Whilst we are totally spoilt for possible road trips around this fascinating continent, the 4040km campervan trip from Perth is the most adventurous of them all. We always recommend to take at least 21 days for this trip – and yes, there is a lot of dust in between but you will soon discover some of the most beautiful scenery Australia has to offer! To help you plan your route here’s a tried and tested itinerary.

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4000km trip distance

21 day roadtrip

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Perth to Shark Bay via the Pinnacles

First Leg

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 a couple of days in laid back and beautiful city of Perth and indulging in some 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.

Photo: Instagram @e_tta 20/06/2016


Shark Bay to Karijini via Ningaloo Reef

Second Leg

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 with serene gorges along the way. Karijini, with its sophisticated delights and natural wonders, deserves at least a four day stopover.

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Karijini to Nitmiluk

Third Leg

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, where you tread past lofty mountains (the Hammersley Range), venture out along the North Eastern Coast to beaches such as Cleaverville Beach, and reach Broome, a quaint town with gorgeous views of the sea. Via the Kimberley (which has some best gorges in the world!) and the Purnululu Bungle Bungles, you’ll finally reach the wonderful village of Nitmiluk, where you can take a well-deserved one day halt before moving on.

Photo: Instagram @never_ask_directions 03/06/2016

Nitmiluk to Darwin

Fourth Leg

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 spending some time at the wildlife preserve, you can explore Litchfield in the vicinity, famous for its river swimming options (minus the crocs!), and finally reach Darwin, where you can hope to stop for at least a couple of days before heading home.

Photo: Instagram @robsaxby 14/06/2016

Time to say Goodbye!

Hope you found our itinerary useful and most importantly inspirational, we have a load of other Perth adventures right here! If you feel like we missed something out or can take a better detour somewhere let us know in the comment section below.

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This post is provided by Craig Gilhooly from Holiday Extras as well as the gifted Travellers Autobarn team!

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