9 Day Wolfe Creek Safari (Broome to Darwin)

Ready for an Australian outback adventure with a twist? Experience a night under the stars at the infamous Wolfe Creek Crater on this overland Broome to Darwin Backpacker Safari – there’s safety in numbers right? Add all the Kimberley highlights: the Gibb River Road, Windjana Gorge and Tunnel Creek, El Questro Station, Lake Argyle and the world heritage listed Bungle Bungles and Australia’s largest body of fresh water, Lake Argyle – plus much more – and you have one hell of an Australian outback experience!

Highlights

Windjana Gorge, Tunnel Creek, Wolfe Creek Crater, Bungle Bungles, Echidna Chasm, Cathedral Gorge, El Questro Wilderness Park, Gibb River Road, Kununurra, Lake Argyle, Katherine

Tour Summary

Tour Code

9BD

Fitness level

Advanced

Price

$1695

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Tour Details

Tour RouteBroome-Darwin
AccommodationHostel Dorm: shared facilities (1nt), Camping: shared facilities (3nts), Bush Camping: limited facilities (2nts), Safari Tent: shared facilities (2nts),
VehiclesComfortable 4WD
FitnessAdvanced
Tour Code9BD
Duration9 Days / 8 Nights
Tour StyleOverland Adventure Tour
Maximum Passengers20 (Minimum 6)
PriceAdult $1695 *No Single Supplement
DepartsAPR-OCT: Saturdays (dates listed below)
Meals8 x Breakfasts, 7 x Lunches, 8 x Dinners
LuggageMax 15kg in Soft Bag/Backpack & Day Bag (No Suitcases)
Private CharterAvailable On Request
Validity1 April 2019 to 31 March 2020
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Reverse Itinerary9 Day Wolfe Creek Safari (Darwin to Broome)
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PRIMARY PICK UP LOCATION: Broome’s Kimberley Travellers Lodge *Additional nights available On Request – ask Reservations

Day 1 Broome

Welcome to Broome, a coastal enclave famous for its great beaches and historic pearling industry. Today check in to our accommodation at the Kimberley Travellers Lodge. Afterwards, meet your guide for a classic Aussie BBQ and a presentation on the upcoming tour. Perhaps choose a beer from our bar with close to 100 different varieties and listen to a few yarns around our firepit. (D)

Day 2 Windjana Gorge & Tunnel Creek

Leaving Broome early, the first stop is at Willare Bridge Roadhouse, on the banks of the Fitzroy River. From here we head to the infamous Derby Prison Tree before joining the iconic Gibb River Road into the great Australian outback towards Windjana Gorge & Tunnel Creek. We first head to Windjana Gorge in the Napier Range, once an underwater reef 300 million years ago. During the wet season a river rages through the gorge, but during the dry it’s really more a series of ponds and billabongs. Set out on a bit of an explore, spotting a freshwater crocodile or two and abundant birdlife. After lunch and a short drive, we head to Tunnel Creek. The creek has worn a 750-metre tunnel through the Napier Range and finishes at a refreshing swimming hole. Join your guide for a walk through Tunnel Creek, learning about indigenous warrior Jandamarra who waged war on European settlement in the 1890’s. After afternoon tea we head to our first bush camp for a night under the stars around the fire in the Oscar Range. (BLD)

Day 3 Wolfe Creek Crater

Hit the road again and start travelling towards Fitzroy Crossing, an historic Kimberley Town on the mighty Fitzroy River. We visit the old Fitzroy River Crossing then head to a spring fed waterhole for a refreshing swim. Onwards to the gold rush town of Halls Creek before tackling the Tanami Track to Wolfe Creek Crater. An afternoon hike to the crater rim and a magical sunset sets the scene for another night camping around the fire in this remote, isolated destination. (BLD)

Day 4 Purnululu National Park: Bungle Bungles

In the morning we conduct a headcount to make sure everyone has survived the night before moving on to our next destination, the remarkable world heritage listed Purnululu National Park (Bungles Bungles). We visit China Wall outside Halls Creek and have lunch at Spring Creek before taking the challenging track into the Purnululu National Park. This afternoon we explore Echidna Chasm before ending the day at the Bungle Bungles Safari Camp. This camp, with views to the Bungles Massif, is usually reserved for tours costing significantly more. So, after a couple of days with basic facilities we can enjoy some comfortable accommodation and take in the sun setting on the Bungles Massif. (BLD)

Day 5 Purnululu National Park: Bungle Bungles & El Questro Station

Any objections to the early start this morning will soon be forgotten when we experience a sunrise on the Bungle Bungle Domes. Enjoy a spectacular walk into Cathedral Gorge and marvel at the acoustics then hike to the Domes lookout for a spectacular vista. Pause for morning tea with the Bungles Domes looming in the background before we say farewell to Purnululu and head to the Warmun Community for lunch. After lunch it’s on to our campsite at El Questro station where you might choose to enjoy a well-earned drink at the station bar with your travel mates. (BLD)

