Kimberley Outback Air Tours 2016
Premium Small Group Kimberley Outback Air Tours including the Northern Territory and the Gulf
Kimberley – Northern Territory – Gulf Tour, 14 Days $15,750
This tour will be operated by our partner The Kimberley Collection who will be organising the booking details. Call them on 1300 550-144 or use the inquire button to send us an inquiry. This fantastic Kimberley Adventure Tour package takes to you remote and wonderful places including the Kimberley in Western Australia, Arnhem Land & the Gulf – visiting Birdsville, Mt Isa, Lawn Hill, Mt Borradaile, the magnificent Berkeley River Lodge, Broome, Bungle Bungles, Ayers Rock and Coober Pedy. This is a great 14 day tour of the Kimberley, packaged with many adventures to remember for a lifetime! Click the ‘Tour Itinerary’ button above for full details. Remember “the journey is as good as the destination” so enjoy the flight across Australia.
Mitchell Falls, Kimberley
Diamond Gorge, Mitchell Falls
Day 1 – Melbourne – Birdsville
Depart Melbourne at 8am in your comfortable twin-engine aircraft. After 2.5 hours we’ll make a quick landing at Broken Hill for fuel, then another 1.5 hours will have us in Innamincka for lunch and if there is enough water, a cruise on the Cooper Creek. Then it is on to the famous Birdsville Hotel where you will have the opportunity to settle into your room before enjoying sunset drinks and dinner at the pub. The total flight time for the day is around 5 hours. Accommodation is in twin share en-suited rooms at the hotel. (Lunch & Dinner)
The Birdsville Hotel stands at the edge of the Simpson Desert in the heart of the Australian Outback. It’s a destination in itself, a place where yarns have been spun for more than a century by characters as colourful as the surrounding desert landscape. Whether you’ve driven for days or your plane has landed on the airstrip next to the pub, you are offered accommodation, food, drinks, and everything you’ll need for an authentic outback pub experience. Start your journey with the characters and stories that have helped to shape Australia.
Day 2 – Birdsville – Mt Isa – Lawn Hill
An early morning departure at around 8:30 am, will give you maximum time at the Lawn Hill National Park in the Gulf Country region of north-western Queensland. Lawn Hill Gorge is one of the most spectacular gorges in the Gulf Country, with luxurious tropical rainforest-like vegetation, sheer red cliffs and unusual green water. Access to the gorge system is by delightful walking tracks, while you can explore the middle and upper part of the system by canoe. The naturally bubbling spas are fantastic for swimming. Return to Adels Grove for dinner and accommodation in comfortable en-suite rooms. (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner).
Adels Grove is located 10 km from the Lawn Hill Gorge, Boodjamulla National Park and 50 km from the world heritage Riversleigh Fossil fields. Relax on the licensed deck area or by Lawn Hill Creek between swims. The brand new ensuite rooms are very modern with a beautiful seating area on the deck between them and they not only have their own bathroom facilities but also a small fridge and air-conditioning for your comfort. http://www.adelsgrove.com.au
Day 3 – Lawn Hill – Mt Borradaile
A 3.5 hours flight via Borroloola and Jabiru in Arnhem Land for fuel will have you landing at Max Davidson’s Arnhemland Safari Camp at Mt Borradaile. This area is leased by Max Davidson from the local Aboriginal traditional owners. After lunch, we drive out to see some aboriginal rock art before enjoying a magnificent sunset cruise on the vast billabong to see the abundant birdlife and the odd saltwater crocodile among the mangroves. This is an exclusive Aboriginal cultural experience and wildlife adventure in one of Australia’s most beautiful and exciting wilderness areas. (Breakfast, Takeaway Lunch & Dinner)
Davidson’s Arnhemland Safaris at Mt Borradaile is a registered aboriginal sacred site in a remote 700 square kms, exclusively leased area nestled against the Arnhemland escarpment. This is a landscape of rugged ranges fringed by idyllic billabongs, flood plains, paper bark swamps and monsoonal rainforests, an amazingly beautiful wilderness. Valleys, overhangs and caves have been occupied for over 50,000 years and offer magnificent galleries of rock art as well as occupation and burial sites. Davidson’s team provides a high level of flexible tours and activities with accommodation and facilities that complement this unique wilderness experience.
