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    Broome to Broome - via Gibb River Rd

    6 Days and 5 Nights

    Day 1 Broome to Fitzroy Crossing

    Today’s destination is Fitzroy so make sure you take the turn just past the Willare Roadhouse. Carry on through the community of Fitzroy River. Fitzroy is steeped in history and a drive out to the old townsite and the Crossing Inn, built in 1897 will transport you back to harsher times. Suggested overnight stay - campground at Fitzroy Crossing - Fitzroy River Lodge, Address: 277 Great Northern Hwy, Fitzroy Crossing WA 6765, Australia Phone: +61 8 9191 5141.

    Day 2 Fitzroy Crossing to Halls Creek

    You will find that the days start early in the Kimberley so after a hearty breakfast (own expense), drive the 20 kms out to Geike Gorge National Park and take the cruise through the gorge. The Lodge will gladly make the necessary reservation so you don’t miss the boat. Now backtrack to Fitzroy Crossing and head deeper into the Kimberley, heading for the old gold mining town of Halls Creek, gateway to the Bungle Bungle National Park. On arrival in Halls Creek, before going to the Kimberley Hotel, stop at the Tourist Center and book your time for tomorrow’s helicopter flight to the Bungle Bungles (included). Suggested overnight stay - Hall’s Creek Caravan Park - Address: 4 Roberta Ave, Halls Creek WA 6770, Australia Phone: +61 8 9168 6169.

    Broome to Broome - via Gibb River Rd

    Day 3 Halls Creek, Bungle Bungle to El-Questro

    The drive to Turkey Creek where the helicopters are based is approximately 1.5 hours from Halls Creek. Should you attempt to drive into the Bungles, there are no facilities, fuel and although the sign says it is only 53kms, it is a rough road imaginable. The flight around and over these eerie domes will be something that will stay with you forever. Continue north into the heart of the Carr Boyd Range and follow the signs for the Gibb River Road. Once you have reached the dirt road you are now officially on the famous Gibb River Road. Tonight’s destination is the Emma Gorge complex of the award winning El Questro Wilderness Park. Suggested overnight stay - El Questro, Emma Gorge.

    Day 4 El-Questro to Charnley River Station

    Today’s journey is 4WD at its best. There are river crossings, most notable the Pentecost and Gibb. All are clearly marked and the simple rule is take your time. There are several roadhouses such as Jack’s Waterhole, Ellenbrae and Mt Barnett to get morning tea, lunch as well as stock up on snacks. Charnley River Station Station is a fully operational cattle station running 15,000 head of cattle and is an ideal base to visit the numerous gorges in the area. You will enjoy the shady verandah of the historic old homestead after the day’s drive. Suggested overnight stay - Charnley River Station. See details below.

    Broome to Broome - via Gibb River Rd

    Day 5 Charnley River Station to Derby

    Deep in the heart of the Kimberley, the region is blessed with numerous other spectacular gorges. From the Gibb River Road make sure you visit at least Adcock Gorge, Silent Grove and Bell Gorge, all housed in the King Leopold Range National Park. Another must-do is to visit Windjana Gorge and Tunnel Creek. You will see freshwater crocodiles sunning themselves on the riverbank. Before you know it, you are back on sealed road and into civilization. A long hot shower may wash off the dust but it won’t erase the memory or sense of accomplishment as you have now completed what others only dream about. Overnight - King Sound Resort, Derby.

    Day 6 Derby to Broome

    The luxury of a sleep-in this morning! Have a walk around Derby and soak up some of the local history. Derby is also home to the world famous Royal Flying Doctor Service and which welcomes visitors at specific times. The infamous Prison Boab Tree is located on the outskirts of Derby towards Broome and worth a stop to appreciate how lucky we are today.

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    Mt Hart Wilderness Lodge

    Charnley River Station
    UPDATE: The Camp Family sold Charnley River Station to the CEO of A.W.C (who also owns Mornington Wilderness Sanctuary) in early 2011. Farm stay accommodation is very limited this 2012 tourist season because the new owners are focusing on improving the camp ground (please read the next paragraph for more detailed information on the accommodation available). Description: Kimberley Cattle station situated in spectacular gorge country, which since a change of ownership in 2011 is now downscaling the cattle to make way for a conservation estate. Accommodation was previously in unique 'Rondavels' (with ensuites), and homestead bunkhouse with kitchen (ideal for families), however please note that very limited accommodation is now available so book early. Accommodation on offer is "The Guest House” formally a manager's residence which can house up to 6 people. Please note; Charnley River Station's campground is open. Contact Information: (08)9191 4646 Email: charnleyrs@bigpond.com

    Home Valley Station


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