12 day Kimberley highlights tour, Broome to Broome

From: AUD3195 - AU$3695

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Standard: Adult $3195, Concession $3145, Child $3095
Luxury: Adult $3695, Concession $3645, Child $3595

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Twelve Day 4WD Kimberley Tour

Covering both Cape Leveque and the highlights of the Kimberley gorge country, this is our most popular tour! 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, 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.


Departs : Saturdays and selected Thursdays (May to October), subject to minimum orders.

Prices

Standard Option

 

Adult : AUD $3195

Concession : AUD $3145

Child (4-12yrs) : AUD $3095

 

Camping: shared facilities (7nts), Hotel: with ensuite (1nt), National Park Camping: shared facilities (1nt), Bungle Bungles Safari Camp: shared facilities (2nts) 

 

Luxury Option

 

Adult : AUD $3695

Concession : AUD $3645

Child (4-12yrs) : AUD $3595

 

Mini Dome: shared facilities (2nts), Hotel: with ensuite (1nt), Camping: shared facilities (1nt), National Park Camping: shared facilities (1nt), Bungle Bungles Safari Camp: shared facilities (2nts), Safari Tent: shared facilities (3nts), Safari Tent: with ensuite (1nt)

 

HighlightsDinner under the stars

  • Cape Leveque (Kooljaman)

  • Bardi Bushtucker Walk

  • Beagle Bay Pearl Shell Church Altar

  • One Arm Point Aquaculture Hatchery

  • Cygnet Bay Pearl Farm

  • Gibb River Road

  • Tunnel Creek

  • Windjana Gorge

  • Bell Gorge

  • Manning Falls

  • Lake Argyle

  • El Questro Wilderness Park

  • Zebedee Springs

  • Emma Gorge

  • Bungle Bungles

  • Echidna Chasm

  • Cathedral Gorge

  • Geikie Gorge Cruise

Day 1 Beagle Bay & Lombadina

The Dampier Peninsula is an extraordinary blend of pristine beaches and dramatic coastlines, rich in traditional Aboriginal culture. Traveling up the red 4WD track, 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. Journey on to enjoy lunch in the laid-back Lombadina Community, a beautiful and welcoming community, which is home to an interesting bush timber church. Later we travel to beautiful Cape Leveque to set up camp at Kooljaman, right on the edge of the Indian Ocean. A warm Kimberley sunset is a great way to end the day before our famous Kimberley BBQ under the stars. (LD)

 

Day 2 Cape Leveque & Cygnet Bay Pearl FarmCamping at Cape Leveque

The morning at Cape Leveque is yours to enjoy as you please. You may like to join our guide on a snorkeling adventure (equipment provided), or take up one of the many optional extras on offer. Alternatively you may prefer to spend your time simply enjoying the pristine beaches and rugged red coastline for which Cape Leveque is famous. Across the peninsula, we visit Cygnet Bay Pearl Farm. In 1946 Dean Brown skippered a rickety wooden lugger into an unknown frontier to discover this hidden paradise: his descendents continue to operate what is now the oldest Pearl Farm in Australia. We enjoy an alfresco lunch and an insight into this remote pearling industry on the Farm Tour. In the afternoon, there is also an opportunity to join Patrol Boat ride to explore the property from the water or embark on a fabulous Giant Tides boat ride (own expense). Alternatively kick back in the gardens and browse the gallery before we return to Kooljaman. (BLD)

 

Day 3 One Arm Point & Broome

This morning our Aboriginal guide introduces us to Bardi 'saltwater' country on a leisurely guided bush walk, providing an indepth insight into indigenous bush tucker, lifestyle and culture. We then travel to the One Arm Point Community perched on the tip of the Dampier Peninsula. From here we can view the spectacular Buccaneer Archipelago and witness the huge tidal flows of the Kimberley, the second biggest in the world. We visit the Community’s aquaculture hatchery, complete with barramundi, pearl and trochus shell. Driving back through the dusk, keep an eye out for wildlife before arriving at your hotel in Broome at approximately 6.30pm. Tonight is a free evening. (BL)

