Australia's Kimberley: A Voyage to the Outback

Australia's Kimberley
May 15, 2018
15 Days
Small-Ship Cruise
65 Guests
From $13,580

Extension

Based on the expeditionary nature of our trips, there may be ongoing enhancements to this itinerary.
Below please find the day-by-day itinerary for this expedition. Unless otherwise noted, daily excursion options are included in the cost of the trip. We do our best to adhere to the scheduled itinerary, but in the spirit of our expeditionary style of travel we may deviate slightly to take full advantage of encounters with the destination and its people, culture, and wildlife.

Rates for the Unexplored Australia extension are $8,580 per person, double occupancy; $9,860 per person, single occupancy.

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Pre-Trip Extension
Unexplored Australia: Kununurra, Bungle Bungle & Arnhem Land

Depart USA

May 8May 9

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

Darwin, Australia

May 10

Arrive in 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 / Kununurra

May 11

Depart early this morning for 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

May 12May 13

After breakfast, take a cruise on Lake Argyle. Enjoy great scenery and unique wildlife, and make a stop on one of the many islands for a swim in the pristine waters of Australia’s largest man-made, freshwater lake. After lunch on board, transfer via the Ord River dam to another boat for a scenic cruise back to Kununurra. Enjoy afternoon tea by the river before heading back to Kununurra. Check in to the Kununurra Country Club for dinner and overnight.

The next day, take a scenic flight over the Bungle Bungle, Ord River, Lake Argyle, and Carr Boyd Ranges. 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 through the park. 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. 

Kununurra / Darwin

May 14

Today visit the Ord River Irrigation Scheme and learn how this vital project has transformed Kununurra into a rich agricultural area. Then tour a plantation of Indian sandalwood, one of the world’s most valuable hardwoods. Transfer to the airport for our short flight to Darwin, and transfer to the Hilton Darwin for dinner and overnight.

Darwin / Arnhem Land

May 15

This morning board your flight to Davidson’s Arnhemland Safari Lodge, nestled against the dramatic Arnhem Land Escarpment, your home for two 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

May 16

Cruise along billabongs 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. 

Arnhem Land / Darwin

May 17

Spend the morning exploring, before our flight for Darwin. Enjoy lunch and a chance to relax, before joining the main group for a welcome dinner and reception at our hotel.