• Pricing From $11,995 pp
  • Single Supplement $1500
  • From Darwin
  • Duration 8 Days
  • Max Group Size 10
  • Activity Level Moderate
  • Departs 21 Jul 2022
  • Returns 28 Jul 2022

Allow us to reveal the visual splendour that awaits in the magnificent Kimberley located in Western Australia’s remote Far North West. For 38 years, Bill Peach Journeys has showcased this remarkable and vast region from the air and through insightful touring. Large swaths of wilderness defined by rugged ranges, awe-inspiring escarpments, dramatic gorges, semi-arid savanna and a largely isolated coastline that shimmers every shade of indigo and emerald beckon.

In the untamed natural beauty of El Questro Wilderness Park, cruise Chamberlain Gorge, view sweeping landscapes and relax in the soothing waters of Emma Gorge and Zebedee Thermal Springs. From the rich red vistas of El Questro, we fly to the rugged coastline of Faraway Bay’s sublime turquoise sea for a wilderness exploration few have the privilege to experience. Be fascinated by ancient rock art and awed by the majesty of King George Falls, an incredible natural spectacle. Touring of Darwin compliments this outback adventure. Join us to experience one of Australia’s last true frontiers, the heart of the Kimberley; an outback discovery that is iconic in every way!

Highlights

  • Experience spectacular aerial sightseeing of the rugged East Kimberley in the remote North West
  • Spend 1 night at the remarkable El Questro Station - Emma Gorge at the foot of the Cockburn Range
  • Enjoy 2 nights at the magnificently set Faraway Bay overlooking the sparkling emerald Timor Sea
  • Marvel at the towering escarpment as we cruise through the ancient Chamberlain Gorge
  • Be awed by the breathtaking King George Falls as it plunges over soaring red sandstone cliffs
  • View unique examples of Bradshaw rock art
  • Exploring Darwin including the Royal Flying Doctor Service and the Military Museum
  • Enjoy a sunset cruise on Darwin Harbour
  • All touring, transfers and meals included
  • Escorted throughout by a dedicated Journey Director

Tour Departures

Tour Code IK2200*
Departs 21 Jul 2022
Returns 28 Jul 2022
Price From $11,995 pp
Single Supplement $1,500
Day 1: Arrive Darwin

Upon arrival in Darwin, the capital of Australia’s Northern Territory and a former frontier outpost, your private transfer will take you to the Adina Darwin. The balance of the day is at leisure to relax in your hotel overlooking the Darwin Waterfront Precinct or perhaps explore tropical Darwin and its fascinating history. From ancient Aboriginal Dreamtime stories and the pioneering spirit of the early settlers, to survival stories of WWII, the bombing of Darwin and Cyclone Tracy, Darwin’s history and heritage is vast, diverse and captivating in every way. This evening, join our Journey Director and fellow travellers at a welcome dinner.

Overnight: Adina Apartment Hotel or similar

Day 2: Darwin - El Questro

Following breakfast, we board our private aircraft for a flight along the East Kimberley coastline. Below us passes a land of breathtaking contrasts covering billions of years in history. Comprising in total over one million square kilometres, Australia’s North West is one of the last true wilderness areas on Earth. Known for sweeping landscapes defined by rugged ranges, dramatic gorges, semi-arid savanna and a largely isolated and spectacular coastline, the Kimberley is a sight to behold.

El Questro Wilderness Park totals one million acres and offers outstanding diversity – from rugged sandstone ranges and broad tidal flats to rainforest pockets, gorges and permanent waterfalls. Today we explore the remarkable bush culture and history that surrounds us as we immerse ourselves in the picturesque landscape of the rocky, red Cockburn Range at Emma Gorge. Learn about the pioneering heritage and characters that ran El Questro when it was a working station. Discover the Indigenous people’s use of different bush plants, including uses for medicine and remedies, weapons and even fish poison. In Emma Gorge, be awed by the stunning turquoise waterhole at the base of a towering 65 metre chasm graced by a droplet waterfall. Renowned as one of the most spectacular gorges of the Kimberley, it is characterised by massive scree slopes and cliff face escarpments reaching up to 120m on both sides of the trail.

Overnight: El Questro Station – Emma Gorge or similar

Day 3: El Questro - Kununurra

We begin with a visit to Zebedee Springs, a serene oasis of thermal pools and waterfalls set in the prehistoric forest of Livistona and Pandanus palms. Unwind in the inviting surroundings and for those interested, an opportunity to enjoy a soothing soak.

This afternoon, we embark on a cruise through the impressive Chamberlain Gorge. During the cruise, we discover the diverse flora and fauna, resident rock wallabies, Johnston crocodiles and the always cheeky Archer fish, which are all familiar inhabitants of the gorge. Relax on the peaceful return journey admiring the colours of the Kimberley in the towering cliffs.

