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9 Day Darwin to Broome Outback Adventure

Explore the Kimberley region on an adventurous camping and hiking tour!

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9 days
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Pick-Up & Drop-Off
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Minimum Age
Minimum Age
18 yrs old
Meals
Meals
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Start & End Location
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Start Darwin, End Broome
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What's Included

  • This tour takes you on an incredible journey through the Kimberley outback!
  • Experience the nature, wildlife and endless adventure as you make your way along Gibb River Road 
  • Stop by a series of crystal clear hot springs and hike up palm-filled gorges
  • Splash under waterfalls and take a dip in refreshing swimming holes
  • See unique rock paintings and breathtaking scenery in Jubarra National Park
  • Cross the border into Western Australia
  • Bush camp throughout the tour, prepare all your own meals, and sleep under the stars
  • The vibe is relaxed and friendly like you’re travelling with a group of mates and having the time of your life
  • All breakfast, lunch, and dinner included

 

Where We Visit:

  • Darwin
  • Katherine
  • Magnetic and Cathedral termite mounds
  • Edith Falls 
  • Victoria River
  • Lake Argyle
  • Bungle Bungle range 
  • Cathedral Gorge
  • The Window
  • Piccaninny Creek Lookout
  • Gibb River Road
  • El Questro station
  • Zebedee Springs
  • Manning Gorge
  • Galvans Gorge
  • Adcock Gorge
  • Bell Gorge
  • Windjana Gorge
  • Tunnel Creek
  • Broome

What's excluded

  • The Lake Argyle island adventure is an additional activity, which is an added cost of $120
  • Option of a scenic helicopter flight starting from $299 for an 18-minute scenic tour

WHAT TO EXPECT

This 9-day tour takes you on an incredible journey through the Kimberley outback allowing you to experience nature, wildlife, and endless adventure, as you make your way along the Gibb River Road! Experience the Kimberley the way it should be experienced. You'll bush camp throughout the tour, prepare all your own meals, and sleep under the stars in a swag. The vibe is relaxed and friendly; the goal is that you feel like you’re travelling with a group of mates, and having the time of your life in one of the most beautiful parts of Australia.

 

Itinerary:

 

Day 1: Your Kimberley off-road tour begins with pick you up from your Darwin accommodation at 6:00am to make the first stop at the remarkable Magnetic termite mounds. The tour continues towards Katherine and stops at Edith Falls for a refreshing swim. Afterwards, you'll move on to the Victoria River region for the first bush camp.

 

Highlights: Magnetic termite mounds, Edith Falls and the Victoria River
Estimated hiking distance: 5km +
Opportunity to swim? Yes
Meals provided: Lunch, Dinner

 

Day 2: Start today with a hike into the Victoria River escarpments to see some of the unique rock paintings and breathtaking scenery in Jubarra National Park. The tour then crosses the border into Western Australia and arrives at Lake Argyle, Australia’s largest man-made lake. Here, you will embark on a unique experience exploring the lake and will spend the night on one of its secluded islands.

 

This Lake Argyle island adventure* will begin after boarding the cruise vessel with your camping gear and head out onto the lake. You’ll explore the islands and bays in search of wildlife including the short-eared rock-wallaby, wallaroo, freshwater crocodile, and numerous fish species and bird-life. You’ll also have the opportunity to plunge into the cool waters and take a refreshing swim before heading to the island to set up camp.

 

You're sure to enjoy the welcomed solitude and sunset with a campfire meal, before resting for the night ready to be woken by the sound of water, wildlife, and an unmissable sunrise. When the tour is ready, you'll pack up and head back to the mainland for breakfast. *The Lake Argyle island adventure is an additional activity which is an added cost of $120.

 

Highlights: Rock paintings, Gregory tree, Lake Argyle island experience
Estimated hiking distance: 5km + 
Opportunity to swim? Yes
Meals provided: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 

Day 3: Today, the tour has a brief stop in Kununurra before heading through the Durack and Carr Boyd Ranges and embarking on a challenging off-road adventure into the Purnululu National Park (Bungle Bungles) where you will hike into Echidna Chasm. Tonight, you'll camp in the Purnululu (Bungle Bungles) National Park in the Kimberley.

