22 Day Perth to Darwin Ultimate Outback Adventure

//22 Day Perth to Darwin Ultimate Outback Adventure

22 Day Perth to Darwin Ultimate Outback Adventure

$3,790.00

From the temperate south to tropical Darwin, experience the bluest oceans, untouched beaches, rugged bush terrain, unique rock formations and striking gorges as you explore the pristine West Coast of Australia.  This is one of our most intense tours and is for people who are after a serious adventure travelling up the West Coast, through the remote Kimberley and into the Top End.  You will experience no-frills camping under the stars as well as dormitory share accommodation.

• Beaches • Bell Gorge • Broome • Cape Range National Park • Cervantes • Dales Gorge • Darwin • Denham • El Questro Station • Exmouth • Fern & Circular Pool • Fortescue Falls • Geraldton • Gibb River Road • Handrail Pool • Indian Ocean Drive • Kalbarri • Kalbarri Coastal Cliffs  • Karijini National Park • Katherine • Kimberley • Manning Gorge • Monkey Mia • Monkey Mia Dolphins • Murchison Gorge • Natures Window & Z-Bend Gorge • Ningaloo Reef • Pinnacles Desert & Nambung National Park • Sand Boarding • Stromatolites

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Day 1 Pinnacles Desert & Jurien Bay

Leaving Perth along the Indian ocean drive we enter Nambung National Park to explore the Pinnacles Desert – a unique landscape unlike any other in the country. We then journey to the massive sand dunes of Jurien Bay where you’ll have the opportunity to enjoy a sandboard down the slopes and perfect your technique.  From here we continue on through Geraldton to Kalbarri where we stay overnight. (LD)

Day 2 Kalbarri National Park & Shell Beach

Today we take the short drive to Kalbarri National Park where we explore some of the park’s diverse scenery like Murchison Gorge, Natures Window, the Loop and Z-Bend Gorge (a steep descent but worth the effort for a refreshing swim). There is also the option to abseil here for those looking for even more adventure (own expense). After lunch, we visit the beautiful Shell Beach – one of only two beaches in the world made entirely from shells, before getting back on the road towards Denham and Shark Bay for our overnight accommodation. (BLD)

Day 3 Monkey Mia & Shark Bay

After a short drive across the Peron Peninsula, we make our way down to the beach and pay a visit to the world famous Monkey Mia dolphins –We will spend some time interacting with the dolphins under ranger supervision where the dolphins are sure to become your new best friends. The next stop is Carnarvon where we see the fascinating stromatolites at Hamelin Pool. After a short break, we continue along the highway to Coral Bay, the ‘Jewel of the Northwest’ where the Ningaloo reef runs along the shore. (BLD)

Days 4 & 5 Coral Bay & Exmouth

Today is yours to relax and explore Coral Bay – the beach is just a few steps from our accommodation. The Ningaloo reef runs up to the beach here. You will also have the opportunity to go further out on the reef and visit the amazing marine life that lives below the waterline. You can do this by taking a snorkeling trip or cruise on a glass bottom boat. If staying on land is more your thing then take a quad bike tour or see the reef from another perspective with a joy flight over the reef. (All at own expense and subject to availability).

When late afternoon comes around it’s time for the short drive into Exmouth where our fabulous private camp site on Yardi Creek Station is the envy of other tour groups. In the evening, kick back in our own bar and watch the sunset as kangaroos hop about the grounds. The next day is free to go snorkelling (equipment provided) or diving, search for whale sharks (seasonal and at own expense) or view Vlamingh Head Lighthouse then choose to laze on the pristine beach at Turquoise Bay and soak up the sunshine. (BLD/BLD)

Days 6 to 8 Karijini National Park

We head inland past many Aussie cattle stations to reach the outback oasis of Karijini National Park. This afternoon we will pass through Tom Price, a little town known for its iron ore mining, before reaching our camp overlooking the magnificent Hamersley Range. Two full days of adventure is just the perfect amount of time needed to explore Karijini National Park and its amazing gorges.

Formed over 2,500 million years ago, the Hamersley Ranges are some of the most unusual landforms on earth. You’ll be able to take some great photos while you’re here – perfect for your Facebook and Instagram feeds. Deep in the gorges you’ll come across cascading waterfalls and fresh, still waterholes that are ideal for swimming. Dales Gorge, Fortesque Falls, Fern Pool, Circular Pool, Weano Gorge and Hancock Gorge are just some of the unforgettable areas we’ll visit. Definitely a highlight! (LD/BLD/BLD)

Day 9 The Pilbara

Say your farewells to Karijini this morning as we travel towards the coast and the iron ore town of Port Hedland. We have time for a quick town tour and to marvel at the incredible size of the iron ore industry that has made this region famous and valuable to Australia. After lunch we continue on towards the Pilbara region, where we spend the night together on an overnight station stay. (BLD)

