19 Day Perth to Darwin Explorer ( Apr to Sep) 2016

19 Day Perth to Darwin Explorer  ( Apr to Sep) 2016

Experience 19 huge days of amazing scenery, adventure, hiking, wildlife interaction, Aboriginal culture and a lot more with us 'Ultimate Safari' from Perth to Darwin! Join us on a journey along the West Coast and into the wild and remote Kimberley wilderness where you will experience a fantastic combination of adventure, cool hostels, amazing coastline, wildlife, camping and tranquillity. Visit the Monkey Mia Dolphins, Snorkell the Ningaloo Reef, Explore the depths of Karijini, relax on Cable Beach in Broome and then venture along the Gibb River Road, one of the country's most challenging journeys to explore the rugged Kimberley Region. Visit gorges and waterholes, beautiful camp grounds and working cattle stations, see the Bungle Bungles and finish in the tropical city of Darwin.

Tour Highlights

  • Wildlife interaction
  • Aboriginal culture
  • Kimberley wilderness
  • Monkey Mia Dolphins
  • Snorkell the Ningaloo Reef
  • Shell Beach and Shark Bay
  • Karijini
  • Broome
  • Gibb River Road
  • Bungle Bungles

Tour Info

Code AZ-PD19
Style
  • Explorer Tour
  • Adventure Tour
Duration 19 Days
Price From $
Departures
Vehicle Coach
Suitability 18+ Years
Start Perth @ 07.00
Finish Darwin @ 05.30 pm
Travel Insurance Required

Our first stop today is the amazing Lancelin sand dunes to experience the unique sport of sand boarding, a great way to start the day! Then it's back on the bus for a drive up the coast to the impressive Pinnacles Desert in Nambung National Park. We enjoy a fully guided tour through these amazing limestone formations and drop in at the Discovery Centre, before we have lunch by the sea. After a sightseeing stop in the town of Geraldton it's on to Big River Ranch for some true blue Aussie hospitality and our overnight stay.

Tour Highlights

Lancelin Sand Dunes & Sandboarding, equipment incl.

Fully guided tour through The Pinnacles Desert and the Discovery Centre

Kalbarri township & Kalbarri National ParkNatures Window and Z-Bend in the Murchison Gorge, try abseiling a 25 metre wall (optional)

Shell Beach and Stromatolites in Shark Bay

The Monkey Mia Dolphin Resort, feed the dolphins!

Free time for optional activities in Coral Bay

Fully guided tour of Cape Range National Park, Vlamingh Head Lighthouse & Milyearing Visitor Centre, Exmouth

Snorkeling on the Ningaloo Reef, Turquoise Bay

Stop in Tom Price, the highest town in Western Australia

Stay in deluxe Safari Tents at the multi award winning Karijini Eco Retreat!Visit to all the gorges in Karijini National Park

80 Mile Beach, Gantheaume Point, Cable Beach, Broome

Windjana Gorge and Tunnel Creek

All the sights of the West and East Kimberley along the Gibb River Road

2 nights at El Questro Station

The Bungle Bungles and Lake Argyle

Today we visit the marvels of The Murchison Gorge, Natures Window and Z-Bend in Kalbarri National Park. Here you have the option to try abseiling! Cool off with a swim in the Murchison River before we're back on the bus and travel north to Shell Beach and Monkey Mia Dolphin Resort for our accommodation.

** Optional Activities

Abseiling $30 for 2 descents

Didgeridoo Dreaming Cultural Evening (2hrs) - $50

This morning meet the famous Monkey Mia Dolphins and get some amazing photos. Then join any of the optional activities or just chill out on the beach or at the resort. We visit the breathing rock formations 'Stromatolites' before we settle in to our accommodation in Coral Bay, located right on the famous Ningaloo Reef!

Today enjoy free time to experience the many great tours and activities Coral Bay has to offer, with special discounts available as an Aussie Wanderer passenger! Go for a stroll on the beach and check out the shark nursery, swim with the manta rays, hang out at the local or go for a snorkel on the Ningaloo Reef only meters from shore. This evening we take the short drive up the peninsular to Exmouth and check in our accommodation.

** Optional Activities

Snorkel & Fins Hire (All Day) - $10

Snorkel with the Manta Rays (All Day) - $160

Scuba Diving in Coral Bay (All Day) - $190

Quad Biking (2hrs) - $95

Glass Bottom Boat Cruise (2hrs) - $55

Aqua Rush Jet Boat and snorkelling Tour (2hrs) - $55

Today is yours to join any of the optional activities available or enjoy a fully guided tour of Cape Range National park, a spectacular place of rugged limestone ranges, breathtaking deep canyons and 50km of pristine beaches. Experience snorkelling at the stunning Turquoise Bay (snorkel hire $10), visit Vlamingh Head Lighthouse and lookout, Milyearing Visitors Centre and more before we return to our accommodation.

** Optional Activities

Snorkel with the Whale Sharks (All Day, seasonal April - August) - $350

Up early we travel east through station country and stop at Tom Price, the highest town in Western Australia. Here we get our supplies before we head to the amazing Karijini National Park. We stay at the multi award winning Karijini Eco Retreat in Eco Safari Tents with your own verandah, quality beds, linen and hot showers!

