21 Day Perth to Darwin

 

This is one of our most intense tours and is for people who are after a serious adventure travelling from the Kimberley to the Top End. Explore cascading waterfalls, the dolphins at Monkey Mia, snorkel at Coral Bay and hike the Bungle Bungles. There is no frills camping under the stars as well as dorm share accommodation. This is a combination tour so you may travel with a different guide and different passengers on each section.

ATTENTION: This tour is only for fit and active people, who can hike 5-9kms a day over uneven terrain, often in high temperatures. Temperatures can be extreme i.e. 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.


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Tour Style
Tourcode: PD21
Max Passengers: 20
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AUD $3645.00EUR €2535.00GBP £2180.00
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Adventure Tours Australia: 21 Day Perth to Darwin
 
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Accommodation
8 nights dorm accommodation with shared facilities, 8 nights camping, 4 nights bush camping with limited facilities. Upgrades available
Tour Code PD21
Duration 21 days
Tour Style Unleashed
Route Perth to Darwin
Maximum Passengers 20
Price (adult) AUD $3645.00EUR €2535.00GBP £2180.00
Valid 31 March 2014 - 30 March 2015
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Itinerary: day by day

Day 1 – Perth to Horrocks

DEFAULT PICK UP: Perth City YHA 07:00am

Leaving Perth, we start our journey by heading to Nambung National Park to explore the Pinnacles Desert. Take the opportunity to sand-board down the slopes at Jurien Bay, home to many impressive sand dunes. From here we continue on through Geraldton to Horrocks where we stay overnight. (LD)

Day 2 – Horrocks to Shark Bay

It’s a short drive to the Kalbarri National Park where we explore Murchison Gorge, Nature’s Window and Z-Bend Gorge. There’s also the option to try some abseiling if you’re up for it (own expense). After lunch we visit the beautiful Shell Beach, one of only two beaches in the world made entirely from shells. From here we get back on the road and travel towards Denham and Shark Bay. (BLD)

Day 3 – Shark Bay to Coral Bay

After a short drive across the Peron Peninsula, we make our way down to the beach to the world famous Monkey Mia dolphins — a unique experience with some fantastic photo opportunities. As we travel towards Carnarvon, we stop to view the fascinating stromatolites at Hamelin Pool. From here we continue along the highway to Coral Bay, the Jewel of the Northwest. (BLD)

Day 4 – Coral Bay to Exmouth

Coral Bay is as good as it sounds! Enjoy a day to chill out and relax on the beach and see the incredible marine life that Ningaloo Reef has to offer. Why not head out for a snorkel, cruise on a glass-bottom boat, jump on a quad-bike or even a joy flight over the reef (all at own expense and subject to availability). Tonight we’ll take the short drive to Exmouth where we’ll stay the night. (BLD)

Day 5 – Exmouth

Enjoy another 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. (BLD)

Day 6 – Exmouth to Karijini National Park

Say your farewells to the coastline, we’re heading inland! Past the cattle stations we find ourself in the outback oasis of Karijini National Park. Your guide will tell you the historic significance of this beautiful place but you’ll have a hard time concentrating on anything other than the waterfalls and rock pools inside the mysterious Karijini gorges. In the afternoon we pass through Paraburdoo, a little town known for its iron ore mining, before reaching our camp overlooking the Hamersley Range. (BLD)

Days 7 and 8 – Karijini National Park

You have two full days to explore Karijini National Park and its amazing gorges. Formed over 2,500 million years ago, the Hamersley Ranges are some of the most unusual landforms on earth. Deep in the gorges you’ll come across cascading waterfalls and still waterholes — perfect for swimming and unwinding. Dales Gorge, Fortesque Falls, Fern Pool, Circular Pool, Weano Gorge and Hancock Gorge are just some of the stunning areas we’ll also visit. (BLD)

Day 9 – Karijini National Park to Pilbara Region

Today you’ll find out just how large the iron ore industry is in this part of Australia. We say goodbye to Karijini and travel towards the coast to Port Hedland. After lunch we head to the Pilbara region to camp overnight. (BLD)

Day 10 – Pilbara Region to Broome

Today we begin the final journey to Broome, going via 80 Mile Beach. From here we finish the trek up to Broome. (BL)

Days 11 and 12 – Broome

Take two days to get to know Broome and relax on the beautiful Cable Beach - with 22 km of white sand and crystal waters it’s the ideal place to watch the sunset with a drink in hand. Visit a local pearl farm and make sure you see Horizontal Falls, the town’s ‘big ticket item’. Meals and activities on these days are at own expense.

