Five Day Broome to the Bungle Bungles
Short of time and want the best value Bungle Bungles trip in the Kimberley? Check out one of the world’s most unique landscapes at the famous Bungle Bungles. Explore the outback oasis of Windjana Gorge, searching for freshwater crocodiles, local birdlife and indigenous bushtucker. Venture into Tunnel Creek to discover stalactites, secret caves and a large variety of wildlife and swim in an idyllic waterhole and don’t miss a cruise on the waters of Geikie Gorge before returning to Broome.
Day 1 Geikie Gorge & Fitzroy Crossing
We ease into our adventure as we travel east towards Fitzroy Crossing. Visit the Old Fitzroy Crossing and colourful Mangkaja Aboriginal Arts Centre before joining a local National Park Ranger on a guided cruise through majestic Geikie Gorge that nature carved between the Geikie and Oscar Ranges. Learn of the fascinating geology of this natural wonder and discover the huge array of wildlife, including freshwater crocodiles, birds and fish. That evening, camp by the Fitzroy River and enjoy our famous Kimberley BBQ. (LD)
Days 2-3 Purnululu National Park: Bungle Bungles
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. After a delightful bush sunset, relax with a delicious meal and evening under the stars. Spend the next day exploring the highlights of this extraordinary 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 1980’s. To protect its unique landscape, the area was made a national park in 1987 and now enjoys World Heritage status. We explore the 2km 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. There is time in the afternoon to take an optional scenic flight and enjoy a birds-eye view of the beehive domes (approx $350pp, own expense) to put it all into perspective. (BLD/BLD)
Day 4 Mimbi Caves
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. (BL)
Day 5 Windjana Gorge & Tunnel Creek
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. Freshen up with a swim in the idyllic waterhole at the end of the tunnel before we 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’. (BL)
In 2016 this tour departs on Tuesdays (May to October).
5DBB1: Upgrade to Safari Tent: with ensuite on Nights 1 & 4, subject to availability.
30 minute Scenic Helicopter Flight over the Bungle Bungles - allow approx $350 per person
5DBB3: 3 Day Bungle Bungles Adventure - join the tour for the 2 nights in the Bungle Bungles, meeting up with the group in either Halls Creek or at the entrance to the Purnululu National Park and returning to the same point. Bookable on request, on a last minute basis only - call 1300 73 88 70.
What to Bring
It is essential that you bring a torch, shoes you don't mind getting wet - and we mean fully immersed in water: ideally, wet shoes, sandals or old runners, broad-brimmed hat with sun visor for all round protection, sunscreen, swimming costume and towel, good walking/trekking shoes and a personal water bottle.
You will also need to bring a sleeping bag - 10ºC sleeping bags are available for sale at $35pp - these must be requested with our office prior to travel and can be kept following your trip or donated to local indigenous communities.
Other recommendations include: warm clothes for the evening (particularly if travelling May-Aug), personal toiletries and first aid, with any personal medication required.
1. Departures are subject to weather conditions and road closures: usually only a concern for tours in April./October.
2. Accommodation upgrades are subject to availability.
3. Dinner on Night 4 is not included as the Fitzroy River Lodge has a great restaurant - allow approx AUD $30pp for a meal. (Allow a little more if you want a beer or glass of wine.)
4. 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. Refer to the Fitness rating in The Facts.
5. Single travellers on the Camping option do not have to pay a Single Supplement but must understand that while a single tent is guaranteed on nights 1 & 4, they may have to twin share with another traveller of the same gender in the Bungle Bungles, unless a Single Supplement is paid.
6. It is important that you appreciate the Kimberley Wild experience and the remote, vast nature of the areas through which we travel - please ensure you read our What You Need to Know and Frequently Asked Questions pages.
Combine this trip with the 2 Day Cape Leveque Experience and explore the highlights of the Dampier Peninsula as well!