11 Day Wild Kimberley Loop

This 11 Day Kimberley Tour 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 Danggu (Geikie Gorge).

Highlights

Gibb River Road, Windjana Gorge, indigenous-guided walk through Tunnel Creek, Dalmanyi (Bell Gorge), Manning Falls, El Questro Wilderness Park, Zebedee Springs, Emma Gorge, Lake Argyle, Bungle Bungles, Echidna Chasm, Cathedral Gorge, Danggu Gorge Cruise

Why Choose This Tour?

WHY CHOOSE THIS TOUR?

  • Bungle Bungles Safari Camp: stay in the heart of the park by the Bungles Massif, exclusive to Kimberley Wild
  • Accommodation Options, Camping or Camping Plus: choose a style that suits you
  • Private Camps for 2 Night Stays, already set up and waiting for you!
  • Frequent Guaranteed Departure Dates
  • Two Experienced Guides*
  • Big Comfortable 4WD Trucks: you can stand up in them
  • Award-winning Local Tour Operator – GOLD MEDAL WINNER of the Major Tour & Transport Operator Award 2019
  • Best Value Tours in the Kimberley – go on, compare inclusions!

Tour Summary

Tour Code

11DKL

Fitness level

Moderate

Price

From $3825

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Tour Details

Tour RouteBroome-Broome
Accommodation11DKL CAMPING:
Camping (8nts), Bungle Bungles Safari Camp - shared facilities (2nts)
11DKL1 CAMPING PLUS:
Camping (3nts), Bungle Bungles Safari Camp - shared facilities (2nts), Safari Tent - shared facilities (2nts), Cabin - with ensuite (2nts), Safari Tent - with ensuite (1nt)
Vehicles4WD Vehicle
FitnessModerate
Tour Code11DKL
Duration11 Days / 10 Nights
Tour StyleKimberley Expedition
Maximum Passengers20 (Minimum 2)
Price11DKL CAMPING:
Adult $3825, Child (4-12yo) $3725
11DKL1 CAMPING PLUS:
Adult $4525, Child (4-12yo) $4425 *Optional Single Supplement On Request $650
DepartsMAY-SEP: Sundays & Fridays
Meals10 x Breakfasts, 10 x Lunches, 8 x Dinners
LuggageMax 15kg in Soft Bag/Backpack & Day Bag (No Suitcases)
Private CharterAvailable On Request
Validity1 April 2022 to 31 March 2023
More InformationWhat You Need To Know
Frequently Asked Questions
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Day 1 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)

Days 2-3 West Kimberley Gorges

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. Mid morning we head off to Dalmanyi (Bell Gorge), a hidden highlight of the West Kimberley. 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! Spend the next day swimming in paradise: discover the cool waters of water lily-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/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 to 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)

Days 6-7 Kununurra & Lake Argyle

Emerge from the Gibb River Road for a few hours free time in Kununurra: sample locally-made rum at the Hoochery and pick up some local sandalwood inspired beauty, health and lifestyle products at the Sandalwood Factory. After lunch, travel on to 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. Two nights allows time to enjoy a refreshing afternoon swim in the Infinity Pool, with a magnificent view across the lake, and take up one of the many optional activities on offer such as scenic flights and kayak hire. You may like to join our guide to visit the historic Durack Homestead Museum or take on one of the many bush trails to explore the area. A sunset boat cruise on the lake is highly recommended (approx AU$100pp, own expense). (BD/BL)

Days 8-9 Purnululu National Park: Bungle Bungles

Journey south down the Great Northern Highway to Purnululu National Park, home of the magnificent Bungle Bungles. Two nights here, staying 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 helicopter flight and enjoy a birds-eye view of the beehive domes (approx $450pp, own expense) to put it all into perspective. (BLD/BLD)

Day 10 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 an Aboriginal Art Gallery, before an evening by the Fitzroy River at Fitzroy Crossing. (BLD)

Day 11 Danggu (Geikie Gorge)

A morning cruise through the majestic Danggu (Geikie Gorge) is a great start to the 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. Enjoy lunch by the river en route back to Broome. (BL)

 

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Camping

Nights 1, 6, 7 & 10 Camping in National Parks and in the grounds of Lake Argyle and the Fitzroy River Lodge involves dome tents (single/twinshare), swags with fitted sheets & pillows with pillow cases. On site ablutions have hot showers and flush toilets.
Nights 2 & 3 Enjoy two nights in the comfort of our own private safari camp at Manning Gorge. The camp features large tents on raised platforms with twin stretcher beds, mattresses and our own sheltered kitchen area. Nearby shared ablutions have hot showers and flush toilets.
Nights 4 & 5 Our private camp on the grounds of El Questro also features large tents on raised platforms with twin stretcher beds, mattresses and our own sheltered kitchen area. Nearby shared ablutions have hot showers and flush toilets.
Nights 8 & 9 In the heart of Purnululu National Park, our eco safari tents at the Bungle Bungles Safari Camp boast views of the Bungles Massif from your door. The camp features modern facilities, a covered dining deck with panoramic views and an open air campfire around which you can relax beneath a sparkling Kimberley night sky: chatting, star-gazing and sharing the adventure with like-minded travellers.
PLEASE NOTE: Single travellers have the option to pay a Single Supplement and be guaranteed a room to yourself on all accommodated nights. On all Camping nights however, you will always have a tent to yourself, with the exception of our private safari camps where occasionally, due to limited availability, you may have to twin share; this is a rare occurrence. If you do not choose to pay a Single Supplement, you will be allocated twin share accommodation with another traveller of the same gender on any accommodated nights.

