10 Day 4WD Darwin to Broome Overland

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Duration | 10 Days
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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.

What makes it Great?

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

Inclusions:

Meals: 9 breakfasts, 10 lunches, 9 dinners
Transport: All Terrain vehicle
Accommodation: Camping (with basic facilities) (3 nights), Camping (with facilities) (5 nights), Permanent, furnished tented camp (with shared facilities) (1 night)

Included activities:

  • Nitmiluk National Park
  • Lake Argyle
  • Cathedral Gorge Walk (Bungle Bungle)
  • Echidna Chasm Walk
  • Zebedee Springs
  • Emma Gorge
  • Gibb River Road
  • Adcock Gorge
  • Galvans Gorge
  • Manning Gorge
  • Windjana Gorge
  • Bell Gorge
  • Tunnel Creek exploration walk

Departure times & locations:

This trip departs The Youth Shack, 69 Mitchell Street Darwin at 6:30am on day 1 and finishes at Kimberley Travellers Lodge, 9a Bagot St Broome day 10 in the afternoon. Onward travel needs to be booked for the following day after the tour finishes.

Please advise if your accommodation differs from the default location. Pick up times and locations will be advised when booking.

Itinerary:

Day 1: Darwin - Katherine Region

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.

  • Permanent tented camp (with shared facilities) (1 night)
  • Nitmiluk National Park
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Special Information

Total driving time today is around 4 hours. Total walking distance is approximately two kilometres.

Day 2: Lake Argyle

After breakfast this morning, continue on to Lake Argyle, which has been created by the Ord River Dam. 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.

  • Camping (with facilities) (1 night)
  • Lake Argyle
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Optional Activities

Lake Argyle Sunset Cruise - AUD100

Special Information

Total driving time today is around 7.5 hours. Total walking distance is around one kilometre. 

Day 3: Purnululu National Park (Bungle Bungle Ranges)

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. Once out of town its time for some 4WD action as your experienced guide winds our specially designed truck across the challenging terrain of the entrance to Purnululu National Park, home of the iconic Bungle Bungles. It’s a rugged ride but the scenery is fantastic. Enjoy an amazing Kimberley sunset at your bush camp.

  • Camping (with basic facilities - no showers) (1 night)
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Special Information

Total driving today is around 5.5 hours. Total walking distance is approximately five kilometres.

Day 4: The Bungle Bungles

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.

  • Camping (with basic facilities - no showers) (1 night)
  • Cathedral Gorge Walk (Bungle Bungle)
  • Echidna Chasm Walk
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Optional Activities

Helicopter Flight - Bungle Bungles - from - AUD350

Special Information

Total driving time today is around 1 hour. Total walking distance is approximately 5 kilometres.

Day 5: Bungle Bungles and El Questro

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, a wilderness park since 1991 for dinner and a cool drink at the swinging Arm Bar.

  • Camping (with facilities) (1 night)
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Special Information

Total driving time today is around 5 hours. Total walking distance is approximately one kilometre.

Day 6: El Questro Station

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. Tonight, enjoy another night at the El Questro campsite.

  • Camping (with facilities) (1 night)
  • Zebedee Springs
  • Emma Gorge
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Special Information

Total driving time today is around 45 minutes. Total walking distance is up to seven kilometres.

Day 7: Gibb River Road and Mount Barnett

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. Fording rivers and weaving through gorges, travel by 4WD along the wild Gibb River Road – a 600-kilometre stretch that winds right through the heart 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 stop-offs along the way. Tonight’s destination is at Mt Barnett station located very close to Manning Gorge. 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.

  • Camping (with basic facilities) (1 night)
  • Gibb River Road
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Special Information

Total driving time today is around 5 hours. Total walking distance is approximately two kilometres.

Day 8: Manning Gorge

We spend the morning exploring the stunning Manning Gorge and enjoy a swim in the pools under Manning Falls. Depending on the season, post-lunch we spend the afternoon exploring Adcock or Galvans gorge before heading back to camp to relax around the campfire.

  • Camping (with facilities) (1 night)
  • Adcock Gorge
  • Galvans Gorge
  • Manning Gorge
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Special Information

Total driving time today is around 1 hour. Total walking distance is approximately six kilometres.

Day 9: Bells Gorge and Windjana Gorge

The western Kimberley region is full of endless stunning gorges that have to be explored and this morning is no exception. After breakfast we adventure to Bell Gorge home to a stunning cascade of water flowing from the previous wet season rains that fall in the King Leopold Ranges. 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.

  • Camping (with facilities) (1 night)
  • Windjana Gorge
  • Bell Gorge
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Special Information

Total driving time today is around 4.5 hours. Total walking distance is approximately four to six kilometres.

Day 10: Broome

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 m 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.

  • Tunnel Creek exploration walk
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch

Special Information

Total driving time today is around 4 hours. Total walking distance is approximately four kilometres. Any onward travel must be booked for the following day after the tour finishes.

Things To Bring

  • Consider bringing your own water bottle to refill along the way. 
  • Comfortable sleeping mats are provided when camping. Please bring a travel pillow and sleeping bag or pre-purchase a sleeping bag from us. 
  • Lightweight clothing. You will need to bring a mixture of lightweight clothing and layers. Long shirts and pants are useful to protect against the harsh Australian sun. Clothes should be easy to wash and dry.
  • During dry season months (May - August) overnight temperatures can drop below 0 Celsius but daytime temperatures can still exceed 30 degrees Celsius. Daytime temperatures and humidity can be extreme in the shoulder seasons of March, April and September, October with temperatures over 35 degrees Celsius
  • Comfortable closed-in shoes will help to protect your feet from cuts and scratches when walking through bush/grass-lands, and will also act as a barrier protection in rare cases against bites or stings.
  • Sun protection - hat, sunscreen, sunglasses
  • Personal medical kit. A larger kit will be on hand with your guide, but we recommend you carry items such as mild pain killers, electrolytes, Band-Aids and insect repellent.
  • A headlamp or torch is recommended for around your accommodation at night.
  • Camera with spare batteries.
  • A spare pair of shoes that can get wet, along with two towels.
  • A pair of slip on shoes/sandals that you can carry in your day pack for riding the bus and casual wear.

Booking Info:

The below dietary needs can be easily catered for. Vegetarian, Gluten Free, Dairy Free (soy available), Pork Free. Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking. 
If you require hotel transfers please have your hotel name ready when booking so we can send you a pick-up time with your confirmation.
Due to limited space and strictly enforced road laws regarding weight limits, Intrepid travellers can carry a maximum of 15 kg.

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About Adventure Tours:

Adventure Tours is the leading small group tour operator in Australia. We're a bunch of Aussies that have been leading travellers through this big ol’ continent over the past 24 years.

Informative and immersive, our tours are for those looking to develop a true-blue understanding of Australia’s inner-workings – and have a great time while at it. We take one comfy, air-con equipped 4WD or minibus, load it up with a knowledgeable guide, a bunch of fellow adventurers, tents, swags and some packed picnics, then head out into the wilds. The whole outfit is far more your classic Aussie road trip than it is a standard charter bus tour – just with someone looking after the driving and navigating for you.

This trip departs The Youth Shack, 69 Mitchell Street Darwin at 6:30am on day 1 and finishes at Kimberley Travellers Lodge, 9a Bagot St Broome day 10 in the afternoon. Onward travel needs to be booked for the following day after the tour finishes.