Kimberley Walking Tours

$3,990pp – 13 Days, moderate terrain, 85km: Take the time to walk, swim, relax, and soak up the beauty of the Kimberley while still seeing so many extraordinary places.

If you’ve always wanted to visit the Kimberley in Western Australia’s north west; and if you’re interested in walking and swimming, rather than sitting on buses all day, this tour is for you. Our Kimberley walking tours leave the other tourists behind, while you explore the gorges, swimming holes, waterfalls and vistas of this magnificent landscape.

We’ve designed an itinerary which, over 13 days, gives you the best of the Gibb River Road gorges, El Questro Wilderness Park and Purnululu National Park (the Bungle Bungles) – without rushing. Travel in air-conditioned comfort in our custom-built 4WD coach, and enjoy wonderful guided day walks along the way.

Take your time to walk, swim, relax, and soak up the surrounding beauty each day – while still seeing so many extraordinary places.

Kimberley walking tours at a glance: walking, camping and 4wd

  • 13 days – experiencing the best of the Gibb River Road, El Questro and Purnululu National Park (the Bungles)
  • Take a 4wd bus between Broome and Kununurra with plenty of day walks and swims along the way
  • Easy/moderate walks between 1 and 10 km
  • Comfortable camping – spacious tents (one per person), camp beds, mattresses, toilets & showers
  • 2 professional guides
  • Air conditioned 4WD coach with forward facing seats
  • Small group size
  • $3,990pp ex Broome or Kununurra.

Our Kimberley Walking tours have a minimum of 6 and a maximum of 15 guests.

Tour Length:
13 Days, Broome to Kununurra, Or Kununurra to Broome. $3,990pp
Distance walked:
Shortest walk is 1 km, longest is about 12 km
Difficulty:
Easy to Moderate – many walks are short and most of the longer ones allow you to go as far as you like before you turn back. Some of the surfaces can be rocky and uneven underfoot and a moderate level of fitness is recommended.; See FAQ
Dates:
23. May – 4. Jun 2017
10 – 22. Jun 2017
28. Jun – 10. Jul 2017
15 – 27. Jul 2017

Highlights of this walk

Experience the magnificent Kimberley on this 4wd tour. Walk through ancient gorges and swim in pristine waterholes, beyond where most other tours go. Enjoy social and relaxed evenings under the dazzling Kimberley stars. Complete the entire Gibb River Road and experience all of it’s best sights.

Walking Tour Itinerary

We start our Kimberley walking tours in the historic pearling town of Broome and head north east up the Gibb River Road, visiting spectacular gorges along the way. We will explore the gorges at a leisurely pace and take advantage of the many idyllic swimming holes. We spend two full days each in El Questro Station and Purnululu (the Bungles) walking, exploring and relaxing. The tour finishes in Kununurra where you can go on to explore more of the Kimberley and the Northern Territory, or fly back home.
NOTE:  The following tours will begin in Kununurra and end in Broome – following the below itinerary in the reverse order.
16 – 28 June 2016
22 July – 3 Aug 2016
10 – 22 June 2017
15 – 27 July 2017
N/B The itinerary may vary according to conditions and advice.
Day 1 Broome to Windjana Gorge

Day 1 Broome to Windjana Gorge

We depart Broome early this morning and head for Windjana Gorge, passing Boab trees (including the famous Prison Tree) and vast savannah woodlands interspersed with giant and unusual termite mounds.

We’ll visit the Mowanjum Aboriginal Art and Culture Centre where local artists display work depicting Wandjina and Gwion Gwion figures in an art form based on cave paintings.

Accommodation: National Park camp site, Windjana Gorge

Meals: LD

Day 2 Windjana Gorge & Tunnel Creek

Day 2 Windjana Gorge & Tunnel Creek

Today we explore the length of Windjana Gorge with a 7km return walk. The high walls of this gorge were once part of an ancient Devonian reef that surrounded the Kimberley. With its varied bird life, interesting reef walls and its many freshwater crocodiles, Windjana will keep us enthralled for hours.

