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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 - campground
at Fitzroy Crossing - Fitzroy River Lodge, Address: 277 Great Northern
Hwy, Fitzroy Crossing WA 6765, Australia Phone: +61 8 9191 5141.
Day 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 - Hall’s Creek
Caravan Park - Address: 4 Roberta Ave, Halls Creek WA 6770, Australia
Phone: +61 8 9168 6169.
Day 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.
Day 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. See details below.
Day 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.
Day 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
UPDATE: The Camp Family sold Charnley River Station to the CEO of
A.W.C (who also owns Mornington Wilderness Sanctuary) in early 2011.
Farm stay accommodation is very limited this 2012 tourist season
because the new owners are focusing on improving the camp ground
(please read the next paragraph for more detailed information on
the accommodation available). Description: Kimberley Cattle station
situated in spectacular gorge country, which since a change of ownership
in 2011 is now downscaling the cattle to make way for a conservation
estate. Accommodation was previously in unique 'Rondavels' (with
ensuites), and homestead bunkhouse with kitchen (ideal for families),
however please note that very limited accommodation is now available
so book early. Accommodation on offer is "The Guest House” formally
a manager's residence which can house up to 6 people. Please note;
Charnley River Station's campground is open. Contact Information:
(08)9191 4646 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Home Valley Station
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