 

Highlights: Turkey Creek, Durack Ranges, Carr Boyd Ranges and Echidna Chasm
Estimated hiking distance: 5km +
Opportunity to swim? Yes
Meals provided: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 

Day 4: The day starts with a hike through the magnificent Bungle Bungles as the tour makes its way to Cathedral Gorge, the Window and Piccaninny Creek Lookout.  There will also be the option of a scenic helicopter flight starting from $299 for an 18-minute scenic tour. The tour will then continue on to the campsite.

 

Highlights: Cathedral Gorge, Piccaninny Creek, the Window, optional helicopter cruise and camping in the Bungle Bungles
Estimated hiking distance: 8km +
Meals provided: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 

Day 5: Today, you will start the Gibb River Road and head into the Cockburn Ranges to Emma Gorge, a pristine swimming hole. Then continue onto the famous El Questro station where you will camp for the night. You will be able to quench your thirst at the Swinging Arm Bar and catch up with the locals and fellow travellers.

 

Highlights: Emma Gorge and El Questro station
Estimated hiking distance: 5km +
Opportunity to swim? Yes
Meals provided: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 

Day 6: The first stop today is a series of crystal clear hot springs known as Zebedee Springs before embarking on an adventurous hike up the palm-filled gorge known as El Questro Gorge. At the top, you will be rewarded with a swim in the spring-fed waterfall before trekking back to the truck and driving to the bush camp, which will include crossing the well-known Pentecost River.

 

Highlights: Zebedee Springs, El Questro Gorge, and crossing the Pentecost River
Estimated hiking distance: 7km + 
Opportunity to swim? Yes
Meals provided: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 

Day 7: Today, you will continue the off-road tour on Gibb River Road, making stops at lookouts and rock art sites along the route. You will hike into Manning Gorge where you will see ancient Bradshaw rock paintings and have the opportunity to spot the Northern Red-Faced turtle that’s found in the area. The tour will enjoy another night of bush camping under the stars

 

Highlights: Manning Gorge and Bradshaw rock paintings
Estimated hiking distance: 6km + 
Opportunity to swim? Yes
Meals provided: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 

Day 8: You'll start the morning by taking a swim at either Galvans or Adcock Gorge depending on the seasonal conditions. Then continue on to the remarkable waterfall known as Bell Gorge in the King Leopold Conservation Park before heading to our camp. 

 

Highlights: Bell Gorge, Galvans Gorge, Adcock Gorge, Windjana rock paintings
Estimated hiking distance: 6km + 
Opportunity to swim? Yes
Meals provided: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 

Day 9:  Start the day exploring Windjana Gorge and spotting freshwater crocodiles, which are abundant in the area. As you wander into the gorge, your guide will tell you stories of Jandamarra and the Bunuba resistance. Afterwards, grab your torch and sink into Tunnel Creek, an amazing limestone cave system where bats and freshwater crocodiles hang out. The tour will finish our Kimberley off-road tour in Broome in the afternoon but not before a visit to the Derby Boab Prison Tree.

 

Highlights: Windjana Gorge, Tunnel Creek, Fitzroy River, Derby Prison tree, and Broome
Estimated hiking distance: 5km + 
Opportunity to swim? Yes
Meals provided: Breakfast, Lunch

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This tour is an adventure for those who are after a unique adventure-based experience, assisted by the knowledge of a local guide who knows the best places and how to get there. The guides are experienced in Australia's remote areas and will sometimes make alterations to the itineraries to suit the current conditions, or if they feel it will provide you with a better experience. This is a participation tour, everyone helps out by contributing to the cooking, cleaning, setting up camp, rolling out swags, collecting firewood, lighting the fire, etc. This allows the tour to run more efficiently, helps the group to bond and gives you the opportunity to get involved in the bush camping experience. Bush camping is all part of the adventure and the experience of the outback. For many centuries Australia’s ancestors survived in the bush living off nature. Sometimes you will bush camp and there will be no facilities such as a toilet and a shower. We do have ways of dealing with this, which will be explained to you by your guide. One way of dealing with not having a shower is by making the most of the swimming opportunities, which occur on most days.

