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Introductory to Moderate

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Activities
  • 8 Days Walking
Accommodation
  • 11 nights camping, 1 night cabin
Meals
  • 9 Dinners
  • 12 Lunches
  • 12 Breakfasts

13 Days$3999AUD

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Trip Code: KWT

Trip highlights


  • Enjoy 13 days of short walks through spectacular scenery
  • Watch the spectacular sunset at Purnululu (Bungle Bungles)
  • A unique one-way itinerary that allows maximum time for experiencing the region by minimising driving
  • Abundant opportunities to relax, swim and unwind
  • Be transported back in time at significant indigenous sites
  • Take in the views with an optional cruise or helicopter flight

Why Book With Us

  • 2 professional guides and small group size
  • Walk only with a day pack
  • Comfortable camping with spacious tents (one per person in the group)
  • Transport on an air-conditioned 4WD bus with forward facing seats

Take 13 fun filled days to explore the best that the Kimberley region has to offer. From the Gibb River Road gorges, El Questro Wilderness Park to the Purnululu National Park (the Bungle Bungles) – you will see an abundant array of wildlife, stunning views and historic sites. You will travel for the entire trip in air-conditioned comfort in a well appointed 4WD coach, and enjoy fully guided walks along the way.

Spend a little time each day to walk, swim, relax, and soak up the surrounding beauty – all the while journeying into the untouched unparalleled beauty that is the Kimberley.

Activities:

Itinerary

We depart Broome early this morning and head for Windjana Gorge, passing Boab trees (including the famous Prison Tree) and vast savannah woodlands interspersed with giant and unusual termite mounds. We'll visit the Mowanjum Aboriginal Art and Culture Centre where local artists display work depicting Wandjina and Gwion Gwion figures in an art form based on cave paintings. Accommodation: National Park camp site, Windjana Gorge.

Meals:  L,D

Today we explore the length of Windjana Gorge with a 7km return walk. The high walls of this gorge were once part of an ancient Devonian reef that surrounded the Kimberley. With its varied bird life, interesting reef walls and its many freshwater crocodiles, Windjana will keep us enthralled for hours. In the afternoon we visit Tunnel Creek, spending time walking through the 750m long cave system. Tunnel Creek is a significant site for the local Bunaba people. Accommodation: National Park camp site, Windjana Gorge

Meals:  B,L,D

We head through the Napier Range visiting Bell Creek Gorge with its many rock pools, rapids and a waterfall. This is a spectacular spot for a swim and one of the most photographed waterholes in the Kimberley. After a good amount of time exploring, we will drive on to our next campsite at Mt Barnett Station on the banks of the Manning Creek. Accommodation: Camp site, Mt Barnett Station

Meals:  B,L,D

Leaving early from our campsite, we follow an open, beautiful walk trail to Manning Gorge and Falls. Swim, relax and soak in the atmosphere while you enjoy a home made morning tea, carried in by your guides. We will head back to the campsite for lunch. For those looking for a relaxed afternoon, it is time to read a book under a boab tree and perhaps another swim in the creek close to the camp. For those looking for something to explore, there are a few gorges within striking distance, so we can take a drive out to explore one of them. Accommodation: Camp site, Manning Creek

Meals:  B,L,D

Enjoy the scenery and a true blue 'Gibb River Road massage' today on this mostly driving day. The typical Kimberley scenery includes the Pentecost River Lookout, which overlooks the river floodplain and the tabletop Cockburn Ranges beyond. We'll cross the Durack River and pass the site of the old Durack River Homestead, destroyed by flood in 2002. Accommodation: Camp site, El Questro

Meals:  B,L

During these two days there are plenty of walking and swimming options that we can undertake at El Questro. These include Amalia Gorge and Emma Gorge. Accommodation: Camp site, El Questro

Meals:  B,L,D

This morning we head for Kununurra, visiting the Ramsar Wetland Parry Lagoons on the way - a wonderful spot to view masses of waterbirds. There will be time in the afternoon to catch up on washing, postcards or just to relax. The crew will be organising the fresh food for the next section of the trip. Dinner is not included tonight to give you the opportunity to taste some local delights. Accommodation: Ibis Styles, Kununurra

Meals:  B,L

It won't take long for us to have a look around the town, however Mirima National Park which is known locally as the "mini Bungles" is well worth a visit. In the afternoon we will head to Lake Argyle for a look around. For those who would like, there is the option to take a boat trip up the Ord River, which ends at Lake Argyle. Lunch and dinner are not included in today's itinerary. Accommodation: Ibis Styles, Kununurra

Meals:  B

This morning we leave Kununurra and head for Purnululu National Park - one of only three natural World Heritage sites in Western Australia. The 53 kilometre 4wd road into the park is our reintroduction to outback tracks with creek crossings, wash aways and rough, slow sections. After setting up camp, we can go for a stroll and watch the sun set against the red rock of the Bungle Bungle Range - bring a drink if you like! Accommodation: National Park camp site, Purnululu

Meals:  B,L,D

We spend the next two days exploring the natural wonders of the park including Echidna Chasm, Mini Palms Gorge, the spectacular orange and black 'beehive' domes, Piccanniny Creek and Cathedral Gorge. There is time during our stay for an optional helicopter flight over the Bungle Bungle Range - a fantastic way to see and appreciate this completely unique and beautiful landscape. Accommodation: National Park camp site, Purnululu

Meals:  B,L,D

This morning we leave Purnululu and make the return journey to Broome. It is a long epic drive but the scenery is truly out of this world. We will stop briefly in Halls Creek and Fitzroy Crossing, and then have you back in Broome in the early evening. The tour finishes with drops offs at your post tour accommodation.

