Backpacker Express Adventures

 

Operated by Kimberley Outback Tours

 

Gibb River Road Gorges – Nitmiluk – Litchfield

 

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Kimberley Camping Adventure in Comfort

Travel the Gibb River Road in style!

 

10 Days – Broome to Darwin or Darwin to Broome

 

Absolutely the best value camping adventure tour

Backpackers need some comfort and luxury too!

 

   Tour vehicle is a modern, roomy, airconditioned 4WD Coach.

 

   All overnight stops have toilets.

 

   All overnight stops (except one) have proper hot showers.

 

   All meals provided.

Broome to Darwin and Darwin to Broome

 

Highlights and Inclusions

Tour Includes:

 

     Explore the entire length of the acclaimed Gibb River Road

     Cruise Lake Argyle on board the magnificent Kimberley Cat

     Comfortable Swags (You supply sleeping bag & pillow)

     All Meals

     All Fees, Permits and additional Tours

     All overnight stops have toilets

     All overnight stops (except one) have hot showers

     Welcome dinner on the first night at the Mt Hart Homestead restaurant (Broome to Darwin tour only)

     Farewell  dinner on the last night at the Mt Hart Homestead restaurant (Darwin to Broome tour only)

Tour Highlights:

10 Days/9 Nights

  • Gibb River Road Gorges (Windjana Gorge, Tunnel Creek, Galvan’s Gorge, Manning River and Gorge, Bell Gorge, El-Questro, Emma Gorge, etc)
  • Mt Hart Homestead in the King Leopold Ranges Conservation Reserve – Two nights
  • Manning Gorge – Mount Barnett Station
  • Home Valley Station
  • Kununurra – Camping at the Ivanhoe Village Resort
  • Lake Argyle Kimberley Cat Cruise – Camp on remote island
  • Purnululu National Park (Bungle Bungles) visiting and walking both ends of the park over two days.
  • Purnululu – Cathedral Gorge, Piccaninny Creek, Piccaninny Creek Lookout, The Window, Mini Palms, Echidna Chasm, Purnululu Visitor Centre.
  • Opportunity for Bungles Helicopter Flight (Extra cost)
  • Nitmiluk National Park – Edith Falls
  • Litchfield National Park
  • Litchfield – Florence Falls, Wangi Falls, Tolmer Falls
  • Darwin
  • Opportunity for swimming most days
  • Lots of opportunity for magnificent walks

Please note that times, routes and locations may change without notice at the discretion of the tour operator due to unforeseen circumstances, e.g.weather conditions.

Tour not suitable for children. A high level of fitness is required as several walks are challenging, and conditions can be very hot.

All This For An Unbelievable Price!

Just $1595

Bonus Inclusion!

••>>  Free Lake Argyle Day Cruise on the Kimberley Cat  <<••

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ITINERARY

Reverse Itinerary for Darwin to Broome

 

 

Day 1 - Broome to Mount Hart Homestead


Broome is a beach resort town which made its fortune from the pearling industry. We head off north early today, so if you would like to explore Broome you should arrive a day or two early.
After a 6 am pickup from your accommodation we head north along the Great Northern Hwy until we reach the Fitzroy River, Then it’s all off road as we begin our journey along the Gibb River Road.  Our first stop is Tunnel Creek. Tunnel Creek is a huge cave system extending 750 metres underground and is the oldest cave system in Western Australia.
The walk (actually wade) through Tunnel Creek is an amazing experience you will enjoy. Be sure to wear shoes you won’t mind getting wet!

Next stop on day one is Windjana Gorge.
The 3.5km long gorge cuts through the Napier Range, part of an ancient Devonian limestone reef that can also be seen at Geikie Gorge and Tunnel Creek. Freshwater Crocodiles bask in the pools, while Fruit Bats and Corellas roost in the water-side trees.
The Windjana Gorge Walk winds through the gorge for 3.5km each way.

Arriving at Mount Hart in the King Leopold Ranges Conservation Reserve, we set up camp before enjoying a welcome dinner at the restaurant.

Today’s Highlights:
   Tunnel Creek
   Windjana Gorge

 

    Accommodation Upgrade Available:

$100 per person twin share

Today’s Highlights:
   King Leopold Ranges Conservation Reserve
   Bell Gorge

 

    Accommodation Upgrade Available:

$100 per person twin share

Day 2 - Mount Hart

 

Following breakfast we make our way further into the King Leopold Ranges to Bell Gorge.
Bell Gorge is a stunning cascade of water flowing from the previous wet season rains that fall in the King Leopold Ranges. Enjoy an afternoon swim in the large plunge pool before making our way back to camp.
Arriving back at Mount Hart, you have the rest of the afternoon to relax and swim at our swimming hole before a BBQ at Sunset Hill.

