Driving Distances: Perth - Broome 2370 km
Broome - Darwin 1965 km
The journey between Perth and Darwin is the longest of Australia's most popular tourist routes. Although the distances are great, the contrasts in landscapes are even greater. You will see remarkable natural attractions such as the Pinnacles, feed dolphins in their natural environment at Monkey Mia, lie on one of the most beautiful beaches in the world, and get an insight into Aboriginal culture and mythology. This is truly a holiday experience you will never forget. The long distances between major towns makes this journey perfectly suited to an RV, Campervan or Motorhome holiday. All you have to do is unpack once and your standard of accommodation is consistent throughout. You can also stop, whenever and wherever you like for a rest and meal.
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Perth. The first thing that is impressive about Perth, is the lack of pollution. The sky is a bright blue, the modern buildings glisten and the sun shimmers off the Swan River; and there's not the 'hustle & bustle' of the cities on the east coast. It's a slower pace of life, and yet, the mining boom over recent years has rejuvenated Perth. The best vantage point to view Perth is from Kings Park. The views of Perth, the Swan River and surrounds are magnificent, and it's a delightful place for a picnic amongst the beautiful gardens. Of course Perth has all the attractions, shopping, restaurants, galleries etc expected of any large city. The Perth Mint is worth a visit to see a live presentation of gold being poured. The other main attractions, not far out of the city include: beautiful white sandy beaches, the Swan Valley wine region, the historic port of Fremantle and nearby Rottnest Island.

Fremantle. Whether you intend staying in Perth before or at the end of your holiday, you MUST spend at least one day exploring Fremantle. Forget the industrial surrounds to the port, this is a place rich in history and many, many, places to see and things to do. For a start, Fremantle has 5 major museums displaying everything from its maritime heritage to convict infamy. Then there are the marvelous heritage buildings and old maritime port street-scape. Talk about shop-till-you-drop, 'Freo' has everything from vibrant markets to sophisticated boutiques and galleries. And did we mention food? 'Freo' is famous for it's seafood, restaurants, cafes, grand old pubs, and breweries - great local beer!

Rottnest Island. Just off 'Freo' is 'Rotto', as the locals call it. A 17th century Dutch explorer called the place 'Rat's Nest Island' because he mistook the local quokkas (cute miniature-like kangaroo) for big rats. Unfortunate really, as Rottnest is a beautiful little island surrounded by white sandy beaches and turquoise water, coral reefs and shipwrecks; a diving and snorkeling paradise. There are no cars on the island so you can either walk or hire a bike, and build up an appetite for the delicacies from the local bakery.
Heading North from Perth.

Pinnacles. The first major tourist attraction, heading north from Perth, are the Pinnacles. Located in Nambung National Park, 245 km from Perth, the Pinnacles comprise thousands of limestone pillars, some as tall as 4 metres, rising out of the desert sands. Looking like something dreamt up by a movie director, this surreal landscape is fantastic early in the morning or late in the afternoon when the shapes are accentuated by long shadows. Because of the unsealed road into the park, it is recommended that you take a guided 4wd tour. Local knowledge always enhances the experience.

Cervantes & Jurien Bay are both small fishing villages and are the nearest communities and facilities to the Pinnacles. Both nice and quiet places to relax and unwind; do some fishing, go for a swim, sit on the beach and read a book; have an afternoon siesta. Got the picture? A great way to see migrating whales and to explore the Jurien Bay Marine Park is by joining a fishing charter. A great day out with a close-up view of cheeky seals, sea lions, dolphins, whales and perhaps catch dinner.

Dongara & Port Denison are more coastal towns boasting beautiful beaches and fishing ports. The area is famous for it's Rock Lobsters and these delicious crustaceans can be savored in the season (Nov to June). During Spring, the surrounding areas come to life in a dazzling display of wildflowers.

Geraldtdon is on the same latitude as Byron Bay on the East Coast of Australia. Like Byron, the all-year-round climate is ideal. Geraldton is more a city than a town; but it has that same friendliness and hospitality a visitor would expect of a country town. Among Geraldton's many attractions are first class theatres, art galleries, museums, lookouts and parks. The Museum houses relics of ships wrecked off the rugged coastline, as well as the magnificent Memorial to the 645 crew members who were lost when HMAS Sydney went down on 19th November, 1941.

Kalbarri is interesting in respect to the coming together of many and varied landscapes. As you would expect, it has the magnificent white sandy beaches; but it also has spectacular red rock gorges, rugged coastal cliffs and colourful wildflowers; a potpourri of splendid natural attractions. Migrating whales and their calves are often seen in the bay along with playful dolphins. No wonder that this idyllic place is one of the most popular holiday destinations in Australia.

Monkey Mia. Many visitors say that this is the best part of the trip. As far as "the best experience" and the "best encounter with nature" goes, nothing beats the dolphins at Monkey Mia. For over 40 years now, pods of bottle-nose dolphins swim into the clear shallows of the bay and interact with humans, much to the delight of visitors. The dolphins seem to enjoy the encounter as much as the visitor. This ritual and stunning beauty of this World Heritage listed coastline attracts visitors from all over the World.

