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14 Day Kimberley Trail - Darwin to Broome

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About this tour: Explore the incredible wilderness of the Northern Territory and Western Australia
Experience the beautiful rugged Kimberley on this true Australian adventure from Darwin to Broome. Uncover some of the country’s most incredible, untouched territory on an all-terrain journey along the Gibb River Road. Learn the customs of the traditional land-owners while cruising through the gorges of Nitmiluk, sail across the vast waters of Lake Argyle, and squeeze through the narrow rock passages of the striped Bungle Bungles. Soak up the idyllic isolation of remote stations like El Questro and head out to discover secret palm-shaded waterholes. Make your way to the remote Mitchell Plateau and see its majestic four-tiered waterfall, discover the unbelievably picturesque oases of the Bell, Galvans, Adcock gorges, and find hidden caves and indigenous history at Tunnel Creek. Come face-to-face with vast horizons and immense wilderness with this unforgettable taste of Australia at its most untamed.

Drive from Darwin to Broome via Lake Argyle, Purnululu National Park and El Questro station

Tour Name: 14 Day Kimberley Trail - Darwin to Broome

Valid:
01 April 2017 - 31 March 2018

Tour Code:
• PKTDB-B (Basix)
• PKTDB-O (Original)

Trip Style:
• PKTDB-B (Basix) optional PKTDB-O (Original)

Trip Theme:
Explorer, Overland

Tour Departs From:
• Select Darwin accommodation from 6.30am

Tour Finishes:
• Broome accommodation early evening day 14

Max People:
• Min 2, Max 20
• Minimum age to travel is 8 years old

Tour Departs:
• MAY17: 18, JUN17: 01 21, JUL17: 06 27, AUG17: 10 31, SEP17: 14

Accommodation:
• Camping (with basic facilities) (11 nts), Wilderness Lodge (2 nts) This trip is available in Basix and Original styles. Basix camping involves a combination of swags with pop-up tents, to permanent tents with basic beds. Original accommodation uses permanent tents with proper beds, and cabins with shared facilities. A sleeping bag is required for both Basix and Original style accommodation.

Price:
• AUD $3995 per person (Basix)
• AUD $4690 per person (Orginal)
• AUD $695 per person (Orginal) • Additional services - Single supplement
• All prices are in Australian Dollars (includes 10% GST) based on per person
• Additional services - Sleeping bag purchase (Basix) AUS $35

Kimberley Trail - Broome to Darwin

 

Why we love this trip
• Climb aboard a Nitnit Dreaming Cultural Cruise through the inspiring natural wonder of the Nitmiluk Gorge – made up of 13 different chasms carved by the Katherine River – and acquire an understanding of Jawoyn customs
• The red domes of the Bungle Bungle Ranges in Purnululu National Park form one of the most iconic Australian landscapes in existence. You'll have two whole days to explore the gorges and valleys of the park, not to mention soak up a few fiery sunsets
• Enjoy plenty of time to discover the untamed natural beauty of El Questro Station. Paddle around in waterfalls, hike through gorges and access remote parts of this huge park on adventurous 4WD expeditions
• Test the 4WD as you take on the rugged terrain of the Mitchell Plateau. This extraordinary area is home to the huge, four-tiered Mitchell Falls – a stunning testament to the power and scale of nature
• Discover a hidden highlight of the West Kimberley with a stop in the idyllic retreat of Bell Gorge
• Tunnell Creek has a rich Aboriginal and bushranger history. Walk through the underground passage with an Indigenous Bunuba guide, learning about the culture and traditions of the first Australians

Is this trip right for you?
• This trip requires a HIGH level of fitness as it involves a lot of walking, allowing you to truly enjoy the surrounding nature. Some long hikes will really get the blood pumping, and involve wading through water and clambering over rocks. Please bring sturdy, comfortable walking shoes and comfortable clothing.
• On some days of the trip, you will spend several hours driving, often through very sparse areas of desert. Some drives along off-road tracks can be bumpy as you really get 'amongst it'. Get to know your fellow travellers and sit back to enjoy landscapes that you would miss in any other form of travel.
• Temperatures in Western Australia are extreme. During the day the weather can be hot (and the Australian sun is strong) so please bring appropriate clothing, use sun protection and drink plenty of water. In the evenings temperatures really drop, so ensure you have base layers and warm clothing.
• We don't recommend this trip for older passengers who are perhaps less fit or agile.

