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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 is our visit to Purnululu National Park to see the Bungle Bungle Range. This World Heritage listed site is one of the most fascinating geological landmarks in Western Australia. The beehive-like mounds are encased in a skin of silica and algae, creating a striking stripe pattern. A magnificent hidden world of gorges and pools lie within the range.
More than 130 bird species reside within Purnululu, including Rainbow Bee-eaters, flocks of Budgerigars and Australian Bustards. The Nail-tail wallaby and the Euro live around the massif, while Short-eared Rock wallabies are thought to live on top. Several species of rare animals also call Purnululu home.
Bird enthusiasts will particularly enjoy our visit to Marlgu Billabong at Parrys Lagoon Nature Reserve. These reserves are havens for a vast variety of sea and waterbirds.
The easy camping concept has been introduced to make the whole camping experience more enjoyable. The camp support crew will travel in a seperate vehicle and will have our camp operational when the bus arrives with the group. No more erecting tents, beds or un-packing camping equipment. Just pick up your bag and either spend time exploring the campsite or freshening up and relaxing before dinner.
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Extended Trip Details
|Day 1||Broome to Fitzroy Crossing||We’ll depart Broome early this morning and head for Fitzroy Crossing. There will be time this afternoon to have a look around the town, including the Old Crossing Inn and the original crossing. Accommodation: Campsite at Fitzroy Crossing LD|
|Day 2||Fitzroy River to Halls Creek||We’ll visit Geikie Gorge National Park for a cruise on the Fitzroy River this morning (9:30 am). After our cruise we’ll head for Halls Creek. Accommodation: Campsite Halls Creek Caravan Park BLD|
|Day 3||Halls Creek to Purnululu (Bungle Bungles)||Today our wilderness experience continues as we travel to the famous Purnululu National Park (Bungle Bungles). As we drive into the park you’ll be introduced to outback tracks – with creek crossings, wash aways, rough and slow sections. This afternoon we’ll set up camp, have lunch and then begin to explore this exciting area with a visit to Echidna Chasm. Accommodation: Purnululu National Park Campsite BLD|
|Day 4||Purnululu (Bungle Bungles)||We’ll spend the day exploring the natural wonders of Piccanniny Creek and Cathedral Gorge. There will be time for an optional helicopter flight over the Bungle Bungle Range to enjoy aerial views of this World Heritage Listed site. Accommodation: Purnululu National Park Campsite BLD|
|Day 5||Purnululu to Kununurra||This morning we’ll leave the Bungle Bungles and head for Kununurra. We expect to arrive in Kununurra by mid-afternoon, giving us time to see some of the town’s highlights before dinner. Accommodation: Campsite Kununurra BLD|
|Day 6||Kununurra||We’ll start the day today with an early morning birding walk. After breakfast we’ll have some free time to do some washing, write postcards or just relax. After an early lunch we’ll take a cruise on the magnificent Ord River, home to an abundance of wildlife. Accommodation: Campsite Kununurra BLD|
|Day 7||Kununurra to Home Valley Station||We’ll set off early today on our journey to Home Valley. On the way we’ll call in to the Marlgu Billabong at Parrys Lagoon Reserve to see the wetland birds. We’ll also briefly visit Wyndham. Accommodation: Campsite Home Valley Station BLD|
|Day 8||Home Valley Station||Today will be spent exploring some of the stations many gorges and other highlights. Accommodation: Campsite Home Valley Station BLD|
|Day 9||Home Valley Station to Manning Creek area||This morning we farewell the Pentecost River and the Cockburn Ranges and continue down the Gibb River Road as we travel to Mt Barnett Station. Once we arrive at our Manning Creek campsite there’ll be plenty of time to explore this oasis and enjoy a swim. Accommodation: Campsite Manning Creek BLD|
|Day 10||Manning Creek area to Mornington Station||We’ll get a great start to the day today with an early morning birding session around the campsite. After breakfast we’ll move on to Mornington Station. Accommodation: Mornington Station Campsite BLD|
|Day 11||Mornington Station||Today we’ll explore the wonders of this wilderness wildlife sanctuary. The sanctuary is home to two endangered bird species – the Gouldian Finch and the Purple Crowned Fairy Wren. Our time here would not be complete without a visit and swim at the spectacular Sir John Gorge or the beautiful Dimond Gorge. Accommodation: Mornington Station Campsite BLD|
|Day 12||Mornington Station to Silent Grove||This morning we’ll get back onto the Gibb River Road. We’ll stop for fuel and enjoy morning tea at Imintji on the way to Silent Grove. On arrival we’ll have time for lunch and to set up camp before we visit the magnificent Bell Creek Gorge. This gorge offers a short walk, great swimming and spectacular scenery. Accommodation: National Park Campsite at Silent Grove BLD|
|Day 13||Silent Grove to Windjana Gorge||This morning we’ll travel to Windjana. On the way we will journey through the King Leopold and Napier Ranges and learn about the history of the area. We’ll set up camp and enjoy our first look at this ancient gorge. Accommodation: National Park Campsite at Windjana Gorge BLD|
|Day 14||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 and walk through the range. Accommodation: National Park Campsite at Windjana Gorge BLD|
|Day 15||Windjana Gorge to Broome||We’ll explore the front of the range this morning, before commencing our trip back to Broome. During the day we’ll call in to the Mowanjum Community to visit their art centre and spend some time in Derby. We should arrive in Broome by mid to late afternoon. We’ll transfer you to your chosen accommodation, marking the end of your outback adventure. BL|
|NB: The above itinerary may be varied according to conditions and advice.|
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- 3 crew members consisting of a naturalist guide, driver guide and camp support crew member
- Easy Camping included (Camp is set up and packed away each day for you);
- Geikie Gorge and Ord River cruises
- Dome tents & chairs with arms;
- Well maintained vehicle with front-facing, seat belted, mostly reclining, coach-style seats
- Eating utensils
- Meals as per itinerary;
- 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.”
“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.”
“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.”