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All about the 9 Day Kimberley Broome to Darwin Off Road Adventure Tour

Kimberley Highlights include Wild remote bush camps, off-road Kimberley adventures, travel the full-length of the Gibb River Road, El Questro Gorge, Emma Gorge, Bell Gorge, Manning Gorge, Galvans Gorge, Adcock Gorge, Zebedee Springs, Lake Argyle, Cathedral Gorge, Windjana Gorge, Echidna Chasm, the Bungle Bungles, ancient Wandjana and Bradshaw rock painting and lots more.

This tour from Broome to Darwin is the ultimate off-road adventure tour taking you through the remote Kimberley outback. You will experience the very best of nature, wildlife and adventure, as you travel along the Gibb River Road!

This adventure is aimed to show you the Kimberley the way it should be seen. We bush camp on this tour, cook all our own meals and sleep under the stars in a swag. We aim for a  relaxed and friendly vibe on tour; we want you to feel like you are with a group of mates, and having the time of your life in one of the most beautiful parts of Australia.

You will jump on tour in Broome when your guide picks you up around 6am and you start heading towards the Gibb River Road with a first stop at Derby’s famous Boab Prison Tree.

Then it's straight into the action you’ll observe rock art and wildlife as well as enjoy plenty of swimming as you hike into Tunnel Creek, Windjana Gorge, Bell Gorge, Adcock Gorge, Galvans Gorge and Manning Gorge. We then drive accross the Pentacost River and make your way to the famous El Questro station. This region lends itself to trekking and cooling-off in the most picturesque swimming holes.

After a visit to the famous El Questro, it’s time to venture into the Bungle Bungles where you will visit many sites highlighting the amazing rock formations that exist in the National Park. You will spend a night sleeping under the stars surrounded by the Bungles before making your way towards Kununurra and Lake Argyle.

As you reach the end of your tour you’ll learn about the aboriginal history at Gingers Hill in Keep River National Park, as well as visit Jubarra (Gregory) National Park and the Victoria River region for more opportunities to observe rock art sites.

The final day you visit Katherine Gorge and take a refreshing swim at Edith Falls before arriving in the Northern Territory’s capital city of Darwin.

The great Kimberley adventure.

9 Day Kimberley Broome to Darwin Off Road Adventure Tour
Tour itinerary - 9 Days

  • Day 1 Broome to Tunnel Creek
    Your tour starts at 6 am when we pick you up from your accommodation in or near Broome CBD. Our first stop will be at Derby’s impressive Boab Prison Tree; it has a girth of 14.7 meters and was once used as a stopping place for police and groups of Aboriginal prisoners. Our next stop will be Windjana Gorge, a beautiful gorge with a sandy beach and home to hundreds of freshwater crocodiles. Your guide will explain some of the histories of the area, including about Jandamarra and the Bunuba resistance. Later, we will get our feet wet as we wander through Tunnel Creek before we make camp.
    Estimated hiking distance: 5km + Opportunity to swim? No Estimated travel time: 4 hours Meals provided: L, D
  • Day 2 Bell Gorge
    Today our Kimberley adventure starts with a walk into the remarkable teared waterfall known as Bell Gorge in King Leopold Conservation Park where you’ll have the opportunity to swim. In the afternoon we will swim at either Galvans or Adcock Gorge depending on the seasonal conditions. Our last stop for the day will be our bush camp.
    Estimated hiking distance: 6km + Opportunity to swim? Yes Estimated travel time: 2-3 hours Meals provided: B, L, D
  • Day 3 Manning Gorge
    We start the day with a hike into Manning Gorge for a swim as well as an opportunity to see ancient Kimberley Bradshaw rock art and spot the Northern Red-Faced turtle. After our swim we will continue along the Gibb River Road taking a few diversions to see rock art sites and lookouts before we make camp.
    Estimated hiking distance: 5km + Opportunity to swim? Yes Estimated travel time: 2-3 hours Meals provided: B, L, D
  • Day 4 El Questro Gorge
    Today we will cross the Kimberley's Pentacost River and make a stop at a series of crystal clear hot springs known as Zebedee Springs. Here, we will take a moment to admire the scenery and relax in the spring-fed pools. After Zebedee Springs we will embark on an adventurous hike up El Questro Gorge. At the top you will be rewarded with a refreshing swim. Tonight, we will stay at the famous El Questro station, where you can quench your thirst at the Swinging Arm Bar and rub shoulders with the locals and fellow travelers.
    Estimated hiking distance: 6km + Opportunity to swim? Yes Estimated travel time: 1 hour Meals provided: B, L, D
  • Day 5 Emma Gorge
    This morning our Kimberley adventure continues with a hike into the Cockburn Ranges to Emma Gorge where you will be able to swim in the cool waters. We will then get back on the road and head into the Bungle Bungles for a visit to Echidna Chasm and Mini Palms Gorge. We will set up camp in Purnululu National Park (Bungle Bungles).
    Estimated hiking distance: 6km + Opportunity to swim? Yes Estimated travel time: 2-3 hours Meals provided: B, L, D
  • Day 6 Cathedral Gorge
    This morning we wake up in the Bungles Bungles and hike into Cathedral Gorge as well as Whip Snake Gorge, the Window and Piccaninny Creek Lookout. You’ll also have the option to go on a helicopter flight starting from around $269 for an 18-minute scenic flight. It’ll then be time to leave the Bungles behind us and head to our bush camp for the night.
    Estimated hiking distance: 8km + Opportunity to swim? Possibly. Estimated travel time: 2 hours Meals provided: B, L, D
  • Day 7 Kununurra
    This morning we make a stop at Kununurra before heading on to Lake Argyle, Australia’s largest manmade lake, where you have the option to take a cruise* ($40). We will then venture on to our campsite.
    Estimated hiking distance: 2km + Opportunity to swim? Yes Estimated travel time: 2-3 hours Meals provided: B, L, D
  • Day 8 Keep River National Park
    Today we will visit Gingers Hill in Keep River National Park and learn about some of the local Aboriginal history. We will then cross the border into the Northern Territory and make a visit to Jubarra (Gregory) National Park, where you will see Gregory’s tree. The tree is a sacred site to the Ngarinyman people and is named after explorer Augustus Gregory and his party, who camped near it in 1855. We will then continue our journey north and finish our day in the Victoria River region where we’ll discover some ancient rock art and set up camp for the night.
    Estimated hiking distance: 5km + Opportunity to swim? Possibly. Estimated travel time: 3 hours Meals provided: B, L, D
  • Day 9 Edith Falls
    On the final day of the Kimberley off-road adventure tour we will make a splash in the picturesque Edith Falls which sits 60km north of the regional town, Katherine. After lunch we will continue north making a final stop at the intriguing Magnetic and Cathedral termite mounds before reaching Darwin. We will drop you at your accommodation either in or near Darwin CBD.
    Estimated hiking distance: 5km + Opportunity to swim? Yes Estimated travel time: 4 hours Meals provided: B, L
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Real Aussie Says:
On this Kimberley, tour we take small groups in a 4x4 truck with ample luggage space. Our trucks are especially chosen so they’re small enough to reach Aboriginal rock art sites, waterholes and campsites; places larger tour trucks aren’t able to access. We run a fridge and freezer to ensure fresh, quality meals and a drinks esky to allow for a refreshing drink at the end of the day. Part of the beauty of Australia's north is that it is remote, untouched wilderness, and this means that the best locations are not conveniently located next to each other. To get into the places that make the north so unique and incredible, you need to be prepared for long days and travelling for several hours at a time, sometimes on bumpy roads. Our tours are participation tours, everyone helps out by contributing to the cooking, cleaning, setting up camp, rolling out swags, collecting firewood, lighting the fire, etc. This allows the tour to run more efficiently, helps the group to bond and gives you the opportunity to get involved in the bush camping experience. Bush camping is all part of the adventure and the experience of the outback. For many centuries Australia’s ancestors survived in the bush living off nature. Sometimes we will bush camp and there will be no facilities such as a toilet and a shower. We do have ways of dealing with this, which will be explained to you by your guide. One way of dealing with not having a shower is by making the most of the swimming opportunities, which occur on most days.

