Darwin to Perth 4×4 With 3 Unesco-world Heritage Areas Tour – 18 Days

Arrival in Darwin Kununurra – Bungle Bungle – Kununurra – El Questro Emma Gorge – Fitzroy Crossing – Mt Hart Homestead – Broome –  Port Hedland – Karijini National Park – Exmouth (Ningaloo Reef) – Coral Bay – Carnarvon – Monkey Mia (Shark Bay) – Kalbarri – Geraldton – Perth

In the northwest, the coast lures with corals and camels, pearls and prehistoric dinosaur tracks. Discover former coral reefs that form stunning gorges today and the breath-taking natural beauty of the Kimberley region: Beehive domes stretch into the sky and waterfalls fall into the depths, rock pools invite you to swim, and you will discover billions of years of Australian history. A journey of superlatives with 3 UNESCO World Heritage Sites: Shark Bay, Ningaloo Coast and Purnululu National Park!

Tour Overview

  • Tour dates:

    17.05.2022 / 12.07.2022 / 30.08.2022

  • Guaranteed departure:

    Min. 5 passengers / limited to 12 passengers

  • Private tours:

    Can be booked as private tour (May – September) – surcharge apply

  • Combine this tour with:

    • City Tour Perth & Fremantle
    • City Tour Perth & Fremantle & Swan River
    • 3 Days Southern Experience Tour
  • PRICES:

    Price per person incl. GST in double room: AU$9,500.00
    Price per person incl. GST in single room: AU$12,130.00
    optional tour: Horizontal Falls Tour incl. GST per person: AU$895.00
    optional tour: Willie Creek Pearl Farm Tour incl. GST per person: AU$130.00

Services Included

Transport & Accommodation

Transfers from airport to hotel/from hotel to airport:

  • in Perth up to 3 days prior/after tour

Transport in an air-conditioned 4WD bus with a maximum of 12 passengers per vehicle

Accommodation during the tour 17x in Hotels/Motels/Tented Safari cabins (wooden floor, real beds, ensuite)

Entry Fees

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), Geikie Gorge cruise, Day Tour Flight/4WD Bungle Bungle, El Questro Jeep-Tour, Flight from Kununurra to Darwin

  • Optional: ½ Day Horizontal Falls
  • Optional: ½ Day Willie Creek Pearl Farm

 

Meals

Meals (17x 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

Extras

Comprehensive information kit in vehicles

Personal bag with a comprehensive information package and useful bits and pieces for your Australian holiday

Languages

English speaking guiding

German speaking guiding

French speaking guiding and other languages on request only

24/7 English/German/French emergency assistance

ITINERARY

Day 1 Arrival in Darwin

Individual transfer from the airport to the pre-booked hotel (check-in from 14:00hrs). The rest of the day is for leisure. Explore Australia’s top end City Darwin by foot.

Accommodation: Hotel DoubleTree by Hilton on the Esplanade, Darwin (Breakfast) 

Day 2 Darwin – Kununurra

Kalbarri

You will be transferred to Darwin Airport where you board an Airnorth flight to Kununurra. After landing, you will be transferred to your accommodation. You are free to do whatever you want: relax at the hotel pool or have a stroll to the close-by town centre.

Accommodation: Kununurra Country Club Resort, Kununurra (Breakfast)

Day 3 Kununurra – Bungle Bungle – Kununurra

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 (Breakfast / Lunch) 

Day 4 Kununurra – El Questro Emma Gorge

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. Today, 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 this 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. At the nearby Emma Gorge Resort, we take a short hike along Emma Gorge Creek to a small, crystal clear bathing pool. From here, the adventurous can continue the hike on a steep path to the summit of the Range. As a reward, another crystal-clear pool and waterfall awaits.

Accommodation: El Questro Emma Gorge Resort, Gibb River Road (Breakfast)

Day 5 El Questro Emma Gorge – Fitzroy Crossing

Along the Great Northern Highway, between the Durack Range and the Carr Boyd Range, we continue southward. In Halls Creek we take a short detour to the so-called China Wall. The vertical, up to 5 m high wall of bright quartz is the result of erosion and looks like being built by humans. In the evening we arrive in Fitzroy Crossing, our destination for the day.

