Kimberley Walk Itinerary

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Day 1
KUNUNURRA TO BUNGLES

This morning meet your guides at The Kimberley Grande Hotel, Kununurra at 7.30am. Today we travel south to the spectacular Purnululu National Park. Travel by 4WD into the park crossing rivers and taking in your first views of the spectacular landscapes. The Bungle Bungle Range is an intricate maze of beehive-shaped peaks, narrow gorges lined with majestic Livistonia fan palms and soaring cliffs with seasonal waterfalls and rock pools. After lunch we enjoy an afternoon walk into the Bungle Bungles exploring the Southern Region of Purnululu National Park. Our walk takes us past banded domes towering majestically around you. We head to stunning Cathedral Gorge a spectacular natural amphitheatre with a pool reflecting the soaring sandstone beehives guarding the entrance.

This afternoon we arrive at our accommodation in the Bungle Bungles where we stay in modern cabins with ensuites. Enjoy time to cool off with a refreshing swim in the pool or relax on the outdoor deck and enjoy pre-dinner drinks (own expense). Tonight join the group for a wonderful hearty dinner and chat about the day’s adventures.

(Distance: 4 kms)

Day 2
BUNGLE BUNGLES HELI-HIKING EXPERIENCE

This morning we are up early to have breakfast. Today you have the choice of two Bungles experiences. See pricing page for Tour options.

Option 1: Heli -hiking
We join our helicopter and fly over the Bungle Bungles and lands in the heart of the Bungles. This area of the gorge is set deep inside the Bungle Domes and normally takes 3 days round trip to access. With our journey our helicopter drops us at the mouth of the gorge, allowing us the day to explore the best of this enormous gorge that spreads into five fingers as it cuts through the Bungle Bungle Range. Your guide will lead the hike into the gorge and tell you about the area’s cultural significance to the Aboriginal people and it’s unique history. After our walk we fly back by helicopter and transfer to our accommodation in the Bungles. Enjoy a swim and a relaxing dinner with your new found friends.

Option 2: Whip Snake Gorge walk hike
Our guides will take the group on a 10km walk to pretty Whip Snake Gorge. Follow the Piccanniny Creek sculptured dry track through the striped bungles formations until we reach Whip Snake Gorge, a narrow gorge filled with ferns which ends in a rock pool.

Afterwards both groups return to the Bungles Savannah Lodge for a swim before enjoying our evening meal served with Australian wine.

(Distance: 10kms. Rocky creek bed requiring good level of fitness & agility. Walking poles suggested.)

Day 3
BUNGLES – NORTHERN REGION

This morning we enjoy an early morning start and head to the the Northern Region of the Bungles for our morning walk. Our walking tour today takes us to Echidna Gorge and Mini Palms Gorge. We start with a walk into Echidna Gorge a spectacular 200m metre with varying hues. The Gorge takes its name from echidna found nearby. We head along a dry pebbly creek bed to the entrance of the chasm, passing Livistonia palms that grow along the banks. We head through the chasm taking in the dramatic views of the cliffs. We then head to Mini Palms Gorge over sand and spinifex along the base of the main range. This walk features soaring cliffs, dramatic palms and a natural amphitheatre and cave. A gentle breeze in the cave comes from the hidden opening of an inaccessible gorge upstream. The magnificent contrasts of the red cliffs and green palms make for a dramatic view. After lunch we drive to El Questro in the eastern Kimberley. Enjoy the comfort of modern garden or river view bungalows with ensuites. Enjoy pre-dinner drinks and live entertainment in the outdoor bar (own expense) before joining the group in the Verandah Restaurant for dinner, taking in views of the Pentecost River.

(Distance: 6.4 kms. Rocky underfoot requiring good level of fitness & agility. Walking poles suggested)

Day 4
BUNGLES – NORTHERN REGION

Enjoy an early morning breakfast at the beautiful Verandah Restaurant. Today we will walk to beautiful Champagne Springs named after the thermal springs that can be found at the end of this walk. This walk features sheer cliffs on the western and northern side that rise up to 375m and are mostly made up of ancient sandstone. At the end of the walk enjoy a dip in the  beautiful freshwater pools surrounded by lush vegetation. Afterwards we return to El Questro for a delicious lunch.

In the afternoon, relax at El Questro Station, or join a later afternoon walk to El Questro Gorge. This trail passes along a gorge flanked by sheer cliffs lush tropical vegetation and crystal clear pools. Under the rainforest canopy a diverse eco system thrives and the surrounding cliff faces are up to 1800 million years old and known as King Leopold sandstone. When we reach the end, cool off in the pretty waterhole before tracing our steps. Notes: Walks in this region, will depend on the conditions and may be adjusted to suit.

Tonight enjoy dinner in the Steakhouse Verandah Restaurant enjoying fine dining featuring local produce such as barramundi and succulent beef.

