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Experience Perth and surrounds

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Experience Perth & some of its hidden gems

Experience Perth & Surrounds during your trip in Western Australia. Perth is the major gateway for exploring the South West region or before heading up North or in the Goldfields region. The city is alive and vibrant and offers activities for everyone.

Perth CBD and surrounds

Perth CBD is a vibrant city with a lot of activities on offer. The most popular attraction close to the CBD is Kings Park, one of the largest city park in the world! Perth also offers great views over the Swan River with its new and trendy Elizabeth Quay, where you can book a gondola tour or simply take the ferry to cross the river and arrive in South Perth, where Perth Zoo is located. If you are keen to experience Perth’s amazing beaches, simply head to Cottesloe, the most popular beach in Perth with its beautiful postcard landscapes. Do you have a spare day? Then take the train or drive to Fremantle, a city well known for its maritime history. It is a great place to visit for the day and it is so easy to relax there. Fremantle is also one of the three main ports where you can also take the ferry for a trip to Rottnest Island. Other ferry start points are Elizabeth quay and Hillarys Boat Harbour (a great place for the kids if you would like to go swimming!). Rottnest Island is the ultimate place to visit when staying in Perth. It boasts picturesque seascapes and beautiful beaches, accessible by walking or cycling. Let’s not forgot the amazing quokkas! It is hard not to fall in love with those little creatures!

Perth Hills

The Perth Hills are located just half an hour from Perth CBD. It offers a wide array of activities and beautiful landscapes. Kalamunda is one of the most popular town in the Perth Hills. The town is located in the Darling Scarp, east of Perth. It is a great place to visit if you love nature, food and history. Don’t forget to visit the Kalamunda History Village, which is the largest folk museum in Western Australia, depicting the early years of life in the Perth Hills and the industries that developed in the area. If you would like to experience something out of the ordinary, book a camel ride at the Calamunda Camel Farm! You will discover the local bush and might even spot local wildlife. You can find out more on their website. If you continue driving further East, you will find the town of Mundaring Weir. There, you will discover how water was transported in the early 1900s all the way from Mundaring Weir to the booming Gold Rush town of Kalgoorlie. The Precinct tells the history of the weir and the pipeline through a series of story-telling signs and sculptures by renowned artists. Don’t forget to get lunch or a coffee at the Mundaring Weir Hotel with its beautiful beer garden. If you are a wine and food lover, then, south of Mundaring Weir, you can explore wineries and cideries along the Bickley Valley Wine and Cider Trails. You can download the trail brochure here.

Perth Hills Wildlife and Conservation

If you are looking for a unique experience with native Australian wildlife, then contact Kaarakin, which is a fantastic not-for-profit organisation in the Perth Hills. The organisation aims to rescue, rehabilitate and release black cockatoos which are threatened with extinction. The sanctuary also takes care of pure bred dingoes, emus and kangaroos. Although it is not open to the public, private tour or black cockatoo/ dingo encounters can be organised by contacting the friendly volunteers at Kaarakin.

Swan Valley

The Swan Valley is located North of Perth and boasts a wide array of activities. There, you can visit chocolate factories, visit wineries, discover a wildlife park and much more. The Swan Valley has two popular trails, from the groundbreaking Cider and Ale Trail to the Sweet Temptation Trails. Both trails encompasses the best places of the Swan Valley. Both maps can be found on the Swan Valley website. If you have children or desire to see koalas and kangaroos up close, then head to Caversham Wildlife. Caversham Widlife Park is also located in a beautiful park called Whiteman Park, where you can also visit a train museum and take a ride aboard a vintage train.

Whether you have a day or several to spend in Perth, the city will keep you occupied until the start or the end of your trip self-drive trip in Western Australia!

 

 

 

Tanami Track Itinerary

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Tanami Track Itinerary: What you need to know about the Tanami Track

The Tanami Road (aka Tanami Track) is an old stock route running over 1,000 kms through the Tanami Desert between Halls Creek in WA and Alice Springs in the NT.

