Darwin to Perth Overland


See the Australian Outback in all its sun-kissed glory on this epic 24-day adventure from Darwin to Perth. Explore Nitmiluk National Park, Purnululu National Park, El Questro, Gibb River, Manning Gorge, Bell Gorge, Tunnel Creek and Cable Beach and then spend a few days exploring Broome at your own pace. Swim in watering holes and waterfalls, hike through creeks to sandstone spires and learn about fascinating First Nations history. Then, hop in a 4WD and go snorkelling among turtles, relax on Eighty Mile Beach, wander through national parks like Karijini, Nambung and Kalbarri. After every adventurous day, you’ll spend your nights camping under the starry skies of Western Australia.

24 days, from

$4,555

per person

GROUP SIZE

20 people max

ACTIVITY LEVEL

4
Trip code: PKOPC
Style: Basix
Theme: Overland

Details

Countries Visited:  Australia
Accommodation: Mixed Backpacker Dorm Multi-Share Accommodation with Shared Facilities (10 nights), Camping with Shared Facilities (13 nights)
Transportation: Private 4WD vehicle
Included Meals:

  • 22 breakfasts
  • 20 lunches
  • 18 dinners

Group size: Minimum 1, Max 20

  • Explore Lake Argyle and take an optional cruise on the still waters, looking out for crocodiles, wallabies and rare birds against the mountain island backdrop. 

  • Spend nights camping in the Australian Outback under a star-studded Milky Way sky. There is little, if any, reception out here, so it’s the perfect chance to disconnect, recharge and get back to basics in the heart of nature. 

  • Swim in rock pools, waterfalls and watering holes, travel along the Gibb River Road in a 4WD and hike through rivers past towering red cliffs, rocks and spires.  

  • Explore the World Heritage area of Shark Bay, home to the oldest living organisms in the world – stromatolites.  

  • Spend two nights and three days in the red-hued Pilbara, away from any light pollution, in Karijini National Park and spend your days exploring ancient gorges and refreshing swimming holes and waterfalls. 

Itinerary

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Day 1: Darwin to Katherine Region

Welcome to Darwin! Or Garramilla, in the language of the Larrakia people, who are the Traditional Owners of the land on which Darwin is now located. Your adventure starts with a drive south to Nitmiluk National Park. Depending on the season, you’ll take a swim in the natural pool by the base of Edith Falls and visit the croc-filled waters of Katherine Gorge. After lunch, you’ll head to your 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).

Day 2: Katherine to Lake Argyle

Today you’ll visit the huge (and absolutely gorgeous) Lake Argyle, which looks perfectly at home despite being entirely man-made. You have the option of taking a cruise here, where you can look out for the native fauna that has settled here – keep your eyes peeled for crocodiles, wallabies and the rare birdlife. Soak up the backdrop of mountains-turned-islands as you explore some of the 700 square km surface of the lake. Tonight, you’ll camp under some seriously starry skies.

Day 3-4: Purnululu National Park: Bungle Bungles

Over the next two days, you’ll explore the distinctive sandstone towers of the Bungle Bungle Range – which only became known to wider Australia when a group of documentary filmmakers stumbled across them in the early 1980s! Travelling by both foot and vehicle, you’ll see craggy gorges, unique rock formations and hidden waterholes. Cap off a scenic day with a stunning Kimberley sunset from your bush camp.

Day 4 is all about getting to know the Bungle Bungles from another angle. Your first stop 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 m high (but in parts it’s only 1 to 2 m wide). Next, trade the tight spaces for the wide-open natural amphitheatre of Cathedral Gorge.

Day 5-6: El Questro Station

Hit the road again this morning, passing Warmun (Turkey Creek) and the Durack Ranges on the way to El Questro – not too long ago, it was mostly cattle that got to enjoy the million-acre sprawl of El Questro but the owners recognised the beauty and turned it into a wilderness park in 1991. At more than one and a half times the size of the UK, there are plenty of scenic spots to explore here! Over the next two days, you’ll explore the huge cliffs, deep gorges, waterfalls and swimming holes contained in the Cockburn Ranges. Walk to Emma Gorge, cool off in a waterfall-fed subtropical pool and bliss out in the thermal springs of Zebedee.

Day 7: Gibb River Road & Mt Barnett

Weaving through gorges and rivers, you’ll travel by 4WD along the wild Gibb River Road today – a 600 km stretch that winds right through the heart of the Kimberley. You’ve got a fair bit of ground to cover today, so there’s a fair bit of drive time, but you’ll be breaking the journey up with a lunch stop and a few breaks along the way to stretch your legs. Tonight’s camp is at Mt Barnett Station, close to Manning Gorge.

Day 8: Manning Falls

This morning, stretch your legs on an early hike and be rewarded with a refreshing swim in a large rock pool at the base of Manning Falls. After lunch, you’ll discover Adcock or Galvins Gorge before heading back to camp to relax around the campfire (marshmallows, anyone?).

