Map of Broome to Darwin Overland Adventure including Australia

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
Destination
Australia
Style
Basix
Theme
Explorer, Overland
Code
PBD10
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 PDB10 on our website. You can also opt to start your journey all the way from Perth with our connecting trip PB10.

Itinerary

Welcome to Broome, an easy going tourist town with a pretty striking strip of coastline. We set off into the West Australian wilds pretty early today, so consider arriving a day or two early if you fancy getting to know Broome better. After a bit of highway driving we reach the Fitzroy River, then it’s all off-road to the Napier Range. The main attraction here is a guided walk through Tunnel Creek, a vast cave system that extends 750 metres underground.
Accommodation
  • Camping (with basic facilities) (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Tunnel Creek National Park - Tunnel Creek Visit & Exploration Walk
Meals Included
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Special Information
The total driving time today is around 5 hours. The total walking distance is approximately three kilometres including walking through water in Tunnel Creek. Please note that the tour commences early this morning in Broome 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.
Today head to Windjana Gorge, once an underwater reef just 350 million years ago. During the wet season a river flows all the way through it, but during the dry it’s really more a series of ponds and billabongs. Set out on a bit of an explore, hopefully spotting a freshwater crocodile or two. The western Kimberley region is full of endless stunning gorges that have to be explored and this afternoon is no exception. Bell Gorge is home to a stunning cascade of water flowing from the previous wet season rains that fall in the King Leoplold Ranges. We enjoy an afternoon swim in the large plunge pool before making our way to camp along the Gibb River Road near Mt Barnett
Accommodation
  • Camping (with basic facilities) (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Windjana Gorge - Gorge Exploration
  • Bell Gorge - Gorge Exploration
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Special Information
The total driving time today is around 4.5 hours. Total walking distance is approximately four to six kilometres.
We spend the morning exploring Manning gorge and enjoy a swim in the pools under Manning Falls. After stretching your legs on the hike in you will be rewarded with a swim in a large rock pool at the base of Manning Falls. Spend the afternoon exploring Galvans gorge before heading back to camp near Mt Barnett to relax around the campfire.
Accommodation
  • Camping (with basic facilities) (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Galvans Gorge - Exploring Galvans Gorge
  • Manning Gorge - Gorge Exploration & Waterfalls Visit
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Special Information
The total driving time today is around 1 hour. Total walking distance is approximately six to eight kilometres.
Fording rivers and weaving through gorges, travel by 4WD along the wild and famous Gibb River Road – a 600-kilometre stretch of corrugated gravel road that winds right through the heart of the Kimberley. 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.
Accommodation
  • Camping (with basic facilities) (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Gibb River Road - 4WD Experience on the Gibb River Road
  • El Questro - El Questro Wilderness Park
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Special Information
The total driving time today is around 6 hours and approximately 350km. The total walking distance is approximately two kilometres.
Wake up with the knowledge of not having to pack up camp before spending the day exploring the amazing sights of El Questro Station. Enjoy a relaxing swim at Zebedee Springs before tackling the hike into either Emma Gore or El Questro Gorge where you will be rewarded with a stunning waterfall and a swim. 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.
Accommodation
  • Camping (with basic facilities) (1 night)
Included Activities
  • El Questro - Emma Gorge or El Questro Gorge
  • El Questro - Zebedee Hot Springs
  • El Questro - El Questro Wilderness Park
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Special Information
The total driving time today is only around 45 minutes. The total walking distance is up to six kilometres.
Say goodbye to El Questro and hello Bungle Bungles. Today we drive through the rugged landscape of Carr Boyd and the Durack Ranges into Purnululu National Park. This park is home-ground of the Bungle Bungles, a UNESCO World Heritage Site dominated by massive sandstone karsts that rear hundreds of metres above the surrounding grasslands. We arrive at our bush camp in time to sit back and watch the sun set over the Osmond Ranges. If you’ve had enough of tent camping by now, you might want to spend tonight sleeping out beneath the stars snuggled up in a swag.
Accommodation
  • Camping or swag (with limited facilities - no showers) (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Special Information
The total driving time today is approximately 5 hours. The 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. As the sun goes down, head back to your overnight bush camp.
Accommodation
  • Camping or swag (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
The total driving time today is around 1 hour. The total walking distance is approximately five kilometres.
This morning you will once again experience some serious 4WD action as you wind your way out of the Bungle Bungles. Take some time to have a look around the picturesque town of Kununarra. In the late afternoon, travel down beside the Ord River to make camp at Lake Argyle. You have the choice of relaxing in the famous infinity pool overlooking the magnificent Lake Argyle or appreciating it from the water by choosing to do a cruise (own expense). This vast body of 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!
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
The total driving time today is around 5.5 hours. Total walking distance is one kilometre.
Not long after breakfast say goodbye to WA as from here we cross the state border into the Northern Territory. The day is spent enjoying the last views of the Boabs you have fallen in love with as we make our way towards our last camp for the night just outside of Nitmiluk National Park in the Katherine Region.
Accommodation
  • Permanent tented camp (with shared facilities) (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Special Information
The total driving time today is around 7 hours. The total walking distance is around one kilometre.
On the final day of the trip, stop at either the secluded gorge of Nitmiluk (Katherine Gorge) or take one last plunge for the trip into the cool waters of Edith Falls. In the afternoon, make your way to Darwin, where your adventure comes to an end.
Included Activities
  • Katherine - Katherine Gorge
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
Special Information
The total driving today is around 4.5 hours. The total walking distance is approximately two kilometres. Your trip comes to an end upon arrival in Darwin at around 6pm. Please consider this when booking onward transport. We recommend you spend an additional night in Darwin.

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

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

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Important notes

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START AND FINISH TIMES
The tour commences in Broome on Day 1 at 6:30 am and finishes in Darwin 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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