9 Night Gibb, Bungles and El Questro

Broome-Kununurra or reverse

Operates: Late May-October

Night 1: Cable Beach Club, Broome
Arrive into Broome and join the hotel's bus transfer to the luxurious Cable Beach Club. This afternoon you can relax and slip into 'Broome time', exploring Chinatown and Cable Beach prior to meeting your guide for this evening for your official 'welcome' and pre-departure meet-up.
Overnight: Cable Beach Club Resort
Meals included: None

Day 1/Night 2: Broome, Boab Prison Tree, Gibb River Road, Bell Gorge
After breakfast your guide will pick you up to begin your adventure. First stop is the Boab Prison Tree, which was sadly once used by early police patrols as a standing point for prisoners as they were walked to Derby. We continue on to join the famous Gibb River Road. This afternoon we'll discover the stunning Bell Gorge, where rugged cliffs surround a series of tiered waterholes. Spot for birdlife and cool off in the swimming holes at the top of the falls. Time permitting, we will hike to the lower pool of the gorge for a swim. 
Overnight: Bell Gorge Wilderness Lodge (or Mt Hart Wilderness Lodge, if Bell unavailable)
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 2/Night 3: Windjana Gorge, Tunnel Creek, Fitzroy Crossing
This morning we turn off the Gibb and onto Leopold Downs Road, stopping enroute at the scenic look-out at Lennard River Gorge. At Windjana Gorge National Park we'll spot for freshwater crocodiles lazing on the banks of the Lennard River. Windjana Gorge is over three kilometres long with 300 metre-high walls which are part of an ancient Devonian reef system. Continue to Tunnel Creek and wade through the cool waters of the cave by torchlight. Tunnel Creek National Park was the famous hideout used late last century by the Aboriginal leader Jandamarra. This afternoon we'll head to Fitzroy Crossing, home to the mighty Fitzroy River. Still standing in the old town is the original causeway crossing, the former post office (now backpacker accommodation), the police station and a footbridge across the Brooking Creek linking the Inn and the original cemetery.
Overnight: Fitzroy River Lodge
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3/Night 4: China Wall, Halls Creek, Bungles
This morning we join a local Ranger on a fascinating guided cruise through Geikie Gorge, carved by the Fitzroy River through part of an ancient limestone barrier reef, which snakes across the west Kimberley. Encounter wildlife such as freshwater crocodiles, birds and fish. Onward to the remarkable China Wall, a sub-vertical quartz vein protruding up to 6m from the earth's surface. Next stop is the pioneering gold rush town of Halls Creek before continuing on to our overnight accommodation deep in the heart of Purnululu National Park (the Bungle Bungles). 
Overnight: Bungle Bungles Lodge
Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 4/Night 5: Purnululu National Park (Bungle Bungles)
Today we explore the World Heritage-listed Purnululu National Park. Marvel at the majesty of Cathedral Gorge and test out the acoustics of this natural amphitheatre. Enjoy breathtaking views from Piccaninny Creek lookout and admire the striped patterns of the beehive domes. Travel to Echidna Chasm, a spectacular natural cleft in the rock. For a unique aerial perspective of the national park there is an option to join a helicopter flight (additional cost). Witness the rocks change colour at sunset and fall asleep to the sounds of the bush under a blanket of a million stars.
Overnight: Bungle Bungles Lodge
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5/Night 6: Purnululu National Park (Bungle Bungles), Warmun art centre, Lake Argyle
We continue to explore Purnululu National Park this morning before exiting the park and heading to Kununurra, via Warmun Aboriginal art centre (if open). Warmun gallery displays and sells outstanding paintings by emerging and established artists. This afternoon we cross the Diversion Dam and travel through Kununurra and onward to Lake Argyle.
Overnight: Lake Argyle tourist village
Meals included: Breakfast

Day 6/Night 7: Lake Argyle, Ord River cruise
This morning you will cruise Lake Argyle, stopping on an island for lunch and a swim.  Listen to a personalised commentary from your Lake Argyle skipper and spot for crocodiles, birdlife and rock wallabies. You will drive across the Ord Top Dam wall and see the Ord Hydro-Power Station before boarding the a scenic 55km boat cruise back to Kununurra. Enjoy spectacular scenery, wildlife, flora and fauna along the way, including the elusive freshwater crocodile! Take in a colourful East Kimberley sunset before docking back at the Marina and re-boarding your coach for your accommodation drop-off. 
Overnight: Kununurra Country Club
Meals included: Lunch, Afternoon Tea

mackmicking pool, el questro. image by ben knapinski.

mackmicking pool, el questro. image by ben knapinski.

