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

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

Travelling from Broome to Darwin explore the rich beauty, hidden gorges, flowing rivers and stunning landscapes of the Kimberley region of North West Australia. Join an adventure unlike any other on this 4WD journey through the Kimberley. Starting out from Darwin, venture offroad for some time checking out Tunnel Creek and the Napier Range. Then, taking the Gibb River Road, check out Windjana and Manning gorges, discover the hidden natural treasures of El Questro and weave a path through the giant sandstone karsts of the Bungle Bungles.

Tour Highlights

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

Tour Info

Code AD-BD10
Style
  • Camping
Duration 10 Days
Price From $
Departures
Vehicle 4WD
Suitability 12+ Years
Start Broome @ 06.30 am
Finish Darwin @ 05.30 pm
Travel Insurance Required

The town of Broome made its fortune from the pearling industry, though these days it's better known as an easy going tourist town with a pretty striking strip of coastline. We set off into the West Australian wilds pretty early today, so consider arriving a day or two early if you fancy getting to know Broome better. After a bit of highway driving we reach the Fitzroy River, then it's all off-road to the Napier Range. The main attraction here is Tunnel Creek, a vast cave system that extends 750 metres underground. It's from here that the indigenous renegade Jandamarra waged his rebellion against the colonial authorities - a legacy you'll learn more about on walk through the tunnel with your guide.

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

Accommodation

Camping (with facilities) (1 night)

Included Activities

Tunnel Creek exploration walk

Bunuba Indigenous Experience

Meals Included

Lunch

Dinner

It might be hard to imagine nowadays, but Windjana Gorge was once an underwater reef. During the wet season a river flows all the way through it, but during the dry it's really more a series of ponds and billabongs. We'll set out on a bit of an explore, hopefully spotting a freshwater crocodile or two, then, after lunch, drive on to Bell Gorge where waterflow from the King Leopold Ranges trickle down cascades to feed a deep plunge pool. After a refreshing afternoon swim it's back to camp.

Accommodation

Camping (with facilities) (1 night)

Included Activities

Windjana Gorge

Bell Gorge

Meals Included

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

We spend the morning exploring Adcock or Galvans gorge before making our way to Mt Barnett Station which will be our camp for this evening. After lunch we have the whole afternoon to explore and enjoy Manning gorge. After stretching your legs on the hike in you will be rewarded with a swim in a large rock pool at the base of

Manning Falls.

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

approximately 6-8 kilometres.

Accommodation

Camping (with facilities) (1 night)

Included Activities

Galvans Gorge

Adcock Gorge

Manning Gorge

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. This journey includes the iconic Pentecost river crossing in our 4WD. How Australian is that.

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

approximately 2 kilometres.

Accommodation

Camping (with facilities) (1 night)

Included Activities

Gibb River Road

Meals Included

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Originally established as an enormous cattle station, El Questro is now a vast wilderness reserve sprawled over more than one million acres. Camping out here, you'll really feel like you're in the middle of nowhere - albeit an extremely beautiful middle of nowhere. The ochre-coloured massifs of the Cockburn Ranges frame the landscape whichever 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 (where there's a very pretty waterfall). Then it's another night camped out in El Questro.

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

Accommodation

Camping (with basic facilities) (1 night)

Meals Included

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

(Bungle Bungles)

So long El Questro, hello Bungle Bungles. Today we drive through the rugged

landscape of Carr Boyd and the Durack Ranges into Purnululu National Park. This

park is home-ground of the Bungle Bungles, a UNESCO World Heritage Site

dominated by massive sandstone karsts that rear hundreds of metres above the

surrounding grasslands. We arrive at our bush camp in time to sit back and watch

the sun set over the Osmond Ranges. If you've had enough of tent camping by now, you might want to spend tonight sleeping out beneath the stars snuggled up in a swag.

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

approximately five kilometres.

Accommodation

Camping (with basic facilities) (1 night)

Meals Included

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Strangely enough given their size, the Bungle Bungles only became known to white

Australia in 1983 when they were 'discovered' by a film team - who then had to fly

over the top by plane to find a route in by land. We know the way in, but you can sign up for a helicopter ride over the site if you wish. At ground level, we'll go on a walk through Echidna Chasm - a long and narrow ravine banked on either side by 200 metre high rock walls - and enter the massive natural Amphitheatre of Cathedral Gorge.

