Kimberley Outback Tours – Horizontal Falls & the Gibb River Road Tour
Icons of the Kimberley – 13 day / 12 night – Broome to Broome
For those with time to take it easy and see everything. This 13-day, 12-night tour has some of the best sites the Kimberley has to offer.
Travel via the Gibb River Road, explore the Bungle Bungle Range, cruise on Lake Argyle on board Kimberley Cat and visit many more spectacular Icons of the Kimberley, including the Horizontal Waterfalls.
Departure Dates – Tour Notes – Tour Vehicle Info – T&C’s
What to Bring
It is recommended that you bring a torch, comfortable shoes to walk on bush terrain and in shallow water (runners), sandals, broad-brimmed hat, sunscreen, swimming costume and towel and a personal water bottle.
It is also recommended that you bring insect repellent, warm clothes for the evening (particularly if travelling in Winter), personal toiletries and first aid, with any personal medication required.
You will also need to bring a pillow and a sleeping bag.
- Itineraries may vary and/or attractions can be substituted for any cause including seasonal conditions, weather extremes, traditional owner and national park requirements.
- This tour is only for fit and active people, who can hike 5-9kms a day over uneven terrain, often in high temperatures. Temperatures can be extreme i.e. very high during summer days and very cold during winter nights. The operator reserves the right to assess the fitness capability of passengers prior to tour departure.
- Due to distances covered, this trip involves early departures on some morning and frequent stops between destinations.
- This tour is not suitable for children.
- Travel Insurance is strongly recommended. Failure to purchase travel insurance may result in out of pocket expenses in the case of accident, illness or road closures. We recommend Travel Insurance that includes coverage for Medical Evacuation.
- It is your responsibility to advise us if you have any special dietary requirements or medical conditions (including allergies) well ahead of departure.
- It is your responsibility to contact us with your preferred accommodation pick up point. If we do not hear from you, we will assume you will make your way to our default pick up point as listed on this document. We will not be responsible for missed pick-ups (and a missed tour) if we do not receive notification from you, and if you are not at the default pick up point at the appropriate time.
Terms & Conditions
These are the Terms and Conditions under which Kimberley Outback Tours noted below. Payment of the Tour deposit represents an acceptance of the Terms and Conditions. Please take the time to read and understand the conditions of booking set out below.
BOOKINGS, DEPOSITS & FINAL PAYMENTS
You are required to pay a non-refundable deposit of 20% per person per trip for your booking to be confirmed. The deposit will be required within 7 days of booking. The balance of payment is due 30 days prior to departure date. Prices are quoted in Australian Dollars inclusive of GST for Australia and are valid for travel until 30 September 2018.
CREDIT CARD FEES
If paying by credit card a small transaction fee of 1.1% is applicable. Cards accepted are Visa and MasterCard.
For cancellations made within 29 days of your scheduled departure, you will be held financially responsible for your entire reservation, unless Kimberley Outback Tours Pty Ltd can fill the vacancy. Changes of reservation date or early departure are treated as cancellations and will carry the same fee. You
For cancellations made within 29 days of your scheduled departure, you will be held financially responsible for your entire reservation, unless Kimberley Outback Tours Pty Ltd can fill the vacancy. Changes of reservation date or early departure are treated as cancellations and will carry the same fee. You are, however, always welcome to send a friend or a family member in your place.
Note: Management reserves the right to re-assign, cancel or change seats in unforeseen circumstances.
- 30 days or more prior to departure, we will retain the deposit;
- Between15 and 29 days prior to departure, we will retain 50% of the total booking cost
- 14 days or less prior to departure, we will retain 100% paid by you in connection with the booking.
Cancellation fees will not be waived as a result of:
• Sickness or injury.
• Delayed, rescheduled or missed flights or connected travelling.
• Climatic, political or social incidents
HEALTH, FITNESS & MOBILITY
We will assume all passengers are in good health and have a reasonable level of fitness and we are not liable for any injury, illness during any activity. If a passenger requires any special mental or physical assistance, then a companion to help and assist must accompany them.
