Broome - Darwin small group tour.

For senior couples and solo travellers interested in small group tours of learning about Aboriginal Australia and the outback in Australia. This educational tour visits the Kimberley, Derby, Katherine, Kakadu, Darwin and the Tiwi islands. Plenty of Aboriginal history with the colonial overlay to experience first hand.

From A$18,995 AUD

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Highlights

  1. 1. Stand in awe of the geology of Purunululu national park and UNESCO world heritage site
  2. 2. Take a flight over the Kimberley and coast from Kununurra
  3. 3. Explore the UNESCO world heritage listed Kakadu national park
  4. 4. Visit and learn about Tiwi island culture

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28 March 2022

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Broome - Darwin small group history and cultural tour.

There is a curiosity for travellers, about the North West quadrant of Australia. A region of Australia that is closer to Singapore than Sydney or Melbourne this is a fascinating part of Australia. It is where the story of Australia first nations people journey begins more than 60,000 years ago possibly via extended land bridges that have appeared and disappeared. A coast where by the mid 13-14th century after splendid isolation to allow a culture to evolve, that traded along migration paths, following songlines, intermarried according to totems and left a visual record in repetitive rock art for other people to learn and follow. Sometime after the 11th century people from the other places arrived as shown in the rock art record, exchanges and trading commenced on a seasonal basis. Then the Europeans, dominated by the Portuguese, then the Spanish, the French and the British (and probably the Chinese) crashed into the reefs along the Western edge of the continent in the race for spice. The first nation people continued to live here and it is this history, and then English settlement in the 18th century onwards that provides the cultural road map we follow, with the landscape possibly little changed across the centuries.

This program is offered as either from Broome to Darwin or the reverse. The 22 day by day itinerary tracks from Broome to Darwin. This is a detailed exploration of the region, that excludes the Gibb river road region of the Kimberley which is typically not open at this time of the year.

A journey of constant change

Your journey whether Broome to Darwin and onto the Tiwi islands will take us through Australia's most ancient and spectacular country. We explore untouched areas; a land of vibrant colours, spectacular rock formations and the last bastion for many animal species and plant species, there is time to ponder about the changing seasons, just how the Boab tree arrived here and the Macassan story.

Australia's Northwest is a land of extraordinary contrasts where the rocky red landscapes of the outback meet the bright turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean. It is a journey for many whether an Australian or guest exploring it is often a journey made once. For this reason, we have sought to provide over your time with us access to country that leaves great memories and a greater understanding of Aboriginal culture and the outback environment that defines not only the Kimberley, but outback Australia and the tropics.

This program explores the region as it transitions from the wet season to the dry season. The group takes sealed roads only, except for the section to El Questro.

A small group tour limited to 10 people only in early April, during the green season before the main touring season commences in the Kimberley.

Itinerary

21 days

Day 1: Broome

A town tour of Broome includes Cable Beach, the Japanese cemetery, China Town and Gantheaume Point.

Welcome group diner this evening

Day 2: Broome

Our first day is spent seeing and exploring the history of Broome.

Day 3: Derby

Today, the journey begins. We leave Broome and travel to Derby. There is a short tour and a visit to Mowanjum arts centre whilst here as well.

Group meal this evening.

Day 4: Fitzroy Crossing

Today we travel to Fitzroy Crossing.

In the Western Kimberley region, rivers have carved the spectacular Geikie and Windjana Gorges through the limestone remains of an ancient coral reef. Walking the kilometre-long tunnel carved in the limestone at Tunnel Creek, takes us through the Napier Range.

We pause and explore the Napier range with a walk with the Bunaba, the traditional owners.

The Napier Ranges includes the spectacular Windjana Gorge, Tunnel Creek and Geikie Gorge. These three Kimberley icons will amaze you with their spectacular scenery, wild rugged landscapes and abundant wildlife.

