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Wonders of the Kimberley

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Fully Guided Coach Group Scenic / Sightseeing
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 Trip Length
11 Days
 Trip Starts
Broome
 Trip Finishes
Darwin
11 Day Wonders of the Kimberley Itinerary (AAT Kings)
Countries Explored: Australia
Accommodation
4 - 4.5 Star
Max. Group Size
49
Trip Style
First Choice
Trip Code
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Overview

Read 28 reviews and enjoy exclusive savings on AAT Kings 11 Day Wonders of the Kimberley. The Top End of Australia, from Western Australia to the Northern Territory, 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 Broome to Darwin, 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.

Itinerary

You're about to spend the next 10 days with a group of similarly minded adventure-seekers who will likely become best friends before you even leave tonight's dinner venue. Break the ice over a few cool drinks and a suitably dazzling Broome sunset that sinks into the Indian Ocean with a sizzle. (D) Stay: Cable Beach Club Resort (2 Nights)

Among the most multicultural cities in Australia, Broome became a base for fortune-seekers the world over during its ‘pearl rush'. Many of them never left. The pristine waters here grow great oysters, and the resulting pearls are prized by lovers of all things that gleam. The hardest thing you have to do today is decide how to spend it. We have a few ideas.

Opt to go to the source and see how pearls are painstakingly grown and harvested, perhaps. Or head north to feel the full force of nature on an optional scenic flight over (and heart-starting cruise through) the magical Horizontal Falls. Only then will you begin to grasp just how mighty the tides are here, ramming through two narrow chasms and creating a waterfall that appears to have been tipped on its side. It will take your breath away, in more ways than one - those boats move fast.

We wouldn't blame you for simply enjoying Broome's tropical climes, strolling along 22-kilometre Cable Beach, discovering colourful Chinatown then following locals to the sand, or a beachside bar, to salute the end of a spectacular day in WA. (B)

Things are bigger in Broome, including the footprints. Preserved for 125 million years in the reef rock at Gantheaume Point are the imprints of long-extinct dinosaurs. Remarkably, the Broome coast has become one of the most significant paleontological sites in the world. Next stop - Fitzroy Crossing, the gateway to Danggu (Geikie) Gorge.

Jump aboard a boat to discover how this part of the Kimberley was formed by the Fitzroy River carving the Napier Range, leaving behind a dramatic chasm with 30-metre walls, home to a plethora of wildlife. This all happened in Devonian times, some 350 million years ago. Keep watch for all creatures great and small, from freshwater crocs to fruit bats and wallabies. Look up to see white-bellied sea eagles and rare purple-crowned fairy wrens. (B/D) Stay: Fitzroy River Lodge

Begin your deep dive into First Nations culture at a Fitzroy Crossing art gallery, a thriving venue dedicated to works by Aboriginal creatives. Pick up a piece or two to support the local community. Your connection to this culture continues as you travel toward the Great Sandy Desert, on the edge of which is the town of Halls Gap. This place is small in population, but big in personality. (B/L/D) Stay: 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 First Nations guide will not only point out where the magic once happened, but also explain the Aboriginal significance of this land - the traditional Barramundi Dreaming site - to First Nations communities.

Then it's on to the Gibb River Road, 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 backdropped by the Cockburn Range, surrounded by an oasis of pandanus and palms. When darkness falls, expect a bedazzlement of stars overhead. (B/L/D) Stay: Emma Gorge Resort, Tented Cabin with private facilities (2 Nights)

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 60-metre escarpments, a brilliant shade of orange in the morning sun. 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. The latter is a challenge to reach - you will work up a sweat hiking there. But diving in at the end is worth the effort. Be back on your patio in time for sundowners. (B/D)

It's not every day that you have the privilege of glimpsing the inner workings of a rum distillery with the family that owns it. Thanks to our AAT Kings connections, we've organised for you to meet the makers and discover how Hoochery Distillery prepares 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.

Kununurra is 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 such family is chronicled at the Durack Homestead Museum, revealing how the property was dismantled then reassembled on higher ground when much of the countryside was flooded for the dam.

The project not only helped water the countryside, but created Lake Argyle. A sunset cruise here, surrounded by tens of thousands of freshwater crocs and an embarrassment of birds, is something you won't forget in a hurry. (B/D) Stay: Kununurra Country Club Resort (2 Nights)

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 over World Heritage-listed Purnululu National Park. Or opt to stay grounded on a 4WD tour through the ethereal landscape. 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.

Both destinations reveal the mind-boggling geology of this part of the world. Whatever direction you go, be sure to join the locals atop Kelly's Knob for views over town as the sun sets. (B/D)

Say goodbye to WA and hello to the NT, your introduction to the state the vast pastoral lands that characterise the outback here. Locals come with plenty of country swagger, as you'll discover when you meet the horseman and award-winning musician Tom Curtain for an afternoon of knee-slappin' fun on a working station. Tom's quite the entertainer, and regales visitors with songs and stories during his Katherine Outback Experience. Fun, engaging and insightful. (B/D) Stay: Paraway Motel

Nature reigns supreme 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 echoing around this enormous chasm. Remarkably, this is one of 13 gorges carved through the national park, and at every bend in the river, the sun casts soaring sandstone cliffs a different colour.

