Day 1: HOME PORTS - BROOME
This morning depart your home ports to arrive in Broome. Upon your arrival you'll be greeted at the airport by our friendly and professional Tour Guide and taken to the Cable Beach Club Resort and Spa for check-in. Enjoy dinner this evening at the Sunset Bar and Grill overlooking Cable Beach.
Day 2: BROOME - HUNTER RIVER
Today enjoy a scenic flight up the Kimberley coast to the Mitchell Plateau. Board a helicopter and enjoy an unforgettable flight over the spectacular Mitchell Falls before landing on the helipad of the Kimberley Quest II, followed by a buffet lunch at anchor. Late afternoon take a scenic tender excursion to view the amazing red escarpments and wildlife which make the Hunter River so special.
Day 3: CAREENING BAY, PRINCE REGENT RIVER, CAMP CREEK
This morning we visit Careening Bay, site of an ancient carved boab tree first visited in 1820 by Phillip Parker King while on a hydro-graphic survey off the Australian coastline. We then cruise through St George Basin, a stunning inland sea. Leaving the vista of mighty Mt Trafalgar and Mt Waterloo, we cruise up the Prince Regent River. Marvel at the pristine waterway that cuts through sandstone cliffs and gorges. Take an excursion to Camp Creek, a beautiful waterway, lined with weeping paperbarks where you can enjoy a walk to the top of the falls for a refreshing swim.
Day 4: PRINCE REGENT RIVER, KING CASCADE, CATHEDRAL GORGE
Early morning we cruise to the King Cascade waterfalls, which is spring fed. Marvel at the rush of water cascading in breathtaking tiers, surrounded by lush ferns and a myriad of wildlife. Climb above the falls for an unforgettable swim in a massive crystal clear pool. Be rewarded with a breathtaking view over the magnificent Prince Regent River in the distance - wilderness adventuring at its best! Late afternoon join our guides for an excursion to Cathedral Falls, while spotting crocodiles and flying foxes. Alternatively fish the Prince Regent River which is renowned for big barramundi and threadfin salmon.
Day 5: CAMDEN HARBOUR, KURI BAY, LANGII
At nearby Camden Harbour, we visit forlorn settlers' graves on Sheep Island and soak up the history of the early European settlement. Take one of the tenders for a spot of exploration, have a go at fishing or collect rock oysters. Alternatively relax on the sundeck to take in the beautiful scenery. We then cruise between Augustus Island and the mainland, passing the remote pearling settlement of Kuri Bay. Late afternoon we visit the mysterious cove at Langii and witness the "Petrified Warriors". These remarkable sandstone pillars represent the warriors killed in a Dreamtime battle, afterwards enjoy a swim in the pristine ocean.
Day 6: RAFT POINT, SALE RIVER, DOUBTFUL BAY
This morning we cruise to Steep Island and anchor below Raft Point, as we prepare to walk to the caves perched on the hill. Here is some of the finest well-preserved Wandjina art in the Kimberley. From the top we have an amazing view of the Kimberley coast. We then explore the Sale River and take an excursion upstream for a dip in the spring-fed rainforest pools. On the journey home, view ancient rock art from the tenders. As the sun begins to set, we fish the inlets of Doubtful Bay for the elusive barramundi and threadfin salmon.
Day 7: RED CONE CREEK, MONTGOMERY REEF, COLLIER BAY
Take a tender excursion to Red Cone Creek for a refreshing swim at Ruby Falls, or join our guides to try your luck at mud-crabbing. We then cruise to the amazing Montgomery Reef, which covers more than 300km², making it Australia's largest inshore reef. Watch as the tide falls right before your eyes, creating a waterfall effect as the reef rises out of the water. Then take a ride in the tenders to observe many marine species, including turtles and sea birds. Late afternoon try your luck at barramundi fishing in Collier Bay or alternatively relax on-board and take in the beautiful scenery.
Day 8: TALBOT BAY, DUGONG BAY, BUCCANEER ARCHIPELAGO
Cruise to Talbot Bay, home to one of the icons of the Kimberley coast, the spectacular Horizontal Waterfalls. Take a tender and head in for an upclose and exhilarating ride through this natural phenomenon. Join a scenic excursion up the back of Cyclone Creek to marvel at the amazing rock formations. Cool off with a refreshing swim in Dugong Bay, followed by a scenic tender excursion. In the afternoon we cross the vast King Sound, cruising through the thousand islands of the Buccaneer Archipelago towards Cape Leveque at sunset, as we journey through the night towards Broome.
