- Explore the Kimberley, Windjana Gorge and Kununurra
- Swim in fresh water at Edith Falls and Bell Gorge
- Discover Indigenous Rock Art at Manning Gorge
- Watch the sunset over Purnululu National Park
- Make a stop at outback town Kunnunara
- Experience stunning scenery and wildlife at Lake Argyle
- Embark on bush walks with a dedicated wildlife hiking guide
- Experience secluded bush camps
- All National Park entry fees and camping fees included
- Meals included
- Pick up and drop off included
- All camping gear except sleeping bags included
- Lake Argyle Overnight Cruise ($120 payable on board)
- Helicopter Flights at Purnululu National Park
- Sleeping Bags
Why do we love this
"We love it because this is a great way to see a part of Australia that's untouched and undiscovered side. We love that this tour takes you through some of the most beautiful spots in the Top End and really immerses you in the outback experience."
WHAT TO EXPECT
The Kimberley is calling! Get ready for the trip of a lifetime as you hit the road from Broome to Darwin and encounter sights like Lake Argyle, Windjana Gorge and Edith Falls along the way. Spend nine days exploring the rugged, wild wilderness of Australia's top end on a trip you'll never forget.
Your outback adventure begins with a pickup from your Broome accommodation, and from there it's east into the Kimberley! Chat with fellow travellers or take a nap as the Adventure Truck wends its way along the dusty road.
Your first stop is the famous Boab prison tree near Derby. An incredible natural wonder, but also a reminder of the area's history, this giant hollowed out tree was used as a prison in the early pioneering days.
Next, head to Windjana Gorge and marvel at the stunning rockface and soaring cliffs that surround you. Take a walk through the sandy beaches and winding creeks and continue your explorations on a hike around the gorge. Keep your eyes out for freshwater crocodiles swimming in the waterholes!
From Windjana it’s time to head to your first wilderness bush camp of the tour. This is a chance to escape into nature with the stars above and only the sounds of insects and wildlife around you.
Pack your mobile phones away today! You're heading deeper into the bush today for a technology retreat. Wake up nice and early to catch the sunrise, then head off to your first stop for the day - Tunnel Creek.
This area is full of history and is a place of great significance to the local Aboriginal people. A 750 metre long stretch of creek, which runs underground through one of the oldest cave systems in Western Australia, this is a natural wonder that will blow you away. The caves were a hideout for Aboriginal warrior, Jandamarra in 1897, and you'll have the chance to see the many rock paintings inside and learn more about the story.
Next, hit the Gibb River Road and head to your next stop for the day. A 700km long outback track which runs between Derby and Kununurra, the Gibb Road is an exciting ride. It’s not the easiest route and the track is often rough, but it's a thrilling and visually spectacular trip. Along the road's length are waterfalls, rivers, gorges and wildlife to discover, and a new adventure is never far away.
Your first waterfall stop is Bell Gorge. Take a short walk to a creek at the centre of the gorge and enjoy exploring the many pouring cascades and sparkling pools at their base. If you're feeling warm, take a dip or settle back on the rocks to enjoy a delicious lunch surrounded by shady ledges and towering cliffs.
From Bell Gorge, it's back onto the Gibb Road on the way to your camp spot for the night. Collect firewood and set up camp in a secluded wilderness setting before settling back in swags to enjoy the stunning night sky above you.
Today it's back on the Gibb Road - first stop, Manning Gorge.
You'll spend most of the day here, exploring the white sand and sparkling waterways lined with Pandanus trees. Take a hike through the gorge to reach a sprawling waterhole which you must swim across to reach the rest of the trail! After this refreshing dip, you'll reach the top of the gorge and will be treated to stunning views of the surrounding landscape. We must swim across the river before following a trail leading to the top of the gorge. Along the way, keep your eyes out of hidden examples of Bradshaw Aboriginal Rock Art.
On the return route, you'll be able to swim and rock hop along the creek before you reach the main waterhole at the gorge's entrance.
If there's enough time, you'll also be able to visit Galvan’s and Adcock Gorge.
Your camp tonight is either at beautiful Manning Gorge, where toilets and showers are available or in the tranquil the bush depending on the preference of your guide.
Wake up with an early morning swim in the gorge, then continue on your Gibb Road trek. Stop along the way to check out secluded waterholes and explore Ellenbrae Cattle Station.
