Broome to Darwin adventure tour, 10 day

From: AUD2695 - AU$3495

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Standard: Adult $2695, Concession $2645, Child $2595
Luxury: Adult $3495, Concession $3445, Child $3395

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Ten Day Kimberley Adventure Tour from Broome to Darwin

This 10 day 4WD adventure takes in the highlights of Australia's Katherine and Kimberley regions. Depart from Darwin and head south to spectacular Nitmiluk Gorge before we turn to the west and head for Western Australia. Enjoy a free day in Kununurra or use this opportunity to opt for a scenic flight to the Mitchell Plateau or a cruise up the Ord River to magnificent Lake Argyle. Venture into remote Purnululu National Park to explore the World Heritage-listed Bungle Bungles and journey the Gibb River Road from El Questro Wilderness Park to the West Kimberley Gorges. The experience ends in beautiful Broome, home to Cable Beach and local producers of exquisite south sea pearls.


Departs : Selected Mondays (April to October), subject to minimum orders.

Prices

Standard Option

Adult: $2695

Concession: $2645

Child (4-12yrs) : AUD $2595 

 

Camping: shared facilities (5nts), National Park Camping: shared facilities (3nts), Bungle Bungles Safari Camp: shared facilities (1nt) 

 

Luxury Option

Adult : AUD $3495

Concession : AUD $3445

Child (4-12yrs) : AUD $3395

 

National Park Camping: shared facilities (3nts), Bungle Bungles Safari Camp: shared facilities (1nt), Safari Tent: shared facilities (3nts), Cabin: with ensuite (2nts)

HighlightsThe Zebedee hot springs

  • Katherine (Nitmiluk) Gorge

  • Kununurra

  • Bungle Bungles

  • Echidna Chasm

  • Cathedral Gorge

  • Gibb River Road

  • Emma Gorge

  • El Questro Wilderness Park

  • Zebedee Springs

  • Galvins Gorge

  • Adcock Gorge

  • Manning Falls

  • Bell Gorge

  • Windjana Gorge

  • Tunnel Creek

Day 1 Windjana Gorge & Tunnel Creek

Departing Broome at 7:00am, travel through the remote and beautiful landscape, as the guide shares stories of local history, people and the environment. Enjoy a morning tea break by the Fitzroy River and visit the Derby 'Boab Prison Tree'. Before long we hit the Gibb River Road, and travel towards the Napier Range. Once a Devonian reef, these mountains are over 350 million years old and home to a diverse array of animals and plants. The perfect place to experience the stunning natural beauty of an outback oasis is the 3.5km geological wonder of Windjana Gorge. Beneath gorge walls rising 90m, we search for freshwater crocodiles, local bird life and Indigenous bush tucker. 
After a picnic lunch, the afternoon is spent exploring Tunnel Creek, a 750-meter cave system carved through the Napier Range, in which we discover stalactites, secret caves and a large variety of wildlife. It is here we also learn the legend of Jandamarra, an Aboriginal freedom fighter who used the tunnel as a hide-out in the late 1800's. A refreshing swim in an idyllic waterhole is a highlight of the day. Return to Windjana Gorge that evening to camp. (LD)

Day 2 Bell Gorge & Mt Barnett Station

The morning is devoted to exploring Bell Gorge, a hidden highlight of the West Kimberleys. This idyllic retreat, considered amongst the most beautiful in the area, boasts cascading waterfalls and crystal clear pools formed over millions of years - an easy place to while away a few hours! Further up the Gibb River Road we reach Mt Barnett Cattle Station. An afternoon trek into Manning Falls offers the chance to swim in deep clear pools amid a stunning natural landscape. Relax, explore wandering streams, uncover local wildlife and take a dip in the waterfall pools. That night, we camp by a billabong on Mt Barnett Station. (BLD)

