Wonders of the Kimberley

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Some say Broome sunsets are Australia’s best. They blaze into the Indian Ocean and set the tone for the rest of your trip: unbeatable. On this Broome to Darwin tour, you’ll cruise to feel the force of Australia’s biggest tides and witness one of the world’s largest concentrations of freshwater crocs (Ord River), alongside adventures in far-flung gorges that tell a 60,000-year-old Indigenous story.

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: WBD

1
Welcome to Broome (D)
Day 1
Welcome to Broome (D)
You’re about to spend the next 10 days with a group of similarly minded adventure-seekers who will likely become best friends before you even leave tonight’s dinner venue. Break the ice over a few cool drinks and a suitably dazzling Broome sunset that sinks into the Indian Ocean with a sizzle.
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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2
Broome Free Time (B)
Day 2
Broome Free Time (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. The hardest thing you have to do today is decide how to spend it. We have a few ideas. Opt to go to the source and see how pearls are painstakingly grown and harvested, perhaps. Or we wouldn’t blame you for simply enjoying Broome’s tropical climes, strolling along 22-kilometre Cable Beach, discovering colourful Chinatown then following locals to the sand, or a beachside bar, to salute the end of a 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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3
Broome – Fitzroy Crossing (B, D)
Day 3
Broome – Fitzroy Crossing (B, D)
Things are bigger in Broome, including the footprints. Preserved for 125 million years in the reef rock at Gantheaume Point are the imprints of long-extinct dinosaurs. Remarkably, the Broome coast has become one of the most significant paleontological sites in the world. Next stop – Fitzroy Crossing, the gateway to Danggu (Geikie) Gorge. Jump aboard a boat to discover how this 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 – Halls Creek (B, L, D)
Day 4
Fitzroy Crossing – Halls Creek (B, L, D)
Begin your deep dive into First Nations culture at a Fitzroy Crossing art gallery, a thriving venue dedicated to works by Aboriginal creatives. Pick up a piece or two to support the local community. Your connection to this culture continues as you travel toward the Great Sandy Desert, on the edge of which is the town of Halls Gap. 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 – Emma Gorge (B, L, D)
Day 5
Halls Creek – Emma Gorge (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 First Nations guide will not only point out where the magic once happened, but also explain the Aboriginal significance of this land – the traditional Barramundi Dreaming site – to First Nations communities. Then it’s on to the Gibb River Road, the stuff road trip legends are made of. You’ll see why, your route to El Questro Wilderness Park covering a few kilometres 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 – Kununurra (B, D)
Day 7
Emma Gorge – Kununurra (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 organised 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. Kununurra is 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.
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, D)
Day 8
Kununurra (B, D)
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 opt to 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 town as the sun sets.
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 – Katherine (B, D)
Day 9
Kununurra – Katherine (B, D)
Say goodbye to WA and hello to the NT, your introduction to the state the vast pastoral lands that characterise the outback here. Locals come with plenty of country swagger, as you’ll discover when you meet the horseman and award-winning musician Tom Curtain for an afternoon of knee-slappin’ fun on a working 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 – Darwin (B, D)
Day 10
Katherine – Darwin (B, D)
Nature reigns supreme 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. As you ease north, reminders of the impact of WWII line the banks of the Adelaide River. The headquarters of a military base once stood here, and there’s a cemetery nearby to remember those who lost their lives here. It’s a sobering sight. The balmy Darwin climate sets the pace for your city tour: relaxed. Meet locals (there are some characters), discover the city’s architecture and learn about the events that have shaped life in 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 exchange email addresses with your new friends.
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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Farewell from Darwin
Day 11
Farewell from Darwin
Eleven days. Countless adventures. A bunch of new friends. And a renewed appreciation for the wild side of Australia. What a journey this has been.

Inclusions

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 specialists (guides)
  • Centrally located premium 4-star hotels

Meals Included

  • 10 Full Breakfasts
  • 2 Lunches
  • 7 Dinners
  • 1 Farewell dinner
  • 1 Be My Guest Dinner

Fitness Requirements

  • Remote region of Western Australia – Moderate level of fitness required
    Extreme temperatures can be experienced in this remote region of Australia. Pack warm clothes for the cool evenings and comfortable clothes for the heat of the day.

Visited Locations

  • Broome
    Broome is a tropical delight and the gateway to the Kimberley, one of the world’s great wildernesses.
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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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Attractions

  • 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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  • El Questro Wilderness Park
    El Questro is a destination unlike any other and offers the freedom to explore one of Australia's last true frontiers, a vast untamed natural beauty sitting in the East Kimberley region.
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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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  • 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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Available Dates

Dates Price per person
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02 Aug 2024 - 12 Aug 2024 $8,559$11,502
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13 Jun 2025 - 23 Jun 2025 $8,241$11,071
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25 Jul 2025 - 04 Aug 2025 $9,970$13,395
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01 Aug 2025 - 11 Aug 2025 $8,475$11,386
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15 Aug 2025 - 25 Aug 2025 $8,475$11,386
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05 Sep 2025 - 15 Sep 2025 $8,241$11,071
Wonders of the Kimberley
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