The ultimate West Australian experience for travellers with a sense of adventure. With a mixture of camping and twin share accommodation, we explore Kalbarri National Park, meet dolphins of Monkey Mia, snorkel on the Ningaloo Reef, learn about the local mining industry, trek to the pristine pools of Karijini National Park and hike through national parks. The adventure comes to an end as the sun sets on stunning Cable Beach in the outback town of Broome.
Coral Bay, Port Hedland, Eighty Mile Beach, Kalbarri National Park, Hammersley Ranges, Monkey Mia, Ningaloo Reef, Pinnacles Desert, Shell Beach, Karijini National Park, Turquoise Bay, Broome
|Accommodation||12PB: Camping - shared facilities (6nts), Twin/Double Room - private ensuite (4nts), Cattle Station - shared facilities (1nt)|
|Duration||12 Days / 11 Nights|
|Tour Style||West Coast Expedition|
|Maximum Passengers||20 (Minimum 2)|
|Price||12PB: Adult $3995, Child (4-12yo) $3895 *Single Supplement $450|
|Departs||APR-AUG Selected Dates: 16 April 2017, 30 April 2017, 20 May 2017, 4 June 2017, 25 June 2017, 9 July 2017, 30 July 2017, 13 August 2017|
|Meals||11 x Breakfasts, 11 x Lunches, 9 x Dinners|
|Luggage||Max 15kg in Soft Bag/Backpack & Day Bag (No Suitcases)|
|Private Charter||Available On Request|
|Validity||1 April 2017 to 31 March 2018|
|Reverse Itinerary||12 Day Broome to Perth|
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Days 1-2 Pinnacles Desert & Kalbarri National Park
Depart Perth and head north to Nambung National Park to explore the amazing formations of the Pinnacles Desert, before continuing our journey through the scenic coastal town of Cervantes. Here, the Lobster Shack provides a close up encounter with the most valued single species fishery in Australia; the Western Rock Lobster. Experience first-hand how they are brought in from the wild, then watch how they are processed in the factory and packaged up to be sent LIVE to destinations all over the world. Next stop is for lunch in Geraldton, the second largest town in WA. The Hampton Rd historical walk is a great way to get a feel for early life in this beautiful area. Passing the pink lakes en route, we soon reach our accommodation in the pretty seaside town of Kalbarri. In the rugged terrain and seclusion of Murchison Gorge, located in Kalbarri National Park, we explore Nature’s Window and Z-Bend Gorge – an exhilarating 150m descent into the heart of the gorge. Feeling adventurous? Give abseiling a go or join a sunset cruise (own expense). (BLD/BLD)
Days 3-4 Shark Bay World Heritage Area
Today’s drive northbound will take us to the Shark Bay World Heritage area where we base ourselves for 2 nights in the most westerley township on the Aussie mainland, Denham. Visit beautiful Shell Beach – one of only two beaches in the world made entirely from shells. Take a guided tour of Ocean Park, where we see the raw fury of sharks feeding; discover endangered sea turtles, highly venomous sea snakes, excruciating stonefish and more! Learn about the secret lives of clownfish, stingrays, and visit rescued sea turtles with your entertaining tour guide. After a short drive across the Peron Peninsula we make our way down to the beach to greet the world famous Monkey Mia dolphins. Spend a free day on the beach or opt for a sailing adventure to see more dolphins and even dugongs in this awesome location. (optional, at own expense and subject to availability) (BLD/BLD)
Days 5-7 Coral Bay & Exmouth
Another big drive takes us all the way to Exmouth, via the fascinating stromatalites at Hamelin pool; the world’s oldest living organisms! We will also stop in at the agricultural town of Carnavon. Three nights at our private camp on Yardi Creek Station allows time to explore the Ningaloo Reef and Cape Range National Park. One day will be spent in the local area, visiting Vlamingh Head Lighthouse and Turquoise Bay. There is also free time for optional activities such as snorkelling with Whale Sharks. A day trip to Coral Bay, famous for its idyllic beach and underwater world off shore is a highlight of the trip. Optional activities here include glass bottom boat rides, snorkelling adventures, quad bike rides and more. Alternatively, hire a snorkelling set and kick back on the beach, exploring at your own leisure. In the evenings relax at camp and spot kangaroos and emus, along with the array of birdlife. *Note that all optional activities are at your own expense (BL/BLD/BLD)
Days 8-10 Karijini National Park
Today’s drive will take us around 600km’s inland to the heart of the Pilbara and for many, the highlight of our tour, Karijini National Park. Along the way we take in a guided mine tour at Tom Price to find out what drives the Pilbara before heading to our private camp for a night under the amazing outback stars. Two full days of adventure is just the perfect amount of time needed 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. 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. (BLD/BLD/BL)
Day 11 The Pilbara
