Kimberley Complete

from £5795
excluding flights *
14 nights Apr-Sep

Overview

Explore Australia’s last frontier on this small group 4WD through the untouched Kimberley region. Admire breathtaking gorges, explore hidden caves, take a dip in secret water holes and marvel at an array of spectacular wonders from the distinctive Bungle Bungle Range and expansive El Questro Wilderness Park to the remarkable Mitchell Falls and the region's vast cattle stations.

And for one week only, in May 2020 Masterchef's John Torode will be guest chef at the Bungle Bungle Wilderness Lodge.

Highlights

  • Explore the 750 metre long Tunnel Cave and Windjana Gorge
  • Admire the Bungle Bungle range in Purnululu National Park
  • Watch the sun set over Cable Beach and the Indian Ocean
  • Take a wildlife cruise along Ord River
  • Sleep at Home Valley Station, the setting for Baz Luhrman's 'Australia'
  • Traverse the outback highway, the Gibb River Road
  • Enjoy aerial views on a scenic helicopter flight over Mitchell Falls
  • Swim in secret water holes beneath cascading waterfalls

What's Included

  • Accommodation in rooms with private bathroom
  • All meals
  • Services of an experienced Driver Guide
  • Helicopter flight over Mitchell Falls
  • 24 hour emergency assistance from our team during your holiday
  • No surcharge guarantee
  • Full financial protection

Full description

From the colourful tropical town of Broome your journey will take you along the legendary Gibb River Road into the heart of the Kimberley region. Explore Windjana Gorge, Tunnel Creek and Geikie Gorge, and discover the striking striped domes of Purnululu National Park's unforgettable Bungle Bungles. Hike through Echidna Chasm and take a wildlife cruise on the mighty Ord River.

Discover the vast cattle stations of the outback with a stay on Home Valley Station, recognisable from Baz Luhrman's epic film 'Australia' and surrounded by the spectacular rust-red escarpments of the Cockburn Ranges. From rejoin the Gibb River Road en route to the Mitchell Plateau, where a highlight of your itinerary will be found in the form of a helicopter flight over the spectacular tiered Mitchell Falls.

There will be time to discover ancient Aboriginal rock art and more gorges and waterholes as you slowly make your way back to Broome for a farewell dinner and the end of your Kimberley adventure.

Maximum group size: 22


Unique dining experience with Masterchef John Torode - May 2020

During your stay at the exclusive Bungle Bungle Wilderness Lodge, enjoy the culinary experience of a lifetime with celebrity chef John Torode. Dining under the stars in the middle of the World Heritage listed Purnululu National Park, John’s menu is inspired by his own time in the Kimberley – utilising flavours and ingredients only available in the region. Paired with world-famous Margaret River wines and the chance to mingle with John into the evening, this truly is a once in a lifetime experience only available during the first week of May 2020.

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Prices & Dates *

Offers

Airfares start from around £730 per person and are quoted separately to the holiday price. When enquiring, our Travel Specialists will provide the best fare possible from your preferred airline / airport.

From prices per person based on 2 sharing a room with private bathroom

Departure Duration Twin Price (pp) Special Guest
30 Apr 2020 14 nights £5,795 John Torode
2, 3, 4 May 2020 14 nights £5,895 John Torode
5, 7, 9, 13, 15, 16, 19, 20, 21, 26, 27 May 2020 14 nights £5,895
2, 4, 5, 8, 10, 12, 14, 16, 18, 20, 21, 22, 24, 26, 27, 28 Jun 2020 14 nights £5,995
2, 3, 4, 12, 13, 14, 18, 19, 26, 28, 30 Jul 2020 14 nights £5,995
1, 2, 4, 7, 8, 9, 13, 15, 17, 18, 19, 24, 25, 29, 31 Aug 2020 14 nights £5,895
2, 3, 5, 6, 9, 10, 12, 14 Sep 2020 14 nights £5,795

