Explore the rugged Kimberley region from Broome to Kununurra

Explore Australia’s rugged Kimberley region on this 13-day adventure through the red heart of the west. Explore the underground caves at Tunnel Creek, the tranquil pools at Bell Gorge and the lily-filled waters at Galvans Gorge. Trek through sandstone ranges at El Questro, spot wildlife in Geikie Gorge and hear stories from a descendant of the traditional owners of the Sunday Islands. Visit pearl farms at Cygnet Bay, admire the iconic Bungle Bungles and camp by a billabong (Banjo Patterson-style) on a cattle station. Get as active as you want or simply enjoy the serenity of this unusual corner of Australia.

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Start
Broome, Australia
Finish
Broome, Australia
Country
Australia
Style
Basix
Theme
Overland
Code
PKOL-B
Physical rating
Ages
Min 8
Group size
Min 1, Max 20

Why we love this trip

  • A Guide and a host will accompany you on this trip

  • Enjoy an experience in Tunnell Creek, Cygnet Bay Pearl Farm tour, Island of the Giant Tides and Geikie Gorge cruise

  • Spend two nights staying in the iconic El Questro Wilderness Park, with plenty of free time to take part in activities such as swimming in the gorges, trekking through the bush and bird watching

  • This itinerary covers all of the highlights across the Great Kimberley and accommodates for a more relaxed style of travelling

  • Cape Leveque is one of Australia's most beautiful, spiritual and remote places. Not many people visit this part of the world, but you will.

Is this trip right for you?

  • This trip is a bit more comfortable than a rustic camping experience, as there are a few more added home comforts. There's nothing wrong with being comfortable though, right?

  • The weather conditions can be challenging in the Kimberley, please ensure you are aware of the heat encountered in this region

  • Expect some early morning starts! It is nicer to walk in the cooler morning and travel in the vehicle during the heat of the day.

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

The Dampier Peninsula is an extraordinary blend of stunning coastline and indigenous culture. Travelling up the red 4WD track, learn about the region's fascinating history by guided commentary. Your first stop is for morning tea at the Beagle Bay Aboriginal Community, home of the Beagle Bay Church and its glimmering pearl shell altar. By mid-morning, arrive at One Arm Point (also known as Ardyaloon) home of the Bardi-Jawi people, an indigenous community perched on the tip of the Dampier Peninsula, and visit the Community’s aquaculture hatchery for barramundi, pearl and trochus shell. We’ll also visit Kevin and Donna, traditional owners from One Arm Point who will tell us about their history and life on the peninsula as they make us a traditional sand cooked damper to enjoy with our picnic lunch. After lunch arrive 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. In the evening, you'll reach the remote private safari camp, exclusive to our travellers and nestled on the beach overlooking the bay. In this stunning location, you can swim, explore the mangroves or go for a walk in the dunes to find some old pearlers graves: truly a privileged experience.
Included Activities
  • Permits for National Park walks & gorge visits
  • Beagle Bay Pearl Shell Church Visit
  • Traditional sand-cooked damper
  • Islands of the Giant Tides Cruise
  • Beagle Bay Aboriginal Community
  • One Arm Point Aquaculture Hatchery Visit
Meals Included
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Travel back to Cygnet Bay Pearl Farm by boat to undertake 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 alternatively you might choose to go for a wander along the Western beach where famous red sandstone cliffs tower above the white sand providing some of the most famous images of this area. Driving back to Broome through the afternoon, keep an eye out for wildlife.
Included Activities
  • Cygnet Bay Pearl Farm
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
It's an early start this morning, we leave Broome as 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 in under a big Kimberley 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.
Optional Activities
  • Chamberlain Gorge Cruise - AUD68
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
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
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

12 breakfasts, 11 lunches, 9 dinners

Transport

4x4

Accommodation

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

Included activities

  • Permits for National Park walks & gorge visits
  • Beagle Bay Pearl Shell Church Visit
  • Traditional sand-cooked damper
  • Islands of the Giant Tides Cruise
  • Beagle Bay Aboriginal Community
  • One Arm Point Aquaculture Hatchery Visit
  • Cygnet Bay Pearl Farm
  • 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. Tour commences in Broome on day 1 at 6:30am and finishes in Broome day 13 after breakfast. Onward travel can be booked at any time.
2. This trip is available in Basix and Original styles, see PKOL-O for Original camping.
3. This trip requires a sleeping bag

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