9 Day Luxury Top End and Kimberley Tour
Day 1 (L,D)
You will be collected from your Darwin accommodation at 7.30am for your private luxury 9 day 4WD Safari through Mary River, Kakadu and Nitmiluk National Parks and the Kimberley region.
We head south along the Stuart highway and along the Arnhem Highw ay into the Mary River wetlands region. Our destination today is Bamurrua Plains, Australia's answer to the Okavango Delta, located on a 300km2 of private buffalo station, just west of Kakadu National Park, on the Mary River floodplains. Bamurru invites guests to share in a profusion of bird and wildlife right on their doorstep in a unique bush camp that exudes "wild bush luxury" and brings a touch of style to the discovery of a remote ad beautiful wilderness.
With herds of buffalo, the highest density of saltwater crocodiles in Australia and prolific birdlife, Bamurru is one of Australia's great wildlife spectacles. With just 10 safari bungalows and a team of expert field guides, Bamurru Plains offers a select few guests the chance to immerse themselves in the story of the bush, while also enjoying the "wild bush luxury" touches. There is no internet acess, no television or coverage- a rare opportunity to unplaug and truly escape to your immediate environment.
En-route to the lodge, take a 1.5 hour cruise on the Wetlands. Species of birds that can be found in the area include Gouldian Finch, Rufous Owl, Grey Goshawk, Great- Billed Heron, Black Bittern, Rainbow Pitta, Brolga, Jabiru, Kingfishers, Darters, Cormorants and Sea Eagles.
After lunch we arrive at Bamurru Plains and you will now be looked after by their staff for the duration of your stay. Your Sacred Earth Safaris guide will be contactable by phone, if needed, but will not be on site at Bamurru.
After checking into your accommodation, you have the rest of the afternoon to relax and enjoy your surrounds or take a tour (from your daily included activities).
Overnight accommodation- Safari bungalow with eco-friendly en-suite, a supremely comfortable bed (organic cotton linen, pillow menu) and decor reflecting the regions earlier indigenous, hunting and pastoral history. Each room has a cold water thermos, local flora and fauna reading materials, species list and binoculars.
Package includes chef prepared meals and beverages from a select open bar as well as daily guided wilderness safaris which may include airboat tours, open-top 4WD safaris, river cruises and wildlife viewing.
**packages without touring are also available and individual touring, is available to book at the lodge itself**
Each of the nine safari bungalows are built on stilts overlooking the floodplains frequented by a myriad of birds and animals life. Mesh screen ceiling to floor walls provides an experience in which you can see, hear and almost touch the wildlife and wilderness around you. The alarm clock n the morning is the call of the magpie geese, after whom the camp is named, ass the orange light of dawn spreads across the floodplain, all audible and visible without having to leave your bed.
Air- conditioning can be provided, when booked in advance, though as the lodges power is mainly solar generated, air conditioning requires extra generator capacity and a surcharge is applicable for this.
(2 night stay)
Day 2 (B,L,D)
Today is spent at Bamurru, with a range of activities available to you. Or simply relax
Overnight accommodation- Bamurru Plains
Day 3 (B,L)
At 10am we depart Bamurru and make our way into World Heritage listed Kakadu National park. Kakadu is the largest national park in Australia, has some of the world’s finest rock art and a variety of habitats, including floodplains and savannah woodlands.
Our first stop in Kakadu is Ubirr in the very north of the park. Here we walk through galleries of ancient aboriginal rock art, which your guide will interpret. Also learn about bushtuckers and bush medicines before reaching the top of the plateau. Here we can relax and enjoy the panoramic view of the floodplains and Arnhemland escarpment.
Then onto Nourlangie Rock, an ancient Aboriginal shelter, where we will explore the area and the rock art. Your guide will lead you on an interpretive walk around the site, followed by Nawalandja lookout. The short hike to the lookout is rewarded by a magnificent view over the Arnhemland escarpment.
We finish the day at Angbangbang Billabong, with great views of Nourlangie Rock behind the billabong and bird watching opportunities.
Dinner this evening is at your own arrangement and expense (the hotel has a restaurant).
Overnight accommodation in Kakadu- Mercure Crocodile Hotel- Superior hotel room
Day 4 (B,L)
We start today at Maguk (Barramundi Gorge and falls). Termite mounds are abundant along the dirt road that takes us to the car park and from there, we take a walk through a paperbark forest to reach the gorge. Once we reach the gorge and waterfall, we can have a refreshing swim in the plungepool.
Departing Kakadu, we leave through the southern entrance and after a leg stretch at the historic mining town of Pine Creek, we head south to the township of Katherine.
Upon arrival into Katherine, we make our way out to Nitmiluk Gorge, home to 13 spectacular gorges, carved out of the rock by torrential summer rains, over millions of years.
Your accommodation this evening is at Cicada Lodge, where you will be drawn into the Dreaming world of the traditional owners, the Jawoyn People whilst still experiencing the highest levels of service and comfort. Upon your arrival, you will be greeted with a ‘Welcome to Jawoyn Country’ followed by an evening of tasting bush
food canapés and drinks as the sun sets over the Katherine River.
