5 Day Broome to the Bungle Bungles

Short of time and want the best value Bungle Bungles trip in the Kimberley? Check out one of the world’s most unique landscapes at the famous Bungle Bungles, including Cathedral Gorge and Echidna Chasm. Visit the sacred Mimbi Caves.  Venture into Tunnel Creek to discover stalactites, secret caves and a large variety of wildlife and swim in an idyllic waterhole and enjoy a local cultural walk before returning to Broome.

Highlights

Tunnel Creek, Bungle Bungles, Echidna Chasm, Cathedral Gorge, Mimbi Caves, China Wall

Tour Summary

Tour Code

5DBB

Fitness level

Moderate

Price

From $2045

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Tour Details

Tour RouteBroome-Broome
Accommodation5DBB CAMPING: Camping (2nts), Bungle Bungle Safari Camp - shared facilities (2nts)
5DBB1 CAMPING PLUS: Boab Room (Double Bed) - with ensuite (2nts), Bungle Bungle Safari Camp - shared facilities (2nts)
Vehicles4WD Vehicle
FitnessModerate
Tour Code5DBB
Duration5 Days / 4 Nights
Tour StyleKimberley Expedition
Maximum Passengers20 (Minimum 4)
Price5DBB CAMPING: Adult $2045, Child (4-12yrs) $1945 *No Single Supplement
5DBB1 CAMPING PLUS: Adult $2395, Child (4-12yrs) $2295 *Optional Single Supplement On Request $325
DepartsMAY-SEP: Tuesdays
Meals4 x Breakfasts, 5 x Lunches, 3 x Dinners
LuggageMax 15kg in Soft Bag/Backpack & Day Bag (No Suitcases)
Private Charter Available On Request
Validity1 April 2023 to 31 March 2024
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Alternative Itinerary, 2023
Please Note: Due to the effects of ex Tropical Cyclone Ellie in January 2023, some traditional attractions are closed for the season to give Country time to rest and recover. There is so much more to see in the Kimberley though, and we have been easily able to adapt our itineraries to include additional and extended activities, that we are normally not able to do! Plus, the landscape will be looking spectacular this year after such a great wet season: waterfalls will be thundering, swimming holes will be clean and fresh and our native wildlife will be thriving. So, while there are two destinations that we are unable to visit in the short term due to flood damage, those same big rains will mean the Kimberley has never been fresher. The season of 2023 promises to be a special opportunity to experience the Australian outback at its best.

*It may be that Tunnel Creek opens a little late for our early May tours – in this event, we will spend more time in Purnululu National Park exploring Mini Palms Gorge or explore Caroline Pool and Palm Springs.

Day 1 Fitzroy Crossing

We ease into our adventure as we travel east towards Fitzroy Crossing. Join the Darlgunya Cultural Walk where our local Indigenous guide greets us with a smoking ceremony and billy tea, then leads a stroll through the remnants of the old postal settlement. Learn about the wild Fitzroy River: its plants, wildlife and significance to local culture. (LD)

Days 2-3 Purnululu National Park: Bungle Bungles

Visit the gold rush town of Halls Creek and see the remarkable China Wall enroute to Purnululu National Park, home of the magnificent Bungle Bungles. On arrival in Purnululu, there is time to orient ourselves and settle into our Safari Camp. After a delightful bush sunset, relax with a delicious meal and evening under the stars. Spend the next day exploring 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. To protect its unique landscape, the area was made a national park in 1987 and now enjoys World Heritage status. We explore the 2km long Echidna Chasm, 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. (BLD/BLD)

Day 4 Mimbi Caves

We bid farewell to Purnululu and travel to the ancient realm of Mimbi Caves, one of Western Australia’s largest cave systems, in the heart of Gooniyandi Country. Spiritually significant, these limestone caves are one of the oldest identified sites of human occupation in Australia. Delve into Dreamtime with our local Gooniyandi guide who shares traditional stories and reveals the secrets of Mimbi Caves, a sanctuary of crystal clear pools, rare fossils and ancient rock art. Share fresh damper and billy tea with the Gooniyandi traditional owners before we head for Fitzroy Crossing. (BL)

