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Darwin to Darwin Itinerary

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Darwin to Darwin itinerary including Litchfield National Park, Kakadu and Arnhem Land in 14 days

Leg 1 Darwin to Windows on the Wetlands 110 kms 2 hours

The top floor of the centre has 270 degree views of the wetlands below. You can experience a jumping crocodile cruise, a relaxing wildlife and wetland cruise or take an airboat ride. There are free nature walks available at the visitor centre every day, except Wednesdays and Sundays. You can also learn about the culture of Aboriginal people. Stay and camp at Mary River National Park. Mary River is popular for four-wheel driving, fishing, bushwalking and birdwatching. It’s a must-see park for any nature lover. You can camp at Couzen’s Lookout Camping Area and Shady Camp.

Leg 2 Mary River National Park to Kakadu 41 kms 30 minutes

Kakadu map Australia's Northern Territory Crikey Camper Hire

Kakadu – Top End Tourism

Kakadu is the largest national park in Australia and offers various experiences. The park offers a great number of walks, 4WD tracks and waterfalls to explore. On the first day, you can visit the northern part of the park, while staying at Aurora Kakadu Resort.

Leg 3  Kakadu to Arnhem Land 57 kms 1.5 hours

Book a guided tour to Arnhem Land and visit the Injalak Art gallery. You can also visit the community of Gunbalanya. Please note a permit is required to access Arnhem Land. Call 08 8920 5100 or visit www.nlc.org.au.

Explore Kakadu National Park

Kakadu has plenty to keep you busy, from a boat cruise to some crocodile spotting from the safe platforms of Cahills Crossing and Yellow Water or rock art sites.

Leg 4  Kakadu to Nitmiluk National Park 126 kms 1.5 hours

A third day at Kakadu can be spent exploring the southern part of the park, which includes Gunlom Falls and Mary River Ranger Station. The Yellow Water Billabong can be explored by a cruise and a must-do experience when visiting Kakadu. Powered and non-powered sites in Nitmiluk are available near the Gorge Caravan Park and non-powered sites are available at Leliyn (Edith Falls).

Explore Nitmiluk National Park and Katherine

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.

Leg 5 Nitmiluk National Park and Katherine to Mainoru 250 kms 4 hours

Discover one of Australia’s last unspoiled areas! Please note you will require a permit. Call 08 8920 5100 or visit www.nlc.org.au.

The Mainoru Store is the only service facility on the 700 kilometre (approximately an 11 hour-drive) journey along the Central Arnhem Road between Katherine and Nhulunbuy. There are lodges and camping ground facility there as well as fuel. You can support the local communities by purchasing at those little convenient stores.

Leg 6 Mainoru to Nhulunbuy 490 kms 7 hours

You can also make your way to Bremer Island via a leisurely 1 hour boat ride, or a 10 minute charter flight.

Stay at the Walkabout Lodge and Campgrounds. 

Explore Nhulunbuy 

Take a short drive to Yirrkala Art Centre. Continue north to view the Roy Marika lookout and discover the Dhimurru area.

Leg 7 Drive back to Katherine 490 kms 7 hours

A long day drive which can be cut in half by stopping at Mainoru for the night.

Leg 8 Mainoru or Katherine to Pine Creek and Daly Region 343 kms 5.5 hours

Pine Creek is an old gold rush mining town. There is a historic railway heritage museum and stunning views from the lookout. Umbrawarra Gorge Nature Park offers the opportunity to swim with a natural hot springs, called Douglas Daly Hot Springs.

Leg 9 Pine Creek and Daly Region to Litchfield National Park 187 kms 2.5 hours

Before arriving to Litchfield National Park, you will pass through Batchelor, where you will find a butterfly farm and a museum.

Litchfield National Park is one of the most popular park and offers a refreshing stop before heading back to Darwin. There are many waterfalls and waterholes to explore as well as a few walking trails.

Explore Litchfield National Park

Enjoy your last day in Litchfield National Park.

Leg 10  Litchfield National Park to Darwin 139 kms 2 hours

On the way stop at the Territory Wildlife Park to see wildlife up-close in their natural habitats. A fantastic stop for the children. Or you could visit Crocodylus Park in Berrimah, which  is the best place in Australia to come face to face with the largest reptiles. There is also a crocodile park located in the city, where you can also swim safely next to a 5m+ Saltwater crocodile.

