Day 1: You will be collected from your hotel at 7:30 am this morning to begin your 10 day 4WD safari through the Kimberley region. We head south, along the Stuart Highway to the township of Katherine and out to the Katherine Hot Springs. You can enjoy a soothing dip in the thermal pools or sit and relax under the small waterfall.
We continue west, have lunch en-route and stop to view the Victoria River, one of the largest tidal influenced rivers in the Territory with an abundance of saltwater crocodiles. We travel through Gregory National Park and Timber Creek before crossing through the border into Western Australia.
Overnight camp - Lake Argyle campground. Includes: (L, D).
Day 2: After breakfast, we head out to Lake Argyle for a 2 hour morning cruise. Lake Argyle is 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.
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) before heading south to the Bungle Bungles.
Purnululu National park is famous for the ancient range of unusual beehive-shaped domes, gorges and chasms over 350 million years old. The section of road into the Bungles from the highway is quite challenging and will give you a real sense of off-road adventure! Overnight Camp - Bungle Bungles campground (2 night stay). Includes: (B, L, D).
Day 3: We start today with a helicopter flight over the Bungle Bungles Range. Depart the Purnululu airstrip for the south west tip of the massif where you will view Y Gorge before flying across the top of the massif to the mouth of spectacular Picaninny Gorge. Fly along the southern face following Picaninny Creek where you can view the mouth of Cathedral Gorge and the famous orange and black striped beehive shaped domes.
Then we’ll walk into Cathedral Gorge, a huge natural amphitheatre, with fantastic acoustics. On our way back, we walk up to the Piccaniny lookout for a spectacular view over the domes and the surrounding desert county. We take the “Domes trail walk” and head back to camp for lunch.
This afternoon we head out to Echidna Chasm, which is a narrow gorge of conglomerate rock. The walk in is beautiful, passing endemnic livistonia palms. On the way back we take a detour to the lookout over the Osmond Ranges and enjoy sunset over the Bungle Bungles massif. Overnight camp - Bungle Bungles campground. Includes: (B, L, D).
Day 4: 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 stop to view an Aboriginal art site, which consists of East Kimberley peg figures, Wandjana figures and contemporary styles.
After setting up camp, there’s the opportunity for a swim in the rockpools (part of the Pentecost River) or an optional hike through El Questro Gorge, which is a trail through a deep, narrow gorge, flanked by sheer cliffs. The walk features clear pools and lush tropical vegetation and the rainforest canopy has a diverse ecosystem, while keeping us shaded and cool through most of the walk. There are a couple of places to stop for a swim along the way. Overnight camp - El Questro campground. Includes: (B, L, D).
Day 5: An early start this morning to beat the crowds to Zebedee Springs for a relaxing dip in the thermal pools, set amongst palm trees. We’ll return to camp for breakfast and to pack up. 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 Ranges. We’ll also view an art site of cuples, Wandjana 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 after lunch at Drysdale River Station, we travel to Miners Pool for a swim and some time to relax. Many species of birdlife can be seen here and for the early risers, kangaroo’s often come out at sunrise. Overnight camp - Miners Pool campground. Includes: (B, L, D).
Day 6: 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), Wandjana figures, Thylacine and other contempory styles and will explain their significance. This afternoon there’s plenty of time to swim before sunset and the riverbank is home to an array of birdlife. This evening, we’ll have a camp oven roast dinner. Overnight camp - on the banks of the King Edward River (2 night stay).
Day 7: Today is spent swimming and exploring in the Mitchell Falls area. On our 3 km 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 Mitchell Falls, a three-tiered waterfall cascading over the plateau’s edge and into the Mitchell River. We’ll take a short helicopter ride back to the car park enjoying the amazing views on the way and then make our way back to camp. Overnight camp - on the banks of the King Edward River. Includes: (B, L, D).
Day 8: Leaving camp this morning, we’ll make our way south, stopping on the banks of the Gibb River where we view a rock art site. We reach the Gibb River road and continue to Mt. Barnett Station and Manning Gorge,, where we set up camp. The remainder of the afternoon is spent at the gorge, swimming and relaxing. Overnight camp - Manning Gorge campground.
Day 9: Our first stop this morning is Galvans Gorge, a small picturesque gorge, surrounded by boab trees. It has some interesting rock art and is a great place for a relaxing swim. Then we’ll head to Bell Gorge, which is said to be the most picturesque gorge in the Kimberley. Here we take a short hike which leads to the waterfall, where we have a swim.
Continuing west, 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. Freshwater crocodiles can often be seen lazing around on the river banks. We set up camp and take a walk into the gorge, where we watch the sunset over the Napier Range. Overnight camp at Windjana Gorge campground.
Day 10: This morning we head off to 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 late afternoon and you will be dropped off at your accommodation. Includes: (B, L).
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