Kimberley Darwin Kununurra to Broome Mitchell Falls 10 Day Tour
- Duration: 10 Days (approx.)
- Location: Broome, Wa
- Product code: 20KDB10
Kimberley Kununurra (or Darwin) to Broome 10 Day Tour
This Kimberley Kununurra (or Darwin extra cost) to Broome 10 Day Tour via Mitchell Plateau, Mitchell Falls, Bungle Bungles, El Questro, Windjana Gorge, Tunnel Creek, Imitji, King Leopold Ranges, Galvans Gorge, Manning Gorge, Mt Barnett, Drysdale Station, Mitchell Falls, King Edward River rock art, El Questro, Zebedee Hot Springs, Bungle Bungles walks & optional heli flight. Meet Aboriginal elders and artists, visit Wandjina and Bradshaw rock art sites, swim in pristine waterholes on this Gibb River Road tour. Fully accommodated (extra cost) or camping options. Tour Code KDB10 Kununurra to Broome
Day 1 – Depart Darwin morning flight with Air North or Qantas to arrive Kununurra before 2 pm - this flight cost varies, so not included. From Kununurra view the Ord River Scheme and travel by road (or flight option - see extras when at booking link) via spectacular mountain scenery, past the Argyle Diamond Mine and rich iron ore and nickel mines. The route is via the Great Northern Highway ( the Savannah Way) via Doon Doon, Turkey Creek and Warmun Aboriginal community and vast Cattle Station to Mabel Downs and the Bungle Bungles Safari Park for overnight. BLD
Day 2 – Today we drive amongst the domes as we enter the Bungle Bungles in Purnululu National Park to marvel at this high energy amazing orange and black striped beehive landscape formed by ancient giant river systems. Walk the spectacular Cathedral Gorge and Piccaninny Creek. After lunch a walk in Echidna Gorge. Optional scenic helicopter flights also available approx $280 for 18 minutes – fantastic. Please ask – pre-booking recommended. Overnight at Bungle Bungles Safari Camp. BLD
Day 3 – We farewell the Bungle Bungles today and stop at Turkey Creek and the Warmun Aboriginal Art Centre – where Rover Thomas and numerous other famous Aboriginal artists emerged. Here you can view the latest works, meet the artists and find some bargain art. After Turkey Creek, we head for Five Rivers Lookout overlooking the spectacular Cambridge Gulf and Wyndham. We also visit Parry’s Lagoon for the rich wetlands bird life including Jabirus and Brolgas. We join the Gibb River Rd, to arrive at El Questro resort for a late afternoon relax by the Pentecost River and overnight. Dinner at ELQ restaurant own expense. BLDay 4 – El Questro is a million acres of spectacular Kimberley scenery, rivers and gorges. Here is where the movie Australia was filmed, nestled under the Cockburn Ranges. This morning soak up the relaxing Zebedee hot springs, a walk in a spectacular local gorge, before a cruise in the Chamberlain River Gorge and viewing from Pigeon Lookout over the Pentecost River. Overnight at El Questro. BLD.
