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Tour 1: The Kimberley Tour – Broome to Darwin

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8-24 May, 2020 (17 Days)
Broome
Darwin
Tour Details
Tour 1: 8 - 24 May, 2020

By popular demand from past clients…we bring you our mindblowing, brandspanking, woohoo’ing Kimberley Tour!  We have spent the last 2 months designing the perfect Kimberley tour, alongside our Senior Kimberley Guide.  This might be Australia’s best tour and has to be one of the best itineraries I’ve seen for the Kimberley!

This itinerary has been custom built to incorporate the best of several major regions from Broome to Darwin.  Our Kimberley & NT guide has helped us create a unique itinerary visiting some of the most gorgeous and hard to access wonders of Outback Australia.  Starting in Broome and finishing in Darwin, highlights include Cape Leveque, Gibb River Road, Mitchell Plateau, Purnululu (Bungle Bungles), El Questro and the Ord River plains.

Ensure to read the itinerary to see what secrets lie within!  Remember we are limited to 14 seats per tour and WE SELL OUT every year! 

All itineraries are subject to change due to unexpected conditions, circumstances or driver’s decision based on what is best for the group.

Departure & Return Locations

Hop On:     Broome                       

Hop Off:     Darwin

Price Includes
  • Tented accommodation
  • Breakfast, lunch & dinner *see itinerary for BYO (Buy Your Own) meals
  • Sleeping equipment (tall tent, quality mattress, sheets/blanket, pillow)
  • Additional tours & expeditions *see itinerary
  • All entrance fees to National Parks, Ferries & Caravan parks
  • Unique experience of The Kimberley!
Highlights
What to expect

Cockatours is a family owned business who aim to create unforgettable experiences for everyone. We would love to share our experience and knowledge of the remote top end of Australia with you and show you places, experiences and wildlife you never thought existed!  We run smaller tours with a maximum 14 people so it still feels private and we expect everyone to be friendly, kind and work together as a team to create a positive experience for all. 

As a small business, we have the ability to be flexible and use this as an advantage for creating great experiences and adventures. Tours are subject to change due to roads, conditions and the guide’s decision to best suit the group. 

If you decide to join us on an adventure, please note the following:

  • Be prepared for true bush camps; some have no facilities – we have a bush toilet and shower for these occasions
  • Tented accommodation; easy peasy to erect!
  • Team work; everyone helps clean, cook, pack & set up
  • We are renowned for our amazing camp meals!
  • We have limited access to stores/shops
  • We have a great reputation to uphold and endeavour to provide an amazing tour every time!
Tour specific notes
  • Bring water bottles (or small backpacks with bladders) with a capacity up to 3L for some of the hikes. Staying hydrated in the tropics is critical to feeling good, avoiding headaches and enjoying your tour!
  • You must have hiking shoes (preferably with ankle support) for this tour. If you are an experienced hiker/bushwalker, go with what you normally wear and are comfortable with. You will also need wet shoes for 2 tours, these may be the same as your hiking shoes if you choose.
  • Please bring a head lamp with you. They will save you an enormous amount of angst at night time around camp. You will also need them for cave walks. We have a couple of models we recommend and stock in our ‘truck shop’ for $30-40. Clients in the past have replaced their BCF specials with these and been stoked with them. We make no profit on these, we just want our clients to fully enjoy their camping experience!
  • There are lots of walks on these tours. You never have to do a walk, however, to make the most of this trip, completing all (non-optional) walks is highly recommended. We would highly recommend a basic level of fitness or starting morning/afternoon walks at home before this tour commences. This HEMA Maps Page provides details on a few of the walks in the Kimberley.
Prices

$3,740

Group booking 6 or more

$3,850

Standard booking

These are incredibly special tour prices!  Being our first tour to the region we want to provide our first clients with a unique experience and we would love help to get the word out there!  We have an experienced Kimberley & Northern Territory guide on board, so the tour will be of the highest standard. 

