Rated 4.7/5 out of 240 reviews
A quick phone call to Rory and due to some gorges being closed and tours being done in reverse, we were lucky enough to be able to do the Gibb River 7 day section of this amazingly diverse area of Australia. We were booked in to the Triple J Ord River Cruise – well worth doing and met the group and guides – Phil and Liz in the Ivanhoe Van Park and headed off the next morning.
What can we say about this tour? Not sure if there are enough superlatives to cover how we felt. Our guides were skilled, informative, knowledgeable, great company and catered to our every need.
The scenery, commentary, the gorges, campsites, food, campfires and the company of a great group of intrepid travellers were all a bonus and far better than doing this trip on our own.
Which Gorge was the best? All of them, each unique – El Questro, Emma, Manning, Galvins, Adcock. Zebedee Springs was delightful. 146 river crossings thanks to a late wet.
The bonus of Derby and the Norval gallery was perfect for us.
And a magic Horizontal Falls Day Tour was the perfect end to this leg of our journey.
We thank you for this opportunity to travel with Adventure Wild, we appreciate all the last minute arranging and have no hesitation in recommending you to others, although this particular situation may not arise again.
Ria & Ron Harvison
( Tour 6 - 24 May 2017 )
Hi Simone, Queen Liz and Prince Phil
Thank you for an absolutely wonderful Kimberley experience.
Had it in mind since hearing about the Bungle Bungles about 20 years ago.
Want to do it all again someday, with the same amazing knowledgeable guides (Liz and Phil), and hopefully see Windjana Gorge, Tunnel Creek and Bell Gorge which weren’t open this trip.
Will be recommending Adventure Wild to everyone.
Have so many great memories of the stunning outback, the stars, swimming in beautiful gorges, lily-pads palms and ferns, our 40th wedding anniversary among the Bungle Bungles, jet boating down the Ord River, the music at Home Valley Station, campfires, too much delicious FOOD, comfy swags and tents, games in the bus, river crossings…didn’t want it to end.
Gwenda & Kevin Stephenson
( Tour 6 - 19 May 2017 )
Hi Simone and Karl,
I completed the 12 day Broome – Broome safari with Mark and Carmel Green, arriving back in Broome Sunday 28th May 2017.
I enjoyed every minute of my tour, beginning with the helpful and comprehensive information package I received via email. I had a few questions, and when I rang Adventure Wild I spoke with Karl who was friendly and forthcoming, with plenty of patience for my sometimes unrelated questions.
I found the tour well-paced, with the four 2-night stays providing a sense of belonging and allowing relaxation time for those who wished. Mark and Carmel provided us with optional alternatives outside the set itinerary which enhanced our experience and were much appreciated by all.
Our meals were timely, varied and plentiful, packed with fresh ingredients. We were offered snacks before every walk and fresh fruit was available daily.
Campsites were generally good, with the standout being Brooking Springs Station where the peaceful, isolated location at the edge of a billabong created a magical first night for our reverse tour. Although Windjana and Bell Gorges were still closed, we were treated to a beautiful sunset on the Derby pier and the campsite at the edge of the Kimberley Entrance Caravan Park was quiet with an expansive outlook and more than adequate amenities. Our 2-night stay at El Questro was enhanced by being so close to the burbling Pentacost River, with the charming ensuite-style amenities adding a touch of class. The open-air amenities at the Bungle Bungle Station Caravan Park were a joy, and the only site that could have been improved was Home Valley Station.
I have nothing but praise for Mark and Carmel, who welcomed us and outlined the rules with humour and endless patience for our seemingly endless questions. They were informative, funny, entertaining, careful and capable, making every effort to respond to individual requirements. They were supportive without being intrusive on excursions that were challenging to many of our group.
I was comfortable at every stage of the tour, both on the bus and in camp. The tents were spacious and the swags comfortable, although I would have liked the option of an insect screen above my head on the swag so I could see the stars when sleeping out.
Hygiene rules were made very clear, with disinfectant gel available and used before every meal, and Mark and Carmel’s high standards were maintained throughout.
Thank you for making my first Kimberley experience so memorable, and I hope you continue to provide many more visitors with such a positive experience.
( Tour 5 - 17 May 2017 )
I have returned to Canada & got over my jetlag & wish to express my thanks for a great adventure–tour 5 of May 17, 2017 which included a song by a choir of 12 in Cathedral Gorge on my birthday.
Firstly, I want to thank you for your administration from the time I booked in November 2016 right through the months getting required info, the unfortunate cancellation of Wendy & your assistance with my claim.
Now, I must congratulate Mark & Carmel for extraordinary leadership for the entire tour including their energy driving long distances, setting up camp , providing snacks during morning & afternoon breaks, lunches & excellent dinners, keeping the group informed with stories & background history & assisting anyone who needed it [ including me] during the rock hopping hikes.
The itinerary was busy but I wanted that & there were opportunities to take a couple of morning rests if desired.
I enjoyed the company of all my fellow travellers . We had lots of laughs & I found them all willing to pitch in with the chores. I hope to keep in touch with some of the group & certainly would like to send some photos to a group website to be organised by one of the group experts.
I believe Adventure Wild has a very good formula for the 12 day tour & it should be continued until new circumstances occur that require changes to the overall plan.
I was surprised & not impressed how occasional other visitors at a campsite, swimming hole or lookout were fanatical about playing with drones.
I found the meals varied & of good quality & quantity & the campsites were well situated.
This was an adventurous camping trip & I was comfortable with the driving sections with regular breaks & was rewarded with the activities such as the helicopter flight, the river & lake cruises & the billabong & gorge swims & the colourful hikes .
Hygiene is very important & our leaders were on top of ensuring the best approach to that.
Ross Egan (Whistler, BC Canada)
( Tour 5 - 17 May 2017 )
TOUR GUIDES/HOSTS – THOMMO & GOOLS (Wayne & Cheryl )….These two are the VERY BEST.
On Friday 12 May 2017 my wife & I joined 16 others for the 12 day adventure through the Kimberley…..AND WHAT AN ADVENTURE!!
All enjoyed Thommo & Gools commentary, their sense of fun & banter & gracious & respectfulness to all. Kimberley knowledge…wow! We learned so much about this beautiful but rugged part of Australia.
The magnificent gorge cliffs, spectacular waterfalls & rock formations…so often we are in awe.
This is the best tour & would encourage other to avail themselves to Adventure Wild.
Everything has been thought through to make this trip one to remember.
We never felt rushed & it was good to have a couple of days in various spots to be ” active ” or laze about (washing clothes time).
CONGRATULATIONS Gools on the wonderful meals (no skimping here)…what a treat each night..a different country represented + desserts (my favourite was tiramisu….best that I have ever eaten). Each night we wondered what magic Gools was going to present.
Thank you again Thommo & Gools for a great & memorable tour.
Adventure Wild…well done…excellent pre trip briefing/information & the adventure …magnificent.
David & Yvonne Tonge
( Tour 4 - 12 May 2017 )