Map of Kimberley Trail Broome to Darwin  including Australia

Explore the incredible wilderness of Western Australia and the Northern Territory

Experience the beautiful rugged Kimberley on this true Australian adventure from Broome to Darwin. Uncover some of the country’s most incredible, untouched territory on an all-terrain journey down the Gibb River Road, taking in hidden caves and indigenous history at Tunnel Creek, the unbelievably picturesque oases of the Bell, Galvans, Adcock gorges, and the vast waterfalls of the Mitchell Plateau. Soak up the idyllic isolation of remote stations like El Questro and head out to discover secret palm-shaded waterholes. Squeeze through the narrow rock passages of the striped Bungle Bungles, sail across the vast waters of Lake Argyle, and learn the customs of the traditional land-owners while cruising through the gorges of Nitmiluk. Come face-to-face with vast horizons and immense wilderness with this unforgettable taste of Australia at its most untamed.

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Terms & Conditions

Start
Broome, Australia
Finish
Darwin, Australia
Destination
Australia
Style
Original
Theme
Explorer, Overland
Code
PKTBD-O
Physical rating
Ages
Min 12
Group size
Min 6, Max 20

Why you'll love this trip

  • Tunnell Creek has a rich Aboriginal and bushranger history. Walk through the underground passage learning about the culture and traditions of the first Australians

  • Discover a hidden highlight of the West Kimberley with a stop in the idyllic retreat of Bell Gorge

  • Test the 4WD as you take on the rugged terrain of the Mitchell Plateau. This extraordinary area is home to the huge, four-tiered Mitchell Falls – a stunning testament to the power and scale of nature

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

  • Climb aboard a Nitnit Dreaming Cultural Cruise through the inspiring natural wonder of the Nitmiluk Gorge – made up of 13 different chasms carved by the Katherine River – and acquire an understanding of Jawoyn customs

Is this trip right for you?

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

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

  • On some days of the trip, you’ll spend several hours driving through very sparse areas of Australia. Sit back and enjoy landscapes that you would miss in any other form of travel. 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.

  • 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 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.

  • 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.

Itinerary

You can arrive in Broome at any time today. Spend the afternoon exploring Broome at your leisure: Broome is one of the most interesting outback towns in Australia. From the age of the dinosaurs and the ancient stories of local Aboriginal and Torres Straight Islander people to the region’s role in early global exploration and the flourishing south sea pearl industry, this cultural melting pot has many a tale to tell. Your adventure begins with a welcome meeting at 6:30pm. Please look for a notice in reception. Afterwards, have dinner with your group and a drink before we set off tomorrow.
Meals Included
  • Dinner
Departing Broome at 7:00am, travel through the remote and beautiful landscape, as the guide shares stories of local history, people and the environment. Enjoy a morning tea break by the Fitzroy River and visit the Derby 'Boab Prison Tree'. Before long we hit the Gibb River Road, and travel towards the Napier Range. Once a Devonian reef, these mountains are over 350 million years old and home to a diverse array of animals and plants. The perfect place to experience the stunning natural beauty of an outback oasis is the 3.5km geological wonder of Windjana Gorge. Beneath gorge walls rising 90m, we search for freshwater crocodiles, local birdlife and traditional bush tucker. After a picnic lunch, the afternoon is spent exploring Tunnel Creek with our local Aboriginal and Torres Straight Islander Bunuba guide, who will share ancient rock art and reveal the legend of his ancestor, Jandamarra, an Aboriginal and Torres Straight Islander freedom fighter who used the tunnel as a hide-out in the late 1800's. In this 750-metre cave system carved through the Napier Range, we also discover stalactites, secret caves and a large variety of wildlife. A refreshing swim in an idyllic waterhole is a highlight of the day. Return to Windjana Gorge that evening to camp.
Included Activities
  • Fitzroy Crossing - Camping by the Fitzroy River
  • Bell Gorge - Windjana Gorge
  • Tunnel Creek NP - Tunnel Creek exploration walk
  • Derby - Boab Prison Tree
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
The day is devoted to exploring Bell Gorge, a hidden highlight of the West Kimberley. This idyllic retreat, considered amongst the most beautiful in the area, boasts cascading waterfalls and crystal clear pools formed over millions of years - an easy place torelax for a few hours!
Included Activities
  • Bell Gorge - Manning Gorge
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
En route to the Mt Elizabeth Station Homestead, discover lily-laden Galvans Gorge, and the tranquil retreat of Adcock Gorge, pausing for a refreshing swim. Once arriving at Mt Elizabeth homestead, which has been family operated since 1945 and in recent years has established tourism facilities for all to experience, you will be able to take in the natural beauty and isolation of the property. With creeks, gorges and diverse vegetation, you will be sure to enjoy the view and spend the day well relaxed. Take the opportunity to photograph the scenery, pick a nice spot to drop your fishing line or simply take a dip in the refreshing water.
Included Activities
  • Galvans Gorge - Exploring Galvans Gorge
  • Adcock Gorge - Exploring Adcock Gorge
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Your two day diversion to the majestic Mitchell Plateau is a highlight of the trip. Take on real 4WD country as we travel the rugged Kalumburu Road then turn off onto the Mitchell Plateau Track. After crossing rivers and passing through ancient Livistonia palm forests, we emerge from the savannah and onto the Mitchell Plateau. With two nights camping in the National Park, we trek to Little and Big Merten Falls, take a dip in pristine plunge pools, enjoy a short scenic helicopter flight and view Bradshaw rock art.
Included Activities
  • Mitchell Plateau - Merten Falls
  • Mitchell Plateau - Mitchell Falls helicopter flight
  • Mitchell Plateau - Bradshaw Rock Art
Meals Included
  • Breakfast (2)
  • Lunch (2)
  • Dinner (2)
Drysdale River Station is an oasis in the outback. This million acre, family owned and operated cattle station, runs approximately 10,000 head of cattle and lies in the North Kimberley on the Gibb River Road. Hanging out in the true blue Australian outback means you have all the magical scenery and feeling of isolation you could ask for. On arrival you may wish to explore the nearby surroundings or sit back and enjoy a delicious dinner and beverage in the beer garden, warm yourself around the log fire in the cool night air and camp riverside at Miners Pool.
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
We continue our journey up the Gibb River Road to the iconic El Questro Wilderness Park. Two nights here allows join one or more of the many activities on offer. This could include a refreshing dip in the Zebedee Springs, a trek into El Questro Gorge, Emma Gorge or a cruise on Chamberlain Gorge (own expense). Or simply explore this beautiful wilderness park at your own leisure.
Included Activities
  • El Questro - Zebedee Springs
  • El Questro - Emma Gorge
Optional Activities
  • El Questro - Chamberlain Gorge Cruise - AUD68
Meals Included
  • Breakfast (2)
  • Lunch (2)
  • Dinner (1)
Head south down the Great Northern Highway to Purnululu National Park, home of the magnificent Bungle Bungles. Two nights camping in the heart of the National Park allows a full day to explore the highlights of this extraordinary National Park, the most famous of which, are the Bungle Bungle domes. Rivers created this landscape of unique orange and black striped 'beehive' geological formations over a period of 20 million years. Unbelievably, only the locals knew it existed until the early 1980's; once discovered by others, the area was made a national park in 1987. We explore Echidna Chasm (2km), known for its towering Livistonia Palm trees, and take a short walk (2-3km) into stunning Cathedral Gorge, where towering rocks create a natural amphitheatre. There is time in the afternoon to take an optional scenic flight and enjoy a birds-eye view of the beehive domes (approx $400pp, own expense) to put it all into perspective.
Included Activities
  • Bungle Bungle - Echidna Chasm Walk
  • Bungle Bungle - Cathedral Gorge Walk
Optional Activities
  • Bungle Bungle - Scenic Helicopter Flight - AUD375
Meals Included
  • Breakfast (2)
  • Lunch (2)
  • Dinner (2)
Returning north we pause in Kununurra en route to the shores of the expansive Lake Argyle, the heart of the Ord River Irrigation System which has transformed this dry region into a lush agricultural oasis. Visit the historic Durack Homestead Museum or take on one of the many bush trails to explore the area. A sunset cruise on the lake is a stunning way to end the day.

