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Kimberley Adventure Tours - 20 day Perth to Darwin 4WD & Camping
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May 3rd, 25th
July 8th, 23rd, 30th
August 14th, 21st
September 5th, 12th, 27th
Adelaide River (township), Broome (WA), Bungle Bungles (WA), Coral Bay (WA), Darwin, Edith falls, El Questro (WA), Gibb River Road (WA), Kalbarri NP (WA), Karijini NP (WA), Katherine Gorge (Nitmiluk N P), Katherine, Kimberley (East) (WA), Kimberley (WA), Kimberley (West) (WA), Kununurra (WA), Ningaloo Reef NP (WA)
Perth accommodation at approx 6:00 am
Approx 6:00 pm
Suitable for those who are relatively fit and healthy.
Perth Kalbarri National Park via the Pinnacles
Highlights: The Pinnacles, Kalbarri National Park
Hiking: approx 5km
Kalbarri National Park to Shark Bay.
Highlights: Kalbarri National Park, Murchison Gorges – Z bend, Natures Window, Shark Bay
Hiking: approx 5km
Shark Bay to Coral Bay via Monkey Mia
Shark Bay, Monkey Mia
Hiking: approx 5km
Today we jump on a boat cruise to snorkel with Manta Rays, a fantastic experience! During Whale Shark season passengers may prefer to do the Whale Shark Cruise instead, we pay the first $170 towards this cruise.
After the cruise we can explore Coral Bay.
Highlights: Coral Bay, Manta Ray Snorkeling Cruise Included (Valued at $175)
Hiking: approx 5km
Today we take the coastal 4WD track from Coral Bay to Exmouth via Yardi Creek – No buses on this one! Spectacular Coastal Camping in the evening.
Highlights: Coastal 4WD track from Coral Bay to Exmouth, Coral Bay
Hiking: approx 5km
Today we explore Exmouth, snorkel at Turquoise Bay off the beach!
Highlights: Turquoise Bay, Yardie Creek, Exmouth
Hiking: approx 5km
Days 7, 8 & 9
Karajini National Park is spectacular and regularly voted as a highlight of the tour, we spend 3 days exploring the park.
Explore Karajini National Park and do Hammersley Gorge, Weno Gorge, Handrail Pool, Spider Walk, Dales Gorge, Fortesque Falls & Fern Pool. Bush camp each night under the stars.
Highlights: Hammersley Gorge, Weno Gorge, Handrail Pool, Spider Walk, Dales Gorge, Fortesque Falls, Fern Pool
Hiking: approx 5km per day
From Karajini National Park we head to Broome via 80 Mile Beach.
There are some great coastal and outback landscapes along the way, stopping for lunch and a swim at 80 mile beach.
Highlights: 80 Mile Beach, Coastal Scenery
Walking: Approx 2 -3 km
Early start this morning we head East for the mighty Kimberley Region.
Our first stop is the famous prison tree near Derby, a huge hollowed out boab tree which was used as a prison in the early pioneering days.
Next we head to Windjana Gorge, a huge gorge cut into the ranges over millennium to reveal beautiful scenery of high vertical cliffs, sandy beaches and meandering creek. We head off on a hike at Windjana of about 4km and often see freshwater crocodiles swimming in the clear waterholes.
Highlights: Boab Prison Tree, Windjana Gorge
Hiking: 2 - 4km
Another early start exploring Tunnel Creek.
Tunnel Creek is an amazing natural phenomenon and holds great significance to the local Aboriginal people, and getting there early normally guarantees we have the place for ourselves. It is a 750 metre long stretch of creek which runs underground through one of the oldest cave systems in Western Australia. Many aboriginal rock paintings are present in the cave.
From Tunnel Creek we get on the Gibb River Road, a 700km long outback dirt road which runs between Derby and Kununurra, it's not the easiest route, the track is often rough, there are a number or deep water crossings and a 4WD vehicle is essential. However it's an amazing travel route as along the length of the Gibb River Road are vast tracts of wilderness and numerous rivers, gorges and waterfalls to explore.
The first water fall is Bell Gorge. After a 20 minute walk we come to a beautiful Creek which flows through the centre of this impressive gorge and cascades over numerous falls. A deep swimming hole at the base of the main waterfall, surrounded by shady ledges and high cliffs, is an ideal lunch spot.
From Bell Gorge we push on along the Gibb River Road.
Highlights: Tunnel creek, Bell Gorge
Emerging from camp it's back on the Gibb River Road and onto Manning Gorge where we spend most of the day.
White sandy beaches with a Pandanus tree lined waterway opening into a wide clear waterhole greats us only minutes after starting the walk. We must swim across the river before following a trail leading to the top of gorge. The gorge has a waterfall plus a deep wide swimming hole surrounded by granite cliffs & rock outcrops. It is a spectacular setting with hidden examples of Aboriginal Rock Art.