Tanami Track Map

Travelers will need to be completely self sufficient during the drive as water, fuel and food stops along the route are scarce and supply can be unreliable.
It is strongly recommended that additional fuel containers are filled and taken when traveling this route.
It is vital enough drinking water is taken to last the full distance, plus an additional 20% in case of emergency. There are bore water tanks along the route, however the may be dry or likely to contain unpotable water (unsafe for drinking).

There are no designated campsites along the Tanami Track, it is simply a matter of finding a suitable place to set up camp.
The scrub consists of salt bushes and spinifex, so it can be difficult to find a clear area. Often bore tanks or roadhouse locations provide the best places to spend the night.

The road condition along the Tanami is unpredicatble and changes with every wet season. The roads are graded and there may be areas of heavy corrugations.
Road trains and large trucks travel along the Tanami Road when transporting goods to remote communities and operational mines. As on all dirt roads, it is good practice to move to the far left side of the road and slow your speed right down – even coming to a complete stop if the oncoming traffic is a road train or truck carrying an oversized / wide load. This prevents kicking up dust which impares visibility for the oncoming traffic, and minimises the chance of stones breaking windows.

Tanami Track Map

Tanami Track Itinerary: FUEL STOPS
Billiluna
168km from Halls Creek – 885km from Alice Springs
7am-12noon & 2pm-4pm Mon to Fri
9am – 11am Sat

Balgo
246 km from Halls Creek – 807km from Alice Springs
Note:      Balgo is approximately 35km off Tanami Rd
Must call (08) 9168 8900 prior to entry
9am – 12noon & 2pm-4pm Mon to Fri
9am – 12noon Sat

Yuendumu
754km from Halls Creek – 299km from Alice Springs
Note: Unreliable – be prepared for no fuel available.
8.30am – 1pm & 2pm – 5pm Mon to Fri
9.30am – 12noon Sat & Sun

Tilmouth Roadhouse
854km from Halls Creek – 199km from Alice Springs
7am – 9pm 7 days per week

NO FUEL:
Rabbit Flat Roadhouse – PERMANENTLY CLOSED from December 31st 2010.
Only souvenir sales and weather reporting still in operation.

Halls Creek Visitors Information Centre
71 Thomas St
Halls Creek
Ph (08) 9168 6007

Halls Creek Police Station
Lot 68 Great Northern Highway
Halls Creek WA 6770
Ph (08) 9168 9777

Alice Springs Visitors Information Centre
60 Gregory Terrace
Alice Springs
Ph: (08) 8952 5800

Alice Springs Police Station
17 Bath St
Alice Springs NT 0870
Ph (08) 8951 8822

Useful Links
https://www.hallscreektourism.com.au/see-do/tanami-road
http://www.outback-australia-travel-secrets.com/tanami-desert.html
http://warlu.com/

This information was correct at the time of writing – March 2017.
This Tanami Track Itinerary is to be used as a guide only and we strongly recommend you independently verify all the information relating to fuel, water, trading hours and road conditions to obtain accurate information for your dates of travel.

El Questro Wilderness Park

Gibb River Road 4WD Hire

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Hire a 4WD to travel on the Gibb River Road

Crikey Campers hire powerful Toyota LandCruiser 4WD’s paired with an Off Road Camper Trailer. Contrary to motor homes, our Crikey Camper 4WD Camper package can be taken fully off-road such as on the popular Gibb River Road.

The Gibb River Road is an adventure for some and more precisely a trip of a lifetime for others! You will be experiencing new and unfamiliar territory and explore of the last pristine regions of Australia. When comparing 4WD Self-drive products it is important that the equipment, standard specifications, fees and charges and suitability of the product hired for your trip is considered. Dig a little deeper than a simple online search and you will find that a Crikey Camper package is a unique product that has been designed to offer the outback traveler a safe and comfortable experience. You can find how we compare on this page.

Crikey Campers only hire Toyota 200 Series LandCruiser 4WD’s paired with a robust camper trailer made locally here in Perth, Western Australia. This 4WD and Safari Camper package is fully equipped for your trip on the Gibb River Road and comes with 3 interchangeable spare tyres.

