Gibb River Road Trip

20 days from £4,895pp

On this trip you’ll brush up on WW2 history and Aboriginal culture in Darwin, before heading to Litchfield National Park to spot native birdlife and epic waterfalls. Next take a 4WD road-trip to Katherine and take a helicopter ride over Nitmiluk Gorge before heading to Lake Argyle, the biggest freshwater lake in the country. From here it’s on to El Questro Wilderness Area for a true Aussie ranch experience, before driving along the scenic Gibb River Road through stunning Kimberly scenery of colourful ranges and lush waterfalls. After stopping in Bell Gorge and Derby, you’ll enjoy exploring Broome before heading to Perth, the most isolated capital city in the world.

Highlights

  • Find out more about Aboriginal culture in Darwin

  • Explore Litchfield National Park

  • Go on a 4WD road-trip

  • Visit the biggest freshwater lake in the country, Lake Argyle

  • Enjoy a proper Aussie ranch experience at El Questro Homestead

  • Drive along the scenic Gibb River Road

  • Explore Kimberly and stay at the scenic Bell Gorge

  • Stay in Perth - the most isolated capital city in the world

Emilie
Travel Designer
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I love spending my days barefoot or in flip flops, so laid-back Melbourne was the perfect place to live. My favourite adventure from my time living in Australia was the 3-month campervan road trip along the East Coast – full of sun, sea and scuba diving!

Gibb River Road Trip

20 days from £4,895pp

Itinerary

This exciting trip to Australia includes international flights, transfers, excursions, accommodation, breakfasts and some lunches and dinners.

From the first conversation until you arrive home from your holiday, you’ll be looked after by one of our Travel Designers who has travelled extensively in the region and will give advice from their personal experience on how to make the most out of your trip.

All of our trips are entirely bespoke and we will continually refine your itinerary until it’s perfect.

Day

Location

Type

1-5

Darwin

City

Ready for your off the beaten track adventure through Australia? You’ll start off in Darwin, where you’ll check into the SkyCity Hotel and have time to explore the harbour area and spot the tropical islands located off the coast. If you’re feeling peckish, head to the Mindil Beach Sunset Markets and try dinner from one of the very many delicious stalls. 

The following day you’ll have time to explore Darwin at your own pace. History buffs will love the Darwin Military Museum, which showcases the city’s involvement in WW2. You might also like to visit one of the many Aboriginal art galleries and shops in the area, to learn more about Aboriginal culture. The George Brown Botanic Gardens are a wonderful place to relax and soak up the tropical atmosphere, and a dinner sunset cruise along the harbour is the perfect end to the day.

Ready to go wildlife spotting? Then next day you’ll head for Litchfield National Park to do just that. Some 100km south of Darwin you’ll find this oasis of wildlife, native birdlife and cascading waterfalls. Spend your time exploring, take in the view from Tabletop Range then head back to Darwin to enjoy an exotic meal in the city.

6-7

Katherine

Activity & Adventure

After breakfast it’s time to pick up your 4WD and make your way to Katherine, known as the meeting point for the outback and the tropics. The region is characterised by gorges, thermal springs, mystical waterfalls and ancient culture. Depending on the time of day you might like to catch sunrise at the mighty Nitmiluk Gorge, head out for a swim or take a cruise. There is also the option to go fishing, hike a trail or head into town to visit museums and galleries and learn more about indigenous culture. The next day you’ll enjoy an unforgettable helicopter ride over Nitmiluk Gorge and the Seventeen Mile Valley. You'll spend two nights at Cicada Lodge.

8-9

Kununurra

Activity & Adventure

Stock up on snacks and pick some sweet tunes, it’s time for the long drive to Kununurra, at the very edge of Western Australia. Along the way stop off at Timber Creek, a small town perfect for stretching your legs and refuelling. In Kununnura you'll stay at the Country Club Resort, and during your time in here, you have to see Lake Argyle. It’s the largest freshwater lake in Western Australia - as big as 19 Sydney Harbours – and home to some 30,000 freshwater crocodiles! For an immersive experience, take an Ord River cruise from Kununurra to Ord Top Dam and Lake Argyle. You might also like to see the Bungle Bungle Range, best viewed from a scenic flight.

10-11

El Questro Wilderness Park

Activity & Adventure

Today you’ll head for El Questro Wilderness Area where you’ll prepare for a true Aussie ranch experience at the El Questro Homestead. With so much to do, there is no chance you’ll get bored here. Spend your time making the most of this outback adventure playground of gorges, waterfalls, billabongs and ranges. Take a sunset tour of the station, go fishing or even organise a helicopter ride.

12

Drysdale River

General Tour

Ready for a super scenic drive? Today you’ll road-trip down the majestic Gibb River Road and soak up the beauty of Kimberly as you go. Look out for colourful ranges, dramatic gorges and lush rock pools and waterfalls. Stop off for a picnic and tuck into the goodies you brought with you from El Questro Homestead. Stay the night in Drysdale River, at the River Station.

13

Mount Elizabeth Station

General Tour

Continue your drive on to Mt Elizabeth Station, a working cattle station surrounded by gorges, inlets, unique fauna and flora and incredible landscapes everywhere you look. You'll spend the night at The Outcamp, and there is also plenty of Aboriginal rock art to be discovered around here. 

14-15

Bell Gorge

General Tour

Today you’ll make your way to Bell Gorge. Along the way stop at sites like Isdell River, where you can swim or enjoy the lookout over the waterfall. Eventually you’ll end up at one of the most beautiful gorges in all of Kimberley; take some time to relax and recover after your long driving days. Spend your nights at the restful Bell Gorge Wilderness Lodge.

16

Derby

General Tour

After a day off driving, you’ll be ready to hit the road again and make your way to civilisation. In the small town of Derby, you’ll stay at the Derby Lodge and enjoy the luxury of a hotel room!

17

Broome

Beach

After crossing the Kimberly, a 2-hour drive to Broome will feel like nothing! Bid farewell to your car (no doubt by this point it will have a nickname!) and thank it for all your adventures together. Then you’ll enjoy some time to explore Broome including a swim at Cable Beach, and spend the night at Cable Beach Resort. You may wish to set out on an evening camel trek across the beach.

18-20

Perth

City

Your final leg of your Australian trip is in Perth, the most isolated capital city in the world. Check into the Hyatt Regency, and start your explorations. If you miss the bush, head to Kings Park. It’s one of the biggest city parks in the world and offers walkers bushland trails, a treetop bridge and a wonderful view over the skyline. The rest of your time in Perth can be spent how you like, why not explore some of its urban villages? Head to Leederville for boutique and café culture, visit Mount Lawley for excellent eats and head to Subiaco for designer clothing shops and an excellent market. For a taste of culture, the Perth Cultural Centre and The Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts are a must.

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