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The Kimberley Explorer Trekking 13D12N (Departs Broome or Kununurra), Fully Guided

The Kimberley Explorer Trekking 13D12N (Departs Broome or Kununurra), Fully Guided

The Kimberley Explorer Trekking 13D12N (Departs Broome or Kununurra), Fully Guided

$3,990.00

Per Person, Twin Share

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At A Glance Departures

This epic 13-day trekking adventure is the best way for active travellers to immerse in the scenery of this pristine and remote land. This trip expertly combines relaxed paced & comfortable 4WD touring with the very best day walks the region has to offer. The tour departs from Kununurra or Broome (See the departure dates below for the departure point).

Take up the challenge and explore this vast wilderness on the 13-day, 12-night Kimberley Explorer, a first class walking experience among these pristine and awe-inspiring natural landscapes. While challenging, this experience is set at a relaxed pace with ample time to take in the sights and spend time relaxing around waterfalls and gorges. From the Gibb River Road gorges, El Questro Wilderness Park to the Purnululu National Park (the famous Bungle Bungles) - you will see an abundant array of wildlife, stunning views and historic sites. Swim in spring-fed waterholes and see ancient Aboriginal rock art in Manning Gorge and camp at iconic El Questro. You will travel for the entire trip in air‐conditioned comfort in a well appointed 4WD coach, and enjoy fully guided walks along the way.

The remote and breathtakingly beautiful Kimberley region is one of the world's most precious wilderness regions located in Western Australia's sparsely populated northern region and is a must visit for those keen to get off the beaten track. The Kimberley encompasses ancient landscape covering hundreds of thousands of square kilometres. This rugged wilderness is renowned for its legendary ranges, impressive gorges, semi-arid savanna and isolated coastline.

This is a camping tour with lots of comfort. You will have access to your own private tent. No single supplement for solo traveller to have your own tent. The four-person tents have plenty of room for two if you are travelling with your partner or friend. Each night you can choose to either sleep under the stars or inside the quality tents. Your field guides will prepare most meals for you to enjoy before a blazing camp fire.

Hosted by two professional wilderness guides, your small group (maximum 15) will walk 3 - 4 hours each day crossing spectacular various terrains. The Kimberley Walking Tour is fully supported. You will need to carry a day‐pack.

Your tour package includes 12 nights' camping accommodation, all meals as listed, air‐conditioned 4WD tour coach transport, all group camping equipment, all park entry fees, emergency support satellite phones and first aid kit, and transfers from/to Kununurra or Broome.

This is an immersive and authentic Kimberley experience that will connect you with rugged ancient landscapes and coastal scenery of timeless beauty. This challenging adventure will reward you with sights and experiences that will stay with you forever. Spend a little time each day to walk, swim, relax, and soak up the surrounding beauty - all the while journeying into the untouched unparalleled beauty that is the Kimberley.

2019 Departure Dates - Departs Broome:
August: 3 (FULL)

2020 Departure Dates - Departs Broome:
May: 17
June: 2, 18
July: 4, 20
August: 5

This tour is eligible to earn ONLYLUXE reward points.

Please contact us for departure dates and availability. A date of your choice is available for groups of 6 or more people. Subject to availability. We can organise custom designed itineraries for groups of friends, clubs, charity’s, schools or even work colleagues. Our team will assist you with all aspects of your private group adventure itinerary design. E: travel@onlyluxe.com.au 

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  • FEATURES

    The Kimberley: An ancient landscape covering hundreds of thousands of square kilometres, the Kimberley is one of the world's most precious wilderness regions. The Kimberley is Western Australia's sparsely settled northern region. The Kimberley is one of the world's last wilderness frontiers. It's known for large swaths of wilderness defined by rugged ranges, dramatic gorges, semi-arid savanna and a largely isolated coastline.


    Purnululu National Park: The Purnululu National Park is a World Heritage Site in the East Kimberley region of Western Australia. The Bungle Bungle Range, in Purnululu National Park, is one of the most striking geological landmarks in Western Australia, offering a remote wilderness experience. The maze of curious orange and black striped beehive shaped domes in Purnululu National Park is without a doubt one of Australia's most unusual and fascinating landforms. Camping in the Bungles should be on the must-do list of every Kimberley traveller.
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  • Accommodation

    This is a camping tour with lots of comfort. You will have access to your own tent (a four person tent, 190cm in height), or you can choose to share with one other person. We provide a knee‐high stretcher bed, self‐inflating mattress and a camp chair. You will need to bring a pillow and sleeping bag, or you can hire from us at $35. Please let us know at time of booking. You will be required to setup your tent. They are very easy, light and quick and your guides are always ready to help should you feel the need.

    No single supplement applies even you travel solo. You have your own private tent.

