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, Aboriginal art, see some crocs and swimming holes (but not at the same time!). Then you’ll make your way south, stopping off at hot springs and beautiful hiking tracks. Afterwards you’ll turn westwards, crossing the border into WA.
At this point 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 relax at the infinity pool overlooking the lake.
If you take the 4 WD trip its time to start the Gibb River Road towards Broome. You’ll see amazing gorges like Emma Gorge, Manning Gorge and Bell Gorge. You’ll also get to explore some other interesting sights like hot springs, or the underground Tunnel Creek. If you’re taking the 2WD trip, don’t worry! You’ll instead take the highway from Kununurra towards Broome. There’s still some cool camps and a gorge to check out along the way though.
Then make your way into Broome in time to watch a sunset on the 22.5km Cable Beach, as camels pass in front. 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
Here is the recommended route when travelling by 2WD – the ‘highway route’
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: 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 05/06: Nitmiluk National Park and Mataranka Hot Springs
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. It’s worthwhile to detour to Mataranka and Bitter Springs Hot Springs after seeing the gorge: a detour an hour south.
Day 07: 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 09/10: 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 11: 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 12/13: The Great Northern Highway and 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. Make sure to stop off Geikie Gorge – which is very close to the highway – to spend a few hours by the water, relaxing or exploring. Then roll in to Broome. Depending on what time you arrive you can spend a few hours discovering Broomes highlights like Cable Beach and Gauntheame Point. Or just drive in to the finish point before the end of the day – and then go to enjoy a beer at Matso’s Brewery.
Darwin to Broome
Trip length: 13 days
Early bird: $444
Regular Price $499
Trip length: 17 days
Early bird: $834 (4+ weeks before Start Date)
Full fee: $899
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
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