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WILDERNESS ADVENTURES

9 DAY GIBB RIVER ROAD EXPLORER

Included Highlights:  

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

Details: 

  • Price: from $7865.00pp
  • Stay: Fitzroy River Lodge (1N), Bell Gorge Wilderness Lodge (2N), Home Valley Station (1N), El Questro (2N), Bungle Bungle Wilderness Lodge (2N)
  • Commence: Broome ~ Conclude: Kununurra        Tour can operate in Reverse
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A great Kimberley adventures 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 – GIBB RIVER ROAD, BELL GORGE

Our morning excursion sees us partake in an optional challenging 2 km (return) walk from the along a creek line and then up onto the King Leopold sandstone before culminating in the Lenard Gorge lookout where the spectacular falls can be viewed. 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. Late in the afternoon we return to our accommodation at the base of the Precipice Range.

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

DAY 4 – GALVIN’S GORGE, DURACK RIVER

Departing this morning we re-join our journey along the Gibb River Road. More stunning Kimberley gorges await us as we travel through cattle country. A morning swim at the picture perfect Galvin’s Gorge precedes a refreshment stop at the outback Mt Barnett Roadhouse – check out the road signs to see how remote we really are! Continuing along the Gibb River Road, 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. This morning is free to partake in one of the activities and tours that are operated by the property including spectacular helicopter flights, horse riding, or perhaps take the chance to fish for the elusive Barramundi. After lunch we 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. The afternoon is the perfect time to tackle the challenging Emma Gorge walk prior to enjoying a cocktail and a delicious meal under the evening sky.

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

DAY 6 – ZEBEDEE SPRINGS, CHAMBERLAIN GORGE CRUISE

Today we have a full day to explore the most famous cattle station along the Gibb and with it’s spectacular landscape, dotted with boab trees and spectacular gorges, it is the perfect environment to appreciate the captivating beauty of this remote region. We have ample time to traverse the gorges and waterfalls, take a refreshing dip in the warm spring waters of Zebedee Springs and venture deep into the station by way of 4WD tracks. We enjoy a cruise on the hauntingly beautiful Chamberlain River, travelling back to our accommodation as the sunsets.

Accommodation: Emma Gorge Resort, El Questro
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 7 – BUNGLE BUNGLES, 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, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 8 – CATHEDRAL GORGE, OPTIONAL SCENIC 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 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.