(Distance: Walk 1: 9.6kms. 5 hours. – Walk 2: 2.6kms 2.5 hours)

Day 5
EMMA GORGE WALK – KUNUNURRA

This morning enjoy an early breakfast and head to Emma Gorge for the last of our walking trails. Emma Gorge forms part of the Cockburn Ranges. This scenic trail takes us through a gorge characterised by cliff face escarpments reaching up to 120 metres high on both sides of the trail. See the ever changing vegetation as you make your way along the gorge until you reach the crystal clear pools and a 65 metre waterfall. Enjoy a refreshing swim in the pools to cool off before heading back. After lunch our journey takes us back to Kununurra, where our walking holidays concludes. The end of an amazing journey.

Inclusions

INCLUDED WITH THIS TRIP

Fully supported walk with no overnight bags to carry

  • This is an all-inclusive tour with no hidden extras:
    • Heli hiking experience to the mouth of Piccaninny Gorge with a day’s hike to explore the inner reaches of this enormous gorge.
    • Professionally guided – Our CEO’s – Chief Experience Officers are locals who are passionate, well trained and enthusiastic with the ability to bring to life a depth of information
    • Deluxe 2 nights accommodation in Riverview or Garden View Rooms at El Questro Station.
    • 2 nights in Deluxe Cabins in the Bungle Bungles with Swimming Pool
    • Heli Hiking into the remote areas of the Bungle Bungle
    • 2 Highlight Dinners at El Questro Verandah Restaurant overlooking the Pentecost River.
    • 2 x hearty meals in the Bungles
    • 4 x buffet breakfasts
    • 5 x lunches
    • Transfers to/from Kununurra
    • National Park Fees
    • Fresh fruit and trail mix to enjoy during your walk

A Truly Supported Walk
One of the biggest draw cards of this tour, is that our guests won’t be asked to carry their clothes or overnight bags for the entire tour, these will be transported for you each day. You will carry as little as your water bottle, camera and lunch each day!

Unique Heli Hiking Experience
Our journey includes a spectacular heli hiking experience into the Bungles to explore the upper reaches of Piccaninny Gorge. To experience this area, would normally take 3 days hiking with overnight camping supplies in a heavy pack. Including one day to reach the mouth of the gorge, then another day to explore the gorge and then another day to retrace your steps and hike back to the start. With our journey we will access this area in a day with our helicopter dropping us at the mouth of the gorge, allowing us the day to explore the best areas of this enormous gorge, that cuts through the Bungle Range. The helicopter will then pick us up for a unique return journey.

NO Camping to endure! Stay in Deluxe Accommodation across the Kimberley
The Bungle Bungles is a remote region with camping the norm in this area. However  you will be staying in modern cabins set amongst the bushland. After a day’s walking, enjoy a drink from the bar out on the deck or cool off with a refreshing swim in the accommodation’s pool – the only pool in the Bungles! At El Questro we stay in modern River or Garden View Bungalows. With live entertainment every night, you’ll love the atmosphere of this traditional Cattle Ranch.

Accommodation:

2 nights Bungle Bungle Cabins

The Bungle Bungles are a remote region and as such most visitors that come here have to camp. With Life’s An Adventure you’ll enjoy the comfort of staying in modern cabins with en-suites. Enjoy the delights of this property including a large outdoor deck and bar to enjoy pre-dinner drinks and a large pool to cool off after a day’s walking. At night enjoy hearty dinners in the restaurant.

2 nights El Questro Station

River or Gardenview Bungalow Rooms

El Questro is a 700,000 acre cattle station in the Eastern Kimberley Region. We’ve chosen this location due to it’s character, atmosphere, charm and stunning nearby walks. During your stay at El Questro Station, you’ll stay in the best accommodation, enjoying modern Riverview or Gardenview bungalow rooms with ensuites and balconies. Breakfasts and dinners will enjoyed in the Verandah Restaurant overlooking the Pentecost River. Featuring wonderful local produce, enjoy fine dining featuring local produce such as wonderful Barramundi.

Fabulous restaurant meals featuring local produce:
Meal time is a special time on tour. Not only does it provide the opportunity to get to know your fellow travellers in a relaxed environment, it also allows you to sample regional specialties. At El Questro Station enjoy fine dining in the Verandah Restaurant overlooking the Pentecost River. The restaurant has a wonderful selection of local produce including barramundi and succulent beef.

 

FAQ

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

How fit do I need to be to do this walk?

This walk is suitable for those who are looking for a walking / hiking holiday experience. A good level of fitness is needed to complete this walk. You must be capable of walking between 5 – 6 hours a day along formed tracks and uneven ground. We’ll take the pace at a level that suits everyone, with plenty of rest stops and opportunities to take photos during each day.

Please note if you have any medical conditions which may affect your walking we suggest you seek medical advice before booking this tour.

What will I need to carry?

All our guests will just need to carry a small day pack with water, camera and any small personal items you want access to during the day.

Do you cater for different dietary requirements?

Yes we can provide for any special dietary requirements. When booking please specify your special dietary requirements with as much details as possible.

If I am travelling on my own do I need to pay a single supplement?

If you are happy to twin share a room with another solo traveller, there is no extra charge. (If we can’t find another solo traveller to share with, you will have your own room at no extra cost). However if you want to request a room specifically for yourself you will be required to pay an additional fee, enquire for details.

How many people are in each walking group?

We run this tour with a maximum of 12 walkers.