9 Day Kimberley Combo
Check out one of the world’s most unique landscapes at the famous Bungle Bungles and discover the highlights of the West Kimberley Gorges, including Geikie Gorge, Windjana Gorge, Bell Gorge & Manning Falls
Bungle Bungles, Echidna Chasm, Cathedral Gorge, Mimbi Caves, China Wall, Geikie Gorge Cruise, Gibb River Road, Derby Prison Tree, Windjana Gorge, Tunnel Creek, Bell Gorge, Galvans Gorge, Manning Falls, Adcock Gorge
|Accommodation||9DKC CAMPING: Camping (6nts), Bungle Bungles Safari Camp (2nts)|
|Duration||9 Days / 8 Nights|
|Tour Style||Kimberley Expedition|
|Maximum Passengers||20 (Minimum 6)|
|Price||9DKC CAMPING: Adult $2895, Child (4-12yrs) $2795
|Meals||8 x Breakfasts, 9 x Lunches, 7 x Dinners|
|Luggage||Max 15kg in Soft Bag/Backpack & Day Bag (No Suitcases)|
|Private Charter||Available On Request|
|Validity||1 July 2020 to 31 March 2021|
|More Infomation||What You Need To Know
Frequently Asked Questions
Information for Travellers in 2020 - COVID19
|Download Trip Notes||Trip Notes|
Day 1 Geikie Gorge & Fitzroy Crossing
We ease into our adventure as we travel east towards Fitzroy Crossing. Visit the Old Fitzroy Crossing and colourful Mangkaja Aboriginal Arts Centre before joining a local guided cruise through majestic Geikie Gorge that nature carved between the Geikie and Oscar Ranges. Learn of the fascinating geology of this natural wonder and discover the huge array of wildlife, including freshwater crocodiles, birds and fish. That evening, camp by the Fitzroy River and enjoy our famous Kimberley BBQ. (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 & Windjana Gorge
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. Freshen up with a swim in the idyllic waterhole at the end of the tunnel before we travel to the geological wonder of Windjana Gorge, a delightful oasis in the outback. Beneath gorge walls rising 90m, we enjoy a picnic lunch and search for freshwater crocodiles, local birdlife and indigenous bushtucker. Camp under the stars in the National Park. (BLD)
Day 6 Adcock Gorge & Galvans Gorge
Hit the Gibb River Road and discover Adcock Gorge, surrounded by rainforest and sandstone ranges. An afternoon swim at Galvans Gorge, amongst water lilies and boab trees, offers the chance to freshen up again before we settle into our camp on Mt Barnett Cattle Station at a billabong oasis in the heart of gorge country. (BLD)
Day 7 Manning Falls
Today we explore the remote and spectacular Manning Gorge surrounded by high cliff. Cross the meandering Manning River – either swimming or by pulley boat! – and take on a bushwalk to the impressive Manning Falls. There is nothing quite like swimming in deep clear pools surrounded by a rugged natural landscape. In the afternoon, relax and swim by the Manning River before we get the camp fire going for dinner. (BLD)
Day 8 Silent Grove & Bell Gorge
Travel to Silent Grove to set up camp and enjoy lunch before we explore the spectacular Bell Gorge in the ancient King Leopold Range. This idyllic retreat boasts majestic cascading waterfalls and crystal clear pools formed over millions of years. (BLD)
Day 9 Derby & Broome
Returning to the Gibb River Road we visit Norval Art Gallery in Derby and the renowned ‘Boab Prison Tree’ then begin our journey back into Broome. (BL)
PLEASE NOTE: Due to COVID-19 restrictions and related seasonal closures, some elements of this itinerary may not be available at time of travel. In particular all Indigenous communities are currently closed to travellers. This may result in substitute activities and/or rerouting as required. The situation is evolving daily, but please be prepared for possible changes to your Kimberley adventure if necessary.
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|Nights 1, 4, 5, 6, 7 & 8 Camping 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.|
- Experienced Guide
- Meals as specified
- National Park Entry Fees
- 1 Hour Ranger Guided Geikie Gorge Boat Cruise
- Bungle Bungles Safari Camp Stay (2nts)
- Aboriginal Guided Mimbi Caves Tour
- 30 minute Scenic Helicopter Flight over the Bungle Bungles – allow approx $450 per person *NOT YET CONFIRMED AS AVAILABLE IN 2020 SEASON DUE TO COVID-19 CLOSURES
* 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.
You will also need to bring a sleeping bag – 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.
- This trip is a combination of our 5 Day Broome to the Bungle Bungles and 6 Day West Kimberley Adventure. The vehicle and guide will change on the morning of on Day 5 as you transfer from one tour on to the other.
- Departures are subject to weather conditions and road closures: usually only a concern for tours in April/October.
- Due to capacity constraints at the Bungle Bungles Safai Camp single travellers may have to twinshare with another traveller of the same gender – this is a rare occurrence.
- Dinner on Night 4 is not included as the Fitzroy River Lodge has a great restaurant – allow approx AUD $35pp for a meal. (Allow a little more if you want a beer or glass of wine.)
- 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.
- 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.