10 Day Broome to Darwin Kimberley Adventure Tour

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Our Broome to Darwin 4WD Kimberley tour takes in the must-see highlights in the most remote and beautiful part of Australia. Visit Lake Argyle, Nitmiluk (Katherine) Gorge, Purnululu National Park (Bungle Bungle Range) and El Questro Station.

A playground of waterfalls hikes, nature, and adventure the Kimberley is world-renowned. This trip requires a HIGH level of fitness as it involves a lot of walking, allowing you to truly enjoy the surrounding nature. But every step is worth it for the wonder you will experience over 10 days. 

We get you off the beaten track and onto the Gibb River Road for true outback excellence in the company of like-minded travellers and an incredibly knowledgeable guide.

 

 

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Our 4WD 10 Day Broome to Darwin Tour Kimberley adventure camping group tour. With options to upgrade to some comfort on the Broome to Darwin tour and family-friendly options, this tour is suitable for everyone.

10 Day Broome to Darwin Kimberley Adventure Tour
Tour itinerary - 10 Days

  • Day 1 Broome to Bandilngan (Windjana Gorge)

    Departing Broome at 7.30am for your 10 day Kimberley adventure, we travel along the Great Northern Freeway to Tunnel Creek. Here you will hear the story of Jandamarra, the Aboriginal leader who used the tunnel as his hideout. You’ll need a torch as you follow your guide, wading through the tunnel beneath the Napier Range.

    After lunch, it’s only a short drive to Bandilngan (Windjana Gorge). Carved by the Lennard River, Windjana Gorge is over 3km long and dwarfed by 300m high walls, formed in the limestone barrier reef that existed here in the Devonian period. As we walk along the banks of the deep freshwater pools you will see native fig and Liechardt trees which attract noisy Correllas, fruit bats and you should also keep an eye out for freshwater crocodiles.

    Overnight: Bush camp, Bandilngan (Windjana Gorge) with flushing toilet & shower facilities
    Included activities: Guided walks to Tunnel Creek and Windjana Gorge
    Meals Included: Lunch and dinner
    Driving distance/ time: 460km – 6 hours

     

  • Day 2 Bandilngan (Windjana Gorge) to Manning Gorge Campground

    Today we begin our Gibb River Road adventure and this morning is reserved for the jewel of the Kimberley – Dalmanyi (Bell Gorge) – nestled in the King Leopold Ranges. It’s a relaxed walk-in, then a scramble down a relatively steep rock wall for the final descent to the water’s edge. The waterfall cascades down u-shaped cliffs into the perfect swimming pool and nearby flat rocks provide the perfect resting place. Some may wish to stay here and relax, while others explore the creek and gorge further, both upstream and down.

    A little further along the ‘Gibb’ today there are two other gorges to explore and your guides will select one depending upon the road and weather conditions of the day. After an afternoon of walking through creek beds, over ranges, through savannah woodlands and swimming in refreshing waterholes we will travel the final leg of the day to our overnight bush camp.

    Overnight: Bush camp, Manning Gorge campground with flushing toilets & shower facilities.
    Included activities: Guided walks to Bell Gorge and either Galvans or Adcock gorges
    Meals Included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner
    Driving distance/ time: 230km – 3 hours

     

  • Day 3 Manning Gorge Campground to El Questro Station

    It’s an adventure getting into Manning Gorge. There’s the option to swim the 100 metres across Manning Creek, or you may prefer to use the rope-guided dinghy! Then there’s a 3km walk to the top of the gorge but the reward is another refreshing dip.

    Our Gibb River Road journey continues as we cross the Pentecost River this afternoon, with the grand backdrop of the Cockburn Ranges. Shortly afterwards we turn off for the final few kilometres into El Questro Station, where we base ourselves for the next three nights.

    El Questro Station (incorporating El Questro Wilderness Park) remains a working cattle station with a herd of approximately 6000 head. The name El Questro remains somewhat of a mystery and while the station lease has changed hands many times it was in 1991 that the Burrell family pursued their dream of venturing into tourism.
    Located on the banks of the Pentecost River, the station is a central hub of sprawling campgrounds and air-conditioned accommodation that shares landscaped lawns and gardens for all station guests.

    Overnight: El Questro Station – budget camping included or upgrade to private ensuite accommodation
    Included Activities: Guided walk to Manning Gorge
    Meals Included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner
    Driving distance/ time: 350km – 5.5 hours

  • Day 4 El Questro Station

    After a well-deserved leisurely start to the morning we travel the short distance to picturesque Emma Gorge. After a short walk you can relax in the cool oasis by the turquoise pool or swim to the 65m waterfall. After returning to camp, the afternoon is either leisure-time, or you may wish to book an optional Chamberlain Gorge Cruise.

