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Map of Darwin to Perth Overland  including Australia

Unearth the rugged beauty of the Northern Territory and Western Australia

Journey through the natural wonders, vast expanses and jaw-dropping landscapes of northern and western Australia on this incredible 22-day tour from Darwin to Perth. Visit some of the region’s best national parks where you'll hike through stunning red rock landscapes and swim beneath waterfalls in the most beautiful spots. Discover the striped beauty of the Bungle Bungles, explore the glorious gorges of the Kimberleys, hang with dolphins at Monkey Mia Beach and swim above corals the World Heritage-listed Coral Bay. The distances are immense but the pace is leisurely, making this the perfect Outback adventure.


Start
Darwin, Australia
Finish
Perth, Australia
Destinations
Northern Territory, Western Australia, Kimberley, Outback, West Coast
Style
Basix
Theme
Explorer, Overland
Code
PDP22
Physical rating
Trip rating
6 reviews
Ages
Min 18
Group size
Min 1, Max 20

Why you'll love this trip

  • Get off the beaten track as you discover the raw desert landscapes and stunning coastline of Western Australia and the Kimberley in this ultimate overland adventure

  • It may be a cliche, but life is all about the journey. Explore the major highlights between Perth and Darwin at a slower pace, allowing you to really get under the skin of the Australian outback

  • Enjoy the flexibility of a private vehicle, the local knowledge of a passionate guide and the magic of camping under the great southern sky, Australian-style

  • The cattle stations, red earth and mining communities of the Pilbara are reminiscent of the sun-baked Australia much of the world imagines

  • Hike and swim in the ancient gorges and waterholes of Karijini National Park

Is this trip right for you?

  • Accommodation on this trip is multishare, meaning there are no private rooms. You'll spend some nights of the trip sleeping at camping grounds in a swag (Australian bedroll) in twin-share, permanent tents. While conditions can be very basic, this is all part of the adventure.

  • This is a true overland trip, and the journey is a big part of the experience. On some days of the trip, you will spend several hours driving, often through very sparse areas of desert. Crank up the tunes and sit back to enjoy landscapes that you would miss in any other form of travel.

  • This trip requires a decent level of agility and stamina, as it involves a lot of walking, allowing you to really get among nature. The hikes in the Kimberley are particularly challenging. Please bring sturdy, comfortable walking shoes and comfortable clothing.

  • Temperatures in regional Australia can be 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 the tropical city of Darwin, where your overland adventure begins. After meeting up with your group and leader, head south and stop at either Edith Falls for a swim or explore Katherine Gorge in Nitmiluk National Park. This is where the group will have lunch (seasonal choice). Head to your overnight private campsite on the edge of Nitmiluk National Park, where permanent tents with swags await you. In the evening, settle down for dinner with the group.

Note: Total driving time today is around four hours. Total walking distance is approximately two kilometres.
Accommodation
  • Permanent tented camp (with shared facilities) (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
After breakfast this morning, continue on to Lake Argyle, which has been created by the Ord River Dam. Admire the sheer size of this 700 square kilometre man made spectacle. The lake is home to many species of native fish and thousands of freshwater crocodiles. Take an optional sunset cruise before setting up camp nearby for the night.

Note: Total driving time today is around seven seven and a half hours. Total walking distance is around 1 kilometre.
Accommodation
  • Camping (with facilities) (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Lake Argyle
Optional Activities
  • Lake Argyle Sunset Cruise - AUD100
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Start the morning with some free time for a stroll around the picturesque town of Kununurra. Don’t forget to use this time to stock up on any last minute supplies before heading out into the remote Kimberley region. Once out of town its time for some 4WD action as your experienced guide winds our specially designed truck across the challenging terrain of the entrance to Purnululu National Park, home of the iconic Bungle Bungles. It’s a rugged ride but the scenery is fantastic. Enjoy an amazing Kimberley sunset at your bush camp.