In the afternoon we visit Tunnel Creek, spending time walking through the 750 m long cave system. Tunnel Creek is a significant site for the local Bunaba people.

Accommodation: National Park camp site, Windjana Gorge

Meals: BLD

Day 3 Windjana Gorge to Silent Grove

Day 3 Windjana Gorge to Silent Grove

Enjoy an early morning walk beside the walls of the limestone range before leaving Windjana. We head through the Napier Range for our campsite at Silent Grove.

We will spend time this afternoon visiting Bell Creek Gorge with its many rock pools, rapids and a waterfall. This is a spectacular spot for a swim.

Accommodation: Camp site, Silent Grove

Meals: BLD

Day 4 Silent Grove to Manning Creek

Day 4 Silent Grove to Manning Creek

Back onto the Gibb River Road we head to Mt Barnett Station, home to the beautiful Manning Gorge. We’ll stop for a short walk and a luxurious swim at picture-perfect Galvan’s Gorge on the way.

After setting up camp, relax under a giant boab tree or enjoy a swim in the magnificent oasis of nearby Manning Creek.

Accommodation: Camp site, Manning Creek

Meals: BLD

Day 5 Manning Creek and Gorge

Day 5 Manning Creek and Gorge

Leaving early from our campsite, we follow an open, beautiful walk trail to Manning Gorge and Falls. Swim, relax and soak in the atmosphere while you enjoy a home-made morning tea, carried in by your guides.

Another swim in the afternoon? Why not!

Accommodation: Camp site, Manning Creek

Meals: BLD

Day 6 Manning Creek to El Questro Station

Day 6 Manning Creek to El Questro Station

Enjoy the scenery and a true blue ‘Gibb River Road massage’ today on this mostly driving day. The typical Kimberley scenery includes the Pentecost River Lookout, which overlooks the river floodplain and the tabletop Cockburn Ranges beyond. We’ll cross the Durack River and pass the site of the old Durack River Homestead, destroyed by flood in 2002.

Accommodation: Camp site, El Questro

Meals: BLD

Days 7 & 8 El Questro Station

Days 7 & 8 El Questro Station

During these two days there are plenty of walking and swimming options that we can undertake at El Questro. These include Amalia Gorge, Emma Gorge & El Questro Gorge walks. Plus, we’ll enjoy a luxuriant soak in Zebedee Thermal Springs. There is an optional cruise on Chamberlain Gorge if anyone wants an easy afternoon.

Accommodation: Camp Site, El Questro

Meals: BLD

Day 9 El Questro to Kununurra

Day 9 El Questro to Kununurra

This morning we head for Kununurra, visiting the Ramsar wetland Parry Lagoons on the way – a wonderful spot to view masses of waterbirds. There will be time in the afternoon to catch up on washing, postcards or just to relax. The crew will be organising the fresh food for the next section of the trip.

Dinner is not included tonight to give you the opportunity to taste some local delights.

Accommodation: Camp site, Kununurra

Meals: BL

Day 10 Kununurra to Purnululu (Bungle Bungle)

Day 10 Kununurra to Purnululu (Bungle Bungle)

This morning we leave Kununurra and head for Purnululu National Park – one of only three natural World Heritage sites in Western Australia. The 53 kilometre 4wd road into the park is our reintroduction to outback tracks with creek crossings, wash aways and rough slow sections. After setting up camp, we can go for a stroll and watch the sun set against the red rock of the Bungle Bungle Range – bring a drink if you like!

Accommodation: National Park camp site, Purnululu

Meals: BLD

Day 11 & 12 Purnululu (Bungle Bungle)

Day 11 & 12 Purnululu (Bungle Bungle)

We spend the next two days exploring the natural wonders the park including Echidna Chasm, Mini Palms Gorge, the spectacular orange and black ‘beehive’ domes, Piccanniny Creek and Cathedral Gorge.

There is time during our stay for an optional helicopter flight over the Bungle Bungle Range – a fantastic way to see and appreciate this completely unique and beautiful landscape.

