This morning meet your guides at Kununurra Country Club Resort, Kununurra at 7:30am to drive out to the Eastern Kimberley where we’ll walk the Emma Gorge and Amalia Gorge. The drive will take around 1h20mins. Emma Gorge, part of the Cockburn Ranges, is located within El Questro Wilderness Park. This scenic trail takes us through a gorge characterised by cliff face escarpments reaching up to 120 metres high on both sides of the trail. See the ever-changing vegetation as you make your way along the gorge until you reach the crystal clear pools and a 65-metre waterfall. Enjoy a refreshing swim in the pools to cool off. Afterwards, we have lunch at El Questro Station which will be our accommodation for the next two nights. El Questro is a 700,000-acre cattle station in the Eastern Kimberley Region. We’ve chosen this location due to its character, atmosphere, charm and stunning nearby walks. With live entertainment most nights, you’ll love the atmosphere of this traditional Cattle Ranch. Enjoy the comfort of a modern garden or river view bungalows with ensuites. In the afternoon, relax or join an afternoon walk to Amalia Gorge, a 3.4 km return trek to the waterfall and plunge pool that takes over an hour and passes by several small flowing waterfalls and crystal clear pools, including a lovely half-way pool. The beginning of the walk is over a rocky dry river bed, with some tough narrow areas of the trail, but the scenery is worth it. Tonight enjoy dinner in the Steakhouse Verandah Restaurant enjoying fine dining featuring local produce such as barramundi and succulent beef.
This morning enjoy breakfast at the beautiful Verandah Restaurant. We will walk to beautiful Champagne Springs named after the thermal springs that can be found at the end of this walk. This walk features sheer cliffs on the western and northern side that rise up to 375m and are mostly made up of ancient sandstone. At the end of the walk enjoy a dip in the beautiful freshwater pools surrounded by lush vegetation. Afterwards, we return to El Questro for a delicious lunch. In the afternoon, relax or join an afternoon walk to El Questro Gorge (7.2 km – 3 to 5 hours). This trail passes along a gorge flanked by sheer cliffs lush tropical vegetation and crystal clear pools. Under the rainforest canopy, a diverse ecosystem thrives and the surrounding cliff faces are up to 1800 million years old and known as King Leopold sandstone. When we reach the end, cool off in the pretty waterhole before tracing our steps. Notes: Walks in this region, will depend on the conditions and may be adjusted to suit. Tonight enjoy dinner in the Steakhouse Verandah Restaurant enjoying fine dining featuring local produce such as barramundi and succulent beef.
Today we travel south to the spectacular Purnululu National Park. Travel by 4WD into the park crossing rivers and taking in your first views of the spectacular landscapes. The Bungle Bungle Range is an intricate maze of beehive-shaped peaks, narrow gorges lined with majestic Livistonia fan palms and soaring cliffs with seasonal waterfalls and rock pools. After lunch, we enjoy an afternoon walk into the Bungle Bungles exploring the Southern Region of Purnululu National Park. Our walk takes us past banded domes towering majestically around you. We head to stunning Cathedral Gorge a spectacular natural amphitheatre with a pool reflecting the soaring sandstone beehives guarding the entrance. This afternoon we arrive at our accommodation for the next 2 nights at the Bungle Bungle Savannah Lodge. Enjoy time to cool off with a refreshing swim in the pool or relax on the outdoor deck and enjoy pre-dinner drinks (own expense). Tonight join the group for a wonderful hearty dinner and chat about the day’s adventures.
This morning you’ll have the choice of two Bungles experiences. See pricing page for Tour options.
Option 1: Heli -hiking
We join our helicopter and fly over the Bungle Bungles and lands in the heart of the Bungles. This area of the gorge is set deep inside the Bungle Domes and normally takes 3 days round trip to access. With our journey our helicopter drops us at the mouth of the gorge, allowing us the day to explore the best of this enormous gorge that spreads into five fingers as it cuts through the Bungle Bungle Range. Your guide will lead the hike into the gorge and tell you about the area’s cultural significance to the indigneous people and it’s unique history. After our walk, we fly back by helicopter and transfer to our accommodation in the Bungles. Enjoy a swim and a relaxing dinner with your new found friends.
