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Kimberley Tours - The Northern Exposure

Best Value Kimberley Tours from Darwin to Broome

 

 

Kimberley Tours - The Northern Exposure

Best Value Kimberley Tours from Darwin to Broome

 

 

Kimberley Tours - The Northern Exposure

Best Value Kimberley Tours from Darwin to Broome

 

 

Sunrise at the Mini Bungle Bungles

Our Kimberley Tours are conducted in small groups only and are also great for seniors. Enjoy touring from Darwin to Broome and discover endless Outback landscapes, epic waterways, stunning ranges and distinctive flora and fauna.

Visit the world heritage listed Bungle Bungles, absorb the atmosphere in the Cathedral Gorge and why not take a helicopter flight over the beehive shaved domes.

 

Watching King Tides at the Derby Jetty

The Kimberley are home to magnificent gorges, great looking rock formations and mighty rivers creating the best foundation for the many different and wonderful cruises on offer.

Our tours include fabulous experiences in the Kimberley. Cruise the Katherine Gorge, Ord River, Lake Argyle, Geikie Gorge and to the Horizontal Falls. A terrific Kimberley Package suitable for travellers of all ages including active seniors.

Mitchell Falls Day

Travel with a maximum of 17-20 travellers. Our Kimberley Tours are fully accommodated and offer a mixture of overnight stays. Enjoy delicious meals along the way, snack on fresh fruit or a biscuits for morning tea.

The Kimberley are world famous and on many travellers bucket list. Words and photographs cannot describe the scenery enough and have to be seen with your own eyes.

Kimberley Tours Highlights & Inclusions

  • Small Groups of 17-20 Happy Travellers
  • Quality Service from Start to Finish
  • Pick up Darwin City Centre Hotels
  • All Meals from lunch Day 1 until Lunch Day 10
  • Drinking Water, Snacks and Fruit
  • 1 Night Katherine Ibis Hotel
  • 4 Nights in Kununurra 4.5 Star Freshwater Apartments
  • 2 Nights Fitzroy River Lodge En-suited Safari Tents
  • 2 Nights Derby Lodge Apartments
  • Katherine Gorge Cruise in Nitmuluk NP
  • Kununurra
  • Mirima National Park (Mini Bungle Bungles)
  • Lake Argyle and Ord River Cruise
  • Ord River Dam
  • Durack Homestead
  • Hoochery Distillery
  • Sandalwood Factory
  • Flight over Wyndham, King River, Berkeley River Gorge and King George Falls to Mitchell Falls Plateau
  • Mitchell Falls Walk and Swim in Mitchell River
Kimberley Tours for Seniors
Amazing Flight over the Buccaneer Archipelago
  • Scenic Flight over Lake Argyle, Argyle Diamond Mine and Ord River
  • Purnululu National Park (Bungle Bungles)
  • Guided Cathedral Gorge & The Domes Walk
  • Fitzroy Crossing
  • Darngku Geike Gorge Cruise and Walks with traditional Bunuba Guide
  • Swimming at Geike Gorge
  • Derby Jetty Sunset
  • Mowanjum Indigenous Art and Culture Centre
  • Wharfinger’s Museum House
  • Norval Art Gallery
  • Boab Prison Tree and Historic Water Trough
  • Horizontal Falls
  • Seaplane Flight from Derby to Horizontal Falls
  • Fast Boat Ride to the Horizontal Falls
  • Swimming in Crocodile and Shark free cage
  • Low Scenic Flight via Buccaneer Archipelago and King Sound to Derby
  • Pearl Lugger Tour in Broome
  • Final Lunch at Zanders Cable Beach
  • Fully Guided Activities
  • All National Park Fees
  • Drop Off Broome Hotel

Optional Bungle Bungles Helicopter Flight 18 minutes $299 per person

Kimberley Tours Day 1 to 3 with Katherine Gorge Cruise, Kununurra and the Bungle Bungles including Cathedral Gorge

Welcome on board on one of our fabulous Kimberley Tours. We depart Darwin this morning and pass through Adelaide River before arriving into Katherine. Here we enjoy a 2 hour cruise on the renowned Katherine River through Nitmiluk National Park. This Gorge was carved through ancient sandstone, with sheer towering rock walls and it is certain to impress. After our cruise we check into our home for tonight, at the Ibis Hotel in Katherine. (Day 1, IBIS Hotel Katherine, Lunch, Dinner)

Farewell to the Top End as we travel through Victoria River, Timber Creek and onto Kununurra located on the eastern edge of the Kimberley and home to plantations of sandalwood, mangoes, citrus, chia and melons. Upon arrival we visit the local Sandalwood Factory, a great place to learn, smell and buy some terrific gifts for family and friends. Then we head to the Hoochery Distillery, the makers of the finest Rum in the West. Taste the award winning rum, whiskey or coffee liqueur and enjoy the fabulous hospitality.

