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.

Start
Darwin, Australia
Finish
Broome, Australia
Countries
Australia
Themes
Explorer, Overland
Code
PDB9
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 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.
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 five hours. Total walking distance is approximately six kilometres.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Today’s journey will take you over the Pentecost River and along the famous Gibb River Road. There will be lots of hiking today with multiple opportunities to swim. After lunch, visit Manning Gorge and, if time permits, Barnett Gorge as well. Your experienced guide will use their local knowledge to determine the most accessible spots to visit during the day. In the afternoon, set up camp beside the gorge for the gorge for the night.

Note: Total driving time today is around three-and-a-half hours. Total walking distance is approximately eight kilometres.
After breakfast, you may be able to explore the gorges of Galvans or Adcock (depending on the season). Next make your way to Windjana Gorge, which is known for its abundant freshwater crocodiles. This is the ideal opportunity to take some great pictures of local wildlife so be sure to have your camera ready. In the evening, the group will set up camp nearby.

Note: Total driving time today is around two hours. Total walking distance is approximately six kilometres.
Head to the Napier Range in the morning and towards the 750-metre underground passageway of Tunnel Creek. This area is rich in bushranger history. Join a local Bunuba indigenous guide for a walk through Tunnel Creek, learning about Aboriginal culture and traditions. Afterwards, head towards Broome, stopping briefly at Willare Bridge, where a torrent of water rushes in the Fitzroy River (depending on the season). Late in the afternoon, arrive into Broome in time to catch a Cable Beach sunset. There are no more activities planned for today and you’re free to depart at any time.

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

Meals
8 breakfasts, 9 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
  • Lake Argyle
  • Cathedral Gorge Walk (Bungle Bungle)
  • Echidna Chasm Walk
  • Gibb River Road
  • Manning Gorge
  • Windjana Gorge
  • Tunnel Creek Walk
  • Bunuba Indigenous Experience

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Important notes

1. Tour commences in Darwin on day 1 at 6:30am and finishes in Broome on 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 PBD9
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 PKOL.

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Reviews

Our 4WD Darwin to Broome Overland trips score an average of 4.81 out of 5 based on 16 reviews in the last year.

4WD Darwin to Broome Overland , July 2016

4WD Darwin to Broome Overland , July 2016