Option 2: Whip Snake Gorge walk hike
Our guides will take the group on a 10km walk to pretty Whip Snake Gorge. Follow the Piccanniny Creek sculptured dry track through the striped bungles formations until we reach Whip Snake Gorge, a narrow gorge filled with ferns which end in a rock pool.
Late this afternoon enjoy a refreshing swim in the pool or relax on the outdoor deck and enjoy pre-dinner drinks (own expense). Tonight join the group for a wonderful hearty dinner and chat about the day’s adventures.
This morning we enjoy an early morning start and head to the Northern Region of the Bungles for our morning walk. Our walking tour today takes us to Echidna Gorge and Mini Palms Gorge. We start with a walk into Echidna Gorge a spectacular 200m gorge with varying hues. The Gorge takes its name from echidna found nearby. We head along a dry pebbly creek bed to the entrance of the chasm, passing Livistonia palms that grow along the banks. We head through the impressive chasm taking in the dramatic views of the sheer cliff walls. We then head to Mini Palms Gorge over sand and spinifex along the base of the main range. This walk features soaring cliffs, dramatic palms and a natural amphitheatre and cave. A gentle breeze in the cave comes from the hidden opening of an inaccessible gorge upstream. The magnificent contrasts of the red cliffs and green palms make for a dramatic view. Afterwards, both groups will travel from the Bungle Bungle Range south to Halls Creek, passing the colourful rocks of the Kimberley region. The drive will take around 2h30minutes to our accommodation at the remote Halls Creek Motel, home of Russian Jacks Bar and Restaurant. Enjoy pre-dinner drinks (own expense) then join the group for a wonderful hearty dinner and chat about the day’s adventures.
WALK GRADE: Mimbi Caves walking tour – 3 hours Easy Grade. Jarrambayah Trail/Geike Gorge Walk & cruise – 2 hours, Easy Grade.
TERRAIN: Flat walking on dirt and sandy tracks, with some sections of uneven, rocky and unmodified terrain.
WALK ITINERARY: This morning after breakfast, we enjoy an early start and head to the ancient limestone country around Fitzroy Crossing with its hidden caves and spectacular gorge. You will start with an enlightening tour of the hidden Mimbi Caves guided by the traditional owners, the Gooniyandi people, who share a strong connection with Mimbi Caves and the surrounding country. On the walk, your local guides will share ancient Dreaming stories as well as traditional knowledge of local bush tucker, bush medicine and the native flora and fauna found around the cave system. Enjoy traditional Billie Tea and damper, made the traditional way using native seeds and cooked on a campfire while listening to the Gooniyandi Dreaming story of the Blue Tongue Lizard and the Mud Lark. From here we depart Mimbi and continue to Fitzroy Crossing for lunch then it is on to the spectacular Geike Gorge, famed for its sheer white and grey walls and abundant wildlife. At the gorge we enjoy a cruise through the gorge, followed by a 4.4km return hike through this scenic and rare limestone-walled gorge before we make our way to Fitzroy River Lodge for our accommodation. Tonight we dine in the lodge restaurant, renowned for its focus on fresh, locally-inspired cuisines in conjunction with classic Australian favourites served with Australian wines.
WALK GRADE: Tunnel Creek Walk – 2km, 1.5 hours easy to Moderate Grade. Windjana Gorge Walk – 7km, 3 hours Easy to Moderate Grade.
TERRAIN: Flat walking. Tunnel Creek Walk can be wet, rocky and uneven underfoot, torches are essential. Windjana Gorge varies between sections of uneven, rocky and unmodified terrain and sandy riverbed walking.
