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WILDERNESS ADVENTURES

KIMBERLEY CIRCUIT INSTYLE 10 DAY

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  • Price: from $9495.00pp
  • Stay: Spinifex Hotel (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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THE OVERVIEW

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.

TOUR ITINERARY

Derby Wharf

DAY 1 – HISTORIC DERBY, PRISON BOAB TREE

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.

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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. We visit the 1,500 year old infamous Prison Boab Tree with it’s large hollow girth of over 14 metres. It was used in the 1890s as a lockup for indigenous prisoners on their way to Derby for sentencing. We also call into one of the Indigenous art centres in the area where we see the paintings of the culturally significant Wandjina and the Gwion Gwions. Derby is home to some of the highest tidal movement in the world and no trip to the town would be complete with-out a walk on their horseshoe shaped wharf. Our accommodation is in comfortable motel style rooms.


Accommodation: Spinifex Hotel, Derby
Meals: Lunch

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DAY 1 – HISTORIC DERBY, PRISON BOAB TREE

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. We visit the 1,500 year old infamous Prison Boab Tree with it’s large hollow girth of over 14 metres. It was used in the 1890s as a lockup for indigenous prisoners on their way to Derby for sentencing. We also call into one of the Indigenous art centres in the area where we see the paintings of the culturally significant Wandjina and the Gwion Gwions. Derby is home to some of the highest tidal movement in the world and no trip to the town would be complete with-out a walk on their horseshoe shaped wharf. Our accommodation is in comfortable motel style rooms.


Accommodation: Spinifex Hotel, Derby
Meals: Lunch

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Bell Creek

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

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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.

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

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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.

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

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Spectacular Bell Gorge, Gary Annett

Bell Gorge

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.

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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

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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

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River Crossings

River Crossings

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.

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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

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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

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4WD Tour

Crossing the Pentecost

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’.

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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

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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

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Crocodile Head

Corocodilus Porosus

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.

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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

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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

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Echidna Guiding

Echidna Chasm

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

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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

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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

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Bungles Walking

Echidna Chasm

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

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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

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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

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Kimberley Welcome

Echidna Chasm

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

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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

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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

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Geikie Gorge Cruise

Echidna Chasm

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.

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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.


Accommodation: Broome

Meals: Breakfast

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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.


Accommodation: Broome

Meals: Breakfast

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What to Bring

  • Small day pack
  • Light comfortable clothing
  • A broad-rimmed hat for all round sun protection
  • Swimming costume
  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Personal water bottle – at least 750ml recommended
  • Personal medication
  • A pair of shoes/sandals that you don’t mind getting wet for Tunnel Creek Tours
  • Overnight tours:
    • Luggage allowance is 12kg per person in a soft sided bag. Tours with included joining or departing scenic flights the maximum luggage limit is 10kg per person. One additional day bag is permitted per person.
    • Fleece & long trousers for cool evenings
    • BYO alcohol if staying at Kooljaman @ Cape Leveque or Mt Elizabeth Station only – all other premises are licensed

Your Small Group & Private 4WD Adventure Includes:

  • All Sightseeing, Park Fees, Tours & Meals as Specified
  • Transport in a Fully Equipped & Comfortable 4WD Vehicle
  • Pick up & Drop off at your Accommodation
  • Services of a Friendly & Experienced Driver Guide
  • Drinking Water & Snacks whilst on tour
  • Hand Sanitiser & On Tour Hygiene Procedures

What’s not included:

  • Items of a Personal Nature
  • Optional Activities
  • Personal Travel Insurance

Important Notes:

  • Departures and itineraries are subject to change, regional weather conditions & road closures: Indigenous communities & activities may be closed or cancelled with little notice due to cultural or other reasons
  • Minimum 2 Guests Maximum 8 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. Changes & cancelations can occur with little notice
  • 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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