Kimberley Outback Tours – Top End & The Kimberley Tour
Top End & The Kimberley – 8 Day – Darwin to Broome
On this tour, you will experience the best of the Top End while you travel south, and then west into the Kimberley.
Experience the best of the Kimberley before finishing in Broome.
The Top End and the Kimberley 8 Day Darwin to Broome
Highlights & Inclusions
For those who would like to see the highlights of the NT Top End plus the best of the Kimberley. Eight days, starting in Darwin and ending in Broome.
- All National Park entry fees
- Experienced Guide
- Tunnel Creek
- Windjana Gorge
- Mt Hart Wilderness Lodge
- King Leopold Range National Park
- Bell Gorge
- Galvans Gorge
- Home Valley Station
- Zebedee Springs on El Questro
- Bungle Bungle Range
- Cathedral Gorge
- Piccaninny Lookout
- Echidna Chasm
- Lake Argyle Dam
- Nitmiluk National Park
- Litchfield National Park
Day One - Darwin to Katherine
This morning we commence early, departing Darwin by 7am, after collecting everyone from their Darwin accommodation.
We welcome you to the stunning Litchfield National Park with its many warm and inviting waterfalls and rapids. Enjoy an invigorating swim and spend time exploring this spectacular region.
After that, we make our way south towards Katherine.
This afternoon you will enjoy a sunset cruise at Nitmiluk, and dinner as the sun sets on the beautiful Katherine Gorge.
(Katherine, En-suited Motel room) (LD)
Day Two - Katherine - Lake Argyle - Kununurra
Passing through the huge cattle stations today we descend from the Northern Territory plateau as we cross the mighty Victoria River and head west into WA and the town of Kununurra.
The newest town in Western Australia, Kununurra was born as part of the Ord River Irrigation Scheme in the 1960’s.
Today we explore Lake Argyle as we cruise, swim and enjoy a unique sunset on Kimberley Cat.
(Ivanhoe Village, Cabin – Ensuited) (BBasketLD)
Day Three - Kununurra to Purnululu Nat Park
After a town tour of Kununurra we again cross the picturesque Diversion Dam that forms Lake Argyle and once again are travelling the Great Northern Highway as we head towards the magnificent World Heritage Listed Purnululu National Park, the home of the Bungle Bungle Range.
We follow the spectacular Carr Boyd Ranges that formed the eastern boundary of the ancient Kimberley continent that in ancient times slammed into Australia creating mountains higher than the current day Himalayas.
On the way will pass through Warmun, a quiet and tiny Aboriginal settlement. Known as Turkey Creek for most of its life, in recent times it has reverted to the “Kitja” name for the area, “Warmun.”
The local “Kitja” people have constructed an impressive indigenous art gallery and promote the town as the principal access point to the Purnululu National Park and the famous Bungle Bungle Ranges.
A short drive later we commence the slow, but interesting 53 kilometre 4WD trek from Great Northern Highway into the national park that will take up to two hours.
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, and at times can be quite rough going.
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. The more observant may spot idigenous art on the walls of the gorge.
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.
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.
EKT/Savannah Lodge – En-suited Safari Tent (BBasketLD)
Day Four - Purnululu Nat Park to Home valley Station
Today we visit one of Western Australia’s oldest towns. We will drive to the top of Bastion Range to view 5 major rivers of the East Kimberley as the make their way into the Cambridge Gulf.
This afternoon we cross the iconic Pentecost River towards Home Valley. Home Valley Station is a training base for indigenous people to learn hospitality and pastoral skills.
(Home Valley Station – En-suited Guest Rooms) (BLD)
Day Five - Home Valley Station to Mount Hart Wilderness Lodge
There is a lot of exploring ahead of us today.
Our first stop is Galvans Gorge, you will have the opportunity to take a refreshing dip in this stunning Gorge.
We continue our journey along the remote Gibb River Road with its creek crossings and lush gorges.
(Mt. Hart Wilderness Lodge – Ensuited Safari tent) (BLD)
Day Six - Bell Gorge - Mt Hart
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 Seven - Mount Hart Wilderness Lodge
Mount Hart Wilderness Lodge is located on the former Mount Hart cattle station, which encompasses Bell Gorge and Silent Grove, was first taken up around 1919.
