Broome to Derby
Total distance: 222 kilometres
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
Total distance: 295 kilometres
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).
Total distance: 40 kilometres (return)
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
Total distance: 396 kilometres (+180 kilometre return to Mimbi Caves)
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.
This itinerary is recommended for 4WD only and features a creek crossing. A basic level of off-road driving experience is required. Check with the Derby Visitor Centre to ensure the Gibb River and Windjana Gorge roads are open before you start your journey – it is often closed during the wet season (September to May).
Fuel is only available at Broome, Derby and Fitzroy Crossing, so make sure you have enough fuel to travel between these points.