Route Reviews: Darwin Broome Road Trip Planner

You’re on the way driving Darwin Broome, finished a “remote“ trip from Broome to Darwin; whether you plan to move, in this route, you’ll get lonely if ready!

Before writing this article, I don’t believe any traveler who wanna drive this road because it’s a quiet route heard from residents of Australia. And, somebody who is planning a trip around North Australia but not sure what thing to do & places to be. If you research the route to complete through Darwin to Broome, you’re in the right place!

What about taking A flight to Broome from Darwin?

This type of flight should be snapped, which needs to stop at Perth first, then waiting for another domestic flight to Broome, which means that’s a high cost for your trip.

You can check the newest price on Skyscanner from Darwin to Broome / Broome to Darwin if you couldn’t move by drive. Actually, there’s no flight which non-stop can pick you to Broome from Darwin.

The lowest price from USD 377 per adult, as seen on Skyscanner. Don’t forget to make changes to your date selection.

This price is too high, so rather than take a self-drive, should it be easy, otherwise the flight to Perth round back to Darwin? Heaven No!

Route Review: 1,800 km Long Way Drive Route!

My friend arrived in Darwin as her first stop in her gap year; she feels wet sticky every time after raining. She said the weather made her uncomfortable and found out a cherry-picking job in Tasmania & flight away. Unfortunately, she got no car so she couldn’t move to the new town nearby. Only Darwin City airport & bus system can cover her.

Before move out of Darwin

If you are ready to move out of Darwin when stopping, make sure your car is done with service maintenance & full fuel. B you only find the cheaper car service before entering the city. Also, the route & accommodation must be ready otherwise you don’t know how long you should stay in your seat.

Show you the route map, Darwin Broome:

Darwin to Broome drive route map Australia
Drive from Darwin & Katherine (Click pic to see full size)

This route from Darwin to Broome takes over 20 hours 1871 km total distance for self-drive. In my experience, you can separate 3 days to moving, that average 7 hours driving. >>Get navigation.

Best Attractions on midway Darwin & Broome

In this section, what I recommend best attractions that fit your camping trip with a camper van is these:

  1. Litchfield National Park
  2. Kununurra
  3. Lake Argyle
  4. Purnululu National Park
  5. Wolfe Creek Crater

Click the link forward read details of each attraction.

Darwin Broome Road Trip Itinerary Suggestion

I’ve assembled three itineraries for your trip planner, plans which just drive 6-8 hrs in a day. Do not get too tired, almost going, usually stop & take snap is good. Check them out:

3 Days Fastest drive route

1. Start from Darwin

Katherine Landmark NT Australia
Katherine NT Australia

Driving 602 km in 7 hrs, stay over in Timber Creek. >>Get navigation.

I suggest you start this route early before no mobile service.

When you leave from Darwin, only one way just head back to Katherine if you came from Katherine, this town is a transfer point link north & west. Take a break & have lunch, then get Timber Creek before evening. There’s nothing special at the side of the highway.

But there are famous Litchfield National Park & Kakadu National Park; skip them if you have already been there. If you were to stay in Darwin & before leaving Darwin city, you should be there actually.

That’s simple when you reach Timber Creek, what’s the best accommodation for you?

I found 3 Wirib Store & Tourism ParkTimber Creek HotelBig Horse Creek Campground.

Best stay over in Timber Creek

Well, we are just backpackers, so we couldn’t spend over a hundred stay in a hotel. Still, the camping ground Wirib Store Tourist Park is next it should be fine, we order the cabin 2 single beds room just AUD 70 & we two persons share it paid $35 only that’s cheap! And the room is good & clean, only you must have noticed the mosquitos when you’re outside.

Why do we stay in an indoor cabin? Here are two reasons we think:

We saw lots of aboriginals stay outside of Timber Creek Hotel. At the same time, we reach there, plus the reception reminds us to beware of them if they try close to you in the park. Call the manager, so we don’t leave our wagon outside the parking site, even link powered.

Second, there are many crocodiles near the river, some people try to go there. Still, you don’t know when they’ll appear near you when you see the crocodiles on the ground of the camping area suddenly. What will you do? Call the police, LOL. So we didn’t consider Big Horse Creek Campground near the river of Crocodiles although it’s free accommodation.

Finally, we’d like a good night in Timber Creek; there’s no bother & scare all safe. You drive your campervan stay here should be fine.