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ITINERARY

Day 1: Nitmiluk Gorge & Katherine
This Kimberley adventure kicks off early to ensure you'll get most out of the day. First stop is an invigorating dip in the natural Springs of Edith Falls; quite a lovely wake-up call. Carry on to the outback town of Katherine, which is the gateway to the spectacular Nitmiluk Gorge. This stunning natural wonder is made up of 13 different ravines, carved over millennia, which become fully interconnected by the Katherine River during the wet season. On the Nitnit Dreaming Cultural Cruise (optional at own expense) you'll explore two of these gorges and discover the customs of the traditional custodians - the Jawoyn people. (L/D)

 

top of Edith Falls

Ord-river

Day 2-3: Kununurra: Lake Argyle & Ord River Cruise
Travel west along the Victoria Highway, cross the border into Western Australia and head to the heart of the East Kimberley - the lively town of Kununurra. Join Triple J Tours on their Lake Argyle and Ord River Cruise. Lake Argyle is a vast man-made aquatic area - part of an irrigation project, it's turned Kununurra into an agricultural centre and also become a flourishing eco-system and natural habitat. The biggest manmade lake in Australia, Lake Argyle is 18 times the size of Sydney Harbour. The wetlands support myriad birds, and the many islands are inhabited by a variety of marsupials. You'll enjoy a ground tour of the area including a visit to the historic Durack Homestead and a scenic lookout, before boarding a boat for a relaxing cruise along the Ord River back to Kununurra. The evening is free to discover Kununurra at your leisure. (Day 2: B/L/D, Day 3: B/L)

Day 4-5: Purnululu National Park: Bungle Bungles
Head south down the Great Northern Highway to Purnululu National Park, home of the magnificent Bungle Bungles. Two nights here allows a full day to explore the highlights of this extraordinary National Park, the most famous of which, are the Bungle Bungle domes. Rivers created this landscape of unique orange and black striped 'beehive' geological formations over a period of 20 million years. Unbelievably, only the locals knew it existed until the early 1980's; once discovered by others, the area was made a national park in 1987. We explore Echidna Chasm (2km), known for its towering Livistonia Palm trees, and take a short walk (2-3km) into stunning Cathedral Gorge, where towering rocks create a natural amphitheatre. There is time in the afternoon to take an optional scenic flight and enjoy a birds-eye view of the beehive domes (approx $350pp, own expense) to put it all into perspective. (Day 4: B/L/D, Day 5: B/L/D)

Bungle-Bungles

Days 6-7: El Questro Wilderness Park
Turn back north to the iconic El Questro Wilderness Park. Prepare for two days of idyllic isolation and access to some of the most breathtaking scenery in the Kimberley. Take the opportunity relax and to join one or more of the many activities on offer. The area is blessed with some of the most stunning gorges and waterholes in the whole of Western Australia. Emma Gorge lies at the end of a well-marked track, with 100 metre high walls around a horseshoe crystal clear pool filled by a small waterfall, and a hidden little bath warmed by thermal water that trickles from a crevice. El Questro Gorge is another stunning highlight, scrambling over boulders to rock pools filled by little waterfalls - scenery that's straight out of movie. A refreshing dip in the Zebedee Springs is also another 'must-do', where Livistonia palm trees and lush tropical vegetation surround a series of pools that sit at the base of bright red cliff. Perhaps take a cruise on Chamberlain Gorge (own expense), or simply explore this beautiful wilderness park at your own leisure. (Day 6: B/L, Day 7: B/L)

Zebedee-Springs

Day 8: Drysdale Station
Head along the Gibb River Road to the North Kimberley to another oasis in the outback - Drysdale River Station. Over 1 million acres, this family owned and operated cattle station runs approximately 10,000 head of cattle, and gives you a real sense of how the outback does things on a massive scale. Hang out in the true blue Australian outback, surrounded by its magical scenery and welcoming sense of isolation. On arrival you might want to get out and explore the surroundings, or sit back and enjoy a cold drink in the beer garden of one of Australia's most remote bars, then warm yourself around the log fire in the night air. (B/L)

Day 9-10: Mitchell Plateau
Veer off-road and cross to the Mitchell Plateau for a real highlight of the trip. Take on rugged country in the 4WD, taking the rough Kalumburu Road then turning off onto the Mitchell Plateau Track. The drive is unlike any other on the Gibb River Road, as the vegetation transforms and you ford rivers and ramble through ancient Livistonia palm forests to emerge on the savannah, where two days of camping in the national park await. The park is home to the magnificent four-tiered Mitchell Falls, and the scale and power of nature here is unforgettable. Your time here will include the chance of a dip in the Little and Big Merten Falls, a viewing of the Bradshaw rock art, and, if you so choose, a helicopter flight with incredible views of this extraordinary landscape. (Day 9: B/L/D, Day 10: B/L/D)

