« Best of The Kimberley Adventure Tour - SOLD OUT ex Broome, WA (Finished)

Category:
Travel Australia
Code:
ADV0281
Dates/Times:
August 2nd, 2017 – August 13th, 2017
Start Time:
7.30am
Duration:
12 Days
From:
AU$3450.00
Location:
ex Broome, WA

THIS TOUR IS NOW SOLD OUT - WAITLIST NOW OPEN - contact info@adventurouswomen.com.au

Join Adventurous Women on the experience of a life time, exploring the magical Kimberley Region of WA! The Gibb River Road is one of Australia's must do bucket list travel experiences and our journey takes us along this iconic route, heading towards Kununurra.  The wide open spaces, the gorges, waterfalls and the spectacular Bungle Bungles, among so many other amazing & natural features of the area.

 

Itinerary

Day One: Broome to Windjana Gorge

We start off with a 7:30 - 8:00 pick up from your hotel in Broome and then hit the road - ready for adventure.

We’ll visit and the Prison Boab Tree, before starting our drive right at the beginning of the Gibb River Road. Our first stop on the Gibb, will be the Mowanjum Arts Centre, showcasing some of the Kimberley's best Aboriginal Art. By late afternoon we'll be setting up our first campsite at the beautiful Windjana Gorge. As the sunset hits the gorge, we'll be enjoying our first glass of wine, toasting the start of this fabulous adventure.

 

Day Two: Windjana Gorge to Silent Grove (Bell Gorge)

Get ready for an exciting day!!

We'll break camp early, head into Windjana Gorge and wander through this ancient Devonian Reef, hearing stories of a local Aboriginal hero and see if we can spot the freshwater crocodiles that live here. Then, it's time to break out the headlamps as we head to Tunnel Creek, where we walk and wade through this amazing 800m tunnel, with it's beautiful cave formations. As we re-emerge into the light, it's back on the bus to head to Silent Grove Campsite.

 

Day Three: Bell Gorge to Manning Creek

The Gibb River Road is known for its beautiful swimming holes and today we will visit three! In the morning we will walk into Bell Gorge and waterfall, where you can enjoy a number of swimming holes and laz on the flat orange rocks at the waters edge. Next up, it's over to Galvan's Gorge with it's crystal clear water and huge boab trees above. We will finish the day at the campsite at Manning creek, where the water babies can have a third dip if they wish, while others can opt to chill out under a boab tree.

 

Day Four: Manning

After an early morning swim across the Manning Creek, we walk overland for about 1.5 hours, before dropping into Manning Gorge. There is a spectacular swimming hole and waterfall awaiting us, where we can spend the morning relaxing, swimming, climbing around on the rocks or just soaking up the sun. We then make our way back to camp for lunch, where you can spend the afternoon relaxing and swimming in the oasis of Manning Creek.

 

Day Five: Manning to El Questro

Today is a mostly travelling day. We will pass through some picturesque areas of the Gibb, including the Pentecost River with the stunning Cockburn Range as it's backdrop, and finish up the day at El Questro.Famous for it's $1500 a night Homestead, we'll be taking the more affordable option of dome tents ... yay!! :) Do dome washing and enjoy a beer or wine at the bar.  Later on we'll head over to the Steakhouse at El Questro where the staff will cook up a feast for us!

 

Day Six: El Questro

El Questro has so much on offer, but we're giving you a taste of the best! We'll start the day luxuriating in the thermal hot springs of Zebadee, before heading into the adventurous El Questro Gorge. With it's fern lined rock walls, this is a stunningly beautiful experience. Some may choose not to challenge themselves to get right to the end, but some may take on the challenge...it's completely up to you. 

 

Day Seven: El Questro to Kununurra

Thismorning we pack up camp and head out of El Questro to stunning Emma Gorge, where we take an enjoyable walk to explore. Emma Gorge is about a 40 minute walk each way from the carpark. We then drive onto Kununurra and should arrive by about mid afternoon. We'll set up camp at a local caravan park and while we restock for the next leg of the journey, you'll have time to check out the town or simply relax. Tonight you can sample the local food, with dinner out at a restaurant of your choice in town (own expense).

