Itinerary. Family or group of 4 Kimberley Helicopter Safari

A 6 day, 6 night unforgettable private helicopter safari exploring the stunning Kimberley wilderness. Enjoy views of the extraordinary Kimberley from your private helicopter. Land on mountain pinnacles to watch the sunset over your favourite cold drink, fish in the ocean with a local guide, view galleries of the oldest rock art on earth, soar through gorges and touch down to hike and swim in secret springs and waterfalls. Your accommodation is in the region’s unique wilderness retreats.

Some of the locations you will visit are: Lake Argyle, Bungle Bungle, Ord River, El Questro, Cambridge Gulf, Kimberley Coast, Berkeley River, King George Falls, Mitchell Falls, Cockburn Range, Hunter River, Mount Trafalgar, Careening Bay, Naturalist Island, Drysdale River, Kalumburu, Prince Regent River, Kings Cascade, Argyle Diamond Mine.
Accommodation
Freshwater East Kimberley Apartments Kununurra – 1 night
Kimberley Coastal Camp – 2 nights
Emma Gorge tented cabins – 2 nights
Bungle Bungle Savannah Lodge – 1 night

With HeliSpirit your Kimberley Helicopter Safari is a private experience.  The helicopters we use for our safaris are turbine engine driven and supported by our world class maintenance engineers at our Kununurra facility. Feel sure that our whole team will look you after from the first experience at booking, through to your skilled pilot who knows the area intimately and the beautiful machine that will carry you through the outback Kimberley.

HeliSpirit Luxury Kimberley Air Safaris operate from April  through to October . Our air safaris are private and therefore you can choose a date that suits you. April and May offer the best time for Barramundi fishing and the waterfalls will be flowing well. The landscape is still green after our monsoonal Waterfall season. June to August are our cooler months, with September and October starting to warm up as we head towards the end of year.

Bookings: Call us on  08 91681101 or email bookings@helispirit.com.au

Pre tour: Arrive into Kununurra where we will greet you and take you to Freshwater East Kimberley Apartments for your pre-tour stay. Your pilot will meet you over a drink to become acquainted and to discuss your helicopter safari.
Accommodation and airport transfers included – meals are at your own cost.
Overnight: Freshwater East Kimberley Apartments, one bedroom apartment

Day 1: Kununurra to Kimberley Coastal Camp – Far north Kimberley coast

Rise early today to enjoy the fresh Kimberley morning. Your HeliSpirit pilot will meet and transfer you to the airport helipad. Lift off from Kununurra at 7.00am to soar over the Ord River following its path west past the huge farms of the Ord Irrigation area. View the incredible patterns in the mud flats surrounding the town of Wyndham where 5 huge rivers meet, emptying into the Cambridge Gulf where some of the Kimberley’s biggest estuarine crocodiles live. Crossing the Gulf we pass over ancient traditional lands of the Balangarra people. Flying onwards, the ranges rise ahead with the watercourses of the De Lan Court and Berkeley Rivers beneath us. Fly low through the gorges of the Berkeley River to the Timor Sea and view Berkeley River Lodge from the air continuing around the coast, viewing turtles grazing in the sea grass.
We land atop the twin waterfalls of the King George Falls to explore and enjoy a picnic breakfast in one of the world’s most spectacular places. After exploring we then continue the flight to visit Kalumburu, an aboriginal community where the mission is still in place with an astonishing museum curated by the Benedictine monks who have spent their lives here. After Kalumburu we land at Eagle Falls for a swim. Rounding the top of WA and flying past Steep Head Island we come in to land on the shell beach at our destination for the next 2 nights, Kimberley Coastal Camp.
Kimberley Coastal Camp is an exclusive retreat, a place for the heart and soul, limiting guests to just 12. Kimberley Coastal Camp is unpretentious, laid back and set in an exquisite location. The meals here are fresh and delicious and the fishing, wildlife and rock art will take your breath away. The cabins are set apart so are private. The showers and toilets are shared, set into the rocks a short way from the cabins. They are open to the vast Kimberley sky.
All meals, drinks and tours included – let us know your drinks preference at the time of booking and it will be on site ready for your arrival. Overnight: Kimberley Coastal Camp 

Day 2: Kimberley Coastal Camp

This is a no-fly day where you can choose your wilderness experience. Spend your day fishing for the fabled Barramundi and dozens of other tropical species in the pristine azure waters the area is famous for. Explore this ancient land on foot, or by boat and experience the local birds, wildlife, bush tucker, ancient rock art and bush medicines first hand. You may prefer to take it easy on the boat, cruising and picnicking on deserted islands fringed by Boab trees, or sipping a cool drink from the day bed. The choices are yours.
All meals, drinks and tours included.
Overnight: Kimberley Coastal Camp

Day 3: Kimberley Coastal Camp to Mitchell Falls, Prince Regent River and El Questro

