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22 Day Overland Safari in Australia from Perth to Darwin
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Kalbarri, Western Australia, Australia

Unforgettable Australia Safari

Join Travel Forever in a safari tour that will take you to enjoy an unforgettable experience in Western and Northern Australia. This is one of the most popular tours for people who are after a serious adventure traveling from Perth to the Kimberley and the top end. You will explore cascading waterfalls, visiting the dolphins at Monkey Mia, snorkel at Coral Bay, and hike the Bungle Bungles. Don't let this experiences become someone else's!

Overview

  • Minimum group size: 2
  • Starting point and ending point: Starts in Perth and ends in Darwin
  • Main wildlife to be viewed: kangaroo and crocodile
  • Children policy: Not suitable for children

Highlights

  • Exploring Pinnacles Desert in Nambung National Park
  • Visits Karijini National Park and Purnululu National Park
  • Visiting the Monkey Mia dolphins and snorkeling in Coral Bay
  • Exploring Murchison Gorge, Natures Window, the Loop, and Z-Bend Gorge in Kalbarri National Park
  • Nambung, Kalbarri, Karijini, Windjana Gorge, El Questro, and Purnululu National Park fees
  • 20 breakfasts, 20 lunches, and 18 dinners
  • 21 nights' accommodation

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22 activity days
Group size: Maximum of 20 participants
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Accommodation

For nights 1, 2, 3, 9, 10, 11, 12, and 13, you will be accommodated at dormitory style accommodation which is multi-share in local properties chosen for their ideal location and quality facilities. These could be in budget motels, backpackers or remote area cattle stations. Shared amenities include hot showers, flush toilets, swimming pool, kitchen and dining area.

On nights 4-8, Travel Forever has their own private camps at Yardie Creek Station and on the grounds of the Karijini Eco Retreat in Karijini National Park. These camps have twin-share dome tents on platforms and stretcher beds and exclusive-use kitchen areas. Shared facilities are nearby and include hot showers and flush toilets.

For nights 17 and 18, you will be camping in Purnululu National Park, at the public campground managed by the Department of Parks and Wildlife. Facilities are basic with national park drop toilets only. Meanwhile, on the night 14, 15, 16, 17, and 20, you will be camping in national parks and on Cattle Stations involves dome tents (twin-share) and swags. Most campsites have on-site ablutions including hot showers and flush toilets.

For your last night, you will enjoy the comfort of the private Katherine Safari Camp. The permanent tents feature twin beds while the shared amenities, including toilets and hot showers, are located nearby.

Program

Day 1: Pinnacles Desert and Jurien Bay

You will be leaving Perth along the Indian ocean drive and enter Nambung National Park to explore the Pinnacles Desert, a unique landscape unlike any other in the country. You will then journey to the massive sand dunes of Jurien Bay where you’ll have the opportunity to enjoy a sandboard down the slopes and perfect your technique. From here, you shall continue on through Geraldton to Kalbarri where you will stay overnight.

  • Meal plan: Lunch and dinner

Day 2: Kalbarri National Park and Shell Beach

Today, you will take the short drive to Kalbarri National Park where you will explore some of the park’s diverse scenery like Murchison Gorge, Natures Window, the Loop, and Z-Bend Gorge (a steep descent but worth the effort for a refreshing swim). There is also the option to abseil here for those looking for even more adventure (at your own expense).

After lunch, you visit the beautiful Shell Beach, one of only two beaches in the world made entirely from shells, before getting back on the road towards Denham and Shark Bay for your overnight accommodation.

  • Meal plan: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Day 3: Monkey Mia and Shark Bay

After a short drive across the Peron Peninsula, you shall make your way down to the beach and pay a visit to the world famous Monkey Mia dolphins. You will spend some time interacting with the dolphins under ranger supervision where the dolphins are sure to become your new best friends.

The next stop is Carnarvon where you will see the fascinating stromatolites at Hamelin Pool. After a short break, you will continue along the highway to Coral Bay, the ‘Jewel of the Northwest’ where the Ningaloo reef runs along the shore.

  • Meal plan: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Days 4 and 5: Coral Bay and Exmouth

Today is yours to relax and explore Coral Bay, the beach is just a few steps from your accommodation. The Ningaloo Reef runs up to the beach here. You will also have the opportunity to go further out on the reef and visit the amazing marine life that lives below the waterline. You can do this by taking a snorkeling trip or cruise on a glass bottom boat. If staying on land is more your thing then take a quad bike tour or see the reef from another perspective with a joy flight over the reef. All of this activities are at own expense and subject to availability.

When late afternoon comes around, it is time for the short drive into Exmouth where your fabulous private campsite on Yardi Creek Station is the envy of other tour groups. In the evening, you can kick back in your own bar and watch the sunset as kangaroos hop about the grounds. The next day is free to go snorkeling (equipment provided) or diving, search for whale sharks (seasonal and at own expense) or view Vlamingh Head Lighthouse then choose to laze on the pristine beach at Turquoise Bay and soak up the sunshine.