Say your sad farewells to Karijini this morning as we travel towards the coast and the iron ore town of Port Hedland. We have time for a quick town tour and to marvel at the incredible size of the iron ore industry. After lunch we continue on through the Pilbara region, where we spend the night together on an overnight station stay. (BLD)
Day 12 Eighty Mile Beach & Broome
On our final day we stop in for a stroll on Eighty Mile Beach before arriving in sunny tropical Broome! This afternoon we will explore Chinatown hearing fascinating stories of this colourful precinct. We take a drive through Old Broome to view typical Broome architecture and old Pearling Masters homes then view the aqua waters of Roebuck Bay at Town Beach and learn of Broome’s One Day War. We then stop at Matsos Broome Brewery to sample their hand made ales and famous ginger beer (at own expense). Afterwards, visit the Japanese Cemetery and Broome Port, the base for many of today’s Pearling vessels. Then travel by the Broome Race Course, before taking an easy paced walk at Gantheaume Point known for dinosaur footprints and hear the story of Anastasia’s Pool. We then drive down onto Cable Beach for sunset (subject to beach conditions). Relax and enjoy a stroll, or a swim as you watch the sun disappear into the horizon. A drop off to your accommodation is provided at approximately 6.00 pm. (BL)
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|12PB170416||16 April||27 April||Check Availability & Book Online||Guaranteed Departure|
|12PB170430||30 April||11 May||Check Availability & Book Online||Guaranteed Departure|
|12PB170520||20 May||31 May||Check Availability & Book Online||Guaranteed Departure|
|12PB170604||4 June||15 June||Check Availability & Book Online||Guaranteed Departure|
|12PB170625||25 June||6 July||Check Availability & Book Online||Guaranteed Departure|
|12PB170709||9 July||20 July||Check Availability & Book Online||Guaranteed Departure|
|12PB170730||30 July||10 August||Check Availability & Book Online||Guaranteed Departure|
|12PB170813||13 August||24 August||Check Availability & Book Online||Guaranteed Departure|
|Nights 1, 2, 3 & 4 Double/Twin Share Accommodation with private ensuite in local properties chosen for their ideal location and facilities.|
|Nights 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 & 10 We have our own private camps at Yardi Creek Station and on the grounds of the Karijini Eco Retreat in Karajini National Park. These camps have twinshare dome tents on platforms and stretcher beds and exclusive-use kitchen areas. Shared facilities are nearby and include hot showers and flush toilets.|
|Night 11 Enjoy a night on a remote Pilbara Cattle Station. Rooms are twin share with shared facilities.|
- Experienced Guide
- Meals as specified
- Camping & Twin Share Accommodation
- Lobster Shack Tour
- Ocean Park Aquarium
- Mining Tour of Tom Price
- National Park Entry Fees
- Abseiling – allow approx $30 per person
- Swimming with Manta Rays – allow approx $180 per person
- Swimming with Whale Sharks (seasonal, April to July only) – allow $350-$370 per person
- Glass Bottom Boat Rides – allow approx $50 per person
- Kayaking – allow approx $30 per hour
Your Tour Guide can assist with booking these optional activities en route. Due to a limited season and high demand, swimming with Whale Sharks can be difficult to book locally. If you do not want to risk missing out, we recommend you pre-book with Kings Ningaloo Reef Tours in Exmouth for Day 6 of this tour.
We operate trips that travel up and down the West Coast in custom-built, 21 seat 2WD trucks with a PA system and built-in storage (no risky trailers!). These vehicles allow our small groups extra space to kick back and relax as the Australian outback drifts by. They are fully air-conditioned and are fitted with adjustable air-vents, reclinable seats and map pockets to keep your book, drink and MP3 player in. Note that the vehicle could be branded Kimberley Wild, Kakadu Wild, Western Xposure or Adventure Tours Australia!
What to Bring
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 $35pp – these must be requested with our office prior to travel and can be kept following your trip or donated to local indigenous communities.
- Your tour vehicle may be branded as Adventure Tours Australia, Western Xposure or Kimberley Wild Expeditions, but this tour is operated by Kimberley Wild Expeditions.
- 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. Day 5, from Denham to Exmouth, in particular is a long day driving.
- Wild Expeditions reserves the right to assess the fitness capability of passengers prior to tour departure.
- Are you over 70 years old? Due to the remote location and challenging nature of our extended camping tours it is essential for older travellers to review and sign our Medical Form to ensure you can participate fully in the itinerary.
- 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 accommodation 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.