Kimberley Outback Tours – Gibb River Road Tour
Taste of the Kimberley 8 Day – Broome to Broome
For those with limited time, this 8 day, 7 night Taste of the Kimberley will introduce you to the highlights of the Kimberley but may leave you with a desire to return.
We can arrange a “Half Day Horizontal Falls Experience” or a overnight “Horizontal Falls Adventure,” before or after this tour, subject to availability.
Highlights & Inclusions
The eight day “Taste of the Kimberley” will introduce you to the Kimberley, including a 4WD adventure the full length of the Gibb River Road, and return via Halls Creek, Fitzroy Crossing and back to Broome via the Devonian Reefs of the Napier Range.
We are sure you will be back for more.
- All National Park entry fees
- Experienced Guide
- Half Day Cruise on Lake Argyle
- The Boab Prison Tree
- Gibb River Road
- King Leopold Ranges
- Mt Hart Wilderness Lodge
- Bell Gorge
- Galvins Gorge
- Home Valley Station
- Pentacost River Crossing
- Zebedee Springs
- El Questro
- Five Rivers Lookout
- Lake Argyle Dam
- Purnululu National Park
- Bungle Bungle Range
- Cathedral Gorge
- Piccaninny Lookout
- Echidna Chasm
- Geikie Gorge Cruise
- Fitzroy River
- Tunnel Creek
- Windjana Gorge
Taste of the Kimberley – 8 day / 7 night – Broome to Broome
Day One - Broome to Mount Hart Wilderness Lodge
This morning we commence our adventure early. After collecting everyone from their Broome accommodations we travel along the Great Northern Highway across the Dampier Peninsula on our way to Derby.
On the way we will catch our first views of boab trees and the red termite mounds in the Kimberley savannah lands so characteristic of the Kimberley.
We cross the mighty Fitzroy River for the first time at Willare Bridge, not far from the river’s entrance into King Sound.
After making a brief stop at the 1500 year-old Derby Prison Boab Tree, and the historic Myall’s Bore we will enjoy a stroll to view the amazing tides and a picnic lunch at the Derby Jetty.
Derby with its twice daily 10 metres tides has the largest tidal variance in Australia.
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 —Ensuited Safari Tent. (LD)
Day Two - Mount Hart Wilderness Lodge
Today’s adventure is a return 4WD journey to Bell Gorge, one of the most iconic gorges and waterfalls of the Gibb River Road.
Making our way further into the King Leopold Ranges that rise to some 950 metres above sea level and passing the old Silent Grove homestead we will enjoy a day of swimming and exploring one of the most impressive waterfalls and gorges of the Gibb River Road.
At its entrance, Bell Gorge has a stunning permanent waterfall. Torrents of water flowing north west over the millennia from the King Leopold Range have cut down through the ancient sandstone rocks to form a spectacular gorge. At 300 metres above sea level it is the beginning of a series of waterfalls and rapids some 80 kilometres long descending through the King Leopold and Isdell Ranges to Walcott Inlet before entering the Timor sea at Yule Entrance.
Bell Gorge is a great spot for swimming, photography and for enjoying the best of what nature has to offer. After a relatively moderate one kilometre down hill walk, you will be rewarded with the irresistible opportunity to take your first swim in a magical Kimberley waterhole at the top of the falls.
The more adventurous may choose to venture further and climb down to the bottom of the waterfall and enjoy a thunderous refreshing shower in the crystal clear waters of the plunge pool. You may even spot a Mertens Water Monitor sunning itself on the rock ledges, or rock wallabies resting in the shade of the overhanging ledges.
A picnic lunch will be enjoyed adjacent to the top of the waterfall.
After a great day exploring we return to Mount Hart Wilderness Lodge and you will be able relax and enjoy a drink in the fully licensed bar and perhaps have a close encounter with the friendly wild dingoes that are abundant in the area.
Mt Hart Wilderness Lodge —Ensuited Safari Tent. (BLD)
Day Three - Mt Hart Wilderness Lodge to Home Valley Station
There is a lot of exploring ahead of us today. Returning to the Gibb River Road we once again traverse the King Leopold Ranges where our first stop will be at Galvans Gorge, a delightful spot in the Philips Ranges where we break our journey and you will have the opportunity to take another refreshing dip below the waterfall under the shade of the palm and gum trees that overhang the plunge pool.
We continue our journey along the Gibb River Road to Home Valley Station through the savannah grasslands of the central Kimberley plateau, crossing numerous rivers, including the Gibb and Durack before late in the day descending off the plateau to spectacular sunset views of the Cockburn Ranges in the East.
Home Valley Station is an outback adventure playground of nature’s with a breath taking combination of towering gorges, sparkling waterfalls, billabongs, and stunning ancient landforms and ranges.