  • Meal plan: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Days 6-8: Karijini National Park

You will head inland past many Aussie cattle stations to reach the outback oasis of Karijini National Park. This afternoon, you will pass through Tom Price, a little town known for its iron ore mining, before reaching your camp overlooking the magnificent Hamersley Range. Two full days of adventure is just the perfect amount of time needed to explore Karijini National Park and its amazing gorges.

Formed over 2,500 million years ago, the Hamersley Ranges are some of the most unusual landforms on earth. You’ll be able to take some great photos while you’re here, perfect for your Facebook and Instagram feeds. Deep in the gorges, you’ll come across cascading waterfalls and fresh, still waterholes that are ideal for swimming. Dales Gorge, Fortesque Falls, Fern Pool, Circular Pool, Weano Gorge, and Hancock Gorge are just some of the unforgettable areas you’ll visit. Definitely a highlight!

  • Meal plan: Lunch and dinner on day 6 and breakfast, lunch, and dinner on day 7 and 8

Day 9: The Pilbara

You shall say your farewells to Karijini this morning as you travel towards the coast and the iron ore town of Port Hedland. You will have time for a quick town tour and to marvel at the incredible size of the iron ore industry that has made this region famous and valuable to Australia. After lunch, you will continue on towards the Pilbara region, where you will spend the night together on an overnight station stay.

  • Meal plan: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Day 10: Eighty Mile Beach and Broome

En-route to Broome, you can enjoy a leisurely break and take in the glory of the stretching sands of picturesque 80-mile beach, one of Australia’s most remarkable hidden gems. You will enjoy a stroll along the white sandy beach and get some fantastic photos of the azure water, before your final leg into Broome.

  • Meal plan: Breakfast and lunch

Days 11-13: Broome

You have two free days here in Broome, so you can sit back and relax on the beautiful Cable Beach. With 22 kilometers of white sand and crystal waters, it’s the ideal place to watch the sunset. There are also plenty of things to see and do around town or you could head up the Dampier Peninsula on a 1-day Cape Leveque Adventure.

On day 13, you will explore this vibrant outback town and share the history as to why this is such a unique place. Afterward, you’ll head down to the beach where you can drive the truck onto the sand for a picnic lunch and try your hand at the best Aussie outdoor sport, beach cricket!

  • Meal plan: Breakfast on day 11 and 12, and breakfast, lunch, and dinner on day 13

Day 14: Windjana Gorge and Tunnel Creek

You will set off into the West Australian outback pretty early today and after a bit of highway driving you will reach the Fitzroy River, then it’s all off-road to the Napier Range. The main attraction here is Tunnel Creek, a vast cave system that extends 750 meters underground. It’s from here that the indigenous warrior Jandamarra waged his rebellion against the colonial authorities, a legacy you’ll learn more about on walk through the tunnel with your guide.

You will camp overnight at Windjana Gorge, once an underwater reef. During the wet season a river flows all the way through it, but during the dry season, it’s really more a series of ponds and billabongs.

  • Meal plan: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Day 15: Bell Gorge and Mount Barnett

Bell Gorge is home to a stunning cascade of water flowing from the previous wet season rains that fall in the King Leopold Ranges. Further east, Mount Barnett Station will be your camp for this evening.

  • Meal plan: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Day 16: Gibb River Road to El Questro Station

Fording rivers and weaving through gorges, you will travel by 4WD along the wild Gibb River Road, a 600-kilometer stretch that winds right through the heart of the Kimberley. You’ve got a fair bit of ground to cover today, so there is a bit of drive time, but you’ll be breaking the journey up with lunch and at a few stops along the way. This journey includes the iconic Pentecost River crossing in the 4WD. How Australian is that!

  • Meal plan: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Day 17: El Questro Station

Originally established as an enormous cattle station, El Questro is now a vast wilderness reserve sprawled over more than one million acres. Camping out here, you’ll really feel like you’re in the middle of nowhere, albeit an extremely beautiful middle of nowhere.

The ochre-colored massifs of the Cockburn Ranges frame the landscape whichever way you turn and numerous natural springs offer plenty of opportunities for a refreshing cool-off. Following a soak in Zebedee Springs, you will enjoy a short trek to either El Questro or Emma Gorge (where there’s a very pretty waterfall). Then it’s another night camped out in El Questro.

  • Meal plan: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Days 18 and 19: Purnululu National Park, Bungle Bungles

So long El Questro and hello Bungle Bungles! Today, you will drive through the rugged landscape of Carr Boyd and the Durack Ranges into Purnululu National Park. This park is home-ground of the Bungle Bungles, a UNESCO World Heritage Site dominated by massive sandstone karsts that rear hundreds of meters above the surrounding grasslands. You shall arrive at your bush camp in time to sit back and watch the sunset over the Osmond Ranges.

If you’ve had enough of tent camping by now, you might want to spend tonight sleeping out beneath the stars snuggled up in a swag. Strangely enough given their size, the Bungle Bungles only became known to white Australia in 1983 when they were ‘discovered’ by a film team, who then had to fly over the top by plane to find a route in by land.

