10 Day Kimberley Loop (2nd May To 3rd Oct )

10 Day Kimberley Loop (2nd May To  3rd  Oct )

This 10 day 4WD adventure explores those Kimberley highlights you have always wanted to experience - encountering wildlife in Windjana Gorge, the adventure of Tunnel Creek, a journey along the famous Gibb River Road, magnificent El Questro Wilderness Park, Kununurra, Lake Argyle, the World-Heritage protected Bungle Bungles and dramatic Geikie Gorge.

Tour Highlights

  • Gibb River Road
  • Indigenous Guided walk through 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

Tour Info

Code KE-10DKL
Style
  • Camping
Duration 10 Days
Price From $
Departures

Tuesday (Apr-Oct)
Additional departure: Sunday (Jun-Aug)

Vehicle 4WD
Suitability Open Age
Start Broome @ 06.30 am
Finish Broome @ 05.00 pm
Travel Insurance Required

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.

Meals - (LD)

& Bell Gorge

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. In the afternoon we head off for 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!

Meals - (BLD)

, Adcock Gorge and Mt Barnett Station

Spend day 3 swimming in paradise: further up the Gibb River Road, we discover the cool waters of water lillie-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.

Meals - (BLD)

Days 4 and 5 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 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.

Meals -(BLD/BL)

Emerge 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.

Meals - (B)

Days 7 and 8 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 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 flight and enjoy a birds-eye view of the beehive domes (approx $400pp, own expense) to put it all into perspective.

Meals - (BLD/BLD)

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 the remote Laarri Aboriginal Art Gallery, before an evening by the Fitzroy River at Fitzroy Crossing.

Meals - (BL)

A 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 - hopefully in time to enjoy the sunset on Cable Beach.

Meals - (BL)

Inclusions

  • Two Tour Hosts – including an Experienced Kimberley Tour Guide and Tour Assistant (on all tours with 8+ travellers)
  • Meals as specified
  • Camping Accommodation (Upgrade Options available)
  • National Park Entry Fees
  • Indigenous guided Tunnel Creek experience
  • 1 Hour Ranger Guided Geikie Gorge Boat Cruise
  • Zebedee Springs Permit
  • Bungle Bungles Safari Camp Stay (2nts)

Accommodation

  • KE-10DKL: Camping: shared facilities (7nts), Bungle Bungles Safari Camp: shared facilities (2nts) 
  • KE-10DKL1: Camping: shared facilities (3nts), Bungle Bungles Safari Camp: shared facilities (2nts), Safari Tent: shared facilities (2nts), Safari Tent: with ensuite (2nts)

Tour Upgrades

KE-10DKL1: Upgrade to a Safari Tent: shared facilities on Nights 4 & 5 and a Safari Tent: with ensuite on Nights 6 & 9. All upgrades are subject to availability.

Options

  • Bungle Bungles 30 minute scenic Helicopter Flight - allow approx $395 per person
  • Sunset Cruise on Lake Argyle - allow approx $100 per person

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 sun 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 (KE-10DKL1) as these are necessary for the Camping nights and also the Bungle Bungles Safari Camp stay. 10ºC sleeping bags are available for sale at $35pp - 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 travelling May-Aug), personal toiletries and first aid, with any personal medication required.
  • ** Don't forget the necessary luggage restrictions - 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.

Notes

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

2. Accommodation upgrades are subject to availability and On Request until Confirmed.

3. Lunch on Day 6 and Dinner on Nights 5, 6 & 9 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.)

4. 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.

5. 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.

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

7. It is important that you appreciate the Operation and the remote, vast nature of the areas through which we travel - please ensure you read our What You Need to Know and Frequently Asked Questions pages.

8. Travel Insurance is compulsory for all travellers on all tours and details must be presented to tour guide before departure.

9. 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.

10. A Tour Assistant is provided on tour for all larger groups of 8 or more travellers.

Accommodation

KE-10DKL Camping

  • Nights 1, 6 & 9 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. Stretcher beds are available for hire - $100pp, must be requested with our office prior to travel. On site ablutions have hot showers and flush toilets.
  • Nights 2 & 3 Enjoy two nights in the comfort of our own private safari camp on Mount Barnett Cattle Station. The camp features tourer-style tents on raised platforms with twin stretcher beds, and our own sheltered kitchen area. Nearby shared ablutions have hot showers and flush toilets.
  • Nights 4 & 5 Our private camp on the grounds of El Questro also features large tourer-style tents on raised platforms with stretcher beds and our own kitchen area. On site ablutions have hot showers and flush toilets.
  • Nights 7 & 8 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.

10DKL1 Camping Plus

  • Night 1 Camping under the stars in Windjana Gorge National Park requires you to erect your own dome tent (single/twinshare) - this is so easy, it takes about three minutes! We provide swags with fitted sheets & pillows with pillow cases. On site ablutions have hot showers and flush toilets.
  • Nights 2 & 3 Enjoy two nights in the comfort of our own private safari camp on Mount Barnett Cattle Station. The camp features tourer-style tents on raised platforms with twin stretcher beds, and our own sheltered kitchen area. Nearby shared ablutions have hot showers and flush toilets.
  • Nights 4 & 5 The new Permanent Tents at El Questro Station offer an affordable upgrade option at the famous El Questro Wilderness Park. With twin beds, lighting and a quality ablutions block nearby, these tents ensure you have a comfortable nights sleep while still enjoying the outback essence of Kimberley camping.
  • Night 6 The Standard Rooms at Lake Argyle Resort each have a queen & single bed, private ensuite bathroom, a small fridge, tea/coffee making facilities. airconditioning and a private verandah to enjoy the beautiful surrounds. 
  • *Single travellers may stay in the Singles Station Quarters - these are airconditioned with ensuite
  • Nights 7 & 8 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.
  • Night 9 The Safari Cabins at the Fitzroy River Lodge offer a traditional Kimberley-style accommodation upgrade option for travellers looking for a little extra comfort. Similar to a regular motel room, they feature beds with pillows and linen, fans, power and private ensuite. Relax on the porch and enjoy the bush ambiance.