Note: Total driving today is around five hours. Total walking distance is approximately five kilometres.
Accommodation
  • Camping (with basic facilities - no showers) (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
After breakfast prepare for a full day of activities, as the group heads back out to explore the remarkable rock formations of the Bungle Bungles. Hike to the thin, red gap of Echidna Chasm and the enormous Cathedral Gorge. There’s also the opportunity to experience a helicopter flight over the Bungle Bungles (at your own expense). As the sun goes down, head back to your overnight bush camp.

Note: Total driving time today is around two hour. Total walking distance is approximately five kilometres.
Accommodation
  • Camping (with basic facilities - no showers) (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Cathedral Gorge Walk (Bungle Bungle)
  • Echidna Chasm Walk
Optional Activities
  • Helicopter Flight - Bungle Bungles - from - AUD350
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
After breakfast today, get back on the road toward El Questro Station. Admire the remarkable scenery of the Carr Boyd and Durack Ranges, and head along the vast nature trail of Warnum (Turkey Creek). In the late afternoon, head to your campsite in El Questro, a wilderness park since 1991 for dinner and a cool drink at the swinging Arm Bar.

Note: Total driving time today is around five hours. Total walking distance is approximately 1 kilometre.
Accommodation
  • Camping (with facilities) (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Spend the day exploring El Questro. Start off with a dip at Zebedee Springs before taking on a hike in the Cockburn Ranges for a swim under the waterfall at Emma Gorge. Tonight, enjoy another night at the El Questro campsite.

Note: Total driving time today is around 45 minutes. Total walking distance is up to seven kilometres.
Accommodation
  • Camping (with facilities) (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
After breakfast, its time to hit the road again and start travelling along the legendary Gibb River Road, a 600 kilometre dirt track running through the centre of the Kimberley. 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. We’ve got a fair bit of ground to cover today, so there is a fair bit of drive time, but we’ll be breaking the journey up with lunch and at a few stop-offs along the way. Tonight’s destination is at Mt Barnett station located very close to Manning Gorge. This evening we camp at Mount Barnett by the banks of a crystal clear fresh water river, perfect to cool off in after your day hiking.

Note: Total driving time today is around six hours. Total walking distance is approximately two kilometres.
Accommodation
  • Camping (with basic facilities) (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Gibb River Road
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
We spend the morning exploring the stunning Manning Gorge and enjoying a swim in the pools under Manning Falls. The western Kimberley region is full of endless stunning gorges just waiting to be explored and this morning is no exception. After breakfast, continue along the Gibb River Road visiting either Galvin or Adcock Gorge.

Note: Total driving time today is less than 1 hour. Total walking distance is
approximately four to six kilometres.
Accommodation
  • Camping (with facilities) (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Manning Gorge
  • Galvans Gorge
  • Adcock Gorge
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
The western Kimberley region is full of endless stunning gorges that have to be explored and this morning is no exception. After breakfast we adventure to Bell Gorge home to a stunning cascade of water flowing from the previous wet season rains that fall in the King Leopold Ranges. The afternoon sees us head to Windjana Gorge, a segment of 375 million-year-old reef that was once underwater. Cut through by the Lennard River, which runs during the wet season then breaks up into little billabongs during the dry, this gorge attracts many species of bird and bat and is a great spot to see wild freshwater crocodiles.



Note: Total driving time today is around 4.5 hours. Total walking distance is approximately four to six kilometres.
Accommodation
  • Camping (with facilities) (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Windjana Gorge
  • Bell Gorge
  • Tunnel Creek exploration walk
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Begin the day exploring the Napier Range. The major attraction here is a guided walk through Tunnel Creek, an extensive limestone cave system that extends 750 m underground. Inside, shards of sunlight stream in through crevices, little bats flutter about and enormous stalactites rear down from the ceiling. Then make the final drive on to Broome, hopefully arriving in time for a stunning Cable Beach sunset.

