West Coast Adventure

This tour of Australia’s west coast takes you on an epic 18-day journey from Perth to Darwin, through the isolated deserts and beautiful coastlines of the country’s west coast. Get up close to fascinating wildlife and spectacular natural landscapes unlike any other.

Perfect for the adventurous, the West Coast Adventure tour of Australia takes you from the laid back city of Perth through the red sands of the area’s national parks. See the famous Pinnacles, which stretch out of the red dust, and spot dolphins, sea otters and maybe even whale sharks from the beach. The famous Shell Beach is full of billions of non-fossilised shells, while Hamelin Pool is home to the world’s oldest living organisms.

See beautiful coral reefs and take in the rocky canyons, as well as visiting mines and isolated outback towns surrounded by spectacular nature. Visit a working outback cattle ranch before bathing in hot springs or admiring waterfalls. Shop for pearls, take a camel ride along the beach and look out for crocodiles on Lake Argyle, which is larger than Sydney harbour. Finish with a farewell dinner in Darwin before you explore the city, taking in its relaxed atmosphere, museums and galleries.

19 days

Guide Price

£7,195 pp
Group basis, Escorted
Start your journey

Trip highlights

  • See the famous Pinnacles
  • Spot dolphins and sea otters
  • Explore the city of Perth
  • Bath in hot springs

Arrive in Perth and check in to your hotel, before spending the rest of the day making the most of the city. Head to the shopping districts to pick up souvenirs and clothing, or make your way to the top of Kings Park. Perched at the top of Mount Eliza, the park offers spectacular views over the city and its surrounds.

Enjoy a welcome dinner in the evening, giving you a chance to meet your fellow tour travellers, Driver and Tour Director, who you will spend the next 17 days with.

Today you will head to Nambung National Park, which is just north of Perth. It’s home to the famous ancient Pinnacles rock formations which stretch up to six metres out of the Australian red sands and provide an excellent photo opportunity. In the evening, travel further north to Kalbarri where you will stay the night.

In the morning the tour leaves for Shark Bay. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is home to pure white sands and glittering clear waters, making it the perfect place to relax. Spot some of the marine life, including bottlenose dolphins, sea otters, humpback whales, sea turtles and whale sharks. Watch the sunset over the beautiful bay before a delicious dinner and a stay at the Monkey Mia Dolphin Resort.

In the morning, wander along the golden sands of Monkey Mia beach where you might be lucky enough to see wild dolphins come to the shore. Shell Beach is your next stop and offers a unique attraction, with billions of small shells leading down to the crystal clear waters.

Afterwards, head to Hemelin Pool where you can see the Stromatolites. These are the world’s oldest living organisms and stretch into the ocean, providing an excellent opportunity for photos and nature lovers.

Start the day journeying to Coral Bay, from where you can explore the beautiful Ningaloo Reef Marine Park. Hop on a boat and admire the colourful underwater coral reefs which are home to a vibrant collection of tropical fish and other marine life.

Next, travel to Vlamingh Head, where you can take in views of the coastline and its historic lighthouse. Finish the day in Exmouth with dinner before heading to your hotel to relax for the evening.

Leave the coastline and visit Western Australia’s fascinating Outback. The area surrounding Exmouth is home to some of the country’s oldest landscapes, where you can get to know a different side of Australia. The Pilbara is located in a vast, open area where you can explore the canyons and unique scenery created by the red soil typical of the country’s interior lands.

In the afternoon, take a guided tour of the Tom Price Mine. This deep mine offers beautiful red hues and some fascinating historic equipment, as well as providing views of the surrounding landscapes. 

Karijini National Park is home to spectacular natural scenery, including gorges and beautiful landscapes which date back two billion years. Explore the natural history of the area and see ancient gorges, some of the world’s oldest rocks, stunning waterfalls and crystal clear freshwater pools surrounded by waterfalls. Stop off at Dale Gorge and Fortescue Falls and admire the green waters, before heading to Oxers Lookout for views over the craggy gorge and blue waters below. Finish the day in the small outback town of Karratha.