What's Included

  • Accommodation in rooms with private bathroom, in a mix of hotels and wilderness lodges
  • 14 breakfasts, 13 lunches & 14 dinners
  • Helicopter flight over Mitchell Falls
  • Sightseeing excursions and cruises as detailed in the itinerary
  • Services of an experienced Driver Guide
  • Welcome reception
  • All transportation in custom designed 4WD vehicles
  • Return airport-hotel transfers
  • 24 hour emergency assistance from our team during your holiday
  • No surcharge guarantee
  • Full financial protection »

Group Size:
Minimum group size: 2
Maximum group size: 22

Itinerary & Accommodation

Itinerary & Accommodation

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Day 1: Broome

Arrive in Broome and transfer to your hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure to explore this laid back beachside town. This evening join a tour briefing by your driver-guide and a welcome dinner.
Overnight: Cable Beach Club Resort and Spa

Day 2: Gibb River Road, Windjana Gorge, Tunnel Creek and Fitzroy Crossing

Set off on the renowned Gibb River Road, a remote outback highway stretching for 660kms between Broome and Kununurra. Pass spectacular landscapes, dramatic ranges, almighty gorges and remarkable waterfalls. Explore Windjana Gorge, where sheer cliffs tower above glistening white sands before visiting Tunnel Creek, a 750- metre long natural tunnel that carves its way through the Napier Range. Continue to Fitzroy Crossing.
Overnight: Fitzroy River Lodge

Day 3: Geikie Gorge, Halls Creek, Purnululu National Park

Travel to Danggu Geikie Gorge National Park and explore magnificent Geikie Gorge. Flooding of the river has bleached the walls white over time - an intriguing sight that makes it popular with photographers. Board a unique cruise along the stunning gorge and learn more about the beautiful flora and fauna of this spectacular region. Enjoy a visit to Halls Creek, before travelling to the World Heritage-listed Purnululu National Park. Experience the first of three exclusive wilderness lodges as you settle into the tranquil ambience of the Bungle Bungle Wilderness Lodge, located in the heart of this stunning national park. Enjoy a delicious dinner with your fellow guests tonight.
Overnight: Bungle Bungle Wilderness Lodge

Day 4: Purnululu National Park, Piccaninny Creek, Cathedral Gorge

Explore the magic of Purnululu National Park and discover the depth of the Bungle Bungle Range. The park is home to the famed black and orange striped domes, ascending to 578 metres above sea level. Standing over a grass-covered plain, steep cliffs form the western face. Created by the constant erosion of river movements over a staggering 20 million years, the range has both geological and Indigenous cultural significance. It is an imposing sight and one that you are sure to remember forever. Take a walk along Piccaninny Creek, a winding gorge within the unique orange and black stripped domes. Marvel at the majestic beehive domes as your guide brings the natural history of the range to life. Your next stop is the natural amphitheatre of Cathedral Gorge, a spacious cavern where the acoustics are astounding. This evening, enjoy drinks as the sun sets over the striking dome formations of the iconic Bungle Bungle massif.
Overnight: Bungle Bungle Wilderness Lodge

Day 5: Echidna Chasm, Kununurra

Join a hike with your Driver-Guide along a palm-fringed trail into Echidna Chasm, a spectacular natural cleft in the rock. Farewell the Bungle Bungle Range and travel along the Spring Creek Track through glorious rugged red landscapes to Kununurra, the gateway to the eastern Kimberley and the home of the Ord River Scheme, which is one of Australia’s greatest engineering feats.
Overnight: Kununurra Country Club Resort

Day 6: Lake Argyle, Ord River, Kununurra

Travel to the majestic Lake Argyle, the largest man-made lake in the Southern Hemisphere. Join an unforgettable wildlife cruise on the mighty Ord River. From a modern shaded vessel, discover a fascinating ecological system that has developed from the damming of the Ord River at two locations. Later, enjoy a sunset BBQ while cruising on Lake Kununurra.
Overnight: Mitchell Falls Wilderness Lodge

