Day 1-2 - Pinnacles Desert & Kalbarri National Park
Welcome to sunny Perth, where your overland journey begins. Leave the city, driving north to Nambung National Park. Here you’ll stop to see the strange ancient limestone formations of The Pinnacles, which rise out of the desert. In the scenic coastal town of Cervantes, get a taste for the important local industry based around the Western Rock Lobster at the Lobster Shack. Stop for lunch in Geraldton, the second largest town in WA, and get a feel for the older way of life here with a wander along the Hampton Rd historical walk. Passing the pink lakes on the way, reach your accommodation 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).
Day 3-4 - Shark Bay World Heritage Area
Today’s drive northbound will take you 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 get some 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. 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. Spend a free day on the beach or choose to take a sailing adventure to see more dolphins and even dugongs in this incredible location (at own expense and subject to availability).
Day 5-7 - Coral Bay & Exmouth
Take another big but worthwhile drive today to Exmouth. On the way, stop to 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. Continue north through the agricultural town of Carnavon for three nights at an exclusive campsite at Yardie Creek Station. This gives you 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 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.
Day 8-10 - Karijini National Park
Head inland 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. Your destination is maybe the highlight of the trip – Karijini National Park. 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.
Day 11 - The Pilbara
Depart Karijini this morning and travel towards the coast. 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.
Day 12 - Eighty Mile Beach & Broome
Call in at Eighty Mile Beach for a stroll along the white sand before crossing crossing the Great Sandy Desert and arriving in the pearling town of Broome. 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. Drive down onto Cable Beach for sunset. Relax and enjoy a stroll, or a swim as you watch the sun disappear into the horizon. A drop off to your accommodation is provided at approximately 6.00pm.
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