- Camping with basic facilities (2 nights)
- Camping with facilities (5 nights)
- Hostel (1 night)
- Permanent, furnished tented camp with shared facilities (1 night)
- Meals (9 breakfasts, 10 lunches, 9 dinners)
- Broome beach activity day
- Broome sights tour
WHERE WE VISIT
- Lake Argyle
- Cathedral Gorge Walk (Bungle Bungles)
- Echidna Chasm Walk
- Gibb River Road
- Manning Gorge
- Bell Gorge
- Windjana Gorge
- Adcock Gorge
- Galvans Gorge
- Tunnel Creek exploration walk
- Tunnel Creek
- El Questro Station
Why do we love this
We love how much of the Top End you see on this tour. It takes you off the beaten track and past some truly magical areas and natural wonders.
WHAT TO EXPECT
Get lost in the beauty of the Australian Outback on this 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 and this 4Wd adventure sees you experience it in all its rugged beauty.
Day 1: Darwin to the Katherine Region (lunch, dinner)
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).
Later, 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.
Total driving time today is around four hours. Total walking distance is approximately two kilometres.
Day 2: Lake Argyle (breakfast, lunch, dinner)
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 kilometres man-made spectacle. The lake is home to many species of native fish and thousands of freshwater crocodiles.
Tonight, take an optional sunset cruise on Lake Argyle ($40). Then, set up camp nearby for the night.
Total driving time today is around seven hours.
Day 3: Purnululu National Park (Bungle Bungle Ranges) (breakfast, lunch, dinner)
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 the specially designed truck across the challenging terrain. Get your hearts pumping before you reach the entrance to Purnululu National Park, home of the iconic Bungle Bungles. It’s a rugged ride but the scenery is fantastic.
Later, enjoy an amazing Kimberley sunset at your bush camp.
Total driving today is around five hours. Total walking distance is approximately five kilometres.
Day 4: The Bungle Bungles (breakfast, lunch, dinner)
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, from $350). As the sun goes down, head back to your overnight bush camp.
Total driving time today is around two hour. Total walking distance is approximately five kilometres.
Day 5: Bungle Bungles and El Questro (breakfast, lunch, dinner)
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.
Total driving time today is around three hours. Total walking distance is approximately six kilometres.
Day 6: El Questro Station (breakfast, lunch, dinner)
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.
Total driving time today is around 45 minutes. Total walking distance is up to seven kilometres.
Day 7: Gibb River Road and Mount Barnett (breakfasts, lunch, dinner)
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.
Spend the afternoon exploring the stunning Manning Gorge. The waterfall here is wide and powerful, and there’s a large deep pool. You can swim right up and under the falls. This is the ideal opportunity to take some great pictures of local wildlife, so be sure to have your camera ready.
This evening, camp at Mount Barnett by the banks of a crystal clear freshwater river, perfect to cool off in after your day hiking.
Total driving time today is around six hours. Total walking distance is approximately six kilometres.
Day 8: Windjana Gorge (breakfast, lunch, dinner)
The western Kimberley region is full of endless stunning gorges just waiting to be explored and this morning is no exception. After breakfast, continue along the Gibb River Road visiting either Galvin or Adcock Gorge before adventuring to Bell Gorge – a hidden highlight.
This idyllic retreat, considered amongst the most beautiful gorge on the Gibb River Road, boasts cascading waterfalls and crystal clear pools filled with water from the wet season rains that fall in the King Leopold Ranges. Surrounded by a horseshoe of bright orange rock wall, there are smooth rocks to lounge on and welcome areas of shade.
The afternoon sees you 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.
Total driving time today is around 2.5 hours. Total walking distance is approximately four to six kilometres.
Day 9: Tunnel Creek and Broome (breakfast, lunch, dinner)
Begin the day exploring the Napier Range. The major attraction here is Tunnel Creek, an extensive limestone cave system that extends 750 metres underground. Inside, shards of sunlight stream in through crevices, little bats flutter about and enormous stalactites rear down from the ceiling. In the late 1800s, an indigenous man called Jandamarra waged a one-man uprising against European settlers, becoming a hero to his people. You’ll hear a bit about his legacy during a tour through Tunnel Creek, then make the final drive on to Broome, hopefully arriving in time for a stunning Cable Beach sunset.
Total driving time today is around five hours. Total walking distance is approximately four kilometres.
Day 10: Broome sights tour and beach day (breakfast, lunch)
Go out on a high and fall in love with Broome on a city sights tour, learning about the rich history of the area in the pearling industry. Take the truck onto the beach for a picnic day this afternoon, and enjoy some beach cricket.
If you need to leave Broome today you can book a flight at any time.