Leaving Perth we enter Nambung National Park to explore the Pinnacles Desert – a unique landscape unlike any other in the country. We then journey to the massive sand dunes of Jurien Bay where you’ll have the opportunity to enjoy a sandboard down the slopes and perfect your technique. From here we continue on through Geraldton to Kalbarri where we stay overnight. (LD)
Today we take the short drive to Kalbarri National Park where we explore some of the park’s diverse scenery like Murchison Gorge, Natures Window, the Loop and Z-Bend Gorge (a steep descent but worth the effort for a refreshing swim). There is also the option to abseil here for those looking for even more adventure (own expense). After lunch we visit the beautiful Shell Beach – one of only two beaches in the world made entirely from shells, before getting back on the road towards Denham and Shark Bay. (BLD)
After a short drive across the Peron Peninsula we make our way down to the beach and pay a visit to the world famous Monkey Mia dolphins – sure to become your new best friends. Via the fascinating stromatolites at Hamelin Pool, we continue along the highway to Coral Bay, the ‘Jewel of the Northwest’. (BLD)
Take a day to explore Coral Bay – which is just as relaxing as the name suggests. We’ll also take a visit to the Ningaloo Reef the amazing marine life that lives below the waterline. Take a snorkel or cruise on a glass bottom boat to see for yourself. (Activities at own expense and subject to availability). When late afternoon comes around it’s time for the short drive into Exmouth to prepare for another day of freedom and relaxation. In the evening, kick back on Yardi Creek Station and watch the sunset as kangaroos hop about the grounds. In the morning, go snorkelling or diving, search for whale sharks (seasonal and at own expense) or view Vlamingh Head Lighthouse then choose to laze on the pristine beach at Turquoise Bay and soak up the sunshine. (BLD/BLD)
We head inland past many Aussie cattle stations to reach the outback oasis of Karijini National Park. This afternoon we will pass through Tom Price, a little town known for its iron ore mining, before reaching our camp overlooking the magnificent Hamersley Range. We have a full day of adventure to explore Karijini National Park and its amazing gorges. Formed over 2,500 million years ago, the Hamersley Ranges are some of the most unusual landforms on earth. You’ll be able to take some great photos while you’re here – perfect for your Facebook and Instagram feeds. Deep in the gorges you’ll come across cascading waterfalls and fresh, still waterholes that are ideal for swimming. Dales Gorge, Fortesque Falls, Fern Pool, Circular Pool, Weano Gorge and Hancock Gorge are just some of the unforgettable areas we’ll visit. Definitely a highlight! (LD/BLD)
This tour departs every Saturday, from November to March.
What’s included in your trip price?
* Experienced Guide
* Meals as specified
* Camping & Backpacker Dorm Share Accommodation
* National Park Entry Fees
The following is a selection of popular optional activities. Some of these you can arrange enroute, while others, as noted, are best booked prior to departure.
* Abseiling – allow approx $50 per person
* Swimming with Manta Rays – allow approx $250 per person
* Swimming with Whale Sharks (seasonal, April to July only) – allow $450-$500 per person *we recommend your prebook this activity in Exmouth for day 5
* Glass Bottom Boat Rides – allow approx $50 per person
* Kayaking – allow approx $50 per hour
It is recommended that you bring a torch, broad-brimmed hat with sun visor for all round sun protection, sunscreen, swimming costume and towel, good walking/trekking shoes, insect repellent, a personal water bottle, warm clothes for the evening (particularly if travelling in Winter), personal toiletries and first aid, with any personal medication required.
You will also need to bring a sleeping bag, available for sale at $50pp – these must be requested with our office prior to travel and can be kept following your trip or donated to local indigenous communities.
* itinerary is designed for a younger, or young at heart, traveller.
* Itineraries may vary and/or attractions be substituted for any cause including seasonal conditions, weather extremes, traditional owner and national park requirements.
* National Park rules request that only biodegradable soap products are used whilst in Karijini National Park.
* Western Australia is a BIG state. Due to distances covered, this trip involves early departures on some mornings and frequent stops between destinations.
* This tour is not suitable for children.
* Wild Expeditions reserves the right to assess the fitness capability of passengers prior to tour departure.
Travel Insurance is compulsory for all travellers on all tours and details must be presented to tour guide before departure.
* It is your responsibility to advise Wild Expeditions if you have any special dietary requirements or medical conditions (including allergies) well ahead of departure.
* It is you or your clients’ responsibility to contact Wild Expeditions with your preferred pick up point. Please contact our inside sales teams for information on other available pick up points. If we do not hear from you, we will assume you will make your way to our default pick up point as listed on this document.
* We will not be responsible for missed pick-ups (and a missed tour) if we do not receive notification from you or your travel agent, and if you are not at the default pick up point at the appropriate time.