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Suggested 4WD Itineraries

Suggested 4WD Itineraries

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BROOME VISITOR CENTRE - 08 9195 2206
 
Following are suggested itineraries in summary form to assist in planning your self drive adventure. Approximately May to October (dependant on road conditions).
 
Always check road conditions before departing onto unsealed roads in the Kimberley.
 
The Shire of Derby/West Kimberley provide a Road Condition Report that is updated as and when conditions change.
 
Main Roads Western Australia provide a Traffic and Road Condition Report for the Kimberley Region covering the Great Northern and Victoria Highways and Gibb River Road by telephone 138138 or www.mainroads.wa.gov.au 
 
A high clearance 4 Wheel Drive vehicle is recommended for all travel on the Gibb River and Kalumburu Roads.
 
Although the Gibb River Road is less than 700km in length (and the Kalumburu Road less than 300km), the number of places to see and road conditions make it well worth spending seven days or more in the area (additional days if heading up to Kalumburu and Mitchell Plateau). These are suggested itineraries only. Travelers are recommended to review distances, driving times, fuel availability and time spent walking each gorge to ensure an enjoyable holiday. The most flexible itineraries are camping throughout, however a number of places offer comfortable bedded accommodation..
 
It is essential to have a comprehensive map and we recommend the Hema Map called “The Kimberley”. This map contains detailed information on areas of camping, bedded accommodation, fuel, food and details of the area.
 
If you are hiring a 4 wheel drive it is important to know they do not allow the vehicles past Drysdale to Mitchell Falls. It is noted below which options below are for private vehicles and not for hire car. The helicopter and plane flight options from Drysdale to experience Mitchell Falls is recommend as an alternative. There are also tours to fly over Mitchell Falls from Broome and Kununurra as alternative options.
 
Below will be mentioned suggested bedded accommodation, but in some instances there may need be a commitment made of extra days accommodation. These are suggestions and you will find there are likely to be other options also available.
 
3 Day Loop Broome – Broome  (4 wheel drive hire car OK).
 
  1. Broome to Fitzroy Crossing (bedded accommodation: Fitzroy River Lodge); Geikie Gorge tour;
  2. Tunnel Creek; Windjana Gorge (camping at Windjana Gorge: bedded accommodation at Fitzroy River Lodge or other at Derby)
  3. Return to Broome.
 
4 Day Loop Broome – Broome  (4 wheel drive hire car OK).
 
1.      Broome to Fitzroy Crossing (bedded accommodation: Fitzroy River Lodge); Geikie Gorge tour;
2.      Tunnel Creek; Windjana Gorge (camping at Windjana Gorge: bedded accommodation at Imintji Wilderness Camp)
3.      Bell Gorge, Manning Gorge, Galvans Gorge (camping at Manning Gorge Bedded accommodation at Imintji Wilderness Camp).
4.      Return to Broome via Derby.
 
7 Day Extended Broome – Kununurra  (4 wheel drive hire car OK).
 
1.                  Broome to Fitzroy Crossing (bedded accommodation: Fitzroy River Lodge); Geiki Gorge tour;
2.                  Tunnel Creek; Windjana Gorge (camping at Windjana Gorge: bedded accommodation at Imintji Wilderness Camp)
3.                  Bell Gorge, Manning Gorge, Galvans Gorge (camping at Manning Gorge; Bedded accommodation at Mt Elizabeth).
4.                  Mt Elizabeth to Home Valley (camping and bedded accommodation)
5.                  Home Valley to El Questro (camping and bedded accommodation)
6.                  Enjoy El Questro
7.                  El Questro to Kununurra.
 
8 Day Extended Broome – Kununurra  (4 wheel drive hire car OK).
 
 
1.                  Broome to Fitzroy Crossing (bedded accommodation: Fitzroy River Lodge); Geikie Gorge tour;
2.                  Tunnel Creek; Windjana Gorge (camping at Windjana Gorge: bedded accommodation at Imintji Wilderness Camp)
3.                  Bell Gorge, Manning Gorge, Galvans Gorge (camping at Manning Gorge; Bedded accommodation at Drysdale River Station).
4.                  Scenic flight to Kings Cascades, Mitchell Falls – advanced bookings are recommended on 9161 4326 (camping and bedded accommodation at Drysdale.
5.                  Drysdale River Station to Home Valley Station (camping and bedded accommodation)
6.                  Home Valley Station to El Questro (both camping and bedded accommodation)
7.                  Enjoy El Questro Wilderness Lodge for the day.
8.                  El Questro Wilderness Lodge to Kununurra.
 
