10 Day Kimberley Loop Broome-Broome in a Landcruiser

10 Day ‘Spirit of the Kimberley’ Broome-Broome loop: Accommodated Tour

*Also available as an 11 Day tour from Kununurra-Kununurra at the same price (a free bonus day is included)*

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

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Tour Route 10 Days Broome-Broome or 11 Days Kununurra-Kununurra (same price)
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
Duration 10 Days / 9 Nights
Price $9,830 per person (2 passengers)
$6,330 per person (4 passengers) – we can advertise for 2 more people if there are only 2 of you wanting to travel at this rate.
$5,163 per person (6 passengers – 2 small seats in back of Landcruiser suited to children or small adults)
Rates valid until 31 October 2016. 2017. Earlybird bookings receive this rate if booking is made by 31 Dec 2016
We can advertise for more people to join your tour (if you are only 2 people but are happy to share the tour to bring your price down).
Departs May-October
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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Broome-Broome itinerary (can also operate Kununurra-Kununurra)

Day 1. Broome, Windjana Gorge, Tunnel Creek, Fitzroy Crossing

The adventure begins! Departing from your Broome accommodation, 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.
Stay: Fitzroy River Lodge
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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Day 2. 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.
Stay: Kimberley Hotel Halls Creek
Meals included: Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner

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Day 3. 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!
Stay: Bungle Bungles Bushcamp
Meals included: Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner

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Day 4. Purnululu National Park (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.
3 Night Stay: Kimberley Grande Kununurra
Meals included: Breakfast, lunch (Dinner at own expense)

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Day 5. Lake Argyle, Ord River cruise

Today you will explore the eastern Kimberley attractions of Lake Argyle and the Ord River. Your tour bus will pick up up fro your accommodation this morning and take you to Lake Argyle’s historic Durack Homestead Museum, a replica of the original family Homestead that uses the original Homestead stone. Next is the scenic look-out over the enormous Lake Argyle, an inland sea. You will then see the Ord Hydro-Power Station before joining a scenic 55km cruise down the Ord River. Marvel at the spectacular scenery, wildlife, flora and fauna along the way and keep an eye out for freshwater crocodiles. Enjoy afternoon tea at a riverside camp before heading back to Kununurra. Take in a colourful East Kimberley sunset before docking back at the Marina and re-boarding your coach for your accommodation drop-off at around 6pm.
Meals: Breakfast (Lunch and Dinner at own expense)

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Day 6. Kununurra

Today is a free day to relax and explore Kununurra. Visit the Zebra Rock Gallery, wander through town, or relax by Lily Lagoon. Wash your clothes, recharge your batteries and prepare for the next leg of the journey … the mighty Gibb River Road!
Meals: None

Day 7. Gibb River Road, El Questro: Zebedee springs, El Questro gorge, Pentecost River

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 8. 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 primarily set in 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, Dinner

Day 9. Bindoola Falls, Ellenbrae Station, Galvan’s Gorge, Imintji

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 Gorge 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 (Mt. Hart is booked when Bell Gorge is not available)
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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Day 10. 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. Onward to Broome where our journey concludes. If we’ve made it in time for sunset we’ll enjoy watching the sun sink below the horizon at Cable Beach before continuing on to drop you at your accommodation or the airport. Those staying overnight in Broome may wish to meet with your guide for a farewell dinner at Matso’s restaurant (recommended dining).
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch

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

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