Map of Broome to Perth Overland Adventure including Australia

Tour Western Australia's serene coastline and rugged wilderness.

A colossal land replete with natural attractions, Western Australia's vast expanses and unique landscapes will surprise you at every turn. From the serene shorelines of Broome and Shell Beach and freshwater swimming holes of Karijini National Park to Ningaloo’s vibrant reef, this 10-day Broome to Perth adventure really does make for an unforgettable road trip. Discover the hidden grottoes and rock pools of the Pilbara, dip into the crystalline waters of Turquoise Bay and admire the world's oldest living organisms in Kalbarri before finishing up in laidback Perth. Covering an immense distance at a leisurely pace, this trip serves as the perfect getaway for those looking to unearth some of Australia's most serene delights. With two local leaders by your side, you’ll experience the west at its very best.


Start
Broome, Australia
Finish
Perth, Australia
Destination
Australia
Style
Basix
Theme
Explorer, Overland
Code
PBP10
Physical rating
Ages
Min 18
Group size
Min 8, Max 19

Why you'll love this trip

  • Explore Western Australia’s desert landscapes, national parks and spectacular Coral Coast in rugged style on the ultimate small group overland adventure.

  • Enjoy the flexibility of a private vehicle, the expert knowledge of two passionate local leaders travelling with you and the magic of camping under the stars – what’s not to love about the land of Aus?

  • The cattle stations, red earth and mining communities of the Pilbara are reminiscent of the sun-baked Australia much of the world imagines, and you’ll get to see it all firsthand.

  • Consider peering 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 – whalesharks!

  • Hike the trails of Karinjini National Park, weaving through the rocky chasms, and reward your efforts by taking a swim in the park’s ancient gorges and waterholes.

Is this trip right for you?

  • This trip is operated and run by our trusted partner Adventure Tours Australia. You will be travelling with a mixture of both Adventure Tours Australia customers and Intrepid customers. Intrepid works closely with Adventure Tours Australia to ensure that all of our customers enjoy their time away.

  • When travelling in Western Australia, temperatures be very hot during the day and drop quite dramatically at night. Have a think about what time of year suits you best to travel and pack accordingly.

  • This trip involves plenty of walking and is best suited to travellers with a good level of mobility and fitness. Please bring sturdy, comfortable walking shoes and comfortable clothing. An overview of physical activities can be found in the itinerary.

  • This is a trip for those who are looking for the basics. Simple facilities and lack of emphasis on creature comforts make this an authentic experience of the Australian outback. When you’re not camping, you'll stay in multishare accommodation that may be mixed gender with shared facilities.

  • Western Australia is a very big state and this trip covers some serious distances. On some days of the trip you will spend several hours driving, often through very sparse areas of desert. Sit back and enjoy the landscapes. Extra space can be tight, and conditions may feel a little cramped. Think of it as a great way to get to know your fellow travellers. The drive days can be long, but it’s as much about the journey as the destination, and half the fun is the camaraderie. Please read the itinerary for details on estimated drive times and specific logistical information.

  • Our leaders are the classic do-it-all Aussie – they know the best spots to watch the sunset, can drive you to your next destination, take you on a guided hike and even whip up dinner. Please be aware they will be juggling many things on your tour and may have less time to spend with you. They will always be working hard to ensure you and your group have a fantastic time exploring Western Australia.

  • This trip is also available in the opposite direction. Please find trip code PB10 on our website. You can also opt to start your journey all the way from Darwin with our connecting trip PDB10.

