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 north west 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. There are no frills camping under the stars as well as dorm share accommodation. The primary pickup location is Perth YHA. This tour is offered by Kimberly Wild and is very popular among the travellers.
Perth to Darwin via Broome Bus Tour Highlights
The highlights of the tour include visiting Coral Bay, Eighty Mile Beach, Kalbarri National Park, Hammersley Ranges, Monkey Mia, Ningaloo Reef, Pinnacles Desert, Shell Beach, Karijini National Park, Broome, Windjana Gorge, Indigenous Guided Walk in Tunnel Creek, Bungle Bungles, Echidna Chasm, Cathedral Gorge, El Questro Wilderness Park, Gibb River Road, Kununurra, Lake Argyle.
Day 1 Pinnacles Desert and Jurien Bay
Leaving Perth 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. Your Lunch and Dinner is included.
Day 2 Kalbarri National Park & Shell Beach
On day two 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. Breakfast,Lunch and Dinner are included.
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 . They 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’. Breakfast,Lunch and Dinner are included.
Days 4-5 Coral Bay & Exmouth
Take a day to relax and explore Coral Bay which is just as relaxing as the name suggests. We’ll also take a visit to the Ningaloo Reef the amazing marine life that lives below the waterline. Snorkel or take a cruise on a glass bottom boat to see for yourself. If staying on land is more your thing then join 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).
Yardie Creek Station
When late afternoon comes around it’s time for the short drive into Exmouth where our fabulous private camp site on Yardie Creek Station is the envy of other tour groups, In the evening, kick back 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. Breakfasts, Lunches and Dinners are included.
Days 6-8 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. It is definitely a highlight. Breakfasts,Lunches and Dineers are included.
Day 9 The Pilbara
Say your sad 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. After lunch we continue on towards the Pilbara region, where we spend the night together on an overnight station stay. Breakfast lunch and dinner are included.
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 Breakfast and lunch are included.
Days 11-12 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 11,12 breakfast is included.
Day 13 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 meters 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. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner is included.
Day 14 Windjana Gorge & Bell Gorge
Spend the morning exploring Windjana Gorge while in the afternoon we journey to Bell Gorge, home to a stunning cascade of water flowing from the previous wet season rains that fall in the King Leopold Ranges. A great place to swim! Further east, Mt Barnett Station will be our camp for this evening. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner is included.
Day 15 Manning Falls
Enjoy a morning hike and you will be rewarded with a swim in a large rock pool at the base of Manning Falls. After lunch we discover Adcock or Galvins Gorge, before heading back to camp to relax around the campfire. All three meals are included.
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. All three meals are included.
Day 17 El Questro Station
Originally established as an enormous cattle station, El Questro Station 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. All three meals are included.
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 meters 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. Unbelievably, only the locals knew it existed until the early 1980’s 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 meter high rock walls – and enter the massive natural amphitheatre of Cathedral Gorge. On both days all three meals are included.
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. All three meals are included.
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 crocodiles 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. All three meals are included.
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’). On the final day too breakfast and lunch is included.
The primary drop off locations are Melaleuca On Mitchell & Chillis Backpackers, Darwin.
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