Tour ID: 10035105
Delve into one of Australia's more remote, pristine wilderness regions. This trip will cover the highlights of the Kimberley and its iconic attractions. Journey up the famous Gibb River Road, explore El Questro Wilderness Park, Lake Argyle and the World Heritage-listed Bungle Bungles. Experience the culture of the saltwater people on the Dampier Peninsula, and see the rugged coastline of Cape Leveque and the Buccaneer Archipelago.
Cruise the Islands of the Giant Tides, Cape Leveque, Cygnet Bay Pearl Farm Tour, Beagle Bay Pearl Shell Church Altar, One Arm Point Aquaculture Hatchery, Bardi-Jawa Cultural Experience, Gibb River Road, Windjana Gorge, Tunnel Creek, Bell Gorge, Manning Falls, El Questro Wilderness Park, Zebedee Springs, Kununurra, Lake Argyle, Bungle Bungles, Echidna Chasm, Cathedral Gorge, Geikie Gorge Cruise
Day 1: Beagle Bay, Cygnet Bay Pearl Farm & Buccaneer Archipelago
Travel through the Dampier Peninsula, and blend of pristine beaches and spectacular coastlines, steeped in Aboriginal culture. Learn about the region's fascinating history from our guided commentary. Stop for morning tea at the Beagle Bay Aboriginal Community, home of the Beagle Bay Church with its glimmering pearl shell altar. By mid-morning we reach the remote Cygnet Bay Pearl Farm, the oldest in Australia. Enjoy a picnic lunch and an insight into this remote pearling industry on a tour. Join an extraordinary cruise through the Islands of the Giant Tides to experience the remarkable tidal flows of King Sound. Once we reach our private Safari Camp, nestled on the beach overlooking the bay, we can swim, explore the mangroves and perhaps catch a fish for dinner before a warm Kimberley sunset. (BLD)
Day 2: Cape Leveque, One Arm Point & Broome
This morning we head to the One Arm Point Community to visit the Community’s aquaculture hatchery, where they breed barramundi, and cultivate pearl and trochus shell. After a hatchery tour we join Kevin, our local guide from the Ejai family, traditional owners of the Sunday island group, at the family's beach. Enjoy fresh damper while Kevin shares the traditions, lifestyle and culture of the region. Soon we reach beautiful Kooljaman at Cape Leveque. You can take off on a snorkelling adventure (equipment provided), take one quiet walk in the area, or enjoy the pristine beaches and rugged red coastline for which Cape Leveque is famous. Driving back through the late afternoon, keep an eye out for wildlife before we arrive at our accommodation at approximately 6.30pm. (BL)
Day 3: Tunnel Creek
Listen to stories of the local history and people as we travel through the remote and beautiful Kimberley landscape before our morning tea break at the Fitzroy River. Visit the Derby 'Boab Prison Tree' before we hit the Gibb River Road. Stop at the 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. This afternoon, explore Tunnel Creek, with our local guide. This 750-metre cave system carved through the Napier Range contains stalactites, secret caves and a large variety of wildlife. Here we also learn the legend of Jandamarra, an Aboriginal freedom fighter who used to hide-out here 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 just outside Windjana Gorge. (LD)
Day 4: Windjana Gorge & Bell Gorge
The Napier Range is over 350 million years old and home to Windjana Gorge. The gorge walls rise 90m, around us as we spend the morning searching for freshwater crocodiles, local birdlife and indigenous bush tucker. In the afternoon we go to Bell Gorge, a highlight of the West Kimberley. This idyllic retreat, boasts cascading waterfalls and crystal clear pools formed over millions of years - an easy place to spend some free time! (BLD).
