What level of health and fitness is required?
As tours visit remote areas and feature activities with varying degrees of difficulty, it is vital to select a tour with an activity level suited to your health and fitness.
- A good level of fitness is essential for you to undertake walks in hot conditions and over terrain with uneven and slippery surfaces.
- Some walks will require you to clamber over boulders up to one metre high.
- It is your responsibility to carry any medication you require for the tour's duration and consult your local medical practitioner for any health advice.
Click here for hiking notes for Purnululu National Park issued by the Department on Environment and Conservation.
What about the 4WD vehicles?
Our specially engineered custom built Mercedes Benz and Isuzu 4WD vehicles set a benchmark for these type of vehicles. Our vehicles have air conditioning, comfortable coach-style reclining seating, state-of-the-art PA system, large tinted windows and are all equipped with a satellite phone, first aid kit, drinking water and a fridge to carry medication.
How much time do you spend in the vehicle per day?
Our tours are designed so that if you have a day in the vehicle, it is after a full day of activity so you can rest. It may take us up to 8 hours on some days to get to our destination from the time of leaving our origin. Each day includes stops for morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea, along with a number of toilet breaks and plenty of opportunities to stop for a swim at any of the gorges or rivers or to see some of the local rock art.
What's a standard meal?
There's nothing standard about our meals, they are praised as being plentiful, well balanced and healthy.
- Breakfasts - our sumptuous buffet breakfasts include many delicious offerings, choose from cereals, yoghurt, bacon and eggs, pastries, fruit juices, tea and coffee.
- Lunches - a variety of cold meats and fresh salads, homemade slices and breads, served picnic style with a refreshing drink.
- Dinners - start with a delicious entrée that allows for sampling of some of the region's finest goods, followed by a main course comprising succulent meat and fresh fish, served with a variety of vegetables. Then, delight over a decadent dessert served with tea and coffee.
Can clothes be washed along the way?
Hand washing facilities are available at each of our Wilderness Lodges (however, hand washing is not encouraged at Bungle Bungle Wilderness Lodge due to water conservation principles). In larger centres such as Darwin, Kununurra and Broome, hotels feature coin-operated washing machines and dryers.
Are there any luggage restrictions?
Due to the vehicle size and strict regulations for vehicle weight, there is a limited luggage capacity.
- Please pack your required items into one small bag (no hard suitcases) weighing no more than 16kgs.
- lternatively, suitcases are acceptable if they fit within the following specified dimensions of 70cm length x 40cm width x 25cm height.
- If you have excess luggage, please arrange for it to be stored at your hotel if returning to it post tour or organise for it to be forwarded to the tour's final destination, prior to arrival at your end point.
- If you have purchased a tour including small aircraft (independent air tours) this places further restrictions on luggage allowances.
Please note: luggage and personal effects are limited to 10kg on the aircraft and excess luggage will need to be stored at your Kununurra accommodation.
Which airlines fly to the Kimberley?
Qantas and Virgin Australia both fly to Darwin and Broome from all major Australian centres. Air North, the Kimberley's regional airline operates daily services between Darwin, Kununurra and Broome. Skywest operate flights from Perth to Broome and Kununurra. Ask our friendly reservations experts about our best available airfares to the Kimberley.
When is the Kimberley at its best?
- April through to October are the most pleasant months to travel through the remote Kimberley region.
- In April/May and September/October the weather is fine and hot with mild nights (average maximum 33 degrees Celsius).
- From June to August the days are fine and warm with cold nights (average maximum 29 degrees Celsius).
Inland conditions at night can drop down to 2 degrees Celsuis. Rainfall is rare. We recommend including some winter clothing when travelling during this time of year for nights.
Are there scenic helicopter flights over Mitchell Falls and the Bungle Bungle?
The uniqueness of the Kimberley region can be fully appreciated from the seat of a helicopter. We have included a short flight over the Mitchell Falls and extensions can be purchased through your Driver/Guide. Bungle Bungle flights can also be organized through your Driver/Guide whilst on tour.
Are the Wilderness Lodges licensed to sell alcohol?
Our Wilderness Lodges are licensed to sell alcohol with the exception of Hawk Dreaming Wilderness Lodge. They stock a range of alcoholic beverages for purchase, allowing you to enjoy an evening drink (to guests over 18 years of age).
- APT's network of exclusive Wilderness Lodges are designed for you to enjoy a unique experience in some of the most remote regions of the Kimberley, without compromising your comfort.
- APT Wilderness Lodges feature permanent and sturdy tented cabins on a raised wooden floor with private ensuites. A range of Standard and Superior tented cabins feature twin or king beds, spacious ensuites with hot showers and flushing toilets, and a private front deck.
- Friendly onsite hosts make your stay all the more memorable. They go out of their way to ensure you enjoy the secluded surrounds.
- APT Wilderness Lodges also feature low voltage night lighting and solar powered hot water throughout the camp.
Is the environment impacted?
- Our Wilderness Lodges have minimal environmental impact whilsts giving guests the unique opportunity to be surrounded by untouched habitat.
- We are proud to have been able to establish our Wilderness Lodges on Aboriginal land, with the welcome of traditional owners.
- No other major tour operator in the Kimberley has achieved Advanced Eco-tourism certification.