22 Day Darwin to Perth Unleashed

 

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.

ATTENTION: This tour is only for fit and active people, who can hike 5-9kms a day over uneven terrain, often in high temperatures. Some hikes may require sections of walking through water/swimming. Temperatures can be extreme (very high during summer days and very cold during winter nights). Adventure Tours reserves the right to assess the fitness capability of passengers prior to tour departure. Tour is not suitable for children. Due to the remote nature of the Kimberley region we use bush camps with limited facilities on some nights. There is a STRICT LUGGAGE LIMIT of 15kgs per person, in a backpack or soft bag.


Highlights

Tour Style
Tourcode: PDP22
Max Passengers: 20
Price from:
AUD $3595.00EUR €2500.00GBP £2150.00
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Adventure Tours Australia: 22 Day Darwin to Perth Unleashed
 
Fitness
Advanced 
Vehicles
4WD
Accommodation
12 nights camping/bush camping, and 9 nights dorm accommodation with shared facilities (or upgrade to 4 nights budget ensuite and 5 nights hostel with share facilities)
Tour Code PDP22
Duration 22 days
Tour Style Unleashed
Route Darwin to Perth
Maximum Passengers 20
Price (adult) AUD $3595.00EUR €2500.00GBP £2150.00
Valid 31 March 2014 - 30 March 2015
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Itinerary: day by day

Day 1 – Darwin to Katherine Region

DEFAULT PICK UP: Adventure Tours Australia Shop, 52 Mitchell St Darwin, 06:50am

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 andsheer 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 thescenery is fantastic and you will enjoy your first Kimberley sunset as we set up our bush camp. (BLD)

Day 4 – Bungle Bungles

It's a full day of exploration today. The rock formations of the Bungle Bungles massif are remarkable and wevisit breathtaking Echidna Chasm and magnificent Cathedral Gorge. There's an opportunity to view theBungles 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 CarrBoyd 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

Up early we hike into the beautiful Cockburn Ranges for a refreshing swim under the waterfall at EmmaGorge, before starting our journey over the Pentecost River and along the Gibb River Road. (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 aboutswimming and hiking in the Kimberleys! You’ll visit striking Manning Gorge, where your experienced guidewill use their local knowledge to determine the most accessible spots to explore. Tonight’s camp is at MtBarnett. (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 makeour way to Windjana Gorge, known for its abundant freshwater crocodiles, so bring your camera and getsome 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, anarea rich in bushranger history. 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 inBroome, our aim is to catch up brilliant Cable Beach sunset. (BL)

Day 10, 11 and 12 – Broome

These three days are yours to enjoy at your own pace. Broome is the perfect place to relax and soak up theslow-paced lifestyle that is 'Broome-time'. Swim and chill out on Cable Beach, learn about the fascinatingPearling history, or you can choose to get a little more adventurous with a camel ride along the beach oreven skydiving (optional extras, own expense).

Day 13 – Broome to Pilbara Region

PICK UP DAY 13: Kimberley Klub YHA, 06:30am

Departing Broome we cross the Great Sandy Desert, calling in at the coastal oasis of Eighty Mile Beach wherewe 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, beforeheading to your overnight station stay. (BLD)

Day 14 – Pilbara Region to Karijini National Park

This morning we make our way to the remote but spectacular Karijini National Park where we spend thenext three days exploring the ancient gorges and swimming in emerald coloured rock pools. We begin ourKarijini experience with a visit to the Karijini Cultural Centre before heading for Fortesque Falls where youwill be rewarded with a refreshing swim. Overnight camp in Karijini. (BLD)

Days 15 and 16 – Karijini National Park

The next two days are spent exploring, swimming and relaxing in the magnificent Karijini gorges. One of theoldest landscapes on earth – the region will amaze you. We will explore a number of gorges including WeanoGorge, Handrail Pool, Oxers Lookout, Hancock Gorge and Hamersley Gorge amongst others. Overnight campin Karijini. (BLD)

Day 17 – Karijini National Park to Exmouth

Travel through the vast bush land and station country of the Pilbara region on our way to Exmouth and ouraccommodation. (BLD)

Day 18 – Exmouth to Coral Bay

Enjoy a day of freedom and relaxation. Go snorkeling or diving, search for whale sharks (seasonal and at ownexpense) or view Vlamingh Head Lighthouse then choose to laze on the pristine beach at Turquise bay andsoak up the sunshine. This afternoon we make the short trip to beautiful Coral Bay (BLD).

