THE GIBB RIVER ROAD DRIVE
Routing: Darwin to Broome
Duration: 9 Days
From AUD$2,450.00* per person, based on standard double/twin share accommodation.
Includes: 8 nights’ accommodation, 9 days unlimited km use of a large 4WD, half board in Kimberley & Imintji and fully detailed itinerary with local and regional maps.
DAY 01: Darwin to Kakadu National Park (210 km)
Travel east on the Stuart Highway out of Darwin and then turn left on the Arnhem Highway and head for Kakadu National Park. The best place to start is at Fogg Dam 70 km south-east of Darwin. Stop at Window on the Wetlands Visitor Centre, this interpretive centre gives visitors a great insight into the animal and bird life of this sensitive ecological region. The scenery of Kakadu 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 and there are 120 known galleries in an area of 5 square km on the escarpment, with some paintings carbon dated back 23,000 years. We suggest a visit to the Bowali Visitor Centre Park Headquarters, located on the Kakadu Highway.
DAY 02: Kakadu National Park
You have a full day at leisure to explore Kakadu. This morning take a 1.5 hour Yellow Waters Cruises from Cooinda (own expense). After your cruise call into the Warradjan Aboriginal Cultural Centre. Other sights to see today include a visit to Nourlangie Rock and Ubirr Rock, or an optional scenic flight. Aboriginal rock art in this area is very well preserved and accessible. It’s worth taking a guided tour to have the history of the rock art explained to you. At Nourlangie Rock there is a 1.5 km circular
walk which will take you past an ancient Aboriginal shelter and several outstanding art sites. For the adventurous, there is also a moderately steep climb to Gunwarddehwardde lookout which provides impressive views of Kakadu’s escarpment and Nourlangie Rock.
DAY 03: Kakadu National Park to Katherine (310 km)
Leave Kakadu and head south on the Kakadu Highway towards Pine Creek. At Pine Creek you rejoin the Stuart Highway and travel on south to Katherine. We suggest a stop along the way at the beautiful Edith Falls, located approximately 60 kilometres from Katherine. Katherine is the major intersection between northern, southern and western routes. Just 29 kilometres south of Katherine is the Cutta Cutta and Tindal Caves. Spend the rest of the day relaxing in this wonderful area.
Please be aware it may be unpassable in wet weather (from November to April). Please seek local advice before departure.
DAY 04: Katherine to Kununurra (514 km)
Today you are crossing over the Western Australian border; head South West towards the town of Timber Creek for a stretch and bite to eat. If time permits, consider visiting Lake Argyle – Australia’s largest body of freshwater, before arriving at your destination of Kunnunurra the vibrant provincial town and hub of the East Kimberley.
DAY 05: Kununurra to El Questro Wilderness Park (80 km)
Leaving Kununurra, today you are heading to El Questro Wilderness Park. 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 06: 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 07: El Questro to Mt Elizabeth Station (322 km)
Continuing along the challenging Gibb River Road today, making sure to take rest stops, before arriving at your destination – the working cattle station property of Mt Elizabeth Station.
DAY 08: Mount Elizabeth Station to Bell Gorge Wilderness Lodge (150km)
Continue your Kimberley adventure today, departing from Mount Elizabeth Station and travelling once again along the Gibb River Road. Stop at Barrnett River Gorge and Galvans Gorge before arriving at Bell Gorge Wilderness Lodge. Saddlers Creek crossing is the entry point for Bell Gorge Wilderness Lodge. Note: Travel through the Imintji township is forbidden. Access the camp from Gibb River Road only.
DAY 09: Bell Gorge Wilderness Lodge to Broome (577 km)
Today depart Imintji for the final day of part of your Gibb River Road adventure. We suggest an early start so that you can travel via Windjana Gorge National Park and Tunnel Creek. Join the Great Northern Highway and head west for 356 kilometres to Broome.
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, 2021. For dates after this or if you would like to make any changes, please contact us direct for a quote.
This package is only available from 25 May-20 Sep.