9 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 9 day 4WD tour through the Kimberley.
We head south, along the Stuart Highway to the township of Katherine with a short break en-route in the historic town of Adelaide River.
We also visit Leilyn (Edith Falls), which is part of Nitmiluk National Park. Edith Falls is well known for it’s picturesque waterfalls and pools, particularly the large pool at the base of the escarpment which is great for swimming.
After lunch we continue to Katherine and then to the Katherine Art Gallery for a hands on cultural experience. Activities on offer include sitting down with resident artist, Manuel who will tell you tales of tribal life, language, the hunting and gathering techniques, ceremony, weapons used and aboriginal contemporary life. Experience your own Rarrk painting with Manuel and you will also have an opportunity to participate in one of the traditional hunting activities (firelighting, spear throwing etc.).
Overnight permanent camp – Nitmiluk Gorge, in fixed safari tents with proper beds and shared bathrooms
OR Upgrade to a 1 or 2 bedroom cabin with en-suite for an additional cost
Day 2 (B,L,D)
We start today with a 2 hour dawn cruise through Nitmiluk Gorge, home to 13 spectacular gorges, carved out of the rock by torrential summer rains, over millions of years. Viewing the beautiful scenery and discover the customs of the traditional owners, the Jawoyn people.
After breakfast, we start our journey 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, 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..
Overnight accommodation –Lake Argyle Resort – cabins with en-suites
Day 3 (B,L,D)
This morning, we head out to Lake Argyle for a 2 hour morning cruise, with a light breakfast served on board. 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 north to visit the beautiful Parrys Lagoon Nature Reserve, 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.
Our destination today is Emma Gorge, part of El Questro Wilderness Park, which is a million acres in size.
Overnight Emma Gorge- tented cabins with en-suites (2 night stay)
Day 4 (B,L)
We 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 5 (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, 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 6 (B,L,D)
We spend today in the 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”. The intense coloured banding of the rocks makes for some fantastic photos.
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-suite
Day 7 (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 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.
Overnight accommodation- Fitzroy River Lodge, Fitzroy Crossing- your choice of safari tent or motel room. Both have en-suites and power.
Day 8 (B,L,D)
This morning we drive to Tunnel Creek, where 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. 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 9 (B,L)
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 your 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 anotherlow level scenic flight back to Derby.
You’ll now be transferred back to Broome and you will be dropped off at your accommodation
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
Itinerary is exclusive to Sacred Earth Safaris and subject to availability, road, weather and cultural conditions
• 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
• Dawn Nitmiluk Gorge cruise
•Hands on Aboriginal cultural experience in Katherine
• Horizontal Falls 6 hour tour including seaplane flight and fast boat ride through the falls
• Lake Argyle cruise
• Geike Gorge cruise
• Pre & Post tour accommodation
• Travel insurance
• Arrival / departure flights
• Bungle Bungles helicopter flight
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