Days
12
Price from
$3,595AUD

Join this 12-day trip that heads from the waterholes of Tunnel Creek to the beaches around Broome.

Take off on a 12-day adventure through the wild beauty of Western Australia's Kimberley region. Explore the vast, underground caverns of Tunnel Creek; cool off in the freshwater falls of El Questro and perhaps take in the Bungle Bungle range from on high during a helicopter ride. Look for freshwater crocs lazing by the banks of Geikie Gorge, tour a working pearl farm at Cygnet Bay and head out for a snorkel off Cape Leveque. This trip really makes the most out of one truly spectacular region.


Start
Broome, Australia
Finish
Broome, Australia
Destination
Western Australia, Kimberley, Outback
Style
Original
Physical rating
Ages
Min 8
Group size
Min 1, Max 20
Code
PKOL-B

Why we love this trip

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

  • Enjoy a Tunnel Creek experience, 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

It's an early start this morning, as you leave Broome when 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. From here, 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 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. Don't miss a refreshing swim in an idyllic waterhole. Tonight, settle into your first night under the Kimberley night sky.
Accommodation
  • Camping (with basic facilities) (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Permits for National Park walks & gorge vsiits
  • Beagle Bay Pearl Shell Church Visit
  • Traditional sand-cooked damper
  • Islands of the Giant Tides Cruise
  • Beagle Bay Aboriginal Communnity
  • One Arm Point Aquaculture Hatchery Visit
Meals Included
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
It might be tough to imagine after driving through the Outback heat and dust, but Windjana Gorge was once underwater. The gorge is part of an ancient reef system and rivers have carved out 90-metre walled canyons with deep pools loved by freshwater crocs. Spend this morning looking for the critters that call the gorge home and learn a little about the legend of Jandamarra. In the afternoon it’s time to soak up the idyllic surrounds of Bell Gorge. Proving that nature can do paradise better than any landscape designer, it’s got a waterfall cascading down perfectly u-shaped red cliffs, a deep pool for swimming and large flat rocks that are just right for stretching out on and soaking up the sun. The gorge also welcomes those wanting to get a bit more active, with opportunities to explore downstream and some bushwalking trails.
Accommodation
  • Camping (with basic facilities) (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Cygnet Bay Pearl Farm
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Spend today swimming in paradise. Further up the Gibb River Road, discover the cool waters of Galvans Gorge and Adcock Gorge. Amid the rugged beauty of Manning Falls swim in deep clear pools, relax, wander down streams, uncover local wildlife and take a dip in the waterfall pools. Tonight, camp by a billabong on Mt. Barnett Cattle Station
Accommodation
  • Camping (with basic facilities) (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Tunnel Creek National Park
  • Tunnel Creek exploration walk
  • Mowanjum Aboriginal Art & Cultural Centre
  • Boab Prison Tree
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
A morning trek into Manning Falls offers the chance to swim in deep clear pools amid a stunning natural landscape, before journeying up the Gibb River Road to El Questro Wilderness Park. Two nights in a private campsite here allows free time to join many activities on offer. Some included activities involve a refreshing dip in the Zebedee Springs and a walk into Emma Gorge, while a cruise on Chamberlain Gorge, bush tucker walk or bird watching tour are among the optional activities. You can also choose to explore this beautiful wilderness park at your own leisure
Accommodation
  • Wilderness Lodge (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Windjana Gorge
  • Bell Gorge
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Today is a free day to explore El Questro and its surrounds. This is the perfect opportunity to take part in many of the optional activities that are on offer. Perhaps head to the station's bar in the evening to enjoy a beer with the rest of the group
Accommodation
  • Wilderness Lodge (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Manning Falls
  • Adcock Gorge
  • Galvins Gorge
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Emerge from the Gibb River Road after breakfast for a few hours of 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's free time to join a sunset boat cruise on the lake (approximately AUD 100 per person), visit the historic Durack Homestead Museum or take on one of the many bush trails to explore the area.
Accommodation
  • Camping (with basic facilities) (1 night)
Optional Activities
  • Bush Tucker Tour, El Questro - USD75
  • Bird Watching Tour, El Questro - USD80
  • Horse Riding, El Quesro - USD70
  • Chamberlain Gorge Cruise - AUD68
Included Activities
  • Zebedee Springs
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
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 the new 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
Accommodation
  • Camping (with basic facilities) (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
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 365 per person) to put it all into perspective
Accommodation
  • Camping (with basic facilities) (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Durack Homestead Museum
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
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
Accommodation
  • Camping (with basic facilities) (1 night)
Optional Activities
  • Bungle Bungle Scenic Flight from - AUD350
Included Activities
  • Cathedral Gorge Walk (Bungle Bungle)
  • Echidna Chasm Walk
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
A morning cruise through the majestic Geikie Gorge is a great start to your last day. Nature carved this wonder through the Geikie and Oscar Ranges 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 travelling to the southern end of the Dampier Peninsula. This evening, explore the Kimberley night sky in depth with Broome’s own astronomer, Greg Quicke
Accommodation
  • Camping (with basic facilities) (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
The Dampier Peninsula is an extraordinary blend of beaches and dramatic coastlines, rich in traditional Aboriginal culture. Travelling up the red 4WD track, learn about the region's fascinating history by guided commentary. Your first stop is the Beagle Bay Aboriginal Community, home of the Beagle Bay Church with its glimmering pearl shell altar, for morning tea. By mid-morning, arrive at the remote Cygnet Bay Pearl Farm. Enjoy an insight into this remote pearling industry on the Farm Tour.

After a picnic lunch, embark an extraordinary cruise through the Islands of the Giant Tides, accompanied by Kevin, your local guide from the Ejai family (traditional owners of the Sunday island group). As you glide through the island landscape Kevin shares the traditions, lifestyle and culture of his family. 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 and perhaps catch a fish for dinner before a warm Kimberley sunset: truly a privileged experience
Accommodation
  • Camping (with basic facilities) (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Laarri Aboriginal Art Gallery
  • Fitzroy Crossing
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Returning to civilisation, travel to the One Arm Point Community perched on the tip of the Dampier Peninsula to visit the Community’s aquaculture hatchery, complete with barramundi, pearl and trochus shell. From here, you'll soon reach Kooljaman at Cape Leveque. You may like to head off on a snorkelling adventure (equipment provided), or take one of the lovely walks in the area.

Alternatively, you may prefer to enjoy the beaches and rugged red coastline for which Cape Leveque is famous. As we return south we pause for afternoon tea in the laid-back Lombadina Community, a beautiful and welcoming community, which is home to an interesting bush timber church. Driving back through the dusk, keep an eye out for wildlife before arriving back in Broome at approximately 6.30 pm. Your trip ends upon arrival
Accommodation
  • Camping (with basic facilities) (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Geikie Gorge Experience
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch

Meals

11 breakfasts, 11 lunches, 7 dinners

Transport

4x4

Accommodation

Camping (with basic facilities) (3 nights), camping (with facilities) (8 nights)

Included Activities

  • Permits for National Park walks & gorge vsiits
  • Beagle Bay Pearl Shell Church Visit
  • Traditional sand-cooked damper
  • Islands of the Giant Tides Cruise
  • Beagle Bay Aboriginal Communnity
  • 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
  • Galvins Gorge
  • Zebedee Springs
  • Durack Homestead Museum
  • 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 12 at approx 6pm please. Onward travel must be booked for the following day.
2. This trip requires a sleeping bag
3. This trip is available in Basix and Original camping, see PKOL-O for Original

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