Kimberley and Top End
Kimberley and Top End
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Destination: Australia/NZ/South Pacific
Tour Provider: APT
Duration: 17 days
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Description:

This adventure blends two iconic Outback regions of Australia on one incredible journey. Explore Mitchell Plateau and Purnululu National Park before venturing into the Top End, where Nitmiluk Gorge and Kakadu National Park await.


Your Guided Holiday Includes:

  • 16 nights accommodation
  • Experiences in 24 destinations
  • Locally inspired dining - a total of 47 meals
  • The services of an expert APT driver-guide
  • Stay at APT's exclusive network of Wilderness Lodges
  • Toast the day with a glass of bubbly as the sun sets over the Bungle Bungle Range
  • Relax as you soak in Zebedee Springs and leave feeling revitalised
  • Soar over Mitchell Falls on an included helicopter flight
  • Admire ancient Wandjina and Bradshaw (Gwion Gwion) rock art

Advertised price is based on 21 June 21 departure - alternate departure dates available, surcharges may apply


Itinerary:

Day 1: Darwin

Arrive in Darwin and this evening enjoy a welcome dinner at the Hilton Darwin before your fascinating journey continues.

Stay: Hilton Darwin. Dinner

Day 2: Darwin, Ubirr Rock Art

Depart Darwin and travel across the sweeping wetlands of the Marrakai Plains to Kakadu National Park. Today visit the sacred site of Ubirr and explore its galleries of ancient Indigenous rock art. The magnificent rock faces have been continuously painted and repainted since 40,000BC, with most created approximately 2,000 years ago.

Stay: Two Nights, Hawk Dreaming Wilderness Lodge. Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.

Day 3: Arnhem Land, Aboriginal Art, Cannon Hill

With a local guide, cross the East Alligator River into spiritual Arnhem Land to experience the natural beauty of the region. Later, return to Kakadu and enjoy the art and billabongs of Cannon Hill and Hawk Dreaming. Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.

Day 4: Nourlangie Rock, Katherine

Travel to stunning Kakadu, the Northern Territory’s best known national park. At Nourlangie Rock, view Aboriginal rock art. Cruise the famous Yellow Water Billabong. Here, wildlife abounds and local a guide will give you great insights into how the Bininj people use the flora and fauna to support their way of life. Later travel to Katherine and enjoy canapes and drinks at the beautiful Cicada Lodge, before indulging in an exceptional gourmet three-course meal.

Stay: Katherine, Cicada Lodge. Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.

Day 5: Katherine Gorge, Kununurra

Head to the beautiful Nitmiluk National Park, before boarding an unforgettable cruise through the spectacular Katherine Gorge. Discover the music, stories and ways of the local Jawoyn people as you learn about their spiritual culture. Afterwards, travel into Western Australia.

Stay: Two Nights, Kununurra Country Club Resort. Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.

Day 6: Lake Argyle, Ord River Cruise

Travel to the majestic Lake Argyle, the largest man-made lake in the Southern Hemisphere. Join a spectacular wildlife cruise on the mighty Ord River. From a modern shaded vessel, discover a fascinating ecological system that has developed from the damming of the Ord River at two locations to create an area rich in wildlife, flora and undeniable beauty. This evening, enjoy dinner at your resort. Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.

Day 7: Purnululu National Park

Travel to Purnululu National Park, home to the Bungle Bungle Range. Hike to Echidna Chasm, a spectacular natural cleft in the rock.

Stay: Two Nights, APT’s Exclusive Bungle Bungle Wilderness Lodge. Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.

Day 8: Cathedral Gorge, Piccaninny Creek

SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE: This evening, enjoy drinks as the sun sets over the Bungle Bungle massif.

Hike to Piccaninny Creek and through to the spectacular Cathedral Gorge. Perhaps indulge in an optional helicopter flight – own expense. Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.

Day 9: Purnululu National Park, El Questro

Farewell the Bungle Bungle Range and travel to El Questro, a million-acre cattle station in the heart of the Kimberley. Stay two nights immersed in nature to explore this primordial setting.

Stay: Two Nights, Emma Gorge Resort in the picturesque El Questro. Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.

Day 10: El Questro

SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE: Embark on a cruise along stunning Chamberlain Gorge and discover the wonders of El Questro.

Discover the amazing wonders of El Questro today. After lunch, head to the beautiful Zebedee Springs, a permanent natural thermal spring tucked away in a secluded pocket of rainforest. Return to Emma Gorge and enjoy dinner later this evening. Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.

Day 11: El Questro, Gibb River Road, Mitchell Plateau

Journey along the Gibb River Road to arrive at Mitchell Falls Wilderness Lodge. Enjoy the facilities of the lodge’s Ungolan Pavilion, where you can relax in the lounge, treat yourself to a drink or read up on the local culture.

Stay: Two Nights, APT Exclusive Mitchell Falls Wilderness Lodge. Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.

Day 12: Mitchell Falls, Helicopter Flight

SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE: Board an included helicopter flight over the tiered falls.

Discover Mitchell Falls, a true highlight of your Kimberley adventure. Where possible, a local Indigenous guide will join you, providing a unique insight into the region. Begin with a hike to Little Mertens Falls to view rare Aboriginal art. Continue on to Big Mertens Falls before arriving at Mitchell Falls. Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.

Day 13: Mitchell Plateau, King Edward River, Ancient Rock Art

SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE: Explore the Wandjina and Bradshaw (Gwion Gwion) rock art galleries.

Re-join the Kalumburu Road and travel to Drysdale River Station.

Stay: Drysdale River Station. Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.

Day 14: Manning Gorge, Galvans Gorge

Journey to the beautiful Manning Gorge where you can spot local birdlife as you enjoy lunch in the shade of a gum tree. Continue to Galvans Gorge, where a short walk leads to a picturesque waterhole. Admire the rock art adorning the gorge walls or indulge in a leisurely swim.

Stay: Two Nights, APT Exclusive Bell Gorge Wilderness Lodge. Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.

Day 15: Bell Gorge, Hiking and Swimming

Back on the Gibb River Road, travel to Bell Gorge, where stunning cliffs surround a series of tiered waterholes. Sitting approximately 300 metres above sea level, Bell Gorge is an idyllic natural spot for swimming and photography. Here you can also enjoy a spot of bird-watching. Should you be feeling particularly energetic, you may take the opportunity to hike to the lower pool of the gorge and enjoy a relaxing dip below the cascading waterfall. Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.

Day 16: Windjana Gorge, Tunnel Creek, Broome

Journey to Windjana Gorge, where cliffs tower above white sands. Wade through Tunnel Creek to the stunning oasis beyond. Travel to Broome and arrive at the iconic Cable Beach Club Resort and Spa, where you can enjoy a drink as you watch the sunset before a Farewell Dinner at the resort’s Sunset Bar and Grill.

Stay: Broome, Cable Beach Club Resort and Spa. Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.


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Terms & Conditions:

Prices listed are per person in Australian Dollars, based on twin occupancy, including all discounts unless otherwise stated. The offer is subject to availability at time of booking. Fares are capacity controlled and are subject to change at any time without notice. Prices/Offers are correct as at 27 October 2020 and can be withdrawn without notice. Hotels may charge resort fees not included in this package, payable direct upon check in. Payments made by credit card will incur a surcharge.