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Twelve Day Wild Kimberley Loop

Broome to Broome

This 12 day 4WD adventure explores those Kimberley highlights you have always wanted to experience – encountering wildlife in Windjana Gorge, the adventure of Tunnel Creek, a journey along the famous Gibb River Road, magnificent El Questro Wilderness Park, Kununurra, Lake Argyle, the World-Heritage protected Bungle Bungles and dramatic Geikie Gorge.

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Itineraries

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Day 1 Broome

You can arrive any time today, though checkin is at 2pm. An airport transfer to our Kimberley Traveller’s Lodge is included if you advise us of your flight arrival. Spend the afternoon exploring at your leisure: Broome is one of the most interesting outback towns in Australia.
 
From the age of the dinosaurs and the ancient stories of local indigenous people to the region’s role in early global exploration and the flourishing south sea pearl industry, this cultural melting pot has many a tale to tell. In the evening, get to know your fellow travellers at a Welcome Dinner, while we prepare for the adventure that lies ahead. (D)
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Day 2 Tunnel Creek

As we travel through the remote and beautiful Kimberley landscape, our guide shares stories of local history, people and the environment. Enjoy a morning tea break by the Fitzroy River and visit the Derby ‘Boab Prison Tree’ before we hit the Gibb River Road. Visit the fascinating Mowanjum Aboriginal Art & Cultural Centre for an insight into the culture of the Worrorra, Ngarinyin and Wunumbal tribes and their supreme spirit being, the Wandjina.
 
The afternoon is devoted to exploring Tunnel Creek, with our local Bunuba guide. In this 750-metre cave system carved through the Napier Range, we discover stalactites, secret caves and a large variety of wildlife. It is here we also learn the legend of Jandamarra, an Aboriginal freedom fighter who used the tunnel as a hide-out in the late 1800’s. Don’t miss a refreshing swim in an idyllic waterhole.
 
That night we settle into our first night under the Kimberley night sky. (LD)
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Day 3 Windjana Gorge & Bell Gorge

The Napier Range is over 350 million years old and home to the geological wonder of Windjana Gorge. Beneath gorge walls rising 90m, we spend the morning searching for freshwater crocodiles, local birdlife and indigenous bush tucker. In the afternoon we head off for Bell Gorge, a hidden highlight of the West Kimberley.
 
This idyllic retreat, considered amongst the most beautiful in the area, boasts cascading waterfalls and crystal clear pools formed over millions of years – an easy place to while away a few hours! (BLD)
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Days 4 Galvans Gorge, Adcock Gorge & Mt Barnett Station

Spend day 3 swimming in paradise: further up the Gibb River Road, we discover the cool waters of water lillie-laden Galvans Gorge and stunning Adcock Gorge.
 
Amid the rugged beauty of Manning Falls we swim in deep clear pools, relax, explore wandering streams, uncover local wildlife and take a dip in the waterfall pools. Overnight we camp by a billabong on Mt Barnett Cattle Station. (BLD)
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Day 5-6 El Questro Wilderness Park

Our journey up the Gibb River Road continues to the iconic El Questro Wilderness Park. Two nights in our private campsite allows free time join one or more of the many activities on offer.
 
We include a refreshing dip in the Zebedee Springs and walk into Emma Gorge while a cruise on Chamberlain Gorge, bush tucker walk or bird watching tour are amongst the many optional activities.
 
You may choose to simply explore this beautiful wilderness park at your own leisure. (BLD/BL)
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Days 7 Kununurra & Lake Argyle

Emerge from the Gibb River Road for a few hours free time in Kununurra. In the afternoon, travel onto the shores of the expansive Lake Argyle, the heart of the Ord River Irrigation System which has transformed this dry region into a lush agricultural oasis.
 
There is free time to join a sunset boat cruise on the lake (approx AU$100pp), visit the historic Durack Homestead Museum or take on one of the many bush trails to explore the area. (B)
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Day 8-9 Purnululu National Park: Bungle Bungles

After a leisurely morning, head south down the Great Northern Highway to Purnululu National Park, home of the magnificent Bungle Bungles. Two nights here, staying in our private Bungle Bungle Safari Camp in the heart of the park, allows a full day to explore the highlights of this extraordinary National Park, the most famous of which, are the Bungle Bungle domes.
 