Carnarvon is surrounded by banana plantations and has that lovely warm sub-tropical feel about it. If you love tropical fruit salad, then all the fruits are grown here. While you are stocking-up on fresh fruit and vegetables, don't forget the fish and prawns from the local co-op. If you like a walk, Carnarvon has a 'One Mile Jetty' that juts out into the bay. North of the town, you'll find craggy cliffs, beautiful white sandy beaches a number of spectacular blowholes, and the wreck of the Korean Star which was blown onto the rocks during a cyclone in 1988 and subsequently and broke into two.

Exmouth, Ningaloo Reef & Cape Range National Park. The Great Barrier Reef might have a 'World Heritage Listed' title; but Ningaloo Reef should not be considered as a 'poor cousin'. Nigaloo has gained an international reputation for being un-spoilt, with crystal clear turquoise water, vibrant coloured coral and abundant stocks of tropical fish. The ultimate adventure is to swim beside the world's biggest fish, the docile whale shark. You don't have to be a scuba diver to enjoy the reef, there are glass bottom boat tours and you can simply snorkel off one of the local beaches. For a totally different change of scene, take a 4wd tour of Cape Range National Park and its tranquil beaches, rugged ranges and magnificent canyons. Exmouth is a great place to stay and visit these two fantastic attractions.

Karratha & Millstream-Chichester National Park. Karratha is a modern service town catering mainly for mine workers in the Pilbara. It is the starting point for many tours and adventure experiences in the surrounding areas including Millstream and Karijini National Parks. In the midst of an arid landscape is the remarkable oasis of Millstream, where fresh water springs from an aquifer to create a lush tropical environment with paper-bark and palm trees surrounding deep pools on the Fortescue River.

Port Hedland is a major industrial port, best known for its long trains, big ships, salt piles and red dust. To be honest, knowing that the magnificent tourist attraction of Broome is a 600km drive away, you won't want to hang around looking for things to see and do. You will however need to stay overnight. Head off early the next morning in order to arrive in Broome, early enough to watch the sun set from Cable Beach.

When you think of magnificent white sandy beaches, crystal clear water, swaying palms and the sun setting over a shimmering ocean, you think of exotic destinations like the Seyshells or the Maldives. Broome, on Australia's far north-west coast, is equally as beautiful; but even more so. It is an area of dramatic contrasts in landscapes and colours. A town built around a romantic pearling past and a unique character moulded by its multicultural past. You have the choice of spending this part of your holiday relaxing on the world famous Cable Beach or getting out and exploring the rugged and remote 'Kimberleys'. Of course you can do both from the comfort of your vehicle. Although the main highway to Darwin will get you to some of the main attractions, there are others worth visiting which necessitate going off sealed roads. Yes you can hire a 4wd vehicle, but it is much more practical and informative to go on guided tours.
Beagle Bay and Cape Leveque. The 'road', or should we say track to Cape Leveque is very rough and the journey is long (up to 4 hrs); however the reward at the end of the journey is described by some as "the most beautiful place on earth". Clearly it makes sense to go on a 4wd tour with guides who know the area and the local aboriginal people and culture. Tours call in at Beagle Bay to see the Sacred Heart Church with its mother-of-pearl shell altar. And Cape Leveque? ..... simply astonishing!

Derby is two hours north of Broome. You know you have arrived because of the distinctive Boab trees that dominate the town's streets-cape. Located on the edge of the vast King Sound, Derby has the highest tidal range of any port in Australia; hence the height and length of the wharf. In town, 'Ngunga Designs' gives the visitor an insight into the art and culture of the Aboriginal people. The stunning colours of the Kimberleys are reflected in their art and transformed onto fabrics and garment . There are a great variety of tours that leave from Derby, such as flights over the Buccaneer Archipelago and over the tidal phenomenon referred to as the 'horizontal waterfall'. 4wd tours of Windjana Gorge & Tunnel Creek also leave from Derby.

Windjana Gorge & Tunnel Creek. Up to 100 metres high, the sheer walls of the Windjana Gorge are a spectacular sight. There is an easy 3.5 km walking path through the gorge with many excellent photographic opportunities. 30km south-east, Tunnel Creek flows through a water worn tunnel beneath the limestone of the Napier Range. If you are adventurous, you can walk 750 metres through the tunnel to the other side of Napier Range, wading through several permanent pools and watching for bats and the stalactites that descend from the roof in many places. Great thing to do; but recommended as a guided tour. You also see and learn more that way.

Fitzroy Crossing & Geikie Gorge . Sealed roads make Geikie Gorge the most accessible gorge in the Kimberleys. Just 20km from Fitzroy Crossing, the gorge clearly exhibits evidence of the might of the Fitzroy River. In the wet season, the river in flood can rise some 16 metres above normal levels. This annual event has bleached the walls white and looks brilliant contrasting against the reddish walls above and the deep blue of the river below. Wildlife abounds, including freshwater crocodiles which are not generally considered to be a threat to humans if left undisturbed.