    Only accessible by boat, Chamberlain Gorge is a 3km fresh waterhole eclipsed by towering escarpments. You’ll enjoy sparkling wine and fresh fruit from the local Ord Valley and while you’re out on the water, ask your Ranger about the cheeky, spitting Archer fish and large, swirling Barramundi who’ll be sure to swim near the boat.

    Overnight: El Questro Station – budget camping included or upgrade to private ensuite accommodation
    Included Activities: Guided walk to Emma Gorge
    Optional Activities: Chamberlain Gorge Cruise
    Meals Included: Breakfast and lunch
    Driving distance/ time: 60 km – 1 hour

  • Day 5 El Questro Station

    A short distance from camp is Zebedee Springs where a short walk through dense Livistona palms to a series of rocky thermal pools for a soak, is the most relaxing way to start the day!
    Nearby is the El Questro Gorge trail where you will walk beside a narrow spring-fed creek through palm and fern clad escarpments to a small, crystal clear swimming hole. Here you can relax and drink in the beauty of the rainforest and decide if the next part of the adventure is for you. From this half-way point the more adventurous can continue on a path, which increases in difficulty, for another 1.5 hours to reach the top where another pool and waterfall await.

    We all re-group to return to camp to relax or undertake an afternoon of various optional activities which are on offer.

    Overnight: El Questro Station – budget camping included or upgrade to private ensuite accommodation
    Included activities: El Questro Gorge and Zebedee Springs
    Optional activities: Guided Barramundi 4WD fishing tour, bush culture and El Questro history tour, horse riding, bird watching, heli-fishing.
    Meals Included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner
    Driving distance/ time: 20 km – less than an hour

  • Day 6 El Questro Station to Purnululu National Park (Bungle Bungle Range)

    As we farewell the station, and if you haven’t already, be sure to snap a photo of the ‘ELQ’ signpost and appreciate our last few kilometres on the ‘Gibb’. We’re on the Great Northern Highway for much of the morning, engaging four-wheel drive as we turn on to unsealed Spring Creek Track for a couple of hours, before the breath-taking orange and black striped beehive-like mounds of ‘the Bungles’ come into view.

    This afternoon we will walk into Echidna Chasm, with its Livistona palm and striking colours before setting up camp for dinner and an evening under the outback stars.

    Overnight: Bush camp with pit toilet facilities
    Included Activities: Guided walk to Echidna Chasm
    Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner
    Driving distance/ time: 320km – 5 hours

  • Day 7 Purnululu National Park to Lake Argyle

    Making the most of our morning in the Bungles we hike into the red rock natural amphitheatre of Cathedral Gorge while the morning is still fresh. Then a hike along the water-smooth rock creek bed to Piccaninny Creek Lookout provides an impressive view of the Bungle Bungle Range. The ultimate view of ‘the Bungle’s is from above and you’ll have this option today on a helicopter flight from Bellburn Airstrip.

    We traverse back along Spring Creek Track and the Great Northern Highway before turning right onto the Victoria Highway and the last leg of our day into Lake Argyle. After arriving at camp you will relax and enjoy dinner at leisure with café and restaurant options available.


    Overnight: Lake Argyle Resort and Park – camping included or upgrade to a cabin or
    lake view villa
    Included Activities: Guided walks to Cathedral Gorge and Piccaninny Creek Lookout (time permitting)
    Optional Activities: Helicopter Flight
    Meals Included: Breakfast and lunch
    Driving distance/ time: 360km – 4-5 hours

  • Day 8 Lake Argyle

    The immense freshwater lake formed by the damming of the mighty Ord River has created an amazing marine environment and today you can choose which activity you would like to do to explore some of its 1,000km2 surface (it is 18 times the size of Sydney Harbour)!

    Overnight: Lake Argyle Resort and Park – camping included or upgrade to a cabin or
    lake view villa
    Optional activities: Lake Argyle and Ord River lunch or sunset cruise
    Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

     

  • Day 9 Lake Argyle to Katherine Gorge

    An early start this morning. After crossing the Northern Territory border, we stop for a break at the outpost township of Timber Creek before arriving into Katherine, where the ‘outback’ meets the ‘tropics’. In the afternoon you will participate in a 2.5 hour ‘Top Didj ‘cultural experience which showcases the Aboriginal artwork technique of Rarrk painting (Cross Hatch), the skills of spear throwing and didgeridoo playing and listen to the artist’s stories about tribal life and cultural differences. We then travel to our private campsite which is located ten minutes’ drive from Nitmiluk (Katherine) Gorge.