Accommodation: Fitzroy River Lodge, Fitzroy Crossing (Breakfast)

Day 6 Fitzroy Crossing – Mt Hart Homestead

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. 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 (Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner)

Day 7 Mt Hart Homestead – Broome

Today marks our last 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. Beautiful Bell George with its breathtaking waterfall within the King Leopold Range Conservation Park is most probably the most picturesque and charming gorge of the Kimberly. 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.  In the early evening we will arrive in Broome.

Accommodation: Cable Beach Club Resort, Broome (Breakfast)

Day 8 Broome City Tour

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. The tour ends at about 11 o’clock back at the hotel, the rest of the day is leisure time.

Accommodation: Cable Beach Club Resort, Broome (Breakfast)

 

(optional I: Horizontal Falls Tour following the Broome City Tour)

*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.

(optional II: Willie Creek Pearl Farm following the Broome City Tour)

Optional ½ Day Willie Creek Pearl Farm Tour: 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. Pick up from the hotel and transfer to Willie Creak Pearl Farm (38km) by bus. The trip ends with the transfer back to the hotel in the late afternoon. Can be booked in English or accompanied by your WA NT TOURS guide.

Day 9 Broome – Port Hedland

On our journey towards Port Hedland 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 Port Hedland in the early evening.

Accommodation: Hospitality Motel, Port Hedland (Breakfast)

Day 10 Port Hedland – Karijini National Park

After breakfast we depart 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. Driving in a southerly 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 (Breakfast)

Day 11 Karijini National Park

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 (Breakfast / Lunch)

Day 12 Karijini National Park – Exmouth

Today we leave the irone ore area of Tom Price towards the coast. Its gorges cut deep into the rock layers as well as colorful rock formations make up the magic of this rugged landscape. In the evening we arrive in Exmouth, the northern end of the Ningaloo Reef. Experts claim that the marine lifeof this ref is more abundant than that found at the Great Barrier Reef.

Accommodation: Mantarays Ningaloo Beach Resort, Exmouth (Breakfast)

Day 13 Exmouth (Ningaloo Reef)

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 Ningaloo Beach Resort, Exmouth (Breakfast)

Day 14 Exmouth (Ningaloo Reef) – Coral Bay – Carnarvon

After enjoying breakfast leisurely drive to Coral Bay. Here, we will encounter the 260 km long natural wonder of the Ningaloo 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. In the afternoon leisurely drive from the southern end of Ningaloo Reef to Carnarvon.

Accommodation: Hospitality Motel, Carnarvon (Breakfast)

Day 15 Carnarvon – Monkey Mia (Shark Bay)

Typical „Outback Australian impressions” will accompany you on the drive to Monkey Mia today. First Stop at Hamelin Pool where the world best known colony of stromatolites can be admired. After our next stop at Shell Beach we pay homage to this World Natural Heritage area with visit to the Shark Bay Interpretive Centre in Denham. 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 (Breakfast)

Day 16 Monkey Mia (Shark Bay) – Kalbarri

In the morning you have the opportunity to come face to face with these famous dolphins. Depending upon the season, our drive from the World Heritage area of Shark Bay to Kalbarri National Park will be escorted by the famous wildflowers. We will visit Kalbarri National Park where we enjoy the breathtaking view into the Murchison Gorge. After breakfast we will visit Kalbarri National Park for a second time where we enjoy the breathtaking view into the Murchison Gorge. In the evening we will arrive in the “laid back village” of Kalbarri.

Accommodation: Kalbarri Palm Resort, Kalbarri (Breakfast)

Day 17 Kalbarri – Geraldton

After breakfast we drive again to the Kalbarri National Park. The rugged coastal formations here are of impressive beauty. Via coastal road we travel via Port Gregory to Geraldton and experience some of the most picturesque grazing land. A 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.

Accommodation: Hospitality Motel, Geraldton (Breakfast)

Day 18 Geraldton – Perth

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. We are leaving Geraldton, the sunniest town in W.A. , south along the coast via Leeman and Jurien Bay 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. The journey continues south via Lancelin to Perth, where this extraordinary journey ends at your hotel.

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