Broome to Darwin via Gibb River Road 12 days (13-07-09 / 24-07-09)

by Steven Van Driessche
(Dendermonde, Belgium)

Day 1: Broome (picking up the camper 4X4 and getting to know it!) - Derby (camping)

Day 2: Derby - Tunnel Creek (visit) - Windjana Gorge (visit + camping)

Day 3: Windjana Gorge - Lennard Gorge (visit) - Bell Gorge (visit + camping)

Day 4: Bell Gorge - (Imintji store) - Adcock Gorge (visit) - Mt Barnett Roadhouse and Manning Gorge (visit + camping)

Day 5: Manning Gorge - El Questro township (all day driving + camping)

Day 6: El Questro Gorge (visit) - Emma Gorge (visit) - Kununurra (camping)

Day 7: Kununurra (visit, what things should we see while in Kununurra?)

Day 8: Kununurra - Katherine Gorge (all day drive + camping)

Day 9: Katherine Gorge (canoe)

Day 10: Katherine Gorge - Kakadu NP (sightseeing + camping)

Day 11: Kakadu NP (If we only have one full day should we visit Jim Jim Falls or are there other beautiful things to see?)

Day 12: Kakadu NP (sightseeing + driving) - Darwin

What do you think of this itinerary?

Best regards,
Steven and Sofie
Belgium

Comments for Broome to Darwin via Gibb River Road 12 days (13-07-09 / 24-07-09)

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Little time but reasonable itinerary
by: Birgit

Hi Steven and Sofie,

I think it's a very rushed itinerary, but when 12 days is all you have available then that's the best you can do! You did a good job.

For your Kununurra question see the Kununurra section and Destination Kimberley. There are quite a few things you can do and you'll have to pick out what you like. It depends on your interests. Say whether you'd rather go for a swim or prefer a break from waterfalls and gorges and want to do something different. A canoe trip on the Ord might be nice. You might also want to have a look at Mirima National Park.

Are there other beautiful things to see in Kakadu??? About a week's worth!

I suggest you have a thorough read through my free NT guide and the Kakadu section of my other website.

Your itinerary is doable and you did make the most out of the little time you have. It's a shame that that's all you have. I also think that you don't really have enough time to appreciate Kakadu. Sure, you can do what you propose, but you might end up like many others, saying, bah, Kakadu is overrated. It's so vast, you just won't have time to see all that much. It'll be mostly driving.

Plus, it's peak season... (If I was you I'd see if I can get a permit for two nights at Koolpin Gorge instead.)

Anyway, even if you leave everything as is, it's ok.

about Koolpin gorge
by: Jack

Hi guys,

I am also planning a Broome-Kakadu trip in the similar time of the year. If you want to consider the Koolpin Gorge in Kakadu NP give them a call ASAP as they have limited spots. I wasn't lucky but they still have few days where few spots are available. It is apparently a very beautiful place where you can enjoy some rest from the ever present crowds of that time of the year in Kakadu.

Cheers,
all the best!

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