From there, head to Pentecost River and enjoy the magnificent landscape of ranges, river and red rocks. You'll be driving through the water here, and it will be an exciting ride. Pentecost River is 60 metres wide and home to plenty of saltwater crocs, so keep those window up!
After getting your thrills for the day, it's on to your camp for the night, another bush spot under the outback stars.
El Questro Station is your first stop for today. Home of more beautiful landscapes and the stunning Emma Falls, this is a great place to spend the morning exploring. Hike through the gorge to a towering waterfall with a cool plunge pool perfect for swimming at its base.
Next, head to Purnululu National Park, more commonly known as the Bungle Bungles. Spend your time here hiking and exploring the gorges and sprawling landscape of the park and enjoy wandering the valleys, creeks and hills of this unique environment.
End the day watching a spectacular sunset from your camp.
Enjoy an early Bungle Bungles sunrise from a secluded outback spot, complete with a cup of tea and breakfast!
After a short drive, stop at the beginning of the Cathedral Gorge hike. This is a spectacular walk through the beehive rock formations to Cathedral Gorge.
From here, you have the chance to explore the Bungle Bungle's further with a scenic flight. Please note scenic flights are at your own expense and organised on the day.
Your next stop is Echidna Chasm for another incredible bush hike where you'll follow a creek through a narrow passage in the Bungles.
After a stop for lunch, it's time to depart Purnululu and find your bush camp for the night, this time on a lovely creek with a sandy beach, perfect for stargazing.
Get your first taste of the outside world today, as you make a stop at Kunnunara, a true outback town. Spend some time catching up on news and messages from back home as you enjoy some free time in the town.
From Kununurra, head to Lake Argyle for the experience of a lifetime. This is often the highlight of travellers trips, and you'll understand why when you see this stunning freshwater lake full of birds and wildlife. Board a boat with a local guide, and learn about the landscape and animals, from the wallabies in the rocky shores to the freshwater crocodiles cruising by.
Afterwards, there's time for a quick swim before watching the sunset from the water.
Tonight you'll be camping on one of the remote islands around the lake which will be a true 'private paradise' moment. There's no one else around for miles, so relax and enjoy watching the lake by night. Snuggle by the campfire and stargaze or if you're feeling warm, jump into the surrounding water for a midnight swim.
Enjoy a sunrise from your island camp; then it's back onto the boat and back to the truck to continue the journey.
Drive East towards the NT border and Keep River National Park, another amazing spot for hikes and outback explorations.
You'll be camping here for the night, so enjoy the afternoon exploring the rock formations and valleys.
It's time to say goodbye! Today you're arriving in Katherine, ready to explore Edith Falls and Nitmiluk National Park. Enjoy more adventure, hiking, swimming and soak in the last of the stunning outback landscape.
You'll arrive into Darwin at around 6pm, and will be dropped at your accommodation by your guide.
This is a 9 day tour, departing Broome and ending in Darwin.
What do I need to bring?
- Sleeping Bag suitable for the conditions
- From May to September night time temperature can be very cold in some areas we camp, we recommend a 0 or +5 degree Celsius rated bag.
- At other times a +10 or higher degree Celsius rated bag will be OK
- Sturdy Shoes (hiking boots or runners)
- Shoes you can wear in the water
- Torch / Head Lamp
- Refillable Water bottle
- Swimmers & Towel
- Hat & Sunglasses
- Light, cotton long-sleeved shirt to cover up from the sun
- Sun Screen / Insect repellent
- Jumper / Pullover for night-time
Please make sure you pack at least 1 jumper & long pants, cold snaps can come through at any time of the year, so be prepared. (During the winter, especially June to August the temperatures can drop below zero in outback regions).
Do I need travel insurance?
Travel Insurance is highly recommended. Problems requiring insurance are rare, however, situations can arise when you will be glad you have it, eg injuries, medical evacuations, loss or damage of personal items etc.
Residents of Australia are generally covered for the cost of medical treatment including evacuation from remote areas. However, non-residents may incur very high costs, especially for evacuation.
Travel Insurance can also be helpful for both residents and non-residents for the following purposes.
- An accident or sickness prior to the tour prevents you from joining the tour and we charge you cancellation fees.
- Your luggage is lost or damaged while on tour.
- You need to leave the tour because of an accident/ sickness
All travel insurance policies are different, it’s your responsibility to know what you are covered for.