Day 7/Night 8: Gibb River Road, El Questro: Zebedee springs, El Questro gorge
Cross Kununurra's Diversion Dam and enter the famous Gibb River Road. Today's highlights include: Zebedee thermal springs, a series of pools cascading into each other set within sheer cliffs and local vegetation; El Questro gorge - walk to a picturesque swimming hole known as 'halfway pool' then (depending on your fitness level) on to Mackmicking Pool; Enjoy lunch at El Questro's famous Steakhouse on the banks of the Pentecost River; Swim in the creek by the Steakhouse then head up to a scenic lookout point for sundowners.  
Overnight: Emma Gorge Resort or El Questro Station Township
Meals: None

tented cabin, emma gorge

tented cabin, emma gorge

Day 8/Night 9: Emma Gorge, Pentecost River crossing, Home Valley Station
This morning we will walk to the picturesque amphitheatre waterfall of Emma Gorge (approx 40 mins -1 hour walk each way) for a swim and morning tea. Those who don't want to hike can enjoy the shaded poolside cafe area at Emma Gorge Resort. Depart El Questro and stop for photos at the spectacular Pentecost River enroute to Home Valley Station. Stop at Luhrmann's Lookout, named after film director Baz Luhrmann who's movie 'Australia' was primarily set in this part of the Kimberley. Lunch at Dusty Bar and Grill then relax in the shaded pool area or join an optional helicopter flight over the spectacular Cockburn Ranges before heading back to Kununurra.
Overnight: Kununurra Country Club
Meals: Breakfast

Day 9: Farewell Kununurra

Check-out of your hotel this morning and sadly bid farewell to Kununurra. Alternatively, we can book additional nights if you'd like to stay on and continue exploring locally!

 

2017 RATES

Private Tour (2 people)
$7,765 per person

2 couples (4 people booking together)
$5,823 per person

Above rates valid until 1 Sept-31 Oct 2017. Based on twin room share. All rates based on twin room share.

2018 RATES

Private Tour (2 people)
Full Rate: $7,915 per person
Earlybird Offer: $7,120 per person
Earlybird Offer represents 10% off the full rate when booking your 2018 tour prior to 31 Dec. 2017.

2 couples (4 people booking together)
Full Rate: $5,885 per person
Earlybird Offer: $5,296 per person
Earlybird Offer represents 10% off the full rate when booking your 2018 tour prior to 31 Dec. 2017.

All rates based on twin room share.

FAMILIES WITH KIDS

Our Landcruiser carries 4 in comfort, with 2 additional back seats suitable for children (6 total). Please enquire for the family rate on this tour.

BIGGER GROUPS

12 passenger Isuzu available for larger groups, please enquire.

Luggage limit: 15kg per person in soft bags.

Inclusions

  • An experienced, local guide
  • Meals as indicated on itinerary
  • Accommodation as indicated on itinerary
  • Towels
  • National Park fees

Not Included

  • Alcohol
  • Accommodation before or after your tour
  • Flights (we can assist in arranging)

Optional extras

Bungle Bungles, Home Valley and El Questro helicopter flights: Please enquire.

Highlights

  • Prison Boab Tree
  • Gibb River Road
  • Bell Gorge
  • Tunnel Creek torchlight tour
  • Windjana Gorge
  • Geikie Gorge cruise
  • China Wall
  • Purnululu (Bungle Bungles) National Park
  • Overnight accommodation in Purnululu
  • Warmun Aboriginal art centre
  • Ord Valley irrigation area
  • Lake Argyle
  • Ord River cruise
  • El Questro Wilderness Park
  • Zebedee Thermal Springs
  • Emma Gorge
  • Home Valley Station
  • Pentecost River Crossing

Note: Whilst we try our best to adhere to advertised itineraries, sometimes itinerary variations may occur at the discretion of the tour guide dependant on current weather conditions, attractions being closed etc.


Accommodation

See our "accommodation" page for detailed information about where we stay.


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Reviews

Kununurra private group tour

“Scotty's local knowledge and experience massively enhanced our experience of Kununurra.”

— Claire F, Kununurra Australia

Taste of Kununurra

“Fabulous guide, Scott, who ensured we had an informative, interesting tour around Kununurra. His local knowledge was impressive. Highly recommend him and his company Kimberley Spirit Tours.”

— Merrilyn G, Mildura Australia

El Questro day tour

“Scotty was an extremely pleasant young man with so much knowledge of the Kimberley. I felt completely safe and comfortable whilst on this tour where we visited Elquestro and Emma Gorge. This is a beautiful part of the Kimberley and I can highly recommend anyone wishing to explore this breathtaking region to travel with Kimberley Spirit. You will not be disappointed.”

— Gail George, Perth Australia