Map of Walk Western Australia's Kalbarri & Coral Coast including Australia

Relaxed hiking, snorkelling trips and island visits

Don’t hurry, be happy! This leisurely walking tour takes in the rugged coastline, pristine waters and colourful wildflowers that make the Coral Coast a spectacular destination for an active outdoor adventure. There’s plenty of variety with hikes in national parks like Mt Lesueur and The Pinnacles (Nambung), a full day marine safari on Dirk Hartog Island and a day excursion to the Abrolhos Islands, and mixing it up with the beautiful coast lines at Monkey Mia. The only thing better than the landscapes and wildlife you’ll see are the conversations you’ll have along the way, whether it’s the insights from your leader or stories from the group.


Start
Perth, Australia
Finish
Denham, Australia
Destination
Australia
Style
Original
Code
PJXI
Physical rating
Ages
Min 15
Group size
Min 1, Max 12

Why you'll love this trip

  • Escape the everyday, get active, and take the time to reconnect with nature in one of Australia’s – and the world’s – most beautiful and diverse regions.

  • 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.

  • Explore diverse and beautiful landscapes by foot – from pristine white sand beaches and rugged cliffs to a limestone ‘forest’, there’s always something amazing to look at.

  • Take in the beauty of a landscape carpeted with colourful everlasting flowers at Coalseam Conservation Park, one of the top spots in Western Australia for wildflower viewing.

  • With all meals included (excluding lunch on the final day) you’ll enjoy wonderful fresh picnics in incredible locations, from lookout points to pristine beaches.

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, clothing for all types of weather, plus perhaps walking poles are recommended. Details on physical activities can be found in the itinerary.

  • 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.

  • On some days there will be the option to walk a half day, and you will always have the option to sit out on walking for the day. Your guide will attempt to find alternative activities where possible.

