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Kimberley Outback Tours – Kimberley, Top End and Kakadu

Dreamtime Kimberley & Top End 15 Night

Broome to Darwin – 5 June 2020   &    Darwin to Broome – 22 June 2020

See it all!  Visit Cape Leveque, overnight at Horizontal Falls, visit specatular gorges at Windjana, Tunnel Creek and the Bungles.  Cruise on Geigie gorge, Ord River, Kathering Gorge and visit Purnululu, Nitmiluk, Kakadu and Litchfield National Park. 

Highlights & Inclusions

This fifteen day tour of the Kimberley and Top End will introduce you to the Kimberley, including a 4WD adventure not to be missed!

TOUR INCLUDES

  • Accommodation
  • Meals
  • All National Park entry fees
  • Experienced Guide
  • Horizontal Falls Overnight Tour
  • Geikie Gorge Cruise
  • Mimbi Cave Tour
  • Ord River Cruise
  • Katherine Gorge Cruise
  • Yellow Waters Tour

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

  • Cape Leveque
  • Horizontal Falls
  • The Boab Prison Tree
  • Gibb River Road (partly)
  • King Leopold Ranges
  • Mt Hart Wilderness Lodge
  • Bell Gorge
  • Tunnel Creek
  • Windjana Gorge
  • Fitzroy River
  • Geikie Gorge Cruise
  • Echidna Chasm
  • Piccaninny Lookout
  • Cathedral Gorge
  • Purnululu National Park
  • El Questro
  • Zebedee Springs
  • Five Rivers Lookout
  • Lake Argyle and Ord River
  • Katherine Gorge
  • Kakadu
  • Litchfield

Dreamtime Kimberley & Top End – 15 Night – Broome to Darwin

DETAILED ITINERARY

Day One - Welcome Dinner

Guests will be transfered from the airport to our Broome hotel today.

Guests will meet at 7pm at the hotel restaurant for a welcome dinner.

Kimberley Sands Resort, Cable Beach —En-suite Guest Room (D)

Day Two - Cape Leveque

This morning we will head North on the Dampier Peninsula to Cape Leveque, the north western most point of Western Australia’s Kimberley region.  We will be travelling through the stunning red pindan savannah and Aboriginal land with protected grounds, burial sites and other areas of traditional significance.

Stopping at Beagle Bay you will be able to view the famous Sacred Heart Church and its beautiful mother-of-pearl shell decorated altar.

Heading further north we will pass One Arm Point Community while enjoying the views of the Buccaneer Archipelago and the amazing tidal currents created by the twice daily 10 metre tides.

The views of the pearl-white sand, turquoise water and red cliffs will take your breath away.

Arriving at Cape Leveque, also known as “Kooljaman,” we will check in for our overnight stay and just relax or take a memorable walk on the pristine beach at sunset.

Kooljaman Resort – En-suited Safari Tent (BLD) – Drinks BYO

Looking downstream from the waterfall

Day Three - Cape Leveque to Horizontal Waterfalls

This morning we start early. Departing Cape Leveque we retrace our steps to the Great Northern Highway.

We will have great views of boab trees and the red termite mounds in the Kimberley savannah lands on our way to Derby, the site of the largest tidal variance in Australia.

We cross the mighty Fitzroy River for the first time at Willare Bridge, not far from its entrance into King Sound and head for Derby Airport, where we will board a sea plane for the flight to Talbot Bay the home of the famous and unique Horizontal Waterfalls.

After a spectacular flight you will be landing on the incredible glassy waters of the bay before boarding a 900hp fast boat for an exhilarating ride through the falls with an experienced skipper.

For a something different you may take a swim in the warm tropical waters in a crocodile/shark free cage, or just sit back and enjoy the beautiful surroundings.

