Information

Planning

Where am I going?

The Kimberley is twice the size of Victoria and covers approximately 243,000 square kilometres. The route we travel is around 3,000 km over 12 days. The Gibb River Road and the access track into the Bungle Bungles are both corrugated roads. Our vehicles stop regularly, usually every hour, on the rough roads. The longer days of travel are along the Great Northern Highway on our final two days back to Broome. The road surfaces vary from sealed highway to rough dirt track. You can expect that some dust will infiltrate some of our equipment during the journey.

Do I need insurance?

Absolutely. Travel Insurance is essential when travelling in remote areas of Australia. Accidents, Inclement weather, road closures, vehicle breakdowns can all result in missed connections, lost or damaged luggage or injury.

Please ensure that you have comprehensive cover from the time of reservation. Please contact your current insurer (health/car/home) for a quote. Alternatively, Adventure Wild recommends Travel Insurance Direct or 1CoverDirect Insurance.

How do I make a reservation?

Adventure Wild offer you the opportunity to make a non-obligatory reservation. Please let us know your preferred date and we will ‘pencil’ you in. Once you know that everything will work for you, we ask for a deposit of $600 each. The full amount is due two months prior to departure. Should your plan not come together, then we ask you to advise us at your earliest convenience so that we may open the seat for another guest. Please book your travel insurance at the time of reservation.

Tour Inclusions

  • Air-conditioned 4WD bus travel
  • All meals, snacks, water
  • Fully guided walks
  • Camping ground fees
  • National park entrance fees
  • Tents supplied
  • Geike Gorge Cruise
  • Water Canteen*
  • Canvas Travel Bag*
  • Swag: mattress, *sleeping bag, linen, pillow & pillowcase
* Free to keep

 

What Isn't Covered
  • BYO Alcohol
  • Spending Money: Allow some spending money for shops you visit.
  • Optional Tours: We'll let you know about a couple of extra experiences you can do if you want to add some extra adventure.

What if I am travelling with a car, caravan or camper trailer?

Adventure Wild can suggest powered or unpowered vehicle storage facilities in Broome while you are on tour. Please be aware that our tour guest pick-ups commence from 6.15 a.m. on day one of your adventure. For further information regarding applicable fees and arrangements, please contact us.

Getting to Broome

Read our Guide to Broome, giving you information on flights and accommodation options as well as what to do while you are there.

You can also fly in to Darwin, and then take a domestic connecting flight to Broome. Read our Guide to Darwin if you are flying in from there.

The Tour

What if I have additional luggage?

Adventure Wild has the facilities to store extra luggage for you in Broome. We will pick up your excess bags the morning of departure and deliver them to your accommodation of choice on your final day.  A standard pick-up/drop off fee of $25.00 is applicable. We offer this service so you don't have to worry about excess luggage. If you are travelling ‘One Way’ Greyhound Freight Service can transport excess baggage for you.

What sort of luggage can I carry?

Due to the time we are on the road and the rugged conditions we encounter, space is at a premium. We cannot accommodate suitcases or hard framed luggage.

Adventure Wild will supply guests a complimentary soft-sided bag for use on tour.

The Adventure Wild bag will be mailed to you once your tour is paid in full.  For international guests we will deliver your bag to your accommodation of choice on arrival in Broome.

Luggage allowance is 15 kilograms.

Tour Luggage Bag

What types of vehicles will I travel in?  

We use custom-built All Terrain 4X4 Isuzu NPR300 5.2 litre Turbo-charged tour coaches with 16 comfortable forward-facing seats fitted with seat belts. Air conditioning is standard, enabling comfortable travel in the harshest conditions. We have a PA system and an on-board entertainment system to keep you informed and entertained throughout your journey.

Our coaches have sliding windows that open to allow unimpeded photography and fresh air ventilation when conditions allow.

Our vehicles tow Adventure Wild purpose-built trailers for additional storage.
Your safety is our priority. Each tour coach has a satellite phone, fire extinguishers, first aid kits and all necessary equipment to operate in remote areas.

Our tour guides are licensed by government bodies and hold current Senior First Aid Certificates.

Custom built All Terrain 4X4 Isuzu

How many people on the tour?

A maximum of 16 guests will be in the group. The group draws together a great variety of couples, independent travellers and friends travelling together.

Who are my tour guides?

Adventure Wild is unique as the only operator in the region to offer two experienced guides as hosts on every tour. This increases your safety and security as well as level of personal service. In addition our guides are mature husband and wife teams who share their passion and knowledge of this spectacular region with you.

Do I need to help?

