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10 DAY KIMBERLEY ABORIGINAL ART TOUR

Included Highlights:    

  • Aboriginal Community Centres & Art Galleries: Mowanjam / Imintji / Warmun
  • Aboriginal Rock Art Sites: (Wandjina / Gwion): Wunnumurra Gorge/ Gibb River / King Edward River
  • Natural Sights: Windjana Gorge, Tunnel Creek, Bell Gorge, Mt Elizabeth, Galvins Gorge,  El Questro Station, Bungle Bungles – Echidna Chasm / Cathedral Gorge
  • Optional Scenic Flight available to view Mitchell Falls & Rock Art Sites

Details:

  • Price: From $9495.00pp*
  • Stay: Yeeda Cattle Station (1N), Bell Gorge Wilderness Lodge (1N), Mt Elizabeth Station (2N), Drysdale River Station (2N), El Questro (2N), Bungle Bungles Lodge (1N)
  • Commence: Broome – Conclude: Kununurra
  • *Includes fees payable for Uunguu Visitor Aboriginal Pass
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Day 1 Kimberley Cattle Station Experience

This morning we’ll travel through the remote and beautiful landscape of the Western Kimberley, learning of local history, people and the environment crossing the Fitzroy River. Arriving at Yeeda Pastoral Company we gain an insight into the day to day life on a working cattle station in the Kimberley on a guided tour of the property. Travel along station tracks, through vast paddocks, via cattle watering points and station yards. Take in the millions of acres, catch stockmen at work, and see cattle grazing and amazing wildlife. Enjoy real billy tea and a delicious long table lunch of Yeeda Beef and Kimberley Barramundi at the Yeeda Station homestead. Learn about the history of the station which goes back to the 1800’s and about how Yeeda came to be one of the most progressive pastoral companies in the Kimberley. This evening we enjoy pre-dinner snacks in the evocative outback surroundings prior to retiring to our comfortable accommodation in stylish en-suited Eco Tents.

Accommodation: Yeeda Station Stay, near Derby
Meals: Lunch, Dinner

Day 2 Tunnel Creek, Windjana Gorge

After a station breakfast we’ll travel the short distance to the famous Boab Prison Tree. we then we hit the famous cattle track, the Gibb River Road, with a stop at Mowanjam Arts Centre for an insight into the local community of Indigenous artists prior to travelling towards the Napier Range. Once a Devonian reef, these escarpments are over 350 million years old and home to a diverse array of animals and plants. The perfect place to experience the stunning natural beauty of an outback oasis is the 3.5km geological wonder of Windjana Gorge and then exploring Tunnel Creek, a 750-metre cave system carved through the Range, in which we discover stalactites, secret caves and a variety of wildlife. It is here we also learn the legend of Jandamarra, an Aboriginal freedom fighter who used the tunnel as a hide out in the late 1800’s. This afternoon we re-join the Gibb and traverse through the scenic King Leopold Ranges arriving at our overnight Wilderness Lodge.

Accommodation: Bell Gorge Wilderness Lodge
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3 Bell Gorge, Imintji Gallery, Galvin’s Gorge – Wandjina Paintings

Today takes to some of the most stunning gorges in the West Kimberley. After an interpretive walk down to Bell Gorge we have ample time to explore, swim and relax as we enjoy the surroundings. A short walk into stunning Galvin’s Gorge to gives our first view of the Wandjina paintings prior to arriving at the Mt Barnett outback roadhouse for refreshments. This afternoon we travel back along the Gibb arriving at station stay accommodation our home for the next two nights.

Accommodation: Mt Elizabeth Station
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4 Wunnumurra Gorge – Rock paintings

We will explore Mt Elizabeth Station and take the 4WD track to Wunnumurra Gorge where a rocky walk and swim will give us the opportunity to view the rock art gallery. Todays touring itinerary will be determined in association with the station managers who will advise the best access to sites on the station. There may be the opportunity to join a tour by a local Indigenous guide on the day – any cost will be additional and be able to be paid directly at Mt Elizabeth Station.

