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4WD Darwin to Broome Overland

About this tour: Drive from Darwin to Broome via Lake Argyle, Purnululu National Park and El Questro station.
Get lost in the beauty of the Australian Outback on this intoxicating tour from the Top End to the Kimberley. Spot wildlife around enchanting Lake Argyle, explore the soaring walls of Windjana Gorge, hike along narrow paths at Echidna Chasm and cool off in crystal-clear watering holes beneath cavernous gorges. The Outback is a truly magnetic place – experience it in all its rugged beauty on this 4x4 adventure through the red desert Kimberley under the blazing Australian sky.

Drive from Darwin to Broome via Lake Argyle, Purnululu National Park and El Questro station

Tour Name: 4WD Darwin to Broome Overland

Why we love this trip
• Experience the beautiful Kimberley in rugged style with a local guide. Our passionate leaders love this trip as much as you will
• Enjoy plenty of time to discover the untamed natural beauty of El Questro Station. Paddle around in waterfalls, hike through gorges and access remote parts of this huge park on adventurous 4WD expeditions.
• The red domes of the Bungle Bungle Ranges in Purnululu National Park form one of the most iconic Australian landscapes in existence. You'll have two whole days to explore the gorges and valleys of the park, not to mention soak up a few fiery sunsets.
• Tunnell Creek has a rich Aboriginal and bushranger history. Walk through the underground passage with an Indigenous Bunuba guide, learning about the culture and traditions of the first Australians
• Spend an extra day in the West Kimberley, a region that most companies bypass.

Is this trip right for you?
• You'll spend most nights of the trip sleeping in outback camping grounds. While it's all a part of the adventure, facilities can be extremely basic
• This trip requires a HIGH level of fitness as it involves a lot of walking, allowing you to truly enjoy the surrounding nature. Some long hikes will really get the blood pumping, and involve wading through water and clambering over rocks. Please bring sturdy, comfortable walking shoes and comfortable clothing.
• On some days of the trip, you will spend several hours driving, often through very sparse areas of desert. Some drives along off-road tracks can be bumpy as you really get 'amongst it'. Get to know your fellow travellers and sit back to enjoy landscapes that you would miss in any other form of travel.
• Temperatures in Western Australia are extreme. During the day the weather can be hot (and the Australian sun is strong) so please bring appropriate clothing, use sun protection and drink plenty of water. In the evenings temperatures really drop, so ensure you have base layers and warm clothing.
• We don't recommend this trip for older passengers who are perhaps less fit or agile

Valid:
01 April 2017 - 31 March 2018

Tour Code:
• PDB10

Trip Style:
• Basix

Trip Theme:
Explorer, Overland

Tour Departs From:
• Default pick up: Melaleuca on Mitchell at 06:50am (52 Mitchell St, Darwin)

Tour Finishes:
• Select Broome accommodation early evening day 10

Max People:
• 20
• Minimum age to travel is 12 years old

Tour Departs:
• 15APR17-07OCT17: Sat

Accommodation:
• Camping (with basic facilities) (2 nights), Camping (with facilities) (6 nights), Permanent, furnished tented camp (with shared facilities) (1 night)

Price:
• AUD $2195 per person
• All prices are in Australian Dollars(includes 10% GST) based on per person
• Basix Option is not suitable for children
• Additional services - Sleeping bag purchase (Basix) AUS $35

ITINERARY

Day 1: Darwin to Katherine Region
This overland adventure kicks off from the Northern Territory's tropical capital with a drive south to Nitmiluk National Park. Depending on the season, your adventure will get underway with a swim in the natural pool by the base of Edith Falls or an optional cruise through the croc-filled waters of Katherine Gorge. After lunch it's on to our private campsite on the edge of Nitmiluk, where you have the option of spending the night in a permanent tent or snuggled up in a swag (an Aussie bedroll). Total driving time today is around 4 hours.

Total walking distance is approximately 2 kilometres. (L/D)

Day 2: Katherine to Lake Argyle
The Outback of the Kimberley region, which spreads across the Northern region of Western Australia, is not as flat, dry and barren as many first expect. Today we'll visit enormous Lake Argyle, which looks perfectly at home despite being entirely manmade. You have the option of taking a cruise and looking for native fauna have settled here in huge numbers - try to spy crocs, wallabies and rare birds. Soak up the backdrop of mountains-turned-islands as we explore some of the 700 square kilometre surface of the lake, then turn into camp under some seriously starry skies. Total driving time today is around 6.5 hours.