Overnight accommodation- Cicada Lodge at Nitmiluk Gorge. Your package includes sunset drinks and canapes, arrival drinks and continental breakfast.
Day 5 (B,L,D)
This morning embrace the spirit of Nitmiluk as you fly back into the Dreamtime, to an authentic Indigenous art site.
Landing beneath rock escarpments at your first out-of-the-way site you will feel a deep connection to the land, its history and the traditional landowners - the Jawoyn people, as your pilot/guide explains the rock art to you. Swimming at your very own pristine waterfall at the next landing site is a highlight on this trip, the rock pool is exclusively yours, guaranteed!
There is no road access to these spectacular and secluded sites and you will certainly not find them on a map. As you return flying over a horizon that never ends you may even sight wild buffalo, donkeys and other wildlife.
**shorter helicopter flights are available as alternatives to the extended flight and other alternatives include a hands- on cultural experience for $75 pp **
There should be some free time after your flight to relax at the lodge, take a walk into the gorge or to the lookout or have a look around the interpretive centre.
To finish the day you’ll take the Nabilil Dreaming sunset dinner cruise through the gorge. Nabilil (Nah-bill-lil) is a dragon-like figure who named the region Nitmiluk after hearing the song of the cicada (nitnit, nitnit). Learn more about the spirit, history and culture of the Jawoyn people as you cruise along the first two tranquil gorges. Discover the music, stories and ways of the Jawoyn as the sunsets and the beauty of the gorge intensifies. Lap up the surroundings by candlelight and enjoy a three course buffet dinner along the way.
Overnight accommodation- Cicada Lodge at Nitmiluk Gorge
Day 6 (B,L)
We make our way west today, stopping en-route 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.
This afternoon take the sunset cruise on the lake, where you will 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- The Kimberley Grande, Kununurra
Day 7 (B,L,D)
Start today with a scenic flight over World Heritage listed Purnululu National Park (the Bungle Bungles).
This exhilarating adventure takes in the Kimberley’s best icons- be enthralled at the full expanse of Lake Argyle , the Ord Top Dam wall, Lake Kununurra and the Ord Irrigation Area. View the Carr Boyd and Osmand Ranges, the Ord River and Bow River. Experience spectacular aerial views of the Bungle Bungle Range and witness the fascinating Argyle Diamond Mine where rare pink diamonds are mined.
Your flight lasts 2 hours and afterwards, you’ll be transferred to El Questro Wilderness Park, which is a million acres in size. The luxury of El Questro Homestead sits in stark contrast to Western Australia's rugged Kimberley landscape. Your Sacred Earth Safaris guide says goodbye in Kununurra as you will be looked after by El Questro guides for the remainder of your trip.
After exploring hidden locations few have had the privilege to visit in this dramatic land of extremes, you have the opportunity to unwind and relax in a variety of unique ways. Soak away your cares in the thermal Zebedee Springs. Curl up under an ancient boab tree with a book, or simply join the local wallaby population and lounge in the shade. Surrounded by lush tropical gardens, the Homestead has a swimming pool and tennis court for the exclusive use of Homestead guests.
Guests are invited to enjoy our gourmet cuisine at a dining location of their choice, from a private cliff top to the Homestead's spacious verandas. Alternatively, we can pack you a gourmet picnic hamper to enjoy in an intimate setting of your choice.
Overnight at El Questro Homestead- your choice of room or suite, on a full board basis (2 night stay)
**alternative option to the Homestead is the Station bungalows. At the station, meals and activities are at additional cost.
Day 8 (B,L,D)
You have the whole day at El Questro today. Included in your package are a range of tours and activities, that provide opportunities to fully immerse yourself in the natural attractions of the Wilderness Park. The majority are exclusive to Homestead guests, facilitating engagement between the small group and their guide. El Questro’s enthusiastic rangers are adept at personalising your experience to your individual tastes.
Overlook the magnificent region from the air with our scenic helicopter tours over El Questro’s gorge and river systems. Spend some time on the water with a guided boat tour, or take one out yourself and relax along the river as you cast a line out for the Barramundi. Explore the land on your own two feet with a stroll through the Wilderness Park on our many adventure tours.
Overnight at El Questro Homestead- your choice of room or suite, on a full board basis
Day 9 (B)
After check out, you will be transferred back to Kununurra airport for your onward flight.
B = Breakfast / L = Lunch / D = Dinner
This tour is only operated as a private charter (sole use of vehicle and driver guide) during the months of May- October only
- please enquire for prices and further
• Sole use of 4WD tour vehicle with professional driver guide and purpose built heavy duty trailer
• Meals as stated
• Accommodation, as listed,
including El Questro Homestead accommodation
• 1.5 hour Mary River cruise
• 2 hour Yellow Waters Cruise
• Kakadu park entry Tickets
• Sunset Lake Argyle Cruise
• 2.5 hour helicopter tour to a remote and exclusive rock art site
• 3.5 hour sunset dinner cruise at Nitmiluk Gorge (Katherine Gorge)
• Pre & Post tour accommodation
• Travel insurance
• Arrival / departure flights
• Optional select activities at Bamurru Plains (other than those included in your package)