Welcome to Derby

There are crocs hiding in the mangroves, but you're more likely to see birds, over 200 different varieties, while the boabs are firmly rooted along the two main parallel drags, Loch and Clarendon Sts. Derby, sitting on King Sound, is the West Kimberley's administrative centre and home to various Indigenous groups (eg Nykina, Dambimangari, Worrorra, Wunumbal) who comprise 50% of the population. Tours depart here for the Horizontal Waterfalls and Buccaneer Archipelago and it's also the western terminus of the Gibb River Road (GRR).

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$1433.51 Multi-day & Extended Tours

9-Day Broome to Darwin Multi-Day Camping Adventure Including Gibb River Road, Bungle Bungles and Lake Argyle

Day 1: Broome to Tunnel CreekDepart Broome at 6am and head east into the Kimberley and onto the Gibb River Road. Visit Windjana Gorge, Derby and the Boab Prison tree before making this your exclusive bush camp under the stars.Day 2: Tunnel Creek To Bush CampBreak camp early and head for Tunnel Creek. Getting there nice and early normally ensures you'll have the place to yourself and are able to explore the 0.4-mile (700-meter) long cave and it's amazing features. From Tunnel Creek head for Bell Gorge, one of the nicest in the Kimberley where you'll do a short hike and have plenty of time for swimming and exploring. From Bell Gorge push onto another bush camp.Day 3: Bush Camp to Manning GorgeToday you'll spend most of the day exploring the amazing Manning Gorge. Having the whole day allows you to relax and take some of the less conventional routes which take you to lost gorges and ancient rock art. Camp tonight is on the banks of the Manning River. If time permits you may also see Adcock and Galvan's Gorges.Day 4: Manning Gorge to Pentecost RiverToday, push east toward the Pentecost River and Cockburn Range country. There are a few nice spots to visit today including waterholes and art sites.Day 5: Pentecost River to Purnululu National Park/Bungle BunglesFrom your amazing camp site, drive a short distance to Emma falls at El Questro Station. Here there is great 3km long hike ending at a beautiful waterhole. Next, push onto Purnululu National Park, ideally arriving in time for sunset.Day 6: Purnululu National Park to Bush CampSpend the day at Purnululu exploring all there is on offer including the Picaninny creek area, Cathedral Gorge and Echidna Chasm. There is also time for a scenic flight for those interested (payable direct). Your camp tonight is by a waterhole.Day 7: Bush Camp to Lake ArgyleToday head for Lake Argyle where you'll jump on a boat and camp on an island (boat cruise is payable direct on the day of travel), an activity that is regularly voted as a highlight of the trip. Waking up with the sun on your private island is a great experience. Day 8: Lake Argyle to Victoria RiverFrom Lake Argyle, cross into the Northern Territory and head for the Victoria River region to another private campsite on the banks of the Victoria River.Day 9: Victoria River to DarwinYour last day allows plenty of time to explore Edith Falls in Nitmiluk National Park where there is a variety of hikes from a couple of kilometers up to 10-km depending on how enthusiastic you're feeling. There will also be plenty of time to spend in the last perfect waterfall of the trip. Arrive into Darwin at approximately 6pm.

$384.62 Multi-day & Extended Tours

2 Day Gorges Escape

Day 1 Geikie Gorge Departing Broome at 7:00am, we begin our journey into Kimberley gorge country. Passing boab trees, fascinating termite mounds and roaming cattle, enjoy the local knowledge and interesting stories our guide has to share. Following morning tea at Willare Roadhouse on the mighty Fitzroy River we continue east, pausing at a magnificent boab that is well over a thousand years old, to learn some of the secrets of this unusual tree. On reaching the historic town of Fitzroy Crossing, we discover the ancient Napier Range, home to the famous Geikie Gorge. Nature carved this spectacular 30m deep gorge between the Geikie and Oscar Ranges during the Devonian geological period. The best way to experience the scenery and abundant wildlife of this natural wonder is to join the Geikie Gorge Ranger-guided Cruise (included). Geikie Gorge floods during the wet season, with the swirling water leaving its bleached mark on the colourful gorge walls. Though the water retreats during the dry season, permanent water remain to sustain the wide variety of Kimberley wildlife. Towards sunset, settle in for an evening under the Kimberley night sky – relax as your guide prepares a traditional barbeque dinner before retiring to your choice* of accommodation: Camping (2DGE), Safari Cabin – with ensuite (2DGE1) or Motel Room – with ensuite (2DGE2). *This choice is made at the time of booking. (LD) Day 2 Windjana Gorge & Tunnel Creek   After breakfast it is a 4WD route to Tunnel Creek, a 750-metre cave system carved through the Napier Range, a Devonian reef system 350 million years old. Here, we explore secret caves and a variety of unusual wildlife. We also hear of the legend of Jandamarra, an Aboriginal freedom fighter who used the Tunnel as a hideout in the late 1800’s. A refreshing swim in an idyllic waterhole is a highlight of the day. Then it’s off to Windjana Gorge for a delicious lunch and to search for freshwater crocodiles, local birdlife and indigenous bushtucker in the stunning natural beauty of this oasis of the outback. Travelling back through Kimberley cattle country, we pause in Derby to see the infamous ‘Boab Prison Tree.’ This tree, believed to be over 1500 years old and measuring almost 15 metres in girth, is a relic of some cultural sensitivity due to its use as a prison for local Aboriginals during the era of Kimberley pioneers. Relax enroute back to Broome, where we arrive at approximately 6:30pm. (BL)

$3023.68 Outdoor Activities

12 Day Kimberley Premium Camping Tour

Enjoy complementary hotel pick-up from your Broome accommodation by one of Outback Horizons highly experienced guides in our luxury 4WD vehicles, before departing on our 12 Day Kimberley Adventure. Our first day takes us to Derby and Mowanjum Aboriginal Art Gallery, before continuing along the infamous Gibb River Rd to Tunnel Creek and Windjana Gorge, our first overnight stop under they Kimberley night sky.Our Kimberley adventure continues in luxury and comfort over the next 11 days, experiencing the best on offer with the following highlights:Highlights: • Mitchell Falls helicopter flight • Bell Gorge • Gibb River Road • Manning Gorge • Aboriginal rock art • Home Valley Station • Cockburn Range • El Questro Wilderness Park (Including Zebedee Springs, Emma Gorge) • Ord River boat cruise to Lake Argyle • Purnululu National Park (Bungle Bungles) • Geikie Gorge boat cruise • Tunnel Creek  Inclusions: • An accredited and experienced guide • Scenic helicopter flight over Mitchell Falls • All camping equipment (including bedding) • All meals • Ord River boat cruise • Geikie Gorge boat cruise • All park and entrance fees