8 Days Broome - Gibb River Road - Darwin 4WD Tour with 2 World Heritage Areas

8 Days Broome - Gibb River Road - Darwin 4WD Tour with 2 World Heritage Areas

8 Days Broome - Gibb River Road - Darwin 4WD Tour with 2 World Heritage Areas

Discover former coral reefs that make breath-taking gorges today. Watch beehive domes stretch into the sky and waterfalls fall in the depths. Dust, river crossings, corrugated iron roads: The legendary Gibb River Road stands for endless driving pleasure. As a reward, the breath-taking natural beauty of the Kimberley region awaits. Discover billions of years of Australian history. See freshwater crocodiles up close, bearing thousands of years of history on their scaly humpback. A fantastic journey with 2 UNESCO World Heritage Sites: Purnululu National Park and Kakadu National Park!

Tour Details

  • Min: 5 passengers
  • Price: twin: AU$ 5300 / single: AU$ 6550
  • Departs ex Broome (on Saturdays): 18.05.2019 / 13.07.2019 / 31.08.2019
  • Departs ex Darwin (on Mondays): 27.05.2019 / 22.07.2019 / 09.09.2019
  • Private Charter Tours: can be booked on a private charter tour (May – September)
  • All prices are per person and valid until 31 March 2020

INCLUDES:

  • Transport in an air-conditioned 4WD bus with a maximum of 12 passengers per vehicle
  • Accommodation during the tour 7x in Hotels/Motels/Tented Safari cabins (wooden floor, real beds, ensuite)
  • German speaking tour guiding / English speaking & French speaking on request only
  • Entry fees National Parks, World Heritage Areas, Willie Creek Pearl Farm, Geikie Gorge cruise, El Questro Jeep Tour, Day Tour Flight/4WD Bungle Bungle, Katherine Gorge cruise, Yellow Water cruise
  • Meals (7x B – Breakfast / 2x L – Lunch / 1x D – Dinner)
  • Daily extensive coffee/tea break with also juices, biscuits, muesli-bars, nuts, salty snacks, seasonal fruit and/or vegetable, dried fruit and lots more (including gluten free products) to choose from
  • Free cold non-alcoholic drinks during driving
  • Comprehensive information kit in vehicles
  • 24/7 German/French/English emergency assistance
  • Personal bag with comprehensive information package and useful bits and pieces for your Australian holiday

Tour Overview

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4x4 Tour

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Bungle Bungle Aerial Scenic Flight/4x4 Tour/Walking Day Tour

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Katherine Gorge

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2 UNESCO World Heritage Areas

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Gibb River Road with all Highlights

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Kakadu National Park with Yellow Waters and Rock Art

Day 1 Broome – Fitzroy Crossing B

In the pristine and warm water of the Indian Ocean around Broome you’ll find pearls which are among the most sought worldwide. Up until 1930 this small fishing town has met three quarters of the world’s pearling supplies and has become Australia’s pearling metropolis. By visiting the only pearl farm open to tourists in the Kimberley, you are given an insight into the pearling industry and its history. After this neat and informative visit, we leave Broome northwards. Near Derby we visit its main attraction with a dark past, the prison tree. In the hollow trunk of the old Boab tree, Aboriginals were imprisoned. Today, the bulbous giant is protected and should not be entered out of respect for this place and its history. On the Northern Highway No 1 we travel comfortably towards Fitzroy Crossing, our destination for the day.
Accommodation: Fitzroy River Lodge, Fitzroy Crossing

Day 2 Fitzroy Crossing – Mt Hart Homestead B/PL/D
On its way to the Indian Ocean the mighty Fitzroy River crosses Geikie Range, a ragged limestone ground. On a length of 14 km the river exposed the walls of the prehistoric Devonian Great Barrier Reef. The so incurred canyon, Geikie Gorge, is the heart of the National Park. Whilst on a cruise through the canyon we will have the possibility to observe freshwater crocodiles and to gaze and wonder at the remaining dry coral reef now present by the coloured limestone walls of the canyon. Finally, we are starting our Kimberley adventure: Our first section on the Gibb River Road which for many people is the ultimate thrill of all of Australia’s off-road roads. It is one of the most famous tracks in Australia’s northwest region. This legendary cattle track, the so-called “Beef Road”, was originally constructed to enable the farmers of the isolated north-western part of Western Australia to drive their cattle to the ports of Derby and Wyndham. We have a very special surprise for you waiting in Tunnel Creek National Park: We will not walk across the park but we will wade through it. The track follows the streambed of Tunnel Creek along a 750 m long cave system – the oldest in Western Australia – below Napier Range. The approach to Windjana Gorge National Park is very impressive. The vertical rock faces of the Napier Range look like an insuperable wall. Dating back approximately 350 million years ago a shallow tropical sea covered a large proportion of this area and formed a coral reef over 1,000 km in length. Fossils can still be found embedded in the walls of Windjana Gorge and Tunnel Creek. In the early evening we will arrive at Mt Hart Homestead. We enjoy dinner in a fantastic atmosphere.
Accommodation: Mt Hart Homestead, Gibb River Road

