22 day Perth to Darwin Ultimate Overland Adventure

/22 day Perth to Darwin Ultimate Overland Adventure

22 day Perth to Darwin Ultimate Overland Adventure

22 day Perth to Darwin Ultimate Overland Adventure

Day 1: Perth to Kalbarri
Welcome to sunny Perth, where your overland journey begins. Leave the city, driving north to Nambung National Park to explore The Pinnacles. These are ancient rock formations that rise out of the desert. Journey on to Jurien Bay, where you’ll have the opportunity to sand-board down the massive expanse of dunes. From here continue on through Geraldton to the quiet beach town of Kalbarri, where you’ll stay the night.

Note: Total driving time today is about seven hours. Total walking distance is approximately two kilometres.

Accommodation – Hostel

Included Activities – Nambung National Park (Pinnacles) Entrance / Sandboarding Jurien Bay

Meals – Lunch / Dinner

Day 2: Kalbarri National Park to Shark Bay
Today take a short drive to Kalbarri National Park. Hike around some of the park’s diverse scenery, including Murchison Gorge, the Loop Walk and Nature’s Window. After a steep descent into Z-Bend Gorge, take a refreshing dip in the river. For those seeking even more adventure, there’s also an opportunity to abseil (at your own expense). 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.

Note: Total driving time today is about four hours. Total walking distance is approximately five kilometres.

Accommodation – Hostel

Included Activities – Kalbarri National Park Entrance

Optional Activities – Abseiling in Kalbarri National Park – AUD30

Meals – Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner

Day 3: Shark Bay to Coral Bay
After a short drive across the Peron Peninsula, head to the beach and meet the world famous Monkey Mia dolphins. These friendly dolphins are fed by park rangers and often swim up to the shore several times a day. The next stop is Carnarvon where you’ll see the fascinating stromatolites at Hamelin Pool. These marine rock formations are some of the world’s oldest and largest living fossils. After a short break, continue along the highway to Coral Bay, which is known as the ‘Jewel of the Northwest’.

Note: Total driving time today is about six-and-a-half hours. Total walking distance is approximately two kilometres.

Accommodation – Hostel

Included Activities – Monkey Mia Dolphins

Meals – Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner

Day 4: Coral Bay to Yardi Creek
Today explore picturesque Coral Bay, home to the World Heritage-listed Ningaloo Reef. Snorkel equipment is available for hire, or 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 get adventurous on a quad bike tour of the local area. This activity is an additional cost and is subject to availability. In the late afternoon, it’s a short drive to your exclusive campsite at Yardie Creek in the Cape Range National Park, near Exmouth.

Note: Total driving time today is about two hours.

Accommodation – Permanent safari camp with shared facilities

Included Activities – Ningaloo Reef Marine Park

Optional Activities – Snorkel with Manta Rays – half day trip – AUD165 / Whale Watching (seasonal) from – AUD85 / Glass Bottom Boat Cruises from – AUD37

Meals – Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner

Day 5: Exmouth and Cape Range National Park
Spend the morning snorkeling 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 wonder around the town of Exmouth before settling down in our permanent campsite.

Note: Total driving time today is about two hours. Total walking distance is approximately two kilometres.

Accommodation – Permanent safari camp with shared facilities

Included ActivitiesOptional Activities – Snorkel with the Whalesharks (April to July only) from – AUD390

Meals – Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner

Day 6: Karijini National Park
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.

Note: Today’s travel will take around eight hours in total.

Accommodation – Camping with facilities

Meals – Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner

Day 7: Karijini National Park
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 Circular Pool, Fortescue Falls, Fern Pool and Weano Gorge are just some of the places you can visit. This part of the journey is a real highlight.

Note: Total driving time today is around two hours, but you could be walking up to six kilometres.

Accommodation – Camping with facilities

Included Activities – Karijini National Park Entrance

Meals – Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner

Day 8: Karijini National Park
Head back into the gorges today for further exploration. Sing a tune in the natural amphitheatre caused by curved gorge walls, then make your way down to Hancock Gorge. Named after the Australian tycoon Lang Hancock, this is a narrow inlet of red rocks leading to a refreshing waterhole.

Note: Total driving time today is only around 30 minutes, but you could be walking up to six kilometres.

Accommodation – Camping with facilities

Meals – Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner

Day 9: Pilbara Region
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.

Note: Today we drive for about five hours

Accommodation Station Stay

Meals – Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner

Day 10: Broome
The drive to Broome will take around six hours. En-route, enjoy a leisurely break and stroll along the immense 80-Mile Beach. On arrival into Broome, we enjoy an idyllic Broome sunset on Cable Beach before relaxing for the afternoon and coming days.

Meals – Breakfast / Lunch

Day 11: Broome

Sleep in this morning and perhaps go for a walk into Old Broome Town this afternoon or relax the day away on Cable Beach

Accommodation – Hostel

Meals – There are no meals included on this day.

