The Kimberley Trek [and Paddle]

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10 Days, 9 Nights
Availability : May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct & Nov
Kununnura
Kununnura
Min Age : 15+
Max People : 8
Trek Summary

The Kimberley region is one of the most remarkable yet least explored parts of Australia. Occupying an immense area of the North West part of Australia, the Kimberley is remote, sparsely populated and contains unparalleled biodiversity. It is a hidden world of deep gorges, rugged escarpments and plateaus, interspersed with cascading waterfalls and breathtaking scenery.

Home to an extraordinary array of vegetation and wildlife, the area has sustained Aboriginal people for thousands of years. From its scorched Desert fringes and vast Eucalypt forests, remnant rainforest, wild rivers and coastal mangrove communities, the Kimberley is one of the world’s last wild treks.

Your experience will take you into the heart of this most magnificent of remote areas. Our vast trekking experience coupled with our ability to take you into those “special” treks, will ensure your journey is one that provides you with long lasting memories.

After a boat transfer to our start point, we walk through ancient river beds and swim in the crystal clear waterholes; you will marvel at the ruggedness of the surrounding landscape. Our 4 day trek takes us through areas seldom seen. We are picked up on the shores of Lake Argyle and taken to a special place for an overnight camp. The sunset is breathtaking as we sit around our camp and take in the panoramic view of the surrounding Kimberley.

An early boat pick up the next morning and an exhilarating ride to our canoeing start point below the Argyle Dam wall on the Ord river. A slow easy paddle along the waters of the Ord with overnight camps on sandy beaches, will take us back to Kununurra.

We will provide you with a safe, eco-friendly and culturally sensitive experience in one of the world’s best kept secrets.

NOTE: There is an option to take a scenic helicopter flight into the start point of the trek. Please contact us for availability and pricing.

Departure & Return Location

East Kimberley Regional Airport, Kununnura (Google Map)

Price Includes

  • 10 Day fully escorted tour
  • Airport pick up and overnight accommodation in Kununurra
  • Helicopter charter to trek start point, including scenic tour over ranges
  • Kimberley experienced leader
  • All food whilst on trek (supplemented with freshly caught fish)
  • Boat pick up and transfer to island and Canoe start point
  • Canoe (Canadian canoe) hire and associated equipment
  • Qualified and experienced canoeing instructor(s)
  • Mosquito dome

Price Excludes

  • International and Australian Domestic Airfares & Airport Departure Tax
  • All costs associated with obtaining a Passport
  • Meals other than those specified on itinerary
  • Travel Insurance [mandatory]
  • Any others expenses which are not mentioned on ‘Price Includes’ section.

FREE!

  • Getaway Trekking quick-dry Walking Shirt
  • Getaway Trekking Certificate of Completion
  • Training Walks in Victoria, Queensland, South Australia & Tasmania
What to Expect

The Kimberley region is one of the most remarkable yet least explored parts of Australia. Occupying an immense area of the North West part of Australia, the Kimberley is remote, sparsely populated and contains unparalleled biodiversity. It is a hidden world of deep gorges, rugged escarpments and plateaus, interspersed with cascading waterfalls and breathtaking scenery.

  • Helicopter flight into the Carr Boyd Ranges
  • Climb to the magnificent ‘Getaway Arch’
  • Take in the beauty of Lake Argyle
  • Canoe on Ord River through various gorges
  • Opportunity to see the only Bradshaw artwork in a secluded and secret rock overhang
Itinerary

Day 1Arrival in Kununurra

Arrive in Kununurra; transfer to hotel. Evening dinner and pre-trek briefing. Early arrivals can try their luck at catching a Barramundi at Ivanhoe crossing on the Ord River.

Day 2Fly into Carr Boyd Ranges following Helicopter Ride.

Transfer to our boat for transfer into the Carr Boyd Ranges. Set up camp on a majestic waterhole surrounded by towering red cliffs and the iconic Boab Trees. As the evening approaches climb to nearby ridgeline to view the panorama of a Kimberley sunset. (NOTE: there is an option for the transfer to be by helicopter. As we fly across the plains and escarpments you will be in awe of the scenery and ruggedness of the environment we are about to enter.)

Day 2Begin day’s trek following waterhole swim/traverse to starting point.

An early morning start to experience the changing colours of the rugged gorges. Waterproof packs in preparation for swim through campsite waterhole (250m) to starting point at the other end of the gorge. Follow dry river bed leading to its headwaters, before setting up overnight camp alongside a small waterhole that will provide fishing opportunities for those so 
inclined. Side trip up one of the many gorges in this area.

Day 4Full day’s trekking across the range.

Awaken early, to the sounds of abundant birdlife. Continue along the river bed until climbing over range. This is a challenging day, but the climb to the top of the escarpment is rewarded with views of the surrounding mountain ranges and spectacular gorges. The long winding descent will test nerve and fitness. Tonight we camp by a small freshwater creek surrounded by towering Paperbark trees and Pandanus plants.

Day 5Climb to the magnificent ‘Getaway Arch’ and take in the beauty of Lake Argyle.

Today’s trek encompasses ancient Cycads and a climb to a spectacular geological feature that we have named “Getaway Arch”. Climb to the top of this feature and be rewarded with breathtaking views of Lake Argyle. Complete the day with a steep traverse to a creek line which leads to a hidden gorge featuring unique ecosystems shaded from the Kimberley sun. On return to our campsite we spend another night under a million star canopy.

Day 6Reach Lake Argyle for boat transfer to shore campsite and night-time BBQ.

Today we complete the trekking component of our trip, and make our way to the shores of Lake Argyle to await boat pick up. We will be greeted with lunch and a welcome cold drink. Our staff are avid birdwatchers and fisherman and will highlight many points of interest as they transport us to our overnight destination. Tonight’s camp is on on the shores of Lake Argyle; sit back enjoy our BBQ and watch the magnificent sunset from our own private beach.

Day 7Canoe on Ord River through various gorges and overnight on the sandy shores.

Transfer from our island to our canoe start at the dam wall at Argyle Tourist Village. Pre canoe instruction, skills demonstration and safety brief. Our gear is securely water proofed and tied in to canoes. The slow moving Ord River showcases Pandanus and Melaleuca stands, often housing thousands of fruit bats. After paddling through the many Ord River gorges, we will appreciate the beauty of our overnight camp on a beautiful white sandy beach.

Day 8Full day canoeing down the Ord River before visiting Bradshaw artwork.

Once again, wake the sounds of the abundant water birds surrounding our camp. After a full day of paddling down the Ord; be awed by the spectacular towering cliffs and splendid ever changing colours of Carlton Gorge. Stunning views of majestic cliff faces and beautiful cascading waterfalls and a short walk into a secret waterfall for an icy cold swim make this a day to remember. We have the opportunity to see Bradshaw artwork in a secluded and secret rock overhang.

Day 9Complete canoe experience and transfer back to Kununurra by boat.

We finish with a short easy paddle to our end point, where we are picked up by boat and taken back to Kununurra. We are transferred back to our hotel to enjoy a hot shower and cold drink! Tonight we can relax around the pool and recount our recent adventures before enjoying a well deserved meal in the hotel’s restaurant.

Day 10End of arrangements.

Our journey concludes and you are transferred to the airport for your onward journey.

NOTE: There is an option to take a helicopter flight on Day 2, as opposed to the boat transfer. Please contact us for availability and pricing.

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