Day 1 – 2: Welcome to Broome
Day 1: Welcome to Broome
On arrival in Broome, meet your Travel Director and fellow travellers and get to know them over a drink at a welcome reception, then join them for a delicious dinner at the Sunset Bar and Grill with views of the Indian Ocean.
Day 2: Broome ‘Free Time’
You have a full day to explore this tropical hideaway. At some stage you may like to take a leisurely stroll along the 22 kilometres of pristine sand and swim in the turquoise water that is Cable Beach. Perhaps wander through Chinatown or shop for pearls. This evening sit back and relax to watch the spectacular sunset over the ocean.
Hotel: Cable Beach Club Resort, Broome, 2 nights.
Included Meals: Day 1: Dinner with wine. Day 2: Breakfast
Day 3: Broome – Fitzroy Crossing
Today after a Broome city sights tour, where you’ll see the Japanese Cemetery and Gantheaume Point, travel to Geikie Gorge for a relaxing cruise and to take in the magnificent colours and structure of the gorge’s stone walls. 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. Continue to Fitzroy Crossing.
Hotel: Fitzroy River Lodge, Fitzroy Crossing.
Included Meals: Breakfast, Dinner with wine
Day 4: Fitzroy Crossing – Halls Creek
Today stop at the Yiyili indigenous community to visit Laari Gallery. Yiyili is home to approximately 250 residents living scattered across Louisa Downs, a cattle property owned and operated by the community. In the late 80s the station was handed back to the Cox family and then leased by the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission (ATSIC) from the family on a 99 year lease. The majority of the residents are Cox family members. You’ll get the chance to meet some of the family at the community’s art gallery. Continue to Halls Creek, a town rich in history and culture.
Hotel: Kimberley Hotel, Halls Creek.
Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner with wine
Day 5 – 6: Halls Creek – El Questro Wilderness Park
Day 5: Halls Creek – El Questro
Today visit the Argyle Diamond Mine, the world’s largest supplier of natural coloured diamonds. The mine has been operating since 1983 and has produced 800 million carats of rough diamond since! A local indigenous guide will join you for an extensive behind the scenes look at the diamond mining process and teach you about the cultural significance of the mine site before you sit down to a buffet lunch in the mine’s staff village. Next travel to Parry Lagoons Nature Reserve (weather permitting) to see the bird life of this region. You’ll see egrets, herons, ibises, magpie geese and maybe even a few jabirus and lurking crocodiles. Continue to El Questro Wilderness Park for your stay at Emma Gorge Resort. Nestled at the foot of the rusty red Cockburn Ranges, you won’t even know the resort is there as you approach down the dusty dirt road, but before you know it, an oasis of native pandanus and palms appear. Staying in safari style tented cabins, you really feel like you’re immersed in nature. It’s bound to be a highlight!
Day 6: El Questro Wilderness Park
This morning rise to the calls of native birds and head to the resort’s large verandah for a hearty breakfast with views of the surrounding ranges. Next up you’ll travel across the Pentecost River to the hub of El Questro Wilderness Park for a cruise on Chamberlain Gorge, a fresh waterhole fringed by tropical vegetation and 60 metre tall escarpments. Afterwards, spend a little time at the station and grab a bite for lunch before it’s back to Emma Gorge Resort. This afternoon is free for you to relax and enjoy your surrounds. Maybe take a dip in the resort pool, lay back with a good book on your cabin’s verandah or if you’re up for it, join your Travel Director for a challenging hike to Emma Gorge for a dip in the crystal clear waterhole. This evening after dinner, sit back with a drink and enjoy local entertainment.
Hotel: Emma Gorge Resort, Tented Cabin with private facilities, El Questro, 2 nights.
Included Meals: Day 5: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner with wine. Day 6: Breakfast, Dinner with wine
Day 7 – 8: El Questro – Kununurra
Day 7: El Questro – Kununurra
This morning head for Kununurra, the food bowl of WA. First up visit Hoochery Distillery, makers of Ord River Rum, the only rum produced in Western Australia. Take a guided tour and hear how Spike Dessert and his family came to open the distillery, before you sit down and try their famous Ord River Rum Cake for morning tea. Delish! Later enjoy a visit to the historic Durack Homestead Museum. The homestead was originally built in 1895 by the famous pioneering Durack family and was faithfully removed brick by brick from its original location and reconstructed to become a museum when Lake Argyle, Australia’s largest man-made lake was filled. Later, cruise along the Ord River from Lake Argyle back to Kununurra and experience the abundance or birdlife these permanent waters have brought to the region. Experience a magical sunset on the water before you arrive in the Kununurra.
Day 8: Kununurra
Today you can take an optional early morning scenic flight over the spectacular Bungle Bungle beehive domes before a tour of Kununurra, or you may like to forgo your tour of Kununurra for a full day in-depth 4WD tour of the Bungle Bungle. Kununurra is the hub of local industry for agriculture, tourism and mining in the East Kimberley. On your tour of the town today you’ll visit Mirima National Park, which is home to a big variety of wildlife including many species of birds, all manner of reptiles, wallabies, bats, dingoes and echidna. The National Park has great cultural significance to the local Miriwoong people and features intriguing natural rock formations. Afterwards you’ll have time to view the town from Kelly’s Knob Lookout before enjoying a free afternoon to relax and unwind.
‘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, Dinner with wine. Day 8: Breakfast, ‘Be My Guest Dinner’
Day 9: Kununurra – Katherine
Watch the landscape change as you journey across vast pastoral leases and Aboriginal homelands into the Northern Territory’s Top End. Later on you’ll meet Tom Curtain and experience his spectacular Outback show.
Hotel: Paraway Motel, Katherine.
Included Meals: Breakfast, Dinner with wine
Day 10: Katherine – Darwin
This morning travel to Nitmiluk National Park. Take a relaxing cruise at Katherine Gorge on the placid waters of the river where you’ll feel the spirituality of the land and marvel at the towering cliffs while you spot wildlife and learn about the history and culture of the local Traditional Owners, the Jawoyn people. Travel north along the Stuart Highway stopping at Adelaide River War Cemetery along the way. During WWII, Adelaide River was headquarters to a large military base, and a large cemetery was created especially for those who gave their lives in the service and defence of their country. On arrival in Darwin, enjoy a city tour of the tropical capital, before joining your Travel Director and fellow travellers for a delicious farewell dinner overlooking the waterfront
Hotel: Mantra on the Esplanade, Darwin.
Included Meals: Breakfast, Farewell Dinner
Day 11: Farewell from Darwin
This morning, bid farewell to your fellow travellers when your journey across the Kimberley concludes after breakfast.
Included Meals: Breakfast