Halls Creek. Halls Creek is nothing to write home about; but has some good attractions nearby. Close to town is 'China Wall', a sub-vertical quartz vein protruding out of the ground and extending over a hill, looking like the Great Wall of China. Further out are the remnants of the original town which was the home to the first gold discovery in Western Australia. 45km out of town is the spectacular Palm Springs. It is an oasis, complete with palm trees, a fresh water spring and an abundance of wildlife.

Bungle Bungles. Purnululu National Park is famous for the Bungle Bungle Range. This astonishing range comprises 200-300 metre high sandstone domes with alternating, hoop stripes of black and orange. From the air, these bee-hive like structures are so breathtaking, they could almost be computer generated out of a movie. On the ground and close up, they are simply awesome. You can get flights over the Bungle Bungles from either Halls Creek or Kununurra. 4wd tours can be arranged from Kununurra.

El Questro & Emma Gorge. El Questro Wilderness Park is without doubt, one of the world's unique holiday destinations, providing the visitor with a truly Australian holiday experience. El Questro is a million acre working cattle station with approximately 5,000 head of cattle. For a special treat on your journey, a night at the Emma Gorge Resort, in a tented cabin, is wonderful interlude. The gorge has a spectacular waterfall and swimming hole and the resort has an excellent bar and restaurant. Because of the access to El Questro being 4wd only, GoOzGo recommends that you book a tour out of Kununurra (100km away) and stay a night or two at the Emma Gorge Resort.

Wyndham. There is probably not a great deal to attract the tourist to Wyndham. It is the most northerly town in Western Australia and is quite isolated. It does, however, have one of the most spectacular lookouts in Australia, with superb views over 5 rivers entering the Gulf through vast mud flats. O.K. Now that you want to visit the lookout, you might as well have a have your photograph taken with the ‘Big Croc’, in the main street and watch and feed crocodiles at the Zoological Gardens and Crocodile Park.

Kununurra. Describing Kununurra is like leaving the best to last (apart from Broome). The local Aboriginal people appropriately call this place Kununurra, meaning: "The Meeting Of The Big Waters". Kununurra is virtually surrounded by water with the largest expanse being Lake Argyle. Tourism Western Australia sums it up perfectly: "With sizzling red soil, wide open blue skies and rugged bush scenery, this place will enliven your senses." There are so many places to see and things to do. From here you can take tours to the Bungle Bungles and El Questro, and visit Lake Argyle, Mitchell Plateau, Ord River and the Argyle Diamond Mine.
  Katherine is a town steeped in the history and early settlement of the Northern Territory. Today Katherine is a modern town servicing the region, and for tourists using it as a base from which to experience the magic of the 'Top End'. There are a number of attractions in and around town worth visiting such as: the Katherine Museum, Old Train Station, School of the Air and Springvale Homestead. Just out of town are the Cutta Cutta Caves; a limestone formation and home to the almost extinct Golden Horseshoe Bat.
Heading East from Perth.
Katherine Gorge in Nitmiluk National Park. Just 32km out of Katherine is the impressive and very popular Katherine Gorge. It would be more correct to call it Katherine Gorges as it comprises 13 gorges separated by rocks and boulders that become more exposed towards the end of the dry season. The Gorge can be best viewed by cruise boat or by canoe; a quiet way to observe, without disturbing, the wildlife. There are walking trails in the park and lots of spots for a picnic and refreshing swim.

Litchfield National Park is an easy one and a half hours drive from Darwin, with all the major attractions, including 3 major waterfalls, being accessible by sealed roads. These waterfalls are spectacular in the wet season and provide wonderful waterholes, in which to swim, in in the dry season. Other attractions include lush monsoon forests, termite mounds, unusual rock formations, walking trails and shady picnic spots.

Kakadu National Park is almost 20,000 square kilometres in size and is World Heritage listed. This place is of great significance to the Aboriginal people as they believe it was created by their ancestors. It is believed that the Aboriginal people have lived in Kakadu continuously for at least 50,000 years. There are places in the park where you feel this 'spirit'. Walking around the base of Nourlangie Rock can be quite eerie. It's like walking into an empty cathedral - it should be respected by visitors. At the end of the walk is the most staggering cave paintings believed to be amongst the oldest rock paintings in the world. Traveling around Kakadu you can see why it has become one of Australia's top tourist destinations. It is a place of immense natural beauty; teaming with wildlife and plant species. A boat tour on Yellow Waters Billabong is the perfect way to view the amazing number and variety of birds, and to spot saltwater crocodiles. Sunsets from the viewing platform are a photographers dream. There are lots of fantastic, escorted tours from Jabiru; such as 4wd tours to the spectacular Jim Jim Falls and Twin Falls.

Darwin. Having survived devastating cyclones and bombing during World War 2, Darwin emerged as a city with great character and great characters. Darwin still has that energy of a 'frontier' town, yet has a 'laid-back', tropical, 'always-on-holiday' feel. Darwin is a wonderful mixture of indigenous and Asian cultures, evident in the arts, crafts and especially food; all of which can be sampled at the Mindle Beach night markets. No matter whether Darwin is the starting point or end point for your holiday, you need to spend a couple of days here soaking up the tropical atmosphere, visiting museums, galleries; or just having a cold beer in one of Darwin's pubs, getting to know the locals.
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