    - 3 nights at El Questro campsite, which is beside the upper Penticost river. Hot showers and flushing toilets are near by. The station township also has a small shop, bar, pay phone and laundry.
    - 2 nights at Manning river campsite, which is beside a water hole perfect for sundowners and an evening swim. Hot showers and flushing toilets are near by our camp.
    - 1 night at Silent Grove campsite, which is well appointed with hot showers and flushing toilets.
    - 2 nights at Winjana Gorge campsite, which is well appointed with hot showers and flushing toilets.
    - 1 night at Kununurra caravan park. You can choose to upgrade to a cabin.
    - 3 nights at Bungle Bungles campsite where you rig up a rudimentary shower.

    Spend the evenings relaxing on comfortable armchairs enjoying the sights and sounds as you relax around the campfire, recapping the highlights of the day with your fellow travel companions. At El Questro, you can upgrade your accommodation to luxury homestead at additional charges. Click here to view El Questro Homestead information.

    Please contact us for accommodation upgrades. E: travel@onlyluxe.com.au 

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  • Food

    You will experiences outback meals during the walking tour. Your field guides will prepare most meals for your, including enjoying dinners by a blazing camp fire.

    Provided we are advised in advance of your departure we are able to cater for vegetarian diets and can assist with medically recommended diets (allergies and intolerances). Please ensure you discuss your requirements with us well in advance (at least 1 month prior to your trip) to determine whether we can cater to such dietary requirements on your chosen adventure. Please note that options are likely to be limited in very remote locations or alternatives may be more expensive or unavailable. There may be times when those with special requirements may need to provide their own food. We are unable to guarantee a peanut‐free or allergen‐free trip, and therefore, we strongly encourage that travellers with life‐threatening or severe allergies take all necessary medical precautions to prepare for the possibility of exposure. You must travel with all necessary medications for food allergies and be capable of self‐administering these medications.

    The tour does not include alcoholic beverages, however, you are welcome to bring wine/beer along with you. If you are bringing bottled wine please pack this well in your main bag to avoid breakages. If possible canned beverage is preferred as they can be crushed down and easy for you to pack and take the rubbish with you.
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  • Experiences

    Included:
    - Expert guided 13-day-12-night hiking journey travelling through the Kimberley region
    - Small groups of 15 or less walkers are hosted by two professional wilderness guides. They all have warm personalities and knowledge of the natural environment
    - Amazing walks including the Emma Gorge, El Questro, Zebedee hot springs, Manning Gorge, Galvan’s Gorge, Silent Grove, Gibb river, Bungle Bungle Range and more.
    - Return group transfer from/to Kununurra or Broome.
    - Small group of 12 or less
    - 12 breakfasts, 13 lunches, 10 dinners
    - 12 nights' camping (single travellers get their own tent at no extra cost guaranteed.)
    - All group camping equipment. *Hire a pillow and sleeping bag: additional $35 AUD
    - Transport in air‐conditioned 4WD tour coach
    - All park entry fees
    - Pick up and drop off at your pre and post tour Accommodation

    Other Activities at Additional Charges:
    - Stay at El Questro Homestead: Uncompromised Luxury Accommodation in The Kimberley Wilderness. Click here to know more about Chamberlain Gorge cruise
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  • DAY 1

  • DAY 2

  • DAY 3

  • DAY 4

  • DAY 5

  • DAY 6

  • DAY 7 - 8

  • DAY 9

  • DAY 10

  • DAY 11 - 12

  • DAY 13

  • What's included

    - Small group of 15 or less
    - Guided walks each day with experienced guides. 2 professional wilderness guides
    - Magnificent walking and sightseeing
    - Departs and returns to Kununurra or Broome (the gateway to the Kimberley)
    - 12 breakfasts, 13 lunches, 10 dinners
    - 12 nights' camping (single travellers get their own tent at no extra cost guaranteed.)
    - All group camping equipment. *Hire a pillow and sleeping bag: additional $35 AUD
    - Transport in air‐conditioned 4WD tour coach
    - All park entry fees
    - Pick up and drop off at your pre and post tour Accommodation
  • walk distance

    You will walk 3 - 4 hours each day crossing spectacular various terrains. The following is an estimate of daily walking distance:

    Day 1: Approximately 2 - 3 km
    Day 2: Approximately 7 km
    Day 3: Approximately 6 km
    Day 4 - 5: Approximately 6 -10 km
    Day 6: 4WD trip from Manning Creek to El Questro Station, Approximately 2 - 3 km
    Day 7 - 9: Approximately 5 - 10 km
    Day 10: 4WD trip to Purnululu National Park
    Day 11 - 12: Approximately 10-14 km
    Day 13: 4WD Trip
  • WALKING GRADING

    walking grade

    This trip is for almost anyone with a reasonable level of fitness and competent swimming ability. This adventure is designed for the enthusiastic and adventurous in search of something different. This trip has been graded at an introductory to moderate level.

