Travel 2 Australia & New Zealand 2018/19

BROOME & THE K IMBERL EY

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS • Walk through the underground passage at Tunnel Creek learning about the culture and traditions of the first Australians • Discover a hidden highlight of the West Kimberley with a stop in the idyllic retreat of Bell Gorge • Marvel at the huge, four-tiered Mitchell Falls — a stunning testament to the power and scale of nature • Enjoy plenty of time to discover the untamed natural beauty of El Questro Station — paddle in waterfalls, hike through gorges and take on adventurous 4WD expeditions • Soak up the fiery sunsets over the red domes of the Bungle Bungle Ranges in Purnululu National Park • Climb aboard a Nitnit Dreaming Cultural Cruise through the inspiring natural wonder of the Nitmiluk Gorge and acquire an understanding of Jawoyn customs

Days 8 & 9: Drysdale Station – El Questro Wilderness Park Continue our journey up the Gibb River Road to the iconic El Questro Wilderness Park. 2 nights here allows enough time to join some of the many activities on offer including a refreshing dip in the Zebedee Springs, a trek into El Questro Gorge, Emma Gorge or a cruise on Chamberlain Gorge (own expense). Alternatively, you can explore this beautiful wilderness park at your own leisure. (BL,BLD) Days 10 & 11: El Questro – Purnululu National Park (Bungle Bungles) Head south down the Great Northern Highway to Purnululu National Park, home of the magnificent Bungle Bungles. Rivers created this landscape of unique orange and black striped ‘beehive’ geological formations over a period of 20 million years. Unbelievably, only the locals knew it existed until the early 1980’s; once discovered by others, the area was made a national park in 1987. Explore Echidna Chasm (2km), known for its towering Livistonia Palm trees, and take a short walk (2-3km) into stunning Cathedral Gorge, where towering rocks create a natural amphitheatre. There is time in the afternoon to take an optional scenic flight and enjoy a birds- eye view of the beehive domes (approx $400pp, own expense) to put it all into perspective. (BLD) Day 12: Purnululu National Park – Lake Argyle Returning north we pause in Kununurra en route to the shores of the expansive Lake Argyle, situated at the heart of the Ord River Irrigation System, which has transformed this dry region into a lush agricultural oasis. Visit the historic Durack Homestead Museum or take on one of the many bush trails to explore the area. A sunset cruise on the lake is a stunning way to end the day. (BL) Day 13: Lake Argyle – Katherine Continue east along the Victoria Highway and cross the border into the Northern Territory as we travel to the outback town of Katherine, home to the spectacular Nitmiluk Gorge. (BLD) Day 14: Katherine - Nitmiluk Gorge & Edith Falls – Darwin A morning cruise through Katherine (Nitmiluk) Gorge is a great start to the last day. Nitmiluk Gorge is an inspiring natural wonder comprising 13 different gorges, carved over a millennia by the Katherine River. On the Nitnit Dreaming Cultural Cruise, we explore 2 of these gorges, and discover the customs of the traditional land owners, the Jawoyn people. After the cruise, enjoy a dip in Edith Falls then travel into Darwin, arriving at approx. 5.00pm. (BL) Day 15: Depart Darwin You are free to depart Darwin at any time today. If you have more time we recommend you join another adventure into Litchfield National Park or Kakadu National Park. This is a camping tour with accommodation from Day 2 in permanent and pop-up tents with basic facilities. PRICES INCLUDE • 13 nights’ camping (with basic facilities) and 1 night accommodation in a comfortable, central hotel • Meals as specified: 13 breakfasts, 13 lunches, 9 dinners • Touring by air-conditioned 4WD vehicle

diverse vegetation, you will be sure to enjoy the view and spend the day well relaxed. Take the opportunity to photograph the scenery, pick a nice spot to drop your fishing

line or simply take a dip in the refreshing water. (BLD) Days 5 & 6: Mt. Elizabeth – The Mitchell Plateau

Our 2 day diversion to the majestic Mitchell Plateau is a highlight of the trip. Take on real 4WD country as we travel the rugged Kalumburu Road then turn off onto the Mitchell Plateau Track. After crossing rivers and passing through ancient Livistonia palm forests, emerge from the savannah and onto the Mitchell Plateau. With 2 nights camping in the National Park, trek to Little and Big Merten Falls, take a dip in pristine plunge pools, enjoy a short scenic helicopter flight and view Bradshaw rock art. (BLD) Day 7: The Mitchell Plateau – Drysdale Station Drysdale River Station is an oasis in the outback. This million acre, family-owned and operated cattle station, runs approximately 10,000 head of cattle and lies in the North Kimberley on the Gibb River Road. Hanging out in the true blue Australian Outback means you have all the magical scenery and feeling of isolation you could ask for. On arrival you may wish to explore the nearby surroundings or sit back and enjoy a delicious dinner and beverage in the beer garden, warm yourself around the log fire in the cool night air and camp riverside at Miners Pool. (BL)

• Services of an experienced Intrepid group leader throughout • Arrival airport transfer in Broome, sightseeing and touring as specified (excludes ‘optional’ items)

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