The Great Kimberley Overland

Trip Code: PKOL-O

Why we love it

Cruise between the sheer, multi-coloured walls of Geikie Gorge and discover the huge array of wildlife like freshwater crocodiles, wallabies and wren., Explore the Tunnel Creek cave system with a Bunuba guide and learn about Janamarra, a First Nations freedom fighter who used the caves to evade police in the late 1800s., Take a guided hike through the King Leopold Ranges to Manning Gorge, where you can swim under a waterfall and see ancient First Nations rock art., Spend two nights in a private safari camp in the heart of Purnululu National Park, with glorious views of the Bungle Bungle Range., Meet some of our Bardi-Jawi friends in One Arm Point (Ardyaloon) and learn about life on the coast from the land’s Traditional Custodians.

Is this trip right for me?

This trip is operated and run by our trusted partner, Kimberley Wild Expeditions. You will be travelling with a mixture of both Kimberley Wild Expeditions customers and Intrepid customers. Intrepid works closely with Kimberley Wild Expeditions to ensure that all of our customers enjoy their time away.

On some days of the trip, you’ll spend several hours driving through very sparse areas of Australia. Sit back and enjoy landscapes that you would miss in any other form of travel. Extra space can be tight, and conditions may feel a little cramped. Think of it as a great way to get to know your fellow travellers. The drive days can be long, but it’s as much about the journey as the destination, and half the fun is the camaraderie.

Our leaders are the classic do-it-all Aussie – they know the best spots to watch the sunset, can drive you to your next destination, take you on a guided hike or even whip up dinner for the group on some trips. While they won’t always do all these jobs on every trip, be aware they will be juggling many things on your tour and may have less time to spend with you. They will always be working hard to ensure you and your group have a fantastic time exploring Australia.

This trip involves strenuous activities like hiking on uneven terrain. It is best suited to travellers with a very high level of mobility and fitness. Details on physical activities can be found in the itinerary.

Weather conditions can be extreme in the Kimberley. Have a think about what time of the year best suits you best to travel in.

Accommodation on this tour is a mixture of camping with limited facilities, camping with full facilities and a lodge.

You’ll be travelling through regions with very little mobile service or internet connection.

Important information

TRIP STYLE & SLEEPING BAG
This is an Original-style trip. For the same itinerary in Basix style, please see trip code PKOL-B. Please note that this trip requires a sleeping bag.

START & END TIME
This trip starts in Broome with an early pick-up at 6:30am on day 1 at our default pick-up location, unless you request an alternative pick-up location well ahead of departure. The trip finishes in the late afternoon or early evening on the last day. We recommend you arrive a day prior to the trip's departure date and onward travel should not be booked until the following day.

OPERATOR
This trip is operated by our partners Kimberley Wild

SINGLE SUPPLEMENT
A Single Supplement is available on this trip for nights 1, 2, 8, 9 & 12 only, subject to availability. You will have a tent to yourself on camping nights, however in the permanent tented camps you will be paired up with another single traveller of the same gender.

PRE-DEPARTURE TESTING
The remote Kimberley region is an extraordinary part of Australia, but also home to some of our nation’s most vulnerable people. In order to protect our Indigenous communities, fellow travellers and staff, we require all travellers on this trip to be fully vaccinated and to complete a rapid antigen test prior to boarding the vehicle on day 1, to be presented to the leader.

What to bring/pack

LUGGAGE RESTRICTIONS:
Larger suit cases are not appropriate for this trip and risk damage in the loading and unloading of the vehicle.

Due to the longer haul overland nature of this trip, the amount of camping equipment needed and space limitations within our 4wd vehicles, a 15 Kg (33 Lbs) luggage limit per person applies for this trip. If you are travelling with more than this amount of luggage, you will need to make prior arrangements to have it couriered to our finishing point city for pick up at the end of your trip. This is usually done by coach, such as Integrity Coachlines. This luggage transfer is at your own expense but is for the safety and comfort of all members of the group., CLOTHING & CLIMATE:
During dry season months (May-July) overnight temperatures can drop below 0 Celsius but daytime temperatures can still exceed 30 degrees Celsius. Daytime temperatures and humidity can be extreme in the shoulder seasons of March, April and September, October with temperatures over 35 degrees Celsius. Night time temperatures can also be high at this time of year.

