Darwin to Broome

Travel from Darwin to Broome 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.

Start your trip by exploring some great National Parks in the Northern Territory. Here you can check out famous gorges, waterfalls, see some crocs and swimming holes (but not at the same time!). Then you’ll head westwards, stopping by some other national parks and seeing some sights including perhaps the ‘mini Bungle Bungles’.

Once entering WA you’ll get to travel back in time, allowing more hours to explore the awesome Lake Argyle. Hire a kayak to explore the lake, go swimming, or if you are adventurous do a 2 days trip kayaking down the Ord River to Lake Argyle. Then explore more Gorges and swimming holes! You’ll get to see the incredible Emma Gorge, and a swimming hole close to Kununurra. There’s also Geikie Gorge to check out. Before you make it back to Broome you have the opportunity to take a discounted 4WD rental to explore the start of the Gibb River Road and see Tunnel Creek and Windjana Gorge. Finally, head into Broome and enjoy a Cable Beach sunset and perhaps a beer at Matsos Brewery!

​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
  • The beautiful Emma Gorge
  • 4WD to Wyndham Gorge and Tunnel Creek
  • Kakadu National Park and Litchfiled

Inclusions

General inclusions

  • Your Toyota Hiace Minibus, to drive to the places you choose (but not on 4WD roads!)
  • 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

  • Western Australia National Park Entries
  • 2 Days 4WD hire – 50% reimbursement to see some of the Gibb.
  • Hostel in Broome on arrival

Exclusions

  • Most accommodation: although you can choose to stay at plenty of affordable, free, and/or interesting places
  • Food: We will give you all the equipment you need to cook what you like!
  • Sleeping bag: bring your own for hygiene reasons
  • Guide: it’s just you and fellow “rentees” driving this minibus. Enjoy!

Recommended itinerary

Day 01/02: Litchfield National Park
Visit Litchfield National Park close to Darwin. There are so many amazing sights close to each other. Swim in Florence Falls, Wangi Falls, see the magnetic termite mounds and go for a hike.

Day 03, 04 and 05: Kakadu National Park
Visit the famous Kakadu National Park. There are many gorges to see, some great lookouts, wetlands, opportunity to spot crocs snapping up fish and a town within the park.

Day 06 and 07: Nitmiluk National Park (& Mataranka)
Here you can visit the town of Katherine, stock up, and make your way to the real attraction of Nitmiluk National Park and the gorge. You can camp at a waterfall the firstt night, and visit the gorge to hike the second day. If you feel like it you can make your way to Mataranka and Bitter Springs Hot Springs after seeing the gorge: a detour an hour south.

Day 08: Judburra and 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! Go for a hike if its not too hot, and visit the Gregory Tree and camp overnight before heading to the next destination.

Day 09: Keep River National Park
Close to the Northern Territory border, the geology here is similar to the Bungle Bungles, there are some very cheap campgrounds, and if you are lucky a free guided tour.

Day 10/11: Lake Argyle
Take a day to relax into Lake Argyle. You can kayak here, take a sunset cruise, or even jump on a canoe and spend two days canoeing down the Ord River to Lake Argyle on a self-guided adventure.There’s plenty of nature and freshwater crocodiles (the non-biting) to see! After your adventure head towards your next destination and free camp.

Day 12: Wyndham, The Grotto, Emma Gorge
Spend the day seeing some really beautiful places in the Kimberly. Stay near Wyndham the previous night, then visit the Grotto in the morning, a nice small natural waterhole, ideal for swimming and relaxing. However, make sure you save most of the day for Emma Gorge which is the real beauty.

Day 13: Kununurra
Spend a day in Kununurra. You can join a helicopter tour over the Bungle Bungle Ranges from here. However, there’s plenty of more affordable things to do – Visit Kelly’s knob lookout, go to the river, visit Lilly Creek Lagoon or Miriam National Park (the mini Bungle Bungles), or just spend time in town.

Day 14/15: The Great Northern Highway & Geikie Gorge
Make your way toward Broome via Great Northern Highway (back in the Share Bus). There are some stops along the way i.e. visit a working station at Lawarra station stay or stop at Mary Pool. There is also the town of Halls Creek along the way, but it is not a tourist destination in itself. On the second day of driving make sure you get to Geikie Gorge to spend a few hours by the water, relaxing or exploring.

Day 16/17: Tunnel Creek – Windjana Gorge – Broome
Take a 4WD from Fitzroy crossing into Windjana Gorge and Tunnel Creek (then back again). (If you choose to do thise we will reimburse you 50% of the 4WD rental. 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. Camp overnight, and once your adventure is over you can collect the Share Bus and drive into Broome.

Trip details

Darwin to Broome

Trip length: 17 days

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

Start Date:

  • 1st July 2020
  • 8th August 2020
  • 15th September 2020

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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