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11 Day AAT Kings Wonders of the Kimberley

11 days 10 nights
Broome to Darwin
from NZD$8,515pp
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From Cable Beach in Broome to Darwin in the 'Top End', this tour takes you through the real Australian outback as you discover the wonders of the Kimberley region. Discover a barren land that was home to dinosaurs and diamonds, contrasted by the pristine waterfalls and waterholes of Katherine Gorge.

This Tour Also Features

  • Katherine Gorge cruise

  • Adelaide River War Cemetery

  • Argyle Diamond Mine tour

  • Hoochery Distillery tour

  • Durack Homestead Museum

  • Ord River cruise

  • Tom Curtains Katherine Outback Experience

  • 10 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 8 dinners, 1 special dinner

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Itinerary
Day One - G'day and welcome to Broome
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11 Day AAT Kings Wonders of the Kimberley - Day 1
Welcome to Broome

Welcome to tropical Broome! Meet your Travel Director and fellow travellers and get to know them over a Welcome drink then join them for a delicious dinner at the Sunset Bar and Grill with views of the Indian Ocean.

Accommodation: Cable Beach Club Resort & Spa
Accommodation type: Hotel 4 star
Meals included: Dinner
Take one idyllic, seaside location – complete with spectacular sunsets, gently swaying palm trees and Kimberley charm – add the finest food, unique experiences and luxury indulgences; and you have the ideal setting for a memorable holiday. Cable Beach Club Resort & Spa is a holiday destination like no other. Your stay will be full of surprising wonders and endless ways to reconnect; with nature, your partner, your family and yourself.

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Day Two - Today is yours to explore Broome
Tour day 2
11 Day AAT Kings Wonders of the Kimberley - Day 2
Broome Free Time

Today you have a full free day to explore this tropical hideaway. From a scenic flight over the Horizontal Falls to cruising through the unique horizontal falls on a boat (pre book as it sells out) there are many options for you to explore the area. You may enjoy a leisurely stroll along the 22 kilometres of pristine sand and turquoise water that is Cable Beach. Wander through Chinatown, shop for pearls or just relax at the resort. Tonight, sit back and relax with a drink to watch another spectacular sunset over Cable Beach.

Accommodation: Cable Beach Club Resort & Spa
Accommodation type: Hotel 4 star
Meals included: Breakfast
Take one idyllic, seaside location – complete with spectacular sunsets, gently swaying palm trees and Kimberley charm – add the finest food, unique experiences and luxury indulgences; and you have the ideal setting for a memorable holiday. Cable Beach Club Resort & Spa is a holiday destination like no other. Your stay will be full of surprising wonders and endless ways to reconnect; with nature, your partner, your family and yourself.

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Day Three - Walk in the footprints of dinosaurs as you travel to Fitzroy Crossing
Tour day 3
11 Day AAT Kings Wonders of the Kimberley - Day 3
Broome to Fitzroy Crossing

Preserved for over 125 million years in the reef rock at Gantheaume Point are the footprints of long-extinct dinosaurs. After exploring one of the best palaeontological sites in the world you will say goodbye to the coastline as we head deep into the Kimberley. Arriving at Geikie Gorge you will join your local guide on a relaxing boat cruise to take in the magnificent colours and structure of the gorge's stone walls. Watch for freshwater crocodiles, fruit bats and wallabies as the 30 metre high walls of the gorge tower above you before continuing to Fitzroy Crossing.

Accommodation: Fitzroy River Lodge
Accommodation type: Hotel 3 star
Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner
Fitzroy River Lodge is located in the heart of the Kimberley. Situated on the banks of the mighty Fitzroy River, Fitzroy River Lodge offers a wide range of accommodation to suit all travellers. At the Fitzroy River Lodge you can relax on fifty acres of natural bush with shady trees and landscaped gardens.

