Kimberley Self Drive
9 Nights Darwin to Broome along The Great Northern Highway.
Price from £1148 per person
This highly recommended self drive Australia tour includes 9 days car rental with Territory Thrifty Car Rentals (Large Manual 4WD), 9 nights accommodation, meals indicated and daily driving notes. Price includes car pick up from Downtown Deport - supplements may apply from airport. A one way fee of AU$770 is payable locally. One way fees are subject to change due to increase in transport costs, all one way fees will be confirmed at time of booking.
Accommodation is of a standard quality
Darwin - Katherine - Timber Creek - Kununurra - El Questro - Halls Creek - Fitzroy Crossing - Derby - Broome
This itinerary is not available for travel from November to March of each year due to the wet season as many resorts and roads are closed during this period.
DAY 1 DARWIN - KATHERINE (315 kms)
Pick up your Territory Thrifty Large 4WD vehicle either at Darwin (or Darwin Depot at additional cost) and begin your journey to Katherine. Depart on the Stuart Highway and travel via Adelaide River, Hayes Creek and Pine Creek to Katherine.
Adelaaide River township played an important role during World War II and Pine Creek was the scene of extensive mining in the 1880's
Katherine is the heart of the real Outback. The highlight here is undoubtedly Katherine Gorge, located in the Nitmiluk (Katherine Gorge) National Park. The main entrance to the National Park is 32 kilometres from Katherine. Over millions of years, torrential summer rains in Arnhem Land during the wet season have caused the waters of the Katherine River to cut thirteen spectacular serpentine gorges. Cut into ancient rock, the canyon walls climb steeply above cool blue water, and there is abundant bird, fish and animal life, including the fresh water crocodile.
Overnight: All Season Katherine
DAY 2 KATHERINE - TIMBER CREEK (285 kms)
This morning you may wish to take a cruise on Katherine Gorge or visit the Cutta Cutta Caves,
Depart Katherine today and join the Victoria Highway to travel towards Timber Creek via Tindal and Victoria River Crossing.
Timber Creek is the gateway to Gregory National Park. There is not a lot actually in Timber Creek however, the points of interest surrounding Timber Creek are: Parks and Wildlife Commission Headquarters, Timber Creek, Gregory National Park, Limestone Gorge, scenic walks, Telecom Lookout, Heritage walk, Victoria River Crossing and Gregory's Tree.
Overnight: Fogarty's Store and Timber Creek Hotel
DAY 3 TIMBER CREEK - KUNUNURRA (240 kms)
Depart Timber Creek this morning and travel to Kununurra via the Victoria Highway. There are not a lot of towns along this section however you may be interested in visiting Keep River National Park and Hidden Valley National Park.
Kununurra is a rich green oasis amid the rugged land of the Kimberley, Kununurra is in the centre of the Ord River Irrigation Scheme, about 1057km east of Broome.
Overnight: All Seasons Kununurra
DAY 4 KUNUNURRA - EL QUESTRO (100 kms)
A suggestion for this morning is to rise early and take a scenic flight over the Bungle Bungles.
Depart Kununurra and travel to El Questro, which is situated in the East Kimberley (58km on the sealed Great Northern Highway towards Wyndham with the remainder on the graded gravel Gibb River Road).
EL QUESTRO is now considered to be one of the world's most unique holiday destinations. El Questro is on the eastern perimeter of the Kimberley and runs for approximately 80 km into the heart of the region, most of which has never been explored and certainly never settled. Animal, bird and fish life congregates on the rivers and waterholes.
Two Nights: El Questro Bungalows
DAY 5 EL QUESTRO
Enjoy a full day at your leisure to explore this pocket of the Kimberley.
Perhaps take a short walk from the base of the Emma Gorge past butterfly filled trees and vines to a huge turquoise waterhole, perfect for swimming and even a gentle massage under the permanent droplet waterfalls. You may wish to take an afternoon cruise on the Chamberlain Gorge, a 3km fresh waterhole bounded by tropical vegetation belittled by towering 200 ft escarpments. The Gorge can only be travelled by boat, and guests are rewarded by excellent examples of Wandjina Rock Art at the far end. Another alternative for a unique experience is the Zebedee Springs - a short walk off the graded road through dense Livingstonia palms to a series of thermal pools, a fabulous place to soak and relax.
DAY 6 EL QUESTRO - HALLS CREEK (400 kms)
Depart El Questro this morning and drive back out along the Gibb River Road to the Great Northern Highwayand travel to Halls Creek via Turkey Creek.
HALLS CREEK - Often referred to as the oasis of the Kimberley, Halls Creek sits on the edge of the Great Sandy Desert. In all directions the landscape is vast and harsh. Halls Creek is a service centre for pastoralists, mineral exploration, Aboriginal communities and booming tourism surrounding the Purnululu and Wolfe Creek Crater National Parks.
Overnight: Kimberley Hotel
DAY 7 HALLS CREEK - FITZROY CROSSING (295 kms)
Depart Halls Creek and travel along the Great Northern Highway to Fitzroy Crossing.
Fitzroy Crossing is not a big town, but it has a big past. It is surrounded by some of Australia's biggest and best pastoral properties. No visit to Fitzroy Crossing is complete without a drive out to the original town site. There you will find the legendary Crossing Inn, built in 1897 as a shanty inn and trade store for long distance travellers about to ford the mighty Fitzroy River. Here you can hear yarns about the awesome power of the Fitzroy in flood. Fitzroy Crossing is an ideal base to explore the national parks and gorges.
Overnight: Fitzroy River Lodge
DAY 8 FITZROY CROSSING – DERBY (262 kms)
Depart Fitzroy Crossing and continue your journey west. There are a couple of options; you can stay on the Great Northern Highway and travel via Ellendale, Willare Bridge Roadhouse and take the Derby Highway north to Derby. This drive is approximately 262 kms. For an off-road alternative, drive approximately 40km out of Fitzroy Crossing, turn off the Great Northern Highway and travel towards Tunnel Creek National Park and Windjana Gorge National Park. 29 kms past the Gorge, turn left onto the Gibb River Road and continue on to Derby. This alternative route is approximately 297 kms and is predominantly on un-sealed road.
Overnight: King Sound Resort
DAY 9 DERBY – BROOME (222 kms)
Depart Derby and return to the Great Northern Highway at Willare Bridge Roadhouse to arrive in Broome.
Broome, a unique, exotic town and the southern gateway to the raw wilderness area called the Kimberley. Established as a pearling port in the 1880's, Broome boasts a multi-cultural population made up of many nationalities that flocked to the shores of Roebuck Bay in the hope of making their fortune from the pearling industry. Broome's unique beauty needs time to explore.
Overnight: Mercure Broome
DAY 10 BROOME
Today is free for your leisure. Places of interest to visit during your stay are the dinosaur's footprint at Gantheaume Point, estimated to be 130 million years old, Cable Beach, with its 24 km of clean, white sand, the nearby Pearl Coast Zoological Gardens and the Broome Crocodile Farm.
Return your vehicle to the Broome Airport depot or Broome city Territory Thrifty Rental Depot.