10 Day Darwin To Broome Tour

    Travel through the remote Kimberley region of northwest Australia along the famous Gibb River Road to see Purnululu National Park (The Bungle Bungles National Park), Lake Argyle and gorgeous Gorges travelling with a small group in a 4WD vehicle. Start in Darwin and finish in Broome.

    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.

    Have an off the beaten track exploration and book yourself onto this life changing tour!

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      Day 1: Darwin to Nitmiluk National Park

      Welcome to the tropical city of Darwin, where your overland adventure begins. After meeting up with your group and leader, head south and stop at either Edith Falls for a swim or explore Katherine Gorge in Nitmiluk National Park. This is where the group will have lunch. Head to your overnight private campsite on the edge of Nitmiluk National Park, where permanent tents with swags await you. In the evening, settle down for dinner with the group.

      Total driving time today is around 4 hours. Total walking distance is approximately two kilometres. (L and D)

      Day 2: Lake Argyle

      After breakfast this morning, continue on to Lake Argyle, which has been created by the Ord River Dam. Admire the sheer size of this 700 square kilometre man made spectacle. The lake is home to many species of native fish and thousands of freshwater crocodiles. Take an optional sunset cruise before setting up camp nearby for the night.

      Total driving time today is around 7.5 hours. Total walking distance is around one kilometre.

      Day 3: Purnululu National Park

      Start the morning with some free time for a stroll around the picturesque town of Kununurra. Don’t forget to use this time to stock up on any last minute supplies before heading out into the remote Kimberley region. Once out of town its time for some 4WD action as your experienced guide winds our specially designed truck across the challenging terrain of the entrance to Purnululu National Park, home of the iconic Bungle Bungles. It’s a rugged ride but the scenery is fantastic. Enjoy an amazing Kimberley sunset at your bush camp.

      Total driving today is around 5.5 hours. Total walking distance is approximately five kilometres. (B, L and D)

      Day 4: The Bungle Bungles

      After breakfast its time for a full day of activities, as you head back out to explore the remarkable rock formations of the Bungle Bungles. Hike to the thin, red gap of Echidna Chasm and the enormous Cathedral Gorge. There’s also the opportunity to experience a helicopter flight over the Bungle Bungles (at your own expense). As the sun goes down, head to your overnight camp.

      Total driving time today is around 1 hour. Total walking distance is approximately 5 kilometres. (B, L and D)

      Day 5: El Questro Station

      After breakfast today, get back on the road toward El Questro Station. Admire the remarkable scenery of the Carr Boyd and Durack Ranges, and head along the vast nature trail of Warnum (Turkey Creek). In the late afternoon, head to your campsite in El Questro, a wilderness park since 1991 for dinner and a cool drink at the swinging Arm Bar.

      Total driving time today is around 5 hours. Total walking distance is approximately one kilometre. (B, L and D)

      Day 6: El Questro Station

      Spend the day exploring El Questro. Start off with a dip at Zebedee Springs before taking on a hike in the Cockburn Ranges for a swim under the waterfall at Emma Gorge. Tonight, enjoy another night at the El Questro campsite.

      Total driving time today is around 45 minutes. Total walking distance is up to seven kilometres.

      Day 7: Gibb River Road

      After breakfast, its time to hit the road again and start travelling along the legendary Gibb River Road, a 600 kilometre dirt track running through the centre of the Kimberley. Fording rivers and weaving through gorges, travel by 4WD along the wild Gibb River Road – a 600-kilometre stretch that winds right through the heart of the Kimberley. We’ve got a fair bit of ground to cover today, so there is a fair bit of drive time, but we’ll be breaking the journey up with lunch and at a few stop-offs along the way. Tonight’s destination is at Mt Barnett station located very close to Manning Gorge. This evening we camp at Mount Barnett by the banks of a crystal clear fresh water river, perfect to cool off in after your day hiking.

      Total driving time today is around 5 hours. Total walking distance is approximately two kilometres.

      Day 8: Manning Gorge

      We spend the morning exploring the stunning Manning Gorge and enjoy a swim in the pools under Manning Falls. Depending on the season, post-lunch we spend the afternoon exploring Galvan’s Gorge before heading back to camp to relax around the campfire.

      Total driving time today is around 1 hour. Total walking distance is approximately six kilometres. (B, L and D)

      Day 9: Bell Gorge and Windjana Gorge

      The western Kimberley region is full of endless stunning gorges that have to be explored and this morning is no exception. After breakfast we adventure to Bell Gorge (subject to weather and road conditions) home to a stunning cascade of water flowing from the previous wet season rains that fall in the King Leopold Ranges. The afternoon sees us head to Windjana Gorge, a segment of 375 million-year-old reef that was once underwater. Cut through by the Lennard River, which runs during the wet season then breaks up into little billabongs during the dry, this gorge attracts many species of bird and bat and is a great spot to see wild freshwater crocodiles.

      Total driving time today is around 4.5 hours. Total walking distance is approximately four to six kilometres. (B, L and D)

      Day 10: Broome

      Begin the day exploring the Napier Range. The major attraction here is a guided walk through Tunnel Creek, an extensive limestone cave system that extends 750 m underground. Inside, shards of sunlight stream in through crevices, little bats flutter about and enormous stalactites rear down from the ceiling. Then make the final drive on to Broome, hopefully arriving in time for a stunning Cable Beach sunset.