We will not be responsible for any costs associated with cancellation penalties or the return of passengers from a tour, and a refund for lost touring cannot be claimed.
We strongly recommend comprehensive Travel Insurance be purchased to cover the loss of deposits, medical emergencies and all cancellation costs in case your health and fitness status should change.
BOOKING EXTRAS & LUGGAGE LIMITS
Passengers are requested to notify Kimberley Outback Tours of any special requirements, related to diet or health requirements at the time the booking is made. We will notify all third parties of these requirements and will endeavour to ensure they are met. However, we cannot guarantee that all special requirements will be met in all instances.
Luggage is restricted to 15-20kg soft bags per person with a small day pack for easy access of sunglasses, sunblock, camera, etc.. Passenger’s luggage is entirely at their own risk during the tour.
Kimberley Outback Tours do not accept any responsibility or liability for any injury, loss, damage, change of itinerary or inconvenience caused either directly or indirectly as a result of events which are outside of Kimberley Outback Tours control. Kimberley Outback Tours will not be liable for any loss, damage, omission or act of negligence or otherwise committed by third parties or other operators, their assignees or agents.
Itineraries are correct at time of publication and may differ slightly to the one displayed in the brochure/website. Occasionally itineraries change as operators make changes based on feedback from past travellers or due to weather or conditions.
GENERAL INFORMATION AND PARTICIPATION:
No seats are allocated on tour. Rotation of seats is encouraged for interaction with fellow passengers
- No smoking is allowed on board our tour vehicles.
- At the discretion of Kimberley Outback Tours, if any passengers conduct or condition is creating an unsafe environment for themselves, other passengers or tour operator, they will not be permitted access to the bus to continue the tour and no refund will be paid.
- Most tours require a certain level of participation. This may include assisting and cleaning with the preparation of meals and setting up camp.
Highlights & Inclusions
Twelve nights will allow you to get the full Kimberley experience. Truly an Icons of the Kimberley tour!
- National Park entry fees
- Experienced Guide
- Horizontal Waterfalls
- The Prison Boab Tree
- King Leopold Ranges
- Gibb River Road
- Mt Hart Wilderness Lodge
- Bell Gorge
- Galvans Gorge
- Home Valley
- Pentecost Crossing
- Zebedee Springs on El Questro Station
- Ord River
- Lake Argyle
- Purnululu National Park
- Bungle Bungle Range
- Cathedral Gorge
- Echidna Chasm
- Piccaninny Lookout
- Geikie Gorge
- Tunnel Creek
- Windjana Gorge
Icons of the Kimberley – 13 days/12 nights – Broome to Broome
Day One - Arrive/transfer to Hotel in Broome
Today we will collect you at the airport for your transfer to the hotel in Broome.
Settle in and enjoy a Kimberley dinner with your fellow travellers and guide.
Broome Hotel – En-suited Hotel Room. (D)
Day Two - Horizontal Falls (ex Derby or ex Broome)
This morning we depart Broome (all tour dates, except 6 May – we will overnight in Broome and do a Half Day tour to Horizontal Falls ex Broome).
We head east along the Great Northern Highway before stopping briefly at Willare Bridge Roadhouse where we will cross the mighty Fitzroy River.
Our next stop will be Derby, the location of the largest tidal variance in Australia and one of the highest in the world. Here we will discover some World War 2 history and visit the Boab Prison Tree.
From Derby you will enjoy a sea plane flight to Talbot Bay. You will be taken on a exhilarating ride through the falls with a experienced skipper, after which you can enjoy the spectacular surrounding bays and creeks. Take a swim in the swimming tank. Tonight you can feast on some Barramundi and enjoy the tranquil waters of Talbot Bay.
Talbot Bay —Houseboat. (BLD) or if departure date 6 May, overnight Broome En-suited Hotel
Day Three - Derby to Mount Hart Wilderness Lodge
After a early morning breakfast, we will enjoy a low level flight across the Buccaneer Archipelago and King Sound before landing back in Derby.
