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Darwin to Perth Overland

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Darwin to Perth Overland

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Journey through the natural wonders, vast expanses and jaw-dropping landscapes of northern and western Australia on this incredible 22-day adventure from Darwin to Perth. Visit some of the region’s best national parks where you’ll hike through stunning red rock landscapes and swim beneath waterfalls. Discover the striped beauty of the Bungle Bungle Range, explore the glorious gorges of the Kimberleys, snorkel the vibrant reefs of Ningaloo and swim in World Heritage-listed Coral Bay. The distances are immense, but the pace is leisurely, making this the perfect Outback adventure.

Trip Name
Darwin to Perth Overland
Last Updated
2020-08-04
Days
22
Capacity
20
Highlights
  • Take guided hikes through some of Australia’s most rugged and remote landscapes, like the red domes of the Bungle Bungle Ranges and the ancient gorges of Krinjini National Park.
  • Cool off with swim breaks in some of the most pristine waterfalls, swimming holes and beaches in the world, including Manning Falls and Ningaloo Marine Park.
  • This trip offers heaps of opportunities to encounter rare wildlife, like whale sharks, dolphins, crocodiles and kangaroos.
  • Go underground for a guided walk through Tunnel Creek, an extensive limestone cave system that extends 750 metres below the earth.
  • Experience the Outback on a journey through the cattle stations and mining communities of the Pilbar, complete with a cold pint in the Swinging Arm Bar.

Itinerary

ITINERARY CHANGES Our itineraries are updated regularly throughout the year based on customer feedback and to reflect the current situation in each destination. The information included in this Essential Trip Information may therefore differ from when you first booked your trip. It is important that you review this information prior to travel so that you have the latest updates. Due to weather, local conditions, transport schedules, public holidays, or other factors, further changes may be necessary to your itinerary once in-country. The order and timing of included activities in each location may also vary seasonally to ensure our travellers have the best experience. Your tour leader will keep you up to date with any such changes once on tour. ABORIGINAL AND TORRES STRAIT ISLANDER CULTURAL EXPERIENCES & COMMUNITIES: Please note due to cultural sensitivities, entry to particular parts of local First Nations communities may be unavailable. Where Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander guides are unavailable in the Red Centre an Intrepid guide will lead the interpretive cultural walk. Top End cultural experiences are only available during the dry season (May-Oct) as site is subject to flooding (contact our customer service team for availability). Participants may be absent due to cultural commitments with minimal prior notification and Intrepid reserves the right to amend the itinerary in these circumstances with no obligation to refund. OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES A selection of optional activities that have been popular with past travellers are listed in the day-to-day itinerary. This isn't an exhaustive list and should be used as a guide only for some of what might be available. Prices are approximate, are for entrance only, and don’t include transport to and from the sites or local guides unless indicated. All activities are subject to availability, and maybe on a join-in basis. It may not be possible to do all the activities listed in the time available at each destination, so some pre-planning for what you are most interested in is advised. When it's recommended that travellers pre-book these activities, look for a note in the Special Information section of the day-to-day itinerary. For most, they can either be organised independently on the day, or let your leader know you are interested in the Group Meeting and they can assist. Where activities are considered medium or high risk, we work with operators whose safety and credentials we have sighted and assessed. Although it is possible that you may find the same activity cheaper with another operator on the ground, we cannot vouch for the safety or quality of that operator. Medium and high-risk activities not listed above have not been assessed by us and as such our staff and leaders are unable to assist you with organising these activities. Activities that contravene our Responsible Travel policies are also not listed. Please remember that the decision to partake in any activity not listed is at your own discretion and risk. The relationship between ATA and Intrepid Australia For over 25 years, Intrepid Travel and Adventure Tours Australia have been leading brands in the adventure travel business. With Intrepid’s global product range and Adventure Tours’ local knowledge, the two brands joined force in 2011 to provide the ultimate range of Australian product with Intrepid running all of it’s local trips under the Adventure Tours Australia name. Today we’re proud to bring Aussie-made trips to the world, both here with Adventure Tours and overseas through the Intrepid brand, so no matter which brand you have booked through, you’re travelling with the best. Would you like to swim with the Whalesharks? Whaleshark season in WA runs from April through to July and passengers have the option of taking part in a Whaleshark swim on this tour (please check your itinerary for the correct day this is available). For the month of AUGUST you will also have the opportunity to swim with Humpback Whales. We don’t book these options, however the company we use is Kings Ningaloo Reef. Although our Guides can book this for you on Day 1 of your tour, during busy periods such as school holidays we do advise that you book in advance to avoid disappointment. You can either do this through your Travel Agent or direct via phone or email. Please find a link to their website, along with their contact number below, it’s certainly an experience not to be missed! http://kingsningalooreeftours.com.au/ 08 9949 1764 **Please Note** By pre-booking this activity you will be paying a slightly higher price to secure your spot, so the majority of passengers book with their Guide on board on Day 1. Please be aware though that during busy times such as school holidays, it may be worth pre-booking to avoid disappointment as spots book out quickly.