The Eco Lodge and surrounding cabins are raised above the ground so as to minimize the disturbance of the natural habitat.
Deluxe En-suited Cabins – each cabin has its own unique natural setting and patio to relax under on cool evenings. They are designed for exceptional comfort in the tropics, inviting in fresh air and vista views of the surrounding bush setting. http://www.arnhemland-safaris.com/
Day 4 – Mt Borradaile
The entirety of Day 4 is spent at Mt. Borradaile. In the morning we drive out to see some amazing ancient aboriginal rock art and walk through the rocky billabong areas for a number of tranquil hours. Return to the camp for a late lunch before your choice of a swim, another cruise along the billabong, fishing or relaxing. Dinner once again is at the Lodge dining area. (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)
Days 5 & 6 – Mt Borradaile – Berkeley River Lodge
Leaving Mt Borradaile, we travel onto The Berkeley River Lodge. The landing strip is a 2 minute drive from the lodge and accommodation is in a luxury villa. Once settled, relax with a swim in the pool and a cool drink.
After lunch, we head off to explore the surrounding areas which may include rock art, boating, fishing and/or swimming. We’ll be back in time for drinks at sunset overlooking the bay and a moonlight dinner. (Breakfast, Takeaway Lunch & Dinner)
Be one of the privileged few to set eyes upon breathtaking wilderness landscapes by river cruise or helicopter flight (optional extra). Enjoy barefoot luxury on secluded white sand beaches. Explore rugged river gorges and ancient Indigenous rock art. Swim in crystal clear pools beneath thundering waterfalls. Chase the mighty barra in the most remote fishing spots. Sample local flavours as rich as the scenery and service as peerless as the coast-to-outback panoramas. Be among the first to experience Australia’s newest and most remote coastal lodge.
The Berkeley River Villas – twenty luxury villas are perfectly positioned along a 65-metre-high dune to command 180-degree panoramas sweeping from Joseph Bonaparte Gulf to Reveley Island, or from the mouth of the Berkeley River to its rugged red gorges beyond. Your air-conditioned private retreat features a king sized bed and open-air ensuite, complete with dual vanities and a free-standing bath tub for bathing in the Kimberley moonlight. And beyond the dramatic glass frontage, the occasional seating and daybed on your deck beckons you to laze away an afternoon.
Activities at Berkeley River
River Cruises, Guided Hikes, Fishing, Wilderness Picnics, Helicopter Flights (at own cost), Ancient Rock Art, Bush & Beach 4WD Tours, Star Gazing, Sea Turtle Viewing, Night Cinema, Sunset Drinks. http://www.berkeleyriver.com.au/
Day 6 – Berkeley River Lodge
The second day at Berkeley River Lodge starts with a magnificent breakfast in the delightful cliff-top dining room and a swim. We then board the boat to spend the whole day exploring the local coastal scenery, including the spectacular Berkeley River. This is considered by many to be one of the best gorges in Australia. Activities on the way include lunch, a refreshing dip from the boat and some great sea fishing for Emperor. At the falls you can climb up to the top, then at the top a swim and a wonderful view back to your boat. The return trip is a couple of hours. Arriving back around 5pm we can once again enjoy the pleasant surrounds and environment of the resort before another spectacular dinner. (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)
Day 7 – Berkeley River Lodge – Broome
Today you head further south west towards Cape Leveque. It’s a total of two hours flying with a stop at Drysdale River Station for fuel. From here you will fly over the Buccaneer Archipelago, including the famous Horizontal Waterfalls where the tide races through a narrow entrance and then take a stunning low level flight over Cable Beach to land at Broome airport. (Breakfast, Takeaway Lunch & Dinner)
The only Resort in Broome located on spectacular Cable Beach is the award-winning Cable Beach Club Resort & Spa – a unique blend of cultural influences and architecture. Surrounded by magnificent gardens, you can relax by the water in style.
You can also relax for a while in the Chahoya Spa or the meditative Buddha Sanctuary. Cable Beach Club Spa and Resorts boasts four distinctively different restaurants and bars for you to enjoy breakfast, lunch or dinner.
