12 Day Wild Kimberley Loop

This 12 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 Geikie Gorge.

Highlights

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

12DKL

Fitness level

Moderate

Price

From $3695

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Tour Details

Tour RouteBroome-Broome
Accommodation12DKL CAMPING:
Private Room - shared facilities (2nts)*, Camping (7nts), Bungle Bungles Safari Camp - shared facilities (2nts)
12DKL1 CAMPING PLUS:
Private Room - shared facilities (2nts)*, Camping (3nts), Bungle Bungles Safari Camp - shared facilities (2nts), Safari Tent - shared facilities (2nts), Safari Tent - with ensuite (2nts)
*A Broome Stay Upgrade to a Private Room - with ensuite is available for a surcharge. See below.
Vehicles4WD Vehicle
FitnessModerate
Tour Code12DKL
Duration12 Days / 11 Nights
Tour StyleKimberley Expedition
Maximum Passengers20 (Minimum 2)
Price12DKL CAMPING:
Adult $3695, Child (4-12yo) $3595 *Optional Single Supplement On Request $110
12DKL1 CAMPING PLUS:
Adult $4195, Child (4-12yo) $4095 *Optional Single Supplement On Request $485

12DKL3 CAMPING with Broome Stay Upgrade:
Adult $4005, Child (4-12yo) $3905 *Optional Single Supplement On Request $310
12DKL4 CAMPING PLUS with Broome Stay Upgrade:
Adult $4505, Child (4-12yo) $4405 *Optional Single Supplement On Request $795
DepartsMAY-SEP: Sundays & Fridays
Meals11 x Breakfasts, 9 x Lunches, 9 x Dinners
LuggageMax 15kg in Soft Bag/Backpack & Day Bag (No Suitcases)
Private CharterAvailable On Request
Validity1 April 2021 to 31 March 2022
More InformationWhat You Need To Know
Frequently Asked Questions
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Day 1 Broome

You can arrive any time today, though checkin is at 2pm. An airport transfer is included today if you advise us of your flight arrival. Spend the afternoon exploring at your leisure: Broome is one of the most interesting outback towns in Australia. From the age of the dinosaurs and the ancient stories of local indigenous people to the region’s role in early global exploration and the flourishing south sea pearl industry, this cultural melting pot has many a tale to tell. In the evening, get to know your fellow travellers at a Welcome Dinner, while we prepare for the adventure that lies ahead. (D)

Day 2 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. (BLD)

Day 3 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 to 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! (BLD)

Day 4 Galvans Gorge, Adcock Gorge & Mt Barnett Station

Spend the day swimming in paradise: further up the Gibb River Road, we discover the cool waters of water lilie-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 5-6 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)

Day 7 Kununurra & Lake Argyle

Emerge from the Gibb River Road for a few hours free time in Kununurra. In the afternoon, 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. There is free time to join a sunset boat cruise on the lake (approx AU$100pp, own expense), visit the historic Durack Homestead Museum or take on one of the many bush trails to explore the area. (B)

Days 8-9 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 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 the remote Laarri Aboriginal Art Gallery, before an evening by the Fitzroy River at Fitzroy Crossing. (BLD)

Day 11 Geikie Gorge

A morning cruise through the majestic 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. Explore Old Fitzroy Crossing and enjoy lunch by the river before we return to Broome – hopefully in time to enjoy the sunset on Cable Beach. (BLD)

Day 12 Broome

As the adventure draws to an end, it is time to bid farewell to the Kimberley. If you are departing on a flight today, an airport transfer is included. Alternatively, you may have booked into one of Broome’s many resorts for a little luxury following your intrepid experience in the Kimberley wilderness – there is plenty more of Broome to explore and experience! (B)

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Camping

Nights 1 & 11 The twin/double rooms (with shared amenities) at the Kimberley Traveller's Lodge - Broome YHA are basic but comfortable. This open-air adventure hostel is our home in Broome, from where travellers on both our Kimberley Expeditions and Adventure Tours, young and old, embark on their Kimberley experiences. Close to town, it has a pool and beer garden providing a great place to meet and get to know your fellow travellers and share a celebratory drink.
*A Broome Stay Upgrade to a Private Room - with ensuite is available for a surcharge. See below.
Nights 2, 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. Stretcher beds are available for hire - $100pp, must be requested with our office prior to travel. On site ablutions have hot showers and flush toilets.
Nights 3 & 4 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 5 & 6 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

Nights 1 & 11 The twin/double rooms (with shared amenities) at the Kimberley Traveller's Lodge - Broome YHA are basic but comfortable. This open-air adventure hostel is our home in Broome, from where travellers on both our Kimberley Expeditions and Adventure Tours, young and old, embark on their Kimberley experiences. Close to town, it has a pool and beer garden providing a great place to meet and get to know your fellow travellers and share a celebratory drink.
*A Broome Stay Upgrade to a Private Room - with ensuite is available for a surcharge. See below.
Night 2 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 3 & 4 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 5 & 6 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.
Night 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.

Optional Broome Stay Upgrade

Nights 1 & 11 For those travellers who would prefer a little extra comfort while in Broome, an optional upgrade to a Private Room - with Ensuite at The Oaks Broome is available, On Request.

Inclusions

  • Broome Arrival Airport Transfers (On Request)
  • 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

  • Upgrade your accommodation in Broome with the Broome Stay Upgrade – allow approx $300 per person
  • 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 (12DKL1) 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.
  • Lunch on Day 1, 7 & 12 and Dinner on Nights 6 & 7 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.