Take a relaxed journey into the dramatic gorge and river country of the rugged western Kimberley. Enjoy a cruise through the spectacular Geikie Gorge, an enlightening guided exploration of Tunnel Creek, photograph freshwater crocodiles, and enjoy a delicious picnic lunch inside towering Windjana Gorge. Spend the evening in comfortable accommodation on the banks of the mighty Fitzroy River, viewing native birds and wildlife in their own habitat. This adventure offers the perfect way to experience indigenous and colonial history as well as the natural grandeur of this remote and inspiring region.
Day 1 – Depart Broome, Geikie Gorge Wildlife Cruise
Departing Broome this morning we travel through the remote and beautiful landscape of the Western Kimberley, learning of local history, people and the environment. Our drive takes us to the remote township of Fitzroy Crossing where after lunch we join a cruise through the majestic Geikie Gorge. Nature carved this wonder between the Napier and Oscar Ranges during the Devonian period over 350 million years ago and we’ll learn of the fascinating geology of this natural wonder and discover the huge array of wildlife including freshwater crocodiles, birds and fish. We visit the picturesque old Fitzroy River ford prior to checking into our comfortable accommodation for the evening.
Accommodation: Fitzroy River Lodge, Fitzroy Crossing
Day 2 – Tunnel Creek Tour, Windjana Gorge, Derby
We join the Fairfield Leopold Road tracking through a stunning landscape of boab trees and limestone escarpments arriving at Tunnel Creek, a 750-metre cave system carved through the Napier Range, in which we discover stalactites, secret caves and a variety of wildlife on our guided tour. It is here we also hear of the legend of Jandamarra, an Aboriginal freedom fighter who used the tunnel as a hide out in the late 1800’s. Our journey continues to the stunning natural beauty of Windjana Gorge with spectacular cliffs and an opportunity to get up close (but not too close!) with the endemic freshwater crocodile.
After a picnic lunch inside the gorge we hit the Gibb River Road, the legendary track completed in the 1960’s to expedite the movement of cattle from remote pastoral leases. We visit Mowanjum Arts Centre for an insight into the local community of Indigenous artists and learn the story of the local aboriginal spirit, the Wandjina, known by many for it’s spectacular appearance at the Sydney Olympics prior to arriving at the township of historic Derby, sight of some of the highest tidal movements in the world. Our next stop is the famous Boab Prison Tree, believed to be more than 1,500 years old and measuring an incredible 14 metres in diameter, this remarkable tree was once used by early police patrols as a standing point for prisoners as they were walked to Derby. After departing we cross the Fitzroy River returning to Broome for a transfer to your accommodation.
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
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.