Lightstalkers Worldwide Discovery, Outback Australia – The Kimberley
Gibb River Road and The Kimberley Western Australia
You’re invited to register your interest for one of just 3 guests touring and photographing this stunning part of outback Australia. The Kimberley, the last frontier in the far north of Western Australia.
The Australian outback is a special place. The Kimberley region is a sparsely populated part of of Western Australia, around 3 times the size of England. It borders the Northern Territory to the east and the Indian Ocean to the west.
You’ll be starting off in the former Pearling town of Broome in Western Australia’s far north exploring and then photographing the surrounding outback gems by four wheel drive along the legendary Gibb River Road, fording rivers and navigating outback red dirt roads. Highlights of this region, include Bells Gorge, Galven’s Gorge and Manning Gorge plus all the wild flora and fauna along the way. To the east of the Gibb the natural features around the Cockburn Range, Emma Gorge, El Questro station and the Pentecost River will offer a rich array of subject matter.
From Broome we’ll travel east via the Gibb River road , an iconic outback journey with two overnight camps under the stars. From there we reach Home Valley Station, a working cattle station near the magical Pentecost River . You’ll have two comfortable nights in lodge accommodation with good food and refreshments as we take to the dirt roads to explore and photograph locations around El Questro The Pentecost River and Emma Gorge including the dramatic waterfall at Emma.
From El Questro we’ll head into Kununurra town and restock supplies and everything we need for Purnululu NP.
Back on the main highway, further south we take to the rough tracks again out to World Heritage listed Purnululu National Park and its famous beehive domes. Your base here deep in the park will be a 3 night wild bushcamp* with some facilities close to the main locations.
These amazing and unusual beehive shaped domes will feature during dawn and dusk and there’s an option to photograph these from the air by helicopter at dawn, an amazing spectacle.
Other nearby highlights include Piccaninny Creek, Cathedral Gorge, Echidna Chasm and Mini Palms Gorge.
From here we’ll make our way west by sealed road, breaking for the night in Fitzroy Crossing, capturing some dusk light in magnificent Geikie Gorge and the Fitzroy River. Our base will be the comfortable Fitzroy motor inn.
After Fitzroy we end up back in Broome where we’ll photograph expansive Cable Beach. At dusk a caravan of camels promenade the beach making an iconic but simple and evocative image as do the vivid rocks and seascapes around Gantheaume Point.
After resting in Broome for a night and a colourful session on Cable Beach you’ll travel north up the Dampier Peninsula to the remote and colourful Cape Leveque and Cygnet Bay. A coastal seascape wilderness of vivid hues, white sand and warm turquoise waters and a working Pearl farm. Plenty opportunities for vivid seascapes and hopefully an insight into the history of Pearling in the region. After two nights you’ll make your way back to Broome where the trip will end.
You may want to extend your stay in beautiful Broome or travel to Perth or another Australian destination.
This part of Australia has tropical monsoon climate, but in June its winter and the weather settled, warm to hot around 26 – 32 degrees centigrade during the day making it the best time to photograph and explore the region. The trip will start in the town of Broome and can be reached by air from Darwin or Perth which both handle international flights.
The duration is 11 nights/12 days. Final early June dates will be posted soon.
The trip will begin and end in Broome which also has connections to major Australian airports.
International or domestic flights to Perth – then domestic flight to Broome from Perth.
This trip will feature some rough terrain and some longer drives 2-3 days . Outback camping is not for everyone but with accommodation being very limited in the region it does offer a raw, memorable experience around the camp fire with good food and wine under the stars and access to locations that would otherwise not be possible.
Tents will be vehicle roof top with comfortable mattresses and bedding provided and we will have fridge / freezer with all supplies and refreshments that we require.
5 nights vehicle Bush camping / 6 nights accommodation .
Accommodation details will be added in due course.
Please make sure that it is suitable for your needs and requirements.
*Itinerary is subject to change depending upon accommodation availability and road conditions.
Accommodation – Hotels, B&B Safari tents and vehicle bush camping.
Starts Broome 09:00
Gibb River Road – 2 nights Camping, Silent Grove and Manning Gorge
Home valley station / El Questro 2 nights twin share lodge rooms with en-suite.
Purnululu National Park 3 nights bushcamp
Fitzroy Crossing Lodge, 1 night motel style room with ensuite
Broome 1 night Courthouse Guesthouse
Cygnet Bay Resort, Dampier Peninsula 2 nights safari tents with ensuite and camp kitchen.
Tour ends Broome 1300hrs
Please contact me if you’d be interested on participating. Thanks
Places available: 3 places only ( 3 pending )
Trip fee: TBC
Please contact me directly if your interested in this trip.
- 11 nights twin share safari tents and single occupancy Lodges
- Guiding and support
- Overland transport - Broome to Broome
- Refreshments, breakfast provisions and snacks
- Guided photo itinerary
- External or internal flights
- Optional helicopter or fixed wing flights
- Lunch or evening meals*
- Alcoholic beverages
- Accommodation other than stated
- You must have sufficient travel insurance for this trip.
- Mirima National Park
- Home Valley Station
- Pentecost River
- Cockburn Ranges
- Emma Gorge
- El Questro
- Purnululu National Park (Bungle Bungles)
- Doors off Helicopter flights - optional
- Piccaninny Creek
- Cathedral Gorge
- Echidna Chasm
- Mini Palms Gorge
- Fitzroy Crossing - Geekie Gorge
- Broome - Cable Beach
- Cape Leveque ( Cygnet Bay)
- Beagle bay
- Boab trees, termite mounds, palms and outback scenery.