19 Days Perth - Gibb River Road - Darwin 4WD Tour with 4 World Heritage Areas

19 Days Perth - Gibb River Road - Darwin 4WD Tour with 4 World Heritage Areas

19 Days Perth - Gibb River Road - Darwin 4WD Tour with 4 World Heritage Areas

19 Days Perth - Gibb River Road - Darwin 4WD Tour with 4 World Heritage Areas

In the northwest, the coast lures with corals and camels, pearls and prehistoric dinosaur tracks. Discover former coral reefs that form stunning gorges today. Dust, river crossings, corrugated iron roads: The legendary Gibb River Road stands for endless driving pleasure. As a reward, the breath-taking natural beauty of the Kimberley region awaits. Where beehive domes stretch into the sky and waterfalls fall into the depths, where rock pools invite you to swim, there you’ll discover billions of years of Australian history. See freshwater crocodiles up close, bearing thousands of years of history on their scaly humpback. A journey of superlatives with 4 UNESCO World Heritage Sites: Shark Bay, Ningaloo Coast, Purnululu National Park and Kakadu National Park!

Tour Details

  • Min: 5 passengers
  • Price: twin: AU$ 9490 / single: AU$ 12130
  • Horizontal Falls (Optional): additional: AU$ 856
  • Departs ex Perth (on Tuesdays): 07.05.2019 / 02.07.2019 / 20.08.2019
  • Departs ex Darwin (on Tuesdays): 27.05.2019 / 22.07.2019 / 09.09.2019
  • Private Charter Tours: can be booked on a private charter tour (May – September)
  • All prices are per person and valid until 31 March 2020

INCLUDES:

  • Transfers from airport to hotel/from hotel to airport:
    – in Perth up to 3 days prior/after tour
    – in Darwin 1 day prior/after tour
  • Transport in an air-conditioned 4WD bus with a maximum of 12 passengers per vehicle
  • Accommodation during the tour 18x in Hotels/Motels/Tented Safari cabins (wooden floor, real beds, ensuite)
  • German speaking tour guiding / English & French speaking tour guiding on request only
  • Entry fees National Parks, World Heritage Areas, Abrolhos Island Tour by plane, Didgeridoo Dreaming Tour Monkey Mia, Shark Bay Interpretive Centre, Glass-Bottom-Boat cruise (incl. snorkelling gear), Tom Price Mine Tour, Willie Creek Pearl Farm, Geikie Gorge cruise, Day Tour Flight/4WD Bungle Bungle, El Questro Jeep-Tour, Katherine Gorge cruise, Yellow Water cruise
  • Optional: ½ Day Horizontal Falls
  • Meals: 18x B – Breakfast / 3x L – Lunch / 1x D – Dinner
  • Daily extensive coffee/tea break with also juices, biscuits, muesli-bars, nuts, salty snacks, seasonal fruit and/or vegetable, dried fruit and lots more (including gluten free products) to choose from
  • Free cold non-alcoholic drinks during driving
  • Comprehensive information kit in vehicles
  • 24/7 German emergency assistance
  • Personal bag with comprehensive information package and useful bits and pieces for your Australian holiday

Tour Overview

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4x4 Tour

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Pinnacles (Nambung National Park)

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Kalbarri National Park

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Monkey Mia Dolphins

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Karijini National Park

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Horizontal Falls Tour (optional)

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Gibb River Road with all highlights

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3 UNESCO World Heritage Areas

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Abrolhos Islands by plane

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Shark Bay World Heritage Area with Shell Beach and Stromatolites

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Glass-Bottom-Boat Tour in Coral Bay / Ningaloo Reef

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Overnight stay in Broome’s famous Cable Beach Club Resort

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Bungle Bungle Aerial Scenic Flight/4x4 Tour/Walking Day Tour

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Flight from Kununurra to Darwin

Day 1 Perth – Geraldton
After pick up from your hotel we are leaving Perth headed north along the coast towards Cervantes, the entrance to Nambung National Park. The Pinnacles are among the most visited natural wonders of the state. Thousands of limestone pillars rise out of a stark landscape of yellow sand. There is ample time to explore the area and to take some colourful photos from these amazing formations. These impressions of lights and colours will stay with you for many years to come. We head north along the coast via Jurien Bay and Leeman towards Geraldton, the sunniest town in W.A. A visit to Mount Scott gives you the opportunity of an outlook over the town of Geraldton and Grey’s Bay. Here is also the memorial for the victims of the sunken warship HMAS Sydney II. Our sightseeing tour concludes by visiting the architecturally interesting St. Francis Xavier Cathedral in the town centre.
Accommodation: Best Western Hospitality Inn, Geraldton