Day 7: Parry's Lagoon, Wyndham, El Questro Wilderness Park

Visit the serene Parry’s Lagoon, where you may see an array of birdlife. Head to Wyndham and view the breathtaking Cambridge Gulf from the spectacular Five Rivers Lookout. Enjoy lunch before arriving at El Questro, a 700,000 acre cattle station. Afterwards, make your way to Emma Gorge Resort, set on the El Questro property.
Overnight: Emma Gorge Resort, El Questro

Day 8: El Questro Wilderness Park, Home Valley Station

After a hearty breakfast, continue to explore remarkable El Questro Wilderness Park. Soak in the delectable hot pools of Zebedee Springs and leave feeling revitalised before enjoying lunch. Hike to the picturesque Emma Gorge and be rewarded with a revitalising swim beneath a towering droplet waterfall. Cross the mighty Pentecost River into iconic Home Valley Station, another immense cattle property. Discover the spellbinding scenery that captivated audiences in Baz Luhrmann’s movie ‘Australia’, including the imposing yet strikingly beautiful Cockburn Range. Savour this inspirational setting with sunset drinks, as you gaze out to the ever-changing colours of the Cockburn Range as the sun retreats
Overnight: Home Valley Station

Day 9: Gibb River Road, Mitchell Plateau

Back on the Gibb River Road, ford the mighty Durack River, then turn off and travel north on the Kalumburu Road towards the isolated Mitchell Plateau. Along the way, stop at Drysdale River Station for lunch. Afterwards, enter a remote world of livistona palm forests, beautiful lookouts, magnificent waterfalls and isolated swimming holes. For the next two nights, enjoy a stay at Mitchell Falls Wilderness Lodge. In the heart of the Mitchell Plateau, your accommodation is perfectly positioned beside the pandanus palm-fringed Camp Creek, where you can enjoy a refreshing dip. Perhaps unwind as the sun sets, then later this evening, be treated to a tantalising dinner that showcases the region’s finest local produce. For the perfect accompaniment to your meal, a selection of flavoursome beers from Matso’s Broome Brewery and wines from Rosabrook Estate are available for purchase.
Overnight: Mitchell Falls Wilderness Lodge

Day 10: Mitchell Falls, Helicopter Flight

Today you have a full day to discover the beauty of Mitchell Falls, with its magnificent tiered waterfalls and Indigenous rock art. When available, local Indigenous guides will join the adventure, imparting their knowledge of the area and sharing their cultural beliefs. Begin with a guided hike to Little Mertens Falls to view rarely seen rock art. Continue to Big Mertens Falls before arriving at the incredible Mitchell Falls. Enjoy the superb scenery as you swim in the pools above the falls, spotting some of the region’s abundant wildlife. Take an included helicopter flight over Mitchell Falls and the surrounding wilderness back to your 4WD vehicle (or if you prefer, hike back with your guide). Longer helicopter flights over this captivating and remote coastline are available at an additional expense. Later, it’s time to return to your wilderness lodge to relax, and enjoy a gourmet dinner.
Overnight: Mitchell Falls Wilderness Lodge

Day 11: Bradshaw Art Gwion Gwion, King Edward River, Drysdale River Station

The Kimberley’s rock art is arguably some of the world’s oldest, with evidence suggesting the earliest occupation in the region dates back 50,000 to 60,000 years. Visit Wandjina and Bradshaw (Gwion Gwion) rock art galleries and swim in the clear waters at King Edward River. Cross the beautiful Drysdale River and arrive at Drysdale River Station, where you will enjoy a unique stay at this historic cattle property, including a delicious dinner.
Overnight: Drysdale River Station

