Jewels of the Kimberley
Join us on a magical 11-day journey of discovery to the ancient landscapes of the 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.
Jewels of the Kimberley is a spectacular journey from East to West through the very heart of The Kimberley. Beginning in Kununurra, we experience the mighty Ord River by boat, witness the scenery of Lake Argyle and overnight at the stunning Bungle Bungles before heading East to Fitzroy Crossing and taking in parts of the iconic Gibb River Road. Imagine spotting crocs at Windjana Gorge, and swimming in the crystal clear waters of Galvans and Adcock Gorges and the sparkling pools of Manning Falls. We then enjoy all the delights that Broome has to offer before heading north along the Dampier Peninsula, visiting an Aboriginal community en route to the unique Kooljaman wilderness camp at Cape Leveque where we spend one night. A true highlight of the trip is a full day tour of the Buccaneer Archipelago and Horizontal Falls by both seaplane and high speed boat. Jewels of the Kimberley is an exciting journey of many contrasts that will live on in your memory long after you return home! This tour has it all!
Tour Fitness Level: Active
- Scenic boat cruise on the Ord River
- Visit Durack Homestead Museum
- Explore the Bungle Bungles at Purnululu National Park
- Scenic walk to Echidna Chasm and Cathedral Gorge
- Overnight stay by the Fitzroy River at Fitzroy Crossing
- Travel along the Gibb River Road through amazing landscapes
- Two-night stay at Bell Gorge Wilderness Lodge
- Visit Galvans Gorge and stunning Adcock Gorge
- Swim in the clear waters at Manning Falls
- Stay three nights in beautiful Broome
- Sunset camel ride on Cable Beach
- Visit the fascinating Mowanjum Aboriginal Art and Cultural Centre
- Take a tour of the Cygnet Bay Pearl Farm
- Enjoy morning tea at the Beagle Bay Aboriginal Community
- Take a scenic boat trip to Paradise Point through the Buccaneer Archipelago
- Enjoy a low-level seaplane flight and water landing
- Experience an exhilarating ride through the Horizontal Falls on the fastest boat in The Kimberley
- Explore the turquoise depths of Talbot Bay
- Enjoy a scenic island cruise to Cape Leveque
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.
On arrival into Kununurra we transfer to our accommodation. In the evening we enjoy a welcome dinner.
Freshwater East Apartments
After breakfast we transfer to the Marina and board our Triple J Tours boat. The scenery is spectacular as we cruise the waterway and observe the flora and fauna – and perhaps even spot crocodiles. We stop at one of the Riverside Camps for a sumptuous buffet lunch, after which we cruise up to the Ord Top Dam, an incredible sight from the water line base on the Lake Kununurra side. Later we stop at a scenic lookout for lovely views over Lake Argyle, and look around Lake Argyle township. We then visit the historic Durack Homestead Museum and Ivanhoe Crossing, then a tour of Kununurra before heading back to our hotel.
After breakfast we head south down the Great Northern Highway to Purnululu National Park, home of the magnificent Bungle Bungles. This landscape of unique orange and black striped ‘beehive’ geological formations was created by rivers over a period of 20 million years. Unbelievably this area was known only to locals until the early 1980s; but once discovered by others, it was made a national park in 1987. We walk approximately two kilometres to Echidna Chasm, known for its towering Livistonia Palm trees, and then walk another 2 – 3 kms into stunning Cathedral Gorge, where towering rocks create a natural amphitheatre.
Purnululu National Park
Today we head to Fitzroy Crossing, breaking the long journey with a visit to the gold rush town of Halls Creek where we see the remarkable China Wall. We also enjoy lunch at Mary’s Pool and visit the remote Laari Aboriginal Art Gallery, before arriving into Fitzroy Crossing, where we enjoy an evening by the Fitzroy River.
Fitzroy River Lodge
Today we travel north through the remote and beautiful Kimberley landscape – learning about the local history, people and the environment. The Napier Range is more than 350 million years old and home to the geological wonder of Windjana Gorge. Beneath gorge walls rising 90m, we spend time searching for freshwater crocodiles, birdlife and indigenous bush tucker. We then continue up the Gibb River Road to Bell Gorge Wilderness Lodge, our destination for the next two nights.
Bell Gorge Wilderness Lodge
Gibb River Road
Today we spend the day swimming in paradise! Further up the Gibb River Road we discover the cool waters of water-lily laden Galvans Gorge and stunning Adcock Gorge. Amid the rugged beauty of Manning Falls, we have the opportunity to swim in deep clear pools, and relax and explore the wandering streams. After a wonderful day relaxing in the crystal clear waters of this beautiful part of the Kimberley, we return to our lodge.
Today we drive back along the Gibb River Road towards Derby. We visit the fascinating Mowanjum Aboriginal Art and Cultural Centre for an insight into the culture of Worrorra, Ngarinyin and Wunumbal tribes and their supreme spirit being, the Wandjina. Five minutes up the road from here we visit the famous Boab Prison Tree. This huge tree is believed to be around 1,500 years old and has a girth of 14.7 metres. It was used as a staging point for prisoners being walked into Derby in the early days. We stop for lunch along the way, then the journey continues on to Broome.
The Pearle of Cable Beach
This morning is at leisure to venture out and discover Broome or relax at the resort. At 4pm we check in for our camel ride at Cable Beach. The friendly staff brief us on how to safely get on the camels, and then we’re off, heading north along the beautiful beach. We then turn back towards the starting point as the sun slowly sets on the beautiful ocean and the colours develop in the sky. After dismounting the camels, it is just a short walk down the beach to the Cable Beach Club where we enjoy tonight’s dinner.
Today we journey north along the Dampier Peninsula, where we learn about the area’s fascinating place in Australia’s history. We enjoy morning tea in the Beagle Bay Aboriginal Community, which is home to the Sacred Heart Church and its glimmering pearl shell altar. We then continue north to Cygnet Bay Pearl Farm. The only working pearl farm open to the public, Cygnet Bay offers an insight into the history and cultivation of the world’s finest pearls. After our tour we enjoy lunch prepared by the chef at Cygnet Bay’s licensed restaurant, overlooking the turquoise waters of King Sound. In the afternoon we head to Cape Leveque for an overnight stay at a unique wilderness camp.
Kooljaman Wilderness Camp
Today we enjoy a number of exciting experiences, beginning with a one-hour scenic cruise to Paradise Point through the thousand islands of the Buccaneer Archipelago. We also step aboard a 14-seater turbo-prop jet seaplane for an exhilarating low level flight and water landing. Then there’s a heart-thumping thrill ride through the falls on the fastest boat in the Kimberley, piloted by a highly experienced skipper. There is also the opportunity to swim in the marine viewing enclosure (snorkelling gear provided), and explore the turquoise depths of Talbot Bay. Lunch is delicious barbecued barramundi, and then we board our seaplane for a low flying trip back to Paradise Point, with breathtaking views beneath us. After an exhilarating day we head back to Broome for our final night, and a farewell dinner at Zanders on the Beach.
The Pearle of Cable Beach
This morning we enjoy breakfast at our resort and later transfer to the airport for the flight home.