Accommodation: National Park camp site, Purnululu

Meals: BLD

Day 13 Purnululu (Bungle Bungle) to Kununurra

Day 13 Purnululu (Bungle Bungle) to Kununurra

This morning we leave Purnululu and make the return journey to Kununurra. This wonderful outback experience will end on our arrival back in town where you will be transferred to your chosen accommodation.

Meals: BL

Read one of our Kimberley tour blogs to get a better feel for the tour.

Click to see the details about accommodation, what to bring, transportation, food, etc.
Details about accommodation, what to bring, transportation, food, etc.

Accommodation

Each night we camp in designated campgrounds, staying between one and three nights at each location. All of the high-quality camping equipment you need is provided, including stretcher beds and a mattress to sleep on, 160cm high tents, and comfortable armchairs. Bring your own pillow and sleeping bag or hire a sleeping bag from us for $35 (please let us know when booking if you would like this option).

A holiday isn’t a holiday if there isn’t time to relax and reflect on the day’s adventures. Our crew members carry out the campsite duties – so there’s no need for you to cook or wash dirty pots and pans.  All the eating utensils and crockery you will need are provided for your convenience. You’ll have a small a dilly bag with your own plates and utensils to clean after your meal, but we’ll do all of the hard work for you. Simply set up your tent and enjoy the sights and sounds of the night as you sit around the campfire, recapping the highlights of the day with your fellow travel companions.

What to bring

Luggage: Due to health and safety requirements, please limit your luggage to one medium sized, soft sided bag per person. Length + width + height should not exceed 140 cm. The maximum weight of the bag shouldn’t exceed 15 kg. If you’re travelling as a couple, please pack two smaller bags rather than one large one. Your day pack is in addition to your main luggage bag.

Suggested items to pack for your Kimberley walking tour:

  • Day-pack – one with a waist strap is best to help take some weight off your shoulders;
  • Shorts or trousers and shirts for walking – lightweight and quick-dry material are best;
  • Casual clothing for evenings and rest days;
  • Warm clothing in case of cold evenings and mornings – jumper, tracksuit pants, beanie;
  • Wind and waterproof jacket;
  • Socks – whichever thickness you’re comfortable in (thick explorer socks can get quite hot);
  • Comfortable, sturdy walking shoes or boots (ankle support is recommended as many surfaces are rocky and uneven);
  • Shoes suitable for walking in water (creeks). Sturdy walking sandals are best – they dry easily, you can shower in them and you can wear them around camp;
  • Gaiters (not sweaty plastic ones) for keeping grass seeds out of socks and shoes;
  • Sun protection – hat, sunglasses, sunscreen (and consider your clothing);
  • Bathers and swimming towel (lightweight so you can easily carry them);
  • Towel for washing;
  • Toiletries, hand sanitiser and personal medication;
  • Sleeping bag (warm enough for min temperatures of approx 4 degrees Celsius). You can hire a sleeping bag from us for $33 for the whole tour if you would prefer;
  • Pillow (you can keep this separate to your luggage in a sturdy plastic bag if you can’t squeeze it into your suitcase);
  • Reliable headlamp with spare batteries (much better than a torch because you can still use both hands when wearing a headlamp);
  • Any preferred first aid supplies such as blister treatment (Your guides will also carry a first-aid kit);
  • Water bottle/s – 2 to 3 litre capacity;
  • Fly net;
  • Insect Repellent;
  • Camera and charger/batteries (You can use your battery charger on the bus while we are driving);
  • Walking pole/s (optional but good for using on some rocky sections if your balance is not good).
  • At this time of year (May/June) the days are typically clear and warm (average max 33°C) and the nights are mild but can be quite cool (average min 17°C).

Food

A resourceful camp cook will accompany the Kimberley tour. Your camp cook will ensure that fresh local produce and ingredients are used when available. You’ll be pleasantly surprised at the variety and quality of the meals prepared under what are sometimes difficult conditions.

Three meals each day plus morning tea and snacks are included in the price of your tour (unless otherwise specified – see tour itinerary for details).

