Broome to Darwin May 2013
Replies: 3 - Last Post: Jan 15, 2013 3:25 AM Last Post By: rollergirl33
Nov 28, 2012 1:15 AM
Broome to Darwin May 2013Hi,
My friend and I are planning to do a trip from Broome to Darwin (or vice versa) and then maybe time permiting heading down to Alice Springs for a few days. We have looked at the various tour options offered by the various compnaies out there but they all seem pretty much identical. Can anyone recommend a good company to go with. We have been with Adventure Tours in the past and they were great but that was a few years ago. Are there any other options we should look at? We were considering hiring a vehicle and driving ourselves, has anyone else done this and can offer any recommendations?
Nov 29, 2012 3:59 AM
There's a couple of local tours in Broome which are quite good, Kimberley Adventure tours and Kimberley Wild. Both of them offer Broome to Darwin tours and are run by people that know the area.
There are others like APT which are a much larger company that run tours all over Australia. Western Exposure is also quite a large company but I've heard good reviews about them.
Self drive depends on how much time you have and what kind of car you're looking at hiring. To get the most out of the Kimberley and Northern Territory it's a very good idea to hire a 4wd.. You may find that by the time you add up hiring costs, insurance, fuel, camping gear etc you're better off going on a tour, and you may see more on a tour as you're with people that know the area. The downfall of a tour is when you might want to spend a couple of days at a gorge and tours don't often allow for that.
Dec 1, 2012 3:18 PM
2I did that trip a few years ago with Western Xposure (who I think is the operator used if you book through Adventure Tours) and it was one of the best things I did during 5 years of travel in Oz.
Not done self-drive... however I remember looking into it and the costs added up so much that I decided to go with a tour. Also, you'd have to be confident with 4WD, maybe crossing the odd river with crocs etc, to really get the most out of it.
If you go down that route I'd suggest doing a lot of research, both for safety but also because it's the sort of place where having a guide with good local knowledge adds so so much to the experience.
Either way, make sure you don't miss the Bungles!
Jan 15, 2013 3:25 AM
3Hi, thanks for your advice.
I think we're going to go with the tour option. Currently looking at flying into Darwin, doing the Top Deck tour (who apparently are part of Adventure Tours) down to Alice Springs and around Uluru. Flying up to Broome and then doing the Adventure Tours 9 day trip to Darwin. I'll then stay a night or two in Darwin beofre returning home. Does this seem resonable?
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