Days
7
Price from
£666GBP
Map of Exmouth Explorer  including Australia

Explore Western Australia’s desert landscapes, national parks and spectacular Coral Coast in rugged style on the ultimate overland trip

Criss-crossing up 'n' back the Western Australian coast, get unplugged and away from the city for a journey full of highlights. Featuring dramatic scenery from the desert to the sea, wind along hilltops overlooking turquoise surf, ride giant white sand dunes, hike through tiger-striped gorges, and marvel at the graceful sight of local marine life. Question why chimney-like limestones stick out of the desert at The Pinnacles or how the Stromatolites still exist at Hamelin Bay. Explore Kalbarri and Karijini National Parks, and have your breath taken away by the underwater worlds of Shark Bay and Ningaloo, before ending each day with a spectacular sunset.


Start
Perth, Australia
Finish
Perth, Australia
Destinations
Western Australia, Outback, West Coast
Style
Basix
Theme
Explorer
Code
PAU7
Physical rating
Trip rating
2 reviews
Ages
Min 18
Group size
Min 1, Max 22

Why you'll love this trip

  • Enjoy the flexibility of a private vehicle, the local knowledge of a passionate guide and the magic of finding yourself in classic Outback Australia

  • Ride massive white sand dunes at Australia's premier sandboarding destination in Lancelin and marvel at the lunar-like landscape of The Pinnacles

  • Hike and swim the ancient gorges and waterholes of Kalbarri National Park and admire the views from Natures Window and Z-Bend

  • Wade into shallow waters of Monkey Mia and be amazed by close encounters with dolphins, turtles and the endangered dugongs

  • Marvel at the ecologically diverse underwater world of Ningaloo Reef, with the option to swim with manta rays and whale sharks in season

Is this trip right for you?

  • Accomodation on this trip is multishare that may be mixed gender. It's a great opportunity to get to know other like-minded people, so embrace it while you can. However, if you’d prefer not to share, a single room supplement is available at an additional charge. Please ask your travel consultant for more details.

  • This is a true overland trip, and the journey is a big part of the experience. On some days of the trip, you will spend several hours driving, often through very sparse areas of desert.

  • This trip requires a moderate level of fitness, as it involves a lot of walking, allowing you to really get among nature. Please bring sturdy, comfortable walking shoes and comfortable clothing.

  • This trip is designed to give you a fair amount of free time so you can take up optional activities and explore each destination at your own pace.

Itinerary

Free-spirited we cruise up the Coral Coast, where ironically it feels like our adventure begins in the desert. Experience pure exhilaration sandboarding, the soaring white sand dunes of Lancelin. Stop at Nambung National Park for a guided tour of The Pinnacles, where ancient limestone spires, jut spookily out of the desert. It’s then on to Geraldton, a township renown for rock lobster, pearls and shipwrecks, before spending the night in Kalbarri.
Accommodation
  • Hostel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Nambung National Park (Pinnacles) Entrance
  • Sandboarding Jurien Bay
Meals Included
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
With endless beauty, it’s easy to imagine dinosaurs roaming the ancient interconnecting gorges of Kalbarri National Park. Carved out by the Murchison River and lined with red river gums, the towering cliffs are striped with a blood-red hue and contrast spectacularly with the azure hidden waterholes. Best vantage points are from Natures Window and Z-Bend lookouts or for the ultimate rush there’s the option of abseiling down. Toast the day in Denham, the gateway to Shark Bay.
Accommodation
  • Hostel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Kalbarri National Park Entrance
Optional Activities
  • Abseiling in Kalbarri National Park - AUD30
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Be blown away by the mysterious creatures of the big blue at Monkey Mia. With over 4000 square kilometres along the seabed, its literally splendour in the seagrass attracting the likes of turtles, whale sharks, bottlenose dolphins and dugongs. The wonder continues with the 3 billion-year-old Stromatolites, creating a carpet-like sculpture beside the sea at Hamelin Pool. Watch the sun sink and the stars come out at Coral Bay.
Included Activities
  • Monkey Mia Dolphins
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
The day is yours to explore paradise on earth at Ningaloo Reef. You can float the day away, but do remember to put your head under to see an explosion of colour, thanks to the 250 species of coral and over 500 species of fish. For those braver, swim ‘n’ snorkel beside turtles, manta rays, whale sharks and even humpback whales. Blissfully salty and sandy, we spend a night in Exmouth.
Accommodation
  • Hostel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Ningaloo Reef Marine Park
Optional Activities
  • Snorkel with Manta Rays - half day trip - AUD165
  • Whale Watching (seasonal) from - AUD85
  • Glass Bottom Boat Cruises from - AUD37
  • Snorkel with the Whalesharks (April to July only) from - AUD350
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
After breakfast we head to Cape Range National Park, the result of ancient reefs pushing out from under the sea. Known for its contrasting scenery of rugged limestone ranges, deep canyons and beautiful beaches; you’ll spot wildlife such as emus, euros, red kangaroos, bungarras, bustards and a variety of birds. Take multiple dips at Turquoise Bay, before revelling in the last golden rays setting on the horizon at Vlamingh Head Lighthouse.
Accommodation
  • Hostel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Vlamingh Head Lighthouse
Optional Activities
  • Turquoise Bay - snorkel hire - AUD10
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
On the road again we head south, so get comfy and switch off as the colour of the outback speeds by. A pit stop in Carnarvon is a no brainer, thanks to supplying the vast majority of Western Australia with prawns, scallops, crabs, fish, fruit and vegetables. For our last night together, we’ll get a taste of real country life, feeding animals, playing farm-hand and listening to local stories under the stars.
Accommodation
  • Hostel (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Slowly meandering back to Perth, we stop to visit Greenough Wildlife and Bird Park. A wildlife sanctuary promoting conservation and animal rescue; get up close to dingos, emus, orphan kangaroo joeys, saltwater crocodiles, handle lizards and even snakes. Before first drop-offs in town around 6.30pm; take your final selfies, swap contacts with fellow travellers and plot your next adventure…otherwise you’ll want to U-turn and experience it all again.
Included Activities
  • Greenough Wildlife Park
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch

Meals

6 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 6 dinners

Transport

Minibus

Accommodation

Hostel (6 nights)

Included activities

  • Nambung National Park (Pinnacles) Entrance
  • Sandboarding Jurien Bay
  • Kalbarri National Park Entrance
  • Monkey Mia Dolphins
  • Ningaloo Reef Marine Park
  • Vlamingh Head Lighthouse
  • Greenough Wildlife Park

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Important notes

1. Tour commences in Perth on day 1 at 7:25am and finishes in Perth at approx 6:30pm. Onward travel should be booked for the following day.
2. A strict luggage limit of 15kg applies. Please bring a soft sided bag only.
3. This trip requires a sleeping bag
4. This trip is BASIX mixed gender multishare, minimum age for this trip is 18 years old

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