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The Great Kimberley Overland

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About this tour: Join this 12-day trip that heads from the waterholes of Tunnel Creek to the beaches around Broome.
Take off on a 12-day adventure through the wild beauty of Western Australia's Kimberley region. Explore the vast, underground caverns of Tunnel Creek; cool off in the freshwater falls of El Questro and perhaps take in the Bungle Bungle range from on high during a helicopter ride. Look for freshwater crocs lazing by the banks of Geikie Gorge, tour a working pearl farm at Cygnet Bay and head out for a snorkel off Cape Leveque. This trip really makes the most out of one truly spectacular region.

Drive from Darwin to Broome via Lake Argyle, Purnululu National Park and El Questro station

Tour Name: 4WD Broome to Darwin Overland

Valid:
01 April 2017 - 31 March 2018

Tour Code/Style:
• PKOL-B (Basix)
• PKOL-O (Original)

Trip Theme:
Explorer, Indigenous Culture, Overland, The Great Outdoors, Wildlife

Tour Departs From:
• Default pick up: Kimberley Klub YHA at 06:30am

Tour Finishes:
• Select Broome accommodation approximately 6pm on day 12

Max People:
• 20
• Min 2
• Minimum age to travel is 12 years old

Tour Departs:
• APR17: 29, MAY17: 06 11 13 20 25 27, JUN17: 01 03 06 08 10 15 17 22 24 29, JUL17: 01 04 06 08 13 15 18 20 22 27 29, AUG17: 01 03 05 10 12 17 19 24 26 31, SEP17: 02 07 09 14 16 23 30

Accommodation:
• Camping (with basic facilities) (11 nights)
• Both Basix and Original level camping accommodation are available on this trip.
• Basix accommodation consists of simple permanent twin share tents with single sleeping platforms. Each sleeping platform has a rubber sleeping mat, we also have swags (Aussie bed rolls) available at our campsites if you would like to experience sleeping in a swag. You will need to bring your own sleeping bag or pre-purchase one from us. Please also provide your own pillow if you wish.
• Original camping consists of twin share permanent tents equipped with proper beds, linen, pillows and towels.
• A single supplement is available at Original level.
• Please ensure you have selected your desired camping style correctly.

Price:
• PKOL-B - (Basix)
AUD $3595 per person
AUD $35 per person - Additional services - Sleeping bag purchase (Basix)

• PKOL-O - (Original)
AUD $4095 per person
AUD $35 per person - Additional services - Sleeping bag purchase (Original)
AUD $575 per person - Additional services - Single supplement


• All prices are in Australian Dollars(includes 10% GST) based on per person
• Basix Option is not suitable for children
• Additional services - Sleeping bag purchase (Basix) AUS $35
• Trip is a combination of 2 trips so you may travel with different passengers and guide

The Great Kimberley Overland

ITINERARY

Why we love this trip
• A Guide and a host will accompany you on this trip
• Enjoy an Indigenous experience in Tunnel Creek, star gazing with a professional in Broome, Cygnet Bay Pearl Farm tour, Island of the Giant Tides and Geikie Gorge cruise
• Spend two nights staying in the iconic El Questro Wilderness Park, with plenty of free time to take part in activities such as swimming in the gorges, trekking through the bush and bird watching.
• This itinerary covers all of the highlights across the Great Kimberley and accommodates for a more relaxed style of travelling.
• Cape Leveque is one of Australia's most beautiful, spiritual and remote places. Not many people visit this part of the world, but you will.

Is this trip right for you?
• This trip is a bit more comfortable than a rustic camping experience, as there are a few more added home comforts. There's nothing wrong with being comfortable though, right?
• The weather conditions can be challenging in the Kimberley, please ensure you are aware of the heat encountered in this region
• Expect some early morning starts! It is nicer to walk in the cooler morning and travel in the vehicle during the heat of the day.

