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11 Day Kimberley Photographic Journey


Day 1 (L,D)

You will be collected from your hotel at 7am this morning to begin your private 11 day photography tour through the Kimberley region.

We head south, along the Stuart Highway to the township of Katherine, stopping at historic Adelaide River en-route.  

Agile wallabies

An hour north of Katherine, we turn off to Leilyn (Edith Falls), part of Nitmiluk National Park and well known for it’s picturesque waterfalls and pools. We can have a swim at the large pool at the base of the escarpment and then take the Leliyn Trail - a walk that takes us across the top of the waterfall, where we can have a swim in the upper rockpools and we’ll get views of the waterfalls and Edith River from a couple of lookouts. It’s simply stunning.

On arrival in Katherine, we make our way to Nitmiluk Gorge, home to 13 spectacular gorges, carved out of the rock by torrential summer rains, over millions of years. After checking in, you’ll take the Nabilil Dreaming sunset dinner cruise through the gorge. Nabilil (Nah-bill-lil) is a dragon-like figure who named the region Nitmiluk after hearing the song of the cicada (nitnit, nitnit). Learn more about the spirit, history and culture of the Jawoyn people as you cruise along the first two tranquil gorges. Discover the music, stories and ways of the Jawoyn as the sunsets and the beauty of the gorge intensifies. Lap up the surroundings by candlelight and enjoy a three course buffet dinner along the way.

Overnight accommodation- motel rooms with en-suites in Katherine

Day 2 (B,L,D) 

Today we head west along the Victoria Highway, into Western Australia. En-route, we stop to view the mighty Victoria River, one of the largest tidal influenced rivers in the Territory with an abundance of saltwater crocodiles.

Lake Argyle resort

We cross through the border into Western Australia and onto Lake Argyle, Australia’s largest man- made lake, covering 1000sq km and built as part of the Ord River scheme. It offers a great expanseof water from which steep red rocky slopes reach up approximately 150m, in awe-inspiring grandeur. 

This afternoon we take a look at the Lake Argyle, viewing the lake from a lookout point. You may also like to take one of the walks from the resort or relax and watch the sunset from the infinity pool at the resort !

Overnight accommodation- Cabin with en-suites at Lake Argyle Resort

Day 3 (B,L,D) 

This morning we’ll explore the unique world surrounding the beautiful Lake Argyle.

We visit Roy’s Retreat, the Kimberley’s only soft-release wildlife reserve. This havenSunset at Lake Argyle. Photo courtesy of Chris Westeby also keeps the legacy of the late Roy Walker, Argyle Station’s last real stockman, alive. Take a walk around Roy’s artifact-packed Stockman’s Museum, including never-before-seen relics from the Durack’s Argyle Station.  Discover Aboriginal art, sample bush tucker and explore the Kimberley region’s fascinating flora and fauna.

We have exclusive access to this area for the morning through the local tour operator, Lake Argyle Adventures, who are looking after us this morning

This afternoon we take the sunset cruise on the lake, where you will cruise through some of the 90 islands and inlets and take in the magnificent scenery of the Carr Boyd Ranges. Enjoy a glass of sparkling wine and nibblies as the sun sets over the rugged red cliffs and azure blue water.  

Overnight accommodation – motel rooms with en-suites in Kununurra (2 night stay)

Day 4 (B,L,D)

 

Today you have a full day tour to Mitchell Falls, with a scenic flight, 4WD transfers, hiking, helicopter and then scenic flight back to Kununurra.

With an early morning departure from  Kununurra we head west to the Cockburn Ranges and Pentecost River and then onwards over the heart of the north-central Kimberley to the Mitchell Plateau.

Mitchell Falls. Photo courtesy of Russell SchmittOn arrival at the Mitchell Plateau airfield we board the 4WD coach for the 20km bush track to the Ranger Base and the start of the 4.5km Punamii-unpuu Hiking Trail to the Mitchell Falls. Along the way you can swim and explore  Little Merton’s and Big Merton’s Falls and be amazed at the ancient rock art sites featuring the mythical Gwion Gwion spirit figures, and listen to some of  the significant dreaming stories of the Wunambal people.

You’ll arrive at the spectacular Punamii-unpuu (Mitchell Falls) at around midday, for your picnic pack lunch, eat rest and swim. For the next 2 hours you can explore the escarpment and swim in the upstream (crocodile free) waterholes.

You then meet at the Helipad for an exhilarating chopper ride over the Falls back to Base and return in the 4wd back to the airfield for a cold beer, wine or a cup of tea, before boarding your homeward flight. The plane departs the airfield and will track to the Cambridge Gulf, and the pioneer town of Wyndham and come in low over the Lower Ord wetlands.

Please note: This tour requires a moderate level of fitness and agility. If in doubt then a 2-way heli transfer is also available, for an additional cost

Overnight accommodation – motel rooms with en-suites in Kununurra

Day 5 (B,L)

After breakfast, we leave Kununurra and head north again to visit the beautiful Parrys Lagoon Nature Reserve, which is a haven for birdlife and great for photography.Parrys Lagoon

 

Our destination today is Emma Gorge, part of El Questro Wilderness Park, which is a million acres in size.

This evening we head out to a sunset lookout, exclusive to us this evening, which is a special chance to soak up this intimate sunset in peace and enjoy nibbles provided by your guide.

