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Broome To Darwin Camping Tour

A hiking and camping trip for fit active travellers

Our overland expedition gives you the experience of private and exclusive bush camps. We have been doing the Kimberley for so long that we have established relationships with landholders to access private property for camping, swimming and hiking. Small Groups with a maximum of 13 people

Travelling in the small group ensures quality personalised tours and the guides are genuinely the best in the business. They live here in the heart of the Kimberley and we guarantee that nobody knows this country better than they do ... let them show you their backyard with purpose built vehicles and freshly prepared meals every single day!

Booking Conditions

Age Restriction: Children on request

Fitness Requirement: Average

What's included

  • 9 Day Broome to Darwin Tour
  • All food from lunch 1 to lunch on day 9
  • All national park entry fees
  • All camping fees
  • 4WD vehicle for bush access
  • Dedicated wildlife guide
  • Pick up and drop off at your accomodation
  • All camping gear except sleeping bags

What To Bring

  • Sleeping Bag suitable for conditions
  • Sturdy Shoes (hiking boots or runners)
  • Shoes you can wear in the water
  • Torch / Head Lamp
  • Refillable Water Bottle
  • Swimmers and towel
  • Hat and sunglasses
  • Light, cotton long-sleeved shirt to cover up from the sun
  • Sun screen / insect repellent
  • toiletries
  • iPod
  • Camera
  • Jumper/ Pullover
  • Pillow

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Itinerary

Day 1 : Broome to Windjana Gorge
Your Broome to Darwin tour begins when we pick you up from your Broome accommodation in the Adventure Truck and immediately head east and into the Kimberley. Our first stop is the famous Boab prison tree near Derby, a huge hollowed out Boab tree which was used as a prison in the early pioneering days, this is not only an amazing natural wonder but also gives us an insight into to challenging relationship between the early settlers and Aboriginal people of the Kimberley. Next we head to Windjana Gorge, a huge gorge cut into the ranges over millennium to reveal beautiful scenery of high vertical cliffs, sandy beaches and meandering creek. We head off on a hike at Windjana of about 4km and often see freshwater crocodiles swimming in the clear waterholes. From Windjana it’s off to our first wilderness bush camp. It feels nice to get back into the great outdoors with the stars above. Highlights Depart Broome Boab Prison Tree Windjana Gorge Camp: Private Wilderness Camp on Station Country Activities: Short Hike approx 2km
Meals :Lunch, Dinner