2. Moving Day to Fitzroy Crossing

Driving 874 km in 9 hrs 37 mins, stay over in Fitzroy Crossing. >>Get navigation.

Or you driving 584 km in 6 hrs 40 min stay over in Halls Creek, that should be closer. >>Get navigation.

No matter where you stay over, once you pass the Northern Territory/Western Australia border, the time zone will be changed.

About Border WA/NT
Check point of Border of WA Australia
Border of NT/WA

While we reach the border of Western Australia, the path checkpoint is serious for the processing. The first time the checking officer asked me, “Do you bring any fruits or veggies?“, “I must check your rear compartment by the policy, “we opened to let him fit. Unfortunately, he found our bananas & potato which we just use for our next lunch & dinner.

“Sorry, bro, these are violent; our policy of border check, I must take them away.“ Because we don’t know they do it seriously according to their policy. I understood later they prevent any fruits fly entering the WA harm the local agriculture property. So we finally got no fine ticket but lost food materials.

So this is route reviews:

>>Get navigation.

Every time I suggest you start this route early before no mobile service.

The Timezone was changed at that moment

I didn’t notice this because I just left the border checkpoint & through Purnululu; while we crossed the border at 11:43 am, the time was changed to 9:43, that’s mean I got 2 more hours & my partner asked me, “ Would you want to keep forward?“, “ Yea, I’m alright. I can do that well !“ I said, more 2 hours for moving, so ignore Halls Creek & go to Fitzroy Crossing.

When we got there, I drove 9 hours the whole day! Feel tired when I get out of my car, but when I think about going again tomorrow, I feel chill out. That’s alright!

If you still decide to stay in Halls Creek, you can stay in Halls Creek Caravan Park, Kimberley Hotel, or Halls Creek Motel.

>>Get Halls Creek navigation.

So what about Fitzroy Crossing this town?

I met a friend who was working at an IGA supermarket wherein the center of Fitzroy Crossing; this supermarket is the only store that supplied everything.

She was on staff & we contacted each other on Facebook. She said, “ This is too boring. I wanna be out of there after 6 months!“ there’s nothing special I could be, but it doesn’t matter. So that night, we stay at Tanunda Caravan Park. The wagon parked on the powered site, so we feed mosquitos again, LOL.

Suppose you consider a lodge or cabin to avoid the flies & mosquitoes. In that case, you can check the Fitzroy River Lodge Fitzroy Crossing.

3. Get to Broome

Broome China Town WA Australia
China Town in Broome

Driving 397 km in 4 hrs 14 mins, you have reached Broome! >>Get navigation.

About Broome

When we see the minutes left one hour less, I feel excited because we almost finished this part of the road trip !! I drove 4 hours to Broome from Fitzroy Crossing because it took 9 hours to go last time.

This’s a unique & strange tree at the side of the highway which I missed.

Special tree on the roadside near Broome WA Australia
Special tree on the roadside near Broome

After this tree (That was my impression), turn left & keep going, then get the sea smell, the Broome, a town located along the bay. This’s the simple route as this pic

Gantheaume Point in Broome WA Australia
Gantheaume Point in Broome

We checked in at Kimberley Klub Hostel; this backpacker registered under the YHA membership & provided the lowest price for backpackers. What excellent facilities, including a swimming pool, big public kitchen, expansive open lobby & great decoration designed, made me feel like in the resort village! Check that in more detail via YHA.

Next time, I’ll write more articles and talk about the attractions & things to do in the Broome.

6 Days (or more) drive itinerary

This trip plan, I add Purnululu National Park & Wolfe Creek Crater, makes you have a great escape outback.

1. Start from Darwin

Driving 602 km in 7 hrs, stay over in Timber Creek. >>Get navigation.

2. Moving Day to Bungle Bungles

Driving 477 km in 5 hrs 31 mins, rest in Kununurra, stay over in Bungle Bungles Caravan Park.

>>Get navigation.

Once you pass the border of Northern Territory/Western Australia, the time zone will be changed.

3. Day tour at Purnululu National Park

Drive to Echidna Chasm & The Bungle Bungles as a journey. Back & stay over in Bungle Bungles Caravan Park. >>Get navigation.

4. Go to Wolfe Creek Crater

Leave Purnululu, drive 261 km in 6 hrs 14 mins, rest in Halls Creek, loading fuel & food. Then go to Wolfe Creek Crater, take outback camping, stay over in Wolfe Creek Crater National Park. >>Get navigation.

