Trip detail at-a-glance
The Kimberley region is one of the most remarkable yet least explored parts of Australia. Occupying an immense area of the North West part of Australia, the Kimberley is remote, sparsely populated and contains unparalleled biodiversity.It is a hiddenworld of deep gorges, rugged escarpments and plateaus, interspersed with cascading waterfalls and breathtaking scenery.
Home to an extraordinary array of vegetation and wildlife, the area has sustained Aboriginal people for thousands of years. From its scorched Desert fringes and vast Eucalypt forests, remnant rainforest, wild rivers and coastal mangrove communities, the Kimberley is one of the Worlds last wild places.
Your Experience will take you into the heart of this most magnificent of remote areas. Our vast trekking experience coupled with our ability to take you into those “special” places, will ensure your journey is one that provides you with long lasting memories.
After an awe inspiring helicopter ride to our start point, we walk through ancient riverbedsand swim in the crystal clear waterholes: you will marvel at the ruggedness of the surrounding landscape. Our 4-daytrek takes us through areas seldom seen. We are picked up on the shores of Lake Argyle and taken to a special place for an overnight camp. The sunset is breathtaking as we sit around our camp and take in the panoramic view of the surrounding Kimberley.
An early boat pick up the next morning takes us on a pictures’ ride to the Lake Argyle dam wall where we transport to the start of the majestic Ord Riverto begin our canoe journey.
We then enjoy a slow,easy paddle through the magnificent Carlton Gorge along the waters of the Ord Rivertaking in a magnificent array of top end bird lifewith overnight camps on sandy beaches. Our final day is enjoyed with a site seeing trip by boat that will thentake us back to Kununurra.
We will provide you with a safe, eco-friendly and culturally sensitive experience in one of the world’s best-keptsecrets.
This is truly an Unforgettable Adventure…
Arrive in Kununurra; Airport pick up and transfers to accommodation. Join your fellow adventurers tonight for an evening meet and greet and a program brief.Early arrivals can try their luck at catching a Barramundi at Ivanhoe crossing on the Ord River.
Today will be your first taste of the magnificence of the Kimberley. After breakfastwe willtransfer to our Helicopterfor our flightinto the Carr Boyd Ranges. As we fly across the plains and escarpments below enroute to our starting point you will be in awe of the scenery and ruggedness of the environment we are about to enter. We set up camp on a majestic waterhole surrounded by towering red cliffs and the iconic Boab Trees. As the evening approaches we climb to a nearby ridgeline to view the panorama of a Kimberley sunset and to acclimatize to the difficult terrain we will be encountering.
An early morning start to experience the changing colorsof the rugged gorges as the sun’s rays creep over the high cliffs and enter the valley in which we walk. Our journey begins with waterproofing our packs in preparation for the swim through our campsite waterhole (250m) to our starting point at the other end of the gorge. We then follow a dry riverbedthat will eventually lead us to its headwaters. We will set up our overnight camp alongside a small waterhole that will provide fishing opportunities for those so inclined. We take a side trip up one of the many gorges in this area and explore an environment that that few people have ever seen.
Abundant birdlife will greet us as we wake to start our day. Our trek continues along the riverbeduntil we climb over the range.This is a tough day and a daybreak start is required. The initial climb to the top of the escarpment is rewarded with views of the surrounding ranges and are a photographers dream. Spectacular gorges and ragged mountain ranges appear around every corner. The long winding descent will test nerve and fitness. Tonight we camp by a small freshwater creek surrounded by towering Paper barktrees and Pandanus plants.
Today’s trek encompasses ancient Cycads and a climb to a spectacular geological feature that we have named “Unforgettable Arch” Those who have the energy will climb to the top this feature and be rewarded with breathtaking views of Lake Argyle. We then complete todays trek with a steep traverse to a creek line, which leads to a hidden gorge featuring unique ecosystems shaded,from the Kimberley sun. On return to our campsite we spend another night under a million star canopy.
Lake Argyle (B,L,D)
Today we complete the trekking component of our trip and make our way to the shores of Lake Argyle to await our boat pick up. We will be greeted with lunch and a welcome cold drink. Our staff are avid birdwatchers and fisherman and will point out many points of interest as they transport us to our overnight destination. Tonight’s camp is on the shores of Lake Argyle; sit back enjoy our BBQ and watch the magnificent sunset from our own private beach.
Lake Argyle and commence canoe leg (B,L,D)
This morning we will be collected from our island and taken to our canoe start at the dam wallat Argyle Tourist Village. We will spend some time participating in a skills demonstration and getting some practice for our canoeing leg. Some time for a safety brief and to ensure our gear is securely water proofed and tied in to our canoes. The Ord River is slowly moving and as we paddle along we pass Pandanus and Melaleuca stands which often house thousands of fruit bats. As we paddle through the many Ord River gorges, we will appreciate the beauty ofour overnight camp on a beautiful white sandy beach.
Canoe on Ord River (B,L,D)
Once again we will be woken by the sounds of the abundant water birds surrounding our camp. During our full day of paddlingdown the Ord; we will be awed by the spectacular Carlton Gorge with its towering cliffs and splendid ever changing colors.We will enjoy looking up at majestic clifffaces and beautiful cascading waterfalls.A short walk into a secret waterfall for an icy cold swim helps make this a day to remember. We also have the opportunity to see the only Bradshaw artwork in a secluded and secret rock overhang before arriving at our next campsite to reflect on the day’sactivities.
Complete canoe leg and return to Kununurra (B,L)
The following morningwe are picked up by boat and enjoy a scenic trip back to kununurra.We are transferred back to our hotel to enjoy a hot shower and cold drink! Tonight wecan relax around the pool and recount our recent adventures before enjoying a well-deservedmeal in the Hotels restaurant. (Own expense)
Depart Kununurra (B)
Transfer to airport for onward journey.
Land component: $3,895 AUS
10 Day fully escorted tour; Minimum group size 6
Group discount available
THE FINE PRINT
- A non-refundable deposit of $500 is required to secure a booking. The remaining monies are payable 60 days prior to departure.
- You are required to complete a medical questionnaire providing us with information about any condition you may have that is relevant to this activity.
- Travel Insurance is mandatory.
- Training is necessary. This trek is challenging and you will require a mediumlevel of fitness. We can offer you support in this area. Please contact us for details.
- Breakfast at the hotel is a continental buffet. You have the option to upgrade to a cooked breakfast at your own cost if you wish.
Minimum group size: 8
BOOKING YOUR TREK
Phone:+61 412 299 152
Phone:+61 412 299 152
Inclusions and exclusions
- 10 day fully escorted tour ex Kununurra, West Australia
- Airport pick up and overnight accommodation in Kununurra
- Helicopter charter to trek start point, including scenic tour over ranges
- Kimberley experienced leader
- All food whilst on trek (supplemented with freshly caught fish)
- Boat pick up and transfer to island and Canoe start point
- Canoe(Canadian canoe) hire and associated equipment
- Qualified and experienced canoeing instructor(s)
- Mosquito dome
- International and Australian domestic flights
- Passport & Visa costs
- Travel insurance
- All items of a personal nature, including trekking equipment
- Meals other than those specified on itinerary