Total kilometers: 1,743
Total travel hours: 28.5
Travel times are estimated based on an average speed of 80km p/h, the maximum legal speed while towing is 100km p/h and should be adjusted to suit road conditions and weather. The travel times indicated should allow for delays due to road works, traffic, fuel, food and bathroom stops. Travel times and distances are approximate and we recommend using as a guide only, along with a published book or GPS navigational system.
Courtesy of: Tourism Top End, Kakadu National Park & NT Gov
Turquoise Bay Turtle Crikey Camper Hire

Perth to Darwin Itinerary

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Perth to Darwin Itinerary including the Gibb River Road in 28 days

Leg 1 Perth to Cervantes 247 kms 3 hours

The Pinnacles of Namburg National Park are the major attraction of Cervantes. Those amazing limestone structures can reach five metres and were formed between 25,000-30,000 years ago.

Stay at the RAC Cervantes Holiday Park.

Leg 2 Cervantes to Kalbarri 378 kms 4.5 hours

Kalbarri offers many natural attractions such as exceptional wildflowers in Spring and early summer. The top attractions to visit are: The Kalbarri Skywalk a recent addition to the National Park showcasing stunning views of the Murchison River Gorge, Nature’s Window, The Loop, Z-Bend, Hawks Head and Ross Graham Lookout. Kalbarri also offers many water sport activities such as canoeing.

Stay at the Murchison Caravan Park with many sites having sweeping views across the Murchison River.

Leg 3 Kalbarri to Monkey Mia 397 kms 5 hours

Monkey Mia is renowned for being one of the best places where to encounter dolphins. Spend the day relaxing and meet the friendly pod of dolphins.

Stay at the RAC Monkey Mia Dolphin Resort.

Leg 4 Monkey Mia to Coral Bay 581 kms 7.5 hours

Coral Bay is a spectacular paradise which draws visitors from around the world. From diving to whale watching or simply relaxing, Coral Bay has it all. You can even swim with sharks! This is also where sharks come to get cleaned by fish! A commercial tour is the best way for people to observe this natural phenomenon while also enjoying the other marine life that inhabits the area. You can also book a tour to swim with Mantra Rays!

Stay at the Bayview Caravan Park.

Leg 5 Coral Bay to Exmouth and Cape Range National Park 152 kms 2 hours

Exmouth is very popular for its diving, surfing and snorkeling. You can get up close to the local whale sharks in the World Heritage-listed Ningaloo Marine Park which is one of the only places in the world where whale sharks appear regularly near the shore, where visitors can see them.

Stay at the RAC Exmouth Cape Holiday Resort.

Explore Exmouth and Cape Range National Park

The Cape Range National Park is just 40 kilometres from Exmouth and offers a variety of attractions ranging from bushwalking to birdwatching.

Explore Yardie Creek, a spectacular gorge, Shothole Canyon and Charles Knife Canyon.

Leg 6 Exmouth and Cape Range National Park to Karijini National Park 674 kms 8.5 hours

Stay at the Karijini Eco Retreat Campsite or Dales Gorge Campground.

Explore Karijini National Park

Karijini highlights include Fortescue Falls, Circular Pool and Fern Pool in Dales Gorge. The junction of four mighty gorges – Red, Weano, Joffe and Hancock Gorges can be viewed from Oxers Lookout.

Leg 7 Karijini to 80 Mile Beach 581 kms 7.5 hours

This beach is famous for its amazing sunsets, shell collecting and fishing. Stay at 80-Mile Beach Caravan Park. It is the longest stretch of beach in WA.

Leg 8 80 Mile Beach to Broome 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

Leg 9 Broome to Cape Leveque 210 kms 2.5 hours

The Dampier Peninsula stretches about 200 kilometres north of Broome along the partly unsealed Cape Leveque Road. You can swim in the sparkling water, go snorkelling, fishing or relax and enjoy the beautiful landscapes. Experience the amazing force of the giant tides, standing waves and whirlpools of King Sound near Cygnet Bay. Enjoy the pristine beaches and spectacular coastline.

