A short adventure visiting the Kimberley’s iconic towns and exploring the region’s world famous natural features commencing in Broome and concluding with a spectacular scenic flight to the verdant East Kimberley town of Kununurra. Explore Windjana Gorge and Tunnel Creek, cruise Geikie Gorge and visit the gold rush town of Halls Creek. Our two night stay at the award winning Bungle Bungles Wilderness Lodge ensures we have ample time to enjoy the extraordinary World Heritage listed Purnululu National Park, including the famous Bungle Bungle Domes, Echidna Chasm known for its towering Livistonia Palm trees, and a walk into stunning Cathedral Gorge where massive rocks create a natural amphitheatre. Discover the lesser visited areas including the stunning Escarpment Trail highlighting the amazing colours and contours of the massif, whilst in the evening view a sensational sunset enjoying drinks & nibbles. We also have the option of a once in a life-time scenic helicopter flight over the Domes, making this a journey that you will never forget.
Day 1 – Depart Broome
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 and visiting the famous Prison Boab Tree. 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 prior to beginning our journey on the remote cattle track, the Gibb River Road. A short stop at the wonderful Mowanjum Aboriginal Art & Cultural Centre introduces us to the Wandjina & Gwion Gwion spirits, so important in this region.
We continue our travels 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. As the sun sets we journey through the Oscar Ranges and groves of majestic Boab trees before arriving at our comfortable accommodation on the banks of the Fitzroy River.
Accommodation: Fitzroy River Lodge, Fitzroy River
DAY 2 – HALLS CREEK, 4WD SPRING CREEK TRACK
An early departure takes us via Geikie Gorge National Park where we explore the magnificent Darngku by boat. Nature carved this spectacular 30m deep gorge between the Geikie and Oscar Ranges during the Devonian geological period. The best way to experience the scenery and abundant wildlife of this natural wonder is to join the Geikie Gorge Ranger-guided Cruise. Geikie Gorge floods during the wet season, with the swirling water leaving its bleached mark on the colourful gorge walls. Though the water retreats during the dry season, permanent water remains to sustain the wide variety of Kimberley wildlife.
we depart Fitzroy Crossing, breaking the journey to the Bungle Bungles with a visit to the gold rush town of Halls Creek. We then depart the main highway to venture into Purnululu National Park by way of the 4WD Spring Creek Track where late afternoon we arrive at the award winning private Bungle Bungles Wilderness Lodge, our home for the next 2 nights.
Accommodation: Bungle Bungles Wilderness Lodge
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
DAY 3 – BUNGLES TOURING
We have ample time to explore this extraordinary World Heritage protected Purnululu National Park, the most famous of which, are the 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 walk (2-3km) along Picanniny Creek to the look out and then into stunning Cathedral Gorge, where towering rocks create a natural amphitheatre. This afternoon we have the option of an inspiring helicopter scenic flight over the Bungle Bungles. This evening view a sensational sunset enjoying drinks & nibbles.
Accommodation: Bungle Bungles Wilderness Lodge
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAY 4 – ECHIDNA CHASM, SCENIC FLIGHT TO KUNUNURRA
This morning we head to the northern extremity of the park where we explore Echidna Chasm, known for it’s towering Livistonia Palm trees. A walk up the creek bed is rewarded with bird’s eye views of the shaded escarpment where we learn how the chasm received it’s name from an Aboriginal dreamtime story. For the energetic there is the possibility of an extended walk through the bloodwoods along the base of the massif. After a picnic lunch we return to the Bungles airstrip where you join an afternoon scenic flight over the Argyle Diamond Mine landing in the vibrant East Kimberley town of Kununurra.
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
Luggage Allowance: Due to vehicle capacity all bags must be ‘soft sided’ – preferably duffle type bags. On all Shared Departure tours we have a strict maximum weight of 12kg per bag. On Private Departure tours please confirm any extra luggage with us prior to the tour. We are able to assist with forwarding of excess luggage if required. Additional small day pack and camera bags are acceptable.
Your Private Luxury 4WD Adventure Includes:
All Sightseeing, Park Fees, Tours & Meals as Specified
Transport in a Fully Equiped Comfortable 4WD Vehicle – Our fleet consists of Toyota LandCruiser or similar vehicles
Pick up & Drop off at your Accommodation
Services of an Friendly & Experienced Driver Guide
Drinking Water & Snacks whilst on tour
Guaranteed Departure with just 2 Guests subject to availability
Maximum of only 4 Guests per vehicle
What’s not included:
Items of a Personal Nature
Personal Travel Insurance
Departures and itinerary are subject to availability, regional weather conditions & road closures
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 4º C during the night. It may be considerably warmer during September & and humidity increases during October as ‘the Wet’ approaches.