Kimberley Crossing

10 day Camping Adventure - from £1139

A 10 day 4×4 outback bush camping adventure through Australia’s remote North West to discover some of Australia’s most spectacular natural scenery.

Highlights:

  • Tunnel Creek cave system
  • The wild Gibb River Road
  • Kimberley Gorges & Lake Argyle
  • Bungle Bungles & El Questro
  • Outback bush camping
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Your Itinerary

Day 1 - Darwin to Katherine

This overland adventure kicks off from the Northern Territory’s tropical capital with a drive south to Nitmiluk National Park (tour commences at 06.30 from Darwin, pre night is required). Depending on the season, your adventure will get underway with a swim in the natural pool by the base of Edith Falls or an optional cruise through the croc-filled waters of Katherine Gorge.

After lunch it’s on to our private campsite on the edge of Nitmiluk, where you have the option of spending the night in a permanent tent or snuggled up in a swag (an Aussie bedroll).

Meals: Lunch and dinner

Day 2 - Lake Argyle

The Outback of the Kimberley region, which spreads across the northern region of Western Australia, is not as flat, dry and barren as many first expect. Today we’ll visit enormous Lake Argyle, which looks perfectly at home despite being entirely manmade.

You have the option of taking a cruise and looking for native fauna have settled here in huge numbers – try to spy crocs, wallabies and rare birds. Soak up the backdrop of mountains-turned-islands as we explore some of the 700 square kilometre surface of the lake, then turn into camp under some seriously starry skies.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 3 - Bungle Bungle Ranges

The distinctive sandstone towers of the Bungle Bungle Range only became known to wide Australia when a group of documentary filmmakers stumbled across them in 1982. Travelling by both foot and 4WD vehicle, we’ll take you through the craggy gorges, past unique rock formations, and to hidden waterholes. The day closes with a stunning Kimberley sunset witnessed from this evening’s bush camp.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 4 - Bungle Bungle Ranges

Today’s all about properly getting to know the Bungle Bungles. First stop for the day is the ever-narrowing gap of Echidna Chasm. Formed over millions of years by water flowing through an opening in the sandstone, the path winds through palm-filled gorges up to 200 metres high though in parts only 1-2 metres wide.

Next, trade the tight spaces of Echidna Chasm for the wide-open natural amphitheatre of Cathedral Gorge. From feeling dwarfed by these giant rock structures, get a very different perspective with a helicopter flight over the Bungle Bungles. Though an optional activity at extra cost, this is definitely an experience worth shelling out for.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 5 - Bungles Bungles & El Questro

Hit the road again, this time passing Warmun (Turkey Creek) and the Durack Ranges on the way to El Questro. Not too long ago, it was mostly cattle that got to enjoy the million-acre sprawl of El Questro. Thankfully for the rest of us, the owners recognised the beauty they had on their hands and turned it into a wilderness park in 1991. Arriving at our campsite, there’ll be time for a beer or two at the Swinging Arm Bar before dinner.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 6 - El Questro Station

At more than one and a half times the size of the UK, there are plenty of scenic spots to explore in El Questro. On the drive in you will have got some clue as to the huge cliffs, deep gorges, waterfalls and swimming holes contained in the Cockburn Ranges, but now you’ll be exploring them on foot. Walk to Emma Gorge, cool off in a waterfall-fed subtropical pool and bliss out in the thermal springs of Zebedee.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 7 - Gibb River Road

Fording rivers and weaving through gorges, travel by 4WD along the wild Gibb River Road – a 600-kilometre stretch that winds right through the heart of the Kimberley. We’ve got a fair bit of ground to cover today, so there is a fair bit of drive time, but we’ll be breaking the journey up with lunch and at a few stop-offs along the way. Tonight’s camp is at Mt Barnett station located very close to Manning Gorge.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 8 - Manning Gorge & Silent Grove

We spend the morning exploring the stunning Manning Gorge and enjoy a swim in the pools under Manning Falls. Depending on the season, post-lunch spend the afternoon exploring Adcock or Galvans gorge before making your way back to camp to relax around the campfire.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 9 - Bell Gorge & Windjana Gorge

The western Kimberley region is full of endless stunning gorges that have to be explored and this morning is no exception. After breakfast we adventure to Bell Gorge, home to a stunning cascade of water flowing from the previous wet season rains that fall in the King Leopold Ranges.

The afternoon sees us head to Windjana Gorge, a segment of 375 million-year-old reef that was once underwater. Cut through by the Lennard River, which runs during the wet season then breaks up into little billabongs during the dry, this gorge attracts many species of bird and bat and is a great spot to see wild freshwater crocodiles.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 10 - Broome

Begin the day exploring the Napier Range. The major attraction here is Tunnel Creek, an extensive limestone cave system that extends 750 m underground. Inside, shards of sunlight stream in through crevices, little bats flutter about and enormous stalactites rear down from the ceiling.

In the late 1800s, an indigenous man called Jandamarra waged a one-man uprising against European settlers, becoming a hero to his people. You’ll hear a bit about his legacy during a tour through Tunnel Creek, then make the final drive on to Broome, hopefully arriving in time for a stunning Cable Beach sunset. Tour concludes at approx. 18.00 in Broome.

Meals: Breakfast and lunch

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All prices are per person, and include meals shown. Tour departs Darwin every Saturday 13 Apr – 12 Oct & Broome every Thursday 25 Apr – 17 Oct. Accommodation is basic camping in pop up tents, some sites may have limited facilities. Sleeping bag not provided. Luggage is restricted to 15kg in a soft bag or backpack. This is an active hiking adventure requiring a good level of fitness. Seasonal supplements may apply. Call Freedom Destinations to confirm departure dates and availability. Itineraries for tours departing after 1 April 2020 may vary.

 

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YOUR CAMPING ADVENTURE

Our guided Camping Adventures are small and personal and will take you off the beaten track to discover some of the region’s hidden gems.

Your Camping Adventure includes:

  • Sightseeing, walks and activities
  • 9 breakfasts, 10 lunches and 9 dinners
  • Permanent or bush camp accommodation
  • Camping equipment unless stated
  • Experienced guide
  • Travel in comfortable off road vehicles
  • All meals and activities

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