WA might be Australia’s biggest state, but it’s still overflowing with highlights
Western Australia is made for adventure and you’ll get the best of it with this all-encompassing exploration of natural wonders, vast expanses, and otherworldly landscapes. Get to know Broome, then hug the incredible coastline of WA, making forays inland to experience Australia’s iconic red earth and camp on classic cattle stations. Take in reef and rock, splashing in Karijini National Park’s swimming holes and getting to know the local marine life at Coral Bay, Ningaloo Reef and Shark Bay World Heritage area. Near Kalbarri, find out about the world's oldest living organisms, descend into the depths of Z-Bend Gorge, and wonder at the strange limestone formations of The Pinnacles. This super-sized state is home to a super-sized Aussie adventure.
The Great Outdoors
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Why we love this trip
Explore Western Australia’s desert landscapes, national parks and spectacular Coral Coast in rugged style on the ultimate overland trip
Enjoy the flexibility of a private vehicle, the local knowledge of a passionate guide and the magic of camping under the great southern sky
Peer into the ecologically diverse underwater world of Ningaloo Reef by plane, glass-bottom boat or snorkel, and swim with the gentle beasts of the deep in season
Find yourself in classic Outback Australia – the cattle stations, sun-baked red earth and mining communities of the Pilbara
Hike and swim in the ancient gorges and waterholes of Karijini National Park
Is this trip right for you?
This trip requires a moderate level of fitness as it involves a lot of walking, allowing you to really get among nature. The hike in Karijini National Park is 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. Crank up the tunes and sit back to enjoy landscapes that you would miss in any other form of travel.
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.
Welcome to the pearling town of Broome, where your Western Australia adventure begins. Those keen on beach-lazing might like to arrive a few days early, as the local sands are superb. You’ll begin today though with a tour of the town. Hear the stories of the colourful precinct of Chinatown, see the typical local architecture and the old Pearling Master homes of Old Broome, then stop by the clear blue waters of Roebuck Bay at Town Beach to learn of Broome’s One Day War. Broome can be thirsty work, so stop by Matso’s Broome Brewery to sample their handmade 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. Travel by the Broome Race Course, before taking a walk to Gantheaume Point to see the footprints of dinosaurs and hear the story of Anastasia’s Pool. After a picnic lunch, leave Broome and cross the Great Sandy Desert, calling in at Eighty Mile Beach for a stroll along the white sand. Spend the night at Pardoo Station in the Pilbara Region.
- Gantheaume Point
- Matsos Broome Brewery
- Japenese Cemetary and Broome Port
- Old Broome City Tour
This morning, make your way to the spectacular Karijini National Park, where you’ll spend the next three days exploring. Along the way, take in a guided mine tour at Tom Price to find out what drives the Pilbara, then head to a private camp for a night under the amazing outback stars. Take advantage of two full days to uncover Karijini National Park and its incredible gorges. Formed over 2,500 million years ago, the Hamersley Range features an unusual series of gorges and rock formations caused by centuries of erosion. Freshwater springs trickle through chasms to form translucent rock pools and walking trails weave between dramatic rock ravines. Spend the days hiking along rocky trails, swimming and relaxing by cascading waterfalls and fresh waterholes. Bring your camera, there’ll be lots of photo opportunities at spectacular gorges like Dales Gorge, Fortesque Falls, Fern Pool, Circular Pool, Weano Gorge and Hancock Gorge.