Note: Total driving time today is around an hour. Total walking distance is

approximately five kilometres.

Accommodation

Camping (with 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

Today we leave the Bungle Bungles for Kununurra, the largest town between

Broome and Darwin. Tonight's campsite is on the shores of Lake Argyle. There are

no further activities booked for the rest of the day, but an optional sunset cruise out

on the lake is highly recommended.

Note: Total driving time today is around three-and-a-half hours. Total walking

distance is approximately three hours.

Accommodation

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

Meals Included

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Lake Argyle is actually a man-made lake, though you'd never have guessed so from looking at it. For a body of water situated in the centre of the world's second driest continent, it looks pretty at home. Barramundi, birds and freshwater crocs thrive in these waters, and the islands look like they've always been there (they used to be mountains). In the afternoon we push on across the state border into the Northern Territory.

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

is approximately one kilometre.

Optional Activities

Lake Argyle Cruise - AUD90

Meals Included

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

The final leg of our journey takes us through to Darwin, with stop-offs made en route

at either Katherine Gorge or Edith Falls. Then it's all over red rover (an Australian

expression meaning 'all finished')

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

approximately two kilometres.

Meals Included

Breakfast

Lunch

Included

  • Experienced guide
  • Meals - 9 breakfasts, 10 lunches, 9 dinners
  • Transport - All Terrain vehicle
  • Accommodation - Camping (with basic facilities) (3 nights), Camping (with facilities) (5 nights), Permanent, furnished tented camp (with shared facilities) (1 night)

What to bring

  • Sturdy walking shoes (ankle high)
  • Hat and sunscreen
  • Towel and toiletries
  • Swimming gear
  • Warm clothing in winter
  • Water bottle
  • Torch/flashlight
  • Insect repellent
  • Camera
  • Pillow
  • Sleeping bag (or can be purchased from us).

Notes

  • Tour commences in Broome on day 1 at 6:30am and finishes in Darwin day 10 at approx 6pm please. Onward travel must be booked for the following day.
  • This trip requires a sleeping bag
  • 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. 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.

Accommodation

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: Windjana Gorge - Pop-up tents and swags. Basic toilet and shower facilities.

Night 2; Bell Gorge - Pop-up tents and swags. Basic toilet and shower facilities.

Night 3: Mount Barnett - Pop-up tents and swags. Basic toilet and shower facilities.

Night 4: El Questro Station - Pop-up tents and swags. Basic toilet and shower facilities.

Night 5: El Questro Station - Pop-up tents and swags. Basic toilet and shower facilities.

Night 6: Bungle Bungles - Pop-up tents and swags. Drop-Toilet, no shower facilities.

Night 7: Bungle Bungles - Pop-up tents and swags. Drop-Toilet, no shower facilities.

Night 8: Lake Argyle - Pop-up tents and swags. Basic toilet and shower facilities.

Night 9: Katherine - Permanent tents with 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.

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.

ATTENTION

 

  • 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

Highlights

  • 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 your Guidee, learning about the culture and traditions of the first Australians

 

Booking Condition

A non-refundable deposit of AU$300 per person per tour confirms tour with full payment required 56 days prior to departure.

Cancellation Fees for Extended Tours and Packages

• 56+ days prior to departure; loss of deposit

• 30–55 days prior to departure; 50% of total price

• Within 29 days of departure; 100% of total price

If you fail to join a tour, join it after departure, or leave it prior to its completion, no refund will be made. The above cancellation fees are in addition to fees which may be levied by accommodation providers, travel agents or third party tour and transport operator fees. Please note that different cancellation conditions may apply to some tours –­ please ask your booking consultant for details. Please also note that for certain travel arrangements the cancellation charge may be higher than those shown. In certain cases, a 100% cancellation fee applies as soon as the booking is made and the ticket is issued. Please ask for full details of cancellation charges at time of booking. You are strongly advised to take out cancellation insurance at the time of booking, which will cover cancellation fees. If you leave a trip for any reason after it has commenced, we are not obliged to make any refunds for unused services.