Camping Plus

Night 1 Camping under the stars in Windjana Gorge National Park requires you to erect your own dome tent (single/twinshare) - this is so easy, it takes about three minutes! We provide swags with fitted sheets & pillows with pillow cases. On site ablutions have hot showers and flush toilets.
Nights 2 & 3 Enjoy two nights in the comfort of our own private safari camp at Manning Gorge. The camp features large tents on raised platforms with twin stretcher beds, mattresses and our own sheltered kitchen area. Nearby shared ablutions have hot showers and flush toilets.
Nights 4 & 5 The new Permanent Tents at El Questro Station offer an affordable upgrade option at the famous El Questro Wilderness Park. With twin beds, lighting and a quality ablutions block nearby, these tents ensure you have a comfortable nights sleep while still enjoying the outback essence of Kimberley camping.
Nights 6 & 7 The Standard Rooms at Lake Argyle Resort each have a queen & single bed, private ensuite bathroom, a small fridge, tea/coffee making facilities. airconditioning and a private verandah to enjoy the beautiful surrounds.
Nights 8 & 9 In the heart of Purnululu National Park, our eco safari tents at the Bungle Bungles Safari Camp boast views of the Bungles Massif from your door. The camp features modern facilities, a covered dining deck with panoramic views and an open air campfire around which you can relax beneath a sparkling Kimberley night sky: chatting, star-gazing and sharing the adventure with like-minded travellers.
Night 10 The Safari Cabins at the Fitzroy River Lodge offer a traditional Kimberley-style accommodation upgrade option for travellers looking for a little extra comfort. Similar to a regular motel room, they feature beds with pillows and linen, fans, power and private ensuite. Relax on the porch and enjoy the bush ambiance.
PLEASE NOTE: Single travellers have the option to pay a Single Supplement and be guaranteed a room to yourself on all accommodated nights. On all Camping nights however, you will always have a tent to yourself, with the exception of our private safari camps where occasionally, due to limited availability, you may have to twin share; this is a rare occurrence. If you do not choose to pay a Single Supplement, you will be allocated twin share accommodation with another traveller of the same gender on any accommodated nights.

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 Permit
  • Bungle Bungles Safari Camp Stay (2nts)

Options

  • 30 minute Scenic Helicopter Flight over the Bungle Bungles – allow approx $450 per person*
  • Sunset Cruise on Lake Argyle – allow approx $100 per person*

*Your Tour Guide will assist with arranging these optional activities while on tour.

We operate our 4WD Kimberley Expeditions in custom-built, 21 seat 4WD trucks with a PA system and built-in storage (no risky trailers!). These comfortable, strong remote area vehicles allow our small groups extra space (including standing room), are fully air-conditioned and fitted with adjustable air-vents, reclinable seats, map pockets and footrests. It is important that when booking a 4WD outback adventure in the Kimberley, you understand that the roads we travel on can be heavily corrugated. Rest assured, these are the conditions for which our 4WD trucks are designed.

What to Bring

It is essential that you bring a torch, shoes you don’t mind getting wet – and we mean fully immersed in water: ideally, wet shoes, sandals or old runners, broad-brimmed hat with sun visor for all round sun protection, sunscreen, swimming costume and towel, good walking/trekking shoes and a personal water bottle.

You will also need to bring a sleeping bag, even if you have chosen the Camping Plus option (11DKL1) as these are necessary for the Camping nights and also the Bungle Bungles Safari Camp stay. 10ºC sleeping bags are available for sale at $45pp – these must be requested with our office prior to travel and can be kept following your trip or donated to local indigenous communities.

Other recommendations include: warm clothes for the evening (particularly if travelling May-Aug), personal toiletries and first aid, with any personal medication required.

** Don’t forget the necessary luggage restrictions – due to limited space in the vehicles it is important that your luggage is in a small, soft bag (suitcases are not suitable) and weighs a maximum of 15kg. You are welcome to store any excess luggage at your accommodation in Broome, to be collected on your return.

Notes

  • Departures are subject to weather conditions and road closures.
  • Accommodation upgrades are subject to availability and On Request until Confirmed.
  • Some meals are not included as there are excellent local options available, providing freshness, variety and choice – allow approx AUD $200pp for meals. (Allow a little more if you want a beer or glass of wine with dinner.)
  • This itinerary involves 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. Refer to the Fitness rating in The Facts.
  • Expect some early morning starts! It is nicer to walk in the cooler morning and travel in the vehicle during the heat of the day.
  • The Single Supplement on our tours is optional. If you are a Single traveller, you can pay a Single Supplement, or you will be accommodated on a twin-share basis with a fellow traveller of the same gender where necessary.
  • For those who choose to pay the optional Single Supplement, note that it does not include the private camp stays; due to capacity constraints single travellers may have to twinshare with another traveller of the same gender – this is a rare occurrence.
  • It is important that you appreciate the Kimberley Wild experience and the remote, vast nature of the areas through which we travel – please ensure you read our What You Need to Know and Frequently Asked Questions pages.
  • Travel Insurance is compulsory for all travellers on all tours and details must be presented to tour guide before departure.
  • A Tour Assistant is provided on tour for all larger groups of 8 or more travellers.
  • Are you over 70 years old? Due to the remote location and challenging nature of our extended camping tours it is essential for older travellers to review and sign our Medical Form to ensure you can participate fully in the itinerary.