From Derby we begin our journey along the Gibb River Road. We will head deep into the King Leopold Ranges Conservation Reserve to the heart of the Kimberley where we will settle in for the evening.
Mt Hart Wilderness Lodge —Ensuited Safari Tent. (LD)
Day Four - Mount Hart Wilderness Lodge
Following breakfast we enjoy and discover the Gorges at Mt Hart. Located in the heart of the King Leopald Ranges Conservation Park, Mt Hart’s proximity to many of the Kimberley’s major attractions, makes an ideal base to explore the region. Originally a working cattle station, this unique property ofers a rich pastoral history, that offers a rustic ambiance and exceptional hospitality. Enjoy and exploring Annie Creek Gorge and Dolerite Gorge.
The Barker river flows through the center of Dolerite Gorge’s steep cliffs of black dolerite rock. Barker Pool offer a delightful swimming and fishing spot where the river comes to a temporary “dead end”.
The Mount Hart pastoral lease, which encompasses Bell Gorge and Silent Grove, was first taken up around 1919.
Since then there have been a succession of pastoralists who went broke, and walked off the lease because the land was too rugged and unsuitable for pasture.
In 1991 the Department of Conservation and Land Management acquired the land to create the proposed King
Leopold Conservation Park. The park, which covers over 392,000 hectares, is situated approximately 200 kilometres from Derby and 450km from Kununurra via the Gibb River Road.
Mt Hart Wilderness Lodge (BLD)
Day Five - Bell Gorge (Mt Hart Wilderness Lodge)
Today’s journey is only a short drive to Bell Gorge, one of the most iconic gorges of the Gibb River Road.
We make our way further into the King Leopold Ranges to Bell Gorge. Enjoy a day swimming and exploring one of the most spectacular waterfalls along the Gibb River Road. Bell Gorge is a stunning cascade of water flowing from the previous wet season rains that fall in the King Leopold Ranges. Water flowing west from the King Leopold Range has cut down through the ancient rock to form spectacular gorges such as Bell and Lennard Gorges. Bell Gorge, about 300 metres above sea level is the beginning of a series of waterfalls, which descend through the Isdell Range to Walcott Inlet.
Bell Gorge is a great spot for swimming, photography and enjoying what nature has to offer. A 1km walk from the car park reaches the falls. Once at to the top of the waterfall you may wish to swim or relax in the top pool or cross, further up the creek, to the opposite side. From there it is a reasonable walk over the top of the hill and through the spinifex to the bottom pool. Here is an excellent swimming hole and a magnificent view of the waterfall and the gorge to the west.
After a great day exploring, we will head back to Mt Hart.
Mt Hart Wilderness Lodge —Ensuited Safari Tent. (BLD)
Day Six - Mt Hart to Home Valley Station
There is a lot of exploring ahead of us today. Our first stop is Galvans Gorge. Galvans Gorge is a delightful spot where we break our journey to explore these waterholes in the Phillips Range and take a refreshing dip.
We continue our journey along the Gibb River Road before arriving at Home Valley Station, where we stay tonight.
Home Valley Station is a training base for indigenous people to learn hospitality and pastoral skills. It’s an outback adventure playground of nature’s most breathtaking combination of towering gorges, sparkling waterfalls, billabongs, and stunning ancient landforms and ranges. It is located close to the mighty Pentecost River, at the foot of the Cockburn Range.
Home Valley Station – En-suited Guest Room (BLD)
Day Seven - Home Valley Station to Kununurra
We cross the Pentecost River where I’m sure you will take a photo looking onto the amazing Cockburn Ranges.
This morning we will soak in the warm waters of Zebedee Springs before visiting the original town of the East Kimberley, Wyndham where we drive to the top of the Bastion Range to view the 5 major rivers of the East Kimberley entering the Cambridge Gulf.
