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    Gibb River Bungle Bungle 4WD Adventure

    Broome to Darwin or Darwin to Broome (9 Days and 9 Nights)

    Day 1 Broome to Fitzroy Crossing

    Head towards Derby, taking time to explore this historical town with its infamous prison boab tree. You will have a 36 km back track to the Northern Highway with directions to Fitzroy Crossing. Don’t worry, you will have lots of time to experience the Gibb River Road later in your journey. Suggested overnight stay - Fitzroy River Lodge.

    Gibb River Bungle Bungle 4WD Adventure

    Day 2 Fitzroy Crossing to Charnley River Station

    Mornings start early in the Kimberley so enjoy the fresh clean air with an early morning cruise on the Fitzroy River through Geikie Gorge. Leaving Fitzroy, head back 37 kms to the turnoff to Tunnel Creek and Windjana Gorge. Take the time to explore these two natural phenomena and marvel at the power of nature. At Napier Downs turn right and you are now on the famous Gibb River Road.We suggest you pack a picnic lunch from Fitzroy and enjoy the outdoor facilities at Windjana Gorge National Park.The Park is an ideal spot to get a close look at the abundance of freshwater crocodiles that line the river banks. After lunch make your way towards Silent Grove and Bell Gorge for a late afternoon swim before arriving at Charnley River Station, a fully operational cattle station. Suggested overnight stay - Charnley River Station

    Day 3 Charnley River Station to Mt Elizabeth

    After a hearty breakfast (included), again we suggest you stock up for a picnic at the store attached to the station.You are now in the heart of the Kimberley and not much distance has to be covered today so take time to explore Adcock Gorge and Galvin’s Gorge which are within easy reach of the road.The walk into Manning Gorge takes about one hour on a fairly well marked trail.Take your bathers as the water is very inviting and the vista awe inspiring. Have a water bottle with you and don’t deviate from the trail. Once back in your car, its a short drive to Mt. Elizabeth and you can reflect on a truly memorable day by relaxing on the shady verandah. Dinner is again included and take time to listen to the locals describe the many tales of the region. Suggested overnight stay - Mt. Elizabeth Station.

    Day 4 Mt. Elizabeth to Home Valley Station

    Today you can have a leisurely breakfast (included) as the distance travelled is not all that great and most of the touring can be done from the car. There are still plenty of opportunities for walks but the day can be as relaxed as you desire. You will cross the Gibb River and as with all river crossings, it is best to keep a slow steady momentum and follow the makers in the river beds.Tonight’s accommodation is one of newer facilities along the Gibb River Road.Tonight’s dinner is included with the tour and is an ideal venue to mix with fellow travellers as well as local characters. Suggested overnight stay - Home Valley Station.

    Day 5 Home Valley Station to Emma Gorge (El Questro)

    A hearty breakfast (included) will give you a good start to the day. Upon arrival at El Questro’s Emma Gorge you will be amazed at the colour of the rock.We suggest you take the 45 minute hike up to Emma Gorge and take a dip in its refreshing pool. Make sure you are back to the poolside area in time to enjoy a relaxing drink and watch the sunset change the colour of the rock so it looks like it is glowing.There are plenty of optional extras to do here from helicopter fishing to horse back riding. Make your plans at reception and there is plenty of time tomorrow to get in what you can’t do today. Suggested overnight stay - El Questro Emma Gorge.

    Gibb River Bungle Bungle 4WD Adventure

    Day 6 El Questro to Kununurra

    Within a few kilometres you are back on sealed road and civilisation with a sense of accomplishment as you have conquered one of the world’s last great adventure drives. Kununurra is the capital of the East Kimberley region and the highlights of the area include Ivanhoe Crossing and the Lake Argyle Dam.A jetboat ride (optional) down the Ord River to the dam is a thrilling and interesting way to travel. Stock up on film and supplies as tomorrow will be a big day with an early start. Suggested overnight stay - Mercure Inn Kununurra.

    Day 7 Kununurra Bungle Bungles Kununurra

    Board your light aircraft for a journey of a life time. You will get magnificent views of Lake Argyle, the dam that creates this lake, 10 times larger than Sydney Harbour, as well as the Bungles themselves.The cost of the flight is included in your tour but for an optional extra, you can leave the fixed wing aircraft at the landing strip in the National Park and board a helicopter for a spectacular trip amongst the errie domes.With either choice you will be taken back to Kununurra after yet another life time experience. Suggested overnight stay - Mercure Inn Kununurra.

    Day 8 Kununurra to Katherine

    As you pass into the Northern Territory, the terrain becomes a little gentler and the rugged rock formation give way to lush vegetation. Timber Creek and Victoria River Downs are ideal points to stop for lunch or snacks. When you cross the bridge at Victoria River, stop for a look because in the wet season, the river regularly flows over the bridge. Suggested overnight stay - Frontier Katherine.

    Day 9 Katherine to Darwin

    Another early start but well worth the short drive up to Katherine Gorge. Take the optional boat cruise for a relaxing but spectacular look at this amazing act of nature. Complete this journey in a comfortable pace as your room in Darwin is included in the package and your car will be collected from your hotel. Suggested overnight stay - Mirrembeena.


    • Fatigue causes many crashes in Australia.
    • When driving long distances, stop and rest every 1-2 hours.
    • Try to have someone sit beside you to keep you company driving as our NT roads can be long and straight.
    • Alcohol and driving don’t mix.
    • For experienced drivers the blood alcohol level is 0.05.
    • Provisional drivers and young drivers may not have any alcohol before driving.
    • Seat belts and child restraints must be worn by all vehicle occupants.
    • Always carry a copy of your driver’s license in English.

    • Take plenty of water on all Outback trips;
    • check distances and driving conditions;
    • and ensure you have adequate petrol at all times.
    • Remember, rule ‘Number 1’ in the Outback: if your car breaks down you MUST stay with your vehicle for safety reasons.
    • Don’t drive after dark.
    • Parks & Wildlife Commission Northern Territory provides information on camping, National Parks, and permits.
    • Ensure you are informed re the safety of swimming in the ‘Top End’ – many areas are not safe to swim due to crocodiles.
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