Overnight Emma Gorge-  tented cabins with en-suites (2 night stay)

 

Day 6 (B,L)

 

Emma Gorge waterfall. Photo courtesy of Charles CarmichaelWe start today with a relaxing dip at the Zebedee Springs thermal pools, set amongst palm trees.

Then we take a look around the Station and we can drive to the Durack Tree.

Back to Emma Gorge for lunch and the afternoon is free for you to walk into Emma Gorge itself at your leisure. A cool reward awaits you at the end of the walk, where you can swim at Emma Gorge pool and the 200ft waterfall that is fed from a series of natural springs high above the plateau of the Cockburn Range.

Overnight Emma Gorge-  tented cabins with en-suites

 

Day 7 (B,L,D)

 

Today we head south towards the Bungle Bungles. Purnululu National park (the Bungle Bungles) is famous for the ancient range of unusual beehive-shaped domes, Bungle Bungles gorges and chasms over 350 million years old.

The section of road into the park is quite challenging and will give you a real sense of off-road adventure !

There’s this afternoon for optional helicopter flights (additional cost).

Dinner tonight will be served at the lodge

Overnight Bungle Bungles- Cabins with en-suites (2 night stay).

Day 8 (B,L,D)

Walking in the Bungle Bungles

We spend today in the Bungle Bungles.

Our first stop in the park is Cathedral Gorge, a huge natural amphitheatre, with fantastic acoustics. The intense coloured banding of the rocks makes for some fantastic photos.We then take the walk to the Piccininny Lookout, followed by the “Domes trail walk”.This afternoon we take a walk into Echidna Chasm, which is a narrow gorge of conglomerate rock. The walk in is beautiful, passing endemnic livistonia palms and we're there for the afternoon light, which intensifies the colours.

Dinner tonight will be served at the lodge 

Overnight Bungle Bungles- cabin with en-suites

 

Day 9 (B,L,D)

Today we travel west again, passing through Halls Creek to the township of Fitzroy Crossing.

We finish the day on the ranger lead boat cruise through Geike Gorge, where floodGeike Gorge. Photo courtesy of Andrew Goodall from Natures Image Photography waters of the Fitzroy River have carved the 30-metre-deep Gorge through the limestone at the junction of the Oscar and Geikie Ranges. In the dry season, the river transforms itself into a quiet stream strung out beneath the towering cliffs of the Devonian reef. Here, layers of fossils and the limestone strata of an ancient reef are exposed in cross section, showing glimpses of life in the Devonian period before reptiles or mammals evolved.

Overnight accommodation- Fitzroy River Lodge, Fitzroy Crossing- your choice of safari tent or motel room. Both have en-suites and power.

Day 10 (B,L,D)

This morning we drive to TTunnel Creek. Photo courtesy of Andrew Goodall from Natures Image Photographyunnel Creek, we walk through the 750m long limestone tunnel in the Napier Range, carved into the rock over millions of years. View stalactites and stalacmites and hear the story of Jandamarra, who used the tunnel as a hideout in the late 1800’s.

Our next stop is Windjana Gorge, part of an ancient Devonian reef system where the Lennard River has cut through the Napier range. On our walk into the gorge, we view the fossilised reef system and freshwater crocodiles can often be seen lazing around on the river banks.

Overnight accommodation- motel room with en-suite in Derby

Day 11 (B,L,D)

This morning you have a half day tour to the Horizontal Falls.

Fly directly from Derby on a seaplane to the Horizontal Falls where you’ll meet yourPhotography tuition on tour. Photo curtesy of Sue Callaghan expert skipper for an exhilarating fast boat ride through the narrow gorges.

After the adrenalin rush, wind down with a relaxed cruise, lunch and swim in the turquoise calm of Talbot Bay before boarding the seaplane for another low level scenic flight back to Derby.

You’ll now be transferred back to Broome and we finish the day with sunset at the famous Cable Beach.

We’ll have our final group dinner at the hotel this evening.

Overnight accommodation- motel room with en-suite in Broome

END ITINERARY

B = Breakfast / L = Lunch / D = Dinner

This tour is only operated as a private charter (sole use of vehicle and driver guide) and is valid for travel from May to October only due to seasonal conditions- please enquire for prices and further details.

This itinerary can be changed to suit your requirements, interests and time frame.

We can also include the services and instruction during the trip, from a professional photographer, at your request.

Inclusions:

• Sole use of 4WD tour vehicle with professional driver guide
• Meals as stated

Accommodation, as listedWindjana Gorge

Entry fees and El Questro Wilderness pass

Geike Gorge cruise

• 3.5 hour sunset dinner cruise through Nitmiluk Gorge

Sunset Lake Argyle cruise

Exclusive use of a sunset lookout point at El Questro

Full day tour to Mitchell Falls including scenic flight, helicopter flight and ground touring

6 hour Horizontal Falls tour including seaplane and fast boat through the falls

Private morning tour to Roy's Retreat at Lake Argyle

Exclusions:

• Pre & Post tour accommodation
• Travel insurance

• Arrival / departure flights

• Alcohol 

Bungle Bungles helicopter flight

Photography equipment- please bring your own

Instruction by a professional photographer- unless requested in advance (extra charges apply)