Day 1: Perth to Kalbarri
Welcome to sunny Perth, where your overland journey begins. Meet your group early this morning and leave the city, driving north to Nambung National Park to explore The Pinnacles. These are ancient rock sculptures that rise out of the desert. Journey on to Western Australia’s own Pink Lake at Port Gregory. From here continue on through Geraldton to the quiet beach town of Kalbarri, where you’ll stay the night. (L,D)
Day 2: Kalbarri National Park
Today take a short drive to Kalbarri National Park. Hike around some of the park’s diverse scenery, including Murchison Gorge, Nature’s Window and the amazing Kalbarri Skywalk. It’s a steep descent into Z-Bend Gorge. Please be aware that the entrances to some of these gorge’s are challenging and participants need to be able to scale up and down vertical ladders and scramble over boulders to reach some attractions. After lunch time to relax and check out the seaside cliffs and coastal gorges, take a walk from Natural Bridge to Island Rock keeping a lookout for dolphins and migrating whales (seasonal).Enjoy a stunning west coast sunset over the Indian Ocean. (B,L,D)
Day 3: Kalbarri to Shark Bay
An early departure this morning will see us take in the beautiful Shell Beach, which is one of only two beaches in the world composed entirely of shells. Get back on the road and continue towards Denham and Shark Bay. This afternoon you can relax by the pristine shores of Monkey Mia Dolphin Resort or maybe take an optional sunset sail onboard a local catamaran. (B,L,D)
Day 4: Monkey Mia to Coral Bay
This morning head down to the beach for the Monkey Mia dolphins experience. The idyllic shores around the Francoise Peron National Park are perfect to stretch the legs and admire another slice of Western Australian coastline. The next stop is Hamelin Pool where you’ll see the fascinating stromatolites, these marine rock formations are some of the world’s oldest and largest living fossils. After a short break, continue along the highway through Carnarvon to Coral Bay – known as the ‘Jewel of the Northwest’. (B,L,D)
Day 5: Coral Bay to Cape Range National Park
Today explore picturesque Coral Bay, home to the World Heritage-listed Ningaloo Reef. Snorkel equipment is available to hire, or you could cruise the reef in a glass-bottom boat to observe the tropical life teeming below the surface. The marine park is home to 250 species of coral and over 500 species of fish. You might prefer to take an optional scenic flight over the reef. (B,L,D)
Day 6: Exmouth and Cape Range National Park
Spend the morning snorkelling right off the beach in the stunning Cape Range National Park. Depending on the time of year, you have the option to snorkel or scuba dive in search of whale sharks and manta rays. Take a visit to Vlamingh Head Lighthouse, one of the few places in Australia where you can see the sun both rise and set. (B,L,D)
Day 7: Exmouth to Karijini National Park
Head inland today through the vast cattle stations of the Pilbara region. The sparsely populated Pilbara desert is known for its red earth and rich mineral deposits. In the afternoon pass through the little town of Tom Price, which is renowned for its iron ore mining. Continue on to your campsite overlooking the magnificent Hamersley Range in Karijini. Before you go to sleep, take a minute to gaze up at one the most magnificent night skies you’re ever likely to see. (B,L,D)
Day 8: Karijini National Park
Today we explore the almighty gorges of Karijini National Park. Formed over 2,500 million years ago, the Hamersley Ranges feature some of the most unusual landforms on Earth. You’ll be able to take some great photographs while you’re here. Hike deep into the gorges, where you’ll come across cascading waterfalls and fresh waterholes ideal for swimming in. Dales Gorge and Oxlers Lookout, Fortescue Falls, Fern Pool, Weano and Hancock Gorge’s are just some of the places you can visit. This part of the journey is a real highlight.
Please be aware that the entrances to some of these gorge’s are challenging and participants need to be able to scale up and down vertical ladders and scramble over boulders to reach some attractions.
Day 9: Karijini to Pilbara Outback
We travel south through the vast areas of the Pilbara region, via the outback mining town of Newman, the iron ore Mecca of the North. We will travel through many large historical sheep and cattle stations (some over 1 million acres in size) and modern mining centres. We share our last night together at one of our outback campsites. (B,L,D)
Day 10: Pilbara Outback to Perth
Leaving early we travel to the gold mining town of Mt Magnet. A short break and once more we are on our way to Perth. As the kilometres slip by we soon find ourselves in the wheat and sheep farming districts North-East of Perth. Early afternoon will find us at the picturesque town of New Norcia, built as a mission by Benedictine monks in the 1840’s. As the day draws to a close we arrive into Perth. (B,L)
Sturdy walking shoes, sleeping bag, hat and sunscreen, towel and toiletries, swim wear, water bottle, torch, insect repellent, camera.
Experienced guide and assistant guide, meals as indicated, national park entry fee and accommodation as below:
Hostel 6 nights (with shared facilities) and 3 nights camping (with facilities).
B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner.
Itineraries may vary and/or attractions be substituted for any cause including seasonal conditions, weather extremes, and traditional owner/national park requirements.
Travel Insurance is compulsory for all travellers on all tours and details must be presented to your tour guide before departure. It is your responsibility to advise us if you have any special dietary requirements, allergies, or medical conditions well ahead of departure. From October to March it is likely that you will experience temperatures of over 35 degrees Celsius, and sometimes well into the 40s. Be prepared to endure extra physical stress due to the heat at these times, especially while on walks. These extreme temperatures can also place stress on the air-conditioning units within our vehicles, which can make travelling uncomfortable. Your tour guide will assist with regular breaks and information to assist keeping hydrated. In July and August, very cold temperatures can be experienced in the outback, especially overnight. Please come prepared for all extremes. Also please note that wildlife experiences such as the dolphins at Monkey Mia are not guaranteed as the wildlife is in its natural habitat.
Please review our Terms and Conditions of Travel documentation for more information.