Days
9
Price from
$1,995AUD

Drive from Darwin to Broome via Lake Argyle, Purnululu National Park and El Questro station.

Get lost in the beauty of the Australian Outback on this intoxicating tour from the Top End to the Kimberley. Spot wildlife around enchanting Lake Argyle, explore the soaring walls of Windjana Gorge, hike along narrow paths at Echidna Chasm and cool off in crystal-clear watering holes beneath cavernous gorges. The Outback is a truly magnetic place – experience it in all its rugged beauty on this 4x4 adventure through the red desert Kimberley under the blazing Australian sky.


Start
Darwin, Australia
Finish
Broome, Australia
Destination
Northern Territory, Western Australia, Kimberley, Outback
Style
Basix
Theme
Explorer, Overland
Physical rating
Ages
Min 12
Group size
Min 1, Max 20
Code
PDB9

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

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 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. Native fauna have settled here in huge numbers – try to spy crocs, wallabies and rare birds on a walk along the lake’s shores. Soak up the backdrop of mountains-turned-islands, 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 six kilometres.
Accommodation
  • Camping (with facilities) (1 night)
Optional Activities
  • Lake Argyle Cruise - AUD30
Included Activities
  • Lake Argyle
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
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 in Manning Gorge.

Note: Total driving time today is around three-and-a-half hours. Total walking distance is approximately eight kilometres.
Accommodation
  • Camping (with basic facilities) (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Gibb River Road
  • Manning Gorge
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Depending on the season, a post-breakfast exploration of Adcock or Galvans gorges could be on the cards this morning. Then it’s on and into 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 two hours. Total walking distance is approximately six kilometres.
Accommodation
  • Camping (with basic facilities) (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Windjana 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 Jandamurra 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, 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 six kilometres.
Included Activities
  • Tunnel Creek exploration walk
  • Bunuba Indigenous Experience
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

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

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Important notes

1. Tour commences in Darwin on day 1 at 6:30am and finishes in Broome on 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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