Can I charge my camera / phone during the tour?
Yes, we have 240V inverter in each vehicle as well as USB charging points.
Is there any phone reception?
For the most part no, however depending on your phone plan you may get reception around the towns of Katherine, Kununurra & Derby. The best carrier for reception appears to be Telstra.
Can someone contact me while I am on tour?
Yes, but in most cases, there will be a delay. They can call the office and we can get a message through to the tour guide, depending on where the tour guide is on the tour, this could be immediately or a delay of several hours.
Are there showers along the way?
Generally no. We are travelling through a very remote area and have a preference for wilderness camping. We do however spend lots of time swimming (no soap), and we have also developed several good bush options for those who are desperate. Don’t worry, you’ll be fine!
What happens with toilets?
During the days as we travel, we often stop at places where there are normal flushing toilets and / or basic toilets, these places include petrol stations & National Parks.
When camping, we prefer to camp in the wilderness, which means there are no toilets. We do however carry a portable toilet which is used by both girls and boys doing a number 2, and girls doing a number 1. Boys doing a number 1 can find a tree.
When we are unable to wilderness camp, we are generally using a National Park campground, these are normally equipped with basic toilets.
If you are worried about doing your business in the bush, there is no need, your species has been around for approximately 90,000 years, and for 99% of this time it has been very normal to take a shit in the bush, you have evolved to do this.
Is the tour suitable for me?
Our products are one of the most adventurous on the market, they are exhilarating and special trips, and our customers tell us that they love what we do and to not change them. This website is full of information promoting the benefits and highlights of the tours, however, our tours are not for everyone, so this answer attempts to point out everything, warts and all.
In general terms our tours are;
- At times uncomfortable.
- Require a reasonable level of heath & fitness.
We are about getting in touch with nature and truly experiencing the wilderness through which we travel.
Other companies work hard to shield their passengers from the wilderness, which is what many people want, however we feel that by doing this you actually miss what you are coming to see.
So sometimes our tours are uncomfortable, if it’s hot, then we get hot, if it rains then we may get wet, if there is a great sunrise place to be, we get up before light and hike in the dark, we prefer to camp in the wilderness than at campgrounds, we have campfires so need to collect firewood etc etc.
Expect to be spending long days hiking and swimming further than the others, expect to go on rougher roads, expect to sleep under the stars, expect to camp in seriously remote wilderness areas, expect to go without a shower.
Expect to spend 4 – 5 hours travelling between destinations due to poor road conditions. Most campsites are located in remote areas with few to no facilities.
How fit / healthy do I need to be?
Our tours are guaranteed to show you the rugged beauty of the remote regions through which we travel.
As we want you to experience our country in the best possible way, you will be required to undertake physical activities such as hiking, swimming and climbing/scrambling for several kilometres at a time, in sometimes very hot conditions.
You will need to carry your own water with you.
To cope with and enjoy these conditions you will need to be physically fit and able. If you are unfit or have health conditions which restrict you ability to undertake physical activity, you will not enjoy this tour.
We generally camp in remote areas with few or no facilities. All our equipment for camping is carried with us in the vehicle and is set up and packed away by the tour group each day. In order to make the most of your holiday we are generally up and moving early each morning.
As a general rule, if you enjoy a healthy lifestyle and can walk 5 kilometres in the heat then you will be OK.
Are the tours safe?
We take safety seriously.
Each vehicle is equipped with a Satellite Phone which enables us to contact authorities in the event of an emergency and we carry first aid kits.
However we operate in very remote regions and even with the satellite phones help can be several hours away.
Most of the places we hike are reasonably level and apart tripping over a rock represent few dangers.
In some places it is necessary to hop from rock to rock or to scramble up or down steep slopes, sometime there are slippery rocks when we are swimming / exploring gorges. To participate in these activities you need to be physically fit and able.
Sometimes we may stand close to the edge of a cliff, sometimes on a hike we may climb down to the water in a gorge for a swim, and then climb back up to continue the hike, sometimes this climbing will require you to use your hands and arms to steady yourself and pull yourself up or down, again you need to be physically fit to do this, sometimes slipping in one of these situations could result in a fall where significant injury, even death could result.
Year on year we do these things without incident, however only you know your limitations and if you are not happy doing something do not do it. If at any point you are not entirely happy with the route being taken, you must express your concern to the guide, do not put yourself in a situation which you consider to be dangerous.