The Garden View Studios are in the two-storey wings overlooking the beautiful gardens. Choose from 1 King size bed or 2 Single beds.
Day 8 – Broome
This morning can be spent walking or swimming at Cable Beach or exploring in town.
The afternoon will be spent on a Broome sights tour where you will enjoy a full commentary. The tour commences in Chinatown hearing fascinating stories of this colourful precinct. Learn about the ancient art of pearling from one of the local pearl producers and enjoy a historical sound show at the famous Sun Pictures, the world’s oldest operating open air picture garden (now listed in the Guinness World Records). We take a drive through Old Broome to view typical Broome architecture and old Pearling Masters homes then view the aqua waters of Roebuck Bay at Town Beach and learn of Broome’s One Day War. We then stop at Matsos Broome Brewery to sample their hand made ales and famous ginger beer (complimentary tasting included). Afterwards, visit the Japanese Cemetery and Broome Port, the base for many of today’s Pearling vessels. Then travel by the Broome Race Course, before taking an easy paced walk at Gantheaume Point known for dinosaur footprints and hear the story of Anastasia’s Pool. We then drive down onto Cable Beach for sunset and a camel ride along the beach. (Breakfast)
Days 9 – Broome – Bungle Bungles
Today you leave Broome and fly two hours east past Fitzroy Crossing to the Bungle Bungles in the Purnululu National Park. You will be met by East Kimberley Tours for a short drive to the permanent established camp at Bellburn Creek. After lunch, you’ll be driven to the southern end of the national park to visit the Bee-Hives Rock formations and a walk into Cathedral Gorge. You spend two – three hours in this stunning area with plenty of opportunities for photographs, returning to camp around sunset. (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner).
There is nothing quite like sitting around a camp fire under the vast outback sky after a big day exploring!
East Kimberley Tours have an eco-friendly bush camp set in the wilderness of Purnululu National Park World Heritage Area. The camp has en-suited cabins equipped with hot showers and low flush toilets also tented cabins with shared facilities these also have hot showers and flushing toilets. The cooks keep a generous supply of hearty meals coming in the screened dining area. The bush camp is also licensed so you can have a cold beer, glass of wine or mixed drink to toast your day exploring the Bungle Bungles. http://www.eastkimberleytours.com.au/
Day 10 – Bungle Bungles
After a fully cooked breakfast at the Bungle Bungle Bush Camp, you will head off to explore the northern end of the National Park – Echidna Chasm and Mini Palms Gorge. Echidna Chasm is an
easy to moderate, 2km, 1 to 2 hour return walk with challenging short climb near the end. Experience a spectacular 200-metre chasm with varying colour hues.
Mini Palms Gorge is a moderate to hard, 5km, 2 – 2.5 hour return walk over loose river rocks into a narrow gorge filled with Livistona Palms. Clambering over boulders may be required. A viewing platform at the end of the walk showcases a palm filled valley surrounded by 150m high cliffs. (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)
Day 11 – Bungle Bungles – Ayers Rock
After breakfast you will start your flight to Ayers Rock. On landing at the Yulara airstrip it’s a 15 minute drive to your accommodation at the Desert Gardens Hotel. After settling in you will travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to a place where unique flora and fauna thrive. Kata Tjuta (The Olgas) – here your guide will reveal the many attributes of this diverse environment and describe the cultural significance of Kata Tjuta as a sacred Aboriginal men’s ceremonial site. Arriving at Walpa Gorge you will walk between the mighty conglomerate domes and hear how these 36 domes that make up Kata Tjuta have evolved over millions of years. Take time to listen to the wind (Walpa) far above and view the scale of the rock walls that surround you. (Breakfast, Takeaway Lunch & Dinner)
A comfortable 4 ½ star hotel at Ayers Rock Resort, Desert Gardens Hotel is set amongst magnificent ghost gums and flowering native shrubs. Centrally located to all resort and touring facilities, the hotel offers a range of appealing accommodation, from shaded poolside rooms to deluxe rooms with Rock views. With over 65 tours, local activities and attractions within the Resort and the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, your days will be action-packed.
