Darwin to Broome Adventure

DURATION: 10 Days
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Tour Details

Duration: 10 Days

Departs: Select Saturdays (Apr–Sep)

From: Darwin CBD

Finishes: Broome

Tour Code: DB10

Max People: 19

Itinerary

Day 1: Darwin to Katherine Region

Welcome to the tropics and the NT capital city Darwin, where your Kimberley adventure begins. After meeting up with your group and guide,  we head south to stop at either Edith Falls for a swim or explore Katherine Gorge both of which are in Nitmiluk National Park. This is where the group will have lunch. We then head to overnight private campsite on the edge of Nitmiluk National Park, where permanent tents with swags await you. We can then enjoy an evening at camp and settle down for dinner with the group. (L,D)

Day 2: Katherine to Lake Argyle

After breakfast this morning we hit the road for Western Australia, and make our way to Lake Argyle, which has been created by the Ord River Dam. Admire the sheer size of this amazing man made spectacle that is about 18 times the size of Sydney Harbour. The lake is home to many species of native fish and thousands of freshwater crocodiles. You can choose to take an optional cruise on the lake before setting up camp nearby for the night. (B,L,D)

Day 3: Kununurra to Purnululu National Park (Bungles Bungles)

We start the day with some free time in the town of Kununurra. We use this time to stock up on any last minute supplies before heading out into the remote outback of the Kimberley. We then head West out of civilisation and its time for some 4WD action as your experienced guide winds our specially designed truck across the challenging road to the entrance to Purnululu National Park. It’s a bumpy journey but the scenery is fantastic looking out as we get up close and personal with the stunning Bungle Bungle Massif. This afternoon we get our first taste of the famous Kimberley sunsets at your bush camp. (B,L,D)

Day 4: Purnululu National Park

After breakfast prepare for a full day of activities, as the group heads 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. (B,L,D)

Day 5: Purnululu National Park to El Questro Station

After breakfast today, we make our way toward El Questro Station as we admire the remarkable scenery of the Carr Boyd and Durack Ranges.  In the late afternoon, head to your campsite in El Questro on the banks of the Pentecost River, a wilderness park since 1991 for dinner. Maybe after dinner you can enjoy drink at the famous swinging Arm Bar. (B,L,D)

Day 6: El Questro Station

Spend the day exploring the station. We start off the day with a dip at Zebedee Hot Springs before taking on an afternoon hike for a swim under the waterfall at Emma Gorge. Tonight, enjoy another night at the El Questro campsite. (B,L,D)

Day 7: Gibb River Road to Mount Barnett Station

After breakfast, its time to hit the road again and start travelling along the very well known Gibb River Road, a 600 kilometre dirt track running through the centre of the Kimberley. Today we cross rivers and weave our way 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. This evening we camp at Mount Barnett station by the banks of a crystal clear fresh water river located close to Manning Gorge , perfect to cool off in after your long journey across the Gibb River Road. (B,L,D)

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. (B,L,D)

Day 9: Dalmanyi (Bell Gorge) and Bandilngan (Windjana Gorge)

The western Kimberley is full of stunning gorges that have to be explored and today is no exception. After breakfast we head 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. This afternoon we make our way 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. (B,L,D)

Day 10: Dimalurru (Tunnel Creek) to Broome

Begin the day exploring the Napier Range. The major attraction here is a guided walk through Tunnel Creek, an extensive cave system that extends about 750 m underground. Inside,  little bats flutter about and enormous stalactites rear down from the ceiling. Grab your torches as we take an adventurous hike through this amazing cave system. After lunch we then make the final drive on to Broome, hopefully arriving in time for a stunning Cable Beach sunset. (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.