 

Day Eight: Kununurra to Purnululu (Bungle Bungles)

With a sense of anticipation we’ll head south to Purnululu National Park, home of the famed Bungle Bungles. If it's open, we can drop into Warmun Arts Centre on the way through, before taking the rough four wheel drive road into Purnululu. We will arrive in the late afternoon as the sun hits the rocks ... aaah relaxation time!

 

Bungle Bungles

Day Ten: Purnululu

The southern end of the Bungles Range is where we’ll find the incredible beehive domes that first attracted visitors to this outstanding place. We'll take a long walk (10km return) up the dry Picaninny Creek, taking in the beauty of this unique and incredibly beautiful landscape. Our morning's walk is quite exposed, so you'll enjoy spending some time in the cool shade of Cathedral Gorge in the afternoon. It's a magic place to lie back and quietly let the Kimberley in.

 

Day Nine: Purnululu

We’ll head to the northern end of the Bungle Range this morning to walk into the amazing Mini Palms Gorge, lined with palm trees from an ancient era. The walk into Echidna Chasm is a short, but absolutely unforgettable walk into the narrow gap carved out of the range. The ethereal light within the walls of the chasm will leave you spellbound.

In the afternoon you’ll have the opportunity to take a scenic flight over the Bungle Range if you wish - An exciting experience of a lifetime! Its a perfect way to finish off your Bungles experience.

 

Day Eleven: Bungles to Fitzory Crossing

We’ll start the day rocking and rolling out of the Bungles on that fun four-wheel drive track again, before we're back on the tarmac for a fairly long drive to Fitzroy Crossing. On the way, we'll stop in at Halls Creek - the site of WA's first gold rush.

 

Day Twelve: Geikie Gorge to Broome

Today, we'll enjoy a scenic boat cruise through beautiful Geikie Gorge, formed as the mighty Fitzroy River carved through the ancient limestone reef. This is an essential and unforgettable Kimberley experience, before we take the drive back to Broome and reflect on our amazing adventure with our fellow Adventurous Women.

 

 

 

General Information


This is a camping tour!! There is no better way to do the Gibb than to camp out under the stars. We are looking after your comfort though and will endeavour to make the experience as comfortable as possible.

 

Toilets/showers: There are toilets and showers at all of the camp sites with the exception of no showers at the Bungle Bungles (where we rig up a rudimentary washing station).

 

Equipment:

Transport is by an air-conditioned custom built 4WD Tour Coach. All Camping equipment (except sleeping bags & pillows) is provided. In the case of breakdown or other unforeseen circumstances affecting the vehicle or guide, the operator reserves the right to substitute vehicles and guides, other than those specified, to ensure the operation of a tour.

 

Seat Allocation: Seats on tour vehicle are not pre allocated. To ensure all participants get to enjoy forward positioned and window seats, we have incorporated a daily seat rotation system.

 

Luggage: Please note that due to health and safety requirements luggage on tour is limited to one medium sized, soft sided bag per person. The sum of it's length, width and height is not to exceed 140cm. The maximum weight of the bag should not exceed 15 kilograms. If you are travelling as a couple, please pack two smaller bags, rather than one large one. A small daypack each is also permitted.

 

Group Sizes: Minimum and maximum numbers apply. This tour has a minimum of 8 passengers and a maximum of 15 passengers. Accompanying the group will be three guides, Sue & Brad Hile from Adventurous Women, as well as a male guide/driver from Inspiration Outdoors.

 

 

About the Camping Experience

 

Relaxed Evenings

A holiday isn’t a holiday if there isn’t time to relax and reflect on the day’s adventures. It's our policy to provide crew members to carry out the campsite duties on camping tours - so there's no need for you to cook or wash dirty pots and pans.  All you need do is set up your tent (we provide demonstration on how to do this ... it's very simple) and we encourage you to help each other out, many choosing to put up the tents as a team of 2.

