Days
24
Price from
5875AUD
DP24_ATA_2024

This is one of our most intense tours and is for people who are after a serious adventure travelling from Perth to Darwin.

Journey through the jaw-dropping landscape of North and Western Australia into the heart of the Outback, on this incredible Darwin to Perth tour. Discover the rugged beauty of the Bungle Bungles, hang with dolphins at Monkey Mia, explore the Kimberleys and tackle some of the toughest 4X4 terrain in Australia, on this epic Outback adventure. Experienced tour guide.


Start
Perth City, Australia
Finish
Darwin, Australia
Destinations
Ningaloo Reef,The Kimberley,West Coast,Western Australia
Style
Swag Camping / Hostel
Theme
Code
PD24
Physical rating
Ages
Min 18
Group size
Min 8, Max 20

Why you’ll love this trip

  • Discover the breadth of Western Australia on a 6000km adventure.
  • Check out the underwater aquarium of Ningaloo Reef by glass-bottom boat or snorkel, (and season depending), swim with the gentle giants of the deep – the whale sharks! 
  • Chill-out in Broome for four days and 5 nights, renowned for its views over the Indian Ocean, Cable Beach, distinct rock formations and long history with pearl farming. 
  • Experience the beautiful Kimberley in rugged style with a local guide.  
  • The red domes of the Bungle Bungle Ranges in Purnululu National Park form one of the most iconic Australian landscapes in existence. You’ll have a whole day to explore the gorges and valleys of the park, not to mention soak up a few fiery sunsets. 
  • Travel the full length of the Gibb River Road, then venture off the Gibb to explore gorges, falls and waterholes. 

Is this trip right for you?

  • We DO NOT recommend this trip for passengers that may need access to medical services or communication. The Kimberley region is one of the most remote regions on the planet. If there is an emergency, the guide will be forced to exit the tour and take the whole group to the required aid/services location. 
  • You’ll spend most nights of the trip sleeping in outback camping grounds. While it’s all a part of the adventure, facilities can be extremely basic. 
  • This trip requires a HIGH level of fitness as it involves a lot of walking, allowing you to truly enjoy the surrounding nature. Some long hikes will really get the blood pumping and involve wading through water and clambering over rocks. Please bring sturdy, comfortable walking shoes and comfortable clothing. 
  • On some days of the trip, you will spend several hours driving, often through very sparse areas of the outback. Some drives along off-road tracks can be bumpy as you really get ‘amongst it’. Get to know your fellow travellers and sit back to enjoy landscapes that you would miss in any other form of travel. 
  • Temperatures in Western Australia are extreme. During the day the weather can be hot (and the Australian sun is strong) so please bring appropriate clothing, use sun protection and drink plenty of water. In the evenings temperatures really drop, so ensure you have base layers and warm clothing. 

 

Itinerary

Welcome to sunny Perth, where your overland journey begins. Meet your group early this morning and leave the city, driving north to Nambung National Park to explore The Pinnacles. These are ancient rock sculptures that rise out of the desert. Journey on to Western Australia’s own Pink Lake at Port Gregory. From here continue on through Geraldton to the quiet beach town of Kalbarri, where you’ll stay the night.  

Accommodation 
  • Hostel (1 night) Kalbarri 
Included Activities 
  • Nambung National Park (Pinnacles) Entrance 
Meals Included 
  • Lunch 
  • Dinner 
Special Information  

The total driving time today is about 6.5 hours and approximately 600km. The total walking distance is approximately 2km. 

Today take a short drive to Kalbarri National Park. Hike around some of the park’s diverse scenery, including Murchison Gorge and Nature’s Window. It’s a steep descent into Z-Bend Gorge. After lunch visit the beautiful Shell Beach, which is one of only two beaches in the world composed entirely of shells. Get back on the road and continue towards Denham and Shark Bay.

Accommodation 
  • Hostel (1 night) Monkey Mia 
Included Activities 
  • Kalbarri National Park Entrance 
 Meals Included 
  • Breakfast 
  • Lunch 
  • Dinner 
Special Information 

The total driving time today is about 5.5 hours and approximately 470km. The total walking distance is approximately 5km. 

This morning head down to the beach for the Monkey Mia dolphins experience. The idyllic shores around the Francoise Peron National Park are perfect to stretch the legs and admire another slice of Western Australian coastline. The next stop is Hamelin Pool where you’ll see the fascinating stromatolites, these marine rock formations are some of the world’s oldest and largest living fossils. After a short break, continue along the highway through Carnarvon to Coral Bay – known as the ‘Jewel of the Northwest’. 

