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WILDERNESS ADVENTURES

10 DAY KIMBERLEY CIRCUIT INSTYLE

Included Highlights:

  • Authentic Cattle Station Stay & 4WD Tour
  • Windjana Gorge & Tunnel Creek
  • Manning Falls
  • Bell & Galvin’s Gorge
  • Home Valley
  • El Questro
  • Ord River Cruise
  • Bungle Bungles – Optional Scenic Helicopter
  • Geikie Gorge Wildlife Cruise

Details:

  • Price: from $9495.00pp
  • Stay: Yeeda Station (1N), Bell Gorge Wilderness Lodge (1N), Mt Barnett Station (1N), Home Valley Station (1N), El Questro (1N), Kununurra Country Club (1N), Bungle Bungle Lodge (2N), Fitzroy River Lodge (1N)
  • Commence: Broome ~ Conclude: Broome

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A great Kimberley adventure as we explore at a relaxed pace this unique and inspiring region traversing the iconic Gibb River Road whilst enjoying comfortable and stylish accommodation. We get up close and personal to the wildlife, explore the magnificent gorges, stay on working outback cattle stations and meet the characters, whilst appreciating this extraordinary remote region in only a way that only travelling in a small group or private tour with your own informative local guide allows.

DAY 1 – KIMBERLEY CATTLE STATION EXPERIENCE

This morning we’ll travel through the remote and beautiful landscape of the Western Kimberley, learning of local history, people and the environment crossing the Fitzroy River. Arriving at Yeeda Pastoral Company we gain an insight into the day to day life on a working cattle station in the Kimberley on a guided tour of the property. Travel along station tracks, through vast paddocks, via cattle watering points and station yards. Take in the millions of acres, catch stockmen at work, and see cattle grazing and amazing wildlife. Learn about the history of the station which goes back to the 1800’s and about how Yeeda came to be one of the most progressive pastoral companies in the Kimberley. This evening we enjoy pre-dinner snacks and a delicious long table dinner of Yeeda Beef and Kimberley Barramundi at the Yeeda Station homestead in the evocative outback surroundings prior to retiring to our comfortable accommodation in stylish en-suited Eco Tents.

Accommodation: Yeeda Station, Near Derby
Meals: Lunch, Dinner

DAY 2 – GIBB RIVER ROAD, WINDJANA GORGE, TUNNEL CREEK, BELL GORGE

This morning we hit the famous cattle track, the Gibb River Road where we travel towards the Napier Range, once a Devonian reef, these escarpments 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 and then exploring Tunnel Creek, a 750-metre cave system carved through the Range, in which we discover stalactites, secret caves and a 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.

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This afternoon we re-join the Gibb and traverse through the scenic King Leopold Ranges prior to an afternoon walk into stunning Bell Gorge where there is the opportunity to swim and enjoy the surrounds prior to arriving at our very comfortable overnight wilderness accommodation.

Accommodation: Bell Gorge Wilderness Lodge                                          Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 3 – ADCOCK & BELL GORGE

We venture back to the Gibb and drive towards beautiful Bell Gorge. A short walk takes us down to the stunning waterfall and swimming hole. We will have time to enjoy the scenery, explore the area and swim in the pristine fresh gorge waters. This afternoon we head off the beaten track walk into the secluded Adcock Gorge where we enjoy a picnic lunch and another swim followed by a stop at another stunning vista at Galvin’s Gorge. Late in the afternoon we arrive at our outback accommodation where we enjoy an Aussie BBQ dinner. Note: This evening we have shared facilities at the accommodation.

Accommodation: Mt Barnett                                     
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 4 – MANNING FALLS, DURACK RIVER

An early morning walk sees us at the stunning Manning Falls, one of the Kimberley’s hidden gems. Returning from our walk we enjoy a well-earned swim in the crystal clear waters of the Barnett River. Continuing along the Gibb River Road, we enter Durack country, cattle pioneers of this tough country. Travelling East we get an appreciation of the harsh, but inspiring, country that these early cattle men and their families set through in the hope of improving their lives. Many came and went, some perished, however others were the backbone of opening up Northern Australia and their legacy lives on. This afternoon we arrive at Home Valley Station where the modern outback facilities are eagerly appreciated.