Tunnel Creek contains Western Australia’s oldest cave system. Walk through the 750-metre tunnel which takes you from one side of the Napier Range to the other. Keep your eye out for bats and freshwater crocodiles that live in the cave.

Group meal this evening.

Day 5: Halls Creek

We drive on to Halls creek today.

Group meal this evening.

Day 6: Halls creek

We also have a talk with the local community at the Yarliyil Arts centre. This is an Aboriginal owned enterprise and has more than 100 artist members that practice art in a wide range of styles and mediums. Artists attend the centre daily to paint and express stories of history, people, the country and cultural connection.

Bonnie Deegan, LuLu Trancollino, Janet Dreamer, Maureen Deegan, Barry Demi, Nathan Thomas, Rosie Lala, Deirdre Butters, Judith Butters, Shirley and Magda Yoomarie, Dallas Fletcher are just a few of many artists that practice regularly. The car bonnet collection is worth visiting alone.

We also spend part of the day heading out to the oasis Palm springs. It is a famed ‘oasis in the desert’. There are striking rock wall reflections and abundant local wildlife dependent on this water source.

Afghan teamsters are thought to have planted the original date palms found at Palm Springs. They played a prominent role in the early days of Halls Creek. Afghan man Sam Hazlett and his Aboriginal wife Duddru lived at Palm Springs for many years. Sam used the springs for drinking water and to grow vegetables, which he sold in Halls Creek.

An old Aboriginal man called Wellman lived at Palm Springs and worked in the gardens with Sam. He was known as ‘Wellman’ because he was the man who got the water from the well. Wellman Road in the Garden Area of Halls Creek is named in his honour.

Group meal this evening.

Day 7: Purnululu National park

Today we drive to Kununurra, where we are based for 5 nights.

A highlight on the journey today is a stop at Warnum. If it is open again a visit and lunch at the Warmun Art Centre, will be a highlight. This centre is owned and governed by Gija people with 100% of income returning to the community. The centre was established in 1998 by the late founding members of the contemporary painting movement in Warmun such as Rover Thomas, Queenie McKenzie, Madigan Thomas and Hector Jandany. These elders recognised and responded to the need for a community owned and controlled centre through which they could support, maintain and promote Gija art, language and culture.

We also pass the Argyle diamond mine, an exploration success story in recent history, contrasted with the Durack family and the long drive east to west with their cattle. Though as you will learn the Durack name remains today.

We cross the Ord river a feature in the long history of WA as we head north today.

Group meal this evening.

Day 8: Purnululu National park

We propose today to spend the day learning and exploring about World Heritage-listed Purnululu National Park. The group starts with a private charter flight to the national park. We explore the unusual beehive rock formations of the Bungle Bungle Range. We also explore Echidna Chasm and Cathedral Gorge on foot, with a 4km walk.

We return back to Kununurra by plane after afternoon tea. Our routing takes us west over the Bungles and the Argyle diamond mine. Both are spectacular from the air.

This day may be swapped with one of the remaining days in Kununurra. The same approach in flexibility with the days will apply to the group charter flight over the Mitchell plateau.

Group meal this evening.

Day 9: Kununurra

We explore Kununurra with a full town tour including Ivanhoe Crossing, the irrigation areas, melon farm and the Zebra Rock Gallery. A cruise on the Ord River is packed with natural history and birdlife as we make our way to The Ord River Dam. The dam is 335 metres long and 98 metres high and holds back 10 763 000 mega litres of water. Kununurra did not come into existence until the early 1960s when it was purpose-built as the service town to accommodate the construction workers and farmers of the Ord River Scheme.

We start the day with an early morning visit to El Questro and Wyndham, both are important in the landscape and history of Australia. Wyndham, almost a ghost town, but full of stories for the traveller.

This hosted time at the Waringarri Aboriginal Arts complex.

Group meal this evening.