Day 3 Mt Hart Homestead – Home Valley Station B
The highlights of today’s leg are undoubtedly the different gorges and canyons. Our first stop is Galvans Gorge. It is not exactly a gorge but more of a very idyllic pool nestled in between big rocks. As this location was already much loved by the traditional owners they have left their rock art. We are talking about Wandjinas, the charismatic creatures of the ancestors of the Kimberley. Close to Mt Barnett Roadhouse we visit the pretty Manning Gorge with its crystal-clear water. It is also regarded as a popular spot to observe the versatile bird life. In the late afternoon we arrive at Home Valley Station. This cattle station is still in operation and is managed by local Aborigines.
Accommodation: Home Valley Station, Gibb River Road

Day 4 Home Valley Station – Kununurra B
Today, we will soon cross Pentecost River. Dust and dirt, river crossings, corrugation: The legendary Gibb River Road stands for infinite driving pleasure. The journey is the reward. Provisions are the breathtaking natural beauties of the Kimberley region. We will visit the privately owned El Questro Wilderness Park where we will be taken up with informative accounts of the history and legends of the El Questro Farm. Through a traditional ‚Bush Culture, History and Nature Tour’ you will be astonished to learn about the possibilities of nourishing yourself in order to live in this harsh desolate land without any conventional methods of shopping for food. Eventually, our 660 km journey on one of the world’s greatest tracks comes to an end. The last kilometres to Kununurra are on the Great Northern Highway.
Accommodation: Kununurra Country Club Resort, Kununurra

Day 5 Kununurra – Bungle Bungle – Kununurra B/L
Today’s trip into the Bungle Bungle National Park is a highlight at its best. It gives you the great opportunity to experience a breath-taking view on unique rock formations from the air and on foot. From a small airplane you enjoy gorgeous bird’s eye views on Lake Argyle, the Carr Boyd Range and enormous cattle farms. While approaching the airstrip amidst the Bungle Bungle National Park the wonder world of these amazing limestone rocks opens up. By 4WD and on foot you reach Cathedral Gorge. Enjoy a picnic surrounded by fantastic rock sculptures reminding of bee-hives and let this unique atmosphere sink in. On the flight back to Kununurra you get great views of the Argyle Diamante Mine and the rough embankments of the Osmand Range. This day will provide you with unforgettable memories that you will keep all your life.
Accommodation: Kununurra Country Club Resort, Kununurra

Day 6 Kununurra – Katherine B
With a look from Kelly Knob Lookout we say goodbye to Kununurra and Western Australia. Soon after, we will pass the border to the Northern Territory. Leisurely drive along Victoria Highway to Katherine.
Accommodation: Knotts Crossing Resort, Katherine

Day 7 Katherine – Cooinda (Kakadu National Park)  B
After breakfast, we start today’s touring day with a 2-hour cruise through the spectacular Katherine Gorge. A wonderful experience with beautiful views and the opportunity to admire Aboriginal rock art. Via Kakadu Highway, we finally get into Kakadu National Park. Nourlangie Rock, a site of impressive Aboriginal galleries, presents a mix of up to 20,000-year old rock art.
Accommodation: Gagudju Lodge Cooinda, Yellow Water

Day 8 Cooinda (Kakadu National Park) – Darwin B
An impressive boat cruise in Yellow Waters will give you the rare opportunity of viewing the many varieties of wildlife in their natural habitat. As this area is a beloved resting ground during the dry season, you will be both amazed and delighted to see such an abundance of bird types and observe crocodiles within such a close range. At Ubirr Rock – in the heart of the Kakadu National Park – you will find enough time today to wonder and gaze in caves and at rocks of Aboriginal rock art (the world’s oldest art gallery), and also to enjoy a wonderful panoramic view over Kakadu Park. A further stop in the Mamukala Wetlands will allow us to observe thousands of magpie-geese, a fantastic World Heritage Protected area of UNESCO. We reach Darwin in the evening where your unforgettable tour ends at your pre-booked accommodation.