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WILDERNESS ADVENTURES

9 DAY BROOME TO KUNUNURRA INSTYLE

Included Highlights:  

  • Willie Creek Pearl Farm Tour
  • Bell Gorge
  • Windjana Gorge & Tunnel Creek
  • Geikie Gorge Wildlife Cruise
  • Bungle Bungles – Cathedral Gorge / Echidna Chasm / Optional Scenic Helicopter Flight
  • El Questro – Emma Gorge / Zebedee Springs / Chamberlain Gorge Cruise
  • Ord River Cruise

Details: 

  • Price: from $7945.00pp
  • Stay: Spinifex Hotel Derby (1N), Bell Gorge Wilderness Lodge (1N), Fitzroy River Lodge (1N), Bungle Bungle Wilderness Lodge (2N), El Questro (2N), Kununurra Country Club (1N)
  • Commence: Broome ~ Conclude: Kununurra        Tour can operate in Reverse
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Bringing together the highlights of the Kimberley, our trip takes us deep into gorge country and the heart of this remote and spectacular region. Stay at comfortable wilderness lodges, explore the iconic Bungles & El Questro Station and join three stunning river cruises. With evenings spent swapping stories with fellow travellers, some nights around a campfire, enjoying gourmet food and fine wine this adventure is a true outback experience in style.

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. 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. We visit the wharf area, which is a great place to view a sensational sunset enjoying a drink & nibbles.

Accommodation: Spinifex Hotel, Derby
Meals: Lunch

DAY 2 – GIBB RIVER ROAD, BELL GORGE

This morning we hit the famous cattle track, the Gibb River Road, with our first stop at Mowanjam Arts Centre for an insight into the local community of Indigenous artists and the story of the spiritual Wandjina. We continue our journey as we traverse the King Leopold Ranges arriving at beautiful Bell Gorge that offers a short but challenging walk taking us down to the spectacular waterfalls and swimming hole. We will have ample time to enjoy the scenery, explore the area and a refreshing swim prior to making our way to our very comfortable wilderness lodge accommodation.

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

DAY 3 – WINDJANA GORGE, TUNNEL CREEK

This morning tracing our way back towards the Napier Rang, 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, where we will enjoy our picnic lunch surrounded by the towering escarpment before heading to Tunnel Creek, a 750-metre cave system carved through the Range, in which we discover stalactites, secret caves and a variety of wildlife as we don head torches and wade through the cooling waters. 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. Our afternoon journey takes us past stands of expressive Boab trees and out onto the pasture & flood plains where we will check-in to our comfortable accommodation adjacent to the mighty Fitzroy River.

Accommodation: Fitzroy River Lodge, Fitzroy Crossing
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 4 – GEIKIE GORGE WILDLIFE CRUISE, HALLS CREEK

A morning cruise through the majestic Geikie Gorge is a great start to our day. Nature carved this wonder between the Geikie and Oscar Ranges during the Devonian geological period. Learn of the fascinating geology of this natural wonder and discover the huge array of wildlife including freshwater crocodiles, birds and fish. Explore Old Fitzroy Crossing and after departing we break the long journey to the Bungle Bungles with a visit to the gold rush town of Halls Creek where we see the natural feature China Wall. Departing the main highway we venture into Purnululu National Park by way of the 4WD Spring Creek Track where late afternoon we arrive at the privateBungle Bungles Wilderness Lodge, home for the next 2 nights.

Accommodation: Bungle Bungles Wilderness Lodge
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 5 – BUNGLE 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 6 – SCENIC HELICOPTER FLIGHT, EMMA GORGE

There is time in the morning to take an optional scenic helicopter flight over the expansive Bungle Bungles and enjoy a birds-eye view of the beehive domes (approx $350pp, own expense) to put it all into perspective. We continue our journey up the highway before re-joining the Gibb River Road where we enter the iconic El Questro Wilderness Park. Two nights here allows time to experience the many natural features on offer and our afternoon arrival is ideal for a challenging short walk up the towering Emma Gorge, rewarded with a swim in the crystal clear waters at the base of the waterfall.

Accommodation: Emma Gorge Resort, El Questro
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 7 – ZEBEDEE SPRINGS, CHAMBERLAIN GORGE CRUISE

A day of exploring the vast wilderness of El Questro entices us today. We will visit the magical warm waters of Zebedee Springs and have the opportunity to take a cruise on the hauntingly beautiful Chamberlain River. With many walking options including El Questro Gorge, Amalia Gorge or Champagne Springs we can tailor our day to suit and after a visit to the main ‘township’ we return to our relaxing oasis at Emma Gorge for evening cocktails and fine food.

Accommodation: Emma Gorge Resort, El Questro
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 8 – KUNUNURRA, ORD RIVER CRUISE

Departing El Questro this morning we arrive at the ‘capital’ of the East Kimberley, Kununurra. A chance to catch up with the ‘real world’ in this manicured outback oasis beautifully situated on the lake. A drive out of town will take us to one of Australia’s largest inland waters where you will enjoy a spectacular wildlife cruise on the Ord River. Learn of how the mighty Lake Argyle was formed whilst viewing the abundant native wildlife cruising back to Kununurra as the sunsets, it doesn’t get much better.

Accommodation: Kununurra Country Club
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 9 – KUNUNURRA

Today your journey concludes after breakfast with a complimentary transfer to the airport. There are onward connecting flights available from Kununurra to Broome, Perth and Darwin.

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.