Days
10
Price from
2995AUD
PP10_ATA_2021-01

Tour Western Australia's serene coastline and rugged wilderness.

A colossal land replete with natural attractions, Western Australia's vast expanses and unique landscapes will surprise you at every turn. From the serene shorelines of Broome and Shell Beach and freshwater swimming holes of Karijini National Park to Ningaloo’s vibrant reef, this 10-day Broome to Perth adventure really does make for an unforgettable road trip. Discover the hidden grottoes and rock pools of the Pilbara, dip into the crystalline waters of Turquoise Bay and admire the world's oldest living organisms in Kalbarri before finishing up in laidback Perth. Covering an immense distance at a leisurely pace, this trip serves as the perfect getaway for those looking to unearth some of Australia's most serene delights.


Start
Perth City, Australia
Finish
Perth City, Australia
Destinations
The Kimberley,The Outback,West Coast,Western Australia
Style
Basix
Theme
Explorer,Overland
Code
PP10
Physical rating
Ages
Min 18
Group size
Min 8, Max 19

Why you’ll love this trip

  • Discover Western Australia’s desert landscapes, national parks and sublime Coral Coast in rugged style on the ultimate small group overland adventure.
  • Enjoy the flexibility of a private vehicle, the expert knowledge of a passionate local guide and the magic of camping under the stars – what’s not to love about the land of Aus?
  • Why not check out the underwater aquarium of Ningaloo Reef by plane, glass-bottom boat or snorkel, and season depending, swim with the gentle giants of the deep – whalesharks!
  • Pilbara’s cattle stations, red earth and mining communities are reminiscent of the sun-baked Australia much of the world imagines, and you’ll get to see it all firsthand.
  • Trek the trails of Karijini National Park, weaving through its rocky gorges, and reward your efforts by taking a swim in the park’s ancient waterholes. This is living.

Is this trip right for you?

  • It is a ‘no frills’ West Coast experience. You’ll spend some nights of the trip sleeping at camping grounds in twin-share tents. While conditions can be basic, this is all part of the adventure.
  • This trip requires a moderate to high level of fitness as it involves a lot of walking, allowing you to really get among nature. The hikes in Karijini National Park are challenging. Please bring sturdy, comfortable walking shoes and comfortable clothing. You will need two pairs of shoes, one that can get wet.
  • On some days of the trip, you will spend several hours driving, often through very sparse areas of desert. Sit back and enjoy landscapes that you would miss in any other form of travel, and please read the itinerary carefully for travel time estimates.
  • Temperatures in Western Australia can be extreme. During the day the weather can be hot (and the Australian sun is strong) so please bring appropriate clothing, use sun protection and drink plenty of water. In the evenings temperatures really drop, so ensure you have base layers and warm clothing.
  • When you’re not camping, you’ll stay in multi-share accommodation that may be mixed gender dormitories.
  • All times and distances subject to road and weather conditions.

Itinerary

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. From here continue on through Geraldton to visit to Western Australia’s own Pink Lake at Port Gregory before we reach the quiet beach town of Kalbarri, where you’ll stay the night.

Included Activities
  • Nambung National Park (Pinnacles) Entrance
Accommodation
  • Hostel (2 nights)
Meals Included
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Special Information

The total driving time today is about 6.5 hours and approximately 600km. The total walking distance is approximately 2km.

Today take a short drive to Kalbarri National Park. Hike around some of the park’s diverse scenery, including Murchison Gorge, Nature’s Window and the amazing Kalbarri Skywalk. It’s a steep descent into Z-Bend Gorge.

Please be aware that the entrances to some of these gorge’s are challenging and participants need to be able to scale up and down vertical ladders and scramble over boulders to reach some attractions.

After lunch time to relax and check out the seaside cliffs and coastal gorges, take a walk from Natural Bridge to Island Rock keeping a lookout for dolphins and migrating whales (seasonal).

Enjoy a stunning west coast sunset over the Indian Ocean.

Included Activities
  • Kalbarri National Park
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Special Information

The total driving time today is about 1.5 hours and approximately 125km. The total walking distance is approximately 4km.

An early departure this morning will see us take in 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.