Space is not an issue in our Crikey 4WD Camper. Luggage and load space can often be under-estimated while looking for a 4WD hire. Bedding, tents, water, cooking facilities, food, refrigeration, tools and recovery equipment and on average up to 60 litres of personal luggage per person need to be accounted for. Therefore, it becomes challenging for more than 2 people to travel in a single 4WD 4 door wagon. Due to its unique concept, the Crikey Camper package offers over 400 litres of storage independent of the vehicle! You can find out more about the storage on this page.

Contact us today by phone or email to find out more!

 

 

 

Katherine Gorge

Darwin in 7 Days

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Darwin Itinerary in 7 Days

With a week to spend in Darwin & Surrounds, our Darwin in 7 Days itinerary will make you discover the culture, the natural attractions and the wildlife of the Top End. The city of Darwin offers many activities such as

Day 1 Darwin to Litchfield (115 kms/ 1.5 hrs)

Before arriving in Litchfield National Park, you will pass through the town of Batchelor. There, you will find a butterfly farm, museum and plenty of places to grab lunch. Camping is available year-round at Wangi and Florence Falls. Four-wheel drive camping areas are available at Tjaynera Falls (Sandy Creek), Surprise Creek Falls and Florence Falls.

Day 2 Litchfield National Park

Keep enjoying the national park for another day.

A summary of activities you could do during your time at Litchfield:

  • swimming
  • camping
  • bushwalking
  • wildlife spotting
  • visit scenic lookouts
  • view historic ruins at Blyth Homestead and Bamboo Creek
  • four-wheel driving.

Day 3 Litchfield to Kakadu National Park (159 kms – 2 hours)

Kakadu is by far the most popular place in the Top End. It is Australia’s largest national park covering 20,000 hectares with stunning landscapes and amazing Aboriginal rock art sites. There are many options for campsites and would depend on how far you drive in the national park.

Day 4 Kakadu National Park

Explore on foot, join a cruise or guided tour, spot crocs or birds and make a splash in one of the many waterfalls. Another option is to book a guided tour to Arnhem Land and visit the Injalak Art gallery. Please note a permit is required to access Arnhem Land. Call 08 8920 5100 or visit www.nlc.org.au. 

Day 5 Kakadu National Park – Nitmiluk National Park (Up to 300 kms/ 3.5 – 4 hrs, depending on where you are located in the park)

Nitmiluk National Park has 13 stunning gorges which can be explored by foot, canoe, boat or helicopter. The most popular ones are Edith Falls and Katherine Gorge. If you have time for a walk, Sweetwater Pool can be reached by a short 4.5 kilometre walk from Leliyn / Edith Falls. You can also take a scenic flight over the 13 gorges of the park or jump on a cruise. There are also plenty of art galleries in Katherine. The Park has two main points of visitor access. The Gorge entrance to the park is 30km east of Katherine on the sealed Gorge Road. Follow the signs. The turnoff to Leliyn (Edith Falls) is 40km north of Katherine along the Stuart Highway. The park entry is 20km further along Edith Falls Road. Powered and non-powered sites are available near the Gorge Caravan Park and non-powered sites are available at Leliyn (Edith Falls). You can also stay at one of Katherine’s caravan parks.

Day 6 Nitmiluk National Park

Keep enjoying Katherine. Don’t forget to stop at the Katherine Hot Springs. Other activities available in Katherine include:

Day 7 Drive back to Darwin (317 kms/ 3.5 hrs)

On your way back to Darwin, stop in Pine Creek to visit this old gold rush mining town. There you can visit the historic railway heritage
museum and take in the stunning views from the lookout.

Sources: nt.gov.au, Northern Territory

 

4WD and Safari Camper package: What to pack?

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How much space do I have?

A lot! Yes, that’s true! Compared to other 4WD Camper providers, our 4WD and Safari Camper package is generous in space. This set up is one of the safest you will find in Australia, as it allows to spread the weight evenly.

How much space in the 4WD?

  • There is some free space at the back of the 4WD which is usually good for storing your food.
  • There is also space on top of the 4WD (on the roof rack)

How much space in the Camper trailer?

