Map of West Coast & Karijini Overland Adventure including Australia

Discover Western Australia’s diverse landscapes, from the coast to the outback

Sun-scorched earth, turquoise waters and flourishing national parks – there’s nowhere on earth quite like Western Australia. Over ten days you’ll discover the best of the rugged West Coast and outback, taking in everything from glittering beaches to remote cattle stations. Explore the inspiring landscapes of Kalbarri National Park, get up close and personal with marine life in Monkey Mia and Ningaloo Reef, spend a night beneath the stars at a simple bush camp in the Pilbara and admire the stunning diversity of Karijini National Park. With two local leaders by your side, you’ll experience the west at its very best.

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Start
Perth, Australia
Finish
Perth, Australia
Destination
Australia
Style
Basix
Theme
Explorer, Overland
Code
PP10
Physical rating
Ages
Min 18
Group size
Min 8, Max 19

Why you'll love this trip

  • From vast desert to diverse national parks and spell-binding coastline, this small group overland adventure takes in Western Australia’s most remarkable landscapes.

  • Travelling with two passionate local leaders, getting around in a private vehicle and camping beneath the stars, you’ll get to know the real Australia in no time.

  • Experience a wildlife lover’s paradise in Monkey Mia, famed for its delightful bottlenose dolphins, and choose to explore the underwater aquarium of Ningaloo Reef by plane, glass-bottom boat or snorkel.

  • Discover the cattle stations, mining communities and sun-baked red earth of the Pilbara, spending a night in a remote outback bush camp for a true taste of Western Australia.

  • Get to know the inspiring landscapes of Kalbarri National Park, including Murchison Gorge and the Kalbarri Skywalk, and trek through the rocky gorges and waterholes of Karijini National Park.

Is this trip right for you?

  • This trip is operated and run by our trusted partner Adventure Tours Australia. You will be travelling with a mixture of both Adventure Tours Australia customers and Intrepid customers. Intrepid works closely with Adventure Tours Australia to ensure that all of our customers enjoy their time away.

  • When travelling in Western Australia, temperatures be very hot during the day and drop quite dramatically at night. Have a think about what time of year suits you best to travel and pack accordingly.

  • This trip involves plenty of walking and is best suited to travellers with a good level of mobility and fitness. Please bring sturdy, comfortable walking shoes and comfortable clothing. An overview of physical activities can be found in the itinerary.

  • This is a trip for those who are looking for the basics. Simple facilities and lack of emphasis on creature comforts make this an authentic experience of the Australian outback. When you’re not camping, you'll stay in multishare accommodation that may be mixed gender with shared facilities.

  • Western Australia is a very big state and this trip covers some serious distances. On some days of the trip you will spend several hours driving, often through very sparse areas of desert. Sit back and enjoy the landscapes. Extra space can be tight, and conditions may feel a little cramped. Think of it as a great way to get to know your fellow travellers. The drive days can be long, but it’s as much about the journey as the destination, and half the fun is the camaraderie. Please read the itinerary for details on estimated drive times and specific logistical information.

  • Our leaders are the classic do-it-all Aussie – they know the best spots to watch the sunset, will drive you to your next destination, take you on a hike and even whip up dinner. Please be aware they will be juggling many things on your tour, and they will always be working hard to ensure you and your group have a fantastic time exploring Western Australia.

  • A similar trip is also available from Perth all the way to Broome, and in the opposite direction from Broome to Perth. Please find trip codes PB10 (Perth to Broome Overland Adventure) and PBP10 (Broome to Perth Overland Adventure) on our website.