Stay at Kooljaman for the night.

Leg 10 Cape Leveque to Windjana Gorge 544 kms 7 hours

Windjana Gorge National Park is one of the Kimberley’s most stunning gorges!

Leg 11 Windjana Gorge to Bell Gorge and Silent Grove 179 kms 2 hours

Enjoy a bushwalk and experience the tranquility of Manning Falls.

Silent Grove‘s campsite is the best place where to set up camp and to see Bell Gorge and Bells Falls.

Leg 12 Bell Gorge and Silent Grove to Manning Gorge 122 kms 1.5 hours

Enjoy a bushwalk and experience the tranquility of Manning Falls.

Manning Gorge is a great place to camp for the night.

Leg 13 Manning Gorge to El Questro 344 kms 4.5 hours

Visit Barnett River Gorge en route and enjoy the hospitality of a pioneering family-owned cattle station and explore the magnificent waterholes on the property. Look out for incredible aboriginal art on the rock walls surrounding the waterholes.

Spend a couple of days exploring the park. Visit the thermal pool at Zebedee Springs, Emma Gorge or take a boat down the Chamberlain Gorge and fish for barramundi.

Stay at El Questro’s campsite.

Leg 14 El Questro to Purnululu National Park 265 kms 3.5 hours

Stay at the Bungle Bungles Caravan Park.

Explore Purnululu National Park

Bushwalking, plane or heli-tours, bus tours, station tours and more. From Bungle Bungle Caravan Park there is 70-80km of rough 4WD road to either Echidna Chasm or Cathedral Gorge. Plan ahead and allow yourself enough time to visit a few attractions. Suggested trips: Visitor centre, Cathedral Gorge and Picaninny Creek Walk – including Whipsnake Gorge and Picaninny Lookout. The park’s main feature, the Bungle Bungle Range, stands 300 metress above the spinifex covered plain and is dominated by the famous orange and black banded beehive-shaped dome.

The park has limited accessible drinkable water however our off-road safari camper can hold 160 litres of drinkable water!

Leg 15 Purnululu National Park to Kununurra 252 kms 3 hours

Visit Lake Argyle. It is the largest lake in Australia and home to abundant wildlife.

Check in at one of the many campsites available in Kununurra such as Ivanhoe Village Resort.

Leg 16 Kununurra to Katherine Gorge in Nitmiluk National Park 541 kms 7 hours

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.

Powered and non-powered sites are available near the Gorge Caravan Park and non-powered sites are available at Leliyn (Edith Falls).

Leg 17 Nitmiluk National Park to Kakadu 328 kms 4 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 it would depend on how far you drive in the national park.

Spend a day or two exploring Kakadu National Park  on foot, join a cruise or guided tour, spot crocs or birds and make a splash in one of the many waterfalls.

Leg 18 Kakadu to Litchfield National Park 341 kms 4.5 hours

Head to Litchfield National Park which is home to amazing waterfalls. It is a popular day tour destination but we would recommend staying overnight in order to explore as much as you can.

Explore Litchfield National Park

It is possible to swim (even under the waterfalls!) and there are many beautiful walks starting from most popular sites. 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.

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.

Leg 19 Litchfield National Park to Darwin 159 kms 2 hours

Darwin is the capital city of the Northern Territory. A few must-do include the famous Mindil Beach Sunset Markets, aboriginal art galleries and Crocosaurus Cove. Located in the heart of the city, it allows you to get up close to crocodiles.

Total kilometers: 6,671
Total travel hours: 84
Travel times are estimated based on an average speed of 80km p/h, the maximum legal speed while towing is 100km p/h and should be adjusted to suit road conditions and weather. The travel times indicated should allow for delays due to road works, traffic, fuel, food and 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 Tourism Western Australia and Northern Territory
Home Valley Stationpast the Cockburn Range, located west of Kununurra Crikey Camper Hire

Darwin to Broome Itinerary

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Darwin to Broome including the Gibb River Road in 14 days

Leg 1 Darwin to Litchfield 159 kms 2 hours

After visiting Darwin, head to Litchfield National Park which is home to amazing waterfalls. It is a popular day tour destination but we would recommend staying overnight in order to explore as much as you can.

