Explore the rugged Kimberley region from Broome to Kununurra

Explore Australia’s rugged Kimberley region on this 12-day adventure through the red heart of the west. Explore the underground caves at Tunnel Creek, the tranquil pools at Bell Gorge and the lily-filled waters at Galvans Gorge. Trek through sandstone ranges at El Questro, spot wildlife in Geikie Gorge and hear stories from a descendant of the traditional owners of the Sunday Islands. Visit pearl farms at Cygnet Bay, admire the iconic Bungle Bungles and camp by a billabong (Banjo Patterson-style) on a cattle station. Get as active as you want or simply enjoy the serenity of this unusual corner of Australia.

Broome, Australia
Broome, Australia
Explorer, Overland, Wildlife
Physical rating
Cultural rating
Min 12
Group size
Min 2 Max 20
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0kg pp per trip


  • A Guide and a host will accompany you on this trip
  • Enjoy an Indigenous experience in Tunnell Creek, star gazing with a professional in Broome, Cygnet Bay Pearl Farm tour, Island of the Giant Tides and Geikie Gorge cruise
  • Spend two nights staying in the iconic El Questro Wilderness Park, with plenty of free time to take part in activities such as swimming in the gorges, trekking through the bush and bird watching.
  • This itinerary covers all of the highlights across the Great Kimberley and accommodates for a more relaxed style of travelling.
  • Cape Leveque is one of Australia's most beautiful, spiritual and remote places. Not many people visit this part of the world, but you will.


This itinerary is valid for departures from 01 April 2016 to 31 March 2017. Other seasons in this trip: 01 April 2017 - 31 March 2018, 01 April 2017 - 31 March 2018.

It's an early start this morning, as you leave Broome when the sun begins to rise. While travelling through the remote Kimberley landscape, your guide shares stories of local history, people and the environment. Enjoy a morning tea break by the Fitzroy River and visit the Derby 'Boab Prison Tree', before hitting the Gibb River Road. From here, visit the fascinating Mowanjum Aboriginal Art & Cultural Centre for an insight into the culture of the Worrorra, Ngarinyin and Wunumbal tribes and their supreme spirit being, the Wandjina.

The afternoon is devoted to exploring Tunnel Creek with your local Bunuba guide. In this 750-metre cave system carved through the Napier Range, discover stalactites, secret caves and a large variety of wildlife. It's here whwre you'll also learn the legend of Jandamarra, an Aboriginal freedom fighter who used the tunnel as a hide-out in the late 1800s. Don't miss a refreshing swim in an idyllic waterhole. Tonight, settle into your first night under the Kimberley night sky.
The Napier Range is over 350 million years old and home to the geological wonder of Windjana Gorge. Beneath gorge walls that rise up 90 metres, spend the morning searching for freshwater crocodiles, local birdlife and indigenous bush tucker. In the afternoon head off for Bell Gorge, a hidden highlight of the West Kimberleys. This idyllic retreat, considered the most beautiful in the area, boasts cascading waterfalls and crystal clear pools formed over millions of years - an easy place to while away a few hours!
Spend today swimming in paradise. Further up the Gibb River Road, discover the cool waters of Galvans Gorge and Adcock Gorge. Amid the rugged beauty of Manning Falls swim in deep clear pools, relax, wander down streams, uncover local wildlife and take a dip in the waterfall pools. Tonight, camp by a billabong on Mt. Barnett Cattle Station
A morning trek into Manning Falls offers the chance to swim in deep clear pools amid a stunning natural landscape, before journeying up the Gibb River Road to El Questro Wilderness Park. Two nights in a private campsite here allows free time to join many activities on offer. Some included activities involve a refreshing dip in the Zebedee Springs and a walk into Emma Gorge, while a cruise on Chamberlain Gorge, bush tucker walk or bird watching tour are among the optional activities. You can also choose to explore this beautiful wilderness park at your own leisure
Today is a free day to explore El Questro and its surrounds. This is the perfect opportunity to take part in many of the optional activities that are on offer. Perhaps head to the station's bar in the evening to enjoy a beer with the rest of the group
Emerge from the Gibb River Road after breakfast for a few hours of free time in Kununurra. In the afternoon, travel onto the shores of the expansive Lake Argyle, the heart of the Ord River Irrigation System, which has transformed this dry region into a lush agricultural oasis. There's free time to join a sunset boat cruise on the lake (approximately AUD 100 per person), visit the historic Durack Homestead Museum or take on one of the many bush trails to explore the area.
After a leisurely morning, head south down the Great Northern Highway to Purnululu National Park, home of the magnificent Bungle Bungles. Two nights here, staying overnight in the new private Bungle Bungle Safari Camp in the heart of the Park, allows a full day to explore the highlights of this extraordinary 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 1980s; once discovered by others, the area was made a national park in 1987. Explore Echidna Chasm (2 km), known for its towering Livistonia Palm trees, and take a short walk (2-3 km) into Cathedral Gorge, where towering rocks create a natural amphitheatre. There's time in the afternoon to take an optional scenic flight and enjoy an optional birds-eye view of the beehive domes (approximately AUD 365 per person) to put it all into perspective
En route to Fitzroy Crossing, break the long journey with a visit to the gold rush town of Halls Creek to see the remarkable China Wall. You'll also enjoy lunch at Mary Pool and visit the remote Laarri Aboriginal Art Gallery, before an evening by the Fitzroy River at Fitzroy Crossing
A morning cruise through the majestic Geikie Gorge is a great start to your last day. Nature carved this wonder through the Geikie and Oscar Ranges during the Devonian geological period. Learn of the fascinating geology and discover the huge array of wildlife, including freshwater crocodiles, birds and fish. Explore Old Fitzroy Crossing and enjoy lunch by the river before travelling to the southern end of the Dampier Peninsula. This evening, explore the Kimberley night sky in depth with Broome’s own astronomer, Greg Quicke
The Dampier Peninsula is an extraordinary blend of beaches and dramatic coastlines, rich in traditional Aboriginal culture. Travelling up the red 4WD track, learn about the region's fascinating history by guided commentary. Your first stop is the Beagle Bay Aboriginal Community, home of the Beagle Bay Church with its glimmering pearl shell altar, for morning tea. By mid-morning, arrive at the remote Cygnet Bay Pearl Farm. Enjoy an insight into this remote pearling industry on the Farm Tour.

