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22 Day Perth to Darwin Explorer Overland

Why we Love Perth to Darwin Explorer Tour

Journey through the jaw-dropping landscapes of the Northern Territory and Western Australia into the heart of the Outback, on this incredible overland style Perth to Darwin Explorer tour.

Discover the rugged beauty of the Bungle Bungles, hang with dolphins at Monkey Mia, snorkel the Ningaloo Reef, explore the Kimberlys and tackle some of the toughest 4X4 terrain in Australia, on this epic Outback adventure.

Your tour will include the following highlights;

  • 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 a place
  • 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
  • Snorkel the beauty of the Ningaloo Reef and go in search of manta rays, humpbacks and even whale sharks in the right season
  • Local Expert Driver Guide
  • All Terrain 4-wheel drive vehicle carrying a maximum of 20 passengers
  • Nambung National Park (Pinnacles) Entrance
  • Sandboarding Jurien Bay
  • Kalbarri National Park Entrance
  • Monkey Mia Dolphins
  • Ningaloo Reef Marine Park
  • Karijini National Park Entrance
  • Windjana Gorge
  • Bell Gorge
  • Tunnel Creek exploration walk
  • Galvans Gorge
  • Adcock Gorge
  • Manning Gorge
  • Gibb River Road
  • Cathedral Gorge Walk (Bungle Bungle)
  • Echidna Chasm Walk
  • Lake Argyle

Meals on tour
  • 18 Breakfast
  • 20 Lunch
  • 18 Dinner
  • On-board water

Accommodation and Sleeping
  • Hostel – 8 nights
  • Camping with facilities – 11 nights
  • Permanent safari camp with shared facilities – 2 nights
  • Permanent, furnished tented camp with shared facilities – 1 night


    • This Perth to Darwin Explorer adventure includes participatory camping: To participate in this trip you must be prepared to get involved with preparing meals, cleaning dishes, collecting firewood, setting up and packing up camp every day, in all conditions.
    • This trip requires a sleeping bag.


Perth to Darwin Explorer tour runs April to October on a weekly basis.

  • Departs Perth:
    • Saturdays
      Accomodation pick-ups from 7:00am
  • Ends Darwin:
    • Day 22 approx. 6:00pm
Itinerary (first half) – Perth to Broome

Day 1:

Perth to Kalbarri

Welcome to sunny Perth, where your overland Perth to Darwin Explorer begins driving north to Nambung National Park to explore The Pinnacles. These are ancient rock formations that rise out of the desert.

Journey on to Jurien Bay, where you’ll 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 you’ll stay the night.


    • Sandboarding at Jurien Bay included
    • Driving time today is approx. 4½ hours
    • Walking today is around 2km
    • Accommodation: Hostel – multi-share
    • Meals: Lunch and Dinner

Day 2:

Kalbarri National Park to Shark Bay

Today take a short drive to Kalbarri National Park. Hike around some of the park’s diverse scenery, including Murchison Gorge, the Loop Walk and Nature’s Window. After a steep descent into Z-Bend Gorge, take a refreshing dip in the river. For those seeking even more adventure, there’s 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.


    • Driving time today is approx. 5 hours
    • Walking today is around 5km
    • Accommodation: Hostel – multi-share
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
    • Optional Activity: Abseiling in Kalbarri National Park (from $30)

Day 3:

Shark Bay 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 under a strict sustainability policy by park rangers and often swim up to the shore several times a day.

The next stop is Carnarvon where you’ll see the fascinating stromatolites at Hamelin Pool. These marine rock formations are some of the world’s 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’.


    • Driving time today is approx. 6½ hours
    • Walking today is around 2km
    • Accommodation: Hostel – multi-share
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 4:

Cora Bay to Yardie Creek

Today explore picturesque Coral Bay, home to the World Heritage-listed Ningaloo Reef. Snorkel equipment is available for 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 get adventurous on a quad bike tour of the local area. These activities are an additional cost and is subject to availability.

In the late afternoon, it’s a short drive to your exclusive campsite at Yardie Creek in the Cape Range National Park, near Exmouth.