Day 2 : Tunnel Creek to Bell Gorge
The mobile phones get packed up with the camping gear as they become useless and we head off nice and early for our first activity, exploring Tunnel Creek. Tunnel Creek is an amazing natural phenomenon and holds great significance to the local Aboriginal people, and getting there early normally guarantees we have the place for ourselves. It is a 750 metre long stretch of creek, which runs underground through one of the oldest cave systems in Western Australia. Many aboriginal rock paintings are present in the cave and it was a hideout of the Aboriginal warrior, Jandamarra in 1897. From Tunnel Creek we get on the Gibb River Road, a 700km long outback dirt road which runs between Derby and Kununurra, it’s not the easiest route, the track is often rough, there are a number or deep water crossings and a 4WD vehicle is essential. However it’s an amazing travel route as along the length of the Gibb River Road are vast tracts of wilderness and numerous rivers, gorges and waterfalls to explore. The first water fall of the Broome to Darwin tour is Bell Gorge. After a short 15 minute walk we come to a beautiful creek, which flows through the centre of this impressive gorge and cascades over numerous falls. A deep swimming hole at the base of the main waterfall, surrounded by shady ledges and high cliffs, is an ideal lunch spot. From Bell Gorge we push on along the Gibb for a little before finding our 2nd bush Camp for the night, another remote wilderness location where we collect firewood, set up camp and settle in for the night. Highlights Tunnel Creek Gibb River Road Bell Gorge Camp: Private Wilderness Camp on Station Country Activities: Hike & Swim approx 5km
Meals :Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3 : Exploring Manning Gorge
Emerging from camp it’s back on the Gibb River Road and onto Manning Gorge where we spend most of the day. White sandy beaches with a Pandanus tree lined waterway opening into a wide clear waterhole greet us only minutes after starting the walk. We must swim across the river before following a trail leading to the top of gorge. The gorge has a waterfall plus a deep wide swimming hole surrounded by granite cliffs & rock outcrops. It is a spectacular setting with hidden examples of Bradshaw Aboriginal Rock Art. The return route from manning Gorge is a little less conventional as we swim and rock hop along the creek before reaching the main waterhole where it started, this activity is often rated as a highlight of the Broome to Darwin tour. Depending on the time available, Galvan’s and / or Adcock Gorge’s are also visited. Camp tonight is either at Manning Gorge, where toilets and showers are available, or back into the bush depending on the preference of your guide. Highlights Manning Gorge Galvan’s Gorge Adcock Gorge Camp: Private Wilderness Camp on Station Country Activities: Hiking & Swimming up to 8km
Meals :Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4 : Ellenbrae Cattle Station to the Pentecost River
An early morning swim at Manning is a great way to wake up. From here it’s back on “The Gibb” where we continue on our Easterly trek.There is a variety great spots to stop and check out, including secluded waterholes and Ellenbrae Cattle Station. Arriving at the Pentecost River we are presented with an incredible landscape of a wide river surrounded by rugged Cockburn Ranges, a classic Kimberley scene. Here we need to drive the 4WD through the Pentecost River, driving a vehicle across a 60 metre wide outback river which is occupied by Salt Water Crocodiles is not something you do every day, but it’s only way through so across we go. Another bush camp under the stars awaits us. Highlights Gibb River Road Pentacost River Camp: Private Wilderness Camp on Station Country Activities: Indigenous Art. Short Hike approx 2km
Meals :Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5 : El Questro Station to Purnululu National Park
A short distance from the Pentecost is El Questro Station, home of more beautiful landscapes, one of which is Emma Falls. A hike through a spectacular gorge takes us to very high and narrow falls with a deep cool plunge pool where we can swim. From El Questro we head to one of the highlights of this Broome to Darwin tour, Purnululu National Park, more commonly known as the Bungle Bungles. Our time in this region is spent hiking and exploring the Gorges and amazing landscapes the area contains. The long and dusty track into the Bungles is spectacular; it winds its way through valleys, over ranges and through creeks before arriving at what must be one of the world’s most unique landscapes. The day ends with a spectacular sunset from a vantage point at camp. Highlights: Emma Gorge El Questro Station Purnululu National Park (Bungles) Sunset Camp: Bush Camp, National Park Facility Activities: Hiking & Swimming approx 5km
Meals :Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6 : Exploring the Bungles Bungles
With an early rise we are able to take advantage of a spectacular Bungle Bungles sunrise, from our vantage point we watch the show with a cup of tea or coffee and breakfast from a remote location. A short drive from the sunrise area is the trailhead for the Cathedral Gorge hike, a spectacular hike though the beehive formations to Cathedral Gorge. The gorge itself is one of the most impressive geological formations you are likely to see anywhere. From here there is the opportunity to take a scenic flight over the Bungles, helicopter rides from 18 minutes are available. From the air the bungles take on a completely new perspective and the open chopper is sensational. Scenic flights are at your own expense and organised on the day. We then head off for Echidna Chasm for a hike into the domes, following a creek to it’s source at a narrow passage buried within the Bungles. After lunch we depart Purnululu and locate our bush camp, this time on a lovely creek with a sandy beach Highlights Purnululu Sunrise Cathedral Gorge Picaninny Creek Echidna Chasm Beehive Formations Optional Helicopter Flight Camp: Private Wilderness Camp on Station Country Activities: Hiking approx 5km
Meals :Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7 : Kununurra to Lake Argyle
From our bush camp we head for Kununurra, the first sign of civilisation we have seen for a week. As we approach town the mobile phones start beeping and we take the opportunity to catch up on the world with some free time in this classic outback town while your guide replenishes supplies. From Kununurra we head to Lake Argyle for what is regularly voted as the highlight of the Broome to Darwin tour. Lake Argyle is a huge freshwater lake teaming with wildlife, from wallabies in the rocky shores, to freshwater crocodiles to birdlife. We board a boat where a local guide shows us the lake, there is time to swim before we watch sunset from the water and then camp on one of the remote islands. This is a great experience, knowing you are the only people on a single island in the middle of one of the most remote lakes in the world is unforgettable. We have a campfire, the sky is full of stars and the cool water is inviting to those brave souls who want a midnight swim. Highlights Kununurra Lake Argyle Lake Argyle Private Island Camp Camp: Private Wilderness Camp on Island Activities: Boat Cruise & Swimming
Meals :Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8 : Lake Argyle to Keep River National Park
The sunrise from our island camp is again unforgettable. We pack up camp, re-board the boat and head back to our vehicle. From Lake Argyle we push East towards the Northern Territory border and Keep River National Park. Keep River is another amazing location where there are a number of hikes we can take before settling down for another bush camp. Highlights Lake Argyle Island Sunrise Early Cruise & Swim Victoria River Region Camp: Private Wilderness Camp on Station Country Activities: Boat Cruise & Hiking approx 4km
Meals :Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9 : Katherine to Darwin
On the final day of Broome to darwin tour we arrive in Katherine. We explore or Edith Falls within Nitmiluk National Park, which offers more adventure, hiking, swimming and spectacular landscapes. We normally arrive into Darwin at around 6pm, your guide will conclude the tour by dropping you off at your accommodation. Highlights Edith Falls Arrival into Darwin Activities: Boat Cruise & Hiking approx 4km
Meals :Breakfast, Lunch