Day 2 Geraldton – Kalbarri B
The beautiful aerial scenic flight includes overflying the fascinating islands in the Pelsaert Group, the Easter Group and the Wallabi Group. In 1629, this was the scene of the famous mutiny of the Batavia. Back on dry land, we enter the Kalbarri National Park via Port Gregory. You can experience some of the most picturesque grazing land as well as the rough coastline. In the early evening we will arrive in the “laid back village” of Kalbarri.
Accommodation: Kalbarri Palm Resort, Kalbarri

Day 3 Kalbarri – Monkey Mia (Shark Bay) B
After breakfast we will visit Kalbarri National Park for a second time where we enjoy the breathtaking view into the Murchison Gorge. Depending upon the season, our drive through the Kalbarri National Park to the World Heritage area of Shark Bay will be escorted by the famous wildflowers. In the afternoon we arrive in Monkey Mia, home of the well-known dolphins. Nearly every day of the year they come to the shore to give you a unique experience that will never be forgotten. After dinner a local Aborigine will introduce us on a walk into the indigenous culture. Enjoy the dreamtime stories and the sound of the didgeridoo under the clear and bright night sky of Australia’s Outback Coast.
Accommodation: Monkey Mia Dolphin Resort, Shark Bay

Day 4 Monkey Mia (Shark Bay) – Carnarvon B
In the morning you have the opportunity to come face to face with these famous dolphins. Before our first stop at Shell Beach we pay homage to this World Natural Heritage area with a visit to the Shark Bay Interpretive Centre in Denham. We will stop again, this time at Hamelin Pool where the world best known colony of stromatolites can be admired. Typical „Outback Australian impressions” will accompany you on the drive to Carnarvon.
Accommodation: Best Western Hospitality Inn, Carnarvon

Day 5 Carnarvon – Coral Bay (Ningaloo Reef) B
After enjoying breakfast our today’s destination will be beautiful Coral Bay. Here, we will encounter the 260 km long natural wonder of the Ningaloo Reef. Specialists say that the marine life of this reef is more abundant than that found at the Great Barrier Reef. As the reef is not far from shore it can be readily available to discover with the aid of snorkel and flippers on an outing in a glass-bottom- boat. The shallow water of the reef is the homeland to various sea creatures, such as corals, unusual sea stars, crustaceans and over 500 species of different fishes. The rest of the day is for leisure.
Accommodation: Ningaloo Reef Resort, Coral Bay

Day 6 Coral Bay – Exmouth (Ningaloo Reef) B
Today we take up our journey to Exmouth. Breathtaking views from Vlaming Head Lighthouse across North West Cape, beautiful Ningaloo Reef and gigantic antennas of the Naval Communication Station Harold E. Holt. During our short stroll in Mandu Mandu Gorge we are looking out for some rare inhabitants, Black Footed Rock Wallabies. Turquoise Bay creates the perfect scenes for some relaxation, contemplation on the many impressions of the past days, and the temptation of the effervescent Indian Ocean for a refreshing swim. Late afternoon we return to our accommodation in Exmouth.
Accommodation: Mantarays Beach Resort, Exmouth

Day 7 Exmouth – Karijini National Park B
Today, we are driving in a north-easterly direction across the Pilbara region. The traditional owners called their land „bilypara“, which could be translated with “dry”. No wonder: This area, which is twice as large as Germany, half of it consisting of desert and red coloured crests. Today’s accommodation is to be found in the heart of Karijini National Park. What a fantastic atmosphere and a guaranteed good night sleep!
Accommodation: Karijini Eco Retreat, Karijini National Park

Day 8 Karijini National Park B/L
The rock formations of Western Australia’s second biggest National Park belong to the oldest ones in the world, the landscape most impressive and colourful. The plateau which is rich in iron ore and therefore colored intensively red brown, offers spectacular lookouts and many gorges with permanent water pools. We walk down through the changing vegetation of the iron-rich gorge walls to the park’s only permanent waterfall. Just a short distance from Fortescue Falls, you can swim in the refreshing, spring fed Fern Pool. Finally, we visit the spectacular vantage point of the Oxer Lookout with its fantastic view on four gorges joining each other.
Accommodation: Karijini Eco Retreat, Karijini National Park

Day 9 Karijini National Park – Port Hedland B/L
In the Tom Price region gigantic Open Cut excavation mining of iron ore is being carried out. In the course of the morning a visit to one of these mines enables us to capture impressions of the unbelievable ratio and dimensions on the Australian continent. The intensive colours of all these different rock formations combined with the awesome gorges leave an unforgettable experience. About midday we depart Western Australia’s iron ore region and head for Port Hedland, Australia’s busiest iron-ore shipping port. We might – if lucky – sight an endless iron ore train wheeling into or out of the port
Accommodation: Best Western Hospitality Inn, Port Hedland

