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All about the 9 Day 4WD Darwin To Broome Tour
Let us show you our backyard! So many unique places to explore on this Kimberley Trip from Darwin to Broome. Highlights on your 9 days are Nitmiluk (Katherine Gorge) National Park, Gibb River Road, Windjana Bell, Manning and Cathedral Gorges, Tunnel Creek, Bungle Bungles (Purnululu National Park), Lake Argyle, El Questro.
Key Destinations you will visit are (this list is very long!) the hot Springs at Katherine, Edith Falls, Fitzroy River, the Derby Prison Boab Tree , Windjana Gorge, Tunnel Creek and off the beaten track Aboriginal art sites of both Bradshaw art sites and Wandjina art.
The Gorges you will visit are Lennard Gorge, Bell Gorge, Galvans Gorge, Adcock Gorge, Manning Gorge and Barnett Gorge. Cross Durack River and the Pentecost River. Drive into the Bungle Bungles (Purnululu National Park) to see Mini Palms Gorge, Cathedral Gorge, Piccaninny Creek, Echidna Chasm, Beehive Domes. You will also visit Kununurra, Turkey Creek, Lake Argyle, Victoria River and Katherine.
Walking and hiking on this Kimberley tour between Broome and Darwin requires a good level of fitness, as you will be walking in hot weather conditions. We sleep in Swags, this is a bedroll made of canvas with a mattress inside. You can put your sleeping bag inside and zip it up. A perfect view of the stars.
Our Darwin to Broome 4WD tour only runs between May and October during the dry season. We do get fully booked well in advance and are taking early bird bookings for the 2018 season right now!
Have an off the beaten track exploration and book yourself onto this life changing tour!
9 Day 4WD Darwin To Broome Tour
Tour itinerary - 9 Days
Darwin to Western Australia border
The sun rises early in the Kimberley so there’s no point in sleeping in, we’ll pick you up from your Darwin accommodation at 6am and head for the wilderness.
Leaving the comfort of the city behind we head for what many consider to be one of the last great expanses of rugged wilderness areas remaining in the world, the mighty Kimberley Region of Northern Western Australia.
Our first stop is about 2 hours south of Darwin at Edith Falls in Katherine Gorge National Park, a short 3 km walk to the upper pools brings us to the first of many beautiful waterfalls which we will see over the next 9 days.
After lunch we push west towards the Western Australia Northern Territory state border and our first bush camp. Bush camping is a great experience whether you are an outback drover or first time city slicker, there is nothing like finding a great spot of wilderness in the middle of nowhere, setting up a campfire, cooking up a feast on the fire and then rolling out the swags under the Kimberley night sky.
Camp: Wilderness bush camp (tents are provide for those a little nervous about the under the stars experience.) Hike: 2-4 km. Meals: L, D.
Western Australia border to Lake Argyle
With no roof over our heads the breaking dawn is our new alarm clock and we rise early. The mobile phones get packed up with the camping gear as they become useless and we head off nice and early to explore the Keep River National Park and Lake Argyle.
Keep River is a great destination and there are a number of hikes we can choose from.
From Keep River to Lake Argyle for what is regularly voted as a highlight of the tour. Lake Argyle is a huge freshwater lake teaming with wildlife, from wallabies in the rocky shores to freshwater crocodiles and birdlife. We board a boat where a local guide shows us the lake, there is time to swim before we watch sunset from the water and then camp on one of the remote islands.
This is a great experience, knowing you are the only people on a single island in the middle of one of the most remote lakes in the world is unforgettable!
We have a campfire, the sky is full of stars and the cool water is inviting to those brave souls who want a midnight swim.
Camp: Remote island bush camp (tents are provide for those a little nervous about the under the stars experience.) Hike: 3 km. Meals: B, L, D.
Lake Argyle to Purnululu National Park
The sunrise from our island camp is unforgettable. We pack up camp, reboard the boat and head back to our vehicle.
From Lake Argyle we head into Kununurra to replenish supplies, and then push south toward the Bungle Bungles where another bush camp awaits, this time on a lovely creek with a sandy beach.
Camp: Wilderness bush camp (tents are provide for those a little nervous about the under the stars experience.) Hike: 1-2 km. Meals: B, L, D.
Purnululu National Park
Another highlight of our Kimberley trip is Purnululu National Park, more commonly known as the Bungle Bungles. We spend 2 days in this region hiking and exploring the gorges and amazing landscapes. The long and dusty track into the Bungles is spectacular as it winds its way through valleys, over ranges and across creeks before arriving at what must be one of the world’s most unique landscapes.
After locating our campsite we head off to Echidna Chasm for a hike into the domes, following a creek to its source at a narrow passage buried within the Bungles.
The day ends with a spectacular sunset from a hill top vantage point.
Camp: National Park bush campsite with basic toilets (tents are provide for those a little nervous about the under the stars experience.) Hike: 3-4 km. Meals: B, L, D.
Purnululu National Park to Cockburn Ranges
With an early rise we are able to take advantage of a spectacular Bungle Bungles sunrise and from our vantage point we watch the show with a cup of tea or coffee and breakfast.
A short drive from the sunrise area is the trailhead for the Cathedral Gorge hike, a spectacular hike though the beehive formations. The gorge itself is one of the most impressive geological formations you are likely to see anywhere.
From here there is the opportunity to take a scenic helicopter flight over the ‘Bungles’ (optional and at additional cost). From the air the bungles take on a completely new perspective and the open chopper is sensational.
Another bush camp awaits at the foot of the Rugged Cockburn Ranges
Camp: Wilderness bush camp (tents are provide for those a little nervous about the under the stars experience.) Hike: 3 km. Meals: B, L, D.
