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    Coral Bay & Karijini National Park

    Perth to Broome or Broome to Perth (8 Days and 8 Nights)

    Day 1 Perth to Kalbarri

    We suggest an early start to ensure a chance at a Kalbarri sunset. Head north to the wheat port of Geraldton which is an ideal spot for lunch. At Northampton, turn toward Port Gregory then follow the coastal road into Kalbarri. Take time to stop at some of the coastal cliff locations, the Natural Bridge being the most spectacular. Time to relax and enjoy local seafood for dinner to night. Suggested overnight stay - Kalbarri Palms Resort.

    Day 2 Kalbarri to Monkey Mia

    On you way out of Kalbarri, take the time to visit the Murchison River gorges, Hawks Head and Nature’s Window are worth the 26km detour. Once at the Northwest highway, turn left and make your way north to the Overlander Roadhouse where the turnoff to Denham and Monkey Mia is well sign posted. Pass through the original pearling town of Denham where any supplies required should be purchased as shopping is very limited at the resort. Suggested overnight stay - Monkey Mia Dolphin Resort.

    Coral Bay & Karijini National Park

    Day 3 Monkey Mia to Coral Bay

    Backtracking is required to the Overlander Roadhouse but stop at Shell Beach, Eagle Bluff and Hamelin Telegraph Station on the way back to truly appreciate this World Heritage area. Stay on the Northwest Highway until you reach the Minilya Roadhouse and follow the signs to Coral Bay. Suggested overnight stay - Coral Bay Lodge.

    Day 4 Coral Bay

    No need to pack the car today. Head straight to the beach. Coral Bay can be experienced in many ways from a simple snorkel off the beach to a glass bottom boat to a full scale dive experience. Just ask our friendly staff when booking what activity best suits you. Suggested overnight stay - Coral Bay Lodge.

    Day 5 Coral Bay to Tom Price

    Sadly we must leave this bit of paradise behind but many more adventures await us down the track. Go north from Coral Bay towards Exmouth at Bullara turn right and rejoin the Northwest Highway heading for Nanutarra where you will follow the road into Paraburdoo and Tom Price, the gateway to Karijini National Park.You are now travelling in remote areas with great distances between facilities so always make sure you top up with fuel at each opportunity, carry plenty of water and a few snacks. Suggested overnight stay - Karijini Lodge,Tom Price.

    Day 6 Tom Price

    Karijini National Park would take months to explore in its entirety. Its best to plan ahead the things you would most like to see and the method to experience them.When booking your tour be sure to ask for the Pilbara Holiday Planner which will help you make your choices.We can make the bookings for you or contact the local operators on the spot although some popular tours and locations do get booked out. No matter what your choice, hiking and walking are an essential part of a Karijini Experience so you will appreciate a cold drink and a soft bed at the end of today. Suggested overnight stay - Karijini Lodge,Tom Price.

    Coral Bay & Karijini National Park

    Day 7 Tom Price to Marble Bar

    The drive north takes you back through the Park so anything missed yesterday, can be arranged for today. Today’s destination is one of Australia’s most famous locations, one that not many can claim to have visited. Legend has it that Marble Bar experienced 100 days where the temperature never dropped below 100 degrees making it the hottest place in Australia.When you get there, there is a plaque to prove it but don’t worry, your room is air-conditioned. Suggested overnight stay - Marble Bar Roadhouse.

    Day 8 Marble Bar to Broome

    Today you will marvel at the vastness of the Australian Outback. Make sure your water bottle is full and all things including the car and yourselves are topped up. Stops are limited and the distances great but as you cruise along in air conditioned comfort, think of the early prospectors and explorers who travelled this country with camels, on horse back or simply walked. Suggested overnight stay - Seashells Resort.

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    • Fatigue causes many crashes in Australia.
    • When driving long distances, stop and rest every 1-2 hours.
    • Try to have someone sit beside you to keep you company driving as our NT roads can be long and straight.
    • Alcohol and driving don’t mix.
    • For experienced drivers the blood alcohol level is 0.05.
    • Provisional drivers and young drivers may not have any alcohol before driving.
    • Seat belts and child restraints must be worn by all vehicle occupants.
    • Always carry a copy of your driver’s license in English.

    • Take plenty of water on all Outback trips;
    • check distances and driving conditions;
    • and ensure you have adequate petrol at all times.
    • Remember, rule ‘Number 1’ in the Outback: if your car breaks down you MUST stay with your vehicle for safety reasons.
    • Don’t drive after dark.
    • Parks & Wildlife Commission Northern Territory provides information on camping, National Parks, and permits.
    • Ensure you are informed re the safety of swimming in the ‘Top End’ – many areas are not safe to swim due to crocodiles.
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