 
11 Day Extended Broome – Kununurra  (4 wheel drive hire car OK).
 
 
 
1.                  Broome to Fitzroy Crossing (bedded accommodation: Fitzroy River Lodge); Geiki Gorge tour;
2.                  Tunnel Creek; Windjana Gorge (camping at Windjana Gorge: bedded accommodation at Imintji Wilderness Camp)
3.                  Imintji to Charnley River (camping and bedded accommodation)
4.                  Grevillea, Dillie and Daytona Gorges (camping and bedded accommodation at Charnley River)
5.                  Bell Gorge, Manning Gorge, Galvans Gorge (camping at Manning Gorge; bedded accommodation at Drysdale River Station).
6.                  Scenic flight to Kings Cascades, Mitchell Falls – advanced bookings are recommended on 9161 4326 (camping and bedded accommodation at Drysdale.
7.                  Drysdale River Station to Home Valley Station (camping and bedded accommodation)
9.                  Home Valley Station to El Questro (both camping and bedded accommodation)
10.              Enjoy El Questro Wilderness Lodge for the day.
11.              El Questro Wilderness Lodge to Kununurra.
 
 
12 Day Extended Broome – Kununurra  (4 wheel drive hire car OK).
 
  1. Broome to Fitzroy Crossing (bedded accommodation: Fitzroy River Lodge); Geiki Gorge tour;
  2. Tunnel Creek; Windjana Gorge (camping at Windjana Gorge: bedded accommodation at Imintji Wilderness Camp)
  3. Imintji to Charnley River (camping and bedded accommodation)
  4. Grevillea, Dillie and Daytona Gorges (camping and bedded accommodation at Charnley River).
  5. Bell Gorge to Mornington (camping at and bedded accommodation at Mornington Wilderness Camp).
  6. Mornington Dimond and Sir John Gorges (camping at and bedded accommodation at Mornington Wilderness Camp).
  7. Manning Gorge, Galvans Gorge to Drysdale River Station
  8. Scenic flight to Kings Cascades, Mitchell Falls – advanced bookings are recommended on 9161 4326 (camping and bedded accommodation at Drysdale.
  9. Drysdale to Home Valley Station (camping and bedded accommodation)
  10. Home Valley Station to El Questro (both camping and bedded accommodation)
  11. Enjoy El Questro Wilderness Lodge for the day.
  12. El Questro Wilderness Lodge to Kununurra.
 
 
12 Day Extended Broome – Kununurra (not for rented vehicles – personal vehicles only)
 
 
  1. Broome to Fitzroy Crossing (bedded accommodation: Fitzroy River Lodge); Geiki Gorge tour;
  2. Tunnel Creek; Windjana Gorge (camping at Windjana Gorge: bedded accommodation at Imintji Wilderness Camp)
  3. Imintji to Charnley River (camping and bedded accommodation)
  4. Grevillea, Dillie and Daytona Gorges (camping and bedded accommodation at Charnley River)
  5. Bell Gorge, Manning Gorge, Galvans Gorge (camping at Manning Gorge; Bedded accommodation at Drysdale River Station).
  6. Drysdale River Station to Ungolan Wilderness Camp (for bedded accommodation or King Edward River for camping)
  7. Mitchell Falls (Ungolan Wilderness Camp for bedded accommodation or King Edward River for camping)
  8. Drysdale River Station
  9. Drysdale to Home Valley Station (camping and bedded accommodation)
  10. Home Valley Station to El Questro (both camping and bedded accommodation)
  11. Enjoy El Questro Wilderness Lodge for the day.
  12. El Questro Wilderness Lodge to Kununurra.
 