 Little and Big Merten Falls

Day 11: Mount Elizabeth Station
Descending from the plateau we travel to the family owned Mt Elizabeth Station Homestead, where you will be able to enjoy the scenery and see what Kimberley cattle station life is really like. Surrounded by water spots, rocky rises and grasslands, you will be sure to take a great photo, enjoy bush walks and settle in for a lovely evening in the Kimberley outback. (B/L/D)

Day 12: Silent Grove
Make the most of the oases of the lily-laden Galvans Gorge and the tranquil retreat of Adcock Gorge, where you'll pause for a refreshing swim. The afternoon is devoted to exploring Bell Gorge, which is a hidden highlight of the West Kimberley. This idyllic retreat, considered amongst the most beautiful gorge on the Gibb River Road, boasts cascading waterfalls and crystal clear pools formed over millions of years, all surrounded by a horseshoe of bright orange rock wall. There are smooth rocks to lounge on and welcome areas of shade. It's an easy place to while away a few hours! You'll camp tonight at Silent Grove. (B/L/D)

Day 13: Windjana Gorge
Once a great reef 350 million years ago, Windjana Gorge is now home to a diverse array of animals and plants. Experience the stunning natural beauty of this outback oasis today. Beneath gorge walls that rise 90 metres in height, search for freshwater crocodiles, local birdlife and Indigenous bush tucker, before setting up camp for the night. (B/L/D)

windjana-gorge

Day 14: Tunnel Creek & Broome
Spend the morning exploring Tunnel Creek with a local Indigenous Bunuba guide, who will share ancient rock art and reveal the legend of his ancestor, Jandamarra - an Aboriginal freedom fighter who used the tunnel as a hide-out in the late 1800. In this 750-metre cave system carved through the Napier Range, discover stalactites, secret caves and a large variety of wildlife. Don't miss a refreshing swim in an idyllic waterhole.

tunnel-creek


What to bring on tour:
Booked and paid E-Ticket, Sturdy walking shoes, hat and sunscreen, shoes you don't mind getting wet, toiletries, warm clothing in winter, water bottle (1.5L), torch, insect repellent/net, camera and batteries or charger..

What's Included in tour:
Meals: 13 Breakfasts, 14 Lunches, 10 Dinners
Transport: All-terrain vehicle
Accommodation: Camping (with basic facilities) (11 nts), Wilderness Lodge (2 nts) This trip is available in Basix and Original styles. Basix camping involves a combination of swags with pop-up tents, to permanent tents with basic beds. Original accommodation uses permanent tents with proper beds, and cabins with shared facilities. A sleeping bag is required for both Basix and Original style accommodation.

Activities:
Edith Falls, Nitnit Dreaming Cultural Cruise, Lake Argyle Cruise, Durack Homestead Museum, Echidna Chasm Walk, Cathedral Gorge Walk (Bungle Bungle), Zebedee Springs, Merten falls, Adcock Gorge, Bell Gorge, Windjana Gorge, Tunnel Creek exploration walk, Boab Prison Tree


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Important notes
1. This trip starts in Darwin at approximately 6:30am and finishes in Broome approximately 6pm on the day 14. Onward travel must be booked the following day.

2. This trip requires a sleeping bag, bring your own or pre-purchase one from us for AU$35

3. This trip is available in Basix or Original style accommodation

4. This trip is also available in reverse, see codes PKTBD-B / PKTBD-O

 

Dietary Requirements
Passengers with special meal requirements or food allergies MUST ensure they or their travel agent inform Intrepid/ATA of this at the time of booking. Food for the trip is purchased prior to commencement and special requirements cannot be catered for after departing. If you have not notified us prior to departure, you may be asked to pay for any additional food yourself. Due to the nature of our trips food is basic but plentiful.

We provide the below substitutes, please bring your own staples if you require specific foods not listed below:
• No Pork (Alternative to Ham provided) • No Dairy (soy milk provided) • Vegetarian (additional veg and vegie burgers provided) • Vegan (supply of additional fruit and veg provided) • Gluten Free (cereal, bread, wraps, pasta, snack bars, sweet and savoury biscuits provided) • *Religious dietary requirements and specifically prepared/sourced produce is not able to be catered for.

Itineraries
• Itinerary may vary and/or attractions substituted for any cause including seasonal conditions, weather extremes, and traditional owner/national park requirements. The Gibb River Road and Purnululu National Park may be closed in the shoulder seasons (approx. April and October). See terms and conditions of travel for full details.

Fitness Ratings:
The hardest of the hardcore. Long trips to remote destinations with limited facilities. Excellent health and fitness is essential.
• Adventure Tours Australia/Intrepid Travel reserves the right to assess the fitness capability of passengers prior to tour departure.
• On this tour it is likely that you will experience temperatures of over 35 degrees Celsius. Be prepared to endure extra physical stress due to the heat at these times, especially while on walks. These extreme temperatures can also place stress on the air-conditioning units within our vehicles which can make travelling uncomfortable. Your tour guide will assist with regular breaks and information to assist keeping hydrated. In July and August, very cold temperatures can be experienced in the outback, especially overnight. Please come prepared for all extremes.

