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TOP END: BROOME TO DARWIN

28 MAY – 12 JUNE 2023

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ITINERARY
From Broome to Darwin, experience some of Australia’s most spectacular landscapes on this unforgettable adventure. Cruise weathered gorges, see thundering waterfalls, marvel at extraordinary landforms and ancient rock art. Explore the Kimberley, Bungle Bungle Range, Nitmiluk, Kakadu and El Questro.
DAY 1
Sunday 28 May 2023
Home – Broome (D)

Fly to Broome and meet your Ross Tour leader Colin Barlow. Transfer to the exquisite white sands and turquoise waters of the world famous Cable Beach. Here, overlooking the Indian Ocean is your award-winning resort hotel and home for the next three nights. The afternoon is at leisure to relax. Take a long stroll on the beach or sip a drink under gently swaying palm trees as you soak up your serene surroundings. Welcome dinner together tonight and watch the stunning Indian Ocean sunset.

Accommodation: Cable Beach Club Resort, Broome

DAY 2
Monday 29 May 2023
Broome & Willie Creek Pearl Farm (B/L)

Broome is Australia’s pearling centre and North West gateway to the spectacular Kimberley region. With its vibrant multicultural community and stunning natural environment, there’s much to discover about this beautiful town. Today, join a local guide and learn about Broome’s colourful heritage from the early days of pearling when Broome’s name was known the world over for its’ mother of pearl. Visit Willie Creek Pearl Farm for a unique insight into the fascinating process of modern cultured pearl farming, from shell to showroom. You’ll discover exactly what makes the perfect pearl. Lunch included today.

Accommodation: Cable Beach Club Resort, Broome

DAY 3
Tuesday 30 May 2023
Broome (B)

A free day for you to explore the resort, the beach and Broome. Relax and unwind on the soft, clean sands of Cable Beach, swim in clear turquoise waters. There is the opportunity for an optional scenic flight (at own expense) over the ruggedly beautiful islands of the Buccaneer Archipelago, Horizontal Falls and Cape Leveque.

Accommodation: Cable Beach Club Resort, Broome

DAY 4
Wednesday 31 May 2023
Broome – Fitzroy Crossing (B/L/D)

Travel north-east across the Dampier Peninsula to Derby. An old pastoral town, Derby is located on an ancient sand dune, with streets lined with boab trees and surrounded by intriguing mudflats with tides that are the largest in the Southern hemisphere. Stop at the Boab prison tree, over 1,500 years old. Continue deeper into the Kimberley and discover the region’s iconic flora, huge boab trees, River Red Gums, Coolibahs and Leichhardt Pines. At Fitzroy Crossing check into your hotel, an oasis on the banks of the Fitzroy River our home for two nights. Lunch and dinner included today. After dinner, take in the night sky ablaze with stars.

Accommodation: Fitzroy River Lodge, Fitzroy River

DAY 5
Thursday 1 June 2023
Tunnel Creek & Windjana Gorge (B/L/D)

Step back 375 million years today at Windjana Gorge and Tunnel Creek, the Kimberley’s most stunning landforms that were once part of the ancient Devonian Reef system. Walk through Western Australia’s oldest cave system at Tunnel Creek, the famous hideout of Aboriginal warrior, Jandamarra in the 1890’s. Picnic lunch at the tranquil desert oasis, Windjana Gorge, named after a creation of the Unggumi people’s Dreamtime. Here, soaring weathered cliffs rise 90 metres above the Lennard River and deep freshwater pools are surrounded by native fig, cadjeput and Leichhardt trees, attracting flocks of birds and fruit bats.

Accommodation: Fitzroy River Lodge, Fitzroy River

DAY 6
Friday 2 June 2023
Fitzroy Crossing – Purnululu (B/L/D)

Take a fascinating cruise this morning through the Danggu Geikie Gorge. Famed for its sheer multi-coloured walls carved out by the Fitzroy River and part of the ancient Devonian Reef, this gorge is spectacular. You’ll get a wealth of insights into the local ecology and Aboriginal culture from your Ranger guide during your cruise. Continue your Outback adventure and travel north into the World Heritage-listed Purnululu National Park, home to the extraordinary beehive striped landforms known as the Bungle Bungles. Check into your accommodation for two nights. Lunch and dinner included.

