THE GIBB RIVER ROAD DRIVE
Routing: Broome to Darwin
Duration: 9 Days
From AUD$2,221.00 per person, based on standard double/twin share accommodation.
Includes: 8 nights’ accommodation, 9 days unlimited km use of a full size 4WD, half board in Mt Hart & Kimberley and fully detailed itinerary with local and regional maps.
DAY 01: Broome to Mt Hart (470 km)
Your Gibb River Road adventure awaits you! You will be travelling east into the West Kimberley region to Mt Hart Wilderness Lodge. Depart Broome on the Great Northern Highway and call into Derby, the first town to be occupied in the Kimberley. Continue east from Derby on the Gibb River Road. Only part of the road is sealed today – the rest of the Gibb River Road is an unsealed, corrugated road, requiring four wheel driving experience. Mt Hart is located in the King Leopold Range Conservation Park. This afternoon take a self-guided nature walk and explore stunning gorges, cooling off with a swim.
DAY 02: Mt Hart to Mt Elizabeth Station (225 km)
Continue your journey off-road along the Gibb River Road today to Mt Elizabeth Station, which is about 3½ hours’ drive direct, but there are many stops to make along the way, so allow most of the day. Stop at Galvans Gorge and Barnett Gorge, before arriving at your destination – the working cattle station property of Mt Elizabeth Station. (Fuel is available at Mt Barnett Roadhouse only).
DAY 03: Mt Elizabeth Station to El Questro (330 km)
More wide open spaces as you continue the challenge of driving the Gibb River Road. Depart Mt Elizabeth Station and travel past Home Valley and follow the turn-off signs to Voyages El Questro Station. A million acres in size, El Questro is located on the eastern perimeter of the Kimberley region, and extends for approximately 80 kilometres into the heart of the region.
DAY 04: El Questro Wilderness Park
Your day is at your leisure to explore this amazing wilderness that the vast El Questro property has to offer.
DAY 05: El Questro Wilderness Park to Kununurra (111 km)
After leaving El Questro today, it’s the last part of the Gibb River Road section of your journey before re-joining the main highway. Travel to Kununurra, the vibrant provincial town and hub of the East Kimberley. Re-stock any supplies and fuel and later this afternoon head to Kelly’s Knob Lookout to watch your last sunset in the Kimberley’s.
DAY 06: Kununurra to Katherine (520 km)
Your adventure today leads into the Northern Territory and the town of Katherine. As you travel southeast of Kununurra towards the border, consider stopping at Lake Argyle. The lake is 72 kilometres from Kununurra. The Victoria Highway will take you through the town of Timber Creek and the Gregory National Park before reaching today’s destination of Katherine.
DAY 07: Katherine to Kakadu National Park (310 km)
A must do, is taking a cruise on the beautiful Katherine Gorge this morning (own expense). This afternoon travel north to Pine Creek on the Stuart Highway and then, turn onto the Kakadu Highway. The scenery of Kakadu National Park is dramatic and the area has prolific wildlife and birdlife. In addition, the aboriginal rock art is amongst the finest rock art in the world. This afternoon a visit to the Bowali Visitor Centre which is 2.5 kilometres from Jabiru, is highly recommended to gain a better appreciation of Kakadu.
DAY 08: Kakadu National Park
You have a full day to explore the Kakadu National Park. This morning we recommend taking a 1.5 hour cruise on Yellow Waters for views of colourful birdlife and the ever present crocodile (own expense). The most accessible Aboriginal art sites not to be missed are accessible by road are Ubirr Rock and Nourlangie Rock.
DAY 09: Kakadu National Park to Darwin (260 km)
It is an easy journey back along the Arnhem Highway to Darwin. Depart Kakadu via the Arnhem Highway and stop at the famous Bark Hut. We suggest you take a cruise on the Adelaide River to see the jumping crocodiles or stop at Window on the Wetlands Visitor Centre. Darwin is the capital of the Northern Territory and is a cosmopolitan mix of cultures. It is the perfect place to relax and don’t miss the pink, purple and orange hues of a Darwin Harbour sunset!
Your car is booked until tomorrow and should be dropped off at the city or airport, by the same time as it was picked up on Day 1, to avoid any additional charges.
Prices are subject to availability and conditions apply. Valid until 31 March, 2018.
This package only available from 15 May- 26 Sep.