  • There is some space left in the front pods (depending on how many chairs you need).
  • There are compartments and drawers available inside the camper trailer for your personal belongings.
  • Remember your beds remain made so that means less to worry about!
  • The kitchen comes fully equipped for your cooking needs.
  • No need to bring water as the camper trailer comes with an in-built water tank (165 L).
  • The camping table goes inside the camper trailer. Bags, personal items and food can also be stored on top of the table. Basically, the camper trailer has a squared space width of 1.2 m and a height of 44 cm available for storage (not including the camping table).

Have a look inside our 4WD and Safari Camper package with our 360 degree view

4WD 360 degree view

Safari Camper Trailer 360 degree view

What should I pack?

We always recommend to travel with soft bags as they are easy to store and don’t take too much space. As our package comes fully equipped, all you need to bring is your clothes and toiletries. We provide a complimentary linen package for hires over 15 days. Under 15 days, it is $100 charge.  At pick up, we will show you where the nearest supermarket is located for your shopping needs. See, it’s that simple to travel in a Crikey Campers!

What food should I buy?

Please visit our Meal Ideas blog article for more information on what kind of food is best to buy for a camping trip.

Karijini National Park

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Visit Karijini National Park and its beautiful gorges

Karijini National Park is Western Australia’s second largest national park and one of the most popular national park to visit in the Pilbara. There are several walk trails, lookouts and gorges to explore.

Karijini national park map

Courtesy of Tom price Visitor Centre

Weano Gorge

It is probably the best gorge to start with when entering Karijini National Park. It is a relatively easy walk which leads you to the Handrail Pool where you can swim. You can continue beyond the pool, but be careful the walk will get harder!

Couple at Handrail Pool in Weano Gorge in Karijini National Park

Kalamina Gorge

It is the easiest gorge to access and the shallowest of the gorges who can visit at Karjini National Park. It’s a 5 minute walk which will take you down to a steep track to a small permanent pool with waterfalls.

Couple at Kalamina Gorge, located in Karijini National Park

Dales Gorge, Fortescue Falls and Fern Pool

Dales Gorge features three main attractions being Fortescue Falls, Circular Pool and Fern Pool. All in all, it’s a fantastic place for swimming. You can walk a 3-hour return trail from Dales Gorge to Fern Pool and back. This walk trail caters for different fitness levels.

Dales Gorge, Karijini National Park

Joffre Gorge

At Joffre Gorge, you see water cascading down the cliff face before making its way to a dark pool. There is a lookout near the car park and a walk trail which will bring you to the bottom of the gorge.

Joffre Gorge, Karijini National Park

Knox Gorge

Knox Gorge is a deep chasm near the Knox Gorge lookout. It is best appreciated early morning or late afternoon when the sun rays enhance this beautiful landscape. There is a walk trail which can take you to pools where you can swim.

Hancock Gorge and Kermits Pool

Hancock Gorge is best appreciated with a local guide. After climbing down a ladder, you walk deep into the gorge, through narrow chambers and past beautiful rock pools. This trail, although short, is the most exciting trail in the park, leading you through a narrow canyon to a natural amphitheater and onward through the infamous Spider Walk to the green waters of Kermits Pool.

Hancock Gorge, in the Karijini National Park

Mt Bruce

It is Western Australia’s second highest mountain which gives you sweeping views across the surrounding Hamersley Range and Marandoo mining operations. Marandoo is an iron ore mine run by Rio Tinto. It opened in October 1994. The Hamersley Range is one of the world’s major iron ore sources and contains about 80 per cent of Australia’s identified iron ore reserves. The walk to the summit is a 4 hour return walk (9 kilometres).

Hamersley Gorge and Spa Pool

The further gorges from the other ones in Karijini National Park. It features a series of gorges and the famous Spa Spool.

Couple relaxing in a rock pool in Hamersley Gorge, located in the Karijini National Park

How to access the hidden gems of Karijini?

Karijini can be best explored when accompanied by a guide who is licensed to access the restricted areas of Karijini National Park.

