Snorkel in the sparkling waters of Ningaloo Reef in Coral Bay and spend time hopping between waterfalls in the Karinjini National Park.. Enjoy plenty of time to discover the untamed beauty of El Questro Station. Paddle in waterfalls, hike through gorges and access remote parts of this huge park on adventurous 4WD expeditions.. The red domes of the Bungle Bungle Range in Purnululu National Park form some iconic Australian landscapes. You’ll have a whole day to explore the gorges and valleys of the park, and soak up a few fiery sunsets. Tunnel Creek in the Kimberley region has a rich First Nations history. Walk through the underground passages with your expert local leader learning about the culture and traditions of the first Australians.
The Aussie Outback is calling on this awesome overland 4WD tour of Western Australia and the Northern Territory. Spend a mighty 22 days travelling up the coast from Perth, stopping by the marine rock formations of the Coral Coast, discovering the earthly tones and scenic vistas of the Kalbarri National Park, swimming in the gorges and waterholes of the Karinjini National Park, all the way to Broome for a spectacular sunset at Cable Beach. Take to a 4WD and Explore the narrow rock passages winding through the Bungle Bungles, spot crocodiles sunning on the banks of Windjana Gorge and discover the gorgeous swimming holes of El Questro and Katherine. For a trip that brings you face-to-face with Australia’s vast horizons and immense wilderness, this epic adventure covering Australia’s vast western plains is one to remember.
Breakfast Included: 18 Lunches Included: 20 Dinner Included: 18
Welcome to sunny Perth, where your overland journey begins. Leave the city, driving north to Nambung National Park to explore The Pinnacles. These are ancient rock sculptures that rise out of the desert. Journey on to Jurien Bay, where you’ll have the opportunity to sand-board down the massive expanse of dunes. From here continue on through Geraldton to the quiet beach town of Kalbarri, where you’ll stay the night.
Kalbarri National Park to Shark Bay
Today take a short drive to Kalbarri National Park. Hike around some of the park’s diverse scenery, including Murchison Gorge, the Loop Walk and Nature’s Window. Its a steep descent into Z-Bend Gorge. For those seeking even more adventure, there’s also an opportunity to abseil (at your own expense). After lunch visit the beautiful Shell Beach, which is one of only two beaches in the world composed entirely of shells. Get back on the road and continue towards Denham and Shark Bay.
Monkey Mia to Coral Bay
After a short drive across the Peron Peninsula, head to the beach and see if you can spot some marine life in Monkey Mia. The idyllic shores around the Francoise Peron National Park are perfect to stretch the legs and admire another slice of Western Australian coastline. The next stop is Carnarvon where you’ll see the fascinating stromatolites at Hamelin Pool. These marine rock formations are some of the world’s oldest and largest living fossils. After a short break, continue along the highway to Coral Bay – known as the ‘Jewel of the Northwest’.
Coral Bay to Cape Range National Park
Today explore picturesque Coral Bay, home to the World Heritage-listed Ningaloo Reef. Snorkel equipment is available to hire, or you could cruise the reef in a glass-bottom boat to observe the tropical life teeming below the surface. The marine park is home to 250 species of coral and over 500 species of fish. You might prefer to take an optional scenic flight over the reef. In the late afternoon, it’s a short drive to our campsite at Yardie Creek in the Cape Range National Park, near Exmouth.
Exmouth and Cape Range National Park
Spend the morning snorkelling right off the beach in the stunning Cape Range National Park. Depending on the time of year, you have the option to snorkel or scuba dive in search of whale sharks and manta rays. Take a visit to Vlamingh Head Lighthouse, one of the few places in Australia where you can see the sun both rise and set. Enjoy taking a wander around the town of Exmouth before settling down in our permanent campsite.
Karijini National Park
Head inland today through the vast cattle stations of the Pilbara region. The sparsely populated Pilbara desert is known for its red earth and rich mineral deposits. In the afternoon pass through the little town of Tom Price, which is renowned for its iron ore mining. Continue on to your campsite overlooking the magnificent Hamersley Range in Karijini. Before you go to sleep, take a minute to gaze up at one the most magnificent night skies you’re ever likely to see.
Karijini National Park
Over the next two days explore the almighty gorges of Karijini National Park. Formed over 2500 million years ago, the Hamersley Ranges feature some of the most unusual landforms on Earth. You’ll be able to take some great photographs while you’re here. Hike deep into the gorges, where you’ll come across cascading waterfalls and fresh waterholes ideal for swimming in. Dales Gorge and Circular Pool, Fortescue Falls, Fern Pool and Weano Gorge are just some of the places you can visit. This part of the journey is a real highlight.
Karijini National Park
Head back into the gorges today for further exploration. Sing a tune in the natural amphitheatre caused by curved gorge walls, then make your way down to Hancock Gorge. Named after the Australian tycoon Lang Hancock, this is a narrow inlet of red rocks leading to a refreshing waterhole.
Pilbara Region / Pardoo
Depart Karijini this morning and travel towards the coast (approximately four hours in total). Visit the iron ore port of Port Hedland, the second most populated town in the Pilbara. Take a quick tour of the town and gain an understanding of the scale of the iron ore industry. After lunch continue on to a nearby station, where you’ll spend the night.
Today’s drive to Broome will take around 6 hours. En route, enjoy a leisurely break and stroll along the immense 80-Mile Beach. This seemingly never-ending stretch of coastline is where the Great Sandy Desert meets the Indian Ocean, and is an ideal place to stop and look out past the turquoise waters and into the horizon. Continue on your way northeast, and on arrival into Broome, reminisce with your fellow travellers and enjoy an idyllic Broome sunset – a fitting end to a long day of driving
You’ve got the power to decide what you’d like to do today. You may have said goodbye to some of your travel crew not joining you for the next stage of your adventure, so all you have to please is yourself! Perhaps have a walk in and around town, head to the Broome History Museum or check out one of a number of galleries exhibiting First Nations artwork.
Today is another day off to recharge your batteries before commencing the next leg of your journey through the Kimberley region. Season depending, perhaps take the first (and only) bus out to Gantheaume Point and see the deep red cliffs and prehistoric footprints set in the reef rock. Discover the cliffs and lighthouse, then continue back on foot along the Lurujarri Walk to the sandy shores of Cable Beach for a morning coffee of fresh juice before spending the day swimming and sunbaking.