Leaving the remarkable El Questro behind, we re-board our private aircraft for the flight to Kununurra. On the way, we will enjoy incredible ‘flightseeing’ over an ancient land of sweeping vistas and rugged natural wonders, a frontier of deep gorges and majestic mountains. Upon arrival, we transfer to our accommodation.

Overnight: Cambridge Kununurra or similar

Day 4: Kununurra - Faraway Bay

This morning we visit the Waringarri Art Gallery, a living, growing art centre celebrating the uniqueness of Miriwoong cultural identity before being transferred to Kununurra Airport for our scenic flight to Faraway Bay. Gaze below as we cross over the mighty Ord River and expansive rugged coastline. Most importantly, eyes peeled for aerial views of the iconic King George Falls. Upon arrival, we explore an extraordinary range of Bradshaw rock art. Transfer to our accommodation, Faraway Bay, one of the world’s most isolated wilderness retreats, overlooking the shimmering turquoise waters of the Timor Sea.

Overnight: Faraway Bay or similar

Day 5: Faraway Bay

Spend the day taking in this extraordinary environment. Cruise by boat along the sweeping Kimberley coastline to King George River and look out for turtles, manta rays, flying fish and an array of sea birds. Admire the ancient rock-lined gorges and towering cliffs before arriving at the Kimberley’s stunning natural wonder, the breathtaking twin King George Falls. Soak in the splendour of nature’s cathedral in this pristine environment, a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

Overnight: Faraway Bay or similar

Day 6: Faraway Bay - Darwin

Bidding adieu to the Kimberley, we board our private aircraft for a flight to Darwin. Departing the breathtaking Kimberley coast, you will fly over the Timor Sea and Joseph Bonaparte Gulf then cross over the Northern Territory coast. This evening, relax in the balmy breeze during a sunset cruise on Darwin Harbour.

Overnight: Adina Apartment Hotel or similar

Day 7: Darwin

Following breakfast, we visit the Royal Flying Doctor Service to enjoy heroic tales and learn the history of the RFDS. Tour the Darwin Military Museum and discover the city’s historical and turbulent past. Learn about the first and largest foreign attack ever mounted on Australia when more than 188 Japanese aircraft attacked Darwin’s harbour and airfield. A visit to Fannie Bay and the palm fringed tropical expanse of Mindil Beach rounds out our touring for the day. Savour a farewell dinner at one of Darwin’s finest restaurants this evening.

Overnight: Adina Apartment Hotel or similar

Day 8: Depart Darwin

After breakfast, we transfer to Darwin Airport where you will board your flight home. Say a fond farewell to new friends and take away memories of an unforgettable Kimberley adventure.


About AIRCRUISING

An Air Tour with Bill Peach Journeys is the perfect way to explore these hard to reach destinations in the style, speed and comfort of your own private aircraft. Travelling by private aircraft means that we can land directly in each location ensuring time on the ground is spent discovering each region. The style of aircraft is chosen to provide the best possible access into remote locations.

Fully Inclusive

When you travel on an Air Tour everything is included. This means not only does your holiday include accommodation, dining and all excursions but every one of these elements is the finest in its class. Throughout the journey you will have a Journey Director on hand to look after each detail.

Mode of Transport

This journey will utilise aircraft which are perfect for landing in remote destinations throughout this journey. To ensure a variety of viewing for everyone, we change seat allocation each day. The aircraft is operated by an experienced pilot and accompanied by a Journey Director. The coaches that we use for the ground component of this journey are fully air-conditioned. There will be a number of 4WD vehicles used on this journey. The journey will involve travelling over unsealed roads. We will also be utilising boats for river cruises.

Airfares and pre & post accommodation

Please speak to your travel agent or Bill Peach Journeys about flights to and from Darwin from your homeport. We can also arrange additional pre and post accommodation in Darwin.

Level of fitness required: Moderate

This journey is more challenging and designed for the more active traveller who is looking to venture off the beaten path. To fully participate in all activities, the traveller must be able to walk up to 1km on even surfaces unaided, travel by four-wheel-drive vehicles along ungraded roads and walk up steps unassisted.

We strongly urge you to consider the fitness rating before selecting your preferred journey, with respect for your fellow travellers. Bill Peach Journeys reserves the right to refuse travel to any client whose fitness level is below the recommended rating.

Travel Insurance

We strongly recommend that you purchase travel insurance to cover you against such things as personal illness or accident, cancellation, loss of baggage etc. Please make sure you carry a copy of your Travel Insurance policy with you at all times.

Terms and Conditions

Please refer to the T&C’s for more information. Terms & Conditions (PDF)

* Due to current travel restrictions, there may be operational / date changes required. We will continue to work with suppliers to monitor the situation.