9 Day Wolfe Creek Safari (Darwin to Broome)
Ready for an Australian outback adventure with a twist? Experience a night under the stars at the infamous Wolfe Creek Crater on this overland Darwin to Broome Backpacker Safari – there’s safety in numbers right? Add all the Kimberley highlights: the Gibb River Road, Windjana Gorge and Tunnel Creek, El Questro Station, Lake Argyle and the world heritage listed Bungle Bungles and Australia’s largest body of fresh water, Lake Argyle – plus much more – and you have one hell of an Australian outback experience!
Windjana Gorge, Tunnel Creek, Wolfe Creek Crater, Bungle Bungles, Echidna Chasm, Cathedral Gorge, El Questro Wilderness Park, Gibb River Road, Kununurra, Lake Argyle, Katherine
PRIMARY PICK UP LOCATION: Melaleuca On Mitchell & Chillis Backpackers, Darwin
Day 1 Katherine
Welcome to the tropical city of Darwin, where your overland adventure begins. After meeting up with your group and leader, head south and stop at either Edith Falls for a swim or explore Katherine Gorge in Nitmiluk National Park. This is where the group will have lunch (seasonal choice). Head to your overnight private campsite on the edge of Nitmiluk National Park, where permanent tents with swags await you. In the evening, settle down for dinner with the group. (LD)
Day 2 Victoria River Region & Lake Argyle
After breakfast this morning, we head along the Victoria Highway through the Gregory National Park towards the WA border and Lake Argyle. Lake Argyle has been created by the Ord River Dam and is a 700 square kilometre manmade spectacle. You have the choice of relaxing in the famous infinity pool (consistently voted in the top 10 swimming pools in Australia) overlooking the magnificent Lake Argyle or appreciating it from the water by choosing to do a sunset cruise (own expense). This vast body water has been forged by the Ord River Dam. The biggest manmade lake in Australia, Lake Argyle is 18 times the size of Sydney Harbour! (BLD)
Day 3 Kununurra & El Questro Station
This morning we head into Kununurra to resupply for our continued journey. Take time to grab a coffee in one of Kununurra’s cafes before we head out on Australia’s iconic Gibb River Road to El Questro Station. After Lunch embark on a challenging hike into El Questro Gorge and swim in an idyllic waterhole. This evening at El Questro you might choose to enjoy a well-earned drink at the station bar with your travel mates. (BD)
Day 4 El Questro Station
Wake up with the knowledge of not having to pack up camp before spending the day exploring the amazing sights of El Questro Station. Spend the day exploring the scenic gorges of El Questro Station. Have a soak in the hot water at Zeebeedee Springs. Afterwards, hike in the Cockburn Ranges and go for a swim under the waterfall at Emma Gorge. Tonight, enjoy another night at the El Questro campsite. (BLD)
Day 5 Purnululu National Park: Bungle Bungles
In the morning we depart El Questro and head south through the Warmun community before embarking on the challenging track into the world heritage listed Purnululu National Park. This afternoon we explore Echidna Chasm before ending the day at the exclusive Bungle Bungles Safari Camp. This camp, with views to the Bungles Massif, is usually reserved for tours costing significantly more. Enjoy comfortable accommodation and take in the sun setting on the Bungles Massif. www.bunglesafaricamp.com.au (BLD)
Day 6 Wolfe Creek Crater
This morning we depart early to experience sunrise on the Bungle Domes. Take a spectacular walk into Cathedral Gorge and the Domes lookout before morning tea with the Bungles Domes looming in the background. We then say farewell to Purnululu and head to the gold rush town of Halls Creek before embarking on the Tanami Track and heading to the infamous Wolfe Creek Crater in time to see the sun setting on this incredible landmark. Spend an evening in swags around the campfire at Wolfe Creek Crater. Just maybe we will show a movie? (BLD)
Day 7 Fitzroy Crossing
Breakfast then an early morning walk to the rim of Wolfe Creek Crater as the sun rises giving us spectacular views of one of the worlds largest impact craters. We then travel back to Halls Creek to refuel before setting off for Fitzroy Crossing via a spring fed waterhole for a refreshing swim. After visiting the old Fitzroy Crossing we head to a secluded bush camp to again experience camping under the stars by a campfire. (BLD)
Day 8 Windjana Gorge & Tunnel Creek
