The Ultimate Kimberley Tour
14 day / 13 night – Broome to Broome
This is the Ultimate Tour of the Kimberley!
Stay in Broome, visit Cape Leveque, experience the Horizontal Waterfalls, travel the Gibb River Road, explore the Bungle Bungle Range and enjoy the spectacular Windjana Gorge and Tunnel Creek.
Along the way you will visit Home Valley, Zebedee Springs on El-Questro, cruise Lake Argyle and Geikie Gorge and just marvel at the unique beauty of the Kimberley.
Highlights & Inclusions
Fourteen days will allow you the Ultimate Kimberley experience. Time to relax a savour the Kimberley in total comfort,
A tour not to be missed, and one you will talk about for the rest of your life!
- National Park entry fees
- Experienced Guide
- Pre and Post Tour Dinners
- Cruise on the Ord River
- Cape Leveque
- 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
Day One - Overnight in Broome
On your arrival in Broome, if required we will meet and greet you at Broome airport for your complimentary transfer to your hotel in Broome.
In the renowned balmy evenings of Broome you will enjoy a welcome dinner where you will meet your crew and fellow passengers and prepare for the memorable adventure ahead.
Broome Hotel – Ensuited Hotel Room(D)
Day Two - Broome to Cape Leveque
This morning we will head North on the Dampier Peninsula to Cape Leveque, the north western most point of Western Australia’s Kimberley region. We will be travelling through the stunning red pindan savannah and Aboriginal land with protected grounds, burial sites and other areas of traditional significance.
Stopping at Beagle Bay you will be able to view the famous Sacred Heart Church and its beautiful mother-of-pearl shell decorated altar.
Heading further north we will pass One Arm Point Community while enjoying the views of the Buccaneer Archipelago and the amazing tidal currents created by the twice daily 10 metre tides.
The views of the pearl-white sand, turquoise water and red cliffs with take your breath away.
Arriving at Cape Leveque, also known as “Kooljaman,” we will check in for our overnight stay and just relax or take a memorable walk on the pristine beach at sunset.
Kooljaman Resort – En-suited Safari Tent (BLD)
Day Three - Cape Leveque to Horizontal Waterfalls via Derby Airport
This morning we start early. Departing Cape Leveque we retrace our steps to the Great Northern Highway.
We will have great 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. (BLD
Day Four - Talbot Bay 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 Five - Mount Hart Wilderness Lodge
Mount Hart Wilderness Lodge is located on the former Mount Hart cattle station, which encompasses Bell Gorge and Silent Grove, was first taken up around 1919.
Since then there have been a succession of pastoralists who failed to make the station a success and walked off the lease because the land, despite its abundant rainfall and beauty was too rugged and unsuitable for pastoral enterprises.
In 1991 the Department of Conservation and Land Management acquired the land to create the King Leopold Conservation Park. The park, which covers over 392,000 hectares features many ragged ranges, inaccessible waterfalls and gorges, abundant and rare wildlife and is one of the last true remaining Wilderness areas of the World.
Following breakfast we will discover the unique gorges at Mt Hart.
We will visit the unique twisted boabs at Annie Creek Gorge and enjoy an easy short hike into Dolerite Gorge. The Barker river flows between the gorge’s steep cliffs of black dolerite rock of volcanic origin, and is unique in the Kimberley. The more adventurous may explore a further 900 metres upstream and cool off in private clear natural rock spas.
Guest may choose to take one of a number of short optional helicopter flights into the inaccessible wilderness to the North of the Lodge and view the amazing crocodile infested tidal waters of the Isdell River Gorge as it snakes its way through the King Leopold Ranges before entering Walcott Inlet. Another option is a helicopter flight over Bell Gorge.
In the afternoon its time for another delightful swim in a classic Kimberley billabong at Barker Pool with its shady tree lined banks, Lilly pads and cool clear fresh water, also a great fishing spot.
In our open 4WD Safari wagon you will truly appreciate the Kimberley savannah landscape. Returning to the Lodge you can enjoy a refreshing drink at the fully licensed bar amid the lush tropical gardens.
Mt Hart Wilderness Lodge (BLD)
Day Six - Bell Gorge (Mt 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 Seven - Mt Hart 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 and it is sure to impress with its modern comfortable accommodation and unique rustic outback decor.
You will enjoy a fine meal in the uniquely decorated restaurant bar, and often live country entertainment is provided.
Home Valley Station — En-suited Guest Room. (BLD)
Day Eight - 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 saltwater crocodiles.
This afternoon we arrive in Kununurra, the newest town in Western Australia.
Kununurra came to be in the 1960’s due to the development of the Ord Irrigation Scheme. The Ord River Scheme was an idea to harness the vast amounts of water from the Wet season, which was being wasted and to use the rich black soil.
You will check into
Ivanhoe Village Resort (BLD)
Day Nine - Kununurra - Lake Argyle - Kununurra
Enjoy some free time this morning exploring the town of Kununurra. Drive to Lake Argyle. This afternoon enjoy a spectacular cruise on the placid waters of Ord River. This is sure to be a day that will be a highlight of your tour.
Lake Argyle is Western Australia’s largest and Australia’s second largest freshwater man-made reservoir by volume. The reservoir is part of the Ord River Irrigation Scheme. The primary inflow is the Ord River, while the Bow River and many other smaller creeks also flow into the dam.
The construction of the Ord River Dam was completed in 1971 by the American Dravo Corporation and officially opened in 1972. The Dam is 335 metres long and 98 metres high.
The lake was named after the historic cattle station Argyle Downs settled by the famous Durack family in the 1880’s. The homestead and most of the station are now submerged beneath the lake.
The islands and wetlands have become the home of a thriving habitat of migrating waterbirds and an estimated population of 25,000 harmless freshwater crocodiles. It is now an Internationally recognised Wetland.
After a unique cruise down the Ord River to
Ivanhoe Village Resort (BLD)
Day Ten - Kununurra to Purnululu National Park
After a town tour of 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
We will pass through the
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
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 Eleven - Purnululu NP 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 its 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 that rear 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 Twelve - 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 Thirteen - 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 and check in to our hotel and enjoy a farewell dinner with our fellow adventurers and new friends.
Broome Hotel – Ensuited Hotel Room (BLD)
$7,950 pp Twin Share
$750 Single Supplement applies
Departure Dates – Tour Notes – Tour Vehicle Info – T&C’s
What to Bring
It is recommended that you bring a torch, wet shoes (old trainers for walking in shallow water, sandals, a 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.
- 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 for fairly active people. Terrain is uneven at times, but manageable to all. 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 2019.
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.
“Knowing the Kimberley from first hand experience can’t be beaten. We were spoilt with wonderful sunset dinners, great humor and knowledge, a wonderful driver and guide, good places to stay and excellent range of activities. with the support of the group many of us were able to explore gorges we couldn’t access otherwise and swim in rocky gorges. They are the only group tour I would go with now. No injuries, no blown out tyres, the vehicle didn’t miss a beat and we were very comfortable for the 3,500 km we travelled in a fortnight. Thank you everyone.”Louise
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