Travel in a 4WD vehicle from Broome to Darwin through the remote Kimberley region of northwest Australia along the dirt Gibb River Road. Venture off the beaten track and deep into the Western Australian wilderness to explore The Bungle Bungle National Park, Lake Argyle and plenty of lush waterfalls.
All about the 8 Day 4WD Broome to Darwin Top End Explorer Tour
Experience 8 huge days of amazing scenery, adventure, hiking, wildlife, culture and a lot more with Aussie Wanderers Broome to Darwin tours! Our Broome to Darwin tours will take you along the Gibb River Road, to explore the rugged Kimberley Region. You’ll visit the gorges and waterholes, beautiful camp grounds, working cattle stations and see the Bungle Bungles in the Purnululu National Park, finishing the tour in the tropical city of Darwin.
WALKING AND HIKING BETWEEN BROOME AND DARWIN NEEDS A GOOD LEVEL OF FITNESS.
The Kimberley: High level of fitness required for walks in hot weather conditions.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT THIS BROOME TO DARWIN TOUR
WHAT IS A SWAG?
A swag is a bedroll made of canvas with a mattress inside. You can put your sleeping bag inside and zip it up and have a perfect view of the stars. check out our blog on the subject of swags here.
ARE THERE MANY FLIES IN THE OUTBACK?
In summer there can be many flies. It is advised that you purchase a fly net.
DO YOU CATER FOR MY DIETARY NEEDS?
We can cater for vegetarians, vegans, gluten free and lactose intolerant passengers. Please understand we are on a camping tour so the food you may usually have may not be readily available. Please contact us if you have any specific dietary needs.
8 Day 4WD Broome to Darwin Top End Explorer Tour Itinerary - 8 days
Broome to Silent Grove
Today you begin your journey into the wild and remote Australian wilderness where you will experience a fantastic combination of adventure, wildlife and tranquillity.
Departing Broome early we head east towards the Gibb River Road and arrive at Windjana Gorge in the Napier Ranges for lunch.
Nearly 660 kilometres long, the Gibb River Road is a former cattle route and one of the country’s most adventurous roads for four-wheel-driving.
After lunch we explore the gorge to view the native birds and resident freshwater crocodiles. During your trip in the Kimberley you will have the chance to view many bird species including the rare Gouldian finches as well as many saltwater and freshwater crocodiles.
In the afternoon we explore Tunnel Creek – an ancient reef system which is said to have existed 350 million years ago – before heading to Silent Grove for our first night at our campsite under the stars. (L, D)
Silent Grove to Mt Elizabeth
Enjoy waking up to the wilderness so very far away from the hustle and bustle of city life.
Today you will explore more of the region’s gorges including Bell, Galvans and Manning. The water levels at the time of your journey will determine which gorges you visit however each are unique and special in their own right.
Bell Gorge, the region’s most popular, is perfect for swimming whether you choose the deep plunge pool at the bottom of the falls or go exploring to other smaller falls and pools down or upstream.
Galvans Gorge is a beautiful deep green pool with a perfect waterfall to shower under or sit back and admire the view from the grassy edges.
Manning Gorge is well known for its Aboriginal rock art which you can explore before taking a refreshing swim.
After a day of walking and swimming in these magnificent natural attractions we travel to our overnight location of Mount Elizabeth Station. Here you may choose between cabins or camping. (B, L, D)
Mt Elizabeth to El Questro
Heading further east we explore, swim and hike this amazing part of the world. Visit the beautiful Emma Gorge before arriving at El Questro for our first of two nights in this outback oasis. (B, L, D)
You will have the entire day today to discover some of the one million acres of the El Questro Wilderness Park, a functioning cattle station and one of the biggest in Australia.
Soak in Zebedee Springs a soothing natural thermal pool.
Weather depending, and only for the brave and energetic, you can visit El Questro Gorge to swim while the sun rays peek through the crevices of the rock above. A challenging walk over slippery rocks and sometimes through water, visiting this Gorge is not for the faint-hearted.
