Darwin to Broome tours by road

by | Feb 14, 2022 | Australia

You will make your first stop on the Darwin to Broome trip around 2 hours south of Darwin, at Edith Falls in Katherine Gorge National Park. A short 3 km trek to the upper pools will bring you to the first of many stunning waterfalls on the journey.

Camping in the woods

After lunch, you’ll continue westward, towards the Northern Territory state boundary and your first wilderness camping destination. No matter whether you are a seasoned outback drover or a first-time city slicker, bush camping is an unforgettable experience. You may get permission to camp in wilderness areas that are otherwise off-limits to the general public.

Typically, these camping sites are located in beautiful wilderness and secluded regions; building up a bonfire, preparing a feast over the flames, and then spreading out the tarps in these locations is a unique experience, and our first camp is a real treat!

Valley of the Victoria River

You may pick from many different walks in the Victoria River Valley, which makes it a fantastic location. Traveling from Victoria River, you may make your way to Lake Argyle, which is consistently regarded as the tour’s high point.

Lake Argyle

On the heart of the Australian outback, Lake Argyle is a massive freshwater lake that is home to a plethora of animals, including wallabies in the rocky shorelines, freshwater crocodiles, and an array of birds.

A local guide tours us around the lake by boat, and we have time to swim before watching the sunset from the water and then setting up a tent on one of the lonely islands.

Bungle Bungles

After leaving Lake Argyle, you’ll need to stop at Kununurra to restock your supplies. From Kununurra, you will go to Purnululu National Park, which is more widely known as the Bungle Bungles, which is one of the highlights of your Kimberley tour.

Hiking and exploring the Gorges, as well as the amazing vistas that this region has to offer, will take up the most of your stay here.

The Cathedral Gorge is a gorge that runs across a mountain range.

Cathedral Gorge trek begins at the trailhead for the Cathedral Gorge hike, a stunning journey through the beehive formations to Cathedral Gorge that is just a short drive from the Sunrise region. Even without the gorge, it is one of the most spectacular geological structures you are likely to see anyplace in the world.

The Echidna Chasm is a chasm that is shaped like an echidna.

A short drive away is Echidna Chasm, where you may go on a climb into the domes, following a stream all the way to its source in a tight channel hidden among the Bungles.


After lunch, you will leave Purnululu and go to our bush camp, which will be located on a beautiful stream with a sandy beach this time.

Gibb River Road is a paved road that runs parallel to the Gibb River.

Then you’ll be on a dirt track, the renowned Gibb River Road, a 700-kilometer-long outback road that connects Derby and Kununurra. It’s not the simplest path, since the track is sometimes rocky, there are many deep water crossings, and a 4WD vehicle is required.

It is, nevertheless, a spectacular travel route, since it passes through enormous stretches of wilderness, as well as several rivers, gorges, and waterfalls, all of which may be explored throughout its length.

Emma Falls is a fictional character created by the author of the novel Emma Falls

After a short distance, we arrive at El Questro Station, which is home to several breathtaking landscapes, including Emma Falls, which is one of the highlights of the trip. Afterward, we climb down a stunning canyon to a very high and narrow waterfall with a deep, refreshing plunge pool where we may cool off and swim.

The Cockburn Ranges is a rugged landscape

The journey back to Gibb River Road, where we will resume our westward journey, will take us about an hour. You are confronted with a spectacular view when you arrive to the Pentecost River, a broad river flanked by steep Cockburn Ranges.

Which is a quintessential Kimberley sight when you reach there. At the foot of the rugged Cockburn Ranges, another bush camp and spectacular Kimberley sunset greet you.

Manning Gorge

Continuing westward, there are a number of interesting places to stop and take photos, including hidden waterholes and the Ellenbrae Cattle Station, before arriving at Manning Gorge National Park. Manning Gorge, where bathrooms and showers are accessible, is a good choice for tonight’s camping.

An impressive waterfall, as well as a deep, broad swimming hole flanked by granite cliffs and rock outcrops, are found in the gorge. It is a breathtaking environment with hidden specimens of Bradshaw Aboriginal Rock Art to be discovered.

The return path from Manning Gorge is a bit less traditional, requiring you to swim and rock hop down the stream before reaching the big waterhole where the adventure all began.

Bell Gorge

Bell Gorge is the primary destination for the day; another day, another spectacular waterfall to explore! Eventually, you will reach a lovely Creek, which runs through the heart of this stunning valley and cascades over a number of waterfalls. A large swimming hole located at the foot of the main waterfall and flanked by shady ledges and steep cliffs

Tunnel Creek

When it comes to natural wonders, Tunnel Creek is unsurpassed. It is also significant to the local Aboriginal community and arriving early almost always ensures that you will have the site entirely to yourself.

750 meters in length, the stream travels underground through one of the oldest cave systems in Western Australia, and it is one of the most beautiful places on the planet.

Windjana Gorge

You’ll next go to Windjana Valley, a massive gorge that has been dug through the ranges over millennia, revealing breathtaking scenery that includes towering vertical cliffs, sandy beaches, and a flowing stream. When you go on a trek in Windjana, you will observe freshwater crocodiles swimming in the clear waterholes that you will come upon.

Boab Prison Tree and Cable Beach

In addition to Windjana Gorge, we will also see the Boab Prison Tree, which is located near Derby, before continuing on to Broome. When you arrive in Broome, proceed to Cable Beach to take in the final spectacular sunset of the trip, which is a must-see.

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