WALK ITINERARY: After breakfast, we set out on our day’s adventure. Today we explore Western Australia’s oldest cave system in Dimalurru (Tunnel Creek) National Park. This landmark feature is famous as the hideout used by Aboriginal warrior, freedom-fighter and leader Jandamarra, who was labelled an outlaw and killed outside its entrance in 1897. At Dimalurru you walk through an underground tunnel, formed by the flowing creek, and out the other side of the Napier Range. The track runs underground for 750 metres. You then continue travelling further north to walk in the gorgeous, shady reaches of Windjana Gorge. This is one of the Kimberley’s most stunning gorges, with water-streaked walls that rise majestically to heights of 100 metres. The Lennard River runs through Windjana Gorge in wet weather, but in the dry season it forms calm pools surrounded by shady trees. Here you can see fossilised marine life within the limestone of the gorge walls. It is then time to enjoy the remote scenery of the Kimberley, dotted with the dramatic silhouettes of huge boab trees, as you experience the renowned Gibb River Road heading west to Derby. Enjoy a night’s rest at the Derby Lodge with a sumptuous meal at Neaps Restaurant served with wine, where the staff produce amazing food in this small outback town.
TRAIL NOTES: Lurujarri Walk to Gantheume Point Walk, 8km, 3hours. Easy Grade
WALK ITINERARY: After breakfast this morning we walk part of the Lurujarri Heritage Trail. This 90km coastal trail follows a traditional songline through the land of the Goolarabooloo community. It was developed in 1987, by young indigenous leader Paddy Roe as a way to encourage members of the Goolarabooloo community to be walking the Country again, but also as a means of waking up non-Aboriginal people to a relationship with the land; to foster trust; friendship and empathy between the indigenous community and the wider Australian and International community. You will walk the section of trail that starts amongst the fascinating sculpted rocks of Gantheume Point before finishing your walk at your accommodation in time for sunset drinks. The remainder of the day is at leisure to relax or explore Broome on your own. Tonight come to dinner with the group and enjoy a superb two-course dinner accompanied with wine.
Your next two nights are spent at Cable Beach Club Resort and Spa with its chic accommodation nestled amongst lush gardens with a fusion of colonial charm and Asian influence, including a dedicated meditation area. Tonight we also enjoy the true taste of Broome. It’s said that 57 languages are spoken in the Shire of Broome. The result? A melting pot of local and international cuisine.
WALK ITINERARY: After breakfast, we make a short drive to the stunning Kimberley coast and the thriving, vibrant township of Broome. Internationally renowned for its pearls and its gorgeous Cable Beach, where visitors and locals gather each evening to watch the sunset into the Indian Ocean.
Today our clients have a choice of experiences (price varies depending on choice)
CHOICE 1: Horizontal Falls Experience.
For the ultimate Kimberley adventure, enjoy a half-day trip to view the amazing Horizontal Falls. The Horizontal Falls are a fast-moving tidal flow through two narrow, closely aligned gorges of the McLarty Range, located in Talbot Bay north of Broome. The direction of the flow reverses with each change of tide. As tides in the Kimberley can reach 10 metres, a peak tide gives rise to a significant difference in the sea level on either side of each gorge. Depending on the tides your experience will either be a scenic flight travelling over the entire peninsula including the falls or an up-close journey by land, air and sea to witness this remarkable natural event.
CHOICE 2: Pearl Tour Farm:
Clients will enjoy a tour to discover the process of culturing pearls from the ‘seeding’ process to harvesting the magnificent gems. This experience will include a fascinating cruise to see the farming operations.
The remainder of the day is at leisure in Broome. Tonight enjoy dinner featuring the true taste of Broome accompanied by Australian wines. It’s said that 57 languages are spoken in the Shire of Broome. The result… a melting pot of local and international cuisine.
ITINERARY: After breakfast we farewell the group. The remainder of the day is at leisure before your homebound flights.
FLIGHTS: Flights can be booked at any time during the day. The airport is a short 10-minute taxi ride from your accommodation.