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Windjana Gorge and Tunnel Creek 4WD Tour from Broome

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Broome, Australia
Windjana Gorge and Tunnel Creek 4WD Tour from Broome

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icon15 hours  (Approx.)
Hotel pickup offered
Mobile ticket
iconOffered in: English
Good for avoiding crowds

Overview

This Windjana Gorge and Tunnel Creek 4WD tour from Broome explores two of the Kimberley region’s most popular attractions. After morning tea at a roadhouse along the Fitzroy River, see the historical Boab Prison Tree in Derby, then traverse the 4x4 Gibb River Road to Windjana Gorge National Park. Search for freshwater crocodiles and look for fossils in the ancient reef, part of the Napier Range. After a picnic lunch, follow your guide on foot through an underground labyrinth at Tunnel Creek, with the option to swim in a refreshing watering hole.
  • See the historic Boab Prison Tree
  • Enjoy a picnic lunch at Windjana Gorge
  • Take a guided walking tour of Tunnel Creek
  • Morning and afternoon tea included plus hotel pickup and drop-off
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Morning and afternoon tea
Lunch
Driver/guide
Live commentary on board
Transport by air-conditioned 4WD
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Food and drinks, unless specified
Gratuities

Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered

Departure Time

6:00 AM
Start your Windjana Gorge and Tunnel Creek 4WD tour with early morning pickup from your hotel. Departing Broome for the Kimberley, hear informative commentary from your guide on the geography of the region.

You'll stop at the Willare Roadhouse for morning tea beside the Fitzroy River, then continue on to the Boab Prison Tree, rumored to have been used in the 1890s to imprison indigenous Australians en route to nearby Derby for sentencing.

After a look, continue along the Gibb River Road, a former cattle route accessible by 4WD vehicles. You'll arrive at Windjana Gorge, an ancient reef oasis of the Napier Range, made of soaring limestone walls rising more than 300 feet (90 meters). Search for fossils of shells and tiny marine creatures as your guide points out any wildlife, including birds and freshwater crocodiles that stealthily inhabit the Lennard River.

After a picnic lunch, depart Windjana Gorge for Tunnel Creek in the afternoon. Disembark your vehicle for a guided walking tour of subterranean tunnels that form an underground labyrinth beneath the Napier Range. Your guide reveals the history of white settlement in the Kimberley region and shares the legendary tale of Jandamarra, an Aboriginal tracker who led an insurrection against colonizing pastoralists and hid out in the gorge in the late 19th century.

Reward your walk with a refreshing dip in a swimming hole before a last stop at the ruins of Lillimooloora Station to view the sunset. Your 15-hour day trip includes afternoon tea and an optional dinner (own expense), before arriving back in Broome at night.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Boab Prison Tree
Your tour begins with an early morning departure from Broome as you travel east into the Kimberley gorges by 4WD. Listen to your guide's expert commentary on the history and geography of the countryside you're traveling through, and stop for morning tea at the Willare Roadhouse beside the Fitzroy River. Visit the historic Boab Prison Tree, measuring more than 50 feet (15 meters) and believed to be more than 1,500 years old.
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Windjana Gorge National Park
Your tour continues along the Gibb River Road, traveling towards the ancient Napier Range and Windjana Gorge. Experience the tranquil beauty of this remote oasis, where the limestone walls rise more than 300 feet (90 meters). Keep an eye out for freshwater crocodiles and birds hiding in the Lennard River that runs through Windjana Gorge, and look for fossils of shells and sea creatures on the soaring rock walls.
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Tunnel Creek National Park
After enjoying a picnic lunch at Windjana Gorge, spend the afternoon exploring Tunnel Creek on a guided walking tour. Discover secret caves in the network of underground tunnels that run for half a mile beneath the Napier Range, and take a refreshing swim in a picturesque waterhole. Hear legends from the past, including the tale of Jandamarra, a local Aborigine who led an insurrection against the settlers and hid out in the gorge in the 1890s.
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Gibb River Road
The last stop on your tour is a sunset visit to the ruins of Lillimooloora Station, revealing the history of white settlement in this area more than a century ago. Your return trip by 4WD includes an optional dinner (own expense), arriving back in Broome at around 10:30pm.
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • Please bring sun protection, water bottle and wear comfortable walking shoes
  • Please bring a pair of shoes you don't mind getting wet, such as reef sandals or sneakers
  • Due to uneven surfaces and a moderate amount of walking, this tour is not recommended for those with walking disabilities or using a wheelchair
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 20 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Kimberley Wild Expeditions
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Windjana Gorge and Tunnel Creek 4WD Tour from Broome?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
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  • "A good level of fitness is a must, lots of scrabbling over rocks and uneven ground involved" See review
  • "You don't need to be super fit, but a reasonable level is helpful." See review
  • "Be prepared for a long bus ride, but all the sites are totally worth it!" See review