Please be aware that this is a hands-on tour. You will need to set up and pull down your tent on the first night. You'll also need to roll your own swag each time we change camp. Everyone ‘pitching-in’ with the loading and unloading (chairs / tables), setting up camp, meal preparation and cleaning up is essential for a successful tour. The chores are not hard or strenuous and you may find it is actually fun. It is also a great way to get to know your fellow travellers.

What will I sleep in?

Our tours are all inclusive. Adventure Wild will provide you with all bedding including a swag including a brand new sleeping bag that is yours to keep. We also supply a sheet, pillow and pillowcase. The swags have a mattress between 2 ½ and 3 inches thick that is covered by canvas. The tents vary in style from a Kodiak Flex Box tent or an easy to assemble ‘Tourer’ style tent for couples or a three person Dome-style tent for independent travellers. Our larger tents weight between 15 and 20 kg each, depending on the style.

We have permanent campsites for 10 out of 11 nights on tour. This means more time to relax and explore the beautiful Kimberley region. You will only need to set up and pull down your tent only on the first two nights when we camp at Windjana Gorge, a Department for Parks and Wildlife (DPAW) Campground.

A limited number of canvas camp stretchers are available on request. The stretchers don't increase overall comfort. They are supplied for people with mobility difficulties or who have difficulty getting up and off the ground. The stretchers are available for hire at $60 per stretcher per trip. These must be booked in advance. Please note there is a weight limit of 110 kg on hire of stretchers and the stretchers weigh approximately 13 kg. They can also be cumbersome to set up.

I am travelling alone, do I need to share a tent?

No. If you are travelling alone you don't need to share a ten. Adventure Wild have no single supplement. Independent travellers have privacy without charge. Please note that your tent may be a smaller dome style tent as opposed to the larger Kodiak Flexbow or Tourer style tents offered to couples or guests sharing.

Are there toilets and showers?

We have flushing toilets and showers at all campsites. The campsites vary between Department of Parks and Wildlife (DPAW) Camp Grounds and privately owned/managed caravan parks or cattle stations.  The campsites we use are:

  • Windjana Gorge
  • Mt Barnett Station at Manning Gorge
  • Home Valley Station
  • El Questro Station
  • Kununurra – Ivanhoe Village Caravan Park
  • Bungle Bungle Expedition Caravan Park
  • Fitzroy Crossing – an exclusive campsite on a working cattle station

Do I need to bring food and drinks?

All food is provided from morning tea on Day 1 to lunch on Day 12.  Please ensure you advise us when booking if you have any special medical or dietary requirements. We will do our best to accommodate these. We are happy to cater for vegetarian, vegan, coeliac, lactose intolerance and similar medical dietary allergies.

We have fresh fruit and snacks available to guests at all times.

Breakfast: Toast, Muesli, Cereal, Fruit, Tea, Coffee & Juice.
Morning Tea: Coffee, Tea, Milo, Cordial, Biscuits / Cake & Fruit.
Lunch: Cold meats, Fresh Salads.
Dinner: Delicious roasts, tasty casseroles, curries and pasta are just some of the main courses. Aussie Damper, BBQ and other camp specials will help ‘tame’ that outdoor appetite.

Our tour guides are very adventurous and you will be amazed at the meals and desserts they conjure up in the outback. This is quality dining. An eleven night dinner party under a million stars.

Food Preferences

We will do our best to accommodate your food preferences. However please take into consideration that you are one of 16 guests. We have limited storage and we are operating in a remote and rugged location where fresh supplies are not readily available after departure.  We are camp cooking for a group in the remote outback, so your flexibility to work with our guides will assist greatly. Food preferences cannot be guaranteed. Please discuss your preferences with us at the time of booking.

BYO Alcoholic Beverages and Soft Drinks.

Please bring your own (BYO) alcohol and soft drinks.  Please purchase any alcohol or soft drinks you want to bring on the trip in Broome the day before departure. Due to alcohol restrictions in The Kimberley, it is not possible to purchase alcohol prior to midday. Cask wine and fortified wine is also not available. Initially you will need enough drinks to last you six nights. We will restock in Kununurra. Adventure Wild will supply an esky and ice to cool your drinks.

If you are drinking beer please bring cans rather than stubbies (bottles). However if your favourite beer only comes in a bottle, please buy what you prefer to drink.  The reason we prefer glass is because  there is no rubbish collection in the outback. We crush cans and take them with us. Bottles of wine are fine.  We do not have an alcohol limit so please bring whatever you would like to drink. It is your holiday so relax and enjoy.

Do I need to be fit?

