13 Day Kimberley Explorer


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    The best 4WD adventure tour in the Kimberley!

    This is our most popular Kimberley Expedition, as no Kimberley experience is complete without discovering both gorge country and the Kimberley coast.

    Immerse yourself in one of Australia’s more remote, pristine wildernesses – from the savannah to the sea this trip explore the highlights of the Kimberley in depth. Experience the land of the saltwater people on the Dampier Peninsula, get a taste of the Kimberley Coast in the Buccaneer Archipelago, take an iconic journey up the famous Gibb River Road and explore El Questro Wilderness Park, Lake Argyle and the World Heritage-listed Bungle Bungles.

    Join us for our 2023 Kimberley Tours. A world-renowned 4WD tour, we’ll take you on adventures across the magnificent Kimberley region of Western Australia. Book today and be amazed at the breathtaking sunsets, crystal clear waters, and ancient rock formations that make this part of Australia so special to explore as we venture through the dusty bush tracks that can take us to some of Australia’s most incredible natural sights.

    From Broome, you’ll travel through some of Australia’s most rugged and remote landscapes, with our experienced guides on this Kimberley Adventure tour.

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    $5,300

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      Itinerary

      Day 1: Beagle Bay, Lombadina and Buccaneer Archipelago

      The Dampier Peninsula is an extraordinary blend of pristine beaches and dramatic coastlines, rich in traditional Aboriginal culture. Travelling north, learn about the region’s fascinating history from our guided commentary. Our first stop is the Beagle Bay Aboriginal Community, home of the Beagle Bay Church with its glimmering pearl shell altar, for morning tea. Next, we visit the garden community of Lombadina, home to an old bush church, a local craft shop and a delightful community bakery – enjoy their fresh wood-fired bread for our picnic lunch. Across the peninsula we discover the remote Cygnet Bay Pearl Farm. In 1946 Dean Brown skippered a rickety wooden lugger into an unknown frontier to discover this hidden paradise: his descendants continue to operate what is now the oldest Pearl Farm in Australia. Embark on an extraordinary Sea Safari through the Islands of the Giant Tides to experience the remarkable tidal flows of King Sound. (LD)

      Day 2: Cygnet Bay Pearl Farm & One Arm Point

      This morning we gain an insight into this remote pearling industry on the Farm Tour, concluding with an in-depth pearl grading and appreciation session that will leave you feeling like a pearl expert. We then journey further north to the One Arm Point Aboriginal Community to tour a local aquaculture hatchery perched right on the tip of One Arm Point overlooking the impressive Buccaneer Archipelago. We also enjoy the company and cultural insight of our local guide, as he shares stories of growing up in the remote Bardi Jawi community and a few bushtucker secrets. After a picnic lunch visit the Round Rock viewpoint to search the bay for dolphins and turtles, while a refreshing dip at nearby Jologo Beach is a great way to finish up. On the return journey to Broome, keep an eye out for wildlife, such as dingoes, wallabies and wild donkeys, before arriving at your accommodation at approximately 5.00pm. (BL)

      Day 3: Tunnel Creek

      As we travel through the remote and beautiful Kimberley landscape, our 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 we hit the Gibb River Road. Visit the fascinating Mowanjum Aboriginal Art & Cultural Centre for an insight into the culture of the Worrorra, Ngarinyin and Wunumbal tribes and their supreme spirit being, the Wandjina. The afternoon is devoted to exploring Tunnel Creek, with our local Bunuba guide. In this 750-metre cave system carved through the Napier Range, we discover stalactites, secret caves and a large variety of wildlife. It is here we also learn the legend of Jandamarra, an Aboriginal freedom fighter who used the tunnel as a hide-out in the late 1800’s. Don’t miss a refreshing swim in an idyllic waterhole. That night we settle into our first night under the Kimberley night sky. (BLD)

