All about the 8 Day 4WD Broome to Darwin Top End Explorer Tour

Experience 8 huge days of amazing scenery, adventure, hiking, wildlife, culture and a lot more with our Real Aussie Adventure Broome to Darwin tour! This Broome to Darwin tours will take you along the Gibb River Road, to explore the rugged Kimberley Region. You’ll visit the gorges and waterholes, beautiful campgrounds, working cattle stations and see the Bungle Bungles from the air in the Purnululu National Park, finishing the tour in the tropical city of Darwin. To tour in The Kimberley, we require a high level of fitness for walks in hot weather conditions.

We are taking earlybird bookings now for the 2018 Kimberley season. Our Broome to Darwin tours become fully booked in advance as  The Kimberley is such a popular destination and only runs for a short season. With $100 off your tour if you book in advance, it's well worth planning your 2018 adventure now! 2018 Kimberley season will start on the 2 May.

With your expert tour guide, you will leave Broome and embark into the Australian outback for a 4WD adventure across the Gibb River Road, to the remote Kimberley region. This area is so unexplored as your small group wanders will feel like some of the only people on the planet. With little phone signal and luxuries for 8 days on this camping tour, you have the chance to truly be off the grid. Windjana Gorge is the first major highlight of this tour, see the ancient coral rock formations and crocodiles sun-baking on the sand. Then walk into Tunnel Creek and hear all about the history of the Indigenous people of the Kimberley. Day 2 is swimming time, with a visit to Manning Gorge, Bell Gorge, and Galvins Gorge. You hike in the heat of the Kimberley and the payoff is a cool swim in the waterfalls and pools and each gorge. El Questro is your next stop where you can enjoy the property and some of the optional activities. Plus a visit to Zebedee hot springs to soak and relax. Emma Gorge is an around a 45-minute hike into the coolest water and most tranquil setting. After a swim, you will head to Lake Argyle where you can take a cruise on this giant man-made lake.

Day 6 on your Kimberley tour is a total highlight and a bucket list inclusion. A scenic flight over the Bungle Bungles (Purnululu National Park) You will head up in the air on the small plane and view the Kimberleys from above. The honeycomb formation of the Bungle Bungles is awe inspiring. Before setting down and hiking Purnululu, taking in Cathedral Cove and Echidna Chasm. Experience Purnululu National Park and the Bungle Bungle by air and then by ground to appreciate the vast, rugged beauty of this World Heritage-listed national park. You will learn about this World Heritage listed area to the traditional owners, take a one-hour scenic flight from Kununurra in an air-conditioned, high wing airplane flying over the Ord Irrigation Area, the Ord Top Dam wall, Lake Kununurra and the full expanse of Lake Argyle. View the Carr Boyd Ranges, Osmand Ranges, the Ord River and the Bow River. Land at a remote unsealed airfield in the Purnululu National Park and transfer to an airconditioned 4WD bus, your guide will drive you closer to the Bungle Bungle Range. Enjoy a moderate 3km guided walk amongst the famous eroded towers and black and orange banded beehive structures on the Domes Walk. Your guide will take you into Cathedral Gorge, where towering cliffs open up to form a space with awe inspiring natural acoustics, here you will rest and enjoy your lunch. Walk along the bed of Piccaninny Creek, which flows only in the monsoon waterfall season. Learn about the Kimberley climate, the six seasons and unique flora and fauna so important to the traditional custodians of the land. Return via a scenic flight to Kununurra, on the way viewing the Argyle Diamond Mine where rare pink diamonds are mined.

The last two days on tour are visiting our famous Northern Territory National Parks, Katherine, and Litchfield. See the termite mounds and swim in more rock pools before saying goodbye to your new friends and ending the tour in Darwin. Check out the full itinerary below.

This is the perfect Kimberley tour for you if you like to get out of your comfort zone and off the beaten track. See the most spectacular parts of the Western Australian and Northern Territory outback. Camp, hike and swim to your hearts content with a small group of new friends and an amazing tour guide. 

8 Day 4WD Broome to Darwin Top End Explorer Tour Itinerary - 8 days

  • Day 1 Broome to Silent Grove
    Today you begin your journey into the wild and remote Australian wilderness where you will experience a fantastic combination of adventure, wildlife and tranquillity.
    Departing Broome early we head east towards the Gibb River Road and arrive at Windjana Gorge in the Napier Ranges for lunch.

    Nearly 660 kilometres long, the Gibb River Road is a former cattle route and one of the country’s most adventurous roads for four-wheel-driving.

    After lunch we explore the gorge to view the native birds and resident freshwater crocodiles. During your trip in the Kimberley you will have the chance to view many bird species including the rare Gouldian finches as well as many saltwater and freshwater crocodiles.

    In the afternoon we explore Tunnel Creek – an ancient reef system which is said to have existed 350 million years ago – before heading to Silent Grove for our first night at our campsite under the stars. (L, D)
  • Day 2 Silent Grove to Mt Elizabeth
    Enjoy waking up to the wilderness so very far away from the hustle and bustle of city life.

    Today you will explore more of the region’s gorges including Bell, Galvans and Manning. The water levels at the time of your journey will determine which gorges you visit however each are unique and special in their own right.

    Bell Gorge, the region’s most popular, is perfect for swimming whether you choose the deep plunge pool at the bottom of the falls or go exploring to other smaller falls and pools down or upstream.

    Galvans Gorge is a beautiful deep green pool with a perfect waterfall to shower under or sit back and admire the view from the grassy edges.

    Manning Gorge is well known for its Aboriginal rock art which you can explore before taking a refreshing swim.

