Map of The Great Kimberley Overland  including Australia

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.

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Terms & Conditions

Start
Broome, Australia
Finish
Broome, Australia
Destination
Australia
Style
Original
Code
PKOL-O
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.

  • Meet some of our Bardi-Jawi friends in One Arm Point (Ardyaloon) and learn about life on the coast from the land’s Traditional Custodians.

Is this trip right for you?

  • This trip is operated and run by our trusted partner, Kimberley Wild Expeditions. You will be travelling with a mixture of both Kimberley Wild Expeditions customers and Intrepid customers. Intrepid works closely with Kimberley Wild Expeditions to ensure that all of our customers enjoy their time away.

  • On some days of the trip, you’ll spend several hours driving through very sparse areas of Australia. Sit back and enjoy landscapes that you would miss in any other form of travel. Extra space can be tight, and conditions may feel a little cramped. Think of it as a great way to get to know your fellow travellers. The drive days can be long, but it’s as much about the journey as the destination, and half the fun is the camaraderie.

  • Our leaders are the classic do-it-all Aussie – they know the best spots to watch the sunset, can drive you to your next destination, take you on a guided hike or even whip up dinner for the group on some trips. While they won’t always do all these jobs on every trip, be aware they will be juggling many things on your tour and may have less time to spend with you. They will always be working hard to ensure you and your group have a fantastic time exploring Australia.

  • 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 lodge.

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

Itinerary

This itinerary is valid for departures from 01 Jan 2022 to 31 Dec 2023.
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Your Kimberley overland adventure kicks off bright and early from Broome, where you’ll meet your fellow travellers and local leader before hitting the road, 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!
Included Activities
  • Geikie Gorge - Permits for National Park walks & gorge visits
  • Beagle Bay - Beagle Bay Pearl Shell Church Visit
  • Dampier Peninsula - One Arm Point Aquaculture Hatchery Visit
  • Dampier Peninsula - King Sound & Giant Tides Cruise
  • Dampier Peninsula - Beagle Bay Aboriginal Community & Church Visit
  • Beagle Bay - Traditional sand-cooked damper
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
This morning, take 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 choose to wander along the Western Beach. This is where the famed red sandstone cliffs tower above the white sand providing some of the best images of this area. Driving back to Broome in the afternoon, keep an eye out for local wildlife. Arrive back in town in the early evening and enjoy some time for your own discoveries.
Included Activities
  • Dampier Peninsula - Cygnet Bay Pearl Farm Tour & Grading Session
  • Dampier Peninsula - Cape Leveque
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Embrace an early start this morning and leave Broome when the sun begins to rise. 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 in for an evening under the Kimberley night sky.
Included Activities
  • Tunnel Creek NP - Tunnel Creek National Park
  • Tunnel Creek National Park - Tunnel Creek Visit & Exploration Walk
  • Derby - Mowanjum Aboriginal Art & Cultural Centre
  • dalby - Boab Prison Tree
Meals Included
  • 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
  • Bell Gorge - Windjana Gorge
  • Bell Gorge - Manning 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 Gorge - Manning Falls
  • Mt Barnett Station - 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
  • Lunch
  • 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
  • El Questro - Zebedee Springs
Optional Activities
  • El Questro Station - Bird Watching Tour - AUD80
  • El Questro Station - Bush Tucker Tour - AUD99
  • El Questro - Horse Riding - AUD70
  • El Questro - Chamberlain Gorge Cruise - AUD68
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
The morning is free to sleep in or continue exploring El Questro at your own pace. clear waters of Lake Argyle, a manmade wonder that provides a tranquil oasis in the heart of the region. On arrival, enjoy an afternoon at leisure. You may like to pay a visit to the historic Durack Homestead Museum to brush up on the history of the region, or perhaps explore one of the many bush trails that weave through the landscape.
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
The day is yours to discover all this slice of paradise has to offer. Be sure to speak to your leader for tips on how to get the most out of a day here. Why not take a relaxing dip in the infinity pool and soak in sweeping views of the lake, or perhaps explore its waters from a kayak. If you’d like to see the lake from a different perspective, there are also scenic flights available, or you may like to round of the day with a fabulous sunset boat cruise.
Optional Activities
  • Lake Argyle - Sunset Cruise - AUD100
  • Lake Argyle - Durack Homestead Museum - Free
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
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’.
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
  • Bungle Bungles - Echidna Chasm Walk
  • Bungle Bungles - Cathedral Gorge Walk
Optional Activities
  • Bungle Bungle - Scenic Helicopter 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
  • Halls Creek - Laarri Aboriginal Art Gallery
  • Fitzroy Crossing - Camping by the Fitzroy River
  • Halls Creek - China Wall
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, where on arrival your Kimberley adventure will come to an end.
Included Activities
  • Geikie Gorge - Geikie Gorge Experience
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch

Meals

10 breakfasts, 10 lunches, 8 dinners

Transport

private 4WD vehicle

Accommodation

Private Camp - shared facilities(3nts), Camping - shared facilities (1nt), Bungle Bungles Safari Camp - shared facilities (2nts), Safari Tent - shared facilities (2nts), Safari Tent - with ensuite (2nts), Private Room - shared facilities (2nts)

Included activities

  • Geikie Gorge - Permits for National Park walks & gorge visits
  • Beagle Bay - Beagle Bay Pearl Shell Church Visit
  • Dampier Peninsula - One Arm Point Aquaculture Hatchery Visit
  • Dampier Peninsula - King Sound & Giant Tides Cruise
  • Dampier Peninsula - Beagle Bay Aboriginal Community & Church Visit
  • Beagle Bay - Traditional sand-cooked damper
  • Dampier Peninsula - Cygnet Bay Pearl Farm Tour & Grading Session
  • Dampier Peninsula - Cape Leveque
  • Tunnel Creek NP - Tunnel Creek National Park
  • Tunnel Creek National Park - Tunnel Creek Visit & Exploration Walk
  • Derby - Mowanjum Aboriginal Art & Cultural Centre
  • dalby - Boab Prison Tree
  • Bell Gorge - Windjana Gorge
  • Bell Gorge - Manning Gorge
  • Manning Gorge - Manning Falls
  • Mt Barnett Station - Adcock Gorge or Galvans Gorge
  • El Questro - Zebedee Springs
  • Bungle Bungles - Echidna Chasm Walk
  • Bungle Bungles - Cathedral Gorge Walk
  • Halls Creek - Laarri Aboriginal Art Gallery
  • Fitzroy Crossing - Camping by the Fitzroy River
  • Halls Creek - China Wall
  • Geikie Gorge - Geikie Gorge Experience

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Important notes

From 01 September 2021, all travellers on Intrepid trips will be required to produce proof of full vaccination against COVID-19. Excludes Australia, New Zealand and Cook Islands tours. Read details here.

STYLE
This is an Original-style trip. For the same itinerary in Basix style, please see trip code PKOL-B.
START/FINISH
This trip starts in Broome on Day 1 at 7 am and finishes in Broome on Day 13 after breakfast.
SLEEPING BAG
This trip requires a sleeping bag
UPGRADES
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.

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