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WILDERNESS ADVENTURES

5 DAY BROOME TO BUNGLES INSTYLE

Included Highlights:

  • Derby & the Prison Boab Tree
  • Mowanjum Aboriginal Art & Culture Centre
  • Windjana Gorge & Tunnel Creek
  • Halls Creek
  • Bungle Bungles – Cathedral Gorge / Echidna Chasm / Optional Scenic Helicopter Flight
  • Geikie Gorge Wildlife Cruise

Optional Tour Add-ons:

  • Horizontal Falls Seaplane Adventure

 

Details:

  • Price: from $3985.00pp
  • Stay: Fitzroy River Lodge (2N), Bungle Bungles Wilderness Lodge (2N)
  • Commence: Broome ~ Conclude: Broome
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A short adventure visiting the Kimberley’s iconic towns and exploring the region’s world famous natural features. 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.

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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 Crossing
Meals: Lunch

DAY 2 – HALLS CREEK, 4WD SPRING CREEK TRACK

This morning 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: Dinner

DAY 3 – BUNGLES TOURING

We have a full day to explore the highlights of 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 explore Echidna Chasm (2km), known for its towering Livistonia Palm trees, and take a short walk (2-3km) into stunning Cathedral Gorge, where towering rocks create a natural amphitheatre. This evening view a sensational sunset enjoying drinks & nibbles.

Accommodation: Bungle Bungles Wilderness Lodge
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 4 – SCENIC HELICOPTER FLIGHT, CHINA WALL

This morning we have the option of an inspiring helicopter scenic flight over the Bungle Bungles that will be a highlight of your trip. Heading back out by way of the Spring Creek Track we visit the interesting natural feature of 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 call into a remote a local Aboriginal community art centre, where local indigenous artists tell the stories of country. known for it’s outstanding art and progressive school (note: visits are subject to local opening times).

Accommodation: Fitzroy River Lodge, Fitzroy Crossing
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 5 – GEIKIE GORGE CRUISE

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 (included). 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. 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.