Located close to the mighty Pentecost River, at the foot of the Cockburn Range it is a training base for indigenous people to learn hospitality and pastoral skills it is sure to impress with its modern comfortable accommodation and unique rustic outback decor.
Home Valley Station — Ensuited Guest Room. (BLD)
Day Four - Home Valley Station to Kununurra
Our adventure continues as we travel to the World famous El Questro Station. The Station is one of the most iconic cattle stations on the Gibb River Road, best known for its luxurious Homestead Accommodation which attracts the rich and famous from around the world.
We cross the iconic Pentecost River Crossing with its amazing backdrop of the ramparts of the Cockburn Ranges.
After a short drive we will arrive at Zebedee Springs. This natural oasis is a short easy walk along a shady trail, which leads to a series of rocky thermal pools. Set at the base of sheer cliffs these thermal springs are the perfect place to relax and restore.
Under a canopy of tall lush green Livistona Palms and surrounding towering red cliffs, we will soak in the natural spas of the warm spring waters of Zebedee Springs.
Shortly after leaving Zebedee Springs we will complete the iconic Gibb River Road and our adventure continues as we visit the original town of the East Kimberley, Wyndham where we drive to the top of the Bastion Range where we will see the 5 major rivers of the East Kimberley enter Cambridge Gulf.
The Five Rivers Lookout sits at the summit of Wyndham’s Bastion Range, which at its highest point of 360 metres above the township
We will enjoy lunch with very impressive views of the 5 major rivers of the East Kimberley entering the mangrove lined and dangerous tidal waters of Cambridge Gulf, the home of a very large population of salt water crocodiles.
After a scenic drive though the Carboyd Ranges we join the boat on Lake Argyle as we take a leisurely cruise around the islands, the summits of rugged Kimberley ranges now submerged beneath the deep cool clear waters of the largest man made lake in Australia.
The islands and wetlands have become the home of a thriving habitat of migrating water birds and other Australian fauna and the lake is now an internationally recognised Wetland.
After a refreshing swim and an amazing and unique tropical sunset it is time for our drive back to Kununurra and our accommodation.
After our cruise we return Kununurra, the newest town in Western Australia.
You will check into a comfortable ensuited deluxe cabins, at our very own Ivanhoe Village Resort, and retiring to a comfortable nights sleep.
Ivanhoe Village Resort – (BLD)
Day Five - Kununurra to Purnululu National Park
After a town tour at Kununurra we again cross the picturesque Diversion Dam that forms Lake Argyle and once again are travelling the Great Northern Highway as we head towards the magnificent World Heritage Listed Purnululu National Park, the home of the Bungle Bungle Range.
We follow the spectacular Carr Boyd Ranges that formed the eastern boundary of the ancient Kimberley continent that in ancient times slammed into Australia creating mountains higher than the current day Himalayas.
On the way will pass through Warmun, a quiet and tiny Aboriginal settlement. Known as Turkey Creek for most of its life, in recent times it has reverted to the “Kitja” name for the area, “Warmun.”
The local “Kitja” people have constructed an impressive indigenous art gallery and promote the town as the principal access point to the Purnululu National Park and the famous Bungle Bungle Ranges.
A short drive later we commence the slow but interesting 53 kilometre 4WD trek from Great Northern Highway into the national park that will take up to two hours.
We will pass through the Osmand Range and cross the Halls Creek Darwin Fault, the longest continuous fault line in the World. The trek will involve several water crossings, and at times can be quite rough going.
Arriving at the Park Entrance and Visitor Centre there will be time for a comfort stop and the opportunity to pick up a souvenir of your visit to this iconic location.
We will spend the rest of the day exploring the southern section of the park with our bus parking right next to the amazing banded sandstone bee hive domes at Piccaninny Creek carpark, where there is easy access into the gorges of the main Bungle Bungle Range massif.
You will have time take an easy walk on the Bee Hive Domes Loop Walk Trail as we make our way into the incredible Cathedral Gorge, with the reward of the incredible amphitheatre with its amazing acoustics and waterfall at its end. The more observant may spot indigenous art on the walls of the gorge.
Time permitting, you may further explore Picanniny Creek Lookout and The Window where you will be rewarded with astounding views over the Bungle Bungle Range outliers as Piccaninny Creek winds its way to the Ord River.
Carry plenty of water today, as all the walks will be completed before returning to the bus.
Tonight, we stay in comfortable, environmentally friendly safari style accommodation at the Savannah Lodge located within the Purnululu National Park on the banks of Belburn Creek.
EKT/Savannah Lodge – En-suited Safari Tent (BBasketLD)
Day Six - Purnululu National Park to Halls Creek
Today after breakfast we will travel to the northern end of the Park with great views of the western walls of the Bungles Massif with the startling rounded domes rising sheer above the plain.