Day 5: Galvins Gorge, Adcock Gorge & Mt Barnett Station
Spend day 3 swimming in paradise: Along the Gibb River Road we visit the cool waters of water-lily laden Galvans Gorge and stunning Adcock Gorge. Swim in the deep, clear pools of Manning Falls and explore wandering streams, and uncover local wildlife in the waterfall pools. Overnight we camp by a billabong on Mt Barnett Cattle Station. (BLD)
Days 6-7: El Questro Wilderness Park
Our journey up the Gibb River Road continues to El Questro Wilderness Park where we spend two nights in our private campsite where you can join one of the many activities on offer. Include a refreshing dip in the Zebedee Springs and walk into Emma Gorge. A cruise on Chamberlain Gorge, bush tucker walk or a bird watching tour are amongst the many optional activities. You may choose to simply explore at your own leisure. (BLD/BL)
Day 8: Kununurra & Lake Argyle
We reach the end of the Gibb River Road for a few hours of leisure time in Kununurra. Travel the afternoon onto the shores of the expansive Lake Argyle, the heart of the Ord River Irrigation System which transforms this arid regions into an 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 9-10: Purnululu National Park: Bungle Bungles
After quiet morning, head down the Great Northern Highway to Purnululu National Park, where you enter the magnificent Bungle Bungles. Two nights are spent here, staying overnight in our private Bungle Bungle Safari Camp in the heart of the park. This allows you a full day to explore the highlights of this park; the Bungle Bungle Domes. Ancient rivers created this landscape of 'beehive' geological formations over millions of years. Unbelievably, only the locals knew it existed until the early 1980's; at which time the area was made into a national park in 1987. Take some time to explore Echidna Chasm (2km), known for its Livistonia Palm trees, and take a 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 $365pp, own expense) to put it all into perspective. (BLD/BLD)
Day 11: China Wall & Fitzroy Crossing
Head today towards Fitzroy Crossing, and along the way break the long journey with a visit the gold rush town of Halls Creek to see the remarkable China Wall. We take lunch at Marys Pool and visit the remote Laarri Aboriginal Art Gallery, before an evening by the Fitzroy River at Fitzroy Crossing. (BL)
Day 12 Geikie Gorge & Broome
A great start to our last day with a cruise on the majestic Geikie Gorge. Nature carved this wonder through the Geikie and Oscar Ranges during the Devonian geological period. Learn of the geology of this natural wonder and see wildlife including freshwater crocodiles, birds and fish. Explore Old Fitzroy Crossing and enjoy lunch by the river before we make out way back to Broome enjoy sunset on Cable Beach to end our 12 day tour. (BL)
Tour includes 10 Breakfasts, 11 Lunches and 7 Dinners.
Kimberley Wild provides tents, swags (including 2 - 3 inch mattresses), bottom sheets, pillows and pillow cases. You can either bring your own sleeping bag or buy one from us at $30 per person. If you choose to buy one, you are welcome to take it home following your trip or alternatively, donate it to local communities.
1. Breakfast on day 3, Lunch on day 8 and Dinner on nights 2, 7, 8 & 11 are at your own expense - allow approximately $300pp.
2. This trip is a combination of our 3 day and 9 day tours.
3. Camping Plus accommodation upgrades are subject to availability.
12 days / 11 Nights
7:00 AM Tue, Thu, Sat
Return Time: 5.00 PM
Departs: Saturdays, April to September only.
Departure Time: 7:00 AM
Complimentary Hotel Pick Up and Drop Off. Please add the name of your accommodation on the booking form when making a booking.
Travellers on this trip must bring a pair of shoes/sandals that they don’t mind getting wet and a torch.
Other recommendations include: A broad-brimmed hat with sun visor for all round protection, swimming costume and towel, walking shoes, a long-sleeved cotton shirt (sun protection), 1 pair of loose-fitting pants, a warm jumper (particularly if travelling May-Aug), personal water bottle and personal toiletries, first aid (with any personal medication required) and a sleeping bag - available for purchase at $30pp and must be requested with our office prior to travel.
Note: Luggage must be kept to a managable amount in a small soft bag - 15 kg max. You can bring along a day pack that you can use as well for additional luggage.
Child prices apply to children between the ages of 4 and 12 years inclusive.
Kimberley Wild advises against younger children joining our tours as the days can be long, the distances travelled extended and the walks difficult for little legs.
Concession/penioner rates apply to holders of Pension, Seniors, Student or YHA Cards.
This is a Camping tour : Camping -shared facilities(8nts), Coastal Safari Camp -shared facilities(1nt), Bungle Bungle Safari Camp -shared facilities (2nts).
An accommodation upgrade to Camping Plus may be possible on selected nights subject to availability. Camping plus offers Camping -shared facilities(3nts), Coastal Safari Camp -shared facilities(1nt), Bungle Bungle Safari Camp -shared facilities(3nts), Safari Cabin - ensuite (2nts), Safari Tent - no ensuite (2nts). To enquire about upgrade availability and pricing please contact tourstogo.com.
Single travellers MAY have to twin share with another traveller of the same gender at the Bungle Bungles Safari Camp - this is a rare occurrence.
We ask that luggage is kept to a managable amount in a small soft bag - 15 kg max. You can bring along a day pack that you can use as well for additional luggage.
We operate in custom-built, 21 seat 4WD trucks with a PA system and built-in storage (no risky trailors!). These vehicles allow our small groups extra space (including standing room), are fully air-conditioned and, for your comfort are fitted with adjustable air-vents, reclinable seats, map pockets and footrests.
Broome, Bungle Bungles, Cape Leveque, Geikie Gorge, Windjana Gorge, El Questro Station and Lake Argyle
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