We've recently added a 11 day and 12 night photography tour through the Kimberley to our 2017 touring program and we'd like to offer the Yea Camera Club a discount. The tour was arranged more last minute than we would have liked due to a last minute cancellation of a different tour in this period. Having already got the accommodation and activities booked, we decided to run a photography trip instead with a photographer we've worked with several times before, including through the Kimberley.
The tour includes 12 nights accommodation, most meals, 3 cruises and it's escorted by a professional photographer. The price is $6995pp twin share and $8444 single but we'd like to offer your members a discount of 15% when they call 08 8536 2234 or email firstname.lastname@example.org and quote VICPHOTOCLUB. This brings the price down to $5945pp twin share and $7175 single supplement.
The tour is already confirmed with a handful of seats remaining.
If you have an newsletter you could feature it in or any other forms of member communication, it would be appreciated.
Sacred Earth Safaris Pty Ltd
GPO Box 2216, Darwin, NT 0801
ABN 45 129 055 269
Tel : 08 8536 2234 / 0415 692855
Email : email@example.com
Here is a details itinerary of the tour.
Arrival day into Darwin– Tuesday 16th May (D)
On arrival into Darwin, please make your way to our accommodation, at your leisure. Taxis and shuttle buses are available at the airport.
The rest of your group, tour leader and driver guide will all be arriving at different times today, so once you’ve settled in, the rest of the day is yours to relax and enjoy this vibrant city !
This evening we’ll meet in the hotel restaurant for dinner and to go over the program for the next 11 days.
Overnight accommodation- Double Tree by Hilton Darwin- hotel room with en-suite.
Touring Day 1 – Wednesday 17th May (B,L,D)
We depart at 7am this morning on our 11 day adventure through the Kimberley !
We head south along the Stuart Highway towards Katherine Township. En-route we have a leg stretch at the historic township of Adelaide River and then call into our first waterfall of the tour- Leilyn (Edith Falls). Leilyn is part of Nitmiluk National Park and is well known for it’s picturesque waterfalls and pools, particularly the large pool at the base of the escarpment which is great for a swim.
We arrive in Katherine, check into our hotel and then make our way out to Nitmiluk (Katherine) Gorge, which is home to 13 spectacular gorges, carved out of the rock by torrential summer rains, over millions of years. Late this afternoon you’ll cruise for 2 hours through the gorge, discovering the customs of the traditional land owners, the Jawoyn people.
Discover the stories and ways of the Jawoyn people against the magnificent backdrop of the Nitmiluk Gorge, changing colour with the setting sun. Tour includes a three course candle light dinner, featuring fresh, local Australian produce cooked on board, a complimentary glass of sparkling wine, tea and coffee.
Overnight accommodation in Katherine- Ibis Styles- motel room with en-suite
Day 2- Thursday 18th May (B,L,D)
We travel west today. En-route, we can stop to view the Victoria River, one of the largest tidal influenced rivers in the Territory with an abundance of saltwater crocodiles.
We cross through the border into Western Australia and onto Lake Argyle, Australia’s largest man- made lake, covering 1000sq km and built as part of the Ord River scheme. It offers a great expanse of water from which steep red rocky slopes reach up approximately a 150m, in awe-inspiring grandeur.
You have some free time when we arrive, to take a look around, before we join the sunset cruise on the lake. Cruise through some of the 90 islands and inlets and take in the magnificent scenery of the Carr Boyd Ranges. Enjoy a glass of sparkling wine and nibblies as the sun sets over the rugged red cliffs and azure blue water.
Overnight accommodation - Lake Argyle Resort, in standard rooms with en-suites
Day 3 – Friday 19th May (B,L,D)
This morning we pop into Kununurra to collect fresh supplies (due to border restrictions) and for a look around before heading south to the Bungle Bungles.
Purnululu National park (the Bungle Bungles) is famous for the ancient range of unusual beehive-shaped domes, gorges and chasms over 350 million years old. The section of road into the park is quite challenging and will give you a real sense of off-road adventure !
This afternoon we can take a walk into Echidna Chasm, which is a narrow gorge of conglomerate rock. The walk in is beautiful, passing endemnic livistonia palms.
Overnight accommodation – EKT Bungle Bungles safari camp in en-suite cabins on a DBB basis (2 night stay).
Day 4 – Saturday 20th May (B,L,D)
We spend today in the Bungle Bungles. Our first stop in the park is Cathedral Gorge, a huge natural amphitheatre, with fantastic acoustics. We then take the walk to the Piccininny Lookout, followed by the “Domes trail walk”.
We’ll play this afternoon by ear, depending on what we have already seen and done in the park. We might get another shot at a location or try something different, based on discussion with your tour leader and driver guide.
There’s time today for optional helicopter flights (additional cost).
Overnight accommodation – EKT Bungle Bungles safari camp in en-suite cabins on a DBB basis
Day 5 – Sunday 21st May (B,L)
After breakfast, we leave the Bungle Bungles and head north again, to El Questro Wilderness Park, which is a million acres in size.
En-route, we visit the beautiful Parrys Lagoon, which offers excellent bird watching in the comfort of the purpose built bird hide or from one of the walkways. We also stop to enjoy the breathtaking views from Telegraph Hill, over the billabong and wetlands.
We also head to Wyndham and drive up the bastion to take in the sensational views of the 5 rivers lookout and the Cambridge Gulf.
Our accommodation this evening is at Emma Gorge Resort, part of the El Questro Wilderness Park, which is a million acres in size.
Overnight accommodation – Emma Gorge Resort, tented cabins with en-suites, pedestal fans and power (2 night stay)
Day 6 – Monday 22nd May (B,L)
We start today with a dip at the Zebedee Springs thermal pools, set amongst palm trees.
