Kimberley Wonders




Camping Expedition


Broome – Kununurra



Windjana GorgeHighlights

The Kimberley region in the northwest 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 many years. It is home to some of Australia’s most beautiful and rare bird life, diverse flora and exciting fauna.
A highlight of this trip will be our visit to the Mitchell Plateau, including the magnificent Mitchell and Mertens Falls. The area is biologically important, with landscapes around the plateau varying from mangroves and swamps to woodlands and lush rainforest patches. A diverse array of wildlife populates the area. The rugged sandstone areas are home to some rare residents such as a small rock wallaby called a monjon (Petrogale burbidgei), the Rough-scaled Python (Morelia carinata) and the elusive Black Grasswren (Amytornis housei). The area also has a rich indigenous history. Wunambal Aboriginal people have lived in the vicinity for thousands of years, and the plateau offers many fine examples of ancient rock art. Mitchell Falls are magnificent, and a great spot to enjoy a swim.
Bird enthusiasts will particularly enjoy our visit to the Fitzroy River flood plains around Camballin and Marlgu Billabong at Parry Lagoons Nature Reserve. The reserve is a haven for a vast variety and number of waterbirds who use it as a resting place during migration, and to shelter from the extreme conditions of the Kimberley wet season.
This 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 indulge in your own special interest

Day                      Activity

1                            Broome to Fitzroy River Bush Camp

We’ll depart Broome early this morning and head for our bush campsite on the Fitzroy River in the Camballin / Liveringa area. This area offers a great chance to see a large number of crocodiles and a diverse array of birdlife. A particular highlight should be large flocks of Brolgas.

Accommodation: Bush Camp Fitzroy River         LD

2                            Fitzroy River Bush Camp to Fitzroy Crossing

Today we will explore the area along the Fitzroy River as we head into Fitzroy Crossing.

Accommodation: Campsite Fitzroy Crossing          BLD

3                            Fitzroy Crossing to Windjana Gorge

We leave Fitzroy this morning and travel via Tunnel Creek to our campsite at Windjana Gorge. Our drive also takes us through an area that is steeped in local Aboriginal history. The best known is the story of Jandamarra an Aboriginal stockman / police tracker and either an outlaw or resistance leader. This history will unfold as we travel and visit historical sites associated with the story. On arrival at Windjana we’ll set up our camp and begin to explore the Gorge a magnificent place to visit, with its varied birdlife, freshwater crocodiles and Devonian reef walls.

Accommodation: National Park Campsite Windjana Gorge           BLD

4                            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

5                            Silent Grove to Mt Elizabeth Station

Were back onto the Gibb River Road this morning for our journey to Mt Elizabeth Station. On the way we will visit Imintji Community and have a swim in the Galvins Gorge pool.

Accommodation: Campsite Mt Elizabeth Station          BLD

6                            Mt Elizabeth Station

Today will be spent exploring and relaxing on the station. This morning there will be time to do some washing, catch up on your writing or to look around working stations the homestead where you may get a chance to meet some of the locals. This afternoon will be spent at Warla Gorge which is on the Hann River a fabulous place to swim, look for birdlife and relax in preparation of the second half of the trip.

Accommodation: Campsite Mt Elizabeth Station          BLD

7                         Mt Elizabeth Station 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

8                            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 King Edward River          BLD

9-10                         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

11                           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

12                           Drysdale River Station to Home Valley Station
This morning we’ll get back onto the Gibb River Road. We’ll stop for fuel and enjoy morning tea at Imitji on 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

13                           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.

4th – 16th July 2018

  • 12 breakfasts, 13 lunches, 12 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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