Tour ID: 10060805
On this 14 day adventure be sure to go with the operator that not only knows the land like the back of his hand but is also passionate about it. We would love to show you “ our place” and make suer you get to see all the best there is to see. Please see the itinerary below.
This 14 day 4WD adventure takes on the popular Kimberley trail from Broome to Darwin, exploring the highlights of the Kimberley and Katherine en route. Journey the Gibb River Road and discover the West Kimberley Gorges, the Mitchell Plateau and El Questro Wilderness Park. Venture into remote Purnululu National Park to explore the World Heritage-listed Bungle Bungles and cruise up the Ord River and Lake Argyle. End the adventure with a cruise up spectacular Nitmiluk Gorge before arriving in Darwin.
Gibb River Road, Windjana Gorge, Tunnel Creek, Bell Gorge, Galvans Gorge, Mitchell Falls, Bradshaw Rock Art, Drysdale River Station, El Questro Wilderness Park, Zebedee Springs, Emma Gorge, Bungle Bungles, Echidna Chasm, Cathedral Gorge, Kununurra, Lake Argyle & Ord River Cruise, Katherine, Nitmilik Gorge & Edith Falls
Day 1 Windjana Gorge & Tunnel Creek
Departing Broome at 7:00am, travel through the remote and beautiful landscape, as the 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 long we hit the Gibb River Road, and travel towards the Napier Range. Once a Devonian reef, these mountains are over 350 million years old and home to a diverse array of animals and plants. The perfect place to experience the stunning natural beauty of an outback oasis is the 3.5km geological wonder of Windjana Gorge. Beneath gorge walls rising 90m, we search for freshwater crocodiles, local birdlife and Indigenous bush tucker. After a picnic lunch, the afternoon is spent exploring Tunnel Creek with our local indigenous Bunuba guide, who will share ancient rock art and reveal the legend of his ancestor, Jandamarra, an Aboriginal freedom fighter who used the tunnel as a hide-out in the late 1800's. In this 750-metre cave system carved through the Napier Range, we also discover stalactites, secret caves and a large variety of wildlife. A refreshing swim in an idyllic waterhole is a highlight of the day. Return to Windjana Gorge that evening to camp. (BLD)
Day 2 Bell Gorge
The day is devoted to exploring Bell Gorge, a hidden highlight of the West Kimberley. 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 torelax for a few hours! (BLD)
Day 3 Galvans Gorge & Mt Elizabeth
En route to the Mt Elizabeth Station Homestead, discover lily-laden Galvans Gorge, and the tranquil retreat of Adcock Gorge, pausing for a refreshing swim. Once arriving at Mt Elizabeth homestead, which has been family operated since 1945 and in recent years has established tourism facilities for all to experience, you will be able to take in the natural beauty and isolation of the property. With creeks, gorges and diverse vegetation, you will be sure to enjoy the view and spend the day well relaxed. Take the opportunity to photograph the scenery, pick a nice spot to drop your fishing line or simply take a dip in the refreshing water. Plenty of gorges to take 4WD tours out too or simply take a stroll nearby. (BLD)
Days 4-5 Mitchell Plateau
Our two day diversion to the majestic Mitchell Plateau is a highlight of the trip. Take on real 4WD country as we travel the rugged Kalumburu Road then turn off onto the Mitchell Plateau Track. After crossing rivers and passing through ancient Livistonia palm forests, we emerge from the savannah and onto the Mitchell Plateau. With two nights camping in the National Park, we trek to Little and Big Merten Falls, take a dip in pristine plunge pools and view Bradshaw rock art. There is an optional helicopter flight for a bird’s eye view of this extraordinary landscape. (BLD/BLD)
Day 6 Drysdale Station
Drysdale River Station is an oasis in the outback. This million acre, family owned and operated cattle station, runs approximately 10,000 head of cattle and lies in the North Kimberley on the Gibb River Road. Hanging out in the true blue Australian outback means you have all the magical scenery and feeling of isolation you could ask for. On arrival you may wish to explore the nearby surroundings or sit back and enjoy a delicious dinner and beverage in the beer garden, warm yourself around the log fire in the cool night air and camp riverside at Miners Pool. (BL)
Days 7-8 El Questro Wilderness Park
We continue our journey up the Gibb River Road to the iconic El Questro Wilderness Park. Two nights here allows join one or more of the many activities on offer. This could include a refreshing dip in the Zebedee Springs, a trek into El Questro Gorge, Emma Gorge or a cruise on Chamberlain Gorge (own expense). Or simply explore this beautiful wilderness park at your own leisure. (BLD/BL)
Days 9-10 Purnululu National Park: Bungle Bungles
Head south down the Great Northern Highway to Purnululu National Park, home of the magnificent Bungle Bungles. Two nights here, staying at our private Bungle Bungles Safari Camp, 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 $365pp, own expense) to put it all into perspective.
Days 11-12 Kununurra: Lake Argyle & Ord River Cruise
Return north, to the heart of the east Kimberley - Kununurra. Join Triple J Tours on their Lake Argyle and Ord River Cruise: take a bus out to Lake Argyle, a vast man-made lake and thriving new eco-system. Enjoy a ground tour of the area including a visit to the historic Durack Homestead and a scenic lookout, before boarding a boat for a relaxing cruise along the Ord River back to Kununurra. (BLD/B)
Day 13 Katherine
Continue east along the Victoria Highway and cross the border into the Northern Territory as we travel to the outback town of Katherine, home to the spectacular Nitmiluk Gorge. (BLD)
Day 14 Nitmiluk Gorge & Darwin
A morning cruise through Katherine (Nitmiluk) Gorge is a great start to our last day. Nitmiluk Gorge is an inspiring natural wonder comprising 13 different gorges, carved over a millennia by the Katherine River. On the Nitnit Dreaming Cultural Cruise, we explore two of these gorges, and discover the customs of the traditional land owners, the Jawoyn people. After the cruise, enjoy a dip in Edith Falls then travel into Darwin, arriving at approx 5.00pm. (BL)
Tour operates May to August only.
Camping Accommodation, Community Entry Fees & National Park Permits, El Questro Wilderness Park, Lake ARgyle and Ord River Cruise, Nitmiluk Gorge Cruise.
Tour includes 13 Breakfasts, 13 Lunches and 10 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 $35 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. Three dinners are at your own expense - allow approx AUD $150per person. 2. Camping Plus accommodation upgrades are subject to availability. 3. You can either bring your own sleeping bag or buy one from us at $35 per person.
14 Days / 13 Nights
7:00 AM Mon, Sun
Finish Time: approximately 5.00 PM
Complimentary Hotel Pick Up and Drop Off. Please add the name of your accommodation on the booking form when making a booking.
Departs: Selected Mondays and Sundays from May to August.
Departure time: 7:00 am
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 $35pp 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 primarily a Camping tour including Station Camping (7nts), National Park Camping (4nts), Safari Tent - no ensuite (1nt), Wilderness Lodge with ensuite (2nts).
An accommodation upgrade to Camping Plus may be possible on selected nights subject to availability. Camping Plus offers National Park Camping (4nts), Safari Tent-no ensuite (3nts), Private Room-shared facilites (2nts), Cabin-ensuite (2nts), Wilderness Lodge-with 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.
Darwin, Katherine Gorge, Broome, Kimberley Region, Kununurra, Bungle Bungles, Gibb River Road, Geikie Gorge, Tunnel Creek, Windjana Gorge, El Questro Station and Lake Argyle
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