The Kimberley & Bamurru Plains The Kimberley & Bamurru Plains

The Kimberley & Bamurru Plains

Discover a world of wonders right here in our own backyard with our 19-night itinerary through the Kimberley region.

Your journey begins in Darwin with an overnight stay. On the 25th April take our charter flight to Bamurru Plains private airstrip where you will be met and transferred to the magical Bamurru Plains for your 4-night stay.

An extensive experience program explores the surrounding country away from the lodge, with airboat trips on the wetlands, river cruises in search of crocodiles, bird watching, astronomy evenings, bush drives, quad bike safaris and guided wilderness walks, while ancient rock art and indigenous culture are an easy optional day trip out into Kakadu. Did we mention April is Barramundi fishing time!? Plenty to be had at Bamurru!

Upon arriving back in Darwin, you’ll spend 1 night at the Hilton hotel and repack your bags ready for an extraordinary journey through arguably some of the best scenery in the world. Our home for the next 10 nights is Ponant's La Bougainville. Le Bougainville represents the new generation of ships designed to combine discovery and exploration with luxury, even in the planet's most remote and isolated regions.

La Bougainville will visit all the Kimberley highlights including King George Falls, Montgomery Reef and Hunter rivers to name a few. The 3 main reasons you visit the Kimberley are these - the waterfalls which you won’t see past May, Barramundi fishing (April is an excellent time) and the Aboriginal art which, of course, is available all year round.

Brett, our CEO, has been to the Kimberley many times and said “people make a mistake visiting the Kimberley later in the year because they think its cooler which it is, but you miss out on the Thunderous waterfalls because by the end of May, they have basically dried up. OH, and amazing fishing! You have an airconditioned ship to return to and have a cold beer!”

After 10 amazing nights, we’ll arrive into Broome where you will stay 3 nights at Cable Beach Resort, the only resort there to have a restaurant and bar overlooking the beach and the ocean. We’ve included a visit to a pearl farm, lunch at Matsos pub, and a Broome visit is not complete without a sunset camel ride which we’ve also included! Whatever you do in Broome, its sure to leave a lasting impression on you.

Limited to just 18 people – don’t dilly dally!

Destinations: Australia

Commencing: Darwin

Duration: 19 nights

Departure Date: 24 Apr 2022

Pricing: from $17,745

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Highlights

 

 

Bamurru Plains |  Extraordinary bush experience

  • 4 nights at the Wild Bush Luxury Lodge in a Safari Bungalow
  • Return charter flights from/to Darwin
  • All inclusive dining incorporating native and locally sourced produce
  • All inclusive beverages from the self-service bar 
  • All inclusive activities including Bamurra's signature airboat safaris, Barramundi fishing, guided walks and open top game drives 

 

Ponant La Bougainville | Discovery and exploration with luxury

  • 10 night cruise on board Ponant's purpose-built luxury La Bougainville expedition cruise ship 
  • All inclusive of standard beverages
  •  All inclusive Zodiac® and shore excursions
  • Blue Eye underwater observation lounge
  • Complimentary WiFi throughout the ship 
  • Talented chefs sharing their passion for French culinary heritage

 

Cable Beach Resort, Broome | The only resort accommodation on Cable Beach 

  • 3 nights at Cable Beach Resort
  • Included day tour to one of Broome's famous Pearl farms
  • Included Sunset Camel ride
  • Included Lunch at Matso's Pub
 

Full Itinerary

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  • Darwin

    Day 01

    Sunday 24 Apr 2022

    Darwin

    Welcome to Darwin!

    On arrival you will be met and transferred to your accommodation. The rest of the day is at your leisure.

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    Day 02

    Monday 25 Apr 2022

    Darwin | Bamurru Plains

    After breakfast we will transfer to the airport for your charter flight to Bamurra Plains (soft bags only, main bags will be left at Hilton).

    On arrival you will be met by the Bamurru Plains staff and transferred to your oasis for the next 4 nights.

    Bamurru Plains (B/D)

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    Day 03

    Tuesday 26 Apr 2022

    Bamurru Plains

    The wildlife on show at Bamurru Plains is some of the most impressive in Australia. The guides will reveal it to you on fascinating excursions across the property.

    Bamurru Plains (B/L/D)

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    Day 04

    Wednesday 27 Apr 2022

    Bamurru Plains

    Bamurru has over 300 square kilometres of private concession to be explored by just a few lucky guests. So large is the property that there are four distinct habitats – floodplains and wetlands full of magpie geese and big crocs; stunning melaleuca forests, savannah woodlands where you might bump into brumbies, buffalo, dingos and wallabies; and finally a riverine environment where the silver flashes of fish or sunbathing crocs will catch your eye as you cruise slowly by.