Begin the day exploring the Napier Range. The major attraction here is Tunnel Creek, an extensive limestone cave system that extends 750 metres underground. Inside, shards of sunlight stream in through crevices, little bats flutter about and enormous stalactites rear down from the ceiling. In the late 1800s, an indigenous man called Jandamarra waged a one-man uprising against European settlers, becoming a hero to his people. You’ll hear a bit about his legacy during a tour through Tunnel Creek. After lunch we explore Windjana Gorge, an oasis of wildlife and natural beauty. See abundant birdlife and fresh water crocodiles. We then make the drive on to Broome, hopefully arriving in time for a stunning Cable Beach sunset. Our accommodation for the night, The Kimberley Travellers Lodge, is the perfect place to unwind from the adventure. Enjoy a BBQ dinner and perhaps a beer from Broome’s biggest selection of craft beers. (BLD)
Day 9 Broome
Enjoy a relaxed breakfast with your fellow travellers before farewells. Perhaps stay on in Broome for a few days. Include a Horizontal Falls Flight or a trip up the Dampier Peninsula. Or maybe extend your tour to Perth and join our 10 Day Broome to Perth West Coast Safari. Meals Included Breakfast. (BL)
PRIMARY DROP OFF LOCATION: Broome’s Kimberley Travellers Lodge *Additional nights available On Request – ask Reservations
- Experienced Guide
- Meals as specified
- Camping Accommodation
- National Park Entry Fees
- Sunset Cruise Lake Argyle – allow approx $40 per person
Your Tour Guide can assist with booking these optional activities while on tour.
Our Adventure Tour groups that travel through the Kimberley enjoy the comfort of our big custom-built 21-seat 4WD high clearance trucks. All our vehicles have a PA system and built-in storage (no risky trailers!). Being larger vehicles, they allow our small groups extra space to kick back and relax as the Australian outback drifts by. They are all fully air-conditioned and are fitted with adjustable air-vents, reclinable seats and map pockets to keep your book, drink and MP3 player in. Note that the vehicle could be branded Kimberley Wild, Kakadu Wild, Western Xposure or Adventure Tours Australia!
What to Bring
It is essential that you bring a torch, shoes you don’t mind getting wet – and we mean fully immersed in water: ideally, wet shoes, sandals or old runners, broad-brimmed hat with sun visor for all round protection, sunscreen, swimming costume and towel, good walking/trekking shoes, a personal water bottle and a pillow.
It is also recommended that you bring insect repellent, warm clothes for the evening (particularly if travelling in Winter), personal toiletries and first aid, with any personal medication required.
You will also need to bring a pillow and a sleeping bag. 10ºC sleeping bags are available for sale at $35pp – these must be requested with our office prior to travel and can be kept following your trip or donated to local indigenous communities.
- Your tour vehicle may be branded as Adventure Tours Australia, Western Exposure or Wild Expeditions, but this tour is operated by Kimberley Wild Expeditions.
- Itineraries may vary and/or attractions be substituted for any cause including seasonal conditions, weather extremes, traditional owner and national park requirements.
- This tour is only for fit and active people, who can hike 5-9kms a day over uneven terrain, often in high temperatures. Temperatures can be extreme i.e. very high during summer days and very cold during winter nights. The operator reserves the right to assess the fitness capability of passengers prior to tour departure.
- Are you over 70 years old? Due to the remote location and challenging nature of our extended camping tours it is essential for older travellers to review and sign our Medical Form to ensure you can participate fully in the itinerary.
- Due to distances covered, this trip involves early departures on some morning and frequent stops between destinations.
- This tour is not suitable for children. If you are travelling with a family, consider our 12 Day Wild Kimberley Loop
- Travel Insurance is compulsory for all travellers on all tours and details must be presented to tour guide before departure.
- It is your responsibility to advise Wild Expeditions if you have any special dietary requirements or medical conditions (including allergies) well ahead of departure.
- It is you or your clients’ responsibility to contact Wild Expeditions with your preferred accommodation pick up point. Please contact our inside sales teams for information on other available pick up points. If we do not hear from you, we will assume you will make your way to our default pick up point as listed on this document. We will not be responsible for missed pick-ups (and a missed tour) if we do not receive notification from you or your travel agent, and if you are not at the default pick up point at the appropriate time.