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 El Questro Gorge and Amalia Gorge. The drive will take around 1h20mins. Amalia Gorge walk is a 3.4 km return trek to the waterfall and plunge pool 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. After lunch we’ll enjoy El Questro Gorge (walk 3km – 2 hours) which takes you through a butterfly-filled rainforest and a boulder-strewn valley before arriving at the most beautiful waterfall. Enjoy a swim in the crystal-clear bathing hole and take in the rainforest’s splendour! After both of these fabulous walks we’ll head to our accommodation for the next two nights at the campground at El Questro. Enjoy all the fun of a camping adventure, but with the little extras. In the campground you’ll find your walk-in touring tent set up for your arrival including an off the ground bed with a deluxe camping mattress and pillow. There are toilet and shower facilities provided in the campground. Tonight enjoy dinner in the Steakhouse Verandah Restaurant enjoying fine dining featuring local produce such as barramundi and succulent beef.
This morning after breakfast we’ll enjoy the first walk of the day with an approximate travel time of 1-hour to Moonshine Gorge Circuit trail which follows Moonshine creek. The circuit is 5km. Along the way we’ll see tall Livistona Palms and cliff faces on both sides of the gorge providing shade and plenty of areas to rest and swim. After a spot of lunch we’ll head to Emma Gorge which forms part of the Cockburn Ranges. 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 before returning to Home Valley Station. Tonight we’ll enjoy a delicious meal in Steakhouse Verandah Restaurant tonight served with Australian wine.
This morning we’ll have an early start to join our scenic flight at 7am to Mitchell Falls from Kununurra. On your trip to Mitchell Plateau, your flight passes over some stunning scenery which allows us to take in the beautiful changing colours of the Kimberley region as the sun rises. Once we’ve landed we’ll board a helicopter to the start of the 4.5-kilometre guided walk to Mitchell Falls that takes us past Lake Mertens and Aboriginal rock art sites. Whilst we enjoy a picnic lunch there will be an opportunity to have a swim on the Mitchell River above the falls. At around 2:30pm we’ll board the helicopter again to be transferred to Kimberley Coastal Camp. The camp is a unique, exclusive retreat which caters for a maximum of 16 guests and can only be accessed by helicopter or sea plane. Located on the Admiralty Gulf in the heart of the great Kimberley wilderness we’ll enjoy stunning scenery, gourmet food, spectacular fishing and ancient rock art or simply just relax. The camp is run by Jules and Tub; Jules delivering quality restaurant meals and Tub memorable fishing and bush experiences. Stay in beach front bungalows, all with water views – sleeping 2 people King or Twin Share. Tonight we’ll enjoy a superb meal with wine and then sit around the camp fire under the starry skies.
This morning after breakfast we’ll enjoy the a half-day walk into the bush with Tub (one of your hosts) on a fascinating journey into the Dreamtime stories behind the incredibly preserved rock art he leads you to. At several points having to lie down on the dirt floor of a cave to see the roof, or squeeze through a narrow opening, you will feel privileged to be viewing such a palpable record of indigenous history. We’ll see Wandjina art, Bradshaw paintings and Gwion Gwion panels. This afternoon after lunch we enjoy a fishing expedition where Tub will entertain us with a few of his “yarns”. The fishing is second to none with the search for the elusive Barramundi among other prized fish being just one of the highlights. Peel Pacific black lip oysters off the rocks, pull mud crab pots and forage for bush tucker & Kimberley salt from the land and sea. Once back in camp, relax, enjoy a swim and a cool drink before a delicious dinner served with wine.
This morning after a leisurely breakfast enjoy the local surrounds before we enjoy a ride on a helicopter to Mitchell Falls airstrip to meet our flight back to Kununurra, arriving at approximately 12:15pm. We’ll head back to our accommodation for the next two nights at Discovery Park, Kununurra . Once we’ve checked in enjoy a relaxing afternoon by the pool or explore the local area. Tonight we’ll enjoy dinner in the restaurant, served with wine.
This morning enjoy a hearty breakfast before we set off to explore the Bungle Bungles. We will depart Kununurra for a stunning flight taking in views on Argyle, the Carr Boyd Ranges and the Bungles on a small plane to Purnululu National Park. The luxury of us flying saves us around 9-hours of rugged road travel and allows us to enjoy a smooth, scenic flight to one of Australia’s World Heritage Sites. We will witness the beauty of the Bungles from above before landing at a nearyby airstrip to meet our helicopter that will fly us near the mouth of Piccaninny Gorge, the largest of all the gorges in the National Park. Our guide will lead the hike into the gorge and share stories of the area’s significance to the Aboriginal people and its unique history, which led to the World Heritage listing of Purnululu National Park. This 10 km return hike is classed as a level 5 walk and requires a high level of fitness and mobility. We will enjoy a morning tea and picnic lunch here. To experience this area, would normally take 3 days hiking with overnight camping supplies in a heavy pack. (Including one day to reach the mouth of the gorge, then another day to explore the gorge and then another day to retrace your steps and hike back to the start). With OUR journey we will access this area in a day with our helicopter dropping us at the mouth of the gorge, allowing us the day to explore the best areas of this enormous gorge, that cuts through the Bungle Range. The helicopter will then pick us up for a unique return back to the local airstrip for us to meet our plane which will take us back to Kununurra for our final dinner on this incredible journey.
This morning after breakfast you will be transferred to the airport for your outgoing flights.
Note: If you do not wish to travel to The Bungles there is an option to finish this walking tour on Day 5 finishing back in Kununurra at approximately 12:15pm. Please note as airlines can change departure times, we will adjust the start time on day 5 to ensure guests can meet flights departing at later in the day.
Due to warmer weather in the Territory our guides will determine the best walking experiences for the day. Early morning starts will mean we will walk in the cooler part of the day. Some days include several short walks. Most walks include a swim to cool off during the walks. All walks outlined above are subject to them being open. Note we start our walks in June to try and avoid this, however due to weather some walks may not be opened until later in the season. When walks are not opened alternative walks or activities will be substitute.