A sophisticated and intimate voyage through the remarkable East Kimberley over four extraordinary days
A hand-stitched journey created with passion and attention to detail
Fashioned for travellers seeking immersion into one of the world’s most remote and beautiful wildernesses, this is a four-day journey showcasing Kununurra and the East Kimberley region of Western Australia. Vast, complex, and ancient with an abundance of unique nature, history and culture, the East Kimberley is home to striking geological formations, ancient history, and intimate communities. The rich cultures and histories of the local Gija and Miriuwung people are threaded across this vast space, where local groups practice their customs today.
This itinerary offers immersive and grounded travel with locals, including dedicated guides to facilitate your journey. Guests will walk through incredible gorges, cruise down winding rivers, relax in luxury accommodation, and absorb the remarkable scenery that makes up the East Kimberley region from the ground, the skies, and from the water of Lake Argyle. Discover the beautiful, the exciting, and the extraordinary, with many locations only accessible through this itinerary curated by the finest in the business.
Designed with intimacy in mind and perfect for families or groups of friends, you’ll tour exclusively with seven of your nearest and dearest. Choosing your own group and travelling with familiar faces enables you to enjoy your journey from the very first moment.
+ In your own space
There’s no cattle class here. All locations, experiences, and transfers* range from highly exclusive to completely private. Privileged access and intimate experiences ensure your absolute safety and privacy, while still remaining authentic.
+ In your own time
Each day is adapted to your needs—forget scheduled departure times and by-the-numbers sightseeing. Spontaneity is welcomed, and your personal whims, wishes, and desires are shaped by your guide into truly one-of-a-kind experiences wherever you are.
+ With genuine characters
Meet hand-picked locals whose very roots are intertwined with the region. You’ll take a seat at the table with born-and-bred residents who present tangible passion for their home, and a range of characters who will welcome you into their everyday lives with genuine enthusiasm.
+ With your own personal guide/s
Your personal guides are there to elevate your experience without intrusion from arrival to departure. Both in tune with the surrounding environment and your own needs, they’ll freely share their knowledge of and passion for each area to enhance your journey.
+ With The Tailor standard
As Australia’s premier luxury and five-star experiential travel company, we know the finest experiences. We’ve hand-picked the best available accommodation, and teamed it with the best local cuisine and beverages in each region to elevate every single moment.
Throughout this exceptional journey, you will be hosted and guided by passionate eco-conservationists, born-and-bred Kimberley locals, and Custodians for Country whilst navigated through the landscape by experienced local pilots via private plane and helicopter, 4WD, and boat.
In each region, you will be accompanied by a Custodian for Country Aboriginal guide who will share their country, ensuring your experience through the Kimberley is authentic and intimate. Your guides may include but are not limited to: Head Guide Bec, a local Gija woman who tours through the Bungle Bungles / Purnululu and Ted, a Miriwung/Gija man and traditional owner of Argyle Diamond Mine. Your guides are very happy to share their country as it should be experienced, and during off-season they continue working out on country developing micro-businesses with their families—including a range of ventures such as seed collection, creating bush medicine products, handmade soaps and sprays, and more.
Your guides are eco-accredited and roc-accredited with Eco Tourism Australia, and share a commitment to not using any single-use plastics while touring and are consistently striving to reduce carbon emissions. Their knowledge, expertise, commitment to sustainability, and privileged access to some of the most remote areas in the world with luxury touches make them the finest guides and hosts available throughout your Kimberley expedition.
Prices vary depending on the number of guests in your group. All prices shown below are per person based on double or twin share, and are valid for travel until 31 October 2021.
Minimum 12 adults – $6,180.00 per person
Minimum 10 adults – $6,798.00 per person
Minimum 8 adults – $7,725.00 per person
Minimum 6 adults – $9,270.00 per person
The above costs are based on exclusive use of the Lodge and are dependent on availability at the time of booking. Blackout dates and seasonal surcharges may apply and costs are subject to change. Please consult your Travel Designer to check on full terms and conditions and availability. If you want to travel with 6 people or less and are happy to share the Lodge with other guests, please ask us for a quote.
You’ll touch down in Kununurra, the beautiful gateway town to the East Kimberley. After your private transfer to your accommodation from the airport, you’ll enjoy a leisurely afternoon settling into Joowinyin Lodge. Enjoy a refreshing swim in the infinity pool and explore the lodge’s garden filled with locally-grown endemic herbs, vegetables, and fruits. Early arrivals will enjoy a grazing table for lunch with a range of local cold meats, seafood, salads, breads and fruits with drinks.
In the afternoon, you’ll be hosted on the property’s barge on the Lower Ord River for leisurely sunset drinks and upon your return, you’ll indulge in a three-course meal prepared by your private chef. Settle around the fireplace to enjoy cultural storytelling by one of your local Aboriginal guides, and then treat yourself to some sweet damper made on the fire for a late-night snack before bed.
Day 2: Ord River & Lake Argyle
Today you can spend the morning at your leisure, either within the comfort of your accommodation or embarking on an adventure throughout the Ord Valley discovering its agricultural offerings.
In the late morning, you'll take a scenic helicopter flight direct from Joowinyin Lodge up the stunning Ord River before landing at the secluded Revolver Falls. Revolver Falls is located on the western side of Lake Argyle and is the largest single drop waterfall in the Kimberley – a majestic spot to stop for a picnic lunch.
Following lunch, you'll helicopter into Lake Argyle Resort to cruise the lake for sunset. Ensure to pack bathers for a swim in the lake as the sky turns into a kaleidoscope of colours that is a Kimberley sunset. Once back on dry land, a private transfer will drive you back to Joowinyin Lodge for a refreshing aperitif followed by another three-course dinner.
Day 3: Purnululu National Park
Today you’ll enjoy a full day exploring the remarkable Purnululu National Park. Depart Joowinyin Lodge in the morning for a scenic flight over the region, including Lake Kununurra, Lake Argyle and the Osmond Range. Upon arrival, you’ll be greeted by your guide with a Welcome to Country.
Dive into the geological and cultural history of the Bungle Bungle Range, exploring Cathedral Gorge and Echidna Chasm. You’ll be regaled with stories and cultural knowledge, incredible sightseeing, and fresh damper cooked by your local guide, and enjoy a lunch while bathed in the striking colours of Cathedral Gorge. Indulge in sunset drinks including champagne and spinifex beers from a scenic lookout, then board your return flight back to Kununurra for a relaxing evening at the lodge, complete with three-course meal cooked with freshly-caught seafood.
Day 4: Flexible Departure
Enjoy a leisurely breakfast at the lodge with a local spread of cereals, fruits, breads, and damper with locally-made mango and rosella jams, hot breakfasts with bacon, eggs, sausages and tomatoes, and a selection of fresh and local fruit juices, teas, and fresh fair-trade coffee. Once fed and watered, your day is open for your choosing.
At additional cost, your options for today provide opportunities to maximise your time around beautiful Kununurra. Accompanied by your local Aboriginal guide, you may either trek to one of the springs in the area by 4WD and enjoy a refreshing dip, or helicopter to Mirima National Park to enjoy walking trails, freshwater swimming, and lunch before returning to the lodge for a late-afternoon departure and transfer onto your next destination—whether home or elsewhere.
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