Itinerary

Welcome to the pearling town of Broome, where your Western Australian adventure begins. Those keen on beach-lazing might like to arrive a few days earlier, as the local beaches are superb. Meet your group and depart Broome early this morning and cross the Great Sandy Desert, calling in at Eighty Mile Beach for a stroll along the white sand. Spend the night camping on a cattle station in the Pilbara Region.
Accommodation
  • Camping (with shared facilities) (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Pardoo - 80-Mile Beach
Meals Included
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Special Information
Total driving time today is around 6 hours and approximately 550km. Please note that the tour commences early this morning in Broome at our default pick-up location (details can be found in the Essential Trip Information document), unless you or your booking agent requests an alternative pick-up location 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.
This morning we head toward Karijini National Park with a stop and a quick tour of Port Headland to check out the iron ore mecca of Australia. If time permits, we may duck into one of the gorges this afternoon upon arrival at Karijini. If not, we'll set up camp in the park and get a good night's rest before we head in for a full day of exploring tomorrow.
Accommodation
  • Camping (with facilities) (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Port Hedland - City Tour
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Special Information
Total driving time today is around 6.5 hours and approximately 550km. Total walking distance can be up to three kilometres, some sections may be through water.
Spend a full day exploring the gorges, gullies and secluded swimming spots of Karijini. Weano Gorge, Hancock Gorge, Dales Gorge and Oxers Lookout are just some of the better-known sites we’ll get to. This, without any doubt, is one of Australia’s most magnificent national parks (and it’s not like Australia has any shortage of them).
Accommodation
  • Camping (with facilities) (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Karijini National Park - Karijini National Park Highlights
  • Karijini National Park - Gorge Walks
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Special Information
Total driving time today is 2.5 hours and approximately 180km. Total walking distance is approximately six kilometres, some sections may be through water. Please note that in order to reach Hancock Gorge you will need to descend and scale a vertical ladder. Should you wish to opt out from this activity please talk to your leader.
Pack up your towel and walking shoes and head out for another day exploring Karijini with your leader. Anything you didn’t tick off the list yesterday you can chase up today – whether it’s a snooze in the sun or a strenuous trek to a lookout. Swim in waterholes, hike along rocky trails and splash about in waterfalls. Paradise!
Accommodation
  • Camping (with facilities) (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Karijini National Park - Gorge Walks
  • Karijini National Park - Karijini National Park Highlights
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Special Information
Total driving time today is around 2 hours and approximately 30km. Total walking distance is approximately six kilometres.
Today is a long day of driving. Leaving Karijini, travel through the vast bushland and cattle stations of the Pilbara. This sparsely populated region is known for its red earth and rich mineral deposits. Spend the night at an exclusive campsite at Yardie Creek in the Cape Range National Park, near Exmouth.
Accommodation
  • Permanent tented camp (with shared facilities) (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Special Information
Total driving time today is around 9 hours and approximately 750km. The total walking distance is approximately two kilometres.
Enjoy a day of freedom and relaxation. Depending on the season, you’ll have the option to snorkel or scuba dive in search of whale sharks or manta rays, the largest rays in the world. Perhaps take a walk to Vlamingh Head Lighthouse, or soak up the sun on the pristine beach at Turquoise Bay. In the afternoon, take a short trip to beautiful Coral Bay where you will spend the night.
Accommodation
  • Hostel (multi-share with shared facilities) (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Cape Range National Park - Ningaloo Reef Marine Park
Optional Activities
  • Cape Range National Park - Snorkel with the Whalesharks (seasonal only) - AUD450
  • Cape Range National Park - Vlamingh Head Lighthouse - Free
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Special Information
Total driving time today is around 3.5 hours and approximately 300km. Total walking distance is approximately two kilometres. Please note that swimming with whale sharks is not included on this trip and is an optional activity. It is very important that you pre book any Whale Shark experiences, as this can sell out far in advance. Please also note that whale sharks visit the region between mid-March and mid-September only, so please make sure you schedule your trip accordingly if you would like to include this experience in your trip.
Spend another day on Ningaloo Reef, one of the world’s largest fringing reefs, meaning that it starts practically from the water’s edge. You just swim out from shore and suddenly you’re in a world of coral, fish, turtles and manta rays. Swimming above these enormous majestic creatures is really something else, they might even put on an acrobatics show for you! Not much of a swimmer? There’s also the option of taking in the scene on a glass bottom boat tour, along with many other optional activities. We'll introduce you to the friendly staff at Coral Bay Eco Tours.
Accommodation
  • Hostel (multi-share with shared facilities) (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Coral Bay - Ningaloo Reef Marine Park
Optional Activities
  • Coral Bay - Glass Bottom Boat Cruise - AUD37
  • Coral Bay - Whale Watching (seasonal) - AUD85
  • Coral Bay - Snorkel with Manta Rays (half day trip) - AUD225
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Special Information
There is no driving today, just a short walk to Coral Bay Eco Tours for your optional water activities.
Today we cross over the Tropic of Capricorn to Monkey Mia. The main stop for the day is Shell Beach, which, much as name would suggest, is a beach made of shells. They cover a stretch 60-kilometres long and up to seven-metres deep. Tonight, stay in Monkey Mia.
Accommodation
  • Hostel (multi-share with shared facilities) (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Shark Bay - Shell Beach
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Special Information
Total driving time today is around 6.5 hours and approximately 600km. Total walking distance is approximately two kilometres.
This morning, check out Monkey Mia – part of the Peron Peninsula, which extends into part of the Indian Ocean known as Shark Bay. This popular spot is known for its friendly local dolphins. Afterwards, continue across the Eastern Peninsula. See stromatolites, the oldest living organisms in the world, then head south for Kalbarri. Time permitting, there’ll be a stop along the way at Murchison Gorge, where there’s the opportunity to admire the landscape through Nature’s Window.
Accommodation
  • Hostel (multi-share with shared facilities) (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Shark Bay - Monkey Mia Dolphin Spotting
  • Shark Bay - Hamelin Pool Stromatolites
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Special Information
Total driving time today is around 5.5 hours and approximately 500km. Total walking distance is approximately five kilometres.
It’s a driving day today, but a spectacular one. Cruising through the coastal gorges of Kalbarri National Park, we come to the quaint coastal town of Dongara, which sits at the head of the Irwin River. Visit Western Australia’s own Pink Lake at Port Gregory. Head on to Sandy Cape (Lancelin), a vast sand desert peopled by the strange limestone structures of the Pinnacles Nambung National Park. After a walk around here it’s on to Perth, where this adventure finishes on arrival at 6 pm.
Included Activities
  • Nambung National Park - Pinnacles
  • Kalbarri National Park - Murchison River Gorge, Nature’s Window & Z Bend Hike
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
Special Information
Total driving time today is around 7 hours and approximately 600km, with about 2km of walking. Your trip comes to an end upon arrival in Perth at around 6pm. Please consider this when booking onward transport. We recommend you spend an additional night in Perth.

