Guided tours and sponsored itineraries are passé. With motorbikes, 4WD’s, campervans, SUV trucks and other personal means of transport, it is now possible for intrepid travellers to create their own travel schedules and tour Australia at their own pace. While there are a myriad of road trips possible around this fascinating continent, the 4,040Km trip from Perth to Darwin is the most adventurous of them all. We always recommend to take at least 21 days for this trip – yes, there is a lot of dust in between but you will discover some of the most beautiful Australian scenery!
Hire a campervan and skim through our suggested itinerary below:
First Leg: Perth to Shark Bay via the Pinnacles
Approximately 600Km apart, the first leg of your adrenaline-pumping road trip begins at Perth and culminates at Shark Bay, both lying on the Western Coast of Australia. We advise spending two days in the magical city of Perth and indulging in a lot of sightseeing. You can then head to Nambung, through the Pinnacles Desert and after resting there for a day, head to Kalbarri, another beautiful city and natural preserve situated amidst beautiful gorges and the wonderful countryside.
The Shark Bay is just a few hours from Kalbarri. We recommend you spend at least three days touring Shark Bay and catching a glimpse of the handsome dolphins and other aquatic mammals in the ocean beyond.
Second Leg: Shark Bay to Karijini via Ningaloo Reef
From Shark Bay, you can move to Coral Bay and the Carnarvon shore which is almost entirely made of tiny beach shells. If you like, you can also visit Cape Range in the vicinity, which has some of the most spectacular isolated beach stretches in the world – for more information about the Ningaloo Reef click here. From there, Karijini is just a few hours away via the Nanutarra Roadhouse and the serene gorges en route. Karijini, with its sophisticated delights and natural wonders, deserves at least a four day stopover.
You would also want to get your campervan serviced and want to check in at a beautiful lodge by the mountains.
Third Leg: Karijini to Nitmiluk
You’ll have to head east from Karijini to reach Nitmiluk, which is more than 2,500Km away. This is the most scenic half of the journey, wherein you tread past lofty mountains (the Hammersley Range), venture out along the North Eastern Coast to beaches like the Cleaverville Beach, and reach Broome, a quaint town with exquisite views of the sea. Via the Kimberley (which has some of the world’s best gorges) and the Purnululu Bungle Bungles, you finally reach the wonderful village of Nitmiluk, where you can take a well-deserved one day halt before moving on.
Fourth Leg: Nitmiluk to Darwin
At last – the last leg before you conclude your tour! Nitmiluk and Darwin are nearly 400Km apart and you will need not more than three days to completely skim through the sights you find on the way. After basking in the glory of the Katherine Gorge at Nitmiluk, head to Kakadu, one of Australia’s most important national parks ever with a wide variety of flora and fauna available for you to gawk at. After you spend a good five days at the wildlife preserve indulging in animal safaris, you can explore Litchfield in the vicinity, famous for its river swimming options (minus the crocodiles), and finally reach Darwin, where you can hope to stop for at least a couple of days before heading home.
Let us know what you think of our itinerary. If you feel you can take a better detour somewhere and explore a really captivating place nearly, please let us know. Of course there are a lot more highlights such as Monkey Mia, the Ningaloo Reef & Broome
This post is provided by Craig Gilhooly a content marketer from UK , <a href=”http://www.holidayextras.co.uk.html” title=”Holiday Extras”>Holiday Extras</a> as well as the gifted Travellers Autobarn team!