Day 1 - Darwin – Katherine Region
Welcome to the tropical city of Darwin, where your overland adventure begins. Meet your group and leader at 6.30 am and hit the road. Stop at either Edith Falls for a swim or at Katherine Gorge in Nitmiluk National Park for a walk (depending on the season). Eat lunch, then continue to your overnight private campsite on the edge of Nitmiluk National Park, where permanent tents with swags await you. In the evening, settle down for dinner with the group.
Day 2 - Lake Argyle
After breakfast this morning, continue to Lake Argyle. On arrival, admire this 700-square-kilometre lake and it's plentiful wildlife like freshwater crocodiles. Take an optional sunset cruise before setting up camp nearby for the night.
Day 3 - Purnululu National Park (Bungle Bungle Ranges)
Start the morning with some free time for a stroll around the picturesque town of Kununurra. Don’t forget to use this time to stock up on any last minute supplies before heading out into the remote Kimberley region. Get ready for some 4WD action as your experienced leader winds the truck across the rugger terrain of the entrance to Purnululu National Park, home of the iconic Bungle Bungles. It’s a bumpy ride but the scenery is fantastic. Enjoy an amazing Kimberley sunset at your bush camp.
Day 4 - Purnululu National Park (Bungle Bungle Ranges)
After breakfast prepare for a full day of activities, as the group heads back out to explore the remarkable rock formations of the Bungle Bungles. Hike to the thin, red gap of Echidna Chasm and the enormous Cathedral Gorge. There’s also the opportunity to experience a helicopter flight over the Bungle Bungles (at your own expense). As the sun goes down, head back to your overnight bush camp.
Day 5 - Bungle Bungles – El Questro
After breakfast today, get back on the road toward El Questro Station. Admire the remarkable scenery of the Carr Boyd and Durack Ranges, and head along the vast nature trail of Warnum (Turkey Creek). In the late afternoon, head to your campsite in El Questro wilderness park for dinner and a cool drink at the swinging Arm Bar.
Day 6 - El Questro Station
Spend the day exploring El Questro. Start off with a dip at Zebedee Springs before taking on a hike in the Cockburn Ranges for a swim under the waterfall at Emma Gorge. Tonight, enjoy another night at the El Questro campsite.
Day 7 - Gibb River Road – Mt Barnett
After breakfast, its time to hit the road again and start travelling along the legendary Gibb River Road, a 600 kilometre dirt track running through the centre 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 destination is at Mt Barnett station located very close to Manning Gorge. This evening we camp at Mt Barnett by the banks of a fresh-water river, perfect to cool off in after your day hiking.
Day 8 - Manning Gorge
Spend the morning exploring Manning Gorge and enjoy a swim in the natural pools under Manning Falls. Depending on the season, post-lunch we spend the afternoon exploring Adcock or Galvans gorge before heading back to camp to relax around the campfire.
Day 9 - Bells Gorge – Windjana Gorge
After breakfast, head to Bell Gorge for a swim under the cascading waterfalls. The afternoon sees us head to Windjana Gorge, a segment of 375 million-year-old reef that was once underwater. 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.
Day 10 - Broome
Begin the day exploring the Napier Range. The major attraction here is a guided walk through Tunnel Creek, an extensive limestone cave system that extends 750-metres underground. Inside, shards of sunlight stream in through crevices, little bats flutter about and enormous stalactites rear down from the ceiling. Then make the drive on to Broome, hopefully arriving in time for a stunning Cable Beach sunset.
Day 11 - Broome
The next two days are free for you to explore Broome at your own pace. If you’re after more beach time, perhaps head to Cable Beach – named after the undersea telegraph cable that connected Broome to Singapore in the 19th century, or Town Beach in Roebuck Bay. Season depending, it’s possible to witness the ‘Staircase to the Moon’ at Roebuck Bay – a natural phenomenon and optical illusion where a ‘staircase’ appears to lead to the moon during low tide. A weekly Staircase Night Market sets up during this time and is also worth checking out if you happen to be in Broome at this time. Sample local flavours and browse stalls selling handmade products, jewellery, clothing and art while local musicians play.
Day 12 - Broome
