15 Day Kimberley Trail Darwin to Broome

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Duration | 15 Days
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Experience the beautiful rugged Kimberley on this true Australian adventure from Darwin to Broome. Uncover some of the country’s most incredible, untouched territory on an all-terrain journey along the Gibb River Road. Learn the customs of the traditional land-owners while cruising through the gorges of Nitmiluk, sail across the vast waters of Lake Argyle, and squeeze through the narrow rock passages of the striped Bungle Bungles.

Soak up the idyllic isolation of remote stations like El Questro and head out to discover secret palm-shaded waterholes. Make your way to the remote Mitchell Plateau and see its majestic four-tiered waterfall, discover the unbelievably picturesque oases of the Bell, Galvans, Adcock gorges, and find hidden caves and indigenous history at Tunnel Creek. Come face-to-face with vast horizons and immense wilderness with this unforgettable taste of Australia at its most untamed.

What makes it Great?

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

Inclusions:

Meals: 13 breakfasts, 13 lunches, 10 dinners
Transport: 4WD vehicle
Accommodation: Camping with basic facilities (11nts), Safari tent - shared facilities (1nt), Private Room - shared facilities (2nt)

Included activities:

  • Nitnit Dreaming Cultural Cruise
  • Edith Falls
  • Durack Homestead Museum
  • Echidna Chasm Walk
  • Cathedral Gorge Walk (Bungle Bungle)
  • Emma Gorge
  • Zebedee Springs
  • Merten falls
  • Mitchell Falls helicopter flight
  • Adcock Gorge
  • Bell Gorge
  • Tunnel Creek exploration walk
  • Windjana Gorge

Departure times & locations:

This trip departs The Cavenagh Motel, 12 Cavenagh Street Darwin at 06:50am on day 1 and finishes at Kimberley Travellers Lodge 9a Bagot St Broome after breakfast on day 15. 

You are welcome to arrive in Darwin at any time today and make your way to the Cavenagh Hotel, 12 Cavenagh Street, Darwin. There will be a notice at the accommodation reception about the welcome meeting in the evening, approximately 6pm. From here you can have a drink or perhaps some dinner with your new travel mates.

Itinerary:

Day 1: Darwin

You can arrive in Darwin at any time today. In the evening, head to reception where your guide will be holding a welcome meeting (look for the signs at reception for the time). Learn all about the adventure your are about to take and get to know your fellow travellers.

There are no meals included on this day.

Day 2: Nitmiluk Gorge & Katherine

Departing Darwin we travel south to the natural spring of Edith Falls. After a break and a refreshing dip, we head for the remote outback town of Katherine, home to the spectacular Nitmiluk Gorge. This inspiring natural wonder comprises 13 different gorges, carved over a millennia by the Katherine River. On an afternoon Nitnit Dreaming Cultural Cruise, we explore two of these gorges and discover the customs of the traditional land owners, the Jawoyn people.

  • Nitnit Dreaming Cultural Cruise
  • Edith Falls
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 3: Lake Argyle

We continue west along the Victoria Highway and cross the border into Western Australia as we travel to 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.

  • Durack Homestead Museum
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch

Optional Activities

Lake Argyle Sunset Cruise - AUD100

Days 4-5: Purnululu National Park (Bungle Bungles)

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 to put it all into perspective.

  • Echidna Chasm Walk
  • Cathedral Gorge Walk (Bungle Bungle)
  • Breakfast (2)
  • Lunch (2)
  • Dinner (2)

Optional Activities

Bungle Bungle Scenic Flight - AUD375

Days 6-7: El Questro Wilderness Park

Turn back north to the iconic El Questro Wilderness Park. Prepare for two days of idyllic isolation and access to some of the most breathtaking scenery in the Kimberley. Take the opportunity relax and to join one or more of the many activities on offer. The area is blessed with some of the most stunning gorges and waterholes in the whole of Western Australia. Emma Gorge lies at the end of a well-marked track, with 100 metre high walls around a horseshoe crystal clear pool filled by a small waterfall, and a hidden little bath warmed by thermal water that trickles from a crevice. El Questro Gorge is another stunning highlight, scrambling over boulders to rock pools filled by little waterfalls – scenery that’s straight out of movie. A refreshing dip in the Zebedee Springs is also another ‘must-do’, where Livistonia palm trees and lush tropical vegetation surround a series of pools that sit at the base of bright red cliff. Perhaps take an optional cruise on Chamberlain Gorge, or simply explore this beautiful wilderness park at your own leisure.

