10 Day Family Camping Tour Broome to Darwin
Family Camping Tour – 10 Day tour
Family Camping – Broome to Darwin
Take in the lush beauty of the Top End in conjunction with the rugged ancient landscape of the Kimberley. This is very much two adventures in one.
Normal Price: $1,895 pp.
Book now and pay our special price of $1,595pp.
Early Bird Special ends 31 January 2018.
Highlights & Inclusions
Explore The Kimberley and the Top End during this amazing camping tour!
- Campsite fees
- All National Park entry fees
- Experienced Guide
- Tunnel Creek
- Windjana Gorge
- King Leopold Ranges
- Mt Hart Wilderness Lodge
- Bell Gorge
- Galvans Gorge
- Manning Gorge
- Home Valley Station
- Pentecost River Crossing
- Emma Gorge
- El Questro
- Five Rivers Lookout
- Purnululu National Park
- Bungle Bungle Range
- Cathedral Gorge
- Piccaninny Creek Lookout
- Echidna Chasm
- Lake Argyle Dam
- Victoria River
- Nitmiluk National Park
- Edith Falls
- Litchfield National Park
Day One - Broome to Mount Hart Wilderness Lodge
Broome is a beach resort town which made its fortune from the pearling industry. We head off north early today, so if you would like to explore Broome you should arrive a day or two early.
After a 6 am pickup from your accommodation we head north along the Great Northern Highway, rossing the Fitzroy River. Then it’s all off road as we begin our journey along the Gibb River Road. Our first stop is Tunnel Creek.
Tunnel Creek is a huge cave system extending 750 metres underground and is the oldest cave system in Western Australia.The walk (actually wade) through Tunnel Creek is an amazing experience you will enjoy. Be sure to wear shoes you won’t mind getting wet!
Next stop is Windjana Gorge. The 3.5km long gorge cuts through the Napier Range, part of an ancient Devonian limestone reef that can also be seen at Geikie Gorge and Tunnel Creek. Freshwater Crocodiles bask in the pools, while Fruit Bats and Corellas roost in the water-side trees.
The Windjana Gorge Walk winds through the gorge for 3.5km each way.
Arriving at Mount Hart in the King Leopold Ranges Conservation Reserve, we set up camp before enjoying a welcome dinner at the restaurant.
Mt Hart Wilderness Lodge Camping ground
Day Two - Mount Hart Wilderness Lodge
Following breakfast we enjoy and discover the Gorges at Mt Hart. Located in the heart of the King Leopald Ranges Conservation Park, Mt Hart’s proximity to many of the Kimberley’s major attractions, makes an ideal base to explore the region. Originally a working cattle station, this unique property ofers a rich pastoral history, that offers a rustic ambiance and exceptional hospitality. Enjoy and exploring Annie Creek Gorge and Dolerite Gorge. The Barker river flows through the center of Dolerite Gorge’s steep cliffs of black dolerite rock. Barker Pool offer a delightful swimming and fishing spot where the river comes to a temporary “dead end”.
The Mount Hart pastoral lease, which encompasses Bell Gorge and Silent Grove, was first taken up around 1919. Since then there have been a succession of pastoralists who went broke, and walked off the lease because the land was too rugged and unsuitable for pasture.
In 1991 the Department of Conservation and Land Management acquired the land to create the proposed King Leopold Conservation Park. The park, which covers over 392,000 hectares, is situated approximately 200 kilometres from Derby and 450km from Kununurra via the Gibb River Road.
Join us for a beautiful Kimberley sunset and a BBQ dinner before turning in for the night.
Mt Hart Wilderness Lodge Campground
Day Three - Mount Hart to Manning Gorge (Mt Barnett Station)
We make our way further into the King Leopold Ranges to Bell Gorge. Enjoy a day swimming and exploring one of the most spectacular waterfalls along the Gibb River Road. Bell Gorge is a stunning cascade of water flowing from the previous wet season rains that fall in the King Leopold Ranges.
Water flowing west from the King Leopold Range has cut down through the ancient rock to form spectacular gorges such as Bell and Lennard Gorges. Bell Gorge, about 300 metres above sea level is the beginning of a series of waterfalls, which descend through the Isdell Range to Walcott Inlet.
Bell Gorge is a great spot for swimming, photography and enjoying what nature has to offer. A 1km walk from the car park reaches the falls. Once at to the top of the waterfall you may wish to swim or relax in the top pool or cross, further up the creek, to the opposite side. From there it is a reasonable walk over the top of the hill and through the spinifex to the bottom pool. Here is an excellent swimming hole and a magnificent view of the waterfall and the gorge to the west.
Afterwards we stop for a dip at Galvans Gorge. It’s a delightful spot where we break our journey for a few hours and explore these waterholes in the Phillips Range. Then its time to make our way to Mt Barnett Station, our camp for this evening.
