20 Day Perth to Darwin Camping Adventure

West and North combine for a stunning 3-week tour


Small Groups - Max 13 Private Bush Camps - Under the stars camping at private beach and bush locations 4WD Vehicle - To access beaches and bush camps Adventure Activities - Hiking & Swimming, Option Canyoning at Karijini

Explore the beautiful Kimberley Region in custom built 4WD Adventure Trucks and smaller 4WD vehicles including many areas throughout the trip which are off limits to the general public.

Booking Conditions

Age Restriction: Children on request

Fitness Requirement: Average

What's included

  • 9 Day Perth to Broome Adventure.
  • 9 Day Broome to Darwin Adventure.
  • All food on each tour. (not while in Broome, please see itinerary)
  • All National Park entry fees.
  • All Camping fees.
  • 4WD/ Off Road vehicle for bush and beach access.
  • Dedicated tour guide.
  • Pick up from selected accommodation list. Drop off at any Darwin city accommodation
  • All camping gear except sleeping bags.

What To Bring

  • Sleeping Bag suitable for the conditions
  • Shoes you can wear in the water
  • Torch / Head Lamp
  • Refillable Water bottle
  • Swimmers & Towel
  • Hat & Sunglasses
  • Light, cotton long-sleeved shirt to cover up from the sun
  • Sun Screen / Insect repellent
  • Toiletries
  • iPod
  • Camera
  • Jumper / Pullover for night-time
  • Pillow case


Day 1 : Perth to Kalbarri
We begin the 9 day adventure by visiting the Pinnacles Desert, here you can check out the discovery centre and see the displays. Then together we will take a walk through the Desert area where you can see these limestone shapes up close and just how large this area is. We pass through Geraldton, a big town of over and 30,000 people and say goodbye to civilisation and traffic lights while making a little stop for last supplies. This afternoon as we head into Kalbarri we visit the pink lake and Kalbarri’s Coastal Cliffs for a little walk and sunset. Tonight is the first night bush camping, enjoy your time around the campfire and sleep under the stars! Highlights Pinnacles Desert Nambung National Park Pink Lake Kalbarri Coastal Cliffs Activities: Hiking up to 3km
Meals :Lunch, Dinner

