Australia's Kimberley: A Voyage to the Outback

Australia's Kimberley
April 22, 2016
15 Days
Small-Ship Cruise
65 Guests
From $13,580
Pre-Trip Extension
Arnhem Land, Kununurra & Bungle Bungle

Depart USA

April 16April 17

Board your independent flight to Australia, crossing the International Date Line en route.

Brisbane, Australia / Darwin

April 18

Arrive in Brisbane and connect with your flight to Darwin—a land of paper barks, gum trees, wallabies, and crocodiles. Gather at the Hilton Darwin this evening for a welcome dinner and overnight. 

Darwin / Arnhem Land

April 19

This morning board your flight to Davidson’s Arnhemland Safari Lodge, nestled against the dramatic Arnhem Land Escarpment, your home for three nights. Spend the afternoon exploring this landscape of rugged ranges fringed by billabongs, flood plains, paper bark swamps, and monsoonal rainforests. Return to the lodge for dinner and overnight.

Arnhem Land

April 20April 21

Spend two full days in this fascinating region. Cruise along billibongs and through wetlands to view waterbirds, tropical plants, and crocodiles basking on the riverbank. Hike through the pristine wilderness of Mt. Borradaile to discover Aboriginal rock art depicting thousands of years of inhabitance, and more recent contact with other cultures. Meals and overnights at our comfortable lodge.

Arnhem Land / Darwin / Kununurra

April 22

Depart early this morning for our flight to Darwin and connect with our short flight to 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 Lake Argyle Resort for dinner and overnight. 

Kununurra

April 23

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, ibis, magpie geese, and stilts can be found here. This evening check in to the Kununurra Country Club for dinner and overnight.

Kununurra

April 24

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 an 1,800-square-mile 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. Land at a remote airstrip and board 4x4 vehicles for a scenic drive to the park entrance. A short hike among the region’s iconic beehives and deep gorges, brings you to Cathedral Gorge, a huge amphitheater of red rock with a freshwater pool in the middle. Enjoy a picnic lunch, then retrace your steps and board our plane for the flight back to Kununurra. Return to the Kununurra Country Club for dinner and overnight.

Kununurra / Broome / Embark Oceanic Discoverer

April 25

This morning board our flight for Broome, arriving in time for lunch. Join the main group and board the Oceanic Discoverer this afternoon.