Broome to Darwin

Travel from Broome to Darwin with us and you’ll get to see the real outback of the Kimberly and Northern Territory. It’s time to watch out for crocodiles, and relax in the paradise of beautiful gorges and waterfalls.

We’re happy to announce we are getting a 4WD minibus and off-road trailer this season! So you’ll be able to travel along the Gibb River Road. You can see the crocs of Windjana Gorge and explore the underground Tunnel Creek. Then check out the amazing gorges of Manning Gorge, Bell Gorge, and of course El Questro and Emma Gorge. At the end of the Gibb you can spend some time kayaking in Lake Argyle. Or you could just relax in the infinity pool overlooking the lake or go for a swim in the lake itself. .

After the Kimberley, you’ll travel into the Northern Territory to see some famous gorges, national parks, and the mini Bungle Bungles. You’ll find some incredible waterfalls inside Litchfield National Park and Kakadu – as well as some aboriginal art. Perhaps you’lll also some interesting Aussie wildlife (and spot a crocodile or two in Kakadu).

Finally, cruise into Darwin to enjoy a beer and sunset to celebrate the end of the trip!

Expect to get fit with lots of hiking, snorkelling and exercise as you appreciate the natural sights. This is a no-frills adventure – you’ll be setting up your own tents, cooking your own dinner and sharing your tent with another person. The target age group is 18-35.

Things to note

Please note this is a minibus rental, not a guided tour. You rent a seat on the bus.

We provide a recommended itinerary to help guide you.

You will rent your seat as either a ‘driver’ or ‘non-driver’.Non-drivers must never drive. Drivers can share driving and must be aged 21+

A few days before your trip you will be given a full guide book with free activities, paid activities, recommended campsites to visit, access to discounts, as well as recommended sights to see.

Please bring your own water bottle, sunscreen and torch.

However please limit your luggage to about 20kg – 1 big bag, and one day bag/small backpack.

The minibus seats 12, anyone with a regular driver’s license can drive it. There is a trailer attached with all camping equipment and space for your bags.

Be prepared to mostly free camp!

Trip Highlights

  • National Parks, Gorges, Crocodiles and Swimming Holes
  • All the gorges on the Gibb River Road
  • Kayaking Lake Argyle (Optional)
  • Windjana Gorge and Tunnel Creek
  • Kakadu National Park (sunsets, lookouts aboriginal art & crocodiles)
  • Litchfield National Park (Waterfalls!)

Inclusions

General inclusions

  • A 4WD vehicle, to drive to the places you choose
  • Fully equipped trailer with everything you need for camping, cooking, and fun (equipment list)
  • Consumables such as: toilet paper, oil, salt and pepper, gas, bin bags etc
  • Recommended itinerary (but you have freedom!)
  • Guidebook (for activities and camping locations – both free and pay sites)
  • Fuel consumption for unlimited km
  • Comprehensive insurance with roadside assistance
  • Special discounts on activities and accomodation

Trip-specific inclusions

  • National Park Entries

Exclusions

  • Most accommodation: although you can choose to stay at plenty of free camps, or budget pay camps
  • Food: We will give you all the equipment you need to cook what you like!
  • Sleeping bag: bring your own for hygiene reasons

Recommended itinerary

These are the places you can see

Day 01, 02: Windjana Gorge and Tunnel Creek

Meet the group in Broome, do a food shop then start your journey!  At Windjana Gorge you will see many many crocodiles. However, don’t worry, they won’t bite – they’re freshwater crocodiles! At Tunnel Creek go on the 750 m underground tunnel walk. Scramble over rocks, walk through caves and wade through puddles.

Day 03: Bell Gorge

Continue your journey along the Gibb to the most well-known gorge on the road. This will be the busiest one, but you’ll have the opportunity to visit quieter ones as well. Walk down to the gorge, and have a swim. Some people think it’s the most beautiful gorge in the Kimberley. You can also explore the gorge by going upstream or downstream. Grab one of the noodles and paddle!

Day 04: Manning Gorge

Prepare yourself for another day of gorges. Manning gorge is the main destination, but you’ll be able to stop by others, such as Adcock Gorge and Galvan’s Gorge.

Day 05: El Questro Gorge

On the way out, stop at Barnett River Gorge before continuing on. Stop at Ellenbrae station on the way to get some famous scones and see an outback station. It’s a bit of a drive, but if you get to El Questro, you could go to check out the El Questro Gorge

Day 06: Emma Gorge and Zebedee Springs

Head to the hot springs in the morning to beat the crowds (and they close in the afternoon!) and relax in natural springs in beautiful surrounds. Later, go on the Emma Gorge hike to see another amazing gorge.

Day 07: Lake Argyle

Stop by Kununurra to restock supplies, then kayak through the incredible Lake Argyle, which is so warm as well! Blue water, surrounded by red mountain. Make sure to head up to the caravan park to see the infinity pool overlooking the lake. Camp nearby, or head over the border and camp in Keep River National park overnight (so you can see the mini bungle bungles in the morning!)

Day 08 Judburra/Gregory Tree National Park

You’re in the Victoria River Region. And now, you might want to start looking out for crocodiles – so don’t stay too close to the river! Visit the Gregory Tree and camp overnight before heading to the next destination.

Day 09: Mataranka/Bitter Springs

Head to Mataranka to check out some nice hot springs. Very close to these ones are the possible more beautiful ‘Bitter Springs’. Grab a noodle and float down the springs. Elsie National Park is nearby if you feel like a walk.

Day 10: Katherine and Nitmiluk National Park

Nitmiluk National park is the real attraction. You can go bushwalking, swimming and canoeing (although canoeing is very expensive). Butterfly Gorge is recommended. You can also check out Edith Falls. We recommend camping nearby the night before, so you can start your hike early and avoid the heat of they day

Day 11, 12, 13: Kakadu National Park

Visit the famous Kakadu National Park. There are many gorges to see, some great lookouts, wetlands and a town within the park. Make sure to check out Ubirr for sunset, visit the Aboriginal art and spot some crocs at Cahills Crossing. On day 13 leave the park and camp in or near to Litchfield to take full advantage of the next day

Day 14: Litchfield National Park

Visit Litchfield National park close to Darwin. See magnetic termite mounds, waterfalls, nice creeks and more. The waterfalls here are incredible (i.e. Florence Falls!). You can also see some other interesting things i.e. Buley Rockholes (which are suprisingly deep!)Darwin
Head to Darwin for the final night. Check out the foreshore and town.

 

Trip details

Broome to Darwin

Trip length: 14 days

Prices:
Early bird: $834 (4+ weeks before Start Date)
Full fee: $899

Start Date:

  • TBA

Discounts

Discounts are available:

  • if you book more than 4 weeks in advance
  • for groups of friends travelling together
  • if you want to stay on the Share Bus for more than one trip

Please send us an email for details and to ask for your discount eligibility.

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