This overland adventure kicks off from the Northern Territory’s tropical capital with a drive south to Nitmiluk National Park. Depending on the season, your adventure will get underway with a swim in the natural pool by the base of Edith Falls and a visit to the croc-filled waters of Katherine Gorge. After lunch it’s on to our private campsite on the edge of Nitmiluk, where you have the option of spending the night in a permanent tent or snuggled up in a swag (an Aussie bedroll). (LD)
The outback of the Kimberley region, which spreads across the northern region of Western Australia, is not as flat, dry and barren as many first expect. Today we’ll visit enormous Lake Argyle, which looks perfectly at home despite being entirely man-made. You have the option of taking a cruise and looking for the native fauna that has settled here in huge numbers – try to spy crocodiles, wallabies and rare birds. Soak up the backdrop of mountains-turned-islands as we explore some of the 700 square kilometre surface of the lake, then turn into camp under some seriously starry skies. (BLD)
The distinctive sandstone towers of the Bungle Bungle Range only became known to wider Australia when a group of documentary filmmakers stumbled across them in the early 1980's. Travelling by both foot and vehicle, we’ll take you through the craggy gorges, past unique rock formations, and to hidden waterholes. The day closes with a stunning Kimberley sunset witnessed from this evening’s bush camp. Day 4 is all about getting to know the Bungle Bungles proper. First stop for the day is the ever-narrowing gap of Echidna Chasm. Formed over millions of years by water flowing through an opening in the sandstone, the path winds through palm-filled gorges up to 200 metres high though in parts only 1-2 metres wide. Next, trade the tight spaces of Echidna Chasm for the wide-open natural amphitheatre of Cathedral Gorge. From feeling dwarfed by these giant rock structures, get a very different perspective with a helicopter flight over the Bungle Bungles. Though an optional activity at extra cost, this is definitely an experience worth shelling out for. (BLD/BLD)
Hit the road again, this time passing Warmun (Turkey Creek) and the Durack Ranges on the way to El Questro. Not too long ago, it was mostly cattle that got to enjoy the million-acre sprawl of El Questro. Thankfully for the rest of us, the owners recognised the beauty they had on their hands and turned it into a wilderness park in 1991. At more than one and a half times the size of the UK, there are plenty of scenic spots to explore in El Questro. On the drive in you will have got some clue as to the huge cliffs, deep gorges, waterfalls and swimming holes contained in the Cockburn Ranges, but now you’ll be exploring them on foot. Walk to Emma Gorge, cool off in a waterfall-fed subtropical pool and bliss out in the thermal springs of Zebedee. (BLD/BLD)
Fording rivers and weaving through gorges, travel by 4WD along the wild Gibb River Road – a 600-kilometre stretch that winds right through the heart of the Kimberley. We’ve got a fair bit of ground to cover today, so there is a fair bit of drive time, but we’ll be breaking the journey up with lunch and at a few stop-offs along the way. Tonight’s camp is at Mt Barnett Station located close to Manning Gorge. (BLD)
Stretch your legs on a morning hike and you will be rewarded with a swim in a large rock pool at the base of Manning Falls. After lunch we discover Adcock or Galvins Gorge, before heading back to camp to relax around the campfire. (BLD)
The western Kimberley region is full of endless stunning gorges that have to be explored and this morning is no exception. After breakfast we adventure to Bell Gorge home to a stunning cascade of water flowing from the previous wet season rains that fall in the King Leopold Ranges. We camp overnight at Windjana Gorge, a segment of 375 million-year-old reef, that was once underwater. Cut through by the Lennard River, which runs during the wet season then breaks up into little billabongs during the dry, this gorge attracts many species of bird and bat and is a great spot to see wild freshwater crocodiles. (BLD)
The major attraction this morning is Tunnel Creek, an extensive limestone cave system that extends 750m underground. Inside, shards of sunlight stream in through crevices, little bats flutter about and enormous stalactites rear down from the ceiling. In the late 1800s, an indigenous man called Jandamarra waged a one-man uprising against European settlers, becoming a hero to his people. You’ll hear a bit about his legacy during a tour through Tunnel Creek, then make the final drive on to Broome, hopefully arriving in time for a stunning Cable Beach sunset. (BL)
Enjoy a fabulous 4 day break at the Kimberley Travellers Lodge in beautiful Broome: relax on one of the best beaches in the world - Cable Beach, enjoy a brew at Matsos Broome Brewery, search for dinosaur footprints on the rugged coastline, checkout the local art galleries and jump on a local Broome tour or two. (B/B/B/B). This break is free time for independent adventures - on your own, or with new your new travel mates.
