Dear Trip Advisers,
A short version of the question for those not interested in reading the essay below: What to visit on the 6-day drive form Darwin to Broome without leaving the sealed roads? Now to the essay...
We all have heard this a million times: "Always read the small print!". But how many times we checked that "Agree to Terms and Conditions" without even a glance at them - I'm no exception.
My wife and I felt very smug, when we managed to get a relocation deal from Darwin to Broome, thinking that this was an excellent way to visit Kimberley on the cheap. I was getting excited planning our adventure and knowing about usual rental limitations in Kimberley I contacted the company requesting a permission to drive either GRR or the road to Bungles. Upon which I was presented with the said Terms and Conditions stating that they won't have us driving on any unsealed roads longer than 500 m and if we were to try anything clever, we'd be fined $1500 even if no damage occurred to the vehicle, although perhaps in a more official tone. After several reasonably civil exchanges it was made clear that no changes could be made to that condition even if we were willing to increase our liability or just pay more. So we were left with a choice of renting a 4WD car elsewhere, which would cost us, but not unreasonably and would give us extra 4 days. Or to stick with the relocation and arrange our trip around the sealed roads.
We are currently leaning towards the latter, for the sheer logistical challenge of it :) and I wanted to ask, what places you would recommend visiting on a 6-day trip from Darwin to Broome. We realise that there are a lot of places between Darwin and Kununurra, which might be a lot more accessible, and since we haven't been there either we'd love to hear about your favourites. We were also considering leaving the camper at the turn-off to Purnululu and hitching a lift there with some fellow travellers (a tour with morning tea and delicious lunch doesn't appeal to either of us). But that would probably take up 2 days towards the end of our 6-day trip and we're concerned that if we find it difficult to get out of there, it would be one mad dash to Broome. So we're hoping for some more accessible suggestions. Also if you know any quieter camping spots along the highway, we'd love to hear about them too!