You will be spoiled with nibbles at sunset, followed by a delicious Barramundi dinner after which you will settle in to your houseboat room on a mooring not far from the falls. (5kg overnight bag limit – drinks BYOplease take own towel, not towels provided)

Talbot Bay —Houseboat – Shared bathroom facilites (BLD)

 

Day Four - Talbot Bay, Gibb River Road to Mt Hart Wilderness Lodge

After breakfast, we will take a scenic flight over the Buccaneer Archipelago, back to Derby.

We make a brief stop at the 1500-year-old Boab Prison Tree, and historic Myall’s Bore.

From here we commence our journey along the iconic Gibb River Road on a scenic drive through ancient outback landscapes of the Kimberley.

Heading deep into the heart of the Kimberley, we view a startling rock formation resembling a profile view of Queen Victoria’s head as we pass through a gap in the jagged and stunning 350 million year old Devonian limestone cliffs of the Napier Range.

Shortly after we enter the ancient rugged King Leopold Ranges with its many creek and gorges on our way to Mount Hart Wilderness Lodge. The Lodge is nestled in a tropical oasis on the banks of the Barker River and the area abounds with abundant bird and wildlife populations.

Located in the heart of the King Leopold Ranges Conservation Park, Mt Hart’s proximity to many of the Kimberley’s major attractions make it an ideal base to explore the region over the next two days.

Originally a working cattle station, this unique property offers a rich pastoral history, that offers a rustic ambiance and exceptional hospitality.

After a delicious meal in the restaurant prepared by a top chef, you will settle in for the evening in a comfortable en-suite safari tent under a star filled Kimberley sky.

Mt Hart Wilderness Lodge —En-suited Safari Tent. (BLD)

Day Five - Mount Hart Wilderness Lodge

Today’s adventure is a return 4WD journey to Bell Gorge, one of the most iconic gorges and waterfalls of the Gibb River Road.

Making our way further into the King Leopold Ranges that rise to some 950 metres above sea level and passing the old Silent Grove homestead we will enjoy a day of swimming and exploring one of the most impressive waterfalls and gorges of the Gibb River Road.

At its entrance, Bell Gorge has a stunning permanent waterfall. Torrents of water flowing north west over the millennia from the King Leopold Range have cut down through the ancient sandstone rocks to form a spectacular gorge. At 300 metres above sea level it is the beginning of a series of waterfalls and rapids some 80 kilometres long descending through the King Leopold and Isdell Ranges to Walcott Inlet before entering the Timor sea at Yule Entrance.

Bell Gorge is a great spot for swimming, photography and for enjoying the best of what nature has to offer. After a relatively moderate one kilometre down hill walk, you will be rewarded with the irresistible opportunity to take your first swim in a magical Kimberley waterhole at the top of the falls.

The more adventurous may choose to venture further and climb down to the bottom of the waterfall and enjoy a thunderous refreshing shower in the crystal clear waters of the plunge pool. You may even spot a Mertens Water Monitor sunning itself on the rock ledges, or rock wallabies resting in the shade of the overhanging ledges.

A picnic lunch will be enjoyed adjacent to the top of the waterfall.

After a great day exploring we return to Mount Hart Wilderness Lodge and you will be able relax and enjoy a drink in the fully licensed bar and perhaps have a close encounter with the friendly wild dingoes that are abundant in the area.

Mt Hart Wilderness Lodge —Ensuited Safari Tent. (BLD)

 

Day Six - Windjana Gorge & Tunnel Creek

We head back on the Gibb River Road. One of Australia’s classic outback drives.  A region steeped in frontier history with tales of cattle drives, hardship and Aboriginal culture at points.

First stop today is Windjana Gorge with it’s rich natural wonders.  The 2134-hectare Windjana Gorge National Park offers a stunning natural retreat and encompasses a three and a half kilometre section of the Lennard River, which flows in the wet season, but evaporates into a series of pools in “the dry”.

The river pools attract a rich selection of bird life and fresh water crocodiles, which are often seen sunning themselves near the water holes.

We visit the spectacular natural wonder of Tunnel Creek.  Tunnel Creek was formed when lava tubes receded millions of years ago, creating a 750 metre tunnel through which the permanent fresh water creek flows.  The cool, dark tunnel creates a stunning contrast to the surrounding landscape and can be explored on foot or by swimming. Take a waterproof torch and sandshoes.

