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Darwin to Broome Road Trip

$2,499

Now this is what you call an Aussie road trip! This self-drive itinerary is a short cut to an amazing Northern Australia adventure. Travel from Darwin to Broome via Katherine, the Bungle Bungles, El Questro Station and more – it’s jaw-dropping stuff. And with the car and accommodation pre-booked, it puts this bucket list adventure within reach!

Description

Darwin to Broome Self-Drive Itinerary – 12 days

Make your way across northern Australia from the laid-back capital of Darwin all the way to multi-cultural Broome on the west coast!

This special self-drive itinerary gives time to explore the Northern Territory’s Top End and Western Australia’s Kimberley region at your leisure. The epic 2416-kilometre road trip cuts through the vast wilderness along the Gibb River Road and ends in the pearling town of Broome where the desert meets the ocean.

Stop en route at Katherine, Bungle Bungles, El Questro Station, Manning Gorge and Windjana Gorge. Plus there’s a night before you head off in Darwin and a night in Broome to celebrate all that you’ve experienced on this incredible Aussie driving adventure!

Why you’ll love this trip:

  • Time to enjoy Darwin’s Mindil Beach, Skycity Casino, Botanical gardens, restaurants & bars
  • Experience the wild Kimberley, learn the pearling history and Aboriginal culture of Broome.
  • Car hire is included in a Kia Cerato sedan or similar, with 100km free per day
  • Accommodation is pre-booked at the ideal places to stop, so you’ll get a good night’s rest
  • You can extend too & add a Bungle Bungles tour or include a Glamping tour of the Top End!

Your Holiday Includes:

  • Car hire – Standard vehicle, Kia Cerato sedan or similar
    • Free 100 kilometres per day
    • Pick up Darwin Airport & drop off Broome Airport
  • Accommodation – 12 nights in local accommodation, based on standard rooms
    • 1 nights Darwin
    • 2 nights Katherine
    • 2 nights Bungle Bungles
    • 2 nights El Questro Station
    • 2 nights Manning Gorge
    • 1 night Windjana Gorge
    • 1 night Broome

Departs from Darwin:

2022 – April to September

Note: Subject to confirmation at time of booking and price may vary depending on your travel date. Please contact us for travel at other times of the year.

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Want to Stay Longer or Upgrade?

You can add extra nights in Darwin and Broome, upgrade your your hotels or add flights.

Ask us today about staying at other properties or adding more services. We are happy to design a holiday that will suit you best.

Travelling Solo?

We can look after you. Please contact us for single traveller rates.

Booking Conditions:

This special deal is valid for a limited time.

Prices are correct as of 26 January 2022. Please contact us for current rates.

All prices are per person, based on twin share, and listed in Australian dollars (AUD). The package is subject to confirmation at the time of booking and prices may change without notice. Booking conditions and cancellation fees apply.

Please read Australia & New Zealand Travel Company’s Terms & Booking Conditions prior to making a reservation. By booking any travel service with us, you have agreed to be bound by these terms and conditions.

How to Book

To make a booking please call Australia & New Zealand Travel Company on 1300 168 910 or email reservations@anztravelco.com.

You can also select a trip and request it via this website – please make sure you enter the quantity for the number of people travelling. In the ‘Additional Information’ field on the Checkout page, add your preferred departure date plus any other information that will help us process your booking, such as departure city and travel preferences.

No payment is required to submit an online booking request, but your booking is pending and no place is being held. Your booking status will be advised when you hear from our travel consultants. Bookings are normally actioned within 24 hours – Monday to Friday.

Itinerary & Booking Info

Travel Style

Independent self-drive itinerary

Itinerary

ITINERARY:

Please note: accommodation en route is limited and local conditions can result in necessary changes to the itinerary. Road conditions, travel restrictions, weather events and other unforeseeable situations can lead to a change of plans at short notice. It pays to be flexible in this regard, as changes will always be in the clients’ best interests. This is designed as a guide to give you an idea of how much ground you can cover in 12 days.

Day 1: ARRIVE DARWIN
Arrive in Darwin and catch a taxi to the hotel for your overnight stay.

Day 2: DARWIN TO NITMILUK NATIONAL PARK – 383 KILOMETRES; ABOUT 4 HOURS VIA EDITH FALLS
After leaving the tropical city of Darwin, head south along the Stuart Highway towards Katherine, stopping at the pandanus-fringed Edith Falls – located on the west side of Nitmiluk National Park – for a dip along the way. Refreshed, continue another 40 kilometres south to Katherine and onto Nitmiluk National Park. Continue on to Katherine where you will overnight for two nights at the Katherine Motel or similar.

Day 3: – NITMILUK NATIONAL PARK
Spend the day exploring Nitmiluk National Park, home to 13 dramatic gorges that rise up from Katherine River. Join a scenic cruise, swim at rock pools and waterfalls, hire a canoe to paddle the gorges, take a helicopter flight to see the landscape from above, or join a local Indigenous guide for a presentation on Jawoyn culture.

