Bamurru Plains, Kakadu, Northern Territory
By Down Under Endeavours
Venture to remote outback wilderness where few tourists go, while still enjoying creature comforts and even a touch of luxury. Soar through pristine wetlands on an airboat, keeping an eye out for crocs. Cruise through the Kimberley region of Western Australia, home to dramatic gorges and waterfalls and enjoy exclusive adventures from barramundi fishing to helicopter flights. Blaze new trails in the iconic outback landscapes of El Questro Wilderness Park. The adventures are endless!
- 2 nights at Adina Apartment Hotel Darwin Waterfront
- 3 nights at all inclusive Bamurru Plains, a luxury safari-style camp in the Top End
- 4WD and airboat safaris in the Top End
- Full-day tour of Arnhem Land, the only area of Australia where Aboriginal culture is still dominant
- 7-night Kimberley adventure cruise with gourmet meals, drinks and selected activities included
- 3 nights in the remote all inclusive El Questro Wilderness Park
- Scenic flight over the Bungle Bungle Ranges
- Use of private self-drive boat in El Questro
- Upgrade to Kingfisher Suite at Bamurru Plains
- Add scenic flight transfer to Bamurru Plains
- Upgrade your room on Kimberley Cruise
- Add helicopter excursions on Kimberley cruise
- Add horseback riding, helicopter excursions to remote waterfalls, fishing excursions, and full-day outback tours in El Questro
Package duration: 15 nights
Book by: 08/31/2018
Travel from: 02/01/2018
Travel by: 10/31/2018
Welcome to Darwin! Darwin is the tropical capital of the Northern Territory and gateway to Australia's largest national park, Kakadu. Enjoy a private transfer to your hotel and enjoy the rest of the day at your leisure. Mix with the locals at the Mindil Beach Sunset markets or the unique seaside eateries of Stokes Hill Wharf. Visit Aboriginal art galleries and museums, explore the historic WWII tunnels or watch a spectacular sunset over the harbor.
Accommodation: Adina Apartment Hotel Darwin Waterfront
Today, it's off to the unique wilderness of Australia's Top End. Board a scenic flight to the luxury wilderness lodge Bamurru Plains, your home for the next 3 nights. Here, just to the west of Kakadu National Park on the Mary River floodplains, you'll find an astonishing array of birds and wildlife right on the doorstep of your luxury bush camp.
Accommodation: Bamurru Plains, 3 nights
Enjoy a day trip into Arnhem Land. Arnhem Land is perhaps the only area in Australia where Aboriginal culture is still dominant. A local guide will show you excellent examples of rock art on Injalak Hill, an area that has some of the best rock art in the country. The view from the top of the hill is simply breathtaking, looking out around the escarpment and across the floodplain.
Spend another day exploring your incredible surroundings, reminiscent of Crocodile Dundee and rugged Australian adventures. Your fabulous bush lodge provides a luxurious retreat between adventures like 4WD safaris and airboat rides through the wetlands.
Take another scenic flight back to Darwin. The day is completely at your leisure to do as little or as much as you like.
Accommodation: Adina Apartment Hotel Darwin Waterfront
Today, your private driver will transfer you to the airport for a quick flight to Broome, where you will be transferred to your 7-night adventure cruise aboard the True North. You'll have time for a cocktail with your fellow adventurers before departing. Dinner is served shortly after leaving port for the overnight cruise to Yampi Sound. The True North has been designed to go where no other ship can go. Though the True North is renowned for its comfort and style, this cruise is designed to get you off the ship and into remote wilderness as often as possible.
Accommodation: Onboard the True North, 7 nights
Savor a delicious breakfast as you glide past Cockatoo and Koolan Islands. Then it's time to take in a Kimberley icon—the Horizontal Falls. Experience the awesome power of the region's huge tidal range in an exhilarating tender ride, then climb aboard your air-conditioned helicopter for a view of the falls that very few experience. Leadline Creek will be the first opportunity to land a barra (a massive barramundi fish, for those who aren't familiar). Back onboard, select a fine wine and enjoy a leisurely evening meal as you cruise to Doubtful Bay.
This morning is devoted to exploring the Sale River. Fish the mouth for barra, then join naturalists and adventurers alike as you ride the tide on a classic river expedition. Then, visit another Kimberley icon: Montgomery Reef. Montgomery is a unique ecosystem that must be seen to be believed, and you'll have the privilege of seeing it from above on a scenic helicopter flight. Watch in awe as 140 square miles of coral reef rises out of the ocean right before your very eyes!
As the True North graces the majestic Price Regent River, the scenery will astound, and you'll explore some fishing spots that are not to be missed. At Kings Cascades, the ship will maneuver right underneath the impressive falls. Then it's time for more adventures, with a chance to stretch the laces on your hiking boots and an opportunity to swim in another picture-perfect billabong.
If you thought the Regent was good, wait till you see the Hunter River! With stunning red cliffs set behind rainforest and mangroves, the Hunter River is yet another awesome setting for fishing, mud crabbing, bird watching, and simply exploring. It's only a short hike to Jackson Falls, and there's even more splendor to see from the helicopter! Enjoy a sunset drink on Naturaliste Island before you embark on an overnight cruise to Vansittart Bay.
Today, there will be an opportunity to see the famed Bradshaw rock paintings—possibly the oldest art known to man. Then, fly in a helicopter to the top of Eagle Falls for an epic picnic. Hop in one of the tenders to explore local beaches and creeks. This evening, you'll cruise to Koolama Bay.
Today, explore yet another mighty Kimberley river: The King George. As soon as the tide is high enough, you'll cross the sand bars at the mouth to reveal breathtaking vistas. Anchor at the base of the Twin Falls, where you will find endless places to explore. Climb, or take the helicopter, to the top of the falls for a cruise highlight. Visit Koolama Bay and learn about the bombing of a state-ship during WWII, then take a stroll at Tranquil Bay before you continue onto the frontier port of Wyndham.
Say goodbye to the True North this morning as you take a coach transfer to Kununurra. From here, a scenic flight over the awe-inspiring Bungle Bungle Ranges takes you to your luxury accommodations at El Questro Homestead. Nestled within the Kimberley's vast and ancient landscape and hidden among burnt-orange cliffs and lush, green lawns, El Questro Homestead is a pocket of luxurious exclusivity where you're encouraged to make yourself at home.
Accommodation: El Questro Homestead (3 nights)
There are many ways to discover this ancient land, and you're free to choose whether to take to the skies, head out on foot, 4WD, or cruise along its waterways. From the air, you can fly over the Cockburn Ranges past waterfalls and salt-flats, or you may want to pull on your hiking boots and hike El Questro's many rugged gorges and cliffs.
Enjoy another day of exploration in El Questro. If your sense of adventure needs a day off, then head to some of the hidden watering holes, hot springs, and waterfalls, where you can do nothing but relax and unwind.
Today brings your incredible Australian adventure to an end. Enjoy a 4WD transfer through the ruggedly beautiful Kimberley scenery to Kununurra, where you'll begin your journey home.
Terms & Conditions:
*Pricing valid for travel through Aug. 31, 2018. Airfare to/from Australia and domestic flights within Australia not included. Down Under Endeavours requires a minimum booking of $8,000 for your trip (includes air and land arrangements for all travelers in your party). Some activities may be weather dependent.