Kimberley Wild Expeditions: 12 Day Kimberley Explorer
Covering both Cape Leveque and the highlights of theKimberley gorge country, this is our most popular tour! Immerse yourself in one of Australia's more remote, pristine wildernesses - from the savannah to the sea this trip explore the highlights of the Kimberley in depth. Experience the land ...
12 day/11 nights
10B, 11L, 7D (Breakfast on day 4, Lunch on day 8 and Dinner on nights 3, 7, 8 & 11 are at your own expense - allow approximately $300pp)
8 nights Camping Accommodation, 2 nights Bungle Bungle Safari Camp, 1 night Hotel Accommodation
Beagle Bay Church entry fee
All Community & National Park entry fees
Wilderness Park Entry
What You See:
Beagle Bay Aboriginal Community & Pearl Shell Altar
Lombadina Aboriginal Community
One Arm Point Aboriginal Community
One Arm Point Aquaculture Hatchery
Cygnet Bay Pearl FarmGibb River Road
El Questro Wilderness Park
Derby 'Prison Boab Tree'
Meals: 10 Breakfasts, 11 Lunches, 7 Dinners
What to Bring
Recommendations include: a broad-brimmed hat with sun visor for all round protection, sunscreen, mosquito repellent, a torch, swimming costume and towel, walking shoes, long-sleeved cotton shirt (sun protection), 1 pair of loose-fitting pants, a light, warm jumper (particularly in July & August), personal water bottle and personal toiletries and first aid, with any personal medication required. If you are camping, you should bring a sleeping bag (10ºC sleeping bags are available for sale at $25pp - must be requested with our office prior to travel and can be kept following your trip or donated to local indigenous communities).
1. This trip is a combination of 2 trips - 3DIL and 9DKL.
Kimberley Wild Expeditions are renowned as the experts in Kimberley adventure tours and winners of WA's Best Tour Operator award in 2008 and 2009. Locally owned and operated from our home base in Broome, Kimberley Wild staff are passionate about the Kimberley, including spectacular Cape Leveque, and sharing its secrets with travellers from all over the world. Our philosophy is to tread lightly through the pristine Kimberley environment in order to ensure it is preserved and protected for generations to come, while our strong relationships with Aboriginal people and communities provide you with unforgettable cultural experiences. Join the leaders in outback exploration when visiting the spectacular Kimberley.
Day 1 Beagle Bay & Lombadina
The Dampier Peninsula is an extraordinary blend of pristine beaches and dramatic coastlines, rich in traditional Aboriginal culture. Travelling up the red 4WD track, learn about the region's fascinating history from our guided commentary. Our first stop is the Beagle Bay Aboriginal Community, home of the Beagle Bay Church with its glimmering pearl shell altar, for morning tea. Journey on to enjoy lunch in the laid-back Lombadina Community, a beautiful and welcoming community, which is home to an interesting bush timber church. Later we travel to beautiful Cape Leveque to set up camp at Kooljaman, right on the edge of the Indian Ocean. A warm Kimberley sunset is a great way to end the day before our famous Kimberley BBQ under the stars.
Day 2 Cape Leveque
The morning at Cape Leveque is yours to enjoy as you please. You may like to join our guide on a snorkelling adventure (equipment provided), or take up one of the many optional extras on offer. Alternatively you may prefer to spend your time simply enjoying the pristine beaches and rugged red coastline for which Cape Leveque is famous. Across the peninsula, we visit Cygnet Bay Pearl Farm. In 1946 Dean Brown skippered a rickety wooden lugger into an unknown frontier to discover this hidden paradise: his descendents continue to operate what is now the oldest Pearl Farm in Australia. We enjoy an alfresco lunch and an insight into this remote pearling industry on the Farm Tour. In the afternoon, there is also an opportunity to join Patrol Boat ride to explore the property from the water (own expense) or alternatively kick back in the gardens and browse the gallery before we return to Kooljaman.
Day 3 Cygnet Bay Pearl Farm & One Arm Point
This morning our Aboriginal guide introduces us to Bardi 'saltwater' country on a leisurely guided bushwalk, providing an indepth insight into indigenous bush tucker, lifestyle and culture. We then travel to the One Arm Point Community perched on the tip of the Dampier Peninsula. From here we can view the spectacular Buccaneer Archipelago and witness the huge tidal flows of the Kimberley, the second biggest in the world. We visit the Community’s aquaculture hatchery, complete with barramundi, pearl and trochus shell. Driving back through the dusk, keep an eye out for wildlife before arriving back in Broome at approximately 6.30pm.