Day 9: Broome
Arrive into Broome early this morning. Enjoy your last breakfast on board before saying goodbye to the crew of the Kimberley Quest II. Disembarkation is at approximately 8.00am, at which time you'll be met by your Outback Spirit Tour Guide and taken to the Cable Beach Club Resort. (Note - an early check in will be organised, however your room may not be available until late morning/early afternoon). The rest of the day can be spent at your leisure before enjoying dinner in one of the club's wonderful restaurants.
Day 10: FREE MORNING, BROOME - DERBY
This morning enjoy a late check out (midday) before setting off on your land expedition of the Kimberley. After being picked up from Cable Beach Club Resort & Spa you'll depart Broome en-route to Derby. Visit Myalls Bore and Cattle Trough, the Boab Prison Tree and the Old Derby Gaol before spending the night at Derby's newest accommodation, the 4 star Spinifex Hotel.
Day 11: GIBB RIVER ROAD, BELL GORGE, MORNINGTON WILDLIFE SANCTUARY
Today we begin our journey along the remote Gibb River Road. Traverse through the King Leopold Ranges before visiting one of the Kimberley's most spectacular gorges - Bell. Enjoy a swim in the pools at the top of the waterfall and admire the stunning view down the gorge.
After a picnic lunch we drive back out to the Gibb River Road. Shortly afterwards we head east along the Tablelands Track into Mornington Wildlife Sanctuary. Once a dominant cattle station of the Kimberley, Mornington is now owned and operated by the Australian Wildlife Conservancy (AWC) and is one of the largest non-government protected areas in Australia. The sanctuary covers over 800,000 acres in the upper Fitzroy catchment and protects a range of ecosystems.
We arrive late this afternoon and spend 2 nights in unique safari tents overlooking Annie Creek. Enjoy a few drinks around the campfire before dinner.
Day 12: ECOLOGY TOUR, EXPLORING MORNINGTON
This morning we enjoy an informative ecology tour and discover why AWC is at the forefront of protecting threatened species in the Kimberley. Combined with the neighbouring Marion Downs and Artesian Range sanctuaries, AWC owns and/or manages a staggering 1.8 million acres, giving threatened species like the iconic Northern Quoll and Gouldian Finch a fighting chance for survival.
Later this morning we'll take a drive to Cadjeput waterhole on the upper Fitzroy River. Enjoy a swim and a look around this beautiful area before returning to the camp for lunch. This afternoon can be spent at your leisure. Enjoy a walk along Annie Creek, go for a swim or relax in your safari cabin. After dinner this evening we enjoy an outdoor slide show which highlights some of the ecological challenges that exist in the Kimberley and what the AWC are doing to combat them.
Day 13: GALVANS GORGE, GIBB RIVER ROAD, KALUMBURU ROAD, DRYSDALE
After breakfast we head back out to the Gibb River Road and on to Galvans Gorge. Enjoy a swim and some morning tea before heading on past Mount Barnett, crossing the Hann and Barnett Rivers as we continue to traverse the infamous Gibb. Early this afternoon we arrive at the 'Y junction' where the Kalumburu Road starts. We travel north for about an hour to arrive at Drysdale River Station, a working cattle station covering over a million acres and running 9,000 head of cattle. We stay the night in top quality station cabins with en-suite bathroom facilities.
Day 14: KALUMBURU ROAD, MITCHELL PLATEAU
Departing Drysdale this morning we continue up the Kalumburu Road and past Doongan Station before turning off onto the Mitchell Plateau track. After fording the King Edward River we visit some exceptional Indigenous rock art galleries featuring Gwion Gwion and Wandjina art.
Later this morning we continue heading west and ascend the Mitchell Plateau, passing through stunning Livistona palm forests. At approximately 2.30pm we arrive at our very own Ngauwudu Safari Camp, the most luxurious and substantial accommodation on the Mitchell Plateau. Here we'll spend the next 2 nights in deluxe Safari Suites with en-suite bathrooms. The camp features just 14 of these suites and was built in 2011 at a cost of $4 million.
After checking in, the remainder of the afternoon can be spent at your leisure. Perhaps enjoy a swim in the camp's pristine waterhole before getting ready for dinner.
Day 15: EXPLORING THE MITCHELL FALLS
The Mitchell Falls (Punamii Unpuu) are one of the most sensational attractions in the Kimberley. Today we embark on a 4km moderate walk that will take us past beautiful waterfalls and rarely seen rock art galleries featuring Gwion Gwion and Wandjina Art. Your guide will deliver full interpretation of the art, and we will also have an Indigenous guide to escort us from the local Kandiwal Community (if available). The walk concludes at the 4-tiered Mitchell Falls, where you'll have some time to admire them while having a picnic lunch.