    After a day of walking and swimming in these magnificent natural attractions we travel to our overnight location of Mount Elizabeth Station. Here you may choose between cabins or camping. (B, L, D)
  • Day 3 Mt Elizabeth to El Questro
    Heading further east we explore, swim and hike this amazing part of the world. Visit the beautiful Emma Gorge before arriving at El Questro for our first of two nights in this outback oasis. (B, L, D)
  • Day 4 El Questro
    You will have the entire day today to discover some of the one million acres of the El Questro Wilderness Park, a functioning cattle station and one of the biggest in Australia.
    Soak in Zebedee Springs a soothing natural thermal pool.

    Weather depending, and only for the brave and energetic, you can visit El Questro Gorge to swim while the sun rays peek through the crevices of the rock above. A challenging walk over slippery rocks and sometimes through water, visiting this Gorge is not for the faint-hearted.

    You will have the opportunity to continue your exploration through the optional activities on offer including barramundi fishing, horse riding and a boat cruise.
    Every true explorer needs rehydration so why not end the day with a cold beverage at the Swinging Arm Bar before retiring to your room or tent for the night. (B, L, D)
  • Day 5 El Questro to Lake Argyle via Kununurra
    Wake up in glorious El Questro for the second time then enjoy a short drive and morning hike to the refreshing Emma Gorge. Back on the road, we head towards the Hoochery distillery, the oldest continuously operating distillery in Western Australia. Here you will have the opportunity to taste test the famous Ord River Rum (optional). We will then continue through to Lake Argyle, Australia’s largest man-made lake for a spot of lunch and set up camp. After lunch, you will have the option to experience an afternoon on the water with a sunset cruise on the lake (optional) before dinner and a much-deserved sleep before exciting day 6! (B, L, D)
  • Day 6 Lake Argyle to Purnululu National Park and Return to Kununurra
    This morning we drive from Lake Argyle, into Kununurra ready to jump on an aircraft. For this leg of the tour, Aussie Wanderer has partnered up with AVIAIR to create a once in a lifetime opportunity. From here, we begin the Bungle Bungle Wanderer Tour! Definitely a bucket list moment! The tour begins with a one-hour scenic flight over Lake Argyle, Lake Kununurra, the Ord and Bow Rivers, the Carr Boyd and Osmond Ranges and a first look at the Bungle Bungles from the sky! Once landed at the remote Purnululu National Park airfield we’ll begin the land-based part of the tour, including a walk amongst the incredible contrasted beehive structures of the Bungle Bungles and a visit to the breathtaking Cathedral Gorge whilst learning about the cultural significance of the area. This amazing adventure will end with a return scenic flight over the Argyle Diamond Mine finishing up at the Hidden Valley Caravan Park in Kununurra for the night. (B, L, D)
  • Day 7 Kununurra to Katherine
    This morning we farewell those that are returning to Broome and start making our way to Victoria River Roadhouse where we will do the escarpment walk and have lunch. Then we will head towards Katherine and visit their crystal clear hot springs, arriving at our accommodation in the late afternoon at Knotts Crossing Resort for dinner and a swim in the resort pool. (B, L, D)
  • Day 8 Katherine and Litchfield National Park to Darwin
    Our final day sees us journey to one of the Northern Territory’s most stunning areas, Litchfield National Park. On our way, we will stop for lunch at the ethereal Butterfly Farm before progressing further to experience the fascinating Magnetic Termite Mounds, Florence Falls, and Buley Rockhole before arriving in Darwin in the early evening. (B, L)
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Kimberley safaris run from April/ May to October/November each year. Turn your holiday to Australia into an outback adventure with a Broome to Darwin tour. Be prepared for an off the beaten track experience - leave behind your expectations and throw yourself into the journey.

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Save $100. $2595 if booked 90 days in advance of your departure date.
8 Day 4WD Broome to Darwin Top End Explorer Tour Price information
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Tour code: 8DBD
$2595
Swag camping (7 nights) If booked 90 days in advance of your departure date.
$2695
Swag camping (7 nights)
$3560
Camping/Budget Double (3 nights ensuite budget / 1 nights budget accommodation with shared facilities / 2 nights private safari tent with shared facilities / 1-night swag camp)
$4590
Camping/Single (3 nights ensuite budget / 1night budget accommodation with shared facilities / 2 night private safari tent with shared facilities / 1 night swag camp with pop-up tent on request)
$2595
Child swag camping (7 nights. 12 years and older)

Departure information

Starts

2018

Wednesdays (Kimberley season 2018: May 2 to September 26) at 6:00 am from Kimberley Klub, Broome

Note: Departures early and late in the season are subject to road and weather conditions permitting.

Ends
Darwin


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Important Notes

Things you need to know about this tour
  • *These options must be booked at least 6 weeks in advance and are subject to upgrade accommodation being available at time of booking.
  • All campsites include toilets and most have showers and running water
  • Accommodation upgrade package includes Mt Elizabeth Homestead, El Questro and Lake Argyle (4 Nights Total). Rooms at Mt Elizabeth and Lake Argyle have shared bathroom facilities.
  • No suitcases are allowed between Broome and Darwin. Soft bags or backpacks only will be excepted with a maximum weight of 15 kg and a small carry-on bag.
  • If you wish to forward a suitcase or any excess luggage, the Greyhound offers a daily service Broome <> Darwin. Customers can drop their luggage off at the Broome Visitor Centre the day before their tour departure, Greyhound will then drop their bags off at the Darwin Visitor Centre for them to pick it up and vice versa. Prices vary per sizing but as an example: A bag sized 60 x 45 x 25 is $55 to go from Broome to Darwin.
  • An exclusion of liability form is to be signed prior to departure
  • Please advise us of any medical or mobility issues prior to booking.
  • Suitable for those 18-55 years old. 
  • All bookings must reconfirm 48 hours in advance.

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