9 Day Darwin to Broome (Apr- Oct) from $1,899
**Local payment Lake Argyle overnight stay payable direct**
Discover the intoxicating beauty of the Australian Outback. This tour from Darwin to Broome reveals the region's natural wonders in all its glory, from the soaring walls of Windjana Gorge and the Kimberley's terrain to lush Kununurra and the striped domes of the Bungle Bungle Ranges. Get lost in the magic of one of the most unrestrained landscapes on earth and be enchanted by the stories that are revealed amid the magnetic Outback.
Trip length: 9 Day
Group size: 9 -20
Start: Darwin 18 May, 25 May, 09 Jun, *08 Jul, 23 Jul, 30 Jul, 14 Aug, 21 Aug, 05 Sep, 12 Sep, *27 Sep, *04 Oct, 19 Oct
* KIDS OK: These departure dates are open to children from 7 – 16 years old when travelling with an adult.
Vehicle: Air Conditioned 4WD
Sleep: 8 nights camping with limited facilities
Day 1 – Darwin to Katherine Region
Our first stop is about 2 hours south of Darwin; Edith Falls in Katherine Gorge National Park, a short 3 km walk to the upper pools brings us to the first of many beautiful waterfalls which we will see over the next 9 day. After lunch we push west towards the Western Australia Northern Territory state border and our first bush camp. Bush camping is a great experience whether you are an experienced outback drover or first time city slicker, there is nothing like finding a great spot of wilderness in the middle of nowhere, setting up a campfire, cooking up a feast on the fire and then rolling out the swags under the Kimberley night sky. Tents are provide for those a little nervous about the under the stars experience.(LD)
Day 2 – Katherine Region to Lake Argyle
Today we visit Lake Argyle, created by the Ord River Dam. We spend time here admiring the beauty andsheer size of the Lake before setting up camp for the night. (BLD)
Day 3 – Lake Argyle to Bungle Bungles
It's time for some 4WD action as we wind our way into the Bungle Bungle massif. We pack up camp and head into Kununurra to replenish supplies, and then push south toward the Bungle Bungles. Another bush camp awaits, this time on a lovely creek with a sandy beach. It's a rugged ride but thescenery is fantastic and you will enjoy your first Kimberley sunset as we set up our bush camp. (BLD)
Day 4 – Bungle Bungles
It's a full day of exploration today. The rock formations of the Bungle Bungles massif are remarkable and wevisit breathtaking Echidna Chasm and magnificent Cathedral Gorge. There's an opportunity to view theBungles by helicopter (own expense) before we return to camp. (BLD)
Day 5 – Bungle Bungles to El Questro
We travel out of the Bungles to El Questro Station. Sit back and admire the awesome scenery of the CarrBoyd and Durack Ranges as we head to Turkey Creek and onto El Questro to set up camp. (BLD)
Day 6 – El Questro Station to Gibb River Road
Today we get onto a dirt track, the famous Gibb River Road, a 700km long outback road which runs between Derby and Kununurra, it's not the easiest route, the track is often rough, there are a number or deep water crossings and a 4WD vehicle is essential. However it's an amazing travel route as along the length of the Gibb River Road are vast tracts of wilderness and numerous rivers, gorges and waterfalls to explore. Arriving at the Pentacost River we are presented with an incredible landscape of a wide river surrounded by rugged Cockburn Ranges, a classic Kimberley scene. Here we need to drive the 4WD though the Pentacost River, driving a vehicle across a 60 metre wide outback river which is occupied by Salt Water Crocodiles is not something you do every day, but it's only way through so across we go. Another bush camp under the stars awaits us, this time on the banks of the Gibb River. (BLD)
Day 7 - Gibb River Road and Gorges to Mt Barnett
From here it's onto Manning Gorge where we spend most of the day. White sandy beaches with a Pandanus tree lined waterway opening into a wide clear waterhole greats us only minutes after starting the walk. We must swim across the river before following a trail leading to the top of gorge. The gorge has a waterfall plus a deep wide swimming hole surrounded by granite cliffs & rock outcrops. It is a spectacular setting with hidden examples of Aboriginal Rock Art. The return route from Manning Gorge is a little less conventional as we swim and rock hop along the creek before reaching the main waterhole where it started. On departing Manning we locate our bush camp and set up for another night under the stars. (BLD)
Day 8 – Mt Barnett to Windjana Gorge
This morning we will explore either Galvins or Adcock Gorge, depending on the time of year. Later we makeour way to Windjana Gorge, a huge gorge cut into the ranges over millennium to reveal beautiful scenery of high vertical cliffs, sandy beaches and meandering creek. We head off on a hike at Windjana of about 4km and often see freshwater crocodiles swimming in the clear waterholes. Windjana Gorge is also our camp for the night. (BLD)
Day 9 – Windjana Gorge to Broome
By now we are experts to getting up early and on our way, our final swimming spot for the tour is Tunnel Creek. Tunnel Creek is an amazing natural phenomenon and holds great significance to the local Aboriginal people, and getting there early normally guarantees we have the place for ourselves. It is a 750 metre long stretch of creek which runs underground through one of the oldest cave systems in Western Australia. Many aboriginal rock paintings are present in the cave and it was a hideout of the aboriginal warrior, Jandamarra in 1897. From Tunnel creek we check out the Boab Prison tree near derby and then make our way into Broome. We normally arrive into Broome at around 6pm and head for Cable beach to soak up the last amazing sunset of the tour, your guide will then drop you at your accommodation. (BL)
We Provide: National Park entry fees, camping fees and equipment, meals as indicated, experienced guide.
You Bring: Hat, sunscreen, gripped sole walking shoes, insect repellent, swimwear, towel, windproof/waterproof jacket, pillow, warm clothing in winter and a water bottle. sleeping bag (can be purchased for $30)
It is your responsibility to advise if you have any special dietary requirements or medical conditions (including allergies) well ahead of departure.
A STRICT luggage limit of 15kg applies.