El Questro, Gorges and Purnululu with Coastal Cruise

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Destination: Australia

Travel Dates: From 01-Apr-2019 to 30-Sep-2019

Duration: 21 days

Company: APT

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Inclusions

  • Travel the Gibb River Road through the heart of the Kimberley to cross wild rivers and traverse epic red landscapes

  • All-inclusive sightseeing experiences in 29 locationsDaily excursions on Zodiac vesselsAPT Driver-Guide and 10 member Expedition TeamSmall groups of no more than 20 guests on your 4WD land journey56 meals and all-day beverages on your cruiseTransfers, port charges, sightseeing and park fees

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Day 1: Arrive Broome
Arrive in Broome and be transferred to Cable Beach Club Resort & Spa.
Day 2: Gibb River Road, Tunnel Creek, Windjana Gorge
Your day starts with a visit to the fascinating Boab Prison Tree. Believed to be more than 1,500 years old and measuring an incredible 14 metres in diameter, this remarkable tree was once used by early police patrols as a standing point for prisoners as they were walked to Derby. Today, the hollow tree is a registered Aboriginal site of great cultural significance. Continue your journey along the iconic Gibb River Road, a remote 660-kilometre outback highway stretching between Broome and Kununurra. The‘Gibb’ traverses the wild heart of the Kimberley, passing spectacular landscapes of intensely coloured ranges, dramatic gorges, deep rock pools and spectacular waterfalls. Turn off the Gibb River Road to the extraordinary Tunnel Creek, a 750-metre-long natural tunnel carved through the Napier Range. With torch in hand, wade through the cool waters that fill the tunnel and emerge on the other side to the sight of a tranquil and stunning oasis. Continue on to 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. Back on the Gibb River Road, travel into the King Leopold Range National Park, which covers more than 900,000 acres and features seven rugged ranges. Later, arrive at your lodge for dinner.
Meals Included
Breakfast
lunch
dinner
Day 3: Bell Gorge, Hiking and Swimming
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 birdwatching. If you are feeling particularly energetic, you can hike to the lower pool of the gorge and take a relaxing dip below the cascading waterfall.
Meals Included
Breakfast
lunch
dinner
Day 4: Galvans Gorge, Manning Gorge, Gibb River Road, Home Valley Station
Travel through the heart of Kimberley cattle country to discover the beautifully secluded Galvans Gorge, where a short walk leads to a picturesque waterhole, perhaps cool down with a refreshing swim. At beautiful Manning Gorge, you’ll enjoy lunch in the shade of Boab trees. Later arrive at Home Valley Station, an immense cattle property filled with spellbinding scenery. Head to a superb viewing area as you savour this inspirational setting with sunset drinks, overlooking the Cockburn Range. Later enjoy a delicious dinner at Home Valley Station.
Meals Included
Breakfast
lunch
dinner
Day 5: El Questro, Emma Gorge
Cross the Pentecost River into El Questro, covering a staggering one million acres. Afterwards, visit the station township and take a moment to unwind. Hike to picturesque Emma Gorge, where you can indulge in a refreshing dip in a safe freshwater swimming hole beneath a towering droplet waterfall. Tonight, absorb the serene surroundings before indulging in a delicious dinner with your fellow travellers.
Meals Included
Breakfast
lunch
dinner
Day 6: El Questro, Ord River, Lake Kununurra, Kununurra
Travel to the majestic Lake Argyle and join a spectacular wildlife cruise on the mighty Ord River. From a modern shaded vessel, discover a fascinating ecological system that is rich in wildlife, flora and undeniable beauty. This evening, spend your time at leisure or simply relax at your hotel.
Meals Included
Breakfast
lunch
dinner
Day 7: Purnululu National Park, Echidna Chasm
