29 Day Darwin to Perth Overlander

This epic 29 day overland adventure combines the popular Kimberley trail from Darwin to Broome with our new West Coast Expedition, the 12 Day Broome to Perth, with a four night break from the road in the pearling capital of Australia and home to Cable Beach, Broome. En route, we explore the highlights of Katherine, Broome & the Kimberley, the Pilbara and the wild west coast of Australia until we reach the world’s most remote capital city, Perth.

Highlights

Gibb River Road, Windjana Gorge, Tunnel Creek, Bell Gorge, Galvans Gorge,  Mitchell Falls, Bradshaw Rock Art, Drysdale River Station, El Questro Wilderness Park, Zebedee Springs, Emma Gorge, Bungle Bungles, Echidna Chasm, Cathedral Gorge, Kununurra,  Lake Argyle & Ord River Cruise, Katherine, Nitmilik Gorge, Edith Falls, Broome, Coral Bay, Port Hedland, Eighty Mile Beach, Kalbarri National Park, Hammersley Ranges, Monkey Mia, Ningaloo Reef, Pinnacles Desert, Shell Beach, Karijini National Park, Turquoise Bay

Tour Summary

Tour Code

29DP

Fitness level

Advanced

Price

From $8590

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Tour Details

Tour RouteDarwin-Perth
Accommodation29DP Camping: Camping (16nts), Safari tent - shared facilities (2nts), Cabin - with ensuite (2nts), Motel - with ensuite (8nts)
29DP1 Camping Plus: Camping (10nts), Safari Tent - shared facilities (3nts), Private Room - shared facilities (3nts), Cabin - with ensuite (4nts), Motel - with ensuite (8nts)
Vehicles4WD & 2WD Vehicle
FitnessAdvanced
Tour Code29DP
Duration29 Days / 28 Nights
Tour StyleWest Coast & Kimberley Expedition
Maximum Passengers20 (Minimum 2)
Price29DP Camping: Adult $8590, Child (4-12yo) $8390 *Single Supplement $1050
29DP1 Camping Plus: Adult $9285, Child (4-12yo) $9085 *Single Supplement $1745
Departs MAY-SEP Selected Dates: 18 May 2017, 1 June 2017, 21 June 2017, 6 July 2017, 27 July 2017, 10 August 2017, 31 August 2017 & 14 September 2017
Meals24 x Breakfasts, 25 x Lunches, 19 x Dinners
LuggageMax 15kg in Soft Bag/Backpack & Day Bag (No Suitcases)
Private CharterAvailable On Request
Validity1 April 2017 to 31 March 2018
More InformationWhat You Need To Know
Frequently Asked Questions
Reverse Itinerary29 Day Perth to Darwin Overlander
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Day 1 Nitmiluk Gorge & Katherine

Departing Darwin at approximately 7am we travel south to the natural spring of Edith Falls. After a break and a refreshing dip, we head for the remote outback town of Katherine, home to the spectacular Nitmiluk Gorge. This inspiring natural wonder comprises 13 different gorges, carved over a millennia by the Katherine River. On an afternoon Nitnit Dreaming Cultural Cruise, we explore two of these gorges and discover the customs of the traditional land owners, the Jawoyn people. (LD)

Days 2-3 Kununurra

We continue west along the Victoria Highway and cross the border into Western Australia as we travel to the heart of the east Kimberley – Kununurra. Join Triple J Tours on their Lake Argyle and Ord River Cruise: take a bus out to Lake Argyle, a vast man-made lake and thriving new eco-system. Enjoy a ground tour of the area including a visit to the historic Durack Homestead and a scenic lookout, before boarding a boat for a relaxing cruise along the Ord River back to Kununurra.  (BLD/BL)

Days 4-5 Purnululu National Park: Bungle Bungles

Head south down the Great Northern Highway to Purnululu National Park, home of the magnificent Bungle Bungles. Two nights here allows a full day to explore the highlights of this extraordinary National Park, the most famous of which, are the Bungle Bungle domes. Rivers created this landscape of unique orange and black striped ‘beehive’ geological formations over a period of 20 million years. Unbelievably, only the locals knew it existed until the early 1980’s; once discovered by others, the area was made a national park in 1987. We explore Echidna Chasm (2km), known for its towering Livistonia Palm trees, and take a short walk (2-3km) into stunning Cathedral Gorge, where towering rocks create a natural amphitheatre. There is time in the afternoon to take an optional scenic flight and enjoy a birds-eye view of the beehive domes (approx $400pp, own expense) to put it all into perspective. (BLD/BLD)

