Broome and Darwin closer to Asia and Europe

April 3, 2024
By Patrick Cros

Australia opens up further to international travelers with new flights from Singapore to Broome and Darwin. Jetstar Asia will offer a non-stop flight from Singapore to Broome and the Kimberley from 25 June to 28 October 2024, reconnecting the North West of Australia with South East Asia - and beyond to Europe. Qantas is reconnecting Darwin and the Top End with Singapore from 9 December 2024; and Singapore Airlines flight to Darwin is daily since 31 March.

See also below Goway self-drives for your clients to discover the Kimberley and the Top End from Broome and Darwin.

Operating twice weekly on an Airbus A320 during Broome’s dry season, from 25 June to 28 October 2024, Jetstar Asia will offer new access to the Kimberley region with its unrivaled natural beauty, stunning beaches, landscapes, and wildlife.

The new 4-hour flight marks the first international route to fly directly into regional Western Australia since the State's borders reopened.

Existing aviation networks through Jetstar Asia will provide visitors with increased connectivity into Australia's North West via Singapore's international transport hub, Singapore Changi Airport, in partnership with several airlines, allowing visitors from Asia and Europe to explore an alternative gateway into Australia.

Qantas launches Darwin-Singapore flights

Qantas is also bringing Australia a little closer with a new flight between Darwin and Singapore from 9 December 2024. QF353 will depart Darwin at 6.05 pm, arriving in Singapore at 9.25 pm, and QF354 will leave Singapore at 10.25 pm, landing back in Darwin at 4.45 am. These times dovetail into the Singapore stopover of Qantas’ flagship QF1/QF2 superjumbo flights on the Kangaroo Route, which leaves Singapore for London at 11.25 pm and lands in Singapore from London at 5.45 pm. Qantas will operate five days per week with the dual-class Embraer E190 regional aircraft, increasing to daily from March 2025.

This flight complements the Singapore Airlines “Singapore-Darwin” flight, which is daily since the 31st of March, connecting the Northern Territory with key international markets in the United Kingdom, Europe, and Asia.

Discover the Kimberley and the Top End

Our Goway team is at your disposal to create a tailor-made journey for your clients. Additionally, in the Goway booking system, you will find offers for self-drive itineraries and packages such as the “9 Day Broome to Darwin – Great Northern Highlights 2WD”, the "11 Day Broome to Darwin - Spirit of The Outback (by 4WD)”, the “3 Day Darwin to Darwin - Australia’s Top End Express”, the “6 Day Darwin to Darwin - Top End Explorer”, and the “10 Day Darwin to Uluru - Top End to Red Centre”.

The '11 Day Broome to Darwin - Spirit of The Outback' 4WD journey, for instance, offers travelers an immersion into wild, rugged, and stunning landscapes, embodying the true essence of the outback and creating a captivating self-drive adventure through some of Australia's most secluded regions.

DAY 1: Broome to Fitzroy Crossing (Approximately 400 km) - Depart Broome and head east to Fitzroy Crossing, located on the banks of one of Australia’s largest river systems with a catchment area of 90,000 square kilometers (55,800 square miles). This true outback town has a strong indigenous culture.

DAY 2: Fitzroy Crossing to Bell Gorge Wilderness Lodge (Approximately 265 km) - Leave Fitzroy Crossing and head via the Gibb River Road to Bell Gorge Wilderness Lodge. Situated in a beautiful and unique setting near the Gibb River Road and the Imintji Aboriginal community, the lodge takes full advantage of its prime Indigenous-owned site, offering magnificent views of the King Leopold escarpment.

DAY 3: Bell Gorge Wilderness Lodge to Mount Elizabeth Station (Approximately 120 km) - Leave Bell Gorge Wilderness Lodge and continue further northeast on the Gibb River Road to the picturesque Mount Elizabeth Station, a working cattle station. Take time to explore the spectacular gorges along the way – choices abound, including Bells Creek, Galvans, Manning, and Adcock Gorges. Your hosts have a profound appreciation for the surrounding country and are eager to share their knowledge and experiences gained from a lifetime spent living and working in this remote part of Australia.

DAY 4: Mount Elizabeth Station to El Questro Station (Approximately 301 km) - Today you will continue northeast on the Gibb River Road to El Questro Station. El Questro Wilderness Park is considered one of the world's most unique holiday destinations. At over one million acres, it provides an authentic outback Australian experience.

DAY 5: El Questro Station to Purnululu National Park Safari Camp (Approximately 393 km - Departing El Questro Station, continue to Purnululu National Park. The Bungle Bungles are one of Australia's most extraordinary geological landmarks. From an aircraft, the beehive-like mounds' distinctive orange and black stripes are clearly visible. Constant erosion and river movements have sculpted these huge domes over 20 million years, revealing a hidden world of gorges and pools beyond the range.

DAY 6: Purnululu National Park at leisure - Explore this fascinating area.

DAY 7: Purnululu National Park Safari Camp to Kununurra (Approximately 310 km) - Leave Purnululu National Park and continue to Kununurra, the eastern gateway to the Kimberley. The town has become the major administrative center for the East Kimberley, supporting farmers, pastoralists, and the rapidly developing tourism and mining industries. It is one of the largest towns in the Kimberley region.

DAY 8: Kununurra - Spend the day at leisure exploring this picturesque town and surrounding, or take a scenic flight over the majestic Bungle Bungles or Lake Argyle.

DAY 9: Kununurra to Katherine (Approximately 510 km) - Consider stopping on the way at Gregory National Park, with its impressive 10,500 square kilometers of ranges, gorges, and sandstone escarpments. The curvaceous silhouettes of Boab trees enliven the park’s landscape. Katherine is then the Top End’s second-largest town and the gateway to the stunning Katherine Gorge.

DAY 10: Katherine to Kakadu National Park (Approximately 300 km) - You may wish to visit Katherine Gorge before heading to Kakadu National Park. Just 29 km from Katherine, Nitmiluk (Katherine Gorge) National Park comprises 13 natural gorges and spans a massive 292,008 hectares. With its abundance of water, the park teems with vibrant wildlife. Continue to Kakadu National Park, one of four Australian sites on the World Heritage List for its outstanding universal cultural and natural values. The park is renowned for its great natural beauty and sweeping landscapes, as well as internationally significant wetlands.

DAY 11: Kakadu National Park to Darwin (Approximately 257 km) - There’s much to see on the road from Kakadu National Park to Darwin, from the Windows on the Wetlands to the leaping crocodiles. On your journey, you may wish to enjoy a cruise on the Adelaide River floodplains before arriving in Darwin.

This self-drive includes 10 nights accommodation and 11 days of Avis 4WD car rental (note that a one-way fee applies).

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