Our West Coast Australia Tour from Perth to Darwin runs from May to September. In just 3 weeks you’ll travel the entire West Coast of Australia. This part of Australia has a stunning coastline and some of the most beautiful landscapes in the world. You have plenty of time to really get to know the wild west coast on this 20 day camping adventure.

Pretty much every minute of this trip is a highlight, make sure you read through the itinerary to really understand just how much you’ll get to see and experience. If you know anything about the West Coast of Australia you’ll be pleased to hear that we visit all the famous places like Monkey Mia to see the dolphins, Kalbarri National Park, Coral Bay and the mysterious Pinnacles. This adventure tour allows you to experience the local knowledge of a passionate guide and the magic of camping under the great southern sky, Australian-style.

The last 9 days of this tour as we leave Broome really take you to remote Australia, hiking and swimming daily in gorges; each more wonderful than the last. Breathtaking waterfalls and swimming holes with cool clear water encourage you to take a dip after a hot days hiking. This tour includes meals as indicated and camping in the great outdoors under a blanket of stars. This is perfect for you if you are an outdoor adventurer and want to get off the tourist trail for a once in a lifetime tour.

20 Day Perth to Darwin Tour Highlights

  • Monkey Mia
  • Pinnacles
  • Coral Bay
  • Shell Beach
  • Shark Bay
  • Murchison Gorge
  • Kalbarri National Park
  • Turquoise Bay
  • Snorkelling / Diving with so much marine life
  • Broome
  • Kimberley
  • Waterfalls
  • Swimming Holes
  • Hiking
  • and much more…

Traveling the full length of the West Coast of Western Australia and into the Northern Territory, this tour is a classic expedition style of trip. Small groups, bush camping in wild places and heaps of adventure.

West Coast Australia Tour

20 Day Perth to Darwin Itinerary

Day 1 – Perth to Murchison House Station Bush Camp

We head out of the city nice and early (Perth City at 6am, Northbridge at 6.20am) to get to our first stop of Nambung National Park where the Pinnacles are. From here we continue our trek north to Kalbarri National Park, in the afternoon we explore some of the coastal areas of Kalbarri, which can include sections of the Bigurda Trail & Eagle Gorge. After a few outdoor activities, we’ll head for our first bush camp.
We seek out camping spots which are located in beautiful wilderness areas and immerse ourselves in the landscape. Where possible we have a campfire and we use swags and tents, swags can be used under the stars or in the tents.
Camp: Private Wilderness Camp on Station Country – River Side.
Activities: Hiking approx 3km
Meals: Lunch and Dinner

Day 2 – Murchison House Station Bush Camp to Shell Beach Bush Camp

The beauty of bush camping is that we rise with the sun and get moving early. We head back to Kalbarri National Park where we explore the inland gorges of the park including Murchison Gorge & Nature’s Window. From Kalbarri we head north and visit Hemelin Pool and Shell beach before settling down to another night around the campfire.
Camp: Private Wilderness Camp on Station Country – Coastal.
Activities: Hiking approx 3 – 6km
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 3 – Monkey Mia to Coral Bay

We rise nice and early and head for Monkey Mia to meet the dolphins. We’ll spend some quality time with the Dolphins and participate in a feeding session. Wild dolphins have been visiting the shoreline at Monkey Mia virtually every day for over 40 years, making this spot in the Shark Bay World Heritage Area one of the most reliable places for dolphin interaction in the world. The dolphin interactions are regulated by rangers and a few lucky visitors are selected to hand-feed the Dolphins a small amount of fish. From Monkey Mia we wave goodbye to our aquatic friends and head for Coral Bay. We have a few camping options at Coral Bay including bush camps or the comfy campground.
Camp: Bush Camp or Campground.
Activities: Short Walks, total approx 2km.
Melas: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 4 – Coral Bay to Exmouth

We spend all day at Coral Bay where there is a variety of activities to suit all tastes and budgets, including; Relaxing and swimming on the beach, Hiring snorkels and exploring the bay, Joining a Manta Ray Snorkeling Boat Cruise, Joining a Whale Shark Snorkeling Boat Cruise (in season).
In the afternoon we head to our camp on the Exmouth Peninsula.
Camp: Private Wilderness Camp on Station Country – Coastal.
Activities: Swimming, Snorkeling, and Boat Cruises
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 5 – Exmouth Peninsula