Day 13 – Broome to Windjana Gorge

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

Outside of Broome we stop at Willare Bridge where a torrent of water flows in the Fitzroy River (seasonal). This area is known for barramundi fishing. Fasten your seatbelts - we’re going bush from here! We leave the bitumen road behind us as we head for the Oscar Range and then onto Tunnel Creek where a 750m tunnel passes under the Napier Range. Ask your guide for a brief history lesson about the bushrangers that once roamed this area. (LD).

Day 14 – Windjana Gorge to Mt Barnett

We explore Windjana Gorge (there’s loads of freshwater crocodiles here!) before we hit the track again to travel along the famous Gibb River Road — a 660km dirt track right in the heat of the Kimberley region. Depending on the time of year, we may be able to explore Galvins, Adcock or Manning Gorge before setting up camp at Mt Barnett. (BLD)

Day 15 – Gibb River Road and Gorges

We pass through some historic and unusual country as we travel along the Gibb River Road giving you another taste of remote Australia. Crossing the Pentecost River, we get a true outback experience as we reach the famous El Questro Station where we camp for the night. (BLD)

Day 16 – Gibb River Road to El Questro Station

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 17 – El Questro to Bungle Bungles

Sit back and admire the awesome scenery of the Carr Boyd and Durack Ranges as we head to Turkey Creek. We take a challenging 4WD trip into the picture-perfect Bungle Bungles (Purnululu National Park) just in time to catch the sunset over the Osmond Ranges and settle into our overnight bush camp. (BLD)

Day 18 – Bungle Bungle National Park

Get ready for a full day of exploration today. The rock formations of the Bungle Bungles are remarkable and you’ll want to make sure there is still room on your memory card to take some snaps. We also visit the breathtaking Echidna Chasm and magnificent Cathedral Gorge. There’s time to get another perspective of the Bungles by helicopter if you choose (at own expense) before we head home-sweet-home to our overnight bush camp. (BLD)

Day 19 – Bungle Bungles to Lake Argyle via Kununurra

It’s time for some serious 4WD action as we wind our way out of the Bungle Bungles towards Kununurra. Time permitting we will have the opportunity to explore the Hidden Valley, just a stone’s throw from Kununurra township before making camp at Lake Argyle. (BLD)

Day 20 – Lake Argyle to Katherine Region

Today we visit Lake Argyle, created by the Ord River Dam. Lake Argyle is the biggest man-made lake in Australia and is eighteen times bigger than Sydney Harbour! From here we cross the state border into the Northern Territory to reach camp in the Katherine region. (BLD)

Day 21 – Katherine Region to Darwin

We’re on the home stretch now! It’s a short hop across to Katherine where we will stop at either Katherine (Nitmiluk) Gorge or take one last cheeky swim at Edith Falls before our adventure winds to an end. We then make our final journey into Darwin. (BL)

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 Perth accommodation from 06:30am. Default pick up: Perth City YHA 07:00am

Arrival location : Select Darwin accommodation early evening on day 21.

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Included

  • Experienced tour guide
  • meals as indicated
  • National Park fees
  • accommodation as below:

    Standard Accommodation: 8 nights dorm accommodation with shared facilities, 8 nights camping, 4 nights bush camping with limited facilities

    Upgrade Accommodation (subject to availability at the time of booking): 5 nights private room (twin, double, or single) with shared facilities, 4 nights private ensuite room, 4 nights camping, 4 nights bush camping with limited facilities, 3 nights safari tent

Tour upgrades

Accommodation Upgrade

Double/Twin: AUD $4420 per person

Single: AUD $5435 per person

 



Optional Activities

What to bring

  • Sturdy walking shoes (ankle high)
  • hat and sunscreen
  • towel and toiletries
  • swimming gear
  • warm clothing in winter
  • water bottle
  • torch/flashlight
  • 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 5 of their tour in Exmouth. 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 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 176408 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.
  • Due to the remote nature of the Pilbara region we use bush camps with limited facilities on some nights.
  • 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 and frequent stops between destinations.
  • Our tours are activity and participation based. During your travels with us you will 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 appreciated. Most people agree that this helps you feel like less of a tourist and more of an explorer.
  • 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.
  • 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 Australia/Intrepid Travel with your preferred accommodation 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.

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