  • Emma Gorge
  • Zebedee Springs
  • Breakfast (2)
  • Lunch (2)
  • Dinner (1)

Optional Activities

Chamberlain Gorge Cruise - AUD68

Day 8: Drysdale Station

Head along the Gibb River Road to the North Kimberley to another oasis in the outback – Drysdale River Station. Over 1 million acres, this family owned and operated cattle station runs approximately 10,000 head of cattle, and gives you a real sense of how the outback does things on a massive scale. Hang out in the true blue Australian outback, surrounded by its magical scenery and welcoming sense of isolation. On arrival you might want to get out and explore the surroundings, or sit back and enjoy a cold drink in the beer garden of one of Australia’s most remote bars, then warm yourself around the log fire in the night air.

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch

Days 9-10: Mitchell Plateau

Veer off-road and cross to the Mitchell Plateau for a real highlight of the trip. Take on rugged country in the 4WD, taking the rough Kalumburu Road then turning off onto the Mitchell Plateau Track. The drive is unlike any other on the Gibb River Road, as the vegetation transforms and you ford rivers and ramble through ancient Livistonia palm forests to emerge on the savannah, where two days of camping in the national park await. The park is home to the magnificent four-tiered Mitchell Falls, and the scale and power of nature here is unforgettable. Your time here will include the chance of a dip in the Little and Big Merten Falls, a viewing of the Bradshaw rock art, and, if you so choose, a helicopter flight with incredible views of this extraordinary landscape.

  • Merten falls
  • Mitchell Falls helicopter flight
  • Breakfast (2)
  • Lunch (2)
  • Dinner (2)

Day 11: Mount Elizabeth Station

Descending from the plateau, travel to the family owned Mt Elizabeth Station Homestead, where you'll be able to enjoy the scenery and see what Kimberley cattle station life is really like. Surrounded by water spots, rocky rises and grasslands, you will be sure to take a great photo, enjoy bush walks and settle in for a lovely evening in the Kimberley outback.

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 12: Silent Grove

Make the most of the oases of the lily-laden Galvans Gorge and the tranquil retreat of Adcock Gorge, where you’ll pause for a refreshing swim. The afternoon is devoted to exploring Bell Gorge, which is a hidden highlight of the West Kimberley. This idyllic retreat, considered amongst the most beautiful gorge on the Gibb River Road, boasts cascading waterfalls and crystal clear pools formed over millions of years, all surrounded by a horseshoe of bright orange rock wall. There are smooth rocks to lounge on and welcome areas of shade. It’s an easy place to while away a few hours!

  • Adcock Gorge
  • Bell Gorge
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 13: Tunnel Creek

Leaving Bell Gorge behind spend the afternoon exploring Tunnel Creek with a local 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. In this 750-metre cave system carved through the Napier Range, discover stalactites, secret caves and a large variety of wildlife. Don't miss a refreshing swim in an idyllic waterhole before setting up camp for the night.

  • Tunnel Creek exploration walk
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 14: Windana Gorge

Once a great reef 350 million years ago, Windjana Gorge is now home to a diverse array of animals and plants. Experience the stunning natural beauty of this outback oasis today. Beneath gorge walls that rise 90 metres in height, search for freshwater crocodiles, local birdlife and traditional bush tucker, before starting our journey to Broome.

  • Windjana Gorge
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 15: Broome

You are free to depart Broome at any time today. If you have more time we recommend you consider a Broome Sights town tour to discover the secrets of this fabulous outback town, or take a trip up to Cape Leveque for a day.

  • Breakfast

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 Cavenagh Motel, 12 Cavenagh Street Darwin at 06:50am on day 1 and finishes at Kimberley Travellers Lodge 9a Bagot St Broome after breakfast on day 15.