One Adventurous Week in the Kimberley

 

 

Where: Kununurra, Western Australia is the best place to base yourself - with day or overnight trips to other locations.


How to get here:  Drive to the Kimberley in your own vehicle or there are direct flights into Kununurra from Darwin, Perth and Broome. 

 

Highlights: Kununurra is not only the adventure capital of the Kimberley, it is closely located to icons like Lake Argyle, the Bungle Bungle, Gibb River Road, El Questro and Home Valley Station. You can easily fly-in to Kununurra and do day or overnight trips from there to make sure you get to see all of the major highlights of the Kimberley.

 

Where to stay in Kununurra: There are a range of different types of accommodation in Kununurra, although Freshwater East Kimberley Apartments offer deluxe self-contained apartments in a resort designed amongst tropical gardens. The Deluxe One Bedroom Apartment features a unique outdoor shower and stone bath tub, as well as an interior bathroom. The kitchen means you don't need to resort to eating out every night, although there is a restaurant conveniently located next door and cafe just across the road.

 

What to do: Well the options are near endless! Although here is an itinerary that I would recommend for those interested in seeing the Kimberley and are short on time. In fact, I had something like this planned for my family and friends when they came to visit. 

 

 

Day One

 

Stay: Kununurra, Freshwater East Kimberley Apartments


Start your Kimberley adventure with a climb up Elephant Rock, followed by a swim in the lake. If you have time, visit one of the local Indigenous art galleries or diamond stores. 

 

End the day like most locals like to do, with a cocktail and dinner as the sun sets at The Pumphouse Restaurant.

 

 

 

Day Two

 

Stay: Bungle Bungle Savannah Lodge

 

Fly from Kununurra to the Bungle Bungle with Aviair. The flight takes you over the farmland of the Ord Irrigation Scheme, the Ord River, Carr Boyd Ranges, to Lake Argyle - a truly incredible sight from above! Continue south over iconic Kimberley cattle stations before arriving in the ancient Purnululu National Park, home to the Bungle Bungle Range. 

 

Land in the park and join a guided walking tour through the Bungle Bungle Domes into Cathedral Gorge, followed by a walk to Echidna Chasm at the northern end of Purnululu National Park - a full day of adventure!

 

Retreat to the best accommodation in the Bungles, and spend the night in quality eco-accommodation at Bungle Bungle Savannah Lodge.

 

 

 

 

 

Day Three

 

Stay: Emma Gorge

 

Return back to Kununurra in the morning and then venture out to Emma Gorge Resort, approx 45-60 minutes drive from Kununurra. Check in to a safari-style tented cabin situated beneath the Cockburn Range, then walk into Emma Gorge and enjoy a refreshing dip in the natural pool at the end. 

 

If time allows, head over to El Questro Station for a horse riding adventure, or helicopter flight to a remote waterhole where you'll land for an exclusive picnic.

 

 

 

 

Day Four

 

Stay: Home Valley Station

 

Start the day with a delicious breakfast at 'Emma's Restaurant' before stopping at Zebedee Springs for a short walk to amazing thermally-heated springs - if you are lucky, you may even get the place to yourself like I did when I visited.

 

Once you're refreshed, travel a short distance further down the Gibb River Road to Home Valley Station. The Grass Castles at Home Valley are amazing, situated on the edge of the river, these are a nice spoil for your stay in the Kimberley.

 

Here, I'd recommend booking in for an afternoon helifishing trip with HeliSpirit - this secret spot is known as one of the best spots for Barramundi fishing in the East Kimberley - accessed only be helicopter.

 

Enjoy a swim in the pool after your helifishing trip, followed by dinner at the Dusty Bar and Grill.

 

 

 

Day Five

 

Stay: Kununurra, Freshwater East Kimberley Apartments

 

Return back to Kununurra and hop on a cruise with Triple J Tours, the sunset explorer departs at 11.30am, returning at 5.30pm and will showcase the spectacular Ord River. 

 

Stay in and cook a bbq or meal for yourself at Freshwater East Kimberley Apartments in the Deluxe One Bedroom Apartments. Enjoy an evening swim in the resort-style pool.

 

 

 

Day Six

 

Stay: Lake Argyle Resort

 

Spend your last full day in the Kimberley by an early trip out to Lake Argyle - the largest man-made lake on mainland Australia. Choose to enjoy one of the Lake Argyle Cruises for an epic day out, otherwise hire some kayaks and explore the lake in your own time. There is also the option to jump in a helicopter for an incredible perspective of the lake from above.

 

Retreat to the famous infinity pool for a swim and then watch the sunset from a nearby lookout overlooking the lake - the perfect spot for a cheese platter picnic.

 

 

 

 

Day Seven

 

Return to Kununurra, stopping to look at the Ivanhoe Crossing and try a rum tasting at the Hoochery Distillery. Not a bad way to end your short, but adventure-filled trip to the Kimberley!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Emma Fehon

 

Hi I'm Emma, a 26 year old Australian content creator living in the adventure capital of Queenstown, New Zealand. 

 

I'm a dreamer, most alive when the opportunity exists to taste a new adventure. Inspired by exploring dramatic landscapes and uncovering unique travel experiences. 

 

Photography is the glue that pulls it all together and allows me the opportunity to visually share my adventures. I’m always seeking to uniquely capture the moment in a way I hope will inspire others.

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