Drive from Darwin to Broome via Lake Argyle, Purnululu National Park and El Questro station.

Get lost in the beauty of the Australian Outback on this intoxicating tour from the Top End to Western Australia. Spot wildlife around enchanting Lake Argyle, explore the soaring walls of Windjana Gorge, hike along narrow paths at Echidna Chasm and cool off in crystal-clear watering holes beneath cavernous gorges. The Outback is a truly magnetic place – experience it in all its rugged beauty on this 4x4 adventure through the red desert Kimberleys under the blazing Australian sky.

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Terms & Conditions

Start
Darwin, Australia
Finish
Broome, Australia
Country
Australia
Style
Basix
Theme
Explorer, Overland
Code
PDB10
Physical rating
Ages
Min 12
Group size
Min 1, Max 20

Why we love this trip

  • 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

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

Itinerary

This itinerary is valid for departures from 01 April 2018 to 31 March 2019. View the itinerary for departures between 01 April 2017 - 31 March 2018

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 (seasonal choice). 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.

Note: Total driving time today is around four hours. Total walking distance is approximately two kilometres.
Accommodation
  • Permanent tented camp (with shared facilities) (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
After breakfast this morning, visit Lake Argyle, which has been created by the Ord River Dam. Admire the sheer size of this 700 square kilometre manmade spectacle with a walk around it. The ground near the lake can be quite soft so it’s a good idea to bring waterproof hiking boots. The lake is also home to many species of native fish and thousands of freshwater crocodiles. Take some time to explore the surrounds before setting up camp nearby for the night.

Note: Total driving time today is around six-and-a-half hours. Total walking distance
is approximately 2-4 kilometres.
Accommodation
  • Camping (with facilities) (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Lake Argyle
Optional Activities
  • Lake Argyle Sunset Cruise - AUD90
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Today, head out in the 4WD and wind your way through the Bungle Bungle Range in Purnululu National Park. It’s a rugged ride but the scenery is fantastic. Explore the craggy gorges and red peaks of the Hidden Valley. In the late afternoon, use your free time to further discover the area. Enjoy your first Kimberley sunset at your bush camp.

Note: Total driving today is around three-and-a-half hours. Total walking distance is approximately five kilometres.
Accommodation
  • Camping (with basic facilities) (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
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 back to your overnight bush camp.

Note: Total driving time today is around one hour. Total walking distance is approximately five kilometres.
Accommodation
  • Camping (with basic facilities) (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Cathedral Gorge Walk (Bungle Bungle)
  • Echidna Chasm Walk
Optional Activities
  • Helicopter Flight - Bungle Bungles - from - AUD350
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
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), where you can take a refreshing dip. In the late afternoon, head to your campsite in El Questro for dinner and a cool drink.

Note: Total driving time today is around three hours. Total walking distance is approximately six kilometres.
Accommodation
  • Camping (with facilities) (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Spend the day exploring the scenic gorges and red cliffs of El Questro Station. Afterwards, hike in the Cockburn Ranges and go for a swim under the waterfall at Emma Gorge. Tonight, enjoy another night at the El Questro campsite where you might enjoy a drink with the rest of the travel group at the station’s bar.

Note: Total driving time today is around 45 minutes. Total walking distance is up to seven kilometres.
Accommodation
  • Camping (with facilities) (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
After breakfast, spend the morning exploring stunning Manning Gorge. The waterfall here is wide and powerful, and there’s a large deep pool. You can swim right up and under the falls. After lunch you may be able to explore the gorges of Galvans or Adcock (depending on the season). This is the ideal opportunity to take some great pictures of local wildlife, so be sure to have your camera ready. 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.

Note: Total driving time today is around two hours. Total walking distance is approximately six kilometres.
Accommodation
  • Camping (with basic facilities) (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Gibb River Road
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
The western Kimberley region is full of endless stunning gorges that have to be
explored and this morning is no exception. After breakfast, adventure to Bell
Gorge – a hidden highlight. This idyllic retreat, considered amongst the most beautiful gorge on the Gibb River Road, boasts cascading waterfalls and crystal clear pools filled with water from the wet season rains that fall in the King Leopold Ranges. Surrounded by a horseshoe of bright orange rock wall, there are smooth rocks to lounge on and welcome areas of shade. The afternoon sees you 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.

Note: Total driving time today is around 2.5 hours. Total walking distance is
approximately four to six kilometres.
Accommodation
  • Camping (with basic facilities) (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Manning Gorge
  • Galvans Gorge
  • Adcock Gorge
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Begin the day exploring the Napier Range. The major attraction here is Tunnel
Creek, an extensive limestone cave system that extends 750 metres underground. Inside, shards of sunlight stream in through crevices, little bats flutter about and enormous stalactites rear down from the ceiling. In the late 1800s, an indigenous man called Jandamarra waged a one-man uprising against European settlers, becoming a hero to his people. You’ll hear a bit about his legacy during a tour through Tunnel Creek, then make the final drive on to Broome, hopefully arriving in time for a stunning Cable Beach sunset.

Note: Total driving time today is around four hours. Total walking distance is
approximately four kilometres.
Included Activities
  • Windjana Gorge
  • Bell Gorge
  • Tunnel Creek exploration walk
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Today we go out on a high with a Broome sights tour, learning about the rich history of the area in the pearling industry. We take the truck onto the beach for a picnic day this afternoon, and perhaps a few beach games. If you need to leave Broome today you can book a flight at any time.
Included Activities
  • Broome beach activity day and Broome sights tour
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch

Meals

9 breakfasts, 10 lunches, 9 dinners

Transport

All Terrain vehicle

Accommodation

Camping (with basic facilities) (2 nights), Camping (with facilities) (5 nights), Hostel (1 night), Permanent, furnished tented camp (with shared facilities) (1 night)

Included activities

  • Lake Argyle
  • Cathedral Gorge Walk (Bungle Bungle)
  • Echidna Chasm Walk
  • Gibb River Road
  • Manning Gorge
  • Galvans Gorge
  • Adcock Gorge
  • Windjana Gorge
  • Bell Gorge
  • Tunnel Creek exploration walk
  • Broome beach activity day and Broome sights tour

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Important notes

1. Tour commences in Darwin on day 1 at 6:30am and finishes in Broome day 10 in the afternoon. Onward travel can be booked at any time on day one if required.
2. This trip requires a sleeping bag
3. Trip runs in reverse see tour code PBD10
4. This trip has a difficulty rating 4 out of 5. Please ensure this trip is suitable for you; we also offer an Original level Kimberley trip. See code PKOW.

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