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The Mitchell Plateau & Mitchell Falls
No tour to the Kimberley is complete without a visit to the sensational Mitchell Plateau. Outback Spirit is one of only 2 operators to have accommodation on the plateau. Most Outback Spirit tours at our exclusive Nguawudu Safari Camp allowing time to discover the wealth of flora, fauna and natural attractions.
This is an area of immense cultural and biological significance. For outback scenery and Aboriginal culture, this region is among the best in Australia. At its heart is the Mitchell River National Park, an area of 115,300 hectares. Here you can see the thundering Mitchell Falls. For many, this is the highlight of their Outback adventure. But there’s plenty more to marvel at in the area too, including Little Mertens Falls and Big Mertens Falls.
Outback Spirit will take you on guided walk to discover the spectacular gorges and waterfalls. The beautiful bush walk offers an ever-changing landscape, clear streams and pools, rainforests, majestic cliffs and imposing views. Along the way you will discover the rarely seen, Bradshaw – Gwion Gwion and Windjana rock art sites with a local indigenous guide. And you’ll take the most spectacular route back to your camp – a helicopter flight over the falls!
A SNAPSHOT OF THE ATTRACTIONS
Often referred to as the gateway to the Kimberley, Broome is a unique mix of cultures that have been embedded over the years to form a delightful and refreshing town, different from anywhere else you’ve been. The sunsets from the Cable Beach Club are hard to beat!
One of the most imposing natural attractions in the Kimberley, Windjana is a must see attraction. Formed from a river carving its way through limestone its walls stand up to 100m above the alluvial floodplain. It’s a refuge for wildlife too, with fresh water crocodiles, fish and prolific birdlife.
A cruise on Geikie Gorge is a great way to discover the secrets of the mighty Fitzroy River. The gorge itself cuts through a limestone range that was formed by an ancient coral reef, exposing layers of fossils from the Devonian period.
Once the hideout of Jandamarra, an Aboriginal man who led an uprising against the white stockmen of the late 1800’s, Tunnel Creek is an intricate cave system that features a river which flows under the Napier Range for 750 metres. Explore this mysterious geological feature on a guided walk with your Tour Leader.
Derby is home to the largest tides in Australia, with a peak differential of 11.8 metres between low and high tides. It’s also one of the main administrative centres of the Kimberley and has a population of around 3,000 people. Attractions in the town include the jetty, old Derby Gaol, the boab prison tree and Myalls bore and cattle trough.
Bell Gorge is one of the most spectacular in the Kimberley. Nestled deep in the King Leopold Tanges Conservation Park, the gorge features a beautiful waterfall and several good swimming spots. The view down the gorge is an extremely impressive sight.
Galvans is only a small gorge located not far off the Gibb River Road. A short walk takes you up to the waterfall and gorge, where you can also have a swim. It’s a pristine little waterhole that’s an ideal resting place when travelling along the notorious Gibb River Road (visited on all extended tours except for Kimberley & Top End Expedition).
Gibb River Road
The ‘Gibb’, as it’s affectionately known, is a notorious 650km long unsealed road that travels through the heart of the Kimberley, from Derby all the way to the Great Northern Highway near Wyndham. It was originally a stock route, constructed in the 1950’s as part of the ‘Beef Road Scheme’ and today serves the stations, Aboriginal communities and tourism industry.
Drysdale river Station
Drysdale is one of the largest stations in the Kimberley, running approximately 9,000 head of cattle on over 1 million acres. It’s a privately owned station that has immense charm, character and authenticity. Located on the Kalumburu Road, it’s an ideal stopping place on the way to the Mitchell Plateau.
The Ord River
The Ord River is one of the better known rivers in Western Australia, particularly because of the Ord River Irrigation Scheme that was established after the damming of the river and the building of Lake Argyle, the largest artificial lake in Australia. Cruising the river between the dam wall and Lake Kununurra is one of the highlights of any trip to the Kimberley, and is included in every Outback Spirit itinerary.
Purnululu National Park (the Bungle Bungles)
World Heritage Listed in 2003, the Bungle Bungles are one of the most striking geological features in all of Australia. Its bee-hive shaped rocky domes feature distinctive orange and grey striping, encased in a skin of silica and algae. Highlights of the park include Piccaninny Creek, Cathedral Gorge and Echidna Chasm.
El Questro Wilderness Park
The one million acre El Questro Wilderness Park straddles the Gibb River Road near the Cockburn Range, and is home to some sensational natural landscapes, namely Chamberlain Gorge, Zebedee Springs and Emma Gorge. The park features 3 styles of accommodation, including Emma Gorge Resort which features deluxe tented cabins and a beautiful restaurant.
Lying on the banks of the Ord River, Kununurra and is the largest township in the Kimberley, apart from Broome. Established in the 1960’s, its original purpose was to service the Ord River Irrigation Scheme. Today the town services the busy tourism industry, mining and agriculture.
Kimberley Rock Art: the Gwion Gwion (Bradshaw) figures and the Wandjina
Gwion Gwion figures, also called ‘the Bradshaw’s’, occur in rock art in the north and west Kimberley. They are most often drawn as elegant, thin, long bodied figures depicting humans in mulberry red ochre. The Wandjina’s are also incredibly striking but are quite different, with large, mouth-less faces and big black eyes. Aboriginal people say they are the creator beings of the Dreaming, and made their world and all that it contains.
Nitmiluk National Park (Katherine River Gorge)
Katherine River Gorge in one of the most famous natural attractions in the Northern Territory, and taking the 2 hour wilderness cruise up river is the best way to experience it. Admire the sheer walls of the gorge and surrounding escarpment country from your canopied cruise boat with expert local guides.
Kakadu National Park
Kakadu is Australia’s largest national park and home to some stunning scenery and rich indigenous culture. Icons of the area include Ubirr Rock, featuring ancient rock paintings and magnificent views of the floodplain, and Yellow Waters Billabong, where you’ll witness the remarkable variety and concentration of wildlife.
Litchfield National Park
Litchfield is just a short drive out of Darwin and features some beautiful waterfalls that cascade off a sandstone plateau called Tabletop Range. The numerous pristine swimming holes are a drawcard for tourists, as are the magnetic termite mounds found within the park.
Darwin is one of Australia’s fastest growing cities, with a population of 130,000 people. It’s a city steeped in history, from its ancient Indigenous inhabitants to the Japanese World War II bombings, and the Cyclone Tracy natural disaster on Christmas Day, 1974. It’s certainly a city that’s well worth discovering.