Embark on an epic tour through Western Australia and the Top End

Experience the wild and rugged beauty of Australia's northwest tip on this 4WD journey through the Kimberleys. A region of breathtaking natural scenery, rich brooding landscapes and plentiful iconic wildlife, this is a taste of Australia at its most untamed. Explore the narrow rock passages winding through the Bungle Bungles, spot crocodiles sunning on the banks of Windjana Gorge and discover the gorgeous swimming holes of El Questro and Katherine. For a trip that brings you face-to-face with Australia's vast horizons and immense wilderness, you really can't go past this 4WD Broome to Darwin adventure.

Start
Broome, Australia
Finish
Darwin, Australia
Countries
Australia
Themes
Explorer, Overland
Code
PBD9
Physical rating
Cultural rating
Ages
Min 12
Group size
Min 1 Max 20
Carbon offset
421kg pp per trip


Highlights

  • Experience the beautiful Kimberleys in rugged style with a local guide. Our passionate leaders love this trip as much as you will
  • Enjoy plenty of time to discover the untamed natural beauty of El Questro Station. Paddle around in waterfalls, hike through gorges and access remote parts of this huge park on adventurous 4WD expeditions
  • The red domes of the Bungle Bungle Ranges in Purnululu National Park form one of the most iconic Australian landscapes in existence. You'll have two whole days to explore the gorges and valleys of the park, not to mention soak up a few fiery sunsets
  • Tunnell Creek has a rich Aboriginal and bushranger history. Walk through the underground passage with an Indigenous Bunuba guide, learning about the culture and traditions of the first Australians

Itinerary

Welcome to Broome, a coastal enclave famous for its great beaches and historic pearling industry. Perhaps consider arriving a day or two earlier to see the city's sights, as our trip doesn't spend much time here. After meeting with your leader and group this morning, leave Broome and, depending on the season, make your first stop at Willare Bridge overlooking the Fitzroy River. From here head out into the great Australian outback towards Oscar Range, and on to Tunnel Creek. The creek has worn a 750-metre tunnel through the Napier Range. After lunch, join a local Bunuba Indigenous guide for a walk through Tunnel Creek, learning about Aboriginal culture and traditions. In the evening, enjoy dinner with the group before bunking down in pop-up tents and swags (Australian bedrolls) for the night.

Note: Total driving time today is around four hours. Total walking distance is approximately six kilometres.
After breakfast, explore Windjana Gorge. Get your camera ready, as the gorge is home to an abundance of freshwater crocodiles. Shortly after lunch hit the road again and travel along the legendary Gibb River Road, a 600 kilometre dirt track running through the centre of the Kimberley region. Depending on the time of year, you may be able to explore the gorges of Galvans or Adcock. In the evening, set up camp at Manning Gorge for the night.

Note: Total driving time today is around two hours. Total walking distance is approximately six kilometres.
In the morning, explore Manning Gorge, taking an invigorating dip in a waterhole before continuing down the Gibb River Road. If there’s enough time, the group will also visit Barnett Gorge. Your guide will point you in the direction of the best gorges to explore. Pass through remote and extraordinary 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.

Note: Total driving time today is around three-and-a-half hours. Total walking distance is approximately five kilometres.
Today spend the day exploring the amazing sights of El Questro Station. Take a hike in the beautiful Cockburn Ranges and a swim under the waterfall at Emma Gorge. 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.

Note: Total driving time today is only around 45 minutes. Total walking distance is up to five kilometres.
In the morning head out through the peaks and cliffs of the Carr Boyd and Durack Ranges, as you make your way to the remote outback township of Warnum (also known as Turkey Creek). In the afternoon, venture out in a 4WD to take on the challenging terrain of Purnululu National Park, home to the iconic Bungle Bungles. Arrive just in time to catch the sunset over the Osmond Ranges before relaxing into your overnight bush camp for dinner.

Note: Total driving time today is approximately three hours. Total walking distance is approximately five kilometres.
After breakfast prepare for a full day of activities. Explore the remarkable rock formations of the Bungle Bungle Range. Hike to the constricted, red gap of Echidna Chasm and the immense 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 back to your overnight bush camp.

Note: Total driving time today is around an hour. Total walking distance is approximately five kilometres.
Today, it's time for some serious 4WD as you wind your way out of the Bungle Bungles towards Kununurra. Depending on time, the group will have the opportunity to explore the weather-beaten gorges and red peaks of the Hidden Valley. In the late afternoon, travel down beside the Ord River to make camp at Lake Argyle.

Note: Total driving time today is around three-and-a-half hours. Total walking distance is approximately three hours.
Not long after breakfast this morning, explore the fringes of Lake Argyle. This vast body 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. From here, cross the state border into the Northern Territory to reach your campsite in the Katherine Region.

Note: Total driving time today is around five hours. Total walking distance is approximately one kilometre.
On the final day of the trip, the group will either stop at the secluded gorge of Nitmiluk (Katherine Gorge) or take one last plunge into the cool waters of Edith Falls. In the afternoon, make your way to Darwin, where your adventure comes to an end. There are no more activities planned for today and you’re free to explore Darwin, but please book any onward travel the following day.

Note: Total driving today is around four hours. Total walking distance is approximately two kilometres.
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Inclusions

Meals
7 breakfasts, 8 lunches, 8 dinners
Transport
All Terrain vehicle
Accommodation
Camping (with basic facilities) (2 nights), Camping (with facilities) (5 nights), Permanent, furnished tented camp (with shared facilities) (1 night)
Included activities
  • Tunnel Creek Walk
  • Bunuba Indigenous Experience
  • Windjana Gorge
  • Gibb River Road
  • Manning Gorge
  • Cathedral Gorge Walk (Bungle Bungle)
  • Echidna Chasm Walk

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Important notes

1. Tour commences in Broome on day 1 at 6:30am and finishes in Darwin day 9 at approx 6pm please. Onward travel must be booked for the following day.
2. This trip requires a sleeping bag
3. Trip runs in reverse see tour code PDB9
4. This trip has a difficulty rating 5 out of 5. Please ensure this trip is suitable for you; we also offer an Original level Kimberley trip. See code PKOL.

Trip notes

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Reviews

Our 4WD Broome to Darwin Overland trips score an average of 4.25 out of 5 based on 8 reviews in the last year.

4WD Broome to Darwin Overland , June 2016

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