- Tom Price Mine tour
- Circular Pool
- Dales Gorge
- Fern Pool
- Fortescue Falls
- Hancock Gorge
- Weano Gorge
- Breakfast (3)
- Lunch (3)
- Dinner (2)
Today’s a long day of driving (approximately 6-7 hours in total). Leaving Karijini, travel through the vast bushland and cattle stations of the Pilbara region. This sparsely populated region is known for its red earth and rich mineral deposits. Three nights at an exclusive campsite at Yardie Creek Station in Exmouth allows time to explore the Ningaloo Reef and Cape Range National Park. One day will be spent in the local area, taking a walk to Vlamingh Head Lighthouse and soaking up the sun on the pristine beach at Turquoise Bay. There will also be free time for optional activities like snorkelling with whale sharks. A day trip to Coral Bay, exploring the World Heritage-listed Ningaloo Reef, is a highlight of the trip. The marine park is home to 250 species of coral and over 500 species of fish. Snorkel, scuba dive or cruise the reef in a glass-bottom boat to see the tropical life teeming below the surface. You might prefer to take a scenic flight over the reef for spectacular views from above, or head out on a quad bike tour of the local area. Snorkel equipment is provided, but all of the other activities will be at your own expense and subject to availability. In the evenings, relax at camp and spot kangaroos and emus, along with the array of birdlife.
- Hamelin Pool
- Vlamingh Head Lighthouse
- Snorkel with the Whalesharks (April to July only) from - AUD350
- Glass Bottom Boat Cruises from - AUD37
- Quad bike and snorkel tour - AUD95
- Snorkel with Manta Rays - half day trip - AUD165
- Sunset quad bike tour - AUD80
- Breakfast (3)
- Lunch (3)
- Dinner (2)
Continue south through the agricultural town of Carnavon to the Shark Bay World Heritage area, where you’ll be based for the next two nights. Here you’ll stay in the most westerly township on the Aussie mainland – Denham. Visit the beautiful Shell Beach, one of only two beaches in the world composed entirely of shells, then see the fascinating stromatolites at Hamelin Pool. These marine rock formations are some of the world’s oldest living fossils and suggest what the earth might have looked like 3.5 billion years ago. The next day, continue the marine education with a tour of Ocean Park, where you’ll watch sharks feed, see endangered sea turtles, clownfish and stingrays, and learn about the dangers of sea snakes and stonefish.
- Shell Beach
- Monkey Mia Dolphins
There are no meals included on this day.
After a long drive south, arrive in the pretty seaside town of Kalbarri. Hike around some of Kalbarri National Park’s diverse scenery, including the rugged terrain and seclusion of Murchison Gorge. Explore the rocky arch of Nature’s Window and take a steep 150-metre descent into the heart of Z-Bend Gorge. Feeling adventurous? Perhaps give abseiling a go or join a sunset cruise (at own expense).
- Murchison Gorge
- Nature's Window
- Z-Bend Gorge
- Kalbarri Sunset Cruise - Free
- Abseiling in Kalbarri National Park - AUD30
- Breakfast (2)
- Lunch (2)
- Dinner (2)
It’s a driving day today, but another spectacular one. Passing the pink lakes on the way, stop for lunch in Geraldton, the second largest town in WA. Get a feel for the older way of life here with a wander along the Hampton Rd historical walk. Get a taste for the important local industry based around the Western Rock Lobster at the Lobster Shack in Cervantes, then travel south through Nambung National Park. Here you’ll stop to see the strange ancient limestone formations of The Pinnacles, which rise out of the desert. Continue on to Perth, arriving in the centre around 6pm.
- Nambung National Park (Pinnacles) Entrance
- Hampton Rd Historical Walk
- Lobster Shack Tour
- Kalbarri National Park Entrance
All terrain Vehicle
Cabin (5 nights),
Camping (with facilities) (3 nights),
Hostel (1 night),
Permanent safari camp (with shared facilities) (3 nights)
Matsos Broome Brewery
Japenese Cemetary and Broome Port
Old Broome City Tour
Tom Price Mine tour
Vlamingh Head Lighthouse
Monkey Mia Dolphins
Nambung National Park (Pinnacles) Entrance
Hampton Rd Historical Walk
Lobster Shack Tour
Kalbarri National Park Entrance
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1. This trip starts in Broome at approximately 6am and finishes in central Perth approximately 6pm. Onward travel must be booked the following day.
2. This trip requires a sleeping bag
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