10 Day Broome to Darwin Kimberley Adventure Tour

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    Hike, swim and take in breathtaking views over 10 days between Broome and Darwin. Leave the driving to us, you do the exploring!

    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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    $4,495

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      Itinerary

      Day 1: Broome to Bandilngan (Windjana Gorge)

      Departing Broome at 6.30am for your 10 day Kimberley adventure, we travel along the Great Northern Freeway to your first stop at Windjana Gorge to set up our first nights camp and have lunch.

      After lunch, it’s only a short drive 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 head torch as you follow your guide, wading through the tunnel beneath the Napier Range. A level of swimming ability is required here as the water may sometimes get to a depth of two metres and you may need to swim 8-10 metres through the water.

      Bandilngan (Windjana Gorge), carved by the Lennard River, 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 looking for fossils in the limestone walls you will see native fig and Liechardt trees which attract noisy Correllas. 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.

      Time permitting we’ll check out Galvans gorge before arriving at our overnight bush camp.

      Overnight: Bush camp, Manning Gorge campground with flushing toilets & shower facilities.

      Included activities: Guided walks to Bell Gorge and Galvans gorge (time permitting)

      Meals Included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

      Driving distance/ time: 210km – 3 hours

      Day 3: Manning Gorge Campground to El Questro Station

      It’s an adventure getting into Manning Gorge but it is one of the most beautiful and best swimming spots in the Kimberley. There’s the option to swim the 40 metres across Manning Creek, but if not chosen then you definitely need to be able to swim 10 metres to enjoy this experience. 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 two nights.

      Dinner will be booked at the restaurant tonight but will be at your own expense.

      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 with shower and toilet facilities

      Included Activities: Guided walk to Manning Gorge

      Meals Included: Breakfast and lunch

      Driving distance/ time: 335km – 6 hours

      Day 4: El Questro Station

      This morning it is only a short distance 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!

      El Questro Gorge trail is nearby 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.

      We all re-group to return to camp to relax or undertake optional activities which are on offer such as 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 with shower and toilet facilities

      Included activities: Walk and soak in Zebedee Springs, walk El Questro Gorge and Optional Activities

      Optional activities: Chamberlain Gorge Cruise or Sundowner horse riding

      Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

      Driving distance/ time: 20 km – less than an hour

      Day 5: El Questro Station to Purnululu National Park (Bungle Bungle Range)

      Today we head to Bungle Bungle caravan park which will be our base for the next two nights. If this is not available then we will park inside the National Park with basic facilities. 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’.

      Within the hour we will arrive at the picturesque Emma Gorge. After a challenging walk in you can relax in the cool oasis by the turquoise pool or swim to the 65m waterfall. From Emma Gorge we start to travel south to arrive late afternoon at the Bungle Bungle camp, setting up camp for dinner and an evening under the outback stars.

      Overnight: Bungle Bungle Caravan Park – budget camping included with shower and toilet facilities

      Included Activities: Walk into Emma Gorge and have a swim

      Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

      Driving distance/ time: 310km – 4.5 hours

      Day 6: Purnululu National Park (Bungle Bungle Range)

      Today we have a day to enjoy this magnificent UNESCO World Heritage National Park, to make the most of the walks and nature on offer. 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.

      Making the most of our morning in the Bungles we hike into the red rock natural amphitheatre of Cathedral Gorge. 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 however is from above and you’ll have this option today on a helicopter flight from Bellburn Airstrip, which is highly recommended to all visitors.

      This afternoon we then walk into Echidna Chasm, with its Livistona palm and striking colours. A leisurely and stunning walk before heading off and leaving the Bungles, to make our way back to camp.

      Subject to Helicopter flight times, the walks may be reversed but either way you will enjoy the wilderness and wildlife here.

      Overnight: Bungle Bungle Caravan Park – budget camping included with shower and toilet facilities Included

      Included activities: Guided walks to Cathedral Gorge, Picaninny Creek and Echidna Chasm (time permitting)

      Optional activities: Helicopter Flight

      Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

      Driving distance/ time: 150km – 4 hour

      Day 7: Bungle Bungle to Lake Argyle

      Our next destination is Lake Argyle, where we stay two nights on the edge of the lake where you will enjoy great views and a nice sunset. Dinner tonight is at the Lake Argyle Resort restaurant (own expense) and tomorrow night we’ll cook a camp dinner.

      Overnight: Lake Argyle Resort and Park – camping included with shower and toilet facilities

      Included Activities: Guided Walk to Echidna Chasm

      Meals Included: Breakfast and lunch

      Driving distance/ time: 325km – 4 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 with shower and toilet facilities

      Optional activities: Lake Argyle and Ord River lunch or sunset cruise

      Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

      Day 9: Lake Argyle to Katherine Gorge

      It’s 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: Campsite with 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.

      For those wanting a morning walk the guide may also find time with the group to do the Baruwei Lookout walk, which is a 1.8km moderate grade walk.

      After exploring the gorges up close 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

      Highlights
      What To Bring
      Important Booking Info
      FAQs
      • Bandilngan (Windjana Gorge) and Tunnel Creek
      • El Questro Station
      • Manning Gorge
      • Purnululu National Park (Bungle Bungle Range)
      • Walk into Emma Gorge
      • Two nights at Lake Argyle
      • Top Didj cultural experience

      Essential things to pack

      • Head torch is necessary
      • Wide brimmed hat
      • Sunscreen
      • Insect repellent
      • Water bottle (1.5 litres)
      • Walking shoes/boots plus water/reef shoes for Tunnel Creek and other swimming holes
      • Sleeping bag (if you prefer to use your own)
      • Toiletries
      • Swim wear
      • Towel
      • Camera
      • Comfortable and casual clothing for ten days
      • Soft bag or backpack (maximum 15kg) plus a small day pack for inside the vehicle (max 10kg)
      • You may also wish to bring a power bank to charge your mobile phone

      Important Booking Info

      • Safari is not suitable for children under 16 years of age.
      • Travel Insurance is highly recommended.

      Cancellation Policy for the Kimberley (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
      How much luggage can I take on tour?

      Due to limited space on the vehicle please restrict luggage to one day pack and one soft bag/backpack (maximum 15kg).

      Can I buy drinks and snacks on tour?

      A supply of alcoholic beverages (if wanted) must be brought with you. There are very few opportunities to buy alcohol on tour (only approximately three days out of 10), therefore please stock up in Darwin. NOTE: cans only – no glass. You should also bring a personal supply of lollies/snacks as these are hard to get while on tour.

      Do I have to set up camp?

      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.

      Can I wash my clothes on tour?

      Laundry facilities are available at both Lake Argyle and El Questro. To save a few dollars you may want to bring your own laundry powder.

      How fit do I need to be to do this tour?

      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.

      Over 70 we ask you to complete a medical assessment form.

      What will I eat on tour?

      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.

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