What is a Guided Self Drive Tour?

4WD Vehicle

4WD Vehicle

We provide you with a fully equipped 4WD. Together with other vehicles & our leader we travel through the Kimberley for 10 days. We travel on regular roads, bush tracks and through water.

Comfortable Safe Camps

Comfortable Safe Camps

All groups & our tour leaders camp together at our safe wilderness campsites. These are located in private areas and we always have a campfire, camp showers & toilets. We provide & cook the food.

Activities

Activities

The days are full of hiking, swimming & exploring the Kimberley. We all do this together as a group and all the activities are professionally guided by our 2 tour leaders.

Indigenous Culture

Indigenous Culture

Experience authentic Kimberley Indigenous Culture. See Wandjina and millennial old Gwion Gwion Rock Art


Tour Details

Tour Name 10 Day Outback Adventure Tour
Tour Type Fully Guided & Hosted Self Drive
Duration 10 days
Start / Finish Adelaide SA
Suitable For Couples, Groups & Families
Season April – October

Pricing Per Group / Family 2024

Price for 2 people in a vehicle we supply & you drive $13,900 ($6950 each)
Price for additional people in the same vehicle $1995 per person

 


Pricing Per Group / Family 2015

Price for 2 people in a vehicle we supply & you drive $14,900 ($7,450 each)
Price for additional people in the same vehicle $1995 per person

10% Deposit Secures Your Place

Licensed Tour Operator, Operating Since 1997

Reviews for our Kimberley Self Drive Adventure

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Outback Camping Tour – How It Works

Simply make your way to Adelaide and we will do the rest.

We supply you with a modern 4WD vehicle set up for touring the rugged Outback which you drive.

We start the Outback Camping Tour with 4WD instruction on the use of the vehicle and teach you about driving on dirt roads and crossing rivers etc.

In total we will have up to 5 vehicles travelling at the same time, each vehicle is in constant contact with a lead vehicle via UHF radio.

The lead vehicle is driven by the head guide who will not only take you to lots of secret and unknown spots in the vehicle, but who will also guide you on walks and hikes, expect ancient art sites, swimming in waterfalls and through gorges and lots of adventure.

The head guide is also assisted by a second guide who in addition to guiding, is responsible for supplying and cooking the camp food.

Each night the group will camp together, normally in safe & beautiful wilderness areas we have to ourselves.

At every camp we have a hot shower and toilet, even at the remote wilderness camps.

This product provides the best of both worlds, it is a tour with everything organised, all you do is arrange to get to Adelaide, but you also have the independence to drive your own vehicle.

 


Tour Inclusions

  • Modern 4WD vehicle which you drive.
  • Training & Assistance with 4WDing incl River Crossings etc.
  • Support vehicle with 2 leaders (tour guide & camp cook).
  • All food and logistics.
  • 10 day itinerary with access to private country for camping and driving.
  • All National Access, Park & Entry fees.
  • Travel with up to 4 other groups in a tagalong style.
  • All camping gear.
  • All vehicle expenses except fuel.

Tour Exclusions

  • Optional Scenic Flights at Uluru Kata Tjuta National Park.
  • Fuel for the vehicle you drive, approximately around $500 – $750 per tour.

Outback Camping Tour Notes

  • Prices quoted are AUD – (Australian Dollars).
  • The driver of the vehicle must be older than 25 years of age.
  • The driver of the vehicle takes full responsibility for their passengers.

Our Camping

We have been camping in the Kimberley since 1997 and we have plenty of awesome camping spots, most of our campsites are located on private property, either Cattle Stations or Aboriginal Land where we have built up relationships over many years and have permission to camp. These spots are very private and typically we are the only group within many miles, it’s just us, the wilderness and the stars. The exception is when we camp in National Parks, in these places we camp in the campgrounds.

Each night we typically set up a central campfire.

