1300 714 750

WILDERNESS ADVENTURES

13 DAY KIMBERLEY CIRCUIT INSTYLE

Included Highlights:

  • Derby & Prison Boab Tree
  • Windjana Gorge & Tunnel Creek
  • Bell Gorge
  • Mornington Wildlife Conservancy – Canoe Dimond Gorge
  • Ancient Aboriginal Art
  • Mitchell Falls & Helicopter Flight
  • Home Valley
  • El Questro
  • Lake Argyle Sunset 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
Enquire Now

The true ‘bees knees’ of Kimberley adventures as we explore in-depth and at a relaxed pace this unique and inspiring region traversing the iconic Gibb River Road whilst enjoying comfortable and stylish accommodation. We have ample time to discover all the gorges, meet the characters, and get up close and personal, whilst appreciating the environment in only a way that travelling in a small private tour with your own experienced 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.

Read More

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 – MORNINGTON WILDLIFE SANCTUARY, CANOE DIMOND GORGE

Today we venture to the central Kimberley where we explore the remote & spectacular Mornington Sanctuary and have the opportunity to canoe on the mighty Fitzroy River as it cuts through the rugged King Leopold Range at Dimond Gorge, producing spectacular rock formations and 30 m (100 ft) high walls. Dimond Gorge definitely lives up to its reputation as one of the most spectacular gorges in the Kimberley. We take our time as we explore 2 km of the river as it winds its way through Dimond Gorge. Highlights include: swimming, abundant birdlife, and a secluded waterfall tucked away at the end of the gorge. You may even catch a glimpse of the Short-eared Rock wallaby. (Note: shared facilities at Mt Barnett Station)

Read More

 

Accommodation: Mt Barnett Station
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 4 – GALVIN’S GORGE, BARNETT RIVER

This morning we enjoy a swim at the stunning Barnett River prior to continuing our road trip through the Kimberley interior. Leaving the Gibb River Road we venture into the remote Northern Kimberley where a warm welcome awaits our arrival at the characteristic Drysdale River Station.

Read More

Completely cut off from the outside world by road in the wet season the working cattle station has been owned and run by the Koeyer family for many years and ticks all the boxes for an out back setting. Don’t be surprised to hear a local strumming on a guitar singing one of your favourites around the fire as we settle into the outdoor bar for the evening – you may even like to join in.

Accommodation: Drysdale River Station
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 5 – KING EDWARD RIVER, ABORIGINAL ART

This morning we hit the rough & ready Pt Warrender Road as we head into the inspiring country of the Wununbal people – the traditional owners of the region north of the King Edward River. We will explore incredible rock art sites, have the opportunity to swim and be awed by the stunning beauty of the natural environment. After a picnic lunch on the banks of the pristine river, shaded by giant paperbarks we continue our journey through livistonia forests arriving at our spectacular wilderness accommodation, replete with it’s own swimming hole.

Accommodation: Mitchell Falls Wilderness Lodge
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 6 – MITCHELL FALLS, SCENIC HELICOPTER FLIGHT

Today you have a full day to discover the beauty of Mitchell Falls, with its magnificent waterfalls and Indigenous art. Begin with a guided hike to Little Mertens Falls to view rarely seen Aboriginal art. Continue on to Big Mertens Falls before arriving at Mitchell Falls. With superb scenery and rich culture, you can swim in the pools above the falls and spot the region’s abundant wildlife. We have also included a helicopter flight over Mitchell Falls and the surrounding wilderness back to the vehicle (Hike & flight may operate in reverse order). Longer helicopter flights over this captivating and remote coastline are available at additional expense. Then, it’s time to meander back to our wilderness lodge to relax around the fire, knowing you have just experienced a day most people can only dream of.

Accommodation: Mitchell Falls Wilderness Lodge
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 7 – DURACK RIVER, HOME VALLEY

Retracing our way along the Kalumbaru Road we once again join the Gibb, where 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. 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 out back facilities are eagerly appreciated.

Accommodation: Home Valley Station
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 8 – 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 9 – KUNUNURRA, LAKE ARGYLE SUNSET CRUISE

Departing El Questro and the Gibb River Road, there is time to explore the vibrant outback town of Kununurra before travelling to Lake Argyle, the largest man-made lake in the Southern Hemisphere. Sunset on Lake Argyle is the picture perfect way to end a dayin the Kimberley. Enjoy the brilliant colours of the red cliffs reflecting on the amazing blue waters of Lake Argyle. This very popular cruise begins with a close up view of the Dam Wall, the intake tower and quarry blast site. Then cruising out through the ‘Heads’ into Crocodile Bay and then onto the Bay of Islands. Looking out for the local wildlife the skipper (whilst providing informative commentary) will continue on to the largest Island on Lake Argyle – Hagan Island (7km long). Hagen Island is easily recognised by Mount Misery, which shadows the now submerged site of the original Argyle Downs Homestead. As the sun begins to set you can enjoy a swim in the breathtaking freshwater of Lake Argyle while enjoying a complimentary beer, wine or cool drink before heading home. A truly enjoyable afternoon!

Accommodation: Lake Argyle Resort or Kununurra Country Club
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 10 – 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 11 – CATHEDRAL GORGE

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 12 – 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 13 – 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, Lunch

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.