Accommodation 
  • Hostel (1 night) Coral Bay 
Included Activities 
  • Monkey Mia Dolphins 
Meals Included 
  • Breakfast 
  • Lunch 
  • Dinner 
Special Information 

The total driving time today is about 6.5 hours. The total walking distance is approximately 2km. 

Today explore picturesque Coral Bay, home to the World Heritage-listed Ningaloo Reef. Snorkel equipment is available to hire (own expense), you could cruise the reef in a glass-bottom boat to observe the tropical life teeming below the surface. The marine park is home to 250 species of coral and over 500 species of fish. You might prefer to take an optional scenic flight over the reef. 

Accommodation 
  • Hostel (1 night) Exmouth 
Included Activities 
  • Ningaloo Reef Marine Park 
Optional Activities 
  • Snorkel with Manta Rays – half day trip 
  • Beach Snorkelling (own expense) 
  • Whale Watching – 3 hours (seasonal) 
  • Glass Bottom Boat Cruises from 
Meals Included 
  • Breakfast 
  • Lunch 
  • Dinner 
Special Information 

The total driving time today is about 2 hours and approximately 185km. . The total walking distance is approximately 2km. 

Spend the morning snorkelling right off the beach in the stunning Cape Range National Park. Depending on the time of year, you have the option to snorkel or scuba dive in search of whale sharks and manta rays. Take a visit to Vlamingh Head Lighthouse, one of the few places in Australia where you can see the sun both rise and set. Enjoy taking a wander around the town of Exmouth before settling down in our overnight accommodation. 

Accommodation 
  • Hostel (1 night) Exmouth 
Optional Activities 
  • Snorkel with the Whalesharks (own expense) 
  • Snorkel at Turquoise Bay (own expense) 
Meals Included 
  • Breakfast 
  • Lunch 
  • Dinner 
Special Information 

The total driving time today is about 2 hours and approximately 180km. The total walking distance is approximately 2km. 

Head inland today through the vast cattle stations of the Pilbara region. The sparsely populated Pilbara desert is known for its red earth and rich mineral deposits. In the afternoon pass through the little town of Tom Price, which is renowned for its iron ore mining. Continue on to your campsite overlooking the magnificent Hamersley Range in Karijini. Before you go to sleep, take a minute to gaze up at one the most magnificent night skies you’re ever likely to see. 

Accommodation 
  • Camping (with facilities) (1 night) Karijini 
Meals Included 
  • Breakfast 
  • Lunch 
  • Dinner 
Special Information 

Today’s travel will take around 9 hours in total and approximately 750km 

Over the next two days explore the almighty gorges of Karijini National Park. Formed over 2,500 million years ago, the Hamersley Ranges feature some of the most unusual landforms on Earth. You’ll be able to take some great photographs while you’re here. Hike deep into the gorges, where you’ll come across cascading waterfalls and fresh waterholes ideal for swimming in. Dales Gorge and Oxlers Lookout, Fortescue Falls, Fern Pool, Weano and Hancock Gorge’s are just some of the places you can visit. This part of the journey is a real highlight. 

Accommodation 
  • Camping (with facilities) (1 night) Karijini 
Included Activities 
  • Karijini National Park Entrance & Gorge Walks 
Meals Included 
  • Breakfast 
  • Lunch 
  • Dinner 
Special Information 

The total driving time today is around 2 hours and approximately 30km, but you could be walking up to 6km. 

Head back into the gorges today for further exploration of this fascinating national park. 

Accommodation 
  • Camping (with facilities) (1 night) Karijini 
Meals Included 
  • Breakfast 
  • Lunch 
  • Dinner 
Special Information 

The total driving time today is only around 2 hours and approximately 180km, but you could be walking up to 6km. 

Depart Karijini this morning and travel towards the coast (approximately four hours in total). Visit the iron ore port of Port Hedland, the second most populated town in the Pilbara. Take a quick tour of the town and gain an understanding of the scale of the iron ore industry. After lunch continue on to a nearby station, where you’ll spend the last night of your trip. 

Accommodation 
  • Camping (with shared facilities) (1 night) Pilbara Region 
Meals Included 
  • Breakfast 
  • Lunch 
  • Dinner 
Special Information 

The total driving time today is about 6.5 hours and approximately 520km. 