Our camping is awesome, however we realise that some people might be freaking out at the prospect, the thing to realise is that we don’t camp because it’s cheap (it’s not, we pay hefty fees for our private spots) we camp because this is the only way to truly immerse ourselves into the Kimberley wilderness.

Most of us these days live in relative luxury, heating and cooling at the touch of a button, comfy beds, cars to travel around in and more food than we can hope to eat, if you are worried, just consider that it’s only 10 days of your life, you can do it and will come out the other side with amazing memories, then once you get back to Broome, book the most luxurious place you can find.

Sleeping

Each vehicle is fitted with a premium Darche Hi Rise Roof top tent.

These are very a comfortable unit with double bed mattress, lots of headroom and ventilation, it sleeps 2 and is perfect for Mum and Dad, and couples.

In addition we supply regular swags, and a tent / mozzie domes for the extra passengers, which are perfect for the kids.

On request we can also supply traditional ‘stand up’ tents with stretcher beds for those who prefer to be at ground level instead of on the vehicle.

Showers

From 2024 each vehicle will be fitted with a water tank and hot shower system, plus a privacy shower cubical. Having a shower is as simple as turning on the taps, just like home, bigger groups and families will probably need a timer system so little Johny doesn’t use up all the water! However the water tank can be filled daily so a daily shower is a reality. For 2023 departures we have a portable hot shower we can set up.

Toilets

Each vehicle is also supplied with a portable chemical toilet, each unit is only used by your group / family, the toilet can be placed in the shower cubicle for privacy, when in transit the toilets are carried in trailer attached to the lead vehicle.


The 4WD Vehicle

We supply your with a late model 4WD Vehicle. The vehicle is set up for the rugged Kimberley terrain.

Each vehicle includes.

  • Snorkel for water crossings
  • Off road tyres
  • Extra spare wheels
  • All bedding & Camping gear for your group / family
  • Camp chairs
  • Water tank & hot shower system (from 2024)
  • Storage space for luggage
  • UHF radio for vehicle to vehicle communication
  • Chemical toilet (carried in the lead vehicle’s trailer)

Vehicle Use

Any person driving the vehicle must be over the age of 25 and hold a full drivers licence, there is an agreement similar to a regular hire car agreement which we will provide and must be agreed to, this paperwork will form part of the booking process, if you’d like to read the conditions prior to booking please get in contact and we can supply a copy.

Kimberley Camping Tour Gallery



Kimberley Camping Tour – Itinerary

  • Please Note: The following itinerary is to be used as a guide only, road conditions, changing weather over the seasonal period and multiple other factors require that the actual itinerary is structured for the best possible result. Our tour structure is flexible and is designed to change if required.

1. Broome to Bush Camp

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Your Kimberley Camping Tour tour begins in Broome where we provide you with your vehicle, you load your luggage and off we go.

Our first day is mostly about getting some kilometres under our belt and moving east, we are on sealed roads with the exception of a detour to our waterhole / lunch spot. Our destination is a private wilderness camp between Halls Creek and Fitzroy Crossing, a stunning location on top of an escarpment with a view and sunset which is normally amazing, we’v got a decent drive via rough tracks to get there so it’s a great opportunity to put the vehicles in 4WD and get used to how that feels.

We’ll also get used to the UHF radio communication.

Our 4WD track to our bush camp

Our private “Jump Up Camp”

 

Highlights

  • Depart Broome
  • Fitzroy Crossing
  • Camp: Private Wild Camp on Station Country [Showers & Toilets]
  • Activities: Short walks & swimming.
  • Meals: LD

2. Bush Camp to Bungles

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From our stunning bush camp we continue to head east along the Great Northern Highway to Halls Creek and to one of the highlights of this Kimberley trip, Purnululu National Park, more commonly known as the Bungle Bungles. Our time in this region is spent hiking and exploring the Gorges and amazing landscapes the area contains.