Our tours are activity and participation based:
• 3 out of 5: Short participatory-level camping trips, walks that’ll get your heart rate up and extended periods in the elements.
• Our tours are activity and participation based. During your travels with us you will have the opportunity to assist with daily activities such as setting up camp, collecting firewood, helping prepare meals and clearing dishes. Many hands make light work and any assistance provided to crew is always much appreciated. Most people agree that this type of activity helps you feel like less of a tourist and more of an explorer.

Children
• Children aged 8-12 are eligible for a 10% off child rate. Must quote promo code 10699 at time of booking.

Travel Insurance
• Travel insurance is compulsory for all international travellers and should be taken out at the time of booking. We recommend Australian citizens take out a domestic travel insurance policy which covers personal liability, cancellation, curtailment and loss of luggage and personal effects.

Default Pickup Point
• The default pick up point is where we will meet you for your tour, unless you or your travel agent requests an alternative location (contact our Reservations team for more information). It is your responsibility to contact us with your preferred pick up point well ahead of departure. We do not take responsibility for missed tours if we have not been advised of an alternative in advance and you are not at the default location on time.

Safaris must be reconfirmed 48 hours prior to departure
• Safaris must be reconfirmed 48 hours prior to departure to confirm pick-up location and time by phone direct with the tour operator - (Details of the tour operator is on your E-Ticket).

Luggage:
A STRICT luggage limit of 15kg applies. Please limit to one small to medium sized soft bag or backpack and a small daypack, which can be carried inside the vehicle.

Meal Abbreviations
• B = Breakfast, • L = Lunch, • D = Dinner.

Tour Operator
• The relationship between ATA and Intrepid Australia For over 25 years, Intrepid Travel and Adventure Tours Australia have been leading brands in the adventure travel business. With Intrepid's global product range and Adventure Tours' local knowledge, the two brands joined force in 2011 to provide the ultimate range of Australian product with Intrepid running all of it's local trips under the Adventure Tours Australia name. Today we're proud to bring Aussie-made trips to the world, both here with Adventure Tours and overseas through the Intrepid brand, so no matter which brand you have booked through, you're travelling with the best.

Vehicle:


All Terrain Vehicles
They are fully air conditioned with reclining seats, footrests, luggage storage area and with a removal water barrel often near the front door. There are no toilets on board but ample stops and breaks along the road.
Red Centre
• Rosa • Isuzu 600 • Mitsubishi Canter o Isuzu NPS300 • BCI Cruiser • Isuzu FRD500 • Mitsubishi Fuso Bus
Top End/West Coast
• Isuzu 600 (West Coast) • Isuzu 800 (Top End) • Isuzu 750 (Top End) • Isuzu 550 (Top End) • Isuzu 500 (Top End).
All NT trips are scheduled to run in the all-terrain vehicles. The only times in the Red Centre we would us a Rosa is as a backup option or for private charters if requested.

Tour All Terrain Vehicles

 

The Tour Difference

• Scheduled tours operate.
• As one of Northern Territory's leading small group safari company, the operator run tours to some of Australia's most famous landmarks including Uluru (Ayers Rock) and Kakadu National Park.
• From the tropical Top End to the spiritual heart of the Red Centre, from Aboriginal Culture to abundant wildlife - our experienced guides will help you discover the best of this unique and special state.
• The tour operator is an award winning company specialising in active, small group safaris for the adventurous traveller.
• We offer an extensive range of tours exploring the highlights and hidden delights of the Northern Territory, South Australia, Tasmania, Western Australia and Tropical North Queensland.
• Their tours are nature-based with the emphasis on the unique scenery, wildlife and Aboriginal culture of each area and they cater for everyone from the fit and adventurous who want to get off the beaten track to those who prefer the sound of ‘soft adventure’ and more comfortable facilities!

Fitness Ratings:
Alongside every ATA trip we have included physical ratings. These are designed to give you an idea of how demanding (or not) each trip is.
1 out of 5: Leisurely paced day trips. Minimal physical exertion required.
2 out of 5: Two and three day trips that include easy walking.
3 out of 5: Short participatory-level camping trips, walks that’ll get your heart rate up and extended periods in the elements.
4 out of 5: Fairly basic camping on most nights, limited amenities and some long (and challenging) walks. A high level of fitness required.
5 out of 5: The hardest of the hardcore. Long trips to remote destinations with limited facilities. Excellent health and fitness is essential.

 

 

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