Today is another free day to explore. If you’re after some history, check out the Broome Historical Museum to learn about local Aboriginal culture and for a glimpse into the town's pearling and wartime history. Maybe take a trip to Gantheaume Point to discover 130-million-year-old dinosaur footprints or to photograph the contrasting white sand, red cliffs and blue ocean of the area. Another option is the Malcolm Douglas Crocodile Park and Animal Refuge for some wildlife-viewing.
Day 13 - Broome – Pilbra Region
Leave Broome this morning and cross the Great Sandy Desert, calling in at Eighty Mile Beach for a stroll along the white sand. After stretching the legs for a while, continue driving south, passing through the mining city of Port Hedland, where you can witness the enormity of the iron ore industry. Spend the night on a station in the Pilbara Region.
Day 14 - Karajini National Park
This morning we head toward Karijini National Park with a stop in Port Headland to check out the iron ore mecca of Australia. If time permits, we may duck into one of the gorges this afternoon. If not, we'll set up camp in the park and get a good night's rest before we head in for a full day of exploring tomorrow.
Day 15 - Karijini National Park
Spend a full day exploring the gorges, gullies and secluded swimming spots of Karijini. Weano Gorge, Hancock Gorge, Dales Gorge and Oxers Lookout are just some of the better-known sites we’ll get to. This, without any doubt, is one of Australia’s most magnificent national parks (and it’s not like Australia has any shortage of them).
Day 16 - Karijini National Park
Pack up your towel and walking shoes and head out for another day exploring Karijini with your leader. Anything you didn’t tick off the list yesterday you can chase up today – whether it’s a snooze in the sun or a strenuous trek to a lookout. Swim in waterholes, hike along rocky trails and splash about in waterfalls. Paradise!
Day 17 - Exmouth
Today is a long day of driving (approximately 7 hours in total). Leaving Karijini, travel through the vast bushland and cattle stations of Pilbara. This sparsely populated region is known for its red earth and rich mineral deposits. Spend the night at an exclusive campsite at Yardie Creek in the Cape Range National Park, near Exmouth.
Day 18 - Ningaloo Reef
Enjoy a day of freedom and relaxation. Depending on the season, you’ll have the option to snorkel or scuba dive in search of whale sharks or manta rays, the largest rays in the world. Perhaps take a walk to Vlamingh Head Lighthouse, or soak up the sun on the pristine beach at Turquoise Bay. In the afternoon, take a short trip to beautiful Coral Bay.
Day 19 - Ningaloo Reef
Spend another day on Ningaloo Reef, one of the world’s largest fringing reefs, meaning that it starts practically from the water’s edge. You just swim out from shore and suddenly you’re in a world of coral, fish, turtles and manta rays. Swimming above these enormous majestic creatures is really something else, they might even put on an acrobatics show for you! Not much of a swimmer? There’s also the option of taking in the scene on a glass bottom boat tour, along with many other optional activities. We'll introduce you to the friendly staff at Coral Bay Eco Tours.
Day 20 - Monkey Mia
Today we cross over the Tropic of Capricorn to Monkey Mia. The main stop for the day is Shell Beach, which, much as name would suggest, is a beach made of shells. They cover a stretch 60-kilometres long and up to seven-metres deep. Tonight, stay in Monkey Mia.
Day 21 - Monkey Mia – Kalbarri
This morning, check out Monkey Mia – part of the Peron Peninsula, which extends into part of the Indian Ocean known as Shark Bay. This popular spot is known for its friendly local dolphins. Afterwards, continue across the Eastern Peninsula. See stromatolites, the oldest living organisms in the world, then head south for Kalbarri. Time permitting, there’ll be a stop along the way at Murchison Gorge, where there’s the opportunity to admire the landscape through Nature’s Window.
Day 22 - Nambung National Park – Perth
It’s a driving day today, but a spectacular one. Cruising through the coastal gorges of Kalbarri National Park, we come to the quaint coastal town of Dongara, which sits at the head of the Irwin River. Anyone keen to give sandboarding a shot will get the chance at Sandy Cape (Lancelin), a vast sand desert peopled by the strange limestone structures of the Pinnacles Nambung National Park. After a walk around here it’s on to Perth, where this adventure finishes on arrival at 6 pm.

Trip Dates

StartEndPrice FromRoom Type
22-08-202012-09-2020AUD $ 4,005-

Accommodation

Camping (with basic facilities) (2 nights),Camping (with facilities) (8 nights),Hostel (9 nights),Permanent safari camp (with shared facilities) (1 night),Permanent,furnished tented camp (with shared facilities) (1 night)

Transport

All Terrain vehicle

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