We make our way to our hotel, our residence for the next four nights. There is time for a walk to the close by Lily Lagoon which is surrounded by beautiful boab trees and home to an array of birds. Watch the sunset before joining back for dinner. (Day 2 Kununurra, 4.5 Star Freshwater Apartments Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

The Kimberley region is home to one of the most recognized features – the Purnululu National Park also called the Bungle Bungles. Purnululu means “sandstone” a name given to the area by the traditional owners of the land the Kitja people. The park is accessible by air or along a very long and unforgiving 4WD track.

This morning we board our plane to this incredible and world heritage listed National Park. The flight path takes us over the Bungle Bungle Range, Lake Argyle, the Argyle Diamond Mine and the Ord River Irrigation Area. We will also see the stunning Carr Boyd Ranges, Osmond Ranges, the Ord River and Bow River before landing at the remote Bellburn Airstrip. From here we take a short drive and have time to explore various parts of this unique National Park. The highest peaks reach 578 metres above sea level and the famous sandstone domes are unusual and visually striking with their striping in alternating orange and grey bands. Walk to Cathedral Gorge a large natural amphitheatre. Sit on the rock ledges, listen to the acoustics and absorb the atmosphere. In addition good walkers have time to walk to the Piccaninny Lookout along the dry creek bed.

There are also alternative shorter walks available for the less active travellers and seniors. Take in the sheer magnitude of Purnululu National Park with an optional 18 minute scenic helicopter flight over the breath-taking Bungle Bungle Range and the spectacular Piccaninny Gorge. We return to Bellburn Airstrip and depart this World Heritage Area of the Kimberley by plane to Kununurra. Our day in the Bungle Bungles is sure to be one of the many highlights on our Kimberley Tours.  (Day 3 Kununurra 4.5 Star Freshwater Apartments, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Kimberley Tours Day 4 to 6 Tour to Mitchell Plateau, Lake Argyle Cruise and Ord River Cruise

Get up early and join for a sunrise walk in the Mirima National Park, also known as Hidden Valley National Park or the Mini Bungle Bungles with its 350 million year old rock formations. Have breakfast back at the hotel and get ready for a wonderful day ahead.

We start with a 70 kilometre informative coach tour to Lake Argyle along one of Australia’s most scenic drives. At Lake Argyle we will drop by the historic Durack Homestead Museum before visiting the Lake Argyle Resort and Infinity Pool. After a brief comfort stop we will board the Kimberley Durack, for our awe inspiring 3 hour Lake Argyle Luncheon cruise including a swim in the pristine waters.

Furthermore we return by a spectacular boat cruise down the Ord River through Carlton Gorge and Lake Kununurra, where we will enjoy stunning scenery and an array of wildlife, including crocodiles, flying foxes and birdlife. Then we take a very short drive back to our fabulous apartments for a relaxing night. (Day 4 Kununurra 4.5 Star Freshwater Apartments, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

The Mitchell Plateau and the Mitchell Falls are iconic landmarks of the Kimberley and we travel in comfort and style to witness this incredible area. Fly over the beautifully patterned mud flats near Wyndham, the magnificent King River, Berkeley River Gorge, King George Falls, and Kalumburu to the remote Mitchell Plateau Airstrip. Here we will disembark and take a short helicopter transfer to the beginning of the walk into the Mitchell Falls. This beautiful 4.5-kilometer hike can be challenging at points, with uneven tracks and river crossings, so there is an option to take a helicopter transfer straight from the airstrip to the falls. Once we arrive at the Mitchell Falls, we will have time to marvel at their beauty and also take a swim in the Mitchell River above the Falls. Admire the fascinating flora and fauna of this area and enjoy a fresh picnic-style lunch. Enjoy a short helicopter flight from the top of the Falls back to the Mitchell Plateau airstrip. Pass over El Questro and the Cockburn Range on our return flight path before touching down in Kununurra. (Day 5 Kununurra, 4.5 Star Freshwater Apartments, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Today we travel through open grasslands and vast floodplains towards Fitzroy Crossing. On route we stop in Halls Creek at one of the best information centres in the area. Finally we make our way to Fitzroy River Lodge, check in and join back for a delicious group dinner. (Day 6 Fitzroy River Lodge En-suited Safari Tents, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Kimberley Tours Day 7 and 8 Geike Gorge a Devonian Delight and Journey to Derby