 
14 Day Extended Broome – Kununurra (not for rented vehicles – personal vehicles only)
 
  1. Broome to Fitzroy Crossing (bedded accommodation: Fitzroy River Lodge); Geiki Gorge tour;
  2. Tunnel Creek; Windjana Gorge (camping at Windjana Gorge: bedded accommodation at Imintji Wilderness Camp)
  3. Imintji to Charnley River (camping and bedded accommodation)
  4. Grevillea, Dillie and Daytona Gorges (camping and bedded accommodation at Charnley River)
  5. Bell Gorge to Mornington
  6. Mornington Dimond and Sir John Gorges (camping at and bedded accommodation at Mornington Wilderness Camp).
  7. Manning Gorge, Galvans Gorge to Drysdale River Station
  8. Drysdale River Station to Ungolan Wilderness Camp (for bedded accommodation or King Edward River for camping)
  9. Mitchell Falls – enjoy the day Wilderness Camp (for bedded accommodation or King Edward River for camping)
  10. Drysdale River Station
  11. Drysdale to Home Valley Station (camping and bedded accommodation)
  12. Home Valley Station to El Questro (both camping and bedded accommodation)
  13. Enjoy El Questro for the day. (scenic flights are also available from El Questro)
  14. El Questro to Kununurra.
 
Kununurra to Broome Highlights (via the Great Northern Highway).
 
Kununurra :
 
1.   Various Scenic Flights (including Helicpoter Flights) (can also include cruises on the Ord River):
·         Ord River, Lake Argyle and Purnululu National Park (Bungle Bungles).
·         Mitchell Falls and Wyndham.
  1. Boat Cruises along Lake Argyle and Ord River.
  2. Wide range of Accommodation.
 
Warmun (Turkey Creek) : 
 
1.   Various Scenic Flights (including Helicopter Flights) to Purnululu National Park (Bungle Bungles).
  1. Camping and bedded accommodation.
 
Halls Creek :
 
  1. Scenic Flight to Palm Spring Oasis, Sawtooth Gorge, Yaruman Art and Cultural Centre, (Ringer Soak., Ruby Queen and Mt Bradley gold mines, China Wall and Black Elire River. Ground element to the local community seeing local artists at work and learning about the bush tucker.
  2. Camping and bedded accommodation at Kimberley Hotel
 
Fitzroy Crossing :
 
  1. Tours to Geiki Gorge including a boat cruise along Fitzroy Crossing
  2. Camping and bedded accommodation at Fitzroy River Lodge.
 
Broome :
 
  1. Scenic Flights to Horizontal Falls, Buccaneer Islands, Cape Leveque, and other highlights over the Kimberley.
  2. Wide range of tours.
  3. Wide range of accommodation options available.
 
 
Further timing tips
These are the minimum times that should be allocated at each stop once you have actually arrived.
 
Always check road and weather conditions before departing to any location along the Gibb River or Kalumburu Road.
 
While it is not necessary to book camping, bookings are usually essential for any accommodated stays to ensure availability and meal preparation time. If camping at Mornington Wilderness Lodge, please use telephone just after turn off, off the Gibb River Road, as limited camping applies.
 

Windjana Gorge
Allow at least one hour
Tunnel Creek
Allow at least an hour and half to walk through the tunnel. A strong torch is needed.
Mt Hart Wilderness Lodge ***
Allow at least an overnight camp
Lennard River Gorge
Allow at least an hour at this gorge. Quite a steep climb down.
Bell Gorge
Allow at least half a day to walk to and explore this gorge. A full day would be preferable.
Mornington Wilderness Camp
One full day. There are two river gorges and a large section of river frontage on this property and as it is 100km from the Gibb River Road a minimum of two days is recommended.
Charnley River Station
Allow at least one hour.
Galvins Gorge
Allow at least one hour.
Manning Gorge
Allow at least one hour. (at least 5 hours of daylight if you are doing the walk to Manning Falls).
Barnett River Gorge
Allow at least one hour.
Mt Elizabeth Station
Allow at least an overnight stop.
Home Valley Homestead
Allow at least an overnight stop.
El Questro Wilderness Park
Allow at least an overnight stop.
Emma Gorge
Allow at least three hours.
Drysdale River Station
Allow at least an overnight stop.
Mitchell Plateau
Allow at least one full day for the return walk to the Falls. Base Camps in the area are operated by East Kimberley Tours and Kimberley Wilderness Adventures.
Kalumburu Community ***
At least an overnight stop.

 
*** The above items are not mentioned in the above Self Drive Guide and will be needed to be added to your itinerary if required.