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 and camp on a remote island

     Comfortable Swags (Sleeping bag & pillow NOT supplied)

     All Meals

     All Fees & Park permits

     All overnight stops have toilets

     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, Zebedee Springs)
  • Mt Hart Homestead in the King Leopold Ranges Conservation Reserve
  • 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.
  • Purnululu – Cathedral Gorge, Piccaninny Creek, Piccaninny Creek Lookout, The Window, Echidna Chasm, Purnululu Visitor Centre.
  • Opportunity for Bungles Helicopter Flight (At additional cost)
  • Nitmiluk National Park – Edith Falls
  • Litchfield National Park –  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  or road 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  <<••

 

 

 

 

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 Highway, rossing 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 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:

$195 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 enjoy and discover the Gorges at Mt Hart. Located in the heart of the King Leopald Ranges Conservation Park, Mt Hart’s proximity to many of the Kimberley’s major attractions, makes an ideal base to explore the region. Originally a working cattle station, this unique property ofers a rich pastoral history, that offers a rustic ambiance and exceptional hospitality.

Enjoy and exploring Annie Creek Gorge and Dolerite Gorge. The Barker river flows through the center of Dolerite Gorge’s steep cliffs of black dolerite rock. Barker Pool offer a delightful swimming and fishing spot where the river comes to a temporary “dead end”.

The Mount Hart pastoral lease, which encompasses Bell Gorge and Silent Grove, was first taken up around 1919. Since then there have been a succession of pastoralists who went broke, and walked off the lease because the land was too rugged and unsuitable for pasture.

In 1991 the Department of Conservation and Land Management acquired the land to create the proposed King Leopold Conservation Park. The park, which covers over 392,000 hectares, is situated approximately 200 kilometres from Derby and 450km from Kununurra via the Gibb River Road.

Join us for a beautiful Kimberley sunset and a BBQ dinner before turning in for the night.

Day 3 Mount Hart to Manning Gorge (Mt Barnett Station)

We make our way further into the King Leopold Ranges to Bell Gorge. Enjoy a day swimming and exploring one of the most spectacular waterfalls along the Gibb River Road. Bell Gorge is a stunning cascade of water flowing from the previous wet season rains that fall in the King Leopold Ranges. Enjoy a swim in the large plunge pool.

Water flowing west from the King Leopold Range has cut down through the ancient rock to form spectacular gorges such as Bell and Lennard Gorges. Bell Gorge, about 300 metres above sea level is the beginning of a series of waterfalls, which descend through the Isdell Range to Walcott Inlet.  Bell Gorge is a great spot for swimming, photography and enjoying what nature has to offer. A 1km walk from the car park reaches the falls.  Once at to the top of the waterfall you may wish to swim or relax in the top pool or cross, further up the creek, to the opposite side. From there it is a reasonable walk over the top of the hill and through the spinifex to the bottom pool. Here is an excellent swimming hole and a magnificent view of the waterfall and the gorge to the west.

Afterwards we stop for a dip at Galvan’s Gorge. It’s a delightful spot where we break our journey for a few hoursand explore these waterholes in the Phillips Range. Then its time to make our way to Mt Barnett Station, our camp for this evening.

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

A very early start will be required to explore Manning Gorge. Manning Gorge were visited and used by many aboriginal tribes throughout the Kimberley region for thousands and thousands of years, before us tourists came along to explore its beauty. Both Bradshaw and Wandjina art can be found around here, showing how important this captivating place really was for the local tribes. The waterholes, which is permanent, in the Manning river provided everthing they needed to survive all year round. The hike will take about an hour and a half of steady walking, but you will be rewarded with a swim in a large rock pool at the base of Manning Falls and a spectacular site at the top. It’s definitely worth the walk!
Heading off to Home Valley you will experience the very well talk after Gibb River Road.

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. It is located close to the might Pentecost River, at the foot of the Cockburn Range.

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. This natural oasis is a short walk along a trail, which leads you through livistonia palms to a series of rocky themal pools. Set at the base of sheer cliffs these thermal springs are the perfect place to relax and restore. It’s a easy walk along a well shaded path. Be careful to look out for the slippery rocks near the pools.

Afterwards we will visit Emma Gorge, one of the best known gorges of the Kimberley. Enjoy a challenging one hour walk and be rewarded at the end with a large cooling waterhole, ideal for a refreshing swim. Set at the base of the towering 65m ciffs, the waterhole is greaced by a droplet waterfall and a samll thermal water outlet, which trickles dwon from the surrounding rocks. The walk is moderately difficult with some ruggend creek crossings.

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 and the surrounding mangrove swamps, mudflaps and hills. You will have spectacular views across the Ord, Forest, King, Durack and Pentecost Rivers. The Five Rivers Lookout sits on Wyndham’s Bastion Range, which is at its highest point of 360 metres above the township

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.

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.

We will explore 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, passing Warmun.

Warmun, once known as Turkey Creek, is a quiet and tiny Aboriginal settlement on the Great Northern Road between Broome and Kununurra. Although it was known as Turkey Creek for most of its life, in recent times it has reverted to the Kitja name for the area, which is Warmun. The local Warmun community who has constructed a roadhouse, accommodation facilities and an impressive art gallery now runs it. The community promotes the town as the principal access point to Purnululu National Park and the famous Bungle Bungles.

Ivanhoe Village Caravan Resort – our camp 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 on the lake.  Enjoy this amazing body of water while swimming in the pleasantly warm waters.

Lake Argyle is Western Australia’s largest and Australia’s second largest freshwater man-made reservoir by volume. The reservoir is part of the Ord River Irrigation Scheme. The primary inflow is the Ord River, while the Bow River and many other smaller creeks also flow into the dam. The construction of the Ord River Dam was completed in 1971 by the American Dravo Corporation and officially opened in 1972. The Dam is 335 metres long and 98 metres high. The lake was named after the property it partly submerged, Argyle Downs.

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. You will be amazed by the majestic beauty and sheer size of the spectacular Nitmiluk Gorge. Located on the lands of the Jawoyn people, rock art sites dot the park and dreaming stories bring the silent gorge walls to life.  You can learn about the Jawoyn people’s association with the land at the Nitmiluk Centre.

There are canoes for hire or you can get a permit to use your own canoe from the Nitmiluk National Park Visitor Centre.  There are many walking trails to choose from and waterfalls to see.

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

After a early start, we head towards Darwin. Today we will visit Litchfield National Park. 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.
Afterwards 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