Kimberley Adventure

13 Days

Physical Rating:
Moderate

If you’ve always wanted to visit the Kimberley WA, and if you’re interested in walking and swimming, rather than sitting on buses all day, this Kimberley tour is for you. Our Kimberley tours allow you to go where other tourists can’t and explore the gorges, swimming holes, waterfalls and vistas of this magnificent landscape.

We’ve designed an itinerary which, over 13 days, gives you the best of the Kimberley including the Gibb River Road gorges, El Questro Wilderness Park and Purnululu National Park (the Bungle Bungles) – without rushing. Travel in air-conditioned comfort in our custom-built 4WD coach, and enjoy wonderful guided day walks along the way.

Take your time to walk, swim, relax, and soak up the surrounding beauty each day – while still seeing so many extraordinary places.

This is a one of our comfortable camping tours.

Kimberley Tour Inclusions

  • 13 days – experiencing the best of the Kimberley, including the Gibb River Road, El Questroand Purnululu National Park (the Bungle Bungles)
  • Friendly and knowledgable Guides
  • 4Wd Private bus
  • Small Group max 15 guests
  • Comfortable camping – spacious tents (one per person), camp beds, mattresses, toilets & showers and 1 night in cabins

Meals:

  • 12 Breakfasts, 13 Lunches, 10 Dinners

Accommodation:

  • Comfortable camping – spacious tents (one per person), camp beds, mattresses, toilets & showers and 1 night in cabins
  • 2 nights at the Ibis Styles in Kununurra mid tour. (single sup available for $200)

Optional

  • Helicopter flight in Purnululu
  • Boat Cruise in El Questro and on the Ord River
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Day 1: Broome to Windjana Gorge

We depart Broome early this morning and head for Windjana Gorge, passing Boab trees (including the famous Prison Tree) and vast savannah woodlands interspersed with giant and unusual termite mounds.

We’ll visit the Mowanjum Aboriginal Art and Culture Centre where local artists display work depicting Wandjina and Gwion Gwion figures in an art form based on cave paintings.

Accommodation: National Park camp site, Windjana Gorge

Meals: Lunch, Dinner

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Day 2: Windjana Gorge & Tunnel Creek

Today we explore the length of Windjana Gorge with a 7km return walk. The high walls of this gorge were once part of an ancient Devonian reef that surrounded the Kimberley. With its varied bird life, interesting reef walls and its many freshwater crocodiles, Windjana will keep us enthralled for hours.

In the afternoon we visit Tunnel Creek, spending time walking through the 750 m long cave system. Tunnel Creek is a significant site for the local Bunaba people.

Accommodation: National Park camp site, Windjana Gorge

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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Day 3: Windjana Gorge to Mt Barnett Station

We head through the Napier Range visiting Bell Creek Gorge with it’s many rock pools, rapids and a waterfall. This is a spectacular spot for a swim and one of the most photographed waterholes in the Kimberley.

After a good amount of time exploring, we will drive on to our next campsite at Mt Barnett Station on the banks of the Manning Creek.

Accommodation: Camp site, Mt Barnett Station

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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Day 4: Manning Creek and surrounds

Leaving early from our campsite, we follow an open, beautiful walk trail to Manning Gorge and Falls. Swim, relax and soak in the atmosphere while you enjoy a home-made morning tea, carried in by your guides.

We will head back to the campsite for lunch. For those looking for a relaxed afternoon, it is time to read a book under a boat tree and perhaps another swim in the creek derby to the camp.

For those looking to explore, there are a few gorges within striking distance, so we can take a drive out to explore one of them.

Accommodation: Camp site, Manning Creek

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch,Dinner

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Manning Creek to El Questro Station

Enjoy the scenery and a true blue ‘Gibb River Road massage’ today on this mostly driving day. The typical Kimberley scenery includes the Pentecost River Lookout, which overlooks the river floodplain and the tabletop Cockburn Ranges beyond. We’ll cross the Durack River and pass the site of the old Durack River Homestead, destroyed by flood in 2002.

Accommodation: Camp site, El Questro

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch,Dinner

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El Questro Station

During these two days there are plenty fo walking and swimming options that we can undertake at El Questro. These include Amalia Gorge, Emma Gorge & El Questro Gorge walks. Plus, we’ll enjoy a luxuriant soak in Zebedee Thermal Springs. There is an optional cruise on Chamberlain Gorge if anyone wants an easy afternoon.