Days 6-7 El Questro Wilderness Park

Two nights here allows free time join one or more of the many activities on offer. This could include a refreshing dip in the Zebedee Springs, a cruise on Chamberlain Gorge, a bush tucker walk or a bird watching tour. Or simply explore this beautiful wilderness park at your own leisure. (BLD/BL)

Day 8 Drysdale Station

Drysdale River Station is an oasis in the outback. This million acre, family owned and operated cattle station, runs approximately 10,000 head of cattle and lies in the North Kimberley on the Gibb River Road. Hanging out in the true blue Australian outback means you have all the magical scenery and feeling of isolation you could ask for. On arrival you may wish to explore the nearby surroundings or sit back and enjoy a cold drink in the beer garden, warm yourself around the log fire in the cool night air. (BL)

Days 9-10 Mitchell Plateau

Our two day diversion to the majestic Mitchell Plateau is a highlight of the trip. Enter real 4WD country as we travel the rugged Kalumburu Road then turn off onto the Mitchell Plateau Track. After crossing rivers and passing through ancient Livistonia palm forests, we emerge from the savannah and onto the Mitchell Plateau. With two nights camping in the National Park, we trek to Little and Big Merten Falls, take a dip in pristine plunge pools and view Bradshaw rock art. There is an optional helicopter flight for a bird’s eye view of this extraordinary landscape. (BLD/BLD)

Day 11 Mt Elizabeth Station

Descending from the plateau we travel to the family owned Mt Elizabeth Station Homestead, where you will be able to enjoy the scenery and see what Kimberley cattle station life is really like. Surrounded by water spots, rocky rises and grasslands, you will be sure to take a great photo, enjoy bush walks and settle in for a lovely evening in the Kimberley outback. (BLD)

Day 12 Silent Grove

Discover lily-laden Galvans Gorge, and the tranquil retreat of Adcock Gorge, pausing for a refreshing swim on our way to Silent Grove. The afternoon is devoted to exploring Bell Gorge, a hidden highlight of the West Kimberley. This idyllic retreat, considered amongst the most beautiful in the area, boasts cascading waterfalls and crystal clear pools formed over millions of years – an easy place to while away a few hours! (BLD)

Day 13 Windjana Gorge

Once a Devonian reef, these mountains are over 350 million years old and home to a diverse array of animals and plants. The perfect place to experience the stunning natural beauty of an outback oasis is the 3.5km geological wonder of Windjana Gorge. Beneath gorge walls rising 90m, we search for freshwater crocodiles, local birdlife and Indigenous bush tucker before setting up camp.
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Day 14 Tunnel Creek & Broome

The morning is spent exploring Tunnel Creek, a 750-metre cave system carved through the Napier Range, in which we discover stalactites, secret caves and a large variety of wildlife. It is here we also learn the legend of Jandamarra, an Aboriginal freedom fighter who used the tunnel as a hide-out in the late 1800’s. A refreshing swim in an idyllic waterhole is a highlight of the day. After lunch, we return to the Gibb River Road and visit the Derby ‘Boab Prison Tree’ before we arrive in Broome. 
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Days 15-17 Broome Break

Four nights in a motel in this fascinating outback town provides a break from the adventure: time to recoup and prepare for the Pilbara and the West Coast leg of our epic overland journey. Kick back on Cable Beach, relax by the pool or, if you are up for more adventure, take on a day tour up the Dampier Peninsula to Cape Leveque or Cygnet Bay Pearl Farm. (No meals or activities are included in Broome)