Note: Total driving time today is around 4 hours. Total walking distance is approximately 4 kilometres. Any onward travel must be booked for the following day after the tour finishes.
Accommodation
  • Hostel (shared bathroom) (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
The next two days are free for you to explore Broome at your own pace. If you’re after more beach time, perhaps head to Cable Beach, named after the undersea telegraph cable that connected Broome to Singapore in the 19th century, or Town Beach in Roebuck Bay. Between March and October (the exact time period varies each year), it’s possible to witness the ‘Staircase to the Moon’ at Roebuck Bay, a natural phenomenon and optical illusion where a staircase appears to lead to the moon during low tide (in reality, the staircase is the reflection of the bay’s exposed mudflats). A weekly Staircase Night Market sets up during this time and is also worth checking out. Sample local flavours and browse stalls selling handmade products, jewellery, clothing and art while local musicians play.
Accommodation
  • Hostel (shared bathroom) (1 night)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Today is another free day to explore. If you’re after some history, check out the Broome Historical Museum to learn about local Aboriginal culture and for a glimpse into the town's pearling and wartime history. Maybe take a trip to Gantheaume Point to discover 130-million-year-old dinosaur footprints or to photograph the contrasting white sand, red cliffs and blue ocean of the area. Another option is the Malcolm Douglas Crocodile Park and Animal Refuge for some wildlife-viewing. In the evening, the buzzing district of Chinatown is a great place to grab a meal and a drink, or maybe catch an outdoor film at the charming Sun Pictures cinema.
Accommodation
  • Hostel (shared bathroom) (1 night)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Leaving Broome in the dust, we kick-start this adventure with a drive across part of Western Australia’s Great Sandy Desert. At an area of roughly 285,000 sq km, this is Australia’s second largest desert. And while certainly very sandy, the terrain also consists of dune fields, spinifex grasslands and salt lakes. After a bit of driving we’ll make a stop at Eighty Mile Beach. Aside from being a pretty lovely spot for a beach stroll, this coast is a major nesting area for flatback turtles – a species found only in Australia. Tonight we stay at an outback cattle station.

Note: Total driving time today is around six hours. Total walking distance is approximately one kilometre.
Accommodation
  • Hostel (shared bathroom) (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
This morning we head toward Karijini National Park with a quick stop in Port Headland to check out the iron ore mecca of Australia. If time permits, we may duck into one of the Gorge's this afternoon. If not, we'll set up camp in the National Park and get a good nights rest before we head in for a full day of exploring tomorrow.

Total driving time today is around six hours. Total walking distance can be up to three kilometres, come sections may be through water.
Accommodation
  • Camping (with facilities) (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
This, without any doubt, is one of Australia’s most magnificent national parks (and it’s not like Australia has any shortage of them). Freshwater springs trickle through chasms to form translucent rock pools, walking trails weave between dramatic rock ravines. A visit to the Karijini Cultural Centre will introduce you to the many sights you can expect to see here over the three days. Spend a full day exploring the gorges, gullies and secluded swimming spots of Karijini. Weano Gorge, Hancock Gorge, Dales Gorge and Oxers Lookout are just some of the better-known sites we’ll get to.

Note: Total driving time today is one hour. Total walking distance is approximately six kilometres, some sections may be through water.
Accommodation
  • Camping (with facilities) (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Karijini National Park Entrance
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Enjoy another day searching out Karijini’s natural treasures or head back for more time spent at your favourite spots.

Note: Total driving time today is around an hour. Total walking distance is approximately six kilometres.
Accommodation
  • Camping (with facilities) (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Jump back in the truck for a drive through classic outback terrain to Cape Range National Park. Extending inland from the Indian Ocean across the North West Cape peninsula, this protected landmass feels like a patch of the outback relocated seaside. Here we have an exclusive campsite, so it’s here that we stay the night.

Today is a long day of driving, about 8 hours with rest stops.
Accommodation
  • Yardi Creek Camp (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Today’s yours to spend how you wish. Become acquainted with the region’s underwater inhabitants on a snorkeling or diving excursion, set out by boat tour in search of whale sharks (seasonal) or just while a day away on the flawless sands of Turquoise Bay. Take in the panoramic views of the ocean from the Vlaminghead Lighthouse. In the afternoon we travel on to Coral Bay.