Day 2 : Kalbarri to Shark Bay
This morning we do some hiking and exploring in Kalbarri National Park. Rising nice and early we will drive out into the heart of the park and take a walk down to see Natures Window, the postcard image of Kalbarri. Then over on the other side of the National Park we will hike down the Z Bend, to the Murchison River. This afternoon we continue driving North to our destination Shark Bay. See why Shark Bay is a world heritage listed area by visiting some of the areas such as the Stromatolites. We will also visit Shell beach for a swim in the extra salty waters. Tonight we access a private bush camping area, right by the beach. Another night by the fire cooking up a yummy meal together. Highlights Kalbarri National Park Murchison Gorge Z Bend Nature’s Window Stromatolites Shell Beach Activities: Hiking approx 4 - 6km
Meals :Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3 : Monkey Mia to Coral Bay
Visit another fantastic area in Shark Bay called Monkey Mia, this is a beautiful resort that is home to the wild dolphins. The Dolphins have been coming into the shore each morning for over 50 years. Participate in a dolphin experience talk where volunteers will tell you all about them and choose some lucky people to feed a fish to a dolphin, it could be you! This afternoon we travel North and head up to the Ningaloo Reef, set up camp nearby Coral Bay for another night under the stars. Highlights Monkey Mia Coral Bay
Meals :Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4 : Exploring Coral Bay
Today is a free day in Coral Bay. Coral Bay is a small town on a peninsula where part of the Ningaloo Reef lies. You can spend today totally relaxing and swimming on the beach, hire a snorkel or join in on a snorkeling tour with the Mantarays, Whale Sharks or Humpback Whales. (seasonal, at own expense) Late afternoon everyone will re group together again and take a short drive up to the northern end of the Ningaloo Reef, Exmouth. Stop in at Vlaming Head lighthouse and watch a beautiful sunset before you head into another bush camping location in Yardie Creek. Highlights Swimming in Coral Bay Optional Snorkel tours (own expense) Visit the shark nursery (seasonal) Vlaming Head lighthouse
Meals :Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5 : Coral Bay to Exmouth
Spend Today exploring exmouth, You have the option to spend the day with your guide or book on a snorkelling/ diving tour on the Ningaloo Reef with the Whale Sharks. (in season/ own expense) Your guide will take you out to Turquoise Bay, which is voted one of the best beaches in Australia! Snorkel straight off the beach or enjoy some time relaxing on the beach. Exmouth also has some great hiking options, take a walk out in Yardie Creek. Highlights Exmouth Yardie Creek Turquoise Bay Camp: Bush Camp Activities: Swimming & Hiking up to 5km
Meals :Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6 : Exmouth to Karijini
Today we need to get some km’s in to get to Karijini National Park. We will travel inland stopping off for breaks and a re supply stop in the town of Tom Price. This drive is quite scenic and beautiful as we drive by the Hamersley Ranges and Pilbara region. Arriving into Karijini National Park at the end of the day we set up camp and cook up a meal together and prepare for a fun day ahead. Highlights ● Tom Price ● Pilbara region scenic drive ● Join an optional Astronomy tour (own expense) ● Camp: Bush Camp ● Activities: travel
Meals :Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7 : Karijini National Park
Today is a full day in Karijini National Park. We normally head over the Karijini visitor centre and the Weano area where we find; ● Weano Gorge ● Hancock Gorge ● Knox Gorge ● Joffre Gorge There is so much to explore and some great hiking and swimming for the whole day. Tour participants also have the opportunity to join a canyoning tour (at own expense) enabling them to explore some of the areas restricted to rope access only. At the end of the day we return to camp for the night and cook up another feast. Highlights ● Knox Gorge ● Hancock Gorge ● Weano Gorge ● Joffre Gorge ● Camp: Bush Camp, National Park Facility ● Activities: Swimming & Hiking up to 10km
Meals :Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8 : Fortescue Falls
With still some more to see in the National Park, we spend this morning in the Eastern side. Hike and swim in Fortescue Falls, Fern Pool and Dales Gorge. One we leave the park and continue on, we will carry on in land and take the dirt roads out to Marble Bar. Marble Bar is a small Jaspar mining town, known as the hottest town in Australia. Stop in for a lunch break and then carry on up the dirt tracks until we reach another private bush camping location by the De Grey River. Unwind in this beautiful private location and enjoy your last night around the campfire. Highlights ● Fortescue Falls ● Fern Pool ● Dales Gorge ● Activities: Swimming, Hiking up to 5km
Meals :Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9 : Pilbara to Broome
We wake up with the birds singing and leave our campsite to continue driving through the Pilbara region back up to the coast towards Broome. Stop in at 80 Mile beach for one last swim or stroll along the beach. Arriving into Broome this afternoon, we will enjoy a famous Cable Beach sunset and drop you off at your accommodation. Highlights 80 Mile Beach Cable Beach Sunset Activities: Swimming (accommodation not included)
Meals :Breakfast, Lunch

Day 10 : Broome (free time)
We take a break from the rugged outback and enjoy Broome. Please note: Broome accommodation is not included, night 9, 10 and 11 need to be booked at own expense, you are welcome to book anywhere in town and we will get you there and pick you up ready for the next part of the tour. We recommend Beaches of Broome for accommodation.  Any activities you may choose to do will be at own expense and meals are not included on these 2 days. Options: Relax on Cable Beach Visit the markets (on weekends) Shopping in town Take a camel ride Visit Gantheaume Point Visit Town Beach Plenty more to do!
Meals :None

Day 11 : Broome (free time)
We take a break from the rugged outback and enjoy Broome. Please note: Broome accommodation is not included, night 9, 10 and 11 need to be booked at own expense, you are welcome to book anywhere in town and we will get you there and pick you up ready for the next part of the tour. We recommend Beaches of Broome for accommodation.  Any activities you may choose to do will be at own expense and meals are not included on these 2 days. Options: Relax on Cable Beach Visit the markets (on weekends) Shopping in town Take a camel ride Visit Gantheaume Point Visit Town Beach Plenty more to do!
Meals :None

Day 12 : Broome to Windjana Gorge
Your Broome to Darwin tour begins when we pick you up from your Broome accommodation in the Adventure Truck and immediately head east and into the Kimberley. Our first stop is the famous Boab 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 the challenging 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 millennium to reveal beautiful scenery of high vertical cliffs, sandy beaches and meandering creek. We head off on a hike at Windjana of about 4km and often see freshwater crocodiles swimming in the clear waterholes. From Windjana it’s off to our first wilderness bush camp. It feels nice to get back into the great outdoors with the stars above. Highlights Depart Broome Boab Prison Tree Windjana Gorge Camp: Private Wilderness Camp on Station Country Activities: Short Hike approx 2km
Meals :Lunch, Dinner