You can also relax in the comfort of your private balcony or courtyard, or unwind near the pool over cocktails. It’s only a short stroll to the numerous lookouts, where you can view one of the best sunsets in Australia, with the spectacular play of colours across the face of Uluru.
Each of the Desert Deluxe Rooms has a view of vast desert landscapes. Deluxe Rooms are placed throughout the hotel with a view of the vast desert landscapes, from which to soak in the sights and sounds of the centralian desert. Opening up to either a balcony or private courtyard area, rooms feature two double beds or one King bed with an ensuite bathroom including a bath.
Day 12 – Ayers Rock
As you travel towards Uluru, its vast shape rises from the sand dunes in the early dawn light highlighting its presence in this country. Your guide will take you to a special location to watch the sun rise over this amazing monolith. You will learn the Creation stories of Liru (poisonous snake) and Kuniya (python) and hear about the Mala people. After breakfast you will visit Mutijulu Waterhole and then drive around the base of the Uluru before returning to the resort.
Just before sunset, journey into the desert where a didgeridoo welcome awaits you. As the sun sinks behind the domes of Kata Tjuta (Olgas), enjoy a selection of fine beverages and delicious outback canapés. At sunset, feast on a gourmet barbecue of Australian delicacies including kangaroo, emu, crocodile and barramundi, all served with fresh salads and followed by a range of desserts. Then relax as you are guided through the stars. Sit around the campfire (winter only) with tea or coffee and a glass of port.
As the sun sets, you feast on a BBQ buffet of authentic Australian delicacies examples include barramundi, kangaroo and crocodile, bush salads and classic desserts, complemented by Australian wines. Attention then turns to some of the world’s best stargazing, as the star talker takes you on a tour of the spectacular southern night sky. As you wind down after dinner, you are offered a choice of tea, coffee or port. (Breakfast & Dinner).
Day 13 – Ayers Rock – Coober Pedy
Today you leave Ayers Rock to fly two hours further south to the famous opal town of Coober Pedy. We arrive in time for lunch and then a four hour tour of the town including opal mines, underground churches and the stunning Breakaways. Accommodation is at one of the town’s famous underground motels. (Breakfast)
The Coober Pedy Experience Motel was mined from 1918 – 1960’s and transformed into an Underground Motel Complex 1990 – 2001.
Separate areas outside on the verandah for you to take a well-earned rest where you can socialise to your heart’s content. http://www.cooberpedyexperience.com.au/
Day 14 – Coober Pedy – Melbourne
The final day of our Kimberley Outback air tour starts with a 90 min flight to Leigh Creek for fuel, then at 25 min scenic flight along the Flinders Ranges to Rawnsley Park Homestead, right at the base of Wilpena Pound. After lunch at the Woolshed Restaurant (own cost) it’s then a 90 min flight to Mildura for more fuel. From here it’s 1hr 40 min back to Melbourne, arriving just after 6pm. (Breakfast)
Unfortunately your trip is over too soon, however there will be many memories and new friendships to take home!
Have you considered a Bespoke Kimberley Tour Package?
Love to experience an adventure in the ruggedness of the outback with the comfort and style of a five star spa resort for a few days but finds its all too difficult? Why not have your own private charter in our pressurised twin-turboprop King Air, and let us fly you to those rewarding difficult to get to places off the beaten track? If you like our Kimberley Air Tour but would like to change a few destinations, then a Bespoke Kimberley Adventure Air Tour Package is just the thing!
Choose your Kimberley Adventure Air Tour Package below .. tours are also available on demand.
|DATE||TOUR||NO. OF DAYS||AVAILABILITY||PRICE||ENQUIRE|
|Aug 13th||Kimberley and Top End||14||Available||$15750|
|April 29 2017||Kimberley and Top End||14||Available||$15,750 if booked by Dec ’16|
|May 27 2017||Kimberley and Top End||14||Available||$15,750 if booked by Dec ’16|
|July 15 2017||Kimberley and Top End||14||Available||$15,750 if booked by Dec ’16|
|Aug 12, 2017||Kimberley and Top End||14||Available||$15,750 if booked by Dec ’16|