The Ultimate Kimberley Experience depart Kununurra, Broome & Darwin
WELCOME TO The ultimate Kimberley experience
If you are travelling from Melbourne here is the Ultimate Travel Itinerary into the Bungle Bungle Ranges, Argyle Diamond Mine, Lake Argyle, Ord River, El Questro, Home Valley Station, Mitchell Falls and the Kimberley Coast with our local guides and you will journey into the heart and soul of the Kimberley
This itinerary can be modified to suit your travel needs by from 1 day through to 12 days. Please contact us to discuss and organise this package.
Arrive into Kununurra. Courtesy airport transfer to the Kununurra Country Club (4.5 stars) lunch and a complimentary drink will be waiting for you there is time to relax, sort out your travelling bag for the 2-night stay at the Bungles, take a swim in the pool and take a leisurely walk around town in the afternoon, the incredible Argyle Diamonds are on display in the jewellery shops, not 500 metres from your front door, as well as art galleries, and cafes, or the local Kununurra pub if you want to immerse yourself in the nor-wester after-work rituals.
The next morning you will be picked up by Kingfisher tours for your Bungle Bungle Argyle Diamond Mine and Lake Argyle journey, you can leave any luggage securely at the Country Club for your return.
Today we head out on an incredible week of touring join us for the iconic Australian scenic flight over Lake Argyle, the Ord River, Bow River and Bungle Bungle Range. Land at the Belburn Airstrip alongside the Bungle Ranges and be welcomed to country by our Gija guides – custodians of the country, have some fresh tea and damper before departing to the Cathedral gorge and beehive domes you will go on a bush tucker and bush medicine walk then follow our guide into the Cathedral gorge and listen to the Dreamtime stories and the ancient songs. Have sunset drinks and nibbles at one of our favourite lookouts . Return to the wilderness lodge in time to relax before a fantastic 3-course dinner, then an evening of good cheer, story-telling and stargazing around the fire pit.
Enjoy a delicious breakfast buffet style, your Kingfisher tours guide will take you around to the northern end of the bungles where the Echidna Story begins, as you walk into Echidna Chasm and the mini palms and lookout where you will spy his cave.
Your guide will help you understand this amazing landscape you stand, in with the stories that are thousands of years old as well as describe the incredible geology of the ranges, lunch and snacks are packed for your day and you finish the touring with sunset drinks and a delicious dinner at the lodge.
After breakfast, return to Bellburn Airstrip for next leg of your scenic flight to Argyle Diamond Mine, land at the Mine and be met by traditional owner Ted Hall of Luridgii Tours for a welcome to country and tour of the mine from the processing plant to the open pit.
The Luridgii Guide will explain how these beautiful diamonds came out about from the geological scientific fact and the beautiful Dreamtime story of the Jaliwang (Barramundi). Visit the diamond shop where you can buy a diamond and to the gallery. We have a buffet lunch at the miner’s mess, then we drive to the bottom of Lake Argyle for an incredible boat trip on Lake Argyle, with sunset drinks and a swim.
Return to Kununurra at 7 pm ready for dinner at the Country Club.
You have a few options today:
- Our Kingfisher Tour guides will pick you up, to enjoy a day exploring the Ord valley in the morning to taste local rum at the Hoochery, see the Sandalwood café and visit Warringarri Art Centre. You will be back in time to take a boat up the Ord River for the day.
- You can explore Home Valley Station or El Questro for the day and see the gorges and stay the night at HMV, ElQ or Emma and we will pick you up at 0630 hours in the plane the following morning on our way out to the Mitchell Falls.
(1 night / 2 day package)
We head to the coast today early, land and have morning tea and coffee at the Mitchell Falls Airstrip, take the 4wd down to the carpark, then commence the walk (4.5km) Punamii Unpuu Hiking Trail, see spectacular ancient Gwion Gwion rock paintings, and the iconic Mitchell River Falls. We have delicious snacks and lunch packs, enjoy a swim, then the helicopter back down late in the afternoon. We drive out to the lookout over the ancient valleys of Livistona palms then head back to the luxury wilderness lodge for a swim and relax before a 3-course dinner and campfire yarns.