Day 1: Beagle Bay, Cygnet Bay Pearl Farm & Buccaneer Archipelago
The Dampier Peninsula is an extraordinary blend of beaches and dramatic coastlines, rich in traditional Aboriginal culture. Travelling up the red 4WD track, learn about the region's fascinating history by guided commentary. Your first stop is the Beagle Bay Aboriginal Community, home of the Beagle Bay Church with its glimmering pearl shell altar, for morning tea. By mid-morning, arrive at the remote Cygnet Bay Pearl Farm. Enjoy an insight into this remote pearling industry on the Farm Tour. After a picnic lunch, embark an extraordinary cruise through the Islands of the Giant Tides, accompanied by Kevin, your local guide from the Ejai family (traditional owners of the Sunday island group). As you glide through the island landscape Kevin shares the traditions, lifestyle and culture of his family. In the evening, you'll reach the remote private safari camp, exclusive to our travellers and nestled on the beach overlooking the bay. In this stunning location, you can swim, explore the mangroves and perhaps catch a fish for dinner before a warm Kimberley sunset: truly a privileged experience. (L/D)

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Day 2: Cape Leveque/ One Arm Point/ Broome
Returning to civilisation, travel to the One Arm Point Community perched on the tip of the Dampier Peninsula to visit the Community's aquaculture hatchery, complete with barramundi, pearl and trochus shell. From here, you'll soon reach Kooljaman at Cape Leveque. You may like to head off on a snorkelling adventure (equipment provided), or take one of the lovely walks in the area. Alternatively, you may prefer to enjoy the beaches and rugged red coastline for which Cape Leveque is famous. As we return south we pause for afternoon tea in the laid-back Lombadina Community, a beautiful and welcoming community, which is home to an interesting bush timber church. Driving back through the dusk, keep an eye out for wildlife before arriving at our provate Kimberley Gateway camp approximately 6.30 pm. (B/L)

Day 3: Tunnel Creel
It's an early start this morning, as you leave Broome when the sun begins to rise. While travelling through the remote Kimberley landscape, your guide shares stories of local history, people and the environment. Enjoy a morning tea break by the Fitzroy River and visit the Derby 'Boab Prison Tree', before hitting the Gibb River Road. From here, visit the fascinating Mowanjum Aboriginal Art & Cultural Centre for an insight into the culture of the Worrorra, Ngarinyin and Wunumbal tribes and their supreme spirit being, the Wandjina. The afternoon is devoted to exploring Tunnel Creek with your local Bunuba guide. In this 750-metre cave system carved through the Napier Range, discover stalactites, secret caves and a large variety of wildlife. It's here where you'll also learn the legend of Jandamarra, an Aboriginal freedom fighter who used the tunnel as a hide-out in the late 1800s. Don't miss a refreshing swim in an idyllic waterhole. Tonight, settle into your first night under the Kimberley night sky. (L/D)

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Day 4: Windjana Gorge & Bell Gorge
It might be tough to imagine after driving through the Outback heat and dust, but Windjana Gorge was once underwater. The gorge is part of an ancient reef system and rivers have carved out 90-metre walled canyons with deep pools loved by freshwater crocs. Spend this morning looking for the critters that call the gorge home and learn a little about the legend of Jandamarra. In the afternoon it's time to soak up the idyllic surrounds of Bell Gorge. Proving that nature can do paradise better than any landscape designer, it's got a waterfall cascading down perfectly u-shaped red cliffs, a deep pool for swimming and large flat rocks that are just right for stretching out on and soaking up the sun. The gorge also welcomes those wanting to get a bit more active, with opportunities to explore downstream and some bushwalking trails. (B/L/D)

 

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Day 5: Galvins Gorge, Adcock Gorge & Mt Barnett Station
Spend today swimming in paradise. Further up the Gibb River Road, discover the cool waters of Galvans Gorge and Adcock Gorge. Amid the rugged beauty of Manning Falls swim in deep clear pools, relax, wander down streams, uncover local wildlife and take a dip in the waterfall pools. Tonight, camp by a billabong on Mt. Barnett Cattle Station. (B/L/D)