Total walking distance is approximately 2-4 kilometres. (B/L/D)

Day 3: Purnululu National park (The Bungles Bungles)
The distinctive sandstone towers of the Bungle Bungle Range only became known to wide Australia when a group of documentary filmmakers stumbled across them in 1982. Travelling by both foot and vehicle, we'll take you through the craggy gorges, past unique rock formations, and to hidden waterholes. The day closes with a stunning Kimberley sunset witnessed from this evening's bush camp.

Total driving today is around 5.5 hours. Total walking distance is approximately 5 kilometres. (B/L/D)

Day 4: Purnululu National park (The Bungles Bungles)
Today's all about getting to know the Bungle Bungles proper. First stop for the day is the ever-narrowing gap of Echidna Chasm. Formed over millions of years by water flowing through an opening in the sandstone, the path winds through palm-filled gorges up to 200 metres high though in parts only 1-2 metres wide. Next, trade the tight spaces of Echidna Chasm for the wide-open natural amphitheatre of Cathedral Gorge. From feeling dwarfed by these giant rock structures, get a very different perspective with a helicopter flight over the Bungle Bungles. Though an optional activity at extra cost, this is definitely an experience worth shelling out for.

Total driving time today is around 1 hour. Total walking distance is approximately 5 kilometres. (B/L/D)

Day 5: Bungles Bungles and El Questro
Hit the road again, this time passing Warmun (Turkey Creek) and the Durack Ranges on the way to El Questro. Not too long ago, it was mostly cattle that got to enjoy the million-acre sprawl of El Questro. Thankfully for the rest of us, the owners recognised the beauty they had on their hands and turned it into a wilderness park in 1991. Arriving at our campsite, there'll be time for a beer or two at the Swinging Arm Bar before dinner. Total driving time today is around 3 hours.

Total walking distance is approximately 6 kilometres. (B/L/D)

Day 6: El Questro Station
At more than one and a half times the size of the UK, there are plenty of scenic spots to explore in El Questro. On the drive in you will have got some clue as to the huge cliffs, deep gorges, waterfalls and swimming holes contained in the Cockburn Ranges, but now you'll be exploring them on foot. Walk to Emma Gorge, cool off in a waterfall-fed subtropical pool and bliss out in the thermal Springs of Zebedee. Total driving time today is around 45 minutes.

Total walking distance is up to 7 kilometres. (B/L/D)

 

 

Day 7: Gibb River Road
Fording rivers and weaving through gorges, travel by 4WD along the wild Gibb River Road - a 600-kilometre stretch that winds right through the heart of the Kimberley. We've got a fair bit of ground to cover today, so there is a fair bit of drive time, but we'll be breaking the journey up with lunch and at a few stop-offs along the way. Tonight's camp is at Mt Barnett station located very close to Manning Gorge.

Total driving time today is around 5 hours. Total walking distance is approximately 2 kilometres. (B/L/D)

Day 8: Manning Gorge to Silent Grove
We spend the morning exploring the stunning Manning Gorge and enjoy a swim in the pools under Manning Falls. Depending on the season, post-lunch we spend the afternoon exploring Adcock or Galvans gorge before making our way to Silent Grove and setting up camp for the night. Total driving time today is around 2 hours.

Total walking distance is approximately 6-8 kilometres. (B/L/D)

Day 9: Bell Gorge and Windjana Gorge
The western Kimberley region is full of endless stunning gorges that have to be explored and this morning is no exception. After breakfast we adventure to Bell Gorge home to a stunning cascade of water flowing from the previous wet season rains that fall in the King Leoplold Ranges. The afternoon sees us head to Windjana Gorge, a segment of 375 million-year-old reef that was once underwater. Cut through by the Lennard River, which runs during the wet season then breaks up into little billabongs during the dry, this gorge attracts many species of bird and bat and is a great spot to see wild freshwater crocodiles.