Day 10 Port Hedland – Broome B
On our journey towards Broome we travel along the edge of The Great Sandy Desert with its small and meagre vegetation. Most of Australia’s northern coastline is bordered by extensive mangrove forest. One important exemption is Eighty Mile Beach. Enjoy the beauty of this white sandy beach and turquoise water of the Indian Ocean, renowned for fishing and shell collecting. Stingrays, stonefish and sharks are in abundance and good reasons to stay ashore. We reach Broome – Australia’s pearling capital – in the early evening.
Accommodation: Cable Beach Club Resort, Broome

Day 11 Broome (& Horizontal Falls Tour, optional) B
Having a population of about 15,000 people, Broome is the commercial and touristic centre of the Kimberley. Chinatown, the rather small downtown area with its Asian touch is the focus of all urban activities. Sun Picture, the world’s oldest picture garden is surrounded by lots of cafés, restaurants, galleries, souvenir shops, jewellery shops and pearl jewellery shops. Ultimately Broome was and still is a world known pearling centre. Whereas in the past, mother of pearl was the main reason and big business, it is cultured pearl in modern days. Pearl diving has always been considered one of the most dangerous occupations, and one that has cost many lives. Evidence of this fact can be seen at the historic gravesites of the Chinese Cemetery and Japanese Cemetery. At Gantheaume Point, where red coloured sandstone rocks meet the deep blue ocean, a 130-million-year-old dinosaur’s footprint can be seen at a very low tide. 

*optional ½ day: Australia is different in many ways. Here you’ll even find horizontal waterfalls! The Horizontal Falls, described as one of the greatest natural wonders of the world, are located deep within the pristine environment of Talbot Bay. And that is exactly what you are going to experience today! From Broome, you fly to the Horizontal Falls. Experience a spectacular seaplane landing on the calm waters of Talbot Bay. Board „Jet Stream“, the fastest boat in the Kimberley. Experience an exhilarating thrill ride through the Horizontal Waterfalls. Now it is time to sit back and relax as you cruise through the spectacular untouched surrounding bays and creeks. You take off from Talbot Bay flying low level across the Buccaneer Archipelago, Cape Leveque, Beagle Bay, Willie Creek Pearl Farm and Cable Beach. You will be transferred back to your hotel.

*The Horizontal Falls are a natural phenomenon, which is influenced by daily changing tides. Tours therefore only take place when the predicted tidal movements are not equal to zero.
Accommodation: Cable Beach Club Resort, Broome

Day 12 Broome – Fitzroy Crossing B
In the pristine and warm water of the Indian Ocean around Broome you’ll find pearls which are among the most sought worldwide. Up until 1930 this small fishing town has met three quarters of the world’s pearling supplies and has become Australia’s pearling metropolis. By visiting the only pearl farm open to tourists in the Kimberley, you are given an insight into the pearling industry and its history. After this neat and informative visit, we leave Broome northwards. Near Derby we visit its main attraction with a dark past, the prison tree. In the hollow trunk of the old Boab tree, Aboriginals were imprisoned. Today, the bulbous giant is protected and should not be entered out of respect for this place and its history. On the Northern Highway No 1 we travel comfortably towards Fitzroy Crossing, our destination for the day.
Accommodation: Fitzroy River Lodge, Fitzroy Crossing

Day 13 Fitzroy Crossing – Mt Hart Homestead B/PL/D
On its way to the Indian Ocean the mighty Fitzroy River crosses Geikie Range, a ragged limestone ground. On a length of 14 km the river exposed the walls of the prehistoric Devonian Great Barrier Reef. The so incurred canyon, Geikie Gorge, is the heart of the National Park. Whilst on a cruise through the canyon we will have the possibility to observe freshwater crocodiles and to gaze and wonder at the remaining dry coral reef now present by the coloured limestone walls of the canyon. Finally, we are starting our Kimberley adventure: Our first section on the Gibb River Road which for many people is the ultimate thrill of all of Australia’s off-road roads. It is one of the most famous tracks in Australia’s northwest region. This legendary cattle track, the so-called “Beef Road”, was originally constructed to enable the farmers of the isolated north-western part of Western Australia to drive their cattle to the ports of Derby and Wyndham. We have a very special surprise for you waiting in Tunnel Creek National Park: We will not walk across the park but we will wade through it. The track follows the streambed of Tunnel Creek along a 750 m long cave system – the oldest in Western Australia – below Napier Range. The approach to Windjana Gorge National Park is very impressive. The vertical rock faces of the Napier Range look like an insuperable wall. Dating back approximately 350 million years ago a shallow tropical sea covered a large proportion of this area and formed a coral reef over 1,000 km in length. Fossils can still be found embedded in the walls of Windjana Gorge and Tunnel Creek. In the early evening we will arrive at Mt Hart Homestead. We enjoy dinner in a fantastic atmosphere.
Accommodation: Mt Hart Homestead, Gibb River Road

