Starting in Darwin, we'll take you all the way to Perth in Western Australia making stops at Broome, Bungle Bungle National Park, Gibb River Road, the magnificent Karijini National Park, Kalbarri National Park, Kimberley Gorges, Kununurra and Lake Argyle. See the dolphins in Monkey Mia and snorkel the Nigaloo Reef in Western Australia. We'll drop you off in Perth at the end of the tour and you'll be sure to be exhausted.
Day 1 - Darwin to Katherine Region
Heading down from Darwin we stop at either Edith Falls for a swim or explore Katherine (Nitmiluk) Gorge (seasonal choice). We travel on to the Katherine region to set up camp. (LD)
Day 2 – Katherine Region to Lake Argyle
Today we visit Lake Argyle, created by the Ord River Dam. We spend time here admiring the beauty and sheer size of the Lake before setting up camp for the night. (BLD)
Day 3 – Lake Argyle to Bungle Bungles
It's time for some 4WD action as we wind our way into the Bungle Bungle massif. It's a rugged ride but the scenery is fantastic and you will enjoy your first Kimberley sunset as we set up our bush camp. (BLD)
Day 4 - Bungle Bungle's
It's a full day of exploration today. The rock formations of the Bungle Bungles massif are remarkable and we visit breathtaking Echidna Chasm and magnificent Cathedral Gorge. There's an opportunity to view the Bungles by helicopter (own expense) before we return to camp. (BLD)
Day 5 - Bungle Bungles to El Questro
We travel out of the Bungles to El Questro Station. Sit back and admire the awesome scenery of the Carr Boyd and Durack Ranges as we head to Turkey Creek and onto El Questro to set up camp. (BLD)
Day 6 - El Questro Station to Gibb River Road
Today we spend the day exploring the amazing sights of El Questro station. Highlights include a hike in the beautiful Cockburn Ranges for a swim under the waterfall at Emma Gorge. Tonight we enjoy another night at our El Questro campsite where you might choose to enjoy a well-earned beer at the station bar. (BLD)
Day 7 - Gibb River Road and Gorges to Mt Barnett
We start our journey over the Pentecost River and along the famous Gibb River Road. Today is all about swimming and hiking in the Kimberleys! You'll visit striking Manning Gorge, where your guide will use their local knowledge to determine the most accessible spots to explore. Tonight's camp is at Mt Barnett. (BLD)
Day 8 - Mt Barnett to Windjana Gorge
This morning we will explore either Galvins or Adcock Gorge, depending on the time of year. Later we make our way to Windjana Gorge, known for its abundant freshwater crocodiles, so bring your camera and get some snaps of these incredible reptiles. Windjana Gorge is also our camp for the night. (BLD)
Day 9 - Windjana Gorge to Broome
We head towards the Napier Range and the fascinating 750 metre underground tunnel of Tunnel Creek, an area rich in bushranger history. Join a local Bunuba Indigenous Guide for a walk through Tunnel Creek, learning about culture and Aboriginal traditions. Making tracks, we head towards Broome and stop briefly at Willare Bridge, where a rushing torrent of water flows in the mighty Fitzroy River (seasonal). Late afternoon we arrive in Broome, our aim is to catch up brilliant Cable Beach sunset. (BL)
Day 10 and 11 - Broome
These two days are yours to enjoy at your own pace. Broome is the perfect place to relax and soak up the slow-paced lifestyle that is 'Broome-time'. Swim and chill out on Cable Beach, learn about the fascinating Pearling history, or you can choose to get a little more adventurous with a camel ride along the beach or even skydiving (optional extras, own expense). Accommodation is included, meals and activities at own expense.
Day 12 - Broome to Pilbara Region
Departing Broome we cross the Great Sandy Desert, calling in at the coastal oasis of Eighty Mile Beach where we may have time for a quick swim in the turquoise water and a chance to collect some unique seashells. We travel further south through Port Hedland checking out the enormous piles of iron ore and salt, before heading to your overnight station stay. (BLD)
Day 13 – Pilbara Region to Karijini National Park
This morning we make our way to the remote but spectacular Karijini National Park where we spend the next three days exploring the ancient gorges and swimming in emerald coloured rock pools. We begin our Karijini experience with a visit to the Karijini Cultural Centre before heading for Fortesque Falls where you will be rewarded with a refreshing swim. Overnight camp in Karijini. (BLD)
Days 14 & 15 - Karijini National Park
The next two days are spent exploring, swimming and relaxing in the magnificent Karijini gorges. One of the oldest landscapes on earth – the region will amaze you. We will explore a number of gorges including Weano Gorge, Handrail Pool, Oxers Lookout, Hancock Gorge and Hamersley Gorge amongst others. Overnight camp in Karijini. (BLD)
Day 16 - Karijini National Park to Yardi Creek
Travel through the vast bush land and station country of the Pilbara region on our way to our exclusive campsite at Yardi Creek in the Cape Range National Park, near Exmouth. (BLD)
Day 17 – Yardi Creek to Coral Bay
Enjoy a day of freedom and relaxation. Go snorkeling 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. This afternoon we make the short trip to beautiful Coral Bay (BLD).
Day 18 - Coral Bay
Spend the entire day snorkelling the famous Ningaloo Reef accessible from Coral Bay's white sandy beach. Alternatively, you can choose one of the many optional activities including quad biking, coral viewing cruises and scuba diving (at own expense). (BD)
Day 19 - Coral Bay to Shark Bay
Heading south we cross the Tropic of Capricorn and pass through the town of Carnarvon, famous for its bananas. We call in at unique Shell Beach made up of tiny shells before continuing on to Monkey Mia – famous for the wild dolphins that visit the beach daily. (BLD)
Day 20 - Shark Bay to Kalbarri
Time this morning to visit with the dolphins before exploring some of the Shark Bay World Heritage area. We stop to view the stromatolites – the oldest living organisms in the world – before heading south for Kalbarri. Time permitting we will be able to view the Murchison Gorge and Natures Window this afternoon before arriving in this seaside resort town. (BLD)
Day 21 - Kalbarri to Perth
Departing via the coastal gorges of the Kalbarri National Park, we head to the picturesque seaside town of Dongara before travelling south through the fascinating landscape of the Nambung National Park and checking out the famous Pinnacle Desert. Then we make our way to Perth arriving in the early evening where our tour concludes. (BL)
What's Included on Tour:
Meals as indicated
National park entrance fees, camping fees and equipment
Standard Accommodation includes 8 nights dorm accommodation with shared facilities, 12 nights camping (non-permanent campsites with pop-up tents/swags on most nights, basic facilities only for 3 of the nights).
B = Breakfast | L = Lunch | D = Dinner
Seasonal Itinerary Changes
If the Gibb River Road and Purnululu National Park is closed due to weather an alternative route will be substituted.
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NOTE: Unless otherwise specified, the rates listed are for the 2015 - 2016 season. The 2015 - 2016 season rates are valid from the 1st April 2015 - 31st March 2016. The 2016 - 2017 season rates commence on the 1st April 2016.