 

Day 4 Windjana Gorge & 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 Napier Range is over 350 million years old and home to the geological wonder of Windjana Gorge. Beneath gorge walls rising 90m, we search for freshwater crocodiles, local bird life and indigenous bush tucker. After a picnic lunch, the afternoon is spent exploring Tunnel Creek, a 750-meter cave system carved through the Napier Range, in which 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. A refreshing swim in an idyllic waterhole is a highlight of the day. 
Return to Windjana Gorge that evening to camp. (LD)

 

Dining at Bungle Safari Camp

Day 5 Bell Gorge & Mt Barnett Station

The morning is devoted to exploring Bell Gorge, a hidden highlight of the West Kimberleys. 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, via the water lillie-laden Galvans Gorge, we reach Mt Barnett Cattle Station. That night, we camp by a billabong on Mt Barnett Station. (BLD)

 

Days 6-7 El Questro Wilderness Park

A morning trek into Manning Falls offers the chance to swim in deep clear pools amid a stunning natural landscape. Relax, explore wandering streams, uncover local wildlife and take a dip in the waterfall pools before our journey up the Gibb River Road continues to the iconic El Questro Wilderness Park. Two nights here allows free time 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)

 

Day 8 Kununurra & Lake Argyle

We merge from the Gibb River Road for a few hours free time in Kununurra. In the afternoon, travel onto 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. There is free time to join a sunset boat cruise on the lake (approx AU$100pp), visit the historic Durack Homestead Museum or take on one of the many bush trails to explore the area. (B)

 

Sunset at Cape Leveque

Days 9-10 Purnululu National Park: Bungle Bungles

After a leisurely morning, head south down the Great Northern Highway to Purnululu National Park, home of the magnificent Bungle Bungles. Two nights here, staying overnight in our new private Bungle Bungle Safari Camp, 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 amphitheater. There is time in the afternoon to take an optional scenic flight and enjoy a birds-eye view of the beehive domes (approx $335pp, own expense) to put it all into perspective. (BLD/BLD)

 

Day 11 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 Mary's Pool and visit the remote Laarri Aboriginal Art Gallery, before an evening by the Fitzroy River at Fitzroy Crossing. (BL)

 

Day 12 Geikie Gorge & Broome

After morning cruise through the majestic Geikie Gorge is a great start to our last 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. Explore Old Fitzroy Crossing and enjoy lunch by the river before we return to Broome in time to enjoy the sunset on Cable Beach. (BL)

 

B = Breakfast | L = Lunch | D = Dinner

What to Bring

It is essential that you bring a torch, shoes you don't mind getting wet - and we mean fully immersed in water: ideally, wet shoes, sandals or old runners, broad-brimmed hat with sun visor for all round protection, sunscreen, swimming costume and towel, good walking/trekking shoes and a personal water bottle.

You will also need to bring a sleeping bag, even if you have chosen the Camping Plus option as these are necessary for the Camping nights and also the Bungle Bungles Safari Camp stay. 10ºC sleeping bags are available for sale at $30pp - these must be requested with our office prior to travel and can be kept following your trip or donated to local indigenous communities.

Other recommendations include: warm clothes for the evening (particularly if traveling May-Aug), personal toiletries and first aid, with any personal medication required.

Notes

1. Departures are subject to weather conditions and road closures: usually only a concern for tours in April.

2. Due to the nature of the Cape Leveque Road, this tour may not be suitable for pregnant women or travelers with back problems.

3. Accommodation upgrades are subject to availability.

4. Breakfast on Day 4 and Dinner on Nights 3, 7, 8 & 11 and Lunch on Day 8 are not included as there are excellent local options available, providing freshness, variety and choice - allow approx AUD $250pp for meals. (Allow a little more if you want a beer or glass of wine with dinner.)

5. 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 is required to participate.

6. 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.

7 Single travelers MAY have to twin share with another traveler of the same gender at the Bungle Bungles Safari Camp - this is a rare occurrence.