[K4] Wandjina Explorer
In the culture of the Kimberley people, the Wandjina is a respected and irritable spirit, who brings water and life to a parched land. Join us as we explore the heart of the Wandjina country and marvel at the landscapes, river systems and coast that these spirits have nurtured.
Departing Kununurra we track west towards El Questro Station on the Pentecost River, the spectacular Cockburn Ranges in full view, and Home Valley Station. Your flight continues across the vast expanse of the rarely visited Ngarnyin country, towards the beautiful Mitchell Falls in Wunambal country, where the plane will orbit the falls several times. The flight continues to the coast, to Port Warrender and the Kimberley Coastal Camp, the rich pearl farms of Vansittart Bay, the historic WWII Truscott airbase, and miles of exotic and pristine coastline.
We arrive at the remote settlement of Kalumburu for an intriguing glimpse of this isolated community, built on the boarders of three Dawang, Gamberre, Miwa and Ngarinyin country. Our guide and courtesy bus will pick you up to visit the Kalumburu mission settlement, for a quick comfort stop. Then we will move onto the WW II plane wreck sites , and Clarrie (your local guide) will reminiss about his memories as a boy on Kalumburu when the planes came over the the coast. Then we will head to the beach for a cup of tea and get your land legs back and if the tide is out and we can get some oysters and perriwinkles, without the crocs getting us! We then will drive to a couple of the rock art sites where your local guide Clarrie will show and explain the Gwion Gwion art that is all along the coast line. Clarrie will show you some bush tucker and local rock art painting techniques, and we will drop in on the local Art Centre as they prepare for their Sydney and Melbourne art exhibitions in 2019, you can purchase art at the centre.
We will take you to a great location for a gorgeous gourmet picnic lunch, you can also visit the antiquated and fascinating mission museum, the Church and Bakery. After 5 hours on the ground tour at Kalumburu we board our G8 Airvan and depart for the remote Timor Sea coast, overflying Faraway Bay, the spectacular King George Falls, Berkeley River, and the mighty Cambridge Gulf.
At the mouth of the Ord River we track east following its meandering path and tidal floodplains where saltwater crocodiles are often seen soaking in the midday sun, we overfly House Roof Hill, the recognisable backdrop to Baz Luhman’s “Australia” movie. The Ord River Irrigation Area and its expanding farmlands will then be revealed as we set course for the green and vibrant townsite of Kununurra.
This is a fantastic all day experience, with an interface with a remote community that very few people ever encounter, come and join us and travel this extraordinary remote Kimberley coast.
Optional: Packages for all coastal lodges please call to discuss
Available from Kununurra – early AM departure . Flight time: 4+ hours
Adult $1,090 | Child $1050 | Senior $1,050