Explore the rugged landscapes of the North West of Australia. The area known as 'the Kimberley' is rich with beauty, hidden gorges and the World Heritage listed Bungle Bungles (Purnululu National Park). This tour suits those who are active and wish to stay in bush camps to get off the beaten track with limited facilities - the best way to explore this remote region!
Day 1 Broome to Windjana Gorge
Out of Broome we stop briefly at Willare Bridge, where a rushing torrent of water flows in the mighty Fitzroy River during the wet season. From here we leave the bitumen behind as we head for the Oscar Range and on to Tunnel Creek, where a 750 metre tunnel passes under the Napier Range. The area has a rich bushranger history – ask your guide for the true story! (LD)
Day 2 Windjana Gorge to Mount Barnett
Windjana Gorge is worth exploring (there’s loads of freshwater crocodiles here!) before we hit the track again to travel along the famous Gibb River road to to Manning Gorge and to watch the sunset over the Barnett Range. (BLD)
Day 3 Gibb River Road and Gorges
A great day of swimming and hiking! Explore some the Kimberley’s striking gorges, including Barnett, Manning, Adcock or Galvans depending on the time of year. We’re in for another night at our bush camp. (BLD)
Day 4 Gibb River Road to El Questro Station
We pass through some ancient and spectacular country as we travel along the Gibb River Road. Crossing the Pentecost River, we reach the famous El Questro Station. We walk into the beautiful Cockburn Ranges for a swim under the waterfall at Emma Gorge before retiring for the night. (BLD)
Day 5 El Questro to Bungle Bungles
Today sit back and admire the awesome scenery of the Carr Boyd and Durack Ranges as we head to Turkey Creek. We take a challenging 4WD trip into the Bungle Bungle (Purnululu) National Park for sunset over the Osmond Ranges and our overnight camp. (BLD)
Day 6 Bungle Bungle National Park
It’s a full day of exploration today. The rock formations of the Bungle Bungles massif are remarkable and we visit the permanent waterhole of Frog Hole, breathtaking Echidna Chasm and overwhelming and magnificent Cathedral Gorge. There’s time to get another perspective of the Bungles by helicopter if you choose (at own expense) before we head back to our overnight bush camp. (BLD)
Day 7 Bungle-Bungles to Kununurra
It’s time for some 4WD action as we wind our way out of the Bungle Bungles on our way to Kununurra, the capital of the north. This afternoon we spend time exploring Hidden Valley, just a stones throw from Kununurra township. (BLD)
Day 8 Kununurra to Victoria River
Lake Argyle, created by the Ord River Dam, is the biggest man-made lake in Australia and a couple of times bigger than Sydney Harbour! We spend some time here this morning before crossing the state border into the Northern Territory. If we’ve got time, we’ll check out the Keep River National Park before reaching camp on the Victoria River. (BLD)
Day 9 Victoria River to Darwin
We’re on the home run now! It’s a short hop across to Katherine where we stop briefly at Katherine (Nitmiluk) Gorge. There’s time for one last refreshing swim at Edith Falls before we arrive in Darwin, the last stop for the journey. (BL)
NOTE: The 2013 - 2014 season rates are valid from the 1st April 2013 - 31st March 2014. The 2014 - 2015 season rates commence on the 1st April 2014.
This tour departs on Wednesday's and Saturdays Accommodation pickup commences at 7:20 am. Your exact pickup time will be confirmed when you receive confirmation of your booking.
MINIMUM / MAXIMUM NUMBERS
The price quoted is for one person. We operate with a minimum of four and we travel with a group of up to 24 passangers.
You must call us before 16:00 hours (4:00pm) the day prior to travel with the name of your accommodation and room number.
Tours can be rescheduled free of charge, subject to availability. If you cancel 30 days before your travel date, no cancellation fees apply. If you cancel within 30 days of your travel date you will be charged 25% of your booking cost. If you cancel within 24 hours of your travel dates, you will charged 100% of your booking cost. Cancellations must be made through Australian Explorer.
DRESSCODE / WHAT TO BRING
Sturdy walking shoes (ankle high), hat & sunscreen, towel & toiletries, swimming gear, warm clothing in winter, water bottle, torch, insect repellent, camera & film, pillow, sleeping bag (can be purchased for $50.00)
If you are vegetarian or gluten intolerant we can cater for you, but if you have very specific dietary needs you may need to provide your own food, please discuss this at time of booking. For breakfast we supply cereals, toast, tea and coffee. Lunch is usually a self-serve sandwich and salads; in the evening we have a cooked dinner. We always carry water in the vehicle and you will often have the chance to buy your own drinks, ice-creams etc at stops.
You will need to sign an indemnity form before departing on this tour. This tour is not suitable for children 7 years and under. The vehicle has limited space so please keep your luggage to a maximum of 15 kgs in a backpack or soft overnight bag with a small day pack for easy access to camera, film, sunblock etc.
The itinerary may change during April and November with the closure of the Gibb River Road and Bungle Bungle National Park. Attractions will be substituted with others of interest.
Please Note : As this is a camping trip the accommodation on this tour is at campsites.
The 2012/2013 Season operates from 1st April 2011 - 31st March 2013.
Package ONLY 2012/13 Season
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