Cockburn Ranges to Gibb River Road
Today we get onto a dirt track, the famous Gibb River Road, a 700km long outback road which runs between Derby and Kununurra. It’s not the easiest route, the track is often rough, there are a number or deep water crossings and a 4WD vehicle is essential. However it’s an amazing travel route as along the length of the Gibb River Road are vast tracts of wilderness and numerous rivers, gorges and waterfalls to explore.
After a short distance we reach El Questro Station, home of many beautiful landscapes, one of which is Emma Falls. A hike through a spectacular gorge takes us to a very high and narrow falls with a deep cool plunge pool where we can swim.
From here it’s back on the ‘Gibb’ where we continue on our westerly trek. Arriving at the Pentecost River we are presented with an incredible landscape of a wide river surrounded by rugged Cockburn Ranges, a classic Kimberley scene. Here we need to drive the 4WD though the Pentecost River, driving a vehicle across a 60 metre wide outback river which is occupied by Salt Water Crocodiles is not something you do every day, but it’s only way through.
Another bush camp under the stars awaits us, this time on the banks of the Gibb River.
Camp: Wilderness bush camp (tents are provide for those a little nervous about the under the stars experience.) Hike: 3-4 km. Meals: B, L, D.
Gibb River Road
An early morning swim in cool waters of the Gibb River is a great way to wake up.
From our camp the day starts with a short walk to a little known Aboriginal art site containing some fine examples of rock art and your guide will explain the significance of the paintings.
From here it’s back on the ‘ Gibb’ and onto Manning Gorge where we spend most of the day.
White sandy beaches, with a Pandanus tree lined waterway opening into a wide clear waterhole greets us only minutes after starting the walk. We must swim across the river before following a trail leading to the top of gorge. The gorge has a waterfall plus a deep wide swimming hole surrounded by granite cliffs and rock outcrops. It is a spectacular setting with hidden examples of Aboriginal rock art.
The return route from Manning Gorge is a little less conventional as we swim and rock hop along the creek before reaching the main waterhole.
Depending on the time available, Galvins Gorge and / or Adcock Gorge may also be visited.
On departing Manning we locate our bush camp and set up for another night under the stars.
Camp: Wilderness bush camp (tents are provide for those a little nervous about the under the stars experience.) Hike: 5 km. Meals: B, L, D.
Gibb River Road to Windjana Gorge region
The first stop for the day is Bell Gorge, another day, another amazing waterfall to explore! Such is life in the Kimberley. After a 20 minute walk we come to a beautiful Creek which flows through the centre of this impressive gorge and cascades over numerous falls. A deep swimming hole at the base of the main waterfall, surrounded by shady ledges and high cliffs is an ideal lunch spot.
Next we head to Windjana Gorge, a huge gorge cut into the ranges over a millennium to reveal beautiful scenery of high vertical cliffs, sandy beaches and meandering creek. We head off on a hike at Windjana of about 4km and often see freshwater crocodiles swimming in the clear waterholes.
From Windjana it’s off to our last wilderness bush camp, another remote wilderness location where we collect firewood, set up camp and settle in for the night.
Camp: Wilderness bush camp (tents are provide for those a little nervous about the under the stars experience.) Hike: 4-6 km. Meals: B, L, D.
Windjana Gorge region to Broome
By now we are experts at getting up early and setting upon our way. Our final swimming spot for the tour is Tunnel Creek.
Tunnel Creek is an amazing natural phenomenon and holds great significance to the local Aboriginal people, and getting here early normally guarantees we have the place to ourselves. It is a 750 metre long stretch of creek which runs underground through one of the oldest cave systems in Western Australia. Many Aboriginal rock paintings are present in the cave and it was a hideout of the Aboriginal warrior, Jandamarra in 1897.
From Tunnel creek we check out the Boab Prison tree near Derby and then make our way into Broome. We normally arrive into Broome at around 6pm and head for Cable Beach to soak up the last amazing sunset of the tour, your guide will then drop you at your accommodation.
Hike: 2-3 km. Meals: B, L. End of arrangements.
Book between Feb 15 to 31 March, for travel until Dec 31, 2019.
Local payment for Lake Argyle Cruise
Important NotesThings you need to know about this tour
- A good level of fitness is required as passengers are required to hike, swim, climb and scramble for several kilometres at a time over uneven surfaces, often in high temperatures. Travel is very remote and medical attention can be hours away. Please advise of any fitness and/or medical concerns at the time of booking.
- We camp in remote areas with few or no facilities (eg showers and toilets). All our equipment for camping is carried with us and set up and packed away by the tour group each day.
- Travel insurance is recommended.
- $120 pay on board fee for Lake Argyle cruise
- Luggage is restricted to 15kg per person in a soft bag or backpack with an additional daypack.
- This tour requires a certain level of participation from guests. This may include assisting and cleaning afterwards with the preparation of meals, collecting firewood and sweeping out tents.
- The itinerary is subject to change due to road and weather conditions as well as cultural and national park requirements.
- Cancellation fees apply.
- Please note that at certain times we may need to alter the itinerary and may not be able to visit all places of interest due to weather changes, fires etc.
- For most departures, the minimum age is 16 years old at the time of travel. Some departures which correspond with Australian School Holidays are open to children from 7 years old, these are called "Family Friendly" departures and are denoted with * in the departure dates above. Children must be travelling with an adult and remain the full responsibility of their parent or adult guardian throughout the duration of the tour, including those under the age of 18 on regular departures. If you are travelling on the Family Friendly dates you do not need to travel with children or be part of a family group, however you should be aware that children may be on these departures
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