      Total driving time today is around 4 hours. Total walking distance is approximately four kilometres. Any onward travel must be booked for the following day after the tour finishes. (B and L)

      What To Bring
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      • Marvel at the domes of the Bungle Bungle Ranges in Purnululu National Park
      • Explore Tunnell Creek with its rich First Nations and bushranger history
      • Discover the untamed natural beauty of El Questro Station
      • Experience the beautiful Kimberleys in rugged style with a local guide

      Essential things to pack

      • Lightweight clothing. You will need to bring a mixture of lightweight clothing and layers. Long shirts and pants are useful to protect against the harsh Australian sun. Clothes should be easy to wash and dry.
      • Comfortable closed-in shoes will help to protect your feet from cuts and scratches when walking through bush/grass-lands, and will also act as a barrier protection in rare cases against bites or stings.
      • Sun protection – hat, sunscreen, sunglasses
      • Water bottle. We recommend at least a 1.5litre capacity.
      • A headlamp or torch is recommended for around your accommodation at night.
      • Camera with spare batteries.
      • A spare pair of shoes that can get wet, along with two towels.
      • A pair of slip on shoes/sandals that you can carry in your day pack for riding the bus and casual wear.


      Important Booking Info

      • Please Note: The following itinerary is to be used as a guide only, road conditions, changing weather over the seasonal period and multiple other factors require that the actual itinerary is structured for the best possible result. Our tour structure is flexible and is designed to change if required.
      How active is the Kimberley Tour?

      To get the most out of this trip you need to be prepared for walks of between 3-9 km on some days. This may be on rough ground and perhaps getting feet wet in rivers and creeks. From Oct to March in the Red Centre, West Coast, and South of Australia you will experience temperatures of over 35 degrees Celsius (and sometimes well into the 40’s) so be prepared to endure extra physical stress due to the heat at these times, especially while on walks. In the Top End of Australia (Kimberley and Kakadu) temperatures in the shoulder months of April, May and September, October humidity levels can be high and sometimes slightly uncomfortable.

      This tour is only for fit, active, and capable travellers who can hike 3-9kms on consecutive days over uneven terrain, often having to climb or clamber over surfaces. Some hikes may require sections of walking/swimming through water. The temperatures can be extreme during the day, placing strain on the body. Due to the remote nature of the Kimberley region we use bush camps with limited facilities on some nights. This trip is swag camping. The operator reserves the right to assess the fitness capability of passengers prior to tour departure. Tour is not suitable for children.

      These extreme outside temperatures can also place stress on the air-conditioning units within our vehicles which can make travelling uncomfortable. Your tour guide will assist with regular breaks and information to assist in keeping well hydrated.

      Where will I sleep on tour?

      You’ll spend most nights of the trip sleeping in outback camping grounds. While it’s all a part of the adventure, facilities can be extremely basic.

      Camping (with facilities) (3 nights), Hostel (4 nights), Permanent safari camp (with shared facilities) (2 nights)

      On tour you will be basic camping. Which consists of portable, easy to erect, dome tents. We provide comfortable swags (canvas bedroll including 2 inch mattresses). You can either bring your own sleeping bag or purchase one from us. Pillows are not provided so you can bring your own if you wish.

      This trip is specifically designed to embrace the outback and provide an authentic camping experience. It is for this reason, that we do not offer upgrades on this trip. Eight out of the nine nights have basic toilet and shower facilities, however on nights 3 and 4 we stay in the remote Purnululu National Park where only basic long-drop toilet facilities are available. Shower facilities are not available on these nights. Please ensure this level of camping is suitable for you.

      What will I eat on tour?

      Your tour includes meals as indicated in our itinerary as B, L and D for breakfast, Lunch and Dinner. On most days, breakfast, lunch and dinner will be included.

      Our tours are activity and participation-based. During your travels with us you will have the opportunity to assist with daily activities such as setting up camp, helping prepare meals and clearing dishes. None of this is difficult however many hands make light work and any assistance provided to crew is always much appreciated. Most people agree that this type of activity helps you feel like less of a tourist and more of an explorer.

      All food for this trip is purchased and packed prior to your group leaving on day one. After we’ve left town it can be very difficult to source special dietary requests.

      Travellers with special dietary requirements or food allergies are required to advise us at the time of booking.
      You may be asked to pay for any additional food if you have not advised us of any special dietary requirements. Due to the often remote nature of our trips, food is basic but plentiful and delicious.

      The below dietary needs can be easily catered for.

      Gluten Free
      Dairy Free (soy available )
      Pork Free

      Please bring your own staples (nuts, bars, snacks) if you require a diet differing from the above.

      * Religious and more specific dietary requirements are generally unable to be catered for on these trips.

      What time will the tour end in Broome?

      Our trips generally finish early evening. We recommend booking one night post accommodation in your end city and planning onward travel for the following day. We cannot accept responsibility for missed onward travel if we are delayed for some reason on the last day of travel

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