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Epic West Coast Australia

A beach and bush adventure from Perth to Darwin

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The Kimberleys Purnululu Domes in Australia

Group Size: Min 6 / Max 20

Trip code: RAPD

Duration: 24 days

Hostels & camping
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Outback experiences

Are you ready to explore the awesome reaches of Western Australia? It’s where pristine beaches and rich Aboriginal culture meet the raw beauty of the Outback. Imagine walking among living fossils, off-roading to a remote cattle ranch, snorkelling with whale sharks, swimming in rugged gorges, and sleeping under the stars in a swag - you’ve got the picture. With expert guides, extraordinary included experiences, and mostly campsite accommodation in some of Australia’s most remote and special locations, there’s no better way to experience the West. Travel from vibrant Perth through to tropical Darwin in a 4WD vehicle, or take it in the opposite direction from Darwin to Perth. See you there! 

Trip Highlights

  • Explore the Pinnacles Desert with its surreal sci-fi style limestone formations
  • Meet the world-famous wild dolphins at Monkey Mia on Shark Bay
  • See the Bungle Bungles in Purnululu National Park and spend a night stargazing in a swag
  • Have a go at sandboarding on the vast dunes of Jurien Bay
  • Go full off-road with a 4WD adventure into the Outback to the unforgettable Tunnel Creek
  • Discover Karijini National Park’s ancient gorges, swimming holes, and cascading waterfalls
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What's included
  • 23 nights’ accommodation
  • 22 Breakfasts, 20 Lunches, & 17 Dinners
  • All on trip transport
  • Nambung National Park entry fee
  • Pinnacles Desert
  • Jurien Bay (time permitting)
  • Port Gregory pink lake (time permitting)
  • Kalbarri National Park entry fee
  • Murchison Gorge, Natures Window, the Loop
  • Z-Bend Gorge swim
  • Shell Beach
  • Monkey Mia dolphin experience
  • Hamelin Pool stromolites
  • Coral Bay & Exmouth beach time
  • Ningaloo Reef marine park
  • Tom Price mining town
  • Karijini National Park entry fee
  • Karijini guided gorge walk
  • 80 Mile Beach
  • Dampier Peninsula (time permitting)
  • Broome beach break
  • Tunnel Creek guided tour
  • Windjana Gorge
  • Bell Gorge (weather permitting)
  • Manning Falls hike
  • Galvin’s Gorge
  • Pentecost River crossing
  • El Questro Station stay
  • Kununurra town
  • Purnululu National Park
  • The Bungle Bungles
  • Lake Argyle
  • Katherine Gorge or Edith Falls
  • 24-hour emergency support
What's not included
  • Flights
  • Airport transfers
  • Visas
  • Insurance
  • Sleeping bags
  • Some meals
  • Optional activities
Further trip information

Day 1: Pinnacles Desert & Jurien Bay. Meet the gang in Perth and hit the highway to Nambung National Park. We’ll explore the Pinnacles Desert’s huge limestone pillars before making for Jurien Bay where we’ll have a go at sandboarding before continuing to Kalbarri for the night.

Day 2: Kalbarri National Park & Shell Beach. Spend the day exploring Kalbarri Park’s must-see spots including Murchison Gorge, Nature’s Window, and Z-Bend Gorge where we’ll enjoy a refreshing swim. Next up it’s Shell Beach, one of only two beaches in the world made entirely from shells! We’ll spend tonight in Monkey Mia.

Day 3: Monkey Mia & Shark Bay. Head to the beach to meet the famous Monkey Mia dolphins. Watching them play in the shallows is an unforgettable nature experience. Then head to Hamelin Pool to see its legendary stromatolites. We’ll spend tonight in the cute coastal town of Coral Bay.

Day 4: Coral Bay & Ningaloo Reef. Spend today relaxing in Coral Bay. Take an optional snorkelling trip to Ningaloo Reef or opt for a glass bottom boat cruise. In the afternoon we’ll hit the road to Exmouth. We’ll head to Yardie Creek for sunset and watch the kangaroos hopping around the grounds.

Day 5: Exmouth. We’ve got a full day to enjoy Exmouth today. Join some of our optional activities from snorkelling and diving, to an unforgettable experience swimming with whale sharks (pre-booking recommended).  Or you can just spend the day chilling on the beach. We won’t judge!

Days 6 - 7: Karijini National Park. We’re heading to Karijini National Park today, passing through the Outback town of Tom Price, before reaching our camp overlooking the Hamersley Range. On day 7 we’ll explore Karijini’s ancient gorges, cool swimming holes, and showering waterfalls, before heading back to camp for another night under the stars.

Day 8: Pilbara region. See ya Karijini. We’re heading to the iron ore town of Port Hedland. We take a quick tour of the town before journeying on towards the Pilbara region, home to some of Australia’s most stunning natural landscapes. We’ll spend the night together at Sandfire campground.

Day 9: Eighty Mile Beach & Dampier Peninsula. We’re off to Eighty Mile Beach today, the longest uninterrupted beach in Western Australia. Chill on the white sand, and take some pics of the azure ocean before travelling to Cygnet Bay Pearl Farm on the Dampier Peninsula.