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Day Four - Learn about Indigenous art on your journey to Halls Creek
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Fitzroy Crossing to Halls Creek

Today you will stop at an indigenous Art Gallery and experience what the gallery is doing for the local community. This is a great opportunity to purchase some indigenous art from the locals. Discover the town of Halls Creek, a town rich in history and culture where we will stay overnight.

Accommodation: Kimberley Hotel
Accommodation type: Hotel 3 star
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
The Kimberley Hotel is conveniently located adjacent to the local airport and approximately 500 metres from the town centre. It offers stylish Kimberley accommodation and boasts the largest motel units in the region so if you like a little breathing space within your accommodation you won’t be disappointed.

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Day Five - Discover diamonds in the outback before travelling to Emma Gorge to relax, surrounded by nature
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Halls Creek to Emma Gorge

Today visit the Argyle Diamond Mine, the world's largest supplier of natural coloured diamonds. A local Indigenous guide will join you for an extensive behind the scenes to look at the diamond mining process and teach you about the cultural significance of the mine to the local indigenous people. Driving along the Gibb River Road and deep into El Questro Wilderness Park before we arrive at your stay at Emma Gorge Resort. Nestled at the foot of the rusty red Cockburn Ranges, you won't even know the resort is there as you approach down the dusty dirt road, but before you know it, an oasis of native pandanus and palms appear. Staying in safari-style tented cabins, you really feel like you're immersed in nature. It's bound to be a highlight!

Accommodation: Emma Gorge Resort
Accommodation type: Bush Campsite
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Hidden within the fiery red of El Questro's Cockburn Ranges, lies the spectacular Emma Gorge Resort with excellent facilities.

Tented cabins allow you to stay in The Kimberley in style, while still remaining close to nature, in complete harmony with the surrounding landscape. The raised roofs of the tented cabins allow tropical sounds and scents to filter in as you drift off to sleep. And the canvas outer can be rolled up in parts, to assist the flow of a natural breeze through the cabins. All Tented Cabins have their own private en suite bathroom facilities.

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Day Six - Explore the rivers and waterholes of El Questro Wilderness Park
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El Questro Wilderness Park

This morning rise to the calls of native birds and head to the resort's large veranda for a hearty breakfast with views of the surrounding ranges. Next up you'll travel across the mighty Pentecost River to the hub of El Questro Wilderness Park for a cruise on Chamberlain Gorge, a fresh waterhole fringed by tropical vegetation and 60 metre tall escarpments. Afterwards, spend a little time at the station and grab a bite for lunch before heading back to Emma Gorge Resort. This afternoon is free for you to relax and enjoy your surroundings. Maybe take a dip in the resort pool, lay back with a good book on your cabin's veranda or if you have a high level of fitness you might take the challenging hike to Emma Gorge for a dip in the crystal clear waterhole.

Accommodation: Emma Gorge Resort
Accommodation type: Bush Campsite
Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner
Hidden within the fiery red of El Questro's Cockburn Ranges, lies the spectacular Emma Gorge Resort with excellent facilities.

Tented cabins allow you to stay in The Kimberley in style, while still remaining close to nature, in complete harmony with the surrounding landscape. The raised roofs of the tented cabins allow tropical sounds and scents to filter in as you drift off to sleep. And the canvas outer can be rolled up in parts, to assist the flow of a natural breeze through the cabins. All Tented Cabins have their own private en suite bathroom facilities.

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Day Seven - Awaken your tastebuds in the 'food bowl'
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11 Day AAT Kings Wonders of the Kimberley - Day 7
Emma Gorge to Kununurra

This morning you depart for Kununurra, the food bowl of WA. First up you visit the family-run award-winning Hoochery Distillery. The family will take you behind the scenes of the distillery before you sit down and try their famous Ord River Rum Cake for morning tea. A visit to the historic Durack Homestead Museum to find out why the homestead has relocated to its current location before you join your local guide for a boat cruise along the Ord River. Departing from Lake Argyle your local boat guide will show you remarkable landscapes, an abundance of birdlife and give you an exhilarating ride before experiencing a magical sunset on the water as you arrive in Kununurra. This evening, you're invited to a privately hosted exclusive dinner at the Kununurra Sandalwood Factory in the heartland of Kununurra's Sandalwood plantations. Enjoy a By My Guest presentation by a local Sandalwood expert and learn about this fascinating industry while you dine on fresh locally grown produce from the Ord Valley.

