Get wild on a 12-day tour through the remote Kimberley. Sparsely populated and ruggedly beautiful, the Kimberly is the ultimate adventure destination. Swim in gorges filled with clear waters and under waterfalls. Hike through red-rock formations and palm oases. Learn about the rich First Nations history of the area from Traditional Custodians, take guided walks that illuminate local geography and listen to Outback yarns over a beer in the pub. Whether you’re visiting from overseas or travelling from an urban part of Australia, this tour through the Kimberly is not to be missed.
Welcome to Broome! Your adventure officially begins with a welcome meeting and dinner tonight. Check with reception for the exact time and place, but it’s normally about 6 pm.
Location: Tunnel Creek – Windjana Gorge
Embrace an early start this morning and leave Broome when the sun begins to rise. While travelling your leader will share stories of local history, people and the environment. Enjoy a morning tea break by the Fitzroy River and visit the Derby 'Boab Prison Tree' and Mowanjum Aboriginal Art and Cultural Centre. Continue along the Gibb River Road. The afternoon is devoted to exploring Tunnel Creek with a local Bunuba guide. Go inside this 750-metre-long cave system and discover stalactites, secret caves and a large variety of wildlife. You'll also learn the legend of Jandamarra, an Aboriginal freedom fighter who used the tunnel as a hide-out in the late 1800s. From here you’ll travel to Windjana Gorge in time to set up camp and go for a walk down to the gorge itself where you’ll be able to spot freshwater crocodiles and enjoy the sunset over the Napier Range. Tonight, settle into your first night under the Kimberley night sky.<br/><br/>Included Activities:<br/>-<description>Tunnel Creek National Park</description><br/>-<description>Tunnel Creek exploration walk</description><br/>-<description>Mowanjum Aboriginal Art & Cultural Centre</description><br/>-<description>Boab Prison Tree</description>
Location: Manning River
Rise and shine! Head for Bell Gorge early this morning. A hidden highlight of the West Kimberleys, this idyllic retreat boasts cascading waterfalls and crystal clear pools formed over millions of years. Spend a few hours enjoying the serenity, then continue slowly along Gibb River Road to Mt Barnett Cattle Station. On the way, make stops to explore the ancient King Leopold Range. Tonight, camp by the Manning River.<br/><br/>Included Activities:<br/>-<description>Windjana Gorge</description><br/>-<description>Bell Gorge</description>
Location: Mt Barnett Station
Spend today exploring this wild paradise. Cross the Manning River and hike through the rugged King Leopold Ranges to arrive at Manning Gorge. Swim beneath the cascade of Manning Falls, relax in the deep clear pool, discover Aboriginal rock art and look out for wildlife on the edges of the water. Tonight, camp on Mt Barnett Cattle Station.<br/><br/>Included Activities:<br/>-<description>Manning Falls</description><br/>-<description>Adcock Gorge or Galvans Gorge</description>
Location: El Questro Wilderness Park
This morning, drive the back end of the Gibb River Road into the Pentecost Range. Stop at a lookout for views over the mesas (flat-topped elevations) of the Cockburn Range with the Pentecost River snaking its way past the mountains out to the sea. Drive down to the Pentecost River for a photo opportunity, then cross the river to El Questro Wilderness Park. Get settled into your permanent camp.
Location: El Questro Wilderness Park
Enjoy a full free day at El Questro today. If you want a little guidance there are plenty of optional activities to choose from. Perhaps take a refreshing dip in the Zebedee Springs or join an optional cruise on Chamberlain Gorge. Or maybe sample local bush tucker on a guided walk. The choice is yours. <br/><br/>Included Activities:<br/>-<description>Zebedee Springs</description><br/><br/>Optional Activities:<br/>-<description>Bird Watching Tour, El Questro Station</description><br/>-<description>Bush Tucker Tour, El Questro Station</description><br/>-<description>Horse Riding, El Questro</description><br/>-<description>Chamberlain Gorge Cruise</description>
Location: Lake Argyle
Enjoy free time this morning to sleep in or continue exploring El Questro at your own pace. In the afternoon, travel to the shores of the expansive Lake Argyle, the heart of the Ord River Irrigation System and a lush agricultural oasis. On arrival, you have free time to do as you please. Maybe visit the historic Durack Homestead Museum or take on one of the many bush trails to explore the area.<br/><br/>Optional Activities:<br/>-<description>Durack Homestead Museum - Free</description><br/>-<description>Lake Argyle Sunset Cruise</description>
Location: Purnululu National Park (Bungle Bungle Range)
After a leisurely morning, head south down the Great Northern Highway to Purnululu National Park, home of the magnificent Bungle Bungle Range. Spend the next two nights in a private safari camp in the heart of the park, with glorious views of the Bungle Bungle Range. Today, you will have time to begin exploring the area, including the famous ‘beehive domes’.
Location: Purnululu National Park (Bungle Bungle Range)
Explore Echidna Chasm on a roughly two-kilometre walk. Next, take another short walk of roughly three kilometres into Cathedral Gorge, where towering rocks create a natural amphitheatre. There's time in the afternoon to take an optional scenic flight and enjoy a birds-eye view of the beehive domes (approximately AUD 379 per person) to put it all into perspective. Otherwise, you can relax at camp or keep exploring on the ground.<br/><br/>Included Activities:<br/>-<description>Echidna Chasm Walk</description><br/>-<description>Cathedral Gorge Walk (Bungle Bungle)</description><br/><br/>Optional Activities:<br/>-<description>Bungle Bungle Scenic Flight</description>
Location: Fitzroy Crossing
Leave Purnululu National Park for Fitzroy Crossing. Break the long journey with a visit to the gold rush town of Halls Creek to see the remarkable China Wall – a natural ‘wall’ of white quarts that rises from the ground. Enjoy lunch at Mary Pool and visit the remote Laarri Aboriginal Art Gallery (unusual opening hours mean we may not be able to do this), before an evening camping by the Fitzroy River at Fitzroy Crossing. <br/><br/>Included Activities:<br/>-<description>Laarri Aboriginal Art Gallery</description><br/>-<description>Fitzroy Crossing</description>
Take a morning cruise through the majestic Geikie Gorge. Nature carved this wonder through the Napier Range during the Devonian geological period. Learn of the fascinating geology and discover the huge array of wildlife, including freshwater crocodiles, birds and fish. Explore Old Fitzroy Crossing and enjoy lunch by the river before returning to Broome. Free evening. <br/><br/>Included Activities:<br/>-<description>Geikie Gorge Experience</description>
This adventure comes to an end after breakfast. If you are departing from Broome International Airport today, you will be given a complimentary transfer to the hotel.
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