    • Driving time today is approx. 1½ hours
    • Walking today is around 2km
    • Accommodation: Camping – Yardie Homestead Caravan Park
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
    • Optional Activity: Swim with Manta Rays – ½ Day (from $165)
    • Optional Activity: Humpback Whale watching – seasonal (from $85)
    • Optional Activity: Glass bottom boat cruises (from $37)

Day 5:

Exmouth and Cape Range National Park 

Spend the morning snorkelling 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.


    • Driving time today is approx. 2 hours
    • Walking today is around 2km
    • Accommodation: Yardie Creek Camp
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
    • Optional Activity: Swim with Whale Sharks – April to July from $399 (Pre-book discounts available with Tree Hugger Travel)

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 you’re ever likely to see.


    • Driving time today is approx. 8 hours
    • Accommodation: Karijini National Park Camping
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

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. You’ll be able to take some great photographs while you’re here. Hike deep into the gorges, where you’ll 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.


    • Driving time today is approx. 2 hours
    • Walking today is around 6km
    • Accommodation: Karijini National Park Camping
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

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.


    • Driving time today is approx. 30 minutes
    • Walking today is around 6km
    • Accommodation: Karijini National Park Camping
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

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 you’ll spend the last night of your trip.


    • Driving time today is approx. 5 hours
    • Accommodation: Hostel – multi-share
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 10:


The drive to Broome will take around five hours. En route, enjoy a leisurely break and stroll along the immense 80-Mile Beach.

On arrival into Broome, check into your accommodation and perhaps head down to Cable Beach for a famous Broome sunset – a fitting beginning to the next couple of days off to relax. 


    • Driving time today is approx. 6 hours
    • Accommodation: Hostel – multi-share (4 nights in total)
    • Meals: Breakfast and Lunch

Days 11 and 12:

Broome Free Time

Take two days off from your Perth to Darwin Explorer to recharge your batteries before commencing the next leg of your journey through the Kimberley.

Perhaps on your first free day have a sleep in and go for a walk into Old Broome Town in the afternoon.

Your second free day, maybe take the first bus out to Guantheaume Point and see the prehistoric dinosaur footprints in the rock. Take the famous stroll back to Cable Beach for a morning coffee of fresh juice before spending the day on the beach.


    • Accommodation: Hostel – multi-share
    • No Meals are included on days 11 and 12.
Itinerary (second half) – Broome to Darwin

Day 13:

Broome Sights Tour and Beach Day

We will pick you up from the hostel mid-morning and show you around this vibrant outback town and share the history as to why this is such a unique place.

Afterwards, we’ll head down to the beach where we can drive the truck onto the sand for a picnic lunch and try your hand at the best Aussie outdoor sport – beach cricket!

This evening, we’ll head back to our accommodation in Broome for some dinner before we hit the road tomorrow morning.


    • Accommodation: Multi-share hostel
    • Meals: Lunch and Dinner

Day 14:

Windjana Gorge

It’s back into your Perth to Darwin Explorer adventure after meeting with your leader and group this morning. 

We leave Broome and, depending on the season, make your first stop at Willare Bridge overlooking the Fitzroy River. From here head out into the great Australian outback towards Oscar Range, and on to Tunnel Creek. The creek has worn a 750-metre tunnel through the Napier Range. Join your guide for a walk through Tunnel Creek, learning about Aboriginal culture and traditions.

Next we head to Windjana Gorge, once an underwater reef just 350 million years ago. During the wet season a river flows all the way through it, but during the dry it’s really more a series of ponds and billabongs. Set out on a bit of an explore, hopefully spotting a freshwater crocodile or two.

The western Kimberley region is full of endless stunning gorges that have to be explored and this afternoon is no exception. After lunch, adventure to Bell Gorge – a hidden highlight. This idyllic retreat, considered amongst the most beautiful gorge on the Gibb River Road, boasts cascading waterfalls and crystal clear pools filled with water from the wet season rains that fall in the King Leopold Ranges. Surrounded by a horseshoe of bright orange rock wall, there are smooth rocks to lounge on and welcome areas of shade. We make our way back to camp for dinner and camping under the stars.


