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Sacred Earth Safaris - 9 Day accommodated Kimberley tour Darwin to Broome
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9 Day accommodated Kimberley tour Darwin to Broome

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Sacred Earth Safaris
BOOK BEYOND AUG 18
The price quoted on the departure date for ''more than a day'' tours covers all days of the tour.

Duration
Nine days

Operates
There are no departures from Darwin in 2017. Tour available for private charter on any date, subject to availability. 2018 departs Darwin on 23rd May

Destinations
Bungle Bungles (WA), El Questro (WA), Gibb River Road (WA), Katherine, Kimberley (East) (WA), Kimberley (WA), Kimberley (West) (WA), Kununurra (WA)

Departs from
Darwin

Departure/Pickup Instructions
You will be collected from your accommodation at 7am- please be waiting out the front.

Departure Time
0700 AM

Returns/Ends At
6.00 PM

Suitable for
Adults and children over the age of 10 years.


Itinerary
Day 1 (L)

You will be collected from your hotel at 7am this morning to begin your 9 day 4WD safari through the Kimberley region.

We head south, along the Stuart Highway to Katherine and after some free time in the town, we continue west. En-route, we can stop to view the Victoria River, one of the largest tidal influenced rivers in the Territory with an abundance of saltwater crocodiles.

We cross through the border into Western Australia and onto Lake Argyle, Australia’s largest man- made lake, covering 1000sq km and built as part of the Ord River scheme. It offers a great expanse of water from which steep red rocky slopes reach up approximately a 150m, in awe-inspiring grandeur.

Overnight accommodation - Lake Argyle Resort, in en-suite rooms

Day 2 (B,L,D)

After breakfast, we head out to Lake Argyle for a 2 hour morning cruise. Take in the untamed landscape of the magnificent Carr Boyd Ranges along the inaccessible North Western shoreline as you cruise through some of Lake Argyles 90 islands and inlets.

Then we pop into Kununurra to collect fresh supplies (due to border restrictions) and for a look around before heading south to the Bungle Bungles.

Purnululu National park (the Bungle Bungles) is famous for the ancient range of unusual beehive-shaped domes, gorges and chasms over 350 million years old. The section of road into the park is quite challenging and will give you a real sense of off-road adventure !

Overnight accommodation – Cabin with en-suite in the Bungle Bungles (2 night stay).

Day 3 (B,L,D)

We spend today in the Bungle Bungles. Our first stop in the park is Cathedral Gorge, a huge natural amphitheatre, with fantastic acoustics. We then take the walk to the Piccininny Lookout, followed by the “Domes trail walk”.

This afternoon we take a walk into Echidna Chasm, which is a narrow gorge of conglomerate rock. The walk in is beautiful, passing endemnic livistonia palms.

There’s time today for optional helicopter flights (additional cost).

Overnight accommodation – Cabin with en-suite in the Bungle Bungles

Day 4 (B,L)

After breakfast, we leave the Bungle Bungles and head north again, to Emma Gorge, part of El Questro Wilderness Park, which is a million acres in size.

En-route, we visit the beautiful Parrys Lagoon, which offers excellent bird watching in the comfort of the purpose built bird hide or from one of the walkways. We also stop to enjoy the breathtaking views from Telegraph Hill, over the billabong and wetlands.

Overnight accommodation – Emma Gorge Resort, in tented cabins with en-suites (2 night stay).

Day 5 (B,L)

We start today with a dip at the Zebedee Springs thermal pools, set amongst palm trees.

Then we drive to the station and you have some free time to take an optional extra walk, bird watch, swim in the station rockpools or simply relax.

We head back to Emma Gorge for lunch and this afternoon you can take the walk to the beautiful Emma Gorge and waterfall, at your leisure. A cool reward awaits you at the end of the walk in, where you can swim at Emma Gorge pool and the 200ft waterfall that is fed from a series of natural springs high above the plateau of the Cockburn Range.

Overnight accommodation – Emma Gorge

Day 6 (B,L,D)

Leaving Emma Gorge, we head onto the Gibb River Road and we’ll drive through the Pentecost River to a lookout, for fantastic views of the river and the mighty Cockburn Range.