Pickups

  • April 2018    16th, 23rd, 30th
  • May 2018     7th, 14th, 29th  
  • June 2018    5th, 20th, 27th (family departure*)
  • July 2018     12th (family departure), 19th
  • Aug 2018      3rd, 10th, 25th
  • Sept 2018     1st, 16th, 23rd (family departure*)
  • Oct 2018       8th

KAT will pick up from anywhere in Broome

All passengers are asked to be ready at 6am on the morning of the tour. 

* Family departure. anyone can book these dates, however these trips are likely to have families and children, possibly as young as 7 yrs old travelling. At other times the minimum age is 16

AUD $120
Some of our tours require a local fee for National Parks that need to be paid directly to your guide while on tour.

Optional Excursions

Optional Activities (Available to sign up on tour with your guide)

  • Camping
  • 4WD Tours
  • Adventure

Available Extras

Local payment of $120 for Lake Argyle Crusie & overnight camp

Sleeping Bag Purchase $30 per person if required (most passengers bring their own)

Optional flights at Bungles Bungles are available, paid direct to flight operator. 15 minutes from $255.

Any alcohol beverages. Passengers are allowed to purchase alcohol to take on tour but this must be bought in can or cask form as bottles (stubbies) will get smashed due to bumpy roads.

 

No Credit Card or Booking Fees!!

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RAG Recommendation

This trip is book up well in advance. It is a real camping adventure with long hikes requiring a high level of fitness as the weather can be very warm.

Recent Independent Reviews

  • This is our original Broome to Darwin Kimberley Tour which has been operating since 1997. It’s packed with Adventure and has us wild camping, hiking and swimming across the Kimberley exploring the best of the Gibb River Road, Bungle Bungles and Lake Argyle. Total outback camping in swags on this adventure.

    By Christian S
    On Trip Advisor 13 June 2017

    9 days Broome to Darwin

    I've been travelling a lot but could never be bothered to write a review. So the fact that I'm writing this one should be an indication of how brilliant this trip was. You'll see stunning cliffs and mountain ranges, wonderful wildlife, magical sunrises and sunsets and jump of waterfalls and cliffs into unbelievably clear waterholes (only if you want to of course, but who wouldn't :-)). After a long day of hiking, swimming and adventuring you'll camp in the bush with your fellow travellers, get a fire going, putting your tents up, prepare dinner. I've met some of the most amazing people on this tour. Which brings me to the next part, our guide Trent. Simply put, he was awesome. It was absolutely astonishing how many times he stopped in the middle of nowhere to lead us to some wonderful waterhole, aboriginal rock art or bush camping spot. Something on the itinerary still closed? No worries, Trent is going to lead you to an even more awesome spot. You could feel how excited he was about his job and it really caught on to the group, by day two we where calling him "Ranger Trent" :-) At one point we had passengers of other tours taking pictures of us climbing 2 meter high boulders and building human chains to get our backpacks across chest high water. He had a very good grasp of the abilities of all the members of the gourd and offered alternatives for those not able to do the hardest hikes. On top of that he was a masterful chef on the camp fire (don't expect to lose too much weight on this trip ;-)) and just an awesome, friendly guy to be around. In conclusion: I've been to most countries in Europe, saw amazing places in New Zealand, swam with sharks in Fiji, whale sharks in Australia. Still this is hands down the best thing I ever did. So in short: Call them, ask for Trent, book the tour, thank me later. 