There is $700 + of outsourced tours ALONE included in this price.  We are against taking commission for tours, so all group discounts and commissions have been waived so we can give you the best price possible!  This is Australia and we want fair dinkum experiences without the rort!

Your Guides
  • Your driver and guide is none other than Cockatours owner, Rossy. Rossy is an ecologist, photographer & speaker. He normally runs his tours in Cape York, but this year wants to spread the Cockatours adventure across the whole Top End! You can read more about him in our 'About Us' section.
  • Our local guide for the Kimberley & Gulf Savannah tours, is Jodie Douglas, an incredibly experienced, happy & hilarious lady! She has run tours with other operators across the Kimberley & Northern Territory so most of the location guiding & interpretations will be done by her. She is a very well received guide in the Kimberley & NT and has great relationships with Traditional Owners and other operators across the Top End.
Rossy the Guide Next to cycad
Rossy, Cape York Guide
Jodie the Guide in Kimberley Gorge
Jodie, Kimberley & NT Guide
Itinerary
All itineraries are subject to change due to unexpected conditions, circumstances or driver's decision based on what is best for the group.

Day 1Broome > Cape Leveque

Camp: Camp Ground (facilities available)
Meals: L, D
Activities: Beagle Bay Church, Ardyaloon Hatchery, Waterfall Reef Tour.
Hiking Shoes/Togs: No. Yes.
Tides: Derby, L: 0911 1.32pm, H: 1432h 11.62m, L: 2134h 0.45m

This morning we pick you up from your Broome accommodation starting around 8am, before heading north into the Dampier Peninsula and Cape Leveque! Here we have some beautiful sites to show you including the historical Beagle Bay Church and stunning coastlines! In the afternoon we visit the Ardyaloon Hatchery (Trochus shells) for a tour of their operation before boarding a boat to witness the Waterfall Reef, where the region’s massive tides drain off a reef creating a stunning waterfall in the ocean! Tonight, we camp at the Cygnet Bay Pearl Farm campgrounds.

Day 2Cape Leveque > Broome

Camp: Camp Ground (facilities available)
Meals: B,L,D
Activities: Relaxed morning on beach, Cygnet Bay Pearl Farm tour, Cable Beach Sunset & Staircase to the Moon.
Hiking Shoes/Togs: No. Yes.
Tides: Broome, L: 0547 1.22m, H: 1133h 10.39m, L: 1809h 0.63m

We start our second day with an insightful tour of the Cygnet Bay Pearl Farm, pearling history & how pearls are cultivated. After the tour we will spend the morning exploring some of the best beaches in Cape Leveque, before heading back towards Broome. This afternoon we head to Cable Beach to have a BBQ & drinks whilst watching one of the best sunsets in Western Australia. After the sunset we move a few minutes down the road and witness the absolutely stunning phenomenon of the Staircase to the Moon over Roebuck Bay!

Day 3Broome > Willare Bridge

Camp: Camp Ground (facilities available)
Meals: B,L,D
Activities: Half-day tour around Broome (Gantheum Point, Sun Pictures, Dinosaur Footprint hunting, Matso’s brewery). Start heading East…to Willare Bridge!
Hiking Shoes/Togs: No. No.
Tides: Broome, L: 0621 1.35m, H: 1207h 10.14m, L: 1843h 0.89m

Today we spend the morning on a spectacular half-day sights tour around Broome, including a stop at the world’s oldest outdoor picture gardens at Sun Pictures Cinemas. We will also visit Gantheum Point, make the most of the super low tides to go Dinosaur Footprint hunting and Matso’s Brewery. The afternoon will finally see us making tracks to the East, pulling in at Willare Bridge to camp.

Day 4Willare Bridge > Windjana Gorge

Camp: National Park Camp Ground (facilities available)
Meals: B,L,D
Activities: Derby sites (Boab Prison Tree & Myall’s Bore, Norval Gallery), Gibb River Road, Tunnel Creek walk & Welcome to Country, Windjana Gorge Sunset.
Hiking Shoes/Togs: Yes (+ wet shoes). No.