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This tour aims to get you off the beaten track and into the remote gorges, waterholes and rock art sites. In order to do this, you will be required to hike for several kilometres a day and occasionally swim and climb (swimming is not essential). You will also need to carry the water you need for each walk or hike (we recommend a 2-litre water bottle). If you are generally healthy and can walk around 5 kilometres a day, our tours are likely to be suitable for you. We do not recommend pregnant women travel on this tour; this is due to the risks involved with hiking on uneven ground, and the fact that the roads are corrugated and bumpy which can affect unborn babies.

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The truck carries first aid kits and there are satellite phones for use in an emergency. All guides are trained in first aid and know where the remote area evacuation points are. They also carry first aid kits on each of the walks. In areas where it is rocky, uneven ground or if you are going on a long-distance walk, your guide will recommend suitable footwear, the amount of water you should be taking, and the amount of shade that will be available on the hike. Your guide will also inform you of all the relevant information to keep you safe during the hike and whilst swimming.

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Passengers are typically aged between 18 -70 years old. If you think you can handle hiking, climbing and swimming for several hours each day, and you are generally fit and healthy, then this tour is likely to suit you. This tour is not suitable for children, although teenagers travelling with parents are welcome. 

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If you choose to travel during September, October or November, these are the hottest months; humidity is high and temperatures can reach 40 degrees. During April and May, there is some humidity and June, July and August are the coolest months, where you will experience cool nights and warm daytime temperatures. During the hotter months, guides will alter the itineraries to suit the weather conditions, for example, long walks will be done early in the morning to beat the heat. The tour will also aim to camp near watering holes so you have the opportunity to cool off in the afternoon.

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The tour provides drinking water only; if you would like alcohol or soft drinks please bring them with you. The tour will have an Esky to help keep your drinks cool and recommends you purchase cans rather than glass. It is very hard to purchase any alcohol on tour due to strict liquor laws in the north. Feel free to bring as much as you need for the trip. 

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Food is fresh and passengers are often amazed at the meals that are cooked in the bush. The guides aren’t chefs but they can most definitely cook a great feed in a camp oven or on a BBQ plate.

  • Breakfast – Continental style and some morning cook ups
  • Lunch – Varies from wraps, sandwiches, burgers, salads, cold meats, etc.
  • Dinner – Roasts, stir-frys, curries, stews, damper, etc.

The truck can carry camp ovens, frying pans, BBQ plates, pots, etc., so the tour guides can cook almost anything. The tour caters for vegetarians and gluten-free passengers. Other allergies are also catered for, although guides are not specialists in these areas, so we ask that you provide some assistance when meals are being prepared to ensure you are correctly catered for. Please make sure you inform us at the time of booking if you have a dietary requirement or allergy.

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A custom-built 4WD truck fitted with 17 forward-facing seats. The truck is air-conditioned. The size of the truck allows access to tracks that larger tour vehicles cannot use. 

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  • Sleeping Bag suitable for the conditions (-5 degree Celsius sleeping bag if travelling between May – September)
  • Comfortable, appropriate hiking shoes or boots / strapped sandals with ankle support (whichever you feel most confident hiking in)
  • Thongs / your comfy breathable shoes for on the truck and around the campsites
  • Torch
  • Large water bottle
  • Swimming gear
  • Towel
  • Hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Suitable clothing to keep you cool and protect you from the sun
  • Sunscreen
  • Insect repellent
  • Toiletries
  • Camera
  • Jumper / long pants (to keep you warm in the evening)
  • Cash for souvenirs
  • Small or inflatable pillow
  • Rain jacket (for tours running in May, September, October & November)
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Your guide will pick you up from your accommodation in Darwin. They can also often pick up from surrounding suburbs but please contact us to confirm. If you are outside of these pick-up areas please get in touch so we can arrange a central pick-up point. Your guide will pick you up between 6.00 - 6.30am. The tour will be in touch a couple of days prior to your departure to provide you with an estimated pick-up time. Please be aware that this time is an estimate but your guide can get held up so please be patient.

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A swag is a traditional outback bed, you will be provided with one on your tour. It’s a soft mattress with a canvas cover, like a big sleeping bag with zips on either side. You still use your sleeping bag and pillow inside the swag, but the swag provides you with extra protection from the elements. It also means you don’t have to use a tent, although there is always one available to you. If you don’t want to use a swag, some people simply take the mattress from inside the swag to put in their tent.

