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Sunset over Katherine River. Credit to: Tourism NT/Taylah Nilsson

Perth to Darwin

This road trip has a lot to offer; beaches, coral reefs, national parks and old mining cities. During this trip it is common to hardly see another person due to driving such long distances of uninhabitable land. There is a lot to experience along this journey. On the Swan river you'll experience an adrenaline boost during the jet boat trip. Dolphins have never been so close to the beach as they are in Monkey Mia, experience the aboriginal culture in Karratha and visit the China wall in Halls Creek. Go to Kelly's Know lookout or the Diversion Dam in Kununurra and end this great trip in Darwin where you can have sunset drinks in the Casuarina Coastal Reserve or picnic in one of the beautiful Botanical Gardens.

16
days
4,882
kms
14
Stops
50+
Years of Dolphins Coming Close to Shore at Monkey Mia

Itinerary

Day 1: Perth to Cervantes - 211kms (2 hours 25 mins)

Day 2: Cervantes to Geraldton - 222kms (2 hours 24 mins)

Day 3: Geraldton to Monkey Mia - 434kms (4 hours 28 mins)

Day 4: Monkey Mia

Day 5: Monkey Mia to Carnarvon - 349kms (3 hours 30 mins)

Day 6: Carnarvon to Exmouth - 366kms (3 hours 43 mins)

Day 7: Exmouth to Karratha - 549kms (5 hours 40 mins)

Day 8: Karratha to Port Hedland- 230kms (2 hours 23 mins)

Day 9: Port Hedland to Broome - 604kms (6 hours 10 mins)

Day 10: Broome

Day 11: Broome to Fitzroy Crossing - 396kms (4 hours)

Day 12: Fitzroy Crossing to Halls Creek - 290kms (2 hours 56 mins)

Day 13: Halls Creek to Kununarra - 379kms (3 hours 55 mins)

Day 14: Kununarra

Day 15: Kununarra to Katherine - 535kms (5 hours 41 mins)

Day 16: Katherine to Darwin - 317kms (3 hours 10 mins)

Highlights

Monkey Mia Dolphins. Mandatory Credit: Tourism Western Australia

Monkey Mia

Monkey Mia is one of Western Australia's most famous dolphin watching destinations. This calm bay is world famous for the pod of friendly dolphins that visit the shore most days to be hand fed. Located 25kms from the town of Denham in the Shark Bay World Heritage area, Monkey Mia offers a unique chance to see wild dolphins in their natural habitat - and the experience is free! Image Credit: Tourism Western Australia

View from Karratha townsite from TV Hill Lookout, looking west. Credit: Tourism Western Australia

Karratha

A modern and well serviced town, Karratha boasts a major airport and the North West's largest shopping centre. It is the starting point for many tours and adventure experiences in the surrounding areas including Millstream and Karijini National Parks, the magnificent Dampier Archipelago and the Burrup Peninsula - the world's most prolific Aboriginal rock engraving site with over 10,000 identified Aboriginal art sites. Image Credit: Tourism Western Australia

Old Halls Creek Cemetery. Credit: Tourism Western Australia

Old Halls Creek

Old Halls Creek is a picturesque deserted township where the ruins of several old mud brick buildings remain as testament to what was once a booming town, with a population of over 3,000 people. Image Credit: Tourism Western Australia

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