Then we drive back to the resort and you have the option of taking the walk to the beautiful Emma Gorge. A cool reward awaits you at the end of the walk in, where you can swim at Emma Gorge pool and the 200ft waterfall that is fed from a series of natural springs high above the plateau of the Cockburn Range.
Overnight accommodation – Emma Gorge Resort, tented cabins with en-suites
Day 7 – Tuesday 23rd May (B,L,D)
Leaving El Questro, we head onto the Gibb River Road and we’ll drive through the Pentecost River to a lookout, for fantastic views of the river and the mighty Cockburn Range.
We turn onto the Kalumburu Road and make our way to Drysdale River Station.
This afternoon you have the option (additional cost) of taking a spectacular 2 hour flight over Mitchell Falls and the Kimberley coast.
Your flight takes you past Mt Hann, Deep Gorge and the Rift, then over the magnificent Prince Regent Nature
Reserve. Follow the Prince Regent River, fly over unnamed waterfalls, King Cascades, St George Basin, Mt Trafalgar, Prince Frederick Harbour, the Hunter River, Donkins Hill Falls and the spectacular Mitchell Falls. The vast beautiful unspoilt coastline of the wilderness nature reserve is always a heart winner. You may even be lucky enough see crocodiles, dugong and whales.
Overnight accommodation – Drysdale River Station, in station rooms with fan, power and shared bathroom facilities, on a DBB basis
Day 8 – Wednesday 24th May (B,L,D)
This morning anyone who didn’t fly yesterday, will fly today at 6.30am and 9am if needed. There are only 3 daily flights, at 6.30am, 9am and 2.30pm.
Our destination today is Mt Elizabeth Station, a working cattle station, established in 1945 by the pioneering Lacey Family, who still own and run the property today. En-route we visit an art site in the Gibb River area.
Once we’ve checked into our Mt Elizabeth accommodation, you should have a couple of hours to take the station nature walk or relax and enjoy your surrounds, before dinner.
Overnight accommodation – station rooms with shared bathroom facilities at Mt. Elizabeth Station, on a DBB basis
Day 9 – Thursday 25th May (B,L,D)
Our first stop this morning is Galvans Gorge, where a short walk leads to a pretty gorge and plungepool, surrounded by boab trees. It also has some interesting rock art.
We continue west to Bell Gorge, which is said to be the most picturesque gorge in the Kimberley. We have lunch here and spend the rest of the afternoon swimming and relaxing at the waterfall and plungepool.
Then we’ll make our way through the Napier and King Leopold Ranges to our accommodation
Overnight permanent camp – Mt Hart Station, in fixed safari tents with proper beds and en-suites
Day 10 – Friday 26th May (B,L,D)
Today we pass through the King Leopold and Napier Ranges to Windjana Gorge, part of an ancient Devonian reef system where the Lennard River has cut through the Napier range. We take a walk into Windjana gorge to view the fossilised reef system and freshwater crocodiles can often be seen lazing around on the river banks.
Then onto Tunnel Creek, a 750m long limestone tunnel in the Napier Range, carved into the rock over thousands of years. As you walk through the tunnel, view stalactites and stalacmites and hear the story of Jandamarra, who used the tunnel as a hideout in the late 1800’s.
Overnight accommodation- Fitzroy River Lodge, safari lodges with proper beds, en-suites, fridge, tea & coffee and power, on a Dinner, Bed and Breakfast (DBB) basis
Day 11 – Saturday 27th May (B,L)
This morning you’ll take a ranger lead boat cruise through Geike Gorge, where flood waters of the Fitzroy River have carved the 30-metre-deep Gorge through the limestone at the junction of the Oscar and Geikie Ranges.
In the dry season, the river transforms itself into a quiet stream strung out beneath the towering cliffs of the Devonian reef. Here, layers of fossils and the limestone strata of an ancient reef are exposed in cross section, showing glimpses of life in the Devonian period before reptiles or mammals evolved.
The last leg of our journey takes us towards Broome and we’ll stop en-route at Willaire.
We arrive into Broome in the early evening and make our way to our accommodation, Beaches of Broome. Beaches of Broome is located in the Cable Beach area, only a few minutes walk from the famous Cable Beach itself (lovely for sunset photos) and has a bar as well as a café.
Overnight accommodation- Beaches of Broome, motel room with en-suite.
Departure Day – Sunday 28th May (B)
Self-serve toast and spreads are available from the communial kitchen this morning.
At your leisure, please make your way back to Broome airport from your onward flight. Alternatively you may like to stay in Broome for a day or 2 more and additional nights at Beaches of Broome can be included for an additional $180 per night.
B= Breakfast L= Lunch D= Dinner
Itinerary is exclusive to Sacred Earth Safaris, subject to availability road, weather and cultural conditions
SHOULD BE - AUD $6995 PER PERSON, TWIN SHARE. $1449 SINGLE SUPPLEMENT
But for Victorian Camera Clubs- special price of $5945pp twin share and $1329 single supplement when you call 08 8536 2234 or email firstname.lastname@example.org and quote VICPHOTOCLUB
Minimum 10 guests, maximum 15 guests
- Sole use of 26 seat 4WD tour bus, with air conditioning, tinted windows, reclining coach seats and speaker system with professional driver guide & escorted by a professional photographer
- Most meals, as stated.
- Tour accommodation, as listed
- Pre and post tour accommodation in Darwin and Broome for 1 night each end
- Entry fees and El Questro Wilderness pass
- Lake Argyle cruise
- Sunset dinner Nitmiluk Gorge cruise
- Geike Gorge cruise
- Arrival/departure flights
- Travel insurance
- Airport transfers
- Extra optional activities, such as Bungle Bungles helicopter flight and the Mitchell Falls scenic flight (please request the flights upon booking to avoid disappointment).