Our Managing Director was lucky enough to do this tour with his family on a recent trip to Karijini. Andrew reported that “the informative and professional guides of West Oz Active Adventure Tours made experiencing the gorges of Karijini a highlight of our trip”.  You can access their website here.

Where to stay?

Karijini Eco Retreat or Dales Campground.

Where to get maps?

Maps are available at the Tom Price Visitor Centre.

Source: Tom Price Visitor Centre and Australia’s North West

Photo courstesy: Tourism Western Australia

 

Meal Ideas

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Meal Ideas and tips when traveling on the Gibb River Road

It can be overwhelming to plan a trip, especially for the whole family! So here are our Crikey tips for meal ideas. When traveling to remote areas, it is important to carefully plan so that you do not run out. This is especially true for the Northern part of Australia and the centre of Australia.

What kind of food?

  • Dehydrated meals. They don’t take much room and only need water.
  • Cryovac the meat when possible at the butcher. It’s always recommended to leave the meat out of the pack for 10-15 min before starting cooking it.
  • Bag of rice
  • Pasta
  • Potatoes
  • Veg and fruits, salad bags
  • Canned vegetables
  • Tinned biscuits/ muesli bars/ nuts
  • Bread (freeze or buy and vary with oats)
  • Oil
  • Condiments (salt, pepper, flour, sauce)
  • Cheese for sandwiches/ dried Parmesan
  • Salami/ ham
  • Bottles of water for everyone (easy to refill at the back of the camper trailer!)
  • Long life milk
  • Pancake mix
  • Long life noodles
  • Golden syrup

How to pack?

  • As tight as possible. Make sure containers are tight as heavy corrugation can open containers.
  • You can run your fridge as a freezer and take food out as needed and let it defrost in time.
  • Always pack more than needed in the unlikely event of a breakdown when you are traveling in a remote area.

Recipes

Bread

Breakfast

Lunch/ Dinner

Weekly meal planning

There are hundreds of meal planners on the internet. Good examples include:

Microsoft Office template

Family meal plan

Family meal plan

Where to buy?

Dusty Bar and Grill, Home Valley Station

Couples dining at the Dusty Bar & Grill, Home Valley Station

Food gets harder to buy in remote areas of Australia, notably the Kimberley region. If you are planning to travel on the Gibb River Road, don’t panic! Organization is key (especially for a large family) but there is also bread and milk available from roadhouses (subject to availability). There are also restaurants available at some stations. Remember, the more remote, the more expensive food will be.

Broome

Woolworth, Coles and butcher (The Butcher and his Knife)

Derby

Woolworth, IGA and butcher (Sampey Meats)

Imintji Roadhouse

Basic supplies available (Take Away, Coffee, Ice Cream’s, Cold Drinks, Grocery Items). Find out more on their website.

Mt Barnett Roadhouse

Coffee (they do have an espresso machine!), ice coffee, milkshakes, smoothies and juices. Takeaway menu available from 8am – 3pm which includes bacon and egg rolls, fish and chips, homemade beef burgers, hot chips and freshly made sandwiches and wraps. They also offer a wide variety of groceries such as fresh fruit and vegetables, meat, dry stores and nibbles such as cheese and dips. You can find out more on their Facebook page.

Drysdale Station

They offer a small general store, fuel, accommodation, camping, licensed dinning room with evening meals and breakfast, a licensed bar and beer garden. You can find out more on their website.

Kalumburu

The Kalumburu Mission Store sells a range of take-away and grocery items as well as fuel. The perfect place to stop for an ice-cream or milkshake on a hot day! Find out more on the Derby Tourism website and the Kalumburu Mission’s website.

El Questro

Essential groceries, cold drinks and snacks as well as a good range of essential groceries such as breakfast items, fruit & veg, frozen meats and gourmet deli items. There is also a coffeeshop with a large selection of cakes. They also sell postcards, maps and atlases, stamps, sun screen, insect repellent, toiletries, batteries and other necessities you may need away from home. El Questro also offers three restaurants. You can find out more on their website.

Home Valley Station

Dine at the famous Dusty Bar & Grill or shop at their small station store.

