Kimberley Wonders

Days

12

Style

Camping Expedition

Ex

Broome – Kununurra

From

AUD$3,825.00

Discounted to

AUD$3,475.00

Until 30/6/2017

Windjana GorgeHighlights

  • Windjana & Bell Gorges
  • Gibb River Road
  • Mitchell Plateau
  • Home Valley Station
  • Marlgu Billabong at Parry Lagoon Reserve

The Kimberley region in the north-west of Western Australia is one of the most remote and unspoiled wilderness areas in the world.

It’s unique geology, ancient limestone reef and rich Aboriginal culture has fascinated visitors for years. The Kimberley is home to some of Australia’s most beautiful and rare birdlife, diverse and interesting flora and exciting and relatively untouched fauna.

The Kimberley Wonders itinerary has been designed to allow plenty of time and flexibility to enjoy and explore this magnificent region under the guidance of our experienced naturalist leader, who will also help you to indulge in your own special interests.

 

Day                      Activity

1                            Broome – Windjana Gorge

We’ll depart Broome early this morning and head for Windjana Gorge. On the way we’ll pass plenty of boab trees (including the famous Prison Tree). On arrival at Windjana we’ll set up our camp and begin to explore. Windjana Gorge is a magnificent place to visit, with its varied birdlife, freshwater crocodiles and Devonian reef walls.

Accommodation: National Park Campsite Windjana Gorge         LD

2                            Windjana Gorge – Tunnel Creek – Windjana Gorge

This morning we’ll continue our exploration of the gorge and its wildlife. After lunch we’ll visit Tunnel Creek for a walk through Western Australia’s oldest cave system.

Accommodation: National Park Campsite Windjana Gorge          BLD

3                            Windjana Gorge to Silent Grove

We’ll start our day today with an early walk, for our last look at Windjana Gorge. We’ll then drive through the Napier Range to our campsite at Silent Grove. This afternoon we’ll visit the delightful Bell Creek Gorge.

Accommodation: National Park Campsite Silent Grove           BLD

4                            Silent Grove to Manning River area

We’ll get a great start to our day with an early morning birding session around our campsite. We’ll then get back onto the Gibb River Road, for our journey to Manning River. On the way we will visit Galvins Gorge. There will be plenty of time to explore or swim when we arrive at our Manning River campsite.

Accommodation: Campsite Manning River          BLD

5                            Manning Creek to Drysdale River Station

Today we’ll head for Drysdale River Station. Creek crossings, including a crossing of the Gibb River, will be a highlight of our day. We plan to arrive early at Miner’s Pool to give us time to start looking for Purple-crowned Fairy- wrens, Gouldian Finches and Red Goshawks.

Accommodation: Campsite Drysdale Station          BLD

6                            Drysdale River Station to King Edward River

This morning we will have a nature walk around the campsite before moving on to our King Edward River campsite where we settle in. There will be time during the day to spend time looking at a couple of Aboriginal Art sites that are close to the camp plus enjoy a swim.

Accommodation: National Park Campsite Mitchell Falls          BLD

7-8                         Mitchell Falls

During the next two days there’ll be plenty of time to explore the wonders of the Mitchell Plateau, including the spectacular Mitchell and Mertens Falls. This is a true wilderness area and offers spectacular scenery. Wildlife is abundant here, and we’ll have an opportunity to spot the elusive Black Grasswren. There will be plenty of time to enjoy a cool off in the clear, fresh, water at one of the most remote sites in the world. You may wish to take an optional helicopter flight for an aerial view of the falls during your time here.

Accommodation: National Park Campsite Mitchell Falls          BLD

9                            Mitchell Falls to Drysdale Station

Leaving our campsite we head down to the Kalumburu Road back to the Drysdale Station.

Accommodation: Campsite Drysdale Station          BLD

10                           Drysdale River Station to Home Valley Station

Today we’ll head down the Kalumburu Road and drive back onto the Gibb River Road. The road is mix of steep jump-ups and rough corrugations so it will be a bumpy ride!  During our drive we’ll cross the Durack River and visit the  Pentacost River and Cockburn Range Lookout, which gives extensive views of the river flood plain.

Accommodation: Campsite Home Valley Station          BLD

11                           Home Valley Station

Today will be spent exploring some of the stations many gorges and other highlights.

Accommodation:  Campsite Home Valley Station          BLD

12                           Home Valley Station to Kununurra

We’ll leave Home Vally early this morning and head for Kununurra. We’ll call into Wyndham for a look at the old port and visit the Five Rivers Lookout. After lunch we’ll visit Marlgu Billabong at Parry Lagoon Reserve, where we should see a diverse array of wetland birds. When we arrive in Kununurra you’ll be transferred to your chosen accommodation, marking the end of your wonderful outback tour experience.          BL

NB: The above itinerary may be varied according to conditions and advice.

22nd July – 2nd August 2017

  • 12 breakfasts, 12 lunches, 11 dinners
  • Visit to Parrys Lagoon / Marlgu Billabong
  • Morning tea each day
  • All national park entrance fees

“We both had an absolutely fantastic holiday. Maurice and Chris are great, the meals were wonderful. We will definitely recommend a Coates tour to anyone interested and we are also considering another ourselves.”
Judy & Rob Dawkins


“I just wanted to say thanks for a fabulous experience with the recent Kimberley trip led by Red & Peter.  Everything was fabulous. Red is such a careful experienced driver, I felt very safe; his cooking was beyond my expectation, not to mention his wonderful friendly, patient way. Pete did a great job keeping everyone interested and included in whatever was happening, and his knowledge of the country, flora & fauna plus the night sky added to the whole experience. I would highly recommend this trip to anyone who wants to get an insight into the Kimberley, and the same time be looked after so wonderfully.”
Caroline Horobin


“I am writing this to say how much I enjoyed my trip with your tour company to the Kimberley in June. I wanted to say a big thank you to Chris and Peter who made the trip so great for me and the other people on the tour.

They in particular had to contend with my special diet requirements as I am a coeliac and both of them have to be congratulated for their efforts, I was very impressed with their meals as I know it must have been a pain for them to have to cook some different or extra meals at times. Once again I appreciate what they did.

I had been planning this trip for some time and for various reasons have had to delay it, but I am very glad I was finally able to go and I think Coates was the best choice. I will certainly be recommending your company to anyone who will listen (as I have already). Once again thank you and I expect you will be hearing from me again as I have my eye on some of your other tours both here in Australia and O.S.”
Andrea Harte

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