Australia's Kimberley: Voyage to the OutbackApril 24, 2015 - May 8, 2015
Optional Pre-Voyage Extension: Kakadu National Park & Bungle Bungle
Saturday, April 18 – Monday, April 27
Saturday & Sunday, April 18 & 19, 2015
Board your independent flight to Australia, crossing the International Date Line en route.
Monday, April 20
Brisbane, Australia / Darwin
Arrive in Brisbane and connect with your flight to Darwin—a land of paperbarks, gum trees, wallabies, and crocodiles. Gather at the Hilton Darwin this evening for a welcome dinner and overnight.
Tuesday, April 21
Darwin / Mary River Wetlands
This morning depart Dawin and make a stop at the Didgeridoo Hut to view a fantastic collection of Aboriginal art. Check in to Wildman Wilderness Lodge, your home for three nights, set within the lush Mary River Wetlands. An afternoon cruise along the Corroborree Billabong reveals amazing bird life as well as numerous crocodiles. Return to the lodge for dinner and overnight.
Wednesday & Thursday, April 22 & 23
Kakadu National Park
Spend two full days exploring Kakadu National Park. Visit Uburi Rock to observe Aboriginal cave paintings depicting thousands of years of inhabitance, then hike to a lookout for grand views of the escarpment and floodplains. View a variety of waterbirds, tropical plants, and crocodiles basking on the riverbank during river and wetland cruises.
Friday, April 24
Kakadu / Darwin / Kununurra
Depart early this morning for the drive to Darwin. Board our short flight for Kununurra. After lunch at a local restaurant continue to Mirima (Hidden Valley) National Park located on the outskirts of town. This park features 300-million-year-old sandstone cliffs and is home to a large variety of birds, reptiles, wallabies, bats, dingoes, and echidnas. Check in to the Kununurra Country Club for dinner and overnight.
Saturday, April 25
This morning drive to the Ord River for a cruise through isolated wilderness to view freshwater crocodiles, flying foxes, prolific birdlife, and spectacular scenery. In the afternoon visit the Parry Lagoons Nature Reserve. An important breeding ground for waterbirds, large numbers of egrets, spoonbills, herons, ibises, magpie geese, and stilts can be found here. This evening return to the Kununurra Country Club for dinner and overnight.
Sunday, April 26
Kununurra / Fitzroy
Early this morning transfer to the Kununurra airport to board planes for a scenic flight over the Bungle Bungle (Purnulu National Park), Ord River, Lake Argyle, and Carr Boyd Ranges. All seats are roomy and have windows for ultimate viewing and photography. Bungle Bungle is a 3,000-square-kilometer park which is one of Australia’s greatest natural wonders. An area of awe-inspiring beauty, the Bungle Bungle is characterized by its beehive-shaped, sandstone domes featuring spectacular horizontal orange and gray bands. Although these strange domes have always been known locally, they only came to the attention of the general public in 1983, and the area was declared a national park in 1987. After lunch in the historic town of Halls Creek, continue on to Geikie Gorge National Park. The Gorge, carved out by the passage of the Fitzroy River, is approximately nine miles long with walls up to 100 feet high. Cruise by boat through the breathtaking scenery and past mystical Aboriginal sites with local cultural guides. Check in to the Fitzroy River Lodge for dinner and overnight.
Monday, April 27
Fitzroy / Broome / Embark Oceanic Discoverer
This morning depart for Broome, making stops at points of interest along the way. Arrive in Broome in time for lunch. Join the main group and board the Oceanic Discoverer this afternoon.
- Price: $8,160 single occupancy, $6,280 double occupancy