Broome to the Bungle Bungles

Broome to the Bungle Bungles

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Broome to the Bungle Bungles

5 Days Starting and ending in Broome

Visiting: Broome / Geikie Gorge / Fitzroy Crossing, China Wall / Purnululu National Park (Bungle Bungles), Purnululu National Park (Bungle Bungles), Mimbi Caves / Fitzroy Crossing , Dimalurru (Tunnel Creek) / Windjana Gorge / Derby / Broome

Tour operator:

Intrepid Travel

Tour code:

PKBB-B

Guide Type:

Fully Guided

Group size:

4 - 20

Physical rating:

Low, Medium

Age range:

8-99 years

Special diets catered:

Vegetarians

Tour operated in:
English
Trip Styles:

Active

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Tour Overview

A region of astounding natural beauty and great spiritual significance, Western Australia's Kimberley region is Australia untamed. And while the roads here can be rough and distances between attractions far, that doesn't mean you need to put aside weeks to travel here. This 5-day inland adventure takes in several of the Kimberley's highlight attractions, plus a whole host of lesser-known favourites. Weave through the boulders and chasms of the Bungle Bungles, encounter Dreaming stories in the Mimbi Caves and learn the legend of Jandamarra on a tour of Tunnel Creek.

Highlights

  • Marvel at striped 'beehives' in the Bungle Bungle

  • Take a barefoot stroll along Broome Beach

  • Go underground at Tunnel Creek

  • Cool off in a waterhole at Cathedral Gorge

  • Experience wild beauty in north-west Australia

  • Spot a flurry of birdlife in Geikie Gorge

  • Marvel at the Bungle Bungles, unique orange and black-striped 'beehive' formations that are more than 20 million years old.

  • Take a guided tour of Mimbi Caves, one of Western Australia's largest cave systems, with a local Gooniyandi guide.

  • Join a National Park Ranger on a guided cruise through majestic Geikie Gorge which is home to an incredible array of wildlife.

  • See the old gold rush town of Halls Creek and The China Wall, a naturally-formed white quartz wall which rises up to six metres above the landscape.

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Itinerary

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Day 1: Broome / Geikie Gorge / Fitzroy Crossing
Location: Broome / Geikie Gorge / Fitzroy Crossing
Accommodation: Camping (with shared facilities)
Meals Included: lunch, dinner

We ease into our adventure as we travel east towards Fitzroy Crossing. Join the Darlgunya Cultural Walk where our local Indigenous guide greets us with a smoking ceremony and billy tea, then leads a stroll through the remnants of the old postal settlement. Learn about the wild Fitzroy River: its plants, wildlife and significance to local culture.

Day 2: China Wall / Purnululu National Park (Bungle Bungles)
Location: China Wall / Purnululu National Park (Bungle Bungles)
Accommodation: Eco Safari Tents (with shared facilities)
Meals Included: breaksfast, lunch, dinner

Visit the gold rush town of Halls Creek and see the remarkable China Wall enroute to Purnululu National Park, home of the magnificent Bungle Bungles. On arrival in Purnululu, there is time to orient ourselves and settle into our Safari Camp before a delightful bush sunset. Relax with a delicious meal and evening under the stars.

Day 3: Purnululu National Park (Bungle Bungles)
Location: Purnululu National Park (Bungle Bungles)
Accommodation: Eco Safari Tents (with shared facilities)
Meals Included: breaksfast, lunch, dinner

Spend the next day exploring the highlights of Purnululu 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. Unbelievably, only the locals knew it existed until the early 1980s. To protect its unique landscape, the area was made a national park in 1987 and now enjoys World Heritage status. We explore the 2 km-long Echidna Chasm, known for its towering
Livistonia Palm trees, and take a short walk (2-3km) into stunning Cathedral Gorge, where towering rocks create a natural amphitheatre.

Optional Activities:
-Purnululu National Park (Bungle Bungles) - 30 minute Scenic Helicopter Flight

Day 4: Mimbi Caves / Fitzroy Crossing
Location: Mimbi Caves / Fitzroy Crossing
Accommodation: Camping (with shared facilities)
Meals Included: breaksfast, lunch

We bid farewell to Purnululu and travel to the ancient realm of Mimbi Caves, one of Western Australia's largest cave systems, in the heart of Gooniyandi Country. Spiritually significant, these limestone caves are one of the oldest identified sites of human occupation in Australia. Delve into Dreamtime with our local Gooniyandi guide who shares traditional stories and reveals the secrets of Mimbi Caves, a sanctuary of crystal clear pools, rare fossils and ancient rock art. Share fresh damper and billy tea with the Gooniyandi traditional owners before we head for Fitzroy Crossing.

