12 Night ‘Spirit of the Kimberley’ loop: Accommodated Tour with local guide Scotty Connell
*Also available as an 13 Night 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
|Tour Route||12 Nights Broome-Broome or 13 Nights Kununurra-Kununurra (same price)|
|Accommodation||Wilderness Lodges, homesteads and motels. Rooms have ensuites|
|Vehicles||Landcruiser carries 4 in comfort.|
|Fitness||This can be discussed with your tour guide who can personalise your tour to your fitness level|
|Price||$10,355 per person (2 passengers)
$7,725 per person (4 passengers)
Rates valid until 31 October 2018.
|Meals||Meals not included. Can be purchased at accommodations along the way. Does not include alcohol|
|Luggage||Please pack your required items into one soft bag (no hard suitcases) weighing no more than 15kgs.|
Broome-Broome itinerary (can also operate Kununurra-Kununurra)
Night 1. Broome, Cable Beach Club
Arrive into Broome and join the hotel’s bus transfer to the luxurious Cable Beach Club. This afternoon you can relax and slip into ‘Broome time’, exploring Chinatown or Cable Beach.
Overnight: Cable Beach Club Resort (no meals incl).
Day 1/Night 2. Broome, Fitzroy Crossing, Geikie Gorge cruise
The adventure begins! Departing from your Broome accommodation after breakfast, we journey to Fitzroy Crossing to join a local Ranger on a fascinating guided cruise through Geikie Gorge, carved by the Fitzroy River through an ancient limestone barrier reef. Encounter wildlife such as freshwater crocodiles, birds and fish.
Overnight: Fitzroy River Lodge
Day 2/Night 3. Fitzroy Crossing, China Wall, Halls Creek, Bungles
Onward to the remarkable China Wall, a sub-vertical quartz vein protruding up to 6m from the earth’s surface. Next stop is the pioneering gold rush town of Halls Creek before continuing on to our overnight accommodation deep in the heart of Purnululu National Park (the Bungle Bungles).
Overnight: Bungle Bungles Savannah Lodge
Day 3/Night 4: 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
Day 4/Night 5: Purnululu National Park (Bungle Bungles), Warmun art centre, Lake Argyle
We continue exploring Purnululu National Park this morning before exiting the park and heading to Kununurra, via Warmun Aboriginal art centre (if open). Warmun gallery displays and sells outstanding paintings by emerging and established artists. This afternoon we cross the Diversion Dam and travel through Kununurra and onward to Lake Argyle.
Overnight: Lake Argyle tourist village. Note – overnight bag only, your guide will take additional luggage back to Kununurra this evening as you can only carry a day pack on tomorrow’s cruise
Day 5/Night 6: Lake Argyle, Ord River cruise
This morning you will cruise Lake Argyle, stopping on an island for lunch and a swim. Listen to a personalised commentary from your Lake Argyle skipper and spot for crocodiles, birdlife and rock wallabies. You will drive across the Ord Top Dam wall and see the Ord Hydro-Power Station before boarding the a scenic 55km boat cruise back to Kununurra. Enjoy spectacular scenery, wildlife, flora and fauna along the way, including the elusive freshwater crocodile! Take in a colourful East Kimberley sunset before re-boarding your coach for your accommodation drop-off.
Overnight: Kununurra Country Club
Day 6/Night 7: Kununurra
Enjoy some free time in Kununurra today to relax by Lily Lagoon, wander through town, stock up on supplies, wash clothing and prepare for the next leg of the journey … the mighty Gibb River Road!
Overnight: Kununurra Country Club
Day 7/Night 8: Gibb River Road, El Questro: Zebedee springs, El Questro gorge
Cross Kununurra’s Diversion Dam and enter the famous Gibb River Road. Today’s highlights include: Zebedee thermal springs, a series of pools cascading into each other set within sheer cliffs and local vegetation; El Questro gorge – walk to a picturesque swimming hole known as ‘halfway pool’ then (depending on your fitness level) on to Mackmicking Pool; Lunch at El Questro’s famous Steakhouse on the banks of the Pentecost River; Swim in the creek by the Steakhouse then head up to a scenic lookout point for sundowners.
Overnight: Emma Gorge Resort or El Questro Station Township
Day 8/Night 9: 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. Stop at Luhrmann’s Lookout, named after film director Baz Luhrmann who’s movie ‘Australia’ was primarily set in this part of the Kimberley. Lunch at Dusty Bar and Grill then relax in the shaded pool area or join an optional helicopter flight over the spectacular Cockburn Ranges.
Overnight: Home Valley Station
Day 9/Night 10: Bindoola Falls, Ellenbrae Station, Mt. Elizabeth
Continuing down the Gibb we visit Bindoola Falls then continue on to Ellenbrae Station for a relaxing morning tea amongst their lovely gardens. Our guide takes us to a few local secrets before we continue down the mighty Gibb to our overnight accommodation at Mt. Elizabeth Station.
Overnight: Mt Elizabeth Station
Day 10/Night 11: Manning Gorge, Galvan’s Gorge, Bell Gorge
Continuing down the Gibb, next is Manning Gorge for a leisurely walk and then a swim in the beautiful river and waterfall. Then on to 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 ‘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 pool above the waterfall. Time (and fitness level) permitting, we will walk down to the gorge below the cascading waterfall.
Overnight: Bell Gorge Lodge OR Mt Hart Station (if Bell Gorge is unavailable)
Day 11/Night 12: Windjana Gorge, Tunnel Creek, Broome
At Windjana Gorge we we can 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. At nearby Tunnel Creek we wade through the cool waters of the cave by torchlight (please bring shoes that you don’t mind getting wet). Tunnel Creek National Park was the famous hideout used late last century by the Aboriginal leader Jandamarra. Onward to Broome where our journey concludes.
Overnight: Cable Beach Club Resort
Day 12: Farewell Broome
Sadly, it’s time to say farewell to Broome for your onward flight (there are daily flights to Darwin and Broome, or regular flights to Perth). Cable Beach Club include your departure airport transfer.
We can assist in arranging additional accommodation or booking your onward flight.
- Itinerary and inclusions are subject to change
- Weather may cause disruptions to itinerary, especially in remote locations and at the start of the season