Day 12: Broome

Today is another day off to recharge your batteries before commencing the next leg of your journey through the Kimberley.  Perhaps take the first bus out to Guantheaume Point and see the prehistoric footprints in the rock and take the famous stroll back to Cable Beach for a morning coffee of fresh juice before spending the day on the beach.

Accommodation – Hostel

Meals – There are no meals included on this day.

Day 13: Broome to Windjana Gorge

We set off into the West Australian wilderness early today and, after a bit of highway driving we reach the Fitzroy River where we begin our off-road advengture to the Napier Range. The main attraction here is a guided walk through Tunnel Creek, a vast cave system that extends 750 metres underground.

Note: Total driving time today is around five hours. Total walking distance is approximately three kilometres including walking through water in Tunnel Creek

Accommodation – Camping with facilities

Meals – Lunch / Dinner

Day 14: Bell Gorge

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 is home to a stunning cascade of water flowing from the previous wet season rains that fall in the King Leoplold Ranges. We enjoy an afternoon swim in the large plunge pool before making our way to camp along the Gibb River Road.

Note: Total driving time today is around 4.5 hours & total walking distance is approximately 4 -6 kilometres including walking through water in Tunnel Creek

Accommodation – Camping with facilities

Included Activities – Windjana Gorge / Bell Gorge / Tunnel Creek exploration walk

Meals – Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner

Day 15: Manning Gorge

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

Note: Total driving time today is around one hour. Total walking distance is approximately 6-8 kilometres.

Accommodation – Camping with facilities

Included Activities – Galvans Gorge / Adcock Gorge / Manning Gorge

Meals – Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner

Day 16: Gibb River Road to El Questro

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 Pentecost River to reach the famous El Questro Station, where you’ll spend the night camping under the stars.

Note: Total driving time today is around 6 hours. Total walking distance is approximately 2 kilometres.

Accommodation – Camping with facilities

Included Activities – Gibb River Road

Meals – Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner

Day 17: El Questro Station

Wake up with the knowledge of not having to pack up camp before spending the day exploring the amazing sights of El Questro Station.  Enjoy a relaxing swim at Zebedee Springs before tackling the hike into either Emma Gore or El Questro Gorge where you will be rewarded with a stunning waterfall and a swim.  Tonight, enjoy another night at the El Questro campsite, where you might choose to enjoy a well-earned drink at the station bar with your travel mates.

Note: Total driving time today is only around 45 minutes & total walking distance is up to 6 kilometres.

Accommodation – Camping with facilities

Meals – Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner

Day 18: Purnululu National Park (Bungle Bungle Range)

Say goodbye to El Questro and 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.

Note: Total driving time today is approximately 5 hours. Total walking distance is approximately 5 kilometres.

Accommodation – Camping with basic facilities

Meals – Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner

Day 19: The Bungle Bungles

After breakfast prepare for a full day of activities. Explore the remarkable rock formations of the Bungle Bungle Range. Hike to the constricted, red gap of Echidna Chasm and the immense Cathedral Gorge. 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 back to your overnight bush camp.

Note: Total driving time today is around an hour. Total walking distance is approximately five kilometres.

Accommodation – Camping with basic facilities

Included Activities – Cathedral Gorge Walk (Bungle Bungle) / Echidna Chasm Walk

Optional Activities – Helicopter Flight – Bungle Bungles – from – AUD350

Meals – Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner

Day 20: Bungle Bungles and Lake Argyle

This morning you will once again experience some serious 4WD action as you wind your way out of the Bungle Bungles. Take some time to have a look around the picturesque town of Kununarra. In the late afternoon, travel down beside the Ord River to make camp at Lake Argyle. You have the choice of relaxing in the famous infinity pool overlooking the magnificent Lake Argyle or appreciating it from the water by choosing to do a cruise (own expense). This vast body of water has been forged by the Ord River Dam. The biggest manmade lake in Australia, Lake Argyle is 18 times the size of Sydney Harbour!

Note: Total driving time today is around 5.5 and a half hours. Total walking distance is 1 kilometre.

Accommodation – Camping with basic facilities

Meals – Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner

Day 21: Lake Argyle to the Katherine region

Not long after breakfast 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 our last camp for the night just outside of Nitmiluk National Park in the Katherine Region.

Note: Total driving time today is around 7 hours. Total walking distance is around 1 kilometre.

Accommodation – Permanent tented camp with shared facilities

Included Activities – Lake Argyle

Optional Activities – Lake Argyle Sunset Cruise – AUD100

Meals – Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner

Day 22: Darwin

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.

Note: Total driving today is around four and a half hours. Total walking distance is approximately two kilometres.

Meals – Breakfast / Lunch

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2019-10-23T16:50:45+08:00 May, 28th 2019|