Broome to Darwin Outback

Broome to Darwin Outback

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Broome to Darwin Outback

10 Days Starting in Broome and ending in Darwin

Visiting: Broome / West Kimberley Gorges, West Kimberley Gorges, Gibb River Road / El Questro Station, Purnululu National Park (Bungle Bungles), Kununurra / Lake Argyle, Lake Argyle / Victoria River Region, Katherine / Darwin

Tour operator:

Intrepid Travel

Tour code:

PKOD

Guide Type:

Fully Guided

Group size:

6 - 20

Physical rating:

High, High

Age range:

18-99 years

Special diets catered:

Vegetarians

Tour operated in:
English
Trip Styles:

Safari Tours

Activities:

4WD, Hiking, Swimming

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Tour Overview

Explore Australia’s North-West – one of the last remaining wilderness regions in the country – on this 10-day 4WD safari trip of the Northern Territory and the vast Kimberly region. Journey along the Gibb River Road, sleep under a blanket of Outback stars, enjoy your nights around the campfire, get back to basics and explore El Questro. Check out the famous Bungle Bungles, walk through national parks, swim in refreshing watering holes and look out for freshwater crocs on the way to Darwin, the Northern Territory’s gorgeous capital.

Highlights

  • Spend your nights camping in the Australian Outback under a star-studded Milky Way sky. There is almost no reception here, so it’s the perfect chance to disconnect, recharge and get back to basics in the heart of nature.?

  • Spend two full days exploring the Bungle Bungles – including magnificent gorges, unique rock formations, hidden waterholes, sandstone towers and Echidna Chasm and Cathedral Gorge.?

  • Take refreshing swims in waterfalls, rock pools, and watering holes, travel along the Gibb River Road in a 4WD and hike through rivers past towering red cliffs, rocks and spires.??

  • Explore the unique geology of Dimalurru (Tunnel Creek) – a limestone cave system home to bats, stalactites and fascinating First Nations history.??

  • Cruise Lake Argyle – Western Australia's largest and Australia's second-largest freshwater man-made reservoir – on an optional boat ride on the still waters, looking out for crocodiles, wallabies and rare birds.?

Itinerary

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Day 1: Broome / West Kimberley Gorges
Location: Broome / West Kimberley Gorges
Accommodation: Camping or Backpacker Dorm Share Accommodation
Meals Included: lunch, dinner

Welcome to Broome! Or Rubibi, in the language of the Yawuru people, who are the Traditional Owners of the land on which Broome is now located. Start your adventure straight away, setting off into the Australian Outback. After a bit of highway driving, you’ll reach the Fitzroy River, then it’s all off-road to the Napier Range. The main attraction here is Dimalurru (Tunnel Creek) – a vast cave system that extends 750 m underground. It’s from here that the Indigenous warrior Jandamarra waged his rebellion against the colonial authorities – a legacy you’ll learn more about on a walk through the tunnel with your guide. Spend the night camping at Windjana Gorge – once an underwater reef! During the wet season, a river flows through it, but during the dry season, it’s a series of ponds and billabongs. Enjoy a camp dinner with your group and then maybe do a spot of stargazing – the sky in the Outback is something to behold!

Day 2: West Kimberley Gorges
Location: West Kimberley Gorges
Accommodation: Camping or Backpacker Dorm Share Accommodation
Meals Included: breaksfast, lunch, dinner

Spend the morning exploring Bandilngan (Windjana Gorge) – this gorge in The Wunaamin Miliwundi Ranges attracts many species of birds and bats and is a great spot to see wild freshwater crocodiles! In the afternoon, journey to Dalmanti (Bell Gorge) – a segment of a 375-million-year-old reef that was once underwater. Take a refreshing swim here, soak up the natural views and then travel further east to Mt Barnett Station. This is where you’ll camp for this evening. Enjoy dinner by the campfire and get to know your fellow travellers better as you swap stories.

Day 3: West Kimberley Gorges
Location: West Kimberley Gorges
Accommodation: Camping or Backpacker Dorm Share Accommodation
Meals Included: breaksfast, lunch, dinner

After breakfast, stretch your legs on a morning hike and be rewarded at the end with a swim in a large rock pool at the base of Manning Falls. After lunch, discover Adcock or Galvins Gorge before returning to camp to relax around the campfire and tuck into some dinner.