Day 4 Windjana Gorge & Tunnel Creek
Departing Broome at 7:00am, travel through the remote and beautiful landscape, as the guide shares stories of local history, people and the environment. Enjoy a morning tea break by the Fitzroy River and visit the Derby 'Boab Prison Tree'. Before long we hit the Gibb River Road, and travel towards the Napier Range. Once a Devonian reef, these mountains are over 350 million years old and home to a diverse array of animals and plants. The perfect place to experience the stunning natural beauty of an outback oasis is the 3.5km geological wonder of Windjana Gorge. Beneath gorge walls rising 90m, we search for freshwater crocodiles, local birdlife and Indigenous bush tucker. â€¨After a picnic lunch, the afternoon is spent exploring Tunnel Creek, a 750-metre cave system carved through the Napier Range, in which we discover stalactites, secret caves and a large variety of wildlife. It is here we also learn the legend of Jandamarra, an Aboriginal freedom fighter who used the tunnel as a hide-out in the late 1800's. A refreshing swim in an idyllic waterhole is a highlight of the day. Return to Windjana Gorge that evening to camp,
Day 5 Bell Gorge & Mt Barnett Station
The morning is devoted to exploring Bell Gorge, a hidden highlight of the West Kimberleys. This idyllic retreat, considered amongst the most beautiful in the area, boasts cascading waterfalls and crystal clear pools formed over millions of years - an easy place to while away a few hours! Further up the Gibb River Road we reach Mt Barnett Cattle Station. An afternoon trek into Manning Falls offers the chance to swim in deep clear pools amid a stunning natural landscape. Relax, explore wandering streams, uncover local wildlife and take a dip in the waterfall pools. That night, we camp by a billabong on Mt Barnett Station.
Days 6-7 El Questro Wilderness Park
We continue our journey up the Gibb River Road to the iconic El Questro Wilderness Park. Two nights here allows free time join one or more of the many activities on offer. This could include a refreshing dip in the Zebedee Springs, a cruise on Chamberlain Gorge, a bush tucker walk or a bird watching tour. Or simply explore this beautiful wilderness park at your own leisure.
Day 8 Lake Argyle
Emerge from the Gibb River Road and for a few hours free time in Kununurra. In the afternoon, travel onto the shores of the expansive Lake Argyle, the heart of the Ord River Irrigation System which has transformed this dry region into a lush agricultural oasis. There is free time to join a sunset boat cruise on the lake (approx AU$100pp), visit the historic Durack Homestead Museum or take on one of the many bush trails to explore the area.
Days 9-10 Bungle Bungles
Day 6 we head south down the Great Northern Highway to Purnululu National Park, home of the magnificent Bungle Bungles. Two nights here, staying at our new private Bungle Bungles Safari Camp, allows a full day to explore the highlights of this extraordinary National Park, the most famous of which, are the Bungle Bungle domes. Rivers created this landscape of unique orange and black striped 'beehive' geological formations over a period of 20 million years. Unbelievably, only the locals knew it existed until the early 1980's; once discovered by others, the area was made a national park in 1987. We explore Echidna Chasm (2km), known for its towering Livistonia Palm trees, and take a short walk (2-3km) into stunning Cathedral Gorge, where towering rocks create a natural amphitheatre. There is time in the afternoon to take an optional scenic flight and enjoy a birds-eye view of the beehive domes (approx $335pp, own expense) to put it all into perspective.
Day 11 China Wall & Fitzroy Crossing
Enroute to Fitzroy Crossing, we break the long journey with a visit the gold rush town of Halls Creek to see the remarkable China Wall. We also enjoy lunch at Marys Pool and visit the remote Laarri Aboriginal Art Gallery, before an evening by the Fitzroy River at Fitzroy Crossing.
Day 12 Geikie Gorge & Broome
A morning cruise through the majestic Geikie Gorge is a great start to our last day. Nature carved this wonder through between the Geikie and Oscar Ranges during the Devonian geological period. Learn of the fascinating geology of this natural wonder and discover the huge array of wildlife including freshwater crocodiles, birds and fish. Explore Old Fitzroy Crossing and enjoy lunch by the river before we return to Broome, arriving at approximately 6.00pm.
Departs: Broome, 7.00am from your accommodation, Thursday & Saturdays
Returns: Broome, 6.00pm to your accommodation,Monday & Wednesdays
- Cygnet Bay patrol boat ride approx $100
- Giant Tides (optional & subject to availability) from $200
-Bungle Bungles Scenic Flight (optional) - $335
-Sleeping Bag (optional but recomended!) - $30pp
-Lake Argyle Sunset Cruise (optional) - approx $100