Days 3-4 El Questro Wilderness Park

We continue our journey up the Gibb River Road to the iconic El Questro Wilderness Park. Two nights here allows join one or more of the many activities on offer. This could include a refreshing dip in the Zebedee Springs, a trek into El Questro Gorge, Emma Gorge or a cruise on Chamberlain Gorge (own expense). Or simply explore this beautiful wilderness park at your own leisure. (BLD/BL)

Days 5-6 Purnululu National Park: Bungle Bungles

Day 5 we head south down the Great Northern Highway to Purnululu National Park, home of the magnificent Bungle Bungles. Two nights here, staying at our new private Bungle Bungles Safari Camp, 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 amphitheater. There is time in the afternoon to take an optional scenic flight and enjoy a birds-eye view of the beehive domes (approx $335pp, own expense) to put it all into perspective. (BLD/BLD)

Days 7-8 Kununurra

Jumping from one of the gorges

Return north, to the heart of the east Kimberley - Kununurra. Two nights allows travellers a free day or the option to take up one of two side adventures. You may opt for the spectacular full day Mitchell Plateau Scenic Flight: fly over Emma Gorge and El Questro, past the Cockburn Range, Home Valley Station and over Drysdale River National Park before landing at the Mitchell Plateau, where you have two hours to explore before return to Kununurra via flight over the rugged Kimberley Coast and Ord River. Alternatively, the full day Ord River and Lake Argyle Cruise may appeal to you: take a bus out to Lake Argyle, a vast man-made lake and thriving new ecosystem. Enjoy a ground tour of the area including a visit to the historic Durack Homestead and a scenic lookout, before boarding a boat for a relaxing cruise along the Ord River back to Kununurra. This choice is made in booking. (BLD/B)

Day 9 Katherine

Continue east along the Victoria Highway and cross the border into the Northern Territory as we travel to the outback town of Katherine, home to the spectacular Nitmiluk Gorge. (BLD)

Day 10 Nitmiluk Gorge & Darwin

A morning cruise through Katherine (Nitmiluk) Gorge is a great start to our last day. Nitmiluk Gorge is an inspiring natural wonder comprising 13 different gorges, carved over a millennia by the Katherine River. On the Nitnit Dreaming Cultural Cruise, we explore two of these gorges, and discover the customs of the traditional land owners, the Jawoyn people. After the cruise, enjoy a dip in Edith Falls then travel into Darwin, arriving at approx 6.00pm. (BL)

B = Breakfast | L = Lunch | D = Dinner

 

What to Bring

It is essential that you bring a torch, shoes you don't mind getting wet - and we mean fully immersed in water: ideally, wet shoes, sandals or old runners, broad-brimmed hat with sun visor for all round protection, sunscreen, swimming costume and towel, good walking/trekking shoes and a personal water bottle.

 

You will also need to bring a sleeping bag, even if you have chosen the Camping Plus option (9DKL1) as these are necessary for the Camping nights and also the Bungle Bungles Safari Camp stay. 10ºC sleeping bags are available for sale at $30pp - these must be requested with our office prior to travel and can be kept following your trip or donated to local indigenous communities.

 

Other recommendations include: warm clothes for the evening (particularly if traveling May-Aug), personal toiletries and first aid, with any personal medication required.

 

Notes

1. Departures are subject to weather conditions and road closures: usually only a concern for tours in April.

2. Accommodation upgrades are subject to availability.

3. Lunch on Days 7 & 8 and Dinner on Nights 4 & 7 are not included as there are excellent local options available, providing freshness, variety and choice - allow approx AUD $160pp for meals. (Allow a little more if you want a beer or glass of wine with dinner.)

4. This itinerary involves some clambering over rocks, wading in water by torchlight, walking on rocky creek beds and ascending/descending into gorges. A reasonable level of fitness is required to participate.

5. Expect some early morning starts! It is nicer to walk in the cooler morning and travel in the vehicle during the heat of the day.

6. Single travelers MAY have to twin share with another traveler of the same gender at the Bungle Bungles Safari Camp - this is a rare occurrence.

7. Travel Insurance is compulsory for all travelers on all tours and details must be presented to tour guide before departure.