Walk the Kimberley on this sensational guided Pack-Free walk. This 5-day innovative walk is like no other tour! Your journey walking tour has been designed to provide a remote wilderness walking experience in the Kimberley. Enjoy a heli-hiking experience in the ancient Bungle Bungles in Purnululu National Park the remote fingers of Piccaninny Gorge (a place which is only normally accessible on a 3-day hike with a heavy pack), a World Heritage Site and one of the most striking wonders of Western Australia. Then head to El Questro, located in the East Kimberley, showcasing an outstanding diversity of landscapes from rugged sandstone ranges to rainforest pockets, stunning gorges and palm-fringed waterholes.
Come with us on a wonderful journey as we explore the spectacular beehive domes of the Bungles. Part of the mystique of the Bungle Bungle range is that although it has a rich indigenous culture for over 20,000 years, it was not until 1879 that the first white Australians saw the brilliance of this hidden jewel. But we don’t stop here, we then head further into the Kimberley to explore the El Questro with its rugged sandstone ranges, rainforest pockets, stunning gorges and palm-fringed waterholes. This will be a journey you will remember forever with so many memorable moments included!
One of the biggest drawcards of this walk is that our guests won’t be asked to carry their clothes, food or overnight bags for the entire walk. This is a big advantage in that you will avoid carrying an additional 8kg or more on your back. With Life’s An Adventure, you will carry as little as your water bottle, lunch and camera each day.
Our journey has the option to include 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.
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 ensuites at the Bungle Bungle Savannah Lodge. 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.
El Questro is a 700,000-acre cattle station in the Eastern Kimberley Region. We’ve chosen this location due to its character, atmosphere, charm and stunning nearby walks. With live entertainment most nights, you’ll love the atmosphere of this traditional Cattle Ranch.
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 be enjoyed in the Verandah Restaurant overlooking the Pentecost River. Featuring wonderful local produce, enjoy fine dining featuring local produce such as wonderful Barramundi.
Room bedding configuration:
1 Queen bed and 1 single bed
Our tours are designed to be personal and intimate. We love the clients we attract on a Life’s An Adventure walking experience. Happy, down to earth people, who are passionate about walking and simply excited to be on holidays. We find our guests often form lifelong friendships on tour as they are travelling with wonderful like-minded people.
Mealtime is a special time on tour. Not only does it provide the opportunity to get to know your fellow travellers in a relaxed environment, but it also allows you to sample regional specialities. 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.
Our guides are truly exceptional at what they do. We call them our CEOs – Chief Experience Officers and it’s their job to ensure your tour exceeds your expectations. Our guide’s caring attitude and wonderful outgoing nature ensure your tour is relaxing, fun and informative.
Our walking tours are all genuinely all-inclusive and once you pay for your tour there are no hidden extras. During your evening meals, you will enjoy a la carte dining and won’t need to put your hand in your pocket to pay for wine as this is included in the price of the tour. Even down to the smallest detail has been taken care of, we won’t ask you to pay additional credit card fees.
This morning meet your guides at Kununurra Country Club Resort, Kununurra at 6.30am. 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 at the Bungle Bungle Savanannah Lodge 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.
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 indigneous 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 end 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.
This morning we enjoy an early morning start and head to 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 gorge 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 impressive chasm taking in the dramatic views of the sheer cliff walls. 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 a 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.
Enjoy 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 ecosystem 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.
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 at approximately 1.00pm – 2.00pm. Please note as airlines can change departure times, we will adjust the start time on day 5 to ensure guests can meet flights departing at 2.00pm or 3.00pm. We are able to drop guests directly at the airport to catch outgoing flights.
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