You will have the opportunity to continue your exploration through the optional activities on offer including barramundi fishing, horse riding and a boat cruise.
Every true explorer needs rehydration so why not end the day with a cold beverage at the Swinging Arm Bar before retiring to your room or tent for the night. (B, L, D)
El Questro to Purnululu (The Bungle Bungles)
Today we make our way to Purnululu National Park, home to the world famous Bungle Bungles.
If you thought you had been four-wheel-driving, you ‘aint see nothing yet. Not only are these rock formations stunning but the rough terrain you will encounter as you bounce and wind your way along the 53 kilometre entrance road is an experience in itself.
This afternoon we begin exploring these amazing sandstone formations before giving the 4WD a hard-earned rest and settle into camp for a relaxing evening. (B, L, D)
Bungle Bungles to Lake Argyle (via Kununurra)
Purnululu is the name given by the Kija Aborginal people to the sandstone range of the Bungle Bungles. These sandstone domes, some reaching as high as 578 metres, are yours to explore today.
During your time here you will have the opportunity to take an optional helicopter ride over the formations to gain an overall perspective of these unique attractions.
Breaking camp this afternoon we head out of the Bungle Bungles and up towards Kununurra.
It is in this area that most of Australia the movie was filmed. Lead actress and Aussie icon Nicole Kidman has even claimed the natural waters in this area carry special powers of fertility. New couples take heed!
You may also be interested in visiting some of the many jewellers offering local Argyle diamonds. The nearby Argyle Diamond mine is the largest diamond producer in the world by volume and is said to produce over 90% of the world’s supply of pink diamonds.
After exploring Kununurra, (maybe with a few thousand dollars less), we make camp at the Argyle Tourist Village where you have the choice of a cabin or tent. (B, L, D)
Lake Argyle to Katherine Region
This morning we explore Australia’s largest man-made lake, Lake Argyle. It is home to 26 species of native fish, about 150,000 water birds as well as an estimated 25,000 freshwater crocodiles. Take an optional cruise on the lake for a unique view.
Following our visit to the Lake we cross the border into the Northern Territory before setting up camp at Victoria River. (B, L, D)
Victoria River to Darwin
Our final day sees us visit one of the Northern Territory’s most stunning areas, Katherine Gorge/ Nitmiluk National Park with its towering cliff walls and meandering waterways. We visit Edith Falls before arriving in Darwin in the early evening. (B, L)
|Tour code: 8DBD|
Camping 7 nights
Camping/Budget Double - (3 nts standard camping / 1 nt permanent tent / 3 nts cabin, 2 with ensuite)*
Camping/Single (3 nts standard camping / 1 nt permanent tent / 3 nts cabin, 2 with ensuite)*
Camping 7 nights if booked 90 days in advance of your departure date.
Wednesdays (Kimberley season 2017: May 4th - September 28th) at 6:00am from Kimberley Klub, Broome
Note: Departures early and late in the season are subject to road and weather conditions permitting.
Important NotesThings you need to know about this tour
- *These options must be booked at least 6 weeks in advance and are subject to upgrade accommodation being available at time of booking.
- All campsites include toilets and most have showers and running water
- Accommodation upgrade package includes Mt Elizabeth Homestead, El Questro and Lake Argyle (4 Nights Total). Rooms at Mt Elizabeth and Lake Argyle have shared bathroom facilities.
- No suitcases are allowed between Broome and Darwin. Soft bags or backpacks only will be excepted with a maximum weight of 15 kg and a small carry-on bag.
- If you wish to forward a suitcase or any excess luggage, the Greyhound offers a daily service Broome <> Darwin. Customers can drop their luggage off at the Broome Visitor Centre the day before their tour departure, Greyhound will then drop their bags off at the Darwin Visitor Centre for them to pick it up and vice versa. Prices vary per sizing but as an example: A bag sized 60 x 45 x 25 is $55 to go from Broome to Darwin.
- An exclusion of liability form is to be signed prior to departure
- Please advise us of any medical or mobility issues prior to booking.
- Suitable for those 18-55 years old.
- All bookings must reconfirm 48 hours in advance.