Kimberley Wonders

DAYS

13 Days

Style

Easy Camping

EX

Kununurra – Broome

From

$7,175.00

Overview

Next Tour: 28th July - 9th August 2023

The Kimberley region in the northwest of Western Australia is one of the most remote and unspoiled wilderness areas in the world. Its unique geology, vibrant Aboriginal culture and diverse flora and fauna have fascinated visitors for many years.

A highlight of this tour will be 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. More than 130 species of bird 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 live on top.

Bird enthusiasts will particularly enjoy our visit to Marlgu Billabong at Parrys Lagoon Nature Reserve. These reserves are havens for a variety of waterbirds.

We will also spend two nights at Drysdale River station where on the second day it will be possible to undertake an optional flight (at your own expense) and hike to the Mitchell Falls. This trip will be visiting the magnificent Mitchell and Mertens Falls. Landscapes around the plateau vary from mangroves and swamps to woodlands and lush rainforest patches. A diverse array of wildlife populates the region. The rugged sandstone areas are home to some rare residents like the small rock wallaby called a monjon (Petrogale burbidgei), the Rough-scaled Python (Morelia carinata). 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 excellent examples of ancient rock art.

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Extended Trip Details

Itinerary

Day 1Kununurra to Purnululu (Bungle Bungle)An early start today as we head for the Purnululu National Park. The 53 km trip into the park is our introduction to outback tracks with many creek crossings, wash aways and rough, slow sections. The journey from the highway to our accommodation takes around three hours. We will start our exploration of the national park by exploring the area around our camp. There will also be time to enjoy an incredible Kimberley sunset. Accommodation: National Park Campsite - Purnululu LD
Day 2 & 3Purnululu (Bungle Bungle)We spend the next two days exploring the park, including the beautiful and unique geological formations of Echidna Chasm, the beehive at Piccanniny Creek and Cathedral Gorge. You can also take an optional helicopter flight over the Bungle Bungle Range to see the gorgeous mounds from above. Accommodation: National Park Campsite - Purnululu BLD
Day 4Purnululu (Bungle Bungle) to KununurraThis morning we return to Kununurra. There will be free time this afternoon to catch up on washing and relax while the crew buy fresh provisions for the tour. Dinner is at your own expense to allow you to sample some local delights. Accommodation: Campsite - Kununurra BL
Day 5Kununurra to Home ValleyWe leave Kununurra this morning and call into Wyndham to look at the old port before moving on to Marlgu Billabong at Parry Lagoon Reserve to see a diverse array of wetland birds. This afternoon, we start our journey down the Gibb River Road. Accommodation: Campsite Home Valley Station BLD
Day 6Home Valley to Drysdale River StationWe continue along the Gibb River Road's steep jump-ups and rough corrugations, crossing the Durack and Gibb Rivers as we head to Drysdale River Station on the Kalumburu Road. Accommodation: Drysdale Station Campsite BLD
Day 7Drysdale River StationThere is an opportunity for those that wish to undertake an optional flight and hike to the Mitchell Falls today. PLEASE NOTE: This is a full-day side trip and will need to be booked when booking this tour. Details on the flight and hike are included at the end of this itinerary. For those not wishing to undertake the Mitchell Falls trip, the day will be spent exploring the station, including the surrounding creeks and other waterways, looking for a variety of birdlife, including the Gouldian Finch and the Purple Crowned Fairy-wren. Accommodation: Drysdale Station Campsite BLD
Day 8 Drysdale to Manning CreekLeaving Drysdale, we continue down the Kalumburu Road and return to the Gibb, arriving at our campsite around mid-afternoon. There will be plenty of time for a swim in the local waterhole at Manning Creek. Accommodation: Campsite - Manning Creek. BLD
Day 9Manning CreekThis morning we will undertake the walk to the picturesque Manning Falls and have a look at a small art site on the way. This afternoon will be spent exploring the wildlife that is found along the banks of Manning Creek and also gives us a chance to relax and catch our breath. Accommodation: Campsite - Manning Creek. BLD
Day 10Manning Creek area to Silent GroveStill, on Gibb River Road, we head to Silent Grove, visiting picturesque Galvin’s Gorge for a swim on the way. On arrival, we’ll have lunch before visiting the magnificent Bell Creek Gorge to have a swim and enjoy the beautiful scenery. Accommodation: National Park Campsite - Silent Grove BLD
Day 11Silent Grove to Windjana GorgeThis morning we’ll travel to Windjana. On the way, we will journey through the King Leopold and Napier Ranges and learn about the area's history. We’ll set up camp and enjoy our first look at this ancient gorge. Accommodation: National Park Campsite at Windjana Gorge BLD
Day 12 Windjana Gorge - Tunnel Creek - Windjana GorgeThis 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 13Windjana Gorge to BroomeWe’ll explore the front of the range this morning before commencing our trip back to Broome. During the day, we’ll call into 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

availability

Place available on 28 July 2023 departure

Inclusions

  • 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 for you each day)
  • Dome tents & chairs with arms
  • Well maintained vehicle with front-facing, seat belted, mostly reclining, coach style seats
  • Eating utensils
  • Meals as per itinerary (B = breakfast, L = lunch, D = dinner)
  • Morning tea each day
  • Fresh fruit on board daily
  • All national park entrance fees

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