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13 Day Kakadu and Kimberley 4WD Tour, Darwin - Broome


Day 1 (L)

You will be collected from your Darwin accommodation at 7.30am for your private 13 day 4WD Tour through the Kimberley and Kakadu.

We head south along the Stuart highway and into Fog Dam Conservation Reserve. These wetlands have international significance because of their beauty and natural ecosystems. A great variety of fauna can be found here throughout the year as well as a large variety of birdlife. 

Then we make our way into World Heritage listed Kakadu National park. Kakadu is theUbirr in Kakadu largest national park in Australia, has some of the world’s finest rock art and a variety of habitats, including floodplains and savannah woodlands. 

Once within the park, our first stop are the beautiful Mamukala Wetlands. We can view the birdlife from the observation platform, where the mural depicts the seasonal changes throughout the year.  

After lunch, we then travel to the very north of the park to Ubirr, where we walk through galleries of ancient aboriginal rock art, which your guide will interpret. Also learn about bushtuckers and bush medicines before reaching the top of the plateau, where you can relax and enjoy the spectacular view over the floodplains and the Arnhemland escarpment. 

We finish the day with a look around the Bowali visitors information centre. 

Dinner tonight can be purchased at the lodge bistro

Overnight accommodation - Kakadu Lodge Cooinda- motel room (2 night stay)

Day 2 (B,L)

After breakfast we make our way to Nourlangie Rock, an ancient Aboriginal shelter, where we will explore the area and the rock art. Your guide will lead you on an interpretive walk around the site, followed by Nawalandja lookout. The short hike to the lookout is rewarded by a magnificent view over the Arnhemland escarpment.

Termite MoundThen we drive to Maguk (Barramundi Gorge and falls). Termite mounds are abundant along the dirt road that takes us to the car park and from there, we take a walk through a paperbark forest to reach the gorge. Once we reach the gorge and waterfall, we can have a refreshing swim in the plungepool.

Finally, late this afternoon, board the sunset Yellow Waters wetlands cruise. Yellow Waters billabong is located at the end of Jim Jim Creek, a tributary of the South Alligator River. This is the largest river system in Kakadu and contains extensive wetlands, including river channels, floodplains and backwater swamps. About one third of Australia's bird species are represented in Kakadu National Park, with at least 60 species found in these wetlands. There are also plenty of crocodiles in their natural habitat, and buffalo on the floodplains.

Dinner tonight can be purchased at the lodge bistro

Overnight accommodation - Kakadu Lodge Cooinda- motel room 

Day 3 (B,L,D)

This morning, we will make our way south, leaving Kakadu and heading towards Katherine Township.

En-route we have a swim and lunch at Leilyn (Edith Falls), en-route. Leilyn is part of Nitmiluk National Park and is well known for it’s picturesque waterfalls and Edith Fallspools, particularly the large pool at the base of the escarpment which is great for a swim.

Upon arrival in Katherine, we make our way to Nitmiluk (Katherine) Gorge, home to 13 spectacular gorges, carved out of the rock by torrential summer rains, over millions of years. Here, we cruise for 2 hours viewing the beautiful scenery and discovering the customs of the traditional owners, the Jawoyn people. 

Overnight at Nitmiluk Gorge- fixed safari tents with shared bathrooms (no power or lighting) OR cabins with en-suites. Dinner is included with the safari tent option but not with the cabins. Dinner can be purchased at the poolside bistro

Day 4 (B,L)

Today we’ll head west, stopping en-route to view the Victoria River, one of the largest tidal influenced rivers in the Territory with an abundance of saltwater crocodiles.

We cross through the border into Western Australia and onto Lake Argyle.  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 is available to purchase at the resort bistro

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

Day 5 (B,L,D)

Lake Argyle ResortAfter breakfast, we pop into Kununurra to collect fresh supplies (due to border restrictions) before heading south to the Bungle Bungles.

Purnululu 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 !

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

Overnight accommodation- cabin with en-suite, Bungle Bungles

(2 night stay)

Day 6 (B,L,D)

We spend today in the Bungle Bungles.

Our first stop is Cathedral Gorge, a huge natural amphitheatre, with fantastic acoustics.

We take the “Domes trail walk” and then have lunch overlooking the Bungle Bungle massif.

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.

Overnight accommodation- cabin with en-suite, Bungle Bungles

Day 7 (B,L)

After breakfast, we leave the Bungle Bungles and head north agaBungle Bunglesin to Emma Gorge, part of the El Questro Wilderness Park, which is a million acres in size.

