8D7N El Questro, Gorges & Purnululu

Outback & Wilderness - Broome, Western Australia

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OWG-ESCKNXKIM-GBR8

Description

Across the Kimberley to the Bungle Bungles

Itinerary

A region often referred to as “Australia’s Last Wilderness”, the magnificent Kimberley in the North-West of Western Australia is big in more than one way: Geographically, the area is the size of the England, Scottland, Wales, Belgium, Portugal, Switzerland and Denmark combined – approximately 425,000 km2, but the population in this vast expanse is less than 45,000. There are some of the oldest rock formations found anywhere in the world; geologists refer to unimaginable timeframes of four billion years! Dozens of endemic and endangered species of flora and fauna can be found here and visitors are afforded priceless experiences when travelling to this remote corner of the country. Take the journey, come up here and let MyAussieHoliday take you off the beaten track – literally. There is no place like the Kimberley!

Tour Name 8 days El Questro, Gorges & Purnululu
Tour type Small Group 4WD Tour, includes 2 Nights in Purnululu National Park
Departs May to September 2012 [see dates below]
Duration 8 days / 7 nights
From Broome [or Kununurra]
To Kununurra [or Broome]
Tour Code APTGBR8
Dates 2012 May 1, 5, 15
June 2, 5, 11, 21
July 1, 11, 17, 22, 28, 30
August 8, 14, 21, 28
September 4, 9, 22

Tour highlights

This tour offers an in-depth discovery of the icons of the Kimberley region. Every day you’ll discover a new landscape more impressive than the last. Just when you think you’ve seen it all, arrive at incredible Purnululu National Park, where the striped beehive domes of the Bungle Bungle Range will leave you lost for words. If you’re short on time, this tour will show you many of the Kimberley’s highlights in style.

• Journey on the famed Gibb River Road
• Discover Tunnel Creek, Windjana, Bell and Galvans gorges
• Soak in the thermal pools of Zebedee Springs within El Questro Wilderness Park
• Cruise along Chamberlain Gorge
• Explore the World Heritage-listed Purnululu National Park
• Discover Echidna Chasm
• Hike along Piccaninny Creek and into spectacular Cathedral Gorge
• See the unusual China Wall formation
• Cruise the ancient Geikie Gorge

Day 1 - Broome, Boab Prison Tree, Gibb River Road, Tunnel Creek, Windjana Gorge
This morning begin your exploration of the awe-inspiring Kimberley region. Visit the Boab Prison Tree, believed to be more than 1,500 years old. Measuring an incredible 14 metres in diameter, and with its hollow centre and door cut into its side, the Boab Prison Tree was once used by early police patrols as a staging point for prisoners being walked into Derby. Today, the tree is a registered Aboriginal site and is of cultural significance to local tribes. After time to admire and learn about the tree, begin your journey on the Gibb River Road, a remote 660 km outback highway stretching between Broome and Kununurra. The Gibb traverses through the wild heart of the Kimberley, through a spectacular landscape of intensely coloured ranges, dramatic gorges and lush rock pools and waterfalls. Travel to remarkable Tunnel Creek and, with torch in hand, wade through the cool waters to view the wonderful oasis. At Windjana Gorge, where sheer cliffs tower above white sands, see the ancient marine fossils embedded in the gorge walls. You might even see freshwater crocodiles lazing on the banks of the Lennard River, which runs through the gorge.
Two Night Stay: Bell Gorge Wilderness Lodge, with private ensuites, Gibb River Road. [ L / D ]

Day 2 - Bell Gorge, Hiking and Swimming
Back on the Gibb River Road this morning, journey into King Leopold Ranges National Park, covering more than 900,000 acres and featuring seven rugged ranges. It’s also home to Bell Gorge, where stunning cliffs surround a series of tiered waterholes. Bell Gorge was formed by water flowing west from the King Leopold Ranges that cut through the ancient rock of the region. Sitting approximately 300 metres above sea level, Bell Gorge is a spectacular spot for swimming, photography and enjoying what nature has to offer. During your time here, you can take a relaxing swim below the waterfall which feeds the lower pool, or perhaps go bird-watching. Those who are feeling energetic can choose from a number of hiking opportunities. [ B / L / D]

Day 3 - Galvans Gorge, Durack River
Today, travel through the heart of Kimberley cattle country to discover one of the region’s most beautiful and most secluded gorges. At Galvans Gorge, a short walk leads to a picturesque waterhole where you can inspect the rock art on the gorge walls and perhaps take a leisurely swim in the refreshing waters. Afterwards, rejoin the Gibb River Road and ford the mighty Durack River, which was named after the region’s most famous pioneering family. Then ford the Pentecost River into El Questro Wilderness Park – one million stunning acres in the Kimberley wilderness. Tonight relax with your fellow travellers and enjoy a delicious dinner at Emma Gorge Resort.
Two Night Stay: Tented cabins with spacious ensuites at Emma Gorge Resort, El Questro. [ B / L / D]

