Australia’s Top End and the Kimberley await with adventures to be had, Dreamtime culture to enlighten and glorious nature to explore. Take in a sunset camel ride on stunning Cable Beach, cruise Geikie Gorge, unearth the Argyle Diamond Mine, soar above the Bungle Bungles, discover Ubirr rock art in Kakadu then finish with a sumptuous seafood buffet whilst admiring the sunset over Darwin Harbour.
24th May 2019
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13th July 2019
Flights arrive into Broome Airport where we are met by our local coach captain to transfer to our hotel in the heart of this town affectionately known as the ‘pearl of the north’.
2 Night Stay: Oaks Resort OR Mercure Hotel, Broome
Arrive at Willie Creek Pearl Farm to discover how the Australian South Sea Cultured Pearl is produced. After lunch we take in a visit to the Pearl Luggers Museum then make a brief stop at Broome Cemetery, filled with the gravestones of Japanese, Afghan and Malay pearlers. An adventurous finish to our day taking a camel safari ride along Cable Beach. It is magical beyond belief, with the sea wind in your hair, the outback stretching out one side and the Indian Ocean to the other.
**Please note: 95kg weight restrictions apply to camel ride.
Heading east we travel the Great Northern Highway to the township of Derby, the first town settled in the Kimberley, and home of the Boab Tree. We break for lunch here then make a visit to the Information Centre and Derby Wharf before continuing on to Fitzroy Crossing for our overnight stay.
1 Night Stay: Fitzroy River Lodge, Fitzroy Crossing
This morning we check-out and head to Danggu Geikie Gorge to take a cruise on the Fitzroy River. Witness the spectacular geography of the area, freshwater crocodiles and abundant birdlife, and gain insight into the Kimberley region’s rich indigenous history and culture. We return to Fitzroy River Lodge for lunch then travel through the open grasslands of the cattle stations to Halls Creek.
1 Night Stay: Halls Creek Motel OR Kimberley Hotel, Halls Creek
Departing Halls Creek we parallel the Durack Range to Kununurra. After lunch we embark on a breathtaking scenic flight over Lake Argyle, the Bungle Bungle Range and the Argyle Diamond Mine.
2 Night Stay: Kimberley Grande Resort
A relaxed and awe-inspiring day today as we cruise the famous Ord River with its majestic appeal, rugged landscapes and plentiful wildlife. After lunch we return through Durack country to Kununurra for a free afternoon.
This morning we cross the border into the Northern Territory before breaking at Timber Creek. We then venture east along the Victoria Highway, stopping for lunch at Victoria River Crossing, before continuing on to the thermal hot springs on the outskirts of Katherine.
1 Night Stay: Ibis Styles, Katherine
Enjoy a guided gorge cruise on the tranquil calm green waters of the Katherine River taking in some of the park’s 13 gorges. Later we travel to picturesque Edith Falls and then on to Pine Creek for lunch at the unique Lazy Lizard Tavern which is constructed from termite mound mud bricks. Our afternoon takes us into World Heritage listed Kakadu National Park, a landscape of contrasts that spans over 19,000 sq km and will tantalise the senses with its abundance of flora, fauna, dreamtime connections and stunning vistas.
2 Night Stay: Mercure Kakadu Crocodile Hotel, Jabiru
Taking to the skies we enjoy a 30-minute scenic flight over the Archway, Arnhem Land escarpments, East Alligator Valley, Mikinj Valley billabongs and Magela floodplains. In Jabiru we visit the Bowali Visitor Centre and the Warradjan Aboriginal Cultural Centre, then lunch at Cooinda Lodge before embarking on a Yellow Water wetlands cruise, taking in part of the South Alligator River floodplain. Birdlife includes tiny azure kingfishers and white-bellied sea eagles, long-legged brolgas, jabirus and masses of magpie geese which migrate to Kakadu each dry season. Buffalo and brumbies roam the area and it’s Crocodylus central with an estimated four crocodiles per 100sqm.
This morning we traverse the Magela floodplains and pass spectacular escarpments to the Aboriginal rock art site of Ubirr, where our guide takes us through the natural stone galleries giving an insight into the culture associated with these intriguing works of art. Discover paintings of spirit characters and the famous x-ray art depicting the internal structure of some of the animals of this country. We then make the last leg of our journey to Darwin where we take a city sights tour.
**Please note: Strict Level 3 active fitness level required today.
2 Night Stay: SKYCITY Hotel & CasinoOR Adina Vibe Apartment Hotel , Darwin
**Bonus!! Free upgrade to Ocean View Rooms at SKYCITY for the first 11 bookings. Selected dates only.
Today we discover Litchfield National Park taking in the inspiring views of Tabletop Range, a sandstone plateau adorned with a curtain of cascading waterfalls. Marvel at the termite mounds and learn how these astonishing structures are built by armies of tiny insects. We then make our way to Florence Falls lookout before making our way to Litchfield Café for lunch. Our afternoon takes us to nearby Wangi Falls, where year-round currents pour into a large swimming hole. Enjoy a refreshing dip before we make our way back to Darwin. This evening we dine out, enjoying a sumptuous seafood buffet whilst admiring the sunset over Darwin Harbour.
Enjoy breakfast before checking out and enjoying a guided cruise along the Darwin shoreline finishing with a visit to the RFDS museum. We then depart for the airport and take our respective flights home.
Non-refundable deposit of $1200pp required within 14 days of making booking to secure your reservation. N.B. This package is subject to a fuel levy without notice for air and coach components.
HORIZONTAL WATERFALLS EXTENDER
• 1 night dinner, bed and breakfast
• Fly directly from Broome to the Horizontal Falls
• Board the fastest boat in the Kimberley and take a thrill ride through the falls
• Experience the thrill of swimming in a huge croc/shark free cage
• Enjoy a cooked breakfast or Barramundi BBQ lunch
• Take off from Talbot Bay, flying low across the Buccaneer Archipelago, Cape Leveque, Lombadina, Beagle Bay, Willie Creek Pearl Farm, Cable Beach and Broome township prior to landing
Plus $1248pp Twin Share
Plus $1404 Sole Use
**120kg max weight restriction per person – dates available on request**
B = Full Breakfast MT = Morning Tea L = Lunch AT = Afternoon Tea D = Two Course Dinner
Passengers must be able to: