Explore the rugged landscapes of the West Kimberley region

A region of incredible natural beauty and spiritual significance to the First Nations people, Western Australia's Kimberley region is one of Australia's greatest wildernesses. While you may not see many other travellers on the open roads and the drive days can be long, you don’t have to spends weeks at a time to see a mix of the highlights and lesser-known gems. This short journey will show you some of the region’s best natural landscapes and places of cultural importance, like croc spotting on a wildlife cruise through Geikie Gorge, learning about the legend of Jandamarra on a tour of Tunnel Creek or bushwalking to Manning Falls.


Start
Broome, Australia
Finish
Broome, Australia
Destination
Australia
Style
Basix
Theme
Explorer
Code
PKBW
Physical rating
Ages
Min 5
Group size
Min 6, Max 20

Why you'll love this trip

  • Take a barefoot stroll as you watch the sunset along Broome Beach.

  • Go underground in the historic cave systems of Tunnel Creek.

  • Cool off with a swim in a sheltered waterhole at Galvans Gorge.

  • Spot a flurry of native birdlife in Geikie Gorge and maybe even a freshwater croc!

  • Spend the night camping on a real cattle station.

Is this trip right for you?

  • This itinerary involves some clambering over rocks, wading in water, 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.

  • Accommodation on this trip is camping, sleeping in swags with sleeping bags, often with few facilities. There is group participation in preparing meals and cleaning at your camp.

  • PLEASE NOTE: Due to COVID-19 restrictions and related seasonal closures, some elements of this itinerary may not be available at time of travel. In particular all First Nations communities are currently closed to travellers. This may result in substitute activities and/or rerouting as required. The situation is evolving daily, but please be prepared for possible changes to your Kimberley adventure if necessary.

Itinerary

Welcome to the Kimberley! This morning you’ll meet your local host and group in Broome and travel east towards Fitzroy Crossing. First up, you’ll visit the nearby original Fitzroy Crossing townsite, that nowadays is largely abandoned, before joining a local National Park Ranger on a guided cruise through the majestic Geikie Gorge. The Gorge is naturally carved between the Geikie and Oscar Ranges and your guide is an expert in the unique geology and flora and fauna of the area. Keep an eye out for a range of native birds, fish and even freshwater crocodiles! Tonight you’ll set up camp near the Fitzroy River, where you’ll get to know your fellow travellers a little bit better over a good Aussie barbecue for dinner before you relax under the stars.
Meals Included
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
This morning you’ll leave Fitzroy Crossing and head toward the King Leopold Ranges. Here you’ll explore the famous Tunnel Creek, a cave system that was used as a hideout by the First Nations freedom fighter, Jandamarra in the 1800s. The caves are carved through the Napier Ranges, and are full of stalactites and a large variety of native wildlife, so be sure to keep an eye out for any cute critters. After lunch, you’ll head to your campsite for the evening in Windjana Gorge National Park and spend the afternoon exploring the picturesque region – maybe even tasting a little bit of bushtucker in your travels. This evening, settle down for a delicious campfire dinner under the famous Kimberley night sky.
Included Activities
  • Windjana Gorge
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
This morning you’ll hit the famous Gibb River Road until you arrive at Adcock Gorge, where you’ll spend the morning surrounded by the contrasting rainforest and sandstone ranges. After lunch, head to Galvans Gorge to cool off with a swim among the water lilies and boab trees with time to just relax before heading to Mt Barnett Cattle Station, a privately owned cattle station nestled between Galvans Gorge and Manning Gorge. This is where you’ll set up camp for the next two nights, so enjoy exploring the spectacular landscape around the site – and watch out for cows walking past your tent!
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Today you will explore the remote and spectacular Manning Gorge, which is surrounded by rugged natural cliffs. Cross the meandering Manning River (either swimming or by pulley boat, depending on your preference) and take a bushwalk up to the impressive Manning Falls. These clear, deep pools are perfect for swimming and provide great views of the surrounding pink and grey granite rocks. Spend the afternoon at your leisure, either relaxing on the banks or swimming in the Manning River before getting the campfire roaring ahead of dinner time.
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Today you’ll leave the campsite at Mt Barnett Cattle Station and travel to Silent Grove, where you’ll set up camp and enjoy lunch before heading out to explore the Bell Gorge in the ancient King Leopold Range. The gorge is home to cascading waterfalls and crystal-clear rock pools that have been formed over millions of years. Spend some time swimming in the sheltered pools before returning to camp for a final night around the campfire with your new friends.
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Today you’ll head back to the Gibb River Road en route to Broome, stopping at the renowned Boab Prison Tree on the way. It is alleged this 1500-year-old hollow tree was once used as a holding cell for First Nations prisoners on their way to sentencing in Derby. Continue to Broome, hopefully arriving in time to watch the sunset on Cable Beach before you say your goodbyes and your tour comes to an end.
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Meals

5 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 6 dinners

Transport

All Terrain vehicle

Included activities

  • Windjana Gorge

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Important notes

1. Minimum numbers: this trip requires a minimum of 6 clients booked and confirmed in order to depart
2. This trip starts in Broome at approximately 7:30am and finishes around 7:00pm. Onward travel should not be booked until the following day. Trip departs from the Kimberley Traveller's Lodge at 7:30am sharp. Please be ready at reception. Pick up from most centrally located hotels in Broome from 7am, you must let us know at least 48 hours prior to travel. Please ask your booking agent for more information
3. A Single Supplement not is available on this trip
4. Intrepid travellers can carry a maximum of 15kg. It is essential you bring only one small to medium soft-sided bag plus a day pack. We are not able to carry hard / externally framed suitcases
5. This trip requires a sleeping bag
6. Travellers on this trip must bring a pair of shoes/sandals that they don’t mind getting wet

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