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FANTASTIC TOUR AND HOST BROOKE!
Glen_H
, Oct 2021
This was an amazing tour! Operated by Kimberly Wild Tours and our driver and host for the day was a young lass named Brooke. She was superb and gave us excellent insight and history of the 2 sights we were visiting...Windjana Gorge and Tunnel Creek. Morning and afternoon snacks, a fantastic lunch and a great group of fellow travelers. I would HIGHLY RECOMMEND this trip to everyone! Both are stunning sights off the Gibb Rd
star-5
Fantastic day
David_S
, Sep 2021
Fantastic day. Very well and efficiently organised. Unfortunately Tunnel Creek was closed because of a rockfall, but they rang us the night before to let us know and giving us the option of pulling out. We went to a nice art gallery in Derby instead. Windjana Gorge was spectacular. Our guide Michelle was fantastic - friendly, efficient and very informative and entertaining. Well done Kimberley Wild!
1 traveler found this review helpful
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Windjana Gorge Day Tour
John_M
, Aug 2021
Michelle was an amazing tour guide, she certainly knew her stuff. Windjana Gorge was breathtaking and well worth the visit, there were plenty of crocs to be seen. Unfortunately Tunnel Creek was closed because of falling rocks so Michelle took us into Derby to see a local art gallery to to see the wharf. All in all a long but amazing day was had by the whole group.
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Thrilling and intriguing
Lisa_T
, Jul 2021
Wow what a day ! Michelle our guide for starters was wonderful loved her upbeat vibe! She was very knowledgeable on indigenous history and kept us intrigued with some of her stories on Broome's history. The gorge was breathtaking to walk through and a treat to be able to visit there. Then onto Tunnel Creek it was thrilling to walk through quite the adventure so glad we went at some point we had to swim through but just added to the excitement! I’m 55 my hubby 60 and we managed the walk swim climb through without to much of problem highly recommended and such a thrill to see the crocs and swim in the water hole. Thanks Michelle and Kimberley Wild !
star-2
Didn't see / do everything that was in the programme
Amm
, May 2021
I disliked: - didn't have much time for the gorge and after all the driving we walked only 500m inside it instead of the the full 3.5km (felt I missed on a great experience because of that) - no toilets for 5h!!! - sitting on the bus for 3h in wet clothes (no changing rooms after the tunnel creek) - food was more important than free time (brekkie, lunch, tea, dinner...) - "take a refreshing swim in a picturesque waterhole" - no time for that - "sunset visit to the ruins of Lillimooloora Station" - haven't stopped there - 10h on the bus, 2h of eating, 3h of sightseeing - there were people with obvious walking problems (e.g. a walking sticks), one lady even fell face on the ground. I felt sorry for her and I don't think the tour operator should let them take part in this trip as it was a danger to their health. I liked: - the guide - being able to walk the full length of the tunnel creek
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star-5
Totally nice experience!
Xuan_T
, May 2021
Michelle was so friendly and accommodating. Michelle, thank you for sharing your knowledge. Totally enjoyed the experience. Also, it was a very friendly group of people to be with.
star-5
Day out
David_Jacquie
, May 2021
Great day out even though it was 15 hours The tour guides Gary and Simmo were very friendly, very knowledgeable on the areas and outright great to travel with. I suggested a cold beer would go down well as the weather was quite hot out there especially at Windjana Gorge
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Big Day but great day
Rodney_B
, May 2021
It was a long but enjoyable day with some great experiences. Tour Guides Gary and Michelle were excellent and made the trip most interesting. Gary's commentary whilst on the bus travelling between sights about the Kimberly region and history was very interesting and insightful. Windjana Gorge was magnificent and the Leonard river running through the gorge was quite scenic lots of fish swimming around and the many alligators sunning themselves on the waters edge was quite exciting. Tunnel creek was probably the highlight with having to walk, wade, and at one point actually swim through the tunnel. A word of WARNING this particular attraction is definitely not for the disabled or for anyone with mobility issues as you have to go through narrow gaps, climb over rough jagged rock surfaces and may be required to swim depending on water levels at the time. From hotel pick up to drop off was almost 15 hours and a round trip of about 700 klms but it was a most enjoyable day and worth it for the experience.
star-5
Terrific day
jackfam
, May 2021
Our tour guide Gary was exceptionally knowledgeable. The tour was well run and we had plenty of time to explore at our pace.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Worth every penny!
Katie_F
, Nov 2020
Our tour guide was awesome, the trip felt adventurous and relaxing at the same time. The tour guide gave great information and discussion points about the history of the kimbery's. The destination was breathtaking. Would definitely go on another tour with this company.
1 traveler found this review helpful

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