10 Days Darwin to Broome Camping Safari ( Apr to Oct)

10 Days Darwin to Broome  Camping Safari  ( Apr to Oct)

Drive from Darwin to Broome via Lake Argyle, Purnululu National Park and El Questro station. If you're going to tackle the Australian Outback, then a 4WD's the tool you need - jump in this off-roading expert to journey from the Top End to the Kimberley. Keep your peepers peeled for native wildlife around Lake Argyle, squeeze your way through the narrow paths of Echidna Chasm, and weave through the giant sandstone karsts of the Bungle Bungles. Discover the hidden natural treasures of the massive wildlife park of El Questro, ride along the iconic Gibb River Road, be dwarfed by the towering walls of Windjana Gorge, and cool off with a dip in amazing watering holes. Get off-road to check out Tunnel Creek and the Napier Range, then finish up in Broome with a real Aussie icon - a blazing red sunset.

Tour Highlights

  • Lake Argyle
  • Cathedral Gorge Walk (Bungle Bungle)
  • Echidna Chasm Walk
  • Gibb River Road
  • Manning Gorge
  • Galvans Gorge
  • Adcock Gorge
  • Windjana Gorge
  • Bell Gorge
  • Tunnel Creek exploration walk

Tour Info

Code AD-PDB10
Style
  • Camping
  • Adventure Tour
Duration 10 Days
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Vehicle 4WD
Suitability 12+ Years
Start Darwin @ 06.30 am
Finish Broome @ 06.00 pm
Travel Insurance Required

This overland adventure kicks off from the Northern Territory's tropical capital with a drive south to Nitmiluk National Park. Depending on the season, your adventure will get underway with a swim in the natural pool by the base of Edith Falls or an optional cruise through the croc-filled waters of Katherine Gorge. After lunch it's on to our private campsite on the edge of Nitmiluk, where you have the option of spending the night in a permanent tent or snuggled up in a swag (an Aussie bedroll).

Note: Total driving time today is around four hours. Total walking distance is approximately two kilometres.

** Accommodation

Permanent tented camp (with shared facilities) (1 night)

** Meals Included

Lunch

Dinner

The Outback of the Kimberley region, which spreads across the northern region of Western Australia, is not as flat, dry and barren as many first expect. Today we'll visit enormous Lake Argyle, which looks perfectly at home despite being entirely man- made. You have the option of taking a cruise and looking for native fauna have settled here in huge numbers - try to spy crocs, wallabies and rare birds. Soak up the backdrop of mountains-turned-islands as we explore some of the 700 square kilometre surface of the lake, then turn into camp under some seriously starry skies.

Note: Total driving time today is around six-and-a-half hours. Total walking distance is approximately 2-4 kilometres.

** Accommodation

Camping (with facilities) (1 night)

** Optional Activities

Lake Argyle Cruise - AUD90

** Included Activities

Lake Argyle

** Meals Included

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

(Bungle Bungle Ranges)

The distinctive sandstone towers of the Bungle Bungle Range only became known to wide Australia when a group of documentary filmmakers stumbled across them in 1982. Travelling by both foot and vehicle, we'll take you through the craggy gorges, past unique rock formations, and to hidden waterholes. The day closes with a stunning Kimberley sunset witnessed from this evening's bush camp.

Note: Total driving today is around five-and-a-half hours. Total walking distance is approximately five kilometres.

** Accommodation

Camping (with basic facilities) (1 night)

** Meals Included

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Today's all about getting to know the Bungle Bungles proper. First stop for the day is the ever-narrowing gap of Echidna Chasm. Formed over millions of years by water flowing through an opening in the sandstone, the path winds through palm-filled gorges up to 200 metres high though in parts only 1-2 metres wide. Next, trade the tight spaces of Echidna Chasm for the wide-open natural amphitheatre of Cathedral Gorge. From feeling dwarfed by these giant rock structures, get a very different perspective with a helicopter flight over the Bungle Bungles. Though an optional activity at extra cost, this is definitely an experience worth shelling out for.

