Departing Broome after breakfast, we head east towards the Kimberley gorges. As we travel through the remote and beautiful landscape, your personal guide shares stories of local history, people and the environment. Enjoy a break at Willare Roadhouse on the mighty Fitzroy River and visit the notorious Derby ‘Boab Prison Tree’, a significant historical site of the West Kimberley.
This tree, believed to be over 1500 years old and measuring almost 15 metres in girth, is a relic of some cultural sensitivity due to its use as a prison for local Aboriginals during the era of Kimberley pioneers. We make the short detour into the remote outback town of Derby where we will visit the wharf precinct – known for some of the highest tidal movements in the world.
Before long we hit the Gibb River Road, where we have a chance to visit the Mowanjum Aboriginal Community Art Centre learning about the important Wandjina spirit prior to traveling towards the picturesque Napier Range. Once a Devonian reef, these mountains are over 350 million years old and home to a diverse array of animals and plants. The perfect place to experience the stunning natural beauty of an outback oasis is the 3.5km geological wonder of Windjana Gorge. Beneath gorge walls rising 90m, we search for freshwater crocodiles, local birdlife and indigenous bushtucker.
After a picnic lunch inside the gorge, we explore Tunnel Creek, a 750-metre cave system carved through the Napier Range, in which we discover secret caves and subterranean 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. A refreshing swim in an idyllic waterhole is a highlight of the day. As sunset approaches, we pass the historical ruins of Lillimooloora Station giving an appreciation of what life would have been like during early white settlement in the area. With dusk the colours soften as we reflect on a magical day on our journey back to Broome.
What to Bring
A pair of shoes/sandals that you don’t mind getting wet for Tunnel Creek Tours
A broad-rimmed hat for all round sun protection
Swimming costume & towel
Comfortable walking shoes
Personal water bottle – at least 1 litre recommended
Small day pack
Light comfortable clothing, including a fleece & long trousers for evenings
Your Private Luxury 4WD Adventure Includes:
All Sightseeing, Park Fees, Tours & Meals as Specified
Transport in a Modern & Comfortable 4wd Vehicle
Pick up & Drop off at your Accommodation
Services of an Friendly & Experienced Driver Guide
Drinking Water & Snacks whilst on tour
What’s not included:
Items of a Personal Nature
Personal Travel Insurance
Departures and itinerary are subject to availability, regional weather conditions & road closures
Minimum 2 Guests Maximum 4 Guests
Personal Travel Insurance covering medical / emergency / cancellation & loss is strongly recommended
Some itineraries involve some clambering over rocks, through water & walking on un-even ground. A reasonable level of fitness is advised however options can be arranged to suit most guests abilities.
All tours operated by 3rd parties are subject to that operator’s terms & conditions and availability.
The Kimberley climate during our touring season coincides with ‘the Dry’. Generally the temperature ranges between 28-32º C during the day & may drop down to below 6º C during the night. It may be considerably warmer during September & October as ‘the Wet’ approaches.