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WILDERNESS ADVENTURES

10 DAY KIMBERLEY CIRCUIT INSTYLE

Included Highlights:

  • Willie Creek Pearl Farm
  • Windjana Gorge & Tunnel Creek
  • Bell & Galvin’s Gorge
  • Home Valley
  • El Questro
  • Ord River Cruise
  • Bungle Bungles – Optional Scenic Helicopter
  • Geikie Gorge Wildlife Cruise

Details:

  • Price: from $11450.00pp
  • Stay: Spinifex Hotel (1N), Bell Gorge Wilderness Lodge (1N), Mt Barnett Station (1N), Drysdale River Station (1N), Mitchell Falls Wilderness Lodge (2N), Home Valley Station (1N), El Questro (1N), Lake Argyle Resort or Kununurra Country Club (1N), Bungle Bungle Wilderness Lodge (2N), Fitzroy River Lodge (1N), Mitchell Falls Wilderness Lodge (2N)
  • 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 – DEPART BROOME, WILLIE CREEK PEARL FARM, BOAB PRISON TREE

Departing Broome this morning we will visit the Willie Creek Pearl Farm where we will learn everything you ever need to know about the Pinctada maximus, the world’s largest and arguably most beautiful pearl oyster and then join an entertaining and informative boat tour on Willie Creek itself. We’ll then travel through the remote and beautiful landscape of the Western Kimberley, learning of local history, people and the environment crossing the Fitzroy River and visiting the famous Boab Prison Tree. This afternoon we call into Mowanjam Arts Centre for an insight into the local community of Indigenous artists and the story of the spiritual Wandjina. We arrive in the township of Derby located on the tidal mud flats on the edge of the King Sound known for having the highest tidal range of any port in Australia.

Accommodation: Spinifex Hotel, Derby
Meals: Lunch

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: APT Bell Gorge Wilderness Lodge

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 3 – LENNARD & BELL GORGE

Our morning excursion sees us partake in an optional challenging 2 km (return) walk that takes us along a creek line and then up onto the King Leopold sandstone before culminating in a lookout where the spectacular Lenard Gorge can be viewed. 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 ample time to enjoy the scenery, explore the area, swim in the pristine fresh gorge waters and enjoy our picnic lunch. Late in the afternoon we return to our accommodation at the base of the Precipice Range. Accommodation: APT Bell Gorge Wilderness Lodge

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 4 – GALVIN’S GORGE, DURACK RIVER

Departing this morning we re-join our journey along the Gibb River Road. More stunning Kimberley gorges await us as we travel through cattle country. A morning swim at the picture perfect Galvin’s Gorge precedes a refreshment stop at the outback Mt Barnett Roadhouse – check out the road signs to see how remote we really are! Continuing along the Gibb River Road, we enter Durack country, cattle pioneers of this tough country.

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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. A surprise awaits as we call into an outback oasis for a ‘devonshire tea’ break. This afternoon we arrive at Home Valley Station where the modern outback facilities are eagerly appreciated.

Accommodation: Home Valley Station
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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 Wilderness Lodge, our home for the next 2 nights.

Accommodation: Bungle Bungle Wilderness 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 $350pp – own expense). This evening view another glorious sunset once again enjoying drinks & nibbles.

Accommodation: Bungle Bungle Wilderness 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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