Take a tour of Karratha and climb Water Tank Hill from where you can take in views of the town. See the lively streets surrounded by spectacular nature before driving across the red sandy plains of the Pilbara region. Stop off in Roebourne, where you can learn about the European ancestors who built the first town in north west Australia here in 1866. Karratha’s heritage dates back to its days as a gold, copper and tin mining town and visitors can see the well preserved stone buildings.

Next is the beautiful seaside town of Cossack and its historic buildings, before you make your way to Port Hedland. This centre for iron ore transportation, the area plays a significant role in the country’s economic history.  

Journey through the isolated Great Sandy Desert where you can take in views of the red sands and dry grasslands. Stop in Broome and enjoy a guided tour of this laid back town. See the tropical gardens and beautiful Cable Beach or take a dip in the warm, shallow waters of the sea. Arrive at your hotel before watching the stunning sunset over the glittering ocean.

Spend a day exploring Broome at your own pace. Simply soak up the sun on the white sands of the beach, taking a dip when the sun becomes too warm. More active visitors should try a camel ride along the sands or visit Pearl Luggers Museum where you’ll learn about the pearling industry. Shop for pearls in the little boutiques and sample some of the delicious seafood dishes in the town.

Head back inland today, taking in the glimpses of the varying landscapes of Kimberley National Park as you journey along the southern edge. Spend the evening in Fitzroy Crossing, a little town set on the Fitzroy River. This secluded town is the ideal place to experience the real outback and immerse yourself in Aboriginal art and culture.

Set off on a cruise of the Geikie Gorge, where you can see spectacular limestone cliffs bleached by the water at the bottom and retaining a beautiful burnt red colour at the top. Your expert guide will teach you more about the native flora and fauna as you glide along the gorge.

In the afternoon, drive along the Great Northern Highway to Halls Creek, where you will spend the evening.

Start the day with a tour of the Argyle Diamond Mine. This company is the world’s largest producer of diamonds and is home to the elusive pink diamond, the most expensive diamond you can buy.

Continue the journey by car through Kimberley, where you’ll find beautiful landscapes stretching between towns, before reaching El Questro Wilderness Park. This working cattle ranch is surrounded by glittering waterways and luscious green fields.

Spend the morning wandering through the pretty landscapes to Zebedee Springs, where you’ll find thermal pools perfect for a swim. Relax under the tropical Livistona Palms or soak up the sun, before taking a guided cruise along the Chamberlain Gorge. This wide stretch of water is surrounded by sheer cliffs which are lit up by the golden sun. In the afternoon, head to Emma Gorge where you can enjoy a hike, before a swim in the Droplet Waterfall. For dinner, guests can try a typical Australian home cooked meal.

Drive alongside the Gibb River before reaching Lake Argyle. This freshwater lake was created by the Ord River Dam and is home to over 70 islands, as well as mountains which stretch up out of the water. You might even see wallabies, crocodiles and colourful birds, as you take a wildlife cruise along the Ord River System. 

Cross the border from Western Australia to the Northern Territory and see the isolated township of Timber Creek on your way to Katherine. Said to be the place where the tropics meet the outback, here you’ll find thermal springs, deep gorges and a fascinating Aboriginal culture.

In the morning, board a boat for a cruise along Katherine Gorge. See the waterfalls and sheer cliff faces which line the gorge, as well as the luscious surrounding landscapes. Adelaide River is next on the list, before a visit to the Australian war cemetery. This tribute to the 102,000 Australian citizens who died for their country is a spectacular attraction.

Enjoy a farewell dinner in Darwin in the evening and say goodbye to your Driver, Tour Director and fellow travellers. 

Enjoy a city tour of Darwin after breakfast. Take in the relaxed al fresco dining scene and beautiful tropical surroundings as you learn about the area’s history. See Aboriginal art at the galleries, visit a museum and enjoy the mix of over 50 cultures the city is home to.

To see everything Darwin has to offer, take the hop on hop off bus tour, or book a private guided tour of the city. Parliament House, Darwin’s Botanical Gardens and the buzzing waterfront area are ideal if you prefer to explore at your own pace. In the evening, watch the sun set from the boat with a harbour cruise.