In the west Kimberley, a 350-million-year-old reef system has created a trio of spectacular natural treasures – Windjana Gorge, Tunnel Creek and Geikie Gorge. On this 4WD outback adventure into one of the last true wilderness areas on Earth, you’ll experience all three, and get a taste of the Kimberley pioneering spirit driving a section of the legendary Gibb River Road.
4 - 5 days
Broome to Broome
Best Time of the Year
May to September
- Windjana Gorge National Park
- Tunnel Creek National Park
- Geikie Gorge National Park
- Gibb River Road
Distance 222km - Driving Time 3 hours 20 mins
Head east from Broome, taking the Great Northern Highway to join the Derby Highway. In just over three hours you’ll find yourself in Derby – the western gateway to the Gibb River Road, land of the boab trees and home to the largest tidal movements in the southern hemisphere.
Insights into the region’s history, heritage and culture can be discovered with a visit to the Boab Prison Tree, Wharfinger's House Museum, the Royal Flying Doctor Base and School of the Air.
Choose from a range of camping options and perhaps consider staying an extra night and hop on a half-day scenic flight of the world’s only Horizontal Waterfalls and the 1,000 islands and islets of the Buccaneer Archipelago.
Derby to Fitzroy Crossing
Distance 295km - Driving Time 3 hours 20 mins
Stock up on fuel, food and water supplies in Derby before heading east on the Gibb River Road. The first 70 Kilometres are sealed, with a gravel road leading to Windjana Gorge National Park. Follow the three-and-a-half-kilometre walk trail to see Windjana’s abundant wildlife and sheer 100-metre walls carved out of the ancient Devonian reef system.
Due to their close proximity, it’s easy to visit Windjana Gorge and Tunnel Creek national parks in a single day. Take a good torch and a pair of sneakers and head 750 metres into the depths of WA’s oldest cave system at Tunnel Creek – entering a subterranean world of bats and fresh water crocodiles.
Head south to rejoin the Great Northern Highway towards Fitzroy Crossing.
Camping is not permitted at Tunnel Creek, but there is a campground in Windjana Gorge National Park, with showers and toilets (fees apply).
Follow the path of the Fitzroy River – one of the largest rivers in the world when in flood – and take the 20-kilometre drive north to Geikie Gorge National Park.
The best way to explore the area is to join the local Bunuba people for a river cruise and cultural tour of the dramatic 30-metre deep gorge. Spot fossilised ancient lifeforms, as well as native wildlife and freshwater crocs along the way.
Fitzroy Crossing to Broome
Distance 396km - Driving Time 5 hours
Fitzroy Crossing is one of the oldest occupied locations in Australia, with 20 significant cultural sites, including ancient rock art of the Gooniyandi who inhabited nearby Mimbi Caves.
You can opt to take the 90-kilometre journey east to the Mimbi Caves where Indigenous guides will lead you through the enchanting labyrinth of caves.
Make the journey west to Broome via the Great Northern Highway and spend some time exploring this exotic pearling town. From here, you can extend your 4WD adventure to the Dampier Peninsula.
Alternatively, head east at Fitzroy River towards Kununurra and explore one of the most unique ranges on Earth – the Bungle Bungle Ranges in World Heritage listed Purnululu National Park.