Wild Kimberley Overland

Wild Kimberley Overland

From $ 3,995 AUD

Description

Get wild on a 12-day tour through the remote Kimberley. Sparsely populated and ruggedly beautiful, the Kimberly is the ultimate adventure destination. Swim in gorges filled with clear waters and under waterfalls. Hike through red-rock formations and palm oases. Learn about the rich First Nations history of the area from Traditional Custodians, take guided walks that illuminate local geography and listen to Outback yarns over a beer in the pub. Whether you’re visiting from overseas or travelling from an urban part of Australia, this tour through the Kimberly is not to be missed.

Trip Name
Wild Kimberley Overland
Last Updated
2020-03-20
Days
12
Capacity
20
Highlights
  • Cruise between the sheer, multi-coloured walls of Geikie Gorge and discover the huge array of wildlife like freshwater crocodiles, wallabies and wren.
  • Explore the Tunnel Creek cave system with a Bunuba guide and learn about Janamarra, a First Nations freedom fighter who used the caves to evade police in the late 1800s.
  • Take a guided hike through the King Leopold Ranges to Manning Gorge, where you can swim under a waterfall and see ancient First Nations rock art.
  • Spend two nights in a private safari camp in the heart of Purnululu National Park, with glorious views of the Bungle Bungle Range.
  • Go inside Cathedral Gorge and wonder at the natural amphitheatre of red rock, hollowed out over millions of years to create a massive acoustic wonder.

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 - Broome
Welcome to Broome! If you’re flying into Broome International Airport today, we’ll organise a transfer to your accommodation – just let us know ahead of time! Your adventure officially begins with a welcome meeting and dinner tonight. Check with reception for the exact time and place, but it’s normally about 6 pm.
Day 2 - Tunnel Creek – Windjana Gorge
Embrace an early start this morning and leave Broome when the sun begins to rise. While travelling your leader will share stories of local history, people and the environment. Enjoy a morning tea break by the Fitzroy River and visit the Derby 'Boab Prison Tree' and Mowanjum Aboriginal Art and Cultural Centre. Continue along the Gibb River Road. The afternoon is devoted to exploring Tunnel Creek with a local Bunuba guide. Go inside this 750-metre-long cave system and discover stalactites, secret caves and a large variety of wildlife. You'll also learn the legend of Jandamarra, an Aboriginal freedom fighter who used the tunnel as a hide-out in the late 1800s. From here you’ll travel to Windjana Gorge in time to set up camp and go for a walk down to the gorge itself where you’ll be able to spot freshwater crocodiles and enjoy the sunset over the Napier Range. Tonight, settle into your first night under the Kimberley night sky.
Day 3 - Manning River
Rise and shine! Head for Bell Gorge early this morning. A hidden highlight of the West Kimberleys, this idyllic retreat boasts cascading waterfalls and crystal clear pools formed over millions of years. Spend a few hours enjoying the serenity, then continue slowly along Gibb River Road to Mt Barnett Cattle Station. On the way, make stops to explore the ancient King Leopold Range. Tonight, camp by the Manning River.
Day 4 - Mt Barnett Station
Spend today exploring this wild paradise. Cross the Manning River and hike through the rugged King Leopold Ranges to arrive at Manning Gorge. Swim beneath the cascade of Manning Falls, relax in the deep clear pool, discover Aboriginal rock art and look out for wildlife on the edges of the water. Tonight, camp on Mt Barnett Cattle Station.
Day 5 - El Questro Wilderness Park
This morning, drive the back end of the Gibb River Road into the Pentecost Range. Stop at a lookout for views over the mesas (flat-topped elevations) of the Cockburn Range with the Pentecost River snaking its way past the mountains out to the sea. Drive down to the Pentecost River for a photo opportunity, then cross the river to El Questro Wilderness Park. Get settled into your permanent camp.
Day 6 - El Questro Wilderness Park
Enjoy a full free day at El Questro today. If you want a little guidance there are plenty of optional activities to choose from. Perhaps take a refreshing dip in the Zebedee Springs or join an optional cruise on Chamberlain Gorge. Or maybe sample local bush tucker on a guided walk. The choice is yours.
Day 7 - Lake Argyle
Enjoy free time this morning to sleep in or continue exploring El Questro at your own pace. In the afternoon, travel to the shores of the expansive Lake Argyle, the heart of the Ord River Irrigation System and a lush agricultural oasis. On arrival, you have free time to do as you please. Maybe visit the historic Durack Homestead Museum or take on one of the many bush trails to explore the area.
Day 8 - Purnululu National Park (Bungle Bungle Range)
After a leisurely morning, head south down the Great Northern Highway to Purnululu National Park, home of the magnificent Bungle Bungle Range. Spend the next two nights in a private safari camp in the heart of the park, with glorious views of the Bungle Bungle Range. Today, you will have time to begin exploring the area, including the famous ‘beehive domes’.
Day 9 - Purnululu National Park (Bungle Bungle Range)
Explore Echidna Chasm on a roughly two-kilometre walk. Next, take another short walk of roughly three kilometres into Cathedral Gorge, where towering rocks create a natural amphitheatre. There's time in the afternoon to take an optional scenic flight and enjoy a birds-eye view of the beehive domes (approximately AUD 379 per person) to put it all into perspective. Otherwise, you can relax at camp or keep exploring on the ground.
Day 10 - Fitzroy Crossing
Leave Purnululu National Park for Fitzroy Crossing. Break the long journey with a visit to the gold rush town of Halls Creek to see the remarkable China Wall – a natural ‘wall’ of white quarts that rises from the ground. Enjoy lunch at Mary Pool and visit the remote Laarri Aboriginal Art Gallery (unusual opening hours mean we may not be able to do this), before an evening camping by the Fitzroy River at Fitzroy Crossing.
Day 11 - Broome
Take a morning cruise through the majestic Geikie Gorge. Nature carved this wonder through the Napier Range 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 returning to Broome. Free evening.
Day 12 - Broome
This adventure comes to an end after breakfast. If you are departing from Broome International Airport today, you will be given a complimentary transfer to the hotel.

