Best of the Kimberley
(Ex Kununurra) Western Australia - Thu 20th May 2021

Max Participants:
15
Location:
(Ex Kununurra) Western Australia
Date:
Thu 20th May 2021
Start Time:
8:00am
End Time:
5:00pm
Duration:
11 Days
Meals:
10 Lunches 9 Dinners 9 Breakfasts
Non-Member Cost:
$3750.00 per person
Member Cost:
$3650.00 per person
Deposit Required:
$500.00
Tagged:
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Explore the very best of The Kimberley, including the iconic Gibb River Road, Bungle Bungles, El Questro and more!

 

Once again we're taking you on a journey through our own hidden outback gem in WA ....The Kimberley region!  Boasting rugged landscapes, hidden beauty around each corner, indigenous culture, waterfalls and waterholes, impressive gorges and stunning scenery, this part of Australia is truly paradise and we can't wait to share it with you!

Accompanying you will be our knowledgeable, friendly and resourceful guides who will cook & care for you throughout the duration. We travel in a well-equipped, air-conditioned, purpose built 4WD bus and allow a maximum of 15 ladies on the tour, ensuring your comfort at all times.  We provide wholesome meals and gourmet snacks along the way, and at the end of each day after enjoying social time around the camp fire, you get to retire to the comfort of your own spacious tent set under a canopy of stars (no single supp & includes stretcher bed & self inflating mattress)

 


Gallery

Bungle Bungles
Echidna Chasm
Stunning Swimming Holes
Windjana Gorge
The Boab Party
Piccaninny Lookout - Bungle Bungles
Tunnel Creek
Camp at Manning
Gorgeous Gorges

Location

Please note map locations and route are approximate only

Highlights

● Experience the iconic Gibb River Road

● Windjana Gorge, Tunnel Creek

● Bells Gorge, Galvans Gorge, Adcock Gorge,

● Mt Barnett Station & Manning Gorge

● El Questro Station, Emma Gorge, Zebedee Springs, Amalia Gorge & El Questro Gorge

● Bungle Bungles (Purnululu National Park)

● Kununurra

● Broome Time including celebration dinner at Matso's (the most remote brewery in Australia)

Itinerary

This morning ... it's time to being your adventure!! We'll be picking you up from your hotel in Kununurra and commence our drive to Purnululu National Park, stopping along the way for morning tea at Warmun with an opportunity to visit the art centre there. We aim to be at Purnululu around mid afternoon and will head out to a lookout before getting to camp and setting up for the night.

Meals: Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: Camping at Purnululu NP

Today we'll spend a full day in The Bungles! We'll start the morning with optional helicopter flights for those who want to see The Bungles from two different perspectives, then head to Piccaninny to explore Cathedral Gorge, take a stroll around the Domes and then hike up to Piccaninny Lookout.

After lunch we drive across to Echinda Chasm, one of the highlights of the park. The gorge is a spectacular long, narrow chasm. It has striking colour variations, depending on the angle of the sun beaming into the chasm, with Livistonia palms waving from the 200 m high ridges above ... simply stunning and a photographer's delight!

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: Camping at Purnululu NP

After breaking camp, we head back to Kununurra and should arrive around 2pm, perfect time to check into your cabin at Ivanhoe Village Caravan Park. Yes Cabins ... you're in for a treat tonight!! This afternoon is yours at leisure to enjoy, while our guides re stock for the trip down the Gibb River Road - options include taking a stroll to the shops/art galleries, relaxing by the onsite pool, having a nanna nap ... opportunities for relaxation are endless!

After a relaxing day, it's out to group dinner tonight at The Hotel Kununurra (Guest own expense)

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Accommodation: Twin Share Cabins incl. en-suite

We say goodbye to Kununurra today and head to Emma Gorge where we undertake a picturesque walk (approx 1 hour) over rocky terrain to a beautiful natural pool, an oasis surrounded by cliffs and lush greenery. We'll enjoy a swim here before our return, then it's time for lunch and onto pretty Amalia Gorge for another walk to the half way pool and rewarding swim. We arrive at camp at ELQ Station later in the afternoon.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: Camping at El Questro Station

We head to Zebedee Springs first thing this morning for a soak in the thermal pools, then it's out to El Questro Gorge to walk to the half way pool for a refreshing dip. Back to camp afterwards for lunch then there's plenty of time for optional activities of your choosing, i.e. Chamberlain Gorge Cruise, Explosion Gorge or just kick back by the natural pool at ELQ with a good book!

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: Camping at El Questro Station

It's a big day on the Gibb River Road with enough rest stops factored in along the way to keep you comfortable. We should get to Manning Gorge site late afternoon, set up and have time for a relaxing swim in the inviting Manning River, before sundowner time under the shadows of the massive Boab Trees!