Meals:  B,L


Map

Elevation

The map and elevation chart are for illustrative purposes only and meant to provide general guidelines.


Inclusions

  • 12 breakfasts, 13 lunches and 10 dinners
  • 13 morning teas and 10 pre-dinner nibbles
  • 11 nights accommodation at campsites, 1 night in twin share cabin accommodation
  • Transport in air-conditioned 4WD tour coach
  • 2 professional wilderness guides
  • All group camping equipment
  • All park entry fees
  • Emergency support satellite phones and first aid kit

  • Flights to and from departure points
  • Pre or post tour accommodation
  • Travel insurance
  • Sleeping bag or pillow (can be hired)
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Day packs

Accommodation


Suitability

Introductory to Moderate

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This trip is for almost anyone with a reasonable level of fitness and competent swimming ability. This adventure is designed for the enthusiastic and adventurous in search of something different. This trip has been graded at an introductory to moderate level. Most of the walks in the Kimberley are not particularly long (between 1-12km) but there is some challenging terrain. The Kimberley is basically made of rocks. Many of the walks that we will do are along gorges which are, or once were, creek beds. The surface is often made up of rocks and pebbles which can move around under your feet a bit. Other times you may have to scramble to get up or down a large rocky section. The main thing to work on for the Kimberley therefore is not so much endurance but balance and agility. Suggested preparation: We recommend regular exercise 3 or 4 times per week (this can be cycling, jogging or walking) in the months leading up to your trip. At least once a week, you should walk with a weighted day pack (5–7kg) for several hours for leg strengthening and aerobic fitness. The best way to train for an active holiday is to simulate the activity you will be undertaking on the trip. Train for uneven terrain by finding a hilly, rough and rocky bush track, and go for a lovely long walk in your trekking boots.


Departure dates


Notes

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High Season
DN1
*Ord Valley Muster is on in Kununurra from 13-22 May 2022. All departures that fall during this period will incure a price increase due to higher accommodation prices in Kununurra. The single suplement cost of the trip is also higher at $360pp

Total Priceper person from

$3999AUD

Options & Supplements*
  • Sleeping Bag HireAUD$35
  • Single Supplement 2022 only - 2 nights in KununurraAUD$200
*Prices listed are per person

Essential Information

Ready to book? Make sure you download and read the detailed Kimberley Walking Tour trip notes which contains all the essential information you need to know before booking. Once you’ve booked, we will supply you with a Pre-Departure document which contains a detailed gear list and other important information to help you prepare for your adventure ahead.


Frequently Asked Questions

Most of the walks in the Kimberley are not particularly long but there is some challenging terrain. The Kimberley is basically made of rocks. Many of the walks that we will do are along gorges which are, or once were, creek beds. The surface is often made up of rocks and pebbles which can move around under your feet a bit. Other times you may have to scramble to get up or down a large rocky section. The main thing to work on for the Kimberley therefore is not so much endurance but balance and agility.

No. We have a three person tent for each person. The tents are large enough for most people to stand fully erect and there is room enough to put a stretcher bed (which we provide) as well as all of your gear. If you are travelling as a couple, the tents are still big enough for two.

Apart from when we stop over in Kununurra on days 8 and 9 before we head to the Bungles, there is no phone reception. We carry satellite phones for emergencies only.

We have the ability to charge cameras/phones/ipads/kindles in the vehicle. However, we can only charge two or three at a time. Bring your own USB charging cables. Please ensure your cameras are fully charged at the start of the tour.

Days are usually dry with average max temps of 30C and average minimum temps of 15C. Keep in mind it can get can get below 10 Deg during the night at some of the campsites, incl Bungles and Bell Gorge so make sure you come prepared with warm clothing and sleeping gear.

Drinking water is always available. Guests may bring a small quantity of alcohol, cardboard wine casks are preferred and beer must be in cans rather than stubbies. You can purchase alcohol in Broome, at El Questro Station and in Kununurra.

There will be opportunities to hand wash clothing during the tour as well as washing machines at El Questro and Kununurra.


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Positive Impact Travel

By joining this trip you are directly supporting positive impact projects in line with the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

We’ve offset the carbon emitted by this trip by purchasing credits that support important projects that address the UN’s seventeen SDGs, like reducing poverty, affordable and clean energy, reducing hunger, clean water and climate action.

Proceeds from this adventure purchase carbon credits through the world’s largest and most awarded carbon project developer, South Pole, which are invested into projects accelerating the transition to renewable energy sources in developing countries.

Supported projects are based on internationally recognised standards and are third-party audited. They entail a series of positive impacts on the ground, which benefit local communities and ecosystems, that are aligned with the UN Sustainable Development Goals.