13 Day Kimberley Active

This in-depth tour of Kimberley allows you to participate in some more extreme hiking opportunities, covering the region’s hidden highlights and secluded secrets, thereby immersing yourself deeper into the experience.

 

Itinerary

Day 1. Arrive Broome.

Arrive in Broome and be transferred to the Cable Beach Club Resort and Spa. Enjoy your day at leisure to explore the fascinating pearling town of Broome. There are a number of remarkable and poignant sites to visit or perhaps take a walk along the beautiful Cable Beach to Gantheaume Point. Later head to the Sunset Bar and Grill at your resort to see one of Australia’s best sunsets over the Indian Ocean. This evening, enjoy a Welcome Dinner before your fascinating Kimberley adventure begins. Stay: Broome, Cable Beach Club Resort and Spa. D

Day 2. Mimbi Caves, Halls Creek.​
Mimbi Caves – Moderate, 2km

Today head off on the Great Northern Highway via Fitzroy Crossing to Mimbi Caves. Here you will gain a unique insight into the Indigenous culture of the Kimberley during a traditional Welcome to Country from a member of the Gooniyandi nation. With your local Indigenous guide explore the spectacular Mimbi Caves, and discover an ancient reef turned to stone over 350 million years. Tonight stay at the Halls Creek Motel, a remote yet busy town that services surrounding pastoralists and remote Indigenous communities. Stay: Halls Creek Motel. BLD

Day 3. Purnululu National Park.
Homestead Valley – Moderate, 4.5km​

Head to the World Heritage-listed Purnululu National Park, and get your first views of the impressive orange and black domes of the Bungle Bungle Range. For a closer look, follow the Homestead Valley trail as it cuts deep into the range. See plentiful Livistona palms growing along the cliff’s edge and deep within the shaded gorge. Three Night Stay: EXCLUSIVE! Bungle Bungle Wilderness Lodge. BLD

Day 4. Purnululu National Park.
Echidna Chasm & Mini Palms – Difficult, 9km

Today embark on an in-depth exploration of the northern section of the Bungle Bungle Range on foot. Begin with a short walk to Osmand Lookout for spectacular views over the Osmand Range and surrounding landscape. Hike to the astounding Echidna Chasm, a spectacular 200-metre deep crevice in the orange and black rock that narrows to little more than one metre of width in places, casting the path below in an eerie darkness. Next you will tackle The Escarpment, a trail that skirts the edge of the Bungle Bungle massif before joining the Mini Palms track. Walk along rocky, dry creek beds for an unforgettable view into a subterranean oasis. Head back to your wilderness lodge and relax before a delicious dinner. BLD

Day 5. Purnululu National Park.
The Domes, Piccaninny Creek, The Window & Cathedral Gorge – Challenging, 11km

After breakfast head to the southern end of Purnululu National Park. Start with the short Domes walk through an alien landscape, made up of sandstone beehives and sandy creek beds. Continue along Piccaninny Creek to a lookout for breathtaking views over the famous domes before making tracks to The Window, a place where erosion has created a hole in one of the domes. From here you can choose to take a number of longer walks along the pretty Piccaninny Creek. Perhaps choose to explore with your additional guide or return to the vehicle with your Driver-Guide. The highlight of the day will be the natural amphitheatre of Cathedral Gorge, a spacious cavern where the acoustics are astounding. Later enjoy sunset drinks overlooking the colourful Bungle Bungle massif. BLD

Day 6. Purnululu National Park, Kununurra.
Kelly’s Knob Lookout – Easy, 5km

Rise early this morning for an optional helicopter flight over the Bungle Bungle Range (own expense). Take the drive along Spring Creek Track to Kununurra, the gateway to the eastern Kimberley and the home of the Ord River Scheme. One of Australia’s greatest engineering feats, the dams were designed to prevent seasonal flooding and to store water for irrigating large areas subject to drought, creating a vast and rich agricultural oasis. Arrive in time for sunset at Kelly’s Knob Lookout, after a short hike. Enjoy spectacular views over the town and surrounding landscape. Check in at Kununurra Country Club Resort and settle in for dinner. This evening, take the opportunity to relax and unwind within the surrounds of your hotel. Stay: Kununurra Country Club Resort. BLD

Day 7. Ord River, El Questro Wilderness Park.

Travel to Lake Argyle and join a spectacular wildlife cruise on the mighty Ord River. From modern a shaded vessel, discover a fascinating ecological system that has developed from the damming of the Ord River at two locations to create an area rich in wildlife, flora and undeniable beauty. Perhaps spot a crocodile before a sumptuous buffet lunch at the Riverside Camp. Back on the road head west into El Questro Wilderness Park, an incredible cattle station come nature reserve covering a staggering 700,000 acres right in the heart of the Kimberley. Make your way to Emma Gorge Resort, and tonight absorb the serene surroundings before indulging in a delicious dinner with your fellow guests. Two Night Stay: El Questro Wilderness Park, Emma Gorge Resort. BLD

 

Day 8. El Questro Wilderness Park.
Champagne Springs, Zebedee Springs & optional hikes – Difficult to Challenging, up to 18km