Day 12: Manning Gorge, Galvans Gorge, Gibb River Road

Travel through the heart of Kimberley cattle country to discover some of the region’s most secluded and beautiful gorges. At beautiful Manning Gorge, you’ll enjoy lunch in the shade of boab trees. Look out for the region’s bird life and enjoy a refreshing swim in the pristine water under paperbarks. Continue to Galvans Gorge. Here a short walk leads to a picturesque waterhole where boab trees cling to the escarpment above and you can take a leisurely swim. Later, arrive at Bell Gorge Wilderness Lodge in time for dinner, which will become your home for the next two nights. This remarkable lodge is situated in an enviable position, with a sprawling lawn to relax and unwind, while offering stunning views of the King Leopold Range.
Overnight: Bell Gorge Wilderness Lodge

Day 13: Bell Gorge, Hike and Swim

Back on the Gibb River Road, travel to Bell Gorge, where stunning cliffs surround a series of tiered waterholes. Sitting approximately 300 metres above sea level, Bell Gorge is an idyllic natural spot for swimming and photography. Here you can also enjoy a spot of bird-watching. Should you be feeling particularly energetic, you may take the opportunity to hike to the lower pool of the gorge and enjoy a relaxing dip below the cascading waterfall.
Overnight: Bell Gorge Wilderness Lodge

Day 14: King Leopold Range, Derby, Broome

Back on the Gibb River Road, travel through the Wilinggin King Leopold Range Conservation Park to Derby, where you will visit the Mowanjum Art and Culture Centre. Continue to a fascinating 1500 year old Boab Tree, 14 metres in diameter and once used as a natural holding cell for incarcerated prisoners. Your magnificent 4WD adventure through the Kimberley draws to a conclusion as you return to Broome’s Cable Beach Club Resort and Spa. Later this evening, perhaps enjoy a drink before a special Farewell Dinner at your resort. There is no better setting to bid farewell to your Driver-Guide and new-found friends as you recount the amazing adventure you have all shared.
Overnight: Cable Beach Club Resort and Spa

Day 15: depart Broome

Your tour concludes after breakfast with a transfer to the airport for your onward journey.

Exclusive Wilderness Lodges

One of the key highlights of your Kimberley adventure is the chance to stay in some exclusive wilderness lodges. Modelled on safari-style tented camps, these remote eco-lodges offer a superb level of comfort in the heart of the wilderness. 

Each tented cabin features private ensuite facilities with hot showers, flushing toilet, comfortable king or twin beds and outside deck, whilst every lodge has a well equipped bar and lounge in which to relax. A 3-course dinner will be served under the stars, and a hearty buffet breakfast will set you up for the next day’s adventures.

Bell Gorge Wilderness Lodge
The Bell Gorge Lodge is situated on Aboriginal land, just off the Gibb River Road, in an area of quintessential Aussie outback. Spend the day exploring gorges and creeks before retiring to your private deck for spectacular views of the King Leopold Escarpment

Bungle Bungle Wilderness Lodge
Located in the heart of Purnululu National Park, this Lodge provides easy access to the Bungle Bungles and Echidna Chasm, with the chance to enjoy sundowner drinks overlooking the iconic domes of the Bungle Bungles. An exciting new menu is available from 2020, designed by Masterchef John Torrode - and John himself will be in the kitchen as head chef for the first week of May, 2020.

Mitchell Falls Wilderness Lodge
The Ungolan Pavilion is the hub of the Mitchell Falls Wilderness Lodge, featuring a lounge, bar, library and dining. Built with the support of the local Kandiwal community, the pavilion also houses a dedicated Indigenous art gallery, with 100% of the art sales proceeds going back to the community. A short stroll from the pavilion is the lodge's own private waterhole.

Outback Accommodation at Emma Gorge Resort, El Questro
Independently owned, the Emma Gorge Resort offers a similar style of tented accommodation on the property of El Questro Station. Immersed in an oasis of palm trees and surrounded by the rust-coloured escarpments of the Cockburn Ranges, this larger, public lodge also features a restaurant and pool.

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