Today you have the chance to jump on a boat cruise of your own choice (at your own expense) to go snorkelling, diving or to search for whale sharks (in season) or Manta Rays. For those not cruising we explore the peninsula including places like Turquoise Bay, where the coral reef comes right up to the beach, we spend quality time here exploring the reef where we might see turtles and dolphins alongside the tropical fish.
In addition to Turquoise Bay, the Cape Range National Park is home to Yardie Creek, a coastal gorge where there are a great hike and more swimming opportunities. We access another private wilderness camp right on the Exmouth Bay and enjoy some time under the stars and around the campfire.
Camp: Yardie Creek Station.
Activities: Swimming, Snorkeling and Hiking approx 3km
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 6 – Yardie Creek Station to Karijini National Park

Today we say goodbye to the Coast for a few days and head inland to the spectacular Karijini National Park. Karijini is regularly voted as a highlight of the trip and we spend time exploring the spectacular gorges and waterfalls of this highly rated destination. We spend 2 nights in the National Park Campground which gives us easy access to the plethora of amazing places to swim, hike and explore.
Due to our small group size, we don’t muck around and are normally able to get to Karijini, set up camp and still have time to do some exploring and swimming at Circular Pool on day 6.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 7 – Explore Karijini National Park

We have the next 2 days to explore what many people rate as their favorite Australian destination, Karijini National Park. Slot canyons, deep gorges, and waterfalls abound in this outback oasis.
Tour participants also have the opportunity to join a canyoning tour (at your own expense) for 1 of these days, enabling you to explore some of the areas restricted to rope access only.
Today we normally explore Weano Gorge, Hancock Gorge, Red Gorge, Handrail Pool. There is so much to explore and some great hiking and swimming.
At the end of the day we return to camp and cook up another feast.
Camp: Bush Camp, National Park Facility
Activities: Swimming, Hiking up to 10km
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 8 – Karijini National Park to Boney Downs Station

We normally check out the East Karijini delights of Fortescue Falls, Fern Pool & Dales Gorge. Again an action packed day exploring, hiking and swimming.
In the afternoon we head off a short distance to some beautiful and rugged Pilbara country just to the east of Karijini National Park, again we have a private spot located on a cattle station where we can crank up the campfire and cook up a feast.
Camp: Private Wilderness Camp on Station Country – Pilbara Ranges
Activities: Swimming, Hiking up to 6km
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 9 – Bush camp to Broome

Today we push through the Pilbara region via Marble Bar, home to the famous Iron Clad Hotel where we can stop for a refreshment and good Aussie hospitality. Marble Bar is a unique outback town with a strong history, it also claims the title of Australia’s hottest town, summers are always up there in the high 40’s!
We leave the rugged Pilbara behind us on a network of dirt roads and reach the west coast near 80-mile beach south of Broome. After a refreshing swim, we push on to Broome where we finish our day with a swim and a classic Cable Beach Sunset.
Bush Camp Bore Line.
Meals: Breakfast and Lunch

Day 10 and 11 – Broome

You have some free time in Broome. Relax at your accommodation (dorm accommodation included) around the pool, explore the town or head to Cable Beach to work on the tan.

Day 12 – Broome to Tunnel Creek

Today we head East to one of the last great expanses of rugged wilderness areas remaining in the world, the mighty Kimberley Region of Northern Western Australia.
Our first stop is the famous prison tree near Derby, a huge hollowed out Boab tree which was used as a prison in the early pioneering days, this is not only an amazing natural wonder but also gives us an insight into to challenging the relationship between the early settlers and Aboriginal people of the Kimberley.
Next, we head to Windjana Gorge, a huge gorge cut into the ranges over the millennium to reveal beautiful scenery of high vertical cliffs, sandy beaches and meandering creek. We head off on a hike at Windjana of about 2km and often see freshwater crocodiles swimming in the clear waterholes.
From Windjana it’s off to our wilderness bush camp. We have been in the Kimberley for such a long time that we have established relationships with the local landholders, both Cattle Stations and Custodians of Aboriginal Land, and we have permission to camp in wild places that are off limits to the public. These camping spots are normally in pristine wilderness and remote areas, setting up a campfire, cooking up a feast on the fire and then rolling out the swags in these places is a special experience! Tents are provided for those a little nervous about the under the stars experience.
Camp: Private Wilderness Camp – 4WD required to access
Meals: Lunch and Dinner