Day 19 – 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 cruisesand scuba diving (at own expense). (BD)

Day 20 – Coral Bay to Shark Bay

Heading south we cross the Tropic of Capricorn and pass through the town of Carnarvon, famous for itsbananas. 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 21 – Shark Bay to Kalbarri

Time this morning to visit with the dolphins before exploring some of the Shark Bay World Heritage area. Westop 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 beforearriving in this seaside resort town. (BLD)

Day 22 – Kalbarri to Perth

Departing via the coastal gorges of the Kalbarri National Park, we head to the picturesque seaside town ofDongara before travelling south through the fascinating landscape of the Nambung National Park andchecking out the famous Pinnacle Desert. Then we make our way to Perth arriving in the early eveningwhere our tour concludes. (BL)

Seasonal itinerary changes

If the Gibb River Road and Purnululu National Park is closed due to weather an alternative route will be substituted.

B = Breakfast | L = Lunch | D = Dinner

Travel Insurance is compulsory for all travellers on all tours and details must be presented to tour guide before departure. Please refer to terms and conditions for more details.

Departures

Departure location : Select Darwin accommodation from 06:20am. Default pick up: Adventure Tours Australia shop at 06:50am (Shop 2/52 Mitchell St, Darwin).

Arrival location : Select Perth accommodation early evening day 22.

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Included

  • Experienced guides
  • meals as indicated
  • national park entrance fees, camping fees and equipment
  • Standard Accommodation: 8 nights camping, 4 nights bush camping with limited facilities, and 9 nights hostel dorm accommodation.
  • Upgrade Accommodation: 5 nights dorm accommodation with shared facilities, 5 nights budget ensuite, 3 nights safari tent and 8 nights camping.

What to bring

  • Sturdy walking shoes
  • hat & sunscreen
  • towel & toiletries
  • swimming gear
  • warm clothing in winter
  • water bottle
  • torch
  • insect repellent
  • camera
  • pillow
  • sleeping bag (can be purchased for $30)

Notes

  • 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 day 18 of this tour. We don't book this option, however the company we use is Kings Ningaloo Reef. Although our Guides can book this for you on Day 13 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

  • Itinerary may vary and/or attractions substituted for any cause including seasonal conditions, traditional owner and national park requirements, particularly in November and April when the Gibb River Road and Purnululu National Park may be closed.  See terms and conditions for full details.
  • This tour is only for fit and active people, who can hike 5-9kms a day over uneven terrain, often in high temperatures. Some hikes may require sections of walking/swimming through water. Temperatures can be extreme — very high during summer days and very cold during winter nights.
  • From October to March it is likely that you will experience temperatures of over 35 degrees Celsius, and sometimes well into the 40’s. Be prepared to endure extra physical stress due to the heat at these times, especially while on walks. These extreme outside temperatures can also place stress on the air-conditioning units within our vehicles which can make travelling uncomfortable. Your tour guide will assist with regular breaks and information to assist keeping hydrated. Conversely, in July and August, very cold temperatures can be experienced in the outback, especially overnight. Please come prepared for all extremes.
  • Due to the remote nature of the Pilbara region we use bush camps with limited facilities on some nights.
  • Upgrade to 5 nights private room with shared facilities, 4 nights camping, 5 nights private ensuite room, 4 nights bushcamping with limited facilities and 3 nights safari tent is subject to availability at time of booking. Remaining nights will be 4 nights bush camping and 4 nights camping with limited facilities. Please ask our Inside Sales Team or visit the website for more information.
  • We reserve the right to assess the fitness capability of passengers prior to tour departure.
  • National Park rules request that only biodegradable soap products are used whilst in Karijini National Park.
  • Due to distances covered, this trip involves early departures on some mornings and frequent stops between destinations.
  • Our tours are activity and participation based. During your travels with us you will have the opportunity to assist with daily activities such as setting up camp, collecting firewood, helping prepare meals and clearing dishes. None of this is difficult, however many hands make light work and any assistance provided to crew is always much appreciated. Most people agree that this type of activity helps you feel like less of a tourist and more of an explorer.
  • Tour is not suitable for children.
  • Package is made up of two individual tours, therefore you may travel with a different guide in each section.
  • A STRICT luggage limit of 15kg applies.
  • This tour requires a sleeping bag. You may bring your own with you or pre purchase a sleeping bag from us.
  • Travel Insurance is compulsory for all travellers and details must be presented to guide before departure.
  • It is your responsibility to advise Adventure Tours Australia/Intrepid Travel if you have any special dietary requirements or medical conditions (including allergies) well ahead of departure.
  • It is your responsibility to contact Adventure Tours/Intrepid Travel with your preferred pick up point. Please contact our inside sales teams for information on other available pick up points. If we do not hear from you, we will assume you will make your way to our default pick up point as listed on this document. We will not be responsible for missed pick-ups (and a missed tour) if we do not receive notification from you or your travel agent, and if you are not at the default pick up point at the appropriate time.