Meals

9 breakfasts, 10 lunches, 9 dinners

Transport

Private vehicle

Accommodation

Hostel (multi-share with shared facilities) (4 nights), Permanent tented camp (with shared facilities) (1 night), Camping (with shared facilities) (4 nights)

Included activities

  • Pardoo - 80-Mile Beach
  • Port Hedland - City Tour
  • Karijini National Park - Karijini National Park Highlights
  • Karijini National Park - Gorge Walks
  • Cape Range National Park - Ningaloo Reef Marine Park
  • Coral Bay - Ningaloo Reef Marine Park
  • Shark Bay - Shell Beach
  • Shark Bay - Monkey Mia Dolphin Spotting
  • Shark Bay - Hamelin Pool Stromatolites
  • Nambung National Park - Pinnacles
  • Kalbarri National Park - Murchison River Gorge, Nature’s Window & Z Bend Hike

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Important notes

All travellers on Intrepid trips (outside Australia, New Zealand and the Cook Islands) are required to produce proof of full vaccination against COVID-19. From 1 December 2021, all travellers on Intrepid trips, including in Australia, New Zealand and the Cook Islands, are required to produce proof of full vaccination against COVID-19. Read details here.

START AND FINISH TIMES
The tour commences in Broome on Day 1 at 7:30 am and finishes in Perth on the last day at approximately 6 pm. We recommend you arrive a day early and onward travel should be booked for the following day.

LUGGAGE LIMIT
A strict luggage limit of 15 kg applies. Please bring a soft sided bag only.

SLEEPING BAG
This trip requires a sleeping bag. You can bring your own or can purchase one. Please let your booking agent know ahead of time if you would like to add this to your booking.

ACCOMMODATION
The accommodation on this trip is Basix-style – mixed gender multishare and twin share camping

SWIMMING WITH WHALE SHARKS
Swimming with whale sharks is not included on this trip and is an optional activity. It is very important that you pre book any Whale Shark experiences, as this can sell out far in advance. Please also note that whale sharks visit the region between mid-March and mid-September only, so please make sure you schedule your trip accordingly if you would like to include this experience in your trip.

Essential trip information

Want an in-depth insight into this trip? Essential Trip Information provides a detailed itinerary, visa info, how to get to your hotel, what's included - pretty much everything you need to know about this adventure and more.

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