    The gradient on trails is gentle however it's the uneven rocky terrain that can be challenging for some. There are times where you will need to negotiate particularly rocky, uneven and often wet terrain to get to some of the amazing gorge waterholes. You will need to be able to clamber over rocks at times to get past an obstacle. Be ready to help each other at times and listen to your guides as they show you the best and safest way though some sections of track.

    This adventure is best prepared for with some regular moderate exercise. As always with adventure travel, you should enjoy a healthy lifestyle before undertaking this trip. Please bear in mind that because you will be travelling into a remote wilderness, creature comforts are limited. Your level of fitness can also help you acclimatise to the warm temperatures and humidity, so we suggest a bit of swimming, walking, jogging or cycling to get yourself ready for the Kimberley region!
  • FAQs

    What you carry?
    The Kimberley Walking Tour is fully supported. You will need to carry just a day‐pack with your water bottles, lunch, camera and other personal items. You should plan on carrying at least 3 litres of water each and every day.

    What equipment is required?
    Specialist gear required include walking shoes, day pack, a sleeping bag and pillow (a comprehensive gear list is provided in the pre‐departure information provided after booking). You can hire a sleeping bag and pillow from us at $35 AUD.

    Will I have phone reception?
    Apart from when we stop over in Kununurra on day 9 before we head to the Bungles, there is no phone reception. We carry satellite phones for emergencies only.

    Are there charging facilities available?
    We have the ability to charge cameras/phones/ipads/kindles in the vehicle. However, we can only charge two or three at a time. Bring your own USB charging cables. Please ensure your cameras are fully charged at the start of the tour.

    What's the climate like?
    Days are usually dry with average max temps of 30C and average minimum temps of 15C. Keep in mind it can get can get below 10 Deg during the night at some of the campsites, incl Bungles and Bell Gorge so make sure you come prepared with warm clothing and sleeping gear.

    Are there alcoholic beverages available?
    Drinking water is always available. You may bring a small quantity of alcohol, cardboard wine casks are preferred and beer must be in cans rather than stubbies. You can purchase alcohol in Broome, at El Questro Station and in Kununurra.

    Are there washing facilities?
    There will be opportunities to hand wash clothing during the tour as well as washing machines at El Questro and Kununurra.

    What's the trip grading?
    This trip is for almost anyone with a reasonable level of fitness and competent swimming ability. This adventure is designed for the enthusiastic and adventurous in search of something different. This trip has been graded at an introductory to moderate level. However, some days will be quite active involving steep walks for most of the day. These adventures are best prepared for with some regular moderate exercise. As always with adventure travel, you should enjoy a healthy lifestyle before undertaking this trip. Please bear in mind that because you will be travelling into a remote wilderness, creature comforts are limited. Your level of fitness can also help you acclimatise to the warm temperatures and humidity, so we suggest a bit of swimming, walking, jogging or cycling to get yourself ready for the Kimberley region!

  • Getting There

    - The departure point is Kununurra or Broome WA
    - Major commercial flights provide convenient access to Kununurra or Broome
  • Weather and Climate

    The Kimberley region of Western Australia has a tropical climate that see two distinct seasons. From May to September, the Dry season sees very little rain and long, sunny, cloudless days. Temperatures in the dry season are cooler than the very hot Wet season, ranging between 31 and 37 degrees.

    The Wet season spans from October to April, a time of increased humidity and increased rainfall (32-40 degrees). The rivers become full and masses of wildlife congregate on their shores.

    The dress code is relaxed,smart casual with suitable footwear for bushwalking. Hats, sunglasses and sunscreen are essential protection from the sun.


    Flinders range temperature

    (Data sourced from Australian Government Bureau of Meteorology, Units = °C)
  • Other Information

    OCT4 Pty Ltd trading as ONLY LUXE CLUB acts as travel agency and work with different tour operators.

    Payment Detail
    All pricing is in Australian dollars and are quoted on a per person twin share basis. A supplementary price is available (see below). Bookings are not confirmed until full payment and the signed Booking Form has been received by ONLYLUXE CLUB.

    A non-refundable 30% deposit is payable within 7 days of your booking, with the final balance due 60 days prior to departure. If a booking is made 60 days or less before departure, the full payment is payable immediately. Last minute bookings are payable before arrival. Failure to pay on time may result in automatic cancellation of a booking with cancellation penalties payable to ONLYLUXE CLUB. If you pay by credit card or PayPal a surcharge will be added to the total price. The current surcharge for all credit cards is 3% of the total price.

    Single Supplement
    All accommodation is twin share. Single guests will share with someone of the same gender. If a single room is demanded, a supplementary price of will apply. The supplementary price refers to our quotation and needs to be stipulated at the time of booking.