Day 18 Broome & The Pilbara

Jump aboard as start the day with a town tour of the Broome you may not have yet discovered: explore Chinatown hearing fascinating stories of this colourful precinct.  We take a drive through Old Broome to view typical local architecture and old Pearling Masters homes then view the aqua waters of Roebuck Bay at Town Beach and learn of Broome’s One Day War. We then stop at Matsos Broome Brewery to sample their hand made ales and famous ginger beer (at own expense). Afterwards, visit the Japanese Cemetery and Broome Port, the base for many of today’s Pearling vessels. Then travel by the Broome Race Course, before taking an easy paced walk at Gantheaume Point known for dinosaur footprints and hear the story of Anastasia’s Pool. After a picnic lunch it is time to bid farewell to Broome and begin our journey south towards the Pilbara region. Eighty mile beach is the first stop on the agenda with it’s white sand and seemingly endless horizon, before continuing on to our overnight stay at Pardoo station. (LD)

Days 19-21 Karijini National Park

Today’s drive will take us to the heart of the Pilbara and for many, the highlight of our tour, Karijini National Park. Along the way we take in a guided mine tour at Tom Price to find out what drives the Pilbara before heading to our private camp for a night under the amazing outback stars.  Two full days of adventure is just the perfect amount of time needed 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 fresh, still waterholes that are ideal for swimming. Dales Gorge, Fortesque Falls, Fern Pool, Circular Pool, Weano Gorge and Hancock Gorge are just some of the unforgettable areas we’ll visit. Definitely a highlight. (BLD/BL/BLD)

Days 22-24 Coral Bay & Exmouth

Driving further west we reach the beautiful west coast. Three nights at our private camp on Yardie Creek Station near Exmouth allows time to explore the Ningaloo Reef and Cape Range National Park. One day will be spent in the local area, visiting Vlamingh Head Lighthouse and Turquoise Bay. There is also free time for optional activities such as diving with Whale Sharks. A day trip to Coral Bay, famous for its idyllic beach and underwater world off shore is a highlight of the trip. Optional activities here include glass bottom boat rides, snorkelling adventures, quad bike rides and more. Alternatively, hire a snorkelling set and kick back on the beach, exploring at your own leisure. In the evenings relax at camp and spot  kangaroos and emus, along with the array of birdlife. *Note that all optional activities are at your own expense (BL/BLD/BLD)

Days 25-26 Shark Bay World Heritage Area

Today’s drive southbound will take us through the agricultural town of Carnavon to the Shark Bay World Heritage area where we base ourselves for 2 nights in the most westerley township on the Aussie mainland, Denham. Visit beautiful Shell Beach – one of only two beaches in the world made entirely from shells and discover the fascinating stromatalites at Hamelin pool; the world’s oldest living organisms! Take a guided tour of Ocean Park, where we see the raw fury of sharks feeding; discover endangered sea turtles, highly venomous sea snakes, excruciating stonefish and more! Learn about the secret lives of clownfish, stingrays, and visit rescued sea turtles with your entertaining tour guide. A short drive across the Peron Peninsula we make our way down to the beach to greet the world famous Monkey Mia dolphins. Spend a free day on the beach or opt for a sailing adventure to see more dolphins and even dugongs in this awesome location. (optional, at own expense and subject to availability)  (BLD/BLD)

Days 27-28 Kalbarri National Park

Another long journey takes us to the pretty seaside town of Kalbarri. In the rugged terrain and seclusion of Murchison Gorge, located in Kalbarri National Park, we explore Nature’s Window and Z-Bend Gorge – an exhilarating 150m descent into the heart of the gorge. Feeling adventurous? Give abseiling a go or join a sunset cruise (own expense).  (BLD/BLD)

Day 29 Pinnacles Desert & Perth

Passing the pink lakes, we break for lunch in Geraldton, the second largest town in WA.  The Hampton Rd historical walk is a great way to get a feel for early life in this beautiful area. In the scenic coastal town of Cervantes the Lobster Shack provides a close up encounter with the most valued single species fishery in Australia; the Western Rock Lobster. Experience first-hand how they are brought in from the wild, then watch how they are processed in the factory and packaged up to be sent LIVE to destinations all over the world. Remarkable Nambung National Park provides a great way to end the adventure with a stroll through the amazing formations of the Pinnacles Desert. Arrive in Perth CBD at approximately 6.00pm. (BL)