Mount Barnett Station Campground
Day Four - Manning Gorge to Home Valley
A very early start will be required to explore Manning Gorge. Manning Gorge were visited and used by many aboriginal tribes throughout the Kimberley region for thousands and thousands of years, before us tourists came along to explore its beauty. Both Bradshaw and Wandjina art can be found around here, showing how important this captivating place really was for the local tribes. The waterholes, which is permanent, in the Manning river provided everthing they needed to survive all year round. The hike will take about an hour and a half of steady walking, but you will be rewarded with a swim in a large rock pool at the base of Manning Falls and a spectacular site at the top. It’s definitely worth the walk!
Heading off to Home Valley you will experience the very well talk after Gibb River Road.
Home Valley Station is an outback adventure playground of nature’s most breathtaking combination of towering gorges, sparkling waterfalls, billabongs, and stunning ancient landforms and ranges. It is located close to the might Pentecost River, at the foot of the Cockburn Range.
Home Valley Station Campground
Day Five - Home Valley to Kununurra
El Questro Station is one of the most iconic cattle stations on the Gibb River Road, best known for its luxurious Homestead Accommodation which attracts the rich and famous from around the world.
This morning we visit El Questro where we will soak in the warm waters of Zebedee Springs. This natural oasis is a short walk along a trail, which leads you through livistonia palms to a series of rocky thermal pools. Set at the base of sheer cliffs these thermal springs are the perfect place to relax and restore. It’s a easy walk along a well shaded path. Be careful to look out for the slippery rocks near the pools.
Afterwards we will visit Emma Gorge, one of the best known gorges of the Kimberley. Enjoy a challenging one hour walk and be rewarded at the end with a large cooling waterhole, ideal for a refreshing swim. Set at the base of the towering 65m cliffs, the waterhole is graced by a droplet waterfall and a small thermal water outlet, which trickles down from the surrounding rocks. The walk is moderately difficult with some rugged creek crossings.
This afternoon we will climb to the top of the Bastion Range where we will see the 5 major rivers of the East Kimberley enter the Cambridge Gulf and the surrounding mangrove swamps, mud flaps and hills. You will have spectacular views across the Ord, Forest, King, Durack and Pentecost Rivers. The Five Rivers Lookout sits on Wyndham’s Bastion Range, which is at its highest point of 360 metres above the township.
Ivanhoe Village Caravan Resort – Campground
Day Six - Purnululu National Park: Bungle Bungles
Today we drive through the rugged landscape of the Carr Boyd and the Durack Ranges into Purnululu National Park. This park is home to the Bungle Bungle Range, a UNESCO World Heritage Site dominated by massive sandstone karsts that rear hundreds of metres above the surrounding grasslands.
The drive from the highway into the national park will take up to two hours, will involve several water crossings, and can be quite rough going. Arriving at the Visitor Centre there will be time for a comfort stop and the opportunity to pick up a souvenir of your visit to this iconic location.
After lunch it’s time to visit the first of the amazing Bungles locations, Echidna Chasm. Your walk follows the Chasm deep into the Bungle Bungle Range. The further you go, the narrower it gets, and at times you can touch both sides rearing straight up above you 200m.
On the way back out you can make the short climb to the Osmand Lookout.
Time now to head for our camp in the park, prepare dinner, and enjoy the sunset. Tomorrow will be another walk-filled day at the south end of Purnululu!
Day Seven - Purnululu NP to Kununurra
After breakfast today we head to the southern end of the Bungle Bungle Range where there are several spectacular walks, including the stunning Cathedral Gorge.
Our bus will park right next to the amazing beehive domes which you will wander amongst, making your way into the gorges of the main massif and enjoying the walks one-by-one.
We will explore Cathedral Gorge, Piccaninny Creek, Piccaninny Lookout and The Window.
Carry plenty of water today, as all the walks will be completed before returning to the bus for lunch.
Following lunch we make our way back to Kununurra passing Warmun.
Warmun, once known as Turkey Creek, is a quiet and tiny Aboriginal settlement on the Great Northern Road between Broome and Kununurra. Although it was known as Turkey Creek for most of its life, in recent times it has reverted to the Kitja name for the area, which is Warmun. The local Warmun community who has constructed a roadhouse, accommodation facilities and an impressive art gallery now runs it. The community promotes the town as the principal access point to Purnululu National Park and the famous Bungle Bungles.
Ivanhoe Village Caravan Resort – our camp for the night.
Day Eight - Kununurra to Lake Argyle
Enjoy some free time this morning exploring the town of Kununurra, before taking the picturesque drive to Lake Argyle. This afternoon enjoy a spectacular and relaxing cruise on the lake. Enjoy this amazing body of water while swimming in the pleasantly warm waters.