Fitzroy River Lodge – En-suite Safari Tent

Day Seven - Fitzroy to Halls Creek (Geikie Gorge & Mimbi Caves)

Leaving Fitzroy river Lodge we will have a second encounter with the mighty Fitzroy River, where it has carved through an ancient limestone barrier reef creating Geikie Gorge.

It presents stunning photo opportunities with the reflections of the colourful limestone cliffs and fresh water crocodiles sunning on the banks and in the placid pools, that later turn into raging torrents in the Wet Season.

On our included cruise we will hear from an expert guide and will learn of the indigenous culture and bush tucker of the indigenous “Banuba” people and the natural history of the area we cruise on Geikie Gorge.

Our next stop is Mimbi Caves. Enjoy an amazing journey deep inside Mimbi Caves, part of the 350 million year old Devonian Reef system. Hear fascinating stories as your Gooniyandi guide takes you back to a time when local Aboriginal people inhabited this unique network of caves that have been carved out of this ancient fossilised reef system over millions of years.

Tonight we stay in Halls Creek, home of both Jaru and Kija heritage communities.  On the edge of the Great Sandy Desert, Halls Creek is the town closest to Purnululu National Park, the park of the famous Bungle Bungles.

Halls Creek Motel – En-suite Rooms (BLD)

Day Eight - Halls Creek to Purnululu National Park

Heading north, we take the turn off to Purnululu National Park, home of the Bungle Bungle Range.

We commence the slow, but interesting 53 kilometre 4WD trek from Great Northern Highway into the national park.

We will pass through the Osmand Range and cross the Halls Creek Darwin Fault, the longest continuous fault line in the World. The trek will involve several water crossings.

Arriving at the Park Entrance and Visitor Centre there will be time for a comfort stop and the opportunity to pick up a souvenir of your visit to this iconic location.

We will spend the rest of the day exploring the southern section of the park with our bus parking right next to the amazing banded sandstone bee hive domes at Piccaninny Creek carpark, where there is easy access into the gorges of the main Bungle Bungle Range massif.

You will have time take an easy walk on the Bee Hive Domes Loop Walk Trail as we make our way into the incredible Cathedral Gorge, with the reward of the incredible amphitheatre with its amazing acoustics and waterfall at its end.

Time permitting, you may further explore Picanniny Creek Lookout and The Window where you will be rewarded with astounding views over the Bungle Bungle Range outliers as Piccaninny Creek winds its way to the Ord River.

Carry plenty of water today, as all the walks will be completed before returning to the bus.

Helicopter flights over the Bungles are not included in the tour price, but can be pre-booked with us prior to the tour.

Tonight, we stay in comfortable, environmentally friendly safari style accommodation at the Savannah Lodge located within the Purnululu National Park on the banks of Belburn Creek.

Bungle Bungle Savannah Lodge – En-suited Safari Tent (BBasketLD)

Day Nine - Bungles to Home Valley/El Questro

Today after breakfast we will travel to the northern end of the Park with great views of the western walls of the Bungles Massif with its startling rounded domes rising sheer above the plain.

The area is rich in indigenous heritage and has many sites of significance to the “Kitja” and “Karjanara Jaru” people that inhabited the area for thousand of years.

We will walk through the very special Echidna Chasm. A spectacular narrow, long chasm, your walk follows the chasm deep into the Bungle Bungle Range. The further you go, the narrower it gets. At times you can touch both sides that rear 200 metres straight up above you with Livistona palms waving from the ridges high above.

It has striking colour variations, depending on the angle of the sun beaming into the chasm. With luck our visit will co-inside with the few minutes each day when the sun penetrates to the bottom of the chasm in a spectacular display of colour and light.

The amazing rounded conglomerate boulders strewn along the path provide a clue to the violent geological past and sedimentary origins of the Bungle Bungle Range.

