12 Day Kimberley Camping Tour

To start your tour, you will be collected from your Broome accommodation at 7.30am by our tour guide. We will firstly call into Beagle Bay to see the beautiful pearl shell altar at the Sacred Heart Church built by the German Pallotine monks in 1917/18.  Continuing towards Cape Leveque, we detour to enjoy a tour of One Arm Point Hatchery and Cygnet Bay Pearl Farm, followed by lunch. Upon reaching Cape Leveque we will set up camp and then enjoy a glass or two while viewing the spectacular sunset from the western beach.

Overnight: Kooljaman at Cape Leveque
Meals: Lunch, Dinner

Departing early, we will head towards Derby to see the Boab Prison Tree which is estimated to be 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.

Our next destination 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 and then continue to our overnight stay at Silent Grove.

Overnight: Silent Grove (Bell Gorge).
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

On Day 3, we begin with our hike of Bell Gorge. Eroded into the 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 before stopping at the Barnett River, our night’s destination. The afternoon is spent exploring Manning Gorge and the Falls before returning to camp alongside the river.

Overnight: Manning Gorge
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Following breakfast, we continue along the infamous Gibb River Road before turning up the Kalumburu Road to visit a rock art site and onto Drysdale River Station for fuel and refreshments.  The last leg of the day takes us onto our evening destination at Munurru (King Edward River) where you can enjoy a refreshing swim in the river.

Overnight: Munurru (King Edward River)
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Today’s drive along the Port Warrender Road will be slow and steady to the Mitchell Plateau. The roads are a good example of 4WD terrain. We arrive late morning, have lunch and spend the rest of the day exploring the Mitchell Plateau and the incredible Mitchell Falls. The scenery is remarkable and there is lots of Aboriginal rock art to discover. We hike 3.5km to Mitchell Falls and enjoy a scenic helicopter ride back to the carpark before returning to our camp site at Munurru.

Overnight: Munurru (King Edward River)
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6  Mitchell Plateau to Home Valley Station
We make our way back to re-join the Gibb River Road. Along the way we will be presented with fabulous views of the Kimberley and Cockburn Range. Our evening involves enjoying the sunset over the Cockburn Ranges followed by nightly entertainment at the ‘local watering hole’, the Dusty Bar and Grill.

Overnight: Home Valley Station
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7 continues our journey along the Gibb River Road. We have an early morning swim at the stunning Zebedee thermal springs, followed by a three-hour hike into El Questro Gorge. This afternoon you will have the opportunity to either walk up Emma Gorge, catch up on laundry or simply relax on the banks of the Pentecost River.

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

We arrive into Kununurra mid-morning, where you 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 then make our way to Tunnel Creek 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.
We return to Broome early evening and will say farewell after taking you to your accommodation.

Overnight: Pre-arranged accommodation
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Tour Package

AUD$4,795pp
  • Inclusions:
  • An accredited and experienced guide
  • Scenic helicopter flight over Mitchell Falls
  • All camping equipment (including bedding)
  • All meals as per itinerary
  • Ord River boat cruise
  • Geikie Gorge boat cruise
  • All park and entrance fees
  • 2018 Departure Dates:
  • May 3, May 31, June 28
  • June 28, Sept 13, Oct 11
  • Other dates available upon request

Highlights

  • Mitchell Falls helicopter flight

  • Cape Leveque

  • Mowanjum Art Gallery

  • Windjana Gorge

  • Bell Gorge

  • Gibb River Road

  • Ord River boat cruise to Lake Argyle

  • Manning Gorge

  • Aboriginal rock art

  • Galvans Gorge

  • Home Valley Station

  • Cockburn Range

  • El Questro Wilderness Park (Including Zebedee Springs, 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