We’ll also view an art site of cuples, Wanjana figures and Petroglyphs (rock carvings). This is also where the local Aboriginal people used to shelter and sharpen their spears.

We turn onto the Kalumburu Road and make our way to Drysdale River Station.

Overnight accommodation – Drysdale River Station, in station rooms with shared bathroom facilities, on a DBB basis

**upgrade to en-suited rooms may be available for an extra charge

Day 7 (B,L,D)

This morning you have the option (additional cost) of taking a spectacular 2 hour flight over Mitchell Falls and the Kimberley coast.

Your flight takes you past Mt Hann, Deep Gorge and the Rift, then over the magnificent Prince Regent Nature
Reserve. Follow the Prince Regent River, fly over unnamed waterfalls, King Cascades, St George Basin, Mt Trafalgar, Prince Frederick Harbour, the Hunter River, Donkins Hill Falls and the spectacular Mitchell Falls. The vast beautiful unspoilt coastline of the wilderness nature reserve is always a heart winner. You may even be lucky enough see crocodiles, dugong and whales.

Those not taking the scenic flight can enjoy a swim at nearby Miners Pool.

Our destination today is Mt Elizabeth Station, a working cattle station, established in 1945 by the pioneering Lacey Family, who still own and run the property today. En-route we visit an art site in the Gibb River area.

Once we’ve checked into our Mt Elizabeth accommodation, you should have a couple of hours to take the station nature walk or relax and enjoy your surrounds, before dinner.

Overnight accommodation – station rooms with shared bathroom facilities at Mt. Elizabeth Station, on a DBB basis

**en-suite rooms are planned for 2018 as an addition to the property in 2018 and may be available for an extra charge **

Day 8 (B,L,D)

Our first stop this morning is Galvans Gorge, where a short walk leads to a pretty gorge and plungepool, surrounded by boab trees. It also has some interesting rock art.

We continue west to Bell Gorge, which is said to be the most picturesque gorge in the Kimberley. We have lunch here and spend the rest of the afternoon swimming and relaxing at the waterfall and plungepool.

Then we’ll make our way through the Napier and King Leopold Ranges to our accommodation

Overnight accommodation – air- conditioned station rooms with shared bathrooms OR en-suite safari tents at Mt. Hart Wilderness Lodge, on a DBB basis

Day 9 (B,L)

Today we pass through the King Leopold and Napier Ranges to Windjana Gorge, part of an ancient Devonian reef system where the Lennard River has cut through the Napier range. We take a walk into Windjana gorge to view the fossilised reef system and freshwater crocodiles can often be seen lazing around on the river banks.

Then onto Tunnel Creek, a 750m long limestone tunnel in the Napier Range, carved into the rock over thousands of years. As you walk through the tunnel, view stalactites and stalacmites and hear the story of Jandamarra, who used the tunnel as a hideout in the late 1800’s.

The last leg of our journey along the Gibb river road takes us towards Derby, where we’ll stop at the prison boab tree, before making our way to Broome.

We arrive into Broome in the early evening and you will be dropped off at your accommodation.

END ITINERARY

B= Breakfast L= Lunch D= Dinner

Inclusions
Seat in 26 seater Tatra 6WD tour coach with professional driver guide,
Meals as stated,
Permits & entry fees, Lake Argyle cruise, 3 nights in fixed safari tents and 5 nights accommodation

Exclusions
Arrival/departure flights
Travel insurance
Pre and post tour accommodation
Single supplement of $1100 pp for own room / safari tent (solo travelers must have single room / safari tent), Bungle Bungles helicopter flight, Mitchell Falls scenic flight

Note
Maximum 15 guests in 26 seat 6WD tour coach

Fitness Level
A reasonable fitness level is required for this tour

What To Bring
1L water bottle
small torch
hat
suncream
swimmers and towel
personal medication and toiletrries
camera
something warm to wear in the evenings

Child Policies
Child rate is valid for children over 10 but under 15 years. This tour is not suitable for children under 10 years, unless on sole use private charter (please contact us).

Childrens Rate
$5195.00

Single Supplement (if applicable)
$1200.00


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