It is possible to swim even under the waterfalls! There are many beautiful walks starting from most popular sites. 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.

Explore Litchfield National Park

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.

Leg 2 Litchfield National Park to Kakadu National Park 341 kms 4.5 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.

Explore 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.

Leg 3 Kakadu National Park to Katherine Gorge in Nitmiluk National Park 328 kms 4 hours

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.

Powered and non-powered sites are available near the Gorge Caravan Park and non-powered sites are available at Leliyn (Edith Falls).

Leg 4 Katherine Gorge to Kununurra 541 kms 7 hours

After a long day of driving, check in at one of the many campsites available in Kununurra such as Ivanhoe Village Resort.

Leg 5 Kununurra to Purnululu National Park (Bungle Bungles) 252 kms 3 hours

If time permits, make a quick stope a Lake Argyle. It is the largest lake in Australia and home to abundant wildlife.

Stay at the Bungle Bungles Caravan Park.

Explore Purnululu National Park

Bushwalking, plane or heli-tours, bus tours, station tours and more. From Bungle Bungle Caravan Park there is 70-80km of rough 4WD road to either Echidna Chasm or Cathedral Gorge. Plan ahead and allow yourself enough time to visit a few attractions.

Head to the visitor centre, Cathedral Gorge and Picaninny Creek Walk – including Whipsnake Gorge and Picaninny Lookout. The park’s main feature, the Bungle Bungle Range, stands 300 metres above the spinifex covered plain and is dominated by the famous orange and black banded beehive-shaped dome.

The park has limited accessible drinkable water, however our off-road Safari Camper can hold 160 litres of drinkable water!

Leg 6 Purnululu National Park to El Questro 265 kms 3.5 hours

Spend a couple of days exploring the park. Visit the thermal pool at Zebedee Springs, Emma Gorge or take a boat down the Chamberlain Gorge and fish for barramundi.

Stay at El Questro’s campsite.

Leg 7 El Questro to Manning Gorge 344 kms 4.5 hours

Visit Barnett River Gorge en route and enjoy the hospitality of a pioneering family-owned cattle station and explore the magnificent waterholes on the property.  Look out for incredible Aboriginal art on the rock walls surrounding the waterholes.

Manning Gorge is a great place to camp for a night.

Leg 8 Manning Gorge to Silent Grove and Bell Gorge 122 kms 1.5 hours

Enjoy a bushwalk and experience the tranquility of Manning Falls.

Silent Grove campsite is the best place to set up camp and to see Bell Gorge and falls.

Leg 9 Silent Grove and Bell Gorge to Windjana 179 kms 2 hours

Explore and swim at the waterfalls including Bell Gorge along the lengths of the Gibb River Road. Then head to Windjana Gorge National Park and take a trip out to explore Tunnel Creek.

Stay at the Windjana Gorge Campground.

Leg 10 Windjana Gorge to Broome 370 kms 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
Total kilometers: 2,901
Total travel hours: 37
Travel times are estimated based on an average speed of 80km p/h, the maximum legal speed while towing is 100km p/h and should be adjusted to suit road conditions and weather. The travel times indicated should allow for delays due to road works, traffic, fuel, food and bathroom stops. Travel times and distances are approximate and we recommend using as a guide only, along with a published book or GPS navigational system.
Images: Courtesy of Western Australia and Northern Territory
Boranup Forest Crikey Camper Hire

Quick South West Trip Itinerary

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Have a taste of the south west with our 8 day itinerary.

Leg 1 Perth to Yallingup 263 kms 3 hours

Head South to Bunbury. Don’t forget to stop for a quick trip to Yalgorup National Park, where you can see thrombolites at Lake Clifton. This is one of few places in Western Australia where these thrombolites survive.

Bunbury is popular for the Koombana Bay dolphins. You can visit the Dolphin Discovery Centre for a close encounter. From here, continue on to Busselton, where you can visit the longest wooden jetty in the world, before continuing your drive to Yallingup.

If you have children, stop to Simmos Ice Creamery, which offers over 60 flavours of ice cream with a huge playground at the back for the kids.

