22 days Broome to Broome via Gibb River Road and The Great Northern Highway

by Bill McNulty
(Victoria Point, QLD)

We arrive in Broome 8th June and will be picking up a 4WD camper van. We have booked two nights accomodation in Broome.

Day 3 Heading to Derby, booked accommodation at Kimberely Entrance Park. Open to suggestions to what to see.
No further accomodation booked
Day 4 Windjana Gorge, visiting Tunnel Creek, overnight stay at Windjana Gorge
Day 5 Bell Gorge / Silent Grove, stay at Mt Hart Wilderness Lodge.
Day 6,7,8,9 stay at Mornington Wilderness Camp taking in Dimond Gorge. Any other suggestions welcome
Day 10 Manning Gorge overnight camping
Day 11,12 Ellenbrae, Mt Elizabeth taking in Wunnumurra Gorge /Warla Gorge
Day 13 Home Valley Station
Day 14,15,16 El Questro
Day 17 Travel to Kununurra, overnight stay
Day 18,19 Bungle Bungle, seeing the various gorges
Day 20 Halls Creek, visiting China Wall
Day 21,22 Fitzroy Crossing, Geikie Gorge National Park
Day 23/24 free options
Day 25 Return camper van to Broome
Stay in resort for 7 nights, unsure if we should go to Cape Leveque on days free or take a tour guide when staying in Broome as we are not planning to have transport for the 7 nights.

We assume that the places we have mentioned all have overnight camping areas either on caravan parks or free. We are very flexible and open to suggestions.

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22 Days Broome To Broome Via Gibb River Road And The Great Northern Highway
by: Birgit

Hi Bill,
Yes, sure, you can camp in the all places you have mentioned.
A few comments:

Day 5 has you spend time at Bell Gorge, then backtrack and drive all the way out to Mt. Hart, only to leave the next morning to make your way to Mornington. That seems a bit rushed to me. If you do drive out to Mt. Hart I'd give it a bit more time, i.e. go there first, spend a night, and drive to Bell Gorge the next day. Unless of course all you wanted to see was the homestead and the sunset lookout. (It's not that it's not doable. Probably more that I myself would not want to drive out there just for dinner.)

Regarding suggestions for Derby or Mornington: all I could offer is already covered in Destination Kimberley.I am not keeping any secrets from you :-). You have enough time at Mornington to see everything. So just take your time and enjoy!

Day 11/12 I assume is just a typo or not meant that way (seeing Ellenbrae before Mt. Elizabeth), since Ellenbrae is on the other side, between Mt. Elizabeth and Home Valley. It makes a lovely break for the drive on day 13.

Your stay in the Bungles also seems a bit short, as most of the first day will be taken up with driving/checking in/setting up camp. But of course it depends how much you really want to walk, if you add a helicopter flight etc. So again I should make clear that I mean it would be a bit short for myself. I don't have enough information to say if it will seem rushed to you.

On the other hand, two days in Fitzroy Crossing seem a bit much if Geikie Gorge is all you want to see there. (And there isn't much else to do.)

It's a bummer that you don't have the car after that, because Cape Leveque would most certainly be worth it! Maybe you can hire a smaller vehicle for a few days? Note though that you would have to commit to that ahead if you want to stay at Kooljaman Resort. That time of the year it will most definitely be booked out. And so will the Broome resorts.

While a few days in a resort after a camping trip are always nice, seven days might get a bit longish, especially if you did enjoy your camping trip. (then again, who knows, you may be so sick of red dust and corrugations that you refuse to leave the poolside! :-).)

Cape Leveque alternative
by: Liz and Peter

Hi, we camped five nights at Quondong beach which is just north of Broome and absolutely loved it there. We found no one there except ourselves and some hermit crabs! Brilliant landscape and beaches. You will need 4WD to get there, but you don't have to book :) or pay :))

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