Day 4-5: Gibb River Road / El Questro Station
Location: Gibb River Road / El Questro Station
Accommodation: Camping or Backpacker Dorm Share Accommodation

Over the next two days, you’ll drive through rivers and weave through gorges as you travel by 4WD along the wild Gibb River Road – a 600 km stretch that winds right through the heart of the Kimberley. You’ve got a fair bit of ground to cover, so there’s a fair bit of drive time, but you’ll be breaking up the journey with lunch and a few stops to stretch your legs along the way. Cross the iconic Pentecost River crossing and explore El Questro – established initially as an enormous cattle station, it’s now a vast wilderness reserve sprawled over more than one million acres. Camping out here, you’ll feel like you’re in the middle of nowhere (an extremely beautiful middle of nowhere). The ochre-coloured massifs of the Cockburn Ranges frame the landscape every way you turn, and numerous natural springs offer plenty of opportunities for a refreshing cool-off. Following a soak in Zebedee Springs, enjoy a short trek to either El Questro or Emma Gorge.

Day 6-7: Purnululu National Park (Bungle Bungles)
Location: Purnululu National Park (Bungle Bungles)
Accommodation: Camping or Backpacker Dorm Share Accommodation

Say so long to El Questro and hello Bungle Bungles! Today, you’ll drive through the rugged landscape of Carr Boyd and the Durack Ranges into Purnululu National Park – home to the Bungle Bungles, a UNESCO World Heritage Site dominated by massive sandstone karsts that rear hundreds of metres above the surrounding grasslands. You’ll spend the next two days and nights exploring this region. Arrive at your bush camp in time to sit back and watch the sunset over the Osmond Ranges. If you’ve had enough tent camping, you might want to spend tonight sleeping out beneath the stars, snuggled up in a swag. Unbelievably, only the locals knew this place existed until the early 1980s when they were ‘discovered’ by a film team. You’ll go on a walk through Echidna Chasm – a long and narrow ravine banked on either side by 200 m-high rock walls – and enter the massive natural Amphitheatre of Cathedral Gorge.

Day 8: Kununurra / Lake Argyle
Location: Kununurra / Lake Argyle
Accommodation: Camping or Backpacker Dorm Share Accommodation
Meals Included: breaksfast, lunch, dinner

Today, you’ll leave the Bungle Bungles behind and head for Kununurra – the largest town between Broome and Darwin. Tonight’s campsite is on the shores of Lake Argyle, which you have plenty of free time to explore. Maybe head out on a sunset cruise on the lake – this is highly recommended, as the best way to witness the immensity of this lake is on the water! Tonight, enjoy a group dinner together at camp.

Day 9: Lake Argyle / Victoria River Region
Location: Lake Argyle / Victoria River Region
Accommodation: Camping or Backpacker Dorm Share Accommodation
Meals Included: breaksfast, lunch, dinner

Lake Argyle is a man-made lake, though you’d never have guessed it by looking! See barramundi, birds and freshwater crocodiles that thrive in these waters, and the islands that look like they’ve always been there (they used to be mountains). In the afternoon, push on across the state border into the Northern Territory, where you’ll have a group dinner and spend the night.

Day 10: Katherine / Darwin
Location: Katherine / Darwin
Meals Included: breaksfast, lunch

Today, you’ll head to Darwin, stopping at either Katherine Gorge or Edith Falls along the way for a quick swim and a last opportunity to soak in the natural wild views of rural Western Australia. Take in the gorgeous scenery and then arrive in Darwin, where your trip comes to an end.

What's Included

  • Accommodation

    As detailed in the itinerary

  • Fully Guided

  • Meals

    As detailed in the itinerary

  • Airport Transfers at Destination

    No

What's Not Included

  • Insurance

  • International Travel

Accommodation

  • Camping & Backpacker Dorm Share Accommodation (9 nights)

Transport

  • 4WD tours are operated in custom-built, 21-25 seat 4WD trucks with a PA system and built-in storage. These comfortable, strong remote area vehicles allow our small groups extra space (including standing room), are fully air-conditioned and fitted with adjustable air-vents, reclinable seats, map pockets and footrests. It is important that when booking a 4WD outback adventure in the Kimberley, you understand that the roads we travel on can be heavily corrugated, which can be a bit uncomfortable at times. Rest assured, these are the conditions for which our 4WD trucks are designed.

