This 10 day 4WD adventure explores those Kimberley highlights you have always wanted to experience – encountering wildlife in Windjana Gorge, the adventure of Tunnel Creek, a journey along the famous Gibb River Road, magnificent El Questro Wilderness Park, Kununurra, Lake Argyle, the World-Heritage protected Bungle Bungles and dramatic Geikie Gorge.
Day 1 Tunnel Creek
As we travel through the remote and beautiful Kimberley landscape, our guide shares stories of local history, people and the environment. Enjoy a morning tea break by the Fitzroy River and visit the Derby 'Boab Prison Tree' before we hit the Gibb River Road. Visit the fascinating Mowanjum Aboriginal Art & Cultural Centre for an insight into the culture of the Worrorra, Ngarinyin and Wunumbal tribes and their supreme spirit being, the Wandjina. The afternoon is devoted to exploring Tunnel Creek, with our local Bunuba guide. In this 750-metre cave system carved through the Napier Range, we discover stalactites, secret caves and a large variety of wildlife. It is here we also learn the legend of Jandamarra, an Aboriginal freedom fighter who used the tunnel as a hide-out in the late 1800's. Don't miss a refreshing swim in an idyllic waterhole. That night we settle into our first night under the Kimberley night sky. (LD)
Day 2 Windjana Gorge & Bell Gorge
The Napier Range is over 350 million years old and home to the geological wonder of Windjana Gorge. Beneath gorge walls rising 90m, we spend the morning searching for freshwater crocodiles, local birdlife and indigenous bush tucker. In the afternoon we head off for Bell Gorge, a hidden highlight of the West Kimberleys. This idyllic retreat, considered amongst the most beautiful in the area, boasts cascading waterfalls and crystal clear pools formed over millions of years - an easy place to while away a few hours! (BLD)
Day 3 Galvins Gorge, Adcock Gorge & Mt Barnett Station
Spend day 3 swimming in paradise: further up the Gibb River Road, we discover the cool waters of water lillie-laden Galvans Gorge and stunning Adcock Gorge. Amid the rugged beauty of Manning Falls we swim in deep clear pools, relax, explore wandering streams, uncover local wildlife and take a dip in the waterfall pools. Overnight we camp by a billabong on Mt Barnett Cattle Station. (BLD)
Days 4-5 El Questro Wilderness Park
Our journey up the Gibb River Road continues to the iconic El Questro Wilderness Park. Two nights in our private campsite allows free time join one or more of the many activities on offer. We include a refreshing dip in the Zebedee Springs and walk into Emma Gorge while a cruise on Chamberlain Gorge, bush tucker walk or bird watching tour are amongst the many optional activities. You may choose to simply explore this beautiful wilderness park at your own leisure. (BLD/BL)
Day 6 Kununurra & Lake Argyle
Emerge from the Gibb River Road for a few hours free time in Kununurra. In the afternoon, travel onto the shores of the expansive Lake Argyle, the heart of the Ord River Irrigation System which has transformed this dry region into a lush agricultural oasis. There is free time to join a sunset boat cruise on the lake (approx AU$100pp), visit the historic Durack Homestead Museum or take on one of the many bush trails to explore the area. (B)
Days 7-8 Purnululu National Park: Bungle Bungles
After a leisurely morning, head south down the Great Northern Highway to Purnululu National Park, home of the magnificent Bungle Bungles. Two nights here, staying overnight in our private Bungle Bungle Safari Camp in the heart of the park, allows a full day to explore the highlights of this extraordinary National Park, the most famous of which, are the Bungle Bungle domes. Rivers created this landscape of unique orange and black striped 'beehive' geological formations over a period of 20 million years. Unbelievably, only the locals knew it existed until the early 1980's; once discovered by others, the area was made a national park in 1987. We explore Echidna Chasm (2km), known for its towering Livistonia Palm trees, and take a short walk (2-3km) into stunning Cathedral Gorge, where towering rocks create a natural amphitheatre. There is time in the afternoon to take an optional scenic flight and enjoy a birds-eye view of the beehive domes (approx $335pp, own expense) to put it all into perspective. (BLD/BLD)
Day 9 China Wall & Fitzroy Crossing
Enroute to Fitzroy Crossing, we break the long journey with a visit the gold rush town of Halls Creek to see the remarkable China Wall. We also enjoy lunch at Marys Pool and visit the remote Laarri Aboriginal Art Gallery, before an evening by the Fitzroy River at Fitzroy Crossing. (BL)
Day 10 Geikie Gorge & Broome
A morning cruise through the majestic Geikie Gorge is a great start to our last day. Nature carved this wonder through the Geikie and Oscar Ranges during the Devonian geological period. Learn of the fascinating geology of this natural wonder and discover the huge array of wildlife including freshwater crocodiles, birds and fish. Explore Old Fitzroy Crossing and enjoy lunch by the river before we return to Broome in time to enjoy the sunset on Cable Beach. (BL)
This trip has it all. Experience those scenic highlights you have always heard about on this complete Kimberley loop.
Gibb River Road
Indigenous Guided walk through Tunnel Creek
El Questro Wilderness Park
Geikie Gorge Cruise
Two Tour Hosts - including an Experienced Kimberley Tour Guide and Tour Assistant (on all tours with 8+ travellers)
9 x Breakfasts, 9 x Lunches, 6 x Dinners
Camping Accommodation (Upgrade Options available)
National Park Entry Fees
Indigenous guided Tunnel Creek experience
1 Hour Ranger Guided Geikie Gorge Boat Cruise
Two night stay at our private Bungle Bungles Safari Camp
Camping involves dome tents (single/twinshare), swags with fitted sheets & pillows with pillow cases. Stretcher beds are available for hire – $100pp, must be requested with our office prior to travel. Sleeping bags are not included but can be bought at cost for $35 – must be requested prior to travel and can be kept following your trip or donated to indigenous communities. Camp sites are in National Parks with ablution facilities including flush toilets and hot showers. There is NO Single Supplement.
Camping: shared facilities (7nts), Bungle Bungles Safari Camp: shared facilities (2nts)
Camping Plus involves limited camping (as above) but we arrange comfortable yet affordable upgrades where possible en route. These can vary between properties but are usually permanent safari tents with standing room, twin beds and shared facilities. Single Supplements apply on Camping Plus. Note: Due to the fixed number of tents in Purnululu National Park, single travellers on itineraries that stay here MAY have to share with another of the same gender though this is rare.
Camping: shared facilities (3nts), Bungle Bungles Safari Camp: shared facilities (2nts), Safari Tent: shared facilities (2nts), Safari Tent: with ensuite (2nts)
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NOTE: Unless otherwise specified, the rates listed are for the 2016 - 2017 season. The 2016 - 2017 season rates are valid from the 1st April 2016 - 31st March 2017. The 2017 - 2018 season rates commence on the 1st April 2017.