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Broome Discovery with El Questro, Gorges and Purnululu Escorted Tour

Few places boast the same mixture of history, culture and natural beauty as Broome, Western Australia. Situated on a small peninsula in the northern reaches of the state, this is the perfect destination for anyone looking to explore incredible landscapes at the point where Australia’s untamed wilderness meets the Indian Ocean.

Broome itself was originally a port settlement in the pearling trade, something which has certainly contributed to its unique character and thriving multicultural community. Due to its location it remains one of Australia’s true hidden gems – perfect for a relaxing getaway, family adventure or fishing holiday.

Our Broome Discovery Tour is the ideal way to explore this unique area of Western Australia. Between the deserted beaches and incredible cultural experiences, you’ll also have the chance to discover the best of the East Kimberley region, including El Questro, the Gorges and Purnululu National Park.

At Hayes & Jarvis, our team of Broome tour experts are here to help you get the most out of your trip to Western Australia. Take a minute to read more about our Broome Discovery package below.

Duration
12 days
Options
Private basis, Escorted
Start your journey
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Trip highlights

  • Visit the iconic pearling town of Broome and explore its unique culture and fascinating history
  • Discover the famous gorges of Western Australia, including Windjana Gorge, Bell Gorge and Galvans Gorge
  • Enjoy an unforgettable few hours bathing in the warm thermal pools of Zebedee Springs
  • Explore the waterfalls and swimming holes of El Questro, a perfect spot for adventure seekers
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Arriving at Broome International Airport, we’ll be waiting to transfer you directly from the airport to your hotel for a memorable 3 night stay at the Cable Beach Club Resort & Spa. There’s plenty of time for a delicious meal at the Sunset Bar & Grill before heading out for an evening walk around the town to get your bearings ahead of day two.

Suggested Accommodation

  • Cable Beach Club Resort and Spa
Broome cliff face

For your second day in Broome, you’ll enjoy a delicious breakfast at the hotel before heading out on a guided sightseeing tour around the town and surrounding areas. This is the perfect way to discover more about the unique history and multicultural community that has naturally developed since the days of the pearling trade.

It’s also worth paying a visit to Malcolm Douglas Crocodile Park to see some of the largest crocodiles that Australia has to offer. There are many other species of incredible wildlife such as kangaroos, dingoes and cassowaries to see. After an action packed day, we’ll whisk you back to the hotel just in time for an early evening meal. You’ll then have a chance to enjoy the first class services of the hotel or venture out for an evening walk, whichever you prefer.

Suggested Accommodation

  • Cable Beach Club Resort and Spa
Broome pearl

After breakfast at the hotel, we head straight out to the renowned Willie Creek Pearl Farm for a fascinating guided tour of their facilities. Here you’ll learn about the process of oyster farming and extracting pearls; something which expertise and effort. It’s a truly memorable experience for both children and adults.

From there, we’ll head over for a rustic lunch at Matso’s Broome Brewery where you can enjoy delicious local food and sample the brewery’s unrivalled range of beer and ale before heading back to the resort. This evening you’ll have the chance to embark on a guided camel ride at sunset on nearby Cable Beach – what better way to end your third day in Western Australia?

Suggested Accommodation

  • Cable Beach Club Resort and Spa
Gibb River Road Crossing

There’s time for a good breakfast at your hotel in Broome before we take a morning visit to the Boab Prison Tree, a local landmark that is believed to be over 1,500 years old. Due to its sizeable girth and hollow trunk, the tree is believed to have been used as a temporary jail cell for prisoners being transported to the nearby town of Derby.

From there, we head further into the outback along the Gibb River Road before stopping at Tunnel Creek, a huge natural tunnel that sits at the heart of the Napier Range. There’ll be plenty of amazing photo opportunities before we re-join the Gibb River Road on the way to the Windjana Gorge and the King Leopold National Park. After a full day on the road, you’ll book in for a two night stay at the wonderful Bell Gorge Wilderness Lodge, where dinner is served on arrival.

Suggested Accommodation

  • Bell Gorge Wilderness Lodge
Gibb River Road, Windjana Gorge National Park

Day five is dedicated to exploring Bell Gorge, one of the most iconic points on the Gibb River Road. Here you’ll have chance to view natural wildlife and birdlife in a truly picturesque setting. The cascading U-shaped waterfalls and large flat rocks make this the perfect destination to while away the hours sunbathing and picnicking at your leisure. There’s plenty to explore both upstream and downstream.

Suggested Accommodation

  • Bell Gorge Wilderness Lodge
The Kimberley

We depart the Bell Gorge Lodge in the morning on day 6 and head out on the road to discover more of the region’s incredible landscapes and gorges. This is the centre of Kimberley’s cattle country, and is home to wild terrain, beautiful waterfalls and iconic boab trees. We’ll stop at both Galvans Gorge and Manning Gorge along the way, where there’s plenty of time to cool off in crystal clear waters before enjoying a spot of lunch in the shade.

