10 Day Wild Kimberley Loop Broome-Broome

10 Day Wild Kimberley Loop Broome-Broome: Camping with some accommodation upgrades available

HIGHLIGHTS

This 10 day 4WD adventure explores those Kimberley highlights you have always wanted to experience – encountering wildlife in Windjana Gorge, the adventure of Tunnel Creek, a journey along the famous Gibb River Road, magnificent El Questro Wilderness Park, Kununurra, Lake Argyle, the World-Heritage protected Bungle Bungles and dramatic Geikie Gorge.

THE FACTS

Tour Route Broome-Broome
Accommodation 10DKL: Camping: shared facilities (7nts), Bungle Bungles Safari Camp: shared facilities (2nts)
10DKL1: Camping: shared facilities (3nts), Bungle Bungles Safari Camp: shared facilities (2nts), Safari Tent: shared facilities (2nts), Safari Tent: with ensuite (2nts)
Vehicles Comfortable 4WD Coach
Fitness
Tour Code 10DKL
Duration 10 Days / 9 Nights
Maximum Passengers 20 (Minimum 2)
Price 10DKL: Adult $2895, Child (4-12yo) $2795
*No Single Supplement
10DKL1: Adult $3295, Child (4-12yo) $3195
*10DKL1 Single Supplement $395
Departs Mondays (May-Oct), Saturdays (May-Sep) & Thursdays (Jun-Aug)
Meals 9 x Breakfasts, 9 x Lunches, 6 x Dinners
Luggage Max 15kg in Soft Bag/Backpack & Day Bag (No Suitcases)
Validity 1 April 2016 to 31 March 2017
kimberley wild tentCamp Stretcher Bed for hire Camping involves tents (single/twinshare), swags with sheets & pillows with pillow cases. Camp stretcher beds are available for hire $100pp. Camp sites are in designated National Park areas or private grounds with ablution facilities including toilets and, usually, hot showers.A sleeping bag (note: 10ºC sleeping bags are available for sale at $25pp) must be requested prior to travel and can be kept following your trip or donated to local indigenous communities.
Bungle Bungles safari campBungle Bungles safari camp bathroom The Bungle Bungles Safari Camp is a Kimberley Wild private camp, consisting of permanent safari  tents with twin beds and share ablution facilities including toilets and, usually, hot showers. Note that single travellers MAY have to twin share with another traveller of the same gender — this is a rare occurrence.

itinerary

*2 Day Optional Add-On: Cape Leveque* Add $600 pp camping or $700 pp accommodated (single supp. add $425 extra on accommodated option)

Optional Add-On Day 1: Beagle Bay, Cygnet Bay Pearl Farm & Buccaneer Archipelago

The Dampier Peninsula is an extraordinary blend of pristine beaches and dramatic coastlines, rich in traditional Aboriginal culture. Travelling up the red 4WD track, learn about the region’s fascinating history from our guided commentary. Our first stop is the Beagle Bay Aboriginal Community, home of the Beagle Bay Church with its glimmering pearl shell altar, for morning tea. By mid morning we arrive at the remote Cygnet Bay Pearl Farm. In 1946 Dean Brown skippered a rickety wooden lugger into an unknown frontier to discover this hidden paradise: his descendents continue to operate what is now the oldest Pearl Farm in Australia. After a picnic lunch, enjoy an insight into this remote pearling industry on the Farm Tour and embark an extraordinary cruise through the Islands of the Giant Tides to experience the remarkable tidal flows of King Sound. As dusk approached we reach our private Safari Camp, exclusive to our travellers and nestled on the beach overlooking the bay. In this stunning location, we can swim, explore the mangroves and perhaps catch a fish for dinner before a warm Kimberley sunset: truly a privileged experience. (LD)

Optional Add-On Day 2: Kooljaman, Cape Leveque, One Arm Point & Broome

Returning to civilisation we travel to the One Arm Point Community perched on the tip of the Dampier Peninsula to visit the Community’s aquaculture hatchery, complete with barramundi, pearl and trochus shell. After a hatchery tour we join Kevin, our local guide from the Ejai family, traditional owners of the Sunday island group, at the family’s beach ‘bali’. Enjoy fresh damper cooked over the fire while Kevin shares the traditions, lifestyle and culture of his family. Soon we reach beautiful Kooljaman at Cape Leveque. You may like to head off on a snorkelling adventure (equipment provided), or take one of the lovely walks in the area. Alternatively you may prefer to enjoy the pristine beaches and rugged red coastline for which Cape Leveque is famous. Driving back through the dusk, keep an eye out for wildlife before arriving at our private camp at approximately 6.00pm. (BLD)