** Optional Activities

Class 6 Gorge access canyoning tour (All Day) - $235

Karijini Telescopes and Astronomy Tour (2hrs) - $40

The next 2 days give us plenty of time to explore Karijini National Park and to enjoy 2.5 billion years of evolution and 40.000 years of culture. We visit and hike the gorges, swim in amazing rock pools, stand under waterfalls and explore intriguing rock formations including Hancock Gorge, Weano Gorge and its adventurous Handrail Pool, Dales Gorge, Circular Pool, Fortescue Falls, Fern Pool and more. Then late on the second day we travel further north to Pardoo Roadhouse and check in our tents or swags for a night of camping under the stars.

This morning sees us arrive at 80 Mile Beach for some awesome photos! When we arrive in Broome we take you for a tour around town before we check in at our accommodation, The Kimberley Klub Backpackers.

The next two days enjoy free time and all that Broome has to offer! Go for a swim at the stunning Cable Beach, explore China Town and its pearling history, watch a movie at the world's oldest open air cinema or ride a camel on the beach with sunset! Ask your tour guide for any assistance with booking tours. Then check out the cultural variety of eating venues for your lunches and dinners or cook your own at the hostel.

Departing Broome early we head east towards the Gibb River Road and arrive at Windjana Gorge in the Napier Ranges for lunch. After lunch we explore the gorge to view the native birds and resident freshwater crocodiles.This afternoon we explore Tunnel Creek, an ancient reef system which is said to have existed 350 million years ago - before heading to Silent Grove for our first night at our campsite under the stars.

Enjoy waking up to the wilderness so very far away from the hustle and bustle of city life. Today you will explore more of the region's gorges including Bell, Galvans and Manning. The water levels at the time of your journey will determine which gorges you visit however each are unique and special in their own right. After a day of walking and swimming in these magnificent natural attractions we travel to our overnight location of Mount Elizabeth Station.

Heading further east we explore, swim and hike this amazing part of the world. drive across the Pentacost River and visit the beautiful Emma Gorge before arriving at El Questro for our first of two nights in this outback oasis.

Discover some of the one million acres of the El Questro Wilderness Park. Soak in Zebedee Springs and visit El Questro Gorge. Continue your exploration through the many optional activities on offer.

** Optional Activities

El Questro Activities - see elquestro.com.au

Today we make our way to Purnululu National Park home of the workd famous Bungle Bungles. This afternoon we begin exploring the amazing sandstone formations of Echidna Chasm before giving the 4WD a hard-earned rest and settle into camp for a relaxing evening.

This morning we explore Picanninny Creek, The Domes and Cathedral Gorge with plenty of opourtunities to take amazing photos of the famous 'beehive' shaped domes. There is also the option to take a helicopter ride over the domes. Definatley one to tick off the bucket list! We then head towards Kununurra and make camp at the Argyle Tourist Village.

** Optional Activities

Bungle Bungles Helicopter Flight - From $235

This morning we explore Australia's largest man-made lake, Lake Argyle. Take an optional cruise on the lake, visit the Dam wall and have lunch by the Ord River before we cross the border into the Northern Territory and set up camp at Victoria River.

** Optional Activities

Lake Argyle Morning Cruise (2hrs) - From $35

Our final day sees us visit one of the Northern Territory's most stunning areas, Nitmiluk National Park with its towering cliff walls and meandering waterways. We visit Edith Falls before arriving in Darwin in the early evening.

Attention 

  • This tour includes hikes up to 8 kms per day and is recommended for active travelers who want to experience the wild nature of Western Australia. If you enjoy hiking through gorges and swimming through waterfalls, this tour is for you. Extreme temperatures can be experienced while travelling in the outback (very hot in summer and very cold in winter). Please bring a small day pack for use when hiking and a pair of hiking boots is recommended.

Includes

  • Accommodation - 8 nights dorm accommodation, 2 nights Safari Tent camping, 8 nights camping.
  • Meals
  • Transport
  • Entry Fees, Attractions as listed
  • experienced Tour Guide and Fun!

 Note 

  • Acommodation upgrades are subject to availability.
  • All accommodation includes shared facilities unless otherwise stated on the itinerary.
  • Upgrade package includes 3 nights camping and 15 nights in twin/double or single room.
  • Upgrades require a minimum 6 week advanced booking.

 What to Bring

  • Hat, sunglasses, bathers, 2 towels, water bottle (1L), sunscreen, insect repellent, small torch, warm clothing and rain jacket (winter), sturdy walking shoes, camera with LOTS of memory and battery, sleeping bag (Perth to Broome and Broom to Darwin Reverse tour only). Sleeping bag purchase $20.

Accommodation

  • Accommodation style includes hostels, farms, cattle stations, camp sites, swags, pop up dome tents and large Eco Safari Tents in Karijini Eco Retreat. All the accommodation on our tours is based on 4-12 bed dorm style. There are Single, Double and Twin upgrades available and need to be booked at the time of tour booking (at own expense/subject to availability). Private rooms come with shared facilities.

Meals

  • Meals are prepared fresh each day, hot and cold lunches, hot dinners with salads and vegetables, continental style breakfasts. Vegetarian, gluten free catered for. Please advise when booking (surcharge applies for gluten free only). Water and snacks are provided in all vehicles. 

Free Pick up & Drop Off  

  • Wellington Street Tourist Coach Stand in Perth city centre, outside the central bus and train station or from city backpackers and hotels by request (please advise when booking).

Luggage Restrictions

  • Due to the nature of extended touring strict luggage restrictions apply.
  • Soft Bag no heavier than 15kg + small carry on bag.
  • Broome to Darwin and Reverse - Soft Bag no heavier than 15kg + small carry on bag. Strictly no Suit Cases. Greyhound Australia offer luggage forwarding services from Broome to Darwin and reverse. Please see www.greyhoundfreight.com.au for more information.