The West Coast of Australia is a stunning area to explore – away from the hustle and bustle of the East Coast trail and filled with stunning natural beauty.
From red dirt contrasted against sunny blue skies to snorkelling with whale sharks and cooling off in waterfalls – it’s a unique side of Australia (quite literally!) and an adventure you’ll never forget.
This 21 day overland adventure between Darwin and Perth with Adventure Tours Australia takes in all the must see stops that the West Coast has to offers. Snorkel the pristine reefs of Coral Bay and Ningaloo Reef, kick back in the cultural hot spot of Broome and soak up the amazing¬†Karijini National Park -¬†it’s an itinerary packed with Aussie goodness.
Meet some awesome new travel buddies, cruise through the outback¬†and soak up everything the West Coast has to offer!
Darwin to Katherine Region
Katherine Region to Lake Argyle
Lake Argyle to Bungle Bungles
Bungle Bungles to El Questro
El Questro Station to Gibb River Road
Gibb River Road
Manning Gorge and Windjana Gorge
Windjana Gorge to Broome
Broome to Pilbara Region
Pilbara Region to Karijini National Park
Karijini National Park
Karijini National Park
Karijini National Park to Yardi Creek
Yardi Creek to Coral Bay
Coral Bay to Denham
Monkey Mia to Kalbarri
Kalbarri to Perth
Highlights: Broome, Bungle Bungle National Park (Purnululu), Gibb River Road, Tunnel Creek, Windjana Gorge, Lake Argyle, Kimberley Gorges, Kununurra, Kalbarri National Park, Karijini National Park, Monkey Mia, Ningaloo Reef,Shell Beach,
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/swimming through water. Temperatures can be extreme; very high during summer days and very cold during winter nights. The operator 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.
Included: Experienced Guides, Meals as indicated, National park entrance fees, Accommodation transfers, Air conditioned vehicle, Accommodation
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).
Why we love this trip
- Get off the beaten track as you discover the raw desert landscapes and stunning coastline of Western Australia and the Kimberley in this ultimate overland adventure
- It may be a cliche, but life is all about the journey. Explore the major highlights between Perth and Darwin at a slower pace, allowing you to really get under the skin of the Australian outback
- Enjoy the flexibility of a private vehicle, the local knowledge of a passionate guide and the magic of camping under the great southern sky, Australian-style
- The cattle stations, red earth and mining communities of the Pilbara are reminiscent of the sun-baked Australia much of the world imagines
- Hike and swim in the ancient gorges and waterholes of Karijini National Park
Is this trip right for you?
- Accommodation on this trip is multishare, meaning there are no private rooms. You’ll spend some nights of the trip sleeping at camping grounds in a swag (Australian bedroll) in twin-share, permanent tents. While conditions can be very basic, this is all part of the adventure.
- This is a true overland trip, and the journey is a big part of the experience. On some days of the trip, you will spend several hours driving, often through very sparse areas of desert. Crank up the tunes and sit back to enjoy landscapes that you would miss in any other form of travel.
- This trip requires a decent level of agility and stamina, as it involves a lot of walking, allowing you to really get among nature. The hikes in the Kimberley are particularly challenging. Please bring sturdy, comfortable walking shoes and comfortable clothing.
- Temperatures in regional 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.
Departure Points: Select Darwin accommodation from 6.25 am
Default pick up: Melaleuca on Mitchell at 06:50am (52 Mitchell St)
DEPARTS : Saturdays
Tour Finishes: Select Perth accommodation early evening day 21
A sleeping bag is required for this tour. You can bring your own or purchase one from Adventure Tours for AUD $35
There are a number of optional activities available on this tour, all of which can be booked by your guide on the bus
Open date tickets are subject to availability, please give at least 14 days notice to book. Strict luggage limit 15kg applies. Travel Insurance is compulsory and details must be provided to the guide on day one
What to bring: Sturdy walking shoes, hat & sunscreen, toiletries, swimming gear, warm clothing in winter, water bottle, torch, insect repellent, camera, pillow, sleeping bag (can be purchased from us), 2 towels, 2 pairs of shoes that can get wet
Dietary Requirements: Passengers with special meal requirements or food allergies MUST ensure they or their travel agent inform Intrepid/ATA of this at the time of booking. Food for the trip is purchased prior to commencement and special requirements cannot be catered for after departing. If you have not notified us prior to departure, you may be asked to pay for any additional food yourself. Due to the nature of our trips food is basic but plentiful. We provide the below substitutes, please bring your own staples if you require specific foods not listed below: No Pork (Alternative to Ham provided) No Dairy (soy milk provided) Vegetarian (additional veg and vegie burgers provided) Vegan (supply of additional fruit and veg provided) Gluten Free (cereal, bread, wraps, pasta, snack bars, sweet and savoury biscuits provided) *Religious dietary requirements and specifically prepared/sourced produce is not able to be catered for.
• 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.
• Due to long distances covered, this trip involves early departures on some mornings and frequent stops between destinations. During the hotter summer months, the heat puts strain on the air conditioning in the vehicle and therefore may not function as efficiently as the cooler months.
• This package is made up of 2 separate tours, so you may travel with a different guide and passengers on each section.
• 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. The minimum age for this trip is 18 years old.
• 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.
• 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.
The relationship between ATA and Intrepid Australia For over 25 years, Intrepid Travel and Adventure Tours Australia have been leading brands in the adventure travel business. With Intrepid’s global product range and Adventure Tours’ local knowledge, the two brands joined force in 2011 to provide the ultimate range of Australian product with Intrepid running all of it’s local trips under the Adventure Tours Australia name. Today we’re proud to bring Aussie-made trips to the world, both here with Adventure Tours and overseas through the Intrepid brand, so no matter which brand you have booked through, you’re travelling with the best.
Adventure Tours Australia
Free Phone: 1300654604 Phone: 03 8102 7800