Broome to Darwin Adventure

DURATION: 10 Days
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Tour Details

Duration: 10 Days

Departs: Select Saturdays (Apr–Sep)

From: Broome

Finishes: Darwin CBD

Tour Code: BD10

Max People: 19

Itinerary

Day 1: Broome to Dimalurru (Tunnel Creek)

Leaving Broome we set off into the West Australian outback pretty early today, so consider arriving a day or two early if you fancy getting to know Broome better. After a bit of highway driving we reach the Fitzroy River, then it’s all off-road to the Napier Range. The main attraction here is a guided walk through Tunnel Creek, a vast cave system that extends 750 metres underground. We spend the night camped at Windjana Gorge (Bandilngan) (L,D)

Day 2: Bandilngan (Windjana Gorge) to Mt Barnett

This morning we explore Windjana Gorge, once an underwater reef just 350 million years ago. During the wet season the Fitzroy river flows all the way through it, but during the dry it’s really more a series of ponds and billabongs. Set out on a bit of an explore, hopefully spotting a freshwater crocodile or two. The Kimberley region is full of endless breathtaking gorges that have to be explored and this afternoon is no exception. Bell Gorge (Dalmanyi) (if open) is home to a stunning waterfall flowing from the previous wet season rains that fall in the King Leopold Ranges. We enjoy an afternoon swim in the large plunge pool before making our way to camp along the Gibb River Road. (B,L,D)

Day 3: Manning Gorge (Mt Barnett)

Today we are up early exploring Manning gorge before enjoying a swim in the pools under Manning Falls. After stretching your legs on the hike in you will be rewarded with a swim in a large rock pool at the base of Manning Falls. After lunch we spend the afternoon exploring Galvins gorge before heading back to camp to relax around the campfire. (B,L,D)

Day 4: Gibb River Road to El Questro Station

Crossing rivers and weaving through gorges, travel by 4WD along the famous Gibb River Road – a 600-kilometre stretch that winds right through the heart of the Kimberley. Pass through this remote and beautiful country as you travel through this historic part of Australia. Cross the Pentecost River to reach the famous El Questro Station, where you’ll spend the night camping under the stars. (B,L,D)

Day 5: El Questro Station

Wake up with the knowledge of not having to pack up camp before spending the day exploring the amazing sights of El Questro Station a 700,000 acre property. Enjoy a relaxing swim at Zebedee Springs before tackling the hike into either Emma Gore or El Questro Gorge where you will be rewarded with a stunning waterfall and a swim. Tonight enjoy another night at the El Questro campsite, where you might choose to enjoy a well-earned drink at the station bar with your travel mates. (B,L,D)

Day 6: El Questro to  Purnululu National Park (Bungle Bungles)

Say goodbye to El Questro and hello Bungle Bungles. Today we drive through the rugged landscape of Carr Boyd and the Durack Ranges into Purnululu National Park. This UNESCO World Heritage Site dominated by massive sandstone domes that appear hundreds of metres above the surrounding grasslands. We arrive at our bush camp in time to sit back and watch the sun set over the Osmond Ranges. If you’ve had enough of tent camping by now, you might want to spend tonight sleeping out beneath the stars snuggled up in a swag and enjoy the amazing outback night sky. (B,L,D)

Day 7: Purnululu National Park (Bungle Bungles)

After breakfast prepare for a full day of activities. Explore the remarkable rock formations of the Bungle Bungle Massif. Hike to the narrow, red gap of Echidna Chasm and the immense and stunning rock amphitheater of Cathedral Gorge. You’ll also have the opportunity to experience another perspective of the Bungles in a helicopter flight (at your own expense). As the sun goes down, head to your overnight camp. (B,L,D)

Day 8: Purnululu National Park to Lake Argyle

This morning you will once again experience some serious 4WD action as you wind your way out of Purnululu National Park. Enroute today we take some time to have a look around the town of Kununurra and also a chance for a spot of personal shopping. In the late afternoon, travel down beside the Ord River to make camp at Lake Argyle Resort. You have the choice of relaxing in the famous infinity pool overlooking the magnificent Lake or appreciating it from the water by choosing to do a cruise (own expense). This vast body of water has been forged by the Ord River Dam. The biggest manmade lake in Australia, Lake Argyle is 18 times the size of Sydney Harbour! (B,L,D)

Day 9: Lake Argyle to Katherine

Today we say goodbye to WA as from here we cross the state border into the Northern Territory. The day is spent enjoying the last views of the Boab trees you have fallen in love with as we make our way towards our last camp for the night just outside of Nitmiluk National Park home to Katherine Gorge in the Katherine Region. (B,L,D)

Day 10: Nitmiluk National Park to Darwin

On the final day of the trip, stop at either the secluded gorge of Nitmiluk (Katherine Gorge) or take one last plunge for the trip into the cool waters of Edith Falls. In the afternoon, make your way to Darwin, where your Kimberley journey comes to an end. Please book any onward travel the following day. (B,L)

Is this trip right for you?

  • 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
  • This trip requires a HIGH level of fitness as it involves a lot of walking, allowing you to truly enjoy the surrounding nature. Some long hikes will really get the blood pumping and involve wading through water and clambering over rocks. Please bring sturdy, comfortable walking shoes and comfortable clothing.
  • On some days of the trip, you will spend several hours driving, often through very sparse areas of desert. Some drives along off-road tracks can be bumpy as you really get ‘amongst it’. Get to know your fellow travellers and sit back to enjoy landscapes that you would miss in any other form of travel.
  • Temperatures in Western Australia are extreme. During the day the weather can be hot (and the Australian sun is strong) so please bring appropriate clothing, use sun protection and drink plenty of water. In the evenings temperatures really drop, so ensure you have base layers and warm clothing.
  • We don’t recommend this trip for older passengers who are perhaps less fit or agile

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BRING:

Sturdy walking shoes, sleeping bag, hat and sunscreen, towel and toiletries, swim wear, water bottle, torch, insect repellent, camera.

INCLUDED:

Experienced guide and assistant guide, meals as indicated, national park entry fee and accommodation as below:
9 nights camping (with shared facilities).

TOUR NOTES:

B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner.

Itineraries may vary and/or attractions be substituted for any cause including seasonal conditions, weather extremes, and traditional owner/national park requirements.

Travel Insurance is compulsory for all travellers on all tours and details must be presented to your tour guide before departure. It is your responsibility to advise us if you have any special dietary requirements, allergies, or medical conditions well ahead of departure. From October to March it is likely that you will experience temperatures of over 35 degrees Celsius, and sometimes well into the 40s. Be prepared to endure extra physical stress due to the heat at these times, especially while on walks. These extreme 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 keeping hydrated. In July and August, very cold temperatures can be experienced in the outback, especially overnight. Please come prepared for all extremes.

Please review our Terms and Conditions of Travel documentation for more information.