A reasonable level of fitness is required to hike into the spectacular gorges and other interesting places we visit. Guests need to be capable of walking up to 5km through bushland and over uneven ground in the Kimberley warmth. The weather will average 28 to 32 degrees every day.

The walks include dry river beds and gorges where large rocks move underfoot, so stability is essential. Many of the walks include stepping up and climbing down into and out of river beds. At times you will clambering over and around rocks. We ask that you be healthy, active and be able to walk a few kilometres at a time.

Should you suffer from any medical condition, please discuss your abilities or condition when booking. Advise your tour guides again when boarding. Please ensure you bring your correct medication and quantities for the duration of the trip. We can refrigerate medication for you if that is required.

Do I need to bring money?

Your tour fee includes all meals, accommodation, park entry fees and camping fees. We stop at various roadhouses and shops where you may like to purchase drinks, snacks or mementos. Most of these stops don't have ATM facilities which is why we recommend you carry some cash with you.

There are also other optional activities, such as helicopter flights and boat cruises that you may like to participate in. The Optional Tours are not included in the tour fee and some tours including Kingfisher Tours and Kimberley Air Tour activities will need to be paid to your guides via cash or credit card authority.  Please refer to the Optional Tour list for full details on these products.

Optional Tour Information

Communication

How can my family contact me in case of an emergency?

Should your family or friends need to contact you, please ask them to ring the free call number 1800 359 008 or 0408 221 104 at any time.

There is no mobile communication between Broome and Kununurra. Our guides and vehicles are equipped with satellite telephones. There is regular communication between our tour guides and the owners/operators of Adventure Wild Kimberley Tours.

Our Emergency Response

All of our vehicles carry satellite telephones, these are very modern Sat Sleeves that connect with smartphone technology allowing immediate access to all telephone numbers and information stored in our telephones.

In addition, our guides carry two way radios on walks and we have a UHF radio on board the coach.  Our network with local station owners, nursing posts and businesses is very comprehensive.

Having two mature guides on every tour certainly increases safety for our guests in addition to a greater ability to respond, manage and coordinate any accident or injury that occurs.  The second guide is also able to care and manage the non-injured passengers.  Both guides are qualified with Senior First Aid training, they both drive our trucks and trailers and are all very adept at managing all circumstances.

Guides are supported 24 hours a day, 7 days a week by the owners of Adventure Wild Kimberley Tours, who are extremely experienced in emergency management.  In the case of an accident or injury the owners assist to coordinate the required response, Ambulance, RFDS, charter flights etc from Broome, in addition to communicating with family and insurance companies.  Assistance is provided with arranging accommodation, flights and cancelling advance reservations at our guests request.  We provide letters of support and all the relevant information and documentation for any subsequent insurance claim making the process as fluid as possible.

We actively work towards minimizing risk or injury to any of our guests, however, accidents can happen.  We are confident that our abilities, response and assistance to our guests in these circumstances ensure the best possible outcomes for all.

Is there telephone / internet service available?

There is limited mobile service for the first two hours after leaving Broome. Once you turn onto the Gibb River Road between Derby and Kununurra, there is no mobile or telephone service available. Should you wish to phone home’, there are public telephones at a number of locations including Windjana Gorge, Imintji Store, Mt Barnett Roadhouse, Home Valley Station and El Questro Station. All public telephones require a Telstra Phonecard. These cards can be purchased at the Chinatown Newsagency in Broome. WiFi access can be arranged at El Questro Station (Day 5–7). Full mobile service is available in Kununurra, Halls Creek and Fitzroy Crossing.

Can I charge my camera/laptop?

Yes. Our coach is fitted with a 12v/240v inverter system to keep your cameras and laptops charged throughout the journey.

Optional Tours

‘Optional Tours’ are available on our 12 day Kimberley Adventurer Tour including (but not limited to):

  • Mitchell Falls Helicopter Flight / Tour
  • Bungle Bungles Helicopter Flight
  • Chamberlain Gorge Cruise
  • Horse Riding El Questro Tour
  • Ord River Cruise

These tours are provided by independent operators and as such Adventure Wild does not have any control over availability, price, time, duration or cancellation. This list is provided to help with the planning of your tour and making the best of your time in the Kimberley. Please be aware that the prices listed by us are correct at the time we posted our materials however are subject to change at the discretion of the independent operator.  Adventure Wild Kimberley Tours will always do our best to ensure that you are at the location in time for your selected optional tours, however, this cannot be guaranteed.

Please ensure that you are conversant with the tours prior to day one.  We will require passenger weights where any flight is involved.  You are welcome to email your preferences and details to us in advance.