After a picnic lunch, embark an extraordinary cruise through the Islands of the Giant Tides, accompanied by Kevin, your local guide from the Ejai family (traditional owners of the Sunday island group). As you glide through the island landscape Kevin shares the traditions, lifestyle and culture of his family. In the evening, you'll reach the remote private safari camp, exclusive to our travellers and nestled on the beach overlooking the bay. In this stunning location, you can swim, explore the mangroves and perhaps catch a fish for dinner before a warm Kimberley sunset: truly a privileged experience
Returning to civilisation, travel to the One Arm Point Community perched on the tip of the Dampier Peninsula to visit the Community’s aquaculture hatchery, complete with barramundi, pearl and trochus shell. From here, you'll soon reach Kooljaman at Cape Leveque. You may like to head off on a snorkelling adventure (equipment provided), or take one of the lovely walks in the area.

Alternatively, you may prefer to enjoy the beaches and rugged red coastline for which Cape Leveque is famous. As we return south we pause for afternoon tea in the laid-back Lombadina Community, a beautiful and welcoming community, which is home to an interesting bush timber church. Driving back through the dusk, keep an eye out for wildlife before arriving back in Broome at approximately 6.30 pm. Your trip ends upon arrival
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11 breakfasts, 11 lunches, 7 dinners
Camping (with basic facilities) (11 nights)
Included activities
  • Bunuba Indigenous Experience
  • Mowanjum Aboriginal Art & Cultural Centre
  • Tunnel Creek Walk
  • Bell Gorge
  • Galvins Gorge
  • Adcock Gorge
  • Zebedee Springs
  • Emma Gorge
  • Echidna Chasm Walk
  • Cathedral Gorge Walk (Bungle Bungle)
  • Laarri Aboriginal Art Gallery
  • Fitzroy Crossing
  • Geikie Gorge Experience
  • Astronomy Tour
  • Cygnet Bay Pearl Farm
  • Islands of the Giant Tides Cruise
  • Cape Leveque Adventure


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1. Tour commences in Broome on day 1 at 6:30am and finishes in Broome day 12 at approx 6pm please. Onward travel must be booked for the following day.
2. This trip requires a sleeping bag

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