Day 10: Cygnet Bay & Broome. Take a tour of the Cygnet Bay Pearl Farm before touring a local aquaculture hatchery run by the Bardi Jawi. Learn all about these indigenous people’s connection to the ocean before travelling south to Broome, arriving on Cable Beach in time for some drinks.

Days 11 - 14: Broome Beach. We’ll spend the next four days staying in a comfy hostel in tropical gardens close to Broome’s best beaches. Chill on the sands of Cable Beach, enjoy a brew or two at Matsos Broome Brewery, and check out the local galleries.

Day 15: Tunnel Creek. We’ve got an early start today as we head into the Outback and go full off-road to Napier Range. The main attraction today is Tunnel Creek. Explore its cathedral-like caverns with a knowledgeable guide before camping overnight at Windjana Gorge.

Day 16: Windjana Gorge & Bell Gorge. Spend the morning exploring Windjana Gorge’s freshwater pools and lush forests. In the afternoon we’ll travel on to Bell Gorge where we’ll wash the dust of the Outback off under a waterfall before spending the night camping at Mt Barnett Station.

Day 17: Manning Falls. Work up a sweat with a morning hike through the bush before plunging into the emerald pool at the base of Manning Falls. Then we’re off to either Adcock or Galvin’s Gorge, two other superb swimming spots deep in the Outback, before heading back to camp.

Days 18 - 19: El Questro Station. We turn off the tarmac today and head into the wilderness on the legendary Gibb River Road. We’ll navigate the Pentecost River crossing in our 4WD before arriving at the former cattle station of El Questro. Spend the next couple of days soaking your bones in Zebedee Springs, trekking to El Questro or Emma Gorge, or fishing for barramundi.

Days 20 - 21: Purnlulu National Park. Head into Purnululu National Park before arriving at the Bungle Bungles. Explore the vast orange and black sandstone domes before continuing to our bush camp. On day 21, hike through Echidna Chasm to the natural Amphitheatre of Cathedral Gorge. You can choose to sleep in a swag tonight under the stars.

Day 22: Lake Argyle. Hit the dirt road again to Kununurra, the largest town between Broome and Darwin. We’ll spend tonight camping on the shores of Lake Argyle, a vast manmade reservoir that’s so big it’s classified as an inland sea!

Day 23: Lake Argyle & Katherine. Spend most of the day exploring Lake Argyle. In the afternoon we’ll head across the state border into the Northern Territory, spending the night in Katherine, a lively town on the banks of the Katherine River.

Day 24: Darwin & trip end. Our adventure comes to an end today but not before we’ve made a couple more stop offs at either Katherine Gorge or Edith Falls. We’ll say our goodbyes in Darwin at the tropical top end of Australia. See you again soon! 

Pre-bookable Optional Activities

There are some amazing optional activities you can do on this trip, some of which are pre-bookable as they often sell out far in advance (such as swimming with whalesharks or mantarays!). Please download the trip notes for to get details on what activities are available and approximate costs.

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Arrival information

The trip begins in Perth and we’ll be heading straight to Nambung National Park on day 1, so we recommend you arrive in Perth the day before or earlier. You’ll need to fly into Perth Airport (PER) and make your own way to the trip start point (details provided in your pre-departure pack). Taxi transfers to the city centre take around 20 minutes, depending on traffic or you can use the metro line direct in to the city centre. 

The trip ends in Darwin on day 24. We recommend that you book flights for the following day or later to allow plenty of time to make it to Darwin International Airport (DRW). There are currently no direct flights from Darwin to the UK, but you can fly to pretty much any other major Australian city and transfer to a UK flight from there.

Please note: You can also book this trip in the Darwin to Perth direction. In this instance, the departure and arrival details are reversed.

Accommodation & meals

23 nights of accommodation are included on this trip. We’ll spend some nights in dorm-style rooms in hostels and most nights camping, which allows us to stay in some of Australia’s most remote and special locations.

You will need to bring a sleeping bag. You can bring along your own, or you can purchase one at an additional cost paid locally. Please enquire if you would like to purchase one, so we can have one reserved for you upon arrival.

Let us know if you’re travelling with a partner or friend and we can make sure you’re placed together.

22 Breakfasts, 20 Lunches, and 17 Dinners are included. Please let us know in advance if you have any dietary requirements. 

Minimum age & eligibility

You must be 18 years old to take part in this trip. This is an active trip and you’ll enjoy it most if you have a reasonable level of fitness.  

All visitors to Australia (excepting those from New Zealand) will require a visa or Electronic Travel Authority (ETA) to enter. These must be applied for before departure, and if you’re planning on working in Australia whilst you’re out there you’ll need a Working Holiday Visa. Both visas can be applied for online. Please feel free to contact us if you need any more information. Your passport should be valid for the proposed duration of your stay.

Please note: Visa rules are subject to change. You should check with the relevant embassies before travelling. 

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