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9 Day Wildlife Tour with Camping Along the Way from Broome to Darwin, Australia

Broome, Australia

Wilderness Tour in North Western Australia

Join this amazing adventure and camping tour through the Kimberley Region of North Western Australia between Broome and Darwin. During the tour, you should expect adventure, challenges, long hikes, and swims, as well as rough roads.

Key information

  • Group safari
  • Maximum group size: 13 persons
  • Starting point: Broome, Australia
  • Ending point: Darwin, Australia
  • English speaking guide
  • Children policy: Open to children from 7 to 16 years old when traveling with an adult, on specific dates / tours
  • Park fees: All camping and national park entry fees are included

Highlights

  • Dedicated wildlife hiking guide
  • See fresh and salt water crocodiles
  • Four-wheeled vehicle for bush access
  • 8 nights accommodation
  • Daily delicious meals

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9 activity days
Group size: Maximum of 13 participants
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Accommodation

All camping gear, except sleeping bags, is provided during this tour.

Program

Day 1: Broome to Station County, Kimberly

Your Broome to Darwin tour begins when Travel Wild picks you up from your Broome accommodation in the adventure truck and immediately head east and into the Kimberley.

The 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 you an insight into to the challenging relationship between the early settlers and aboriginal people of the Kimberley.

Next, you head to Windjana Gorge, a huge gorge cut into the ranges over the millennium to reveal beautiful scenery of high vertical cliffs, sandy beaches, and meandering creeks. You will head off on a hike at Windjana of about 4 kilometers and often see freshwater crocodiles swimming in the clear waterholes.

From Windjana, it’s off to your first wilderness bush camp. It feels nice to get back into the great outdoors with the stars above.

  • Camp: Private wilderness camp on Station Country
  • Activities: Short hike of approximately 2 kilometers

Day 2: Explore Tunnel Creek and Bell Gorge

The mobile phones get packed up with the camping gear, as they become useless, and you head off nice and early for your 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 you have the place for yourself. It is a 750-meter 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, you will get on the Gibb River Road, a 700 kilometers 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 4-wheeled 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 waterfall of the Broome to Darwin tour is Bell Gorge. After a short 15-minute walk, you come to a beautiful creek, which flows through the center 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, you will push on along the Gibb for a little before finding your second bush camp for the night, another remote wilderness location where you will collect firewood, set up camp, and settle in for the night.

  • Camp: Private wilderness camp on Station Country
  • Activities: Hike and swim approximately five kilometers

Day 3: Manning Gorge

Another day of adventure awaits. Emerging from camp it’s back on the Gibb River Road and onto Manning Gorge, where you will 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. You 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 and 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 you 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.

  • Camp: Private wilderness camp on Station Country
  • Activities: Hiking and swimming up to 8 kilometers

Day 4: Ellenbrae Cattle Station, Pentecost River, and Cockburn Ranges

An early morning swim at Manning is a great way to wake up. From here, it’s back on The Gibb where you continue on your easterly trek. There is a variety of great spots to stop and check out, including secluded waterholes and Ellenbrae Cattle Station.

Arriving at the Pentecost River, you are presented with an incredible landscape of a wide river surrounded by rugged Cockburn Ranges, a classic Kimberley scene.

Here, you need to drive the 4-wheeled through the Pentecost River, driving a vehicle across a 60 meter wide outback river which is occupied by saltwater crocodiles is not something you do every day, but it’s the only way through so across you go.

  • Camp: Private wilderness camp on Station Country
  • Activities: Indigenous art, short hike of approximately 2 kilometers.

Day 5: El Questro Station, Emma Falls, and 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 you to very high and narrow falls with a deep cool plunge pool where you can swim.

From El Questro you head to one of the highlights of this Broome to Darwin tour, Purnululu National Park, more commonly known as the Bungle Bungles.

Your 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.

  • Camp: Bush camp, national park facility
  • Activities: Hiking and swimming approximately 5 kilometers

Day 6: Explore Purnululu National Park

With an early rise, you are able to take advantage of a spectacular Bungle Bungles sunrise, from the vantage point, you will 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 through 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 organized on the day.

