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Darwin to Broome 4WD Adventure

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Darwin to Broome 4WD Adventure

Day 1

Day 1: Darwin - Katherine Region Welcome to the tropical city of Darwin, where your overland adventure begins. After meeting up with your group and leader, head south and stop at either Edith Falls for a swim or explore Katherine Gorge in Nitmiluk National Park. This is where the group will have lunch. Head to your overnight private campsite on the edge of Nitmiluk National Park, where permanent tents with swags await you. In the evening, settle down for dinner with the group. Accommodation - Permanent tented camp (with shared facilities) (1 night) Included Activities - Nitmiluk National Park Meals Included - Lunch - Dinner Special Information Total driving time today is around 4 hours. Total walking distance is approximately two kilometres.

Day 2

Day 2: Lake Argyle After breakfast we stop for a morning dip in Katherine Hot Springs before continuing on to Lake Argyle, which has been created by the Ord River Dam. Admire the sheer size of this 700 square kilometre man-made spectacle. The lake is home to many species of native fish and thousands of freshwater crocodiles. Take an optional sunset cruise before setting up camp at our exclusive campsite on the Ord River. Accommodation - Camping (with facilities) (1 night) Included Activities - Lake Argyle Optional Activities - Lake Argyle Sunset Cruise – AUD100 Meals Included - Breakfast - Lunch - Dinner Special Information Total driving time today is around 7.5 hours. Total walking distance is around one kilometre.

Day 3

Day 3: Purnululu National Park (Bungle Bungle Ranges) Today we drive through the rugged landscape of Carr Boyd and the Durack Ranges into Purnululu National Park. This park is home-ground of the Bungle Bungles, a UNESCO World Heritage Site dominated by massive sandstone karsts that rear hundreds of metres above the surrounding grasslands. Our key attraction inside the park today is an unforgettable walk into Echidna Chasm. We arrive at our bush camp in time to sit back and watch the sun set over the Osmond Ranges. If you've had enough of tent camping by now, you might want to spend tonight sleeping out beneath the stars snuggled up in a swag. Accommodation - Camping (with basic facilities – no showers) (1 night) Included Activities - Echidna Chasm Meals Included - Breakfast - Lunch - Dinner Special Information Total driving today is around 5.5 hours. Total walking distance is approximately five kilometres.

Day 4

Day 4: Purnululu National Park (Bungle Bungles) After breakfast prepare for a full day of activities, as the group heads back out to explore the remarkable rock formations of the Bungle Bungles. Hike to the thin, red gap of Echidna Chasm and the enormous Cathedral Gorge. There's also the opportunity to experience a helicopter flight over the Bungle Bungles (at your own expense). As the sun goes down, head to your overnight camp. Accommodation - Camping (with basic facilities – no showers) (1 night) Included Activities - Cathedral Gorge Walk (Bungle Bungle) Optional Activities - Helicopter Flight – Bungle Bungles – from – AUD350 Meals Included - Breakfast - Lunch - Dinner Special Information Total driving time today is around 2 hour. Total walking distance is approximately 5 kilometres.

Day 5

Day 5: Purnululu National Park to El Questro's Emma Gorge You will once again experience some serious 4WD action as you wind your way out of the Bungle Bungles heading through the East Kimberley region. We spend the afternoon exploring the key attraction of El Questro Station. Tackle the hike into Emma Gorge where you will be rewarded with a stunning waterfall and a swim. We drive onto our overnight stop our exclusive camp on the Ord River. Accommodation - Camping (with facilities) (1 night) Included Activities - Emma Gorge Meals Included - Breakfast - Lunch - Dinner Special Information Total driving time today is around 5 hours. Total walking distance is approximately one kilometre.

Day 6

Day 6: Kununurra Region Wake up with the knowledge of not having to pack-up. Take some time to have a look around the picturesque Ord River system (no saltwater crocs). Your guide will show you around the East Kimberley ??capital city' of Kunnunurra with local features such as Hoochery Distillery, Walk at Mirima National Park, In the late afternoon, walk up to an exclusive and stunning lookout over the Upper Ord River system and watch the colours change during spectacular Kimberley Sunset. Accommodation - Camping (with facilities) (1 night) Included Activities - Short Hike to 360 degree views of Ord River & East Kimberley Meals Included - Breakfast - Lunch - Dinner Special Information Total driving time today is around 45 minutes. Total walking distance is up to seven kilometres.

Day 7

Day 7: Gibb River Road and Mount Barnett After breakfast, its time to hit the road again and start travelling along the legendary Gibb River Road. 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 destination is at Mt Barnett station located very close to Manning Gorge. This evening we camp at Mount Barnett by the banks of a crystal clear fresh water river, perfect to cool off in after your day hiking. Accommodation - Camping (with basic facilities) (1 night) Included Activities - Gibb River Road Meals Included - Breakfast - Lunch - Dinner Special Information Total driving time today is around 6 hours. Total walking distance is approximately two kilometres.

Day 8

Day 8: Manning Gorge We spend the morning exploring the stunning Manning Gorge and enjoy a swim in the pools under Manning Falls. Depending on the season, post-lunch we spend the afternoon exploring Galvan's Gorge before heading back to camp to relax around the campfire. Accommodation - Camping (with facilities) (1 night) Included Activities - Galvans Gorge - Manning Gorge Meals Included - Breakfast - Lunch - Dinner Special Information Total driving time today is around 1 hour. Total walking distance is approximately six kilometres

Day 9

Day 9: Bells Gorge and Windjana Gorge The Western Kimberley region is full of endless stunning gorges that have to be explored and this morning is no exception. After breakfast we adventure to Bell Gorge (subject to weather and road conditions) home to a stunning cascade of water flowing from the previous wet season rains that fall in the King Leopold Ranges. The afternoon sees us head to 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. We'll set up camp for the last time together in the Western Kimberley region. Accommodation - Camping (with facilities) (1 night) Included Activities - Windjana Gorge - Bell Gorge Meals Included - Breakfast - Lunch - Dinner Special Information - Total driving time today is around 4.5 hours. Total walking distance is approximately four to six kilometres.

Day 10

Day 10: Broome We continue through the Napier Range on a guided walk-through at Tunnel Creek, a vast cave system that extends 750 metres underground. Inside, shards of sunlight stream in through crevices, little bats flutter about and enormous stalactites rear down from the ceiling. Then make the final drive on to Broome, hopefully arriving in time for a stunning Cable Beach sunset. Included Activities - Tunnel Creek exploration walk Meals Included - Breakfast - Lunch Special Information Total driving time today is around 4 hours. Total walking distance is approximately four kilometres. Any onward travel must be booked for the following day after the tour finishes.
Summary

What’s included?

Accommodation

Camping - Swag

Local transport

4WD Bus

Meals

Breakfast: 9
Lunch: 10
Dinner: 9

Additional info

WHAT TO BRING
  • Generally speaking, we recommend you pack as lightly as possible and make sure that you are able to carry and lift your own luggage and walk with it for short distances
  • Most travellers carry their luggage in a backpack, although an overnight bag with a shoulder strap would suffice if you travel lightly
  • Smaller bags are convenient and we recommend your bag has carry straps
  • You’ll also need a day pack/bag to carry water, camera, and jacket etc. when you’re exploring during the day
  • 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.
  • 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
  • Comfortable walking shoes and comfortable clothing
  • Sun protection
  • In the evenings temperatures really drop, so ensure you have base layers and warm clothing
  • This trip requires a sleeping bag.

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