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Camping

Night 1 For our first night we enjoy the comfort of our private Katherine Safari Camp. Our Permanent Tents feature twin beds while the shared amenities, including toilets and hot showers, are located nearby.
Nights 2, 3, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12 & 13 Camping in National Parks and on Cattle Stations involves dome tents (single/twinshare), swags with fitted sheets & pillows with pillow cases. Stretcher beds are available for hire - $100pp, must be requested with our office prior to travel. On site ablutions have hot showers and flush toilets.
Nights 4 & 5 With twin beds and private ensuites, the Twin Rooms at the East Kimberley bush camp in Purnululu National Park provide a delightful retreat in this remarkable remote wilderness area.
Nights 14, 15, 16, 17, 25, 26, 27 & 28 Double/Twin Share Accommodation with private ensuite in local properties chosen for their ideal location and facilities.
Night 18 Enjoy a night on a remote Pilbara Cattle Station. Rooms are twin share with shared facilities.
Nights 19, 20, 21, 22, 23 & 24 We have our own private camps at Yardie Creek Station and on the grounds of the Karijini Eco Retreat in Karijini National Park. These camps have twinshare dome tents on platforms and stretcher beds and exclusive-use kitchen areas. Shared facilities are nearby and include hot showers and flush toilets.

Camping Plus

Night 1 For our first night we enjoy the comfort of our private Katherine Safari Camp. Our Permanent Tents feature twin beds while the shared amenities, including toilets and hot showers, are located nearby.
Nights 2 & 3 Stay in Kimberleyland cabins, situated on the waterfront of Lake Kununurra with an uninterrupted view of the fascinating rock formation of Sleeping Buddha. All cabins are self-contained and have a double bed and set of bunks. They are fully air-conditioned and have colour television and a comfortable bathroom to make your stay a pleasant one!
Nights 4 & 5 With twin beds and private ensuites, the Twin Rooms at the East Kimberley bush camp in Purnululu National Park provide a delightful retreat in this remarkable remote wilderness area.
Nights 6 & 7 The new Permanent Tents at El Questro Station offer an affordable upgrade option at the famous El Questro Wilderness Park. With twin beds, lighting and a quality ablutions block nearby, these tents ensure you have a comfortable nights sleep while still enjoying the outback essence of Kimberley camping.
Night 8 Our upgraded accommodation at the remote Drysdale Station involves a basic room with double or twin beds and shared facilities. Relax in the communal area, sharing a log fire and adventure stories with the group.
Nights 9, 10, 12 & 13 Camping in National Parks and on Cattle Stations involves dome tents (single/twinshare), swags with fitted sheets & pillows with pillow cases. Stretcher beds are available for hire - $100pp, must be requested with our office prior to travel. On site ablutions have hot showers and flush toilets.
Night 11 The private rooms at the Mount Elizabeth Station Homestead are basic but comfortable, with twin beds and shared facilities. Our stay here offers a wonderful glimpse into Kimberley cattle station life.
Nights 14, 15, 16, 17, 25, 26, 27 & 28 Double/Twin Share Accommodation with private ensuite in local properties chosen for their ideal location and facilities.
Night 18 Enjoy a night on a remote Pilbara Cattle Station. Rooms are twin share with shared facilities.
Nights 19, 20, 21, 22, 23 & 24 We have our own private camps at Yardie Creek Station and on the grounds of the Karijini Eco Retreat in Karijini National Park. These camps have twinshare dome tents on platforms and stretcher beds and exclusive-use kitchen areas. Shared facilities are nearby and include hot showers and flush toilets.

Inclusions

  • Experienced Guide
  • Meals as specified
  • Camping & Twin Share Accommodation (Upgrade Options available)
  • National Park Entry Fees
  • Indigenous guided Tunnel Creek experience
  • Zebedee Springs Permit
  • Lobster Shack Tour
  • Ocean Park Aquarium
  • Mining Tour of Tom Price
  • National Park Entry Fees
  • East Kimberley Tours Bungle Bungles Camp Stay (2nts)
  • Triple J Tours Ord River Tour
  • Nitnit Dreaming Cultural Cruise

Options

  • 30 minute Scenic Helicopter Flight over the Bungle Bungles – allow approx $400 per person
  • El Questro’s Chamberlain Gorge Cruise – allow approx $60 per person
  • Mitchell Falls scenic Helicopter Transfer – allow approx $150 per person
  • Abseiling – allow approx $30 per person
  • Swimming with Manta Rays – allow approx $180 per person
  • Swimming with Whale Sharks (seasonal, April to July only) – allow $350-$370 per person
  • Glass Bottom Boat Rides – allow approx $50 per person
  • Kayaking – allow approx $30 per hour
  • Kalbarri Reefwalker Sunset Cliff Cruise – allow approx $50 per person

Your Tour Guide can assist with booking these optional activities en route. Due to a limited season and high demand, swimming with Whale Sharks can be difficult to book locally. If you do not want to risk missing out, we recommend you pre-book with Kings Ningaloo Reef Tours in Exmouth for Day 23 of this tour.