The area is rich in indigenous heritage and has many sites of significance to the “Kitja” and “Karjanara Jaru” people that inhabited the area for thousand of years.
We will walk through the very special Echidna Chasm. A spectacular narrow, long chasm, your walk follows the chasm deep into the Bungle Bungle Range. The further you go, the narrower it gets. At times you can touch both sides rearing 200 metres straight up above you with Livistona palms waving from the ridges high above.
It has striking colour variations, depending on the angle of the sun beaming into the chasm. With luck our visit will co-inside with the few minutes each day when the sun penetrates to the bottom of the chasm in a spectacular display of colour and light.
The amazing rounded conglomerate boulders strewn along the path provide a clue to the violent geological past and sedimentary origins of the Bungle Bungle Range.
This afternoon we will head back out to the Great Northern Highway to continue our journey to Halls Creek.
After a long but unforgettable day you will enjoy a scrumptious Kimberley dinner before settling in for our overnight stay.
Halls Creek Motel – En-suited Room (BLD)
Day Seven - Halls Creek to Fitzroy River Lodge
Gold was first discovered in Western Australia at Halls Creek by Charlie Hall on Christmas Day in 1885. Today Halls Creek is a trading and administrative centre for this vast pastoral area. You will have the opportunity to visit the Halls Creek Visitor Centre with it great collection of mementos and souvenirs of the area.
Leaving Halls Creek we skirt the southern edge of the Kimberley plateau as we drive through huge cattle stations on our way to Fitzroy Crossing. We will learn of the early pastoralists and their epic droves of mobs of cattle from Eastern Australia and their isolated and difficult lives in a harsh, remote and unfamiliar country.
This will be our second encounter with the mighty Fitzroy River, where it has carved through an ancient limestone barrier reef creating Geikie Gorge.
It presents stunning photo opportunities with the reflections of the colourful limestone cliffs and fresh water crocodiles sunning on the banks and in the placid pools, that later turn into raging torrents in the Wet Season.
On our included cruise we will hear from an expert guide and will learn of the indigenous culture and bush tucker of the indigenous “Banuba” people and the natural history of the area we cruise on Geikie Gorge.
Tonight we will be accommodated in luxury safari tents on the banks of the Fitzroy River that have to be dismantled each year because of flooding and dine in the excellent restaurant of the Fitzroy River Lodge, another indigenous owned and managed tourism facility in the Kimberley.
Fitzroy River Lodge En-suited Safari Tent (BLD)
Day Eight - Fitzroy River Lodge to Broome
We start our final day early as we explore more of the Napier Range.
Our first stop is Tunnel Creek, Western Australia’s oldest cave system was the hiding spot for the aboriginal outlaw “Jandamarra”, and we will take a unique torch light walking tour (wading in some places) along the underground bed as it flows beneath the range.
The Lennard River also carves its way through the range at Windjana Gorge and is part of this same ancient Devonian great barrier reef system, that is far larger than the famous Great Barrier Reef, but now exposed on the surface. It was laid down in an ancient sea that covered a large part of the Kimberley in Devonian times, some 350 million years ago.
The colourful and rugged Windjana Gorge with its vertical limestone cliffs, fossil fish and deep green pools inhabited by dozens of freshwater crocodiles is sure to impress with its distinctive primeval feel and you are sure to capture some amazing photographs.
After a picnic lunch at Windjana Gorge we say goodbye to the Gibb River Road for the final time and make our way to Broome where we bid farewell to new friends and take home a host of special memories.
(B, Picnic Lunch)
Departure Dates – Tour Notes – Tour Vehicle Info – T&C’s
What to Bring
It is recommended that you bring a torch, good walking/trekking shoes, 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, personal toiletries and any personal medications required.
- 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 requires walking over uneven terrain, sometimes in higher 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 mornings 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.
- Our default pick up point is the Local Visitor Centre.
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.
“A great tour of the of Kimberley Outback Tours finished yesterday and I thoroughly recommend them.
Grateful thanks to Colin, Philip and Anna and their support teams for a once in a lifetime experience“
“Some of the spectacular gorges scattered throughout the Kimberley in which we have enjoyed some refreshing swims. Sue, whose favourite activity is swimming, is in seventh heaven! This is stunningly beautiful country. The journey by foot into these gorges is a bit harrowing with all the rock hopping which I find very difficult courtesy of short achillies tendons. I’ve needed lots of help but people have only been too willing to lend a hand – literally! Anja, has been a wonderful asset to the tour and especially to me in helping me to traverse this challenging terrain. Every time we embark on a challenging walk up she pops! Enjoy viewing these photos of this stunning region.”Meredith
“A wonderful exciting adventure, The scenery was truly amazing. our guide was informative ,caring and very knowledgeable about the area.”Morza
“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
“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