Explore the Dunsborough area

Must see & do:

  • Spectacular seascapes
  • Cape Naturaliste Lighthouse
  • Premium wine tasting
  • Ngilgi Cave

Leg 2 Yallingup to Margaret River 42kms 30 minutes

Explore the wineries, chocolate factory, cheese factory and other little wonders that the Margaret River region has to offer.

Spend a day or two exploring the Margaret River region. The visitor centre is a great starting point.

Leg 3 Margaret River to Pemberton 150 kms 2 hours

Head south on one of the most scenic drives, Caves Road. Explore a few caves, then make your way to Pemberton.

Enjoy a forest walk, climb a tree, explore the waterfalls, or take the Pemberton tram and meander through the Karri forest.

Leg 4 Pemberton to Albany 260 kms 3 hours

Make your way to Albany via Northcliffe and Walpole.

Stop at the Giant Tingle Tree and explore the only place where those giant trees grow. Continue to the Valley of the Giants Tree Top Walk (fees apply to enter). It features a stunning walkway positioned 40 metres above the ground amid the spectacular heights of the tingle forest canopy.

Denmark is 52 km away from Walpole. There are nice little shops on the way from Walpole to Denmark (a toffee and burger place and even a honey place). Don’t miss Greens Pool, Elephant Rocks and Elephant Cove, before making your way to Albany.

Explore Albany

Take a break today and explore Albany, a town full of history. Between June and October, you can watch out for humpback and southern right whales.

Leg 5 Albany to Perth 410 kms 5 hours

This trip can also be made in reverse if you wish to drive from Perth to Albany first.

A long drive to get back to Perth.

You will certainly come across a Margaret River Region map available at caravan parks or visitor centres. It highlights all the places which can be visited, included cafes and restaurants. It is a great handy map.

Total kilometres: 1,089
Total travel hours: 12
Travel times are estimated based on an average speed of 80km p/h and should, the maximum legal speed while towing is 100km p/h and should be adjusted to suit road conditions and weather. The travel times indicated should allow for delays due to road works, traffic, fuel, food and bathroom stops. Travel times and distances are approximate and we recommend using as a guide only, along with a published book or GPS navigational system.
Images courtesy of: Tourism Western Australia

 

Perth to Broome including the Coral Coast & Karijini National Park

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Travelling North will take you along the Coral Coast which 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.

These are the top places that we recommend 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 journey.

Leg 1 Perth to Cervantes

247 kms | 3 hours

Sandy Cape Recreational Park Crikey Camper Hire

Sandy Cape Recreational Park

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. 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 Safari Camper Trailer, you can choose to stay at Sandy Cape, otherwise stay at the RAC Cervantes caravan park if you have a 4WD and caravan package.

Leg 2 Cervantes to Kalbarri

378 kms | 4.5 hours

Z-Bend Lookout, Kalbarri National Park Crikey Camper Hire

Z-Bend Lookout, Kalbarri National Park

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.

Leg 3 Kalbarri to Monkey Mia

397 kms | 5 hours

Francois Peron National Park Crikey Camper Hire

Francois Peron National Park

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.

Leg 4 Monkey Mia to Coral Bay

580 kms | 7 hours

Monkey Mia, Western Australia Crikey Camper Hire

Monkey Mia, Western Australia

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.

Leg 5 Coral Bay to Exmouth and Cape Range National Park

152 kms | 2 hours

Cape Range National Park, Yardie Creek, Crikey Camper Hire

Cape Range National Park, Yardie Creek

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 Site! 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 such as Yardie Homestead Caravan Park.

Leg 6 Exmouth and Cape Range to Karijini National Park

674 kms  | 8.5 hours

Karijini National Park, Fortescue Falls Crikey Camper Hire

Karijini National Park, Fortescue Falls

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 Trailer or stay at Dales Campsite if you have a 4WD and caravan package.

Leg 7 Karijini to Millstream Chichester National Park

207 kms | 3 hours 30 minutes

Millstream Chicester National Park Crikey Camper Hire

Millstream Chicester National Park

Millstream compared to Karijini, is a more peaceful place. Nonetheless, it 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 Miliyanha Campground.