With an early start today, we head into Derby first. Here we visit a few unique sites around town including the Boab Prison Tree and Myall’s Bore (& the 125m cattle trough). We pop into the famous Norval Gallery, showcasing some amazing Derby & Kimberley Indigenous art. We then head East and get our first taste of the Gibb River Road, pulling in to set up camp and have lunch at Windjana Gorge. After lunch we head to Tunnel Creek where we get a Welcome to Country by a Traditional Owner and are taken on a guided tour through the impressive 750m long tunnel (you will need some wet shoes here and good headlamps). Immerse yourself in the history of the region and learn about a local hero, Jandamarra. We wrap up the day with a stunning sunset in Windjana Gorge.

Day 5Windjana Gorge > Silent Grove

Camp: National Park Camp Ground (facilities available)
Meals: B,L,D
Activities: King Leopold Lookout, Bell Gorge hike & swim
Hiking Shoes/Togs: Yes. Yes.

As we head further down the Gibb River Road we stop in at some incredible art sites and gorges along the way. The first of these just after the King Leopold Lookout. We stop in at Bell Gorge for a hike (choose either a 2km or 4km hike) and swim before finishing the day at Silent Grove.

Day 6Silent Grove > Mt Barnett

Camp: Camp Ground (facilities available + laundry)
Meals: B,L,D
Activities: Galvans Gorge, Manning Gorge (optional from camp), relaxing day!
Hiking Shoes/Togs: Yes. Yes.

Today we will have an early start so we have plenty of time to relax at a couple of stunning gorges on our way East. We put the kettle on at Galvans Gorge and have morning tea here. The Galvans Gorge walk is an easy, flat, 2km walk. We head to Manning (Mount Barnett) Gorge for lunch and an optional hike. We pull up stumps today at Mount Barnett and have a nice, relaxed afternoon and a short day.

Note: Manning Gorge is an optional 5km return hike, departing around 2pm. This hike requires you to swim across a river (approx. 25m, there’s a way to keep small bags dry), before hiking 2.5km up and over an escarpment and down into the gorge. This hike isn’t for the faint-hearted, but it’s well worth it. Grade 4 walk.

Day 7Mt Barnett > Mitchell Plateau

CCamp: National Park Camp Ground (no showers, basic toilets)
Meals: B,L,D
Activities: Transit day. Rock art & swim in King Edward River
Hiking Shoes/Togs: No. Yes.

After an easy day yesterday, we have a transit day on our hands to get us up to the Mitchell Plateau. We take a break along the way to check out a rock art site at Gibb River and have lunch and a dip in the King Edward River. Cool off after a big day on the road with a short 15-minute walk to Little Mertens falls for a swim. If we make an earlier start today, we should have plenty of time to set up camp and relax, also allowing for variable road conditions.

Day 8Mitchell Plateau Explore Day

Camp: National Park Camp Ground (no showers, basic toilets)
Meals: B,L,D
Activities: Mertens Falls, Mitchell Falls, Helicopter flight out.
Hiking Shoes/Togs: Yes (+ wet shoes). Yes.

Today is an incredibly special day: we walk through stunning gorges and creeks to reach Mertens Falls and Mitchell Falls, deep in the Mitchell Plateau. The 4km hike in is rated moderate-difficult and there is some rock hopping on the way in. Our return trip will be via a helicopter (covered by us).

Note: If you don’t wish to do the walk, you can catch the helicopter in (at your own cost) and meet us at the falls!

Day 9Mitchell Plateau > Drysdale River Station

Camp: Station Camp Ground (facilities available + laundry & small shop)
Meals: B,L. Dinner out (BYO)
Activities: Munurru (Gwion Gwion-Bradshaw/Wandjina) Rock Art sites. Lunchtime swim, bird watching near camp.
Hiking Shoes/Togs: No. Yes.