9 Day Kimberley Broome to Darwin Off Road Adventure Tour Price information AUD per person

Price

Description

Tour code: BD9
  $1899
Adult Camping

Departure information

Starts

Pick up time from Broome at 6am

2019

30 Apr,

24 May,

18 Jun,

12 Jul, 

7 Aug, 

6 Oct

Ends
Darwin


This trip can also be run in reverse

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Important Notes

Things you need to know about this tour

Minimum/Maximum group size: Minimum 6 passengers, maximum 16 passengers
Age restrictions including children ages: Minimum age 13, no maximum just has to be fit enough to take part

Fitness requirements
You are required to hike for several kilometres a day and occasionally swim and climb. You will need to carry their water, camera, etc for each walk or hike. You need to be generally healthy and be able to walk around 5 kilometres a day. Any queries please just get in touch with us. We do not recommend pregnant women travel on this tour; this is due to the risks involved with hiking on uneven ground, and the fact that the roads are corrugated and bumpy which can affect unborn babies.

 Transport type: We use a custom-built 4WD ISUZU truck fitted with a passenger pod which has 16 forward-facing seats. Our trucks are air-conditioned.

This Kimberley tour aims to get you off the beaten track and into the remote gorges, waterholes and rock art sites.  In order to do this you will be required to hike for several kilometres a day and occasionally swim and climb.  You will also need to carry the water you need for each walk or hike.  If you are generally healthy and can walk around 5 kilometres a day, our tours are likely to be suitable for you.

If you choose to travel during September, October or November these are the hottest months; humidity is high and temperatures can reach 40 degrees. During April and May there is some humidity and June, July and August are the coolest months, where you will experience cool nights and warm daytime temperatures.

During the hotter months our guides will alter the itineraries to suit the weather conditions, for example, long walks will be done early in the morning to beat the heat. We will also aim to camp near watering holes so you have the opportunity to cool off in the afternoon.

Please bring no more than 20kg of luggage as we have limited space on the truck.  We also ask that your luggage has a soft casing e.g. a backpack.   

The roads we travel on are sometimes rough and corrugated particularly when travelling along the Gibb River Road, the Savannah Way; and driving in Kakadu, Arnhemland and driving in and out of the Bungle Bungles.  Tours running in April and also October and November can experience road closures due to wet season rain covering the roads or because of fires.  Tours will more than likely run but the itinerary may need to be altered to suit the conditions. 

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