This 12 day 4WD Wild Kimberley Loop adventure explores those 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. The World-Heritage protected Bungle Bungles. Kununurra, Lake Argyle and dramatic Geikie Gorge.
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Day 1: Broome
You can arrive any time today, though checkin is at 2pm. An airport transfer is included today if you advise us of your flight arrival. Spend the afternoon exploring at your leisure: Broome is one of the most interesting outback towns in Australia. From the age of the dinosaurs and the ancient stories of local indigenous people to the region’s role in early global exploration and the flourishing south sea pearl industry, this cultural melting pot has many a tale to tell. In the evening, get to know your fellow travellers at a Welcome Dinner, while we prepare for the adventure that lies ahead.
Hotel: The Kimberley Traveller’s Lodge
Day 2: 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.
Hotel: Camping in National Park
Day 3: 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 to 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 to while away a few hours!
Hotel: Private safari camp at Manning Gorge, 2 nights
Day 4: Galvans Gorge, Adcock Gorge & Mt Barnett Station
Spend the day swimming in paradise: further up the Gibb River Road, we discover the cool waters of water lilie-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.
Days 5 & 6: 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 to 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.
Hotel: Private camp on the grounds of El Questro, 2 nights
Day 7: Kununurra & Lake Argyle
Emerge from the Gibb River Road for a few hours free time in Kununurra. In the afternoon, travel on to 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, own expense), visit the historic Durack Homestead Museum or take on one of the many bush trails to explore the area.
Hotel: Camping in the grounds of Lake Argyle
Days 8 & 9: 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 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 helicopter flight and enjoy a birds-eye view of the beehive domes (approx $450pp, own expense) to put it all into perspective.
Hotel: Bungle Bungles Safari Camp, 2 nights
Day 10: 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.
Hotel: Camping at the Fitzroy River Lodge
Day 11: Geikie Gorge
A morning cruise through the majestic Geikie Gorge is a great start to the 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 – hopefully in time to enjoy the sunset on Cable Beach.
Hotel: The Kimberley Traveller’s Lodge
Day 12: Broome
As the adventure draws to an end, it is time to bid farewell to the Kimberley. If you are departing on a flight today, an airport transfer is included. Alternatively, you may have booked into one of Broome’s many resorts for a little luxury following your intrepid experience in the Kimberley wilderness – there is plenty more of Broome to explore and experience!
|2021 Dates & Prices - Camping||Twin Share||Solo Traveler|
|May: 02, 09, 14, 16, 23, 28, 30||$3,695.00||$3,805.00|
|June: 06, 11, 13, 18, 20, 25, 27||$3,695.00||$3,805.00|
|July: 02, 04, 09, 11, 18, 23, 25||$3,695.00||$3,805.00|
|August: 01, 06, 08, 15, 20, 22, 29||$3,695.00||$3,805.00|
|September: 03, 05, 12, 19, 26||$3,695.00||$3,805.00|
|2021 Dates & Prices - Camping Plus||Twin Share||Solo Traveler|
|May: 02, 09, 14, 16, 23, 28, 30||$4,005.00||$4,490.00|
|June: 06, 11, 13, 18, 20, 25, 27||$4,005.00||$4,490.00|
|July: 02, 04, 09, 11, 18, 23, 25||$4,005.00||$4,490.00|
|August: 01, 06, 08, 15, 20, 22, 29||$4,005.00||$4,490.00|
|September: 03, 05, 12, 19, 26||$4,005.00||$4,490.00|
|Meals:||11 breakfasts, 9 lunches, s dinners|
|Transport:||Custom-designed 4WD vehicle|
|Accommodation:||Camping: Private Room - shared facilities (2 nights), Camping (7 nights), Bungle Bungles Safari Camp - shared facilities (2 nights)
Camping Plus: Private Room - shared facilities (2 nights), Camping (3 nights), Bungle Bungles Safari Camp - shared facilities (2 nights), Safari Tent - shared facilities (2 nights), Safari Tent - with ensuite (2 nights)
|Entrance Fees & Touring:||Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary|
* Tour departure dates are subject to availability at time of booking.
* Prices and itinerary are correct at time of publication and are subject to change without notice.