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16 Day Discover the Kimberley and Top End.

Explore the remote region of Twin Falls Gorge when you tour Kakadu with APT

from $8,995 USD per person

Discover the dramatic landscapes of the Kimberley and the beautiful Kakadu National Park. Enjoy an adventure that showcases the breathtaking landscapes and abundant wildlife of the Northern Territory at their best. View complete itinerary

Trip code: GKB16
Duration: 16 days
Accommodation: Wilderness Lodges and Hotels
Journey: Broome to Darwin
Meals included: 44

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Itinerary

Day 1. Arrive Broome

Arrive in Broome and be transferred to your hotel. Discover all that Broome has to offer or relax on Cable Beach as you enjoy your day at leisure. There are a number of poignant sites to visit in this historic pearl diving town. Take in sunset over the Indian Ocean as you enjoy a Welcome Dinner.
Stay: Broome, Cable Beach Club Resort and Spa
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Dinner

Day 2. Windjana Gorge, Tunnel Creek, Gibb River Road

Leaving Broome, travel inland towards Tunnel Creek, a 750-metre-long natural tunnel carved through the Napier Range. With torch in hand, wade through the cool waters that fill the tunnel’s winding path through the mountain and emerge on the other side to the sight of a stunning oasis. Continue to Windjana Gorge where sheer cliffs tower above glistening white sands. Admire the ancient marine fossils embedded in the gorge walls and scour the banks for a glimpse of the freshwater crocodiles that laze on the shores of the Lennard River. Travel into the King Leopold Range Conservation Park, then arrive at Bell Gorge Wilderness Lodge. Your tented cabin’s private deck is the perfect spot to relax in the stunning natural beauty.
Stay: Two Nights: EXCLUSIVE! Bell Gorge Wilderness Lodge
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast
  • • Lunch
  • • Dinner

Day 3. Bell Gorge, Hiking and Swimming

Back on the Gibb River Road, head to the incredible Bell Gorge, where stunning cliffs surround a series of spectacularly tiered waterholes. Sitting approximately 300 metres above sea level, Bell Gorge is an idyllic natural spot for swimming and photography. Take a relaxing dip above the cascading waterfall that feeds the lower pool or go bird-watching. If you are feeling energetic, perhaps hike to the lower pool of the gorge for a swim or perhaps visit some superb lookout spots.
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast
  • • Lunch
  • • Dinner

Day 4. Galvans Gorge, Manning Gorge, Drysdale River Station

Travel through the heart of Kimberley cattle country to Galvans Gorge, where a short walk leads to a picturesque waterhole. Admire the rock art adorning the gorge walls or indulge in a leisurely swim. Continue to the beautiful Manning Gorge where you can spot local bird-life as you enjoy lunch in the shade of a boab tree. Later, arrive at Drysdale River Station, a unique property.
Stay: Drysdale River Station
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast
  • • Lunch
  • • Dinner

Day 5. Mitchell Plateau, King Edward River, Bradshaw Art Gwion Gwion

Travel up the Kalumburu Road towards the isolated Mitchell Plateau. Explore the Wandjina and Gwion Gwion art galleries. 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 ago. Swim in the clear waters of the King Edward River. For the next two nights, stay at our Mitchell Falls Wilderness Lodge located at the top of the plateau.
Stay: Two Nights: EXCLUSIVE! Mitchell Falls Wilderness Lodge
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast
  • • Lunch
  • • Dinner

Day 6. Mitchell Falls, Helicopter Flight

Discover Mitchell Falls, a true highlight of your Kimberley adventure. Where possible, a local Indigenous guide will join you, providing a unique insight into the region. Begin with a hike to Little Mertens Falls to view rare Aboriginal art. Continue on to Big Mertens Falls before arriving at Mitchell Falls. Take a dip in the river before enjoying a helicopter flight over the spectacular Mitchell Falls back to the vehicle. Alternatively, hike back with your guide.
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast
  • • Lunch
  • • Dinner

Day 7. Gibb River Road, El Questro Wilderness Park

Rejoin the Gibb River Road as you ford the Durack and Pentecost Rivers where saltwater crocodiles inhabit the deceptively calm waters. Travel to El Questro Wilderness Park, a one million-acre property of rugged wilderness in the heart of the Kimberley. Stay two nights immersed in nature at Emma Gorge Resort.
Stay: Two Nights: El Questro Wilderness Park, Emma Gorge Resort
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast
  • • Lunch
  • • Dinner

Day 8. El Questro Wilderness Park

Discover the amazing wonders of stunning El Questro Wilderness Park today. With a local ranger, embark on a cruise along stunning Chamberlain Gorge, a fresh waterway fringed by tropical vegetation and rugged escarpments. After lunch, head to the beautiful Zebedee Springs, a permanent natural thermal spring tucked away in a secluded pocket of rainforest. Return to Emma Gorge for dinner.
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast
  • • Lunch
  • • Dinner

Day 9. Purnululu National Park

Journey deep into Purnululu National Park, a spectacular wilderness region that is home to some of the country’s most striking geological formations. Travel the Spring Creek Track and discover the magnitude of Purnululu for yourself. Hike to the awe-inspiring Echidna Chasm, a spectacular natural cleft in the rock. Narrow in width with walls reaching 100 metres high, Echidna Chasm is a must-see in the Kimberley. Continue on to APT’s award-winning Bungle Bungle Wilderness Lodge, located in the heart of the serene Purnululu National Park. Tonight, enjoy dinner in the open air.
Stay: Two Nights: EXCLUSIVE! Bungle Bungle Wilderness Lodge
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast
  • • Lunch
  • • Dinner