Trip Dates

StartEndPrice FromRoom Type
03-05-202014-05-2020AUD $ 3,995-
10-05-202021-05-2020AUD $ 3,995-
15-05-202026-05-2020AUD $ 3,995-
17-05-202028-05-2020AUD $ 3,995-
24-05-202004-06-2020AUD $ 3,995-
29-05-202009-06-2020AUD $ 3,995-
31-05-202011-06-2020AUD $ 3,995-
07-06-202018-06-2020AUD $ 3,995-
12-06-202023-06-2020AUD $ 3,995-
14-06-202025-06-2020AUD $ 3,995-
21-06-202002-07-2020AUD $ 3,995-
26-06-202007-07-2020AUD $ 3,995-
28-06-202009-07-2020AUD $ 3,995-
03-07-202014-07-2020AUD $ 3,995-
10-07-202021-07-2020AUD $ 3,995-
12-07-202023-07-2020AUD $ 3,995-
17-07-202028-07-2020AUD $ 3,995-
19-07-202030-07-2020AUD $ 3,995-
24-07-202004-08-2020AUD $ 3,995-
02-08-202013-08-2020AUD $ 3,995-
07-08-202018-08-2020AUD $ 3,995-
09-08-202020-08-2020AUD $ 3,995-
16-08-202027-08-2020AUD $ 3,995-
21-08-202001-09-2020AUD $ 3,995-
23-08-202003-09-2020AUD $ 3,995-
30-08-202010-09-2020AUD $ 3,995-
04-09-202015-09-2020AUD $ 3,995-
06-09-202017-09-2020AUD $ 3,995-
13-09-202024-09-2020AUD $ 3,995-
20-09-202001-10-2020AUD $ 3,995-
27-09-202008-10-2020AUD $ 3,995-

Accommodation

Camping (with basic facilities) (3 nts),Camping (with facilities) (6 nts),Motel (2 nts)

Transport

4x4

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