9 Day - Far North Kimberley
Mitchell Plateau & Kalumburu region
8 nights: Camping (single travellers get their own tent at no extra cost guaranteed!)
Maximum group size is 9 passengers.
Trip cost: $3950 including GST
Experienced & Professional Guide
Comfortable 4WD transport
National Parks permits & fees
Traditional land permits & fees
Meals - 8 Dinners, 9 lunches & 8 breakfasts (indicated on itinerary by B, L, D)
Trail snacks for hiking
All camping gear including comfortable swags with clean linen & quality tents
Pick up and drop of at your pre and post tour Accommodation
Flight or transport to and from Kununurra
Pre and post tour accommodation
Soft drinks, ice creams and souvenirs at roadside stops
Optional Heli fights at Mitchell falls (from $160pp)
This trip has been constructed with the intention of getting away from the main visited areas of Kimberley and into the far Northern Kimberley region. It’s Ideally suited to those that have explored the Kimberley with Aussie Overlander before on our 11 Day Kimberley Explorer.
This trip will be run in an exploratory style; so whilst we have a basic itinerary outlining our intention with key points of interest; we have also built in time to explore, absorb and relax around other lesser known points of interest. Some of these locations or experiences have been omitted or scarcely described in the itinerary as we feel it may promote them more widely in a way that’s not sensitive or responsible.
A couple of important notes to consider when booking:
Driving times in this region can vary wildly depending on local track conditions. Being able to negotiate these roads and tracks at a safe speed and make changes to the itinerary en- route is the only way we could safely run this trip!
Being an exploratory trip there are places we plan to visit that access will be at the discretion of traditional owners and cannot always be guaranteed. New well researched places will also be explored in this itinerary.
Your willingness to explore the unknown in a flexible way is definitely required!
Day 1 – Gibb River Rd to Drysdale River station
Departing Kununurra this morning we commence pickups at your accommodation at 9:00am.
Traveling the Gibb river road to the Kalumabru turn off. Continue onto Drysdale River station Homestead. Bush camp near by the Drysdale River.
Camping area has swimming opportunities and pit toilets. (L, D)
Day 2, 3 & 4 - Wunambal Gaambera Country, Ngauwudu (Mitchell Plateau)
Explore Ngauwudu (Mitchell Plateau) including Manurru (king Edward River). Punamii- Uunpuu (Mitchell Falls) may sound like the highlight and the place you’ve most definitely seen pictures of but for many that really explore the area it’s the multiple art sites of both Wandjina & Gwion Gwion styles that realy leave a lasting impression. We will explore multiple culturally significant art sites during our time exploring the Plateau.
The main walk here is to Punamii-Uunpuu (Mitchell Falls). It’s only 6km but we’ll spend most of the day exploring. You do have the option of a Heli flight from the falls back to the campground if you feel walking one way and half the distance is more your style!
Swimming opportunities exist every day and they’re absolutely stunning! Key places of interest we explore in this area include:
Punamii-Uunpuu (Mitchell Falls)
Manurru (king Edward River)
Bunjani (little & Big Mertens Falls)
Aunauyu (Surveyor’s Pool)
Camping locations have swimming opportunities & toilets. (B, L, D)
Days 5, 6 & 7 – Travel onto and explore the Kalumburu area.
On the far north coast of the Kimberley is the small community of Kalumburu. The tradi- tional homelands for two distinct Aboriginal language groups, the Kwini (Kuini) and Kulari surround this area.
In 1905 a Catholic mission was established in the area. The site chosen was at Pago, on the coastline near Mission Bay. The mission relocated to the current day town site of Ka- lumburu in 1932, where there was a more reliable supply of water.
Kalumburu played a strategic role in World War II – Drysdale River Mission, as it was then known, hosted a small army base and radar station and the RAAF conducted operations
against the Japanese in Timor from the airstrip. On 27 September 1943, Japanese bomb- ers, bombed the airfield and mission, killing 6 people including 4 children.
We’ll endeavour to explore the following over the next couple of days:
Explore unique rock formations and art sites
Cultural experience with traditional owners
Try to locate and see the WWII bomber wrecks
Visit the Father Thomas Gil Museum at the Kalumburu Mission
Endeavour to find the original Pago Mission site
Camp by stunning beaches with basic toilet and bush shower facilities. (B, L, D)
Day 8 – Travel onto Elenbrae station
We’ve always loved the warm welcoming feel and back to basics bush hospitality that Elenbrae station offers and thought what better way to finish this journey that stay a night here and share stories of our adventures with Logan & Larisa.
Quirky campground with toilets and showers. (B, L, D)
Day 9 – Elenbrae to Kununurra
A lazy start and pack up for our final day travelling back across the Gibb to Kununurra. We’ll stop off to check out Bindoola Falls and Home Valley Station before taking in the scenery alongside the Cockburn range.
Planned arrival in Kununurra in the late afternoon. (B, L)
PLEASE NOTE: Please be aware that the Kimberley is a vast area and can be subjected to unseasonal weather conditions that can alter our proposed itinerary. We have chosen the dry season as it is cooler and more comfortable to walk & travel. There are very few insects in the dry season and cool nights allows for comfortable camping. It is also the time of year where access is generally assured. We do however have in place contingencies in the case of unseasonal weather, wildfires or culturally sensitive reasons that inhibit our access to the areas proposed in the itinerary.