Ningaloo Reef & Pilbara Adventure

This 8-day adventure is the perfect taste of the best bits of Australia’s nature. Spend time soaking up sun and snorkeling in Turquoise Bay at Ningaloo Reef – keeping an eye out for the famous whale sharks the whole time – before heading inland. You’ll pass classic outback scenes of auburn landscape and limitless horizons before arriving at Karijini National Park, where you’ll have a chance to learn about the ancient culture of the Banyjima, Kurrama and Innawonga people, the traditional owners of the land. Swim in the secluded natural pools and hike through the vibrant gorges as you disconnect from the world and connect with the land around you.


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8 Days from $4,085 per adult, twin share 

Inclusions:

  • Meals - 7 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 5 dinners
  • Transport - Private vehicle
  • Accommodation - Hotel (3 nights), Station Stay shared facilities (2 nights), Private Tent shared facilities (2 nights)
  • Included activities:
    • Ningaloo Reef - Welcome lunch
    • Cheela Plains - Sunset drinks
    • Karijini National Park - Kermit's Pool
    • Karijini National Park - Junction Pool
    • Joffre Gorge
    • Tom Price & Karijini National Park
    • Karijini National Park - Hancock Gorge 
    • Karijini National Park - Fern Pool
    • Karijini National Park - Dales Gorge
    • Karijini National Park - Hamersley Gorge



Itinerary

Day 1: Exmouth - Nigaloo Reef

Welcome to Exmouth! Check in to your accommodation before meeting your local leader and fellow travellers for a Welcome Meeting at the hotel at 11am, then get to know everyone a little better over an included lunch. After lunch, it’s time to head out and explore the town and the spectacular surrounding areas with a local guide who knows it best. Kick things off with a walk around the township, then venture into the Cape Range National Park. Here your local guide will introduce you to a world of ancient gorges and glittering coastline.

Pay a visit to the famously beautiful Turquoise Bay. With pristine white sands and bright blue waters, this is undoubtably one of the world’s most breathtaking beaches. Take a dip in the clear waters and snorkel to take a closer look at the coral reef gardens that lie beneath the surface. Stop off at several stunning lookout points where you can soak in the scenery and marvel at the iconic Ningaloo reef. After an exciting afternoon, you may like to join your fellow travellers for dinner at a local brewery in the evening and reminisce about the day’s discoveries over a tasty meal and craft beer.

Meals Included: Lunch


Day 2: Exmouth

This morning after breakfast you’ll be donning your swimmers for a day on the water. Today you’ll have the option of two activities – heading out in search of Ningaloo Reef’s famous seasonal Whale Sharks or soaking up the wonders of the reef at the snorkel drift. If you opt for the latter, you’ll hire some snorkel gear and enter the water at the southern end of the beach, where the current will naturally take you down the length of the beach with views of the rich and diverse marine life and colourful coral underneath. This evening is free to enjoy as you wish – your local leader will have plenty of recommendations for the best places to enjoy a fresh seafood dinner, so don’t hesitate to ask them.

Meals Included: Breakfast


Day 3: Cheela Plains

Today after breakfast you’ll be saying goodbye to Turquoise Bay and begin the approximately six and a half hour drive inland to Cheela Plains, with a stop at Bullara Station for morning tea and a lunch stop at Ashburton River. Along the way you’ll have plenty of time to appreciate the scenes of the Outback, before arriving at your destination. Once here, you’ll drive to the top of the gorge for limitless views of Cheela Plains, where you’ll have the chance to enjoy sunset drinks and dinner around the campfire with the group before settling into your nearby accommodation and watching the southern sky put on a show!

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Day 4: Cheela Plains - Karijini National Park

This morning after breakfast you’ll make the approximately 1 hour and 40-minute drive to Tom Price, the gateway Karijini National Park. Once here, your local guide will show you the highlights including West Karijini, Hancock Gorge, Kermit’s Pool, Junction Pool and many other special gems in the area before you stop to enjoy lunch at the Weano Recreation area. After lunch you’ll travel to Joffre Gorge and descend from the heat to an oasis of pools for an afternoon of swimming or relaxing in the shade of the ferns. Once you’ve had a chance to recharge your batteries, you’ll head to your safari camp for the evening for dinner.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Karijini National Park

Today you have a full-day guided tour of the highlights of Karijini National Park ahead of you. Pack your swimmers as you will start the day with a dip in the spring-fed Fortescue Falls at Dales Gorge before hiking the two-hour round-trip to Circular Pool at the other end of the gorge for another well-earned swim before lunch. After lunch you’ll head to the Karijini Visitors Centre where you’ll have the opportunity to learn more about the traditional owners of Karijini – the Banyjima, Kurrama and Innawonga people – and their connection to the land. From here, you’ll return to camp for the evening. Enjoy a cup of tea or a coffee in the afternoon and relax before you enjoying another meal cooked by your leader under the southern sky.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner



Day 6: Cheela Plains

After breakfast this morning you’ll leave your safari camp and make your back to Tom Price to refuel, before heading to Hamersley Gorge. Here you can enjoy a relaxed morning of lazing around this amazing rocky environment, including a dip in the Jade Pools. Head back to a pub in Tom Price for lunch, before driving for the afternoon back to Cheela Plains. After checking in and having time to freshen up, you’ll join the group for dinner at the accommodation.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Day 7: Exmouth

This morning after breakfast you’ll check out of your accommodation and begin driving back to Exmouth. After driving for approximately two and a half hours, you’ll stop at Nanutarra Roadhouse for lunch. Upon arriving in Exmouth in the afternoon you’ll check in to your accommodation and have a chance to unwind before your leader will take you to one of their favourite local restaurants for a final dinner with the group and a chance to reflect on the incredible adventures you’ve shared.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner


Day 8: Exmouth

Today your trip comes to an end after breakfast. Say goodbye to your fellow travellers and head back to Exmouth airport, or if you booked additional accommodation, you can enjoy an extended stay.    

Meals Included: Breakfast

 


*Terms and Conditions: Price correct as of 17 June 2021. Prices are per person based on twin share accommodation. Dates and itineraries are valid until 31 December 2021. Beyond 31 December 2021 dates and itineraries are indicative only. Prices, itineraries and inclusions are subject to availability and can change at any time without notice. Booking, payment and cancellation conditions apply. Contact your travel agent for more information. SUPPLIER: Intrepid