Day 1: Kelk Creek and Cape Leveque. The Dampier Peninsula is a delightful blend of pristine beaches, dramatic coastlines and traditional Aboriginal culture. Traveling up the red 4WD track, we head straight for Beagle Bay Aboriginal Community, home of the Sacred Heart Church and its glimmering pearl shell altar, for morning tea. Further north, we discover Kelk Creek Bush Retreat, where our Aboriginal guide Deborah Sibosado and her family introduce us to their traditional Bardi "saltwater country".
A fascinating leisurely guided bush walk offers an in-depth insight into their Indigenous lifestyle and culture while the freshly made damper and billy tea at the end of the walk is well worth the wait! After a delicious lunch we travel to beautiful Cape Leveque to set up camp right on the edge of the Indian Ocean. A spectacular Kimberley sunset is a great way to end the day, before our famous Kimberley BBQ under the stars.
Day 2: Cape Leveque. The day at Cape Leveque is yours to enjoy as you please. You may like to join our guide on a snorkeling or fishing adventure (included), or take up one of the many optional extras on offer including embarking on an Indigenous sea kayaking adventure, hiring a dinghy or splurging on a scenic flight across the archipelago and horizontal falls. Alternatively you may prefer to spend your time simply enjoying the pristine beaches and rugged red coastline that Cape Leveque is famous for. Whether you like swimming, snorkeling, sunbathing or long walks along the beach, Cape Leveque is a great way to relax away a day.
Day 3: One Arm Point and Lombadina. After breakfast we journey to the One Arm Point Community, perched on the tip of the Dampier Peninsula. This is the perfect place to view the spectacular Buccaneer Archipelago and witness the huge tidal flows of the Kimberley. We visit the Community’s aquaculture hatchery, complete with barramundi, pearl and trochus shell. Traveling on, we reach the laid-back Lombadina Community, a beautiful and welcoming community, which is home to a local craft shop and interesting bush timber church. The challenging Kimberley terrain leads us back to Broome, arriving at approximately 5.00pm. The evening is free to enjoy Broome at your leisure.
Day 4: Windjana Gorge. Kimberley cattle and gorge country provides a dramatic contrast to the Dampier Peninsula. To begin our journey into this unique land lost in time, we enjoy morning tea at Willare Roadhouse on the mighty Fitzroy River, visit the infamous Derby Prison Tree and explore the fascinating Mowanjum Arts and Cultural Center, studio of many local Wandjina artists. Traveling on up the Gibb River Road, we head for the adventure of the Napier Ranges.
Enjoy lunch at Windjana Gorge, before an afternoon trek takes us deep into the heart of this majestic natural wonder, home an abundance of local wildlife - freshwater crocodiles in particular! – and indigenous bush tucker. As the sun sets, the gorge walls reflect a warm red color and flocks of corowas squawk overhead on their way home over the Coolibah trees. Amongst it all, we settle in for an evening by an open fire under the starry Kimberley night sky – you can’t get more Australian than this!
Day 5: Tunnel Creek and Biridu Community. Spend the day with our local Bunuba guide for an insight into the region’s Indigenous river culture. Tunnel Creek runs through a remarkable cave, carved through a 350 million year old Devonian reef system. Armed with a sense of adventure and a torch, we explore the subterranean creek, searching for stalactites, secret caves, sleeping bats and freshwater river life, while learning the legend of Jandamarra, an Aboriginal freedom fighter who once used the cave as his hideout. At the end of the cave, a pristine waterhole offers the chance to enjoy a refreshing swim. In the afternoon, visit Old Leopold Station and rarely seen rock art sites, before heading to the guide own remote Biridu Community for a bush tucker dinner and memorable evening of Aboriginal stories round the campfire. This privilege is a highlight of the trip.
Day 6: Geikie Gorge and Broome. Emerging from Biridu, we journey towards Fitzroy Crossing to explore the spectacular Geikie Gorge. Nature carved this spectacular 30m deep gorge between the Geike and Oscar Ranges during the Devonian geological period. A fascinating 2 hour Aboriginal Heritage Cruise (included) through the gorge provides both a perfect view of the dramatic gorge walls, together with further insight into local Aboriginal legends and traditions. Following lunch at the gorge, we visit the old Fitzroy Crossing before our journey back to beautiful Broome, arriving at approximately 6:30pm.
Notes: This is a camping tour, while accommodation in Broome will be either camping or backpacker dormitory-style. An upgrade of Broome accommodation is available on request or those wishing to book a hotel for the Wednesday night are welcome to do so independently.
Child, Concession and Adult rates are available.
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