Day 5: Dimalurru (Tunnel Creek) / Windjana Gorge / Derby / Broome
Location: Dimalurru (Tunnel Creek) / Windjana Gorge / Derby / Broome
Meals Included: breaksfast, lunch

Following another night by the Fitzroy River, we head for Bunuba country - once a Devonian reef, this terrain is over 350 million years old and home to a diverse array of animals and plants. In the morning we seek the adventure of Tunnel Creek, a 750-metre cave system in which we discover secret caves and a large variety of wildlife. It is here we also learn the legend of Jandamarra, an Aboriginal freedom fighter who used the tunnel as a hide-out in the late 1800’s. Travel to the geological wonder of Windjana Gorge, a delightful oasis in the outback; beneath gorge walls rising 90m, we enjoy a picnic lunch and search for freshwater crocodiles, local birdlife and indigenous bushtucker. The Gibb River Road then leads us from the picturesque Napier Ranges as we begin the return to Broome via the Derby ‘Boab Prison Tree’.

What's Included

  • Mimbi Caves

  • Permits for National Park entry, walks & gorge visits

  • China Wall

  • Guided Geikie Gorge Cruise

  • Cathedral Gorge Walk (Bungle Bungle)

  • Echidna Chasm Walk

  • Meals

    4 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 3 dinners

  • Accommodation

    Camping (with basic facilities) (2 nights), Camping (with facilities) (2 nights)

  • Geikie Gorge - Geikie Gorge Cruise

  • Fitzroy Crossing - China Wall

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What's Not Included

  • Tipping and Gratuities

  • International Travel

Accommodation

  • Nights 1 & 4: Camping in the Fitzroy River Lodge involves dome tents (single/twinshare), swags with fitted sheets & pillows with pillow cases. On site ablutions have hot showers and flush toilets.
  • Nights 2 & 3: In the heart of Purnululu National Park, our eco safari tents at the Bungle Bungles Safari Camp boast views of the Bungles Massif from your door. The camp features modern facilities, a covered dining deck with panoramic views and an open air campfire around which you can relax beneath a sparkling Kimberley night sky: chatting, star-gazing and sharing the adventure with like-minded travellers.
  • SINGLE TRAVELLERS
  • A Single Supplement is not available on the default version of this trip. As a single traveller you will have a tent to yourself on camping nights (nights 1 & 4), however in the remote Bungle Bungles Safari Camp (nights 2 & 3) you will be paired up with another single traveller of the same gender.
  • ACCOMMODATION UPGRADE (CAMPING PLUS)
  • An accommodation upgrade for nights 1 & 4 is available upon request and subject to availability at an additional cost. The new safari tents at the Fitzroy River Lodge offer elevated glamping, with twin beds, power and shared facilities. The upgrade has an additional option for a single supplement for nights 1 & 4. Nights 2 & 3 are twin share in the safari tents as per the default accommodation.

Transport

  • We operate our 4WD Kimberley Expeditions in custom-built, 21-seat 4WD trucks with a PA system and built-in storage (no risky trailers!). These comfortable, strong remote area vehicles allow our small groups extra space (including standing room), are fully air-conditioned and fitted with adjustable air vents, reclinable seats, map pockets and footrests. It is important that when booking a 4WD outback adventure in the Kimberley, you understand that the roads we travel on can be heavily corrugated. Rest assured, these are the conditions for which our 4WD trucks are designed.

Included Activities

  • Permits for National Park entry, walks & gorge visits
  • Guided Geikie Gorge Cruise
  • China Wall
  • Cathedral Gorge Walk (Bungle Bungle)
  • Echidna Chasm Walk
  • Mimbi Caves

Important Information

  • START & END TIME
  • This trip starts in Broome with an early pick-up at 7:30am on day 1 at our default pick-up location, unless you request an alternative pick-up location well ahead of departure. The trip finishes at around 7:00pm on the last day. We recommend you arrive a day prior to the trip's departure date and onward travel should not be booked until the following day.
  • TRIP STYLE & SLEEPING BAG
  • Accommodation on this trip is a combination of pop-up tents, and permanent tents with basic beds. Please bring your own sleeping bag or purchase one from us in advance.
  • SINGLE TRAVELLERS & ACCOMMODATION UPGRADE
  • A Single Supplement is not available on the default version of this trip. As a single traveller you will have a tent to yourself on camping nights, however in the remote Bungle Bungles Safari Camp (nights 2 & 3) you will be paired up with another single traveller of the same gender. An accommodation upgrade (Camping Plus) is available upon request and subject to availability, at an additional cost. Camping Plus can also be booked with the option for a single supplement. Please see the accommodation section of your trip notes or speak to your travel agent for more details.
  • OPERATOR
  • This trip is operated by our trusted partners Kimberley Wild Expeditions. It is essential that you call the Kimberley Wild office on 9193 7778, the day prior to departure to confirm pick up, and provide a mobile number for any late notifications.
  • MINIMUM NUMBERS
  • Please note this trip requires a minimum number of booked customers to guarantee the departure. Your Booking Agent will advise at time of booking if the departure has met minimum numbers. If minimum numbers are not met, you will be advised no later than 56 days out from departure (prior to full payment due). We recommend arranging flights and related travel services once your departure is guaranteed. In the event that your departure is cancelled due to minimum numbers not being met, a full refund will be provided of monies paid.
  • WEATHER
  • Departures are all subject to regional weather conditions and road closures – usually only a concern in Apr & Oct / Nov.
  • LUGGAGE
  • Space in our vehicles is limited so please keep luggage light – bring only essentials in a small soft bag, MAXIMUM 15kg. Suitcases are NOT suitable. Excess luggage must be left in Broome or sent to a forward destination.
  • PARTICIPATORY CAMPING
  • It is important that travellers participate in setting up camp each night, though the leader can assist where necessary. The leader also appreciates the assistance or one or two group members in preparing/clearing meals. It is essential that all our groups leave the camp they stay in as they found them for the next travellers - the Kimberley is a pristine wilderness and it is our responsibility to ensure it stays this way.