Note: Total driving time today is around two hours. Total walking distance is approximately one kilometre.
Accommodation
  • Hostel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Ningaloo Reef Marine Park
Optional Activities
  • Snorkel with the Whalesharks (April to July only) from - AUD350
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
If you didn’t squeeze a snorkel in yesterday, today you get to; if you did, you get another one. Everyone wins. Ningaloo Reef is one of the world’s largest fringeing reefs, meaning that it starts practically from the water’s edge. You just swim out from shore and suddenly you’re in a world of coral, fish, turtles and manta rays. Swimming above these enormous majestic creatures is really something else, they might even put on an acrobatics show for you! Not much of a swimmer? There’s also the option of taking in the scene on a glass bottom boat tour, along with many other optional activities. We'll introduce you to the friendly staff at Coral Bay Eco Tours

There is no driving today, just a short walk to Coral Bay Eco Tours and water activities.
Accommodation
  • Hostel (1 night)
Optional Activities
  • Glass Bottom Boat Cruises from - AUD37
  • Whale Watching (seasonal) from - AUD85
  • Snorkel with Manta Rays - half day trip - AUD165
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Today we cross over the Tropic of Capricorn. You probably won’t notice it, but what crossing this latitude means is that from here on south the sun will never be directly above you. You should still wear a hat though. Main stop for the day is Shell Beach, which, much as name would suggest, is a beach made of shells. What’s quite incredible about the place however is the amount of shells there are. Locals have been using them in various industries for years, yet they still cover a stretch 60 km long and up to 7 metres deep. Tonight we stay in the small seaside town of Denham, in the Shark Bay world heritage area.

Note: Total driving time today is around six and a half hours. Total walking distance is approximately one kilometres.
Accommodation
  • Hostel (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Moving on, we arrive in Monkey Mia, where bottlenose dolphins have been showing up every day for a free feed going on forty years. These are probably the tamest wild dolphins you’ll ever meet.

Up early this morning for a short drive across the Eastern Peninsula. See stromatolites, the oldest living organisms in the world, then continue south for Kalbarri. Time permitting, there’ll be a stop-off along the way at Murchison Gorge, where there’s the opportunity to admire the landscape through Nature’s Window.

Note: Total driving time today is around five and a half hours. Total walking distance is approximately five kilometres.
Accommodation
  • Hostel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Kalbarri National Park Entrance
  • Monkey Mia Dolphins
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Web description It’s a driving day today, but a spectacular one. Cruising through the coastal gorges of Kalbarri National Park, we come to the quaint coastal town of Dongara, which sits at the head of the Irwin River. Any keen to give sandboarding a shot will get the chance at Sandy Cape/Lancelin, a vast sand desert peopled by the strange limestone structures of the Pinnacles Nambung NP. After a walk around here it’s to Perth, where this adventure winds up.

Today’s driving will take approximately 6.5 hours (with about two kilometres of walking). There are no more activities planned for and you’re free head to your accommodation for the night.
Included Activities
  • Nambung National Park (Pinnacles) Entrance
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch

Meals

18 breakfasts, 20 lunches, 18 dinners

Transport

All Terrain vehicle

Accommodation

Camping (with basic facilities) (2 nights), Hostel (9 nights), Permanent safari camp (with shared facilities) (1 night), Permanent, furnished tented camp (with shared facilities) (1 night)

Included activities

  • Lake Argyle
  • Cathedral Gorge Walk (Bungle Bungle)
  • Echidna Chasm Walk
  • Gibb River Road
  • Manning Gorge
  • Galvans Gorge
  • Adcock Gorge
  • Windjana Gorge
  • Bell Gorge
  • Tunnel Creek exploration walk
  • Karijini National Park Entrance
  • Ningaloo Reef Marine Park
  • Kalbarri National Park Entrance
  • Monkey Mia Dolphins
  • Nambung National Park (Pinnacles) Entrance

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Important notes

1. Tour commences in Darwin on Day 1 at 6.50 am and finishes in Perth on Day 22 at approx 6 pm. Onward travel must be booked the following day.
2. This trip is for FIT AND ACTIVE people and involves very basic camping and challenging hikes.
3. This trip requires a sleeping bag.
4. Minimum Age on this trip is 18 years old.
5. Trip runs in reverse, see tour code PD22.

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