5. Moving Day to Fitzroy Crossing

Driving 408 km in 7 hrs 43 mins, stay over in Fitzroy Crossing. >>Get navigation.

6. Get to Broome

Driving 397 km in 4 hrs 14 mins, you have reached Broome! >>Get navigation.

Broome Darwin Road Trip Itinerary Suggestion

I’ve assembled three itineraries for your trip planner, plans which just drive 6-8 hrs in a day. Do not get too tired, almost going, usually stop & take snap is good. Check them out:

3 Days Fastest drive route

Alright, you just finished everything there & prepared to move across the border WA, right?

So let’s back to Darwin from Broome:

Drive from Broome to Darwin Australia
Drive from Broome to Darwin (Click pic to see full size)

Only one part of you drive to Halls Creek & stay because you need to reach the timezone; otherwise, you got to go in shortened hours on the third day.

So that’s an excellent three days of us; I’ll post more photos & share more experience here. It’s not boring this way between Darwin & Broome.

There’re still lots of places you can be.

1. Start from Broome

Driving 686 km in 7 hrs 20 min, stay over in Halls Creek. >>Get navigation.

2. Moving Day to Timber Creek

Driving 584 km in 6 hrs 42 mins, stay over in Timber Creek. >>Get navigation.

Once you pass the border of Northern Territory/Western Australia, the time zone will be changed.

3. Get to Darwin

Driving 603 km in 7 hrs 2 mins, you have reached Darwin! >>Get navigation.

7 Days (or more) drive itinerary

This trip plan, I add Purnululu National Park & Wolfe Creek Crater, makes you have a great escape outback.

1. Start from Broome

Driving 397 km in 4 hrs 16 min, stay over in Fitzroy Crossing. >>Get navigation.

2. Go to Halls Creek

Driving 291 km in 3 hrs 8 min, stay over in Halls Creek. >>Get navigation. This day for fuel loading, prepare for tomorrow’s Wolfe trip.

3. Go to Wolfe Creek Crater

Drive 152 km in 5 hrs 4 mins, visit Wolfe Creek Crater, take outback camping, stay over in Wolfe Creek Crater National Park. >>Get navigation.

4. Moving Day to Bungle Bungles

Driving 261 km in 6 hrs 14 mins, rest in Halls Creek, stay over in Bungle Bungles Caravan Park. >>Get navigation.

5. Day tour at Purnululu National Park

Drive to Echidna Chasm & The Bungle Bungles as a journey. Back & stay over in Bungle Bungles Caravan Park. >>Get navigation.

6. Go to Timber Creek

Leave Purnululu, drive 477 km in 5 hrs 32 mins, rest in Kununurra, stay over in Timber Creek. >>Get navigation. Once you pass the border of Northern Territory/Western Australia, the time zone will be changed.

7. Get to Darwin

Driving 603 km in 7 hrs 2 mins, you have reached Darwin! >>Get navigation.

Darwin Broome Attractions Highlight

If you wanna check more details of the attraction, read this section.

Purnululu National Park Highlight:

I’ve noticed other attractions where the highway looks unique; the first one is The Bungle Bungles, the second one is Echidna Chasm. These places are located in Purnululu National Park, which formed naturally.

The Bungle Bungles

The surface textures look like Kings Canyon, isn’t it?

The Bungle Bungle WA Australia
The Bungle Bungles WA Australia

Echidna Chasm

This’s a narrow track till the end. Would you wanna try to squeeze it, LOL?

Echidna Chasm WA Australia
Echidna Chasm WA Australia

How to go to Echidna Chasm & The Bungle Bungles?

So How to go there? Here’s the route, only you need to turn off at The Bungle Bungles Turn Off nearby Old River.

Kununurra to Bungle Bungles drive route map Australia
Kununurra to Bungle Bungles drive route map
Bungle Bungles drive route map Australia
Bungle Bungles drive route map

Click the images to start the route on the Google Map

We didn’t go there while through this national park because of our budget. I felt it looks like Kings Canyon, so we ignored them, but still interested in squeeze track Echidna Chasm; what a vast & special place!

But if you wanna go there, you need one more night stay at Bungle Bungles Station Stay or BushCamp Halls Creek & Wilderness Lodge. Mainly their great campings area provides good facilities & cabins even lodges.

Conclusion

I hope you enjoy this road trip, you already know the best route between Darwin and Broome. Now, get your belongings ready, get food and a map, then turn on your car engine and start it! 

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