Accommodation: Home Valley Station                                                         Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 5 – EL QUESTRO STATION, EMMA GORGE

Our adventure continues today as we cross the mighty Pentecoste River and journey through the iconic El Questro Wilderness Park, where you may recognise the landscape from the Baz Luhmann movie ‘Australia’. The most famous station and tourism resort along the Gibb River Road will not disappoint. The spectacular landscape, dotted with boab trees and spectacular gorges is the perfect environment to appreciate the captivating beauty of this remote region. We have ample time to traverse the gorges and enjoy a refreshing dip in the warm spring waters of Zebedee Springs prior to arriving at stunning Emma Gorge Resort, your home for the evening. The afternoon is the perfect time to tackle the challenging Emma Gorge walk prior to enjoying a cocktail and a delicious meal under the evening sky..

Accommodation: El Questro
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 6 – KUNUNURRA, ORD RIVER CRUISE

Departing El Questro and the Gibb River Road, we arrive at the vibrant outback town of Kununurra before travelling to Lake Argyle, the largest man-made lake in the Southern Hemisphere. Join a spectacular wildlife cruise down the Ord River. From a modern shaded vessel, discover a fascinating ecological system that has developed from the damming of the river at two locations to create an area rich in wildlife, flora and undeniable scenic beauty. Enjoy a mesmerising sunset as you return to Kununurra.

Accommodation: Kununurra Country Club
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 7 – ECHIDNA CHASM

Today we journey deep into what is sure to be a highlight of our journey, the World Heritage protected Purnululu National Park, a spectacular wilderness region that is home to some of the country’s most striking geological formations. Travel the Spring Creek Track and discover the magnitude of Purnululu as we hike to Echidna Chasm, a spectacular natural cleft in the rock. Narrow in width, with walls reaching 100-metres high, the chasm is a must-see in the Kimberley as the afternoon light sees it at it’s most glorious. This evening we arrive at the private Bungle Bungles Lodge, our home for the next 2 nights.

Accommodation: Bungle Bungle Lodge
Meals: Lunch, Dinner

DAY 8 – CATHEDRAL GORGE, OPTIONAL SCENIC HELICOPTER FLIGHT

We have a full day to continue our exploration of this extraordinary natural wonder, including the famous 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 take a short walk (2-3km) into stunning Cathedral Gorge, where towering rocks create a natural amphitheatre and will have time in the afternoon to take a highly recommended optional helicopter flight that puts the whole area into a spectacular perspective. (Approximate cost $399pp – own expense). This evening view another glorious sunset once again enjoying drinks & nibbles.

Accommodation: Bungle Bungle Lodge
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 9 – HALLS CREEK

Head to the outback town of Halls Creek and admire the unusual China Wall. A natural quartz formation that runs six kilometres along the landscape, the wall is an echo of that for which it was named – the Great Wall of China. Continuing towards Fitzroy Crossing we may call into a remote Aboriginal community art centre, where local artists showcase their country (note: visits subject to opening times). This evening our comfortable accommodation is situated on the banks of the mighty Fitzroy River.

Accommodation: Fitzroy River Lodge, Fitzroy Crossing
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 10 – GEIKIE GORGE CRUISE

At Geikie Gorge National Park we explore the magnificent Darngku on a guided boat tour. Flooding of the river has bleached the walls white over time – an intriguing sight that makes it popular with photographers. Departing Fitzroy crossing we traverse the West Kimberley, crossing the Fitzroy River once again prior to arriving in Broome in the late afternoon where our tour concludes.

Concludes: Broome
Meals: Breakfast

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
  • Optional Activities
  • Personal Travel Insurance

Important Notes:

  • 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.

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