Untamed Kimberley

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Cruise ancient waterways, hike to magnificent waterholes, discover the rich Ord River Valley and enjoy an exclusive dining experience at a fragrant sandalwood plantation. Revealing rugged red cliffs, cobalt blue waters and vast pastoral leases, this outback journey also provides opportunities for observing teeming wildlife, and relaxing while taking in a magnificent Cable Beach sunset in Broome.

Tour Highlights

  • Darwin City Tour – Darwin Museum, East Point Katherine Gorge Cruise
  • Katherine Outback Experience Darwin City Sites
  • Adelaide War Cemetery
  • Nitmiluk National Park
  • Katherine Outback Experience
  • Katherine Gorge Cruise
  • Durak Homestead
  • Ord River Cruise
  • Sandalwood Factory
  • BMG Dinner
  • Hoochery Distillery
  • Emma Gorge – Hike & Swim (Strong Fitness Required)
  • El Questro Wilderness Park
  • Chamberlain Gorge Cruise
  • El Questro Station
  • Indigenous Guided
  • Argyle Diamond Mine Tour
  • Kimberley Aboriginal Art Gallery Experience
  • Geiki Gorge Cruise
  • Cable Beach
  • Sunset Drinks
  • Gantheaume Point Broome – Dinosaur Footprints

