12 Day Kimberley Walking Tour


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    Have a small group adventure on one of our most popular Broome to Broome Kimberley tours. Our 12 day Kimberley walking tour.

    Amazing scenery, adventure, hiking, wildlife, culture, and a lot more on this all-inclusive Kimberley tour.

    Travel the heart line of the Kimberley, The Gibb River Road, to explore spectacular gorges, an ancient Devonian Reef System, discover Aboriginal rock art, swim beneath waterfalls and wonder at this pristine paradise. The rugged Kimberley region awaits. You’ll visit gorges and waterholes, beautiful campgrounds, and working cattle stations and walk amongst the Beehive Domes of the Bungle Bungles in the World Heritage Listed Purnululu National Park.

    With two expert tour guides, we leave Broome and embark into the Australian outback for a 4WD adventure circumventing the Kimberley region, an area twice the size of England. This area is so unexplored that as our small group wanders you will feel like some of the only people on the planet. With minimal phone signal for 12 days, you have the chance to truly be off the grid. Windjana Gorge is the first major highlight where we see ancient coral rock formations and crocodiles sun-baking on the sand. We walk into Tunnel Creek, an underground cave system beneath the Napier Ranges and hear all about the history of the local Indigenous people and a freedom fighter named Jandamarra. Then it’s swimming time, with a visit to Bell Gorge.

    We hike in the heat of the Kimberley and the payoff is a cool swim in the waterfalls and pools at each location including Galvan’s Gorge and Manning Falls. Home Valley Station is an oasis in the Kimberley where we watch the sunset from the banks of the Pentecost River, enjoy the light show and colors of the Cockburn Range. El Questro is your next stop where we enjoy a 45-minute hike into the coolest water and most tranquil setting of Emma Gorge. The Emma Gorge hike will be a highlight on your Kimberley tour.

    Explore El Questro Station and some of the optional activities. We stay for 3 nights at El Questro. There is also a visit to Zebedee hot springs to soak and relax and an amazing view from Pigeon Lookout at sunset.

    Get out of your comfort zone and off the beaten track. See the most spectacular parts of the Western Australian outback. Camp, hike, and swim to your heart’s content.

    The ultimate of Broome to Broome Kimberley tours. Explore the Kimberleys on foot this season.

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    $4,095

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      Itinerary

      Day 1: 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. The afternoon is devoted to exploring Tunnel Creek. 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. That night we settle into our first night under the Kimberley night sky. (LD)

      Days 2-3: West Kimberley Gorges

      This morning’s adventure is a trek into Windjana Gorge before we travel 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! Further up the Gibb River Road, we discover the cool waters of water lily-laden Galvans Gorge and stunning Adcock Gorge. Swim across the Manning River to start our trek into Manning 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 4-6: El Questro Wilderness Park

      El Questro Station is an icon of the Kimberley: three nights in our private campsite allows free time to immerse all this iconic Wilderness Park has to offer. We include a refreshing dip in the Zebedee Springs, a walk into Emma Gorge and the more challenging treks into El Questro Gorge and Champagne Springs. There are optional activities as well so you can choose to simply explore this beautiful wilderness park at your own leisure. (BLD/BLD/BL)

      Day 7: Lake Argyle

      Emerge from the Gibb River Road and travel to Kununurra. Explore the Savannah Woodland in Mirimi National Park, often known as the ‘mini Bungle Bungles’, on the Gerliwany-gerring Banan Trail. 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. Enjoy a refreshing afternoon swim in the Infinity Pool, with a magnificent view across the lake. If there is time, a sunset boat cruise on the lake is highly recommended (approx AU$100pp, own expense), or alternatively take a late afternoon walk along one of the many trails in the area. (BL)

      Days 8-9: Purnululu National Park: Bungle Bungles

      Journey south down the Great Northern Highway to Purnululu National Park, home of the magnificent Bungle Bungles. Walk up the creek bed into Echidna Chasm and trek through 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. Discover Cathedral Gorge, where towering rocks create a natural amphitheatre, and trek through part of Whipsnake Gorge There also is time in the to take an optional scenic helicopter flight and enjoy a birds-eye view of the beehive domes (approx $500pp, own expense) to put it all into perspective. (BLD/BLD)

      Day 10: Wolfe Creek Crater

      This morning we walk into Mini Palms before we bid farewell to Purnululu National Park and travel through Halls Creek to the rugged Tanami Track. Turning south we make our way out to the famous Wolfe Creek Crater, known locally as Kandimalal. This distinctive hole in the earth’s crust is believed to have been left by a meteorite that collided over 120,000 years old, during the Pleistocene period. An afternoon hike to the crater rim and a magical sunset sets the scene for another night camping around the fire in this remote, isolated destination. (BLD)

      Day 11: Mimbi Caves

      Sunrise over the crater is worth rising for then we pack up camp and return north up the Tanami Track – keep an eye out for wildlife! After lunch we visit the ancient realm of Mimbi Caves, one of Western Australia’s largest cave systems, in the heart of Gooniyandi Country. Spiritually significant, these limestone caves are one of the oldest identified sites of human occupation in Australia. Delve into Dreamtime with our local Gooniyandi guide who shares traditional stories and reveals the secrets of Mimbi Caves, a sanctuary of crystal clear pools, rare fossils and ancient rock art. Share fresh damper and billy tea with the Gooniyandi traditional owners before we set up camp nearby. (BLD)

      Day 12: Fitzroy Crossing & Broome

      This morning we join a guide from the local Darlgunya community for a walk from the old river crossing (watch out for crocs!) through the ruins of Old Fitzroy Crossing and the old Pioneer’s cemetery to gain an insight into history from a local perspective. Then it is time to give your legs a hard-earned rest as we journey back into Broome. Relax and watch the savannah go by, reflecting on the adventure behind us and the ocean that awaits us. (BL)

      Highlights
      What To Bring
      Important Booking Info
      FAQs
      • Includes 3 nights at El Questro
      • Extra time to explore on foot with included hikes.
      • A mix of national park Camping and our own Private Camps which are already set up and waiting for you
      • Two Tour Hosts – including an Experienced Kimberley Tour Guide and Tour Assistant
      • Big Comfortable 4WD Trucks: you can stand up in them
      • Bungle Bungles World Heritage listed Purnululu National Park.
      • Hike Emma Gorge

      Essential things to pack

      • 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
      • 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 $45pp – 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

      Important Booking Info

      • 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. We will send this on booking confirmation.
      • Travel Insurance is compulsory for all travellers on all tours and details must be presented to tour guide before departure.
      How much luggage can I bring?

      Due to limited space in the vehicles it is important that your luggage is in a small, soft bag (suitcases are not suitable) and weighs a maximum of 15kg.

      Where will I sleep on tour?

      Nights 1, 8, 9, 10 & 11 Camping in National Parks and on Cattle Stations involves dome tents (single/twinshare), swags with fitted sheets & pillows with pillow cases. Some on site ablutions have hot showers and flush toilets however on some nights the ablution facilities can be very basic.

      Nights 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, & 7 Camping in one of our private Safari Camps features tourer-style tents on platforms with twin beds and share ablution facilities nearby.

      What vehicle will I travel in?

      Vehicles Isuzu NPS300, 4WD trucks purpose built, modern, comfortable, off-road vehicles towing custom designed & built, solar powered trailers for storage, camp kitchen & supplies.

      Will I have power or signal on tour?

      Telstra users will get phone reception in most towns and the occasional remote hot spot. There will be long stretches where we are out of phone
      range. Power points will be accessible on most nights for recharging cameras and other electronic equipment.

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