Day 4: – KATHERINE TO PURNULULU NATIONAL PARK, WA – 848 KILOMETRES; ABOUT 10 HOURS VIA TIMBER CREEK AND KUNUNURRA
The drive into Western Australia will take most of the day via the Victoria Highway so get an early start and make sure you’re well-prepared for the drive with plenty of petrol and water. Stop at Timber Creek (two hours before the border crossing) for lunch and stretch your legs on the town’s two-kilometre Heritage Trail. Strict quarantine laws mean you can’t carry any fresh food with you over the border, so stop at Kununurra, the first major town in Western Australia, to stock up on any supplies. Continue on to Purnululu National Park, home to the fascinating Bungle Bungle Ranges, a maze of orange and black-striped sandstone domes. Overnight Bungle Bungle Savannah Lodge for 2 nights.

Day 5: – PURNULULU NATIONAL PARK
Take a break from driving and explore the UNESCO Heritage-listed Purnululu National Park: hike through the Bungle Bungles or take a scenic flight over them; marvel at the acoustics of Cathedral Gorge; and wander through the narrow red walls of Echidna Chasm.

Day 5: – PURNULULU NATIONAL PARK TO EL QUESTRO STATION – 303 KILOMETRES; ABOUT 4 HOURS
Head north to El Questro Station this morning, a 283,000-hectare property that was a former cattle station in the heart of the Kimberley, located on the legendary Gibb River Rd. Accommodation ranges from camping to hotel-style rooms to the ultra-luxe El Questro Homestead, which is perched on a clifftop overlooking the Chamberlain River. The ultra-luxe El Questro Homestead is perched on a clifftop overlooking the Chamberlain River. Overnight in a El Questro Station Riverview room for 2 nights

Day 7: EL QUESTRO STATION
This sprawling landscape is a natural wonderland of deep gorges, soaring mountains, hot springs, mud and salt flats, lush rainforests and waterfalls. There is a multitude of activities to join, including a cruise to Chamberlain Gorge, relaxing in the thermal pools of Zebedee Springs, a guided trek to Emma Gorge, horse riding along rugged tracks, or even taking a dip in remote waterholes only accessible by helicopter. Relax in the thermal pools of Zebedee Springs.

Day 8: – EL QUESTRO TO MANNING GORGE – 338 KILOMETRES; ABOUT 5.5 HOURS VIA ELLENBRAE STATION
Top up on petrol and supplies before leaving El Questro and head west along the Gibb River Road, stopping at the Cockburn Ranges Lookout for a spectacular view of the 600-metre-high sandstone escarpment. Stop in at Ellenbrae Station, a 404-hectare station for a dip in the swimming holes or to try one of their famous scones. Continue west along the rugged Gibb River Road towards Mount Barnett Roadhouse, the entrance point for Manning Gorge and a great spot for supplies and petrol. Overnight Mount Hart Wilderness Lodge for 2 nights.

Day 9: – MANNING GORGE
Take the three-kilometre trail from the campsite to Manning Gorge. The trail includes a swim across the Manning River (or you can take the rope-guided dinghy if you’d prefer to stay dry) and has views out to the ranges and savannah woodland. The gorge has several waterfall-fed pools, which are perfect for swimming and rock hopping.

Day 10: – MANNING GORGE TO WINDJANA GORGE – 213 KILOMETRES; ABOUT 3.5 HOURS Rise early and fuel up for the drive to Windjana Gorge, where you’ll stay the night at the campground. Spend the afternoon exploring the 3.5-kilometre gorge, which was once the bottom of a tropical sea. Fossilised remnants are visible in its limestone walls. At its centre, the Lennard River is home to a huge concentration of freshwater crocodiles, so stay safe and don’t go in the water. Spend the day exploring Windjana Gorge. Overnight Mornington Wilderness Lodge.

Day 11: – WINDJANA GORGE TO BROOME – 358 KILOMETRES; ABOUT 5.5 HOURS VIA DERBY
You’re on the final stretch! The Gibb River Road ends in the small town of Derby today, located on the edge of King Sound, its streets lined with boab trees. For those wanting to see the famous Horizontal Falls, stay overnight in Derby and join a day tour to this natural wonder.
After a break in Derby, continue along the Great Northern Highway to Broome. This small multicultural pearling town is where the desert meets the sea and your final destination on this epic outback road trip. Overnight Broome Time Resort.

Day 12: – DEPART BROOME. Your tour concludes today when your drop your car off at Broome airport.

Please note: The day by day descriptions published are intended as an indicative guide only. Travel by nature is unpredictable. Weather patterns, road conditions, public holidays, travel restrictions and a multitude of other factors may necessitate itinerary changes that ultimately are for the client’s benefit. It is essential that clients are flexible and open minded in this regard.

How to Book

Bookings can be made by calling Australia & New Zealand Travel Company on 1300 168 910 or email to reservations@anztravelco.com.

Online booking requests may also be submitted via this website by selecting a trip. Please make sure you include your preferred departure date in the ‘Additional Information’ field on the Checkout page.

Bookings are pending and not confirmed until you receive a status update from an Australia & New Zealand Travel Company consultant.

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