As you ease north, reminders of the impact of WWII line the banks of the Adelaide River. The headquarters of a military base once stood here, and there's a cemetery nearby to remember those who lost their lives here. It's a sobering sight. The balmy Darwin climate sets the pace for your city tour: relaxed. Meet locals (there are some characters), discover the city's architecture and learn about the events that have shaped life in the Top End, from Cyclone Tracy to WWII when the Northern Territory capital was bombed.

It doesn't matter how long you've lived in Darwin, the Mindil Beach Sunset Market is an institution. Browse the food stalls before gathering to watch the day disappear and exchange email addresses with your new friends. (B/D) Stay: Vibe Hotel Darwin Waterfront

Eleven days. Countless adventures. A bunch of new friends. And a renewed appreciation for the wild side of Australia. What a journey this has been. (B)

Trip Inclusions

  • Danggu (Geikie) Gorge knows how to dial up the natural drama, its 30-metre escarpments creating an enormous chasm. On a cruise, your ranger will point out lurking crocs.
  • Western Australian sunsets are epic, as you'll discover when cruising down the Ord River from Lake Argyle. Some moments burn into your memory.
  • Your Aboriginal guide through the Argyle Diamond Mine knows a thing or two about the rare pink gems once mined here. They'll also enlighten you on just how sacred this land is.
  • Aboriginal Songlines are strong across Western Australia. Ensure they stay that way with a visit to an First Nations art gallery, and support creatives by picking up a piece or two.

  • Specialist team of two highly experienced Travel Director and Driver Guide
  • Local Specialists (Guides)
  • Centrally located premium hotels

  • 10 Full Breakfasts
  • 2 Lunches
  • 7 Dinners with Wine
  • 1 Farewell Dinner
  • 1 Be My Guest Dinner

  • Water bottle
  • Warm layers in cooler months
  • Camera
  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Sunglasses, sunscreen and hat

  • Day 1: Flights to arrive by 3:00pm into Broome Airport
  • Day 11: Flights to depart any time from Darwin Airport

  • Remote region of Western Australia - Moderate level of fitness required. Extreme temperatures can be experienced in this remote region of Australia. Pack warm clothes for the cool evenings and comfortable clothes for the heat of the day.

  • Accommodation, itinerary and inclusions subject to change.
  • Prices are for land/cruise and internal flights as specified only. Flights not specified are not included.

Trip Reviews (28) View All Most Recent 'Wonders of the Kimberley' Reviews

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Aptly named Wonders of the Kimberley tour 1 , Nsw, Australia, Jul 2022
The AAT Wonders of the Kimberley tour was led by a very experienced, professional, organised and likeable guide, Dave, with a wonderful driver Darren who kept us safe on the drive and the bus cleaned for each day. The accommodation and meals were all of high standard including those in more remote areas. Highlights included Cable Beach stay in Broome, ...read more the Argyle Lake boat tour, Emma Gorge walk and Katherine Gorge boat trip. Our booking experience was excellent through Global Journeys (thanks Hannah). We would recommend both Global Journeys and AAT Kings to others.
Fabulous scenery and experiences 0 , QLD, Australia, Jun 2022
Loved our trip to the Kimberley. Starting in Broome was great but also the best of accommodation by far. Smaller places had basic but clean and ok stays. Longish days on the bus but lots of wonderful rewards. Loved El Questro stay in luxury tents, flight over the Bungle Bungles was a must. Flexibility is a key as lots of changes needed in itinerary ...read more due to Covid but effectively handled by our great guide Nellie and driver Darren. Thoroughly enjoyed the varied and diverse experiences...especially 4 very different cruises!!! The long journey from Brisbane to Broome via Perth was well worthwhile but with flight disruptions and changes we were very glad to arrive a day early to make sure we arrived in time for the start of the trip.
Wonders of the Kimberley 0 , VIC, Australia, Jul 2021
We thoroughly enjoyed our tour of the Kimberleys with AAT Kings and feel extremely lucky to have made it as all future tours for 2021 have been cancelled. Our guide Delma, and driver Cam were excellent. Because of border closures we only had 19 fellow passengers, all of whom were very easy to get along with. We would like to thank Georgie, from Global ...read more Journeys for her help in planning this trip. We will certainly be looking at booking any future trips with her.
Kimberley Highlights 0 , QLD, Australia, May 2021
Comfortable trip - accommodation and food excellent (had to stop eating breakfasts) - tour director (Cam) and driver (John) were first class always on hand to help the tourists. Highlights were the day trip to the Bungle Bungles and the fast cruise with the crazy Alaskan chick. We probably expected a slightly more adventurous trip a la Gibb River road ...read more but still very enjoyable. All the passengers got on well which is important with a trip like this.
Wonders of the Kimberley   0 , NSW, Australia, Sep 2019
Would travel with AAT Kings again. Excellent tour director and coach driver. Tour all the better because it only had 22 passengers.
11 Day Wonders of the Kimberley 0 , VIC, Australia, Sep 2019
The tour was very well organised and the tour leader was very informative due to him having lived in the area we visited. The stories he had heard in his time living there gave us insight to the people who live in these places. The accommodation in most places was exceptional and the meals included surpassed my expectations. The overall experience ...read more was enlightening and very enjoyable.
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