Days
9
Price from
$1,995AUD

Embark on an epic tour through Western Australia and the Top End

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.


Start
Broome, Australia
Finish
Darwin, Australia
Destination
Western Australia, Kimberley, Outback, Northern Territory
Style
Basix
Theme
Explorer, Overland
Physical rating
Ages
Min 12
Group size
Min 1, Max 20
Code
PBD9

Why we love this 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

Is this trip right for you?

  • 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

Itinerary

Welcome to Broome, a coastal enclave famous for its great beaches and historic pearling industry. Perhaps consider arriving a day or two earlier to see the city's sights, as our trip doesn't spend much time here. After meeting with your leader and group this morning, leave Broome and, depending on the season, make your first stop at Willare Bridge overlooking the Fitzroy River. From here head out into the great Australian outback towards Oscar Range, and on to Tunnel Creek. The creek has worn a 750-metre tunnel through the Napier Range. After lunch, take a walk through Tunnel Creek with your Guide, learning about Aboriginal culture and traditions. In the evening, enjoy dinner with the group before bunking down in pop-up tents and swags (Australian bedrolls) for the night.

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 these days, 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 take the Gibb River Road into the heart of the Kimberley. Depending on the season, there might be the chance to stop in for a dip at either Galvins or Adcock Gorge before setting up camp near Manning Gorge.

Note: Total driving time today is around two hours. Total walking distance is approximately six kilometres.
Accommodation
  • Camping (with facilities) (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Windjana Gorge
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Spend the morning hanging out by the cascades and natural plunge-pool of Manning Gorge before hitting the Gibb River Road again for the drive to El Questro Station. This journey includes crossing a river in our 4WD. How Australian is that.

Note: Total driving time today is around three-and-a-half hours. Total walking distance is approximately five kilometres.
Accommodation
  • Camping (with facilities) (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Gibb River Road
  • Manning Gorge
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 five kilometres.
Accommodation
  • Camping (with facilities) (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
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 three 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 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
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
  • Camping (with 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.
Accommodation
  • Permanent tented camp (with shared facilities) (1 night)
Optional Activities
  • Lake Argyle Cruise - AUD30
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

Meals

8 breakfasts, 9 lunches, 8 dinners

Transport

All Terrain vehicle

Accommodation

Camping (with basic facilities) (2 nights), Camping (with facilities) (5 nights), Permanent, furnished tented camp (with shared facilities) (1 night)

Included Activities

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

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Important notes

1. Tour commences in Broome on day 1 at 6:30am and finishes in Darwin day 9 at approx 6pm please. Onward travel must be booked for the following day.
2. This trip requires a sleeping bag
3. Trip runs in reverse see tour code PDB9
4. This trip has a difficulty rating 5 out of 5. Please ensure this trip is suitable for you; we also offer an Original level Kimberley trip. See code PKOL.

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