Total driving time today is around 2.5 hours. Total walking distance is approximately four to 6 kilometres. (B/L/D)

Day 10: Broome
Begin the day exploring the Napier Range. The major attraction here is Tunnel Creek, an extensive limestone cave system that extends 750 m underground. Inside, shards of sunlight stream in through crevices, little bats flutter about and enormous stalactites rear down from the ceiling. In the late 1800s, an indigenous man called Jandamarra waged a one-man uprising against European settlers, becoming a hero to his people. You'll hear a bit about his legacy during a tour through Tunnel Creek, then make the final drive on to Broome, hopefully arriving in time for a stunning Cable Beach sunset. Total driving time today is around 4 hours.

Total walking distance is approximately 4 kilometres. (B/L)


What to bring on tour:
Booked and paid E-Ticket, Sturdy walking shoes, a spare pair of shoes that can get wet, swimming gear (2 towels recommended as can swim multiple times in one day), hat and sunscreen, towel and toiletries, warm clothing in winter, water bottle (1.5L), torch, insect repellent, camera, travel pillow, and sleeping bag (can be purchased at the time of booking).

What's Included in tour:
Meals: 9 breakfasts, 10 lunches, 9 dinners
Transport: All-terrain vehicle
Accommodation: Camping (with basic facilities) (2 nights), Camping (with facilities) (6 nights), Permanent, furnished tented camp (with shared facilities) (1 night)

Activities:
Lake Argyle, Cathedral Gorge Walk (Bungle Bungle), Echidna Chasm Walk, Gibb River Road, Manning Gorge, Galvins or Adcock Gorge, Bell Gorge, Windjana Gorge, Tunnel Creek Walk


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Important notes
1. Tour commences in Darwin on day 1 at 6:30am and finishes in Broome on day 10 at approximately 6pm please. Onward travel must be booked for the following day.
2. This trip requires a sleeping bag. Please bring your own or pre-purchase from us.
3. This trip has a difficulty rating 5 out of 5. Please ensure this trip is suitable for you.

Dietary Requirements
Passengers with special meal requirements or food allergies MUST ensure they or their travel agent inform Intrepid/ATA of this at the time of booking. Food for the trip is purchased prior to commencement and special requirements cannot be catered for after departing. If you have not notified us prior to departure, you may be asked to pay for any additional food yourself. Due to the nature of our trips food is basic but plentiful.

We provide the below substitutes, please bring your own staples if you require specific foods not listed below:
• No Pork (Alternative to Ham provided) • No Dairy (soy milk provided) • Vegetarian (additional veg and vegie burgers provided) • Vegan (supply of additional fruit and veg provided) • Gluten Free (cereal, bread, wraps, pasta, snack bars, sweet and savoury biscuits provided) • *Religious dietary requirements and specifically prepared/sourced produce is not able to be catered for.

Itineraries
• Itinerary may vary and/or attractions substituted for any cause including seasonal conditions, weather extremes, and traditional owner/national park requirements. The Gibb River Road and Purnululu National Park may be closed in the shoulder seasons (approx. April and October). See terms and conditions of travel for full details.

Fitness Ratings:
• The hardest of the hardcore. Long trips to remote destinations with limited facilities. Excellent health and fitness is essential.
• Adventure Tours Australia/Intrepid Travel reserves the right to assess the fitness capability of passengers prior to tour departure.
• On this tour it is likely that you will experience temperatures of over 35 degrees Celsius. Be prepared to endure extra physical stress due to the heat at these times, especially while on walks. These extreme temperatures can also place stress on the air-conditioning units within our vehicles which can make travelling uncomfortable. Your tour guide will assist with regular breaks and information to assist keeping hydrated. In July and August, very cold temperatures can be experienced in the outback, especially overnight. Please come prepared for all extremes.

Our tours are activity and participation based:
• 5 out of 5: The hardest of the hardcore. Long trips to remote destinations with limited facilities. Excellent health and fitness is essential.
• Our tours are activity and participation based. During your travels with us you will have the opportunity to assist with daily activities such as setting up camp, collecting firewood, helping prepare meals and clearing dishes. Many hands make light work and any assistance provided to crew is always much appreciated. Most people agree that this type of activity helps you feel like less of a tourist and more of an explorer.

Children
• Tour is not suitable for children. The minimum age for this trip is 12.

Travel Insurance
• Travel insurance is compulsory for all international travellers and should be taken out at the time of booking. We recommend Australian citizens take out a domestic travel insurance policy which covers personal liability, cancellation, curtailment and loss of luggage and personal effects.

