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.
Max Passengers: 24
AUD $3690.00EUR €2540.00GBP £2135.00
|Route||Darwin to Perth|
|Price (adult)||AUD $3690.00EUR €2540.00GBP £2135.00|
|Valid||31 March 2015 - 30 March 2016|
Itinerary: day by day
Day 1 – Darwin to Katherine Region
DEFAULT PICK UP: Melaleuca on Mitchell, 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 and sheer 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 the scenery 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 we visit breathtaking Echidna Chasm and magnificent Cathedral Gorge. There's an opportunity to view the Bungles 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 Carr Boyd 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
Today we spend the day exploring the amazing sights of El Questro station. Highlights include a hike in the beautiful Cockburn Ranges for a swim under the waterfall at Emma Gorge. Tonight we enjoy another night at our El Questro campsite where you might choose to enjoy a well-earned beer at the station bar. (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 about swimming and hiking in the Kimberleys! You'll visit striking Manning Gorge, where your guide will use their local knowledge to determine the most accessible spots to explore. Tonight's camp is at Mt Barnett. (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 make our way to Windjana Gorge, known for its abundant freshwater crocodiles, so bring your camera and get some 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, an area rich in bushranger history. Join a local Bunuba Indigenous Guide for a walk through Tunnel Creek, learning about culture and Aboriginal traditions. 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 in Broome, our aim is to catch up brilliant Cable Beach sunset. (BL)
Day 10 and 11 – Broome
These two days are yours to enjoy at your own pace. Broome is the perfect place to relax and soak up the slow-paced lifestyle that is 'Broome-time'. Swim and chill out on Cable Beach, learn about the fascinating Pearling history, or you can choose to get a little more adventurous with a camel ride along the beach or even skydiving (optional extras, own expense). Accommodation is included, meals and activities at own expense.
Day 12 – Broome to Pilbara Region
PICK UP DAY 12: Kimberley Klub YHA, 06:30am
Departing Broome we cross the Great Sandy Desert, calling in at the coastal oasis of Eighty Mile Beach where we 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, before heading to your overnight station stay. (BLD)
Day 13 – Pilbara Region to 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 swimming in emerald coloured rock pools. 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. Overnight camp in Karijini. (BLD)
Days 14 and 15 – Karijini National Park
The next two days are spent exploring, swimming and relaxing in the magnificent Karijini gorges. One of the oldest landscapes on earth – the region will amaze you. We will explore a number of gorges including Weano Gorge, Handrail Pool, Oxers Lookout, Hancock Gorge and Hamersley Gorge amongst others. Overnight camp in Karijini. (BLD)
Day 16 – Karijini National Park to Yardi Creek
Travel through the vast bush land and station country of the Pilbara region on our way to our exclusive campsite at Yardi Creek in the Cape Range National Park, near Exmouth. (BLD)
Day 17 –Yardi Creek to Coral Bay
Enjoy a day of freedom and relaxation. Go snorkeling 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. This afternoon we make the short trip to beautiful Coral Bay (BLD).
Day 18 – 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 cruises and scuba diving (at own expense). (BD)
Day 19 – Coral Bay to Shark Bay
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 of tiny shells before continuing on to Monkey Mia – famous for the wild dolphins that visit the beach daily. (BLD)
Day 20 – Shark Bay to Kalbarri
Time this morning to visit with the dolphins before exploring some of 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 Natures Window this afternoon before arriving in this seaside resort town. (BLD)
Day 21 – Kalbarri to Perth
Departing via the coastal gorges of the Kalbarri National Park, we head to the picturesque seaside town of Dongara before travelling south through the fascinating landscape of the Nambung National Park and checking out the famous Pinnacle Desert. Then we make our way to Perth arriving in the early evening where 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.
Departure location : Select Darwin accommodation from 06:20am. Default pick up: Melaleuca on Mitchell 06:50am (52 Mitchell St, Darwin).
Arrival location : Select Perth accommodation early evening day 21
Apr: 18 25
May: 09 16 23 30
Jun: 06 13 20 27
Jul: 04 11 25
Aug: 01 08 15 22 29
Sep: 05 12 19 26
Oct: 03 10
- Experienced guides
- meals as indicated
- national park entrance fees, camping fees and equipment
- accommodation as below:
- Standard Accommodation:
Standard Accommodation: 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).
Upgrade Accommodation (subject to availability at the time of booking): 7 nights private room with shared facilities (twin, double, or single), 1 night 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).
What to bring
- Sturdy walking shoes
- hat & sunscreen
- towel & toiletries
- swimming gear
- warm clothing in winter
- water bottle
- insect repellent
- sleeping bag (can be purchased for $30)
- 2 towels
- 2 pairs of shoes that can get wet
• 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 17 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 176408 9949 1764
• Itinerary may vary and/or attractions substituted for any cause including seasonal conditions, weather extremes, and traditional owner/national park requirements. The Gibb River Road and Purnululu National Park may be closed in the shoulder seasons (approx. April and October). See terms and conditions of travel for full details.
• Adventure Tours Australia/Intrepid Travel reserves 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.
• This package is made up of 2 separate tours, so you may travel with a different guide and passengers on each section.
• This trip is operated by our local tour partner Kimberley Wild Expeditions.
• 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. 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.
• Travel Insurance is compulsory for all travellers on all tours and details must be presented to your tour guide before departure.
• A STRICT luggage limit of 15kg applies.
• This tour requires a sleeping bag. You may bring your own or pre-purchase a sleeping bag from us.
• It is your responsibility to advise us if you have any special dietary requirements, allergies, or medical conditions well ahead of departure.
• On this tour it is likely that you will experience temperatures of over 35 degrees Celsius. Be prepared to endure extra physical stress due to the heat at these times, especially while on walks. These extreme 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. In July and August, very cold temperatures can be experienced in the outback, especially overnight. Please come prepared for all extremes.
• The default pick up point is where we will meet you for your tour, unless you or your travel agent requests an alternative location (contact our Reservations team for more information). It is your responsibility to contact us with your preferred pick up point well ahead of departure. We do not take responsibility for missed tours if we have not been advised of an alternative in advance and you are not at the default location on time.
• B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner.