Gail Liston has hit the road and distilled her extensive travel knowledge to bring us the 20 Top Tours from all around Australia.
It’s amazing to think that only the local Aboriginals and graziers knew about the Bungle Bungle until the early 1980s. The tiger-striped, beehive-shaped sandstone domes rising 300m out of the landscape are just one of the treats in store on the Spirit of the Kimberley. Nightly you’ll snuggle up in a swag under the star-studded southern sky, sample traditional bush tucker like a boab nut or the ever-so-tasty green tree ants that are fortunately only seasonally available, cast for reef fish from the rugged red coastline on Cape Leveque, and take a dip in a 750m cave system at Tunnel Creek, used by the Aboriginal freedom fighter Jandamarra in the late 1880s.
Nothing is omitted from this grassroots 4WD adventure. There’s just as much time to learn about Aboriginal people from the Bardi Saltwater country on the Dampier Peninsula as there is to ponder the geological wonder of Windjana Gorge, where rock walls hover more than 90m overhead.
Brag factor // Sit by a campfire on the edge of the Indian Ocean at Cape Leveque under a famed Kimberley red-gold sunset.
Details // Tour by Kimberley Wild Expeditions, $1795 adult, $1765 conc, $1645 child (4-12yrs), (08) 9193 7778, www.kimberleywild.com.au