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“Introduction to the Kimberley”

6 Days 5 Nights Broome to Broome including the Horizontal Falls

6 Days 5 Nights Broome to Broome including the Horizontal Falls

For those without much time, or who are staying in Broome this tour will allow you to explore the highlights of the West Kimberley.

We can store your “rig”  (unpowered) in Broome for no cost while you are on this tour.

Tour Information

Highlights & Inclusions

Enjoy some of the Icons of the Kimberley. See the spectacular Horizontal Waterfalls and explore the western end of the Gibb River.

TOUR INCLUDES

  • Accommodation
  • Meals
  • National Park entry fees
  • Experienced Guide

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

  • Horizontal Waterfalls
  • The Prison Boab Tree
  • King Leopold Ranges
  • Gibb River Road
  • Mt Hart Wilderness Lodge
  • Bell Gorge
  • Windjana Gorge
  • Tunnel Creek
  • Geikie Gorge

Introduction to the Kimberley – 6 day 5 night – Broome to Broome

DETAILED ITINERARY

Day One - Broome to Horizontal Falls, via Derby Airport

This morning we commence early, departing Broome, after collecting everyone from their Broome accommodation we travel along the Great Northern Highway across the Dampier Peninsula.

We will catch our first views of boab trees and the red termite mounds in the Kimberley savannah lands on our way to Derby, the site of the largest tidal variance in Australia.

We cross the mighty Fitzroy River for the first time at Willare Bridge, not far from its entrance into King Sound and head for Derby Airport, where we will board a sea plane for the flight to Talbot Bay the home of the famous and unique Horizontal Waterfalls.

After a spectacular flight and experience landing on the incredible glassy waters of the bay before boarding a 900hp fast boat for an exhilarating ride through the falls with an experienced skipper, followed by a cruise through the untouched surrounding uninhabited bays and creeks.

For a something different you may take a swim in the warm tropical waters in a crocodile/shark free cage, or just sit back and enjoy the beautiful surroundings.

You will be spoiled with nibbles at sunset, followed by a delicious Barramundi dinner after which you will settle in to your houseboat room on a mooring not far from the falls.

Talbot Bay – Houseboat room (LD)

Day Two - (HZF) Derby to Mount Hart Wilderness Lodge

After breakfast, we will take a scenic flight over the Buccaneer Archipelago, back to Derby.

We make a brief stop at the 1500-year-old Boab Prison Tree, and historic Myall’s Bore.

From here we commence our journey along the iconic Gibb River Road on a scenic drive through ancient outback landscapes of the Kimberley.

Heading deep into the heart of the Kimberley, we view a startling rock formation resembling a profile view of Queen Victoria’s head as we pass through a gap in the jagged and stunning 350 million year old Devonian limestone cliffs of the Napier Range.

Shortly after we enter the ancient rugged King Leopold Ranges with its many creek and gorges on our way to Mount Hart Wilderness Lodge. The Lodge is nestled in a tropical oasis on the banks of the Barker River and the area abounds with abundant bird and wildlife populations.

Located in the heart of the King Leopold Ranges Conservation Park, Mt Hart’s proximity to many of the Kimberley’s major attractions make it an ideal base to explore the region over the next two days.

Originally a working cattle station, this unique property offers a rich pastoral history, that offers a rustic ambiance and exceptional hospitality.

After a delicious meal in the restaurant prepared by a top chef, you will settle in for the evening in a comfortable en-suite safari tent under a star filled Kimberley sky.

Mt Hart Wilderness Lodge —En-suited Safari Tent. (LD)

 

Day Three - 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 Four - 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 Five - Mt Hart to Fitzroy Crossing

After breakfast we will head back on the Gibb River Road and turn off to visit Windjana Gorge and Tunnel Creek. 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.

Fitzroy River Lodge En-suited Safari Tent (BLD)

Day Six - Fitzroy River Lodge to Broome

This morning we will learn of the indigenous culture and bush tucker as we take a cruise on Geikie GorgeGeikie 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.

Afterwards we will head back to Broome to say our farewells.

$3,750 pp

Departure Dates – Tour Notes – Tour Vehicle Info – T&C’s

Introduction to the Kimberley - 6 Day Broome to Broome

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What to Bring

It is recommended that you bring a torch, sandals or old runners for walking in shallow water, broad-brimmed hat, sunscreen, swimming costume and towel, good walking/trekking shoes 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.  Pack casual clothing for the journey.

Notes

  • 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 include walking 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 under 14 years of age.
  • 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.

CANCELLATIONS

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.

TRAVEL INSURANCE

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.

LIABILITY

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.

Customer Feedback

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 can’t recommend this tour enough. We look forward to more wonderful experiences with this fabulous company. Thank you all so much.

Bob