- Bungle Bungles
- Lake Argyle including a cruise
- Emma Gorge and El Questro
- Aboriginal Rock Art
- Bushtucker & Bush Medicines
- Mitchell Plateau & Falls, with Helicopter Flight
- Manning Gorge & Waterfall
- Bell Gorge
- Galvans Gorge
- King Leopold Ranges
- Windjana Gorge
- Tunnel Creek.
Day 1 (L,D)
You will be collected from your hotel at 7am this morning to begin your 11 day 4WD safari through the Kimberley region.
We head south, along the Stuart Highway to Katherine and after some free time in the town, we continue west. En-route, we can stop to view the Victoria River, one of the largest tidal influenced rivers in the Territory with an abundance of saltwater crocodiles.
We cross through the border into Western Australia and onto Lake Argyle, Australia’s largest man- made lake, covering 1000sq km and built as part of the Ord River scheme. It offers a great expanse of water from which steep red rocky slopes reach up approximately a 150m, in awe-inspiring grandeur.
Dinner tonight will be served in the restaurant.
Overnight permanent camp - Lake Argyle Resort, in fixed tents with proper beds and shared facilities
Day 2 (B,L,D)
After a cooked breakfast, we head out to Lake Argyle for a 2 hour morning cruise. Take in the untamed landscape of the magnificent Carr Boyd Ranges along the inaccessible North Western shoreline as you cruise through some of Lake Argyles 90 islands and inlets.
Then we pop into Kununurra to collect fresh supplies (due to border restrictions) and for a look around before heading south to the Bungle Bungles.
Purnululu National park (the Bungle Bungles) is famous for the ancient range of unusual beehive-shaped domes, gorges and chasms over 350 million years old.
There’s time today for optional helicopter flights (additional cost).
Overnight permanent camp - Bungle Bungles campground, in fixed tents with proper beds and shared facilities (2 night stay).
**upgrade to fixed tents with en-suites may be available for an extra charge- please enquire when booking to avoid disappointment**
Day 3 (B,L,D)
We spend today in the Bungle Bungles. The section of road into the park is quite challenging and will give you a real sense of off-road adventure !
Our first stop in the park is Cathedral Gorge, a huge natural amphitheatre, with fantastic acoustics. We then take the walk to the Piccininny Lookout, followed by the “Domes trail walk”.
This afternoon we take a walk into Echidna Chasm, which is a narrow gorge of conglomerate rock. The walk in is beautiful, passing endemnic livistonia palms.
Overnight permanent camp - Bungle Bungles campground, in fixed tents with proper beds and shared facilities
Day 4 (B,L,D)
After breakfast, we leave the Bungle Bungles and head north again, to El Questro Wilderness Park, which is a million acres in size.
En-route, we visit an Aboriginal art site, which consists of East Kimberley peg figures, Wandjana figures and contemporary styles.
Then we take a walk into the beautiful Emma Gorge. A cool reward awaits you at the end of the walk, where you can swim at Emma Gorge pool and the 200ft waterfall that is fed from a series of natural springs high above the
plateau of the Cockburn Range.
Overnight mobile camp - El Questro campground, with toilets and showers
**upgrade to station bungalows may be available for an extra charge- please enquire when booking to avoid disappointment**
Day 5 (B,L,D)
We start today with a dip at the Zebedee Springs thermal pools, set amongst palm trees.
Leaving El Questro, we head onto the Gibb River Road and we’ll drive through the Pentecost River to a lookout, for fantastic views of the river and the mighty Cockburn Range.
We’ll also view an art site of cuples, Wanjana figures and Petroglyphs (rock carvings). This is also where the local Aboriginal people used to shelter and sharpen their spears.
We turn onto the Kalumburu Road and make our way to Drysdale River Station.
Overnight mobile camp – Drysdale River Station campground, with toilets and showers
**upgrade to rooms with shared or private bathrooms may be available for an extra charge- please enquire when booking to avoid disappointment**
Day 6 (B,L,D)
We have a later start this morning and after breakfast we continue north to King Edward River, where we’ll view 2 unique art sites and a burial site. Your guide will interpret these art sites, of Gwion (Bradshaw), Wanjana figures, Thylacine and other contemporary styles and will explain their significance.
This afternoon there’s plenty of time for a relaxing swim in the picturesque King Edward River, before sunset.
Overnight remote mobile camp - on the banks of the King Edward River, with toilets only. Swimming is available (2 night stay).
Day 7 (B,L,D)
Today is spent swimming and exploring in the Mitchell Falls area. On our 3km walk into the falls, we’ll visit Little and Big Mertens Falls, 2 rock art sites and delve into some bushtuckers and medicines.
The rest of the day is spent swimming and relaxing at the impressive Mitchell Falls, a three-tiered waterfall cascading over the plateau’s edge and into the Mitchell River.
To finish the day, a short helicopter ride back to the car park offers amazing views and photo opportunities.
Overnight remote mobile camp - on the banks of the King Edward River, with toilets only. Swimming is available.
Day 8 (B,L,D)
Heading back south down the Kalumburu road, we reach the Gibb River road and continue to Manning Gorge, where we set up camp. The remainder of the afternoon is spent swimming at the gorge and soaking up the delightful surrounds.
There may also be the option of taking the longer hike to Upper Manning Falls.
Overnight mobile camp - Manning Gorge campground, with toilets and showers
Day 9 (B,L,D)
Our first stop this morning is Galvans Gorge, where a short walk leads to a pretty gorge and plungepool, surrounded by boab trees. It also has some interesting rock art.
We continue west to Bell Gorge, which is said to be the most picturesque gorge in the Kimberley. We have lunch here and spend the rest of the afternoon swimming and relaxing at the waterfall and plungepool.
Overnight mobile camp – Silent Grove campground at Bell Gorge, with toilets and showers
Day 10 (B,L,D)
Today we pass through the King Leopold and Napier Ranges to Windjana Gorge, part of an ancient Devonian reef system where the Lennard River has cut through the Napier range.
En-route we stop to look at the King Leopold Range lookout, which offers great photo opportunities.
We set up camp and then take a walk into Windjana gorge to view the fossilised reef system and freshwater crocodiles can often be seen lazing around on the river banks.
Overnight mobile camp- Windjana Gorge campground, with toilets and showers
Day 11 (B,L)
After breakfast, we explore Tunnel Creek, a 750m long limestone tunnel in the Napier Range, carved into the rock over thousands of years. View stalactites and stalacmites and hear the story of Jandamarra, who used the tunnel as a hideout in the late 1800’s.
The last leg of our journey along the Gibb river road takes us towards Derby, where we’ll stop at the prison boab tree, before making our way to Broome.
We arrive into Broome late afternoon and you will be dropped off at your accommodation.
B= Breakfast L= Lunch D= Dinner
In 2014, we have only 1 scheduled tour departure remaining, from Broome to Darwin on 5th September.
In 2015, this tour departs Darwin to Broome, on the following saturdays subject to availability :
2nd May, 30th May, 27th June, 25th July, 22nd August, 19th September
In 2015, this tour also departs Broome to Darwin on the following fridays, subject to availability :
15th May, 12th June,10th July, 7th August, 4th September
AUD $5595 per adult twin share
$5345 per child (age 10 - 15 years) twin share
$5895 per person single room / tent
Twin share price is $5495 pp adult and $5245 child (aged 10-15 years), single tent is $5750 and solo travelers must have own tent and pay single supplement.
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