Day 13 : Tunnel Creek and Bell Gorge
The mobile phones get packed up with the camping gear as they become useless and 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, and 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 of the tour 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. Highlights Tunnel Creek Gibb River Road Bell Gorge Camp: Private Wilderness Camp on Station Country Activities: Hike & Swim approx 5km
Meals :Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 14 : 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 gorge. (or take the pull along tinny boat across if you are unable to swim well) 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, this activity is often rated as a highlight of the tour. 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. Highlights Manning Gorge Galvan’s Gorge Adcock Gorge Camp: Private Wilderness Camp on Station Country Activities: Hiking & Swimming up to 8km
Meals :Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 15 : Manning
An early morning swim at Manning is a great way to wake up. From here it’s back on “The Gibb” where we continue on our Easterly trek. There is a variety of great spots to stop and check out, including secluded water holes 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 so across we go. Another bush camp under the stars awaits us. Highlights Gibb River Road Pentecost River Camp: Private Wilderness Camp on Station Country Activities: Indigenous Art. Short Hike approx 2km
Meals :Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 16 : Bungles
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 tour, 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. Highlights Emma Gorge El Questro Station Purnululu National Park (Bungles) Sunset Camp: Bush Camp, National Park Facility Activities: Hiking & Swimming approx 5km
Meals :Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 17 : Cathedral Gorge
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 though 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 organised 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. Highlights Purnululu Sunrise Cathedral Gorge Picaninny Creek Echidna Chasm Beehive Formations Optional Helicopter Flight Camp: Private Wilderness Camp on Station Country Activities: Hiking approx 5km
Meals :Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 18 : Kununurra
From our bush camp we head for Kununurra, the first sign of civilisation we have seen for a week. As we approach the 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 teaming 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. Highlights Kununurra Lake Argyle Lake Argyle Private Island Camp Camp: Private Wilderness Camp on Island Activities: Boat Cruise & Swimming
Meals :Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 19 : Lake Argyle to Keep 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 camp on aboriginal land near a billabong. We have the pleasure of meeting Mr. Bill Harney, an aboriginal elder who will show us some aboriginal rock art out the back of his property and tell stories as well as sing songs about his culture and experiences. Highlights Lake Argyle Island Sunrise Early Cruise & Swim Victoria River Region Aboriginal Culture tour (upon availability) Camp: Private Wilderness Camp on aboriginal land Activities: Boat Cruise & Hiking approx 4km
Meals :Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 20 : Edith Falls to Darwin
On the final day we arrive in Katherine. We explore Edith Falls within Nitmiluk National Park, which offers more adventure, hiking, swimming and spectacular landscapes. We normally arrive into Darwin at around 6pm, your guide will conclude the tour by dropping you off at your accommodation. Highlights Edith Falls Arrival into Darwin Activities: Boat Cruise & Hiking approx 4km
Meals :Breakfast, Lunch


Perth pickup list: Please chose a location from the following list and let us know where you will be staying/ picked up from. 

Perth YHA 300 Wellington St, Perth WA 6000 

Parmelia Hilton 14 Mill St, Perth WA 6000 

Old Swan Barracks 2-8 Francis St, Perth WA 6000 

Alex Hotel 50 James St, Perth WA 6000

Hostel G 80 Stirling St, Perth WA 6000

Spinners Backpackers 342 Newcastle St, Perth WA 6000

Shiralee Backpackers 107 Brisbane St, Perth WA 6000

Billabong Resort Backpackers 381 Beaufort St, Highgate WA 6003

Optional Excursions

Optional Activities (Available to sign up on tour with your guide)

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Additional costs/ optional extras:

Broome accommodation is not included, night 9, 10 and 11 need to be booked at own expense, you are welcome to book anywhere in town and we will get you there and pick you up ready for the next part of the tour. We recommend Beaches of Broome for accommodation.

Lake Argyle Overnight Cruise ($120 payable on board). compulsary

Optional Whale Shark Cruise.

Optional Snorkel Hire Exmouth & Coral Bay.