Leg 8 Millstream Chichester to 80 Mile Beach

476 kms | 6 hours

Eighty Mile Beach, Western Australia Crikey Camper Hire

Eighty Mile Beach, Western Australia

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

Leg 9 80 Mile Beach to Broome

376 kms | 4 hours 30 minutes

Cable Beach, Broome Crikey Camper Hire

Cable Beach, Broome

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
Total kilometres: 3,487
Total travel hours: 44
Travel times are estimated based on an average speed of 80km p/h and should, the maximum legal speed while towing is 100km p/h and should be adjusted to suit road conditions and weather. The travel times indicated should allow for delays due to road works, traffic, fuel, food and bathroom stops. Travel times and distances are approximate and we recommend using as a guide only, along with a published book or GPS navigational system.
Images: Courtesy of Rebina Criddle
Bungle Bungles, Purnululu National Park Crikey Camper Hire

Darwin to Perth Itinerary

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Darwin to Perth Itinerary

Including the Gibb River Road  in  28 days

1    Darwin – Litchfield     159 kms    2 hours

After visiting Darwin, head to Litchfield National Park which is home to amazing waterfalls. It is a popular day tour destination but we would recommend staying overnight in order to explore as much as you can. It is possible to swim (even under the waterfalls!) and there are many beautiful walks starting from most popular sites. 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.

2    Litchfield NP    Non-travel 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.

3    Litchfield NP – Kakadu NP    341 kms    4.5 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.

4    Kakadu NP    Non-travel day

Explore on foot, join a cruise or guided tour, spot crocs or birds and make a splash in one of the many waterfalls.

5    Kakadu NP – Katherine Gorge in Nitmiluk NP     328 kms    4 hours

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. Powered and non-powered sites are available near the Gorge Caravan Park and non-powered sites are available at Leliyn (Edith Falls). If you have time for a walk, Sweetwater Pool can be reached by a short 4.5 kilometre walk from Leliyn / Edith Falls.

6    Katherine Gorge – Kununurra    541 kms    7 hours

After a long day of driving, check in at one of the many campsites available in Kununurra such as Ivanhoe Village Resort.

7    Kununurra – Purnululu NP (Bungle Bungles)    252 kms    3 hours

If time permits, make a quick stope a Lake Argyle. It is the largest lake in Australia and home to abundant wildlife. Stay at the Bungle Bungles Caravan Park.

8    Purnululu NP     Non-travel day

Bushwalking, plane or heli-tours, bus tours, station tours and more. From Bungle Bungle Caravan Park there is 70-80km of rough 4WD road to either Echidna Chasm or Cathedral Gorge. Plan ahead and allow yourself enough time to visit a few attractions. Suggested trips: Visitor centre, Cathedral Gorge and Picaninny Creek Walk – including Whipsnake Gorge and Picaninny Lookout. The park’s main feature, the Bungle Bungle Range, stands 300 metress above the spinifex covered plain and is dominated by the famous orange and black banded beehive-shaped dome. The park has limited accessible drinkable water. Good to know that our Safari Camprite trailers can hold 160 litres of drinkable water!

9    Purnululu NP – El Questro     265 kms    3.5 hours

Spend a couple of days exploring the park. Visit the thermal pool at Zebedee Springs, Emma Gorge or take a boat down the Chamberlain Gorge and fish for barramundi. Stay at El Questro’s campsite.

10    El Questro    Non- travel day

11    El Questro – Manning Gorge    344 kms    4.5 hours

Visit Barnett River Gorge en route and enjoy the hospitality of a pioneering family-owned cattle station and explore the magnificent waterholes on the property.  Look out for incredible aboriginal art on the rock walls surrounding the waterholes.

Manning Gorge is a great place to camp for one night.

12    Manning Gorge – Silent Grove / Bell Gorge    122 kms    1.5 hours

Enjoy a bushwalk and experience the tranquility of Manning Falls. Silent Grove campsite is the best place where to set up camp and to see Bell Gorge and Bells Falls.

