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A 4WD adventure holiday is one of the most important trips you can take in Australia. It teaches you about the calm, magnificent and resilient outback in the way only nature can.
Our 4WD campers can give you the off-road experience you’ve been after and take you on the adventure tour of a lifetime.
We have the Safari Landcruiser 4WD, which sleeps 5 people with a rooftop tent for 2, and an additional zip on the annexe tent for 3 people. This is a great option as it keeps you safe from any curious Aussie critters, while remaining easy to set up each day.
We also have the Outback 5-berth 4WD camper, which is perfect for comfortable off-roading and long-distance driving. Both 4WDs feature cutting edge Darche camping equipment. But then, where to go and what to see?
Gibb River Road Route
The Gibb River Road is one of Australia’s most unique 4WD challenges. A legendary 660 km stock route once built for droving cattle, today it’s an epic adventure that explores magnificent gorges, ancient Indigenous cultures and vast cattle stations. Your adventure begins in Derby, an easy three-hour drive from Broome. Once you’ve stocked on fuel, food, water supplies and essentials, you’ll be headfirst into the first leg of the Gibb with sealed roads and 4WD driving. Your first stop will be Windjana Gorge National Park, within the Napier ranges – part of an ancient reef system that’s 350 million years old. Nowadays, there’s an abundance of wildlife, timeworn fossils and cool pools worth exploring.
Next, make sure you don’t miss the Tunnel Creek National Park, which features WA’s oldest cave system. Explore the torch-lit walk of a subterranean world of bats and freshwater crocodiles. Once in the Kimberley highlands, you can check out Lennard Gorge for a morning dip or stroll, but your final destination, Bell Gorge, will be the real highlight: a 100-metre cascading waterfall with breathtaking cliff-top views. The road less travelled never looked this good. Click here for more route details.
The Red Centre
An adventurous trip into Australia’s dramatic desert landscape, the Red Centre begins in Alice Springs and ends in the magical surroundings of Uluru (aka Ayers Rock), Kata Tjuta and Kings Canyon. You’ll need at least 5 days for this trip, but the heart of Australia will have you so mesmerised, you’ll end up staying for longer. Along your way, you’ll encounter sunrise hot-air balloon rides, beautiful gorges, waterholes and much more. Once you reach the ever-enchanting Uluru, you’ll be riddled with choices: guided tours, camel rides, quad bikes, art and music, and Indigenous performances. This route is a rich, beautiful sight to behold that extends to Kings Canyon, Kata Tjuta, Rainbow Valley and other jaw-dropping natural phenomena. Check out the full trip outline here.
Nature's Way (Darwin to Katherine)
The NT’s true scenic route running from Darwin to Katherine, via Kakadu National Park, Nature’s Way is a 550 km drive that works as a one-way trip or a looped circuit back to Darwin. As the scenic route, we recommend you take at least 7 days to complete it, but there are many ways to pencil all the sights in in different ways. On your way to Katherine, you can stop at Adelaide River for a crocodile riverboat cruise, Kakadu’s multitude of wildlife, tours and rock art galleries or waterholes such as the Buley Rockhole. Once in Katherine, you can revel in the natural, thermal Katherine Hot Springs, or explore over 10 nature parks or six different national parks, such as the Litchfield National Park. Find out more here.
The Savannah Way (Cairns to Broome)
Known as Australia’s Adventure Drive, this route linking tropical Cairns with the historic Broome ensures a wide variety of national parks, ancient gorges and unreal wildlife. We’d recommend taking 14 days to complete this trip, as it’s a sizable distance with plenty to see, even at your first stop. The Undara Volcanic National Park is one of Australia’s greatest geological wonders, with the largest lava tubes system in the world and 164 craters to visit. From Undara, you’ll drive over to Cobbold Gorge, where you can take a private boat tour along a narrow, meandering gorge, famous for its sheer cliffs and fantastic wildlife. Who knows, you might spot a croc or two!
Then it’s the wetlands of Normanton, perfect for bird watching. After a fair bit of off-road adventure, you’ll end up in Borroloola, famous for its unique history, characters and incredible barramundi fishing spots. Next, it’s Purnululu National Park, where you’ll be astounded by the eroded sandstone towers and the beehive structures of the Bungle Bungle Range. Before you know it, you’ll be in Broome, once the pearling capital of the world. Now this town is famous for its beautiful Cable Beach, where you can finally soak up the surf and sun. Check out more info on the Savannah Way here.
- 2 Spare tyres
- Water and Emergency provisions
- Comprehensive tool
- Puncture repair
- First aid kit
- Gas cooking equipment
- Insect repellent
Now that you’re all ready for the road, you can head on out! Just remember: the best thing about a drive holiday is waking up in a brand new location. So savour every morning you wake up and see a side of Australia you’ve never seen before. There’s plenty more where that came from.