      Days 4-5: West Kimberley Gorges

      The Napier Range is over 350 million years old and home to the geological wonder of Windjana Gorge. Beneath gorge walls rising 90m, we spend the morning searching for freshwater crocodiles, local birdlife and indigenous bush tucker. Mid morning we head off to Dalmanyi (Bell Gorge), a hidden highlight of the West Kimberley. This idyllic retreat, considered amongst 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! Spend the next day swimming in paradise: discover the cool waters of water lily-laden Galvans Gorge and stunning Adcock Gorge. Amid the rugged beauty of Manning Falls we swim in deep clear pools, relax, explore wandering streams, uncover local wildlife and take a dip in the waterfall pools. Overnight we camp by a billabong on Mt Barnett Cattle Station. (BLD/BLD)

      Days 6-7: El Questro Wilderness Park

      Our journey up the Gibb River Road continues to the iconic El Questro Wilderness Park. Two nights in our private campsite allows free time to join one or more of the many activities on offer. We include a refreshing dip in the Zebedee Springs and walk into Emma Gorge while a cruise on Chamberlain Gorge, bush tucker walk or bird watching tour are amongst the many optional activities. You may choose to simply explore this beautiful wilderness park at your own leisure. (BLD/BL)

      Days 8-9: Kununurra & Lake Argyle

      Emerge from the Gibb River Road for a few hours free time in Kununurra: sample locally-made rum at the Hoochery and pick up some local sandalwood inspired beauty, health and lifestyle products at the Sandalwood Factory. After lunch, travel on to the shores of the expansive Lake Argyle, the heart of the Ord River Irrigation System which has transformed this dry region into a lush agricultural oasis. Two nights allows time to enjoy a refreshing afternoon swim in the Infinity Pool, with a magnificent view across the lake, and take up one of the many optional activities on offer such as scenic flights and kayak hire. You may like to join our guide to visit the historic Durack Homestead Museum or take on one of the many bush trails to explore the area. A sunset boat cruise on the lake is highly recommended (approx AU$100pp, own expense). (BD/BL)

      Days 10-11: Purnululu National Park: Bungle Bungles

      Journey south down the Great Northern Highway to Purnululu National Park, home of the magnificent Bungle Bungles. Two nights here, staying in our private Bungle Bungle Safari Camp in the heart of the park, allows a full day to explore the highlights of this extraordinary National Park, the most famous of which, are the Bungle Bungle domes. Rivers created this landscape of unique orange and black striped ‘beehive’ geological formations over a period of 20 million years. Unbelievably, only the locals knew it existed until the early 1980’s; once discovered by others, the area was made a national park in 1987. We explore Echidna Chasm (2km), known for its towering Livistonia Palm trees, and take a short walk (2-3km) into stunning Cathedral Gorge, where towering rocks create a natural amphitheatre. There is time in the afternoon to take an optional scenic helicopter flight and enjoy a birds-eye view of the beehive domes (approx $450pp, own expense) to put it all into perspective. (BLD/BLD)

      Day 12: China Wall & Fitzroy Crossing

      Enroute to Fitzroy Crossing, we break the long journey with a visit the gold rush town of Halls Creek to see the remarkable China Wall. We also enjoy lunch at Marys Pool and visit an Aboriginal Art Gallery, before an evening by the Fitzroy River at Fitzroy Crossing. (BLD)

      Day 13: Geikie Gorge

      A morning cruise through the majestic Danggu (Geikie Gorge) is a great start to the day. Nature carved this wonder through the Geikie and Oscar Ranges during the Devonian geological period. Learn of the fascinating geology of this natural wonder and discover the huge array of wildlife including freshwater crocodiles, birds and fish. Enjoy lunch by the river en route back to Broome. (BL)