Important Information

  • START & END TIME
  • Your trip commences in Broome on Day 1 at 7 am and finishes in Darwin on the last day at approximately 6 pm. We recommend you arrive a day early and onward travel should be booked for the following day. No accommodation is included on Day 10.
  • LUGGAGE
  • A strict luggage limit of 15 kg applies. Please bring a soft-sided bag only.
  • SLEEPING BAG
  • This trip requires a sleeping bag. You can bring your own or can purchase one. Please let your booking agent know ahead of time if you would like to add this to your booking.
  • ACCOMMODATION
  • The accommodation on this trip is Basix-style – mixed gender multishare dormitories and twin share camping
  • OPERATOR
  • This trip is operated by our partners Kimberley Wild Expeditions
  • MINIMUM NUMBERS
  • Please note this trip requires a minimum of 6 travelers to operate. Your Booking Agent will advise at time of booking if the departure has met minimum numbers. If minimum numbers are not met, you will be advised no later than 56 days out from departure (prior to full payment due). We recommend arranging flights and related travel services once your departure is guaranteed. In the event that your departure is cancelled due to minimum numbers not being met, a full refund will be provided of monies paid.

Check out our Q&As

  • Is there any free time to explore places during the tour?

    As detailed in the itinerary

  • Are airport transfers included in this tour?

    No

  • Is this trip right for you

    This trip is operated and run by our trusted partner, Kimberley Wild Expeditions. You will be travelling with a mixture of both Kimberley Wild Expeditions customers and Intrepid customers.

    On some days of this trip, you’ll spend many hours driving through very sparse areas of Australia. Sit back and enjoy landscapes that you’d miss in any other form of travel. Extra space can be tight, and conditions may feel a little cramped. Think of it as a great way to get to know your fellow travellers. The drive days can be long, but it's as much about the journey as the destination, and half the fun is the camaraderie!

    This trip involves some camping out in nature (or staying in backpacker-style dormitory accommodation, including bunk beds) so the facilities are very basic. It is definitely a trip for either younger, fit travellers or the young at heart and fit in body! A lack of emphasis on creature comforts makes this an authentic experience of the Australian outback. Some locations will have little to no Internet connection or phone service.

    This trip involves activities like hiking on uneven terrain and clambering over boulders. It is best suited to travellers with good mobility and fitness. Details on physical activities can be found in the itinerary.

  • Are children permitted to take part in the tour?

    Yes, 18 years old or above

  • Will there be an escort accompanying this tour?

    Yes

  • Are all the relevant entry visa’s included in the price of the tour?

    No

  • What is the fitness level required to do this tour?

    Be prepared for some serious physical activity. The fitter you are, the more you'll enjoy it, as most activities will be challenging.

  • What policies are in place for Covid-19?

    Please contact us for latest COVID-19 policies

  • How long has the tour company been trading?

    Intrepid Travel has been taking travellers around the world for over 30 years

  • Will the accommodation included meet local health and safety regulations?

    Yes

  • What Ethical Travel credentials does the tour company have?

    Since 2002, The Intrepid Foundation has supported over 130 organisations across the world. We’re creating positive impact through the joy of travel, community and connection.

  • Do you operate a “single share” option and how does it work?

    Over 50% of traveller travel solo with Intrepid. You can choose to share a room with another solo travelle of the same sex for no additional charge, or choose to pay a single supplement if you’d like your own room. Please request this when booking, and we will secure you a single supplement wherever possible. Please note, if you are booking a last-minute trip, it may be harder for us to secure a single room

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Book with Confidence

  • Free Date Changes

    Intrepid Travel allows you to make 10 free date changes, as long as the change is made at least 56 days before the start of the tour.

  • Transfer as credit to Future Tours

    Intrepid Travel allows you to transfer existing payments to a future tour to avoid cancellation fees if you can't travel and inform intrepid travel, 56 days before departure.

  • Low Deposit

    Intrepid Travel requires a minimum deposit of 400 USD per person or the full booking value, whichever is less, with the final balance not due until 56 days before departure.

  • Cancellation Policy

    We don't charge a cancellation fee, here is a summary of intrepid travel charges.

    Up to 56 days before tour starts: Forfeit 100% of deposit.

    At 55 days before tour starts: Forfeit 30% of booking price.

    At 30 days before tour starts: Forfeit 60% of booking price.

    At 14 days before tour starts: Forfeit 100% of booking price.

  • COVID Protection

    Trips from 1 January 2023 onwards
    From 1 January 2023, Intrepid will no longer require travellers to provide proof of vaccination against COVID-19.

    However, we continue to strongly recommend that all travellers and leaders get vaccinated to protect themselves and other Specific proof of testing or vaccination may still be required by your destination or airline. Please ensure you check travel and entry requirements carefully.

    This policy excludes all Polar trips and select adventure cruises, where testing and vaccination remains a requirement. Please refer to the Essential Trip Information of your chosen tour for more details.

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