12 Day Kimberley Camping Tour

Departing early, we will head towards Derby to see the Boab Prison Tree which is estimated to be over 1000 years old.  Following morning tea, we take a short drive to the Mowanjum Aboriginal Art Gallery so you can peruse the exquisite pieces and learn about the traditional art history of this area.  Tunnel Creek is our next destination, which flows through a water worn tunnel beneath the limestone of the Napier Range.

Tunnel Creek is part of the 350-375 million year old Devonian Reef, formed when most of the Kimberley was covered by the sea and gradually exposed as the sea level fell to its present level. Tunnel Creek was the hideout for Jandamarra (Pigeon) who led the Aboriginal resistance against the police and pastoralists until he was tracked down and killed by a police posse in 1897. We will walk 750 metres through the tunnel, wading through several permanent pools to the other side of Napier Range. Our next stop is Windjana Gorge, a stunning gorge cut through the Napier Range. This site holds special significance to the local Aboriginal people. The gorge is 3.5 km long and formed by the Lennard River as it winds its way through the Napier Range. There are primeval life forms fossilised within the gorge walls. Isolated pools in the ‘dry’ season, support an abundance of wildlife including freshwater crocodiles, water birds, corellas, and a colony of fruit bats.

We will take a walk up the gorge, before setting up camp at the base of the range.

Overnight: Windjana Gorge National Park
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

After re-joining the Gibb River Road, we continue north to begin our hike of Bell Gorge. Eroded into the Wunaamin Miliwundi (previously King Leopold Range), Bell Gorge is one of the most impressive gorges in the Kimberley. Bell Creek cascades down through a series of falls and pools. There is time to enjoy a beautiful early morning swim to cool down before we continue. We then head towards Galvans Gorge for a short walk and swim before stopping at the Barnett River, our evening destination.

Overnight: Manning Gorge Camp Ground
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

A relaxing day with a hike out to Manning Falls for a swim, returning around lunch time. The afternoon is spent taking it easy along the banks of the Barnett River and camp.

Overnight: Manning Gorge Camp Ground
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Following breakfast, we continue along the infamous Gibb River Road, stopping in at Ellenbrae Station for Morning Tea (delicious homemade scones!). After filling up on scones, we hit the road again stopping at the Cockburn Ranges to take in the views and make our way into El Questro Wilderness Park, arriving in time to set up camp and settle in.

Overnight: El Questro Wilderness Park
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

After a leisurely breakfast, your guides will take on a magnificent walk into Emma Gorge where you will enjoy a swim in the large, refreshing pool. The walk is challenging in parts, but worth the reward. The group will return to the vehicle, followed by lunch. The afternoon is spent relaxing at camp, reading a book, completing laundry before heading out to sunset drinks and appetisers.

Overnight: El Questro Wilderness Park
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

We enjoy an early morning swim in the thermal pools of Zebedee Springs, a great way to start the day. For those who wish to do an additional walk, the group will head out to El Questro Gorge and hike into the halfway pool. There is time to enjoy a swim. There is an optional Chamberlain River Cruise for those who wish to (must be advised at time of booking to ensure availability).

Overnight: El Questro Wilderness Park
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Following breakfast and pack up, the group will visit Wyndham and Parry Creek, Ivanhoe Crossing, Sandalwood Factory and Hoochery before heading into Kununurra. Relaxing on the banks of Lake Kununurra for the afternoon.

Overnight: Kununurra
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

The group will enjoy a walk through town to visit art galleries and check out the Argyle diamonds, before joining a ¾ day boat cruise of the Ord River. The cruise navigates 55km of river between Kununurra and Lake Argyle. You will see an ecological system that has developed from the damming of the Ord River. The tour concludes with a scenic coach tour through ‘Durack Country’ to Lake Argyle and return to Kununurra.

Overnight: Kununurra
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

After breakfast, we travel into the World Heritage Listed Purnululu National Park (Bungle Bungles). The Bungle Bungle Range is renowned for its striking orange and grey horizontal banded domes. The distinctive beehive-shaped landforms have been produced by uplift and erosion over the last 20 million years.

Our evening will consist of a sunset viewing of the Bungle Bungle Ranges while enjoying a glass of Champagne, before returning to our evening campsite.

Overnight: Purnululu (Bungle Bungles)
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

After breakfast, we spend the day walking and exploring the magnificent beehive formations of this World Heritage Listed region. This will include hikes into Echidna Chasm, Cathedral Gorge and Piccaninny Creek Lookout. Up until 1982 the region was largely ‘undiscovered’. Prior to 1982 only local Aboriginal people and a handful of stockmen knew of the area and in 1987 it became a National Park. An unforgettable helicopter flight over the Bungles is highly recommended and available at an extra cost.

Overnight: Purnululu (Bungle Bungles)
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Leaving Purnululu we make our way to Halls Creek for morning tea and refreshments. We travel along the Great Northern Highway to Fitzroy Crossing, stopping for lunch and enjoying the views. Our evening destination, the Fitzroy River Lodge, is a beautiful oasis nestled along the banks of the river where you are welcome to take a short evening walk.

Overnight: Fitzroy River Lodge
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

The final day takes you on a boat tour down the Fitzroy River through Geikie Gorge, offering marvellous views and photo opportunities.

We return to Broome late afternoon and will say farewell after taking you to your pre arranged accommodation.

Overnight: Pre-arranged accommodation
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Tour Package

$5,495
  • Inclusions:
  • Two accredited and experienced guides
  • Support vehicle to assist camp set up
  • All camping equipment (including ultra comfortable bedding)
  • All meals as per itinerary
  • Ord River boat cruise
  • Geikie Gorge boat cruise
  • All park and entrance fees
  • Departure Dates:
  • 2023 12 Day Kimberley Camping Tour Dates: 4/5/23, 16/7/23, 1/8/23, 16/8/23, 31/8/23

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Highlights

  • Boab Prison Tree

  • Mowanjum Art Gallery

  • Windjana Gorge

  • Bell Gorge

  • Gibb River Road

  • Ord River boat cruise to Lake Argyle

  • Manning Gorge

  • Aboriginal rock art

  • Galvans Gorge

  • Cockburn Range

  • El Questro Wilderness Park (Including Zebedee Springs, Emma Gorge, El Questro Gorge)

  • Geikie Gorge boat cruise

  • Tunnel Creek

  • Purnululu National Park (Bungle Bungles)

  • Optional scenic helicopter flight over Bungle Bungles (please advise when booking)

Not Included

  • Alcohol (BYO)

  • Accommodation pre and post tour

  • Flights to or from Broome