Alice Springs was never in the plan but COVID restrictions in WA meant we needed to come and we are so glad we did. We got to see arid zone plants and animals, the rugged Macdonnell Ranges, the historic Hermannsburg Mission and the ancient palms and cycads of Palm Valley.
We took a 4 day Intrepid “Kakadu, Katherine & Litchfield Adventure” tour from Darwin. With our experienced, knowledgeable and passionate guide Paul leading the way we really enjoyed experiencing the waterfalls, waterholes, wildlife, gorges and rock art.
We needed to be in Darwin for a few days to be able to enter Western Australia. When Brisbane has sub 10°C temperatures, hot and dry Darwin’s not a bad place to laze around. The food is pretty good too.
Darwin to Kununurra
This is the first part of our 10 day Intrepid “4WD Darwin to Broome Overland”. We had wanted to see the Purnululu National Park (Bungle Bungles) since it was “discovered” by a mustering helicopter pilot in 1983 and finally we made it there.
Continuing on a 10 day Intrepid “4WD Darwin to Broome Overland”: Kununurra to Broome through the Kimberley on the mostly unsealed Gibb River Road which runs 660km through the rugged ranges, dramatic gorges, semi-arid savanna wilderness.
Perth to Pemberton
We enjoyed a few days in Fremantle with a day on Rottnest Island to see the Quokkas before leaving Perth in an Apollo campervan. There are already lots of wildflowers blooming and we managed a day’s wine tasting in the Margaret River region.
Pemberton to Esperance
From Pemberton to Lucky Bay east of Esperance via Western Australia’s first European settlement of Albany and the wildflower rich Ravensthorpe.
Officially the whitest beach in Australia if not the world, it’s washed by turquoise-coloured waters. Such a beautiful place with the best National Park campgrounds we’ve seen, lots of wildflowers and birds so we decided it needed a blog of its own.
Esperance to Perth
Back to Perth via Wave Rock, Tin Horse Highway, Pingrup Silos and the Collie Dam Mural after driving 2,900km in two weeks.