Why choose a guided Kimberley Tour?
The Kimberleys are an extremely remote and logistically challenging destination. Comparable in size with Spain and rich in history, ancient culture and incredible natural diversity, our Kimberley Tours are an epic journey!
To fully connect with all the different aspects of the entire region requires deep local knowledge. Charter North create immersive experiences through a long relationship with country and extremely meticulous planning. All our expeditions are led by some of the most experienced and seasoned guides available. Our tours are available as private and small group tours and include the Gibb River Road, Lake Argyle, the Bungle Bungles, Elquestro, Mitchell Falls, Bell Gorge, Windjana Gorge, Tunnel Creek, Mornington and more. We showcase the diverse features of the region while hiking, swimming, camping and exploring this maze of ancient landscapes. With our highly experienced and passionate guides, you will discover Indigenous culture, rock art, billions of years old geology, spectacular waterfalls and gorges, all while travelling in the comfort of a fully air conditioned luxury 4WD. Choose from one of our popular itineraries below, or let us customise a personalised program for your private group.
Our Kimberley Tours
7 Day Kimberley Highlights Tour
This private adventure allows you to experience the popular features of the East Kimberley in only one week
Custom Camping Tours
Perfect for families and small groups who would like a tour experience adjusted to their interests and preferences
Private Off Road Camper Tours
Perfect for small groups and families seeking added comfort on our camping tours
Accommodated Private Tours
Our private fully accommodated Kimberley Tours are perfect for travellers wanting to enjoy the Kimberley Wilderness in comfort
Kimberley Highlights include:
Lake Argyle is also one of the East Kimberley’s major attractions. Recognised as the largest man made fresh water reserve in the Southern Hemisphere, measuring several times larger than Sydney Harbour! The Ord River was dammed to form Lake Argyle as part of the Ord River Irrigation project. Charter North provides the best opportunity to appreciate Lake Argyle for its size, grandeur and history by embarking on a boat cruise with the lake’s most reputable and experienced cruise operator. A Lake Argyle cruise provides the opportunity to witness this spectacular landscape and spot local wildlife including freshwater crocodiles, birds, fish & rock wallabies. On our private camping tours, we also have the privilege to be able to include an overnight stay on one of the lake’s islands- it doesn’t get more secluded than this!
The Bungle Bungles
From Kununurra we travel by road to the famous Bungle Bungles (Purnululu National Park). This area lays within the arid zone of the region, bordering the Tanami Desert. We explore this amazing area at ground level while hiking among the famous beehive formations and gorges of the Bungle Bungle Range and recommend a helicopter flight for a greater perspective of this incredible landscape. Aside from the grandeur of the Bungle Bungle Range and other features of the park, the drive into and around the park is one of the most picturesque in the surrounding land. It won’t take you very long to understand and appreciate why this geological masterpiece has become one of the most acclaimed icons.
The Gibb River Road and Mitchell Falls
After exploring the South East Kimberley, we head towards the Central Plateau regions, with Mitchell Falls in the far tropical North, along with ElQuestro and other stations along the Gibb River Road. The Central Plateau area is renowned for holding some of the most stunning natural and cultural attractions in the area. Swim, hike or canoe along ancient watercourses and encounter endless gorges and waterfalls that have existed unexplored for millennia. Emma Gorge, Manning Gorge, Galvan’s Gorge and Bell Gorge are all waiting to be explored, while the Mitchell Plateau and Falls area, managed by the local Wunambal Gaambera aboriginal corporation, is the perfect destination for travellers interested in ancient indigenous culture and rock art.
Windjana Gorge and Tunnel Creek
Further west of the King Leopold Ranges the central plateau area gives way to the open plains; Aboriginal people call this “Pindan Country”. Not only will you experience a dramatic change of scenery, you have now also entered a completely different geological and cultural landscape. Reefs from the Devonian period rise sharply from the surrounding plains giving testament to the changing sea levels over the last 375 million years. The Leonard River has cut its path through the ancient reef system to form Windjana Gorge. At Windjana Gorge you can respectfully admire freshwater crocodiles bathing in the shallow pools or sun baking on the sandbars.
The pearling capital of Broome in the far West is a coastal playground and the gateway to one of the world’s most rugged and isolated coastal marine environments. Broome is a mix of modern commerce and old world charm; with its tropical feel and laid back character, it is acknowledged for its world class pearls and affectionately referred to as the “Pearl of the North”. Broome is perfect for just relaxing and taking in the tropical environs, with Broome’s Cable Beach rated as one of the best beaches in the world. Broome’s culture and economy were born from pearling with its multi-cultural history dating back to the early nineteenth century when pearls were discovered in the surrounding shallow tropical waters. Of course indigenous groups have called the area home tens of thousands of years prior. Many Australian Aboriginals and immigrants of Malay origin worked in the pioneering industry, some found their fortune, many not. Broome is also the stepping stone to the Dampier Peninsula which is home to several aboriginal coastal communities welcoming visitors to their homelands and sharing their culture and lifestyles.
The Dampier Peninsula
Located north of Broome along the peninsula on the magnificent Cygnet Bay is the oldest surviving Australian owned pearl farm “Cygnet Bay Pearls”. Not only is this a brilliant opportunity to learn about the pioneering of this industry, but to be able to visit a working pearl farm and see the farming process is a very rare experience indeed. If you have a passion for pearls, this is your chance to purchase some of the world’s best, and directly from the producer! The pearl farm also offers stylish safari tent accommodation on the beach.
Experiencing this vast Kimberley Wilderness
Charter North 4WD Safaris have an intimate understanding of this unique region of Western Australia through a personal and professional relationship spanning more than two decades. This connection allows us to create and be part of your unforgettable expedition.
A deep sense of history
This is one of the earliest settled regions of Australia with a long, rich history just waiting to be explored. It all began more than 50,000 years ago when the First People arrived from what is now Indonesia, seeking new land to explore and settle. The region has an absolute treasure trove of rock paintings, artistic drawings and carvings dating right back to that time – there is literally a historic discovery around every turn.