Since then there have been a succession of pastoralists who failed to make the station a success and walked off the lease because the land, despite its abundant rainfall and beauty was too rugged and unsuitable for pastoral enterprises.
In 1991 the Department of Conservation and Land Management acquired the land to create the King Leopold Conservation Park. The park, which covers over 392,000 hectares features many ragged ranges, inaccessible waterfalls and gorges, abundant and rare wildlife and is one of the last true remaining Wilderness areas of the World.
Following breakfast we will discover the unique gorges at Mt Hart.
We will visit the unique twisted boabs at Annie Creek Gorge and enjoy an easy short hike into Dolerite Gorge. The Barker river flows between the gorge’s steep cliffs of black dolerite rock of volcanic origin, and is unique in the Kimberley. The more adventurous may explore a further 900 metres upstream and cool off in private clear natural rock spas.
Guest may choose to take one of a number of short optional helicopter flights into the inaccessible wilderness to the North of the Lodge and view the amazing crocodile infested tidal waters of the Isdell River Gorge as it snakes its way through the King Leopold Ranges before entering Walcott Inlet. Another option is a helicopter flight over Bell Gorge.
In the afternoon its time for another delightful swim in a classic Kimberley billabong at Barker Pool with its shady tree lined banks, Lilly pads and cool clear fresh water, also a great fishing spot.
In our open 4WD Safari wagon you will truly appreciate the Kimberley savannah landscape. Returning to the Lodge you can enjoy a refreshing drink at the fully licensed bar amid the lush tropical gardens.
Mt Hart Wilderness Lodge – En-suited Safari Tent (BLD)
Day Eight - Fitzroy River Lodge to Broome
We start our final day early as we explore more of the Napier Range.
Our first stop is Tunnel Creek, Western Australia’s oldest cave system was the hiding spot for the aboriginal outlaw “Jandamarra”, and we will take a unique torch light walking tour (wading in some places) along the underground bed as it flows beneath the range.
The Lennard River also carves its way through the range at Windjana Gorge and is part of this same ancient Devonian great barrier reef system, that is far larger than the famous Great Barrier Reef, but now exposed on the surface. It was laid down in an ancient sea that covered a large part of the Kimberley in Devonian times, some 350 million years ago.
The colourful and rugged Windjana Gorge with its vertical limestone cliffs, fossil fish and deep green pools inhabited by dozens of freshwater crocodiles is sure to impress with its distinctive primeval feel and you are sure to capture some amazing photographs.
After a picnic lunch at Windjana Gorge we say goodbye to the Gibb River Road for the final time and make our way to Broome where we bid farewell to new friends and take home a host of special memories.
Departure Dates – Tour Notes – Tour Vehicle Info – T&C’s
What to Bring
It is recommended that you bring a torch, wet shoes (old trainers you can walk with in shallow pools/water), sandals, broad-brimmed hat, sunscreen, swimming costume and towel, good walking/trekking shoes and a personal water bottle.
It is also recommended that you bring insect repellent, warm clothes for the evening (particularly if travelling in Winter), personal toiletries and first aid, with any personal medication required.
You will also need to bring a pillow and a sleeping bag.
- Itineraries may vary and/or attractions be substituted for any cause including seasonal conditions, weather extremes, traditional owner and national park requirements.
- This tour is only for fit and active people, who can hike 5-9kms a day over uneven terrain, often in high 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 morning 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.
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 FEESIf paying by credit card a small transaction fee of 1.1% is applicable. Cards accepted are Visa and MasterCard.
If paying by credit card a small transaction fee of 1.1% is applicable. Cards accepted are Visa and MasterCard.
CANCELLATIONSFor 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.
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.
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 onboard our tour busses.
- At the discretion of Kimberley Outback Tours, if any passenger’s 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.
A wonderful exciting adventure, The scenery was truly amazing. our guide was informative ,caring and very knowledgeable about the areaMorza
Every day we travelled through the scenic Kimberley ranges on roads that you wouldn’t want to take your own car on, to beautiful places that you wouldn’t find on your own. Most days, this involved a bushwalk to a river or a lake, with a swim or boat trip. A highlight was a challenging 1 hour walk up a dry river bed, for a welcome swim in a deep pool under a 60 metre droplet waterfall at Emma Gorge in El Questro Wilderness Park.Roger S
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.
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