Kimberley Country Adventure

Tour 1: May 15 - 30, 2021 | Tour 2: June 5 - 27, 2021 | Tour 3: July 3 - 18, 2021

Kimberley Country Adventure

Kimberley Country Adventure

Broome to Kununurra - 16 Days  [SCROLL DOWN FOR]  Kununurra to Broome - 23 days

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The Gibb River road is one of the supreme adventures in Australia, as it transects the wild heart of the Kimberley through a spectacular landscape of intensely coloured ranges, dramatic sheer red rock gorges, lush rock pools, waterfalls and varied ecosystems. Then there’s the wildlife and indigenous culture. When one is awed by the incredible gorges and swims in what feels like sacred waterholes its hard not to understand the fierce connection to country that local indigenous people hold. We feel that riding the Gibb on a bike is not only an amazing challenge, but also an almost spiritual experience that will leave you with a connection to this Australian outback landscape that’s very hard to forget.

The trip along the Gibb is touted as one of the last serious adventures in Australia, and that is for 4WD’s… on bicycles, we are taking it to the next level! This is a trip that will imprint on your memory for ever after and leave your spirit refreshed and your consciousness altered.

Day 1 –  Meet the team in Broome, 9.00am and we load the bus and head to Derby 230kms away. We’ll set up camp allocate and fit bikes for each rider. After lunch we’ll take a leisurely ride out to the Prison Boab tree, Myall’s Bore, Derby Jetty with its amazing 12m tides and finish at the Norval Art Gallery where one can easily lose a few hours. Dinner that night will be at the Spinifex Hotel and a great chance to relax and get to know each other.

Day 2 – Derby to Poulton Pool on May River – 70km easy flat ride on mixed surfaces, some bitumen and some dirt. Time permitting we’ll stop at Mowanjum Art and Cultural Centre. Tonight’s camp is a lovely wild billabong campsite.

Day 3 – Poulton Pool to Yammera Gap – 60km of fairly flat dirt road with opportunities to see lots of birdlife, especially big water birds. The swimming hole is amongst extensive smooth rocks and very picturesque.

Day 4 – We’ll be on our bikes early for a pleasant ride out to incredibly spectacular Windjana Gorge where fresh water crocs bask on the sandy river bed. After a couple of hours exploration, we’ll ride on to Tunnel creek and using head torches and dodging bats make our way through the cave. Today’s ride is only 55kms, with hiking, wading and scrambling making it a full day. The Bus will take us back to our camp at Yammera Gap, or those keen for more exercise are welcome to ride.

Day 5 –  70 kms dirt – Lovely early morning ride across savannah teeming with birdlife. Brolgas dancing, swarms of cockatoos and more. At the far end of the plain we pass under the red rock bluff of Queen Victoria’s head before starting an easy climb up Napier Range. An exhilarating descent and camp at either Lennard Gorge or March Fly Glen.

Day 6 – 60kms dirt– Today’s ride takes us through mixed country, red rock ranges, grassy plains and  a lunch stop at Imintji Community and Cultural Centre before riding on for a swim at serene, lush and soulful Adcock Gorge. Bush Camping.

Day 7 – 50km dirt –  Cycle then morning swim at Galvin’s Gorge which seems like iconic Kimberley…a waterfall cascading into a deep blue pool with Boab trees on the skyline and rock art adorning the red rock walls. Really doesn’t get much better…but wait…we’re off to Barnett River Campground and the epic Manning River gorge with its series of waterfalls cascading into a deep swimming hole. Curious scramblers can find Gwion-Gwion art a little way down the gorge.

Day 8 – 45kms dirt – Another day, another gorge. Today’s is Barnett River Gorge with more excellent swimming holes.

Day 9 – 80km dirt – Lunch stop at Gibb River Station and a hopefully a yarn with its colourful owner. There’s also some excellent local art painted by the community. We roll on to Kalumburu Rest area and camp at a lovely billabong on the Gibb river.

Day 10 – 70km dirt – Today’s ride is in more arid open country with long vistas and dry creek beds. We’ll camp in relative civilisation at Ellenbrae Station camp ground and discover interesting history about the early pioneer pastoralists.

Day 11 – 120km dirt. Today is stretch day, with a chance to make use of the last 10 days of built up fitness, but there is always the chance to ride in the bus! The views from the top of the Pentecost ranges are the type that stay with you for a lifetime, as does the magic descent into  Home Valley – a small oasis of civilisation after our weeks in the wilds. Here there are restaurants, bars, swimming pools and real bathrooms! We’ll eat in the restaurant this night!

Day 13 –  50km dirt. Today we cross the famous or infamous Pentecost River. Its often one of those ‘heart in mouth’ moments depending on river height and flow but it should offer no problems to our capable bus. We’ll load the bikes to avoid croc risk as salties are known to be in the area. Our arrival at El Questro resort and camp ground marks the end of our Gibb River Road odyssey and a celebration is definitely in order at the lively bar.

Day 14 – Free and flexible day to enjoy fabulous El Questro with its numerous attractions like Zebedee Hot Springs and incredibly stunning Emma Gorge. We will use the bus for longer excursions and some may choose to ride independently.

Day 15 – Morning start for Kunnunurra by bus and drop offs to airport.

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Kimberley Country Adventure

Kimberley Country Adventure

Kununurra to Broome - 23 days

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Day 1 – We’ll meet in Kununurra with pickups from your flights or accommodation and head to our camp where we allocate and fit bikes for each rider and get to know the team with an evening BBQ.