The drive to your final destination of Broome will take around six hours. En route, enjoy a leisurely break and stroll along the immense 80-Mile Beach. On arrival into Broome, say goodbye to your fellow travellers and enjoy an idyllic Broome sunset – a fitting end to your overland adventure. There are no more activities planned for today. 

Meals Included 
  • Breakfast 
  • Lunch 
Special Information 

There is NO accommodation included on Day 10. The total driving time today is about 6 hours and approximately 525km. 

Take the opportunity to chill-out during your 4-day stay in Broome. There is no touring included, however you may choose to ride a camel on a Cable Beach sunset tour, visit the stairway to Heaven (seasonal), learn about the rich history of the pearling industry … or get some washing done! There is no accommodation included in Broome, allowing you the flexibility to choose your own level ie stay in a hostel or somewhere a little classier!  

Special Information 

There is NO accommodation or meals during the stay in Broome.

We set off and out of Perth pretty early today, so consider arriving a day or two early if you fancy getting to know Broome better. After a bit of highway driving we reach the Fitzroy River, then it’s all off-road to the Napier Range. The main attraction here is a guided walk-through Dimalurru (Tunnel Creek), a vast cave system that extends 750 metres underground. After an awesome day exploring it’s time to kick back at camp in the Western Kimberley around the campfire. 

Accommodation 
  • Camping (with facilities) (1 night) 
Included Activities 
  • Tunnel Creek Exploration Walk 
Meals Included 
  • Lunch 
  • Dinner 
Special Information 

The total driving time today is about 8 hours. The total walking distance is approximately three kilometres, including walking through water in Tunnel Creek. 

Today we head to Windjana Gorge, once an underwater reef just 350 million years ago. During the wet season a river flows all the way through it, but during the dry it’s really more a series of ponds and billabongs. Set out on a bit of an explore, hopefully spotting a freshwater crocodile or two. The Western Kimberley region is full of endless stunning gorges that have to be explored and this afternoon is no exception. Bell Gorge (if open) is home to a stunning cascade of water flowing from the previous wet season rains that fall in the King Leopold Ranges. We enjoy an afternoon swim in the large plunge pool before making our way to camp along the Gibb River Road. 

Accommodation 
  • Camping (with facilities) (1 night) 
Included Activities 
  • Bell Gorge 
  • Windjana Gorge 
Meals Included 
  • Breakfast 
  • Lunch 
  • Dinner 
Special Information 

The total driving time today is around 5 hours. The total walking distance is approximately four to six kilometres. 

We spend the morning exploring Manning Gorge and enjoy a swim in the pools under Manning Falls. After stretching your legs on the hike in you will be rewarded with a swim in a large rock pool at the base of Manning Falls. Spend the afternoon exploring Galvins Gorge before heading back to camp to relax around the campfire. 

Accommodation 
  • Camping (with facilities) (1 night) 
Included Activities 
  • Galvans Gorge 
  • Manning Gorge 
Meals Included 
  • Breakfast 
  • Lunch 
  • Dinner 
Special Information 

The total driving time today is around 1 hour. The total walking distance is approximately six to eight kilometres. 

Fording rivers and weaving through gorges, travel by 4WD along the wild Gibb River Road – a 600-kilometre stretch that winds right through the heart of the Kimberley. Pass through remote and extraordinary country as you travel through this historic part of Australia. Cross the famous Pentecost River and capture that iconic photo before we reach Kunnunurra, where you’ll spend the night camping under the stars at our exclusive camp along the mighty Ord River. 

Accommodation 
  • Camping (with facilities) (1 night) 
Included Activities 
  • Gibb River Road 
Meals Included 
  • Breakfast 
  • Lunch 
  • Dinner 
Special Information 

The total driving time today is around 8 hours. Total walking distance is approximately two kilometres. 

Today we drive through the rugged landscape of Carr Boyd and the Durack Ranges into Purnululu National Park. This park is home-ground of the Bungle Bungles, a UNESCO World Heritage Site dominated by massive sandstone karsts that rear hundreds of metres above the surrounding grasslands. Our key attraction inside the park today is an unforgettable walk into Echidna Chasm. We arrive at our bush camp in time to sit back and watch the sun set over the Osmond Ranges. If you’ve had enough of tent camping by now, you might want to spend tonight sleeping out beneath the stars snuggled up in a swag. 

