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WILDERNESS ADVENTURES

8 DAY GIBB RIVER ROAD EXPLORER

Included Highlights:  

  • Geikie Gorge Wildlife Cruise
  • Windjana Gorge & Tunnel Creek
  • Gibb River Road Journey
  • Bell  & Galvin’s Gorge
  • Home Valley
  • El Questro – Emma Gorge / Zebedee Springs
  • Bungle Bungles – Cathedral Gorge / Echidna Chasm / Optional Scenic Helicopter Flight
  • Scenic Flight to Bungles to Kununurra

Details: 

  • Price: from $6990.00pp
  • Stay: Fitzroy River Lodge (1N), Bell Gorge Wilderness Lodge (1N), Mt Barnett Station (1N), Home Valley Station (1N), El Questro (1N), Bungle Bungle Wilderness Lodge (2N)
  • Commence: Broome ~ Conclude: Kununurra        Tour can operate in Reverse
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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. Experience the magnificent gorges, stay at El Questro and have a comprehensive guided tour of the World Heritage listed Bungle Bungles whilst appreciating the environment in only a way that travelling in a small private tour with your own experienced local guide allows. Your tour concludes with a spectacular scenic flight over Lake Argyle en-route to Kununurra.

DAY 1 – DEPART BROOME, GEIKIE GORGE 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 Geikie 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
Meals: Lunch

DAY 2 – TUNNEL CREEK, WINDJANA GORGE

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 whilst joined by a Local Indigenous Guide. 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. Along the Gibb we traverse through the scenic King Leopold Ranges arriving at our comfortable wilderness accommodation.

Accommodation: Bell Gorge Wilderness Lodge
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 3 – BELL GORGE, GALVIN’S GORGE

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. We continue our journey with a visit to the picture perfect Galvin’s Gorge prior to arriving at our accommodation at the Mt Barnett Roadhouse – check out the road signs to see how remote we really are, where we will enjoy an outback BBQ dinner. (Note: shared facilities)

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

DAY 4 – MANNING FALLS, DURACK RIVER

This morning we have an option of an early start to walk over the escarpment to Manning Falls. We enjoy a swim at the falls before continuing along the Gibb River Road, 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 outback facilities are eagerly appreciated.

Accommodation: Home Valley Station
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 5 – PENTECOST RIVER, El QUESTRO

Owned and operated by the Indigenous Land Corporation, Home Valley Station provides an on-site training academy in hospitality, tourism and the pastoral industry for local Indigenous men and women set in beautiful lush outback surrounds. Prior to departing this morning we will enjoy a short tour of the property then cross the mighty Pentecost 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 explore the station, take a dip in the warm spring waters of Zebedee Springs and have the option of walking into surreal Emma Gorge. This evening there is time to explore the native gardens of the resort.

Accommodation: Emma Gorge Resort, El Questro
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 6 – ECHIDNA CHASM

Departing El Questro and the Gibb River Road, this morning 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 Bungles Wilderness Lodge
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 7 – CATHEDRAL GORGE, OPTIONAL 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 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 $395pp – own expense). This evening view another glorious sunset once again enjoying drinks & nibbles.

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

DAY 8 – SCENIC FLIGHT TO KUNUNURRA

After a breakfast a scenic flight transfer to Kununurra including a spectacular view of the Argyle Diamond Mine on your last morning is included in the package. Your tour concludes with a drop off to Kununurra airport or town. Regular onward flight connections to Broome, Perth & Darwin are available from Kununurra. Note that luggage weight & size restrictions may occur on this transfer flight – we are able to assist in forwarding excess baggage if necessary.

Tour Concludes: Kununurra
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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