We operate our 4WD Kimberley Expeditions in custom-built, 21 seat 4WD trucks with a PA system and built-in storage (no risky trailers!). These comfortable, strong remote area vehicles allow our small groups extra space (including standing room), are fully air-conditioned and fitted with adjustable air-vents, reclinable seats, map pockets and footrests. It is important than when booking a 4WD outback adventure in the Kimberley, you understand that the roads we travel on can be heavily corrugated. Rest assured, these are the conditions for which our 4WD trucks are designed.

The portion of this overland tour that travels down the West Coast is in custom-built, 21 seat 2WD trucks with a PA system and built-in storage (no risky trailers!). These vehicles allow our small groups extra space to kick back and relax as the Australian outback drifts by. They are fully air-conditioned and are fitted with adjustable air-vents, reclinable seats and map pockets to keep your book, drink and MP3 player in. Note that the vehicle could be branded Kimberley Wild, Kakadu Wild, Western Xposure or Adventure Tours Australia!

What to Bring

It is essential that you bring a torch, shoes you don’t mind getting wet – and we mean fully immersed in water: ideally, wet shoes, sandals or old runners, broad-brimmed hat with sun visor for all round sun protection, sunscreen, swimming costume and towel, good walking/trekking shoes and a personal water bottle.

You will also need to bring a sleeping bag, even if you have chosen the Camping Plus option (29DP1) as these are necessary for the Camping nights. 10ºC sleeping bags are available for sale at $35pp – these must be requested with our office prior to travel and can be kept following your trip or donated to local indigenous communities.

Other recommendations include: warm clothes for the evening (particularly if travelling May-Aug), personal toiletries and first aid, with any personal medication required.

** Don’t forget the necessary luggage restrictions – due to limited space in the vehicles it is important that your luggage is in a small, soft bag (suitcases are not suitable) and weighs a maximum of 15kg.

Notes

  • Departures are subject to weather conditions and road closures: usually only a concern for tours in April.
  • Accommodation upgrades in the Kimberley are subject to availability and On Request until Confirmed.
  • Nine dinners are not included as there are excellent local options available, providing freshness, variety and choice – allow approx AUD $500pp for meals. (Allow a little more if you want a beer or glass of wine with dinner.)
  • National Park rules request that only biodegradable soap products are used whilst in Karijini National Park.
  • Western Australia is a BIG state. Due to distances covered, this trip involves early departures on some mornings and frequent stops between destinations. Day 25, from Exmouth to Denham, in particular is a long day driving.
  • This itinerary involves some clambering over rocks, wading in water by torchlight, walking on rocky creek beds and ascending/descending into gorges. A reasonable level of fitness and being sure on your feet is necessary to participate. Refer to the Fitness rating in The Facts.
  • Expect some early morning starts! It is nicer to walk in the cooler morning and travel in the vehicle during the heat of the day.
  •  The Single Supplement does not include the Bungle Bungles stay; due to capacity constraints single travellers may have to twinshare with another traveller of the same gender – this is a rare occurrence.
  • It is important that you appreciate the Kimberley Wild experience and the remote, vast nature of the areas through which we travel – please ensure you read our What You Need to Know and Frequently Asked Questions pages.
  • Travel Insurance is compulsory for all travellers on all tours and details must be presented to tour guide before departure.
  • Are you over 70 years old? Due to the remote location and challenging nature of our extended camping tours it is essential for older travellers to review and sign our Medical Form to ensure you can participate fully in the itinerary.
  • This tour is a Combination of two separate tours: 14 Day Darwin to Broome, including Mitchell Plateau and the 12 Day Broome to Perth Overlander. It may therefore have different guides for each stretch