Kimberley Encounters




Camping Expedition


Broome – Kununurra




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.
Coates have been running tours to the Kimberley every year since 1986 and we are always re- designing our itineraries to all allow more time in the areas that are less-visited and have the wildlife appeal you have come to expect to see on our tours.
On this new tour we will explore the highlights along the Gibb River road and visit the remote Drysdale River Station on the Kalumburu Road where it is possible to arrange an optional flight either to or over the spectacular Mitchell Falls.
We stay in permanent tents at El Questro Wilderness Park and enjoy meals in the restaurant.
Bird enthusiasts will particularly enjoy our visit to Miners pool (on Drysdale River Station) and Marlgu Billabong at Parry Lagoons Nature Reserve. These areas offer a vast variety and number of Birdlife.
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                            Arrive Broome

Today you’ll arrive in Broome and check in to your accommodation. The rest of the day is free to explore Broome. Dinner at the hotel is included tonight. Your guides will meet you in the dinning room at 7:00pm.

Accommodation: Broome hotel         D

2                            Broome to 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          BLD

3                            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

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

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 Mt Elizabeth Station.
On the way we will visit the Imintji Community for fuel and supplies then visit Galvin’s Gorge where there will be plenty of time to enjoy a swim in this wonderful waterhole.

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 and Gouldian Finches.

Accommodation: Campsite (Miners Pool) Drysdale River Station          BLD

8                            Drysdale River Station

Today is free to either relax around the camp site, birding along the Drysdale River or to undertake an optional excursion to the Mitchell Falls. ( Please see page 5 for details)

Accommodation: Campsite (Miners Pool) Drysdale River Station          BLD

9                         Drysdale River Station to El Questro 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 too El Questro we’ll cross the Durack and Pentacost Rivers. Dinner is not included tonight so we can join in the Saturday night activities and Bbq at the Swinging Arm Bar & Grill.

Accommodation: Station Tents at El Questro Station          BL

10                           El Questro Station

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

Accommodation:  Station Tents at El Questro Station          BLD

11                           El Questro Station to Kununurra
We’ll leave El Questro 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.

24th May – 3rd June 2019

  • Coates tour leader/ driver
  • Coates Naturalist leader
  • Dome tents & chairs with arms
  • Meals as per itinerary
  • Visit to Parrys Lagoon / Marlgu Billabong
  • Morning tea each day
  • Fresh fruit on board daily
  • 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

“Coates Wildlife Tours are professionals in all aspects of their industry, from the air-conditioned comfortable 4WD bus, easy set-up camping equipment, delicious nutritious meals, friendly, efficient, knowledgeable staff – it was a wonderful trip to the Kimberley’s that I’ll never forget.
The tour leaders were fantastic with their knowledge and friendliness. Nothing was too much trouble for Tom and Sylvia. They worked tirelessly in looking after us and still had a great sense of humour and energy.
Camping equipment and food were excellent. All meals were varied, delicious and plentiful.”
Anna McGrane

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Book and pay a deposit before 15 January 2019 and save $250.00 per person.