Map of Darwin to Broome Overland Adventure including Australia

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. With two local leaders by your side, you’ll experience the Kimberley at its very best.


Start
Darwin, Australia
Finish
Broome, Australia
Destination
Australia
Style
Basix
Theme
Explorer, Overland
Code
PDB10
Physical rating
Ages
Min 12
Group size
Min 8, Max 19

Why you'll love this trip

  • Experience the beautiful Kimberleys in rugged style on this camping overland adventure.

  • Enjoy the flexibility of a private 4WD vehicle, the expert knowledge of two passionate local leaders travelling with you and the magic of camping under the stars – what’s not to love about the land of Aus?

  • 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 a whole day to explore the gorges and valleys of the park, not to mention soak up a few fiery sunsets

  • Tunnel Creek has a rich First Nations and bushranger history. Walk through the underground passage with your guide, learning about the culture and traditions of the first Australians

Is this trip right for you?

  • This trip is operated and run by our trusted partner Adventure Tours Australia. You will be travelling with a mixture of both Adventure Tours Australia customers and Intrepid customers. Intrepid works closely with Adventure Tours Australia to ensure that all of our customers enjoy their time away.

  • When travelling in Western Australia, temperatures be very hot during the day and drop quite dramatically at night. Have a think about what time of year suits you best to travel and pack accordingly.

  • This trip involves plenty of walking and is best suited to travellers with a good level of mobility and fitness. Please bring sturdy, comfortable walking shoes and comfortable clothing. An overview of physical activities can be found in the itinerary.

  • This is a trip for those who are looking for the basics. Simple or limited facilities and lack of emphasis on creature comforts make this an authentic experience of the Australian outback.

  • Western Australia is a very big state and this trip covers some serious distances. On some days of the trip you will spend several hours driving, often through very sparse areas of desert. Sit back and enjoy the landscapes. Extra space can be tight, and conditions may feel a little cramped. Think of it as a great way to get to know your fellow travellers. The drive days can be long, but it’s as much about the journey as the destination, and half the fun is the camaraderie. Please read the itinerary for details on estimated drive times and specific logistical information.

  • Our leaders are the classic do-it-all Aussie – they know the best spots to watch the sunset, can drive you to your next destination, take you on a guided hike or even whip up dinner for the group on some trips. While they won’t always do all these jobs on every trip, be aware they will be juggling many things on your tour and may have less time to spend with you. They will always be working hard to ensure you and your group have a fantastic time exploring Australia.

  • This trip is also available in the opposite direction. Please find trip code PBD10 (Broome to Darwin Overland Adventure) on our website. You can also opt to continue your journey all the way to Perth with our connecting trip PBP10 (Broome to Perth Overland Adventure).