Depart Kununurra and journey to Purnululu National Park, one of Australia’s most stunning natural landscapes. The park is home to the famed black and orange striped domes of the Bungle Bungle Range, ascending to 578 metres above sea level. Standing over a grass-covered plain, steep cliffs form the western face. Created by the constant erosion of river movements over a staggering 20 million years, the range has both geological and Indigenous cultural significance. It is an imposing sight and one that you are sure to remember forever. Join a hike along a Livistona palm-fringed trail into Echidna Chasm, a spectacular natural cleft in the rock. Settle into the tranquil ambience of the Bungle Bungle Wilderness Lodge, located in the heart of this stunning national park. Enjoy a delicious dinner and share your adventures with your fellow travellers.
Meals Included
Breakfast
lunch
dinner
Day 8: Piccaninny Creek, Cathedral Gorge
Explore the magic of Purnululu for yourself and discover the depth of the Bungle Bungle Range. Walk along Piccaninny Creek, a winding gorge within the Bungle Bungle domes. Your next stop is the natural amphitheatre of Cathedral Gorge, a spacious cavern where the acoustics are astounding. Marvel at the majestic beehive domes as your guide brings the natural history of the range to life. You may like to experience an optional scenic helicopter flight over the domes (own expense).
Meals Included
Breakfast
lunch
dinner
Day 9: Halls Creek, Fitzroy Crossing
Head to Halls Creek and admire the unusual China Wall. A natural quartz formation that runs six kilometres along the landscape, the wall is an echo of that for which it was named - the Great Wall of China. Continue on towards Fitzroy Crossing, a small settlement situated on the Fitzroy River.
Meals Included
Breakfast
lunch
dinner
Day 10: Geikie Gorge, Broome
Travel to Geikie Gorge National Park and explore magnificent Darngku (Geikie Gorge). Flooding of the river has bleached the walls white over time - an intriguing sight that makes it popular with photographers. Board a unique cruise before returning to Broome. Return to Cable Beach Club Resort and Spa.
Meals Included
Breakfast
lunch
Day 11: Broome, Embark Ship
This morning check out of your hotel and take part in a short Broome tour before transferring to your expedition ship and enjoy a Welcome Dinner on board.
Meals Included
Breakfast
dinner
Day 12: Adele Island, Buccaneer Archipelago
Cruise to Adele Island and board your ship’s Zodiacs with your Expedition Team to explore this remote and isolated island. The island is classified by BirdLife International as an Important Bird Area for sea birds and waders and is an important habitat for breeding frigatebirds, brown boobies, cormorants and Australian pelicans. The island is surrounded by Adele Reef which is home to soft and hard corals and a large variety of marine life including reef sharks and stingrays.
Meals Included
Breakfast
lunch
dinner
Day 13: Talbot Bay, Horizontal Falls
Cruise through to Talbot Bay, known for its massive 12-metre tides that create an amazing spectacle, the incredible Horizontal Falls. David Attenborough described these impressive tides as “one the greatest natural wonders of the world.” Later, take a Zodiac cruise through Cyclone Creek to see dramatic folding in the rock formations and keep an eye out for native birdlife and saltwater crocodiles.
Meals Included
Breakfast
lunch
dinner
Day 14: Raft Point, Doubtful Bay, Montgomery Reef
Travel ashore at Raft Point to visit an ancient Wandjina rock art site, gaining a unique perspective from a local Indigenous guide (when available). The Wandjina is known as a living art tradition as these stunning figures are ritually repainted, however scientific estimates show that the original depictions date as far back as 5,000 years. These figures, identified as having a distinctive plate-like face with no mouth, are said to show a powerful creator being. Later cruise through Doubtful Bay, an amazing location for whale watching during the season.
Meals Included
Breakfast
lunch
dinner
Day 15: Careening Bay, Prince Regent Reserve
Visit Careening Bay, the home of the historic Mermaid Boab Tree, where in 1820 Lieutenant Phillip Parker King used the area’s massive tides to beach his damaged ship, the HMC Mermaid to repair a leak in the ship’s hull. One of King’s crew members carved the ship’s name in a Boab Tree that overlooks the bay, and today you have the chance to see for yourself a living piece of Australian colonial history. Continue on to explore Prince Regent Nature Reserve, a protected area that is only accessible by boat and is recognised as a national biodiversity hotspot. Spend time in the picturesque area of Hanover Bay and perhps visit St George Basin by Zodiac to see saltwater crocodiles and numerous marine creatures if tidal conditions permit.