Accommodation: Bungle Bungle Caravan Park, Purnululu

DAY 7
Saturday 3 June 2023
Purnululu National Park (B/L/D)

Known to local Aboriginal people for thousands of years, the extraordinary ‘beehive’ Bungle Bungle Range were only bought to wider attention in 1983 when a documentary crew filming from the air captured their image. Purnululu National Park was established in 1987 and skyrocketed to fame. It’s the world’s most outstanding example of cone karst sandstone, a spectacular landscape of sculptured rocks rising above savanna grasslands. You’ll get close enough to walk between the orange and black striped domes. The most famous Bungle walks is Cathedral Gorge, a huge natural amphitheatre. Picnic lunch and dinner included.

Accommodation: Bungle Bungle Caravan Park, Purnululu

DAY 8
Sunday 4 June 2023
Purnululu to Kununurra (B/L/D)

In WA’s north-east, Wyndham is surrounded by cliff and gorge country. Here five rivers flow into the vast Cambridge Gulf and we understand the meaning of Kununurra ‘big waters’. From the Bastion Lookout, you can see out to Joseph Bonaparte Gulf and the Timor Sea. Look out for giant boabs and pink flowering Kimberley heath. Further east is Kununurra. Established in 1960 to support the Ord Irrigation Scheme project, Kununurra is today a relaxed oasis with art galleries, diamond boutiques and cafes. Farmers here are growing superfoods, tropical fruit and sandalwood plantations. Check into our eco-luxury hotel for three nights. Dinner and lunch included.

Accommodation: Kimberley Grande Resort, Kununurra

DAY 9
Monday 5 June 2023
El Questro (B/L/D)

El Questro is 700,000 acres of stunningly beautiful terrain in the heart of the Kimberley. From rugged sandstone ranges and rainforest pockets to thermal springs, gorges and permanent waterfalls, it’s the perfect place to spend a day exploring with local guides. Stroll through dense Livistona palms to arrive at Zebedee Springs, a series of rocky thermal pools. Take a refreshing dip in the serene waters of this natural oasis. Lunch is included today. This afternoon cruise along the Chamberlain Gorge. Only accessible by boat, this 3km fresh waterhole is surrounded by diverse flora and fauna and eclipsed by towering escarpments.

Accommodation: Kimberley Grande Resort, Kununurra

DAY 10
Tuesday 6 June 2023
Lake Argyle (B/D)

Free morning to enjoy the resort facilities and the spirit of the Kimberley’s ancient landscape that surrounds you. Perhaps visit Celebrity Tree Park or shop for rare Argyle Pink Diamonds or indigenous art and craft. This afternoon travel to Lake Argyle to visit the historic Durack Homestead, home of the pioneering Durack family, who famously drove cattle from Queensland to the East Kimberley where they established Argyle Downs Station. The homestead was built in 1895 and moved to its present location in the 1970s when the Argyle Dam was built. Finish this day with a magical sunset cruise on Lake Argyle – bring your swimmers! Dinner included tonight.

Accommodation: Kimberley Grande Resort, Kununurra

DAY 11
Wednesday 7 June 2023
Kununnura to Katherine(B/L/D)

Head east today into the Northern Territory and to Timber Creek, located within the sweeping Victoria River country. Cross the Victoria River, considered the NT’s most scenic spot to catch barramundi and take in the spectacular views. Gregory National Park is one of Australia’s ‘big parks’ with massive mesas of the Pinkerton Range. Look out for flowering native hibiscus and Kimberley Bauhinia. Afternoon arrival in Nitmiluk National Park (Katherine) and check into the Knotts Crossing Resort, Katherine. Lunch and dinner included.

Accommodation: Knotts Crossing Resort, Katherine

DAY 12
Thursday 8 June 2023
Katherine to Kakadu(B/L/D)

This morning join our cultural guide on the NitNit Dreaming cruise through Nitmiluk and Blue-Winged Kookaburra Gorges. Under blue skies surrounded by ancient limestone escarpment, you’ll learn about the gorge’s cultural significance and geology. Nitmiluk is home to the Jawoyn people and you’ll discover the Dreamtime stories of the gorge’s creation. After the cruise, journey north into the World Heritage-listed Kakadu National Park. Check into your hotel for two nights. Tucked amongst the Paperbarks, Pandanus and Fresh Water Mangroves beside Yellow Water Billabong, the resort is a serene oasis and our base to explore Kakadu. Dinner included.