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The tour provides a simple two-person dome tent, which uses 2 poles. They are simple to construct and your guide will give you a demonstration of how to put the tent up properly.

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Your guide will drop you at your accommodation if it is in the city of Broome. They can often drop-off at surrounding suburbs but please contact us to confirm. If you are staying beyond these areas please call to discuss your options. You will arrive at your accommodation at approximately 6pm. 

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Yes at El Questro station there are laundry facilities for about $4 a wash. We recommend bringing some dollar coins if you’re keen to do some washing. You'll stay at El Questro Station on Day 5.

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It has been known to get down to 0 degrees in the Bungle Bungles; hence why we recommend a -5 degree sleeping bag and a set of warm clothes for the evenings.

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The tour does not hire out sleeping bags so you will need to bring your own. Make sure it is suitable for -5 degrees.

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  • UNFORESEEN CIRCUMSTANCES: If circumstances arise which are beyond the control of the tour such as: Threat from terrorist activities Change in road conditions Natural disasters Political unrest ...or any other external events which the company deems could affect the running of the tour or create unknown risks, then the tour has the right to change or alter the itinerary, or cancel the tour. In the case of this happening we will provide you with a refund minus any unrecoverable costs.
  • DEPARTURE TIMES: Due to factors out of our control, such as road conditions, weather conditions and the long distances we cover, the tour is unable to guarantee arrival and departure times. Therefore we do not accept any liability if you miss a transfer or connection with another service provider. When booking any transfers or connections please be mindful of the fact that due to the local conditions, travel times might change, so you are reminded to be flexible with any other bookings you decide to make. By booking our tour you accept that the itinerary can change or be altered at anytime, and you understand that when booking, you are agreeing to any changes that may occur. The itinerary lays out the type of tour you can expect but it is important you understand that when travelling on this style of tour conditions can change, and therefore alter what is possible on the tour. We use guides who are very familiar with the Kimberley and Top End region; they will always strive to provide you with the best tour under the circumstances. This also applies if you are on a one-day tour or a private charter; our guides are experienced in Litchfield, Kakadu, Arnhemland and beyond.
  • TRAVEL INSURANCE: The operator recommends that you purchase travel insurance at the time of booking the tour, which adequately covers you against personal accident, death, medical expenses, emergency repatriation, loss or damage of personal items and personal liability. Whilst on our tour you will be walking on uneven ground and travelling in remote areas with very limited and sometimes no facilities; therefore there is a degree of personal risk. We recommend that you take out cancellation insurance at the time of booking which will cover any cancellation fees. Kimberley Off-Road Adventure Tours does not accept liability for: Tour cancellations medical emergency Personal injury Loss or damage to personal items
  • CHANGING TOURS: If you wish to transfer your tour to a different departure date, please put it in writing to us by sending an email. It is helpful if you put in the title of your email 'Tour change'. The operator is not obliged to accept your request or to change your tour date departure. It will depend on how much notice we receive about the change, the departure dates and whether there are seats available. There will be a fee involved in transferring your seat.
  • LIMITATION OF LIABILITY: The tour is not responsible for the acts or errors of the companies, agents and individuals who work with us, and we do not accept liability for any failure or wrongdoing relating to companies, agents or individuals that we are associated with or work with as a result of operating our tours. As much as it is possible under law, you will not hold the tour or any of our employees, agents and/or representatives liable for any loss, death, injury or damage, which you might experience (directly or indirectly) in connection with or as a result of coming on our tour. As much as permitted by law, you agree to release the tour, their employees, agents or representatives from any breach of these Terms and Conditions; and you agree to waive any claims you make against us which, in someway, are related to your (or your child's) involvement on our tours. You also agree that you will not hold the operator or any of employees, agents and/or representatives liable under any condition or warranty implied by law into these Terms and Conditions (Implied Warranty). When an Implied Warranty cannot be excluded under law, our liability in regards to the Implied Warranty is limited to, under our discretion, offer of a refund of the total monies you paid to us in relation to your booking. Any claim of loss made by you against the operator or any of our employees, agents and/or representatives, which is indirect or consequential loss, for example, loss of profits or income will be excluded.