Itinerary

Your adventure begins in Perth (Boorloo in the language of the local Whadjuk Nyoongar people, who are the traditional owners of the land on which Perth is now located). It’s an early morning departure for the drive to The Pinnacles (Nambung National Park), home of the Jambinu people, where natural limestone pillars tower above the sand to create an otherworldly landscape. After a stroll through the limestone ‘forest’, you’ll drive to Lesueur National Park for the first hike of the trip. With a few ascents to keep things interesting, this loop walk on Amangu Country is widely regarded as one of the best ways to take in the colour and spectacle of Western Australia’s wildflowers in bloom. After the walk, it's a short drive to Jurien Bay and your comfortable accommodation for the night. Get to know your group a little better and perhaps raise a glass during dinner at a typical country pub.
Accommodation
  • Motel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Nambung National Park - Desert View Walk Trail & The Pinnacles
  • Lesueur National Park - Yued Ponar Trail
Meals Included
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Special Information
This morning's pick-up in Perth will be at 7:45am. Please make sure you are on time as we will leave town right away for our drive north. The Desert View Walk Trail to view the Pinnacles is a Grade 3 (moderate) walk of under 2km, taking around 1 hour. The Yued Ponar Trail is a Grade 4 (challenging) 6km loop walk, taking 2-3 hours. The trail surface is gravel and rock with cliff edges. Take precautions against ticks here.
Get ready for more wildflowers than you can point a camera at! Today’s colourful adventure begins with a drive to Hi Vallee Farm in Badingarra, to meet local floral icon Don Williams and his wife Joy. Learn about the surrounding area as Don draws on his many years of experience to entertain you with stories and facts about all things nature related, but especially flowers. From here, you’ll drive to Coalseam Conservation Park in the Yamatji Nation, one of the best places in the state to see carpets of colourful everlasting flowers. Like all things in nature, there are no guarantees, but your tour has been timed to provide the best chance to see the everlastings at their peak. After an easy walk through the conservation park, settle back for the drive to Geraldton (Jambinu) and your hotel for the next two nights.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Badgingarra - Hi Vallee Farm & Wildflower tour
  • Coalseam Conservation Park - Plateau Loop Trail
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Special Information
Today’s driving time is approximately 4 hours. The Plateau Loop Trail is a Grade 3 (moderate) 3.2 km return walk taking 1-2 hours. The trail has some steep slopes, uneven surfaces and loose rocks.
Reach new heights as you board an exclusive charter flight to the Abrolhos Islands which are located around 80 km off the coast of Geraldton, home of the Nhanhagardi, Wilunyu and Amangu peoples. Take in the ocean views on a scenic aerial adventure where you’ll learn about the islands’ history and the shipwrecks that surround them, before setting down at East Wallabi Island. You’ll have the pristine waters of this aquatic wonderland pretty much all to yourself as you snorkel with tropical fish. There will also be time for a short, guided nature walk before the flight back to Geraldton in the late afternoon and a trip up to the HMAS Sydney memorial lookout for sunset drinks and nibbles.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Houtman Abrolhos Islands National Park - Scenic flight
  • Houtman Abrolhos Islands National Park - East Wallabi Island guided nature walk & snorkel
  • Geraldton - HMAS Sydney memorial lookout
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Settle back and relax on the drive to Kalbarri where you’ll spend the day exploring the ancient gorges of the Murchison River and pay a visit to Nature’s Window, a sandstone rock formation that provides the perfect frame. Take a stroll along the 9km Loop Trail which travels from the top of the gorge wall and down into the gorge for a walk beside the river. Bring your swimmers as this is a great spot for a lunch time swim if the weather is good. This afternoon, explore Z Bend Gorge where there will be time to take in the silence before the trip back to the hotel.
Accommodation
  • Resort (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Kalbarri National Park - Loop Walk
  • Kalbarri National Park - Z Bend River Trail
  • Kalbarri National Park - Nature's Window
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Special Information
Today’s driving time is approximately 2 hours. The full Loop Walk takes 3-5 hours to complete the 9km and is a a Grade 4 (challenging) walk. The Z Bend can be admired from a lookout or it can be experienced first hand by taking an hour long, Grade 4 (challenging), 2.6 km return hike descending down into the gorge.
Take in the views along the Kalbarri coast, where the Nanda people have lived for thousands of years and pink and red layers of sandstone cliffs provide a dramatic contrast against the Indian Ocean. Stretch your legs with a walk along the Bigurda Trail which travels along the top of the sea cliffs from Eagle Gorge to the Natural Bridge. This afternoon, take the loop walk Mushroom Rock and Rainbow Valley, one of the many highlights of the coastal areas closer to town.
Accommodation
  • Resort (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Kalbarri National Park - Mushroom Rock Nature Trail
  • Kalbarri National Park - Bigurda Trail
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Special Information
The Bigurda Trail is a Grade 3 (moderate) 8km one way walk, taking 3-5 hours. The trail is quite exposed and can be very hot. There are many cliffs and steep drops away from the path. The Mushroom Rock Nature Trail is a Grade 4 (challenging) 3km loop walk, taking around 2 hours. There are loose rocks, uneven surfaces and some steep sections.
It’s a long day of travel today so settle back with your favourite music or podcast and settle back to enjoy the view on the drive to Denham. Keep your camera handy as there are some spectacular rest stops along the way. Just outside of Kalbarri, there are views galore at Hawks Head and Ross Graham Lookout and the famous 3.5 billion-year-old stromatolites in Hamelin Pool break up one of the longest stretches of driving. After a wander along Shell Beach, travel to Eagle Bluff before arriving in Denham and checking into your comfortable accommodation for the next two nights.
Accommodation
  • Resort (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Kalbarri National Park - Hawks Head & Ross Graham Lookout
  • Shark Bay - Hamelin Pool Marine Nature Reserve
  • Shark Bay - Shell Beach
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Special Information
Today’s driving time is approximately 4 hours.
Put away your hiking boots and grab your swimmers for a full day marine safari exploring the Zuytdorp Cliffs, historic Dirk Hartog Island (Wirruwana) and Steep Point which is famous for being the most westerly point of Australia. Keep an eye out for dolphins, dugongs, sharks, rays and turtles as your snorkel around these World Heritage-listed waters. If you’re lucky, you may spot a few whales from the boat as well. All snorkelling equipment will be provided so all you need to bring is a towel, swimmers, sun protection and a sense of adventure.
Accommodation
  • Resort (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Dirk Hartog Island - Full-day marine safari & snorkelling
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
After breakfast, grab your camera and head to Monkey Mia to learn about the bottlenose dolphins that live in this part of the Peron Peninsula, which extends into part of the Indian Ocean known as Shark Bay, on the lands of the Malgana, Nhanda and Yingkarta peoples. The tour ends just after lunch with a drop off in Denham or a transfer to the airport.
Included Activities
  • Monkey Mia - Dolphin Experience
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
Special Information
For more information about the Monkey Mia Dolphin Experience and Intrepid's Animal Welfare Guidelines, please see the Responsible Travel section of the Essential Trip Information.