The long and dusty track into Purnululu is spectacular; it winds its way through valleys, over ranges and through creeks before arriving at what must be one of the world’s most unique landscapes.

The afternoon is spent hiking into Echidna Chasm, a spectacular adventure which takes us deep into the domes, following a creek to its source at a narrow passage buried within the Bungles.

The day ends with a spectacular sunset from a vantage point at camp.

Sunset at Purnululu

Highlights

  • Halls Creek
  • Purnululu (Bungle Bungles)
  • Camp: Purnululu National Park Campground [Showers & Toilets]
  • Activities: Hike & Swim approx 6km. Purnululu Sunset
  • Meals: BLD

3. Bungles to Carr Boyd Ranges

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Camping deep within Purnululu we are able to take advantage of a spectacular Bungle Bungles sunrise.

A short drive from camp is the trailhead for the Cathedral Gorge hike, a spectacular hike though the beehive formations to Cathedral Gorge. The gorge itself is one of the most impressive geological formations you are likely to see anywhere.

From here there is the opportunity to take a scenic flight over the Bungles, helicopter rides from 18 minutes are available. From the air, the bungles take on a completely new perspective and the open chopper is sensational. Scenic flights are at your own expense and organised on the day.

We then leave the park behind and locate another of our famous bush camps in the Carr Boyd Ranges, this one along side a waterfall and swimming hole!

Dawn hike at Piccaninny Creek, Purnululu National Park

Happy campers after completing an optional helicopter flight at Purnululu

Highlights

  • Purnululu Sunrise
  • Cathedral Gorge
  • Picaninny Creek
  • Echidna Chasm
  • Beehive Formations
  • Optional Helicopter Flight
  • Camp: Wild Camp Carr Boyd Ranges [Showers & Toilets]
  • Activities: Hiking approx 5km
  • Meals: BLD

4. Carr Boyd Ranges

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Harry’s Hole is a stunning waterfall, gorge and cascading creek only accessible via a rough bush track involving multiple deep water crossings, it is located on Aboriginal land and permission is required to enter.

The creek which feeds the main pool and waterfall also forms a series of cascading waterfalls into the upper reaches of the Carr Boyd Ranges.

We spend the whole day at Harrys Hole, swimming, hiking, relaxing and exploring the upper reaches of the gorge and creek.

Harry Hole

 

 

Highlights

  • Harrys Hole Waterfall & Gorge
  • Camp: Wild Camp Carr Boyd Ranges [Showers & Toilets]
  • Activities: Boat Cruise & Swimming
  • Meals: BLD

5. Carr Boyd Ranges to El Questro Station

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From camp we head into Kununurra where we pick up supplies before embarking on the Gibb River Rd.

We don’t have to get too far down the Gibb River Rd before we get to El Questro Station, where we will spend the next 2 nights.

The first stop is Emma Gorge, a beautiful gorge which cuts into the Cockburn Range, here we strap on the hiking boots and head into the gorge, where after a couple of km a hidden plunge pool, waterfall and hot spring reveal themselves, simply stunning!

We then head to our Private Camp on the banks of the shady Pentecost River, this camp gives us the best of both worlds, privacy and seclusion, yet only a short drive to the facilities of the El Questro Station area.

Tonight we have a break from the camp cooking and grab a feed from the Swinging Arm Bar at El Questro, there are multiple food options to choose from.

Emma Falls at El Questro

 

Highlights

  • El Questro Station
  • Emma Gorge
  • Cockburn Ranges
  • Camp: El Questro Station Camp [Showers & Toilets Available]
  • Activities: Hiking & Swimming approx 5km
  • Meals: BL (D not included, but can be purchased on site)

6. El Questro Station

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With a full day to explore El Questro Station, we make the most of it.

Our first activity is to visit Zebedee Hots Springs, a stunning thermal spring complex at the base of an escarpment surrounded by Livistonia Palm Trees. What a way to wake up for the day!