  • MEDICAL: It's important that you declare any pre-existing medical conditions when you book the tour with us. Failure to do so could result in not being able to join the tour or being removed from the trip. In this case, no refunds will be given.
  • INCLUSIONS AND FLEXIBILITY: The locations you will visit on our tour are explained in the Full Itinerary or in the case of a private charter, your itinerary will be arranged with you before the tour commences. Please note the itinerary is a guide only; your tour leader will follow it provided it is safe and possible under the current conditions. Due to the fact that we travel in remote areas in tropical conditions and on rough terrain, our tours can be affected by poor road conditions and/or extreme weather, which might result in a change of itinerary, with little or no notice. There is also the possibility that the tour could be affected by public holidays, local festivals or other events, including emergency situations, which could result in changes to the itinerary. In any case of an itinerary change the tour is not responsible for any additional expense incurred by the passenger/s. We reserve the right to change the itinerary at anytime; by travelling with us you accept this and understand our type of trip requires flexibility. This means you understand that the route, vehicle, available facilities and/or schedules can change without notice. You acknowledge and accept that when travelling in remote conditions on rough terrain this can, at times, cause minor or major issues with the vehicle you are travelling in. Your guide will be experienced with how to deal with these matters and can often fix them on location. The operator will not provide refunds for any delays or changes made to your tour due to vehicle issues. Regarding our 9-day tours, the Full Itinerary and the Trip Notes on our website explain that you will be camping at nighttime and you will be provided with a tent and swag. It also explains the transport, activities and meals provided as well as the fact that you will have the services of a group leader whilst on tour. If you are travelling with us on a private charter your transport, activities and meals will be described in the personal itinerary we create for you. Please be aware that any optional activities mentioned are covered at your own cost. They are not included in the trip price and are not part of the tour or this contract. You accept that any help given by your guide in arranging any optional activities does not render the tour liable for them in any way.
  • AGE AND HEALTH REQUIREMENTS: The 9-day Kimberley tours require that all passengers under the age of 18 years old are accompanied by a parent or guardian, who excepts full responsibility for them for the entirety of the tour; children who are 12 years old or under are unable to travel on our tours, with the exemption of private charters. If you are planning to book one of our 9-day tours with anyone under the age of 18, the parent or guardian will be required to sign a consent form. Our passengers are typically 20 - 55 years old. 
  • GROUP NUMBERS: The operator requires a minimum number of bookings in order to run each 9-day Kimberley tour. If there are not enough passengers booked on your tour we may need to cancel the departure. If this is the case, we will usually notify you at least 2 weeks before the start date of your tour. Your options could be transferred to the nearest possible alternative date, opting for an alternative itinerary, or a full refund.
  • TOUR GUIDE'S RESPONSIBILITY: The tour is run by a trip leader and it is imperative that passengers listen to their guide's instructions in order to stay safe. In regards to matters concerning passenger's well-being and staying safe on tour, your guide will make all the decisions, and have the final say. If you fail to respect the decision of your guide and/or fail to follow their instructions, disrupt the group or affect the mobility of the group, your guide can remove you from the tour effective immediately, with no right of a refund.
  • ACCEPTANCE OF RISK: This tour is adventurous and by booking you acknowledge that there is a degree of personal risk. You understand and accept you will be visiting remote areas, walking on rough terrain, and experiencing activities that require physical exertion that you might not be used to. It is your own responsibility to make sure you understand the type of tour you are joining, the conditions you'll be travelling in and the nature of your itinerary.

Cancellation Policy:

  • If for any reason you need to cancel your booking you need to confirm this with us in writing and then we will start to process your request. Please be aware the following fees will apply:
    • 30+ days prior to departure your deposit of $474.75
    • 15 - 29 days prior to departure 50% of the total price of the tour
    • 0 - 14 days prior to departure 100% of the total price of the tour
  • If you need to cancel please notify us by email and write 'Cancellation {date of tour}' in the title of the email. If you fail to join the tour, join it after departure or you decide to leave the tour at any time, The Operator will not provide a refund.
  • The Operator reserves the right to cancel or postpone any tour at anytime prior to departure. This could be the result of road and/or weather conditions, natural disasters, mechanical defect, cultural considerations or other external events that means we are unable to operate the itinerary. In this case, the operator can offer you a complete refund of the monies paid or transfer the costs to another tour. 

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