Note: Total driving time today is around one hour. Total walking distance is approximately five kilometres.

** Accommodation

Camping (with basic facilities) (1 night)

** Optional Activities

Helicopter Flight - Bungle Bungles - from - AUD350

** Included Activities

Cathedral Gorge Walk (Bungle Bungle)

Echidna Chasm Walk

** Meals Included

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Hit the road again, this time passing Warmun (Turkey Creek) and the Durack Ranges on the way to El Questro. Not too long ago, it was mostly cattle that got to enjoy the million-acre sprawl of El Questro. Thankfully for the rest of us, the owners recognised the beauty they had on their hands and turned it into a wilderness park in 1991. Arriving at our campsite, there'll be time for a beer or two at the Swinging Arm Bar before dinner.

Note: Total driving time today is around three hours. Total walking distance is approximately six kilometres.

** Accommodation

Camping (with facilities) (1 night)

** Meals Included

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

At more than one and a half times the size of the UK, there are plenty of scenic spots to explore in El Questro. On the drive in you will have got some clue as to the huge cliffs, deep gorges, waterfalls and swimming holes contained in the Cockburn Ranges, but now you'll be exploring them on foot. Walk to Emma Gorge, cool off in a waterfall-fed subtropical pool and bliss out in the thermal springs of Zebedee.

Note: Total driving time today is around 45 minutes. Total walking distance is up to seven kilometres.

** Accommodation

Camping (with facilities) (1 night)

** Meals Included

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Fording rivers and weaving through gorges, travel by 4WD along the wild Gibb River Road - a 600-kilometre stretch that winds right through the heart of the Kimberley. We've got a fair bit of ground to cover today, so there is a fair bit of drive time, but we'll be breaking the journey up with lunch and at a few stop-offs along the way. Tonight's camp is at Mt Barnett station located very close to Manning Gorge.

Note: Total driving time today is around five hours. Total walking distance is approximately two kilometres.

** Accommodation

Camping (with basic facilities) (1 night)

** Included Activities

Gibb River Road

** Meals Included

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

We spend the morning exploring the stunning Manning Gorge and enjoy a swim in the pools under Manning Falls. Depending on the season, post-lunch we spend the afternoon exploring Adcock or Galvans gorge before making our way to Silent Grove and setting up camp for the night.

Note: Total driving time today is around two hours. Total walking distance is approximately 6-8 kilometres.

** Accommodation

Camping (with basic facilities) (1 night)

** Included Activities

Manning Gorge

Galvans Gorge

Adcock Gorge

** Meals Included

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

The western Kimberley region is full of endless stunning gorges that have to be explored and this morning is no exception. After breakfast we adventure to Bell Gorge home to a stunning cascade of water flowing from the previous wet season rains that fall in the King Leoplold Ranges. The afternoon sees us 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.

Note: Total driving time today is around 2.5 hours. Total walking distance is approximately four to six kilometres.

** Included Activities

Windjana Gorge

Bell Gorge

Meals Included

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 m 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.

Note: Total driving time today is around four hours. Total walking distance is approximately four kilometres.

Included Activities

Tunnel Creek exploration walk

** Meals Included

Breakfast

Lunch

Included

  • Meals - 9 breakfasts, 10 lunches, 9 dinners
  • Transport - All Terrain vehicle
  • Accommodation - Camping
  • Experienced Tourguide
  • Selected CBD Pick up & Drop off

Accommodation as below

  • Camping (with basic facilities) (3 nights), Camping (with facilities) (5 nights), Permanent, furnished tented camp (with shared facilities) (1 night)

This trip is Basix camping and consists of portable, easy to erect, dome tents. We provide comfortable swags (canvas bedroll including 2 inch mattresses). You can either bring your own sleeping bag or purchase one from us. Pillows are not provided so you can bring your own if you wish.

