Kimberley Frontier Odyssey

August 14 – 21, 2021  |  8 days – 7 nights

YOUR ITINERARY

Day 1

  • Make your way to Kununurra from wherever you may be around Australia.
  • You’ll be met by our team and taken to our local accommodation.
  • Dinner at the local hotel.

Day 2

  • 7.00AM group briefing.
  • Departure preparation and final purchase of stores prior to leaving for Doon Doon.
  • Arrive Doon Doon community, 100km south of Kununurra where we are met by members of the Martin family.
  • Welcome to Country with a “Smoking” ceremony and Spiritual Blessing to ensure our safe and protected journey through Country
  • Drive 60km (3 hrs) on a 4X4 track to Speewah, where we establish our frontier camp. Should we have time it’s into the river to catch a barramundi for dinner, or “Dawal”, in Woolah language
  • Following our campfire meal, we discuss and shape our plan for the next 5 days by studying a map of the area and learning our options. The beauty of this trip is our itinerary is fluid and we can alter it to suit the group
  • Retire to your open tent and swag, enjoying your first night under the Kimberley stars.

Day 3

  • A symphony of nature will wake you early this morning as you welcome the day with fresh billy tea, and the changing colours of the landscape as the sun rises
  • Our day of exploration commences with a visit to the old Speewah Homestead where there are many relics from the early pioneer settlement such as wagon wheels, axle dated from 1883, pottery, cattle yards and a water point.
  • We rest for lunch on a secluded sandy beach, enjoying a swim in the crystal clear water which tumbles from pool to pool.
  • When back in camp later that afternoon, take your time to relax, read a book and absorb your surroundings. Today we will cover around 8km of crosscountry walking.
  • After we have cooked dinner on the open fire coals, we will enjoy some fireside yarns, sharing our day’s personal journey and experiences, delve into regional topics of natural history, indigenous culture, pastoral activities and more!

Day

  • Today we venture into the stunning Letter Box Gorge which is located about 2km from our bush camp.
  • On entering the gorge, you will note adensely populated sub-tropical environment with a wonderland of different plants, birds, reptiles, insects and butterflies.
  • The gorge widens enough to allow a magnificent forest of ancient Melaleuca Cajeputs to adorn the riverbanks.The powerful flowering blossoms create a strong perfume, encouraging dozens of small birds into tree canopy, cavorting and in search of food.
  • Following our day of exploration, we venture back to our camp, decide what our meal will be and cook up another feast!

Day 5 

  • Rise up early to enjoy our morning cup of billy tea and the emerging daylight. See what needs doing around the camp. Remember, it’s teamwork all the way !
  • Today’s challenge is a 10km, unassisted hike along the Dunham River.
  • As we are camping overnight at another location you will have to take your clothing and equipment. Learn how to pack light and take just the basics.
  • In the afternoon, we assess our environment and decide on the best location for our camp.
  • A relaxing afternoon by the campfire will see us long gone from the base camp “luxuries” we enjoyed during the previous days.
  • Drifting off to sleep on the firm ground you may hear the distant calls of dingos as they call to other pack members.

Day

  • Another day totally remote from anything … the feeling of empowerment from being on the edge of a rugged frontier.
  • This morning’s walk sees us break away from the river and enter a stunning water filled gorge. For 2km we negotiate along rock ledges, which often climb 20m above the water. We may catch a glimpse of a freshwater crocodile or barramundi near the water’s surface.
  • On leaving the gorge we follow the Dunham River to where we crossed on Day 2, meet up with our support vehicle for a short drive to our final night campsite.
  • Visit the Maloney Bore which was set up as a watering point over 100 years ago to support the movement along the Bedford Stock Route. Large cattle musters saw mobs driven from Halls Creek 250km south to Wyndham 100km north.
  • Time to freshen up with a swim and our last evening meal under the Kimberley stars.
  • Sleep should come easily after trekking 25km over the last two days.

Day 7

  • Our final day in the great wilderness has us breaking camp, packing the trailer and heading into Doon Doon, a 2 hour drive along cattle station tracks.
  • We bid our farewells to the “Woolah” Mob at their community and we are back on the bitumen for a 25km drive to visit the graves of pioneer Jeremiah Durack, his daughters and other stockmen.
  • Arriving back in Kununurra around midday, we have a long awaited shower and head off to the local for celebratory drinks!

Day 8

  • Today is our final day as we bid each other farewell and head off on the next stage of our respective journey’s. How can one describe the feeling of accomplishment having visited and navigated your way over wilderness that hardly anyone has visited before? Plus the satisfaction of experiencing nothing you would have encountered previously in this life- changing adventure.

INCLUSIONS:

  • Two expert guides: Travis Hocart & Terry Hewett.
  • Two 4X4 support vehicles
  • Twinshare accommodation in Kununurra for night of arrival (August 14) & final night (August 20).
  • Use of private tent, swag and sleeping bag.
  • Groundsheet
  • Fly
  • Mosquito net.
  • Walking poles
  • 85L Backpack.
  • Gaitors.
  • Cooking equipment.
  • Crockery and utensils.
  • All food whilst in the field
  • Assistance with physical preparation.

YOUR TOTAL COSTS:

  • Trek Price – $3450p/p
  • Flights to and from Kununurra.
  • Meals in Kununurra
  • Personal snacks bought prior to departure.