Accommodation: The Kimberley Grande
Accommodation type: Hotel 4 star
Meals included: Breakfast, Speciality Dinner
The Kimberley Grande’s guest rooms reflect the Kimberley’s sense of space and the character of an Australian outback homestead whilst boasting contemporary style and comfort. Featuring cool polished concrete floors graced by cattle hides, artwork by prominent indigenous and regional artists, an abundance of natural light and wide verandahs, the mix of colours and textures in all rooms creates a calm and restful atmosphere.

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Day Eight - Today, you can take part in one of the optional activities, or take some time to rest and relax
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11 Day AAT Kings Wonders of the Kimberley - Day 8
Kununurra

Today you can take an optional early morning scenic flight over the spectacular Bungle Bungle beehive domes before a tour of Kununurra, or you may like to join an in-depth 4WD tour of the Bungle Bungles in the World Heritage-listed Purnululu National Park. Alternately join your Travel Director and visit Mirima National Park, which has great cultural significance to the local Miriwoong people and features intriguing natural rock formations. Afterwards, you'll have time to view the town from Kelly’s Knob Lookout before enjoying a free afternoon to relax and unwind.

Accommodation: The Kimberley Grande
Accommodation type: Hotel 4 star
Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner
The Kimberley Grande’s guest rooms reflect the Kimberley’s sense of space and the character of an Australian outback homestead whilst boasting contemporary style and comfort. Featuring cool polished concrete floors graced by cattle hides, artwork by prominent indigenous and regional artists, an abundance of natural light and wide verandahs, the mix of colours and textures in all rooms creates a calm and restful atmosphere.

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Day Nine - Discover the Katherine with a 'True Blue' Aussie show
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Kununurra to Katherine

Watch the landscape transform as you journey across vast pastoral leases and Aboriginal homelands into the Northern Territory's Top End. Local horseman and award-winning country singer Tom Curtain will entertain you about live in the outback with real horse-starting and working dog demonstrations, entwined with live music and humorous bush tales.

Accommodation: Paraway Motel
Accommodation type: Motels
Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner
The Paraway Motel is within walking distance to the town centre. Set in tropical gardens with a shaded pool, Paraway Motel is a great place to relax.

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Day Ten - Cruise through Katherine Gorge on your way to Darwin
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Katherine to Darwin

This morning travel to Nitmiluk National Park. Take a relaxing cruise at Katherine Gorge on the placid waters of the river where you'll really feel the spirituality of the land and marvel at the towering cliffs while you spot wildlife and learn about the history and culture of the local Traditional Owners, the Jawoyn people. Travel north along the Stuart Highway stopping at Adelaide River War Cemetery along the way. On arrival in Darwin, enjoy a city sights tour of the tropical State capital, before joining your Travel Director and fellow travellers for a delicious final dinner overlooking the Darwin waterfront.

Accommodation: Vibe Hotel Darwin Waterfront
Accommodation type: Hotel 4 star
Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner
Perfectly positioned amongst the entertainment and dining hub of Darwin’s seafront promenade, Vibe Hotel Darwin Waterfront is surrounded by great shopping, a range of Territorian pubs, as well as some of the most amazing restaurants and cafés in the NT. Whether you're tasting craft beers at The Precinct Tavern, enjoying hand crafted menus at Il Lido or Wharf One, or trying NT favourites at the Oyster Bar or Hot Tamale, you'll feel right at home at this picturesque location.

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Day Eleven - Your outback adventure has come to and end and it is time to continue on your onward journey
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Farewell from Darwin

Bid Farewell to your fellow travellers after breakfast when your journey comes to an end.

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