To help you plan your adventure – from choosing a destination and itinerary through to planning departure and packing your bags – it is important that you consider the differences between the options we offer. The tabs below feature additional details that you You Need To Know to ensure you are choosing the right itinerary in the right destination at the right time of year to suit you.
While Australia’s south and the West Coast experience a traditional four season year, Australia’s north including the Kimberley and the Top End – has a tropical climate with a Wet Season (November to March/April) and a Dry Season (April/May to October). All of our tours in the north operate during ‘the Dry’, when it can get surprisingly cold overnight, depending on where you are — in Broome it can get down to 12ºC, while in the Bungle Bungles, it can fall as low as 5ºC! During the day, in Broome and Darwin we usually enjoy a lovely 28 to 30ºC.
Note however that during September and October, as the Wet Season approaches, the temperatures increase accordingly and from this time, and throughout the Wet Season, it can be very hot during the day. If you plan to travel at this time, it is essential that you are prepared for the tropical weather — feel free to ask our office for advice prior to booking.
During ‘the Wet’ most 4WD roads and National Parks in the Kimberley are closed, which limits where you are able to go beyond Broome. As a result our Kimberley Expeditions and Broome Day Tours only operate during ‘the Dry’ months, usually April until October. Departures during the shoulder season (usually April/early May and October) are at some risk of road and National Park closures. In most cases we will try and operate an amended itinerary, depending on the extent of the closures.
Similarly in the Top End, many 4WD roads are closed during the Wet Season. Some National Parks and attractions do remain open during the Wet, subject the local weather conditions and rainfall. As a result we are able to offer a limited range of itineraries year round. The alternative Wet Season itineraries are subject to change according to environmental conditions but rest assured we will have travellers exploring the best of the accessible attractions in Litchfield and Kakadu National Parks, as well as the Katherine region. For an up to date access report please contact our customer service team or visit kakaduroadreport.wordpress.com
The West Coast of Australia is less susceptible to the impact of extreme weather conditions, however access to National Parks featured in the itineraries will always be at the mercy of mother nature.
Note that in all regions we follow the advise and recommendations of local Road and National Park authorities as the safety of our travellers is paramount.
When choosing the right tour for you, it is important that you understand the differences between our five Tour Styles:
If you have a week’s accommodation booked, our range of Broome Day Tours provide the opportunity to experience Broome and the West Kimberley, while returning to the sanctuary of your hotel in the evening. Be warned… Day Tours will leave you wanting more!
Our traditional specialised Kimberley Expeditions are perfect for those seeking to experience the real Kimberley in depth – either with comfortable Camping or making the most of basic upgrades where available on the Camping Plus option. The Kimberley is a true wilderness so a keen sense of adventure is vital! Our experienced, informative guides share their secrets and insight into the region’s history, culture, flora and fauna.
The new West Coast Expeditions were created to cater for those wanting to explore the remote west coast of Australia and inland Pilbara region. Travellers on these trips are comfortable with the travel distances required to traverse Western Australia, and fit and able to participate in the adventure, yet they appreciate the basic creature comfort of a private room or tent along the way.
Our Adventure Tours offer maximum flexibility! If you are travelling on a budget then these overland itineraries offer the best value in the region. You can ‘choose your own adventure’- travel on a shoestring and enjoy the natural environment at grass roots, or spend money locally on experiences such as diving with whale sharks or scenic flights. Note that while these tours are open age, due to their budget, adventurous nature they tend to appeal to backpackers.
It is important that our travellers understand the Participatory nature of all of our tours. For more details, see the Participation tab (above).
Travel insurance is essential for all trips. As we are travelling in a remote area, you should ensure you are covered for medical expenses including emergency repatriation at a minimum. We recommend that the policy also covers personal liability, curtailment and loss of luggage and personal effects. Finally, to ensure you are covered in the event of unseasonal weather and conditions that may cause road and national park closures, please make sure your policy considers costs incurred by any unforseeable tour cancellations.
