Untamed Kimberley

11 Days Starting in Darwin, Northern Territory(AU) and ending in Broome, Western Australia(AU)

Visiting: Darwin, Adelaide River, Nitmiluk National Park, Katherine Gorge, Kununurra, Ord River, Lake Argyle, Bungle Bungles, Mirima National Park, Hoochery Distillery, Gibb River Road, El Questro Wilderness Park, Emma Gorge, Pentecost River, Chamberlain Gorge, Argyle Diamond Mine, Great Sandy Desert, Halls Creek, Fitzroy Crossing, Danggu (Geikie) Gorge, Fitzroy River, Napier Range, Broome, Horizontal Falls, Cable Beach

Tour operator:

AAT Kings

Tour code:

WDB24

Physical rating:

Moderate

From:
$7075
$6081 Operator discount: -$707 Exclusive Tourhub Members Discount: -$287 -14%

NB: Prices correct on 20-May-2024 but subject to change.

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Tour Overview

The Top End of Australia, from the Northern Territory to Western Australia, was made for postcards. The yawning gorges, mirror-like waterholes, immense rock formations, wild national parks… All wrapped in millennia strong First Nations culture that guides any tour through the region. From Darwin to Broome, things are steamy most of the time. Thankfully, there are Kimberley rock pools and clifftop waterholes to cool off in, whether at Emma Gorge or the Ord River.

Highlights

  • After catching an epic sunset cruising the Ord River and Lake Argyle outside Kununurra, enjoy the flavours of Hoochery Rum Distillery – the owners are legends.

  • Aboriginal Songlines are strong across Western Australia. Ensure they stay that way with a visit to a Kimberley First Nations art gallery.

  • Nature humbles at Purnululu National Park in the Kimberley, where the striated domes of the Bungle Bungles pop from the desert like Jurassic beehives.

  • Every footstep you take into a national park ensures your visit treads lightly. Fees go toward protecting the environment, and the animals that call it home.

Itinerary

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Day 1 : Welcome To Darwin

Location: Darwin

Accommodation Name: Vibe Hotel Darwin Waterfront

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. You’ll catch one later, but first an orientation tour to meet locals, discover the city’s architecture and learn about the events that have shaped life, from Cyclone Tracy to WWII when the Northern Territory capital was bombed. Now it’s time to watch the day disappear and meet your fellow adventure seekers for a Welcome Dinner.

Day 2 : Darwin - Katherine

Location: Adelaide River, Nitmiluk National Park, Katherine Gorge

Accommodation Name: Contour Hotel Katherine

As you begin your travels south, yet more reminders of the impact of WWII line the banks of the Adelaide River, where the headquarters of a military base once stood. 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 in this enormous chasm. There’s no time to catch your breath – you’re off to meet larger-than-life character Tom Curtain on a cattle station, where he entertains crowds through song and stories.

Day 3 : Katherine - Kununurra

Location: Kununurra, Ord River, Lake Argyle

Accommodation Name: Kununurra Country Club Resort

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 family is chronicled at the Durack Homestead Museum, which you’ll visit before enjoying yet another sunset, this time cruising the Ord River and Lake Argyle. Some experiences burn into your memory.

Day 4 : Kununurra

Location: Bungle Bungles, Mirima National Park

Accommodation Name: Kununurra Country Club Resort

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 or stay grounded on a 4WD tour through the national park. 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.

Day 5 : Kununurra - Emma Gorge

Location: Hoochery Distillery, Gibb River Road, El Questro Wilderness Park, Emma Gorge

Accommodation Name: Emma Gorge Resort, Tented Cabin with private facilities

It’s not every day that you get to go behind the scenes of a rum distillery with the family that owns it. Discover how Hoochery Distillery makes 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 kilometres of the epic expanse. Now exhale – your safari-style tents for the night are surrounded by an oasis of pandanus and palms.

Day 6 : El Questro Wilderness Park

Location: Pentecost River, Chamberlain Gorge

Accommodation Name: Emma Gorge Resort, Tented Cabin with private facilities

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 65-metre escarpments. 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.

Day 7 : Emma Gorge - Halls Creek

Location: Argyle Diamond Mine, Great Sandy Desert, Halls Creek

Accommodation Name: Kimberley Hotel

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. 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.

Day 8 : Halls Creek - Fitzroy Crossing

Location: Fitzroy Crossing, Danggu (Geikie) Gorge, Fitzroy River, Napier Range

Accommodation Name: Fitzroy River Lodge

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 First Nations culture at the Aboriginal art gallery here. 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, home to a plethora of wildlife. Keep watch for freshwater crocs, fruit bats and wallabies.

