Discover pristine beaches, Outback oases and unique wilderness

Get wild on a 13-day tour through the remote Kimberley. Sparsely populated and ruggedly beautiful, the Kimberly is the ultimate adventure destination. Swim in gorges filled with clear waters and under waterfalls. Hike through red-rock formations and palm oases. Learn about the rich First Nations history of the area from Traditional Custodians, take guided walks that illuminate local geography and listen to Outback yarns over a beer in the pub. Get active in this unique and captivating corner of Australia.


Start
Broome, Australia
Finish
Broome, Australia
Destination
Australia
Style
Basix
Theme
Explorer, Overland
Code
PKOL-B
Physical rating
Ages
Min 8
Group size
Min 6, Max 20

Why you'll love this trip

  • Cruise between the sheer, multi-coloured walls of Geikie Gorge and discover the huge array of wildlife like freshwater crocodiles, wallabies and wren.

  • Explore the Tunnel Creek cave system with a Bunuba guide and learn about Janamarra, a First Nations freedom fighter who used the caves to evade police in the late 1800s.

  • Take a guided hike through the King Leopold Ranges to Manning Gorge, where you can swim under a waterfall and see ancient First Nations rock art.

  • Spend two nights in a private safari camp in the heart of Purnululu National Park, with glorious views of the Bungle Bungle Range.

  • Walk on the white sands of Kooljaman’s Western Beach, where red pindan cliffs meet the crystal-clear waters of the ocean.

Is this trip right for you?

  • This trip involves strenuous activities like hiking on uneven terrain. It is best suited to travellers with a very high level of mobility and fitness. Details on physical activities can be found in the itinerary.

  • Weather conditions can be extreme in the Kimberley. Have a think about what time of the year best suits you best to travel in.

  • Accommodation on this tour is a mixture of camping with limited facilities, camping with full facilities and a hostel.

  • You’ll be travelling through regions with very little mobile service or internet connection.

  • Rise and shine! This trip includes lots of early starts.

