Majestic Kimberley: a Luxury Small-Group Tour
Explore one of the world’s last frontiers on this four-day luxury small-group tour of the Bungle Bungle region. Marvel at the breathtaking Cathedral Gorge and Echidna Chasm, fly from Kununurra to Purnululu, and experience the rich Indigenous culture. Your stay at the award-winning Bungle Bungle Wilderness Lodge, set deep in the lush Purnululu National Park, offers you the opportunity to enjoy authentic gourmet experiences, sunset drinks, daily guided tours, return flights from Kununurra, airport transfers and more.
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The sprawling landscape of the Kimberley region is a study of natural contrast and harmony. Over 122,000 square kilometres, the terrain evolves from arid dry red earths to deep gorges and canyons to the luxuriant vegetation of UNESCO world heritage-listed parks. Sunsets in this great wilderness are divine, and the opportunity to get up close and personal with its natural geology and wildlife is unmissable.
What You’ll Love
The Scenery - be mesmerised by the striking diversity of landforms and eco-systems everywhere
Embark on a scenic flight from Kununurra to the World Heritage-listed Purnululu National Park. Covering almost 240,00 hectares of wilderness, the park is a microcosm of abundant flora and fauna and boasts a sharply incised landscape of incredible rock formations.
A film director’s location dream, Bungle Bungle’s bizarrely shaped sandstone monoliths are blockbuster stars in their own right (cue Baz Luhrmann’s 'Australia'). Have your cameras ready as you visit the famed black and orange beehive striped domes, unlike anything you’ve ever seen. Rising 578 metres above sea level, the Bungle Bungle Range is one of the most extensive and impressive outcroppings of sandstone tower (or cone) karst terrain in the world.
Take a captivating hike to Echidna Chasm, a spectacular natural gorge characterised by striking colour variations, depending on the angle of the sun. Hike along The Escarpment trail that skirts the edge of the Bungle Bungle massif.
Walk along a Livistona palm-fringed trail to see the spectacular natural wonder of Mini Palms. The rocky dry creek beds provide an unforgettable contrast against the subterranean oasis where towering cliffs surround hundreds of ancient palm species.
Enjoy a guided walk to Cathedral Gorge, a spacious cavern whose dramatic landscape was used in the 1920s as a natural amphitheatre boasting astounding acoustics. The site is a popular picnic spot.
Fly over Lake Argyle, the largest man-made lake in the Southern Hemisphere and the famous Argyle Diamond Mine. Argyle is the largest diamond producer in the world by volume, and the only known significant source of pink and red diamonds, producing over 90 per cent of the world's supply. It also provides a large proportion of other naturally coloured diamonds, including champagne, cognac and rare blue diamonds.
Luxury Stay – an authentic outback experience immersed in the heart of the wilderness
Set in the heart of the heritage-listed Purnululu National Park, the award-winning Bungle Bungle Wilderness Lodge is ideally placed for easy access to some of the Kimberley’s greatest natural attractions. Its unique tented cabins provide a luxurious and authentic outback experience, while being situated close to main lodge amenities. Each cabin comes with an ensuite with hot water, king size or twin beds, and a private deck for birdwatching.
Locally sourced ingredients in a contemporary menu are a hallmark of the unique culinary experience on offer. Dine on a delicious three-course dinner out in the open air or enjoy a campfire evening, with a wine or beer from the licenced premises.
Friendly APT Lodge hosts are on hand to make your stay a memorable experience. The lodge has won numerous awards including recent medals in both the ‘Ecotourism’ and ‘Unique Accommodation’ categories at the WA Tourism Awards.
Your Package Includes:
- Three nights of accommodation at APT Bungle Bungle Wilderness Lodge in the heart of Purnululu National Park. Stay in a tented cabin with double or twin bedding, private en suite and private deck to enjoy untouched bush views.
- Unique gourmet experiences including three breakfasts, three lunches and three dinners plus sunset drinks overlooking the Bungle Bungle massif. Wake up to a hearty full breakfast and enjoy superb three-course dinners showcasing an amazing variety and quality of produce.
- Return scenic flights from Kununurra to Purnululu National Park including flight over Lake Argyle and the enormous Argyle Diamond Mine
- Three days guided touring in the national park including Cathedral Gorge and Echidna Chasm
- National park and airport fees
Valid for the following departure dates:
6 May 2018
9 May 2018
12 May 2018
17 May 2018
26 May 2018 SOLD OUT
2 September 2018
5 September 2018
11 September 2018 SOLD OUT** **
Please select your package according to the date you wish to travel.
Please note due to the secluded and unique nature of The Kimberley region, the Bungle Bungle Wilderness Lodge operates seasonally from May-September.
