Gibb River Road & Mitchell Plateau

Australia’s Kimberley Region: An ancient landscape covering hundreds of thousands of square kilometres, the Kimberley is one of the world's most precious wilderness regions.  Three times larger than England, with a population of less than 40,000, the Kimberley region spread over Australia's entire north-western corner is one of the world's last wilderness frontiers. Here you'll find prolific wildlife, majestic canyons, freshwater swimming holes and several outback stations, as well as one of Australia's greatest 4WD road trips.

The Gibb River Road: or "the Gibb", as locals call it – is a 4WD-only track stretching 660 kilometres (410 miles) from east to west through the middle of the Kimberley. Several smaller roads off either side lead to breathtaking gorges, friendly outback stations and lodges, freshwater swimming holes, camping grounds, Aboriginal communities and conservation sanctuaries. It is one of Australia's most epic road journeys.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Sunset and dinner at Cable Beach Club Resort
  • Broome sightseeing Tour including entry to Pearl Luggers
  • Free day in Broome for personal sightseeing
  • Derby sightseeing tour
  • Windjana Gorge
  • Bell Gorge & Galvin Gorge
  • Mitchell Plateau and Mitchell Falls
  • One-way scenic helicopter flight from Mitchell Falls to campground
  • Morning tea at Ellenbrae Station
  • Lunch at Dusty Bar & Grill - Voyages Home Valley Station
  • Cockburn Ranges Sunset Tour
  • Chamberlain Gorge Cruise at El Questro Station
  • Lunch at El Questro Station

 

Departing
07/08/2020
Duration
10 Days
Maximum Tour Size
6
Physical Rating
Steady Fitness. Walking tours, stairs, walking on uneven ground, time in the elements
Transport
4x4 Coach
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Day 1                                                                  ARRIVE BROOME                                      Fri 7 Aug 20 (BD)

Your coach crew will meet you on arrival into Broome Airport and transfer you to Cable Beach for dinner and overnight accommodation.  Oaks Cable Beach Resort, Broome (PH: 08 9192 8088)

Day 2                                                                         BROOME                                      Sat 8 Aug 20 (BD)

Today you can discover Broome at leisure with a free day.  You may like to book a cruise, visit the Malcolm Douglas Crocodile Park, ride a camel or shop for pearls.  Of course, some may just like to lay around the pool and relax - the choices are yours.  Alternatively, you have the option of a full day tour to Cape Leveque with a scenic flight over the majestic Horizontal Waterfalls.  Stonestreets Travel will assist with any bookings and inquiries.  Please note, tours should be booked in advanced especially Horizontal Waterfalls and Camel rides.  Oaks Cable Beach Resort, Broome (Ph:  08 9192 8088)

Day 3                                                                         BROOME                                          Sun 9 Aug 20 (B)

Broome's rich and colourful history began with the mass migration of Japanese, Filipino and Malay pearl divers seeking their fortune and creating a melting pot of cultures that makes this a multicultural town that it is today.  We enjoy a town tour which will showcase the very best of Broome, including, Gantheaume Point, Japanese Cemetery & Chinatown.  We also visit Pearl Luggers to discover the history of pearling, fascinating memorabilia and then immerse ourselves in the first-hand experiences from divers. We have a free afternoon where you may like to explore the Broome Markets, dine at the award-winning Matsos's Brewery or discover the rare and beautiful Australian South Sea Cultured Pearl and Willie Creek Pearl Farm.  We meet up again at dinner to share our stories from the day.  Oaks Cable Beach Resort, Broome (PH:  08 9192 8088)

Day 4                                                   BROOME – BELLS GORGE                           Mon 10 Aug 20 (BLD)

Our morning journey takes us into Derby; where we can see the Boab Prison Tree. This tree which could hold several prisoners was used in the early days as an overnight lock before the final trek into Derby.  Next we meet our local guide in Derby who will board the coach for a town tour, including the port area where the giant northern tides rush in to meet the town. Continue to Windjana Gorge National Park, which is part of an ancient reef system that formed around 350 million years ago. Carved by the Lennard River, Windjana Gorge is over three kilometres long with 300-metre-high walls. At the base of the gorge, deep freshwater pools surrounded by native fig, Cajeput and Leichardt trees attract flocks of noisy corellas, fruit bats and freshwater crocodiles. The area has great cultural importance and has fascinating walks in the area.  From Windjana we head to Silent Grove Campground near Bells Gorge and set up camp for the night.  Your tour crew will show you all how easy it is to pitch the 2-person tent and then set about cooking a delicious bush dinner.  Silent Grove Campground – Bells Gorge

Day 5                                           BELLS GORGE – DRYSDALE STATION                    Tue 11 Aug 20 (BLD)

After breakfast we start with a walk to Bells Gorge, a spectacular gorge created by water flowing west from the King Leopold Range cutting through the ancient rock.  This is one of the most popular gorges in this region with a waterfall cascading down the U-shaped cliffs, into a deep pool with large flat rocks along the side, perfect to sit down or sunbathe – no wonder Bell Gorge is so popular.  After our walk we rejoin the Gibb River Road and travel to Galvan Gorge for lunch.   This long, deep water hole at the base of steep cliffs with a cascading waterfall and is easily accessed via the flat walking track through the bushland and past the rocky granite outcrops.  This afternoon we visit Mt Barnett Gorge, a deep, wide river surrounded by spectacular pillared sandstone cliffs, and lush vegetation such as Pandanus Palms and Paperbark Trees. At the top of the river there are some cascading waterfalls, and rock pools.  From here we head to our overnight stop at Drysdale River Station.  Drysdale River Station (PH: 08 9161 4326)

