17 Day Kimberley & Tanami Desert Camping (C17KT)

Tour Highlights

Tour Highlights

  • Tour Guide and Hostess Cook
  • 1 nights accommodation
  • Alice Springs
  • Karlu Karlu (Devil’s Marbles)
  • Top Springs
  • Kununurra
  • Home Valley Station
  • Lake Argyle
  • Gibb River Road
  • Mitchell Plateau
  • Manning Gorge
  • Windjana Gorge
  • Derby
  • Broome
  • Fitzroy Crossing
  • Geikie Gorge
  • Halls Creek
  • Purnululu (Bungle Bungles) National Park
  • Tanami Track
  • Wolfe Creek Crater

Itinerary

Itinerary

ALICE SPRINGS, KARLU KARLU (DEVILS MARBLES), BANKA BANKA Day 1

ALICE SPRINGS, KARLU KARLU (DEVILS MARBLES), BANKA BANKA - (LD)

Early morning pick up from Oz Tours selected properties. We travel north, along the Stuart Highway, on an adventurous journey into the Barkly region, on our way to Karlu Karlu. Scattered over a wide, shallow valley, these boulders are sacred to the Warumungu people, who believe they are the eggs of the rainbow Serpent. We continue north to Tennant Creek, then to our overnight camp at Banka Banka Station campground with full facilities.

DALY WATERS, TOP SPRINGS Day 2

DALY WATERS, TOP SPRINGS - (BLD)

We farewell our station hosts and make our way to Elliott. We visit the historic township of Newcastle Waters. Here you can experience the atmosphere of the roving days. Then onto Daly Waters, where we call in at the famous Daly Waters Pub, built in the 1930’s. We then  travel the Buchanan Highway to our camp at Top Springs with campground facilities.

VICTORIA RIVER, TIMBER CREEK, LAKE ARGYLE, KUNUNURRA Day 3

VICTORIA RIVER, TIMBER CREEK, LAKE ARGYLE, KUNUNURRA - (BLD)

Today we meet up with the Buntine and and travel to the Victoria Highway and learn about Australia’s largest cattle station, Victoria River Downs, then onto Timber Creek.  The scenery changes dramatically today as we pass the Pinkerton and Spencer Ranges. After a brief stop at NT/WA border we take a picturesque drive to Lake Argyle before setting up camp at Kimberlyland Tourist Park on the banks of Lake Kununurra. Relax and enjoy the sunset over the lake before dinner. Campground with full facilities.

WYNDHAM, HOME VALLEY Day 4

WYNDHAM, HOME VALLEY - (BLD)

This morning we take in the sites of Kununurra, and an opportunity to visit Argyle Homestead, the former home of the pioneering Durack family (own cost). We travel through this vast irrigation area. Our journey then takes us for a look at the Grotto, a rock bound waterhole 122 metres deep, then to Wyndham. We visit the Five Rivers lookout for lunch before we travel the Gibb River Road crossing the mighty Pentecost River to Home Valley. Campground with facilities.

GIBB RIVER ROAD Day 5

GIBB RIVER ROAD - (BLD)

We depart Home Valley and return to the Gibb River Road, stopping at a Lookout over the Pentecost River and Cockburn Ranges, truly spectacular scenery. We continue our travels up the Gibb River Road, Kalumburra Road and  Mitchell Falls track  to our camp for 2 nights. Bush Camp with toilets and bush shower.

MITCHELL FALLS Day 6

MITCHELL FALLS - (BLD)

Departing early this morning, we explore the rock art site and waterfalls on our way to the magnificent Mitchell Falls. After cooling off in the Mitchell River and photographing the falls, we return to camp. We have a Helicopter flight for the return trip to camp.

DRYSDALE STATION Day 7

DRYSDALE STATION - (BLD)

Travelling south, we explore the fascinating rock art sites of the Wandjina and the Bradshaw. We make our way to Miners Pool for lunhc and then to Drysdale Station. This afternoon time relax, explore, or catch up on washing. Homestead property with a bar and beer garden. Campground with facilities.

MANNING GORGE Day 8

MANNING GORGE - (BLD)

We travel south back to the Gibb River Road and further into the heart of the Kimberley. Today we camp on the Manning River with its ancient boab trees. After setting up camp, we have lunch then  it’s time swim in the Manning River or take a walk to Upper Manning Gorge. The Gorge is a delightful area with a waterfall and natural swimming pool surrounded by high ancient cliffs. Campground with facilities.