Travel Forever knows the way in, but you can sign up for a helicopter ride over the site if you wish. At ground level, you’ll go on a walk through Echidna Chasm, a long and narrow ravine banked on either side by 200 meters high rock walls and enter the massive natural Amphitheatre of Cathedral Gorge.

  • Meal plan: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Day 20: Bungle Bungles to Lake Argyle

Today, you will leave the Bungle Bungles for Kununurra, the largest town between Broome and Darwin. Tonight’s campsite is on the shores of Lake Argyle. There are no further activities booked for the rest of the day, but an optional sunset cruise out on the lake is highly recommended.

  • Meal plan: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Day 21: Lake Argyle and Victoria River Region

Lake Argyle is actually a man-made lake, though you’d never have guessed so from looking at it. For a body of water situated in the center of the world’s second driest continent, it looks pretty at home. Barramundi, birds, and freshwater crocs thrive in these waters, and the islands look like they’ve always been there (they used to be mountains). In the afternoon, you will push on across the state border into the Northern Territory.

  • Meal plan: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Day 22: Katherine and Darwin

The final leg of your journey takes you through to Darwin, with stop-offs made en route at either Katherine Gorge or Edith Falls. Then it’s all over red rover (an Australian expression meaning ‘all finished’).

  • Meal plan: Breakfast and lunch

General information

This tour is ‘participatory’ which means the groups rally together and assist the guide. Travel Forever program is designed to foster a ’group of friends’ dynamic as everyone works together to make it all happen, alongside the leadership of an experienced tour guide. This not only makes for a fun adventure shared with like-minded travelers but also enables Travel Forever to provide affordable travel options in the Kimberley.

On those nights where you are not staying in one of the fantastic private permanent campsites, it is important that travelers participate in setting up camp, though the tour guide will also be on hand to help, it is a team effort! Your guide will always appreciate the assistance of one or two group members in preparing / clearing meals.

It is essential that all your groups leave the camps they stay in as they found them for the next travelers. The Kimberley is a pristine wilderness and it is your responsibility to ensure it stays this way.

Vehicle

Travel Forever tour groups that traveling from Broome to Darwin, through the Kimberley, will enjoy the comfort of the big custom-built 21-seat 4WD, high clearance trucks. Between Perth and Broome, along the West Coast, they operate in similar heavy-duty vehicles, but 2WD, not 4WD.

All of their vehicles have a PA system and built-in storage (no risky trailers!). Being larger vehicles, they allow small groups extra space to kick back and relax as the Australian outback drifts by. They are all fully air-conditioned and are fitted with adjustable air-vents, reclinable seats, and map pockets to keep your book, drink and MP3 player in.

Fitness level

You don't need to be a mountaineer, but some walks are reasonably challenging such as on uneven terrain, sometimes unstable underfoot, and including steep (but usually short) descents and ascents into gorges. It is possible to opt out of the more difficult walks, so those with moderate fitness may still be able to choose one of these trips.

Luggage restrictions

There is a maximum of 15 kilograms luggage restrictions in a soft bag or backpacker plus a daypack. No suitcases are permitted on this tour.

Included excursions

  • A short trek to either El Questro or Emma Gorge
  • A tour of Tunnel Creek
  • Snorkeling in Coral Bay
  • Visiting sand dunes of Jurien Bay
  • Visit the beautiful Shell Beach

Location

This safari will take place in Nambung National Park, Jurien Bay, Kalbarri National Park, Shark Bay, Coral Bay, Exmouth, Karijini National Park, Pilbara, Broome, Windjana Gorge National Park, Bell Gorge, Gibb River Road, El Questro Wilderness Park, Purnululu National Park, Lake Argyle, and Victoria Region in Australia.

Food

Travel Forever can cater for your special dietary requirements and it must be advised at the time of booking.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

The following drinks are included:

  • Water

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
  • Other dietary requirements on request
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

  • 30-minute scenic helicopter flight over the Bungle Bungles, approximately 400 USD per person
  • Abseiling, approximately 30 USD per person
  • Glass Bottom boat rides, approximately 50 USD per person
  • Kayaking, approximately 30 USD per hour
  • Sunset cruise on Lake Argyle, approximately 30 USD per person
  • Swimming with Manta Rays, approximately 180 USD per person
  • Swimming with Whale Sharks (seasonal, April to July only), approximately 370 to 415 USD per person

What's included

  • Exploring Pinnacles Desert in Nambung National Park
  • Visits Karijini National Park and Purnululu National Park
  • Services of experienced guides
  • Visiting the Monkey Mia dolphins and snorkeling in Coral Bay
  • Exploring Murchison Gorge, Natures Window, the Loop, and Z-Bend Gorge in Kalbarri National Park
  • A short trek to either El Questro or Emma Gorge
  • A tour of Tunnel Creek and snorkeling in Coral Bay
  • Visiting sand dunes of Jurien Bay and the beautiful Shell Beach
  • Nambung, Kalbarri, Karijini, Windjana Gorge, El Questro, and Purnululu National Park fees
  • 20 breakfasts, 20 lunches, and 18 dinners
  • 21 nights' accommodation

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 30% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 30 days before arrival.
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