Kimberley Wild itineraries are ‘Participatory’ which means the groups rally together and assist the guide – our program is designed to foster a ’group of friends’ dynamic as everyone works together to make it all happen, alongside the leadership of an experienced Tour Guide. This not only makes for a fun adventure shared with like-minded travellers, but also enables us to provide affordable travel options in the Kimberley. On those nights where we are not staying in one of our fantastic private permanent camp sites, it is important that travellers participate in setting up camp, though the Tour Guide and (where applicable on selected Kimberley Expeditions) the Tour Assistant, will also be on hand to help – it is a team effort! The Kimberley Wild Guide will always appreciate the assistance of one or two group members in preparing/clearing meals. It is essential that all our groups leave the camps they stay in as they found them for the next travellers – the Kimberley is a pristine wilderness and it is our responsibility to ensure it stays this way.
On all tours we recommend you bring…
- A broad-brimmed sun hat
- Good walking boots or sturdy shoes for hiking over rocky terrain
- Fitted shoes for walking in water (except 1DBS, 1DCL & 1DHF tour codes)
- Torch (a head torch is ideal)
- Swimmers & towel (except 1DBS & 1DHF tour codes)
- Personal water bottle (1 Litre recommended)
On short breaks and extended adventures we recommend you also bring…
- Long-sleeved cotton shirt (sun protection) and loose-fitting pants (warmth and insect protection for evenings)
- Towels – shower and swimming
- Personal toiletries* & medication
- Insect Repellent*
- Ear Plugs – you never know when you might need these!
- Sleeping bag (available for purchase $35 from office prior to tour – can be kept or donated to local communities after your tour)
- A pillow (only required for Overland Adventure Tours)
*Please choose environmentally-friendly toiletries so as to minimise chemical residue in waterways! We carry a range of travel-size environmentally-friendly toiletries including Shampoo, Body Wash and Laundry Wash in our Broome office.
Please Note: While our vehicles are custom built and equipped with adequate storage areas, please keep your luggage to a minimum — usually maximum 15kg, in a small soft bag. Suitcases are not suitable. (Max 10kg on Kakadu Expeditions)
Kimberley Wild tours are for reasonably fit and mobile travellers – age is irrelevant. Itineraries often involve some very early starts and long days. We are exploring a range of remote wilderness environments and activities involve some clambering over rocks, wading in water by torchlight, walking on rocky creek beds and ascending/descending into gorges. A reasonable level of fitness and being sure on your feet is necessary to participate. Overnight on some nights we are sleeping in traditional Aussie ‘swags’ , which are comfortable foam mattresses with linen. Refer to the Fitness Level rating (explained below) in The Facts for each itinerary to help determine how suitable the trip is for you. Feel free to ask our staff for any further details if you have any concerns.
Note that due to the remote location and challenging nature of our extended tours it is essential for our travellers who are 70 years and beyond, to review and sign our Medical Form to ensure you can participate fully in the itinerary.
You need to be able to get in and out of the high clearance 4WD vehicles, but there is limited physical activity on the itinerary – walks are generally short and on flat terrain.
There will be a few longer walks on flat or uneven terrain. The walks could involve rough patches where you are required to clamber over rocks or up and down wilderness tracks.
No need to be a mountaineer, but some walks are reasonably challenging: on uneven terrain, sometimes unstable underfoot, and including steep (but usually short) descents and ascents into gorges. It is possible to opt out of the more difficult walks, so those with Moderate fitness may still be able to choose one of these trips – feel free to discuss options with our office.
The style and standard of accommodation varies throughout our Extended Tour itineraries, ranging from outback station stays and ‘billion star’ camping to private wilderness camps and safari tents. On Kimberley Expeditions, we offer the choice of comfortable Camping or Camping Plus, on which we assist you to make the most of basic upgrades where available.