I'm planning to travel WA in April (on a budget) and I'm running into difficulty when it comes to the Kimberley region. The tours I have found either don't run till May (too late), are horrendously expensive or don't take in the actual Bungle Bungles. There was an Easyrider one Broome-Darwin but this has been discontinued. I called a couple local hostels but they only suggested ones of $450+. Can anyone help? Looking for somerthing half that price if poss .
From everything that I've heard, I don't know if there actually are any "cheap" tours of this area.
You might have to think of a Plan B.
I'm currently doing a tourism project on that region of Western Australia so have done loads of research. I've got every travel brochure out there with any mention of the Bungle Bungles. I have to say that what James says is very true, because I haven't seen anything at all cheap mentioned.
With Kimberley Adventure they have a 2 day tour for $405. Most tours are considerably more expensive than that. Another company has scenic flights over the Bungle Bungles cheaper at as low as $230 per adult, but even they have other tours over the Bungle Bungles in a helicopter which cost $785.
Even a night at the Bungle Bungle Wilderness Lodge has a hefty price $315 for a single or $195 p/p twin share. Even a child 14 y/o and under has the price of $156!
Another tour I've found that is only valid until 31/3/07 costs $385 for a 2 day tour, so after the 31st of this month the price will probably have risen more seeing a lot of the tours are close to $1000 for a 2 day tour.
So it appears the cheapest tour with any company from the 15 different brochures I have is $385 for a proper tour or $230 for a scenic flight of a couple of hours.
Plan B is right, the 'Bungles' are in an isolated area and best done by driving yourself or sharing a vehicle, although it was 4x4 and a very rough track last time I went - I assume it will still be 4x4 but a better track.
Sorry I can't offer any definite answer but Allan has done some good research that you can consider.
Maybe a flight over would be the best option. I am told this is the best way to see them, although walking amongst the 'beehives' is awesome too. So good luck. Don't forget there are other attractions like Geike & Winjana Gorge ...
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Well, I live here so let me just point out that there is a good reason that most tours don't run before May. There's a good chance the creek crossings on the way in will be too deep to get through, 4x4 or not.
Our wet season this year started late and we are expecting cyclones till late into April, maybe even May.
You may be lucky, you may not. Just don't count on the track being open in April.
(The same is true for a lot of other places up here this April. Not sure what else is on your to do list....)
I was thinking the same thing as B1121, in that the rainy season will have to be taken into account when considering accessability to the area.
It might be worth saving your money and doing a helicopter tour or something. As expensive as this may appear to be, it may save you money in the long term with not having to hire a 4x4, and all that goes with that. Although the experience is not the same, it might be that or nothing.
Thanks a million for your advice all. I was thinking the same on the weather front so I'm gonna work up from Perth as opposed to down from Darwin. I guess I'll just have to keep my fingers crossed that it's ok by late April