GALVINS GORGE, KING LEOPOLD RANGES, WINDJANA GORGE Day 9

GALVINS GORGE, KING LEOPOLD RANGES, WINDJANA GORGE - (BLD)

Heading south west we call into Galvins Gorge. We then climb the Philips Range to the lookout for a scenic view over the Packhorse and King Leopold Ranges. We stop at one of the many creek or river crossings for lunch, then turn off toward Windjana Gorge and visit the site of Lillimilura Police Station built in 1884. Then on to tonight’s camp at Windjana Gorge. Take time to walk through this fascinating gorge in the late afternoon. Bush camp with toilet and shower.

DERBY, PRISON TREE, BROOME Day 10

DERBY, PRISON TREE, BROOME - (BLD)

We rejoin the Gibb River Road to Derby. We stop for lunch at the wharf, with its 11.5m tides “the second largest in the world”. We also visit the old Gaol; the Boab Prison Tree, Myall’s Bore and Cattle trough; at 120m long, is the longest in Australia. With the Gibb River Road behind us, we travel on the Great Northern Highway to Broome, we camp and relax for two nights.

BROOME Day 11

BROOME - (B)

Have a day at leisure, or take in the sites of this tropical seaside town. With a history dating back to 1861, Broome was originally founded as a pearling port and now boasts a multicultural population of many nationalities lured here by the promise of finding their fortune.

FITZROY CROSSING, GEIKIE GORGE Day 12

FITZROY CROSSING, GEIKIE GORGE - (BLD)

We bid farewell to Broome, as we travel east on the Great Northern Hwy towards Fitzroy Crossing. We visit Geikie Gorge for for a tour of the Gorge, which was carved through the limestone at the junction of the Oscar and Geikie ranges by the Fitzroy River. We then pass the old township on our way to Fitzroy River Lodge and Camp Ground with full facilities.

HALLS CREEK, PURNULULU NATIONAL PARK (BUNGLE BUNGLES) Day 13

HALLS CREEK, PURNULULU NATIONAL PARK (BUNGLE BUNGLES) - (BLD)

Today we travel on the northern edge of the Great Sandy Dessert, through vast cattle stations and remote Aboriginal settlements to Halls Creek. After a brief refuelling stop, we continue onto our overnight Camp at Purnululu National Park. Bush camp with toilet and shower.

PURNULULU NATIONAL PARK (BUNGLE BUNGLES) Day 14

PURNULULU NATIONAL PARK (BUNGLE BUNGLES) - (BLD)

We explore the wondrous attractions of Purnululu National Park, including Walanginjdji Lookout with panoramic views of the western side of Purnululu Bungle Range, Echidna Chasm, and Cathedral Gorge, with an easy paced walk through the Domes and Piccaninny Creek into this Majestic Gorge. This afternoon there is time for an optional scenic flight (own cost) over this spectacular landscape. Bush camp with toilet and shower.

HALLS CREEK Day 15

HALLS CREEK - (BLD)

We retrace our way back through the Purnululu National Park to Old Halls Creek. This is where gold was first discovered in Western Australia and where the town was situated until 1949. We visit the old Post Office and wander through the old pioneer cemetery.  A few kilometres away is China Wall, a white Quarts vein that has been pushed up vertically 6m out of the ground. Our overnight stay is at Halls Creek Motel.

TANAMI TRACK, WOLFE CREEK CRATER Day 16

TANAMI TRACK, WOLFE CREEK CRATER - (BLD)

Today starts our crossing of the vast untamed wilderness of the Tanami Desert. On the Tanami Track we visit Wolfe Creek Crater, an amazing site in its arid flat surroundings. It’s only when you climb up onto the rim that its secret is revealed. We overnight on the Tanami Desert with bush camp facilities.

ALICE SPRINGS Day 17

ALICE SPRINGS - (BL)

Travelling east along the majestic northern slopes of the Mac Donnell Ranges, we pass isolated Aboriginal settlements and mining leases on our way to Tilmouth Well Road House for a chance to purchase local souvenirs and art. We make our return journey to Alice Springs. Your adventure ends with a transfer to Oz Tours selected locations.

Dates / Rates

2019 Rates

Twin Share$5,047.00 per person
Single$5,140.00

Dates

  • 15 June, 2019
  • 6 July, 2019

Map

Alice Springs
Newcastle Waters
Lake Argyle
Home Valley
Gibb River Road
Mitchell Falls
Drysdale Station
Gibb River Road
Windjana Gorge
Derby
Broome
Geikie Gorge
Purnululu (Bungle Bungles) National Park
Purnululu (Bungle Bungles) National Park
Halls Creek
Wolfe Creek Crater
Alice Springs