Day 9 : Fitzroy Crossing - Broome

Location: Broome

Accommodation Name: Cable Beach Club Resort

Among the most multicultural cities in Australia, Broome became a base for fortune-seekers the world over during its ‘pearl rush’. 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. Then it’s time to settle in for Broome’s other attraction: its sunsets. Follow locals to the sand or find a perch in a beachside bar to salute the end of another spectacular day in WA.

Day 10 : Broome Free Time

Location: Horizontal Falls, Cable Beach

Accommodation Name: Cable Beach Club Resort

A day of decisions. Head north to feel the full force of nature on an optional scenic flight over (or heart-starting cruise through) the magical Horizontal Falls. You can also enlist to do both. Or simply enjoy Broome’s tropical climes, strolling along 22-kilometre 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 harvested.

Day 11 : Farewell From Broome

Location: Broome

Eleven days, countless memories, a bunch of new friends… you’ll leave Broome with your travel wanderlust ignited.

What's Included

  • Travel Director and Driver Guide

    Specialist team of two highly experienced Travel Director and Driver Guide

  • Premium Hotels

    Centrally located premium hotels

  • Purnululu National Park

    UNESCO World Heritage Site – Purnululu National Park (optional Bungle Bungles tours)

  • Private Airport Transfers

    Arrival and departure private airport transfers

  • Dining

    7 Dinners with Wine, 10 Full Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 1 Farewell Dinner

Mode of Transport

Day 1 – flights to arrive prior to 2.00pm into Darwin Airport
Day 11 – flights to depart anytime from Broome Airport
Flights are not included in the holiday price
Return airport to hotel transfers are included in the holiday price

Accommodation

Your Guided Holiday includes a range of quality accommodation for your comfort. The accommodation you will enjoy on this tour includes:
Day 1 - Vibe Hotel Darwin Waterfront
Day 2 - Contour Hotel Katherine
Day 3 - Kununurra Country Club Resort
Day 5 - Emma Gorge Resort, Tented Cabin with private facilities
Day 7 - Kimberley Hotel
Day 8 - Fitzroy River Lodge
Day 9 - Cable Beach Club Resort

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  • Who will be my travelling companions on the tour?

    The beauty of taking a holiday with us is you’ll have the opportunity to meet and travel with people from all over the globe.

  • Can I join the tour once it has departed?

    It is important to adhere to departure times while on tour for the comfort of everyone on-board, and to make sure no one misses out on the planned experiences. The coach will not be able to wait for you, and in some instances, if you miss a departure time you will need to make your own way to the next destination to re-join the tour.

  • Do you operate a “single share” option and how does it work?

    AAT Kings operated Guided Holidays have competitive single supplement rates available if you prefer to confirm your own room. Or we can match you to share with a guest of the same gender at no extra cost. If we fail to match you, we will accommodate you in a single room at no extra cost.

  • How long has the tour company been trading?

    Over 100 years

  • What documents will I receive before I travel?

    We will email your documents to you approximately four weeks before your departure date provided you have completed your pre trip registration using the My Travel Portal. If you’ve booked through a travel agent, your documents will be emailed directly to your agent.

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Ann Purcell  

Well worth the money

24-Feb-2023

Absolutely wonderful trip. Tastes of southern Australia. Hotels were good quality. Sightseeing was amazing. Manuela our travel director was lovely. A great trip all round

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Lynda Whittingham  

Particularly loved QUEENSTOWN (jet boat) and plane ride over Mt Cook

18-Feb-2023

Great guide “Dexter” who was pleasant and knowledgeable, skilled and pleasant driver, Aaron, interesting activities, and comfortable hotels in good locations. I have been on organized bus trips in different countries and this company stands out. I would travel with them again. Read less

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Milford Sound , West Coast , Queenstown, Christchurch

22-Feb-2023

The most professional tour group i have ever travelled with. Both tour director (Hope) & driver (Dave) had extensive knowledge of NZ. Highly recommended.

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Keith Jones  

Christchurch, Milford Sound and the Franz Joseph Railway journey

02-Mar-2023

Very professional service throughout. Friendly experienced tour guide imparting excellent knowledge and local anecdotes. Friendly professional driver enhanced the overall pleasure. Excellent hotels throughout the holiday.

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Allison Cooper  

Wonderful experience, highlight had to be Uluru so spiritual and beautiful

22-Feb-2023

Very professional. Excellent travel director very knowledgeable and a lovely guy. Amazing experience seeing do many great places.

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