Manning-Gorge-trip

Day 6: El Questro Wilderness Park
A morning trek into Manning Falls offers the chance to swim in deep clear pools amid a stunning natural landscape, before journeying up the Gibb River Road to El Questro Wilderness Park. Two nights in a private campsite here allows free time to join many activities on offer. Some included activities involve a refreshing dip in the Zebedee Springs and a walk into Emma Gorge, while a cruise on Chamberlain Gorge, bush tucker walk or bird watching tour are among the optional activities. You can also choose to explore this beautiful wilderness park at your own leisure. (B/L/D)

Zebedee-Springs

Day 7: El Questro Wilderness Park
Today is a free day to explore El Questro and its surrounds. This is the perfect opportunity to take part in many of the optional activities that are on offer. Perhaps head to the station's bar in the evening to enjoy a beer with the rest of the group. (B/L)

Day 8: Kununurra & Lake Argyle
Emerge from the Gibb River Road after breakfast for a few hours of free time in Kununurra. In the afternoon, travel onto the shores of the expansive Lake Argyle, the heart of the Ord River Irrigation System, which has transformed this dry region into a lush agricultural oasis. There's free time to join a sunset boat cruise on the lake (approximately AUD 100 per person), visit the historic Durack Homestead Museum or take on one of the many bush trails to explore the area. (B)

There's free time to join a sunset boat cruise on the lake (approximately AUD 100 per person)

Day 9: Purnululu National Park (Bungle Bungles)A
After a leisurely morning, head south down the Great Northern Highway to Purnululu National Park, home of the magnificent Bungle Bungles. Two nights here, staying overnight in the new private Bungle Bungle Safari Camp in the heart of the Park, allows a full day to explore the highlights of this extraordinary National Park, the most famous of which, are the Bungle Bungle domes. Rivers created this landscape of unique orange and black striped 'beehive' geological formations over a period of 20 million years. (B/L/D)

Day 10: Purnululu National Park (Bungle Bungles)
Unbelievably, only the locals knew it existed until the early 1980s; once discovered by others, the area was made a national park in 1987. Explore Echidna Chasm (2 km), known for its towering Livistonia Palm trees, and take a short walk (2-3 km) into Cathedral Gorge, where towering rocks create a natural amphitheatre. There's time in the afternoon to take an optional scenic flight and enjoy an optional birds-eye view of the beehive domes (approximately AUD 365 per person) to put it all into perspective. (B/L/D)

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Day 11: China Wall & Fitzroy Crossing
Enroute to Fitzroy Crossing, break the long journey with a visit to the gold rush town of Halls Creek to see the remarkable China Wall. You'll also enjoy lunch at Mary Pool and visit the remote Laarri Aboriginal Art Gallery, before an evening by the Fitzroy River at Fitzroy Crossing. (B/L)

Day 12: Geikie Gorge & Broome
A morning cruise through the majestic Geikie Gorge is a great start to your last day. Nature carved this wonder through the Geikie and Oscar Ranges during the Devonian geological period. Learn of the fascinating geology and discover the huge array of wildlife, including freshwater crocodiles, birds and fish. Explore Old Fitzroy Crossing and enjoy lunch by the river before travelling to the southern end of the Dampier Peninsula. This evening, explore the Kimberley night sky in depth with Broome's own astronomer, Greg Quicke. (B/L)

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What to bring on tour:
Booked and paid E-Ticket, Sturdy walking shoes, a spare pair of shoes that can get wet, swimming gear (2 towels recommended as can swim multiple times in one day), hat and sunscreen, towel and toiletries, warm clothing in winter, water bottle (1.5L), torch, insect repellent, camera, travel pillow, and sleeping bag (can be purchased at the time of booking).