    Bamurru Plains (B/L/D)

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    Day 05

    Thursday 28 Apr 2022

    Bamurru Plains

    The expert field guides are the key to unlocking Bamurru’s wild secrets when you explore the property via airboat, open top safari drive, walks, quad bikes and more. 

    Bamurru’s signature experience is a thrilling ride across the floodplains by airboat. This wildlife-packed journey takes you from wide open grasslands to a lagoon surrounded by peeling paper bark trees.

    Bamurru Plains (B/L/D)

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    Day 06

    Friday 29 Apr 2022

    Bamurru Plains | Darwin

    Today you will bid farewell to your sanctuary for the past 4 nights and fly to Darwin.

    On arrival in Darwin the remainder of the day and evening are at your leisure.

    Hilton Darwin (B)

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    Day 07

    Saturday 30 Apr 2022

    Darwin | Embark Le Bougainville

    At the scheduled time you will transfer from your hotel to the port to board Le Bougainville and the beginning of your Kimberley adventure.

    Le Bougainville represents the new generation of ships designed to combine discovery and exploration with luxury, even in the planet's most remote and isolated regions. 

    Le Bougainville (B)

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    Day 08

    Sunday 01 May 2022

    Pulau Meatimiarang, Indonesia

    Enjoy a leisurely day at sea to take advantage of the luxurious onboard services or enjoy a cool drink by the pool. Enjoy time to reflect on your experiences or share photographs with fellow guests. Your expedition team will be offering an enrichment programme focusing on Australia, it’s history and flora and fauna. Perhaps take the opportunity to be out on deck sunbathing or sampling culinary specialties prepared by our Chef and Galley Team.

    The Indonesian officials will perform the necessary clearance formalities. The stopover at Pulau Meatimiarang is for technical clearance purposes only. There is no opportunity for guests to go ashore.

    Le Bougainville (B/L/D)

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    Day 09

    Monday 02 May 2022

    Wyndham

    Wyndham is the northernmost town in Western Australia and in many ways is the gateway to the Kimberley. It is surrounded by some of the most spectacular landforms, rivers and wetlands in the Kimberley. 

    Le Bougainville (B/L/D)

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    Day 10

    Tuesday 03 May 2022

    King George River

    The journey up the King George River is nothing short of breathtaking. The 80-metre-high sides of the gorge display varying degrees of weathering of the ancient Warton sandstone. The colours and textures of the gorge change with the light as you travel further up the river creating a continual changing scenery that is simply stunning. Your Expedition Team will escort you in either the Zodiacs® or ships tenders to the foot of the twin falls, and explain all about the stunning geological formations of the canyon.

    Le Bougainville (B/L/D)

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    Day 11

    Wednesday 04 May 2022

    Vansittart Bay

    Jar Island contains ancient rock art galleries depicting the Gwion Gwion style unique to the Kimberley region. Mainly neglected by, or unknown to, the early European researchers of Aboriginal culture in the Kimberley in favour of the dominant and more dramatic Wandjina art, Gwion Gwion art has in recent years gained world prominence. Join your Expedition Team ashore for a short walk, past some fascinating rock formations, to the site of the Gwion Gwion art galleries.

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    Day 12

    Thursday 05 May 2022

    Swift Bay

    The Bonaparte Archipelago, is a stunningly rugged maze of islands stretching almost 150 km along Western Australia's remote Kimberley coast. Its colour and scale conspire to take ones’ breath away. Its distant location has meant it has remained an unspoilt and remarkably pristine location to explore and experience. The ‘T’ shaped bay is composed of heavily fractured sandstone providing an abundance of rock shelters. On the walls of these shelters are examples of both Wandjina and Gwion Gwion style rock art. Join your expedition team ashore for a guided walk to a number of rock art galleries depicting these unique rock art styles.

    Le Bougainville (B/L/D)

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    Day 13

    Friday 06 May 2022

    Hunter River

    Arguably one of the most scenic parts of the Kimberley coast, Prince Frederick Harbour and the Hunter River are lined with ancient rainforest pockets, pristine mangroves and mosaic sandstone cliffs. They are considered to be some of the most pristine mangrove forests in the world. Our expert Expedition Team will share their knowledge with you as you explore this pristine mangrove environment by Zodiac® keeping a constant lookout for wildlife. You will also have the opportunity to reach the Mitchell Falls by helicopter from Naturalist Island beach. 