If you have any special dietary requirements please let us know when you book, we are happy to adapt our tasty, nutritious meals to suit a variety of dietary needs.

Transport

Transport is by an air-conditioned custom built four wheel drive (4WD) tour coach, designed for comfort in outback conditions. Vehicles are modern, comfortable and regularly serviced to ensure their safety and reliability. They are also fitted with long-range high frequency radios and recovery gear in case of emergency.

In the case of breakdown or other unforeseen circumstances affecting the vehicle or guide, the operator reserves the right to substitute vehicles and guides other than those specified, to ensure the operation of a tour.

Seat Allocation: Seats on tour vehicle are not pre allocated. To ensure all participants get to enjoy window seats we encourage a daily seat rotation system.

This walk includes

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Camping and entrance fees

All camping and park entrance fees are included

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Excellent itinerary and planning

Drawn from 14 years experience.

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High quality camping equipment

We’ll provide you with a spacious tent, camp bed, mattress, eating utensils and camp chair

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Home made morning tea each day

Enjoy a slice of home-baked cake and a hot cuppa each morning on the track – we’ll even carry the thermos for you!

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Meals prepared in our camp kitchen

Breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks are provided.

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Professional guides and experienced outback driver

Our crew will see that your experience is enjoyable, relaxing, safe and extraordinary. Leave the heavy work to us while you soak in the magic.

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Transport built for outback conditions

Transport is by an air-conditioned custom built 4WD tour coach, designed for comfort in outback conditions. Regularly serviced to ensure safety and reliability. Fitted with communication and recovery gear in case of emergency.

Kimberley Tour FAQs

How hard are the walks on this tour?

The walks in the Kimberley are not particularly difficult. Some are quite rocky underfoot however none are particularly long, so we can afford to take our time. Most of the walks include an opportunity to swim in a beautiful water hole.

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I have never put up a tent before. Is it hard? Will you help?

Modern tents are very quick and easy to erect. We all pitch in and help each other and generally each tent is up within 10 minutes.

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Do I have to share a tent?

No. We have a three person tent for each person. The tents are large enough for most people to stand fully erect and there is room enough to put a stretcher bed (which we provide) as well as all of your gear. If you are travelling as a couple, they tents are still big enough for two.

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What will the weather be like in May/June?

May/June is the best time in the Kimberley. There is still lots of water in the swimming holes and waterfalls, but the chance of getting rain is much reduced. The parks in the Kimberley open on the 1st of April. We typically start our season a good 6 weeks later. The days will be warm and evenings mild. There is lots of refreshing swims on this tour, so it is not hard to cool off.

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Why do we camp on the Kimberley tour? Don’t all of your other tours stay in accommodation?

If we could stay in accommodation we would, however it would mean a lot of driving. The Kimberley is an enormous place and if you don’t want to spend your whole tour in the bus, it means you have to camp.

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About Walking Tours In General

How hard are the walks?

The difficulty of the walks ranges from tour to tour, from easy to challenging. We design all of our walking tours to be achievable for those with a moderate level of fitness. We do recommend doing some training before most tours, because physical activity is always more enjoyable if you are physically prepared. We will send you information about how to train when you book.

When on tour we find that a positive mental attitude is most important and that if you focus on the scenery, the company and the moment, and not on the kilometres, then you find yourself reaching your destination with little problem. You can always have a day or sometimes an afternoon off to relax if you feel like it. If you have any concerns about your fitness or ability to complete a walk, give us a call on (08) 6219 5164 and we can talk you through it.

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Do I have to twin-share accommodation?

Our tour prices are based on rooms being twin share (two single beds in one room) or double (one double/queen bed in a room, shared by a couple). If you are travelling alone, we will give you a room with someone of the same sex. Sometimes, depending on the accommodation, it is possible to pay a single supplement to ensure that you have a room to yourself – please ask us if this option is available when you book.

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Will I hold up the group if I’m a slow walker?