What's Included in tour:
Meals: 10 Breakfasts, 11 Lunches, 7 Dinners
Transport: 4WD Vehicle
Accommodation: • Camping (with basic facilities) (11 nights)
• Both Basix and Original level camping accommodation are available on this trip.
• Basix accommodation consists of simple permanent twin share tents with single sleeping platforms. Each sleeping platform has a rubber sleeping mat, we also have swags (Aussie bed rolls) available at our campsites if you would like to experience sleeping in a swag. You will need to bring your own sleeping bag or pre-purchase one from us. Please also provide your own pillow if you wish.
• Original camping consists of twin share permanent tents equipped with proper beds, linen, pillows and towels.
• A single supplement is available at Original level.
• Please ensure you have selected your desired camping style correctly.

Activities:
Tunnel Creek Walk, Windjana Gorge, Bell Gorge, Galvins or Adcock Gorge, Manning Gorge, Gibb River Road, Cathedral Gorge Walk (Bungle Bungle), Echidna Chasm Walk


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Important notes
1. Tour commences in Broome on day 1 at 6:30am and finishes in Broome day 12 at approximately 6pm. Onward travel must be booked for the following day. 2. This trip requires a sleeping bag for both Basix and Original camping. Please bring your own or pre-purchase from us at time of booking.

Dietary Requirements
Passengers with special meal requirements or food allergies MUST ensure they or their travel agent inform Intrepid/ATA of this at the time of booking. Food for the trip is purchased prior to commencement and special requirements cannot be catered for after departing. If you have not notified us prior to departure, you may be asked to pay for any additional food yourself. Due to the nature of our trips food is basic but plentiful.

We provide the below substitutes, please bring your own staples if you require specific foods not listed below:
• No Pork (Alternative to Ham provided) • No Dairy (soy milk provided) • Vegetarian (additional veg and vegie burgers provided) • Vegan (supply of additional fruit and veg provided) • Gluten Free (cereal, bread, wraps, pasta, snack bars, sweet and savoury biscuits provided) • *Religious dietary requirements and specifically prepared/sourced produce is not able to be catered for.

Itineraries
• Itinerary may vary and/or attractions substituted for any cause including seasonal conditions, weather extremes, and traditional owner/national park requirements. The Gibb River Road and Purnululu National Park may be closed in the shoulder seasons (approx. April and October). See terms and conditions of travel for full details.

• From October to March it is likely that you will experience temperatures of over 35 degrees Celsius, and sometimes well into the 40's. Be prepared to endure extra physical stress due to the heat at these times, especially while on walks. These extreme temperatures can also place stress on the air-conditioning units within our vehicles which can make travelling uncomfortable. Your tour guide will assist with regular breaks and information to assist keeping hydrated. In July and August, very cold temperatures can be experienced in the outback, especially overnight. Please come prepared for all extremes.

• Trip is a combination of 2 trips so you may travel with different passengers and guide

Fitness Ratings:
3 out of 5: Short participatory-level camping trips, walks that’ll get your heart rate up and extended periods in the elements.
• Adventure Tours Australia/Intrepid Travel reserves the right to assess the fitness capability of passengers prior to tour departure.
• On this tour it is likely that you will experience temperatures of over 35 degrees Celsius. Be prepared to endure extra physical stress due to the heat at these times, especially while on walks. These extreme temperatures can also place stress on the air-conditioning units within our vehicles which can make travelling uncomfortable. Your tour guide will assist with regular breaks and information to assist keeping hydrated. In July and August, very cold temperatures can be experienced in the outback, especially overnight. Please come prepared for all extremes.

Our tours are activity and participation based:
• Our tours are activity and participation based. During your travels with us you will have the opportunity to assist with daily activities such as setting up camp, collecting firewood, helping prepare meals and clearing dishes. Many hands make light work and any assistance provided to crew is always much appreciated. Most people agree that this type of activity helps you feel like less of a tourist and more of an explorer.

