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Top Australian Road Trips: Darwin to Broome (N.T to W.A) -14 days

The road from Darwin to Broome stretches out across Australia’s northwest corner; it is one of the world’s last great wildernesses. The land area is larger than some countries and without a single town nearby. It’s also the type of country where farmers lose dozens of cattle to crocodiles each year and whole communities can be cut off by flooding during the wet season (November to April). The road trip is a true eye opener with 150 years of history with spectacular locations and sightseeing along the journey.

The way to tackle the wild journey is by the comfort of your own motorhome, 2wd are suitable for the main route, but If your wish to go off road and see the bungle bungles a 4wd motorhome is needed. Please be aware that there will be gravel roads for part of the way but suitable for 2WD. 

The 14 day road trip allows enough time to really see the sites of the Kakadu National Park, Katherine, Kununurra and many more spectacular locations and unique landscapes. 

Day 1: Arrive in Darwin, stay overnight in Darwin

Day 2: Spend the day in Darwin

There are many highlights to see in Darwin which include; the Berry Springs, East Point Reserve, Mindil Beach, Darwin Wharf, Crocosaurus Cove, Military Museum and many more great attractions.

Day 3: Darwin to Kakadu. Approx 275 km (3.5 hours)

This route is usually travelled on via the Stuart Highway which can be entered from Daly st in the CDB of Darwin. 

Day 4: Spend the day at the Kakadu National Park

World heritage listed Kakadu is Australia’s largest national park covering more than 19,000 square kilometres, where saltwater crocs lurk below the lotus flowers, waterfalls cascade into pools with paperbarks and pandanus palms surrounding. The most extraordinary view can be seen from the top of Ubirr rock. For as long as 60,000 years since the first humans crossed into Australia Aboriginal peoples gather on this very rock during the rains and take shelter in its nooks to rest and talk. View from this very ancient vantage point craggy lines of the Arnhem plateau standout against the azure sky.

Day 5: Kakadu to Katherine, Approx 300km (4 hours)

The drive from Kakadu to Katherine takes you inland where the Katherine George is a must see along with the hot springs. There are a few caravan parks to choose from that will accommodate your motorhome or caravan for a relaxing night.

Day 6: Katherine to Kununurra, Approx 510km (6 hours)

The trip from Katherine to Kununurra takes you into Western Australia where you will gain 1.5 hours due to the time difference.

Day 7: Spend the day in Kununurra

There are numerous sites to see in Kununurra such as the Zebra Rock Mine, Lake, Kelly’s knob Lookout, Elephant rock/ Sleeping Budda, argyle diamonds. There are also a range of caravan parks that provide powered sites that you can pull your motorhome into for a good night’s sleep.

Day 8: Kununurra to El Questro, Approx 100km (3.5 hours)

The drive from Kununurra to El Questro is only a short distance west on the sealed Great Northern highways towards Wyndham.

Day 9: Spend the day in El Questro

Experience El Questro Wilderness Park and the Emma George. The Emma George walk and Zebedee springs are not to be missed with spectacular views towering over the escarpments and swim in the springs for a refresher is a must. 

Day 10: El Questro to Imintji Wilderness Camp, Approx 405 km (5 hours)

Day 11: Spend the day at Imintji Safari Camp and explore the Gibb River Road.

The Imintji Safari Camp is located just off the Gibb River Road which is regarded as one of the great Australian 4WD adventures. This camp is also close to the Kimberley’s most beautiful gorges.

Day 12: Imintji Camp to Broome. Approx 440km (273 miles) 5.5 hours

The long and beautiful drive to the laid-back Broome is relaxing, where you will find long, low streets with verandas and flags flapping in the breeze. Kids are fishing and catching crabs while you watch the sun drop into the Indian Ocean.

Day 13: Spend the day in Broome Depart Broome.

What better way than to end your adventure than on a camel ride along Cable beach at sunset while viewing the spectacular red, pink, blue and yellow sunset.

Day 14: Depart Broome 

Drive Preparation

Preparing for the drive in your motorhome is to consider the best time to travel and this is during the dry season between the months of May to October and this is the easiest and most comfortable time to travel. Two weeks is a good amount of time to spend traveling between the locations. A 4WD motorhome is recommended for the Gibb River Road. Make sure you take plenty of water, sun pretention, food supplies and comfortable clothing. Request an extra spare tie and a satellite phone. 
Check road conditions and river crossings prior to departure. Sunset is earlier in top end of Australia so plan your journey to arrive at the destination in daylight.

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