Day 1 (L,D)
You will be collected from your hotel at 7.30am this morning to begin your 10 day 4WD safari through the Kimberley region.
We head north towards Derby and stop to look at the boab prison tree, before heading onto the Gibb River Road. Our destination today is Windjana Gorge, where we’ll have a picnic lunch.
The afternoon is spent exploring 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.
Back to Windjana Gorge for a walk into the gorge before sunset and dinner. Windjana Gorge is 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.
Overnight camp - Windjana Gorge campground
Day 2 (B,L,D)
After breakfast, we’ll make our way through the Napier and King Leopold Ranges to Bell Gorge, believed to be the most picturesque in the Kimberley. Here we take a short hike which leads to the waterfall, where we have a swim.
Then onto 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.
Finally we head to Mt. Barnett Station and Manning Gorge, where we set up camp and spend the remainder of the afternoon at the gorge, swimming and relaxing.
Overnight camp - Manning Gorge campground
Day 3 (B,L,D)
This morning, we head north, turning onto the Kalumburu road, stopping on the banks of the Gibb River, where we view a rock art site.
After a lunch stop at Drysdale River Station, we continue to King Edward River to set up camp.
There’s time for a swim before sunset and the riverbank is home to an array of birdlife.
Overnight camp - on the banks of the King Edward River (2 night stay)
Day 4 (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 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
Day 5 (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), Wandjana figures, Thylacine and other contempory styles and will explain their significance.
After lunch, we make our way back down the Kalumburu road 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.
This evening, we’ll have a traditional camp oven roast, cooked in the hot coals.
Overnight camp - Miners Pool campground
Day 6 (B,L,D)
This morning we continue south and turn back onto the Gibb River road.
Our destination this morning is El Questro Wilderness Park, which is a million acres in size.
En-route we visit an art site, with cuples, Wandjana figures and Petroglyphs (rock carvings). This is also where the local Aboriginal people used to shelter and sharpen their spears.
We’ll stop at a lookout, for fantastic views of the river and the mighty Cockburn Ranges, before driving through the Pentecost River.
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
Day 7 (B,L,D)
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.
We leave El Questro to head south and into the Bungle Bungles. On the way, we stop to view an Aboriginal art site, which consists of East Kimberley peg figures, Wandjana figures and contemporary styles.
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!
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 (2 night stay)
Day 8 (B,L,D)
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 take the Mini Palms Walk, to complete your experience in the Bungle Bungles. This is a longer hike, taking you along a riverbed into a narrow, boulder strewn gorge filled with Livistona Palms. We’ll eventually reach a viewing platform overlooking a palm filled valley surrounded by 150m high cliffs.
Overnight camp - Bungle Bungles campground
Day 9 (B,L,D)
After breakfast, we leave the Bungle Bungles and head towards Kununurra and then onto Lake Argyle.
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 150m, in awe-inspiring grandeur.
After setting up camp and lunch, take the sunset cruise on the lake, where you will cruise through some of the 90 islands and inlets and take in the magnificent scenery of the Carr Boyd Ranges. As the sun sets over the rugged red cliffs and azure blue water, experience the suns last golden rays.
Overnight camp - Lake Argyle campground
Day 10 (B,L)
This morning we’ll pass through the border into the Northern Territory and travel through Timber Creek and Gregory National Park.
We stop to view the Victoria River, one of the largest tidal influenced rivers in the Territory with an abundance of saltwater crocodiles.
Continuing east to Katherine, we make our way to the Katherine Hot Springs. We have lunch here and you can enjoy a soothing dip in the thermal pools or sit and relax under the small waterfall.
After a short break in Katherine, we head north towards Darwin, arriving at approximately 5.30pm and you will be dropped off at your accommodation.
B= Breakfast L= Lunch D= Dinner
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Child fare of $3795 is valid for children aged 6-15 years). Single supplement is $200 for own tent. Solo travellers must have own tent and pay single supplement.
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