Children
• Children aged 8-12 are eligible for a 10% off child rate. Must quote promo code 10699 at time of booking.

Travel Insurance
• Travel insurance is compulsory for all international travellers and should be taken out at the time of booking. We recommend Australian citizens take out a domestic travel insurance policy which covers personal liability, cancellation, curtailment and loss of luggage and personal effects.

Default Pickup Point
• The default pick up point is where we will meet you for your tour, unless you or your travel agent requests an alternative location (contact our Reservations team for more information). It is your responsibility to contact us with your preferred pick up point well ahead of departure. We do not take responsibility for missed tours if we have not been advised of an alternative in advance and you are not at the default location on time.

Safaris must be reconfirmed 48 hours prior to departure
• Safaris must be reconfirmed 48 hours prior to departure to confirm pick-up location and time by phone direct with the tour operator - (Details of the tour operator is on your E-Ticket).

Luggage:
A STRICT luggage limit of 15kg applies. Please limit to one small to medium sized soft bag or backpack and a small daypack, which can be carried inside the vehicle.

Meal Abbreviations
• B = Breakfast, • L = Lunch, • D = Dinner.

Tour Operator
• The relationship between ATA and Intrepid Australia For over 25 years, Intrepid Travel and Adventure Tours Australia have been leading brands in the adventure travel business. With Intrepid's global product range and Adventure Tours' local knowledge, the two brands joined force in 2011 to provide the ultimate range of Australian product with Intrepid running all of it's local trips under the Adventure Tours Australia name. Today we're proud to bring Aussie-made trips to the world, both here with Adventure Tours and overseas through the Intrepid brand, so no matter which brand you have booked through, you're travelling with the best.

Vehicle:


All Terrain Vehicles
They are fully air conditioned with reclining seats, footrests, luggage storage area and with a removal water barrel often near the front door. There are no toilets on board but ample stops and breaks along the road.
Red Centre • Rosa • Isuzu 600 • Mitsubishi Canter o Isuzu NPS300 • BCI Cruiser o Isuzu FRD500 • Mitsubishi Fuso Bus Top End/West Coast o Isuzu 600 (West Coast) • Isuzu 800 (Top End) o Isuzu 750 (Top End) o Isuzu 550 (Top End) o Isuzu 500 (Top End). All NT trips are scheduled to run in the all-terrain vehicles. The only times in the Red Centre we would us a Rosa is as a backup option or for private charters if requested.

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The Tour Difference

• Scheduled tours operate.
• As one of Northern Territory's leading small group safari company, the operator run tours to some of Australia's most famous landmarks including Uluru (Ayers Rock) and Kakadu National Park.
• From the tropical Top End to the spiritual heart of the Red Centre, from Aboriginal Culture to abundant wildlife - our experienced guides will help you discover the best of this unique and special state.
• The tour operator is an award winning company specialising in active, small group safaris for the adventurous traveller.
• We offer an extensive range of tours exploring the highlights and hidden delights of the Northern Territory, South Australia, Tasmania, Western Australia and Tropical North Queensland.
• Their tours are nature-based with the emphasis on the unique scenery, wildlife and Aboriginal culture of each area and they cater for everyone from the fit and adventurous who want to get off the beaten track to those who prefer the sound of ‘soft adventure’ and more comfortable facilities!

Fitness Ratings:
Alongside every ATA trip we have included physical ratings. These are designed to give you an idea of how demanding (or not) each trip is.
1 out of 5: Leisurely paced day trips. Minimal physical exertion required.
2 out of 5: Two and three day trips that include easy walking.
3 out of 5: Short participatory-level camping trips, walks that’ll get your heart rate up and extended periods in the elements.
4 out of 5: Fairly basic camping on most nights, limited amenities and some long (and challenging) walks. A high level of fitness required.
5 out of 5: The hardest of the hardcore. Long trips to remote destinations with limited facilities. Excellent health and fitness is essential.

 

 

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