Day 4 - Emma Gorge, Zebedee Springs, Chamberlain Gorge Cruise
Today you have the whole day to discover the wonders of El Questro for yourself. This morning, walk to beautiful Zebedee Springs and soak in the natural thermal pools surrounded by lush ferns and palms. After a rejuvenating soak, join a local ranger and cruise Chamberlain Gorge, a fresh waterway fringed by tropical vegetation and rugged escarpments. Later in the afternoon, you may like to join a hike into Emma Gorge, where you can indulge in a refreshing swim over to the towering droplet waterfall. Then return to Emma Gorge Resort. [ B / L / D]

Day 5 - World Heritage Purnululu National Park
Farewell El Questro this morning and journey to Purnululu National Park, one of Australia’s most fascinating landmarks. The national park is home to the famed black and orange striped domes of the Bungle Bungle Range. The range rises up to 578 metres above sea level and stands above a woodland and grass covered plain, with steep cliffs on the western side. Formed by constant erosion and river movements over 20 million years, the range has both geological and Indigenous cultural significance. It’s an imposing sight; and one that you are sure to remember forever. Join a gentle hike along a Livistona palm-fringed trail, into Echidna Chasm, a spectacular cleft in the rock massif. During your time here, marvel at the domes from afar, then step inside the range to discover a plethora of gorges, pools and fauna.
Two Night Stay: Stay in tented cabins with hot showers and toilets at Bungle Bungle Wilderness Lodge, Purnululu National Park. [ B / L / D]

Day 6 - Piccaninny Creek, Cathedral Gorge
Today you will discover the magic of Purnululu for yourself, and learn that it’s not just the Bungle Bungle Range that this incredible region is famous for. Walk along Piccaninny Creek, a winding gorge within the high walls of the Bungle Bungle domes. Your next stop is the natural amphitheatre of Cathedral Gorge, a spacious cavern rising high into the sky where you can test your vocal chords. As you wander through, marvel at the beehive domes while your guide brings the natural history of the range to life. You may like to take the opportunity to enjoy an optional scenic helicopter flight over the domes [own expense]. As the sun begins to set over the range, enjoy a complimentary drink and savour a truly magnificent sight. [ B / L / D]

Day 7 - Halls Creek, Fitzroy Crossing
Farewell the Bungle Bungle Range and visit Halls Creek. See the unusual China Wall, a natural quartz formation which rises from a creek and up over a small hill. The wall looks like a small version of the famous Great Wall of China – hence its name. Continue to Fitzroy Crossing, a small settlement situated on the Fitzroy River.
Stay: Fitzroy River Lodge, Fitzroy Crossing. [ B / L / D]

Day 8 - Geikie Gorge Cruise, Broome
This morning journey into Geikie Gorge National Park. Enjoy a morning to explore Geikie Gorge, situated at the junction of the Oscar and Geikie ranges. This 30 metre-deep gorge has been carved over the years by the mighty Fitzroy River. Flooding of the river has bleached the gorge walls white over the years – an intriguing sight which makes Geikie Gorge very popular with photographers. During your time here, board a unique cruise along this stunning gorge and learn more about its surrounding flora and fauna. After lunch, return to the old pearling town of Broome, where your tour concludes. [ B / L ]

Note
• Weather events may cause disruptions to itinerary, especially in remote locations. Order of touring may vary due to weather conditions and / or operational restrictions
• Peak season surcharges apply over special event times. MyAussieHoliday will advise you of details if applicable.

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Inclusion

• Touring in custom-built air-conditioned luxury 4WD truck
• Transfers, sightseeing and excursions as listed
• Entry and national park fees [where applicable]
• Accommodation in comfortable permanent safari camps and hotels as listed in the itinerary
• 22 meals as listed
• Services of a dedicated Driver / Guide
• Journey on the famed Gibb River Road
• Discover Tunnel Creek, Windjana, Bell and Galvans Gorges
• Soak in the thermal pools of Zebedee Springs within El Questro Wilderness Park
• Cruise along Chamberlain Gorge
• Explore the World Heritage-listed Purnululu National Park
• Discover Echidna Chasm
• Hike along a Livistona palm-fringed trail into Echidna Chasm
• Hike along Piccaninny Creek and into spectacular Cathedral Gorge
• See the China Wall at Halls Creek
• Take a cruise through Geikie Gorge

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Broome or Kununurra
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