Australia has relaxed attitudes to standards of dress, however during the day extreme sunshine can cause sunburn all year round. We recommend that you bring loose, cool, cotton clothing to protect yourself from the harsh sun. A sun hat, sunscreen, swimwear, towel, sturdy walking shoes and sunglasses are a must., WATER BOTTLE:
Consider bringing your own water bottle to refill along the way. We recommend at least a 1.5litre capacity. The sale of bottled water contributes to an enormous environmental problem around the world. In addition to the water in bottles, the production of a 1 litre plastic bottle takes 2 litres of water and 200ml of oil. A large proportion end up in limited landfill or discarded in waterways and natural environments., BATTERIES/POWER:
Most of our trips have access to power to recharge batteries for phones and cameras every couple of days. We always recommend that you carry an extra battery for your camera just in case. Your vehicle will be equipped with a 12 volt “cigarette lighter” socket which may be used at the crew’s discretion, however, do bear in mind that only one piece of equipment can be charged at a time and it will not be allowed if there is a risk of running the vehicle’s batteries low. Batteries may also be recharged from hotel room wall sockets. Hotels and many campsites have electricity and charging of batteries is advised before checking out the following day., HEADLAMP OR TORCH:
A headlamp or torch is recommended for around your accommodation at night. Some properties have limited lighting and are powered by generators that switch off at a certain time. It’s a good idea to bring a headlamp or torch, particularly as there are some nights spent camping., KARIJINI and THE KIMBERLIES
Please ensure you pack two towels, as you may swim frequently on these trips. You will also need to pack at least 2 pairs of walking shoes/trainers as you will be walking through water in Karijini National Park, and also Tunnel Creek. It is also useful to have a pair of slip on shoes/sandals that you can carry in your day pack for riding the bus and casual wear.

Physical rating

3

Joining your group

Kimberley Travellers Lodge, departing 6:30am, 9a Bagot Street, Broome, AUSTRALIA

Joining instructions

The default pick up location for this trip is at 6:30 am at Kimberley Travellers Lodge.

The default pick up point is where we will meet you for your tour, unless you or your travel agent requests an alternative location (contact our Reservations team for more information). It is your responsibility to contact us with your preferred pick up point well ahead of departure. We do not take responsibility for missed tours if we have not been advised of an alternative in advance and you are not at the default location on time.

Finishing your trip

Broome, , Broome, AUSTRALIA

Meals & dietary information

Breakfasts included: 11

Lunches included: 12

Dinners included: 9

DIETARY REQUIREMENTS
All food for this trip is purchased and packed prior to your group leaving on Day 1. After we’ve left town it can be very difficult to source food to meet dietary requests. If you have dietary requirements and/or food allergies, please let your booking agent know prior to departure so that we can purchase appropriate food prior to Day 1 of the trip. You may be asked to pay for any additional food if you have not advised us of any special dietary requirements in advance.

The below dietary needs can be easily catered for. Unfortunately, dietary requirements outside of these are generally unable to be catered for on these trips.

Vegetarian
Gluten free
Dairy free (soy alternatives available)
Pork free

Climate & seasonal information

WEATHER
Given the unpredictable nature of weather and travel in the tropics, we are sometimes forced to make late itinerary changes due to unexpected heavy rain and/or storms and road closures. In the event of this occurring, itinerary changes may need to be implemented after commencement of you trip. In this event, your Tour Leader/Driver has full authority to change the itinerary and/or order of activities and substitute alternative destinations and activities as necessary. No refunds are available due to itinerary changes and missed activities caused by extreme weather conditions and/or road closures.

Itinerary may vary and/or attractions substituted for any cause including seasonal conditions, weather extremes, and traditional owner/national park requirements. The Gibb River Road and Purnululu National Park may be closed in the shoulder seasons (approx. April and October). See terms and conditions of travel for full details.

While Australia's south and the West Coast experience a traditional four season year, Australia's north including the Kimberley and the Top End - has a tropical climate with a Wet Season (November to March/April) and a Dry Season (April/May to October). All of our tours in the north operate during 'the Dry', when it can get surprisingly cold overnight, depending on where you are — in Broome it can get down to 12ºC, while in the Bungle Bungles, it can fall as low as 5ºC! During the day, in Broome and Darwin we usually enjoy a lovely 28 to 30ºC.

The Islands of the Giant Tides cruise is tidal dependent. On neap tides, we will enjoy the alternative Kimberley Island Explorer Cruise.

In case of emergency

While we always endeavour to provide the best possible holiday experience, due to the nature of travel and the areas we visit sometimes things can and do go wrong. Should any issue occur while you are on your trip, it is imperative that you discuss this with your group leader or our local representative straight away so that they can do their best to rectify the problem and save any potential negative impact on the rest of your trip.

We recognise that there may be times when your group leader/local partner may not be able to resolve a situation to your satisfaction - if this is the case, please ask the leader to speak to their direct manager.

You may also choose to provide details in your online feedback, which we ask you to complete within 30 days of the end of your trip. Please do be aware that it is very difficult for us to provide any practical help after the trip is completed, so informing us while still travelling will give us the opportunity to resolve the issue in real-time.

For general contact details please use the following page: http://www.intrepidtravel.com/ourtrips/contact/

In case of a genuine crisis or emergency, you can reach our local office on the number below.

