Broome to Darwin Tour – 8 Days
Broome – Mt Hart Homestead – Fitzroy Crossing – Kununurra – Bungle Bungle – Kununurra – El Questro Emma Gorge – Kununurra – Katherine – Cooinda (Kakadu Nationalpark) – Darwin
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)
Entry fees National Parks, World Heritage Areas, Geikie Gorge cruise, Day Tour Flight/4WD Bungle Bungle, El Questro Jeep-Tour, Katherine Gorge cruise, Yellow Water cruise
Comprehensive information kit in vehicles
Personal bag with a comprehensive information package and useful bits and pieces for your Australian holiday
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
English speaking guiding
German speaking guiding
French speaking guiding and other languages on request only
24/7 English/German/French emergency assistance
Today 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. 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. 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. Beautiful Bell George with its breathtaking waterfall within the King Leopold Range Conservation Park is most probably the most picturesque and charming gorge of the Kimberly. 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 (Breakfast / Dinner)
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. 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. In the evening we arrive in Fitzroy Crossing, our destination for the day.
Accommodation: Fitzroy River Lodge, Fitzroy Crossing (Breakfast / Lunch)
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. In Halls Creek we take a short detour to the so-called China Wall. The vertical, up to 5 m high wall of bright quartz is the result of erosion and looks like being built by humans. Along the Great Northern Highway, between the Durack Range and the Carr Boyd Range, we continue to Kununurra.
Accommodation: Kununurra Country Club Resort, Kununurra (Breakfast)
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 (Breakfast / Lunch)
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 this 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. At the nearby Emma Gorge Resort, we take a short hike along Emma Gorge Creek to a small, crystal clear bathing pool. From here, the adventurous can continue the hike on a steep path to the summit of the Range. As a reward, another crystal-clear pool and waterfall awaits.
Accommodation: El Questro Emma Gorge Resort, Gibb River Road (Breakfast)
Today 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 (Breakfast)
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 (Breakfast)
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.