 

Delicious Food

Our very resourceful camp cook, Mr "AW", will be on board our tour!  He will ensure that fresh local produce and ingredients are used when available. You'll be pleasantly surprised at the variety and quality of the meals prepared under what are sometimes difficult conditions. Three meals a day, plus morning tea and snacks are included in the price of your tour (unless otherwise specified - see tour itinerary for details). .

If you have any special dietary requirements please let us know when you book, we are happy to adapt our tasty, nutritious meals to suit a variety of dietary needs.

 

Quality Equipment

Relax in air conditioned comfort in our 4WD vehicle – designed for outback conditions. Our vehicles are comfortable and regularly serviced to ensure their safety and reliability. They are also fitted with long-range high frequency radios and recovery gear, in case of emergency.

On our camping tours all the high-quality equipment you need is provided, including stretcher beds and a mattress to sleep on, double tents (YOU HAVE YOUR OWN TENT ... NO NEED TO SHARE) that you can stand up in and comfortable armchairs. All the eating utensils and crockery you will need, are provided for your convenience. All you need to bring are your personal effects, a pillow and a sleeping bag (or you can hire one from us if you need to).

 

Travel Arrangements

You will need to arrive in Broome the day prior to departure and fly out of Broome the day after the tour finishes. We will pick you up from your hotel on the first day. 

 

Cancellations

Adventurous Women reserves the right to cancel any tour in the event of minimum numbers not being reached. We hope that you do not need to cancel your booking. However, if you do, our cancellation fee, based on the notice given prior to the departure date, is:

More than 60 Days: $150 Administration Fee

60 days plus prior to trip departure – loss of deposit

59 – 30 days prior to trip departure – 50% of the full price of the tour

29 – 15 days prior to trip departure – 75% of full price of tour

Within 14 days of the trip departure – 100% of the full price of the total price for the trip.

No refund is available after departure of a tour has commenced.

If you have any concerns about cancelling, please take out travel insurance covering this contingency. This policy will be adhered to despite the most compelling and compassionate circumstances.

 

What to bring

- Day-pack – one with a waist strap is best to help take some weight off your shoulders;

- Shorts, trousers and shirts for walking – lightweight and quick-dry material are best;

- Casual clothing for evenings and rest days;

- Warm clothing in case of cold evenings & mornings – jumper, tracksuit pants, beanie;

- Wind and waterproof jacket;

- Socks – note that thick explorer socks can get uncomfortably hot in the Kimberley;

- Comfortable walking shoes or boots (ankle support recommended);

- Shoes suitable for walking in water (creeks). Sturdy walking sandals are best – they dry

easily; you can shower in them; and you can wear them around camp;

- Sun protection – hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, clothing;

- Bathers and swimming towel (lightweight so you can easily carry it);

- Towel for washing;

- Toiletries, hand sanitiser and personal medication;

- Sleeping bag (warm enough for min temperatures of approx 4 degrees Celsius). You can

hire a sleeping bag from us for $35 for the whole tour if you would prefer;

- Pillow;

- Reliable headlamp with spare batteries (better than a torch because you can still use

both hands when wearing a headlamp);

- Any preferred first aid supplies such as blister treatment (Your guides will carry a full

first-aid kit);

- Water bottle/s or camelback – 2 to 3 litre capacity;

- Fly net;

- Insect Repellent;

- Camera and charger/batteries (optional);

- Walking poles (optional);

 

At this time of year the days are typically clear and warm (average max 33°C)

and the evenings can be cool.

 

PRICE PER PERSON : $3450.00 (incl gst)

 

Adventurous Women Financial Club Members: $3350.00 (incl gst)



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I thoroughly enjoyed the trip. It was very well organised and the food was fantastic. Both Sues and Mike were wonderful hosts/ guides. Maybe another trip could include Mitchell…Read more

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Anne Jackaman - 02 Aug 2017
I had an amazing and wonderful time. The team could not have done more to ensure my comfort, enjoyment and satisfaction. As a first time camper, I was so surprised about the ease of…Read more

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Best of The Kimberley Adventure WA
Jen Scantlebury - 02 Aug 2017
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