Perth to Broome Overland
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Australia’s west coast boasts some of the world’s best beaches that are relatively untouched by tourism and set against a backdrop of rugged outback terrain. This unique Perth to Broome tour brings you face-to-face with the region’s natural wonders and exposes you to a rich and colourful culture. West Australia’s coast and desert regions are vast, amenities sometimes sparse and isolation palpable, but the rewards are rich beyond belief.
Day 1 Perth/Kalbarri
Welcome to sunny Perth, where your overland journey begins. Leave the city, driving north to Nambung National Park to explore The Pinnacles. These are ancient rock sculptures that rise out of the desert. Journey on to Jurien Bay, where youll have the opportunity to sand-board down the massive expanse of dunes. From here continue on through Geraldton to the quiet beach town of Kalbarri, where youll stay the night. Note: Total driving time today is about four-and-a-half hours. Total walking distance is approximately two kilometres.
Day 2 Kalbarri National Park to Shark Bay
Today take a short drive to Kalbarri National Park. Hike around some of the parks diverse scenery, including Murchison Gorge, the Loop Walk and Natures Window. Its a steep descent into Z-Bend Gorge. For those seeking even more adventure, theres also an opportunity to abseil (at your own expense). After lunch visit the beautiful Shell Beach, which is one of only two beaches in the world composed entirely of shells. Get back on the road and continue towards Denham and Shark Bay. Note: Total driving time today is about five hours. Total walking distance is approximately five kilometres.
Day 3 Monkey Mia to Coral Bay
After a short drive across the Peron Peninsula, head to the beach and meet the world famous Monkey Mia dolphins. These friendly dolphins are fed by park rangers and often swim up to the shore several times a day. The next stop is Carnarvon where youll see the fascinating stromatolites at Hamelin Pool. These marine rock formations are some of the worlds oldest and largest living fossils. After a short break, continue along the highway to Coral Bay, which is known as the Jewel of the Northwest. Note: Total driving time today is about six-and-a-half hours. Total walking distance is approximately two kilometres.
Day 4 Coral Bay to Yardie Creek
Today explore picturesque Coral Bay, home to the World Heritage-listed Ningaloo Reef. Snorkel equipment is available to hire, or you could cruise the reef in a glass-bottom boat to observe the tropical life teeming below the surface. The marine park is home to 250 species of coral and over 500 species of fish. You might prefer to take an optional scenic flight over the reef. In the late afternoon, its a short drive to our campsite at Yardie Creek in the Cape Range National Park, near Exmouth.Note: Total driving time today is about two hours. Total walking distance is approximately two kilometres.
Day 5 Exmouth and Cape Range National Park
Spend the morning snorkeling right off the beach in the stunning Cape Range National Park. Depending on the time of year, you have the option to snorkel or scuba dive in search of whale sharks and manta rays. Take a visit to Vlamingh Head Lighthouse, one of the few places in Australia where you can see the sun both rise and set. Enjoy taking wonder around the town of Exmouth before settling down in our permanent campsite.Note: Total driving time today is about two hours. Total walking distance is approximately two kilometres.
Day 6 Karijini National Park
Head inland today through the vast cattle stations of the Pilbara region. The sparsely populated Pilbara desert is known for its red earth and rich mineral deposits. In the afternoon pass through the little town of Tom Price, which is renowned for its iron ore mining. Continue on to your campsite overlooking the magnificent Hamersley Range in Karijini. Before you go to sleep, take a minute to gaze up at one the most magnificent night skies youre ever likely to see. Todays travel will take around eight hours in total.
Day 7 Karijini National Park
Over the next two days explore the almighty gorges of Karijini National Park. Formed over 2,500 million years ago, the Hamersley Ranges feature some of the most unusual landforms on Earth. Youll be able to take some great photographs while youre here. Hike deep into the gorges, where youll come across cascading waterfalls and fresh waterholes ideal for swimming in. Dales Gorge and Circular Pool, Fortescue Falls, Fern Pool and Weano Gorge are just some of the places you can visit. This part of the journey is a real highlight.Note: Total driving time today is around two hours but you could be walking up to six kilometres.
Day 8 Karijini National Park
Head back into the gorges today for further exploration. Sing a tune in the natural amphitheatre caused by curved gorge walls, then make your way down to Hancock Gorge. Named after the Australian tycoon Lang Hancock, this is a narrow inlet of red rocks leading to a refreshing waterhole.Note: Total driving time today is only around 30 minutes, but you could be walking up to six kilometres.
Day 9 Pilbara Region
Depart Karijini this morning and travel towards the coast (approximately four hours in total). Visit the iron ore port of Port Hedland, the second most populated town in the Pilbara. Take a quick tour of the town and gain an understanding of the scale of the iron ore industry. After lunch continue on to a nearby station, where youll spend the last night of your trip.Today we drive for about five hours
Day 10 Broome
The drive to your final destination of Broome will take around six hours. En route, enjoy a leisurely break and stroll along the immense 80-Mile Beach. On arrival into Broome, say goodbye to your fellow travellers and enjoy an idyllic Broome sunset – a fitting end to your overland adventure. There are no more activities planned for today.