Day 14 Mt Hart Homestead – Home Valley Station
The highlights of today’s leg are undoubtedly the different gorges and canyons. Our first stop is Galvans Gorge. It is not exactly a gorge but more of a very idyllic pool nestled in between big rocks. As this location was already much loved by the traditional owners they have left their rock art. We are talking about Wandjinas, the charismatic creatures of the ancestors of the Kimberley. Close to Mt Barnett Roadhouse we visit the pretty Manning Gorge with its crystal-clear water. It is also regarded as a popular spot to observe the versatile bird life. In the late afternoon we arrive at Home Valley Station. This cattle station is still in operation and is managed by local Aborigines.
Accommodation: Home Valley Station, Gibb River Road

Day 15 Home Valley Station – Kununurra B
Today, we will soon cross Pentecost River. Dust and dirt, river crossings, corrugation: The legendary Gibb River Road stands for infinite driving pleasure. The journey is the reward. Provisions are the breathtaking natural beauties of the Kimberley region. We will visit the privately owned El Questro Wilderness Park where we will be taken up with informative accounts of the history and legends of the El Questro Farm. Through a traditional ‚Bush Culture, History and Nature Tour’ you will be astonished to learn about the possibilities of nourishing yourself in order to live in this harsh desolate land without any conventional methods of shopping for food. Eventually, our 660 km journey on one of the world’s greatest tracks comes to an end. The last kilometres to Kununurra are on the Great Northern Highway.
Accommodation: Kununurra Country Club Resort, Kununurra

Day 16 Kununurra – Bungle Bungle – Kununurra B/L
Today’s trip into the Bungle Bungle National Park is a highlight at its best. It gives you the great opportunity to experience a breath-taking view on unique rock formations from the air and on foot. From a small airplane you enjoy gorgeous bird’s eye views on Lake Argyle, the Carr Boyd Range and enormous cattle farms. While approaching the airstrip amidst the Bungle Bungle National Park the wonder world of these amazing limestone rocks opens up. By 4WD and on foot you reach Cathedral Gorge. Enjoy a picnic surrounded by fantastic rock sculptures reminding of bee-hives and let this unique atmosphere sink in. On the flight back to Kununurra you get great views of the Argyle Diamante Mine and the rough embankments of the Osmand Range. This day will provide you with unforgettable memories that you will keep all your life.
Accommodation: Kununurra Country Club Resort, Kununurra

Day 17 Kununurra – Katherine B
With a look from Kelly Knob Lookout we say goodbye to Kununurra and Western Australia. Soon after, we will pass the border to the Northern Territory. Leisurely drive along Victoria Highway to Katherine.
Accommodation: Knotts Crossing Resort, Katherine

Day 18 Katherine – Cooinda (Kakadu National Park) B
After breakfast, we start today’s touring day with a 2-hour cruise through the spectacular Katherine Gorge. A wonderful experience with beautiful views and the opportunity to admire Aboriginal rock art. Via Kakadu Highway, we finally get into Kakadu National Park. Nourlangie Rock, a site of impressive Aboriginal galleries, presents a mix of up to 20,000-year old rock art.
Accommodation: Gagudju Lodge Cooinda, Yellow Water

Day 19 Cooinda (Kakadu National Park) – Darwin B
An impressive boat cruise in Yellow Waters will give you the rare opportunity of viewing the many varieties of wildlife in their natural habitat. As this area is a beloved resting ground during the dry season, you will be both amazed and delighted to see such an abundance of bird types and observe crocodiles within such a close range. At Ubirr Rock – in the heart of the Kakadu National Park – you will find enough time today to wonder and gaze in caves and at rocks of Aboriginal rock art (the world’s oldest art gallery), and also to enjoy a wonderful panoramic view over Kakadu Park. A further stop in the Mamukala Wetlands will allow us to observe thousands of magpie-geese, a fantastic World Heritage Protected area of UNESCO. We reach Darwin in the evening where your unforgettable tour ends at your pre-booked accommodation.