Itinerary

Depart Broome in the early morning, travelling up the red 4WD track and learning about the region's fascinating history with a guided commentary. The Dampier Peninsula is an extraordinary blend of stunning coastline and First Nations cultures. Your first stop is morning tea at the Beagle Bay Community – home of the Beagle Bay Church and its glimmering pearl shell altar. By mid-morning, arrive at Ardyaloon, or One Arm Point, which is home of the Bardi-Jawi people – a local community living on the tip of the Dampier Peninsula. Visit the community’s aquaculture hatchery for barramundi, pearl and trochus shell, and also meet local First Nations people from One Arm Point who will tell you about their history and life on the peninsula. After lunch, spend time 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. This phenomenon is part of some of the world’s strongest tropical tides, creating standing waves and if you’re lucky, a waterfall in the ocean!
Accommodation
  • Basix permanent tents with proper beds. Sheets provided, sleeping bag required. Hot showers and flushing toilets. (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Beagle Bay Pearl Shell Church Visit
  • Islands of the Giant Tides Cruise
  • Beagle Bay Aboriginal Community
  • One Arm Point Aquaculture Hatchery Visit
Meals Included
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Undertake a tour of Australia’s oldest pearl farm. Learn about this fascinating history from local guides who are descended from the very first pearlers. Next, head to Kooljaman at Cape Leveque for some free time to relax. You could take a swim on the Eastern Beach, have a walk over the Cape itself, or go for a wander below the red sandstone cliffs on Western Beach. Drive back to Broome in the afternoon and arrive at approximately 6 pm. Keep your eyes peeled during the drive, this time of day is great for wildlife spotting. 
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Embrace an early start this morning and leave Broome when the sun begins to rise. While travelling your leader will share stories of local history, people and the environment. Enjoy a morning tea break by the Fitzroy River and visit the Derby 'Boab Prison Tree' and Mowanjum Aboriginal Art and Cultural Centre. Continue along the Gibb River Road. The afternoon is devoted to exploring Tunnel Creek with a local Bunuba guide. Go inside this 750-metre-long cave system and discover stalactites, secret caves and a large variety of wildlife. 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 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
Rise and shine! Head for Bell Gorge early this morning. A hidden highlight of the West Kimberleys, this idyllic retreat boasts cascading waterfalls and crystal clear pools formed over millions of years. Spend a few hours enjoying the serenity, then continue slowly along Gibb River Road to Mt Barnett Cattle Station. On the way, make stops to explore the ancient King Leopold Range. Tonight, camp by the Manning River.
Included Activities
  • Windjana Gorge
  • Bell Gorge
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Spend today exploring this wild paradise. Cross the Manning River and hike through the rugged King Leopold Ranges to arrive at Manning Gorge. Swim beneath the cascade of Manning Falls, relax in the deep clear pool, discover Aboriginal rock art and look out for wildlife on the edges of the water. Tonight, camp on Mt Barnett Cattle Station.
Included Activities
  • Manning Falls
  • Adcock Gorge or Galvans Gorge
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
This morning, drive the back end of the Gibb River Road into the Pentecost Range. Stop at a lookout for views over the mesas (flat-topped elevations) of the Cockburn Range with the Pentecost River snaking its way past the mountains out to the sea. Drive down to the Pentecost River for a photo opportunity, then cross the river to El Questro Wilderness Park. Get settled into your permanent camp.
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
Enjoy a full free day at El Questro today. If you want a little guidance there are plenty of optional activities to choose from. Perhaps take a refreshing dip in the Zebedee Springs or join an optional cruise on Chamberlain Gorge. Or maybe sample local bush tucker on a guided walk. The choice is yours.
Included Activities
  • Zebedee Springs
  • Emma Gorge
Optional Activities
  • Bird Watching Tour, El Questro Station - AUD80
  • Bush Tucker Tour, El Questro Station - AUD99
  • Horse Riding, El Questro - AUD70
  • Chamberlain Gorge Cruise - AUD68
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
Enjoy free time this morning to sleep in or continue exploring El Questro at your own pace. In the afternoon, travel to the shores of the expansive Lake Argyle, the heart of the Ord River Irrigation System and a lush agricultural oasis. On arrival, you have free time to do as you please. Maybe visit the historic Durack Homestead Museum or take on one of the many bush trails to explore the area.
Optional Activities
  • Lake Argyle Sunset Cruise - AUD100
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. Spend the next two nights in a private safari camp in the heart of the park, with glorious views of the Bungle Bungle Range. Today, you will have time to begin exploring the area, including the famous ‘beehive domes’.
Optional Activities
  • Durack Homestead Museum - Free
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Explore Echidna Chasm on a roughly two-kilometre walk. Next, take another short walk of roughly three kilometres into Cathedral Gorge, where towering rocks create a natural amphitheatre. There's time in the afternoon to take an optional scenic flight and enjoy a birds-eye view of the beehive domes (approximately AUD 379 per person) to put it all into perspective. Otherwise, you can relax at camp or keep exploring on the ground.
Included Activities
  • Echidna Chasm Walk
  • Cathedral Gorge Walk (Bungle Bungle)
Optional Activities
  • Bungle Bungle Scenic Flight - AUD375
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Leave Purnululu National Park for Fitzroy Crossing. Break the long journey with a visit to the gold rush town of Halls Creek to see the remarkable China Wall – a natural ‘wall’ of white quarts that rises from the ground. Enjoy lunch at Mary Pool and perhaps visit the remote Laarri Aboriginal Art Gallery, before an evening camping by the Fitzroy River at Fitzroy Crossing.
Included Activities
  • Laarri Aboriginal Art Gallery
  • Fitzroy Crossing
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Take a morning cruise through the majestic Geikie Gorge. 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. Free evening.
Included Activities
  • Geikie Gorge Experience
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
This adventure comes to an end after breakfast. If you are departing from Broome International Airport today, you will be given a complimentary transfer to the hotel.
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Special Information
Please note the airport transfer is only included for passengers who are departing from Broome International Airport today. If you wish to stay on in Broome, speak to an Intrepid booking agent for accommodation information.

Meals

12 breakfasts, 10 lunches, 10 dinners

Transport

4x4

Accommodation

Camping (with basic facilities) (3 nights), Camping (with facilities) (8 nights), Hostel (1 night)

Included activities

  • Beagle Bay Pearl Shell Church Visit
  • Islands of the Giant Tides Cruise
  • Beagle Bay Aboriginal Community
  • One Arm Point Aquaculture Hatchery Visit
  • Tunnel Creek National Park
  • Tunnel Creek exploration walk
  • Mowanjum Aboriginal Art & Cultural Centre
  • Boab Prison Tree
  • Windjana Gorge
  • Bell Gorge
  • Manning Falls
  • Adcock Gorge or Galvans Gorge
  • Zebedee Springs
  • Emma Gorge
  • Echidna Chasm Walk
  • Cathedral Gorge Walk (Bungle Bungle)
  • Laarri Aboriginal Art Gallery
  • Fitzroy Crossing
  • Geikie Gorge Experience

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Important notes

1. This is a Basix-style trip. For the same itinerary in our Original style, please see code PKOL-O.
2. This trip starts in Broome on Day 1 at 7 am and finishes in Broome on Day 13 after breakfast.
3. This trip requires a sleeping bag
4. An upgrade to a room with ensuite bathroom in Broome is available upon request. Please speak to and Intrepid booking agent if you are interested in this.
5. This trip is operated by our partners Kimberly Wild

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