Back on the road we first travel north of Broome on the Dampier Peninsula. Visit Beagle Bay Aboriginal Community and also the remote One Arm Point Aboriginal Community to tour a local aquaculture hatchery perched right on the tip of One Arm Point overlooking the impressive Buccaneer Archipelago. An afternoon tour of the Cygnet Bay Pearl Farm (included) provides insight into this remote pearling industry, concluding with an in-depth pearl grading and appreciation session that will leave you feeling like a pearl expert. Make sure you have a swim in the Infinity Pool, overlooking Cygnet Bay. (LD)
Return south and start the journey across the Great Sandy Desert, calling in at the coastal oasis of Eighty Mile Beach along the way where we can take a stroll along the beautiful white sand beach. Stay overnight in remote Sandfire. (BLD)
This morning we make our way to the remote but spectacular Karijini National Park, where we spend the next three days exploring the ancient gorges and stunning swimming holes. We begin our Karijini experience with a visit to the Karijini Cultural Centre before heading for Fortesque Falls where you will be rewarded with a refreshing swim. The next two days are spent exploring, swimming and relaxing in the magnificent Karijini gorges. Bring your camera as you’ll want to remember this forever. One of the oldest landscapes on earth – the region will continue to amaze you. We will explore a number of gorges including Weano Gorge, Oxers Lookout, Hancock Gorge, amongst others. Overnight camp in Karijini. (BLD/BLD).
Leaving Karijini, we travel through the vast bush land and station country on our way to Exmouth and onto our accommodation for the night. This fabulous private camp site on Yardie Creek Station is the envy of other tour groups: in the evening, kick back in our own camp and watch the sunset as kangaroos hop about the grounds. The following day, enjoy a little freedom and relaxation. Go snorkelling (equipment provided) or diving, search for whale sharks (seasonal and at own expense) or view Vlamingh Head Lighthouse then choose to laze on the pristine beach at Turquoise Bay and soak up the sunshine. On the afternoon of Day 6 we make the short trip to beautiful Coral Bay. Spend the entire day snorkelling the world famous Ningaloo Reef and seeing the marine life that lives under the waterline. Alternatively, thrill-seekers can choose one of the many optional activities including coral viewing cruises and scuba diving (at own expense). (BL/BLD/BLD)
Heading south we cross the Tropic of Capricorn and pass through the town of Carnarvon, famous for its bananas. We call in at unique Shell Beach – made up entirely of tiny shells before continuing on to Monkey Mia where you will be able to say hello to the famous wild dolphins that live here. (BLD)
Time this morning to visit your new best friends, the dolphins, before exploring the Shark Bay World Heritage area. We stop to view the stromatolites – the oldest living organisms in the world – before heading south for Kalbarri. Time permitting we will be able to view the Murchison Gorge and Nature's Window this afternoon before arriving in this seaside resort town. (BLD)
Departing via the coastal gorges of the Kalbarri National Park, we head to the beautiful seaside town of Dongara before travelling on to the fascinating landscape of the Nambung National Park to check out the famous Pinnacle Desert. We then make our way to Perth arriving in the early evening where our tour concludes. (BL)
This adventure departs on selected Mondays, Wednesdays & Saturdays from April to October.
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What’s included in your trip price?
* Experienced Guide
* Meals as specified
* Zebedee Springs Permit
* Camping & Backpacker Dorm Share Accommodation
* FIVE nights in Broome
* National Park Entry Fees
The following is a selection of popular optional activities. Some of these you can arrange enroute, while others, as noted, are best booked prior to departure.
* Scenic Flights – allow approx $500 per person
* Sunset Cruise Lake Argyle – allow approx $100 per person
* Abseiling – allow approx $50 per person
* Swimming with Manta Rays – allow approx $250 per person
* Swimming with Whale Sharks (seasonal, April to July only) – allow $450-$500 per person *we recommend your prebook this activity in Exmouth for day 7
* Glass Bottom Boat Rides – allow approx $50 per person
* Kayaking – allow approx $550 per hour
It is essential that you bring a torch, shoes you don’t mind getting wet – and we mean fully immersed in water: ideally, wet shoes, sandals or old runners, a broad-brimmed hat with sun visor for all round sun protection, sunscreen, swimming costume and towel, good walking/trekking shoes, insect repellent, a personal water bottle, 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 sleeping bag, available for sale at $50pp – these must be requested with our office prior to travel and can be kept following your trip or donated to local indigenous communities.
* itinerary is designed for a younger, or young at heart, traveller.
* Itineraries may vary and/or attractions be substituted for any cause including seasonal conditions, weather extremes, traditional owner and national park requirements.
* National Park rules request that only biodegradable soap products are used whilst in Karijini National Park.
* Western Australia is a BIG state. Due to distances covered, this trip involves early departures on some mornings and frequent stops between destinations.
* This tour is not suitable for children.
* Wild Expeditions reserves the right to assess the fitness capability of passengers prior to tour departure.
Travel Insurance is compulsory for all travellers on all tours and details must be presented to tour guide before departure.
* It is your responsibility to advise Wild Expeditions if you have any special dietary requirements or medical conditions (including allergies) well ahead of departure.
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