21 Day Perth to Darwin Itinerary

The Aussie outback is calling on this awesome 4x4 tour of Western Australia and the Northern Territory. Explore the wild Kimberleys and Bungle Bungles on the road from Perth to Darwin.

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There is a later version of this trip also available for travel from Apr 1, 2015 to Mar 31, 2016. View later 21 Day Perth to Darwin.
Red sand, Broome

Bungle Bungles

Pelicans, Shark Bay

Day 1 Perth/Horrocks

With pristine beaches, a lively dining scene and more sunny days than not, Perth is a brilliant place to sink into that laidback Aussie vibe. Why not suss out a game of Aussie rules, delve into a local art gallery or sample some of the region's fine wines before undertaking this Perth to Darwin adventure. Set off to Nambung National Park and get active on the imposing sand dunes around Jurien Bay. Surrounded by huge limestone pillars and isolated beaches, Horrocks and the eerie Pinnacles Desert are a spectacular introduction to the west coast.
ACCOM: Hostel - 1

Day 2 Kalbarri National Park/Shark Bay

Wake early to witness an incredible sunrise over Nambung's otherworldly landscape before journeying to Kalbarri National Park. Dotted with beautiful natural features crafted by the winds of Mother Nature, take a hike around the area and reward yourself with a refreshing dip at Z-bend Gorge. Later, make tracks to World Heritage site Shark Bay, where dugongs, dolphins, whales and, of course, sharks rule the waters.
ACCOM: Hostel - 1

Day 3 Monkey Mia/Coral Bay

Travel to the Peron Peninsula to view the world famous Monkey Mia dolphins. Interact with these friendly, majestic mammals, then make tracks towards Coral Bay.
ACCOM: Hostel - 1

Days 4-5 Exmouth

Pull on some flippers and start exploring the underwater delights of the Ningaloo Reef. Spot manta rays, sea turtles and a flurry of colourful reef fish, or consider staying dry aboard a glass bottom boat. Then, make the trip to Yardie Creek where snorkelling, boating and sunbathing are on the agenda before a short walk to Vlahming Head Lighthouse for a spectacular sunset view.
ACCOM: Hostel - 2

Days 6-8 Karijini National Park

Pass through Tom Price, a town famed for iron ore mining, on the way to the mountainous Hamersley Range. As one of the most unusual landforms on earth, it is worth exploring the surrounding sights of Karijini National Park by foot. Seek out isolated waterholes, cascading waterfalls and picturesque swimming spots in-between admiring the rugged beauty of this must see gem of Western Australia.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 3

Day 9 Pardoo Station

Farewell Karijini's natural wonderland and make tracks towards the industrious Port Headland. Learn a little about the iron ore industry, then continue on towards Pardoo for a unique outback camping experience.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 1

Days 10-12 Broome

Take a stroll along the seemingly endless Eighty Mile Beach en route to magnificent Broome. Although the journey is long, the scenery along the way perfectly represents the Aussie Outback: red with a moon-like bareness.
ACCOM: Hostel - 3

Day 13 Broome/Windjana Gorge

Leave the hallmarks of civilisation behind once more as we set out on the open road into the heart of the Outback. Venture into the atmospheric Tunnel Creek, Western Australia's largest cave system, and better understand the historical importance of this geological network before setting up camp.
ACCOM: Camping (with basic facilities) - 1

Day 14 Windjana Gorge/Gibb River Road

Meet friendly freshwater crocodiles while exploring the Windjana Gorge, then take an extensive journey into the heart of the Kimberly region. Later, spend the night camped out beneath a blanket of stars at Manning Gorge.
ACCOM: Camping (with basic facilities) - 1

Day 15 Gibb River Road/El Questro

Travel from gorge to gorge along the Gibb River Road. The spectacular scenery along the way is sure to impress, as will camping at the famous El Questro Station.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 1

Day 16 El Questro Station

Sprawling with plateaux and sprinkled with gorges, hiking around the El Questro station is a truly magical experience. Swim beneath a waterfall at Emma Gorge to cool off from a day of active hiking, then unwind at the famed Swinging Arm Bar with a frosty beer and hearty meal.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 1

Days 17-18 Purnululu National Park (Bungle Bungle Range)

Saddle up for a bumpy 4x4 ride through the red desert of Australia heading to Turkey Creek. Set up camp at Purnululu National Park, then spend a few days exploring the multicoloured rock formations scattered around the Bungle Bungles. Take a stroll through the dominant Echidna Chasm and be blown away by the imposing structures surrounding Cathedral Gorge. If an aerial view takes your fancy, why not go on a scenic helicopter ride for an all-encompassing perspective of the area.
ACCOM: Camping (with basic facilities) - 2

Day 19 Bungle Bungles/Lake Argyle

Discover the radiant wildlife and scenic delights of Western Australia's Outback on a drive from the Bungle Bungles to Kununurra. Camp out next to Australia's largest artificial lake, Lake Argyle, and wake early to watch a phenomenal sunrise over the watery expanse.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 1

Day 20 Lake Argyle/Katherine

Take a relaxed boat trip around Lake Argyle to learn a little more about this magical waterway. Take a dip in the lake, see native wildlife and admire the scenic 360-degree view of Australia's largest artificial lake.
ACCOM: Permanent tented camp (with shared facilities) - 1

Day 21 Darwin

With this outback adventure coming to an end, drive through the magnificent Katherine Gorge and plunge into the cool waters beneath Edith Falls. Wrap up this trip in Darwin, where artistic street markets, tropical beaches and glorious weather abound.