After breakfast set out on a challenging hike over difficult terrain to Champagne Springs. You’ll quickly discover that the effort is certainly worth the reward as you soak in the natural hot springs and cool cascades. Make the relatively easier walk back down the escarpment to your 4WD vehicle before a well earned and hearty lunch at the El Questro Station Steakhouse. After lunch the natural oasis of Zebedee Springs beckons and is a gentle hike along a Livistonia palm lined path to a series of thermal pools. Take time to soak up the awe inspiring surrounds as you relax in the therapeutic springs. Later this afternoon there are two additional hikes. Either walk along the rocky river bed to Amalia Gorge, where a scramble over boulders and a little rock hopping reveals a series of waterfalls and freshwater pools. The second optional hike is the more intense El Questro Gorge Trail which is not for the faint of heart and is only for the most adventurous and experienced hikers. Follow a palm fringed gorge deep into the escarpment, following an ancient spring-fed creek, reaching a crystal clear swimming hole and waterfall. From here the path becomes more difficult as you climb to another, equally pristine waterfall and plunge pool. This evening relax back at Emma Gorge Resort, where you will enjoy dinner in the restaurant before retreating to your accommodation. BLD

Day 9. El Questro Wilderness Park, Home Valley Station.
Bindoola Gorge, Cockburn Lookout – Difficult, 5km

After a hearty breakfast, continue exploring the remarkable El Questro Wilderness Park. Hike to the picturesque Emma Gorge and discover an oasis in the heart of the Kimberley. Take a revitalising swim beneath the towering droplet waterfall, a spectacular highlight of Emma Gorge. Afterwards, cross the Pentecost River into Home Valley Station, an immense cattle property. Discover the spellbinding scenery that captivated audiences in Baz Luhrmann’s movie ‘Australia’, including the imposing yet strikingly beautiful backdrop of the majestic Cockburn Range. Rock-hop along a secluded creek bed until you reach Bindoola Gorge. Later in the afternoon, head to a superb viewing area as you savour this inspirational setting with sunset drinks, as you gaze out to the ever-changing colours of the Cockburn Range as the sun retreats. Stay: Home Valley Station. BLD

Day 10. Gibb River Road.
Galvans Gorge – Easy, 2km

Travel along the famous Gibb River Road, a remote 660-kilometre outback highway stretching between Broome and Kununurra. The ‘Gibb’ traverses the wild heart of the Kimberley, passing spectacular landscapes of intensely coloured ranges, dramatic gorges, deep rock pools and spectacular waterfalls. Continue to Galvans Gorge, where a short walk leads to a picturesque waterhole. Inspect the rock art on the gorge walls and take a leisurely swim. Later, arrive at Bell Gorge Wilderness Lodge for dinner, where a selection of flavoursome beers from Matso’s Broome Brewery and wines from Rosabrook Estate are available for purchase. Two Night Stay: EXCLUSIVE! Bell Gorge Wilderness Lodge. BLD

Day 11. Bell Gorge.
Bell Gorge – Moderate, 4km

The Wilinggin King Leopold Range Conservation Park off the Gibb River Road, covers more than 900,000 acres, featuring seven rugged ranges. The famous Bell Gorge is found deep within this park. The first section of the walk is approximately 2 kilometres from the car park to the top of Bell Falls, leading back down an uneven path and through the creek bed. The second section of the walk crosses the river and leads down the far wall of this spectacular gorge. Here, there are times when you will need to clamber down boulders, and rock hop ending up at a cascade. Here, enjoy a refreshing swim as you cool off underneath cascading waterfall before returning to your lodge for dinner. Enjoy sunset back at the Bell Gorge Wilderness Lodge where you can relax on your private deck overlooking is spectacular landscape. BLD

Day 12. Tunnel Creek, Windjana Gorge.
Tunnel Creek, Windjana Gorge – Moderate, 5.5km

Continue your journey along the Gibb River Road. Turn off to visit Windjana Gorge, where sheer cliffs tower above glistening white sands. Admire the ancient marine fossils embedded in the gorge walls and scour the banks for freshwater crocodiles. Continue on to explore Tunnel Creek, a 750-metre-long natural tunnel carved through the Napier Range. With torch in hand, wade through the cool waters that fill the tunnel and emerge on the other side to the sight of a tranquil and stunning oasis. Later, arrive back in Broome where your magnificent 4WD adventure through the Kimberley draws to a conclusion. Tonight enjoy a Farewell Dinner with your Driver-Guide and fellow new found friends overlooking a magical Cable Beach. Stay: Broome, Cable Beach Club Resort and Spa. BLD

Day 13. Depart Broome.

Discover the delights of Cable Beach Club Resort & Spa as you enjoy your day at leisure. Later, your amazing hiking adventure draws to a conclusion with a transfer to the airport for your flight home. B

 

Inclusions

  • Hiking in 17 locations covering up to 60km of remote trails
  • APT’s exclusive network of wilderness lodges
  • Small group travel with a maximum of 20 guests
  • Expert Driver-Guide & additional guides on selected hikes
  • Travel in a custom-designed 4WD vehicle
  • All meals, sightseeing, national park fees and airport transfers