Day 5  Tunnel Creek

Following another night by the Fitzroy River, we head for Bunuba country – once a Devonian reef, this terrain is over 350 million years old and home to a diverse array of animals and plants. In the morning we seek the adventure of Tunnel Creek, a 750-metre cave system in which we discover 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. Travel along the Fairfield-Leopold Road, pausing for a peak into history at the ruins of Lillimiloora Police Station and to visit the Derby ‘Boab Prison Tree’, enroute back into Broome. (BL)

*Please see the Important Notes section regarding the Subterranean Trail in Tunnel Creek

 

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Camping

Nights 1 & 4 Camping in 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 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: There is No Single Supplement on this option. As a single traveller you will have a tent to yourself on Camping nights (1 & 4). In the remote Bungle Bungles Safari Camp however, due to limited availability, you may have to twin share with a fellow traveller of the same gender; this is a rare occurrence.

Camping Plus

Nights 1 & 4 The Boab Rooms at the Fitzroy River Lodge offer a basic accommodation upgrade option for travellers looking for a little extra comfort. Built into regional 'dongas', they feature beds with pillows and linen, airconditioning, power and private ensuite. Note that these rooms are Double Bed only - no twin share option available.
Nights 2 & 3 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: Due to the limitations with bedding arrangements (as a result of flood damage), in the 2023 travelling season single travellers will have to pay a Single Supplement surcharge and be guaranteed a room to yourself on all accommodated nights. On all Camping nights you will also 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. Similarly, travellers wanting Twin bedding may need to pay a small surcharge for nights 1 & 4 as the Camping Plus upgrades here are Double bedding only for 2023.

Inclusions

  • Two Tour Hosts – including an Experienced Kimberley Tour Guide and Tour Assistant (on all tours with 8+ travellers)
  • Meals as specified
  • National Park Entry Fees
  • Darlgunya Cultural Walk
  • Bungle Bungles Safari Camp Stay (2nts)
  • Aboriginal Guided Mimbi Caves Tour

Options

  • 30 minute Scenic Helicopter Flight over the Bungle Bungles – allow approx $500 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 protection, sunscreen, swimming costume and towel, good walking/trekking shoes and a personal water bottle.

If you have chosen the Camping option, you will also need to bring a sleeping bag – 10ºC sleeping bags are available for sale at $50pp – 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.

Notes

  • Departures are subject to weather conditions and road closures: usually only a concern for tours in April/October.
  • Accommodation upgrades are subject to availability.
  • Dinner on Night 4 is not included as the Fitzroy River Lodge has a great restaurant – allow approx AUD $45pp for a meal. (Allow a little more if you want a beer or glass of wine.)
  • The Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions refers to the Subterranean Trail through Tunnel Creek as a ‘Class 4 Trail – these are trails that are “in relatively undisturbed environments and are often rough with few, if any, modifications. A moderate to high level of fitness is required. You need to be prepared and self-reliant.”

    Dimalurru (Tunnel Creek) National Park
    Tunnel View Trail – (Class 2 – 400m return. 30 minutes) Take an easy stroll to the tunnel entrance to observe the patterns, textures, and colours in the limestone at the rock face.
    Subterranean Trail – (Class 4 – 2km return. 1.5 hours) The adventurous can scramble over the rocks to take a sometimes chilly and occasionally deep wade through several permanent pools within the tunnel to the other side of the Napier Range. A torch and shoes are required to avoid hazards overhead and underfoot. Near the centre of the cave the roof has collapsed and is an excellent place to observe the colony of flying foxes that roost in the trees during the day.
  • 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.
  • The optional Single Supplement on Camping Plus (5DBB1) does not include the Bungle Bungles stay; 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.
  • 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.
  • Travel Insurance is compulsory for all travellers on all tours and details must be presented to tour guide before departure.
  • 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.