Optional Helicopter Flights at Purnululu National Park.

Sleeping Bags not included, please bring 

No Credit Card or Booking Fees!!

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20 day Perth to Darwin tour which takes you across all the highlights of the West Coast. Have the opportunity to see the beautiful raw landscape and the stunning coastline.

Recent Independent Reviews

  • On Trip Advisor

    20 day Perth to Darwin Tour - amazing!

    I had the best 20 days I could have asked for. The trip between Perth to Darwin is definitely worth it, I would advise people to do it all and not just one of the parts. It was 20 days of pure adventure and fun!
    The WA coast is beautiful and is so different from what I've seen before. It was lovely to see all the nice spots, Kalbarri national park was amazing and then Coral Bay was a dream. Karijini national park was a favourite.
    As for the Kimberley, well, it was the best. All the gorges and swimming spots, the beautiful landscape, all of it was insane. On this leg of the tour it's hard to pick a favourite, but shout out to Manning gorge, El Questro Gorge, the Bungle Bungles and Lake Argyle. For the animal and plant lovers out there, you'll get to see loads!
    We were so lucky we got Nicko (#thebestguide). I cannot say enough good things about him, super funny guy and professional as. He was a fantastic guide! Thank you for everything!
    The food was great. Your standard wraps for lunch, which Nicko always tried to spice up with different cold meats, spreads and nice vegetables. Breakfast with choice of cereals and muesli, good old Nutella and other spreads, dairy milk, veggie milk, yogurt, etc. And then dinners! These were fantastic, Nicko is a great cook, I learnt a lot about bush cooking and that you can do whatever you can with a camp oven.
    Also, we were super lucky with the groups for both legs of the tour. Everyone was nice and we all had great laughs. We got along together and helped each other with cooking, cleaning and packing, which is the way to go if you want to be back on the road fast to see more.
    Camping is part of the good fun of this trip, great spots with no else around which made it awesome. Swags are my new favourite thing, comfortable, simple to set up and clean. I will trade one for any hostel bed from now on!
    As a group we helped with preparing the food, with setting up camp, picking up fire wood, washing dishes and packing. Again, this is part of the camping experience, it won't be a luxury tour if that's what you're looking for.
    The drive is obviously long, in 20 days we did 5000+km. However, there is never a dull time. Play games, look out of the window (#viewsfordays) or just catch up on some sleep. We had 2 flat tires, one in karijini and one in the gibb that took longer to solve, but Nicko was on it and saved the day. The air con was perfect because it will be hot, with it on the drive is comfortable.
    A lot of people might be scared of the toilet, but there's nothing to be afraid of the bush. It's very simple for boys, as for girls it won't be complicated and there will be plenty of regular toilets along the way, so no worries!
    To conclude, this might not be the trip for everyone. However, if you are adventurous, love camping, don't mind not having showers and proper toilets everyday, don't care about the way you look on the road and if you are looking for great fun, then this is definitely for you!
    WA and the Kimberley are the pearls of Australia. Let's keep it like that! Leave no trace behind. #happydayz

    On Trip Advisor

    Amazing tour, brilliant tour guides

    I booked the 20 day Perth to Darwin tour not knowing what I was getting myself into and had the best time ever!
    Early in the morning I got picked up by 2 tour guides Cabsy and Zee. We were a small group of 5 people and 2 tour guides so we bonded quite quickly. The tour guides were very knowledgable and answered all of our questions the best they could. Every day was an adventure, whether it was exploring beautiful gorges, sitting in the bus playing games, collecting firewood or getting the dinner ready. I have to say Cabsy’s dinners were delicious and she has some master skills to be able to cook on fire like that. Cabsy and Zee went out of their way the whole time for us and they truly made the trip unforgettable. Thank you!
    The second part of the trip started in Broome with our new tour guide Duffman. I heard a lot of good things about him and I definitely wasn’t dissapointed. He was so knowledgable about all the places we visited. He took an amazing care of us through the whole trip, and his dinners were out of this world, he has some pro skills with cooking on fire. We also had a little accident with our trailer on the way and he handled it so well with such a positive attitude. Every single day was just amazing, full of adventure and beautiful nature and swimming spots. I wish I could still be on the tour with all the amazing people I met.
    This was definitely an experience of a lifetime and I thank you guys so much for providing such an amazing touA