Day 13 – Tunnel Creek to Bush Camp

We head off nice and early for our first activity, exploring Tunnel Creek. Tunnel Creek is an amazing natural phenomenon and holds great significance to the local Aboriginal people. Getting there early normally guarantees we have the place for ourselves. It is a 750 metre long stretch of creek, which runs underground through one of the oldest cave systems in Western Australia. Many Aboriginal rock paintings are present in the cave and it was a hideout of the Aboriginal warrior, Jandamarra in 1897.
From Tunnel Creek we get on the Gibb River Road, a 700km long outback dirt road which runs between Derby and Kununurra, it’s not the easiest route, the track is often rough, there are a number or deep water crossings and a 4WD vehicle is essential. However it’s an amazing travel route as along the length of the Gibb River Road are vast tracts of wilderness and numerous rivers, gorges and waterfalls to explore.
The first waterfall is Bell Gorge. After a short 15 minute walk, we come to a beautiful creek, which flows through the centre of this impressive gorge and cascades over numerous falls. A deep swimming hole at the base of the main waterfall, surrounded by shady ledges and high cliffs, is an ideal lunch spot.
From Bell Gorge we push on along the Gibb for a little before finding our 2nd bush Camp for the night, another remote wilderness location where we collect firewood, set up camp and settle in for the night.
Camp: Private Wilderness Camp – 4WD required to access.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 14 – Bush Camp to Manning Gorge

Another day of adventure awaits. Emerging from camp it’s back on the Gibb River Road and onto Manning Gorge where we spend most of the day. White sandy beaches with a Pandanus tree-lined waterway opening into a wide clear waterhole greet us only minutes after starting the walk. We must swim across the river before following a trail leading to the top of the gorge. The gorge has a waterfall plus a deep wide swimming hole surrounded by granite cliffs & rock outcrops. It is a spectacular setting with hidden examples of Bradshaw Aboriginal Rock Art.
The return route from Manning Gorge is a little less conventional as we swim and rock hop along the creek before reaching the main waterhole where it started.
Depending on the time available, Galvan’s and/or Adcock Gorge’s are also visited.
Camp tonight is either at Manning Gorge, where toilets and showers are available or back into the bush depending on the preference of your guide.
Camp: Manning Gorge – 4WD required to access
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 15 – Manning Gorge to Pentacost River

An early morning swim at Manning Gorge is a great way to wake up. From here it’s back on “The Gibb” where we continue on our Easterly trek. There are a variety of great spots to stop and check out, including secluded waterholes and Ellenbrae Cattle Station.
Arriving at the Pentecost River we are presented with an incredible landscape of a wide river surrounded by rugged Cockburn Ranges, a classic Kimberley scene. Here we need to drive the 4WD through the Pentecost River, driving a vehicle across a 60 metre wide outback river which is occupied by Salt Water Crocodiles is not something you do every day, but it’s the only way through!
Camp: Private Wilderness Camp – 4WD required to access
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 16 – Pentacost River to Purnululu National Park

A short distance from the Pentecost is El Questro Station, home of more beautiful landscapes, one of which is Emma Falls. A hike through a spectacular gorge takes us to very high and narrow falls with a deep cool plunge pool where we can swim.
From El Questro, we head to one of the highlights of this Kimberley trip, Purnululu National Park, more commonly known as the Bungle Bungles.
Our time in this region is spent hiking and exploring the Gorges and amazing landscapes the area contains. The long and dusty track into the Bungles is spectacular; it winds its way through valleys, over ranges, and through creeks before arriving at what must be one of the world’s most unique landscapes.
The day ends with a spectacular sunset from a vantage point at camp.
Camp: National Park Bush Camp – 4WD required to access.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 17 – Purnululu National Park to Bush Camp