Today’s adventure will take you along the coast first and then inland. Departing after early breakfast we soar over the Mitchell Plateau to orbit over and land at the top of the mighty 4 tiered Mitchell Falls. Your pilot will guide you on a walk to get the best of this iconic Australian feature. When ready we fly to the coast and may land at Naturaliste Island, to refuel if necessary. We continue through Price Frederick Harbour, a natural harbour with bays, coves, spectacular cliffs and mangrove forests. We land at Careening Bay, the sandy cove where Philip Parker King beached his vessel, the Mermaid and the boat’s carpenter carved the inscription; HMC Mermaid 1820 on the famous “Mermaid Tree”. That famous boab tree is now 12 metres wide and is National Heritage listed.
View the King Cascades flowing into the Prince Regent River, Mt Trafalgar, Mt Waterloo and much more. We continue over rugged inland pastoral leases to Drysdale River Station, a remote fuel and accommodation stop on the Kalumburu Road. Here we refuel our helicopter and chat to the locals. Our last leg for the day takes us over the central Kimberley, flying over parts of the Gibb River Road, Home Valley Station and the famous Pentecost River Crossing.
The glow of the afternoon sun on the red rocks of the Cockburn Range makes a stunning backdrop to our sunset drinks location on top of one of the pinnacles. On sunset we fly to Emma Gorge resort at El Questro Wilderness Park. Over 1 million acres in size, El Questro extends for approximately 80 kilometres, most of which has never been explored. Emma Gorge accommodation is in tented cabins with ensuite bathrooms. Activities are varied and a walk into Emma Gorge up to the droplet waterfall at the pool at the end is highly recommended.

Accommodation and wilderness park permit are included. Meals and tours are at your own cost. Overnight: Emma Gorge tented cabins – twin share

Day 4: Emma Gorge El Questro

This is a no-fly day where you can choose your wilderness experience. El Questro tours and activities form an integral part of every visit to this stunning wilderness destination. A wide choice of tours are available.

 Overnight: Emma Gorge tented cabins – twin share. Meals and tours are at your own cost.

Day 5: El Questro to Purnululu National Park (Bungle Bungle)

 Lift off from Emma Gorge after breakfast to fly to a stunning waterhole only accessible by helicopter – Mirri Mirri. We take a picnic morning tea to enjoy here before we fly south passing over the Elgee cliffs bordering the Durack River. Explore vast tracts of cattle station empires and marvel at the tenacity of our early pioneers in settling this rugged land. We pass over the traditional lands of the Kija and Djaru people and their community at Warmun, where many of our famous Aboriginal artists such as Rover Thomas and Queenie McKenzie lived and worked.

Our destination is Purnululu National Park, a World Heritage Listed area, celebrated for the valuable cultural and natural assets it holds including the Bungle Bungle Range, a 350million year old sandstone massif that rises up to 578 metres above sea level. The range stands 200 to 300 metres above a woodland and grass-covered plain, with steep cliffs on the western face. Elsewhere, particularly where Piccaninny Creek has formed Piccaninny Gorge, the range is cut by deep gullies and breaks up into complex areas of ridges and domes, with prominent orange and black or grey bands.

We land at Purnululu and transfer to the Bungle Bungle Savannah Lodge for lunch, then we 4WD to the northern part of the range and hike into Echidna Chasm. View the red glow of the cliffs of the Western Wall glowing in the setting sun. Settle into your cabin at the Bungle Bungle Savannah Lodge and enjoy the campfire chatter with fellow guests.

All meals, drinks and all tours included.

Overnight: Bungle Bungle Savannah Lodge – twin share in deluxe ensuite cabins

Day 6: Purnululu National Park to Lake Argyle and Kununurra

In the morning after breakfast, take a private tour that comprises a drive to the Bungle Bungle range and then a guided walk through the striped sandstone domes and further into Cathedral Gorge, named due to its excellent acoustics. After lunch we depart Purnululu, flying north over the Argyle Diamond Mine, where rare pink diamonds are found, then over huge Lake Argyle, the biggest manmade lake in the southern hemisphere. It’s volume is said to be over 21 times that of Sydney harbour. Flying in to Kununurra and the Ord Valley is always spectacular, an oasis of lush farms, big waters and colourful ranges and is a fitting end to your unforgettable HeliSpirit helicopter adventure. Transfer to your connecting flight or to your accommodation.

 Meals, drinks and all tours included.

Price   $12,900.00 per person twin share. For a family of 4 with 2 bedrooms, 1 double and 1 twin share at all destinations. Or a group of 4 adults. This price is calculated on 4 people plus baggage in one helicopter and is subject to payload limitations. Typically it would suit 2 Adults plus 2 children under 16 years old
You can choose to extend your stay at any of the 3 overnight destinations.This will entail additional costs, which we will provide on request.
Luggage
Luggage is restricted to 10kg per person. We supply you with a quality canvas and leather kit bag to use on tour and to keep. Laundry services are available at El Questro and Kimberley Coastal Camp.
Most important items to bring are: Camera, charged spare batteries, good waterproof walking shoes, light cotton clothing, hat, sunscreen, sunglasses, bathers, small torch. Comfortable casual clothing is recommended. A small backpack is ideal to carry with you at all times to hold your; water bottle, sunscreen, bathers, small towel, hat and camera. A backpack allows you “hands-free” on walks.

Aircraft type
Bell LongRanger: turbine engine, leather interior, very good viewing platform. Suitable for 4 passengers in comfort on this itinerary. 6 passenger seats are available.

For more information and to make a booking call  our friendly team on 08 9168 1101 or email bookings@helispirit.com.au

Your helicopter safari allows you to decide what you would like to do each day. Once booked, the accommodation locations will be set and cannot be changed, but each evening you can discuss and plan the next day’s activities with your pilot.
You will find yourselves unwind and relax further each day, sinking into Kimberley time until on the last day, you really won’t want to leave.
Our pilots know the Kimberley intimately and will ensure your experience is the best you could hope for.