This afternoon you can relax by the pristine shores of Monkey Mia Dolphin Resort or maybe take an optional sunset sail onboard a local catamaran.

Accommodation
  • Hostel (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Special Information

The total driving time today is about 4.5 hours and approximately 400km. The total walking distance is approximately 1km.

This morning head down to the beach for the Monkey Mia dolphins experience. 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 Hamelin Pool where you’ll see the fascinating stromatolites, these marine rock formations are some of the world’s oldest and largest living fossils. After a short break, continue along the highway through Carnarvon to Coral Bay – known as the ‘Jewel of the Northwest’.

Accommodation
  • Hostel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Monkey Mia dolphins
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Special Information

The total driving time today is about 6.5 hours and approximately 600km. . The total walking distance is approximately 1km.

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 near Cape Range National Park, Exmouth.

Accommodation
  • Permanent tented camp (with shared facilities) (2 nights)
Optional Activities
  • Snorkel with the Manta Rays – half day trip
  • Whale Watching (seasonal)
  • Glass Bottom Boat Cruises
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
Special Information

The total driving time today is about 2 hours and approximately 185km. The total walking distance is approximately 2km.

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.

Accommodation
  • Camping (with facilities) (1 night)
Optional Activities
  • Snorkel with Whalesharks (own expense – April to July only)
  • Snorkel to Turquoise Bay (own expense)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Special Information

Today’s travel will take around 2 hours in total and approximately 180km. The total walking distance is approximately 2 kilometres.

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.

Accommodation
  • Camping (with facilities) (2 nights)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Special Information

The total driving time today is around 9 hours and approximately 750km.

Today we explore the almighty gorges of Karijini National Park. Formed over 2,500 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 Oxlers Lookout, Fortescue Falls, Fern Pool, Weano and Hancock Gorge’s are just some of the places you can visit. This part of the journey is a real highlight.

Please be aware that the entrances to some of these gorge’s are challenging and participants need to be able to scale up and down vertical ladders and scramble over boulders to reach some attractions.

Included Activities
  • Karijini National Park Entrance & Gorge Walks
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Special Information

The total driving time today is only around 2 hours and approximately 100kms, but you could be walking up to 6km.

We travel south through the vast areas of the Pilbara region, via the outback mining town of Newman, the iron ore Mecca of the North. We will travel through many large historical sheep and cattle stations (some over 1 million acres in size) and modern mining centres. We share our last night together at one of our outback campsites.

Accommodation
  • Camping (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Special Information

The total driving time today is about 8 hours and approximately 700km, with some small walks.

Leaving early we travel to the gold mining town of Mt Magnet. A short break and once more we are on our way to Perth. As the kilometres slip by we soon find ourselves in the wheat and sheep farming districts North-East of Perth. Early afternoon will find us at the picturesque town of New Norcia, built as a mission by Benedictine monks in the 1840’s. As the day draws to a close we arrive into Perth.

Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
Special Information

The total driving time today is about 8 hours and approximately 700km, with some small walks.

Dates & availability

Trip search is unavailable.

Prices may change, so secure your trip today!
Jump to a departure date

Important notes

1. Tour commences in Perth on Day 1 at 7 am and finishes in Broome (Day 10) at approximately 6 pm. Onward travel should be booked for the following day.
2. A strict luggage limit of 15 kg applies. Please bring a soft sided bag only.
3. This trip requires a sleeping bag.
4. The accommodation on this trip is Basix-style – mixed gender multishare. The minimum age for this trip is 18 years old.
5. A similar trip is available in Original-style accommodation. See trip code PKOPB for more details.
6. Departures: Due to the feedback received on our Western Australian program during the 2021 season, we have committed to lifting the customer experience level for the season ahead for all of these trips departing April to October 2022. In addition to an experienced tour guide we will be providing a second staff member who will be an assistant guide. In addition to supporting the guide, the assistant can support passengers looking to enjoy alternative walks, support and preparation with catering, allowing more time to communicate and share the intimate knowledge of the region with the passengers.

Essential trip information

Want an in-depth insight into this trip? Essential Trip Information provides a detailed itinerary, visa info, how to get to your hotel, what's included - pretty much everything you need to know about this adventure and more.

View Essential Trip Information

Reviews