To tour from Perth to Broome in the winter takes about 23 hours and 30 minutes to cover a distance of 2,240.4 km via National Highway 95 and National Highway. You can experience a host of adventures along the route from sand boarding to swimming with the whales and Jet Boat rides.
Perth To Broome Adventure Tours
The pure white sand dunes have no vegetation and are the largest in the state. At around two kilometers long, they’re a sand boarder’s heaven.
Check out skydive Jurien Bay for the only skydive in Australia which lands on a beach. If this is too much hop aboard with Turquoise Safaris for a sea lion charter cruise, snorkel and explore the underwater wonderland of Jurien Bay Marine Park. It is home to tropical fish, sponges, sea squirts, soft corals, sea lions and dolphins.
More adventurous land-lovers will enjoy exploring the caves of the Stockyard gully National Park accessible only by 4WD vehicle. Finish this leg of the trip by continuing north to visit Dongara.
Geraldton to Carnarvon
Once a tiny outpost it is now a busy port and gateway to ocean adventures including sailing, surfing, fishing and scuba diving. The latter can be enjoyed at the young wreck of the South Tomi, or go out to sea where the Batavia was wrecked near the Houtman Abrolhos Islands. During the day visit the HMAS Sydney memorial and the Point Moore Lighthouse.
Yamaji Drive Trail
Take a map and enjoy the beautiful story-trails to 14 Indigenous sites. Most of them are around town.
Detour to Port Gregory and Kalbarri
A popular resort town for ocean adventurers and hikers, Kalbarri is a straight drive from Geraldton on George Grey Drive. Stop and admire the pink lake (Hutt Lagoon) near Port Gregory then continue along the coastline to Kalbarri. If you’re visiting between June and November, you might see humpback whales. Afterwards, take Ajana-Kalbarri Road east to rejoin the highway north.
People have been coming to see bottlenose dolphins in Monkey Mia since the 1960’s. If you want to see the dolphins meet the rangers on the boardwalk at 7:45am. If lucky you will be chosen to feed them. Dugongs and turtles often visit too.
The aquarium tour takes you into the marine park where you’ll see sharks feeding, rescued sea turtles enjoying life again and other marine life. You can also book dive adventures and marine safaris out to Steep Point and Dirk Hartog Island. It is popular when whales migrate through the area between August and October.
Coral Bay/Ningaloo Reef
If you’re road tripping during late March or early July, book a diving experience in stunning Coral Bay. Enjoy a swim with whale sharks, or majestic giant manta rays, which are abundant throughout the year. If you love snorkeling, you’re in for a treat at Coral Bay. The Ningaloo Reef has Glass bottom boat tours to see the abundance of marine life in the region. There’s a shark nursery within walking distance from the main beach as well as daily snapper feeding at around 3:30 pm.
Karijini National Park
There’s so many beautiful things to do in Karijini, including Walking along Dales Gorge and admiring Fortescue Falls and the stunning pools at either end, fearing imminent death as you descend down a handrail into the glorious (but freezing) Handrail Pool, doing a spider walk before plummeting into Kermit’s Pool, A day’s abseiling down the gorges. Ambling along the various lookouts and peering into the gorges deep below. You can enjoy the emerald-colored waters of the Fern, Fortescue fall and Circular pools.
Millstream Chichester National Park
Your next destination is Millstream Chichester National Park. You can travel alongside one of the longest privately owned railways in the world. Start with a tour of the old Homestead in Millstream Chichester National Park.
After a short drive via Madigan Road, and the Dampier Highway, you’ll arrive at the port. You can take a swim in the turquoise waters with dolphins and whales and explore the 42 tropical islands by boat.
Karratha is at the west end of the ruddy Pilbara region is one of the easiest sites to get to is Deep Gorge along Burrup Road between Dampier and Burrup. Nearby is the serene Hearsons Cove shell beach, a popular place to swim during the day, and at night to see the Staircase to the Moon reflection on the mudflats at very low tides during a full moon between May and October.
The extremes of Mother Nature are revealed at the Horizontal Falls, where tons of water squeeze through a gap in twin mountain ranges. The Kimberley’s tropical tides are some of the biggest in the world rising and falling by up to 13 meters (43 feet) and result in these remote, flat, whitewater rapids that can be experienced from , above or, if you’re game, from the surface . The jet boat ride through the churning falls is one heck of a thrill.
Check out Gantheaume Point to see up-close what 130-million-year-old dinosaur footprints look like. Visit the Malcolm Douglas Wilderness Wildlife Park home to giant saltwater crocodiles.
Broome is home to a myriad of activities and attractions. From the Pearls at the Chinatown showroom to hovercraft adventures and whale watching tours to the popular Horizontal Falls where tidal movements of the Indian Ocean render a waterfall-like effect on the water’s surface.
Explore the best of Western Australia on these Perth to Broome tours