Darwin to Broome Tour – 8 Days
Darwin – Cooinda (Kakadu Nationalpark) – Katherine – Kununurra – Bungle Bungle – Kununurra – Wyndham – Kununurra – Fitzroy Crossing – Broome
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, Willie Creek Pearl Farm, Day Tour Flight/4WD Bungle Bungle, Ord River Cruise, 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)
Daily coffee/tea break (Morning Tea)
Free drinking water
English speaking guiding
German speaking guiding
French speaking guiding and other languages on request only
24/7 English/German/French emergency assistance
We leave Darwin towards Kakadu National Park, a fantastic World Heritage Protected area of UNESCO. A stop in the Mamukala Wetlands will allow us to observe thousands of magpie-geese. 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. 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. After this highlight we continue our drive south on the Kakadu Highway to the historic town of Pine Creek before arriving in Katherine in the early hours of the evening.
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. Leisurely drive along Victoria Highway towards Kununurra. Later today we say goodbye to the Northern Territory and we will pass the border to Western Australia.
Accommodation: Kununurra Country Club Resort, Kununurra (Breakfast)
Today we will be collected from our accommodation just before noon and taken by coach through Durack country to Lake Argyle. We will take a short break at the historic Durack Homestead Museum. This Museum was constructed as a replica of the original family Homestead and uses the original Homestead stone. We are viewing the enormous Lake Argyle from a scenic look-out. On our 55km boat ride back to Kununurra we experience spectacular landscapes as well as a rich flora and fauna. After admiring a colourful sunset at the end of the boat trip, we are brought back to the hotel.
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)
Along the Great Northern Highway, between the Durack Range and the Carr Boyd Range, we continue southward. Molly Springs is a beautiful small spring fed pool with a waterfall. It is a great and shady place to sit in the water and watch the fish, goannas and birds. The Grotto is the name of an idyllic swimming pool located at the beginning of a short but pitoresque gorge. The pool, enclosed by steep rock walls, is fed by a 15-meter waterfall during the rainy season. Telegraph Hill is located in the Parry Lagoons Nature Reserve. Here we enjoy breathtaking panoramic views of the dramatic and rugged landscape of Wyndham and the surrounding area, as well as Marglu Billabong, which is a bird sanctuary for over 20,000 birds. Five Rivers Lookout in Wyndham, the northernmost town in Western Australia, offers spectacular views of the Ord, Forrest, King, Durack and Pentecost Rivers, the Gulf of Cambridge, and surrounding mangrove swamps and tidal flats. Drive to Halls Creek. Here 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.
Accommodation: Kimberley Hotel, Halls Creek (Breakfast)
The journey continues along the Great Northern Highway toward Fitzroy Crossing. Here we cross the mighty Fitzroy River on its way to the ocean. We have a very special surprise for you waiting in Tunnel Creek National Park: We will not walk across the creek 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. The last 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.
Accommodation: Spinifex Motel, Derby (Breakfast)
This morning we visit Derby’s main attraction with a dark past, the Prison Tree. Aboriginal convicts used to be locked up the hollow trunk of the old Boab Tree. Nowadays, the bulbous giant is protected and should no longer be entered out of respect for this place and history. 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. We reach Broome – Australia’s pearling capital – in the early evening.