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  • Departure Date
    • May 2018
    • Jun 2018
    • Jul 2018
    • Aug 2018
    • Sep 2018
  • Duration
    • 15+ days

HomeKimberley, Kakadu and Arnhem Land Explorer

Kimberley, Kakadu and Arnhem Land Explorer

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17 Day Discover the Kimberley and Top End.

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

from $9,795 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: GKB17
Duration: 17 days
Accommodation: Wilderness Lodges and Hotels
Journey: Broome to Darwin
Meals included: 47

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Itinerary

Day 1. Broome

Arrive in Broome and be transferred to your hotel, the Cable Beach Club Resort and Spa. Enjoy your day at leisure to explore this fascinating place. Head to the Sunset Bar and Grill at your resort to see one of Australia’s best sunsets over Cable Beach. This evening, enjoy a Welcome Dinner before your fascinating journey commences.
Stay: Broome, Cable Beach Club Resort and Spa
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Dinner

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

Journey on the Gibb River Road to Bandilngan Windjana Gorge National Park and discover 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. Continue to Tunnel Creek, a 50-metre-long natural tunnel carved through the Napier Range, located in the Dimalurru Tunnel Creek National Park. With torch in hand, wade through the cool waters that fill the tunnel’s winding path underground and emerge on the other side to the sight of a stunning oasis. Travel into the Wilinggin King Leopold Range Conservation Park. Covering more than 900,000 acres and featuring seven rugged ranges. Arrive at the first of three APT lodges, Bell Gorge Wilderness Lodge, which boasts an enviable position and a sprawling lawn to relax. Your tented cabin the perfect spot for you to enjoy the beauty of this ancient land from your private deck.
Stay: Two Nights: EXCLUSIVE! Bell Gorge Wilderness Lodge
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast
  • • Lunch
  • • Dinner

Day 3. 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.
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast
  • • Lunch
  • • Dinner

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

Travel through the heart of Kimberley cattle country to discover some of the region’s most secluded gorges. At Galvans Gorge, perhaps take a leisurely swim or simply relax in this veritable oasis. Continue to beautiful Manning Gorge, where you will enjoy lunch before taking the Kalumburu Road to the historic cattle station of Drysdale River Station.
Stay: Drysdale River Station
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast
  • • Lunch
  • • Dinner

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

Ascending the Mitchell Plateau today, you’ll explore the Wandjina and Bradshaw (Gwion Gwion) rock art galleries and swim in the clear waters of the King Edward River. For the next two nights, stay at APT’s wilderness accommodation, situated in a unique location at the top of the plateau, which is set among the Livistona palms. Enjoy the facilities of the lodge’s Ungolan Pavilion, where you can relax in the lounge, treat yourself to a drink or read up on the fascinating local history and culture. In the heart of the Mitchell Plateau, your accommodation is perfectly positioned beside the Pandanus-fringed Camp Creek, where you can enjoy a refreshing dip.
Stay: Two Nights: EXCLUSIVE! Mitchell Falls Wilderness Lodge
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast
  • • Lunch
  • • Dinner

Day 6. Mitchell Falls, Helicopter Flight

Today, discover Mitchell Falls’ beautiful cascading waters and Indigenous rock art on a walk. When available, local Indigenous guides will join you to provide insight into the stories that the rock art and landscapes tell. Begin with a guided hike to Little Mertens Falls and view rarely seen rock art. Continue on to Big Mertens Falls and then see the fantastic Mitchell Falls at their best on an included helicopter flight. Should you prefer, hike back with your guide (longer helicopter flights are also available at an additional expense).
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast
  • • Lunch
  • • Dinner

Day 7. Gibb River Road, El Questro Wilderness Park

Bidding the spectacular Mitchell Plateau goodbye, rejoin the iconic Gibb River Road and ford the Durack and Pentecost rivers. Don’t be deceived by the tranquil the waters of these rivers as saltwater crocodiles inhabit these waterways. Continue on to El Questro Wilderness Park, an incredible cattle station come nature reserve covering a staggering 700,000 acres right in the heart of the Kimberley. Spanning 80 kilometres from north to south and 60 kilometres east to west, much of this remote wilderness is unexplored. Stay two nights in tented accommodation at the foot of the Cockburn Ranges, immersed in nature at Emma Gorge Resort in the heart of El Questro Wilderness Park. Explore this stunningly beautiful setting, perhaps take a refreshing swim in the resort pool and relax on your private balcony to soak in the beauty of the Cockburn Range at sunset. Later, delight in a sumptuous dinner at your 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 El Questro Wilderness Park today. This morning head to the beautiful Zebedee Springs, a permanent natural thermal spring tucked away in a secluded pocket of rainforest. Relax as you soak in the hot springs and leave feeling refreshed and revitalised. After lunch at The Station, join a local ranger, to embark on a cruise along stunning Chamberlain Gorge, a fresh waterway fringed by tropical vegetation and rugged escarpments. Return to Emma Gorge for an afternoon hike to absorb this serene setting at sunset before a sumptuous dinner back at Emma Gorge Resort.
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast
  • • Lunch
  • • Dinner