Accommodation: Cooinda Lodge, Kakadu

DAY 13
Friday 9 June 2023
Kakadu National Park (B/L/D)

Your day in Kakadu National Park starts with an early morning cruise through the world-famous Yellow Water Billabong during this magestic time of day. As the cruise winds its way through distinct ecosystems of the Billabong and South Alligator River tributaries, the wildlife and birds are magnificent in their abundance. Look out for whistling ducks, magpie geese, eagles, lotus and fresh-water crocodile. Next, are the breathtaking galleries of Aboriginal rock art at Ubirr Rock and Nourlangie Rock. Kakadu’s rock art is of enormous international significance. Some paintings are up to 20,000 years old, making them one of the longest historical records of any peoples on Earth. Lunch and dinner included.

Accommodation: Cooinda Lodge, Kakadu

DAY 14
Saturday 10 June 2023
Kakadu to Darwin(B/L)

Journey north-west along the Stuart Highway to Darwin, Australia’s northernmost city, and settle into your deluxe hotel for the next two nights. Lunch included.

Accommodation: Darwin Hilton, Darwin

DAY 15
Sunday 11 June 2023
Darwin – Home(B/D)

Exploring Darwin is the perfect way to wind up your northern adventure. This multicultural city has it all, and today a local guide joins you for an insiders tour of Darwin. This afternoon is free for you to relax by the pool, stroll the esplanade, visit WW11 history museums or browse galleries showcasing the regions rich Indigenous art. Catch a Top End sunset over the Afafura Sea. Meet up tonight for our Farewell Dinner.

Accommodation: Darwin Hilton, Darwin

DAY 16
Monday 9 June 2023

Transfer to Darwin Airport for your homeward flight.

HOW TO BOOK

To secure your booking and make your deposit, please complete our online booking form. You will be contacted by a Ross Tours Travel Manager to confirm your details and preferred method of payment.

CANCELLATIONS

Cancellations received 180-120 days prior to departure will incur loss of deposit.
Cancellations received between 119-60 days prior to departure will incur a 50% cancellation fee.
Cancellations received between 59-30 days prior to departure will incur a 75% cancellation fee plus any non-recoverable costs incurred.
Cancellations received within 30 days prior to departure will incur 100% cancellation fee.
Cancellations must be sent in writing.
Cancellation fee is based upon the total amounts paid including tours, airfares and all other travel arrangements.
Please refer to the Ross Garden Tours standard terms and conditions

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TOUR INCLUSIONS
TOUR ESCORTED BY
COLIN BARLOW
  • Return group airfare Sydney to Broome (via Perth) and Darwin to Sydney
  • Air-conditioned 4WD motorcoach throughout tour
  • Accommodation for 15 nights with breakfast daily
  • 11 lunches, 12 dinners
  • Entrance fees to all gardens and sightseeing including Broome tour, Willie Creek Pearl Farm, Geike Gorge Cruise, Tunnel Creek, Windjana Gorge, Purnululu NP, El Questro Wilderness Park, Chamberlain Gorge Cruise, Lake Argyle Sunset Cruise, Nitmiluk Cruise, Yellow Water Cruise, Kakadu NP, Darwin tour
TOUR PRICE

Twin Share per person $11,995 including airfare
Twin Share per person $10,995 land only
Single Supplement $2,195

All prices in Australian dollars
Prices based on minimum 15 passengers
Airfare price is based on departure from Sydney

NOTE

A good level of fitness is essential for you to undertake walks in all conditions and over terrain with uneven and possibly slippery surfaces. All walks are undertaken at a pace for your comfort and safety.

Sturdy walking shoes are an absolute must on this tour.

DISCOUNTS

Early Bird $200 (Book & pay by 27th January 2023)
Previous Traveller $100
Garden Clinic Member $50

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