Day 10 Eighty Mile Beach & Broome

En-route to Broome we enjoy a leisurely break and take in the glory of the stretching sands of picturesque 80 Mile Beach, one of Australia’s most remarkable hidden gems. Enjoy a stroll along the white sandy beach and get some fantastic photos of the azure water, before our final leg into Broome. (BL)

Days 11-13 Broome

We have 2 free days here in Broome, so you can sit back and relax on the beautiful Cable Beach. With 22 km of white sand and crystal waters it’s the ideal place to watch the sunset. There are also plenty of things to see and do around town. Or you could head up the Dampier Peninsula on a 1 Day Cape Leveque Adventure.  On Day 13 we will explore this vibrant outback town and share the history as to why this is such a unique place.  Afterwards, we’ll head down to the beach where we can drive the truck onto the sand for a picnic lunch and try your hand at the best Aussie outdoor sport – beach cricket! (B/B/BLD)

Day 14 Windjana Gorge & Tunnel Creek

We set off into the West Australian outback pretty early today and 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 Tunnel Creek, a vast cave system that extends 750 metres underground. It’s from here that the indigenous warrior Jandamarra waged his rebellion against the colonial authorities – a legacy you’ll learn more about on walk through the tunnel with your guide. We camp overnight at Windjana Gorge, once an underwater reef. 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. (BLD)

Day 15 Bell Gorge & Mount Barnett

Bell Gorge is home to a stunning cascade of water flowing from the previous wet season rains that fall in the King Leopold Ranges. Further east, Mt Barnett Station will be our camp for this evening. (BLD)

Day 16 Gibb River Road to El Questro Station

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 bit of drive time, but we’ll be breaking the journey up with lunch and at a few stops along the way. This journey includes the iconic Pentecost River crossing in our 4WD. How Australian is that! (BLD)

Day 17 El Questro Station

Originally established as an enormous cattle station, El Questro is now a vast wilderness reserve sprawled over more than one million acres. Camping out here, you’ll really feel like you’re in the middle of nowhere – albeit an extremely beautiful middle of nowhere. The ochre-coloured massifs of the Cockburn Ranges frame the landscape whichever way you turn and numerous natural springs offer plenty of opportunities for a refreshing cool-off. Following a soak in Zebedee Springs, enjoy a short trek to either El Questro or Emma Gorge (where there’s a very pretty waterfall). Then it’s another night camped out in El Questro. (BLD)

Days 18 & 19 Purnululu National Park: Bungle Bungles

So long El Questro, hello Bungle Bungles. 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. 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. Strangely enough given their size, the Bungle Bungles only became known to white Australia in 1983 when they were ‘discovered’ by a film team – who then had to fly over the top by plane to find a route in by land. We know the way in, but you can sign up for a helicopter ride over the site if you wish. At ground level, we’ll go on a walk through Echidna Chasm – a long and narrow ravine banked on either side by 200 metre high rock walls – and enter the massive natural Amphitheatre of Cathedral Gorge. (BLD/BLD)

Day 20 Bungle Bungles to Lake Argyle

Today we leave the Bungle Bungles for Kununurra, the largest town between Broome and Darwin. Tonight’s campsite is on the shores of Lake Argyle. There are no further activities booked for the rest of the day, but an optional sunset cruise out on the lake is highly recommended. (BLD)

Day 21 Lake Argyle & Victoria River Region

Lake Argyle is actually a man-made lake, though you’d never have guessed so from looking at it. For a body of water situated in the centre of the world’s second driest continent, it looks pretty at home. Barramundi, birds and freshwater crocs thrive in these waters, and the islands look like they’ve always been there (they used to be mountains). In the afternoon we push on across the state border into the Northern Territory. (BLD)

Day 22 Katherine & Darwin

The final leg of our journey takes us through to Darwin, with stop-offs made en route at either Katherine Gorge or Edith Falls. Then it’s all over red rover (an Australian expression meaning ‘all finished’).  (BL)

B = Breakfast | L = Lunch | D = Dinner

Itinerary may vary and/or attractions substituted for any cause including seasonal conditions, traditional owner and national park requirements, particularly in November and April when the Gibb River Road and Purnululu National Park may be closed.

ATTENTION: This tour is only for fit and active people, who can hike 5-9kms a day over uneven terrain, often in high temperatures. Temperatures can be extreme i.e. very high during summer days and very cold during winter nights. Adventure Tours reserves the right to assess the fitness capability of passengers prior to tour departure. Tour is not suitable for children. Due to the remote nature of the Kimberley region we use bush camps with limited facilities on some nights. There is a STRICT LUGGAGE LIMIT of 15kgs per person, in a backpack or soft bag.

Additional information

Duration:

22 days / 21 nights

Departs:

Every Saturday from the 14th of April until the 6th of October 2018. Please advise your accommodation in Perth so we can arrange the closest pickup location for you

Arrives:

Saturday evening at approximately 6:30pm

Accommodation:

Nights 1, 2, 3, 9, 10, 11, 12 & 13
Dormitory Style Accommodation is multishare in local properties chosen for their ideal location and quality facilities. These could be in budget motels, backpackers or remote area cattle stations. Shared amenities include hot showers, flush toilets, swimming pool, kitchen and dining area.

