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A camping adventure with swimming, snorkelling, hiking and more

Minimise the driving time and maximise the adventure on a 10-day guided camping tour in Western Australia. Snorkel in the clear waters of Turquoise Bay at Ningaloo Reef, take a dip in secluded swimming holes fed by tumbling waterfalls, explore the rugged landscapes of Karijini National Park and more. With the perfect combination of activities and relaxation surrounded by some of Australia’s most incredible scenery, this trip is big on adventure. With an opportunity to swim with whale sharks plus plenty of hiking trails, this trip is perfect for those who love to jump right in.

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Start
Paraburdoo, Australia
Finish
Exmouth, Australia
Destination
Australia
Style
Basix
Theme
Walking & Trekking
Code
PJXN
Physical rating
Ages
Min 15
Group size
Min 1, Max 15

Why you'll love this trip

  • Explore Karijini National Park including Kalamina, Dales, Weano & Hancock Gorges, Kermit's and Handrail Pool, and summit Mt Bruce - Australia’s second highest peak.

  • There’s no need for a map or GPS on this walking trip – with an expert local leader that knows the area inside-out, all you have to do is enjoy the journey.

  • Snorkel Ningaloo Reef, where you’ll see rich and diverse marine life plus vibrant coral creating a rainbow of colours underneath the turquoise waters.

  • Take the opportunity for an (optional) experience of a lifetime and go swimming with whale sharks, the world’s biggest fish, off Western Australia’s Coral Coast.

  • With all meals included, you’ll enjoy breakfast at your campsite, fresh picnic lunches in incredible locations and delicious campfire dinners prepared by your guide.

Is this trip right for you?

  • This trip involves plenty of walking over varied terrain and is best suited to travellers with a good level of mobility. Good footwear, plus perhaps walking poles are recommended. Details on physical activities can be found in the itinerary. If you need a break from walking, you can always have a day or sometimes an afternoon off to relax if you feel like it. Your guides will attempt to find alternative activities where possible.

  • This trip is operated and run by Inspiration Outdoors, an Intrepid Company. You will be travelling with a mixture of both Inspiration Outdoors customers and Intrepid customers. Intrepid works closely with Inspiration Outdoors to ensure that all of our customers enjoy their time away.

  • The majority of our campsites are unpowered, so be prepared to be without electricity for most nights. Please note that you will need to bring your own sleeping bag, or hire one at an additional cost. This will need to be requested prior to the trip via your booking agent.

  • Please note that swimming with whale sharks is not included on this trip and is an optional activity. It is very important that you pre-book any whale shark experiences, as these can sell out far in advance. You are able to book this service with us (subject to availability). Please let us know well ahead of time if you would like to add this option to your booking. Please also note that whale sharks visit the region between mid-March and mid-September only, so please make sure you schedule your trip accordingly if you would like to include this experience in your trip.