    • Driving time today is approx. 4 hours
    • Walking today is around 6km
    • Accommodation: Permanent Tented Camp
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 15:

Windjana Gorge and the Gibb River Road

Hit the road again and travel along the legendary Gibb River Road, a 600 kilometre dirt track running through the centre of the Kimberley region. Depending on the time of year, you may be able to explore the gorges of Galvans or Adcock.

In the evening, set up camp at Mount Barnett for the night, our campsite near Manning Gorge. Sit in the crystal clear freshwater river that flows by the campsite and watch the sun set as you start to feel like you are in the ‘real’ Australia.


    • Driving time today is approx. 2 hours
    • Walking today is around 6km
    • Accommodation: Camping with basic facilities
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 16:

Gibb River Road to El Questro

In the morning, explore Manning Gorge, taking an invigorating dip in a waterhole before continuing down the Gibb River Road. If there’s enough time, the group will also visit Barnett Gorge. Your guide will point you in the direction of the best gorges to explore.

Pass through remote and extraordinary country as you travel through this historic part of Australia. Cross the Pentecost River to reach the famous El Questro Station, where you’ll spend the night camping under the stars. 


    • Driving time today is approx. 3½ hours
    • Walking today is around 5km
    • Accommodation: Camping with facilities
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 17:

El Questro Station

Today spend the day exploring the amazing sights of El Questro Station. Take a hike in the beautiful Cockburn Ranges and a swim under the waterfall at Emma Gorge. Tonight enjoy another night at the El Questro campsite, where you might choose to enjoy a well-earned drink at the station bar with your Perth to Darwin Explorer travel mates. 


    • Driving time today is approx. 45 minutes
    • Walking today is around 5km
    • Accommodation: Camping with facilities
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 18:

Purnululu National Park (Bungle Bungle Range)

In the morning head out through the peaks and cliffs of the Carr Boyd and Durack Ranges, as you make your way to the remote outback township of Warnum (also known as Turkey Creek).

In the afternoon, venture out in a 4WD to take on the challenging terrain of Purnululu National Park, home to the iconic Bungle Bungles. Arrive just in time to catch the sunset over the Osmond Ranges before relaxing into your overnight bush camp for dinner.


    • Driving time today is approx. 3 hours
    • Walking today is around 5km
    • Accommodation: Camping with basic facilities
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 19:

The Bungle Bungles

After breakfast prepare for a full day of activities. Explore the remarkable rock formations of the Bungle Bungle Range. Hike to the constricted, red gap of Echidna Chasm and the immense Cathedral Gorge.

You’ll also have the opportunity to experience another perspective of the Bungles in a helicopter flight (at your own expense).

As the sun goes down, head back to your overnight bush camp. 


    • Driving time today is approx. 1 hour
    • Walking today is around 5km
    • Accommodation: Camping with basic facilities
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
    • Optional Activities: Scenic Helicopter Flight (from $350)

Day 20:

Bungle Bungles and Lake Argyle 

Today, it’s time for some serious 4WD as you wind your way out of the Bungle Bungles towards Kununurra. Depending on time, the group will have the opportunity to explore the weather-beaten gorges and red peaks of the Hidden Valley.

In the late afternoon, travel down beside the Ord River to make camp at Lake Argyle.


    • Driving time today is approx. 3½ hours
    • Walking today is around 3 hours
    • Accommodation: Camping with facilities
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 21:

Lake Argyle to the Katherine region 

Not long after breakfast this morning, explore the fringes of Lake Argyle. This vast body water has been forged by the Ord River Dam. The biggest manmade lake in Australia, Lake Argyle is 18 times the size of Sydney Harbour.

From here, cross the state border into the Northern Territory to reach your campsite in the Katherine Region. 


    • Driving time today is approx. 3½ hours
    • Walking today is around 1km
    • Accommodation: Permanent Tented Camp
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
    • Optional Activities: Lake Argyle Cruise (from $100)

Day 22:


On the final day of your Perth to Darwin Explorer, the group will either stop at the secluded gorge of Nitmiluk (Katherine Gorge) or take one last plunge into the cool waters of Edith Falls. In the afternoon, make your way to Darwin, where your adventure comes to an end.

There are no more activities planned for today and you’re free to explore Darwin, but please book any onward travel the following day.