Day 1 of 10 Day Wild Kimberley Loop: Tunnel Creek

As we travel through the remote and beautiful Kimberley landscape, our guide shares stories of local history, people and the environment. Enjoy a morning tea break by the Fitzroy River and visit the Derby ‘Boab Prison Tree’ before we hit the Gibb River Road. Visit the fascinating Mowanjum Aboriginal Art & Cultural Centre for an insight into the culture of the Worrorra, Ngarinyin and Wunumbal tribes and their supreme spirit being, the Wandjina. The afternoon is devoted to exploring Tunnel Creek, with our local Bunuba guide. In this 750-metre cave system carved through the Napier Range, we discover stalactites, secret caves and a large variety of wildlife. It is here we also learn the legend of Jandamarra, an Aboriginal freedom fighter who used the tunnel as a hide-out in the late 1800’s. Don’t miss a refreshing swim in an idyllic waterhole. That night we settle into our first night under the Kimberley night sky. (LD)

Day 2 Windjana Gorge & Bell Gorge

The Napier Range is over 350 million years old and home to the geological wonder of Windjana Gorge. Beneath gorge walls rising 90m, we spend the morning searching for freshwater crocodiles, local birdlife and indigenous bush tucker. In the afternoon we head off for Bell Gorge, a hidden highlight of the West Kimberleys. This idyllic retreat, considered amongst the most beautiful in the area, boasts cascading waterfalls and crystal clear pools formed over millions of years – an easy place to while away a few hours! (BLD)

Day 3 Galvins Gorge, Adcock Gorge & Mt Barnett Station

Spend day 3 swimming in paradise: further up the Gibb River Road, we discover the cool waters of water lillie-laden Galvans Gorge and stunning Adcock Gorge. Amid the rugged beauty of Manning Falls we swim in deep clear pools, relax, explore wandering streams, uncover local wildlife and take a dip in the waterfall pools. Overnight we camp by a billabong on Mt Barnett Cattle Station. (BLD)

Days 4-5 El Questro Wilderness Park

Our journey up the Gibb River Road continues to the iconic El Questro Wilderness Park. Two nights in our private campsite allows free time join one or more of the many activities on offer. We include a refreshing dip in the Zebedee Springs and walk into Emma Gorge while a cruise on Chamberlain Gorge, bush tucker walk or bird watching tour are amongst the many optional activities. You may choose to simply explore this beautiful wilderness park at your own leisure. (BLD/BL)

Day 6 Kununurra & Lake Argyle

Emerge from the Gibb River Road for a few hours free time in Kununurra. In the afternoon, travel onto the shores of the expansive Lake Argyle, the heart of the Ord River Irrigation System which has transformed this dry region into a lush agricultural oasis. There is free time to join a sunset boat cruise on the lake (approx AU$100pp), visit the historic Durack Homestead Museum or take on one of the many bush trails to explore the area. (B)

Days 7-8 Purnululu National Park: Bungle Bungles

After a leisurely morning, head south down the Great Northern Highway to Purnululu National Park, home of the magnificent Bungle Bungles. Two nights here, staying overnight in our private Bungle Bungle Safari Camp in the heart of the park, allows a full day to explore the highlights of this extraordinary National Park, the most famous of which, are the Bungle Bungle domes. Rivers created this landscape of unique orange and black striped ‘beehive’ geological formations over a period of 20 million years. Unbelievably, only the locals knew it existed until the early 1980’s; once discovered by others, the area was made a national park in 1987. We explore Echidna Chasm (2km), known for its towering Livistonia Palm trees, and take a short walk (2-3km) into stunning Cathedral Gorge, where towering rocks create a natural amphitheatre. There is time in the afternoon to take an optional scenic flight and enjoy a birds-eye view of the beehive domes (approx $335pp, own expense) to put it all into perspective. (BLD/BLD)

Day 9 China Wall & Fitzroy Crossing

Enroute to Fitzroy Crossing, we break the long journey with a visit the gold rush town of Halls Creek to see the remarkable China Wall. We also enjoy lunch at Marys Pool and visit the remote Laarri Aboriginal Art Gallery, before an evening by the Fitzroy River at Fitzroy Crossing. (BL)

Day 10 Geikie Gorge & Broome

A morning cruise through the majestic Geikie Gorge is a great start to our last day. Nature carved this wonder through the Geikie and Oscar Ranges during the Devonian geological period. Learn of the fascinating geology of this natural wonder and discover the huge array of wildlife including freshwater crocodiles, birds and fish. Explore Old Fitzroy Crossing and enjoy lunch by the river before we return to Broome in time to enjoy the sunset on Cable Beach. (BL)

INCLUSIONS & OPTIONS

Inclusions

  • Two Tour Hosts – including an Experienced Kimberley Tour Guide and Tour Assistant (on all tours with 8+ travellers)

  • Meals as specified

  • Camping Accommodation (Upgrade Options available)

  • National Park Entry Fees

  • Indigenous guided Tunnel Creek experience

  • 1 Hour Ranger Guided Geikie Gorge Boat Cruise

  • Zebedee Springs

  • Two night stay at our private Bungle Bungles Safari Camp

Tour Upgrades

10DKL1: Upgrade to a Safari Tent: shared facilities on Nights 4 & 5 and a Safari Tent: with ensuite on Nights 6 & 9. All upgrades are subject to availability.

Options

Bungle Bungles 30 minute scenic Helicopter Flight – allow approx $395 per person

Sunset Cruise on Lake Argyle – allow approx $100 per person