Are there age restrictions?
Our tours are not suitable for young children however teenagers over 16 travelling with adults are welcome join the tour. If you are travelling with young children we offer several departures a year which a designated family departures where young children are welcome to travel, the date coincide with Australian School Holidays, see Kimberley Family Tours for more details.
Most passengers travelling with us are between 20 and 55 years old.
We do not have an upper age limit, if you are in the older bracket and really want to do this tour, providing you are up for an adventure and happy with everything written on this page then you are more than welcome to join our tours, some of our most interesting and adventurous passengers have been really old!
However, there are a number of factors about our tours which some people in the upper age bracket may not enjoy, such as;
- Travelling in a group with a mixed age range.
- Sleeping on the ground (on a mattress)
- Not having a proper flushing toilet at camp.
- Travelling in a cramped & uncomfortable vehicle.
- Travelling in the heat
- Hiking in the heat.
- Travelling in a spontaneous nature where plans change if opportunities arise.
If you are OK with all this and want a big adventure, then please come with us, if not, then contact us and we can suggest other options for you, which could include one of our Private Charters or another operator.
What’s the weather like?
If you are travelling in September, October or November in the Kimberley, it will be BLOODY HOT.
Days over 40 degrees Celsius are common.
To counter these hot conditions we do things like;
- Try and do hikes / walks in the early morning before it gets hot.
- Ensure that we swim as much as possible.
- Do shorter hikes and spend more time in the water.
- Drink lots of fluids.
- Camp in sheltered & shady areas.
But, it will still be BLOODY HOT and most of the time we cannot do a thing about it, it is after all one of the things that happens when you travel in Australia.
To get the most out of trips we need to immerse ourselves into the natural environment and this is what we do. If it’s hot in the natural environment then we get hot, if it’s wet in the natural environment then we get wet, if it’s cold we get cold etc etc.
What’s the food like?
We provide lots of fresh food on our tours and often receive positive feedback re the cooking skills of our guides.
Each guide is responsible for their own menu so we cannot provide you with specific details of each meal, however here’s a general guide of what to expect.
Normally consists of cereal & muesli with milk & toast with spreads, teas and coffee. Each passenger is responsible for preparing their own breakfast.
Normally consists of wraps, rolls & bread with cold meat, salad and condiments etc. Each passenger is responsible for preparing their own lunch.
Each night will different, expect BBQ’s, Pasta dishes, stir frys, roasts in the camp oven etc. Your guide is responsible for preparing the evening meal, however will request assistance in preparation of vegetables etc. If you are a keen cook there are normally opportunities for you to take over and put your own stamp on a meal or two.
Whats about food Allergies and other special diets?
Our meals are designed to cater for meat eaters and vegetarians.
Whilst our guides are often praised for producing great tasting food, they are not trained chefs and cannot know or be responsible every single ingredient contained in bottled sauces and condiments etc. If you have specific allergies, it is your responsibility to ensure that you do not eat any food on tour containing these allergens. You will need to read the labels on the ingredients and if in doubt, do not eat it. Our tours operate in extremely remote areas and medical assistance can be several hours away at the best.
Your guide will do his best, if a meal contains an ingredient you cannot eat, then 2 separate meals may need to be prepared, in this case it would be expected that you assist in this process.
Gluten Free Diets
If you require a Gluten free diet, we ask that you bring with you replacement gluten free food, this should include replacements for bread, wraps and pasta.
I have lots of luggage, can I bring it all with me?
Luggage space is very limited. We have a general limit of 15kg per person in a soft bag, however if you have more than this please contact us in advance as we would be happy to try and accommodate this.
The supplier cannot guarantee the exact arrival and departure times and is not liable for any failure by you to make a connection with any other service or carrier.
The supplier recommends that you take out comprehensive travel insurance.
Our tours require pro-active participation in a remote and rugged region with a degree of personal risk. Travel Insurance is recommended to cover any unforeseen circumstances such as loss or damage to personal equipment, evacuation, and medical costs.
In the event that a booking is cancelled, the following fees will apply:
- Cancellations more than 30 days before departure: 10% of the total cost
- Cancellations between 15 – 29 days prior to departure: 50% of the total cost
- Cancellations between 0 – 14 days prior to departure: 100% of the cost
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