Wyndham

There is a supermarket and a butcher. You can find out more here.

Kununurra

There is a Coles supermarket.

Quarantine when entering WA

Specific quarantine rules apply when entering Western Australia. Essentially no fresh veg or fruits, or honey. Please visit: https://www.agric.wa.gov.au/importing-animals/quarantine-wa-border-checkpoints?nopaging=1

 

Best time to travel the Gibb River Road

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What is the best time to travel the Gibb River Road?

Temperatures in the Kimberley and Pilbara regions range from under 5 to over 4o degrees Celsius.

Bell Gorge

Bell Gorge in the King Leopold Ranges Conservation Park

Winter Season: May to October know as the Dry Season

  • Most popular time to visit
  • Warm days
  • Cool clear nights
  • Perfect for sightseeing

Summer Season: November to April known as the Wet Season

  • Fewer crowds
  • Hot days
  • The rain starts to be heavy after Christmas
  • Bird and wildlife in abundance
  • Spectacular lightening shows and waterfalls
  • Most tours, attractions and roads cannot be accessed!!!

Our recommendations

July is the peak season with the first two weeks being the most popular time to travel in the Kimberley. If you are not restricted to school holidays, Crikey Camper Hire recommends to travel during the months of May and June. The advantages are as follow:

  • More water in the waterfalls and swimming holes
  • Less crowded
  • Roads are in better conditions
  • Mitchell Falls Plateau might be easier to reach

We recommend to book at least a year in advance in order to secure your preferred travel dates and direction of travel.

 

 

4WD Camper Hire Perth

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Hire a 4WD Camper in Perth and explore Western Australia

Crikey Campers hire 4WD’s paired with an off-road camper trailer or caravan to suit your preferred style of adventure.

Those packages come fully equipped for your camping needs. All you need to do is pack your personal items and food! If you are chasing an adventure of a lifetime, then the 4WD and Safari Camper package is for you. This package can be taken off-road and can travel between our Perth, Broome and Darwin depots.

Our 4WD’s and caravan packages offer added comfort and convenience. While the 4WD can be taken off-road, the caravan needs to stay on sealed road. It is a great package if you are staying in a caravan park or resort, as you can leave your accommodation behind and explore during the day with your 4WD. Those packages can be hired from and to Perth only.

Many attractions in Western Australia are only accessible via dirt roads. Many motorhome (campervan) companies do not allow off-road access. It is therefore important to make the right choice of vehicle when you are researching your transport options!

 

Cape Leveque Road

Broome to Perth Itinerary

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Broome to Perth Itinerary including the Coral Coast and Karijini National Park

 

Traveling North will take you along the Coral Coast. The Coral Coast extends over 1100 kilometres of white beaches and offers the opportunity to swim with whale sharks, dolphins, humpback whales and manta rays. For the water sport lovers, there are countless opportunities including windsurfing, kitesurfing, diving and snorkeling. If you visit the Coral Coast in Spring, the coast is alive with colourful displays of wildflowers. If time allows, why not head to Karijini National Park, which is a day drive from Exmouth? Karijini is the jewel of the Pilbara with splendid waterfalls and emerald coloured rock pools. So what are you waiting for? Start planning your adventure with your Crikey Camper! Those are the top places that Crikey Campers recommends not to miss during your trip along the coast of Western Australia, whether it is a small trip or whether is it part of a bigger adventures for our customers who will return their 4WD package to Broome or Darwin!

Day 1: Broome – 80 Mile Beach (376 kms) – 4.5 hours

Broome is a compact town to explore and attractions are all within 15 minutes drive.

Must see & do:

  • Camel ride on Cable Beach
  • Matso’s mango beer brewery
  • Fishing
  • Whale Watching
  • Pearl tour
  • Sunset

80 Mile Beach is the place where the majority of people stop to camp – it’s a beautiful beach that you can drive on (not past the high tide mark) and very popular for fishing.

Day 2: 80 Mile Beach – Millstream Chichester National Park (476 kms) – 6 hours

Millstream Chichester boasts tranquil gorges and hidden rock pools. The most popular site is Python Pool. It is one of the most important aboriginal sites in Australia! Stay at Mliyanha Campground.

