17 Day Kimberley, Kakadu & Arnhem Land Explorer

APT Kimberley Wilderness Adventure starting in Broome and finishing in Darwin

Read 3 reviews and enjoy exclusive savings on APT's 17 Day Kimberley, Kakadu & Arnhem Land Explorer. Discover the dramatic landscapes of the Kimberley and the beautiful Kakadu National Park. Enjoy an adventure that showcases the breathtaking landscapes and stunning wildlife...read more
Overview
Operator: APT
Type: Kimberley Wilderness Adventure (Premium)
Max Group Size: 20
Duration: 17 Days
From: Broome to Darwin
Tour Code: GKB17
Visits: Australia
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Arrive Broome
Arrive in Broome and be transferred to your hotel, the Cable Beach Club Resort & Spa. Enjoy your day at leisure to explore this fascinating place. Head to the Sunset Bar and Grill at your resort to see one of Australia’s best sunsets over Cable Beach. This evening, enjoy a Welcome Dinner before your journey commences. Stay: Broome, Cable Beach Club Resort & Spa (D)
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Gibb River Road, Windjana Gorge, Tunnel Creek
Journey on the Gibb River Road to Bandilngan Windjana Gorge National Park and discover Windjana Gorge, where sheer cliffs tower above glistening white sands. Admire the ancient marine fossils embedded in the gorge walls and scour the banks for a glimpse of the freshwater crocodiles that laze on the shores of the Lennard River. Continue to Tunnel Creek, a 750-metre-long natural tunnel carved through the Napier Range, located in the Dimalurru Tunnel Creek National Park. With torch in hand, wade through the cool waters that fill the tunnel’s winding path underground and emerge on the other side to the sight of a stunning oasis. Travel into the Wilinggin King Leopold Range Conservation Park, covering more than 900,000 acres and featuring seven rugged ranges. Arrive at the first of three APT lodges, Bell Gorge Wilderness Lodge, which boasts an enviable position and a sprawling lawn to relax. Your tented cabin is the perfect spot for you to enjoy the beauty of this ancient land from your private deck. Stay Two Nights: Bell Gorge Wilderness Lodge (B/L/D)
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Bell Gorge
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. (B/L/D)
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Galvans Gorge, Manning Gorge, Drysdale River Station
Travel through the heart of Kimberley cattle country to discover some of the region’s most secluded gorges. At Galvans Gorge, perhaps take a leisurely swim or simply relax in this veritable oasis. Continue to beautiful Manning Gorge, where you will enjoy lunch before taking the Kalumburu Road to the historic cattle station of Drysdale River Station. Stay: Drysdale River Station (B/L/D)
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Bradshaw (Gwion Gwion) Rock Art, King Edward River, Mitchell Plateau
Ascending the Mitchell Plateau today, you’ll explore the Wandjina and Bradshaw (Gwion Gwion) rock art galleries and swim in the clear waters of the King Edward River. For the next two nights, stay at APT’s wilderness accommodation, situated in a unique location at the top of the plateau, which is set among the Livistona palms. 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 fascinating local history and culture. In the heart of the Mitchell Plateau, your accommodation is perfectly positioned beside the Pandanus-fringed Camp Creek, where you can enjoy a refreshing dip. Stay Two Nights: Mitchell Falls Wilderness Lodge (B/L/D)

Signature Experiences:
  • Admire impressive Indigenous Wandjina and Bradshaw (Gwion Gwion) rock art.
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Mitchell Falls
Today, discover Mitchell Falls’ beautiful cascading waters and Indigenous rock art on a walk. When available, local Indigenous guides will join you to provide insight into the stories that the rock art and landscapes tell. Begin with a guided hike to Little Mertens Falls and view rarely seen rock art. Continue on to Big Mertens Falls and then see the fantastic Mitchell Falls at their best on an included helicopter flight. Should you prefer, hike back with your guide (longer helicopter flights are also available at an additional expense). (B/L/D)