Accommodation: Camp site, El Questro

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

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El Questro Station

For the next two days there are plenty of walking and swimming options that we can undertake at El Questro. These include Amalia Gorge, Emma Gorge & El Questro Gorge walks. Plus, we’ll enjoy a luxuriant soak in Zebedee Thermal Springs. There is an optional cruise on Chamberlain Gorge if anyone wants an easy afternoon.

Accommodation: Camp Site, El Questro

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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El Questro Station to Kununurra

This morning we head for Kununurra, visiting the Ramsar wetland Parry Lagoons on the way – a wonderful spot to view masses of waterbirds. There will be time in the afternoon to catch up on washing or just relax. The crew will be organising the fresh food for the next section of the trip.

Dinner is not included tonight to give you the opportunity to taste some local delights.

Accommodation: Ibis Styles, Kununurra

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

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Kununurra and Lake Argyle

It won’t take long for us to have a look around the town, however Mirima National Park which is known locally as the ‘mini Bungles’ is well worth a visit.

In the afternoon we will head to Lake Argyle for a look around. For those who would like, there is the option to take a boat trip up the Ord River, which ends at Lake Argyle.

Lunch and Dinner are not included in today’s itinerary.

Accommodation: Ibis Styles, Kununurra

Meals: Breakfast

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Kununurra to Purnululu (Bungle Bungle)

This morning we leave Kununurra and head for Purnululu National Park – one of only three natural World Heritage sites in Western Australia. The 53 kilometre 4wd road into the park is our reintroduction to outback tracks with creek crossings, wash aways and rough slow sections. After setting up camp, we can go for a stroll and watch the sun set against the red rock of the Bungle Bungle Range – bring a drink if you like!

Accommodation: National Park camp site, Purnululu

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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Purnululu (Bungle Bungle)

We spend the next two days exploring the natural wonders the park including Echidna Chasm, Mini Palms Gorge, the spectacular orange and black ‘beehive’ domes, Piccanniny Creek and Cathedral Gorge.

There is time during our stay for an optional helicopter flight over the Bungle Bungle Range – a fantastic way to see and appreciate this completely unique and beautiful landscape.

Accommodation: National Park camp site, Purnululu

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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Purnululu (Bungle Bungle)

Accommodation: National Park camp site, Purnululu

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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Purnululu (Bungle Bungle) to Broome

This morning we leave Purnululu and make the return journey to Broome. It is a long epic drive but the scenery is truly out of this world.

We will stop briefly in Halls Creek and Fitzroy Crossing, and then have you back in Broome early evening. The tour finishes with drop offs at your post tour accommodation.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Length and grade of walks adjusted according to fitness levels – where possible. We reserve the right to alter the tour itinerary at any time due to circumstances beyond our control. If this should occur we will do our best to offer a suitable alternative.

Secure your seat with a $350 deposit

Tour Price: $3,990 twin share

Your tour balance will be due 6 weeks prior to your departure.

Cancellation Policy

  • 85 days or more, you will be refunded all monies paid, less a $50 administration fee.
  • 42 to 84 days prior to departure, you will lose your deposit
  • 28 to 41 days: 25% of full tour cost
  • 14 to 27 days: 50% of full tour cost
  • less than 14 days: 100% of full tour cost, no refund

If you have any concerns about cancelling, please take out travel insurance covering this contingency. This policy will be adhered to despite the most compelling and compassionate circumstances.

We camp almost every night in designated campgrounds, staying between one and three nights at each location. All of the high-quality camping equipment you need is provided, including stretcher beds and a mattress to sleep on, 190cm high tents, and comfortable armchairs (*see note below.)

There are toilets and showers available at each of the campsites with the exception of no showers in Purnululu NP (the Bungle Bungles).

Bring your own pillow and sleeping bag or hire a sleeping bag from us for $35 (please let us know when booking if you would like this option). We have a limited amount of sleeping bags for hire, so please let us know early.

A holiday isn’t a holiday if there isn’t time to relax and reflect on the day’s adventures. Our crew members carry out the campsite duties – so there’s no need for you to cook or wash dirty pots and pans.  All the eating utensils and crockery you will need are provided for your convenience. Helping around the camp will be appreciated by your guides, but there is certainly no requirement to help.

Simply set up your tent and enjoy the sights and sounds of the night as you sit around the campfire, recapping the highlights of the day with your fellow travel companions.

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