Meals Included
Breakfast
lunch
dinner
Day 16: Prince Frederick Harbour, Hunter River, Mitchell Falls
Arrive at Prince Frederick Harbour, home to soaring red cliffs and mangroves. With its extreme tides and pristine ecosystems, there is an incredible range of wildlife to discover here including saltwater crocodiles, mudskippers and a plethora of bird species including kingfishers, egrets, herons and the majestic white-bellied sea eagles. Board a Zodiac with your Expedition Team to explore the Hunter River, then visit Naturalist Island where an optional helicopter flight to Mitchell Falls departs (own expense, guests are advised to pre-register interest).
Meals Included
Breakfast
lunch
dinner
Day 17: Bigge Island
Discover Bigge Island today, off the coast of the Kimberley, approximately six kilometres from the mainland. In caves throughout the island, see examples of first contact art depicting European tall ships dating from the 15th to 18th century. Learn how the mysterious Wandjina figures are unique to the Kimberley, to the Wunambal, the Wandjina is the supreme Creator and a symbol of fertility and rain who comes to the Kimberley every wet season to bring life. This belief in a single Creator or God is unique to the Kimberley. Many of the Wandjina art sites are still repainted each year as a tradition which reconnects the Wunambal to their Creator. Having been repainted annually for the past 5,000 years, this is thought to be the oldest continuous sacred painting tradition on the planet.
Meals Included
Breakfast
lunch
dinner
Day 18: Vansittart Bay, Jar Island
Join your Expedition Team to take an informative walk across salt flats at Vansittart Bay to view the wreckage of a US Air Force C-53 which crash landed on the beach during World War II. The C-53 is a modified civilian Douglas DC-3 airliner, an aircraft used extensively during World War II by the Allies. Later, visit Jar Island and see examples of the Kimberley’s mysterious Gwion Gwion (formerly Bradshaw) paintings, dating back some 20,000 years. These stylised figures give impressions of movement, depicting people involved in ritual dancing, complete with elaborate clothing including tassels hanging from the arms and waist. The style of these paintings is very distinctive.
Meals Included
Breakfast
lunch
dinner
Day 19: Koolama Bay, King George River and Falls
Wake up this morning on the Kimberley Coast as your ship cruises into Koolama Bay. Once known as Cape Ruilhieres, hear how this spectacular harbour was renamed following the Japanese bombing of the MV Koolama in 1942, while carrying 91 passengers, 89 crew and a cargo of war supplies destined for the Australian Army at Wyndham. Arrive at King George River and board your ship’s fleet of Zodiacs with an Expedition Team member. Meander through the gorge system, travelling 12 kilometres upstream to discover hidden mangrove-fringed coves and 100-metre-high red-cliffs.
Meals Included
Breakfast
lunch
dinner
Day 20: At sea
Enjoy a full day to relax at sea and take in a presentation from your Expedition Team. Learn about the fascinating ecology of Australia’s most remote coastline, one that is dominated by some of the most dramatic tidal conditions on Earth. Hear stories of the rich World War II history and get prepared to discover ancient Indigenous culture that dates back for tens of thousands of years. Take time to relax as you feel the pleasant pristine air of the Timor Sea fill your lungs and then take advantage of the Open Bridge policy for the chance to make acquaintances with your ship’s Captain. After dinner tonight, make your way to the Lounge for the evening entertainment.
Meals Included
Breakfast
lunch
dinner
Day 21: Disembark Ship, Depart Darwin
Disembark your ship and be transferred to either your Darwin hotel, or the airport for your onward flight.
Meals Included
Breakfast

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