Day 2 – 45kms dirt- Bus to Emma Gorge to hike and swim in in the series of dramatic pools nestled at the bottom of sheer red gorge walls.  On our bikes and ride to El Questro, with a hike into Amalia gorge if time permits on the way. Dinner this night will be in the lively bar.

Day 3 –  61 kms dirt – An early morning start for Zebedee Hot Springs and refreshing dip before riding on for the famous (or infamous) Pentecost River crossing. It’s often one of those ‘heart in mouth’ moments depending on river height and flow but it should offer no problems to our capable bus. We’ll load the bikes to avoid croc risk as salties are known to be in the area. Camp at Home Valley Station and our last taste of civilisation before we head into the wilds.

Day 4 – 84kms dirt – An early morning climb up to the Cockburn Range lookout and a break to enjoy magnificent views over the Pentecost River valley edged by flat top desert mesas. Riding on through undulating rocky range country, we bush camp on the Durack river.

Day 5 – 93kms dirt – Today’s ride is in more arid open country with long vistas and dry creek beds. We’ll go exploring for rock art and  camp at Kalumburu Rest Area where we can swim in refreshing billabongs formed on the Gibb River.

Day 6 – 70kms dirt We start our ride out on the Kalumburu road towards Mitchell Falls and riding becomes interesting on this 4WD only road! We camp on the Drysdale River at Miners Pool Camp area.

Day – 7  – 75 kms dirt – Todays ride will be fun for those who love a good mtb ride!  Bush camp tonight.

Day 8 – 35 kms dirt – A morning ride and afternoon scramble exploring enigmatic Wandjina Gwion rock art.  Tonight’s camp is on the King Edward River at Munurru Camp Ground hosted by traditional owners, the Wunambal Gaambera.

Day 9 – 73kms dirt – Today we climb up onto the Mitchell Plateau and cycle through patches of rainforest and incredibly beautiful Livistonia palm forests.   Camp at Mitchell Plateau Campground.

Days 10 -11–  A day to hike in and explore Punamii / Mitchell Falls and Mertens Falls. The four tiered Mitchell Falls are iconic Kimberley and one of the most spectacular waterfalls in Australia with layers of mesmerising emerald green pools cascading down to the next pool. We’ve allowed an extra day here for those that want to truly immerse themselves. There’s helicopter flights on offer and a plethora of sights.

Day 12 – drive back to camp ground at Kalumburu Rest Area and wash off the road dust in the Gibb river billabongs at our camp.

Day 13 – 80km dirt – Back on our bikes and we roll on for a lunch stop at Gibb River Station and hopefully a yarn with its colourful owner. There’s also some excellent local art painted by the community. We continue on to camp at Barnett River Gorge and hike in for a swim.

Day 14 – 45kms dirt –  We make an early start for Barnett River Campground where a short hike brings us to the stunning Manning River Gorge where a series of waterfalls cascade into a deep blue swimming hole. Curious scramblers can find Bradshaw art a little way down the gorge.

Day 15 – 50km dirt –  Cycle then morning swim at Galvin’s Gorge which seems like iconic Kimberley…a waterfall cascading into a deep blue pool with Boab trees on the skyline and rock art adorning the sheer red rock walls. Tonight’s Camp will be near Adcock Gorge where the deep dark waters reflect high rocky cliffs and lush vegetation.

Day 16 – 60kms dirt– Today’s ride takes us through mixed country, red rock ranges, grassy plains and  a lunch stop at Imintji Community and Cultural Centre before riding on to camp at March Fly Glen.

Day 17 – 70 kms dirt – We start early to climb up Napier range and after undulating country descend past Queen Victorias Head into savannah plain teeming with birdlife. Brolgas dancing, swarms of cockatoos and more as we head to our camp at Yammera Gap. The swimming hole is amongst extensive smooth rocks and quite picturesque.

Day 18 – 55kms dirt -We’ll be on our bikes early for a pleasant ride out to incredibly spectacular Windjana Gorge where fresh water crocs bask on the sandy river bed. After a couple of hours exploration, we’ll ride on to Tunnel creek and using head torches and dodging bats make our way through the cave. While today’s ride is only 55kms, the hiking, wading and scrambling making it a full day. The Bus will take us back to our camp at Yammera Gap, or those keen for more exercise are welcome to ride.

Day 19 – 60kms dirt –  Yammera Gap to Poulton Pool on May River– 60km of fairly flat dirt road with opportunities to see lots of birdlife, especially big water birds. Tonight’s camp is a lovely wild billabong campsite.

Day 20 –  70kms mixed –  Poulton Pool to Derby– 70km easy flat ride on mixed surfaces, some bitumen and some dirt. Time permitting we’ll stop at Mowanjum Art and Cultural Centre. Celebratory dinner at the Spinifex Hotel as we reflect on having completed the Gibb River road by bicycle!

Day 21 –  leisurely ride out to the Prison Boab tree, Myall’s Bore, Derby Jetty with its amazing 12m tides and finish at the Norval Art Gallery where one can easily lose a few hours. Drive to Broome and an afternoon ride to see the sights. Camp at Cable Beach Holiday park.

Day 22 – Morning ride and swim at Cable Beach, drop off to Broome airport and your flights or accommodation.

This Itinerary is a guide only as we are ‘Out For an Adventure’ so plans may be adapted and changed to suit varying conditions or group desires. We plan to get most of the miles under our belt early in the day and have plenty of time for swimming in stunning waterholes, exploring or relaxing later in the day. There is always the option to ride in the bus and enjoy the scenery, or photographic opportunities.

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