Itinerary

Welcome to the tropical city of Darwin, where your overland adventure begins. Meet your group and leader at 6.30 am and hit the road. Stop at either Edith Falls for a swim or at Katherine Gorge in Nitmiluk National Park for a walk (depending on the season). Eat lunch, then continue 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.
Accommodation
  • Permanent tented camp (with shared facilities) (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Katherine Region - Nitmiluk National Park
Meals Included
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Special Information
Total driving time today is around 4 hours. Total walking distance is approximately two kilometres. Please note that the tour commences early this morning in Darwin at our default pick-up location (details can be found in the Essential Trip Information document), unless you or your booking agent requests an alternative pick-up location well ahead of departure. We do not take responsibility for missed tours if we have not been advised of an alternative in advance and you are not at the default location on time.
After breakfast this morning, continue on to Lake Argyle, which has been created by the Ord River Dam. On arrival admire the sheer size of this 700 square kilometre man made spectacle. The lake is home to many species of native fish and thousands of freshwater crocodiles. Take an optional sunset cruise before setting up camp nearby for the night.
Accommodation
  • Camping (with basic facilities) (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Lake Argyle - Camping at Lake Argyle
Optional Activities
  • Lake Argyle - Sunset Cruise - AUD100
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Special Information
Total driving time today is around 7.5 hours. Total walking distance is around one kilometre. 
Start the morning with some free time for a stroll around the picturesque town of Kununurra. Don’t forget to use this time to stock up on any last minute supplies before heading out into the remote Kimberley region. Get ready for some 4WD action as your experienced leader winds the truck across the rugged terrain of Purnululu National Park, home of the iconic Bungle Bungles. It’s a bumpy ride but the scenery is fantastic. Enjoy an amazing Kimberley sunset at your bush camp.
Accommodation
  • Camping (with limited facilities - no showers) (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Special Information
Total driving today is around 5.5 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. As the sun goes down, head back to your overnight bush camp.
Accommodation
  • Camping (with limited facilities - no showers) (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Bungle Bungles - Cathedral Gorge Walk
  • Bungle Bungles - Echidna Chasm Walk
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Special Information
Total driving time today is around 1 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). In the late afternoon, head to your campsite in El Questro wilderness park for dinner and a cool drink at the swinging Arm Bar.
Accommodation
  • Camping (with basic facilities) (1 night)
Included Activities
  • El Questro - El Questro Wilderness Park
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Special Information
Total driving time today is around 5 hours. Total walking distance is approximately one kilometre.
Spend the day exploring El Questro. Start off with a dip at Zebedee Springs before taking on a hike in the Cockburn Ranges for a swim under the waterfall at Emma Gorge or El Questro Gorge. Tonight, enjoy another night at the El Questro campsite.
Accommodation
  • Camping (with basic facilities) (1 night)
Included Activities
  • El Questro - Zebedee Hot Springs
  • El Questro - Emma Gorge or El Questro Gorge
  • El Questro - El Questro Wilderness Park
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Special Information
Total driving time today is around 45 minutes. Total walking distance is up to seven kilometres.
After breakfast, its time to hit the road again and start travelling along the legendary Gibb River Road, a 600 kilometre dirt track running through the centre 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 stops along the way. Tonight’s destination is at Mt Barnett campsite located very close to Manning Gorge, by the banks of a fresh-water river, perfect to cool off in after your day on the road.
Accommodation
  • Camping (with basic facilities) (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Gibb River Road - 4WD Experience on the Gibb River Road
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Special Information
Total driving time today is around 5 hours and approximately 350km. Total walking distance is approximately two kilometres.
Spend the morning exploring Manning Gorge and enjoy a swim in the natural pools under Manning Falls. Depending on the season, post-lunch we spend the afternoon exploring Galvans gorge before heading back to camp to relax around the campfire.
Accommodation
  • Camping (with basic facilities) (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Galvans Gorge - Exploring Galvans Gorge
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Special Information
Total driving time today is around 1 hour. Total walking distance is approximately six kilometres.
After breakfast, head to Bell Gorge for a swim under the cascading waterfalls. The afternoon sees us 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.
Accommodation
  • Camping (with facilities) (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Windjana Gorge - Gorge Exploration
  • Manning Gorge - Gorge Exploration & Waterfalls Visit
  • Bell Gorge - Gorge Exploration
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Special Information
Total driving time today is around 4.5 hours. Total walking distance is approximately four to six kilometres.
Begin the day exploring the Napier Range. The major attraction here is a guided walk through 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. Then make the final drive on to Broome, hopefully arriving in time for a stunning Cable Beach sunset.
Included Activities
  • Tunnel Creek National Park - Tunnel Creek Visit & Exploration Walk
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
Special Information
Total driving time today is around 4 hours. Total walking distance is approximately four kilometres. Your trip comes to an end upon arrival in Broome at around 6pm. Please consider this when booking onward transport. We recommend you spend an additional night in Broome.

Meals

9 breakfasts, 10 lunches, 9 dinners

Transport

private 4WD vehicle

Accommodation

Camping (with basic facilities) (6 nights), Camping (with limited facilities) (2 Nights), Permanent tented camp (with shared facilities) (1 night)

Included activities

  • Katherine Region - Nitmiluk National Park
  • Lake Argyle - Camping at Lake Argyle
  • Bungle Bungles - Cathedral Gorge Walk
  • Bungle Bungles - Echidna Chasm Walk
  • El Questro - El Questro Wilderness Park
  • El Questro - Zebedee Hot Springs
  • El Questro - Emma Gorge or El Questro Gorge
  • Gibb River Road - 4WD Experience on the Gibb River Road
  • Galvans Gorge - Exploring Galvans Gorge
  • Windjana Gorge - Gorge Exploration
  • Manning Gorge - Gorge Exploration & Waterfalls Visit
  • Bell Gorge - Gorge Exploration
  • Tunnel Creek National Park - Tunnel Creek Visit & Exploration Walk

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Important notes

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START AND FINISH TIMES
The tour commences in Darwin on Day 1 between 6:30am and 7:15am and finishes in Broome on the last day at approximately 6 pm. We recommend you arrive a day early and onward travel should be booked for the following day.

LUGGAGE LIMIT
A strict luggage limit of 15 kg applies. Please bring a soft sided bag only.

SLEEPING BAG
This trip requires a sleeping bag. You can bring your own or can purchase one. Please let your booking agent know ahead of time if you would like to add this to your booking.

ACCOMMODATION
The accommodation on this trip is Basix-style – twin share camping with limited facilities or swags

Essential trip information

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