Heading back south, we visit some of the oldest and most pristine rock art in Australia at Munurru (Gwion Gwion-Bradshaw/Wandjina Rock Art sites). We stop for lunch and a swim at the King Edward River. On our way into camp at Drysdale River Station, we take a short drive to do some bird watching. Tonight, we take a night off cooking and have dinner down at the station.

Day 10Drysdale River Station > El Questro

Camp: Station Camp Ground (facilities available + laundry)
Meals: B,L,D
Activities: Ellenbrae Station scones & station talk. Cockburn Lookout. Pentecost River crossing. El Questro Gorge. El Questro Station!
Hiking Shoes/Togs: No. Yes.

With an early start, our final dash across the Gibb River Road sees us pull into Ellenbrae Station for some of the country’s finest scones for a morning tea break and a station talk. After leaving Ellenbrae we visit the beautiful Cockburn Range lookout, cross the mighty Pentecost River and pull into camp at the stunning El Questro Station. Here we camp for 2 nights again and as we arrive early afternoon, there is time for some optional 2-10 km walks around camp. EL Questro Station has its own mini-shop, restaurant & bar…with happy hour and music!

This afternoon we head out to tackle the challenging El Questro Gorge hike. The full hike is 8km return and will be the hardest hike of the trip. There is a halfway pool 1km in for anyone that isn’t up for the more challenging hike. Here you can sit, relax and swim for a couple hours while the rest are away.

Note: the full hike is an upper and lower body walk. There will be climbing over rocks, climbing waterfalls and navigating through the gorge. Due to the lack of a trail it is difficult for guides to help people through it. It’s going & going back and forth to help people will be tricky, so clients need to be capable hikers. A gauge if you can complete the full hike is if you can climb the rock at halfway pool by yourself.

Day 11El Questro Explore Day

Camp: Station Camp Ground (facilities available + laundry)
Meals: B,L. Dinner out (BYO).
Activities: Zebedee (hot) Springs, Emma Gorge. Sunset at Branco’s lookout.
Hiking Shoes/Togs: Yes. Yes.

Who’d have thought in the middle of the Kimberley outback, you would find yourself in hot springs nestled in amongst tall Livistona palms, soothing your body in pure serenity!? With an early start this morning, we head to Zebedee Springs, an easy walk, where we will soak our bodies in the thermal waters for a good while!

After Zebedee, we head over to Emma Gorge, a slightly more challenging walk, but incredibly rewarding! After a one-hour walk in we reach a set of stunning falls tumbling off the surrounding 65m cliffs. We head back to camp for a late lunch and a relaxed afternoon. There are also a range of optional activities for those who which to explore more. This evening we jump back in Zeus to watch the sunset at Branco’s Lookout, before returning for a dinner under the stars and cliffs at El Questro Station.

Day 12El Questro > Purnululu (Bungle Bungles)

Camp: National Park Camp Ground (toilets, no showers)
Meals: B,L,D
Activities: Kununurra Shopping. Transit.
Hiking Shoes/Togs: No. No.

Today we leave El Questro, first heading into Kununurra to do a quick restock of groceries. While in town you’ll have the opportunity to buy lunch and personal items. After shopping we head south on the Great Northern Highway to Purnululu, better known as the Bungle Bungles! We will leave town by 12:30 to make Purnululu by last light. Here we spend 2 nights to explore the wonders of the area!

Day 13Purnululu (Bungle Bungles) Explore Day

Camp: National Park Camp Ground (toilets, no showers)
Meals: B,L,D
Activities: Sunrise at the domes, Cathedral Gorge, Picaninny Lookout, Echidna Chasm, sunset at the domes. Optional helicopter flight over Purnululu.
Hiking Shoes/Togs: No. No.

