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The Mitchell Plateau & Mitchell Falls
No tour to the Kimberley is complete without a visit to the sensational Mitchell Plateau. All of Outback Spirit's Kimberley itineraries include a visit to this remote and spectacular corner of the Kimberley, and Outback Spirit is one of only 2 operators to have accommodation on the plateau. Most Outback Spirit Kimberley tours stay at our exclusive Ngauwudu 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 4-tiered 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 Merten's Falls and Big Merten's 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, Gwion Gwion and Windjana rock art sites with a local Indigenous guide. Admire the thunderous falls before taking a scenic helicopter transfer back to the top of the walk, with several figure 8's over the falls to allow for exceptional viewing and photography.
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 Ranges 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
If you're not travelling along the Gibb River Road, you're simply not seeing the Kimberley. Part of your journey along this famed track includes stopping off at pristine gorges along the way. One of the best is Bell Gorge, where you can enjoy a swim at the top of the falls while taking in the sensational view downstream. You'll be amazed and refreshed by the crystal clear water that pours over the rocky terrain.
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.
ord river cruise
This is without question the best river cruise you can do in Australia! The Ord is simply incredible, as is the landscape you pass through while cruising the river between Lake Argyle and Kununurra. Enjoy cruising along in high powered custom made boats with expert skippers and insightful commentary about the river's ecology and the massive Ord River Irrigation Scheme created by the damming of the river in 1971. There's even time for a quick afternoon tea break on the banks of the river.
Purnululu National Park (the Bungle Bungles)
World Heritage Listed in 2003, the Bungle Bungles are one of the highlights of any trip to the Kimberley. Characterised by orange and black beehive shaped domes, the park is simply breathtaking and a delight to avid photographers. It's also home to Cathedral Gorge, one of the most incredible in northern Australia and reached by a walking trail along Piccaninny Creek, as well as Echidna Chasm. Passengers also have the option to undertake a scenic helicopter flight over the Park.
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 figures and the Wandjina
The Kimberley is home to some exceptional rock art, including the Wandjina figures and the dramatic Gwion Gwion art. With Outback Spirit you'll see this art on all of our itineraries and enjoy expert interpretation from our knowledgeable guides. Located primarily in the north Kimberley, this art can be see on the walk to Mitchell Falls and at King Edward River on the Mitchell Plateau track.
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 Water 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.