Day 3: Millstream Chichester National Park – Karijini (207 kms) – 3.5 hours

One of the big attraction of Karijini National Park is its accessibility. Simply walk 50 metres and peer straight into a deep gorge to see waterfalls and rock pools below. There are many walk trails available to further explore the gorges. Karijini’s main highlights are Fortescue Falls, Circular Pool and Fern Pool. Stay at the Karijini Eco Retreat if you have a 4WD and Safari Camper package or stay at Dales Campsite if you have a 4WD and caravan package.

Day 4: Non travel day

Day 5: Non travel day

Day 6: Karijini NP – Exmouth/ Cape Range (674 kms) – 8.5 hours

The Ningaloo reef is a long coral reef swarms with turtles, tropical fish, manta rays, humpback whales and even whale sharks. No wonder that Ningaloo Reef is listed as a World Heritage Place! Whether you like snorkeling, diving or swimming, you will not be disappointed! Cape Range National Park supports a range of unique wildlife habitats from existing ocean reef to ancient reef, rugged limestone, gorges and cave systems. Throughout the park, there are ample opportunities to view wildlife. You can camp within Cape Range National Park, or in one of the caravan parks in the area. Yardie Homestead Caravan Park also seems to offer good facilities.

Day  7: Non travel day

Day 8: Exmouth/ Cape Range – Coral Bay (152 kms) – 2 hours

In contrast to other locations, the coral reef starts right at the water’s edge. Coral Bay is a very popular holiday destination for Western Australians. It is recommended to book well in advance when traveling during school holidays. This place is a marine paradise where visitors have plenty of activities to choose from: snorkeling, fishing, swimming with whale sharks…You can even visit the reef shark nursery  between October and March, which is only a 20 minutes walk from Main Beach. Stay at the Coral Bay caravan park.

Day 9: Coral Bay – Monkey Mia (580 kms) – 7 hours

Monkey Mia is world-famous for its dolphins. A group of wild bottlenose dolphins come to the shore nearly everyday to be fed by humans.  South of Monkey Mia, you will find Denham and Francois Peron National Park.  This National Park offers diverse experiences, including four-wheel-driving. 50 minutes away from Monkey Mia, you will arrive at Shell Beach, where shells replace the beach sand and stretches over 100 kilometres! Stay at the RAC caravan park.

Day 10: Non travel day

Day 11: Monkey Mia – Kalbarri (397 kms) – 5 hours

Kalbarri is a popular stop over for people on their way to Shark Bay or Monkey Mia. There are many natural attractions to visit such as Natures Window and the Z-Bend Lookout located in Kalbarri National Park. You can also go whale watching as the humpback whale migration happens between May and August. Stay at the Kalbarri caravan park.

Day 12: Non travel day

Day 13: Kalbarri – Cervantes (378 kms) – 4.5 hours

Cervantes is well-known for its Pinnacles Desert. You can learn all about those strange structures at the Pinnacles Desert Discovery Centre.  Just a kilometre from the town centre lies Lake Thetis, where you can observe stromatolites, most commonly known as “living fossils”. Those have been dated to about 3370 years old! Further North of Cervantes, you will find Sandy Cape, a nice little spot where you swim and watch the sunset. If you have a 4WD and Camper trailer package, you can choose to stay at Sandy Cape, otherwise stay at the RAC Cervantes caravan park if you have a 4WD and caravan package.

Day 14: Cervantes – Perth (247 kms) – 3 hours

On the way to Cervantes, stop at Yanchep National Park. This is a great place for the kids, offering a koala viewing area, caves and an aboriginal experience.

Total Kilometres:    3,487
Total Travel Hours:    44

Travel times are estimated based on an average speed of 80km p/h. While the maximum legal speed while towing is 100km p/h, the travel times indicated should allow for delays due to road works, traffic and fuel / food / bathroom stops. Travel times and distances are approximate and we recommend using as a guide only along with a published map book or GPS navigational system.

 

Images: Courtesy of Western Australia

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