Today we explore Geikie Gorge. It was formed by the Fitzroy River and the level of the river during the Kimberley wet season can rise by up to 16.5 metres. The limestone walls where originally formed by a coral reef, algae and lime secreting organisms that are now extinct. Therefore the remains of the reef now stand up to 100 metres above the plains as the mighty Fitzroy courses through them.

Geike Gorge is the best example of the Devonian time and we will take a couple of walks learning about history, plants and bush medicine from a local Bunuba Guide. Freshwater crocodiles that line the river will watch us warily and we will hear about their lifestyle as we take a fabulous cruise through their natural habitat.  (Day 7 Fitzroy River Lodge En-suited Safari Tents, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

We drive to Derby and explore the town and its surrounds. Just on the outskirts of Derby we find the famous Boab Prison Tree, which is believed to be over 1,500 years old. Not far from here, you can see the historic water trough which could water 500 bullocks at a time without running dry. The Mowanjum Indigenous Art and Culture Centre is well worth a visit. It features authentic Aboriginal Art from the Mowanjum Community and out-stations.

Back in town we head to the Wharfinger’s House Museum and the Norval Art Gallery. This gallery is run by the Kimberley artists Mark and Mary. You will find amazing art work here including a wonderful and unique collection of carved boab tree nuts. Now it is time to head to the Derby jetty. Derby is located on the edge of the King Sound with the highest tides of any Australian port. The beaches are not golden silky sand but mudflats, mangrove’s and swamps. We will set up our deck chairs and click away at the rush of the tidal water coming in. The next two nights are spent in the beautiful apartments of the Derby Lodge. (Day 8 Derby Lodge Apartments, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Kimberley Tours Day 9 and 10 Horizontal Falls and Buccaneer Archipelago, Tours arrive in Broome

A fabulous day ahead of us today as we step on board a turbo prop seaplane and enjoy a morning flight directly to the Horizontal Falls. Experience the thrill of riding through the falls on the fastest boat in the Kimberley. With our heart rate back to normal we cruise through the spectacular untouched surrounding bays and creeks. Then we have lunch on board a fixed luxury vessel, followed by a swim in the crocodile and shark free cage. We will discover that time really does slowdown in the Kimberley.

After lunch we will head back out to see the tidal changes at the Horizontal Falls. With cameras ready for stunning photographs we take a low level scenic flight over the Buccaneer Archipelago and King Sound as we return to Derby. Enjoy some down time in Derby, do a little shopping or how about writing some traditional postcards letting your family know about your unforgettable tour through the Kimberley. (Day 9 Derby Lodge Apartments, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

We leave Derby and travel to Broome. The Kimberley region is home to some amazing pearls and we learn about the history and pearl production during the Pearl Lugger Tour in town. You will also find a great display of pearls and gifts in the showroom. Our Kimberley Tours have to come to an end, but not before a delicious final group lunch at Zanders located at Cable Beach. After lunch you will be dropped off at your chosen hotel. (Day 10 Breakfast, Lunch)

Thank you so much, we had a wonderful Kimberley tour with all of you. We have been singing your praises and hope to do another tour with you at some stage. It is difficult to select a highlight as it is all so amazing, but would have to say Horizontal Falls, Helicopter Flight and Ord River would top the list. We cannot omit the wonderful hospitality and great lunches, along with all the little extras.

Diane and Peter

Wow. What a fabulous adventure it was. I have not been able to choose my favourite place – they were all so good! I have raved about my Kimberley trip to many, and have sung your praises. I hope Australian Iconic Tours will benefit! Thanks for the photos – they are a great reminder of such good times. Also, huge thanks for a job so well done. I am very grateful I was able to join the group. I’ll see you when I’m looking at you!!

Sue

Kimberley Tours – The Northern Exposure

10 Day Package

$6495 per person

$7695 per person with Mitchell Falls

Route: Darwin to Broome

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1st July 2019 Seats Available

Early Bird Booking Bonus: Book & Pay Deposit before Dec 31st for a complimentary 18min Bungle Bungle Helicopter Flight valued at $299 per person

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