Signature Experiences:
  • Take an unforgettable helicopter flight over Mitchell Falls, as you take in the natural phenomena from above.
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Gibb River Road, El Questro
Bidding the spectacular Mitchell Plateau goodbye, rejoin the iconic Gibb River Road and ford the Durack and Pentecost rivers. Continue on to El Questro, an incredible cattle station come nature reserve covering a staggering 700,000 acres right in the heart of the Kimberley. Spanning 80 kilometres from north to south and 60 kilometres east to west, much of this remote wilderness is unexplored. Stay two nights in tented accommodation at the foot of the Cockburn Ranges, immersed in nature at Emma Gorge Resort in the heart of El Questro. Explore this stunningly beautiful setting, perhaps take a refreshing swim in the resort pool and relax on your private balcony to soak in the beauty of the Cockburn Range at sunset. Later, savour a delicious dinner at your resort. Stay Two Nights: El Questro, Emma Gorge Resort (B/L/D)
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El Questro
Discover the amazing wonders of El Questro today. This morning head to the beautiful Zebedee Springs, a permanent natural thermal spring tucked away in a secluded pocket of rainforest. Relax as you soak in the hot springs and leave feeling refreshed and revitalised. After lunch at The Station, join a local ranger, to embark on a cruise along stunning Chamberlain Gorge, a fresh waterway fringed by tropical vegetation and rugged escarpments. Return to Emma Gorge for an afternoon hike to absorb this serene setting at sunset before a sumptuous dinner back at Emma Gorge Resort. (B/L/D)

Signature Experiences:
  • Soak in the thermal hot pools of Zebedee Springs at El Questro, an extremely rare discovery within the region.
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Purnululu National Park, Echidna Chasm
Journey deep into Word Heritage-listed Purnululu National Park, home to some of the country’s most striking geological formations. The park is home to the famed black and orange striped domes of the Bungle Bungle Range. Travel the Spring Creek Track then hike to the awe-inspiring Echidna Chasm, a spectacular natural cleft in the rock. Narrow in width with walls reaching 100 metres high, Echidna Chasm is a must-see in the Kimberley. Continue on to APT’s award winning Bungle Bungle Wilderness Lodge, located in the heart of the serene Purnululu National Park. Tonight, enjoy a dinner in the open air restaurant and be amazed by the sense of remoteness and quality of dining. Stay Two Nights: Bungle Bungle Wilderness Lodge (B/L/D)
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Purnululu National Park, Piccaninny Creek, Cathedral Gorge
Explore the magic of Purnululu for yourself and discover the depth of the Bungle Bungle Range. Created by the constant erosion of river movements over a staggering 20 million years, the range has both geological and Indigenous cultural significance. Standing over a grass-covered plain, steep cliffs form the western face. Walk along Piccaninny Creek as it winds through the high walls of the Bungle Bungle domes. Marvel at the majestic beehive domes as your guide brings the natural history of the range to life. Your next stop is the natural amphitheatre of Cathedral Gorge, a spacious cavern reaching skyward, where the acoustics are astounding. You may like to experience an optional scenic helicopter flight over the range (own expense). This evening, enjoy sunset drinks with new-found friends as the sun sets over the Bungle Bungle massif. (B/L/D)

Signature Experiences:
  • After a day’s exploration of the Bungle Bungle Range, enjoy drinks as the sun sets over its striking beehive domes.
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Ord River, Kununurra
Travel through rugged red landscapes to Kununurra. It is the gateway to the eastern Kimberley and home of the Ord River Scheme, an engineering feat designed to prevent seasonal flooding and to store water for irrigating large areas subject to drought. Settle into Kununurra Country Club Resort and enjoy dinner later this evening. Stay Two Nights: Kununurra Country Club Resort (B/L/D)
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Lake Argyle, Ord River
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. (B/L/D)
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Nitmiluk National Park
Cross the border into the Northern Territory on the way to Nitmiluk National Park. This evening, enjoy canapes and drinks on arrival at the beautiful Cicada Lodge, before indulging in a superb dinner showcasing the region’s finest produce. Stay: Katherine, Cicada Lodge (B/L/D)
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Nitmiluk Gorge, Kakadu National Park, Yellow Water Billabong
After breakfast, step aboard the unforgettable Nitmiluk Gorge Cruise. Discover the music, stories and ways of the local Jawoyn people. Head to Kakadu and marvel at its flora, wildlife and beautiful scenery in Australia’s largest national park. Enjoy a cruise on Yellow Water Billabong, see spectacular landscapes and rich wildlife. Tonight, enjoy dinner as you take in the beautiful surrounds of Hawk Dreaming Wilderness Lodge. Stay Two Nights: Hawk Dreaming Wilderness Lodge (B/L/D)

