Darwin To Broome 4WD Tour - 9 Days

Discover the incredible Kimberley with a 4WD adventure from Darwin to Broome, through Purnululu National Park , Manning Gorge and Tunnel Creek!

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Duration
Duration
9 days
Max Group Size
Max Group Size
13 people
Pick-Up & Drop-Off
Pick-Up & Drop-Off
Included
Minimum Age
Minimum Age
16 years
Meals
Meals
Included
Start & End Location
Start & End Location
Start Darwin. End Broome.
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What's Included

  • All food (from lunch on day 1 to lunch on day 9)
  • All National Park entry fees
  • All Camping fees
  • 4WD vehicle for bush access
  • Dedicated wildlife hiking guide
  • Pick up and drop off at your accommodation
  • All camping gear (except sleeping bags)

     

    WHERE WE VISIT

  • Darwin
  • Edith Falls
  • Victoria River
  • Katherine Gorge National Park
  • Lake Argyle 
  • Kununurra
  • Purnululu National Park (Bungle Bungles)
  • Cathedral Gorge
  • Echidna Chasm
  • Gibb River Road
  • El Questro Station
  • Cockburn Ranges
  • Emma Falls
  • Pentecost River
  • Ellenbrae Cattle Station
  • Manning Gorge
  • Bell Gorge
  • Adcock Gorge
  • Tunnel Creek
  • Widjana Gorge  
  • Broome
  • Cable Beach

What's excluded

  • Lake Argyle Overnight Cruise ($120 payable on board).
  • Helicopter Flights at Purnululu National Park
    18 Minute Bungle Bungles Helicopter Flight $255.00
    30 Minute Bungle Bungles Helicopter Flight $365.00
  • Sleeping Bags.

Why do we love this

We love the adventure aspect of this tour. Great hikes, bush camps and 4WD action really immerse you in the rugged outback!

WHAT TO EXPECT

Discover the hidden treasure of the Kimberley region as you embark on an epic 4WD adventure form Darin to Broome. Bush camping, thrilling 4WD action and stunning hikes make this a trip to remember. 

Itinerary:

Day 1 - Darwin - Edith Falls - Victoria River - bush camp
The sun rises early in the Kimberley so there’s no point in sleeping in! You’ll be picked up from your Darwin accommodation at 6.00 am and head for the wilderness. Your destinations is the Kimberley's, considered to be one of the last great expanses of rugged wilderness areas remaining in the world.

Your first stop, Edith Falls in Katherine Gorge National Park, is about 2 hours south of Darwin. A short 3 km walk to the upper pools will reward you with a beautiful waterfall. You'll also call into the Katherine Township and visit Victoria River.

After lunch, push west towards the Western Australia/Northern Territory state border. Here, you'll set up your first bush camp. Camping spots on this trip are normally in pristine wilderness and remote areas which adds to the adventure. Setting up a campfire, cooking up a feast and then rolling out the swags in these places is a special experience! Tents are provided for those a little nervous about the under the stars experience.

You'll be swimming and hiking 3km - 5km today. 

Day 2 - Victoria River - Lake Argyle - bush camp
Enjoy the natural wakeup this morning! Rise early and head off nice and early for the day's activities. Start off exploring the Victoria River Valley, a great destination with a number of hikes to choose from.

From there, head to Lake Argyle, a huge freshwater lake teeming with wildlife, from wallabies in the rocky shores, to freshwater crocodiles to birdlife.

Board a boat with a local guide and learn more about the area as they show you the lake. There's time to swim before watching the sunset from the water.

Tonight you'll camp on one of the remote islands. You'll be the only people on a single island in the middle of one of the most remote lakes in the world! It's an unforgettable night.

You'll swim and hike for approx 3km today. 

Day 3 - Lake Argyle - Kununurra - Purnululu National Park - bush camp
The sunrise from your island camp is unforgettable. Soak up the rays then pack up camp, re-board the boat and head back to the vehicle.

From Lake Argyle, head into Kununurra to replenish supplies. Take the opportunity to catch up on the world with some free time in this classic outback town.

Next, it's onto one of the highlights of this Kimberley trip, Purnululu National Park, more commonly known as the Bungle Bungles. Your time in this region is spent hiking and exploring the Gorges and amazing landscapes.

The long and dusty track into the Bungles is spectacular; it winds its way through valleys, over ranges and through creeks before arriving at one of the world’s most unique landscapes. The day ends with a spectacular sunset from a vantage point at camp.

You'll walk approximately 1 - 2km today. 

