FROM BROOME G4 26 “EAST KIMBERLEY & BUNGLE BUNGLE N.P.” – Premium & Gold Class – 3 DAYS

4WD TO FITZROY CROSSING & HALLS CREEK – HIGHLIGHTING PURNULULU NATIONAL PARK (BUNGLE BUNGLE) Tour Code: G4 26 -   ()

A JOURNEY FROM BROOME TO EAST KIMBERLEY

ANOTHER AUSTOUR G4 UNIQUE EXPERIENCE BY 4WD – 3 Days

G4 = Minimum/maximum 4 clients private charter travelling in a top of the range

4WD vehicle with specialist driver/guide

Introduction

A visit to Bungle Bungle is on the bucket list of most Australians and International visitors who love to discover the new outback of Australia. It was unknown to tourists until the 1980’s and is now rated up there with Uluru, Kakadu and The Great Barrier Reef.

Broome to the Eastern Kimberley - Overnight Halls Creek Day 1

Depart Broome at 8.00am to journey east along National Highway 1 – The Great Northern Highway. A picnic morning tea and a wilderness cruise. Here your cruise will be on the Fitzroy River – discover the beauty of the cliffs and the tranquil waterway which becomes a raging torrid in the wet season. There is evidence of an ancient limestone barrier reef which was laid down in an ancient sea that covered a large part of the Kimberley in Devonian times, some 350 million years ago. Today you will see how large The Kimberley is – twice the size of Victoria and four times the size of the UK, with a population of only 30,000 inhabitants.

Your destination for a lunch break is Fitzroy Crossing, after stopping for photographs along the way. Fitzroy Crossing is one of the few towns that has survived the changes in time, the old hotel is unique and Fitzroy River is awesome. The Pillara Range, Sparke Range, Mount Pierre and the Mueller Ranges are viewed north of you as you travel to your destination of Halls Creek.

Fitzroy Crossing: Fitzroy Crossing and the lands and valleys around it were the home for a number of Aboriginal language groups. When Fitzroy Crossing was established the main group was the Bunuba People, their land stretching from the present day Brooking Springs and Leopold Downs Station to the Oscar, Napier and King Leopold Ranges. The Bunuba are the River and Hill people.

Another group in the area stretching on the other side of the Fitzroy River from Gogo, Fossil Downs and Louisa Downs Station and on either side of the Margaret River, are the Gooniyandi People. The plains Aboriginal people are the Nyigina and further south are the Walmakarri, the people of the Great Sandy Desert. Other traditional owners of the area are the Njikena, Konejani and Waladjari peoples.

Halls Creek: The land now known as Halls Creek has been occupied for thousands of years. The land is crossed by songlines and trading paths stretching from the coasts to the deserts, some passing near the modern town. The story of that long occupation remains alive today and it is revealed in the culture of the Jaru, Kija, Kukatja, Walmajarri, Gooniyandi and other indigenous people who live in Halls Creek shire. That ancient world changed late in the 1800s when Europeans arrived, searching for minerals for wealth and land for cattle. On Christmas Day 1885 prospector Charlie Hall found a huge 28-ounce (nearly 1 kilogram) gold nugget at a site that would eventually be named after him.

News of the discovery drew more than 15,000 people to what is now Old Halls Creek to try their luck. It proved an inhospitable land for these people and the graves of some can be found in Old Town’s small cemetery. The gold rush lasted less than 3 months and Halls Creek became a trading centre for cattle stations, aboriginal communities and miners who stayed in the area. The post office with its telegraph line that terminated here, the police station, government office, racecourse and stores gave the town a purpose. In 1918 the Australian Inland Mission built a hospital and the old town struggled on, short of inhabitants and water. In 1948 an airfield was built near the site of the present town and over the next decade the old town moved nearer to this new site. Except for the police station, which finally relocated in 1961, the old town was abandoned by 1954.

Meals:
Morning tea, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner
Accommodation:
Halls Creek Motel – 3 stars plus

Halls Creek to Purnululu National Park via The Rugged Access Dirt Road Day 2

Depart Halls Creek and travel a short distance on the bitumen road before heading bush. A road has never been constructed so that you could comfortably travel into the Bungle Bungle – it’s not a mass tourism site. The fragile environment and the restriction on tourists are very important to this unique area of Australia. Your privilege of travelling the dirt road is unique – some tropical vegetation, panoramic views, soft sand and hard going for the 4WD but it is worth it. On arrival at your accommodation you will be shown your home for one night. The remainder of the day at the multi award winning HeliSpirit Bungle Bungle helicopter flights depart from Bellburn Airfield in Purnululu National Park. All flight time is over the Bungles and 15% of your tour price goes to national parks. Skilled pilots deliver an informative commentary.

