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13 Day Kimberley Photographic Journey


Day 1 (L)

You will be collected from your hotel at 7am this morning to begin your private 13 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.

Our accommodation this evening is in the cabins at Nitmiluk Gorge. It’s a great place to see wallabies and after we check in, there should be some free time before the cruise to go for a walk or relax in your cabin.

Overnight accommodation in Katherine- cabins at Nitmiluk Gorge, with en-suites and power

Day 2 (B,L) 

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 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.  

Dinner tonight can be purchased at the bistro.  

Overnight accommodation – cabins with en-suites and power at Lake Argyle Resort.

Day 3 (L,D)

 

This morning we pop into Kununurra to collect fresh supplies (due to border restrictions) so there is some free time while your guide shops.

Then we head south towards the Bungle Bungles. PurnuBungle Bungles lulu National park (the Bungle Bungles) is famous for the ancient range of unusual beehive-shaped domes, 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 !

Dinner tonight will be served at the lodge

Overnight Bungle Bungles- cabins with en-suites

(2 night stay).

Day 4 (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, whichis 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.

There’s also time today for optional helicopter flights (additional cost).

Dinner tonight will be served at the lodge 

Overnight Bungle Bungles- cabin with en-suites

Day 5 (B,L)

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

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

You have plenty of time today to walk into Emma Gorge itself. 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.

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)

We start today with a relaxing dip at the Zebedee Springs thermal pools, Brolgas at El Questroset amongst palm trees.

The rest of the day is free for you to enjoy the activities on offer at El Questro.

There are a range of walks available, go fishing or bird watching, we can drive to the Durack Tree, take the Chamberlain Gorge cruise or take a helicopter flight to one of the hard-to-reach parts of El Questro. Your guide will be on hand to assist you with your activities. 

Overnight Emma Gorge

 

 

Day 7 (B,L,D)

Leaving El Questro, we make our way back onto the Gibb River Road and we’ll drive through the Pentecost River to a lookout, for fantastic views of the river and the mighty Cockburn Range.

Pentecost River Lookout in the Kimberley

We’ll also view an art site of cuples, Wandjana figures and Petroglyphs (rock carvings). This is also where the local Aboriginal people used to shelter and sharpen their spears.

We turn onto the Kalumburu Road and make our way to Drysdale River Station.

Overnight accommodation- Drysdale River Station in station rooms with shared bathrooms, OR rooms with en-suites (subject to availability)

(2 night stay)

Day 8 (B,L,D)

Today you'll take a full day tour to Mitchell Falls, including a scenic flight and ground tour.

The day starts at 9am and you'll take a light aircraft to Mitchell Falls airstrip, followed by a 4WD transfer. Take a guided walk to the falls and a helicopter ride back to the car park. Then you'll take a scenic flight back to Drysdale Station, arriving at approx. 4.30pm.

Overnight accommodation- Drysdale River Station

Day 9 (B,L,D)

We depart Drysdale this morning and take a look around an art site in the Gibb River area.

Our destination this afternoon is Mt. Elizabeth Station, a working cattle station, established in 1945 by theGalvans Gorge in the Kimberley pioneering Lacey Family.

The rest of the afternoon is free to explore the property- perhaps take a walk to Warla Gorge, also commonly known as Hahn River Gorge. This is a perfect spot to take in the outstanding scenery the Kimberleys' offer whilst you float about in the cool refreshing waters and is a great spot for some late afternoon photography- who knows what we might see !

Overnight homestead accommodation –Mt. Elizabeth Station, with power and shared or private bathrooms, on a dinner, bed and breakfast basis DBB.

Day 10 (B,L,D)

We start today at Manning Gorge, where we can swim and relax.Bell Gorge

Then onto Galvans Gorge, a small picturesque gorge, surrounded by boab trees. It has some interesting rock art and is a great place for a relaxing swim. 

Then we’ll make our way through the Napier and King Leopold Ranges to our accommodation. 

Overnight accommodation- Bell Gorge Wilderness Lodge in tented cabins with en-suites (2 night stay)

Day 11 (B,L,D)

Today we continue along the Gibb River Road to Bell Gorge, which is said to be the most picturesque gorge in the Kimberley. We have the whole day to swim, hike, relax and take photos !

Overnight accommodation- Bell Gorge Wilderness Lodge

Day 12 (B,L,D)

Today we travel through the King Leopold and Napier Ranges towards Windjana Gorge, part of an ancient Devonian reef system where the Lennard River has cut through the Napier range.

En-route we stop to look at the King Leopold Range lookout, which offers great photo opportunities.Tunnel Creek

We take a walk into Windjana Gorge, part of an ancient Devonian reef system where the Lennard River has cut through the Napier range. We view the fossilised reef system and freshwater crocodiles can often be seen lazing around on the river banks.

Continuing onto Tunnel 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.

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

Day 13 (B,L)

Start today with the ranger lead boat cruise through Geike Gorge, where flood waters of the Fitzroy River have carved the 30-metre-deep Gorge through the limestone at the junction of the Oscar and Geikie Ranges.

Kimberley photography tours

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.  

After the cruise, we begin our drive back to Broome, with lunch en-route. We arrive into Broome late afternoon and you will be dropped off at your accommodation.

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 and purpose built heavy duty trailer
• 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

 

Exclusions:

• Pre & Post tour accommodation
• Travel insurance

Arrival / departure flights

• Alcohol 

Extra optional activities, such as El Questro activites (helicopter flights and fishing,etc.) Bungle Bungles helicopter flight (please request upon booking, to avoid disappointment). 18 mins is approx $299 pp, 30 mins is approx $399pp and 42 mins is approx $499pp

Photography equipment- please bring your own

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