Moving on from the gorges, we’ll take you to your next accommodation at Home Valley Station, a sprawling cattle property set on the shores of Bindoola Creek that has been converted into an upscale lodge. The magnificent backdrop of Cockburn Range was famously featured in Baz Luhrmann’s 2008 film Australia. There are plenty of local viewing spots where you can enjoy the vibrant landscape with a drink in hand.

Suggested Accommodation

  • Home Valley Station
The Kimberley, El Questro Station

After an early breakfast at Home Valley Station, it’s back on the road as we cross the Pentecost River on the way towards El Questro. This one million acre cattle station is one of Western Australia’s last remaining frontiers, defined by amazing landscapes, untamed wilderness and a host of fascinating experiences.

Having arrived at El Questro Township, you’ll book into your accommodation at the Emma Gorge Resort for a comfortable one night stay. There’s also the option to enjoy the unrivalled peace and tranquillity of Zebedee Strings, a natural thermal pool set in the heart of the prehistoric Livistona forest.

Suggested Accommodation

  • El Questro, Emma Gorge Resort
The Kimberley, Emma Gorge

There’s plenty more to do on your second day in El Questro, starting with a morning hike around nearby Emma Gorge. Following a scenic hour trek over rocky terrain, you’ll soon reach a majestic waterfall and natural pools surrounded by tree-lined cliffs – the perfect place for a relaxing dip.

Having spent the morning at Emma Gorge, we head east towards the town of Kununurra, one of the largest settlements outside of Broome, situated among rolling hills and ranges. Here you’ll find the biggest manmade lake in the southern hemisphere, Lake Argyle, a truly impressive sight with an intriguing history. Of course, no trip to Kununurra would be complete without a boat cruise down the Ord River, the perfect way to spot local wildlife in their natural habitat. There’s even time for a sunset boat ride on Lake Kununurra before heading back to the Country Club Resort for a well earned evening meal.

Suggested Accommodation

  • Kununurra Country Club Resort
Purnululu National Park

Your ninth day in Western Australia is dedicated to exploring Purnululu National Park, a reserve that’s home to the famous Bungle Bungle Range. Despite having been revered by indigenous custodians for over 40,000 years, it’s amazing to think this incredible region only came to wider national attention in 1983. Now a World Heritage site, the towering maze of striped sandstone domes offers a strange and spectacular landscape like no other.

The Echidna Chasm is another memorable highlight of the park, and well worth a few hours trekking through the Livistona trails. The high ridges and striking colour variations that flow through the entire length of the chasm are a sight to behold. After a long day’s trek, it’s time to settle in at the Bungle Bungle Wilderness Lodge for a comfortable two-night stay.

Suggested Accommodation

  • Bungle Bungle Wilderness Lodge
Cathedral Gorge in Purnululu National Park

You simply can’t experience all that Purnululu has to offer in one day. On your second day in the area, we’ll take you on a guided tour of another side of the park, starting with a hike around the winding gorge at Piccaninny Creek. From there we’ll make our way towards Cathedral Gorge, an incredible red rock formation that has created a natural amphitheatre with astounding acoustics. Many people also take the opportunity to view the area from a bird’s eye view on a scenic helicopter tour, which we’d be happy to help arrange at an additional expense.

Suggested Accommodation

  • Bungle Bungle Wilderness Lodge
Melbourne, Victoria, Fitzroy

After breakfast at the lodge, it’s over to Halls Creek to view the natural white quartz formation known as the China Wall. This natural wall rises up to over six metres and spans over six kilometres in length before disappearing back into the earth. It’s certainly interesting to hear the many aboriginal tales about how this formation came to exist.

We then hit the road to Fitzroy Crossing, a modest settlement that lies on the banks of the Fitzroy River. Here you’ll stay at the quaint Fitzroy River Lodge, a perfect setting to relax and enjoy a delicious evening meal and drinks.

Suggested Accommodation

  • Fitzroy River Lodge

Geikie Gorge, one of the most striking features of the Napier Range famous for its bleached white cliff faces.

We’ll then head back west to your starting point at Broome, where your action packed 12-day tour comes to an end.

Included

  • Cost of accommodation (double room based on two people sharing) for a total of 11 nights (alternative but similar accommodation may be used at certain times of the year)
  • 1 bottle of mineral water per person per day
  • Private/small group (air-conditioned) transport / transfers
  • Assistance and porterage: meeting and assistance on arrival/departure at airports and hotels
  • English-speaking local guides for all guided excursions as illustrated in the itinerary
  • Entrance fees (excluding video camera fee) for monuments and palaces and entertainment, and park fees for all guided excursions as illustrated in the itinerary
  • Taxes, including Government Service Tax

Not included

  • International flights and airfare taxes
  • Visa arrangements and fees
  • Travel insurance
  • Personal expenses, such as alcoholic beverages, telephone calls, laundry, camera fees, spa and business facilities in the hotel
  • Video and professional still camera fees during excursions
  • Gratuities for drivers, tour directors, local guides, naturalists and hotel staff
  • Meals (unless specified)
  • Optional attractions and excursions (unless specified)
  • Car hire and insurance