En-route we visit the beautiful Parrys Lagoon, which offers excellent bird watching opportunities in the comfort of the purpose built bird hide or from one of the walkways. We also stop to enjoy the breathtaking views from Telegraph Hill, over the billabong and wetlands.

Overnight accommodation- Emma Gorge Resort, tented cabins with en-suites

(2 night stay)

Day 8 (B,L)

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

Then we drive back to the resort and you have the option of taking the walk to the beautiful Emma Gorge. A cool reward awaits you at the end of the walk in, 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 accommodation- Emma Gorge Resort, tented cabins with en-suites

Day 9 (B,L,D)

Leaving El QuestrLookout at El Questroo, we head 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.

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 bathroomss OR

Station rooms with en-suites (subject to availability)

Day 10 (B,L,D)

We start today with a spectacular 2 hour flight over Mitchell Falls and the Kimberley coast !

Your flight takes you past Mt Hann, Deep Gorge and the Rift, then over the magnificent Prince Regent Nature Reserve. Follow the Prince Regent River, fly over several waterfalls including King Cascades, St George Basin, Mt Trafalgar, Prince Frederick Harbour, the Hunter River, Donkins Hill Falls and the spectacular Mitchell Falls. You may even be lucky enough see crocodiles, dugong and whales. The vast, beautiful, unspoilt coastline of this wilderness area is truly stunning and something you can only see and Scenic flight over the Kimberley Coast appreciate from the air. It really will be a highlight of your Kimberley experience. 

After the flight we make our way south again, stopping on the banks of the Gibb River where we view a rock art site. 

We re-join the Gibb River road and continue to Mt Elizabeth Station, a working cattle station, established in 1945 by the pioneering Lacey Family, who still own and run the property today.

Overnight accommodation – station rooms with shared bathrooms at Mt. Elizabeth Station 

Day 11 (B,L,D)

Our first stop this morning is 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.

We continue west to Bell Gorge, which is said to be the most picturesque gorge in the Kimberley. We have plenty of time to swim and relax at the waterfall.

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

Overnight accommodation – Mt. Hart Wilderness Lodge, in station rooms with shared bathrooms OR

fixed safari tents with en-suites

Day 12 (B,L,D)

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

We then head off to Tunnel Creek, a 750m long limestone tunnel in the Napier Range, carved into the rock over thousands of years. View stalactites and stalacmites and hear the story of Jandamarra, who used the tunnel as a hideout in the late 1800’s. 

On our final night together, we'll have dinner together in the hotel restaurant

Overnight accommodation- Fitzroy River Lodge in fixed Safari tents with en-suites, lighting and power OR

Motel rooms with en-suites

Day 13 (B,L)

After breakfast, take 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.

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 travel along the Great Northern Highway towards Broome, with a stop en-route at Willaire.

We arrive into Broome mid- afternoon and you will be dropped off at your accommodation. 

END ITINERARY

B = Breakfast / L = Lunch / D = Dinner

This tour is operated as a private tour only (sole use of tour vehicle and driver guide) and can depart on any day, subject to availability, between May and mid- September inclusive.

The itinerary can be fully accommodated and / or amended to suit your requirements, so please contact us for more information or a quote.

Inclusions:

• Sole use of 4WD tour vehicle with professional driver guide & purpose built heavy duty trailer
• Meals as stated
• Accommodation, as statedGibb River Road

• Permits and entry fees

• 2 hour sunset Yellow Waters cruise

• 2 hour cruise at Nitmiluk Gorge

Geike Gorge cruise
• El Questro Wilderness pass

• 2 hour scenic flight over Mitchell Falls and the Kimberley Coast

• Kakadu park entry fee

• Sunset Lake Argyle cruise

Exclusions:

• Pre & Post tour accommodation
• Travel insurance
• Alcohol

• Arrival / departure flights

• Optional extra activities such as Bungle Bungle helicopter flight (approx $290pp for 30 mins and $390 pp for 40 mins)

Testimonial :

We would love to do another trip with Sacred Earth Safaris. Darwin to Broome via the Gibb River Road was a wonderful experience. You made it comfortable with great accommodation in the outback. You helped create a wonderful cohesion amongst the 10 of us doing the trip. Your local knowledge and aboriginal experiences gave us an insight others we have spoken to, missed out on, on trips with other tour operators. We will never forget this wonderful trip and your personal attention to detail.

Rob and Jenny, Helen and Eric, travelled through the Kimberley in July 2016