Signature Experiences:
  • Cruise on Yellow Water Billabong, seeing spectacular landscapes and rich wildlife.
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Arnhem Land, Hawk Dreaming, Cannon Hill
Accompanied by a local guide, cross the East Alligator River into the magical and spiritual Arnhem Land. Experience the ancient art and natural beauty of a region that is normally inaccessible to most guests. This afternoon, return to Kakadu and enjoy the art and billabongs of Cannon Hill and Hawk Dreaming. (Arnhem Land may be inaccessible for cultural reasons or when tides prevent the crossing of the East Alligator River). (B/L/D)
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Ubirr, Darwin
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. Later, travel to Darwin and indulge in a Farewell Dinner with fellow guests and newly made friends. Stay: Hilton Darwin (B/L/D)
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Depart Darwin
After breakfast your tour of this fascinating part of the world concludes with a transfer to Darwin airport for your onward flight. (B)
APT Inclusions
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Journey Highlights
  • Explore the remote Mitchell Plateau to see ancient Gwion Gwion and Wandjina rock art styles hidden in caves
  • Be joined by a local guide in Kakadu National Park on a cruise on the spectacular Yellow Waters Billabong
  • Hike to Mitchell Falls, seeing ancient rock art, then return by helicopter, flying over the impressive cascade
Trip Inclusions
  • All-inclusive sightseeing experiences in 17 locations
  • APT's Exclusive Network of Wilderness Lodges
  • Small group travel with a maximum of 20 guests
  • Expert Driver-Guide and additional guides on selected walks
  • Travel in a custom-designed 4WD vehicle
  • All meals, national park fees and airport transfers
Activity Level
  • A good level of fitness is essential for you to undertake walks in hot conditions and over rugged terrain with uneven and sometimes slippery surfaces. Some walks will require you to clamber over large boulders up to one metre high. On some of the more challenging walks at Bell Gorge, Mitchell Falls and Piccaninny Creek, you'll be accompanied and assisted by two expert APT guides. This tour contains some longer, more challenging walks. Sturdy walking shoes are an absolute must on all adventures.
Trip Notes
  • Itinerary and inclusions are subject to change
  • Weather may cause disruptions to itinerary, especially in remote locations
  • Tours at the start of the season are more susceptible to itinerary changes due to late seasonal rain
  • Travel Insurance is not included in your holiday package. Obtaining Comprehensive Travel Insurance which includes (without limitation) coverage for medical expenses, loss or damage to luggage, cruise and land content and airfare charges that may occur due to cancellation, disruption, loss of deposit and strikes is mandatory and forms part of your booking contract when booking an Outback holiday. We highly recommend that you take out a policy out at the time of booking for all tours and ensure it covers for remote evacuations, which may be at a high cost.
  • Prices are for land. Flights not included
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Reviews (3)
Trip reviews from past clients of Global Journeys who have travelled on Kimberley, Kakadu & Arnhem Land Explorer with APT.
WA, Australia
Aug 2018
“APT Kimberley Kakadu Arnhem Land”
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Fantastic trip. Accommodation wonderful glamping, food 1st class in the most remote places. Tour driver/leader Luke was exemplary, kind, considerate, extremely knowledgeable, entertaining & looked after us all perfectly. Group of 18 mixed well & had a lot of fun. We were sorry when it ended!
QLD, Australia
Jul 2018
“Wildlife experience”
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We both had a great time. Some of the walks were a little difficult but managed most of them. A bit dangerous at times for those older travelers. Food good, tour leader great and accommodation while comfortable sometimes a little cool in the evenings. Being better prepared for a couple of cold nights may have helped. Extra excursions (helicopter rides over Mitchell falls and Bungle Bungles) well worth it. Boat trips through gorges fantastic with the Ord river and Kununurra Dam trips very interesting with great commentary (plenty of Crocs too). A wonderful experience to visit Arnhem Land and the Aboriginal cultural centre with Ryan Sage a particularly knowledgeable guide. All in all a trip worth doing.
VIC, Australia
Jul 2016
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“Once in a lifetime experience”
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Our tour with APT proved to be a great holiday. Our tour guide Garycould not have been more approachable, friendly and professional. His knowledge of local sites and traditions was first class and his ability to ensure we all enjoyed our time together was appreciated by all on the tour. The tented accommodation was great and the staff at all the APT camps were so accommodating and friendly. The Kimberley is such a spectacular place to visit with its magnificent gorges, the intriguing boab trees, never-ending termite mounds, the thought-provoking cave art and just the wide expanse of land we travelled through. Some of the walks into the gorges were a little challenging but with the support of our fellow travellers and our tour guide we were able to complete all the walks....Would we do it again? If the legs and the hips hold up- YES!!
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