Day 5 - Today we journey the scenic and spectacular Gibb River Road via Cockburn Range, to cross the mighty Pentecost River and view from a high vantage point. Enjoy the Durack River crossing. We visit Home Valley Station and view Aboriginal rock art including Wandjina and Bradshaw’s (Gwion Gwion). We take a right turn at the Kulumburu Road for another water crossing of the Gibb River before a break at the famous working cattle station, Drysdale River Station for overnight. BLD
Day 6– We continue our travel north through spectacular vegetation including cycads, pandanus palms and rainforests and ford the King Edward River before our overnight on Mitchell Plateau. Here we enjoy the waterfalls, swim and visit two vast galleries of Aboriginal rock art including Wandjina & Bradshaw / Gwion Gwion rock art. BLD Overnight on Mitchell Plateau
Day 7 – Today we traverse the Mitchell Plateau to Mitchell Falls and do the easy 2 hour downhill walk via spectacular swimming pools and waterfalls. View several large galleries and rock art sites with Wandjina and Bradshaw / Gwion Gwion rock art sites (including Thylacine / Tasmanian Tiger rock art ) and swim in these beautiful clear freshwaters. This is one of the most remote areas of Australia. At Mitchell Falls base we have a couple of hours to relax and swim in these pristine, energised waters. We take the easy way out with the thrill of a spectacular helicopter flight over the Mitchell Falls & Merton Falls for a once in a lifetime view of this vast landscape and coastline. Options also available for extended flights to coastal areas (need to pre-book with Spirit Safaris). Overnight on Mitchell Plateau at our King Edward River base. BLD
Day 8 – Heading south we cross the Drysdale River then take a break at the Drysdale River Station before we cross the Gibb River. We stop at the Gibb River Station and the Aboriginal community at Dodnum to view Aboriginal art works, and catch up on the latest news, and possible local rock art visit. We return to the Gibb River Rd, and head south, crossing the Hann and Barnett Rivers, to Mt Barnett Roadhouse, then Manning Gorge waterhole. This is one of the gems of the Kimberley, for a swim and play and relax, or take the 3-hour return hike to spectacular Manning Gorge Falls with more rock art and a swim at the falls. Overnight Manning Gorge or Gibb River Station. BLD
Day 9 – Enjoy picturesque Galvans Gorge with more Wandjina rock art, great scenery and good swimming and photos too! We travel through spectacular Kimberley woodlands and river crossings to Bell Gorge for a walk and swim by the falls. Enjoy a visit to the Imitji store and Aboriginal community and art centre. Overnight at Bell Gorge / Silent Grove / Imitji Safari Camp. BLD
Day 10 – After breakfast, we take the scenic drive through spectacular Kimberley range and cattle country. We drive through the King Leopold Conservation Park (great views at lookouts) via Inglis Gap then through unique geology and the Napier Range at Queen Victoria Pass. We cross the Lennard River, and we traverse the King Leopold Ranges & Conservation Park (great views at lookouts) via Inglis Gap. We arrive Derby and visit the new Mowanjum Aboriginal Art Centre (opportunity to meet artists, learn and buy from source) at Mowanjum Aboriginal Community and then Derby highlights including the Derby wharf (30 ft. tides!) on King Sound. Depart Derby for Broome to arrive late afternoon to enjoy the sunset at Cable Beach over the Indian Ocean. Tour completes in Broome. This nights accommodation own arrangements – please ask. BL
Next Day Options – A day to celebrate your journey. Enjoy a leisurely breakfast and the many sights or activities Broome has to offer. Options include a trip to Horizontal Falls or simply shop or relax in Broome’s balmy climate. Home Flights available or consider travelling with us to Alice Springs or Pilbara Karijini National Park.
- Bungle Bungles tour and walk in to Cathedral Gorge, Piccaninny Creek and Echidna Chasm
- Mitchell Falls walks and helicopter scenic ride close and over the falls.
- Cruise Chamberlain River Gorge at El Questro
- Exceptional Aboriginal rock art – Wandjina, Bradshaw, Gwion Gwion
- Professional and experienced driver / guide
- Long established relationships with local Aboriginal people enriches experiences
- Access to remote areas and rock art sites unreachable by most tour vehicles
- Delicious meals as shown, including vegetarian options.
- Accommodated sleeping or comfy camping – Your choice. Camp gear is modern and easy to use.
- Optional Accommodation upgrades available if pre booked .
- All World Heritage and National Park entry and accommodation fees
- Aboriginal Art community visits for “direct from artist” purchases
- Flight or road trip from Darwin to Kununurra - Fly by own booking Air North or Qantas to Kununurra from $ 165 - $300 approx
- 1 dinner own purchase in restaurants, Alcohol
- Accommodation upgrades if required. Available most nights if pre booked
- Flights to and from departure points
Accommodation upgrade is available in most locations. Accommodation expenses in the Kimberley are high due to the remoteness of the infrastructure. We have kept the upgrade prices to a minimum. - see extras when Booking