This afternoon we will head back out to the Great Northern Highway and view the spectacular Cockburn Ranges while we continue our journey to Home Valley Station or El Questro.

Overnight: En-suite Accommodation (BLD)

Day Ten - Home Valley/El Questro Station to Kununurra

El Questro Station is one of the most iconic cattle stations on the Gibb River Road, best known for its luxurious Homestead Accommodation which attracts the rich and famous from around the world.

This morning we visit Zebedee Springs. This natural oasis is a short easy walk along a shady trail, which leads to a series of rocky thermal pools. Set at the base of sheer cliffs these thermal springs are the perfect place to relax and restore.

Under a canopy of tall lush green Livistona Palms and surrounding towering red cliffs, we will soak in the natural spas of the warm spring waters of Zebedee Springs.

Shortly after leaving Zebedee Springs we visit the original town of the East Kimberley, Wyndham where we drive to the top of the Bastion Range where we will see the 5 major rivers of the East Kimberley enter Cambridge Gulf.

The Five Rivers Lookout sits at the summit of Wyndham’s Bastion Range, which at its highest point of 360 metres above the township

We will enjoy lunch with very impressive views of the 5 major rivers of the East Kimberley entering the mangrove lined and dangerous tidal waters of Cambridge Gulf, the home of a very large population of salt water crocodiles.

Afterwards we head to Kununurra, the newest town in Western Australia.

You will check into a comfortable ensuited deluxe cabins, at our very own Ivanhoe Village Resort, and retiring to a comfortable nights sleep.

Ivanhoe Village Resort – (BLD)

 

Day Eleven - Kununurra - Lake Argyle - Ord River Cruise

After a picturesque drive though the Carr Boyd Ranges we join the boat at the top of the Ord at Lake Argyle as we take a cruise on the Ord back to Kununurra.

Lake Argyle is Western Australia’s largest and Australia’s second largest freshwater man-made reservoir by volume. The reservoir is part of the Ord River Irrigation Scheme. The primary inflow is the Ord River, while the Bow River and many other smaller creeks also flow into the dam.

The lake was named after the historic cattle station Argyle Downs settled by the famous Durack family in the 1880’s. The homestead and most of the station are now submerged beneath the lake.

The islands and wetlands have become the home of a thriving habitat of migrating water birds and an estimated population of 25,000 harmless fresh water crocodiles. It is now an Internationally recognised Wetland.

After our return to Kununurra you will enjoy a delicious dinner.

Ivanhoe Village Resort – En-suite cabin (BLD)

Day Twelve - Kununurra to Katherine (Katherine Gorge)

As you pass into the Northern Territory, the terrain becomes a little gentler and the rugged rock formation give way to lush vegetation.  We pass Timber Creek and stop for a picnic lunch at Victoria River Downs.  When you cross the bridge at Victoria River, stop for a look because in the wet season, the river regularly flows over the bridge.

Enjoy a short drive up to Katherine Gorge.  The Katherine River flows through 13 separate gorges that carve their way through the Arnhem Land Plateau

Enjoy a boat cruise on Katherine river.

Nitmiluk National Park – en-suite cabins (B,L,D)

 

 

Day Thirteen - Katherine to Kakadu

Leave Katherine, we travel along the Stuart Highway via Pine Creek known for it’s historic gold mining. Pine Creek is full of unusual buildings and memories of the old railway and telegraph lines.  It was named after the local creek, which was crossed, in December 1870 by the teams constructing the Overland Telegraph Line.

We turn off onto the Kakadu Highway and head north to Jabiru.

Cooinda Lodge – en suite rooms (B,L,D)

Day Fourteen - Kakadu

We explore Kakadu today. Kakadu covers more than 20,000 square kilometres and is World Heritage listed.  The combination of mangrove fringed coastal areas, lowland hills, flood plains, open woodland and forest habitats, make Kakadu one of the most diverse landscapes to experience.  It’s home to hundreds of bird species, a myriad of animals and thousands of different plants and insects.  Enjoy a visit to the Bowali Visitor Centre

Also relax and enjoy a Yellow Water cruise today.

