Globus family of brands’ Customer Services Consultant, Kristi, recently experienced our Globus Contrasts of the Kimberley tour. Read on for Kristi’s top picks from her time in the Outback.
This trip encompassed the most spectacular scenery that I have ever seen in Australia. It was a wonderful blend of authentic Outback living and touches of luxury sprinkled throughout. There is such a high concentration of amazing experiences on offer throughout this tour that it is difficult to choose just a few. To give you a taste though, here are some top highlights.
This is one destination not to be missed! You can see the sunrise or sunset over the Gorge and thankfully, we were lucky enough to visit for a sunset dinner cruise. Not only is the scenery spectacular but the local guide gave great commentary about the land and the relationship the local Aboriginal people have with it.
The food on offer was cooked to perfection, with my favourite being the flourless chocolate cake – it was to die for! As an added bonus, we were able to see thousands of bats in the trees make their way en masse down the river for their nightly feeding as the sun was setting.
The stop at Lake Argyle was wonderful. We started by having a fish lunch at the resort which was freshly caught from the lake, followed by a sunset cruise. Not only did we see lots of wildlife – including crocodiles and rock wallabies – but we had the chance to swim in the water with a glass of sparkling wine as the sun was setting. It was ‘refreshing’ (to put it nicely) but I wasn’t going to miss this opportunity. I also don’t want to spoil any surprises but…the fish feeding on this cruise was so much fun and has a twist to it!
Bungle Bungle Range
The Bungle Bungle Range was an optional excursion with the choice between a scenic flight at dawn or a full day trip. I chose the full day trip which includes the scenic flight and a hike through to the famous beehive shaped domes to Cathedral Gorge.
The views were absolutely spectacular, and we learned a lot from our two guides. Our local Aboriginal guide, Wally, shared many stories about Aboriginal life and culture including the way his people interact with the land today. We also got to see a poisonous snake swimming in a small pool of water and several beautiful flowering desert plants.
Emma Gorge Resort
This is an accommodation highlight, plus Emma Gorge itself is just incredible. This was my absolute favourite place that we stayed at! We each had our own eco cabin with a tent roof but structured walls, all the amenities (no fridge or aircon (however I didn’t need either)) and very comfy beds! It was great to have some free time to rest and relax by the pool however the option to take a hike up Emma Gorge is also on offer for the ‘active relaxer’. We made our way up to the waterfall to take a refreshing dip at the base of the falls. This hike was tough so only seven of us make the trek but I think it was well worth the effort!
This was another optional excursion with two choices of a half or full day tour. This time, I chose the half day which entailed a scenic flight over the Horizontal Falls and a landing stop at Cape Leveque. The stop at Cape Leveque included either a breakfast or lunch (depending on your tour time). My tour group had timed it with breakfast and I think the sautéed mushrooms were the best I have ever eaten! We also had 90 minutes after breakfast to walk around and explore the area as we chose. I decided to take a swim in the Indian Ocean which was so lovely and warm. The beach was pristine, and I was the only person there.
There is so much more I could say about this trip! Our driver, Tour Director and tour group were wonderful and so inclusive. It took no time at all to feel at ease with everyone on tour. This region of the world is so unique and an adventure to visit. I fell in love with the land, the people and the wildlife. The red earth, the flowing rivers, sandy beaches and beautiful Boab trees have forever found a place in my heart.
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