This afternoon we take a scenic helicopter flight back to the top of the walk. (Flight included). We then return to the camp, arriving at approximately 3pm.
For passengers not wishing to do the Mitchell Falls walk there is an option to fly down by helicopter. An Outback Spirit guide will still escort you. Cost is $129 per person.
Day 16: MITCHELL PLATEAU, EL QUESTRO WILDERNESS PARK
This morning we farewell the Mitchell Plateau and head back to the Kalumburu Road before rejoining the Gibb. We then continue east and cross the Durack River before arriving at the Pentecost River at the foot of the Cockburn Range. We stop to admire the view of the stunning escarpment before continuing on to Emma Gorge Resort, part of the world renowned El Questro Wilderness Park. Enjoy 2 nights here in unique tented safari cabins at the foot of the Cockburn Range and discover all the gems of this fascinating and iconic property.
Day 17: EXPLORING EL QUESTRO
This morning enjoy a leisurely 1 hour cruise on Chamberlain Gorge, a 3km long fresh waterhole bound by towering escarpments. Afterwards we visit the magical Zebedee Thermal Springs for a swim in the warm crystal clear water. We then return to Emma Gorge resort for lunch, followed by a free afternoon. Relax by the pool, enjoy a drink at the bar or take the walk up to the Emma Gorge waterfall (medium level of fitness required). Either way, you are sure to appreciate some time to yourself in this magnificent Kimberley setting.
Day 18: EL QUESTRO - KUNUNURRA
This morning we head into Wyndham for a visit to Five Rivers Lookout, featuring spectacular views of Cambridge Gulf. After a cup of tea we head to Kununurra and on to Lake Argyle, visiting the Durack Homestead Museum along the way. Upon our arrival at the dam wall we enjoy lunch before starting our exhilarating 3-hour cruise down the Ord River, one of the best cruises in the Kimberley. Enjoy expert commentary along the way, learning about the river's ecology and the Ord Irrigation Scheme. We arrive into Kununurra at sunset and are transferred to the Kununurra Country Club Resort for our overnight stay.
Day 19: KUNUNURRA, BUNGLE BUNGLES
After breakfast we take a tour around the local area including Ivanhoe Plains, part of the massive Ord River Irrigation Scheme. Also enjoy some free time in the centre of Kununurra before departing for the Bungle Bungles. We travel south down the Great Northern Highway and through Mabel Downs Station before entering the World Heritage Listed Purnululu National Park (the Bungle Bungles). We arrive at Bellburn Safari Lodge late afternoon and spend the next 2 nights in en-suited safari cabinTypes.
Day 20: BUNGLE BUNGLES, CATHEDRAL GORGE, ECHIDNA CHASM
This morning you have the option to take a scenic helicopter flight over the Bungle Bungles. Flights must be pre-booked with our office and start at $255 per peron for an 18 minute flight.
Purnululu National Park was World Heritage Listed in 2003 and is home to unique orange and black beehive shaped dome formations. This morning we enjoy a walk amongst the domes and follow Piccaninny Creek up to Cathedral Gorge. This afternoon visit Echidna Chasm in the north of the park before returning to Bellburn Safari Lodge for our final night in the Bungle Bungles.
Day 21: BUNGLE BUNGLES, HALLS CREEK, FITZROY CROSSING
This morning we depart the Bungle Bungles and travel via Halls Creek to Fitzroy Crossing where we visit Geikie Gorge National Park for a 1-hour cruise on the Fitzroy River. The river has carved its way through an ancient limestone barrier reef, exposing age old fossils on the walls of the gorge. We return to Fitzroy Crossing late afternoon for our overnight stay at the Fitzroy River Lodge.
Day 22: FITZROY CROSSING, WINDJANA GORGE, BROOME
Departing early this morning our first attraction today is Tunnel Creek National Park, where you will have the opportunity to walk through the 750m underground river. Next up is a visit to Windjana Gorge, where in places the walls of the gorge stand up to 100m above the floodplain. Your experienced guide will take you for a leisurely informative walk through the gorge before departing for Broome. We arrive into Broome later this afternoon and check-in to the luxurious and iconic Cable Beach Club Resort & Spa for a 2 night stay.
Day 23: BROOME AT LEISURE
This morning enjoy a town tour of Broome before lunch at Cable Beach Club Resort &Spa. Alternatively the entire day can be spent at your leisure.
Day 24: BROOME - HOME PORTS
Today you will be transferred to the airport for your return flight home. Alternatively if you are staying on in Broome you will be transferred to your accommodation. Bon Voyage!