Cooinda Lodge – en suite room (B,L,D)

Day Fifteen Kakadu to Darwin (Litchfield National Park)

Today we head out on the Arnhem Highway, then the Stuart Highway towards Litchfield National Park.

Litchfield National Park is a huge sandstone plateau with dozens of waterfalls. We explore Florence Falls, Wangi Falls and the Buley Rockholes. Take a stroll through steamy rainforests and cool off with a dip in one of Litchfield’s picturesque swimming holes.

After exploring this magnificent park, we head north on the Stuart Highway again to Darwin for our last night stay.

Doubletree Hilton Darwin – en suite Room (B,L,D)

Day Sixteen/Transfers - Farewells

This morning we say our farewells and will do the required airport transfers. (B)

$8,990.00 per person Twin Share

$10,140 per Single Traveller

 

Departure Dates – Tour Notes – Tour Vehicle Info – T&C’s

Kimberley & Top End Tour - 15 Day Broome to Darwin

5 June 2020BOOK THIS DATE NOW
$8,990 pp Twin Share
$1,150 Single Supplement

What to Bring   It is recommended that you bring a torch, good walking/trekking shoes, sandals, broad-brimmed hat, sunscreen, swimming costume and towel and a personal water bottle. It is also recommended that you bring insect repellent, warm clothes for the evening, personal toiletries and any personal medications required. Notes

  • Itineraries may vary and/or attractions can be substituted for any cause including seasonal conditions, weather extremes, traditional owner and national park requirements.
  • This tour requires walking over uneven terrain, sometimes in higher temperatures. Temperatures can be extreme i.e. very high during summer days and very cold during winter nights. The operator reserves the right to assess the fitness capability of passengers prior to tour departure.
  • Due to distances covered, this trip involves early departures on some mornings and frequent stops between destinations.
  • This tour is not suitable for children.
  • Travel Insurance is strongly recommended.  Failure to purchase travel insurance may result in out of pocket expenses in the case of accident, illness or road closures.  We recommend Travel Insurance that includes coverage for Medical Evacuation.
  • It is your responsibility to advise us if you have any special dietary requirements or medical conditions (including allergies) well ahead of departure.
  • It is your responsibility to contact us with your preferred accommodation pick up point. If we do not hear from you, we will assume you will make your way to our default pick up point as listed on this document. We will not be responsible for missed pick-ups (and a missed tour) if we do not receive notification from you, and if you are not at the default pick up point at the appropriate time.
  • Our default pick up point is the Local Visitor Centre.

Terms & Conditions

 

 

These are the Terms and Conditions under which Kimberley Outback Tours noted below. Payment of the Tour deposit represents an acceptance of the Terms and Conditions. Please take the time to read and understand the conditions of booking set out below.

BOOKINGS, DEPOSITS & FINAL PAYMENTS

You are required to pay a non-refundable deposit of 20% per person per trip for your booking to be confirmed. The deposit will be required within 7 days of booking. The balance of payment is due 30 days prior to departure date. Prices are quoted in Australian Dollars inclusive of GST for Australia and are valid for travel until 30 September 2018.

CREDIT CARD FEES

If paying by credit card a small transaction fee of 1.1% is applicable. Cards accepted are Visa and MasterCard.

CANCELLATIONS

For cancellations made within 29 days of your scheduled departure, you will be held financially responsible for your entire reservation, unless Kimberley Outback Tours Pty Ltd can fill the vacancy. Changes of reservation date or early departure are treated as cancellations and will carry the same fee. You

For cancellations made within 29 days of your scheduled departure, you will be held financially responsible for your entire reservation, unless Kimberley Outback Tours Pty Ltd can fill the vacancy. Changes of reservation date or early departure are treated as cancellations and will carry the same fee. You are, however, always welcome to send a friend or a family member in your place.

Note: Management reserves the right to re-assign, cancel or change seats in unforeseen circumstances.

