Explore the rugged landscapes of the North West of Australia. This region includes an area known as 'the Kimberley' and is rich with beauty, hidden gorges, rivers and stunning landscapes. This tour suits those who are active and wish to stay in campsites with limited facilities to well and truly get off the beaten track.
Day 1 - Darwin to Katherine Region
Heading down from Darwin we stop at either Edith Falls for a swim or explore Katherine (Nitmiluk) Gorge (seasonal choice). We travel on to the Katherine region where you stay overnight. (LD)
Day 2 – Katherine Region to Lake Argyle
Take off for Lake Argyle, created by the Ord River Dam. Admire the beauty and sheer size of the Lake and explore the area before setting up camp for the night. (BLD)
Day 3 – Lake Argyle to Bungle Bungles
It's time for some 4WD action as we wind our way into the Bungle Bungle massif. It's a rugged ride but the scenery is fantastic and you will enjoy your first Kimberley sunset as we set up our bush camp. (BLD)
Day 4 - Bungle Bungles
It's a full day of exploration today. The rock formations of the Bungle Bungles massif are remarkable and we visit breathtaking Echidna Chasm and magnificent Cathedral Gorge. There's an opportunity to view the Bungles by helicopter (own expense) before we return to camp. (BLD)
Day 5 - Bungle Bungles to El Questro
We travel out of the Bungles to El Questro Station. Sit back and admire the awesome scenery of the Carr Boyd and Durack Ranges as we head to Turkey Creek and onto El Questro to set up camp. (BLD)
Day 6 - El Questro Station to Gibb River Road
Up early we hike into the beautiful Cockburn Ranges for a refreshing swim under the waterfall at Emma Gorge before starting our journey over the Pentecost River and along the Gibb River Road. (BLD)
Day 7 - Gibb River Road
Today it's time for swimming and hiking in the Kimberleys! We explore striking Manning Gorge and Barnett Gorge (time permitting). Your experienced guide will use their local knowledge to determine the most accessible gorges to explore. Tonight we camp at Manning Gorge. (BLD)
Day 8 - Manning Gorge to Windjana Gorge
Today we explore Galvins or Adcock Gorge (seasonal) before making our way to Windjana Gorge, known for its abundant freshwater crocodiles. It's also our camp for the night. (BLD)
Day 9 - Windjana Gorge to Broome
We head towards the Napier Range and the fascinating 750 metre underground tunnel of Tunnel Creek, an area rich in bushranger history. Making tracks, we head towards Broome and stop briefly at Willare Bridge, where a rushing torrent of water flows in the mighty Fitzroy River (seasonal). Late afternoon we arrive in Broome, our aim is to catch up brilliant Cable Beach sunset. (BL)
What's Included on Tour:
Camping x 8 nights
Meals as indicated (B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner)
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 Darwin. Accommodation pickup commences at 6:30am. This tour departs on selected dates throughout the year. Your exact pickup time will be confirmed when you receive confirmation of your booking.
Apr 24 - Oct 23: Sundays
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 21 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 with 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 (preferably ankle high), hat and sunscreen, towel and toiletries, swimming gear, warm clothing, water bottle, torch, insect repellent / net, pillow, camera and film, money for optional snacks you might want to buy and/or meals not included on the specific tour you might be doing.
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.
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