Accommodation: Mt Elizabeth Station
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5 Kalumburu Road

Leaving the Gibb River Road we venture into the remote Northern Kimberley where a warm welcome awaits our arrival at the characteristic Drysdale River Station. Completely cut off from the outside world by road in the wet season the working cattle station has been owned and run by the Koeyer family for many years and ticks all the boxes for an outback setting. Don’t be surprised to hear a local strumming on a guitar singing one of your favourites around the fire as we settle into the outdoor bar for the evening – you may even like to join in.

Accommodation: Drysdale River Station
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6 King Edward River – Rock paintings

This morning we hit the rough & ready Pt Warrender Road as we head into the inspiring country of the Wununbal people – the traditional owners of the region north of the King Edward River. We will explore incredible rock art sites, have the opportunity to swim and be awed by the stunning beauty of the natural environment. After a picnic lunch on the banks of the pristine river, shaded by giant paperbarks we return for a sunset by the Drysdale River. Optional early morning scenic flight over Mitchell Falls own expense.

Accommodation: Drysdale River Station
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7 Durack River – Rock paintings

Retracing our way along the Kalumbaru Road we once again join the Gibb, where we enter Durack country, cattle pioneers of this tough country. Travelling East we get an appreciation of the harsh, but inspiring, country that these early cattle men and their families set through in the hope of improving their lives. Many came and went, some perished, however others were the backbone of opening up Northern Australia and their legacy lives on. A surprise awaits as we call into an outback oasis for a ‘devonshire tea’ break. This evening we arrive at El Questro Station where the modern out back facilities are eagerly appreciated.

Accommodation: El Questro – Emma Gorge
Meals: Breakfast

Day 8 El Questro Station, Emma Gorge

We have a full day to journey through the iconic El Questro Wilderness Park, where you may recognise the landscape from the Baz Luhmann movie ‘Australia’. The most famous station and tourism resort along the Gibb River Road will not disappoint. The spectacular landscape, dotted with boab trees and spectacular gorges is the perfect environment to appreciate the captivating beauty of this remote region. We have ample time to traverse the gorges and enjoy a refreshing dip in the warm spring waters of Zebedee Springs. The afternoon is the perfect time to tackle the challenging Emma Gorge walk prior to enjoying a cocktail and a delicious meal under the evening sky.

Accommodation: El Questro
Meals: Breakfast

Day 9 Cathedral Gorge

Departing El Questro and the Gibb River Road, this morning we journey deep into what is sure to be a highlight of our journey, the World Heritage protected Purnululu National Park, a spectacular wilderness region that is home to some of the country’s most striking geological formations. Travel the Spring Creek Track and discover the magnitude of Purnululu as we hike to Echidna Chasm, a spectacular natural cleft in the rock. Narrow in width, with walls reaching 100-metres high, the chasm is a must see in the Kimberley as the afternoon light sees it at it’s most glorious. This evening we arrive at the private Bungle Bungles Lodge. This evening view another glorious sunset once again enjoying drinks & nibbles.

Accommodation: Bungle Bungle Lodge
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 10  Scenic Flight, Tour concludes Kununurra

We have ample time to continue our exploration of this extraordinary natural wonder, including the famous Bungle Bungle domes. 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. We take a short walk into stunning Cathedral Gorge, where towering rocks create a natural amphitheatre and will also have time to take a highly recommended optional helicopter flight that puts the whole area into a spectacular perspective. (Approximate cost $399pp – own expense). This afternoon a scenic flight transfer to Kununurra including a spectacular view of the Argyle Diamond Mine on your is included. Flight will arrive at Kununurra Airport at around 4.30pm. Tour concludes with a transfer to your hotel in Kununurra. Note that luggage weight & size restrictions will occur on this transfer flight (12kg soft bags only) – we are able to assist in forwarding excess baggage if necessary.

Concludes: Kununurra
Meals: Breakfast

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