  • 30 days or more prior to departure, we will retain the deposit;
  • Between15 and 29 days prior to departure, we will retain 50% of the total booking cost
  • 14 days or less prior to departure, we will retain 100% paid by you in connection with the booking.

Cancellation fees will not be waived as a result of:
• Sickness or injury.
• Delayed, rescheduled or missed flights or connected travelling.
• Climatic, political or social incidents

HEALTH, FITNESS & MOBILITY

We will assume all passengers are in good health and have a reasonable level of fitness and we are not liable for any injury, illness during any activity. If a passenger requires any special mental or physical assistance, then a companion to help and assist must accompany them.

We will not be responsible for any costs associated with cancellation penalties or the return of passengers from a tour, and a refund for lost touring cannot be claimed.

TRAVEL INSURANCE

We strongly recommend comprehensive Travel Insurance be purchased to cover the loss of deposits, medical emergencies and all cancellation costs in case your health and fitness status should change.

BOOKING EXTRAS & LUGGAGE LIMITS

Passengers are requested to notify Kimberley Outback Tours of any special requirements, related to diet or health requirements at the time the booking is made. We will notify all third parties of these requirements and will endeavour to ensure they are met. However, we cannot guarantee that all special requirements will be met in all instances.

Luggage is restricted to 15-20kg soft bags per person with a small day pack for easy access of sunglasses, sunblock, camera, etc.. Passenger’s luggage is entirely at their own risk during the tour.

LIABILITY

Kimberley Outback Tours do not accept any responsibility or liability for any injury, loss, damage, change of itinerary or inconvenience caused either directly or indirectly as a result of events which are outside of Kimberley Outback Tours control. Kimberley Outback Tours will not be liable for any loss, damage, omission or act of negligence or otherwise committed by third parties or other operators, their assignees or agents.

Itineraries are correct at time of publication and may differ slightly to the one displayed in the brochure/website. Occasionally itineraries change as operators make changes based on feedback from past travellers or due to weather or conditions.

GENERAL INFORMATION AND PARTICIPATION:

No seats are allocated on tour. Rotation of seats is encouraged for interaction with fellow passengers

  • No smoking is allowed on board our tour vehicles.
  • At the discretion of Kimberley Outback Tours, if any passengers conduct or condition is creating an unsafe environment for themselves, other passengers or tour operator, they will not be permitted access to the bus to continue the tour and no refund will be paid.
  • Most tours require a certain level of participation. This may include assisting and cleaning with the preparation of meals and setting up camp.

Customer Feedback

“A great tour of the of Kimberley Outback Tours finished yesterday and I thoroughly recommend them.
Grateful thanks to Colin, Philip and Anna and their support teams for a once in a lifetime experience

Colin Dowzer

“Some of the spectacular gorges scattered throughout the Kimberley in which we have enjoyed some refreshing swims. Sue, whose favourite activity is swimming, is in seventh heaven! This is stunningly beautiful country. The journey by foot into these gorges is a bit harrowing with all the rock hopping which I find very difficult courtesy of short achillies tendons. I’ve needed lots of help but people have only been too willing to lend a hand – literally! Anja, has been a wonderful asset to the tour and especially to me in helping me to traverse this challenging terrain. Every time we embark on a challenging walk up she pops! Enjoy viewing these photos of this stunning region.”

Meredith

About us

Kimberley Outback Tours commenced touring in the Kimberley in 2006.  We have gradually expanded across the Kimberley, introducing many Australian and International visitors to our wonderful part of Australia. Kimberley Outback Tours prides itself on offering something for everyone, no matter which way you like to travel, with Tours, Accommodation, Camping and Self Drive Packages. So please come join us as we help you discover the very best of the Kimberley and beyond.

 

Contact Details:

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Address:

Head Office Located within Ivanhoe Village Caravan Resort: 214 Coolibah Drive Kununurra, Western Australia, 6743

Mailing Address:

PO Box 232 Kununurra Western Australia 6743