You then head off for Echidna Chasm for a hike into the domes, following a creek to its source at a narrow passage buried within the Bungles. After lunch, you depart Purnululu and locate your bush camp, this time on a lovely creek with a sandy beach.

  • Camp: Private wilderness Camp on Station Country
  • Activities: Hiking approximately 5 kilometers

Day 7: Purnululu National Park to Kununurra and Lake Argyle

From the bush camp, you head for Kununurra, the first sign of civilization you have seen for a week. As you approach town, the mobile phones start beeping and you 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, you 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 teeming with wildlife, from wallabies in the rocky shores, to freshwater crocodiles to birdlife. You board a boat where a local guide shows you the lake, there is time to swim before you 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. You have a campfire, the sky is full of stars, and the cool water is inviting to those brave souls who want a midnight swim.

  • Camp: Private wilderness camp on the island
  • Activities: Boat cruise and swimming

Day 8: Lake Argyle - Northern Territory - Keep River National Park

The sunrise from your island camp is again unforgettable. You will pack up camp, re-board the boat, and head back to your vehicle. From Lake Argyle, you 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 you can take before settling down for another bush camp.

  • Camp: Private wilderness camp on Station Country
  • Activities: Boat cruise and hiking for approximately 4 kilometers

Day 9: Keep River - Katherine - Darwin / End of the tour

On the final day of the Broome to Darwin tour, you arrive in Katherine. You will explore Edith Falls within Nitmiluk National Park, which offers more adventure, hiking, swimming, and spectacular landscapes.

You will normally arrive into Darwin at around 6 p.m. and your guide will conclude the tour by dropping you off at your accommodation.

  • Activities: Boat cruise and hiking for approximately 4 kilometers.

Location

This 4WD camping tour will take you through the spectacular region of North Western Australia between Broome and Darwin, exploring gorges, waterfalls, rivers, and national parks.

Food

All food from lunch on day 1 to lunch on day 9 are included. Each guide is responsible for their own menu but here is a general guide of what to expect.

Breakfast

Normally consists of cereal and muesli with milk and toast with spreads, teas, and coffee. Each passenger is responsible for preparing their own breakfast.

Lunch

Normally consists of wraps, rolls, and bread with cold meat, salad, and condiments. Each passenger is responsible for preparing their own lunch.

Dinner

Each night will different, expect BBQ’s, pasta dishes, stir fry's, roasts in the camp oven, and more. Your guide is responsible for preparing the evening meal, however will request assistance in preparation. If you are a keen cook, there are normally opportunities for you to take over and put your own stamp on a meal or two.

The meals are designed to cater for meat eaters and vegetarians. Whilst the guides are often praised for producing great tasting food, they are not trained chefs and cannot know or be responsible for every single ingredient contained in bottled sauces and condiments. \

If you have specific allergies, it is your responsibility to ensure that you do not eat any food on tour containing these allergens. You will need to read the labels on the ingredients and if in doubt, do not eat it. The tours operate in extremely remote areas and medical assistance can be several hours away at the best.

Your guide will do their best if a meal contains an ingredient you cannot eat, then separate meals may need to be prepared. In this case, it would be expected that you assist in this process.

Gluten-free diets

If you require a gluten-free diet, Travel Wild asks that you bring with you replacement gluten-free food, this should include replacements for bread, wraps, and pasta.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

What's included

  • 8 nights accommodation
  • All food from lunch on day 1 to lunch on day 9
  • All national park entry fees
  • All camping fees
  • 4-wheeled vehicle for bush access
  • Dedicated wildlife hiking guide
  • Pick up and drop off at your accommodation
  • All camping gear except sleeping bags

What's not included

  • Lake Argyle overnight cruise (120 AUD payable on board)
  • Helicopter flights at Purnululu National Park
  • Sleeping bags

How to get there

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Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Broome International Airport (BME).

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 14% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.
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Tour information

During the Australian school holiday periods, Travel Wild have specific departure dates on their regular tours where families with children from 8 years of age are welcome to join these tours. At other times, the minimum age for travel is 16 years old. Please inquire for family tour prices and availability dates.

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