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.


Start
Broome, Australia
Finish
Broome, Australia
Country
Australia
Style
Original
Code
PKOL-O
Physical rating
Ages
Min 8
Group size
Min 1, Max 20

Why we love this trip

  • A Guide and a host will accompany you on this trip

  • Enjoy an experience in Tunnell Creek, 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.

Is this trip right for you?

  • This trip is a bit more comfortable than a rustic camping experience, as there are a few more added home comforts. There's nothing wrong with being comfortable though, right?

  • The weather conditions can be challenging in the Kimberley, please ensure you are aware of the heat encountered in this region

  • Expect some early morning starts! It is nicer to walk in the cooler morning and travel in the vehicle during the heat of the day.

Itinerary

The Dampier Peninsula is an extraordinary blend of stunning coastline and indigenous culture. Travelling up the red 4WD track, learn about the region's fascinating history by guided commentary. Your first stop is for morning tea at the Beagle Bay Aboriginal Community, home of the Beagle Bay Church and its glimmering pearl shell altar. By mid-morning, arrive at One Arm Point (also known as Ardyaloon) home of the Bardi-Jawi people, an indigenous community perched on the tip of the Dampier Peninsula, and visit the Community’s aquaculture hatchery for barramundi, pearl and trochus shell. We’ll also visit Kevin and Donna, traditional owners from One Arm Point who will tell us about their history and life on the peninsula as they make us a traditional sand cooked damper to enjoy with our picnic lunch.

After lunch arrive at Cygnet Bay Pearl Farm to enjoy a pearl appreciation tour and then embark on an extraordinary cruise through the Islands of the Giant Tides. 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 or go for a walk in the dunes to find some old pearlers graves: truly a privileged experience.
Included Activities
  • Permits for National Park walks & gorge visits
  • Beagle Bay Pearl Shell Church Visit
  • One Arm Point Aquaculture Hatchery Visit
  • Islands of the Giant Tides Cruise
  • Beagle Bay Aboriginal Community
  • Traditional sand-cooked damper
Meals Included
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Travel back to Cygnet Bay Pearl Farm by boat to undertake a tour of Australia’s oldest pearl farm. Learn about this fascinating history from local guides descended from the very first pearlers.

From here, you'll soon reach Kooljaman at Cape Leveque, where you may like to swim on the Eastern beach, take one of the lovely walks over the Cape itself or alternatively you might choose to go for a wander along the Western beach where famous red sandstone cliffs tower above the white sand providing some of the most famous images of this area. Driving back to Broome through the afternoon, keep an eye out for wildlife before arriving at our private campsite just outside of Broome.
Accommodation
  • Camping with facilities (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Cygnet Bay Pearl Farm
  • Kooljaman region
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
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.
Included Activities
  • Tunnel Creek National Park
  • Boab Prison Tree
  • Mowanjum Aboriginal Art & Cultural Centre
  • Tunnel Creek exploration walk
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
First thing this morning we 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! We’ll then travel slowly along the Gibb River Road to Mt Barnett Cattle Station exploring the beautiful and ancient King Leopold Range on the way to our camp by the Manning River.
Included Activities
  • Windjana Gorge
  • Bell Gorge
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Spend today swimming in paradise. Cross the Manning River and hike through the rugged wilderness of the King Leopold Ranges to arrive at the stunning Manning Gorge. Amid the rugged beauty of Manning Falls swim in the deep clear pool, discover Aboriginal rock art and look out for wildlife on the edges of the water. Return the way we came to spend our second night at the beautiful Mt Barnett Cattle Station camp.
Included Activities
  • Galvans Gorge
  • Adcock Gorge
  • Manning Falls
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
This morning we leave Mt Barnett to drive the back end of the Gibb River Road. An absolutely magical drive out of the King Leopold Ranges and into the Pentecost Range. We’ll stop at a stunning lookout over the high flat mesas of the Cockburn Range with the Pentecost River snaking its way past the mountains out to the sea. We’ll drive down to the Pentecost River for an iconic photograph before driving across the river. Shortly after our river crossing we’ll arrive in the scenic El Questro Wilderness Park where we’ll set up in our permanent camp for two nights.
Included Activities
  • Zebedee Springs
Optional Activities
  • Bird Watching Tour, El Questro Station - AUD80
  • Bush Tucker Tour, El Questro Station - AUD99
  • Horse Riding, El Questro - AUD70
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Today we’ll go to the spectacular Zebedee Springs, a natural hot spring that remains 28-32 degrees’ year round and is surrounded by towering Livistonia palms. After a soak in the springs we’ll go for a hike over the ancient boulders of Emma Gorge. This short walk offers stunning views of the huge sandstone cliffs before cooling off at a very special waterhole. The afternoon is yours to do as you wish. Perhaps head to the station's bar in the evening to enjoy a beer with the rest of the group.
Optional Activities
  • Chamberlain Gorge Cruise - AUD68
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
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.
Included Activities
  • Durack Homestead Museum
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
After a leisurely morning, head south down the Great Northern Highway to Purnululu National Park, home of the magnificent Bungle Bungle Range. Two nights here, staying overnight in the new private Bungle Bungle Safari Camp in the heart of the Park, the only camp in the national park to overlook the Bungle Bungle Range. This allows a full day to explore the highlights of this extraordinary National Park, the most famous of which, are the ‘beehive domes’.
Included Activities
  • Cathedral Gorge Walk (Bungle Bungle)
  • Echidna Chasm Walk
Optional Activities
  • Bungle Bungle Scenic Flight from - AUD350
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Unbelievably, nobody but the local indigenous people knew of the Bungle Bungles until the early 1980s; once discovered by outsiders, 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 379 per person) to put it all into perspective.
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
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
Included Activities
  • Laarri Aboriginal Art Gallery
  • Fitzroy Crossing
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
A morning cruise through the majestic Geikie Gorge is a great start to your last day. Nature carved this wonder through the Napier Range 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.
Included Activities
  • Geikie Gorge Experience
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch

Meals

11 breakfasts, 11 lunches, 8 dinners

Transport

4x4

Accommodation

Permanent tented camp (with facilities) (6 nights), Camping (with facilities) (1 night), Semi-permanent tented camp (with facilities) (2 nights), Cabin (with ensuite) (1 night), Cabin (with shared facilities) (1 night)

Included activities

  • Permits for National Park walks & gorge visits
  • Beagle Bay Pearl Shell Church Visit
  • One Arm Point Aquaculture Hatchery Visit
  • Islands of the Giant Tides Cruise
  • Beagle Bay Aboriginal Community
  • Traditional sand-cooked damper
  • Cygnet Bay Pearl Farm
  • Kooljaman region
  • Tunnel Creek National Park
  • Boab Prison Tree
  • Mowanjum Aboriginal Art & Cultural Centre
  • Tunnel Creek exploration walk
  • Windjana Gorge
  • Bell Gorge
  • Galvans Gorge
  • Adcock Gorge
  • Manning Falls
  • Zebedee Springs
  • Durack Homestead Museum
  • Cathedral Gorge Walk (Bungle Bungle)
  • Echidna Chasm Walk
  • Laarri Aboriginal Art Gallery
  • Fitzroy Crossing
  • Geikie Gorge Experience

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Important notes

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 is available in Basix and Original styles, see PKOL-B for Basix camping.
3. This trip requires a sleeping bag

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