Camping on the grounds of Lake Argyle involves dome tents (single/twin share), swags with fitted sheets & pillows with pillow cases. On site ablutions have hot showers and flush toilets. There is also a fabulous infinity pool overlooking the lake!

Those who have chosen Camping Plus will enjoy the comfort of the Standard Rooms (below) at Lake Argyle Resort each have a queen & single bed, private ensuite bathroom, a small fridge, tea/coffee making facilities. air-conditioning and a private verandah to enjoy the beautiful surrounds.
Included Activities
  • Lake Argyle - Sunset Cruise
  • Lake Argyle - Durack Homestead Museum
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
Continue east along the Victoria Highway and cross the border into the Northern Territory as we travel to the outback town of Katherine, home to the spectacular Nitmiluk Gorge.
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
A morning cruise through Katherine (Nitmiluk) Gorge is a great start to our last day. Nitmiluk Gorge is an inspiring natural wonder comprising 13 different gorges, carved over a millennia by the Katherine River. On the Nitnit Dreaming Cultural Cruise, we explore two of these gorges, and discover the customs of the traditional land owners, the Jawoyn people. After the cruise, enjoy a dip in Edith Falls then travel into Darwin, arriving at approx 5.00pm.
Included Activities
  • Katherine Gorge - Nitnit Dreaming Cultural Cruise
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
You are free to depart Darwin at any time today. If you have more time we recommend you join another adventure into Litchfield National Park or Kakadu National Park – or both!
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.

Meals

13 breakfasts, 13 lunches, 10 dinners

Transport

4WD Vehicle

Accommodation

Camping - with basic facilities(6nts), Safari Tent - shared facilities (3nts), Private Room - shared facilities (4nts), Private Room - ensuite (1nt)

Included activities

  • Fitzroy Crossing - Camping by the Fitzroy River
  • Bell Gorge - Windjana Gorge
  • Tunnel Creek NP - Tunnel Creek exploration walk
  • Derby - Boab Prison Tree
  • Bell Gorge - Manning Gorge
  • Galvans Gorge - Exploring Galvans Gorge
  • Adcock Gorge - Exploring Adcock Gorge
  • Mitchell Plateau - Merten Falls
  • Mitchell Plateau - Mitchell Falls helicopter flight
  • Mitchell Plateau - Bradshaw Rock Art
  • El Questro - Zebedee Springs
  • El Questro - Emma Gorge
  • Bungle Bungle - Echidna Chasm Walk
  • Bungle Bungle - Cathedral Gorge Walk
  • Lake Argyle - Sunset Cruise
  • Lake Argyle - Durack Homestead Museum
  • Katherine Gorge - Nitnit Dreaming Cultural Cruise

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Important notes

From 01 September 2021, all travellers on Intrepid trips will be required to produce proof of full vaccination against COVID-19. Excludes Australia, New Zealand and Cook Islands tours. Read details here.

1. This trip starts in Broome with an arrival day and finishes in Darwin. Onward travel can be booked at any time.
2. This trip requires a sleeping bag
3. Trip also runs in reverse, please trip see code PKTDB-O
4. Single supplement is not applicable for the nights of day 10 & 11 in the Bungle Bungles.
5. This trip is operated by our partners Kimberley Wild.

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