Itinerary

Welcome to Paraburdoo Airport! After a pickup at the airport, your group will drive into Karijini National Park, home of the Banjima, Innawongka and Eastern Guruma peoples. This is Western Australia’s second largest national park with a landscape that is more than 2.5 billion years old and some of the best hiking trails in the state. Get to know your group over sunset drinks and dinner before settling into your comfortable safari-style tent for the night.
Accommodation
  • Semi-permanent tented camp (shared facilities) (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Dinner
Special Information
Please note that the start time for your trip varies according to the day of the week, and the flight schedules on those days. Please read the joining point instructions in our trip notes carefully for more information.
Your first walk is an introduction to hiking in Karijini National Park, Kalamina Gorge. Don’t forget your swimmers as you’ll have the chance to cool off in one of Karijini’s pristine swimming holes at the bottom of the gorge. After your swim, drop into the Visitor’s Centre to check out the information about the park and perhaps grab yourself an ice cream. From here, it’s off to Dale’s Gorge for the rest of the afternoon and a swim in Circular Pool and Fern Pool, two of the park’s most beautiful waterholes. With deep red rocks, lush ferns and waterfalls, you’ll feel like you’ve discovered your own private paradise.
Accommodation
  • Semi-permanent tented camp (shared facilities) (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Karijini National Park - Dales Gorge
  • Karijini National Park - Kalamina Gorge walk
  • Karijini National Park - Karajini Visitor Centre
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Special Information
The Kalamina Gorge track is a Grade 3-4 (moderate - challenging) 3.2km return walk. The path has some eroded sections and loose stones that can be slippery underfoot, and some moderate slopes.
After breakfast, lace up your hiking boots for a hike to Mt Bruce, Western Australia’s second highest peak. This full day ridge walk has it all, from paths that feel like you’re taking a gentle stroll to rock scrambles and climbs so steep there is a chain for support. When you reach the top of the mountain, the 360 degree views of the Karijini Range, its rich red landscape and a bird’s eye look at a working mine site make the occasional challenging section of this walk completely worthwhile.
Accommodation
  • Semi-permanent tented camp (shared facilities) (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Karijini National Park - Mt Bruce Summit walk
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Special Information
The Mt Bruce Summit Trail is a Grade 5 (difficult) walk. This walk is not for the faint-hearted. Some parts of the trail require high level of fitness and experience. The 9.5km return walk typically takes around 6 hours to complete, including near vertical climbs and scrambles over boulders.
Today’s occasionally challenging walk has four major highlights including two of Karijini National Park’s most famous gorges - Hancock and Weano. The trail to Junction Pool Lookout is relatively flat and has terrific views of Hancock and Joffre Gorges. Your feet will enjoy a cool down as some sections of the walk require wading. Soak up the scenery during a swim in the pristine waters of Kermit’s Pool and Handrail Pool before the return trip to camp for a shower and dinner under the stars.
Accommodation
  • Semi-permanent tented camp (shared facilities) (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Karijini National Park - Hancock Gorge
  • Karijini National Park - Kermit's Pool
  • Karijini National Park - Weano Recreation Area
  • Karijini National Park - Weano Gorge & Handrail Pool
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Special Information
The Hancock Gorge walk to Kermit's Pool is a Grade 5 (difficult) walk due to some challenging sections, including a series of metal ladders to the gorge floor, wading through cold pools, negotiating rock ledges on the gorge walls and clambering through stony creek beds. When the gorge dramatically narrows, to continue you need a degree of flexibility and nerve by doing what is called the "spider walk" (where you stretch your arms and legs out to straddle the gap and move along the walls). After that, you'll be rewarded with views of Kermit's Pool. The total distance is 1.5km but can take around 90 mins. The Handrail Pool Trail in Weano Gorge is a Grade 3-5 (moderate - difficult) 1.5km return walk taking around 2 hours with climbing involved to get down, including steep cliffs and narrow walking passages, negotiating slippery rocks to get down into the chilly waters.
This morning you will say farewell to Karijini and begin your journey toward the West Coast. The rocky peak of Mt Nameless (Jarndunmunha) dominates the landscape as you drive to Tom Price. Follow the trail, along the ridge line to the top of this significant mountain. The hike has some challenging sections but rewarding views! For those after an alternative to hiking Mt Nameless, there is a mine site tour that leaves from the visitors centre or you may wish to spend the morning relaxing in the township of Tom Price at a local cafe. In the afternoon depart Tom Price for Cheela Plains, a true outback station stay where you will enjoy a delicious meal under the spectacular desert night sky!
Accommodation
  • Semi-permanent tented camp (shared facilities) (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Tom Price - Mt Nameless (Jarndunmunha) Trail walk
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Special Information
The Mt Nameless (Jarndunmunha) Walk Trail is a Grade 4 (challenging) 4.5km return walk taking around 2 hours to complete, requiring some steep climbing and scrambling over rocks.
Grab your favourite tunes or a good book and settle back and rest your legs on the drive from Cheela Plains to Exmouth. There will be time to stop and stretch your legs along the way and have lunch together before you arrive in Exmouth in time to watch the sun set into the Indian Ocean.
Accommodation
  • Semi-permanent tented camp (shared facilities) (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Special Information
Today's driving time is approximately 6 hours.
Less than 1 in 3 million people have swum with whale sharks and today that person could be you! Book early for the opportunity to go on an (optional) experience of a lifetime and swim with whale sharks, the world’s biggest fish, off Western Australia’s Coral Coast. It’s not unusual for these gentle creatures to grow up to 10 metres in length which makes swimming alongside them an incredible experience. The tours are optional, but highly recommended. Alternative activities are available and can be arranged if you don’t want to join one of the whale shark tours.
Accommodation
  • Semi-permanent tented camp (shared facilities) (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
Special Information
Please note that swimming with whale sharks is not included on this trip and is an optional activity. It is very important that you pre-book any whale shark experiences, as these can sell out far in advance. You are able to book this service with us (subject to availability). Please let us know well ahead of time if you would like to add this option to your booking. Please also note that whale sharks visit the region between mid-March and mid-September only, so please make sure you schedule your trip accordingly if you would like to include this experience in your trip.
Get set for a day of adventure in Cape Range National Park, with a series of short walks, snorkels and swims along the coast. Highlights include exploring Mandu Mandu Gorge on a walk that follows the route of an ancient riverbed and spotting rock wallabies in Yardi Creek Gorge. From here, you’ll head to Turquoise Bay on Ningaloo Reef, part of the traditional lands of the Baiyungu, Thalanyji and Yinigurdira peoples, for swimming and snorkelling before a group dinner back at Yardi Homestead Caravan Park.
Accommodation
  • Semi-permanent tented camp (shared facilities) (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Cape Range National Park - Mandu Mandu Walk
  • Cape Range National Park - Yardie Gorge Trail
  • Ningaloo Marine Park - Turquoise Bay
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Special Information
The Mandu Mandu Walk & Yardie Gorge Trail are both Grade 3 (moderate) walks of 2-3 km each, taking around 2 hours each to complete.
You’ll begin your adventures on dry land walking the Badjirrajirra Trail, a 6.8km walk with gorges cut into the limestone karst and spinifex country offering views that seem to stretch on forever. Compared to some of your walks in Karijini National Park, this trail is relatively easy but it can be extremely hot, so your leader may have to augment today’s itinerary if this is the case. Once you’ve explored Charles Knife Canyon, cool off in Ningaloo’s sparkling waters and go in search of turtles around the small islands known as the Oyster Stacks. After another full day of exploring, it’s back to camp for the last night of the trip.