Nights 4, 5, 6, 7 & 8
We have our own private camps at Yardie Creek Station and on the grounds of the Karijini Eco Retreat in Karijini National Park. These camps have twin-share dome tents on platforms and stretcher beds and exclusive-use kitchen areas. Shared facilities are nearby and include hot showers and flush toilets.

Nights 17 & 18
Camping in Purnululu National Park is at the public campground, managed by the Department of Parks & Wildlife. Facilities are basic with National Park drop toilets only.

Nights 14, 15, 16, 17 & 20
Camping in National Parks and on Cattle Stations involves dome tents (twin-share) and swags. Most campsites have on site ablutions including hot showers and flush toilets.

Night 21
For our last night we enjoy the comfort of our private Katherine Safari Camp. Our Permanent Tents feature twin beds while the shared amenities, including toilets and hot showers, are located nearby.

Group Size:

Minimum of 2 Guests – Maximum of 20 Guests

Vehicle:

Our tour groups that travelling from Broome to Darwin, through the Kimberley, enjoy the comfort of our big custom-built 21-seat 4WD, high clearance trucks. Between Perth and Broome, along the West Coast, operate in similar heavy duty vehicles, but 2WD, not 4WD.

All our vehicles have a PA system and built-in storage (no risky trailers!). Being larger vehicles, they allow our small groups extra space to kick back and relax as the Australian outback drifts by. They are all fully air-conditioned and are fitted with adjustable air-vents, reclinable seats and map pockets to keep your book, drink and MP3 player in.

Meals Included:

18 Breakfasts / 20 Lunches / 18 Dinners
(Special Dietary Requirements can be catered for and must be advised at time of booking)

Luggage Restrictions:

Maximum of 15 kilogrammes in a Soft Bag or Backpacker plus a Day Pack. No suitcases are permitted on this tour.

Fitness Level:

Advanced: No need to be a mountaineer, but some walks are reasonably challenging: on uneven terrain, sometimes unstable underfoot, and including steep (but usually short) descents and ascents into gorges. It is possible to opt out of the more difficult walks, so those with Moderate fitness may still be able to choose one of these trips.

What to bring:

On all tours we recommend you bring…
A broad-brimmed sun hat
Good walking boots or sturdy shoes for hiking over rocky terrain
Fitted shoes for walking in water
Torch / Flashlight (a head torch is ideal)
Swimmers & towel
Personal water bottle (1 Litre recommended)
Sunscreen

On short breaks and extended adventures we recommend you also bring…
Long-sleeved cotton shirt (sun protection) and loose-fitting pants (warmth and insect protection for evenings)
Towels – shower and swimming
Personal toiletries* & medication
Insect Repellent*
Ear Plugs – you never know when you might need these!
Sleeping bag (available for purchase $35 from office prior to tour – can be kept or donated to local communities after your tour)
A pillow (if you have your favourite)
*Please choose environmentally-friendly toiletries so as to minimise chemical residue in waterways!

Optional activities:

Abseiling – allow approx $30 per person
Swimming with Manta Rays – allow approx $180 per person
Swimming with Whale Sharks (seasonal, April to July only) – allow $370 to $415 per person
Glass Bottom Boat Rides – allow approx $50 per person
Kayaking – allow approx $30 per hour
Sunset Cruise on Lake Argyle – allow approx $30 per person
30 minute Scenic Helicopter Flight over the Bungle Bungles – allow approx $400 per person

General Information:

This tour is ‘Participatory’ which means the groups rally together and assist the guide – our program is designed to foster a ’group of friends’ dynamic as everyone works together to make it all happen, alongside the leadership of an experienced Tour Guide. This not only makes for a fun adventure shared with like-minded travellers, but also enables us to provide affordable travel options in the Kimberley.

On those nights where we are not staying in one of our fantastic private permanent camp sites, it is important that travellers participate in setting up camp, though the Tour Guide will also be on hand to help – it is a team effort! Your Guide will always appreciate the assistance of one or two group members in preparing/clearing meals.

It is essential that all our groups leave the camps they stay in as they found them for the next travellers – the Kimberley is a pristine wilderness and it is our responsibility to ensure it stays this way.

Insurance:

Travel insurance is definitely recommended for all tours reserved through Travel Forever. As we are travelling in a remote area, you should ensure you are covered for medical expenses including emergency repatriation at a minimum. We recommend that the policy also covers personal liability, curtailment and loss of luggage and personal effects. Finally, to ensure you are covered in the event of unseasonal weather and conditions that may cause road and national park closures, please make sure your policy considers costs incurred by any unforeseeable tour cancellations. Travel Forever can assist you with the purchase of Travel Insurance or, if you are coming from Overseas, we recommend you purchase Travel Insurance through an Insurance Company in your home country.

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