Purnululu/The Bungle Bungles: massive, tiger-striped domes that will take your breath away! Today we spend the day exploring the best of this World Heritage listed National park. First thing this morning we head out to watch the sun rise over the domes. We visit Cathedral Gorge, a natural amphitheatre with incredible acoustics! We head to Piccaninny Lookout to witness Purnululu’s full beauty from above! Here we have a BBQ lunch and we highly recommend taking a (optional) helicopter flight over Purnululu, usually going for around $299.

In the early afternoon we will stand in the massive crack that has slowly widened over the millennia at Echidna Chasm. We wrap up a big day watching the sun set over the domes again, a once in a lifetime opportunity!

Day 14Purnululu > Kununurra

Camp: Camp Ground (facilities available + laundry)
Meals: B,L,D
Activities: Mini Palms Hike. Transit to Kununurra. Warmun Art Centre. Diversion dam, Pumphouse & Ivanhoe Crossing.
Hiking Shoes/Togs: Yes. Yes.

This morning we start with the ‘Mini Palms’ hike, a 4km trail meandering through the domes to an amphitheatre engulfed by huge 200m walls with mini palms growing at the base. A nice cruisy day has us heading back north on the Great Northern Highway, first popping into the Warmun Art Centre. This afternoon we make our way into Kununurra, stopping in at the Diversion Dam Wall, Pumphouse and Ivanhoe Crossing, before putting our feet up for the rest of the day. There will be plenty of time to get shopping done this afternoon.

Day 15Kununurra > Lake Argyle

Camp: Caravan Park (facilities available + laundry)
Meals: B,L, Dinner out (our shout)
Activities: Kununurra & Surrounds tour day! Sandalwood factory, hoochery rum distillery tour, Rockalong Stonework Gallery. Lake Argyle Cruise.
Hiking Shoes/Togs: No. No.

Kununurra and the surrounding plains has become an incredibly important farming and agricultural area. Today we explore some of the farms and businesses in the area that have flourished including the sandalwood plantations and factory & hoochery rum distillery. We will see several other plantations around town including chia, melons and pumpkins. Leaving town by midday we head out to Lake Argyle to set up camp and have lunch. At 230pm we have a superb sunset boat tour on Lake Argyle. Tonight, we have dinner at the Lake Argyle Resort and we shout everyone fish and chips! There’s live music and a great view!

Day 16Lake Argyle > Katherine

Camp: Station Camp Ground (facilities available)
Meals: B,D. BYO Lunch.
Activities: Durack Homestead Museum, Timber Creek.
Hiking Shoes/Togs: No. No.

Today we start our day with a nice stroll around the old Durack Station and visit the Homestead Museum. Afterwards we head East, crossing into the Northern Territory and pull into Timber Creek for a BYO counter lunch. Today will be our biggest transit day, but luckily it is nearly all bitumen! The scenery begins to change as we pass some stunning ranges before heading into Katherine to make camp. At camp today we are right beside the stunning Katherine River where you can spend plenty of time exploring the riverside and stunning campgrounds.

Day 17Katherine > Darwin

Camp:
Meals: B,L
Activities: Leliyn (Edith) Falls. Darwin!
Hiking Shoes/Togs: Yes. Yes.

Our final day has somehow arrived. We depart Katherine early and pull into the stunning Leliyn (Edith) Falls for a hike and a swim. Feeling refreshed, content, accomplished and many other things, we head into Darwin for final drop-offs at your chosen accommodation.

Map
Map of Kimberley, Australia
The Truck
Cockatours tour bus and trailer
Tour Truck at Camp with people relaxing

Our 18-seater tour truck, Zeus, takes us on all our adventures. He is equipped with very comfortable seating perfect for off-road driving, a sound system with microphones for those who love karaoke and plenty of storage. The air-conditioning works extremely well and the tinted windows in the cab help keep the glare & heat out! Our trailer is our portable kitchen with even more storage which is perfect for any event; short/long term camping trips, weekend getaways, the list goes on!  There’s even a large awning for those rare rainy days! 

On camping tours, we take a maximum of 14 people as we remove the 15th seat in the back and replace it with an esky for your own snacks and drinks!

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