This trip is specifically designed to embrace the outback and provide an authentic camping experience. It is for this reason, that we do not offer upgrades on this trip. Seven out of the nine nights have basic toilet and shower facilities, however on nights 3 and 4 we stay in the remote Purnululu National Park where only basic long-drop toilet facilities are available. Shower facilities are not available on these nights. Please ensure this level of camping is suitable for you.

 

  • Night 1: Katherine - Permanent tents with swags. Basic toilet and shower facilities.
  • Night 2: Lake Argyle - Pop-up tents and swags. Basic toilet and shower facilities.
  • Night 3: Bungle Bungles - Pop-up tents and swags. Drop-Toilet, no shower facilities.
  • Night 4: Bungle Bungles - Pop-up tents and swags. Drop-Toilet, no shower facilities.
  • Night 5: El Questro Station - Pop-up tents and swags. Basic toilet and shower facilities.
  • Night 6: El Questro Station - Pop-up tents and swags. Basic toilet and shower facilities.
  • Night 7: Mount Barnett - Pop-up tents and swags. Basic toilet and shower facilities.
  • Night 8: Windjana Gorge - Pop-up tents and swags. Basic toilet and shower facilities.
  • Night 9: Windjana Gorge - Pop-up tents and swags. Basic toilet and shower facilities.

FINISH TIMES:

Our trips generally finish early evening. We recommend booking one night post accommodation in your end city and planning onward travel for the following day. We cannot accept responsibility for missed onward travel if we are delayed for some reason on the last day of travel.

 

PARTICIPATORY CAMPING:

To participate in this trip you must be prepared to assist with preparing meals, cleaning dishes, collecting firewood, setting up and packing up camp every day, in all conditions.

Tour upgrades

  • Due to the remote regions visited on this trip, there are no upgrade options available. 
  • Optional Activities
  • Lake Argyle Boat Cruise
  • Helicopter Flight at the Bungle Bungles

Dietary Requirements

  • Passengers with special meal requirements or food allergies MUST ensure they or their travel agent inform operation of this at the time of booking. Food for the trip is purchased prior to commencement and special requirements cannot be catered for after departing. If you have not notified us prior to departure, you may be asked to pay for any additional food yourself. Due to the nature of our trips food is basic but plentiful. We provide the below substitutes, please bring your own staples if you require specific foods not listed below:
  • No Pork (Alternative to Ham provided)
  • No Dairy (soy milk provided)
  • Vegetarian (additional veg and vegie burgers provided)
  • Vegan (supply of additional fruit and veg provided)
  • Gluten Free (cereal, bread, wraps, pasta, snack bars, sweet and savoury biscuits provided)
  • *Religious dietary requirements and specifically prepared/sourced produce is not able to be catered for.

Notes

  • Tour commences in Darwin on day 1 at 6:30am and finishes in Broome on day 10 at approx 6pm please. Onward travel must be booked for the following day.
  • This trip requires a sleeping bag. ( purchase with us Or Bring Your own)
  • Itinerary may vary and/or attractions substituted for any cause including seasonal conditions, weather extremes, and traditional owner/national park requirements. The Gibb River Road and Purnululu National Park may be closed in the shoulder seasons (approx. April and October). See terms and conditions of travel for full details.
  • Operation  reserves the right to assess the fitness capability of passengers prior to tour departure.
  • Our tours are activity and participation based. During your travels with us you will have the opportunity to assist with daily activities such as setting up camp, collecting firewood, helping prepare meals and clearing dishes. Many hands make light work and any assistance provided to crew is always much appreciated. Most people agree that this type of activity helps you feel like less of a tourist and more of an explorer.
  • Tour is not suitable for children. The minimum age for this trip is 12.
  • Travel Insurance is compulsory for all travellers on all tours and details must be presented to your tour guide before departure.
  • A STRICT luggage limit of 15kg applies.
  • This tour requires a sleeping bag. You may bring your own or pre-purchase a sleeping bag from us.
  • On this tour it is likely that you will experience temperatures of over 35 degrees Celsius. Be prepared to endure extra physical stress due to the heat at these times, especially while on walks. These extreme temperatures can also place stress on the air-conditioning units within our vehicles which can make travelling uncomfortable. Your tour guide will assist with regular breaks and information to assist keeping hydrated. In July and August, very cold temperatures can be experienced in the outback, especially overnight. Please come prepared for all extremes.
  • The default pick up point is where we will meet you for your tour, unless you or your travel agent requests an alternative location (contact our Reservations team for more information). It is your responsibility to contact us with your preferred pick up point well ahead of departure. We do not take responsibility for missed tours if we have not been advised of an alternative in advance and you are not at the default location on time.

