Explore one of the world’s final frontiers with a small group 4WD journey through the seemingly impenetrable Kimberley. This is a remarkably colourful landscape of searingly blue skies and ochre red earth and a place of ancient rock art dating back millennia, rugged gorges and tumbling waterfalls cascading into the cool depths of watering holes, the legendary Gibb River Road and unique beehive striped domes of the Bungle Bungles.
Day 1: Depart UK
Depart London on your flight to Perth arriving a day later. In Perth, you’ll connect with your flight to Broome.
Day 2: Arrive Broome
On arrival in Broome, transfer to your accommodation – the Cable Beach Club Resort & Spa.
Broome is the western gateway to the Kimberley and Australia’s pearling capital. Buy lustrous South Sea pearls in the shops of Chinatown or browse the galleries which house works from some of Kimberley’s most celebrated contemporary and Aboriginal artists. You can even walk with dinosaurs with a visit the Gantheaume Point, where the ancient dinosaur footprints are said to be over 130 million years old.
Days 3-4: Tunnel Creek, Windjana Gorge & Bell Gorge Wilderness Camp
As you leave Broome visit the Boab Prison Tree, this hollow tree is believed to be around 1,500 years old and was allegedly used during the 1800s to house prisoners. From here you’ll start your journey along the Gibb River Road – the landscape is a spectacular kaleidoscope of intensely coloured ranges, deep rock pools and tumbling waterfalls. At Tunnel Creek you’ll have chance to wade through the cool waters, before heading on to Windjana Gorge where there are ancient marine fossils embedded deep in the gorge walls. Spot the freshwater crocs lazing in the sun on the banks of the Lennard River before arriving at Bell Gorge Wilderness Lodge.
Bell Gorge Wilderness Lodge has a beautiful location close to the Iminitji Aboriginal community and offers incredible views of the King Leopold Escarpment. There are 24 tented cabins with twin beds, en suite bathrooms and private decks. You’ll spend two nights here, giving plenty of opportunity to explore Bell Gorge and the surrounding area.
Day 5: Home Valley Station
Today takes you through the heart of Kimberley cattle country to Galvans Gorge. Slip into the waters for a refreshing swim and admire the ancient rock art gracing the area. Re-join the Gibb River Road and continue on to Barnett River Gorge, where a picnic lunch will be laid out for you. From here you’ll ford the mighty Durack River, before arriving at your home for this evening – Home Valley Station.
Day 6: Emma Gorge
Learn more about the history and working indigenous management of Home Valley Station with a guided tour, before crossing the Pentecost River to El Questro Wilderness Park. This remote wilderness covers more than 1 million acres, most of which has never been explored. You’ll stay at Emma Gorge in safari-style tented cabins with en suite bathrooms. The resort also offers a swimming pool, veranda bar and restaurant. Pre-dinner, hike to Emma Gorge and take a refreshing drip beneath the droplet waterfall.
Day 7: Ord River and Lake Kununurra
Enjoy a guided cruise to Lake Kununurra, affording breathtaking views of the mighty Ord River. This timeless landscape seems untouched by the modern world and you’ll see myriad birdlife, majestic scenery and the ever-present crocodiles.
Days 8-9: Purnululu National Park
Head deep into the Purnululu National Park, one of Australia’s most intriguing landmarks, famed for the orange and black striped domes of the Bungle Bungles which has both geological and indigenous culture significance. You’ll spend two nights here at the Bungle Bungle Wilderness Lodge and on your second day will enjoy a tour which really exposes the splendour of the region.
Take a walk along Piccaninny Creek, a winding gorge within the soaring walls of the Bungles, test your vocal chords in the natural amphitheatre of Cathedral Gorge and, if you want, there is an optional scenic helicopter flight over the ranges (not included).
Day 10: Halls Creek & Fitzroy Crossing
Say farewell to the Bungle Bungles and visit Halls Creek, where you’ll see the China Wall – an unusual natural quartz formation that runs from a small creek. Continue to Fitzroy Crossing, your base for the evening.
Day 11: Geikie Gorge & Broome
Explore the Geikie Gorge National Park this morning and join a cruise, giving great insight into the unusual flora and fauna in the park. After lunch, your journey ends in Broome where you will be transferred to your accommodation at Cable Beach Club Resort & Spa.
Day 12: Departure
Extend your stay or depart for Broome airport and your return flight to the UK.
Day 13: Arrive UK
Arrive in the UK after your overnight flight and continue your onward journey home.
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