Jewels of the Kimberley
About The Kimberley
Travelling through the Kimberley, it’s hard not to be captivated by its history. The region is rich in Indigenous culture, being home to Aboriginal people for tens of thousands of years with their ancient culture recorded through stunning rock art. More recently, from the early explorers to pastoral pioneers, to the defence of our shores during WWII; they’re all fascinating feats of bravery, courage and endurance.
Whichever part of the Kimberley is calling, the adventure of a lifetime awaits with Outback Spirit.
Australia's leading experiential tourism group
Outback Spirit is part of Journey Beyond, a national business focused on bringing Australia’s most unique and iconic experiences to life. Outback Spirit was founded in 1999 and has been showcasing great Australian destinations to travellers to this day.
Supporting Aboriginal Communities
Outback Spirit supports remote Indigenous communities in certain locations across the Kimberley & Arnhem land by way of employment opportunities, community sponsorships and support for Indigenous owned businesses. For example, Outback Spirit sponsors over a dozen football teams in Ramingining and Maningrida, both directly and through local schools.
The company also creates jobs for local interpretive guides, which gives Outback Spirit passengers an authentic insight into the environment and local culture. It also helps to preserve Indigenous culture. Past initiatives have included the provision of teachers and tutors in small communities where no school facilities exist.
- Small Group Size - 20
- All meals including all breakfasts, lunches and dinners while on tour
- All attraction, entry and cruise fees
- 2 nights in Outback Spirit's luxurious & exclusive Ngauwudu Safari Camp
- 10 nights of exceptional hotel, resort, safari camp and lodge accommodation all with en-suite facilities
- Travel aboard a state-of-the-art 5 star 4WD Mercedez Benz vehicle
- Escorted by an experienced and professional Tour Driver / Guide
- Visit the Horizontal Falls by seaplane with exhilarating boat ride.
- Discover the Mitchell Plateau and spend 2 nights at our luxury safari camp
- Enjoy a guided walk to Mitchell Falls via rarely seen Gwion Gwion and Wandjina rock art galleries. Includes return scenic helicopter flight.
- Discover the World Heritage Listed Bungle Bungles including Cathedral Gorge and Echidna Chasm
- Cruise Geikie Gorge on the mighty Fitzroy River
- Visit spectacular Windjana Gorge and Tunnel Creek National Parks
- Enjoy an Ord River adventure cruise and learn about the Irrigation Scheme
- Travel the northern half of the infamous Gibb River Road
- Discover Kununurra and Wyndham including Five Rivers Lookout
- Spend 2 nights at El Questro and discover Zebedee Thermal Springs
Departs April - September 2023
Your Adventure Begins in Broome Cable Beach Club Resort & Spa
Today you’ll be met upon your arrival at Broome airport by your Outback Spirit tour driver. From here, we’ll head to the iconic Cable Beach Club Resort & Spa and check in to our luxurious garden view rooms, our home for the next two nights. Enjoy a free afternoon to settle in before a welcome dinner at the Sunset Bar and Grill.. Meals: D
Horizontal Falls Seaplane and Jet-Boat Adventure Cable Beach Club Resort & Spa
Our journey starts on a high with a sensational half day adventure to the Horizontal Falls. Described by Sir David Attenborough as ‘one of the greatest natural wonders of the world’, the falls are created when the 2nd largest tides in the world hurtle through two narrow coastal gorges.
First, enjoy a 50-minute seaplane flight and land on the calm waters of Talbot Bay in the Buccaneer Archipelago. Then, board the fastest boat in the Kimberley, ‘Jet-Stream’ for an exhilarating ride through the Horizontal Falls. You’ll be awestruck at the power of the Kimberley tides as your expert skipper gives you an experience you’ll never forget.
After returning to Broome, enjoy a town tour or relax and spend the rest of the day at your leisure. Tonight, gather for dinner again at the Sunset Bar & Grill. Meals: B.L.D
Broome – Derby – Windjana Gorge – Fitzroy CrossingFitzroy River Lodge
Today we depart Broome and head for Derby. Enjoy a look around town and visit the Boab Prison Tree before joining the start of the Gibb River Road. From here we travel east before turning off the Gibb and heading into Windjana Gorge, one of the most spectacular gorges in the Kimberley. In places, te water-streaked walls rise majestically to stand 100 metres above the floodplain. Your guide will take you on a walk through the Gorge and give you an insight into the history and geology of the area.
This afternoon we visit Tunnel Creek National Park, where you can take a fascinating underground river walk. We then continue to Fitzroy Crossing, arriving late-afternoon where we check in to the Fitzroy River Lodge. Meals: B.L.D
Geikie Gorge – Halls Creek – Bungle Bungles - Bungle Bungle Savannah Lodge
Nature and geology lovers will delight as we head into Geikie Gorge National Park for a 1-hour cruise on the Fitzroy River, winding through ancient limestone where fossils are embedded in the walls of the gorge. Then, return to Fitzroy Crossing before heading further east to Halls Creek. After lunch we continue along the Great Northern Highway to the turnoff in to the World Heritage Listed Purnululu National Park (the Bungle Bungles). Enjoy two nights at the Bungle Bungle Savannah Lodge, owned by Outback Spirit in partnership with Aviair/HeliSpirit. The lodge features comfortable cabins with ensuite bathrooms. Meals: B.L.D
Exploring Purnululu Bungle Bungle Savannah Lodge
Today we explore the wonders of Purnululu, including its unique orange and black beehive shaped domes. First up, enjoy a breathtaking 18-minute scenic helicopter flight over the park with a bird’s eye view of its astounding natural features. Afterwards, enjoy a walk along Piccaninny Creek to the mind boggling natural amphitheatre of Cathedral Gorge. Then, follow the ‘dome trail’ for a closer inspection of the Park’s unique geological formations.