Day 4 - Purnululu National Park - Cathedral Gorge - Echidna Chasm - bush camp
Get ready for an early start today, as you take advantage of a spectacular Bungle Bungles sunrise. Watch the show a cup of tea or coffee and breakfast from your unique vantage point. 

Afterwards, a short drive from the sunrise area takes you to the trailhead for the Cathedral Gorge hike. This is a spectacular hike through the beehive formations to Cathedral Gorge. The gorge itself is even more stunning!

From here, there's the opportunity to take a scenic flight over the Bungles. Scenic flights are at your own expense and organised on the day.

Later, you'll head off to Echidna Chasm for a hike into the domes. Enjoy wandering as you follow a creek to its source along at a narrow passage buried within the Bungles.

After lunch, depart Purnululu and head to your bush camp. Tonight you'll sleep on a lovely creek with a sandy beach.

Hiking length is approximately 5km today.

Day 5 - Gibb River Road - El Questro Station - Emma Falls - bush camp
Hit the dirt track today and head along the famous Gibb River Road, a 700km long outback road which runs between Derby and Kununurra. The track is often rough and there are a number of deep water crossings to tackle! It's a journey of excitement with vast tracts of wilderness and numerous rivers, gorges and waterfalls to explore.

Your first stop is El Questro Station, home to many beautiful landscapes, one of which is Emma Falls. A hike through a spectacular gorge leads to a very high and narrow waterfall with a deep cool plunge pool for a swim.

From here it’s back on the “The Gibb” where you'll continue your westerly trek. Arriving at the Pentecost River you'll be presented with an incredible landscape of a wide river surrounded by the Cockburn Ranges, a classic Kimberley scene.

Tonight, another bush camp and classic Kimberley sunset await at the foot of the rugged Cockburn Ranges.

Hiking and swimming time approximately 5km today. 

Day 6 - Pentecost River - Ellenbrae Cattle Station - Manning Gorge - bush camp
Start the driving off today with a trek through the Pentecost River. Driving a vehicle across a 60 metre wide outback river which is occupied by salt water crocodiles is not something you do every day! It’s only way through so across you go.

You're travelling west today, checking out secluded waterholes and Ellenbrae Cattle Station along the way.

Later, you'll arrive at Manning Gorge. Camp tonight is either at Manning Gorge, where toilets and showers are available or back into the bush depending on the preference of your guide.

Hiking and swimming length is approximately 2 - 3km today.

Day 7 - Manning Gorge - Galvans Gorge - bush camp
Another day of adventure awaits. From camp, head off on a hike along a white sandy stretch. A Pandanus tree-lined waterway opens into a wide clear waterhole only minutes in. You'll have to swim across the river before following a trail leading to the top of the gorge. Once across, you'll discover a waterfall plus a wide swimming hole that's surrounded by granite cliffs and rock outcrops. It is a spectacular setting with hidden examples of Bradshaw Aboriginal Rock Art.

After a dip, embark on the return route which is a little less conventional and will have you swimming and rock hopping along the creek.

Depending on the time available, you'll also visit Galvans Gorge. Afterwards, locate your bush camp and set up for another night under the stars.

You'll be hiking and swimming up to 8km today. 

Day 8 - Bell Gorge - Adcock Gorge - bush camp
Another day, another amazing waterfall to explore! The main stop for today day is Bell Gorge.

Here, after a 15-minute walk, you'll come to a beautiful creek, which flows through the centre of this impressive gorge. It cascades over numerous falls and into a deep swimming hole at the base.  It's an ideal lunch spot.

Later, if time permits, you also drop into Adcock Gorge.

Your last wilderness bush camp for the tour offers a classic Kimberley sunset and camping among the boab trees.

You'll hike and swim around 4 km today. 

Day 9  - Tunnel Creek - Widjana Gorge - Broome - Cable Beach
By now you'll be an expert on waking up early! Your first spot to explore today is Tunnel Creek. This is an amazing natural phenomenon and holds great significance for the local Aboriginal people. It's a 750 metre long stretch of creek, which runs underground through one of the oldest cave systems in Western Australia. Getting there early normally guarantees you'll have the place to yourselves.

Look out for Aboriginal rock paintings in the cave. It was a hideout of the Aboriginal warrior, Jandamarra in 1897!

Next, head to Windjana Gorge, a huge gorge cut into the ranges over a millennium revealing beautiful scenery of high vertical cliffs, sandy beaches and winding creek. You'll head off on a hike here, for about 2 - 4km. You'll see plenty of freshwater crocodiles swimming in the clear waterholes.