      Highlights
      What To Bring
      Booking Info
      FAQs
      • Buccaneer Archipelago Sea Safari,
      • Cygnet Bay Pearl Farm Tour,
      • Beagle Bay Pearl Shell Church Altar,
      • One Arm Point Aquaculture Hatchery,
      • Gibb River Road, Windjana Gorge,
      • Tunnel Creek,
      • Dalmanyi (Bell Gorge),
      • Manning Falls,
      • El Questro Wilderness Park,
      • Zebedee Springs,
      • Kununurra,
      • Lake Argyle,
      • Bungle Bungles,
      • Echidna Chasm,
      • Cathedral Gorge,
      • Danggu (Geikie Gorge) Cruise
      • A pair of shoes/sandals that you don’t mind getting wet – and we mean fully immersed in water. Ideally, wet shoes or sandals.
      • A torch (ideally a head torch)
      • A broad-brimmed hat with sun visor for all round protection
      • Swimming costume and towel
      • Bath towel
      • Walking/trekking shoes
      • Personal water bottle (ideally 1.5L capacity)
      • Small day pack
      • Personal toiletries
      • Masks & R.A.T. Tests
      • Insect repellent & sunscreen
      • Long-sleeved cotton shirt (sun protection) and loose-fitting pants (warmth and insect protection for evenings)
      • Warm jumper (particularly in May-Aug)
      • Sleeping Bag *Note: 10ºC sleeping bags are available for sale at $50pp – must be requested prior to travel and can be kept following your trip or donated to indigenous communities.
      • Note: Maximum bag weight limit is 15kg – no suitcases
      • It is important that travellers participate in setting up camp each night, though the guide can assist where necessary. Kimberley Wild guides also appreciate the assistance or one or two group members in preparing/clearing meals. It is essential that all our groups leave the camps they stay in as they found them for the next travellers.
      • Are you over 70 years old? Due to the remote location and challenging nature of our extended camping tours it is essential for older travellers to review and sign our Medical Form to ensure you can participate fully in the itinerary.
      • Travel Insurance is compulsory for all travellers on all tours and details must be presented to tour guide before departure.
      • Departures are subject to weather conditions and road closures.
      • The Sea Safari is tide dependent: it may be the Giant Tides, Waterfall Reef or on neap tides, we will enjoy the Kimberley Island Explorer. The Sea Safari is operated by Cygnet Bay Pearl Farm.
      • Access to Aboriginal Communities can be interrupted due to COVID-19 government restrictions, which can sometimes affect our itineraries.
      • This tour itinerary does not visit the Kooljaman or Cape Leveque areas as they are closed for the foreseeable future.
      • Accommodation upgrades are subject to availability and On Request until Confirmed.
      • A few meals are not included as there are excellent local options available, providing freshness, variety and choice – allow approx AUD $160pp for meals. (Allow a little more if you want a beer or glass of wine with dinner.)
      • 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. Refer to the Fitness rating in The Facts.
      • 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.
      Where will I sleep on tour?

      Night 1 Enjoy a night in Cygnet Bay’s safari cabins – complete with a private ensuite.
      Night 2 Rest up in a Private Room – with ensuite – at the Oaks Broome Resort before we depart for the adventure of the Gibb River Road
      Nights 3, 8, 9 & 12 Camping in National Parks and in the grounds of Lake Argyle and the Fitzroy River Lodge involves dome tents (single/twinshare), swags with fitted sheets & pillows with pillow cases. On site ablutions have hot showers and flush toilets.
      Nights 4 & 5 Enjoy two nights in the comfort of our own private safari camp at Manning Gorge. The camp features large tents on raised platforms with twin stretcher beds, mattresses and our own sheltered kitchen area. Nearby shared ablutions have hot showers and flush toilets.
      Nights 6 & 7 Our private camp on the grounds of El Questro also features large tents on raised platforms with twin stretcher beds, mattresses and our own sheltered kitchen area. Nearby shared ablutions have hot showers and flush toilets.
      Nights 10 & 11 In the heart of Purnululu National Park, our eco safari tents at the Bungle Bungles Safari Camp boast views of the Bungles Massif from your door. The camp features modern facilities, a covered dining deck with panoramic views and an open air campfire around which you can relax beneath a sparkling Kimberley night sky: chatting, star-gazing and sharing the adventure with like-minded travellers.

      What will we travel in?

      We operate our 4WD Kimberley Expeditions in custom-built, 21 seat 4WD trucks with a PA system and built-in storage (no risky trailers!). These comfortable, strong remote area vehicles allow our small groups extra space (including standing room), are fully air-conditioned and fitted with adjustable air vents, reclinable seats, map pockets, and footrests. It is important that when booking a 4WD outback adventure in the Kimberley, you understand that the roads we travel on can be heavily corrugated. Rest assured, these are the conditions for which our 4WD trucks are designed.

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