Tour ID: 10006681
Gibb River Road, Derby Prison Tree, Windjana Gorge, Tunnel Creek, Fitzroy Crossing, Geikie Gorge Cruise.
Discover the dramatic gorges, wildlife retreats and ancient cave passages of the rugged western Kimberley. With an overnight stay by the Fitzroy River - in safari cabins, motel rooms or tents – this trip offers a comfortable, adventurous way to experience the grandeur of Windjana and Geikie Gorges and explore historical Tunnel Creek. *Includes the DEC Ranger Guided Cruise on Geikie Gorge.
Day 1 Geikie Gorge
Departing Broome at 7:00am, we begin our journey into Kimberley gorge country. Passing boab trees, fascinating termite mounds and roaming cattle, enjoy the local knowledge and interesting stories our guide has to share. Following morning tea at Willare Roadhouse on the mighty Fitzroy River we continue east, pausing at a magnificent boab that is well over a thousand years old, to learn some of the secrets of this unusual tree. On reaching the historic town of Fitzroy Crossing, we discover the ancient Napier Range, home to the famous Geikie Gorge. Nature carved this spectacular 30m deep gorge between the Geikie and Oscar Ranges during the Devonian geological period. The best way to experience the scenery and abundant wildlife of this natural wonder is to join the Geikie Gorge Ranger-guided Cruise (included). Geikie Gorge floods during the wet season, with the swirling water leaving its bleached mark on the colourful gorge walls. Though the water retreats during the dry season, permanent water remain to sustain the wide variety of Kimberley wildlife. Towards sunset, settle in for an evening under the Kimberley night sky - relax as your guide prepares a traditional campfire barbeque dinner before retiring to your Camping Tent.
Day 2 Windjana Gorge & Tunnel Creek
After breakfast it is a 4WD route to Tunnel Creek, a 750-metre cave system carved through the Napier Range, a Devonian reef system 350 million years old. Here, we explore secret caves and a variety of unusual wildlife. We also hear of the legend of Jandamarra, an Aboriginal freedom fighter who used the Tunnel as a hideout in the late 1800's. A refreshing swim in an idyllic waterhole is a highlight of the day. Then it's off to Windjana Gorge for a delicious lunch and to search for freshwater crocodiles, local birdlife and indigenous bushtucker in the stunning natural beauty of this oasis of the outback. Travelling back through Kimberley cattle country, we pause in Derby to see the infamous 'Boab Prison Tree.' This tree, believed to be over 1500 years old and measuring almost 15 metres in girth, is a relic of some cultural sensitivity due to its use as a prison for local Aboriginals during the era of Kimberley pioneers. Relax enroute back to Broome, where we arrive at approximately 6:30pm. (BL)
Tour includes 1 Breakfast, 2 Lunches and 1 Dinner, National Park entry fees, Darngku Aboriginal Heritage Cruise on Geikie Gorge.
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.
You can either bring your own sleeping bag or buy one from us at $30 per person.
7:00 AM Wed
Complimentary pick up from hotel available. Please add your accommodation details in the space provided on the booking form and a pick up time will be advised when reconfirming tour.
Departs: Wednesdays, June to August only.
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 $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.
Kimberley Wild will cater for special dietary requirements, so please advise us when booking.
You may choose to add an upgrade to Safari Tent or Motel Room accommodation. Please note that optional extra charges are per person, twin share, and all upgrades are subject to availability.
Safari Tents at the Fitzroy River Lodge which offer a traditional Kimberley-style accommodation upgrade option for travellers looking for a little extra comfort. Similar to a regular motel room with canvas walls, they feature beds with pillows and linen, overhead fans, power and private ensuite. Relax on the porch and enjoy the bush ambiance. Both upgrade options include ensuites.
Kimberley Region, Gibb River Road, Geikie Gorge, Tunnel Creek, Windjana Gorge and Fitzroy Crossing
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