We find a lot of people who haven’t been on a walking tour before worry about this, but it’s rarely an issue. We keep a comfortable steady pace with plenty of opportunities to rest and take in the scenery along the way. Usually the group will spread out over a couple of hundred metres as we walk.

Normal walking pace on a formed surface like a road or footpath is around 4.5 – 6 km per hour and we tend to average just over 3 km per hour on bush tracks. It’s not a stroll but it’s not a brisk walk either. If you feel you may be slower than this, try some longer training walks to increase your walking fitness.

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What is the average age of Inspiration Outdoors’ guests?

About 80% of our walkers are aged between 45 – 75. Our youngest guest has been about 35 and our oldest was 82. We get a roughly 60/40 female to male split.

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What’s the food like? Can you cater for my dietary needs?

We serve simple, nutritious and delicious food on tour, using fresh and local ingredients as much as possible. Of course, if you like, you can indulge in some less nutritious treats as well – you’re on holiday after all and Emily bakes a mean cake. Breakfast, home-made morning tea, lunch, fresh fruit, pre-dinner nibbles and a two course evening meal are all included. We are happy to adapt our menu to suit many dietary needs including gluten free, vegetarian and vegan diets – please ask when you book.

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Are your walking tours just for “bushwalkers”?

Our walks are for anyone who enjoys walking and nature – bushwalkers or not. Our walks are conducted in safe, supportive and fun environments and you don’t need specialised equipment or experience to undertake them. We give you information about what you will need to bring and how you should prepare for each tour and we’re always here to answer any questions or concerns.

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Do I have to walk every day on tour?

Of course not – it’s your holiday and you should do what you feel! Relax at the accommodation, come for a drive, get dropped off in town or go for a stroll of your own. On some days there is also the opportunity to walk for part of the day. This last option depends on whether there is vehicle access to the track.

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What do I have to carry when I walk?

Very little. A water bladder or bottles, a rain jacket, some personal first aid supplies and, on some days, lunch. You will probably want a camera as well. We return to accommodation each evening so there is no need to carry a large backpack.

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Beautiful walks in the daytime, relax with fellow walkers each evening

As much as this walk is a fantastic outdoor experience, it’s also a social experience, giving you a chance to enjoy the companionship and support of like-minded people. Enjoy a cuppa with a slice of home-made cake for morning tea, and fresh healthy lunches, surrounded by nature. Finish each day with a simple but tasty million star dining experience around the camp fire.

What people have said

The Kimberley is an amazing & beautiful part of Australia and this trip not only took us to some of the iconic locations but also to some gorgeous little hidden gems that many people might just drive straight past. The trip is so well organised, and the guides are really knowledgeable and fun. The food is gourmet camp cooking with flare… who would have thought that the best best roast lamb and vegies you’ve ever eaten would be cooked in camp oven?! Thanks everyone.

Dayle, Kimberley 2016

An Inspiration Outdoors Kimberley tour is not for everyone. You have to enjoy walking (scrambling, climbing, etc.) through magnificent scenery. You have to enjoy eating delicious and very ample meals around a campfire under the splendour of the stars before retiring to comfortable stretcher beds and tents for the night. A “luxury” or “glamping” tour it is not, but if you meet the above criteria and want to see and experience more of the Kimberley than luxury tours could offer you, then you could not do better than enjoy the relaxed, friendly and well-planned Inspiration Outdoors Kimberley tour.

Greg, Kimberley 2015

Pricing

AUD $3,990 per person

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Payment can be made by:

  • Direct deposit
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Can I cancel my booking?

We hope that you do not need to cancel your booking. However, if you do, our cancellation fee, based on the notice given prior to the departure date, is:

  • More than 12 weeks: $50 administration fee
  • 6 to 12 weeks: loss of deposit
  • 4 to 6 weeks: 25% of full tour cost
  • 2 to 4 weeks: 50% of full tour cost
  • less than 2 weeks: 100% of full tour cost, no refund

If you have any concerns about cancelling, please take out travel insurance covering this contingency. This policy will be adhered to despite the most compelling and compassionate circumstances.