About trip

  • Experience the beautiful Kimberley in rugged style with a local guide. Our passionate leaders love this trip as much as you will
  • Enjoy plenty of time to discover the untamed natural beauty of El Questro Station. Paddle around in waterfalls, hike through gorges and access remote parts of this huge park on adventurous 4WD expeditions
  • The red domes of the Bungle Bungle Ranges in Purnululu National Park form one of the most iconic Australian landscapes in existence. You'll have two whole days to explore the gorges and valleys of the park, not to mention soak up a few fiery sunsets
  • Tunnell Creek has a rich Aboriginal and bushranger history. Walk through the underground passage with an Indigenous Bunuba guide, learning about the culture and traditions of the first Australians

Suitability

  • You'll spend most nights of the trip sleeping in outback camping grounds. While it's all a part of the adventure, facilities can be extremely basic
  • This trip requires a HIGH level of fitness as it involves a lot of walking, allowing you to truly enjoy the surrounding nature. Some long hikes will really get the blood pumping, and involve wading through water and clambering over rocks. Please bring sturdy, comfortable walking shoes and comfortable clothing.
  • On some days of the trip, you will spend several hours driving, often through very sparse areas of desert. Some drives along off-road tracks can be bumpy as you really get 'amongst it'. Get to know your fellow travellers and sit back to enjoy landscapes that you would miss in any other form of travel.
  • Temperatures in Western Australia are extreme. During the day the weather can be hot (and the Australian sun is strong) so please bring appropriate clothing, use sun protection and drink plenty of water. In the evenings temperatures really drop, so ensure you have base layers and warm clothing.
  • We don't recommend this trip for older passengers who are perhaps less fit or agile

What to bring

  • Sturdy walking shoes (ankle high)
  • hat & sunscreen
  • two towels
  • toiletries
  • swimming gear
  • warm clothing in winter
  • A spare pair of walking shoes that can get wet
  • water bottle
  • torch/flashlight
  • insect repellent
  • camera
  • pillow
  • sleeping bag (can be purchased from us).

Cancellation by the traveler

If you cancel some or all portions of your booking cancellation fees will apply. A cancellation will only be effective when we receive written confirmation of the cancellation. If you cancel a trip:

- 30 days or more prior to departure, we will retain the deposit;

- between 15 and 29 days prior to departure, we will retain 50% of the total booking cost

- 14 days or less prior to departure, we will retain 100% paid by you in connection with the booking.

Cancellation By Us

We may cancel a trip at any time up to 30 days before departure, subject to clause 13. We may cancel a trip at any time prior to departure if, due to terrorism, natural disasters, political instability or other external events it is not viable for us to operate the planned itinerary. If we cancel your trip, you can transfer amounts paid to an alternate departure date or alternatively receive a full refund. In circumstances where the cancellation is due to external events outside our reasonable control refunds will be less any unrecoverable costs. We are not responsible for any incidental expenses that you may have incurred as a result of your booking including but not limited to visas, vaccinations, travel insurance excess or non-refundable flights. Please note that different cancellation conditions may apply to some styles of trips; your booking consultant will advise if differences apply.