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West Kimberley and Purnululu

West Kimberley and Purnululu

From $ 2,895 AUD

Description

A region of astounding natural beauty and great spiritual significance, Western Australia’s Kimberley region is Australia untamed. And while the roads here can be rough and distances between attractions far, that doesn’t mean you need to put aside weeks to travel here. This Inland adventure takes in several of the Kimberley’s highlight attractions, plus a whole host of lesser-known favourites. Weave through the boulders and chasms of the Bungle Bungles, spot crocodiles on a wildlife cruise through Geikie Gorge, encounter Dreamtime stories in the Mimbi Caves and learn the legend of Jandamarra on a tour of Tunnel Creek.

Trip Name
West Kimberley and Purnululu
Last Updated
2020-09-19
Days
9
Capacity
20
Highlights
  • Marvel at striped 'beehives' in the Bungle Bungle
  • Take a barefoot stroll along Broome Beach
  • Go underground at Tunnel Creek
  • Cool off in a waterhole at Cathedral Gorge
  • Experience wild beauty in north-west Australia
  • Spot a flurry of birdlife in Geikie Gorge
  • 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. The relationship between ATA and Intrepid Australia For over 25 years, Intrepid Travel and Adventure Tours Australia have been leading brands in the adventure travel business. With Intrepid’s global product range and Adventure Tours’ local knowledge, the two brands joined force in 2011 to provide the ultimate range of Australian product with Intrepid running all of it’s local trips under the Adventure Tours Australia name. Today we’re proud to bring Aussie-made trips to the world, both here with Adventure Tours and overseas through the Intrepid brand, so no matter which brand you have booked through, you’re travelling with the best.

Day 1 - Geikie Gorge & Fitzroy Crossing
We ease into our adventure as we travel east towards Fitzroy Crossing. Visit the Old Fitzroy Crossing before joining a local cruise through majestic Geikie Gorge that nature carved between the Geikie and Oscar Ranges. Learn of the fascinating geology of this natural wonder and discover the huge array of wildlife, including freshwater crocodiles, birds and fish. That evening, camp by the Fitzroy River and enjoy our famous Kimberley BBQ.
Day 2 - China Wall & Purnululu National Park
En route to Purnululu National Park, stop in at the old gold rush town of Halls Creek for a gander at Australia's version of the China Wall. Purnululu is better known as the home of the Bungle Bungles, unique orange and black-striped 'beehive' formations that are over 20 million years old. On arrival there'll be time for setting up and settling into camp before witnessing a memorable bush sunset. See the evening out with a delicious dinner, then fell asleep under canvas amid the sounds of the bush.
Day 3 - Bungle Bungles
Spend today exploring the extraordinary landscape of Purnululu. It might be hard to believe, but up until the 1980s it was only locals who knew that the Bungle Bungles existed. To protect its unique landscape, the area was made a national park in 1987 and now has World Heritage status. We'll explore the Echidna Chasm, known for its towering Livistonia Palms, and take a short walk into Cathedral Gorge where towering rock walls create a natural amphitheatre (2-3km). In the afternoon there'll be the chance to take a scenic flight and get a birds-eye view of the beehive domes (Flight is optional and at own expense).
Day 4 - Mimbi Caves
We bid farewell to Purnululu and travel to 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 head for Fitzroy Crossing.
Day 5 - 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 6 - 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 7 - Manning Falls
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 8 - Silent Grove & Bell Gorge
Today you’ll 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 9 - 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
29-09-202007-10-2020AUD $ 2,895-

Accommodation

Camping (with basic facilities) (2 nts),Camping (with facilities) (1 nt)

Transport

All Terrain vehicle

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