Lake Argyle is Western Australia’s largest and Australia’s second largest freshwater man-made reservoir by volume. The reservoir is part of the Ord River Irrigation Scheme. The primary inflow is the Ord River, while the Bow River and many other smaller creeks also flow into the dam. The construction of the Ord River Dam was completed in 1971 by the American Dravo Corporation and officially opened in 1972. The Dam is 335 metres long and 98 metres high. The lake was named after the property it partly submerged, Argyle Downs.
Overnight is on an island in the middle of Lake Argyle
Day Nine - Lake Argyle to Edith Falls
After leaving Lake Argyle we head east, crossing the border into the Northern Territory. As we wind our way through the Victoria River region we will stop for lunch near the Victoria River.
This afternoon we will soak in the warm springs right in the heart of Katherine before heading a little further north to Edith Falls in Nitmiluk National Park. You will be amazed by the majestic beauty and sheer size of the spectacular Nitmiluk Gorge. Located on the lands of the Jawoyn people, rock art sites dot the park and dreaming stories bring the silent gorge walls to life. You can learn about the Jawoyn people’s association with the land at the Nitmiluk Centre.
There are canoes for hire or you can get a permit to use your own canoe from the Nitmiluk National Park Visitor Centre. There are many walking trails to choose from and waterfalls to see.
Edith Falls Camp
Day Ten - Edith Falls to Darwin
After an early start, we head towards Darwin. Today we will visit Litchfield National Park. Litchfield National Park contains several types of typical Top End habitats including lush monsoon forests, termite mounds, unusual rock formations, waterfalls and cascades. The park encloses much of the spectacular Tabletop Range, which is a wide sandstone plateau mostly surrounded by cliffs.
We pass through the township of Batchelor to Litchfield National Park where we will visit the three main falls. First stop is Florence Falls, where you have the opportunity for a scenic and interpretive bush and monsoon vine forest walk. There is also the chance for a swim by making your way down the stairs to the plunge pool below. Then we visit Tolmer Falls for a magnificent view of the water cascading down to the deep waterhole at the base of the falls. Finally, we visit Wangi Falls, with its large crystal clear pool, another relaxing spot for a swim. A great day for taking many fascinating photos, including the amazing stand of termite mounds.
Afterwards, we move on to Darwin where we bid farewell before dropping you at your CBD accommodation.
Normal Price: $1,895 pp.
Book now and pay our special price of $1,595pp.
Early Bird Special ends 31 January 2018.
Departure Dates – Tour Notes – Tour Vehicle Info – T&C’s
Family Camping Tour - 10 Day Broome to Darwin
|Departures Broome to Darwin|
|1 July 2018||BOOK THIS DATE NOW|
Latest Model Hino 500GT 4WD Coach
Climate control air-conditioning – Personal overhead day storage
Comfortable coach seating – Tinted panoramic windows
Entertainment system – Safe, stable all wheel drive coach
It is essential that you bring a torch, good walking/trekking shoes, sandals, broad-brimmed hat, sunscreen, swimming costume and towel and a personal water bottle.
It is also recommended that you bring insect repellent, warm clothes for the evening, personal toiletries and first aid, with any personal medication required. Please also bring your own pillow and sleeping bag.
- Itineraries may vary and/or attractions can be substituted for any cause including seasonal conditions, weather extremes, traditional owner and national park requirements.
- This tour is only for fit and active people, who can hike 1.5-5kms a day over uneven terrain, often in high temperatures. Temperatures can be extreme i.e. very high during summer days and very cold during winter nights. The operator reserves the right to assess the fitness capability of passengers prior to tour departure.
- Due to distances covered, this trip involves early departures on some morning and frequent stops between destinations.
- This tour is not suitable for children.
- Travel Insurance is strongly recommended. Failure to purchase travel insurance may result in out of pocket expenses in the case of accident, illness or road closures. We recommend Travel Insurance that includes coverage for Medical Evacuation.
- It is your responsibility to advise us if you have any special dietary requirements or medical conditions (including allergies) well ahead of departure.
- It is your responsibility to contact us with your preferred accommodation pick up point. If we do not hear from you, we will assume you will make your way to our default pick up point as listed on this document. We will not be responsible for missed pick-ups (and a missed tour) if we do not receive notification from you, and if you are not at the default pick up point at the appropriate time. Our default pick up point is the local Visitor Centre.
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We grew together as a group and formed friendships. We learned about the aboriginal dreamtime, the rainbows and sunsets.Amanda S
Kimberley Outback Tours commenced touring in the Kimberley in 2006. We have gradually expanded across the Kimberley, introducing many Australian and International visitors to our wonderful part of Australia. Kimberley Outback Tours prides itself on offering something for everyone, no matter which way you like to travel, with Tours, Accommodation, Camping and Self Drive Packages. So please come join us as we help you discover the very best of the Kimberley and beyond.
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