aboriginal art in Kakadu
is remarkably different to what has been discovered in the Kimberley. As well
as X-ray style paintings, there are also Mimi paintings (depictions of delicate
spirit figures), believed to be older than the X-ray style. An easy hike from
Nourlangie leads you to Nanguluwur art site.
Accommodation (Hawk Dreaming Wilderness Camp), Breakfast
15. Bowali Visitor Centre, Guluyambi Cruise, Ubirr Rock Art, Darwin
Visit the Bowali Visitor Centre and learn about the local region and its
wildlife. Accompanied by Aboriginal guides, explore the East Alligator River on
the Guluyambi cruise. We travel to Ubirr, to see the superbly preserved Aboriginal
rock art. Ubirr features one major rock art gallery and some 36 smaller sites.
Journey across the Marakai Plains to Darwin.
Accommodation (Darwin Cullen Bay Apartments), Breakfast