The return route from manning Gorge is a little less conventional as we swim and rock hop along the creek before reaching the main waterhole where it started.
Depending on the time available, Galvin's and / or Adcock Gorge's are also visited.
Highlights: Manning Gorge
An early morning swim in cool waters of the Gibb River is a great way to wake up.
From our camp the day starts with a short walk to a little known Aboriginal Art site containing some fine examples of Rock Art.
From here it's back on the "The Gibb" where we continue on our easterly trek to Pentacost River we are presented with an incredible landscape of a wide river surrounded by rugged Cockburn Ranges.
We drive though the Pentacost River, driving a vehicle across a 60 metre wide outback river which is occupied by Salt Water Crocodiles is not something you do every day, but it's only way across.
A short distance from the Pentecost is El Questro Station, home of more beautiful landscapes, one of which is Emma Falls. A hike through a spectacular gorge takes us to a very high and narrow falls with a deep cool plunge pool where we can swim.
Hightlights: Emma Falls, El Questro, Pentacost river
One of the highlights of this Kimberley trip is Purnululu National Park, more commonly known as the Bungle Bungles.
We spend 2 days in this region hiking and exploring the Gorges and amazing landscapes the area contains. The long and dusty track into the Bungles is spectacular, it winds its way though valleys, over ranges and through creeks before arriving at what must be one of the world's most unique landscapes.
After locating our campsite we head off for Echidna Chasm form hike into the domes, following a creek to it's source at a narrow passage buried within the Bungles.
The day ends with a spectacular sunset from a hill top vantage point.
Highlights: Bungle bungles, Echidna Chasm, Bungle sunset
Hiking 3 - 4 km
With an early rise we are able to take advantage of a spectacular Bungle Bungles sunrise, from our vantage point we watch the show with a cup of tea or coffee and breakfast from a remote location.
A short drive from the sunrise area is the trailhead for the Cathedral Gorge hike, a spectacular hike though the bee hive formations to Cathedral Gorge. The gorge itself is one of the most impressive geological formations you are likely to see anywhere.
From here there is the opportunity to take a scenic flight over the Bungles, helicopter rides from 15 minutes are available. From the air the Bungles take on a completely new perspective and the open chopper is sensational. Scenic flights are at your own expense and organized on the day.
Highlights: Bungle Sunrise, Cathedral Gorge, Bee Hives
Optional scenic flight.
From bush camp we head for Kununurra, the first sign of civilization we have seen for a week. As we approach town the mobile phones start beeping and we take the opportunity to catch up on the world with some free time in this classic outback town while your guide replenishes supplies.
From Kununurra we head to Lake Argyle for what is regularly voted as the highlight of the tour, Lake Argyle is a huge freshwater lake teaming with wildlife, from wallabies in the rocky shores, to freshwater crocodiles to birdlife. We board a boat where a local guide shows us the lake, there is time to swim before we watch sunset from the water and then camp on one of the remote islands.
We are the only people on a single island in the middle of one of the most remote lakes in the world an unforgettable experience.
Highlights: Kununurra, Lake Argyle Cruise, Lake Argyle island camp
The sunrise from our island camp is again unforgettable.
We pack up camp, re board the boat and head back to our vehicle.
From Lake Argyle we push east towards the Northern Territory border and Keep River National Park.
Keep River is another amazing location where there are a number of hikes we can take before settling down for another bush camp.
Highlights: Victoria Hwy, Keep River national Park
Walking:2 - 4km
On the final day of our big adventure we arrive in Katherine. Depending on the time available we explore Katherine Gorge or Edith falls, both offer more adventure, swimming and spectacular landscapes.
We normally arrive into Darwin at around 6pm, your guide will conclude the tour by dropping you off at your accommodation.
Highlights: Katherine Gorge or Edit Falls
Walking: 2 - 4km
passengers on this tour should be prepared to endure a few hardships and can sometimes expect to spend 4 - 5 hours travelling between destinations due to poor road conditions. Most campsite are located in remote areas with few of no facilities.
The vehicle carries a maximum of only 9 passengers in a Toyota Landcruiser Troop carrier.
All meals, camping permits, entry permits and sleeping equipment (sleeping bags excluded)
Bungle Bungles Flight
18 minute helicopter flight - $289.00
30 minute helicopter flight - $399.00
Local payment $120
**Have some family departures
What To Bring
To maximize your holiday adventure we suggest you bring the following:
Reef sandals with ankle straps (crocs or thongs will be fine as well)
Sturdy Shoes (hiking boots or runners)
Swimmers & Towel
2 to 3 sets of clothes
Jumper/Pullover for night-time
A few dollars for souvenirs/luxuries along he way
**Luggage space is limited, in general we can carry one backpack and a day pack per pers
8-16 years welcome on selected departures
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