Enter into the wilds of the Kimberley on an off-road journey that takes in Windjana Gorge, El Questro and the Bungle Bungles

Get wild and remote in some of Australia's most untouched territory, the Kimberley. Embark on an adventure tour down the rough Gibb River Road, taking in hidden caves and indigenous history at Tunnel Creek. Discover waterfalls, palm oases and shaded rock pools in Bell, Adcock and Windjana gorges, and enter natural amphitheatres in the iconic Bungle Bungles. Get active hiking through chasms, cool off in Zebedee Springs and cruise through Geikie Gorge by boat in search of wildlife.


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

Why we love this trip

  • Tour through hidden caves at Tunnel Creek

  • Experience serenity at pristine Bell Gorge

  • Hear about outback lore at a remote cattle station

  • Journey down the rugged Gibb River Road

  • Soak in thermal pools at Zebedee Springs

  • Visit the curious Bungle Bungle Ranges

  • Swim in crystal-clear rock pools at Bell Gorge

  • Cruise past silvery fish in mighty Geikie Gorge

  • Enjoy a yarn with locals in an outback pub

  • Watch crocs lying in the shadows of Windjana Gorge

Is this trip right for you?

  • This itinerary involves some clambering over rocks, wading in water by torchlight, walking on rocky creek beds and ascending/descending into gorges. A reasonable level of fitness and being sure on your feet is necessary to participate.

Itinerary

This itinerary is valid for departures from 01 April 2017 to 31 March 2018. View the itinerary for departures between 01 April 2018 - 31 March 2019

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
  • 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

9 breakfasts, 9 lunches, 6 dinners

Transport

4x4

Accommodation

Camping (with basic facilities) (3 nights), Camping (with facilities) (6 nights)

Included activities

  • 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. This trip starts in Broome at approximately 6:30am and finishes in Broome early evening on day 10. Onward travel must be booked the following day.
2. This trip is available in Basix and Original styles, see code PKOW-B for Basix camping.
3. This trip requires a sleeping bag

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Reviews

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Wild Kimberley Overland (Original), June 2017

Patricia Adams Smith