Meals:
Breakfast, morning tea, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner.
Accommodation:
Premium – Bungle Bungle Safari lodge with facilities – 3 stars, Gold Service - Bungle Bungle Wilderness Lodge 4 stars

Exploring Bungle Bungle - Overnight Fitzroy Crossing Day 3

Wake to see the sunrise over Bungle Bungle after breakfast wonder at the sheer magnificence of the Beehive Domes, Piccaninny Lookout and Cathedral Gorge on the easy 5km circular route from Piccaninny Creek from your accommodation. Your guide will take you on some short walks to show you the vegetation and this unusual formation of the mountain range.

After lunch return to the highway to travel to Fitzroy Crossing for your comfortable overnight accommodation.

Purnululu National Park: The World Heritage status of the region was created and negotiated in 2003, and the adopted boundary of the existing national park.  Since its listing, the Government of Western Australia has reserved additional areas located adjacent to the World Heritage Area, including the Purnululu Conservation Park and the Ord River Regeneration Reserve. The site was gazetted on the Australian National Heritage List on 21 May 2007 under the Environment and Heritage Legislation Amendment Act (No. 1), 2003 Purnululu is the name given to the sandstone area of the Bungle Bungle Range by the Australian Aboriginal Kija peoples. The name means “sandstone” or may be a cordon of “bundle grass”.

The traditional owners of the area are the Kitja peoples.

The Bungle Bungle Range, lying fully within the park, has elevations as high as 578 metres (1,896 ft) above sea level. It is famous for the sandstone domes, unusual and visually striking with their striping in alternating orange and grey bands. The banding of the domes is due to differences in clay content and porosity of the sandstone layers: the orange bands consist of oxidised iron compounds in layers that dry out too quickly for cyanobacteria to multiply; the grey bands are composed of cyanobacteria growing on the surface of layers of sandstone where moisture accumulates.

Meals:
Breakfast, morning tea, lunch, afternoon tea.
Accommodation:
Fitzroy River Lodge 3 star

Tunnel Creek, Windjana Gorge, Gibb River Road to Broome Day 4

Alas it’s farewell to the quaint and historical town of Fitzroy Crossing. Today’s first stop will be at Tunnel Creek, where a creek flows from the eastern side of the mountain through a 300 metre crevice to the eastern side. It was here that an Aboriginal man, whose land was being changed forever, defied the efforts of the police to catch him for being disruptive to the settlers and cattlemen. The story of Jandamarra has been recorded in a book and made into a movie which is now an indigenous legend of an Aboriginal freedom fighter who used the tunnel as a hide-out in the late 1880s.

Next stop is Windjana Gorge, a 3.5 km geographical wonder. See crocodiles sunbaking on the waters edge as you walk along the gorge track. A picnic lunch followed by a rugged journey along the infamous Gibb River Road – stop to detour into some beautiful waterholes as you appreciate the rugged land. Dorothy McKellar’s poem truly identifies The Kimberley as you see it today. Quote: “ I love a sunburnt country, a land of sweeping plains, of ragged mountain ranges, of droughts and flooding rain. I love her far horizons, I love her jewel-sea, her beauty and her terror – the wide brown land for me!”

Time may permit you to detour back into Derby for afternoon tea or perhaps a stop under a shady tree. Your arrival back in Broome will be approx. 6.00 pm.

Meals:
Breakfast, morning tea, lunch, afternoon tea.
Accommodation:
Nil

Prices:

Premium Class: $5625

Gold Class: $6325

Platinum Class: N/A

Prices valid to 31st March, 2017.

Departs: Daily

you choose your departure date (from 1st May until 30th September)

Tour cost includes:
• Pick Up and Drop Off from your hotel.
• The provision of a modern, top of the range four wheel drive vehicle.
• The services of an experienced and accredited driver / guide.
• The provision of 3 star comfortable accommodation–twin share basis.
• Morning and afternoon teas.
• The provision of breakfasts, lunches and evening meals.
• Welcome drink prior to evening meal.
• The payment of all accommodation, flights, visits, attractions and entry fees as per itinerary.
• Expert interpretation of the natural and cultural environment from a specialist guide

Excludes: 

  • Travel to/from Broome
  • Evening supper.
  • single accommodation – on application
  • Provision of alcohol with meals except where stated on itinerary.
  • Travel insurance.

Special Notes: Travel insurance is highly recommended – refer Bookings/Travel Insurance. Austour Tour special group rates are applicable. Please read Austour’s Conditions of Travel.

Child: Keep in mind that on this tour children under 4 years old are unable to travel. Children are from 4 – 12 years of age.

Our tour availability is subject to weight restrictions, we cannot take passengers over 120kg.

 

 

 

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