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TOURING THE KIMBERLEY 2
13 Day tour - Departing Broome on the 20th of June and returning to Broome on the 2nd of July.
We are teaming together with out mates at Park Trek walking holidays to put together one incredible experience in Western Australia's Kimberley Region.
Whilst Park Treks tour support vehicle goes ahead to setup and prepare camp the Aussie Overlander 4WD expedition vehicle carries you in comfort allowing us to access and explore the best parts of the region.
Guided by yours truly and supported in the time proven Park Trek way we have one heck of a trip lined up for you!
9 Nights camping & 3 nights accommodated.
Now for the itinerary:
Departing from Broome at a central location we make our way out of town along Highway Number One to cross the mighty Fitzroy River and pull into Willare Bridge Roadhouse where we’ll have morning tea on hand. Then it’s off the famous Boab Prison tree where our journey along the Gibb River Road begins. Our day involves travelling to Windjana Gorge where we set up camp under the stars. As one of your hosts sets about preparing the evening meal you’ll be able to explore your new surrounds and photograph the amazing colours of the sun setting against the rocks.
Let’s begin our day with an early start beginning with an exploration of Tunnel Creek, a 750 metre cave walk that explores the ancient Devonian reef system. Packing away our camp we’ll get our days travelling underway along the “Gibb” journeying through the King Leopold Range. We’ll arrive into our campsite at Silent Grove where you’ll have time to explore your surrounds while your hosts set out the evening hospitality.
Today’s offerings begin with Bell Gorge and Bell Waterfall where there is a fabulous walk and some excellent swimming. Our day continues with the stunning scenery of Galvan’s Gorge and very enjoyable walk exploring these delightful surrounds. By late afternoon our day’s journey will near it’s end as we arrive into our campsite at Mt Barnett where we set up for a two night stay next to the tranquil pools of the Lower Manning River.
A very relaxed feel descends upon us this morning as we are in no need to rush off anywhere. Instead we’ll set off for a walk into Manning Gorge where you’ll witness the timeless rock art of the areas ancient Aboriginal inhabitants. There is also excellent swimming in the clear pools near the falls. We’ll arrive back into camp in the afternoon, time for you to soak up your surrounds at your own pace and enjoy just “being”.
It’s back onto the Gibb this morning as we continue eastwards stopping at the beautiful Home Valley Station on the banks of the Pentecost River. We’re enroute to El Questro where we’ll arrive late in the afternoon, setting up camp near to the famous homestead. With excellent amenities on hand we’ll be able to set up a very comfortable place of stay as we are here for the next three nights.
As we have time on our side our El Questro schedule is fluid and will depend on what is open and accessible. Today begins with an exploration of Emma Gorge, a pristine and untouched environment. There is plenty of swimming amid some of the most beautiful waterfalls in surrounds that will stay forever imprinted in your mind. Later in the afternoon we have a terrific boat cruise lined up along Chamberlains Gorge.
The exotic nature of El Questro’s amazing natural diversity is showcased today with a visit to Zebedee Hot Springs. Crystal clear waters, tropical palms, thermal warmth: what a tonic for a weary body. With a spring back in your stride you may feel like heading off with one of the guides exploring more trails and discovering more of this unique environment. Alternatively you could just laze around the Homestead and have some well earned down time.
Dinner tonight is in the local Steak House Restaurant. This meal is at your own expense, with mains between $35 - $45.00. It’s only a very short walk from where we are camping.
This morning there is the option for you to take a 2-hour flight out over the Mitchell Falls Plateau. The cost of this is approximately $575.00 per person and is at your own expense. The flight takes you out over the Drysdale River Homestead, Hunter River, Mitchell Falls and then back to El Questro. Upon your return there is time for lunch and then it’s a final journey along the Gibb River Road before arriving into Kununurra late afternoon.
Our two nights in Kununurra are spent on the shores of Lake Kununurra in cabins. We will be located two kilometres from town with swimming pool, canoeing on the lake and delightful parkland for walking around.
Today is a day for relaxing and exploring. There are options to visit the Ord River Scheme or the Argyle Diamond Mine. These tour options are at your own expense. Your Park Trek guides will be able to assist with transfers. You could also try some fishing. After many days of touring you’ll be happy just to wind back. Our place of stay is 2 kilometres out of town so getting in and out either by foot or with one of the Park Trek guides is easy.
Dinner tonight will be in one of the local restaurants. This meal is at your own expense. As such you also have the choice of eating at a place of your own choosing.
Now with batteries recharged we’ll be back on the road and heading out of town and south towards the famous Bungle Bungles. On our way we’ll stop off at either Ivanhoe Crossing or perhaps the Warmun Art Centre. By lunchtime we’ll be at the Purnululu Visitor Centre preparing to head into our campsite at Walardi. It’s a slow but very scenic drive in to our campsite as the track is a challenging 4WD route. We’ll establish a comfortable stop over here for the next two nights and you may like to do some wandering of your own as he sun dips and the rocks turn the colour of molten gold.
What to do! What to do! There are lots of exciting options at our finger tips today so an early start and then it’s off to explore Echidna Chasm, Cathedral Gorge, The Domes Walk and Picinniny Creek. Being right in the heart of the Bungles opens up so many possibilities so follow your guide, take plenty of photos’ and absorb your surrounds. Tonight is our final night of camping under the stars so enjoy the atmosphere of being in such a remote location with all of the delightful Park Trek hospitality on hand.
As we turn onto the bitumen surface of Highway One we have a day of vehicle touring ahead of us as we journey westwards. Our first port of call is Halls Creek where you’ll welcome a break from the vehicle. The area we pass through today is some of the most scenic of the Kimberley so enjoy the journey as there will be photo opportunities along the way.
By late afternoon we’ll be pulling into the iconic Fitzroy River Lodge. Its delightful parkland environment offers up the chance for you to stretch your legs and stare across the might Fitzroy River. The rooms here all have their own ensuite. Dinner tonight is in the Lodge Restaurant.
Well our final day of travelling together so we’ll start off with the sensational Geike Gorge cruise (covered by your Park Trek fee). There is no rush so take your time having a leisurely breakfast in the restaurant before we’re on our way to the morning cruise. It’s the perfect way to wind up the trip. Then it’s on our way to beautiful Broome on the shores of the Indian Ocean. We’ll drop you back to your place of stay.
Price $3390 twin share
Single supplement for the 3 nights fixed accommodation is $300.00.
Your Trip fee covers the following tours:
Chamberlain Gorge Cruise (El Questro)
Geike Gorge Cruise.
Additional Tours you might like to consider (Park Trek can help with enquiries and bookings):
Mitchell Falls Scenic Flight
Argyle Diamond Mine
Ord River Cruise
Bungles Heli Flight