Tour Itinerary

(B) Breakfast (L) Lunch (D) Dinner (SD) Specialty Dinner
Tour Code: WDB

1
Welcome to Darwin (D)
Day 1
Welcome to Darwin (D)
The balmy Darwin climate sets the pace for your city tour: relaxed. Things don’t happen in a hurry here. Even the fiery sunsets seem to linger just over the horizon. You’ll catch one later, but first: an orientation tour to meet locals (there are some characters), discover the city’s architecture and learn about the events that have shaped life at the Top End, from Cyclone Tracy to WWII when the Northern Territory capital was bombed. It doesn’t matter how long you’ve lived in Darwin, the Mindil Beach Sunset Market is an institution. Browse the food stalls before gathering to watch the day disappear and meet your fellow adventure seekers.
Vibe Hotel Darwin Waterfront
Located close to the Darwin CBD and featuring 121 well-appointed guest rooms and positioned amongst the entertainment and dining hub of Darwin’s seafront promenade.
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Darwin – Katherine (B, D)
Day 2
Darwin – Katherine (B, D)
As you begin your sojourn south, yet more reminders of the impact WWII had on the region are outside your window. The headquarters of a military base once stood along the banks of the Adelaide River, and there’s a cemetery nearby to remember those who lost their lives here. It’s a sobering sight. Then nature takes over at Nitmiluk National Park bordering Kakadu. This is Jawoyn land, and a place where you’ll feel your spirit soar. Particularly when you’re cruising through dramatic Nitmiluk (Katherine) Gorge, your boat the only sound echoing around this enormous chasm. Remarkably, this is one of 13 gorges carved through the national park, and at every bend in the river, the sun casts soaring sandstone cliffs a different colour. There’s no time to catch your breath – you’re off to meet Tom Curtain on a vast working outback station. Tom’s quite the entertainer, and regales visitors with songs and stories during his Katherine Outback Experience. Fun, engaging and insightful.
Paraway Motel, Katherine
Paraway Motel offers a family-friendly setting with a good range of amenities, in Katherine.
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Katherine – Kununurra (B, D)
Day 3
Katherine – Kununurra (B, D)
Say goodbye to the NT and hello to WA, your introduction to the state the unexpected delights of Kununurra. It’s in the middle of nowhere, and only exists because of the Ord River Irrigation Scheme. Before it was a twinkle on the map, farming pioneers came here to establish vast cattle stations. The life of one such family is chronicled at the Durack Homestead Museum, revealing how the property was dismantled then reassembled on higher ground when much of the countryside was flooded for the dam. The project not only helped water the countryside, but created Lake Argyle. A sunset cruise here, surrounded by tens of thousands of freshwater crocs and an embarrassment of birds, is something you won’t forget in a hurry. Well, until the next expedition: from Kununurra, all roads lead to some of WA’s most postcard-worthy sights, the Bungle Bungles among them.
Kununurra Country Club, Kununurra
Kununurra Country Club Resort is a central sanctuary from which to access Western Australia’s extraordinary East Kimberley.
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Kununurra (B)
Day 4
Kununurra (B)
How active and adventurous do you want today to be? Rise early to enjoy a bird’s-eye view of the beehive-like rock formations of the Bungle Bungles on an optional scenic flight over World Heritage listed Purnululu National Park. Or stay grounded on a 4WD tour through the ethereal landscape. Otherwise, lace up your walking shoes and wander with your Travel Director through Mirima National Park, known as the ‘mini-Bungles’ for its rocky resemblance. Both destinations reveal the mind-boggling geology of this part of the world. Whatever direction you go, be sure to join the locals atop Kelly’s Knob for views over the town.
Kununurra Country Club, Kununurra
Kununurra Country Club Resort is a central sanctuary from which to access Western Australia’s extraordinary East Kimberley.
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Kununurra – Emma Gorge (B, D)
Day 5
Kununurra – Emma Gorge (B, D)
It’s not every day that you have the privilege of glimpsing the inner workings of a rum distillery with the family that owns it. Thanks to our AAT Kings connections, we’ve organized for you to meet the makers and discover how Hoochery Distillery prepares its lip-smacking, award-winning rums and whiskys. Try a tasting paddle to get your heart started or sit down to a slice of rum cake – morning tea sorted. The Gibb River Road is the stuff road trip legends are made of. You’ll see why, your route to El Questro Wilderness Park covering a few kilometers of the epic expanse. Now exhale – your safari-style tents for the night are backdropped by the Cockburn Range, surrounded by an oasis of pandanus and palms. When darkness falls, expect a bedazzlement of stars overhead.
Emma Gorge Resort, El Questro
Sleep under canvas with the soothing sounds of the local wildlife surrounding you in the picturesque landscape of the rocky, red Cockburn Ranges at Emma Gorge.
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El Questro Wilderness Park (B, D)
Day 6
El Questro Wilderness Park (B, D)
The best way to wake up? With the sun streaming through your tent, wildlife all around. The Kimberley’s sounds follow you across the mighty Pentecost River, a mecca for those who love a spot of barramundi fishing. Arriving at Chamberlain Gorge, an enormous fresh waterhole, your cruise chariot awaits. Jump aboard to feel very small indeed, your boat dwarfed by soaring 60-metre escarpments, a brilliant shade of orange in the morning sun. When it’s time to cool down, take an afternoon dip, whether in the resort pool or at a waterhole within Emma Gorge. Take your pick. The latter is a challenge to reach – you will work up a sweat hiking there. But diving in at the end is worth the effort. Be back on your patio in time for sundowners.
Emma Gorge Resort, El Questro
Sleep under canvas with the soothing sounds of the local wildlife surrounding you in the picturesque landscape of the rocky, red Cockburn Ranges at Emma Gorge.
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Emma Gorge – Halls Creek (B, L, D)
Day 7
Emma Gorge – Halls Creek (B, L, D)
Until recently, the Argyle Diamond Mine was the world’s largest producer of rare, and dazzling, pink diamonds. While operations have ceased, you can still visit and go behind the scenes. Your Aboriginal guide will not only point out where the magic once happened, but also explain the significance of this land – the traditional Barramundi Dreaming site – to First Nations communities. Equally important to Aboriginal communities is the Great Sandy Desert, which Halls Gap perches on the edge of. This place is small in population, but big in personality.
Kimberley Hotel, Halls Creek
Set amongst maintained gardens, with wide verandahs and pathways that connect the accommodation building to the reception complex, the Kimberley Hotel is an oasis in an otherwise rugged outback landscape.
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Halls Creek – Fitzroy Crossing (B, L, D)
Day 8
Halls Creek – Fitzroy Crossing (B, L, D)
The remote town of Fitzroy Crossing acts as the gateway to Danggu (Geikie) Gorge. But before you cruise the waterway, continue your deep dive into culture at the Aboriginal art gallery here – it’s an important part of the community, supporting local creatives. Then embark your boat to discover how this remarkable part of the Kimberley was formed by the Fitzroy River carving the Napier Range, leaving behind a dramatic chasm with 30-metre walls, home to a plethora of wildlife. This all happened in Devonian times, some 350 million years ago. Keep watch for all creatures great and small, from freshwater crocs to fruit bats and wallabies. Look up to see white-bellied sea eagles and rare, purple-crowned fairy wrens.
Fitzroy River Lodge, Fitzroy Crossing
Fitzroy River Lodge is located in the heart of the Kimberley, situated on the banks of the Fitzroy River.
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Fitzroy Crossing – Broome (B)
Day 9
Fitzroy Crossing – Broome (B)
Among the most multicultural cities in Australia, Broome became a base for fortune-seekers the world over during its ‘pearl rush’. Many of them never left. The pristine waters here grow great oysters, and the resulting pearls are prized by lovers of all things that gleam. A city tour will give you your bearings, taking you through colourful Chinatown and pointing out the legendary outdoor cinema (back in the day, it used to flood, and locals would bring along fishing lines). Then it’s time to settle in for Broome’s other attraction: its sunsets. Follow locals to the sand on Cable Beach – there’s 22 kilometres to explore here, with space for 4WDs, camels and foot traffic. Grab a drink to salute the end of another spectacular day in WA.
Cable Beach Resort and Spa, Broome
This Resort is styled to reflect the Asian and colonial influences of Broome, and the diverse choice of accommodation is complemented by acres of lush tropical gardens.
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10
Broome Free Time (B, D)
Day 10
Broome Free Time (B, D)
The hardest thing you have to do today is decide how to spend it. We have a few ideas. Head north to feel the full force of nature on an optional scenic flight over the magical Horizontal Falls to grasp just how mighty the tides are here, ramming through two narrow chasms and creating a waterfall that appears to have been tipped on its side. It will take your breath away, in more ways than one. Or simply enjoy Broome’s tropical climes, strolling along Cable Beach, hunting for dinosaur footprints and browsing the pearl boutiques in town. It’s hard to resist a purchase; even harder when you go straight to the source at a pearl farm, to see how they’re painstakingly grown and harvested.
Cable Beach Resort and Spa, Broome
This Resort is styled to reflect the Asian and colonial influences of Broome, and the diverse choice of accommodation is complemented by acres of lush tropical gardens.
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Farewell from Broome (B)
Day 11
Farewell from Broome (B)
Eleven days, countless memories, a bunch of new friends… you’ll leave Broome with your travel wanderlust ignited.