Enjoy breakfast then fly out of the Mitchell to continue our journey around this incredible coast on Wunambel Gamberra Country, we land at Kalumburu and our guide will meet you off the plane for morning tea, and a trip out to the coast for oysters if the tide is out, discover amazing rock art, world war II plane wrecks, the local art centre, spear throwing, bush tucker and so much more, after our picnic lunch we leave Kalumburu and follow the coast to Faraway Bay, Berkeley River, Adolphus island, look out for Dugong stingrays sharks as we fly at 500ft back into Kununurra up the Lower Ord and spot huge saltwater crocodiles sunning on the banks. Country Club overnight in Kununurra.
Have a relaxing morning before you head up the Ord River for the day on an incredible journey up 60kms of pristine wilderness on our incredible Ord River, overnight at the Country Club.
Breakfast at the Country Club then your transfer to the airport for your 10:00 am flight back to Melbourne.
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The landscape is extraordinarily majestic and we did a short helicopter ride showing the enormity of the park and amazing geological history. The camp areas were all excellent with plenty of room between each site.
The highlight of the visit and a must for all are the treks with Bec from Kingfisher Tours. We did the Echidna Chasm trek that included a short walk to the ridge that allowed Bec to explain her family and peoples relationship with Purnululu and included European history of the area. We then walked through the large Echidna chasm with Bec allowing us and the kids to all enjoy and learn along the way in our own time. Who knew that lying down on river rocks to watch the midday sun slowly (and then remarkably quickly) move down a large rock face would be so sublime, with Bec quietly encouraging us all to slow down and enjoy.
Bec is funny, relaxed and allows you to immerse yourself in this remarkable place. My partner did the full two day tour, flying in from Kununarra. She showed us through the Cathedral Gorge that she had spent the previous day exploring with Bec and others and was able to recount many of the incredible stories Bec told of her time growing up in there, where they slept, caught food and honey and played. It puts a profound context to visit and what is such a unique part of the Kimberley and Australia.
Don’t expect much park information about the indigenous history and their relationship to Purnululu, this was sadly (and surprisingly) lacking (unlike other areas including Geike Gorge) so the tours are an important part of understanding this amazing place. Thanks Bec and Kingfisher Tours for the great work.
Our pilot was excellent and provided the right level of commentary, also making sure that we could see from both sides of the plane.
We saw all the above, plus the Argyle Diamond Mine site, Wyndham and a lot of amazing scenery - folded landscapes, wilderness just going on and on, and the spectacular mangrove flats near Wyndham. Flying over Purnululu you realise just how vast the rocky mass is, and I have hundreds of great photos from this flight! Although I can't compare it to the heli flights at the park, I'd say that this was a fantastic way to see it!
All in all, I just can't recommend this flight enough. There was a great variety of things to see, the service was lovely (thanks for the Travacalm!) and if you do this you don't need to fly anywhere else in the East Kimberley because you will have already seen it and can laugh at the crazy expensive heli-flights you see everywhere! Excellent value ($480 p.p.) for all that we saw.
Once we landed and unloaded we share a hot cuppa before jumping into a beasty air coned 4WD that would easily seat 10 people heading for the base of the Punamii-unpuu trail. Happily greeted by the awesome staff and given a briefing for the helicopter flight back.
Each of us received a backpack filled with icy water, snacks, fruit and a devious roll for lunch — I loved how the team catered for our toddler with a ham and cheese sandwich and child appropriate snacks.
The walk was briefed at around 4.5kms and fairly moderate, I have to say I didn’t find it a strain, there were some areas where you need to watch your step — mainly wobbly rocks, however our amazing tour guide Jayden had these difficult spots covered and would jump ahead too assist. I noticed Jayden constantly asking anyone (not apart of the group) if they needed a hand, I was so impressed by his thoughtfulness. Jayden also breathed a wealth of knowledge, he was great to listen to and answered so many questions about the area, wildlife and culture.
We all including our 2 year old loved learning about the local ancient aboriginal rock paintings. We gradually moved on and explored waterholes and make our way through the tracks to Mitchell Falls.
We soon reached the falls where we set up a picnic under a shaded tree over looking the cascading water, it was flat and safe for our son to swim in little rock pools with dad, and lovely to cool off for myself.
Feeling refreshed we moved on to The Mitchell Fall lookout where we could see the 3 cascading falls, before our adventure helicopter flight back to base.
We had the best day! We cannot thank the team at Kingfisher tours enough, every stone was turned and the experience is one that we will treasure. The level of knowledge by Alex and Jayden was very impressive. THE BEST AND SAFEST TOUR COMPANY IN THE KIMBERLEYS BRAVO!