22 Day Darwin to Perth Safari
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
This overland adventure kicks off from the Northern Territory’s tropical capital with a drive south to Nitmiluk National Park. Depending on the season, your adventure will get underway with a swim in the natural pool by the base of Edith Falls or an optional cruise through the croc-filled waters of Katherine Gorge. After lunch it’s on to our private campsite on the edge of Nitmiluk, where you have the option of spending the night in a permanent tent or snuggled up in a swag (an Aussie bedroll). (LD)
Day 2 : Katherine to Lake Argyle
The outback of the Kimberley region, which spreads across the northern region of Western Australia, is not as flat, dry and barren as many first expect. Today we’ll visit enormous Lake Argyle, which looks perfectly at home despite being entirely man-made. You have the option of taking a cruise and looking for native fauna that has settled here in huge numbers – try to spy crocodiles, wallabies and rare birds. Soak up the backdrop of mountains-turned-islands as we explore some of the 700 square kilometre surface of the lake, then turn into camp under some seriously starry skies. (BLD)
Day 3-4 : Purnululu National Park: Bungle Bungles
The distinctive sandstone towers of the Bungle Bungle Range only became known to wider Australia when a group of documentary filmmakers stumbled across them in 1982. Travelling by both foot and vehicle, we’ll take you through the craggy gorges, past unique rock formations, and to hidden waterholes. The day closes with a stunning Kimberley sunset witnessed from this evening’s bush camp. Day 4 is all about getting to know the Bungle Bungles proper. First stop for the day is the ever-narrowing gap of Echidna Chasm. Formed over millions of years by water flowing through an opening in the sandstone, the path winds through palm-filled gorges up to 200 metres high though in parts only 1-2 metres wide. Next, trade the tight spaces of Echidna Chasm for the wide-open natural amphitheatre of Cathedral Gorge. From feeling dwarfed by these giant rock structures, get a very different perspective with a helicopter flight over the Bungle Bungles. Though an optional activity at extra cost, this is definitely an experience worth shelling out for. (BLD/BLD)
Day 5 : Bungle Bungles to El Questro Station
Hit the road again, this time passing Warmun (Turkey Creek) and the Durack Ranges on the way to El Questro Station. Not too long ago, it was mostly cattle that got to enjoy the million-acre sprawl of El Questro. Thankfully for the rest of us, the owners recognised the beauty they had on their hands and turned it into a wilderness park in 1991. Arriving at our campsite, there’ll be time for a beer or two at the Swinging Arm Bar before dinner. (BLD)
Day 6 : El Questro Station
At more than one and a half times the size of the UK, there are plenty of scenic spots to explore in El Questro. On the drive in you will have got some clue as to the huge cliffs, deep gorges, waterfalls and swimming holes contained in the Cockburn Ranges, but now you’ll be exploring them on foot. Walk to Emma Gorge, cool off in a waterfall-fed subtropical pool and bliss out in the thermal springs of Zebedee. (BLD)
Day 7 : Gibb River Road & Mt Barnett
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 fair bit of drive time, but we’ll be breaking the journey up with lunch and at a few stops along the way. Tonight’s camp is at Mt Barnett station located very close to Manning Gorge. (BLD)
Day 8 : Manning Gorge to Silent Grove
We spend the morning exploring the stunning Manning Gorge and enjoy a swim in the pools under Manning Falls. Depending on the season, post-lunch we spend the afternoon exploring Adcock or Galvans Gorge before making our way to Silent Grove and setting up camp for the night. (BLD)
Day 9 : Bell Gorge & Windjana Gorge
The western Kimberley region is full of endless stunning gorges that have to be explored and this morning is no exception. After breakfast we adventure to Bell Gorge home to a stunning cascade of water flowing from the previous wet season rains that fall in the King Leopold Ranges. The afternoon sees us head to Windjana Gorge, a segment of 375 million-year-old reef that was once under the ocean. Cut through by the Lennard River, which runs during the wet season then breaks up into little billabongs during the dry, this gorge attracts many species of bird and bat and is a great spot to see wild freshwater crocodiles. (BLD)
Day 10 : Tunnel Creek & Broome
Begin the day exploring the Napier Range. The major attraction here is Tunnel Creek, an extensive limestone cave system that extends 750m underground. Inside, shards of sunlight stream in through crevices, little bats flutter about and enormous stalactites rear down from the ceiling. In the late 1800s, an indigenous man called Jandamarra waged a one-man uprising against European settlers, becoming a hero to his people. You’ll hear a bit about his legacy during a tour through Tunnel Creek, then make the final drive on to Broome, hopefully arriving in time for a stunning Cable Beach sunset. (BL)
Day 11-12 - Broome
With 2 free days here in Broome there is plenty of time to sit back and relax on the beautiful Cable Beach or get out and about and explore the area. Take a 1/2 Day Broome Sights Adventure to discover the heritage and culture of this unique outback town or venture up the Dampier Peninsula on a 1 Day Cape Leveque Adventure. With 22 km of white sand and crystal waters it’s also the ideal place to watch the sunset! (Meals and activities on these days are at own expense)
Day 13 : Eighty Mile Beach & The Pilbara
Departing Broome we cross the Great Sandy Desert, calling in at the coastal oasis of Eighty Mile Beach along the way where we can take a stroll along the beautiful white sand beach. We travel further South through Port Hedland checking out the enormous iron ore industry before setting up camp for an overnight station stay in the Pilbara Region where you’ll get to know your fellow travellers around the campfire. (LD)
Days 14-16 : 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 stunning swimming holes. 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. The next two days are spent exploring, swimming and relaxing in the magnificent Karijini gorges. Bring your camera as you’ll want to remember this forever. One of the oldest landscapes on earth – the region will continue to amaze you. We will explore a number of gorges including Weano Gorge, Oxers Lookout, Hancock Gorge, amongst others. Overnight at our private camp in Karijini. (BLD/BLD/BLD).
Day 17-19 : Exmouth & Coral Bay
Leaving Karijini, we travel through the vast bush land and station country on our way to Exmouth and onto our accommodation for the night – our semi-permanent camp on the beautiful Yardie Creek Station. Enjoy a day of freedom and relaxation. Go snorkeling (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. On the afternoon of Day 18 we make the short trip to beautiful Coral Bay Spend the entire day snorkelling the world famous Ningaloo Reef and seeing the marine life that lives under the waterline. Alternatively, thrill-seekers can choose one of the many optional activities including quad biking, coral viewing cruises and scuba diving (at own expense). (BLD/BLD/BLD)
Day 20 : Carnarvon & Shell Beach
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 entirely of tiny shells before continuing on to Monkey Mia where you will be able to say hello to the famous wild dolphins that live here. (BLD)
Day 21 : Monkey Mia, Shark Bay & Kalbarri National Park
Time this morning to visit your new best friends, the dolphins, before exploring 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 Nature’s Window this afternoon before arriving in this seaside resort town. (BLD)
Day 22 : Pinnacles Desert & Perth
Departing via the coastal gorges of the Kalbarri National Park, we head to the beautiful seaside town of Dongara before travelling on to the fascinating landscape of the Nambung National Park where we check out the famous Pinnacle Desert. We then make our way to Perth arriving in the early evening where our tour concludes. (BL)
What's Included on Tour:
• Experienced guides
• Meals as indicated
• National park entrance fees, camping fees and equipment
• Standard Accommodation
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 2021 - 2022 season. The 2021 - 2022 season rates are valid from the 1st April 2021 - 31st March 2022. The 2022 - 2023 season rates commence on the 1st April 2022.
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