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
Basix
Theme
Overland
Code
PKOW-O
Physical rating
Ages
Min 8
Group size
Min 1, Max 20

Why we love this trip

  • Your pre and post accommodation in Broome is included

  • 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 2018 to 31 March 2019. View the itinerary for departures between 01 April 2017 - 31 March 2018

You can arrive any time today. An airport transfer is included if you advise us of your flight arrival. Spend the afternoon exploring at your leisure: Broome is one of the most interesting outback towns in Australia. From the age of the dinosaurs and the ancient stories of local indigenous people to the region’s role in early global exploration and the flourishing south sea pearl industry, this cultural melting pot has many a tale to tell. In the evening, get to know your fellow travellers at a Welcome Dinner, while we prepare for the adventure that lies ahead.
Meals Included
  • 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.
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 where you'll also learn the legend of Jandamarra,
an Aboriginal freedom fighter who used the tunnel as a hide-out in
the late 1800s. From here you’ll travel to Windjana Gorge in time to
set up camp and go for a walk down to the gorge itself where you’ll
be able to spot a number of freshwater crocodiles and enjoy the
sunset over the Napier Range. Tonight, settle into your first night
under the Kimberley night sky.
Included Activities
  • Tunnel Creek National Park
  • Tunnel Creek exploration walk
  • Mowanjum Aboriginal Art & Cultural Centre
  • Boab Prison Tree
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
  • Manning Falls
  • Adcock Gorge
  • Galvans Gorge
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
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.
Optional Activities
  • Chamberlain Gorge Cruise - AUD68
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
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
  • Durack Homestead Museum - Free
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
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 - AUD375
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
  • Dinner
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 returning to Broome.
Included Activities
  • Geikie Gorge Experience
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
As the adventure draws to an end, it is time to bid farewell to the Kimberley. If you are departing on a flight today, an airport transfer is included. Alternatively, you may have booked into one of Broome’s many resorts for a little luxury following your intrepid experience in the Kimberley wilderness – there is plenty more of Broome to explore and experience!
Meals Included
  • Breakfast

Meals

11 breakfasts, 9 lunches, 9 dinners

Transport

4x4

Accommodation

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

Included activities

  • Tunnel Creek National Park
  • Tunnel Creek exploration walk
  • Mowanjum Aboriginal Art & Cultural Centre
  • Boab Prison Tree
  • Windjana Gorge
  • Bell Gorge
  • Manning Falls
  • Adcock Gorge
  • Galvans Gorge
  • Zebedee Springs
  • 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 on day 1 with a welcome meeting in the evening. You can arrive any time. Airport pick up is available.
2. This trip finishes in Broome after breakfast on day 12. You are free to depart any time.
3. This trip is available in Basix and Original styles, see code PKOW-O for Original camping.
4. This trip requires a sleeping bag

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Reviews

Our Wild Kimberley Overland (Original) 2018 trips score an average of 5 out of 5 based on 5 reviews in the last year.

Wild Kimberley Overland (Original), September 2017

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Wild Kimberley Overland (Original), July 2017

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