Accommodation 
  • Camping (with basic facilities – no showers) (1 night) 
Included Activities 
  • Echidna Chasm 
Meals Included 
  • Breakfast 
  • Lunch 
  • Dinner 
Special Information 

The total driving time today is approximately 5 hours.  Total walking distance is up to 6 kilometres. 

We take advantage of visiting one of the most remote world heritage national Parks on the planet, and enjoy another spectacular walk in the Purnurlulu NP, the Cathedral Gorge walk. You’ll also have the opportunity to experience another perspective of ‘the Bungles’ in a helicopter flight (at your own expense). As the sun goes down, head to your overnight camp near Purnurlulu National Park. 

Accommodation 
  • Camping (with basic facilities – no showers) (1 night) 
Included Activities 
  • Cathedral Gorge 
Optional Activities 
  • Helicopter Flight – Bungle Bungles – from – AUD350 
Meals Included 
  • Breakfast 
  • Lunch 
  • Dinner 
Special Information 

The total driving time today is approximately 2 hours. The total walking distance is approximately five kilometres. 

We pack up camp before you will once again experience some serious 4WD action as you wind your way out of the Bungle Bungles heading through the East Kimberley. We spend the afternoon exploring the key attraction of El Questro Station. Tackle the hike into Emma Gorge where you will be rewarded with a stunning waterfall and a swim. We drive onto our overnight stop our exclusive camp on the Ord River. 

Accommodation 
  • Camping (with basic facilities) (1 night) 
Included Activities 
  • Emma Gorge – El Questro Station 
Meals Included 
  • Breakfast 
  • Lunch 
  • Dinner 
Special Information 

The total driving time today is around 5.5 hours. The total walking distance is approximately five kilometres. 

Wake up with the knowledge of not having to pack-up. Take some time to have a look around the picturesque Ord River system (no saltwater crocs). Your guide will show you around the East Kimberley ‘capital city’ of Kunnunurra with local features such as Hoochery Distillery, Walk at Mirima National Park, In the late afternoon, walk up to an exclusive and stunning lookout over the Upper Ord River system and watch the colours change during spectacular Kimberley Sunset. 

Accommodation 
  • Camping (with facilities) (1 night) 
Included Activities 
  • Sights around Kununarra 
Meals Included 
  • Breakfast 
  • Lunch 
  • Dinner 
Special Information 

The total driving time today is around 1 hours. Total walking distance is one kilometre. 

Not long after breakfast we stop in for an optional cruise at Lake Argyle. This vast body of water has been forged by the Ord River Dam. The biggest man-made lake in Australia, Lake Argyle is 18 times the size of Sydney Harbour! 

After this Stop say goodbye to WA as from here we cross the state border into the Northern Territory. The day is spent enjoying the last views of the Boabs you have fallen in love with as we make our way towards Katherine and it’s relaxing hot springs, before our last camp for the night just outside of Nitmiluk National Park in the Katherine Region. 

Accommodation 
  • Camping (with facilities) (1 night) 
Included Activities 
  • Lake Argyle 
Optional Activities 
  • Lake Argyle Sunset Cruise – AUD100 
Meals Included 
  • Breakfast 
  • Lunch 
  • Dinner 
Special Information 

The total driving time today is around 8 hours. Total walking distance is around one kilometre. 

On the final day of the trip, stop at either the secluded gorge of Nitmiluk (Katherine Gorge) or take one last plunge for the trip into the cool waters of Edith Falls. In the afternoon, make your way to Darwin, where your adventure comes to an end. Please book any onward travel the following day. 

Included Activities 
  • Katherine Gorge or Edith Falls 
Meals Included 
  • Breakfast 
  • Lunch 
Special Information 

The total driving today is around 4.5 hours. Total walking distance is approximately two kilometres. 

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Important notes

  1. Tour commences in Perth on day 1 at 7:00am and finishes in Darwin day 24 at approx 6pm. Onward travel must be booked the following day
  2. There is no accommodation included in Broome, allowing you the flexibility to choose your own level ie stay in a hostel or somewhere a little classier!
  3. This trip is for FIT AND ACTIVE people and involves very basic camping and challenging hikes.
  4. This trip requires a sleeping bag. BYO or pre-purchase one from us for $75
  5. Please pack lightly, a strict maximum luggage weight of 15 kg packed in a soft sided bag is required.
  6. Minimum Age on this trip is 18 years old.
  7. Trip runs in reverse, see tour code DP24

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