Day 6 El Questro Station

Wake up with the knowledge of not having to pack up camp before spending the day exploring the amazing sights of El Questro Station. Enjoy a relaxing swim at Zebedee Hot Springs before tackling the hike into the stunning El Questro Gorge. Tonight, enjoy another night at the El Questro campsite. (BLD)

Day 7 Lake Argyle

This morning after a short drive we hike into Emma Gorge. The one hour trek into the gorge is rewarded with a swim under the waterfall. After some morning tea it’s time to head into Kununurra to resupply. Take some time to have a look around the picturesque town of Kununurra and enjoy lunch at one of many cafes (own expense). In the afternoon, travel down beside the Ord River to make camp at Lake Argyle. You have the choice of relaxing in the famous infinity pool (consistently voted in the top 10 swimming pools in Australia) overlooking the magnificent Lake Argyle or appreciating it from the water by choosing to do a sunset cruise (own expense). This vast body of water has been forged by the Ord River Dam. The biggest man-made lake in Australia, Lake Argyle is 18 times the size of Sydney Harbour! (BD)

Day 8 Victoria River Region

Not long after breakfast say goodbye to WA as from here, we cross the state border into the Northern Territory. The day is spent enjoying the last views of the boabs you have fallen in love with and some short walks in the Gregory National Park before we make our way towards our last camp for the night just outside of Nitmiluk National Park in the Katherine Region. (BLD)

Day 9 Katherine & Darwin

On the final day of the trip, stop at either the secluded gorge of Nitmiluk (Katherine Gorge) or take one last plunge for the trip into the cool waters of Edith Falls. In the afternoon, make your way to Darwin, where your adventure comes to an end. (BL)

 

PRIMARY DROP OFF LOCATION: Melaleuca On Mitchell & Chillis Backpackers, Darwin

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2019 TOURS

Departure CodeDepartsFinishesBook OnlineGuaranteed
9BD1905044 May12 MayCheck Availability & Book OnlineGuaranteed Departure
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Night 1 Kimberley Travellers Lodge Dorm Bed. Shared amenities include hot showers, flush toilets, swimming pool, kitchen and dining area.
Nights 2 & 3 Bush Camping involves a swag under the stars and campfire meals - very limited facilities, if any!
Nights 4 & 8 Enjoy the comfort of a private Safari Camp. Our Permanent Tents feature twin beds while the shared amenities, including toilets and hot showers, are located nearby.
Nights 5, 6 & 7 Camping in National Parks and on Cattle Stations involves dome tents (twinshare) and swags. Most camp sites have on site ablutions including hot showers and flush toilets.

Inclusions

  • Experienced Guide
  • Meals as specified
  • Camping Accommodation
  • National Park Entry Fees

Options

  • Sunset Cruise Lake Argyle – allow approx $40 per person

Your Tour Guide can assist with booking these optional activities while on tour.

Our Adventure Tour groups that travel through the Kimberley enjoy the comfort of our big custom-built 21-seat 4WD high clearance trucks. All our vehicles have a PA system and built-in storage (no risky trailers!). Being larger vehicles, they allow our small groups extra space to kick back and relax as the Australian outback drifts by. They are all fully air-conditioned and are fitted with adjustable air-vents, reclinable seats and map pockets to keep your book, drink and MP3 player in. Note that the vehicle could be branded Kimberley Wild, Kakadu Wild, Western Xposure or Adventure Tours Australia!

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, a personal water bottle and a pillow.

It is also recommended that you bring insect repellent, warm clothes for the evening (particularly if travelling in Winter), personal toiletries and first aid, with any personal medication required.

You will also need to bring a pillow and a sleeping bag. 10ºC sleeping bags are available for sale at $35pp – these must be requested with our office prior to travel and can be kept following your trip or donated to local indigenous communities.

Notes

  • Your tour vehicle may be branded as Adventure Tours Australia, Western Exposure or Wild Expeditions, but this tour is operated by Kimberley Wild Expeditions.
  • Itineraries may vary and/or attractions be substituted for any cause including seasonal conditions, weather extremes, traditional owner and national park requirements.
  • This tour is only for fit and active people, who can hike 5-9kms a day over uneven terrain, often in high temperatures. Temperatures can be extreme i.e. very high during summer days and very cold during winter nights. The operator reserves the right to assess the fitness capability of passengers prior to tour 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.
  • Due to distances covered, this trip involves early departures on some morning and frequent stops between destinations.
  • This tour is not suitable for children. If you are travelling with a family, consider our 12 Day Wild Kimberley Loop
  • Travel Insurance is compulsory for all travellers on all tours and details must be presented to tour guide before departure.
  • It is your responsibility to advise Wild Expeditions if you have any special dietary requirements or medical conditions (including allergies) well ahead of departure.
  • It is you or your clients’ responsibility to contact Wild Expeditions with your preferred accommodation pick up point. Please contact our inside sales teams for information on other available pick up points. If we do not hear from you, we will assume you will make your way to our default pick up point as listed on this document. We will not be responsible for missed pick-ups (and a missed tour) if we do not receive notification from you or your travel agent, and if you are not at the default pick up point at the appropriate time.