Day 9: Bell Gorge & Windjana Gorge

The Wunaamin Miliwundi Ranges is full of endless stunning gorges waiting to be explored, and this morning is just for that. After breakfast, you’ll adventure to Dalmanti (Bell Gorge) – home to a stunning cascade of water flowing from the previous wet season rains that fall in the King Leopold Ranges. Tonight, you’ll camp at Bandilngan (Windjana Gorge) – a segment of a 375-million-year-old reef that was once underwater. Cut through by the Lennard River, which runs during the wet season and then breaks up into little billabongs during the dry season. This gorge attracts many species of birds and bats and is a great spot to see wild freshwater crocodiles!

Day 10: Tunnel Creek - Broome

This morning's major attraction is Dimalurru (Tunnel Creek) – an extensive limestone cave system extending 750 m underground. Inside, shards of sunlight stream through crevices, little bats flutter above you and enormous stalactites point 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 you’ll make the final drive to Broome, arriving in time for a stunning Cable Beach sunset. Your trip now comes to an end and no further activities or accommodation is planned. If you’d like to stay here longer, just speak to your booking agent.

Day 11-14: Broome Beach

Enjoy a fabulous 4 day break at the Kimberley Travellers Lodge in beautiful Broome: relax on one of the best beaches in the world - Cable Beach, enjoy a brew at Matsos Broome Brewery, search for dinosaur footprints on the rugged coastline, checkout the local art galleries and jump on a local Broome tour or two. (B/B/B/B). This break is free time for independent adventures - on your own, or with new your new travel mates.

Day 15: Broome to Dampier Peninsula & Cygnet Bay

Welcome to Broome! Or Rubibi, in the language of the Yawuru people, who are the Traditional Owners of the land on which Broome is now located. Start your 4WD adventure on the Dampier Peninsula – you’ll visit the Beagle Bay Aboriginal Community and the remote One Arm Point Aboriginal Community to tour a local aquaculture hatchery perched on the tip of One Arm Point, which overlooks the impressive Buccaneer Archipelago. Take in the views, then continue to Cygnet Bay Pearl Farm. Take a tour of the farm, which provides insight into the remote pearling industry. After, take a swim in the infinity pool that looks over Cygnet Bay and head to an included group dinner to get to know your fellow travellers a little better.

Day 16: Eighty Mile Beach

After breakfast, drive south this morning to start your journey across the Great Sandy Desert. Stop at the coastal oasis of Eighty Mile Beach along the way – famous for its magnificent sunsets, sunrises, fishing opportunities and shell collecting. Here, you can stroll along the beautiful white-sand beach, enjoy a group lunch and relax. Tonight, you’ll stay in the remote town of Sandfire, where you’ll sit down for a group dinner before a spot of stargazing.

Day 17-21: The Pilbara

This morning, you’ll make your way to the remote but spectacular Karijini National Park, where you’ll spend the next three days exploring the ancient gorges and stunning swimming holes. Begin your Karijini experience with a visit to the Karijini Cultural Centre before heading for Fortesque Falls, where you’ll be rewarded with a refreshing swim. The next two days are spent exploring, swimming and relaxing in the magnificent Karijini Gorges. As one of the oldest landscapes on earth, this region will continue to amaze you. Explore a number of gorges, including Weano Gorge, Oxers Lookout, Hancock Gorge and more. Spend the nights in a Karijini camp, having group dinners over the campfire under the stars.

Day 22: Carnarvon & Shell Beach

Head south this morning after breakfast and cross the Tropic of Capricorn. Pass through the town of Carnarvon on the way, famous for its bananas, and maybe pick up some of nature’s snacks. Stop at unique Shell Beach – made up entirely of tiny shells – to stretch your legs and take photos before continuing to Monkey Mia, where you’ll be able to say hello to the famous wild dolphins that live here! Tonight, sit down for a group dinner to swap photos and dolphin stories.

Day 23: Monkey Mia, Shark Bay & Kalbarri National Park

This morning after breakfast, you’ll have time to visit your new best friends – the dolphins – before exploring the Shark Bay World Heritage area. Stop to view the stromatolites – the oldest living organisms in the world – before heading south for Kalbarri. Time permitting, you’ll be able to view the Murchison Gorge and Nature's Window this afternoon along the way. Have dinner and spend the night in Kalbarri.

Day 24: Pinnacles Desert - Jurien Bay - Perth

This morning after breakfast, explore the coastal gorges of the Kalbarri National Park, then head to the beautiful seaside town of Dongara. Take some time to explore, then head to the fascinating landscape of the Nambung National Park to check out the famous Pinnacle Desert. Then, make your way to Perth, arriving in the early evening. This is where your trip comes to an end. If you’d like to stay in Perth longer, just speak to your booking agent.