    Le Bougainville (B/L/D)

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    Day 14

    Saturday 07 May 2022

    Collier Bay

    Lying to the east of the Buccaneer archipelago, the ancient landscapes of Collier Bay have been shaped by the massive tidal movements the region is renowned for, creating a photographer’s paradise. With a tidal range exceeding 14 metres, recorded near Yule entrance at the southern end of the bay, they are among the largest in the world. This massive daily movement of water creates unique phenomena that occur nowhere else in the world.

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    Day 15

    Sunday 08 May 2022

    Collier Bay

     Nestled in the centre of the Bay is Montgomery Reef, the world’s largest inshore reef system. As the tide falls a raging torrent of water cascades off the top of the reef, creating turbulent ‘rivers’ and mini waterfalls. At the Southern end of the Bay, Talbot Bay is home to the world’s only ’Horizontal Falls’ described by Sir David Attenborough as “One of the greatest wonders of the natural world.” Hidden in the many caves and grottos of this ancient landscape are a multitude of ancient Rock Art galleries. Here you can find spectacular examples of the Wandjina and Gwion Gwion styles.  

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    Day 16

    Monday 09 May 2022

    Lacepede Islands

    The Lacepede Islands are Western Australia’s most important breeding habitat for Green Turtles (Chelonia mydas), and have been named by BirdLife International as an Important Bird Area (IBA). The breeding colony of Brown Boobies is possibly the largest in the world. Up to 20,000 Roseate Terns have also been recorded here. Join your expedition team for a guided Zodiac® tour to view the prolific wildlife. Due to the sensitive nature of the environment, landings are prohibited on the Lacepede Islands.

    Le Bougainville (B/L/D)

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    Day 17

    Tuesday 10 May 2022

    Broome | Disembark Le Bougainville

    Gateway to the oldest and most elusive of all Australia’s nine regions. The ancient landscape has long held travellers spellbound: The Kimberley is three time larger than England but has a population of just 35,000, is over 65,000 years old and is home to 2,000 km of coastline. 

    On disembarking you will be met and transferred to your hotel, Cable Beach Resort.

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    Day 18

    Wednesday 11 May 2022

    Broome

    Today we take a tour to a pearl farm just north of Broome. 

    Cable Beach Resort (B)

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    Day 19

    Thursday 12 May 2022

    Broome

    Take a walk on the beach, take a cab down town and explore the many shops or visit an art gallery. A visit to Broome is not complete without beer battered fish and chips for lunch at Matso’s pub. Enjoy a sunset camel ride on Cable Beach.

    Cable Beach Resort (B/L)

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    Day 20

    Friday 13 May 2022

    Broome

    Today after check out we will transfer to the airport for your onward flight.

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Inclusions

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01 | FLIGHT & TRANSERS

  • Return home airport transfers in Australia (conditions apply) 
  • Return Economy Class airfare from all capital cities
  • Upgrade to Business class available at additional cost (subject to availability) 
  • Return Charter Flight from Darwin to Bamurru Plains
  • All transfers
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02 | ACCOMMODATION

  • Bamurru Plains (4 nights)
  • Hilton Darwin (2 nights - 1 pre & 1 post Bamurru Plains)
  • Le Bougainville (10 nights)
  • Cable Beach Resort Broome (3 nights)
  • BP Accommodation
  • BP Dining Room
  • BP Pool
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03 | BAMURRU PLAINS

 

Bamurru Plains is a safari lodge with exclusive access to 300 km² of floodplains and savanna woodland on the Mary River, on the edge of Kakadu National Park. A profusion of bird and wildlife are at the doorstep of this unique bush experience that exudes ‘Wild Bush Luxury’ and brings a touch of style to the discovery of a remote and beautiful wilderness.

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04 | CABLE BEACH RESORT

 

Relax and reconnect at the world-famous Cable Beach. Home of our award-winning Cable Beach Club Resort & Spa, Indian Ocean sunsets, gently swaying palm trees, and Kimberly charm, it’s truly a destination like no other.

With two pools, delicious cuisine, leisure facilities, and Chahoya Spa by L’Occitane, Cable Beach Club offers a place to unwind and create lasting memories.

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05 | LE BOUGAINVILLE

 

Welcoming and spacious common areas, refined open-to-the-sea design, sleek exterior lines, a marina to make access to the ship's Zodiac® inflatables easier, hi-tech equipment, an outdoor pool, a multisensorial underwater lounge… Le Bougainville represents the new generation of ships designed to combine discovery and exploration with luxury, even in the planet's most remote and isolated regions. 

 
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