Day 6                                  DRYSDALE STATION – MITCHELL PLATEAU           Wed 12 Aug 20 (BLD)

Today we uncover the amazing Kimberley rock art traditions as we travel to Mitchell Plateau. We explore the rugged landscape of King Edward River that has been more than 1,800 million years in the making, a land that has been home to the Kwini, Gambra and Walmbi people for many thousands of years. The story of their ancestry is told in the ancient Gyorn Gyorn rock art (Bradshaw painting) and is believed to be the oldest figurative paintings on earth. We arrive at Mitchell Plateau to set up camp before a day of exploring tomorrow.  Tonight, we will be camping in 2 person tents with camp stretcher and/or airbed, meals will be pre-pared by your coach crew.  Mitchell Plateau Campground

Day 7                                         MITCHELL PLATEAU – DRYSDALE STATION              Thu 13 Aug 20 (BLD)

We have a spectacular day ahead as we embark on a hike to see the amazing four-tiered Mitchell Falls. Also known as Punamii-unpuu to the local Wunambal people, the falls were carved through sandstone by the waters of the Mitchell River, producing layers of mesmerising emerald water pools from which the waters tumble from one to the next. The moderate to difficult walk also includes Little Mertens Falls and Big Mertens Falls before reaching one of Australia’s most spectacular waterfalls, Mitchell Falls. We return to camp by helicopter where we can see the impressive falls from the air. After lunch and a well eared break, we travel back to Drysdale River Station for our overnight’s accommodation.  Drysdale River Station (PH: 08 9161 4326)

Day 8                               DRYSDALE STATION – HOME VALLEY STATION             Fri 14 Aug 20 (BLD)

This morning we travel along the Gibb River Road to Ellenbae Station, a cattle station covering 1 million acres. We stop to stretch our legs in the gardens and wander through the rustic homestead while enjoying our delicious scones. We continue to Home Valley Station where we enjoy lunch at the iconic pub “The Dusty”. This is also our home tonight and have a chance to freshen up before our sunset surprise. As the dust settles on another day in the Kimberley’s, the evening colours are brought to life at the Cockburn Range lookout. Shades of red, pinks and purple are the perfect backdrop to enjoy with a sparkling wine, local beer and cheese platter.  Voyages Home Valley Station (PH: 08 9196 4322)

Day 9                        HOME VALLEY – EL QUESTO – KUNUNURRA - DARWIN       Sat 15 Aug 20 (BLD)

After breakfast we make our way to the Pentecost River which passes through El Questro Wilderness Park which is where we’ll be heading later today. It can be a fascinating mission for the coach to cross the river so make sure you have your camera ready. We arrive at El Questro Station – a million-acre cattle station and wilderness park. On arrival we cruise through Chamberlain Gorge. The 3km waterhole is surrounded by diverse wildlife and eclipsed by towering escarpments. We enjoy lunch at the station before heading to Kununurra Airport for our flight to Darwin  Mercure Darwin Airport (PH: 08 8920 3333)

Day 10                                                DARWIN - HOME                                            Sun 16 Aug 20 (B)

What a fantastic time we’ve had. Lots of laughs between new friends and amazing experiences had by all. With our suitcase full of memories, we bid farewell to the North of Australia and board our flight home.

 

Guided walks and level of fitness

The walk to (or from) Mitchell Falls will require a reasonably good level of fitness, the walk will take up to 3 hours and is over uneven ground with several rocks to climb down (or up) and it is necessary to cross through the Mitchell River to reach the falls and the return helicopter flight.  For guests not wanting to do the guided walk into the Mitchell Falls you can upgrade to a return helicopter flight from the campground.  Please advise Stonestreets at time of booking if you like this option.

Meals: 9 Breakfasts, 6 Lunches, 9 Dinners

Transport: 4x4 Coach

Accommodation: 

  • 7 Nights in Motel Accommodation
  • 2 Nights in Camp Accommodation

Activities

  • Sunset and dinner at Cable Beach Club Resort
  • Broome sightseeing Tour including entry to Pearl Luggers
  • Free day in Broome for personal sightseeing
  • Derby sightseeing tour
  • Windjana Gorge
  • Bell Gorge & Galvin Gorge
  • Mitchell Plateau and Mitchell Falls
  • One-way scenic helicopter flight from Mitchell Falls to campground
  • Morning tea at Ellenbrae Station
  • Lunch at Dusty Bar & Grill - Voyages Home Valley Station
  • Cockburn Ranges Sunset Tour
  • Chamberlain Gorge Cruise at El Questro Station
  • Lunch at El Questro Station

Return airport transfers and flights can be arranged on request.

ctivities:

Departing
07/08/2020
Duration
10 Days
Maximum Tour Size
6
Physical Rating
Steady Fitness. Walking tours, stairs, walking on uneven ground, time in the elements
Transport
4x4 Coach
Need Flights?
Please contact us
Price
AUD $4,725
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