• Pricing From $11,300 pp
  • Single Supplement $2,500
  • From Darwin
  • Duration 8 Days
  • Max Group Size 11
  • Activity Level Moderate

Bill Peach Journeys has been revealing the mysteries of the Kimberley region for over 36 years. Located in Western Australia’s sparsely settled Far North West, The Kimberley is known for 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. Join us to experience incredible ‘flightseeing’ of one of Australia’s last true frontiers as we access these remote regions few get the chance to see. Amid the vast and ancient landscape of the East Kimberley region sits the untamed natural beauty of El Questro. Here we cruise Chamberlain Gorge, view majestic mountains, thermal springs, mud and salt-flats, rainforests and cascading waterfalls. From the rich red landscape of El Questro Wilderness Park, we fly to the rugged coastline of Berkeley River for a wilderness experience in refined luxury. Touring of  Kununurra and Darwin compliments this Kimberley adventure. This will be the journey of a lifetime!

Highlights

  • Experience spectacular aerial sightseeing of the rugged East Kimberley in the remote North West
  • Enjoy 2 nights at the stunning Berkeley River Lodge overlooking the Timor Sea
  • Spend 2 nights at the magnificently located El Questro Station
  • Marvel at the towering escarpment as we cruise through the ancient Chamberlain Gorge
  • Discover the natural treasures of the tranquil Berkeley River system including Casuarina Falls
  • Touring of Kununurra and Darwin, Australia’s northern-most capital city
  • A unique Indigenous experience to learn about the culture and history of the Miriuwung people
  • All touring, transfers and meals included
  • Escorted throughout by a dedicated Journey Director

Tour Departures

Tour Code KA2000
Departs 17 Aug 2020
Returns 17 Aug 2020
Price From $11,300 pp
Single Supplement $2,500
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 Mantra on the Esplanade. The balance of the day is at leisure to relax in your hotel overlooking the sparkling harbour 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: Mantra on the Esplanade or similar

Day 2: Darwin - El Questro

After breakfast we board our private aircraft for our 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.

We arrive at the El Questro Station strip and are then transferred via 4WD to our riverside accommodation. This evening, as vivid orange and pinks that paint not just the horizon but the whole sky appear, we discover why Western Australian sunsets are rated as some of the most beautiful in the world.

Overnight: El Questro Station

Day 3: El Questro

Today we explore the remarkable bush culture and history that surrounds us. El Questro Wilderness Park extends for approximately 80 km north-south and 60 km east-west, totalling one million acres in size. Its landscape offers outstanding diversity – from rugged sandstone ranges and broad tidal flats, to rainforest pockets, gorges and permanent waterfalls. One of Australia’s last frontiers, El Questro sits within what many consider to be the most spectacular rugged landscape on earth. This afternoon, we embark on a cruise through the Chamberlain Gorge. During the cruise we will enjoy 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 at dusk when the colours of the Kimberley shine on the towering cliffs.

Overnight: El Questro Station

Day 4: El Questro - Berkeley River

After a leisurely breakfast, the morning is yours to relax riverside or explore more of this fascinating property. After lunch, we reboard our aircraft and fly to Berkeley River Lodge. Be sure to look below as we fly northwest where the Cockburn Range comes into view. This spectacular range is very unique with its vertical cliff running the whole way around the range. We then cross the Pentecost River, home to many saltwater crocodiles. The flight takes in the Cambridge Gulf, used by ships to access the Port of Wyndham. Prior to landing, the Berkeley River and the Kimberley Coastline come into view.

Berkeley River Lodge is nestled on the gentle curve of Joseph Bonaparte Gulf on Australia’s remote north Kimberley Coast, a stone’s throw away from some of the most spectacular untouched coastal wilderness on earth. From your dune top villa, you are just a sandy-footed stroll away from pristine wildlife rich bushland and secluded beaches, where the only frequent visitors are dolphins, dugongs and turtles. This evening we enjoy a 4WD and cruise as the sun sets over the ocean in the west, transforming not only the sky but the water from pastel silvery blue to deep indigo.

Overnight: Berkeley River Lodge

Day 5: Berkeley River

Spend the day taking in this extraordinary environment, one of the truly last touched frontiers. On a cruise of the Berkeley River, we will glide past towering rugged cliffs to the remotest freshwater swimming holes, stunning waterfalls and majestic gorges, where the peace and tranquillity is broken only by birdsong.

Overnight: Berkeley River Lodge

Day 6: Berkeley River - Kununurra

Depart Berkeley River this morning for our flight to Kununurra. Upon arrival, we will enjoy an Indigenous cultural tour to learn about the local culture, history and social norms of Miriuwung people. We will learn about cultural differences and gain invaluable insights into Aboriginal culture from in-depth discussions with a Miriuwung guide.

Overnight: Kimberley Grande or similar

Day 7: Kununurra - Darwin

This morning we take a commercial flight to Darwin and enjoy a tour of Australia’s most northern coastal city. We learn about the devastation of Cyclone Tracy in 1974 and the effort to rebuild the city which now thrives as an administrative and commercial centre for Northern Australia. The history of the city further comes alive as we explore Fannie Bay Gaol, the Darwin Museum and the WW ll Storage Tunnels. This evening, our farewell dinner will be at one of Darwin’s finest restaurants.

Overnight: Mantra on the Esplanade or similar

Day 8: Depart Darwin

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


About AIRCRUISING

An Aircruise 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. The formula is simple – travelling by private aircraft means that we can land directly in each location ensuring time on the ground is spent discovering each region.

Fully Inclusive

When you travel on an Aircruise everything is included and arranged before you even leave home. This means not only does your holiday include accommodation, dining, and all excursions but every single one of these elements is the finest in its class. Throughout the journey you will have a Journey Director on hand to look after you every step of the way.

Mode of Transport

This journey will utilise aircraft which are perfect for landing in the 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.

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 designed for those looking to venture off the beaten track. You must be able to walk up to 1km unaided and will not need any foreseen assistance throughout the journey.

We strongly urge you to consider the fitness rating before selecting your preferred journey, in 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)