Day 9. Purnululu National Park, Echidna Chasm

Journey deep into Word Heritage-listed Purnululu National Park, home to some of the country’s most striking geological formations. The park is home to the famed black and orange striped domes of the Bungle Bungle Range. Travel the Spring Creek Track then 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 a dinner in the open air restaurant and be amazed by the sense of remoteness and quality of dining.
Stay: Two Nights: EXCLUSIVE! Bungle Bungle Wilderness Lodge
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast
  • • Lunch
  • • Dinner

Day 10. Purnululu National Park, Piccaninny Creek, Cathedral Gorge

Explore the magic of Purnululu for yourself and discover the depth of the Bungle Bungle Range. Walk along Piccaninny Creek as it winds through the high walls of the Bungle Bungle 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 reaching skyward, where the acoustics are astounding. You may like to experience an optional scenic helicopter flight over the range (own expense). This evening, enjoy sunset drinks with new-found friends as the sun sets over the Bungle Bungle massif.
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast
  • • Lunch
  • • Dinner

Day 11. Ord River, Kununurra

Travel through rugged red landscapes to Kununurra. It is the gateway to the eastern Kimberley and home of the Ord River Scheme, an engineering feat designed to prevent seasonal flooding and to store water for irrigating large areas subject to drought. Settle into Kununurra Country Club Resort and enjoy dinner later this evening.
Stay: Two Nights: Kununurra Country Club Resort
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast
  • • Lunch
  • • Dinner

Day 12. Lake Argyle, Ord River Cruise

Travel to the majestic Lake Argyle, the largest man-made lake in the Southern Hemisphere. Join a spectacular 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 to create an area rich in wildlife, flora and undeniable beauty. This evening, enjoy dinner at your resort.
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast
  • • Lunch
  • • Dinner

Day 13. Nitmiluk National Park

Cross the border into the Northern Territory on the way to Nitmiluk National Park. This evening, enjoy canapes and drinks on arrival at the beautiful Cicada Lodge, before indulging in a superb dinner showcasing the region’s finest produce.
Stay: Katherine, Cicada Lodge
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast
  • • Lunch
  • • Dinner

Day 14. Nitmiluk Gorge Cruise, Kakadu National Park, Yellow Water Billabong

After breakfast, step aboard the unforgettable Nitmiluk Gorge Cruise. Discover the music, stories and ways of the local Jawoyn people. Head to Kakadu and marvel at its flora, wildlife and beautiful scenery in Australia’s largest national park. Enjoy a cruise on Yellow Water Billabong, see spectacular landscapes and rich wildlife, then journey to Nourlangie Rock within Kakadu and view the unique Indigenous rock art. Tonight, enjoy dinner as you take in the beautiful surrounds of Hawk Dreaming Wilderness Lodge.
Stay: Two Nights: EXCLUSIVE! Hawk Dreaming Wilderness Lodge
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast
  • • Lunch
  • • Dinner

Day 15. 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 guests. This afternoon, return to Kakadu and enjoy the art and billabongs of Cannon Hill and Hawk Dreaming. (Arnhem Land may be inaccessible for cultural reasons or when tides prevent the crossing of the East Alligator River).
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast
  • • Lunch
  • • Dinner

Day 16. Ubirr Rock Art, Darwin

Today visit the sacred site of Ubirr and explore its galleries of ancient Indigenous rock art. The magnificent rock faces have been continuously painted and repainted since 40,000BC, with most created approximately 2,000 years ago. Later, travel to Darwin and indulge in a Farewell Dinner with fellow guests and newly made friends.
Stay: Hilton, Darwin
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast
  • • Lunch
  • • Dinner

Day 17. Depart Darwin

After breakfast your tour of this fascinating part of the world concludes with a transfer to Darwin airport for your onward flight.
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast

Trip Highlights

  • Admire impressive Indigenous Wandjina and Bradshaw (Gwion Gwion) rock art
  • Take 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
  • Cruise on Yellow Water Billabong, seeing spectacular landscapes and rich wildlife

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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 guests
  • Expert Driver-Guide and additional guides on selected walks
  • Travel in a custom-designed 4WD vehicle
  • All meals, sightseeing, national park fees and airport transfers
  • Finest dining - a total of 47 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

Dining

  • Finest dining - a total of 47 meals

Trip Notes

  • Itinerary and inclusions are 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
  • Prices are for land only. Flights not included

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