The best of the Kimberley in 4WD
Itinerary day by day
DAY 1: ARRIVAL IN BROOME
Upon arrival in Broome, pick up your 4WD rental vehicle.
Located at the southern end of the Kimberley, Broome is a tropical city with exceptional sunshine, soft nights and beautiful scenery. It was once the pearl fishing capital of the world.
Stroll through the Chinatown district to take a trip back in time and visit the famous Willie Creek Pearl Farm. Continue to Gantheaume Point, where you can see magnificent cliffs carved by erosion. At low tide you’ll see fossilized dinosaur footprints 120 million years old.
At sunset, let yourself be tempted by a camel ride on Cable Beach, an immaculate 20km stretch of white sand caressed by the turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean.
DAY 2: DERBY
Your off-road adventure starts here!
When you’re ready to start your Gibb River Road adventure, head to Derby.
As the first city to settle in the Kimberley, Derby offers some unique glimpses into the lives of convicts and colonial times in the region at the Boab Prison Tree and Wharfinger’s House Museum.
The Royal Flying Doctor Base and the Kimberley School of the Air offer a glimpse of modern life on the edge of a vast Outback wilderness.
At sunset, head to the pier to witness some of the biggest tidal movements in the southern hemisphere.
DAY 3: FITZROY CROSSING
Leave very early, stock up on fuel, food, and water in Derby before heading east on the Gibb River Road.
The first 70 kilometers are paved, then a dirt road (Fairfield Road) leading to Windjana Gorge National Park.
Follow the three-and-a-half kilometer footpath to see Windjana’s abundant wildlife and the 100 meter sheer cliffs carved out of the ancient Devonian cliff system.
Thanks to their proximity, it is easy to visit Windjana Gorge and Tunnel Creek National Parks in a single day.
Grab a good flashlight and a pair of sneakers (which might get wet) and head 750 meters into the depths of Western Australia’s oldest cave system at Tunnel Creek – entering an underground world of bats and freshwater crocodiles.
Take the road back to Fitzroy Crossing.
If you have time, don’t miss a cruise (1 or 2 hours) to Geikie Gorge… it will be one of the unforgettable moments of your trip (you can even choose to include the early morning cruise the following day)!
DAY 4: PURNULULU NATIONAL PARK
Long road trip today.
You reach the famous Bungle Bungles via small paths that protect this fabulous site, a sort of 30 km long and 25 km wide rocky massif.
The impressive range of Bungle Bungles in the Purnulululu National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, remained a secret to the world until 1983.
Today, this maze of orange and black striped sandstone domes, often said to resemble giant hives, is one of the Kimberley’s most popular attractions.
Admire the fantastic Bungle Bungles on a scenic flight. Or go hiking or off-road to the geological wonders of Purnulululu. Discover ancient rock art, rare animals, natural tropical pools and rocky gorges.
DAY 5: PURNULULU NATIONAL PARK
A full day of exploration awaits you today. The rock formations of the Bungle Bungles are remarkable: the impressive Echidna Chasm and the immense and magnificent Cathedral Gorge.
DAY 6: KUNUNURRA
Today you’ll head east of the Kimberley towards Kununurra. This city is located near the banks of the River Ord and will offer you a myriad of exciting activities.
Upon arrival, you will immediately understand why this place has been called Kununurra, which means “great waters” in the language of the Aboriginal tribes who have inhabited this land for thousands of years.
In the roaring rivers of the rainy season, you can catch a barramundi to make any fisherman proud, or swim in a cool pool under Black Rock Falls, canoe on Lake Kununurra, camp under a starry sky and meet the freshwater crocodiles, bats, wallabies and hundreds of birds that live in the area.
DAY 7: EL QUESTRO WILDERNESS PARK
You will head towards El Questro and cross the Aboriginal lands that contain superb rock formations and numerous rock paintings, witnesses of this ancestral culture but also of the great artistic sensitivity of its people.
By day you will arrive in the Eden of El Questro, a ranch nestled in the gentle ochre hills of the eastern Kimberley, which covers 283,000 hectares of amazing beauty and unexplored territory.
DAY 8: EL QUESTRO WILDERNESS PARK
This morning, watch the sunrise and watch the wildlife start moving gradually. Take advantage of this day to visit the unique environment of El Questro. From rugged sandstone expanses to pockets of rainforest, hot springs, gorges and permanent waterfalls, including Emma Gorge. El Questro is a unique and perfect place for those with a sense of adventure.
DAY 9: DRISDALE RIVER
Head towards Drysdale River Station, a family-owned, family-operated, million-acre working cattle station located on the Kalumburu Road, approximately 59km north of the Gibb River Road/Kalumburu Road junction.
The Station is the best starting point on the Gibbs River Road to fly over and visit Mitchell Falls with its natural Surveyors Pool and the Mitchell and King Edward Rivers.
DAY 10: MT ELISABETH STATION
Continue to Mt Elisabeth Station.
Located about halfway between Kununurra and Derby, this 202,000-hectare breeding station offers its guests a unique and authentic experience.
Discover the surrounding area on challenging 4WD routes, exploring secluded gorges, bushwalking, bird watching, fishing, visiting Aboriginal rock art sites and seeing how a real breeding station in the Australian outback works. It’s a great program for the day!
DAY 11: BELL GORGE
Near the Aboriginal community of Imintji, 447 km northeast of Broome, discover Bell Gorge, a hidden treasure in the western Kimberley.
This idyllic site is considered one of the most beautiful in the region, with waterfalls and pools of crystal clear water formed millions of years ago.
In a beautiful natural setting just a stone’s throw from the King Leopold Ranges, you can recharge your batteries in unique and intimate tent cabins. You will be enchanted by the warm welcome of the owners, as well as the home-cooked meals served for breakfast and dinner.
DAY 12: KING LEOPOLD RANGES
Take advantage of this day to explore King Leopold Ranges Conservation Park, which contains isolated patches of rainforest and ridges that rise up to 300 meters above the surrounding plains.
Aquatic plants fill the pools of streams and rivers. Walk along the more remote paths and you will discover that the area is dotted with water wells, fishing grounds and secluded gorges.
DAY 13: BROOME
Return to Broome to end up on the beach at a comfortable Cable Beach Resort after over 2000 km of adventures through the Kimberley and its natural wonders.
DAY 14: END OF ITINERARY
Return the vehicle at the airport in time for your return flight.
End of our services, see you soon!