This afternoon we’ll head to the northern region of the Bungle Bungles to visit Echidna Chasm before returning to the lodge. Meals: B.L.D
North to Wyndham & Kununurra - Kununurra Country Club Resort
Today we farewell the Bungle Bungles and travel north to Wyndham. Enjoy a visit to the spectacular Five Rivers Lookout, with dramatic views over Cambridge Gulf. After a picnic lunch we make our way to Kununurra and check in to the centrally located Kununurra Country Club for our overnight stay. The rest of the afternoon can be spent at your leisure. Meals: B.L.D
Ord River Cruise – El Questro Emma Gorge Resort
This morning we head to the banks of the Ord River to board our sensational 3-hour cruise up the Ord River. Enjoy the mesmerising scenery and diverse wildlife as your skipper takes you upstream to Lake Argyle, with expert commentary along the way. Once we reach the dam wall we’ll board our coach and return to Kununurra by road, stopping off at the Durack Homestead Museum along the way.
Upon arriving back in Kununurra we’ll enjoy some lunch before taking a tour of the surrounding farming country. Drive through parts of the massive Ord River Irrigation Scheme before departing Kununurra for El Questro Wilderness Park. Located at the base of the Cockburn Range, our home for the next two nights is Emma Gorge Resort where we stay in unique tented cabins. Meals: B.L.D
Exploring El Questro Emma Gorge Resort
This morning we head deeper into this iconic Kimberley wilderness park to Chamberlain Gorge, a beautiful fresh waterhole bound by towering escarpment. Enjoy a 90-minute cruise and feed some of the cheeky Archerfish before returning to Emma Gorge Resort via the Station township. After lunch, enjoy a guided walk up to the stunning Emma Gorge waterfall (2.5 hours return – a good level of fitness required, but well worth it!). Enjoy a swim in the large rock pool at the base of the falls before returning to the resort late this afternoon. Meals: B.L.D
Zebedee Springs – Gibb River Road – Drysdale - Drysdale River Station
You’d be hard pressed to find a better way to start the day than a swim in the warm, crystal clear waters of Zebedee Thermal Springs. We’ll spend a relaxing morning here before heading west along the Gibb River Road. Cross the mighty Pentecost and Durack Rivers and continue past Ellenbrae Station to the ‘Y” junction. From here we follow the Kalumburu Road north to Drysdale River Station, which runs 9000 head of cattle across more than 1 million acres. We spend the night here in top quality station cabins with private ensuite bathrooms. Meals: B.L.D
King Edward River – Mitchell Plateau - Ngauwudu Safari Camp
This morning we continue north along the Kalumburu Road before turning onto the Mitchell Plateau track. After fording the King Edward River we’ll visit a series of spectacular Wandjina rock art galleries, known as some of the best in the Kimberley. After a picnic lunch we drive through an ancient Livistona Palm forest before arriving on the Mitchell Plateau mid-afternoon.
Featuring deluxe Safari Suites with ensuite bathrooms, quality furnishings and large balconies, Outback Spirit’s Ngauwudu Safari Camp is the most luxurious and spacious accommodation on the Mitchell Plateau. Built exclusively for Outback Spirit guests, it’s truly a magical spot to spend the next two nights of our adventure and the ideal base from which to discover the Mitchell Plateau and Mitchell Falls. This afternoon, take a dip in the camp’s private palm fringed waterhole or simply relax in your safari suite. Enjoy a drink around the campfire at sunset before retreating to the restaurant for dinner. Meals: B.L.D
The incredible Mitchell Falls - Ngauwudu Safari Camp
Today we explore the incredible 4-tiered Mitchell Falls on a guided 4km walk, a true highlight of your adventure (Good level of fitness and mobility is required). Along the way we’ll discover rarely seen Gwion Gwion and Wandjina rock art galleries, accompanied by a local guide from Kandiwal Community. The walk also takes us past Mertens Falls before arriving at the top of the breathtaking Mitchell Falls, one of the most awe-inspiring wonders of the Kimberley. After time to admire the thunderous falls we’ll take to the skies for a scenic helicopter flight, which returns us to the start of the walk. Viewing the falls from the air is a sensational experience.
This afternoon we return to the camp for a swim and a well-earned rest. Meals: B.L.D
Scenic Flight to Darwin - DoubleTree by Hilton
This morning we head to the Mitchell Plateau airstrip and board our state-of-the-art Cessna Grand Caravan for the scenic flight to Darwin. We’ll fly east to Joseph Bonaparte Gulf before hugging the coastline to Darwin, arriving early in the afternoon. We then check in to the DoubleTree by Hilton on the Esplanade, where the rest of the afternoon can be spent at your leisure. Tonight, enjoy our final dinner together at the DoubleTree by Hilton Poolside Restaurant, the perfect spot to celebrate our Kimberley Adventure. Meals: B.L.D
Today your tour concludes. You may wish to join us for a town tour, including a visit to the Defence of Darwin Experience at East Point. Alternatively, you can spend the morning at your leisure. You will be transferred to the airport in time for your return flights, or to your accommodation if staying on in Darwin.