Broome to Broome - via Gibb River Rd
6 Days and 5 Nights
Day 1 Broome to Fitzroy Crossing
Today’s destination is Fitzroy so make sure
you take the turn just past the Willare Roadhouse. Carry on
through the community of Fitzroy River. Fitzroy is steeped
in history and a drive out to the old townsite and the Crossing
Inn, built in 1897 will transport you back to harsher times.
Suggested overnight stay - Fitzroy River Lodge.
2 Fitzroy Crossing to Halls Creek
You will find that the days start early in the
Kimberley so after a hearty breakfast (own expense), drive
the 20 kms out to Geike Gorge National Park and take the cruise
through the gorge.
The Lodge will gladly make the necessary reservation
so you don’t miss the boat. Now backtrack to Fitzroy Crossing
and head deeper into the Kimberley, heading for the old gold
mining town of Halls Creek, gateway to the Bungle Bungle National
Park. On arrival in Halls Creek, before going to the Kimberley
Hotel, stop at the Tourist Center and book your time for tomorrow’s
helicopter flight to the Bungle Bungles (included). Suggested
overnight stay - Kimberley Hotel, Hall’s Creek.
3 Halls Creek, Bungle Bungle to El-Questro
The drive to Turkey Creek where the helicopters
are based is approximately 1.5 hours from Halls Creek.
Should you attempt to drive into the Bungles,
there are no facilities, fuel and although the sign says it
is only 53kms, it is a rough road imaginable.
The flight around and over these eerie domes will be something
that will stay with you forever. Continue north into the heart
of the Carr Boyd Range and follow the signs for the Gibb River
Road. Once you have reached the dirt road you are now officially
on the famous Gibb River Road.
Tonight’s destination is the Emma Gorge complex
of the award winning El Questro Wilderness Park. Suggested
overnight stay - El Questro, Emma Gorge.
4 El-Questro to Charnley River Station
Today’s journey is 4WD at its best. There are
river crossings, most notable the Pentecost and Gibb.
All are clearly marked and the simple rule is
take your time. There are several roadhouses such as Jack’s
Waterhole, Ellenbrae and Mt Barnett to get morning tea, lunch
as well as stock up on snacks.
Charnley River Station Station is a fully operational
cattle station running 15,000 head of cattle and is an ideal
base to visit the numerous gorges in the area. You will enjoy
the shady verandah of the historic old homestead after the
day’s drive. Suggested overnight stay - Charnley River Station.
5 Charnley River Station to Derby
Deep in the heart of the Kimberley, the region is blessed
with numerous other spectacular gorges.
From the Gibb River Road make sure you visit at least Adcock
Gorge, Silent Grove and Bell Gorge, all housed in the King
Leopold Range National Park.
Another must-do is to visit Windjana Gorge and Tunnel Creek.
You will see freshwater crocodiles sunning themselves on the
riverbank. Before you know it, you are back on sealed road
and into civilization. A long hot shower may wash off the
dust but it won’t erase the memory or sense of accomplishment
as you have now completed what others only dream about. Overnight
- King Sound Resort, Derby.
6 Derby to Broome
The luxury of a sleep-in this morning! Have a walk around
Derby and soak up some of the local history. Derby is also
home to the world famous Royal Flying Doctor Service and which
welcomes visitors at specific times. The infamous Prison Boab
Tree is located on the outskirts of Derby towards Broome and
worth a stop to appreciate how lucky we are today.
Recommended Accommodation Links:
Mt Hart Wilderness Lodge
Charnley River Station