PERTH AND BROOME: ALL general enquiry must be directed to our Reservations team on 1300 654 604. In the case of a GENUINE EMERGENCY, or concerns about a missed pick-up on the DAY OF DEPARTURE ONLY please contact our Operations Manager in Broome . If your call does NOT warrant an emergency situation you will be asked to call our Reservations team in business hours.’

GENUINE EMERGENCIES ONLY – BROOME OPERATIONS MANAGER: 08 9193 7778

Accommodations

This trip is available in Basix and Original styles. Basix camping involves a combination of swags with pop-up tents, to semi-permanent tents with stretcher beds. A sleeping bag is require for Basix level. Original camping also involves several nights with pop-up tents and swags, however also use a combination or permanent tents with proper beds, and cabins, some of which have private facilities and others shared. You will also need a sleeping bag for Original style camping.

PKOL-B: The Great Kimberley Overland BASIX
PKOL-O: The Great Kimberley Overland ORIGINAL

1 Cape Leveque
Permanent tents with proper beds, full linen provided. Solar powered hot showers and flushing toilets.
Original Permanent tents with proper beds, full linen provided. Solar powered hot showers and flushing toilets.

2 Broome The Kimberley Travelers Lodge
Basix - twin share with shared facilities
Original- twin share with shared facilities

3 Windjana Gorge
Basix Pop-up tents with swags. Sheets provided, sleeping bag required. Drop toilets.
Original Pop-up tents with swags. Sheets provided, sleeping bag required. Drop toilets.

4 Mount Barnett
Basix Semi-permanent tents with stretchers. Sheets provided, sleeping bag required. Generator powered hot showers and flushing toilets.
Original Semi-permanent tents with stretchers. Sheets provided, sleeping bag required. Generator powered hot showers and flushing toilets.

5 Mount Barnett
Basix Semi-permanent tents with stretchers. Sheets provided, sleeping bag required. Generator powered hot showers and flushing toilets.
Original Semi-permanent tents with stretchers. Sheets provided, sleeping bag required. Generator powered hot showers and flushing toilets.

6 El Questro
Basix Semi-permanent tents with stretchers. Sheets provided, sleeping bag required. Hot showers and flushing toilets.
Original Permanent twin share tents with proper beds, electricity and cooling fans. Full linen and blankets provided. Hot showers and flushing toilets.

7 El Questro
Basix Semi-permanent tents with stretchers. Sheets provided, sleeping bag required. Hot showers and flushing toilets.
Original Permanent twin share tents with proper beds, electricity and cooling fans. Full linen and blankets provided. Hot showers and flushing toilets.

8 Lake Argyle
Basix Pop-up tents with swags. Sheets provided, sleeping bag required. Hot showers and flushing toilets.
Original Private cabin with ensuite.

9 Bungle Bungles
Basix Permanent tents with proper beds. Sheets provided, sleeping bag required. Solar powered hot showers and flushing toilets.
Original Permanent tents with proper beds. Sheets provided, sleeping bag required. Solar powered hot showers and flushing toilets.

10 Bungle Bungles
Basix Permanent tents with proper beds. Sheets provided, sleeping bag required. Solar powered hot showers and flushing toilets.
Original Permanent tents with proper beds. Sheets provided, sleeping bag required. Solar powered hot showers and flushing toilets.

11 Fitzroy Crossing
Basix Pop-up tents with swags. Sheets provided, sleeping bag required. Hot showers and flushing toilets.
Original Private cabin with shared facilities. Hot showers and flushing toilets.

12 Broome The Kimberley Travelers Lodge
Basix - twin share with shared facilities
Original- twin share with shared facilities

NOTE: A single supplement is not guaranteed on night one at Cygnet Bay or nights 9 and 10 in the Bungles Bungles due to limited tents for the original trip.  A single supplement is not available at all on the basix trip.

TRAVELLERS UNDER 18:
All travellers under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult who is responsible for the child's day to day care.

Transportation

You will be travelling in a vehicle specifically designed and built for Australian outback conditions. All our vehicles are air conditioned for your comfort, have CD players and/or Ipod connections and large panoramic windows for uninterrupted sightseeing. Each seat is fitted with an over shoulder seatbelt, it is Australian law to wear your seatbelt anytime the vehicle is in motion. The vehicle is equipped with one television complete with a DVD player for entertainment. The vehicle has tinted windows to shield the sun as well as curtains for further comfort.

DRIVING DISTANCES IN AUSTRALIA
Australia is a BIG country! In fact, the whole of Europe fits into Australia with plenty of room to spare. Australians are accustomed to driving long distances on holiday, but you may not be. Perth to Broome is roughly the length of Portugal. Driving from Alice Springs to Darwin is about the length of the UK, and Perth to Adelaide is about the same distance from Spain to Poland. However, that's why we think seeing Australia from the ground is better. We live in a country that has it all; stunning coastline and beaches, the outback, tropical rainforests, and some seriously amazing landscapes and wildlife. Please read the itinerary carefully for travel time estimates.


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