From Windjana Gorge, check out the Boab Prison Tree near Derby. From here, you'll start to make your way into Broome, arriving around 6.00 pm. Head for Cable Beach to soak up the last amazing sunset of the tour. Your guide will then drop you at your accommodation.

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  • Sleeping Bag suitable for the conditions
    • From May to September night time temperature can be very cold in some areas we camp, we recommend a 0 or +5 degree Celsius rated bag.
    • At other times a +10  or higher degree Celsius rated bag will be OK
  • Sturdy Shoes (hiking boots or runners)
  • Shoes you can wear in the water
  • Torch / Head Lamp
  • Refillable Water bottle
  • Swimmers & Towel
  • Hat & Sunglasses
  • Light, cotton long-sleeved shirt to cover up from the sun
  • Sun Screen / Insect repellent
  • Toiletries
  • iPod
  • Camera
  • Jumper / Pullover for night-time
  • Pillow

Please make sure you pack at least 1 jumper & long pants, cold snaps can come through at any time of the year, so be prepared. (During the winter, especially June to August the temperatures can drop below zero in outback regions).

Travel Insurance is highly recommended. Problems requiring insurance are rare, however, situations can arise when you will be glad you have it, eg injuries, medical evacuations, loss or damage of personal items etc.

Residents of Australia are generally covered for the cost of medical treatment including evacuation from remote areas. However, non-residents may incur very high costs, especially for evacuation.

Travel Insurance can also be helpful for both residents and non-residents for the following purposes.

  • An accident or sickness prior to the tour prevents you from joining the tour and we charge you cancellation fees.
  • Your luggage is lost or damaged while on tour.
  • You need to leave the tour because of an accident/ sickness

All travel insurance policies are different, it’s your responsibility to know what you are covered for

Yes, we have 240V inverter in each vehicle as well as USB charging points.

For the most part no, however depending on your phone plan you may get reception around the towns of Katherine, Kununurra & Derby. The best carrier for reception appears to be Telstra.

Yes, but in most cases, there will be a delay. They can call the office and we can get a message through to the tour guide, depending on where the tour guide is on the tour, this could be immediately or a delay of several hours.

Generally no. We are travelling through a very remote area and have a preference for wilderness camping. We do however spend lots of time swimming (no soap), and we have also developed several good bush options for those who are desperate. Don’t worry, you’ll be fine!

During the days as we travel, we often stop at places where there are normal flushing toilets and / or basic toilets, these places include petrol stations & National Parks.

When camping, we prefer to camp in the wilderness, which means there are no toilets. We do however carry a portable toilet which is used by both girls and boys doing a number 2, and girls doing a number 1. Boys doing a number 1 can find a tree.

When we are unable to wilderness camp, we are generally using a National Park campground, these are normally equipped with basic toilets.

Our tours are not suitable for young children however teenagers over 16 travelling with adults are welcome join the tour. If you are travelling with young children we offer several departures a year which designated family departures where young children are welcome to travel, the date coincide with Australian School Holidays, see Kimberley Family Tours for more details.

Most passengers travelling with us are between 20 and 55 years old.

We do not have an upper age limit, if you are in the older bracket and really want to do this tour, providing you are up for an adventure and happy with everything written on this page then you are more than welcome to join our tours, some of our most interesting and adventurous passengers have been really old!

However, there are a number of factors about our tours which some people in the upper age bracket may not enjoy, such as;

  • Travelling in a group with a mixed age range.
  • Sleeping on the ground (on a mattress)
  • Not having a proper flushing toilet at camp.
  • Travelling in a cramped & uncomfortable vehicle.
  • Travelling in the heat
  • Hiking in the heat.
  • Travelling in a spontaneous nature where plans change if opportunities arise.

If you are OK with all this and want a big adventure, then please come with us, if not, then contact us and we can suggest other options for you, which could include one of our Private Charters or another operator.

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Terms & Conditions:

  • The supplier cannot guarantee the exact arrival and departure times and is not liable for any failure by you to make a connection with any other service or carrier.

  • The supplier recommends that you take out comprehensive travel insurance.

  • Our tours require pro-active participation in a remote and rugged region with a degree of personal risk. Travel Insurance is recommended to cover any unforeseen circumstances such as loss or damage to personal equipment, evacuation, and medical costs.


Cancellation Policy:

  • 30+ days prior to departure 10%
  • 15 – 29 days prior to departure 50%
  • 0 – 14 days prior to departure 100%


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