13    Silent Grove / Bell Gorge – Windjana    179 kms    2 hours

Explore and swim at the waterfalls including Bell Gorge along the lengths of the Gib River Road. Then head to Windjana Gorge National Park and take a trip out to explore Tunnel Creek. Stay at the Windjana Gorge Campground.

14    Windjana Gorge – Cape Leveque/ Dampier Peninsula    544 kms    7 hours

The Dampier Peninsula stretches about 200 kilometres north of Broome along the partly unsealed Cape Leveque Road. You can swim in the sparkling water, go snorkeling, fishing or relax and enjoy the beautiful landscapes. Experience the amazing force of the giant tides, standing waves and whirlpools of King Sound near Cygnet Bay. Stay at Kooljaman for the night.

15    Cape Leveque    Non-travel day

Enjoy the pristine beaches and spectacular coastline.

16    Cape Leveque – Broome    210 kms    2.5 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

17    Broome    Non-travel day

18    Broome – 80-Mile Beach    376 kms    4.5 hours

This beach is famous for its amazing sunsets, shell collecting and fishing. Stay at 80-Mile Beach Caravan Park. It is the longest stretch of beach in WA.

19    80-Mile Beach – Karijini NP    581 kms    7.5 hours

Stay at the Eco Retreat Campsite.

20    Karijini     Non-travel day

Karijini highlights include Fortescue Falls, Circular Pool and Fern Pool in Dales Gorge. The junction of four mighty gorges – Red, Weano, Joffe and Hancock Gorges can be viewed from Oxers Lookout.

21    Karijini – Cape Range NP / Exmouth    674 kms    8.5 hours

Welcome to the Coral Coast. It offers numerous and extraordinary experiences for the whole family. Exmouth is very popular for its diving, surfing and snorkeling. You can get up close to the local whale sharks in the World Heritage-listed Ningaloo Marine Park which is one of the only places in the world where whale sharks appear regularly near the shore where visitors can see them. Stay at the RAC Exmouth Cape Holiday Resort.

22    Cape Range / Exmouth    Non-travel day

The Cape Range National Park is just 40 kilometres from Exmouth and offers a variety of attractions ranging from bushwalking to birdwatching. Explore Yardie Creek, a spectacular gorge, Shothole Canyon and Charles Knife Canyon.

23    Exmouth / Cape Range – Coral Bay    152 kms    2 hours

Coral Bay is a spectacular paradise which draws visitors from around the world. From diving to whale watching or simply relaxing, Coral Bay has it all. You can even swim with sharks!  This is also where sharks come to get cleaned by fish! A commercial tour is the best way for people to observe this natural phenomenon while also enjoying the other marine life that inhabits the area. You can also book a tour to swim with Mantra Rays! Stay at the Bayview Caravan Park.

24    Coral Bay – Monkey Mia     581 kms    7.5 hours

Monkey Mia is renowned for being one of the best places where to encounter dolphins. Stay at the RAC Monkey Mia Dolphin Resort.

25    Monkey Mia    Non-travel day

Spend the day relaxing and meet the friendly pod of dolphins.

26    Monkey Mia – Kalbarri    397 kms    5 hours

Kalbarri offers many natural attractions such as exceptional wildflowers in Spring and early summer. The top attractions to visit are: The Kalbarri Skywalk  is a fantastic recent addition to the National Park showcasing stunning views of the Murchison River Gorge, Nature’s Window, The Loop, Z-Bend, Hawks Head and Ross Graham Lookout. Kalbarri also offers many water sport activities such as canoeing. Stay at the Murchison Caravan Park with many sites having sweeping views across the Murchison River.

27    Kalbarri – Cervantes    378 kms    4.5 hours

The Pinnacles of Namburg National Park are the major attraction of Cervantes. Those amazing limestone structures can reach five metres and were formed between 25,000-30,000 years ago. Stay at the RAC Cervantes Holiday Park.

28    Cervantes – Perth    247 kms    3 hours

It’s finally time to head to Perth.

Check out our Perth itinerary for more information on which places to visit!

Total Kilometers: 6,671 kms
Total Travel Hours: 84 hours

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 as well as fuel, toilet and snack stops.
Travel times and distances are approximate and we recommend using as a guide only along with a published map book.

 

Images: Courtesy of Western Australia

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