East Kimberley Safari
Join us on a magical 8-day journey of discovery to the ancient landscapes of the East Kimberley. This is one of the world’s last wilderness frontiers where deep blue skies meet vivid red rock and crystal clear waters course through deep gorges.
Our escorted tour begins in Kununurra. On arrival we transfer to Lake Argyle, where we stay for two nights in lake view villas. Lake Argyle is Australia’s largest man-made lake, and we enjoy a cruise on the lake to see rock wallabies, crocodiles and the prolific birdlife. Returning to Kununurra we spend two nights in the town and enjoy one of the highlights of the tour – a scenic flight over the Bungle Bungle ranges. These ancient beehive shaped ranges are a breathtaking sight from the air, and we also see them at ground level with a trek through Purnululu National Park to Cathedral Gorge. Our next stop is Emma Gorge inside El Questro National Park where we spend three nights in comfortable tented cabins. El Questro is perhaps the jewel in the crown of the East Kimberley, and rightly so. The scenery here is sensational, and we have ample opportunity to soak it all up, as well as enjoying the splendour of the Chamberlain Gorge with an afternoon cruise. Finally we return to Kununurra at the end of our wonderful East Kimberley Safari.
Tour Fitness Level: Active
On arrival into Kununurra airport we make the one hour transfer to Lake Argyle Resort where our accommodation for the next two nights is in a lake view villa. The rest of the afternoon is at leisure. In the evening we enjoy a welcome dinner.
Lake Argyle Resort
This morning we depart on a Lunch cruise to explore the rugged northern end of Lake Argyle onboard the Kimberley Durack, with informative commentary on the natural history and development of Lake Argyle and the Ord River Irrigation System. The lake is home to a wide range of wildlife includinge rock wallabies, crocodiles, wallaroos and prolific birdlife. A highlight of the cruise is a stop on one of the many islands on Lake Argyle, for lunch and a swim in the clear waters of Australia’s largest man-made lake. We return to Lake Argyle Resort at approximately 1.30pm for a few hours to relax by the pool. Late afternoon we head out for a very special dinner experience!
After breakfast, we transfer by bus from Lake Argyle down to Kununurra Freshwater Apartments arriving around 10.30am. At 11.30am we head to The Pumphouse for lunch. (Lunch at own expense). After lunch we continue a tour of Kununurra including Diversion Dam, Ivanhoe Crossing, Sandalwood shop, Indian Sandalwood Plantations, Hybrid Seed production and seasonal farming operations. We return to the resort at around 3.30pm, and have time for a swim before heading to dinner at The Kimberley Grande Resort which is located next door to Freshwater Apartments.
Freshwater East Kimberley Apartments
Our day of adventuring begins at 9.00am with a scenic flight which passes over the Bungle Bungle Range, Lake Argyle, the Argyle Diamond Mine, Ord River Irrigation Area, Carr Boyd Ranges, Osmand Ranges, Ord and Bow Rivers. Our plane lands at the remote and unsealed Bellburn Airstrip in Purnululu National Park, where we are met by our guide. From here we drive in an air-conditioned 4WD vehicle to the beginning of our walk – a moderate 3km walk throughout the famous eroded towers and beehive-shaped domes on the Domes Walk. We then head towards Cathedral Gorge, where we walk alongside towering cliffs which create phenomenal natural acoustics within the Gorge. We enjoy a tasty picnic lunch after our morning of exploring. We then head out along the rocky creek bed of Piccaninny Creek, which only flows during periods of high rainfall. After returning to Bellburn Airstrip, we make the return flight to Kununurra with views of the vast Argyle Diamond Mine, where rare pink diamonds are mined.
Today we board our coach for the 90 minute drive to El Questro National Park. On arrival we settle in and enjoy lunch at the a la carte restaurant. (Lunch at own expense). There are four lookouts to choose from at El Questro, and late afternoon we head out on a guided sunset tour, which includes sparkling wine, beer, soft drinks, juice and a cheese plate to enjoy whilst watching another stunning Kimberley Sunset. After our sunset tour we return to Emma Gorge Resort for dinner.
Emma Gorge Tented Cabin
Today we enjoy a full day day tour which offers some of the highlights of the Kimberley and gives an informative overview of El Questro. The tour starts with a guided walk up El Questro or Emma Gorge, exclusive access to Zebedee Springs, ‘Beef and Barra’ lunch at The Steakhouse followed by an afternoon Chamberlain Gorge Cruise. We then return to Emma Gorge Resort for dinner.
Today you can take a walk around Emma Gorge or relax by the pool. Or you have the option of choosing one of the exciting El Questro activities, such as horse riding, a bird watching tour, a heli-fishing tour, or a variety of scenic flights of the East Kimberley. These optional tours depend on numbers and must be pre-booked. A full list of optional tours is available on request. Dinner again will be at Emma Gorge Resort.
This morning is at leisure to enjoy the beautiful surroundings of El Questro. Late morning we transfer from Emma Gorge to Kununurra Airport in time to check in for your flight back to Perth.
- Lunch cruise on Lake Argyle aboard the Kimberley Durack
- Special Kimberley sunset dinner
- Scenic flight over the Bungle Bungles, Lake Argyle, the Argyle Diamond Mine, Osmand Ranges and Ord River
- Scenic walk along Piccaninny Creek on the Bungle Bungles Dome Walk
- Visit to Cathedral Gorge
- 3-night stay at Emma Gorge in El Questro National Park
- Guided sunset tour including sparkling wine, beer, soft drinks, juice and a cheese plate
- Full day tour of El Questro including Zebedee Springs and Chamberlain Gorge cruise
NB: There is also time at El Questro to take advantage of a wide range of optional tours. These are dependent on numbers and must be pre-booked. Please call for full details.
A booking form is to be completed by all passengers, and a non-refundable deposit of AUD $500 per person paid at the time of booking. The maximum number of passengers on this tour is 20.