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About this tour: Embark on an epic tour through Western Australia and the Top End
Join an adventure unlike any other on this 4WD journey through the Kimberley. Starting out from Darwin, venture offroad for some time checking out Tunnel Creek and the Napier Range. Then, taking the Gibb River Road, check out Windjana and Manning gorges, discover the hidden natural treasures of El Questro and weave a path through the giant sandstone karsts of the Bungle Bungles.

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

Tour Name: 4WD Broome to Darwin 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 your Guidee, learning about the culture and traditions of the first Australians

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:
• PBD10

Trip Style:
• Basix

Trip Theme:
Explorer, Overland

Tour Departs From:
• Default pick up: Kimberley Klub YHA at 06:30am

Tour Finishes:
• Select Darwin accommodation early evening day 10

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

Tour Departs:
• 27APR17-19OCT17: Thu

Accommodation:
• Camping (with basic facilities) (3 nights), Camping (with facilities) (5 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: Broome to Windjana Gorge
The town of Broome made its fortune from the pearling industry, though these days it's better known as an easy going tourist town with a pretty striking strip of coastline. We set off into the West Australian wilds pretty early today, so consider arriving a day or two early if you fancy getting to know Broome better. After a bit of highway driving we reach the Fitzroy River, then it's all off-road to the Napier Range. The main attraction here is Tunnel Creek, a vast cave system that extends 750 metres underground. It's from here that the indigenous renegade Jandamarra waged his rebellion against the colonial authorities - a legacy you'll learn more about on walk through the tunnel with your guide. Total driving time today is around 4 hours.

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

Day 2: Windjana Gorge to Silent Grove
It might be hard to imagine these days, but Windjana Gorge was once an underwater reef. During the wet season a river flows all the way through it, but during the dry it's really more a series of ponds and billabongs. We'll set out on a bit of an explore, hopefully spotting a freshwater crocodile or two. The western Kimberley region is full of endless stunning gorges that have to be explored and this afternoon is no exception. After Lunch 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. We enjoy an afternoon swim in the large plunge pool before making our way back to camp. (B/L/D)

Day 3: Silent Grove to Manning Gorge
We spend the morning exploring Adcock or Galvans gorge before making our way to Mt Barnett Station which will be our camp for this evening. After lunch we have the whole afternoon to explore and enjoy Manning gorge. After stretching your legs on the hike in you will be rewarded with a swim in a large rock pool at the base of Manning Falls. Total driving time today is around 2 hours.

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

Day 4: Gibb River Road to El Questro
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. This journey includes the iconic Pentecost river crossing in our 4WD. How Australian is that. Total driving time today is around 5 hours.

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

Day 5: El Questro Station
Originally established as an enormous cattle station, El Questro is now a vast wilderness reserve sprawled over more than one million acres. Camping out here, you'll really feel like you're in the middle of nowhere - albeit an extremely beautiful middle of nowhere. The ochre-coloured massifs of the Cockburn Ranges frame the landscape whichever way you turn and numerous natural Springs offer plenty of opportunities for a refreshing cool-off. Following a soak in Zebedee Springs, enjoy a short trek to either El Questro or Emma Gorge (where there's a very pretty waterfall). Then it's another night camped out in El Questro.

Total driving time today is only around 45 minutes. Total walking distance is up to 6 kilometres. (B/L/D)

Day 6: Purnululu National Park (Bungle Bungles)
So long El Questro, hello Bungle Bungles. Today we drive through the rugged landscape of Carr Boyd and the Durack Ranges into Purnululu National Park. This park is home-ground of the Bungle Bungles, a UNESCO World Heritage Site dominated by massive sandstone karsts that rear hundreds of metres above the surrounding grasslands. We arrive at our bush camp in time to sit back and watch the sun set over the Osmond Ranges. If you've had enough of tent camping by now, you might want to spend tonight sleeping out beneath the stars snuggled up in a swag. Total driving time today is approximately 5 hours.

Total walking distance is approximately 5 kilometres. (B/L/D)

 

Day 7: The Bungle Bungles
Strangely enough given their size, the Bungle Bungles only became known to white Australia in 1983 when they were 'discovered' by a film team - who then had to fly over the top by plane to find a route in by land. We know the way in, but you can sign up for a helicopter ride over the site if you wish. At ground level, we'll go on a walk through Echidna Chasm - a long and narrow ravine banked on either side by 200 metre high rock walls - and enter the massive natural Amphitheatre of Cathedral Gorge. Total driving time today is around an hour.

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

Day 8: Bungle Bungles to Lake Argyle
Today we leave the Bungle Bungles for Kununurra, the largest town between Broome and Darwin. Tonight's campsite is on the shores of Lake Argyle. There are no further activities booked for the rest of the day, but an optional sunset cruise out on the lake is highly recommended. Total driving time today is around 3.5 hours.

Total walking distance is approximately 3 hours. (B/L/D)

Day 9: Lake Argyle to Katherine region
Lake Argyle is actually a man-made lake, though you'd never have guessed so from looking at it. For a body of water situated in the centre of the world's second driest continent, it looks pretty at home. Barramundi, birds and freshwater crocs thrive in these waters, and the islands look like they've always been there (they used to be mountains). In the afternoon we push on across the state border into the Northern Territory. Total driving time today is around 6.5 hours.

Total walking distance is approximately 1 kilometre. (B/L/D)

Day 10: Darwin
The final leg of our journey takes us through to Darwin, with stop-offs made en route at either Katherine Gorge or Edith Falls. Then it's all over red rover (an Australian expression meaning 'all finished') Total driving today is around 4 hours.

Total walking distance is approximately 2 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:
Tunnel Creek Walk, Windjana Gorge, Bell Gorge, Galvins or Adcock Gorge, Manning Gorge, Gibb River Road, Cathedral Gorge Walk (Bungle Bungle), Echidna Chasm Walk


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Important notes
1. Tour commences in Broome on day 1 at 6:30am and finishes in Darwin day 10 at approximately 6pm please. Onward travel must be booked for the following day.
2. This trip requires a sleeping bag. Bring your own or pre-purchase at time of booking.
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) (3 nights), Camping (with facilities) (5 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 Broome to Darwin Overland

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