11 Day Kimberley Loop in a Landcruiser

11 Day ‘Spirit of the Kimberley’ Kununurra-Kununurra loop: Accommodated Tour

Imagine exploring the Kimberley in a Landcruiser with a tour guide who has lived here for over 20 years. This is the ultimate tour of the Kimberley, as seen through the eyes of local guide, Scott Connell.

“Scott has been a terrific guide for us … thoroughly knowledgeable about the region” – Andrew O’Keefe, Sunrise presenter

“Kimberley Spirit is very much the new way of doing things for visitors to this magical piece of Australia… I can’t recommend them highly enough. Kimberley Spirit should be the starting point for your journey into this ancient and magnificent land” – Simon Reeve (whilst on location filming for Channel 7’s Sunday Night) 2016

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‘Just another day in W.A’ photo of your tour guide, Scott Connell, from Tourism Western Australia’s website.

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THE FACTS

Tour Route Kununurra-Kununurra
Accommodation Wilderness Lodges, rooms have ensuites
Vehicles Landcruiser carries 4 in comfort. The 2 additional seats at the back of the vehicle are small and only suitable for children or small adults
Fitness This can be discussed with your tour guide who can personalise your tour to your fitness level
Meals Includes meals as indicated in itinerary. Does not include alcohol
Luggage Please pack your required items into one soft bag (no hard suitcases) weighing no more than 15kgs.

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Kununurra-Kununurra itinerary (can also operate Broome-Broome)

Day 1. Lake Argyle, Cruise Ord River

Welcome to the Kimberley You will be collected from the airport or your accommodation at 11.30am and taken by coach through Durack country to Lake Argyle (70km), stopping enroute at the historic Durack Homestead Museum. Crossing the Ord Top Dam wall, guests will see the Ord Hydro-Power Station before boarding their Triple J Tours boat for a scenic 55km cruise back to Kununurra. Marvel at the spectacular scenery, wildlife, flora and fauna found along the way, including freshwater crocodiles. Enjoy afternoon tea at our riverside camp before heading back to Kununurra at around 6.00pm.
Overnight: Kimberley Grande
Meal included: Afternoon tea

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Day 2. Kununurra, El Questro (Zebedee thermal springs, El Questro gorge, Emma Gorge Resort)

This morning we’ll pick you up from your accommodation and, after crossing Kununurra’s Diversion Dam, we’ll enter the famous Gibb River Road. First stop is Zebedee thermal springs, a series of pools cascading into each other set within sheer cliffs and local vegetation. After morning tea and a revitalising soak in the springs we head to picturesque El Questro gorge to walk to a picturesque little swimming hole known as ‘halfway pool’. We’ll have worked up an appetite by now, so next up is El Questro’s famous Steakhouse on the banks of the Pentecost River. After lunch there’s time to relax and swim in the creek by the Steakhouse before heading up to a scenic lookout point for a pre-sunset afternoon tea. We head across to Emma Gorge Resort for this evening’s accommodation.
Overnight: Emma Gorge Resort
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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Day 3. Emma Gorge, Pentecost River crossing, Home Valley Station

This morning we will walk to the picturesque amphitheatre waterfall of Emma Gorge (approx 40 mins -1 hour walk each way) for a swim and morning tea. Those who don’t want to hike can enjoy the shaded poolside cafe area at Emma Gorge Resort. Depart El Questro and stop for photos at the spectacular Pentecost River enroute to Home Valley Station. First stop is Luhrmann’s Lookout, named after film director Baz Luhrmann who’s movie ‘Australia’ was dreamt up from this part of the Kimberley. Next we head to Home Valley Station’s Dusty Bar and Grill for a delicious lunch. Time to relax after lunch in the shaded pool area or join an optional helicopter flight over the spectacular Cockburn Ranges. This afternoon we will explore more of Home Valley Station and enjoy sunset from a scenic lookout at Home Valley.
Overnight: Home Valley Station
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinne
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Day 4. Bindoola Falls, Ellenbrae Station, Manning River, Galvans Gorge

Continuing down the Gibb we visit Bindoola Falls to marvel at the ancient sandstone formation and swimming hole before continuing on to Ellenbrae Station for a relaxing morning tea amongst their lovely gardens. Next stop is Manning River for a swim in the beautiful river. Next is Galvan’s Gorge, always a favourite stop-over for a swim and photos. Here, a short walk leads to a picturesque waterhole where boab trees cling to the escarpment above and Wandjina rock art adorns the gorge walls. We continue down the mighty Gibb to our overnight accommodation at Bell Gorge wilderness camp, close to Imintji store and community.
Overnight: Bell Gorge Wilderness Camp
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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Day 5. Bell Gorge waterfall, King Leopold Ranges, Boab prison tree, Broome