Inclusions

Attractions Included

  • Darwin City Tour – Darwin Museum, East Point Katherine Gorge Cruise
  • Katherine Outback Experience Darwin City Sites
  • Adelaide War Cemetery
  • Nitmiluk National Park
  • Katherine Outback Experience
  • Katherine Gorge Cruise
  • Durak Homestead
  • Ord River Cruise
  • Sandalwood Factory
  • BMG Dinner
  • Hoochery Distillery
  • Emma Gorge – Hike & Swim (Strong Fitness Required)
  • El Questro Wilderness Park
  • Chamberlain Gorge Cruise
  • El Questro Station
  • Indigenous Guided
  • Argyle Diamond Mine Tour
  • Kimberley Aboriginal Art Gallery Experience
  • Geiki Gorge Cruise
  • Cable Beach
  • Sunset Drinks
  • Gantheaume Point Broome – Dinosaur Footprints

Coach Features

  • 48 Seat coach
  • Restroom
  • Air conditioned

Experiences Included

  • Specialist team of two highly experienced Travel Director and Driver Guide
  • Local specialist guides
  • Centrally located premium 4-star hotels

Meals Included

  • 10 Full Breakfasts
  • 2 Lunches
  • 8 Dinners
  • 1 Be My Guest Dinner

Fitness Requirements

  • Emma Gorge Hike – High level of fitness required
    This hike is considered ‘difficult’ and only guests with a high level of fitness will be able to complete this hike. There are sections of the track that you will need to be able to climb up cliff faces, cross rugged creek beds and scramble over rocks on all fours.

Visited Locations

  • Darwin
    Darwin is the capital of Australia's Northern Territory Darwin and is a coastal city, situated along the western shoreline of the Northern Territory.
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  • Katherine
    Katherine is a town in the Northern Territory of Australia. It is situated on the Katherine River, after which it is named, 320 kilometres southeast of Darwin.
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  • Kununurra
    Kununurra is a town in far northern Western Australia located at the eastern extremity of the Kimberley approximately 45 kilometres from the border with the Northern Territory. 
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  • Emma Gorge
    Emma Gorge is one of the Kimberley’s most spectacular and accessible gorges, set in the one-million-acre wilderness of El Questro.
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  • Halls Creek
    Halls Creek is the gateway to a range of renowned natural attractions and outback drives, located at the northern edge of the Great Sandy Desert and Tanami Desert. From here you can visit the World Heritage listed Bungle Bungle ranges of Purnululu National Park and Wolfe Creek Crater. 
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  • Fitzroy Crossing
    Fitzroy Crossing is a true outback town, and a great base for exploration of the nearby Devonian National Parks – Tunnel Creek, Windjana Gorge and Geikie Gorge. 
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  • Broome
    Broome is a tropical delight and the gateway to the Kimberley, one of the world’s great wildernesses.
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Attractions

  • Katherine Gorge Cruise
    Trawl along Katherine River through Nitmuluk National Park and take in the dramatic scenery as you move deeper into the stunning Katherine Gorge
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  • Hoochery Distillery
    Built on the Dessert family farm just outside of Kununurra, the small pot distillery was created entirely by hand
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  • Argyle Diamond Mine
    Located at the traditional Barramundi Dreaming site at Barramundi Gap, Argyle Diamond Mine is the world's largest supplier of natural coloured diamonds.
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  • Geike Gorge
    Geikie Gorge is situated at the junction of the Oscar and the Geikie Ranges 20 km outside the small Kimberley town of Fitzroy Crossing.
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Available Dates

Dates Price per person
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30 Jul 2024 - 09 Aug 2024 $8,084$10,863
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13 Aug 2024 - 23 Aug 2024 $8,084$10,863
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20 Aug 2024 - 30 Aug 2024 $8,084$10,863
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06 May 2025 - 16 May 2025 $8,241$11,071
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27 May 2025 - 06 Jun 2025 $8,241$11,071
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01 Jul 2025 - 11 Jul 2025 $8,475$11,386
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15 Jul 2025 - 25 Jul 2025 $8,475$11,386
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12 Aug 2025 - 22 Aug 2025 $8,475$11,386
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26 Aug 2025 - 05 Sep 2025 $8,475$11,386
Untamed Kimberley
Days
11
Price from
AUD $8,084