This outback family adventure offers an escape to the dramatic gorges, wildlife retreats and ancient cave passages of the rugged western Kimberley. Sharing the experience with other like-minded families, the kids will forget about wifi and be immersed in nature: swimming, wildlife spotting, trekking, campfires, stargazing and more! It doesn’t get much better than this.
Gibb River Road, Derby Prison Tree, Windjana Gorge, Tunnel Creek, Bell Gorge, Galvans Gorge, Manning Falls, Adcock Gorge, Norval Art Gallery
Day 1: Tunnel Creek
Departing Broome, we journey to the renowned ‘Boab Prison Tree’ and the start of the iconic Gibb River Road. Set up camp in Windjana Gorge National Park and enjoy lunch before we head for the adventure of Tunnel Creek, a cave system carved through the Napier Range, discover stalactites and a large variety of wildlife. Also learn the legend of Jandamarra, an Aboriginal freedom fighter who used the tunnel as a hideout in the late 1800’s. Towards sunset, we arrive at our campsite for a delicious campfire dinner under the famous Kimberley night sky. (LD)
Day 2: Windjana Gorge & Galvins Gorge
Spend the morning exploring the famous Windjana Gorge, a majestic oasis in the outback where we search for freshwater crocodiles, bird life and bushtucker. An afternoon swim at Galvins Gorge, amongst water lilies and boab trees, offers the chance to freshen up. That night, we camp on Mt Barnett Cattle Station at a billabong oasis in the heart of gorge country. (BLD)
Day 3: Manning Falls
Today we explore the remote and spectacular Manning Gorge surrounded by high cliff. Cross the meandering Manning River – either swimming or by pulley boat! – and take on a bushwalk to the impressive Manning Falls. The kids will love swimming in deep clear pools surrounded by a rugged natural landscape. In the afternoon, relax, swim and play games by the Manning River before we get the camp fire going for dinner and marshmallow toasting! (BLD)
Day 4: Adcock Gorge & Bell Gorge
Enjoy a morning swim in Adcock Gorge, surrounded by rainforest and sandstone ranges. Travel to Silent Grove to set up camp and enjoy lunch before we explore the spectacular Bell Gorge in the ancient King Leopold Range. This idyllic retreat boasts majestic cascading waterfalls and crystal clear pools formed over millions of years. (BLD)
Day 5: Derby & Broome
Returning to the Gibb River Road we head for the Norval Art Gallery in Derby. Here we discover some of the great works produced by local Aboriginal artists. There is even an opportunity for the kids to have a go at producing their own! Arrive back in Broome around 5pm. (BL)
Meals: 4 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 4 Dinners
Accommodation: Camping (4 nights)
Nights 1 & 4 – Camping in National Parks 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 – Enjoy two nights in the comfort of our own private safari camp at Manning Gorge. The camp features tourer-style tents on raised platforms with twin stretcher beds, and our own sheltered kitchen area. Nearby shared ablutions have hot showers and flush toilets.
- Two Tour Hosts – including an Experienced Kimberley Tour Guide and Tour Assistant (on all tours with 8+ travellers)
- Meals as specified
- Camping Accommodation
- National Park Entry Fees
- Lots of fun!!
What to Bring
Travellers on this trip must bring a pair of shoes/sandals that they don’t mind getting wet. Other recommendations include: a torch, a broad-brimmed hat with sun visor for all round protection, swimming costume and towel, walking shoes, a long-sleeved cotton shirt (sun protection), 1 pair of loose-fitting pants, a warm jumper, personal water bottle and personal toiletries and first aid, with any personal medication required. A sleeping bag. is also required; these are available for purchase at $40pp and must be requested with our office prior to travel.
Luggage: Max 15kg in Soft Bag/Backpack & Day Bag (No Suitcases)
- This trip is designed for families only
- Departures are subject to weather conditions and road closures: usually only a concern for tours in April.
- 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.
- 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.
- It is important that you appreciate the Kimberley Wild experience and the remote, vast nature of the areas through which we travel
- Travel Insurance is compulsory for all travellers on all tours and details must be presented to tour guide before departure.
- A Tour Assistant is provided on tour for all larger groups of 8 or more travellers.
- Are you over 70 years old? Due to the remote location and challenging nature of the extended camping tours it is essential for older travellers to review and sign a Medical Form to ensure you can participate fully in the itinerary.