10 Day Coast and Karijini

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Trip Validity

  • 2014-04-01 - 2015-03-31

Experience the natural beauty of Western Australia on this trip departing from Perth

Embark on an unforgettable 10 day journey that takes in the raw rugged beauty and striking natural attractions of Western Australia. Walk through the surreal desert landscapes of Kalbarri National Park and the Pinnacles, explore the pristine coral reefs of Ningaloo and Turquoise Bay and wallow in the sublime swimming holes of Karijini National Park. Sand board down the rolling dunes of Jurien Bay, visit the wild dolphins of Monkey Mia and stroll the crunchy shoreline of Shell Beach. A mighty big land with some mighty big sights, get set for one super-sized adventure.

  • Take a stroll through Nambung National Park's Pinnacles
  • Explore Kalbarri National Park
  • Wade into aquamarine waters to meet the dolphins of Monkey Mia
  • Suss out the underwater paradise of Ningaloo Reef
  • Bask beachside in Exmouth
  • Take a refreshing dip in Karijini National Park's Circular Pool

10 Day Coast and Karijini Summary

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Day 1 Horrocks

Arrive in the Perth and become acquainted with the delightfully laidpack pace of a city regularly voted one of the world's most liveable. Travel out to Nambung National Park for a wander through the bizarre limestone formations of the Pinnacles Desert, get sandboarding down the dunes of Jurien Bay and spend the night in Horrocks.

Day 2 Shark Bay

Venture into Kalbarri National Park. Check out Murchison's Gorge, take a photo framed inside Nature's Window and maybe give abseiling a shot. Stop by the aptly, if unimaginatively, named Shell Beach en route to Shark Bay.

Day 3 Coral Bay

Travel on to Monkey Mia and meet the beach's famously friendly dolphins, many of which have been arriving for an easy breakfast for decades. Stop by the stromatolites of Hamelin Pool on the way to Coral Bay and see some of the earth's first living creatures.

Day 4 Exmouth

Choose between snorkelling and a glass bottom boat tour to experience the underwater majesty of Ningaloo Reef. One of the world's largest fringing reefs, this immense sprawl of brightly coloured coral is home to manta rays, turtles and over 500 species of fish – so keep those eyes peeled! Or for a vantage point altogether different, splash out on a scenic flight over the top.

Day 5 Exmouth

A picturesque coastal town boasting superb beaches, excellent fishing opportunities and the Cape Range National Park just 40 kms away, Exmouth is a perfectly pleasant place to spend a couple of free days. There's also exceptional snorkelling to be had in Turquoise Bay, and from mid March to late July an annual migration of whale sharks occurs.

Day 6 Exmouth to Karijini National Park

Point the compass inland and take the road into the hauntingly beautiful Pilbara region. Set up camp in a scenic little spot overlooking the dramatic Hamersley Range.

Days 7-8 Karijini National Park

Venture into the Karijini National Park and spend two days exploring its tremendous landscapes and incredible natural attractions. Walk through deep gorges to stunning cascades, take a dip in plunge pools almost too pretty to be true and clamber through narrow ravines of surreal hues and contours.

Day 9 Great Northern Highway

Hit the Great Northern Highway and start the southbound journey back to Perth. Take in the vast and barren landscape of Australia's largest state, pass thriving mining towns and drive through huge livestock stations before bedding down in one of these for the night.

Day 10 Perth

Make brief visits to the gold mining town of Mt Magnet and former missionary town of New Norcia before arriving back in Perth, where this memorable Coast and Karijini small group adventure winds up.