Check out our Q&As

  • Are all the relevant entry visa’s included in the price of the tour?

    No

  • Are the local guides on the tour English speaking?

    Yes

  • Is this trip right for you

    This trip is operated and run by our trusted partner, Kimberley Wild Expeditions. You will be travelling with a mixture of both Kimberley Wild Expeditions customers and Intrepid customers. Intrepid works closely with Kimberley Wild Expeditions to ensure that all of our customers enjoy their time away.

    This is a camping trip for those who are looking for the basics. Simple facilities and lack of emphasis on creature comforts make this an authentic experience of the Australian outback.

    On some days of the trip, you’ll spend several hours driving through very sparse areas of Australia. Sit back and enjoy landscapes that you would miss in any other form of travel. Extra space can be tight, and conditions may feel a little cramped. Think of it as a great way to get to know your fellow travellers. The drive days can be long, but it’s as much about the journey as the destination, and half the fun is the camaraderie.

    Our leaders are the classic do-it-all Aussie – they know the best spots to watch the sunset, can drive you to your next destination, take you on a guided hike or even whip up dinner for the group on some trips. While they won’t always do all these jobs on every trip, be aware they will be juggling many things on your tour and may have less time to spend with you. They will always be working hard to ensure you and your group have a fantastic time exploring Australia.

    This itinerary involves some clambering over rocks, wading in water by torchlight, walking on rocky creek beds and ascending/descending into gorges. A reasonable level of fitness and being sure on your feet is necessary to participate.

    Please Note: Due to the effects of ex-Tropical Cyclone Ellie in January 2023, some traditional attractions are closed for the season to give Country time to rest and recover. There is so much more to see in the Kimberley though, and we have been easily able to adapt our itineraries to include additional and extended activities, that we are normally not able to do! Plus, the landscape will be looking spectacular this year after such a great wet season: waterfalls will be thundering, swimming holes will be clean and fresh and our native wildlife will be thriving. So, while there are two destinations that we are unable to visit in the short term due to flood damage, those same big rains will mean the Kimberley has never been fresher. The season of 2023 promises to be a special opportunity to experience the Australian outback at its best.

  • Are international flights included in this tour?

    No

  • Are all entrance fees included in the price?

    No

  • Are airport transfers included in this tour?

    No

  • Are children permitted to take part in the tour?

    Yes if aged 15+ and accompanied by an adult

  • What policies are in place for Covid-19?

    Please contact us for latest COVID-19 policies

  • How long has the tour company been trading?

    Intrepid Travel has been taking travellers around the world for over 30 years

  • Will the accommodation included meet local health and safety regulations?

    Yes

  • What Ethical Travel credentials does the tour company have?

    Since 2002, The Intrepid Foundation has supported over 130 organisations across the world. We’re creating positive impact through the joy of travel, community and connection.

  • Do you operate a “single share” option and how does it work?

    Over 50% of traveller travel solo with Intrepid. You can choose to share a room with another solo travelle of the same sex for no additional charge, or choose to pay a single supplement if you’d like your own room. Please request this when booking, and we will secure you a single supplement wherever possible. Please note, if you are booking a last-minute trip, it may be harder for us to secure a single room

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    We don't charge a cancellation fee, here is a summary of intrepid travel charges.

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    Trips from 1 January 2023 onwards
    From 1 January 2023, Intrepid will no longer require travellers to provide proof of vaccination against COVID-19.

    However, we continue to strongly recommend that all travellers and leaders get vaccinated to protect themselves and other Specific proof of testing or vaccination may still be required by your destination or airline. Please ensure you check travel and entry requirements carefully.

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