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Perth to Darwin 16 Day Road Trip

Discover the best of the west on this 16 day Perth to Darwin road trip itinerary along the Western Australia coastline.

16
Days
4,826
Kms
14
Stops
50
Outstanding Moments

They say west is best and you're about to find out how. Be wowed by incredible beaches, coral reefs, national parks and old mining cities and even dolphins as you spend 16 days discovering the stark and impressive Australian landscape between Perth and Darwin.

Day 1: Perth Apollo Branch to Cervantes - 213km (2 hours 40 minutes)

Pick up your Apollo camper at our Perth branch and get ready to head north. On the way to Cervantes take the slight detour to The Pinnacles. Formed approximately 25, 000 years ago when sea levels receded, today The Pinnacles stand as a popular tourist and photography enthusiasts attraction. 

orange limestone structures coming out of the orange dirt ground | Tourism Western Australia

 

Day 2: Cervantes to Geraldton - 223kms (2 hours 25 minutes)

Continue north today in the direction of Geraldton, the only city in Western Australia's Coral Coast and famous for great windsurfing conditions. While you're here be sure to visit the iconic red and white Point Moore Lighthouse. 

aerial shot of blue ocean water surrounding beach and land with red and white lighthouse | Tourism Western Australia

 

Day 3: Geraldton to Monkey Mia - 432kms (4 hours 25 minutes) 

An exciting destination awaits you today - Monkey Mia! Enjoy the sunset this evening and get ready for an exciting wildlife experience tomorrow morning. 

Day 4: Monkey Mia 

Monkey Mia is a famous Western Australia destination thanks to more than 40 years of wild dolphin encounters. Everyday at 745am, meet a ranger in front of the visitor centre and watch on as dolphins visit the beach until midday. 

Dolphin under water while crowd on beach watches | Tourism Western Australia

 

Day 5: Monkey Mia to Carnarvon - 352kms (3 hours 30 minutes)

Say goodbye to the Monkey Mia dolphins and continue north to Carnarvon. We recommend including a visit to the Quobba Blowholes, found 75km north of Carnarvon. Here you can witness the ocean pushing into sea caves and up through narrow holes in the rocks to propell impressive jets of water into the air. 

Ocean waves blow hole on rocky edge at sunset | Tourism Western Australia

 

Day 6: Carnarvon to Exmouth - 364kms (3 hours 45 minutes)

Exmouth is calling! The gateway to the Ningaloo Reef, Exmouth has been a popular tourist destination for decades - and for good reason! Ningaloo Reef is Australia's largest fringing reef (yep, you can step right off the beach to the reef!) and over 50% of Indian Ocean species are found here! If you time your trip between March and July, there are even multiple opportunites to swim with whale sharks.

Bright turquoise water surrounding white beach | Tourism Western Australia

 

Day 7: Exmouth to Karratha - 549kms (5 hours 45 minutes)

Say goodbye to the pearly white sand of Exmouth and hello to Karratha! After just under 6 hours on the road today, aquaint yourself with this town of just over 20,000 people with a trip up to TV Hill Lookout. Don't worry, there is no walking required to take in this view as you can drive right to the top! 

Rocky outback view of small town | Tourism Western Australia

 

Day 8: Karratha to Port Hedland- 230kms (2 hours 25 minutes)

Connecting the Pilbara and Kimberley regions of Western Australia, you'll find Port Hedland. Port Hedland is famous for being salty - in a good way. More than 3 million tonnes of salt is harvested at Port Hedland each year (making a tour to the salt mines a must do while in Port Hedland!). This town is also home to the world's largest bulk export port and boasts some of the world's largest ships. 

Day 9: Port Hedland to Broome - 609kms (6 hours)

Wave goodbye to the salt and the ships and say hello to Broome. Arrive before dark to experience another spectacular Western Australia sunset. 

Day 10: Broome

Welcome to Broome, today is yours to explore! Whether you join a guided pearl farm tour or visit Australia's most remote brewery, make sure you finish your day with a sunset at the world famous Cable Beach. Operating 7 days a week, be sure to join a sunset camel ride across Cable Beach for an incredible, bucket-list experience. 

A line of camels walking down the beach at sunset | Tourism Western Australia

 

Day 11: Broome to Fitzroy Crossing - 397kms (4 hours)

Say goodbye to the Western Australia coast and head inland. Today's destination is Fitzroy Crossing, a true outback town. While you're here make sure to visit the nearby Danggu Geikie Gorge. If you are visiting between May and October, join a boat tour to gain a greater understanding of this historical area. 

Day 12: Fitzroy Crossing to Halls Creek - 289kms (2 hours 55 minutes)

The site of Western Australia's first gold discovery is the destination for today. Halls Creek, a small outback town with the population of less than 4,000 people. From here you can enjoy a scenic flight over the world heritage listed Purnululu National Park and experience the striking beehive like formations found no where else on Earth. 

Day 13: Halls Creek to Kununarra - 358kms (3 hours 40 minutes)

Your final day on the Great Northern Highway, enjoy the 3 hours and 40 minutes travel through romote Australia before arriving at Kununarra.

Day 14: Kununarra

Your final full day in Western Australia. While you're in Kununurra be sure to visit Lake Argyle, Australia's second largest man-made lake, several times larger than the Sydney Harbour. 

Outback road with caution cattle crossing yellow sign | Tourism Western Australia

 

Day 15: Kununarra to Katherine - 515kms (5 hours 15 minutes)

Leave Western Australia and cross into the Northern Territory. After the five and a bit hours on the road today, relax and unwind from the drive at the vibrant Katherine Hot Springs, just minutes away from the main street of Katherine. 

 

Girl swimming in clear blue hot springs in the bush | Tourism NT

 

Day 16: Katherine to Darwin Apollo Branch - 317kms (3 hours 10 minutes)

The last day of one epic adventure. On your way to Darwin stop in at Florence Falls in Litchfield National Park for a relaxing swim before an easy drop off at the Darwin Apollo Branch. 

 

Girl sitting on floating at waterfall | Tourism NT

 

 

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