Day 10: Kununurra

The group explores Kununurra in the morning, with a tour from a guide from country and travels onto explore Lake Argyll, returning before lunch, we visit the dam and the Durack homestead.

Then after lunch the group takes a flight out over the Kimberley by air. Our route takes the group over towards the west coast to the Mitchell plateau. Breaking for afternoon tea, the routing will typically take us to the North along the coast which is full of stories from the Gwion Gwion rock paintings (Bradshaw art) to coastal adventures and back across the gulf, over Wyndham to Kununurra.

Day 12: Kununurra

Today is a rest day.

Day 13: Katherine

Today we travel through to Katherine. The group pauses along the way at Timber creek and along the Victorian river and gorge where European explorers have left their mark. Boab trees line the road side a botanical curiosity found only in Madagascar and Western Australia and the Kimberley

Group meal this evening.

Day 14: Katherine

Today the group takes a cruise through Katherine Gorge is an amazing experience. The Gorge is located in Nitmiluk National Park and is one of the most spectacular areas in the country, winding 12 kilometres with walls more than 70 metres high. The 13 wonderful gorges of Nitmiluk National Park were formed 23 million years ago as torrents of water poured along tiny cracks in the earth.

Day 15: Jaibru

From Katherine we travel through to Kakadu National Park.

Group meal this evening.

Day 16: Jaibru

Part of our time in Kakadu includes a visit to observe the abundance of wildlife that can be found at Fogg Dam, continuing to Mamukala wetlands where we explore and learn about the tropical birdlife of the area.

We have an afternoon visit to an ancient aboriginal art site before enjoying a short walk to marvel in Kakadu’s finest lookout at Ubirr Rock. The sandstone blocks of Kakadu house a supreme collection of rock art – Kakadu itself contains one of the greatest concentrations of rock art sites in the world. Be amazed by the famous Yellow Water cruise with close-up views of Jabiru’s, sea eagles and giant crocodiles. An afternoon visit to Nourlangie Art site gives us further insight into life for the Aboriginal people in the Top End.

Group meal this evening.

Day 17: Jaibru

Today we explore Kakadu.

Today we will continue exploring Kakadu National Park with a couple of walks, starting with the Nanguluwurr Art Site walk, covering just over 3km going through peaceful woodlands that lead to a quiet Aboriginal Rock Art site. The quiet walk through the woodlands is brought to life with the sounds of grey-crowned babblers, butcher birds, finches and friar birds.

Our second walk of the day is the Bardedjilidji Sandstone Walk, while looking for iconic wildlife as we meander through towering sandstone pillars, small pockets of monsoonal rainforest the paperbark-lined bank of the East Alligator River. Note: Should this walk not be open, an alternative will be presented on the day, in consultation with the group.

Group meal this evening.

Day 18: Darwin

The group transfer to Darwin. There is a history based city tour in the afternoon.

Group meal this evening

Day 19: Darwin

Today we transfer to the Tiwi islands. We hope to spend almost 2 days exploring the island and its culture.

Group meal this evening.

Day 20: Tiwi islands- Darwin

Today we return to Darwin.

There is a farewell dinner this evening for the group.

Day 21: Darwin

Tour concludes after Breakfast.

Includes / Excludes

Includes / Excludes

What’s included in our Tour

  • 20 nights accommodation.
  • 20 breakfasts, 10 picnic style lunches, 15 dinners.
  • Coach or other vehicle suitable for the journey.
  • Flights and excursions as stated in the itinerary
  • Entrances and sightseeing as specified.
  • Services of Tour Leader for the duration of tour.
  • Detailed Preparatory Information.

What’s not included in our Tour

  • Comprehensive travel insurance.
  • Items of a personal nature, such as telephone calls and laundry.
Level 2 - Moderate

Participants must be able to carry their own luggage, climb and descend stairs, be in good health, mobile and able to participate in 3-5 hours of physical activity per day, the equivalent of walking / hiking up to 8 kilometers per day on uneven ground.

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