Itinerary

Welcome to sunny Perth, where your overland journey begins. Leave the city, driving north to Nambung National Park to explore The Pinnacles. These are ancient rock sculptures that rise out of the desert. From here continue on through Geraldton to visit to Western Australia’s own Pink Lake at Port Gregory before we reach the quiet beach town of Kalbarri, where you’ll stay the night.
Accommodation
  • Hostel (multi-share with shared facilities) (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Nambung National Park - Pinnacles
Meals Included
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Special Information
Total driving time today is around 7 hours and approximately 600km. The total walking distance is approximately two kilometres. Please note that the tour commences early this morning in Perth at our default pick-up location (details can be found in the Essential Trip Information document), unless you or your booking agent requests an alternative pick-up location well ahead of departure. We do not take responsibility for missed tours if we have not been advised of an alternative in advance and you are not at the default location on time.
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. After lunch it's 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.
Accommodation
  • Hostel (multi-share with shared facilities) (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Kalbarri National Park - Murchison River Gorge, Nature’s Window & Z Bend Hike
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Special Information
Total driving time today is around 1.5 hours and approximately 125km. The total walking distance is approximately five kilometres. Please be aware that the entrances to some of these gorges are challenging and participants need to be able to scale up and down vertical ladders and scramble over boulders to reach some attractions.
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 or maybe take an optional sunset sail onboard a local catamaran.
Accommodation
  • Hostel (multi-share with shared facilities) (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Shark Bay - Shell Beach
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Special Information
Total driving time today is 4.5 hours and approximately 400km. The total walking distance is approximately one kilometre.
This morning head to the beach and see if you can spot some marine life in Monkey Mia. The beach is well known for their resident dolphins. 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 back at the base of the Shark Bay peninsula where you’ll see the fascinating stromatolites at Hamelin Pool. These marine rock formations are some of the world’s oldest and largest living fossils. After a short break, continue along the highway to Coral Bay – known as the ‘Jewel of the Northwest’.
Accommodation
  • Permanent tented camp (with shared facilities) (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Shark Bay - Monkey Mia Dolphin Spotting
  • Shark Bay - Hamelin Pool Stromatolites
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Special Information
The total driving time today is about 6.5 hours and approximately 600km. The total walking distance is approximately two kilometres.
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. In the late afternoon, it’s a short drive to our campsite at Yardie Creek in Cape Range National Park, near Exmouth.
Accommodation
  • Permanent tented camp (with shared facilities) or hostel (multi-share with shared facilities) (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Coral Bay - Ningaloo Reef Marine Park
Optional Activities
  • Coral Bay - Snorkel with Manta Rays (half day trip) - AUD225
  • Coral Bay - Whale Watching (seasonal) - AUD85
  • Coral Bay - Glass Bottom Boat Cruise - AUD37
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
Special Information
The total driving time today is about 2 hours and approximately 200km. The total walking distance is approximately two kilometres.
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. Perhaps take a visit to Vlamingh Head Lighthouse, one of the few places in Australia where you can see the sun both rise and set. Enjoy taking a wander around the town of Exmouth before settling down for the night in our permanent campsite.
Accommodation
  • Permanent tented camp (with shared facilities) or hostel (multi-share with shared facilities) (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Cape Range National Park - Ningaloo Reef Marine Park
Optional Activities
  • Cape Range National Park - Snorkel with the Whalesharks (seasonal only) - AUD450
  • Cape Range National Park - Vlamingh Head Lighthouse - Free
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • 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 this can sell out far in advance. Please also note that whale sharks visit the region between mid-March and mid-September only. Be aware that for much of the summer the whale sharks may not be seen, so please make sure you schedule your trip accordingly.
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.
Accommodation
  • Camping (with shared facilities) (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Special Information
The total driving time today is around 9 hours and approximately 750km.
Today explore the almighty gorges of Karijini National Park. Formed over 2500 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 Circular Pool, Fortescue Falls, Fern Pool and Weano Gorge are just some of the places you can visit. This part of the journey is a real highlight.
Accommodation
  • Camping (with shared facilities) (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Karijini National Park - Karijini National Park Highlights
  • Karijini National Park - Gorge Walks
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Special Information
The total driving time today is around 2 hours and approximately 100km. You will be walking up to six kilometres. Please note that in order to reach Hancock Gorge you will need to descend and scale a vertical ladder. Should you wish to opt out from this activity please talk to your leader.
Today is a long day of travel through WA's vast Pilbara Outback. Travel south via the outback mining town of Newman, the iron ore Mecca of the north. Continue through many large historical sheep and cattle stations (some over 1 million acres in size) and modern mining centres. Share your last night together at one of our outback campsites.
Accommodation
  • Camping (with shared facilities) (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Pilbara - Outback Camping Experience
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Special Information
The total driving time today is about 8 hours and approximately 700km
Leave early as you'll 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 back into Perth where the trip come to an end.
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
Special Information
Total driving time today is around 8 hours and approximately 700km. Your trip comes to an end upon arrival in Perth at around 7pm. Please consider this when booking onward transport. We recommend you spend an additional night in Perth.

Meals

9 breakfasts, 9 lunches, 9 dinners

Transport

Private vehicle

Accommodation

Hostel (multi-share with shared facilities) (4 nights), Permanent tented camp (with shared facilities) (1 nights), Camping (with shared facilities) (4 nights)

Included activities

  • Nambung National Park - Pinnacles
  • Kalbarri National Park - Murchison River Gorge, Nature’s Window & Z Bend Hike
  • Shark Bay - Shell Beach
  • Shark Bay - Monkey Mia Dolphin Spotting
  • Shark Bay - Hamelin Pool Stromatolites
  • Coral Bay - Ningaloo Reef Marine Park
  • Cape Range National Park - Ningaloo Reef Marine Park
  • Karijini National Park - Karijini National Park Highlights
  • Karijini National Park - Gorge Walks
  • Pilbara - Outback Camping Experience

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Important notes

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START AND FINISH TIMES
The tour commences in Perth on Day 1 at 7 am and finishes in Perth on the last day at approximately 7 pm. We recommend you arrive a day early and onward travel should be booked for the following day.

LUGGAGE LIMIT
A strict luggage limit of 15 kg applies. Please bring a soft sided bag only.

SLEEPING BAG
This trip requires a sleeping bag. You can bring your own or can purchase one. Please let your booking agent know ahead of time if you would like to add this to your booking.

ACCOMMODATION
The accommodation on this trip is Basix-style – mixed gender multishare and twin share camping

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.

Essential trip information

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