Rivers created this landscape of unique orange and black striped ‘beehive’ geological formations over a period of 20 million years. Unbelievably, only the locals knew it existed until the early 1980’s; once discovered by others, the area was made a national park in 1987.
 
We explore Echidna Chasm (2km), known for its towering Livistonia Palm trees, and take a short walk (2-3km) into stunning Cathedral Gorge, where towering rocks create a natural amphitheatre. There is time in the afternoon to take an optional scenic flight and enjoy a birds-eye view of the beehive domes (approx $400pp, own expense) to put it all into perspective. (BLD/BLD)
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Day 10 China Wall & Fitzroy Crossing

Enroute to Fitzroy Crossing, we break the long journey with a visit the gold rush town of Halls Creek to see the remarkable China Wall.
 
We also enjoy lunch at Marys Pool and visit the remote Laarri Aboriginal Art Gallery, before an evening by the Fitzroy River at Fitzroy Crossing. (BL)
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Day 11 Geikie Gorge

A morning cruise through the majestic Geikie Gorge is a great start to the day. Nature carved this wonder through the Geikie and Oscar Ranges during the Devonian geological period.
 
Learn of the fascinating geology of this natural wonder and discover the huge array of wildlife including freshwater crocodiles, birds and fish.
 
Explore Old Fitzroy Crossing and enjoy lunch by the river before we return to Broome – hopefully in time to enjoy the sunset on Cable Beach. (BLD)
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Day 12 Broome

As the adventure draws to an end, it is time to bid farewell to the Kimberley. If you are departing on a flight today, an airport transfer is included.
 
Alternatively, you may have booked into one of Broome’s many resorts for a little luxury following your intrepid experience in the Kimberley wilderness – there is plenty more of Broome to explore and experience! (B)

Highlights

  • Broome
  • Gibb River Road
  • Windjana Gorge
  • Indigenous-guided walk through Tunnel Creek
  • Bell Gorge
  • Manning Falls
  • El Questro Wilderness Park
  • Zebedee Springs
  • Emma Gorge
  • Lake Argyle
  • Bungle Bungles
  • Echidna Chasm
  • Cathedral Gorge
  • Geikie Gorge Cruise
 

Inclusions

  • Broome Arrival Airport Transfers
  • 1/2 Day Broome Sights Town Tour
  • Two Tour Hosts – including an Experienced Kimberley Tour Guide and Tour Assistant (on all tours with 8+ travellers)
  • Meals as specified
  • Camping Accommodation (Upgrade Options available)
  • National Park Entry Fees
  • Indigenous guided Tunnel Creek experience
  • 1 Hour Ranger Guided Geikie Gorge Boat Cruise
  • Zebedee Springs Permit
  • Bungle Bungles Safari Camp Stay (2nts)

Options

  • 30 minute Scenic Helicopter Flight over the Bungle Bungles – allow approx $400 per person
  • Sunset Cruise on Lake Argyle – allow approx $100 per person

Your Tour Guide will assist with arranging these optional activities while on tour.

 

The Facts / Pricing 

Tour RouteBroome-Broome
Accommodation12DKL CAMPING: Private Room - shared facilities (2nts), Camping (7nts), Bungle Bungles Safari Camp - shared facilities (2nts)
12DKL1 CAMPING PLUS: Private Room - shared facilities (2nts), Camping (3nts), Bungle Bungles Safari Camp - shared facilities (2nts), Safari Tent - shared facilities (2nts), Safari Tent - with ensuite (2nts)
Vehicles4WD Vehicle
FitnessModerate
Tour Code12DKL
Duration12 Days / 11 Nights
Tour StyleKimberley Expedition
Maximum Passengers20 (Minimum 2)
Price12DKL CAMPING: Adult $3395, Child (4-12yo) $3295 No Single Supplement
12DKL1 CAMPING PLUS: Adult $3995, Child (4-12yo) $3895 *Single Supplement $550
DepartsMAY-SEP: Sundays & Fridays
Meals11 x Breakfasts, 9 x Lunches, 9 x Dinners
LuggageMax 15kg in Soft Bag/Backpack & Day Bag (No Suitcases)

Call 1300 197 351 for up to date availability.