This morning is a highlight of the tour as we explore ‘the jewel of the Gibb’ – Bell Gorge. Here, stunning cliffs surround a series of tiered waterholes. You can enjoy some birdwatching or take a refreshing dip in the in the lower pool of the gorge below the cascading waterfall. This is one spot that can’t be rushed and it would be very easy to spend a whole day here! Nonetheless, our journey must continue so we will get back on the Gibb and travel past the scenic King Leopold and Napier Ranges enroute to Broome. We stop at the Boab Prison Tree which was sadly once used by early police patrols as a standing point for prisoners as they were walked to Derby. Today, the hollow tree is a registered Aboriginal site of great cultural significance. Crossing the mighty Fitzroy River we head onward to Broome to check in to our Cable Beach accommodation and (depending on arrival time) enjoy sunset at Cable Beach.
Overnight: Oaks Cable Beach
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Days 6-7. Free days to explore Broome

Explore the tropical and cosmopolitan township of Broome. Visit art and pearl galleries, explore the cafes and shops in Chinatown, tour to the pearl farm or relax on Cable Beach.
Overnight: Oaks Cable Beach
Meals: None included

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Day 8. Broome, Windjana Gorge, Tunnel Creek, Fitzroy Crossing

Departing from Oaks, we journey toward the Gibb River Road. At Windjana Gorge, spot freshwater crocodiles lazing on the banks of the Lennard River. Windjana Gorge is over three kilometres long with 300 feet-high walls which are part of an ancient Devonian reef system. Continue to Tunnel Creek and wade through the cool waters of the cave by torchlight. Tunnel Creek National Park was the famous hideout used late last century by the Aboriginal leader Jandamarra. Continue on to our overnight accommodation at Fitzroy Crossing.
Overnight: Fitzroy River Lodge
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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Day 9. Geikie Gorge cruise, China Wall, Halls Creek

This morning we join a local Ranger on a fascinating guided cruise through Geikie Gorge, carved by the Fitzroy River through part of an ancient limestone barrier reef which snakes across the west Kimberley. Encounter wildlife such as freshwater crocodiles, birds and fish. Back on the road we head for the scenic Ngumpan Cliffs and onto the the remarkable China Wall, a sub-vertical quartz vein protruding up to 6m from the earth’s surface. Overnight accommodation is in the pioneering gold rush town of Halls Creek.
Overnight: Kimberley Hotel Halls Creek
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 10. Purnululu National Park (Bungle Bungles)

Today we explore the World Heritage-listed Purnululu National Park. Marvel at the majesty of Cathedral Gorge and test out the acoustics of this natural amphitheatre. Enjoy breathtaking views from Piccaninny Creek lookout and admire the striped patterns of the beehive domes. Travel to Echidna Chasm, a spectacular natural cleft in the rock. Here, join a hike along a Livistona palm-fringed trail between the towering orange cliffs. For a unique aerial perspective of the national park there is an option to join a helicopter flight (additional cost). Witness the rocks change colour at sunset and fall asleep to the sounds of the bush under a blanket of a million stars. Spending an evening inside the national park is incomparable!
Overnight: Bungle Bungles Bushcamp
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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Day 11. Bungle Bungles, Warmun art centre, Molly Springs, Kununurra

Exiting Purnululu National Park we head to Warmun Aboriginal art centre – an artists’ studio and a gallery space displaying and selling outstanding paintings by emerging and established artists. All canvases are painted using ochres and natural pigments and draw on traditional Ngarrangkarni (dreaming) stories as well as contemporary events and experiences. We continue north to our next stop, Molly Springs (Wijilawarrim) a tranquil little spring fed pool and waterfall. This shady and peaceful spot is the perfect location for afternoon tea. Next, we cross the Diversion Dam and arrive into Kununurra. Your tour guide will drop you to the airport or your accommodation. We can assist in booking this night of accommodation.
Meals: Breakfast, lunch

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INCLUSIONS

  • Sightseeing, park and excursion fees
  • Transfers to and from the airport
  • Small groups – maximum 6 travellers
  • The services of an expert Driver-Guide
  • Travel in a Landcruiser

TRIP NOTES

  • Itinerary and inclusions are subject to change
  • Weather may cause disruptions to itinerary, especially in remote locations and at the start of the season