From Zebedee we head to El Questro Gorge, a narrow gorge following a flowing creek fresh water, returning to our camp on the Pentecost River.

El Questro Gorge

 

Cockburn Escarpment on El Questro Station

 

Highlights

  • El Questro Station
  • El Questro Gorge
  • Zebedee Springs
  • Cockburn Ranges
  • Camp: El Questro Station Camp [Showers & Toilets Available]
  • Activities: Hiking & Swimming approx 5km
  • Meals: BLD

7. El Questro Station to Mt Elizabeth Station

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From El Questro we continue on our Westerly trek towards Broome.

Our first task is to drive the 4WD though the Pentecost River, driving a vehicle across a 60 metre wide outback river which is occupied by Salt Water Crocodiles is not something you do every day, but it’s only way through so across we go.

Today we push west, there is a variety great spots to stop and check out, including secluded waterholes and Ellenbrae Cattle Station before arriving at Mt Elizabeth Station where we have another private wild camp where we’ll set up for the next 2 nights.

Highlights

  • Gibb River Road
  • Ellenbrae Station
  • Pentecost River Crossing
  • Mt Elizabeth Station
  • Camp: Wild Camp Station Country [Showers & Toilets]
  • Activities: Hiking & Swimming approx 2 – 3km
  • Meals: BLD

8. Wunnamurra Gorge

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Today, we leave our camp set up and head off to explore Wunnamurra Gorge, and what a beauty this one is!

Wunnamurra is well off the beaten track and hard to get to, there is a long 4WD track to get in which stops most travellers, so it’s not unusual to have the gorge to ourselves.

The Aboriginal Rock Art is spectacular at Wunnamurra is spectacular and this day of adventure is often noted as a highlight of the Kimberley Tour.

We return to our private bush camp at the end of a big day and settle for roast beef, sourced from the property, in the camp oven

 

Highlights

  • Wunnamurra Gorge
  • Wadjina Rock Art
  • Camp: Wild Camp Station Country [Showers & Toilets]
  • Activities: Hiking & Swimming up to 8km
  • Meals: BLD

9. Mt Elizabeth Station to Tunnel Creek

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The main stop for today is Bell Gorge, another day, another amazing waterfall to explore! Such is life in the Kimberley.

After a 15-minute walk we come to a beautiful Creek, which flows through the centre of this impressive gorge and cascades over numerous falls. A deep swimming hole at the base of the main waterfall, surrounded by shady ledges and high cliffs, is an ideal lunch spot.

If time permits we also drop into Adcock Gorge today.

Our last camp for the tour is at Windjana Gorge, where a comfortable National Park campground with shower and toilet facilities awaits (Note Windjana Gorge is closed for the 2023 season – a suitable substitute will be provided).

Broome to Darwin Tour

The Spectacular Bell Gorge

Highlights

  • Bell Gorge
  • Barnett River
  • National Park Campsite [Showers & Toilets Available]
  • Activities: Hiking approx 4km
  • Meals: BLD

10. Tunnel Creek to Broome

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Today we explore Tunnel Creek and Windjana Gorge before making our way back to Broome to complete our adventure.

Tunnel Creek is an amazing natural phenomenon and holds great significance to the local Aboriginal people, and getting there early normally guarantees we have the place for ourselves. It is a 750 metre long stretch of creek, which runs underground through one of the oldest cave systems in Western Australia.

Aboriginal rock paintings are present in the cave and it was a hideout of the Aboriginal warrior, Jandamarra in 1897.

Next we head to Windjana Gorge, a huge gorge cut into the ranges over millennium to reveal beautiful scenery of high vertical cliffs, sandy beaches and meandering creek. We head off on a hike at Windjana of 2- 4km and always see freshwater crocodiles swimming in the clear waterholes.

From Windjana Gorge we check out the Boab Prison Tree near Derby and then make our way into Broome. We normally arrive into Broome at around 4pm.

Exploring Tunnel Creek

 

 



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