    Overnight: Private campsite with permanently erected twin share tents and
    shower/toilet facilities
    Included activities: Top Didj Cultural Experience (2.5 hours)
    Meals Included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner
    Driving distance/ time: 550km – 6 hours

  • Day 10 Nitmiluk (Katherine) Gorge to Darwin

    This morning we join a dawn cruise on Nitmiluk (Katherine) Gorge. You will see the colours of the morning awaken while the wildlife stirs, appreciating the solitude of being the only boat on the water. After exploring
    two gorges you will also have the opportunity to view the gorges from above aboard an optional scenic
    helicopter flight.

    Now it’s time to relax and relive the past 10 days as we drive the final hours into Darwin, the cosmopolitan and tropical capital city of the Northern Territory.

    Included activities: Two hour dawn cruise
    Optional activities: Katherine Gorge helicopter flight
    Meals Included: Breakfast and lunch
    Driving distance/time: 350km - 4 hours

10 Day Broome to Darwin Kimberley Adventure Tour Price information AUD per person

Tour code: 10BD

Price

Camping
  $3495
Camping (4 nights) Standard Ensuite Twin-Share Accommodation (5 nights)
  $4290
Camping (4 nights) Superior Ensuite Twin-Share Accommodation (5 nights)
  $4505
Camping (4 nights) Standard Ensuite Single Accommodation (5 nights)
  $5265
Camping (4 nights) Superior Ensuite Single Accommodation (5 nights)
  $5690
Camping (4 nights) Standard Ensuite Triple Accommodation (5 nights)
  $3970
Camping (4 nights) Superior Ensuite Triple Accommodation (5 nights)
  $4205

Special Deals

Confirmed departures for 2021

This package has limited availability in 2021. We recommend that you book as early as you are able - to avoid missing out as many guests have transferred across from 2020.

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Departure information

Starts
Broome
Ends
Darwin

 

Start Broome Finish Darwin
Saturday, 22 May 2021 
Saturday, 29 May 2021 
Sunday, 20 June 2021 
Sunday, 27 June 2021
Friday, 27 August 2021 

 

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Important Notes

Things you need to know about this tour

Note:
• Itinerary may change due to cultural reasons, seasonal changes, operational logistics and accessibility. Gorges and waterfalls may be closed by park authorities at any time and itineraries may be amended as required.
• If a specific campsite or location is unavailable at time of booking then we will use another site of equal or better facilities.
• Safari is not suitable for children under 16 years of age.
• Bookings must be reconfirmed by emailing enquiries@realadventuregroup.com at least 72 hours prior to start date.
• Due to limited space on the vehicle please restrict luggage to one day pack and one soft bag/backpack (maximum 15kg).
• Travel Insurance is highly recommended.
• Maximum guests 16. Minimum guests to operate the tour: 8
• A good level of fitness is required as you will 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 when booking to establish your suitability
• The tour camps in remote areas with basic facilities (showers are available each night except one). All equipment for camping is carried in the vehicle and set up and packed away by the tour group each day. This tour is participatory, and you may be required to assist the guide and host with meal preparation, dish-washing, wood collection and other tasks as requested.
• The tour menu is designed for meat eaters and vegetarians. If you have any special dietary needs or allergies, please advise at time of booking as it may be necessary for you to provide/supplement your own food. As this safari operates in a very remote region of Australia certain foods may not be available and therefore it may not be possible to accommodate all dietary requests. At times, produce and products may be substituted as supply dictates and we cannot guarantee the ingredients contained in these alternatives. While our guides and hosts are trained in remote touring, they are not nutritionists and neither they nor the Real Adventure Group can advise of all ingredients contained in each food served on tour and are not responsible should an allergic reaction occur. If you have any allergies, please carry the necessary medication. An allergy declaration will be provided for your signature prior to a booking being confirmed.

 Optional activities are available on this tour: Optional activities on the 10 day Broome to Darwin Kimberley Adventure Tour.

Cancellation Policy (due to COVID-19*)

• Cancellation 60 days or longer before travel date; 75% of funds to be immediately refunded.
25% of monies to be used as a credit for future travel.
Note that these funds will be able to be used on travel to any destination with Real Aussie Adventures, not just the Kimberley.
• Cancellation within 60 days from departure;
100% of funds to be used as a credit for future travel.
Note that these funds will be able to be used on travel to any destination with Real Aussie Adventures, not just the Kimberley.
*Clients must provide proof that they have had to cancel due to a COVID-19 factor that was beyond their control.

Standard Cancellation Policy

• 90 - 59 days from departure; 20% cancellation fee
• 60 – 31 days from departure; 50% cancellation fees
• 30 - 14 days of departure; 90% cancellation fees
• 13 days or less before departure; 100% cancellation fees

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