Day 3 Mount Hart to Manning Gorge (Mt Barnett Station)
We spend the morning exploring Galvans Gorge before making our way to Manning Gorge on Mt Barnett Station, our camp for this evening. We have the whole afternoon to explore and enjoy Manning Gorge. After stretching your legs on the hike you will be rewarded with a swim in a large rock pool at the base of Manning Falls.

 

Day 3 Mount Hart to Manning Gorge

We spend the morning exploring Galvans Gorge before making our way to Manning Gorge on Mt Barnett Station, our camp for this evening.

We have the whole afternoon to explore and enjoy Manning Gorge.

After stretching your legs on the hike you will be rewarded with a swim in a large rock pool at the base of Manning Falls.

Today’s Highlights:
   Galvans Gorge
   Manning Gorge
   Manning Falls
Today’s Highlights:
   Home Valley

 

    Accommodation Upgrade Available:

from $75 per person twin share

Day 4 - Manning Gorge to Home Valley

Home Valley Station is an outback adventure playground of nature’s most breathtaking combination of towering gorges, sparkling waterfalls, billabongs, and stunning ancient landforms and ranges.
There are a number of optional activities at Home Valley, ranging from horse riding to helicopter flights. You can even enjoy a game of giant chess.

Day 5 - Home Valley to Kununurra


El Questro 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.

This morning we visit El Questro where we will soak in the warm waters of Zebedee Springs before taking a walk into Emma Gorge.  Here you will take a refreshing dip in the icy cold waters below a gentle waterfall.

This afternoon we will climb to the top of the Bastion Range where we will see the 5 major rivers of the East Kimberley enter the Cambridge Gulf.

Tonight we camp at the Ivanhoe Caravan Resort, Kununurra.

Today’s Highlights:
   El Questro
   Zebedee Hot Springs
   Emma Gorge
   5 Rivers Wyndham

 

    Accommodation Upgrade Available:

from $75 per person twin share

Today’s Highlights:
   Purnululu National Park: Bungle Bungle Range
   Echidna Chasm
   Mini Palms Gorge
Day 6 - Purnululu National Park: Bungle Bungles


Today we drive through the rugged landscape of the Carr Boyd and the Durack Ranges into Purnululu National Park. This park is home to the Bungle Bungle Range, a UNESCO World Heritage Site dominated by massive sandstone karsts that rear hundreds of metres above the surrounding grasslands.

The drive from the highway into the national park will take up to two hours, will involve several water crossings, and can be quite rough going. Arriving at the 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.

After lunch it’s time to visit the first of the amazing Bungles locations, Echidna Chasm. Your walk follows the Chasm deep into the Bungle Bungle Range. The further you go, the narrower it gets, and at times you can touch both sides rearing straight up above you 200m.
On the way back out you can make the short climb to the Osmand Lookout.

Mini Palms Gorge is our next stop.  You will enjoy an interesting walk through a narrow chasm filled with Livistonia palms. At certain parts, there are large boulders to scramble around, but for anyone with a reasonable level of fitness it is not difficult. The gorge ends at a spectacular lookout which gives you a unique view of the sheer, vertical walls.

Time now to head for our camp in the park, prepare dinner, and enjoy the sunset. Tomorrow will be another walk-filled day at the south end of Purnululu!

Day 7 - Purnululu to Kununurra


After breakfast today we head to the southern end of the Bungle Bungle Range where there are several spectacular walks, including the stunning Cathedral Gorge.
Our bus will park right next to the amazing beehive domes which you will wander amongst, making your way into the gorges of the main massif and enjoying the walks one-by-one.

The walks include the Domes Circuit, Cathedral Gorge, Piccaninny Creek, Piccaninny Lookout and The Window.
Carry plenty of water today, as all the walks will be completed before returning to the bus for lunch.
Following lunch we make our way back to Kununurra for the night.

 

Today’s Highlights:
   Purnululu National Park
   Cathedral Gorge
   Piccaninny Lookout
   The Window

 

    Accommodation Upgrade Available:

from $75 per person twin share

Today’s Highlights:
   Kununurra
   Lake Argyle
   Kimberley Cat Cruise
   Lake Argyle island camp

 

    Accommodation Upgrade Available:

$75 per person twin share (very limited availability – book early!)