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: Camping at Manning Gorge (Mt Barnett Station)

This morning it's 'bathers & boots' ... as we hike to stunning Manning Gorge and drop in for a swim. Manning Gorge is one of the most beautiful places to swim in the Kimberley and you'll find some Bradshaw & Wandjina rock art here too. We then head back to camp for lunch before driving to nearby Galvan's Gorge for a short stroll to a pretty little pool where we'll finish out the day with another swim. Make sure you look up to the top of the waterfall here at Galvan's and you’ll see a big fat boab tree, which is pretty unique and makes for a great picture. There’s also a rope swing hanging from one of the branches of a snappy gum tree if you're feeling adventurous!!

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: Camping at Manning Gorge (Mt Barnett Station)

Continuing further down the Gibb, we take you into one of the lesser known gorges along the Gibb ...Adcock! Here we enjoy a relaxing morning tea and a dip in the beautiful deep green pool surrounded by rock ledges, ferns & grassy edges. Afterwards, we drive to Silent Grove (or Imintji) for lunch and set up camp before heading out for a walk and another swim at Bell Gorge, known to be the most famous Gorge along the Gibb River Road.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: Camping at Silent Grove

Today we drive to Windjana Gorge camp site, have lunch and set up camp. In the afternoon we head out to Tunnel Creek, the site of Western Australia's oldest cave system which is now famous, as it was a hideout used late last century by the Aboriginal leader Jandamarra. We take a walk through the tunnel to the other side of the Napier Range, learning about the history surrounding it as we go! Returning to Windjana camp afterwards, we settle in for our last evening around a campfire ....Another beautiful night under the stars!

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: Camping at Windjana Gorge

We pack up camp for the last time before heading into striking Windjana Gorge for walk - the reflective colours of light against the gorge walls are stunning at this time of the morning. After stretching our legs, we're ready for the long drive to Broome, arriving late in the afternoon. We check into our accommodation, freshen up and then it's over the famous Matso's Brewery for our celebration dinner (included) ... great way to finish our journey together.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: Mecure Hotel (Twin Share, unless single supp requested at time of booking)

It's time to say goodbye to our new found friends and head home, or for some... you may like to extend your time in sunny Broome as there's plenty to see and do! For those heading to the airport this morning at similar times, we will provide a one-off transfer for the group.

Meals: None included

Includes

Camping & Park Entry Fees

Transport in well equipped, comfortable, air-conditioned 4WD Bus

Good quality campfire nibbles, snacks, fruit & morning tea every day

High quality camping equipment

2 professional and resourceful guides

All permits, licences and insurance required to conduct tours in this region

Celebration Dinner at Matso's Brewery in Broome

Twin Share Hotel Accommodation in Broome at the Mecure

Twin Share En-Suite Cabin Accommodation in Kununurra

10 Lunches

9 Dinners

9 Breakfasts

Excludes

Flights to Kununurra / from Broome

Travel Insurance (recommended for remote travel)

Items of a personal nature

Meals not stated on itinerary

Accommodation

Camping

The majority of our tour is spent camping, as most of the areas we visit are remote and accommodation is limited.  We also believe this is an awesome way to experience the true spirit of the Kimberley. We camp almost every night in designated campgrounds, staying between one and two nights at each location and we supply all the camping gear your require, including 190cm high tents - 1 per person (yep you can stand and move around freely), stretcher bed, a mattress to sleep on and a comfy armchair.

There are toilets and showers available at each of the campsites, with the exception of no showers in Purnululu NP (the Bungle Bungles) where we set up a pretty cool private outback showering station. Bring your own pillow and sleeping bag or hire a sleeping bag from us for $35 (please let us know when booking if you would like this option). We have a limited amount of sleeping bags for hire, so please let us know early. 

 

Hotel Accommodation - Broome

As part of this package, we include your last evening's accommodation in Broome at The Mecure (or similar standard) in twin share rooms. At the time of booking your tour with us if you would prefer your own room here, please let us know early so that we can check availability and provide you with the single supplement pricing.

 

Self Contained En-suite Cabins - Kununurra

As part of this package, we provide accommodation in Kununurra at the Ivanhoe Caravan Park in Twin Share Cabins.  There is no option for single supplement here as cabins are limited, so we ask for your understanding.  You will be allocated a cabin with another lady from the group unless you are travelling with a friend or family and wish to share with them on this evening.  Please let us know at the time of booking on this tour.


What To Bring/Wear

- Pre-departure information, including a gear list will be sent to you well in advance of departure

No Princess Policy

Princess crossed out

This tour by it's very nature is not designed for the 5 Star Traveller. It is for the girl who has an 'adventurous spirit' and is looking for a unique and rewarding 'experience' (Once in a Lifetime)! You should be able to adopt a "Go With The Flow" attitude, after-all we're camping in the rugged outback and with a positive approach, you're sure to get the best out of your holiday.

You will also need to be mobile without assistance - many of the sites we visit require you to be on your feet, walking and navigating rocky paths & uneven surfaces at times.  However as it's your holiday, you may choose not to walk on any given day and simply chill out under a Boab, swim in a nearby natural pool or read a book - there are options.


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