We recommend booking a flight after 1:30pm. The cost of the flight is not included in tour price. When you arrive in Perth, you should have time to make the evening flight to Australia’s east coast capital cities. There is the option for you to book a return road transfer to Perth. This will leave Denham just after lunch and drive to Geraldton for the night. The next day after breakfast (included with accommodation), you will drive straight to Perth where you will be dropped off at the same pickup locations from Day 1. Meals (apart from breakfast) are not included in the cost of this transfer. We recommend you book a night's stay in Perth or Fremantle as we suggest not to book flights that evening as we cannot guarantee the return time due to traffic or other conditions out of our control. We recommend you book this service at

Meals

7 breakfasts, 8 lunches, 7 dinners

Transport

Private vehicle, walking

Accommodation

Motel (1 night), Hotel (2 nights), Resort (4 nights)

Included activities

  • Nambung National Park - Desert View Walk Trail & The Pinnacles
  • Lesueur National Park - Yued Ponar Trail
  • Badgingarra - Hi Vallee Farm & Wildflower tour
  • Coalseam Conservation Park - Plateau Loop Trail
  • Houtman Abrolhos Islands National Park - Scenic flight
  • Houtman Abrolhos Islands National Park - East Wallabi Island guided nature walk & snorkel
  • Geraldton - HMAS Sydney memorial lookout
  • Kalbarri National Park - Loop Walk
  • Kalbarri National Park - Z Bend River Trail
  • Kalbarri National Park - Nature's Window
  • Kalbarri National Park - Mushroom Rock Nature Trail
  • Kalbarri National Park - Bigurda Trail
  • Kalbarri National Park - Hawks Head & Ross Graham Lookout
  • Shark Bay - Hamelin Pool Marine Nature Reserve
  • Shark Bay - Shell Beach
  • Dirk Hartog Island - Full-day marine safari & snorkelling
  • Monkey Mia - Dolphin Experience

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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 in Perth with an early morning pick-up at the Perth Tourist Coach Stand at 7:45am, and finishes at Denham Airport after lunch. We recommend booking a flight after 1:30pm on the last day

RETURNING TO PERTH
There is the option for you to book a return road-transfer to Perth. This will leave Denham just after lunch and drive to Geraldton for the night. The next day after breakfast (included with accommodation), you will drive straight to Perth where you will be dropped off at the same pickup locations from Day 1. Meals (apart from breakfast) are not included in the cost for this transfer. We recommend you book a night's stay in Perth or Fremantle as we suggest not to book flights that evening as we cannot guarantee the return time due to traffic or other conditions out of our control. We recommend you book this service at least 6 weeks prior to departure.

SINGLE SUPPLEMENT
A Single Supplement is bookable on this trip, subject to availability at the time of booking.

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.

Essential trip information

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