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 to Horizontal Falls, where we experience an exhilarating ride through the Falls by high speed boat, as well as a luxury seaplane flight taking in the amazing sight of the Thousand Islands of the Buccaneer Archipelago. 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
- Visit 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
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
This morning we enjoy brunch at a local café before boarding our coach and driving through Durack country to Lake Argyle. We visit the historic Durack Homestead Museum, before driving the short distance to Lake Argyle stopping at a scenic lookout for lovely views over the enormous lake. We then cross the Ord Top Dam wall for views of the Ord Hydro Power Station, before boarding our Triple J Tours boat for a scenic 55km cruise back to Kununurra. The scenery is spectacular as we cruise the waterway and observe the flora and fauna and maybe even spot a crocodile. We enjoy afternoon tea before heading back to Kununurra.
This morning 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 enjoy an all-inclusive afternoon and evening cruise on board a deluxe 69-ft vessel. As we take in the stunning views, we are served with premium beverages, and an exquisite 7-course menu of Kimberley seafood and fresh local ingredients prepared by a private onboard chef. As we cruise we will receive a firsthand experience of seeing a live onboard pearl harvest. Learn about these amazing creatures that produce some of the finest pearls on earth, in the world’s only sustainable wild pearl fishery. The seafood banquet continues as we cruise and anchor close to shore for seated dining. Broome’s famous golden sunset is mesmerising and we see it from the most breathtaking vantage point there is – one of three decks overlooking the turquoise waters and sandy beaches of Cable Beach.
Today we journey north along the Dampier Peninsula, aboard our custom built luxury 4×4 tour bus ‘Big Foot’. As we drive, we learn about the area’s fascinating place in Australia’s history. Throughout the day we enjoy a number of exciting experiences, including a luxury sea-plane flight through the thousand islands of the Buccaneer Archipelago. Then there’s a heart-thumping thrill ride through Horizontal 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. We also visit Beagle Bay Aboriginal Community, which is home to the Sacred Heart Church and its glimmering pearl shell altar, as well as Cygnet Bay Pearl Farm. After an exhilarating day we head back to Broome for our final night, and a farewell dinner at The Wharf Restaurant.
This morning we enjoy breakfast at our resort and later transfer to the airport for the flight home.