    By thegrisw0lds,
    from Adelaide, Australia
    On Trip Advisor 11 September 2018

    Add to your family's holiday bucket list

    This holiday is a must for all families. The Kimberley is where heaven and earth touch with spectacular landscapes and starry nights so vivid you feel you can touch. 
    True to promotion and other reviews, this is real camping adventure to share especially with your teens; jumping into rock pools, walking through breathtaking gorges, camping on Lake Argyle, rough roads, swagging next to the camp fire, reading and swapping books. The remoteness is invigorating especially with the added bonus of no wifi or phone coverage. Delicious camp fire food that even the fussiest teen will eat … well done Tim on a true adventure that our family will never forget. Our teen girls are keen to go again … breakdown, crocs, thunderbox and all! 
    (and ladies, don't be put off by the thought of no loos ... there are frequent loo stops when travelling and each bus has a thunderbox for remote camping stops, so no squatting is required!)

    By Cat A,
    from Sydney, Australia
    On Trip Advisor 8 June 2017

    Broome to Darwin - 9 Days in Paradise!

    I have just finished the 9 day trip from Broome to Darwin and it was the trip of a lifetime! Our guide Trent was amazing. So knowledgeable about the area and so happy and excited to be showing us this amazing part of Australia. We hiked, we swam, we laughed, we stayed in bush camps that felt like our own personal secret spots. It was very special. And not to mention Trent’s amazing cooking and stories shared around a campfire at night to really top of a fun filled day.
    Thank you Trent and Kimberley Adventure Tours for the most memorable holiday. I’m already planning my next one!

    By Kate H,
    from Penola, Australia
    On Trip Advisor 8 June 2017

    9 Day Broome to Darwin Tour

    I didn't know much about the Kimberley before I did this tour, now I can't believe more people haven't done this! If you have a sense of adventure and are keen to get out of your comfort zone, Kimberley Adventure Tours are a fantastic way to see one of Australia's most beautiful areas. Our guide Trent was brilliant, his knowledge and passion for the area were incredible, and his ability to adapt the tour to his guests and the availability of attractions was perfect. His cooking abilities were exceptional, despite his love of sweet chilli sauce :)
    We had a group of varied ages, however it's best to be physically fit to enjoy this trip. I would recommend this to anyone!! Thanks Trent and thanks Kimberley Adventures! Loved it!!!!!

    By gelee303,
    from Brisbane, Australia
    On Trip Advisor 30 May 2017

    Adventure+

    took the 9 day Kimberley tour from Darwin to Broome. What an adventure! Was true bush camping with a mixture of out of the way places with nobody else around and the occasional established camping area where you can take a nice shower (although plenty of magnificent swimming holes along the way to keep clean). Best part was having to pitch in and set up camp and help with the cooking. Really brings the group together. Our guide Trent was amazing. His ability to stop in the middle of nowhere with no signposting and find a great camping spot or some amazing aboriginal rock art made the trip a wonderful experience and his knowledge for such a young guy was immense. A must for the bucket list!

    By katchaaaaa,
    from Darwin, Australia
    On Trip Advisor 15 June 2017

    Absolutely Amazing - The real Aussie Adventure

    I did the 9 day tour with Kimberley Adventure tours and had the most incredible time. Our Tour guide Shane had immense knowledge of the area and really made the trip one of the best ones I have been on.

    If you are chasing a true Aussie Adventure in one of the most spectacular parts of Australia, sleeping under the Stars, Bush camping , Lots of hiking, unbelievable Waterfalls and Gorges then this is the trip for you.