Today’s walking distance is approximately 7kms.
Accommodation
  • Semi-permanent tented camp (shared facilities) (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Cape Range National Park - Charles Knife Canyon & Badjirrajirra Walk trail
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Special Information
The Badjirrajirra Walk trail from the Thomas Carter Lookout is a Grade 4 (challenging) 6km loop walk, taking approximately 3 hours.
After breakfast, you will be transferred to Exmouth airport for your flight back to Perth. Alternatively, you are welcome to make your own onward travel arrangements.
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Special Information
You can choose to be dropped off either in the town centre of Exmouth (Ningaloo Centre) at approximately 9.30am or at the airport with an estimated arrival time of approximately 10.15am to 10.30am. If you have an afternoon flight, you can also book an airport transfer coordinated with your flight departure time with Exmouth Bus Charters.

Meals

9 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 9 dinners

Transport

Private vehicle, walking

Accommodation

Semi-permanent tented camp (shared facilities) (9 nights)

Included activities

  • Karijini National Park - Dales Gorge
  • Karijini National Park - Kalamina Gorge walk
  • Karijini National Park - Karajini Visitor Centre
  • Karijini National Park - Mt Bruce Summit walk
  • Karijini National Park - Hancock Gorge
  • Karijini National Park - Kermit's Pool
  • Karijini National Park - Weano Recreation Area
  • Karijini National Park - Weano Gorge & Handrail Pool
  • Tom Price - Mt Nameless (Jarndunmunha) Trail walk
  • Cape Range National Park - Mandu Mandu Walk
  • Cape Range National Park - Yardie Gorge Trail
  • Ningaloo Marine Park - Turquoise Bay
  • Cape Range National Park - Charles Knife Canyon & Badjirrajirra Walk trail

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Important notes

Travellers on Intrepid trips that start on or before 31 December 2022 are required to produce proof of full vaccination against COVID-19. Learn more about Intrepid’s COVID-19 policy.

START & END TIMES
The trip begins at Paraburdoo Airport on day 1. For pick up times for the different days of the week please read the joining point instructions carefully. The trip finishes finishes with a transfer to Exmouth or Exmouth Airport on the last day.

SINGLE TRAVELLERS
Single travellers will have their own tent for all camping nights.

LUGGAGE LIMIT
Luggage limit is strictly one small-medium sized soft sided back, maximum weight 12kg per person. Sleeping bag, pillow, day pack and walking poles can be carried in addition to your main luggage.

OPERATOR
This trip is operated and run by Inspiration Outdoors, an Intrepid Company. You will be travelling with a mixture of both Inspiration Outdoors customers and Intrepid customers. Intrepid works closely with Inspiration Outdoors to ensure that all of our customers enjoy their time away.

SWIMMING WITH WHALE SHARKS
Swimming with whale sharks is not included on this trip and is an optional activity. It is very important that you pre book any Whale Shark experiences, as this can sell out far in advance. Please also note that whale sharks visit the region between mid-March and mid-September only, so please make sure you schedule your trip accordingly if you would like to include this experience in your trip.

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