With an early rise we are able to take advantage of a spectacular Bungle Bungles sunrise, from our vantage point we watch the show with a cup of tea or coffee and breakfast from a remote location.
A short drive from the sunrise area is the trailhead for the Cathedral Gorge hike, a spectacular hike through the beehive formations to Cathedral Gorge. The gorge itself is one of the most impressive geological formations you are likely to see anywhere.
From here there is the opportunity to take a scenic flight over the Bungles, helicopter rides from 18 minutes are available. From the air, the Bungles take on a completely new perspective and the open chopper is sensational. Scenic flights are at your own expense and organized on the day.
We then head off for Echidna Chasm for a hike into the domes, following a creek to its source at a narrow passage buried within the Bungles.
After lunch, we depart Purnululu and locate our bush camp, this time on a lovely creek with a sandy beach.
Camp: Private Wilderness Camp – 4WD required to access
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 18 – Bush Camp to Lake Argyle

From our bush camp, we head for Kununurra, the first sign of civilization we have seen for a week. As we approach town the mobile phones start beeping and we take the opportunity to catch up on the world with some free time in this classic outback town while your guide replenishes supplies.
From Kununurra, we head to Lake Argyle for what is regularly voted as the highlight of the tour. Lake Argyle is a huge freshwater lake teeming with wildlife, from wallabies in the rocky shores, to freshwater crocodiles to birdlife. We board a boat where a local guide shows us the lake, there is time to swim before we watch the sunset from the water and then camp on one of the remote islands.
This is a great experience, knowing you are the only people on a single island in the middle of one of the most remote lakes in the world is unforgettable.
We have a campfire, the sky is full of stars and the cool water is inviting to those brave souls who want a midnight swim.
Camp: Private Island Camp – Boat required to access
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 19 – Lake Argyle to Victoria River

The sunrise from our island camp is again unforgettable. We pack up camp, re-board the boat and head back to our vehicle. From Lake Argyle, we push East towards the Northern Territory border and Keep River National Park. Keep River is another amazing location where there are a number of hikes we can take before settling down for another bush camp.
Camp: Private Wilderness Camp – 4WD required to access
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 20 – Victoria River to Darwin

On the final day of our big adventure, we arrive in Katherine. We explore or Edith Falls within Nitmiluk National Park, which offers more adventure, hiking, swimming and spectacular landscapes.
We normally arrive into Darwin at around 6 pm, your guide will conclude the tour by dropping you off at your accommodation.
Meals: Breakfast and Lunch

What’s included in your 20 Day Tour from Perth to Darwin?

  • 9 Day Perth the Broome Adventure
  • 3 nights dorm accommodation in Broome
  • 9 Day Broome to Darwin Adventure
  • All food on each tour
  • All National Park entry fees
  • All Camping fees
  • 4WD/Off-Road vehicle for bush and beach access
  • Dedicated wildlife hiking guide
  • Pick up and drop off at your accommodation
  • All camping gear except sleeping bags

Travel Insurance is highly recommended. Problems requiring insurance are rare, however, situations can arise when you will be glad you have it, eg injuries, medical evacuations, loss or damage of personal items etc.

For most departures, the minimum age is 16 years old at the time of travel.

It is very important that customers understand that a reasonable level of fitness is required for all tours.

The areas in which we operate vary greatly in terrain and weather conditions. Travellers may be required to undertake walking experiences up to 4 hours in duration in challenging conditions. Travellers must be aware that depending on which region the tour is visiting & the southern hemisphere weather season in which you are travelling, you could encounter extremes of heat ( 40C+) or cold (-5C).

By law, it is required that customers advise Real Aussie Adventures or our travel partners in Australia of any pre-existing medical conditions &/or Dietary conditions before they join the tour. Customers may also be asked at the time of each tour commencement to sign a liability waiver.

Travellers are requested to contact us in relation to all medical or dietary issues.

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20 Day West Coast Australia Tour
20 Day West Coast Australia Tour
20 Day West Coast Australia Tour
20 Day West Coast Australia Tour
20 Day West Coast Australia Tour
20 Day West Coast Australia Tour
20 Day West Coast Australia Tour
20 Day West Coast Australia Tour

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