This afternoon we arrive in Kununurra, the newest town in Western Australia.
Ivanhoe Village Caravan Resort – En-suited Cabin (BLD)
Day Eight - Kununurra - Lake Argyle - Kununurra
Kununurra came to be in the 1960’s due to the development of the Ord Irrigation Scheme. The Ord River Scheme was a idea to harness the vast amounts of water from the Wet season, which was being wasted and to use the rich black soil.
Enjoy a cruise on Lake Argyle where we will enjoy a relaxed dinner and swim as the sun sets on another wonderful Kimberley day.
Ivanhoe Village – En-suited Cabin (B Basket,LD)
Day Nine - Kununurra to Purnululu National Park
Take a Kununurra town tour before crossing the diversion dam and once again travelling the Great Northern Highway, this time through the spectacular Carr Boyd Ranges as we head towards the Bungle Bungles. We will spend time exploring part of the magnificent Purnululu National Park, home of the Bungle Bungle Range with a walk through the Bee Hive Domes as we make our way into Cathedral Gorge. Tonight, we stay at a camp at the Bungles.
EKT-Savannah Lodge – En-suited Safari Tents (B Basket,LD)
Day Ten - Purnululu NP to Halls Creek
Today we will take a walk to Piccaninny Creek Lookout where we will be rewarded with amazing views over the Bungle Bungle Range outliers as the Piccaninny Creek winds its way to the Ord River. We will walk through the very special Echidna Chasm. Echidna Gorge is a spectacular narrow, long chasm. It has striking colour variations, depending on the angle of the sun beaming into the chasm, with Livistonia palms waving from the 200m high ridges above. The amazing boulders strewn along the path provide a clue to the sedimentary origin fo the Bungle Bungle Range.
This afternoon we will head back out to the Great Northern Highway to settle in at Halls Creek for a beautiful Kimberley dinner and our overnight stay.
Halls Creek Motel – En-suited Room(BLD)
Day Eleven - Halls Creek to Fitzroy River Lodge
Gold was first discovered in Western Australia at Halls Creek in by Charlie Hall on Christmas Day in 1885. Today Halls Creek is a trading centre for this vast pastoral area.
This afternoon we will learn of the indigenous culture and bush tucker as we take a cruise on Geikie Gorge. Geikie Gorge has been carved by the Fitzroy River through part of an ancient limestone barrier reef which snakes across the west Kimberley. It was laid down in an ancient sea that covered a large part of the Kimberley in Devonian times, some 350 million years ago.
Fitzroy River Lodge En-suited Safari Tent (BLD)
Day Twelve - Fitzroy River Lodge to Broome
We start our final day early as we explore more of the Napier Range, an ancient limestone reef.
We will take a walk through Tunnel Creek, Western Australia’s oldest cave system, carved beneath the Napier Range by Tunnel Creek.
Windjana Gorge is part of this same Devonian limestone reef system, carved by the Lennard River.
This afternoon we make our way back to Broome where we will settle in at our hotel and enjoy a our last dinner together.
Broome Hotel – En-suited Hotel Room (BLD)
Day Thirteen - Halls Creek to Fitzroy River Lodge
After breakfast we will say our farewells and transfers required with be done to the airport.
We can’t recommend this tour enough. We look forward to more wonderful experiences with this fabulous company. Thank you all so much.Bob
We grew together as a group and formed friendships. We learned about the aboriginal dreamtime, the rainbows and sunsets.Amanda S
A wonderful exciting adventure, The scenery was truly amazing. our guide was informative ,caring and very knowledgeable about the areaMorza
Every day we travelled through the scenic Kimberley ranges on roads that you wouldn’t want to take your own car on, to beautiful places that you wouldn’t find on your own. Most days, this involved a bushwalk to a river or a lake, with a swim or boat trip. A highlight was a challenging 1 hour walk up a dry river bed, for a welcome swim in a deep pool under a 60 metre droplet waterfall at Emma Gorge in El Questro Wilderness Park.Roger S
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