Day 10. Purnululu National Park

Walk along Piccaninny Creek as it winds through the high walls of the Bungle Bungle domes. Your next stop is the natural amphitheatre of Cathedral Gorge, a spacious cavern reaching skyward, where the acoustics are astounding. Marvel at the majestic beehive domes as your guide brings the natural history of the range to life. You may like to experience an optional scenic helicopter flight over the range own expense. This evening, enjoy sunset drinks as the sun sets over the Bungle Bungle massif.
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast
  • • Lunch
  • • Dinner

Day 11. Ord River, Lake Kununurra

Travel to Kununurra, which is the gateway to the eastern Kimberley and the home of the Ord River Scheme. Tonight, enjoy dinner at your resort.
Stay: Kununurra Country Club Resort
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast
  • • Lunch
  • • Dinner

Day 12. Northern Territory, Nitmiluk National Park

Cross the border into the Northern Territory on the way to Nitmiluk National Park. This evening, enjoy canapés and drinks on arrival at the beautiful and multi award-winning Cicada Lodge. Afterwards, sit down to indulge in a superb dinner showcasing the region’s finest local produce. This incredible dining experience is guaranteed to be a highlight of your holiday.
Stay: Katherine, Cicada Lodge
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast
  • • Lunch
  • • Dinner

Day 13. Katherine Gorge, Kakadu National Park, Yellow Water Billabong

Step aboard an unforgettable Katherine Gorge cruise. Your guide will reveal the region’s magical highlights. Discover the music, stories and ways of the local Jawoyn people. Continue to Kakadu, Australia’s largest national park that covers an enormous area of 20,000 square kilometres. The Northern Territory’s best known national park is rich in flora, wildlife and beautiful scenery. Cruise the famous Yellow Water Billabong. Here, wildlife abounds and local a guide will give you great insights into how the Bininj people use the flora and fauna to support their way of life. Later, arrive at Hawk Dreaming Wilderness Lodge, located in a restricted area of Kakadu National Park. Tonight, enjoy dinner as you take in the beautiful surrounds.
Stay: Two Nights: Hawk Dreaming Wilderness Lodge
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast
  • • Lunch
  • • Dinner

Day 14. Arnhem Land, Hawk Dreaming, Cannon Hill

Accompanied by a local guide, cross the East Alligator River into the magical and spiritual Arnhem Land. Experience the ancient art and natural beauty of a region that is normally inaccessible to most travellers. This afternoon, return to Kakadu and enjoy the art and billabongs of Cannon Hill and Hawk Dreaming. Please note, order of touring may vary. Arnhem Land may be inaccessible for cultural reasons or when tides prevent the crossing of the East Alligator River. Later this evening, gather around to share anecdotes with your fellow travellers in the midst of this pristine wilderness, before enjoying a delicious dinner at your wilderness lodge.
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast
  • • Lunch
  • • Dinner

Day 15. Guluyambi Cruise, Ubirr Rock Art, Darwin

Located within the world-renowned wilderness region of Kakadu National Park, visit the site of Ubirr and explore its galleries of ancient Aboriginal art. The magnificent rock faces have been continuously painted and repainted since 40,000BC, with most created approximately 2,000 years ago. Later, take an unforgettable Guluyambi Cruise along the East Alligator River. As the evocative landscapes glide by, your local Indigenous guide will explain the colourful culture and intriguing history of this stunning region. Learn about the beautiful birds, prehistoric reptiles and fascinating mammals that call this spectacular and timeless land home. Afterwards, travel to Darwin this afternoon and indulge in a Farewell Dinner. Tonight, take some time to reminisce about the amazing adventures that have just gone by as you say goodbye to your fellow travellers and expert Driver-Guide.
Stay: Darwin, Mantra on the Esplanade
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast
  • • Lunch
  • • Dinner

Day 16. Depart Darwin

Your Kimberley, Kakadu and Arnhem Land wilderness adventure comes to an end today. After breakfast, transfer to Darwin airport for your onward flight home.
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast

Trip Highlights

  • Admire impressive Indigenous Wandjina and Bradshaw rock art
  • Enjoy an unforgettable helicopter flight over Mitchell Falls, as you take in the natural phenomena from above
  • Discover the impressive sights of El Questro Wilderness Park, including soaking in the thermal Zebedee Springs
  • After a day’s exploration of the Bungle Bungle range, enjoy drinks as the sun sets over its striking beehive domes
  • Enjoy a Guluyambi Cruise along the East Alligator River

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Included Experiences

  • All-inclusive sightseeing experiences in up to 25 locations
  • APT’s exclusive network of wilderness lodges
  • Small group travel with a maximum of 20 travellers
  • Expert Driver-Guide and additional guides on selected walks
  • Travel in a custom-designed 4WD vehicle
  • All meals, national park fees and airport transfers
  • Finest dining - a total of 44 meals    

Additional Information

Activity Level

  • A good level of fitness is essential for you to undertake walks in hot conditions and over rugged terrain with uneven and sometimes slippery surfaces. Some walks will require you to clamber over large boulders up to one metre high.  On some of the more challenging walks at Bell Gorge, Mitchell Falls and Piccaninny Creek, you’ll be accompanied and assisted by two expert APT guides.  This tour contains some longer, more challenging walks. Sturdy walking shoes are an absolute must on all adventures.  Please enquire about our Health and Fitness Mobility checklist at the time of booking

Frequently Asked Questions

Trip Notes

  • Itinerary and inclusions subject to change
  • Weather may cause disruptions to itinerary, especially in remote locations
  • Tours at the start of the season are more susceptible to itinerary changes due to late seasonal rain
  • APT highly recommends travel insurance
  • Price is for land only. Flights not included

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