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West Kimberley Adventure

West Kimberley Adventure

From $ 1,495 AUD

Description

A region of incredible natural beauty and spiritual significance to the First Nations people, Western Australia’s Kimberley region is one of Australia’s greatest wildernesses. While you may not see many other travellers on the open roads and the drive days can be long, you don’t have to spends weeks at a time to see a mix of the highlights and lesser-known gems. This short journey will show you some of the region’s best natural landscapes and places of cultural importance, like croc spotting on a wildlife cruise through Geikie Gorge, learning about the legend of Jandamarra on a tour of Tunnel Creek or bushwalking to Manning Falls.

Trip Name
West Kimberley Adventure
Last Updated
2020-07-10
Days
6
Capacity
20
Highlights
  • Take a barefoot stroll as you watch the sunset along Broome Beach.
  • Go underground in the historic cave systems of Tunnel Creek.
  • Cool off with a swim in a sheltered waterhole at Galvans Gorge.
  • Spot a flurry of native birdlife in Geikie Gorge and maybe even a freshwater croc!
  • Spend the night camping on a real cattle station.

Itinerary

During ‘the Wet’ most 4WD roads and National Parks in the Kimberley are closed, including the Gibb River Road which in the wet season turns into a fully flowing river. Due to the region being mostly inaccessible, we only operate these trips through the dry months, usually April until October. Departures during the shoulder season (usually April/early May and October) are at some risk of road and National Park closures. In most cases we will try and operate an amended itinerary, depending on the extent of the closures. We reserve the right to amend itineraries at short notice, during any time of the year. ABORIGINAL AND TORRES STRAIT ISLANDER CULTURAL EXPERIENCES & COMMUNITIES: Please note due to cultural sensitivities, entry to particular parts of local First Nations communities may be unavailable. Where Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander guides are unavailable in the Red Centre an Intrepid guide will lead the interpretive cultural walk. Top End cultural experiences are only available during the dry season (May-Oct) as site is subject to flooding (contact our customer service team for availability). Participants may be absent due to cultural commitments with minimal prior notification and Intrepid reserves the right to amend the itinerary in these circumstances with no obligation to refund.

Day 1 - Geikie Gorge & Fitzroy Crossing
Welcome to the Kimberley! This morning you’ll meet your local host and group in Broome and travel east towards Fitzroy Crossing. First up, you’ll visit the nearby original Fitzroy Crossing townsite, that nowadays is largely abandoned, before joining a local National Park Ranger on a guided cruise through the majestic Geikie Gorge. The Gorge is naturally carved between the Geikie and Oscar Ranges and your guide is an expert in the unique geology and flora and fauna of the area. Keep an eye out for a range of native birds, fish and even freshwater crocodiles! Tonight you’ll set up camp near the Fitzroy River, where you’ll get to know your fellow travellers a little bit better over a good Aussie barbecue for dinner before you relax under the stars.
Day 2 - Tunnel Creek & Windjana Gorge
This morning you’ll leave Fitzroy Crossing and head toward the King Leopold Ranges. Here you’ll explore the famous Tunnel Creek, a cave system that was used as a hideout by the First Nations freedom fighter, Jandamarra in the 1800s. The caves are carved through the Napier Ranges, and are full of stalactites and a large variety of native wildlife, so be sure to keep an eye out for any cute critters. After lunch, you’ll head to your campsite for the evening in Windjana Gorge National Park and spend the afternoon exploring the picturesque region – maybe even tasting a little bit of bushtucker in your travels. This evening, settle down for a delicious campfire dinner under the famous Kimberley night sky.
Day 3 - Adcock Gorge & Galvans Gorges
This morning you’ll hit the famous Gibb River Road until you arrive at Adcock Gorge, where you’ll spend the morning surrounded by the contrasting rainforest and sandstone ranges. After lunch, head to Galvans Gorge to cool off with a swim among the water lilies and boab trees with time to just relax before heading to Mt Barnett Cattle Station, a privately owned cattle station nestled between Galvans Gorge and Manning Gorge. This is where you’ll set up camp for the next two nights, so enjoy exploring the spectacular landscape around the site – and watch out for cows walking past your tent!
Day 4 - Manning Gorge
Today you will explore the remote and spectacular Manning Gorge, which is surrounded by rugged natural cliffs. Cross the meandering Manning River (either swimming or by pulley boat, depending on your preference) and take a bushwalk up to the impressive Manning Falls. These clear, deep pools are perfect for swimming and provide great views of the surrounding pink and grey granite rocks. Spend the afternoon at your leisure, either relaxing on the banks or swimming in the Manning River before getting the campfire roaring ahead of dinner time.
Day 5 - Silent Grove & Bell Gorge
Today you’ll leave the campsite at Mt Barnett Cattle Station and travel to Silent Grove, where you’ll set up camp and enjoy lunch before heading out to explore the Bell Gorge in the ancient King Leopold Range. The gorge is home to cascading waterfalls and crystal-clear rock pools that have been formed over millions of years. Spend some time swimming in the sheltered pools before returning to camp for a final night around the campfire with your new friends.
Day 6 - Broome
Today you’ll head back to the Gibb River Road en route to Broome, stopping at the renowned Boab Prison Tree on the way. It is alleged this 1500-year-old hollow tree was once used as a holding cell for First Nations prisoners on their way to sentencing in Derby. Continue to Broome, hopefully arriving in time to watch the sunset on Cable Beach before you say your goodbyes and your tour comes to an end.

Trip Dates

StartEndPrice FromRoom Type
07-08-202012-08-2020AUD $ 1,495-
14-08-202019-08-2020AUD $ 1,495-
21-08-202026-08-2020AUD $ 1,495-
28-08-202002-09-2020AUD $ 1,495-
04-09-202009-09-2020AUD $ 1,495-
11-09-202016-09-2020AUD $ 1,495-
18-09-202023-09-2020AUD $ 1,495-
25-09-202030-09-2020AUD $ 1,495-
02-10-202007-10-2020AUD $ 1,495-

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All Terrain Vehicle

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