Instant booking: To confirm your tour start date at purchase, select 'Instant Booking' and select your preferred date. Use the calendar to browse and select available dates.
The package is valid for ONE PERSON aged 18 years or older (based on twin share). If you are travelling with another person you must purchase TWO PACKAGES, otherwise a single traveller surcharge will apply and you must purchase a single traveller package.
The minimum capacity for this tour is two people and the maximum capacity is 16 people.
Maximum room capacity: The maximum room capacity is two adults (aged 18 years or older).
Connecting rooms are not available.
All surcharges are payable directly to Luxury Escapes and are not refundable.
The ’7 day change of mind guarantee’ does not apply for Tour bookings. Due to the high demand and limited departures any cancellation / refund requests must be made within 48 hours of purchase. Otherwise, the standard Luxury Escapes Refund Policy applies.
Activity level: This tour includes some longer, more challenging hikes over uneven terrain, in potentially hot conditions. Please note, walking frames are not suitable for this tour.
In the lead-up to your trip we recommend you start walking to ensure you have the stamina and energy to see and appreciate all the sights this tour has to offer and walking shoes have been worn in prior to departure.
Please note: Disability access is limited during the tour, please consider this when making your booking.
Flights depart 9am on Day 1 and return at approx. 11am on Day 4. A luggage limit of 10kg applies. Passengers must advise their weight after booking.
Dining inclusions do not include beverages (unless otherwise stated) and menu options are subject to change.
Travel insurance is strongly recommended. We suggest purchasing travel insurance as soon as possible after purchasing this accommodation package.
Strictly no refunds for this tour package for amendments and change of date.
Please note that full terms and conditions apply – refer LuxuryEscapes.com/terms
DAY 1 – Kununurra – Purnululu National Park
Board a scenic flight in Kununurra to the World Heritage-listed Purnululu National Park.
On arrival, head to the award-winning Bungle Bungle Wilderness Lodge to relax amid the tranquil surrounds, before enjoying drinks as the sun sets over the striking dome formations of the iconic Bungle Bungle massif. This evening a delicious three-course open-air dinner awaits.
Accommodation: Bungle Bungle Wilderness Lodge Meals: Lunch, Dinner
DAY 2 – Purnululu National Park – Echidna Chasm – Mini Palms
Explore the magic of Purnululu this morning and discover the depth of the Bungle Bungle Range. The park is home to the famed black and orange beehive striped domes, ascending to 578 metres above sea level.
Standing over a grass-covered plain, steep cliffs form the western face. Created by the constant erosion of river movements over a staggering 20 million years, the range has both geological and Indigenous cultural significance. It is an imposing sight and one that you are sure to remember forever.
Take a captivating hike to Echidna Chasm, a spectacular natural cleft in the rock. Hike along The Escarpment trail that skirts the edge of the Bungle Bungle massif before joining the Mini Palms track. Walk along a Livistona palm-fringed trail to see the spectacular natural wonder of Mini Palms. The rocky, dry creek beds provide an unforgettable contrast against the subterranean oasis where hundreds of ancient palm species are surrounded by towering cliffs.
Accommodation: Bungle Bungle Wilderness Lodge Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAY 3 – Purnululu National Park – Picaninny Creek – Cathedral Gorge
After breakfast head to the southern end of Purnululu National Park. Walk along Picaninny Creek, a winding gorge within the Bungle Bungle domes. Marvel at the majestic beehive domes as your guide brings the natural history of the range to life. Continue to the lookout for breathtaking views over the famous domes.
Your next stop is the natural amphitheater of Cathedral Gorge, a spacious cavern where the acoustics are astounding. Head back to your wilderness lodge and relax before dinner.
Accommodation: Bungle Bungle Wilderness Lodge Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAY 4 – Purnululu National Park – Kununurra
After breakfast, board your scenic flight over the Kimberley. En-route fly over Lake Argyle, the largest manmade lake in the Southern Hemisphere as well as the Argyle Diamond Mine. Land back in Kununurra, where your adventure comes to an end.
Getting to Kununurra is easy. Qantas, Virgin Australia, Air New Zealand, Singapore Airlines and Airnorth fly to Kununurra Airport via Perth and Darwin.
Book your flights through us. First, confirm your tour booking dates. Our Tours Concierge will then be in touch within 48 hours to assist with additional arrangements, with no booking fee to you.
A visa may be required for the destination you are visiting. It is each traveller's responsibility to ensure they are holding a current visa. Please take the time to visit our preferred vendor website Visas Direct to assist you with any visa application requirements and processes. If you require any supporting documentation when applying for your visa please let us know and we would be more than happy to assist.