One area of Australia which I would really love to see in all of its glory is the Kimberley. In addition, I have a deep desire to see some uniquely Australian country side, such as that covered by the The Oombulgurri Track Tag-a-long Tour. More on this later.
It is for this reason that I am beginning the planning stage of this trip right now (Sep 2018). The Kimberley is probably just as far away from Sydney as Sydney is from Perth, and having just completed our Perth trip I know there is a lot more to cover than last time.
Kalumburu is at the end of the The Oombulgurri Track Tag-a-long Tour which starts in Oombulgurri, some 311 kms (but 14 hrs away). I am very interested in doing, for these reasons:
- The tag-a-long tour is conducted by Aboriginals and it is about educating tour attendees in the ways and beliefs of the Australian Aborigine.
- There is a lot of history in the area, including Aboriginal rock art & what it means to Indigenous people
Boomerang & Spear making, and more
Please note that the track that Google shows on the map is probably not the track that we will, but that is not something I can confirm at this point.
starting the Tag-a-Long Tour
The starting point of this tour is at Oombulgurri, in the Northern part of Western Australia, it is shown on the map to the right.
In order to appreciate how isolated these communities are is by listing some valid points of interest, such as:
- Darwin to Oombulgurri – 1044 km, nearly 16 hrs according to Google
- Oombulgurri to Kalumburu – 311 km, nearly 14 hrs according to Google
Looking at the size in a different way, have a look at the second map showing Darwin through Oombulgurri to Kalumburu.
More on the Oombulgurri Track
The video below is what the 4wd Action team have mentioned about the Oombulgurri Track. Please note that the only way to access this track is via a Tag-a-long tour, and the only people running this tour are:
Ron and Colin, locals of the area who can be contacted via this website: www.justoverthehills.com
Given how remote this track is, who-ever drives through here must be totally self sufficient. Any problem which you may come across must be recoverable and repairable, including a split fuel tank.
There are no supplies once you start this track. Make sure you have plenty of fuel, sufficient food for the time on the track plus 2 weeks (as extra) and enough tools and supplies (like hoses, clamps, tyre repair kits, fuel tank repair kit – including household soap).
The other area which is largely an unknown is tyres, this country is very hard on tyres and any tyre with less than 80% tread is going to be a concern as the number of punctures is quite high. The general rule of thumb is to have 2 spares, with another tyre not mounted to a rim as well as a tyre repair kit. A compressor is a given.
To give some idea of the nature of parts of the track here is a dry river bed crossing, plenty of rocks and slow progress is required.
That crossing would have been done in low range first gear!
Other attractions on the Tag-A-Long Tour
The tour hosts will stop and show any interested in Aboriginal life and if you book a tour to include Aboriginal Art, there is a significant display on the rocks of art work estimated to be 40,000 years old.
It is interesting that this art faces the full sun for the better part of the day and yet it is still available for all to see, quite clearly. So much for our modern technology, any of our printed laser colour images would not last that long.
Boab Prison Tree
There is one particular Boab Prison Tree which I would dearly love to see, apparently it was the one used by white man years ago to keep the indigenous Australian prisoners in gaol – or was it?
Actually, there is no evidence that the Boab Prison Tree was ever used for holding prisoners.