Day 8 - Kununurra to lake Argyle

Enjoy some free time this morning exploring the town of Kununurra, before taking the picturesque drive to Lake Argyle.
This afternoon enjoy a spectacular and relaxing cruise aboard the 50ft sailing catamaran, Kimberley Cat.  Enjoy this amazing body of water, the largest man made lake in Australia and enjoy a swim or two in the pleasantly warm waters.
Overnight is on an  island in the middle of Lake Argyle, where few have camped before you.

 

Day 9 - Lake Argyle to Edith Falls


After leaving Lake Argyle we head east, crossing the border into the Northern Territory.  As we wind our way through the Victoria River region we will stop for lunch near the Victoria River.

This afternoon we will soak in the warm springs right in the heart of Katherine before heading a little further north to Edith Falls in Nitmiluk National Park.

Today’s Highlights:
   Kununurra
   Lake Argyle
   Kimberley Cat Cruise
   Lake Argyle island camp

 

    Accommodation Upgrade Available:

$75 per person twin share (very limited availability – book early!)

Today’s Highlights:
   Litchfield National Park
   Florence Falls
   Tolmer Falls
   Wangi Falls

 

Day 10 - Edith Falls to Darwin

We spend the day exploring Litchfield National Park, with some short walks along with plenty of swimming.

Litchfield National Park contains several types of typical Top End habitats including lush monsoon forests, termite mounds, unusual rock formations, waterfalls and cascades. The park encloses much of the spectacular Tabletop Range, which is a wide sandstone plateau mostly surrounded by cliffs. During the green season, four major waterfalls thunder from the cliffs to tropical rock pools many metres below. During the dry season, the waterfalls flow more gently, making the waterholes perfect spots for a cool dip. The Park’s traditional owners are the Wagait Aboriginal people, many of whom live in the area.
We pass through the township of Batchelor to Litchfield National Park where we will visit the three main falls. First stop is Florence Falls, where you have the opportunity for a scenic and interpretive bush and monsoon vine forest walk. There is also the chance for a swim by making your way down the stairs to the plunge pool below. Then we visit Tolmer Falls for a magnificent view of the water cascading down to the deep waterhole at the base of the falls. Finally, we visit Wangi Falls, with its large crystal clear pool, another relaxing spot for a swim. A great day for taking many fascinating photos, including the amazing stand of termite mounds.
After lunch we move on to Darwin where we bid farewell before dropping you at your CBD accommodation.

 

 

 

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Latest Model Hino 500GT 4WD Coach

  Climate control air-conditioning –   Personal overhead day storage
   Comfortable coach seating –   Tinted panoramic windows
  Entertainment system –   Safe, stable all wheel drive coach

What to Bring

 

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, broad-brimmed hat with sun visor for all round protection, sunscreen, swimming costume and towel, good walking/trekking shoes, a personal water bottle and a pillow.

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.

You will also need to bring a pillow and a sleeping bag.

Notes

  • Itineraries may vary and/or attractions be substituted for any cause including seasonal conditions, weather extremes, traditional owner and national park requirements.
  • This tour is only for fit and active people, who can hike 5-9kms a day over uneven terrain, often in high temperatures. 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 2018.

CREDIT CARD FEESIf paying by credit card a small transaction fee of 1.1% is applicable. Cards accepted are Visa and MasterCard.

If paying by credit card a small transaction fee of 1.1% is applicable. Cards accepted are Visa and MasterCard.

CANCELLATIONSFor 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.

 

TRAVEL INSURANCE

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.

 

LIABILITY

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 onboard our tour busses.
  • At the discretion of Kimberley Outback Tours, if any passenger’s 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.

Customer Feedback

Note: This is a new tour. Testimonials are for other tours we operate

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

A wonderful exciting adventure, The scenery was truly amazing. our guide was informative ,caring and very knowledgeable about the area

Morza

Every day we travelled through the scenic Kimberley ranges on roads that you wouldn’t want to take your own car on, to beautiful places that you wouldn’t find on your own. Most days, this involved a bushwalk to a river or a lake, with a swim or boat trip. A highlight was a challenging 1 hour walk up a dry river bed, for a welcome swim in a deep pool under a 60 metre droplet waterfall at Emma Gorge in El Questro Wilderness Park.

Roger S

Mount Hart Homestead

Mount Elisabeth Station

Home Valley Station

Ivanhoe Village Resort

Purnululu National Park

Tunnel Creek

Winjana Gorge

Bell Gorge

Lake Argyle

Litchfield National Park

Broome

Darwin