    • Driving time today is approx. 4 hours
    • Walking today is around 2km
    • Meals: Breakfast and Lunch




Is Perth to Darwin Explorer right for you?
  • Accommodation on the first half of this trip and in Broome 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.

Important Tour Information
  • A sleeping bag is required for this trip.
  • This Perth to Darwin Explorer trip is for FIT AND ACTIVE people and involves very basic camping and challenging hikes.
  • We recommend pre-booking any optional activities in advance to avoid disappointment, especially around school and public holidays.
  • Minimum age: 18 years
  • Itinerary may change due to cultural reasons, seasonal changes, operational logistics and accessibility.
  • Due to limited space on the vehicle please restrict luggage to one day pack and one soft overnight bag/backpack weighing no more than 15kg.
  • Most additional Dietary Requirements can be catered for – Please ask upon booking.


What to Bring
  • Wide brimmed hat, sunscreen, insect repellent
  • Sustainable Water bottle/container (at least 1.5 litres)
  • Walking shoes/boots,
  • Toiletries, swim wear, towel
  • Head Torch and Camera
  • Overnight temperatures during winter can be very cold and temperatures during the Western Australian summer can reach over 40 degrees in the shade. Please be sure to bring adequate clothing for your visit.


Cancellation/Refund Policy
  • If you cancel at least 30 days in advance of the scheduled departure, there is a 25% cancellation fee or deposit will be lost.
  • If you cancel between 15-29 days in advance of the scheduled departure, there is a 50% cancellation fee.
  • If you cancel within 14 days of the scheduled departure, there is a 100% cancellation fee.
  • Unless otherwise stated all refunds will incur a 10% administration fee

We recommend you purchase Travel Insurance which would cover for such things as road closures, flight,  bus or other travel cancellations that would contribute to you missing the departure of your tour.


Travel Insurance Requirements

Travel insurance is compulsory for all Adventure Tours Australia trips. It is required that, at a minimum, you are covered for medical expenses including emergency repatriation.

When travelling on a trip, you won’t be permitted to join the group until evidence of travel insurance and the insurance company’s 24 hour emergency contact number has been seen by your leader.

If you have credit card insurance your group leader will require details of the participating insurer/underwriter, the level of coverage, policy number and emergency contact number rather than the bank’s name and credit card details. Please contact your bank for these details prior to arriving in-country.

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The following Eco-Accreditation from Eco Tourism Australia had been achieved.

  • Climate Action Business

Businesses have undertaken a Ecotourism Australia: Setting Ethical Standards for the Travel Industryset of adaption and emissions reduction actions but are not necessarily measuring their carbon footprint.

  • Respect Our Culture (ROC)

The Respecting Our Culture (ROC) program encourages the tourism industry to operate in ways that respect and reinforce Indigenous cultural heritage and the living cultures of Indigenous communities.

ROC certified tourism operators are committed to protecting cultural authenticity and integrity, developing sound business practices, environmental protection and acknowledging Indigenous peoples spiritual connection to the land and water.

Certified B Corporations

The Intrepid Group (Adventure Tours) has achieved B-Corp accreditation. 

Certified B Corporations are B-Corp Certified Company (Eco & Responsible Business)businesses that meet the highest standards of verified social and environmental performance, public transparency, and legal accountability to balance profit and purpose. B Corps are accelerating a global culture shift to redefine success in business and build a more inclusive and sustainable economy.

Society’s most challenging problems cannot be solved by government and nonprofits alone. The B Corp community works toward reduced inequality, lower levels of poverty, a healthier environment, stronger communities, and the creation of more high quality jobs with dignity and purpose. By harnessing the power of business, B Corps use profits and growth as a means to a greater end: positive impact for their employees, communities, and the environment.

Learn more about B Corporations here.

The Intrepid Foundation

Adventure Tours are part of the Intrepid Group and included in the Intrepid Foundation supporting Communities worldwideThis tour falls under the Intrepid Travel brand who have set up the Intrepid Foundation, supporting local organisations tackling important community issues all over the world – from conservation and wildlife protection, to education, healthcare and human rights.

To find out more please visit the foundation website: www.theintrepidfoundation.org


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