Default Pickup Point
• The default pick up point is where we will meet you for your tour, unless you or your travel agent requests an alternative location (contact our Reservations team for more information). It is your responsibility to contact us with your preferred pick up point well ahead of departure. We do not take responsibility for missed tours if we have not been advised of an alternative in advance and you are not at the default location on time.

Safaris must be reconfirmed 48 hours prior to departure
• Safaris must be reconfirmed 48 hours prior to departure to confirm pick-up location and time by phone direct with the tour operator - (Details of the tour operator is on your E-Ticket).

Luggage:
A STRICT luggage limit of 15kg applies. Please limit to one small to medium sized soft bag or backpack and a small daypack, which can be carried inside the vehicle.

Meal Abbreviations
• B = Breakfast, • L = Lunch, • D = Dinner.

Tour Operator
• The relationship between ATA and Intrepid Australia For over 25 years, Intrepid Travel and Adventure Tours Australia have been leading brands in the adventure travel business. With Intrepid's global product range and Adventure Tours' local knowledge, the two brands joined force in 2011 to provide the ultimate range of Australian product with Intrepid running all of it's local trips under the Adventure Tours Australia name. Today we're proud to bring Aussie-made trips to the world, both here with Adventure Tours and overseas through the Intrepid brand, so no matter which brand you have booked through, you're travelling with the best.

Vehicle:


All Terrain Vehicles
They are fully air conditioned with reclining seats, footrests, luggage storage area and with a removal water barrel often near the front door. There are no toilets on board but ample stops and breaks along the road.
Red Centre
• Rosa • Isuzu 600 • Mitsubishi Canter o Isuzu NPS300 • BCI Cruiser • Isuzu FRD500 • Mitsubishi Fuso Bus
Top End/West Coast
• Isuzu 600 (West Coast) • Isuzu 800 (Top End) • Isuzu 750 (Top End) • Isuzu 550 (Top End) • Isuzu 500 (Top End).
All NT trips are scheduled to run in the all-terrain vehicles. The only times in the Red Centre we would us a Rosa is as a backup option or for private charters if requested.

Tour All Terrain Vehicles




Accommodation:
• Camping (with basic facilities) (2 nights), Camping (with facilities) (6 nights), Permanent, furnished tented camp (with shared facilities) (1 night)

• Depending on the region you’re travelling in, Basix trips stay in either shared permanent tents at established campsites –some powered, some not (some Camping with basic facilities) – or in dorm-share accommodation. Sleeping bags are required on Basix trips – bring your own or purchase from us in advance – and some regions also feature the option of sleeping under the stars in a swag (a waterproof canvas bedroll, with a built in mattress).
(1 Night) (8 Nights)

The Tour Difference

• Scheduled tours operate.
• As one of Northern Territory's leading small group safari company, the operator run tours to some of Australia's most famous landmarks including Uluru (Ayers Rock) and Kakadu National Park.
• From the tropical Top End to the spiritual heart of the Red Centre, from Aboriginal Culture to abundant wildlife - our experienced guides will help you discover the best of this unique and special state.
• The tour operator is an award winning company specialising in active, small group safaris for the adventurous traveller.
• We offer an extensive range of tours exploring the highlights and hidden delights of the Northern Territory, South Australia, Tasmania, Western Australia and Tropical North Queensland.
• Their tours are nature-based with the emphasis on the unique scenery, wildlife and Aboriginal culture of each area and they cater for everyone from the fit and adventurous who want to get off the beaten track to those who prefer the sound of ‘soft adventure’ and more comfortable facilities!

Fitness Ratings:
Alongside every ATA trip we have included physical ratings. These are designed to give you an idea of how demanding (or not) each trip is.
1 out of 5: Leisurely paced day trips. Minimal physical exertion required.
2 out of 5: Two and three day trips that include easy walking.
3 out of 5: Short participatory-level camping trips, walks that’ll get your heart rate up and extended periods in the elements.
4 out of 5: Fairly basic camping on most nights, limited amenities and some long (and challenging) walks. A high level of fitness required.
5 out of 5: The hardest of the hardcore. Long trips to remote destinations with limited facilities. Excellent health and fitness is essential.

 

4WD Darwin to Broome Overland

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