    General Cancellation Policies
    - Outside of 60 days monies will be refunded less 30% of full fee
    - Within 60 days prior to arrival all monies will be forfeited
    - No refunds will be given in the event of non-arrival, any unused services or unused nights due to flight or weather disruption
    - We strongly recommend guests protect themselves with travel insurance and medical insurance

    Please Note: Cancellations must be advised in email and will take effect from the date they are received.

    Liability
    The participant agrees to indemnify OCT4 PTY LTD, and its servant, tour operator and agents, in relation to any liability, loss and damage which the tour operator, or its servants and/or agents may incur as a result of the participants, negligence or misconduct during the tour.

    Smoking is not permitted on the bus, or in tents or in other accommodation being used by tour operator at the time that a trip is being conducted.

    Child Policy
    Not suited for children under the age of 8.

    Changes to Itineraries
    Local conditions may necessitate changes to sightseeing, walking and driving routes, camping and accommodation locations. While every effort will be made to provide the services and experiences as offered in our brochure, on our website, and in our trip letters, we reserve the right to vary your itinerary. In the event that we are forced to change your arrangements, substitute arrangements of a similar standard will be provided. The tour operator will not be liable where interruptions to itineraries are caused by weather conditions, technical problems to transport used by the tour operator, industrial action, political or civil commotion or other circumstances beyond our control. We refer you to the conditions regarding travel insurance.

    Changes in Prices
    While we will do its utmost to honour its pricing unforeseen circumstances may mean that prices may be subject to change without notice.

    Pre-Existing Medical Conditions and Age Limits
    You need to advise OCT4 PTY LTD and the tour operator on any pre-existing medical condition, mobility impairment and/or disability that might reasonably be expected to increase the risk of your requiring medical attention, or that might affect the normal conduct of a trip and the enjoyment of other trip members. OCT 4 PTY LTD and the tour operator may require an assessment of your medical condition from a qualified medical practitioner. If you fail to adequately notify the tour operator of any pre-existing medical conditions and/or disability, the tour operator reserves the right, at its reasonable discretion, to cancel your participation in a trip at any time, including after the commencement of your trip, with no right of refund if your medical condition, mobility impairment and/or disability could be reasonably expected to affect the normal conduct of the trip and the enjoyment of other trip members.

    Cancellation by The Tour Operator
    The walks take place in very special wilderness settings. The tour operator is at the mercy of nature in all her beauty and all her fury. The tour operator will under no circumstance knowingly place at risk the health and well-being of our guests and guides. In the case of natural threats, acts of God and the like (e.g. bushfires, impassable snow, etc) the tour operator may need to cancel a walk with very little notice. In some cases, this can occur after the walk has commenced. The tour operator reserves the right to cancel any walk up to 60 days prior to departure if a minimum of 4 walkers are unable to meet for a tour. If the tour operator needs to cancel for any reason, the cost of the walk or any other costs associated with travel to the designated pick up point, overnight accommodation, meals, etc will not be covered by the OCT4 PTY LTD and therefore we strongly recommend travel insurance be taken out prior to travel.

    Force Majeure
    'Force Majeure' means (without restriction) any event which OCT4 Pty Ltd or its third party providers could not, even with due care, foresee or avoid. Force Majeure covers events such as, but not limited to, adverse weather conditions, fire and all similar events beyond our control. In the case of Force Majeure OCT4 Pty Ltd will not accept liability, and reserves the right to change and cancel trips.

    Evacuations
    In rare circumstances, due to injury or unforeseen illness, the tour operator may need to evacuate you from a remote part of the walk. Helicopter evacuations are expensive and in most cases will be at a cost to the customer.

    For Australian residents, under the Australian Government Medicare Act, it is prohibited for any domestic travel insurance product to provide any financial reimbursement with regard to ambulance or air ambulance services. We therefore strongly advise our customers to take specific ambulance cover through their health insurance provider. Evacuation cost will not be covered by the OCT4 PTY LTD and therefore it is also strongly recommended that our customers take out travel insurance to cover (amongst other things) the costs associated with evacuation.

    Travel Insurance
    In view of the heavy cancellation penalties applied to cancelled reservations in certain circumstances, we strongly recommends suitable travel insurance be purchased at the time the holding deposit is paid. We recommend insurance cover that covers any loss which may be suffered due to cancellation. We also strongly recommend comprehensive travel insurance against loss of baggage and medical expenses.
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    reviews We took our son on this hiking tour. We wanted to give him the opportunity to experience camping and see some of the amazing sceneries of the Kimberley's. We all totally enjoyed camping at the Manning river campsite, and swimming in the natural water hole. We felt so relaxed and free. The guides were lovely, very helpful and friendly. They were great to Jason. They didn't push us whilst hiking which made the tour very relaxing and enjoyable. They gave us plenty of time to enjoy the surroundings. It was great to get away from our busy lives.
    Review by Gibson family / (Posted on 3/22/2018)
Product Code: EAUWATK13