Departures

Departure Dates 2019

27APR19-28SEP19: Sundays *Departure Guaranteed with Min 2 pax only

08MAY19-12SEP19: Sundays & Fridays *Departure Guaranteed with Min 2 pax only

 Accommodation

Camping 
Nights 1 & 11The Kimberley Traveller's Lodge is close to town and features double or twinshare rooms with shared amenities and a pool. Our beer garden is a great place to meet and get to know your fellow travellers and share a celebratory drink at the end of your adventure. If you are a single traveller you will share a room with a fellow traveller of the same gender.
Nights 2, 7 & 10Camping in National Parks and in the grounds of Lake Argyle and the Fitzroy River Lodge involves dome tents (single/twinshare), swags with fitted sheets & pillows with pillow cases. Stretcher beds are available for hire - $100pp, must be requested with our office prior to travel. On site ablutions have hot showers and flush toilets.
Nights 3 & 4Enjoy two nights in the comfort of our own private safari camp at Manning Gorge. The camp features tourer-style tents on raised platforms with twin stretcher beds, and our own sheltered kitchen area. Nearby shared ablutions have hot showers and flush toilets.
Nights 5 & 6Our private camp on the grounds of El Questro also features large tourer-style tents on raised platforms with stretcher beds and our own kitchen area. On site ablutions have hot showers and flush toilets.
Nights 8 & 9 In the heart of Purnululu National Park, our eco safari tents at the Bungle Bungles Safari Camp boast views of the Bungles Massif from your door. The camp features modern facilities, a covered dining deck with panoramic views and an open air campfire around which you can relax beneath a sparkling Kimberley night sky: chatting, star-gazing and sharing the adventure with like-minded travellers.
Camping Plus
Nights 1 & 11 The Kimberley Traveller's Lodge is close to town and features double or twinshare rooms with shared amenities and a pool. Our beer garden is a great place to meet and get to know your fellow travellers and share a celebratory drink at the end of your adventure.
Night 2Camping under the stars in Windjana Gorge National Park requires you to erect your own dome tent (single/twinshare) - this is so easy, it takes about three minutes! We provide swags with fitted sheets & pillows with pillow cases. On site ablutions have hot showers and flush toilets.
Nights 3 & 4Enjoy two nights in the comfort of our own private safari camp at Manning Gorge. The camp features tourer-style tents on raised platforms with twin stretcher beds, and our own sheltered kitchen area. Nearby shared ablutions have hot showers and flush toilets.
Nights 5 & 6The new Permanent Tents at El Questro Station offer an affordable upgrade option at the famous El Questro Wilderness Park. With twin beds, lighting and a quality ablutions block nearby, these tents ensure you have a comfortable nights sleep while still enjoying the outback essence of Kimberley camping.
Night 7The Standard Rooms at Lake Argyle Resort each have a queen & single bed, private ensuite bathroom, a small fridge, tea/coffee making facilities. airconditioning and a private verandah to enjoy the beautiful surrounds.
Nights 8 & 9In the heart of Purnululu National Park, our eco safari tents at the Bungle Bungles Safari Camp boast views of the Bungles Massif from your door. The camp features modern facilities, a covered dining deck with panoramic views and an open air campfire around which you can relax beneath a sparkling Kimberley night sky: chatting, star-gazing and sharing the adventure with like-minded travellers.
Night 10 The Safari Cabins at the Fitzroy River Lodge offer a traditional Kimberley-style accommodation upgrade option for travellers looking for a little extra comfort. Similar to a regular motel room, they feature beds with pillows and linen, fans, power and private ensuite. Relax on the porch and enjoy the bush ambiance.