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10 Day Darwin to Broome 4WD Kimberley Tour


Day 1 (L)

You will be collected from your hotel at 7am this morning to begin your private 10 day 4WD tour through the Kimberley.

We head south, along the  Stuart Highway to the township of Katherine and after a short break in the town, we continue west. En-route, we can stop 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.

Dinner tonight can be purchased in the resort bistro.

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

Day 2 (B,L,D)

This morning we head out to Lake Argyle for a 2 hour morning cruise with a light breakfast served on board. Lake Argyle is Australia’s largest man- made lake, covering 1000sq km and built as part of the Ord River scheme. It offers a great expanse of water from which steep red rocky slopes reach up approximately a 150m, in awe-inspiring grandeur.Take in the untamed landscape of the magnificent Carr Boyd Ranges along the inaccessible North Western shoreline as you cruise through some of Lake Argyles 90 islands and inlets. 

Then 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 !

Overnight accommodation- Cabin with en-suite in the Bungle Bungles (2 night stay)

Day 3 (B,L,D)

We spend today in the Bungle Bungles. Bungle Bungles

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

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

Overnight accommodation- Cabin with en-suite in the Bungle Bungles

Day 4 (B,L)

After breakfast, we leave the Bungle Bungles and head north again to El Questro Wilderness Park, which is a million acres in size.

En-route we visit Emma Gorge, also part of El Questro, where you can take the walk into the gorge and the 200ft waterfall that is fed from a series of natural springs high above the plateau of the Cockburn Range. A cool reward awaits you at the end of the walk in, where you can swim at Emma Gorge pool.

Dinner tonight can be purchased at the bar or the station restaurant

Overnight accommodation- El Questro Station, in fixed safari tents with power, lighting and shared bathrooms OR

Station bungalows (2 night stay)

Day 5 (B,L)

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

The rest of the morning is free for you to take another walk, swim in the station rockpools, bird watch or take an optional activity additional cost) such as a helicopter flight.

This afternoon you'll cruise to the Chamberlain Gorge, a 3km fresh waterhole bound by diverse flora and fauna, and belittled by a towering escarpment. Enjoy sparkling wine and fresh fruit on the afternoon cruise as you take in the breathtaking scenery.

Dinner tonight can be purchased at the bar or the station restaurant

Overnight accommodation- El Questro Station, in fixed safari tents with power, lighting and shared bathrooms OR

Station bungalows

Day 6 (B,L,D)

Leaving El Questro, 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 bathrooms OR

Station rooms with en-suites

 

Day 7 (B,L,D)

You have the option this morning of taking a spectacular 2 hour flight over Mitchell Falls and the Kimberley coast ! (additional cost)

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 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 – Mt. Elizabeth - station rooms with shared bathrooms.

Day 8 (B,L,D)

We spend this morning at Manning Gorge, where we can swim and relax at the gorge.

We continue to 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. 

Our accommodation tonight is at Mt. Hart Wilderness Lodge, located in the King Leopold Range Conservation Park. Mt Hart has a rich cattle station history and is abundant with wildlife and rare flora and fauna. We’ll enjoy the warm Kimberley bush hospitality and traditional "Kimberley-style" homestead for the next 2 nights. 

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

fixed safari tents with en-suites (2 night stay)

Day 9 (B,L,D)

We spend this morning at Bell Gorge, which is said to be the most picturesque gorge in the Kimberley.

After lunch we return to Mt Hart, where you can relax in your room, take a walk, bird watch or simply relax at the homestead.

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

fixed safari tents with en-suites

Day 10 (B,L)

An early start today as we visit Windjana Gorge, part of an ancient Devonian reef system where the Lennard River has cut through the Napier range. We take a walk through the Gorge, to view the fossilised reef system and freshwater crocodiles can often be seen lazing around on the river banks. Tunnel Creek

Then we 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. 

The last leg of our journey takes us towards Broome and you will be dropped off at your accommodation at approximately 6pm.

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 September only - please enquire for prices and further details.

Itinerary is exclusive to Sacred Earth Safaris and subject to availability, road, weather and cultural conditions

Inclusions:

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

• Permits and El Questro Wilderness pass

•Chamberlain Gorge cruse at El Questro

• Lake Argyle cruise

Exclusions:

• Pre & Post tour accommodation
• Travel insurance
• Alcohol

• Arrival / departure flights

• 2 hour scenic flight over Mitchell Falls and the Kimberley Coast in a light aircraft

Extra optional activities, such as Bungle Bungles helicopter flight (please request the helicopter flight upon booking to avoid disappointment). 30 mins is approx. $290pp and 40 mins is approx. $390pp

Testimonial :

We really enjoyed the trip, it is indeed a very dramatic location. We are so glad that we didn't try and drive the route ourselves as we would not have found any of the good bits, and would have missed Dave's insights into history and culture. All together a brilliant trip !

Colin and Sarah, travelled Sept 2015