Testimonial for Adventure Wild
Maria & Michael
Year of Tour: 2021
After living in the NT and having a camper trailer and gear, we had always planned to see the Kimberley independently. I have been to the main towns and have done some work on a remote community in the area, however have not been off-track or to the main scenic attractions. We have been wanting to get there for a long time. Now, living in the ACT, with big distances and lengthy travel times involved, and having a good recommendation for Adventure Wild, we booked in. Given the uncertainties of travel, I had not built up hopes or real expectations. We have made new friends on travel before but not been part of a small group for nearly 2 weeks, so I was a little anxious about this.
The trip was fantastic, for many reasons. We were guided to see the natural treasures of the Kimberley by Mark and Carmel, guides who were knowledgeable, capable, enthusiastic, fun and relaxed. They shared their knowledge of places, and significant history of the places that we visited. They were reactive and responsive to changes and challenges, but stayed calm. They were directive when needed, consultative at other times. The group came together really well with most of the people being early 60s, at similar stages of life and with many common values and interests. We saw places at the best times of day (managing the early starts) with few others there and before the heat of the day. I enjoyed not having to think too much about when we were going where; the planning was done and the agenda set. Our need to change the route, possibly meant that we had the easier part of the trip first, but having remote parts at the end and no coverage, was a total Kimberley immersion before facing the real world again.
I particularly appreciated –
- Chairs with backs
- The fires
- Happy hours
- All the swims
- Breakfast options
- Healthy fresh lunches
- Diversity of evening meals
- The opportunity to sleep out in swags again
- The drink canteens
- Visiting and learning about a station
- The scones at Ellenbrae
I loved seeing the rock artworks, this was one of the highlights for me.
The walks were more difficult than I expected due to the rocks. I think that this needs to be more strongly advised on. It would be great if there was a bigger luggage rack on the bus to put backpacks
The early rises were worth it, the sunrises and sunsets were beautiful as were all the sites we visited. Their diversity was amazing too!
The length of time of the trip was just about right. We saw and learnt a lot learnt and were part of a fun group who enjoyed sharing our experiences. It was a real adventure!
Thanks to Carmel and Mark and to you and Karl and your staff for the organising and great systems of Adventure Wid.