Australia: West Coast & Karijini 10-day adventure travel

Perth to Kalbarri

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.

Included Activities

  • Nambung National Park (Pinnacles) Entrance

Meals Included: Lunch & Dinner

Kalbarri National Park

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.

Please be aware that the entrances to some of these gorge’s are challenging and participants need to be able to scale up and down vertical ladders and scramble over boulders to reach some attractions.

After lunch 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.

Included Activities

  • Kalbarri National Park

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Kalbarri to Shark Bay

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 Dolphin Resort or maybe take an optional sunset sail onboard a local catamaran.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Monkey Mia to Coral Bay

This morning head down to the beach for the Monkey Mia dolphins experience. 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 Hamelin Pool where you’ll see the fascinating stromatolites, these marine rock formations are some of the world’s oldest and largest living fossils. After a short break, continue along the highway through Carnarvon to Coral Bay – known as the ‘Jewel of the Northwest’.

Included Activities

  • Monkey Mia dolphins

Meals Included: Breakfast. Lunch & Dinner

Coral Bay to Cape Range National Park

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. You might prefer to take an optional scenic flight over the reef. In the late afternoon, it’s a short drive to our campsite at Yardie Creek near Cape Range National Park, Exmouth.

Optional Activities

  • Snorkel with the Manta Rays – half day trip
  • Whale Watching (seasonal)
  • Glass Bottom Boat Cruises

Meals Included: Breakfast- Dinner

Exmouth and Cape Range National Park

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. 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 in our permanent campsite.

Optional Activities

  • Snorkel with Whalesharks (own expense – April to July only)
  • Snorkel to Turquoise Bay (own expense)

Meals Included: Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner

Exmouth to Karijini National Park

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.


  • Camping (with facilities) (2 nights)

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Karijini National Park

Today we explore the almighty gorges of Karijini National Park. Formed over 2,500 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 Oxlers Lookout, Fortescue Falls, Fern Pool, Weano and Hancock Gorge’s are just some of the places you can visit. This part of the journey is a real highlight.

Please be aware that the entrances to some of these gorge’s are challenging and participants need to be able to scale up and down vertical ladders and scramble over boulders to reach some attractions.

Included Activities

  • Karijini National Park Entrance & Gorge Walks

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Karijini to Pilbara Outback

We travel south through the vast areas of the Pilbara region, via the outback mining town of Newman, the iron ore Mecca of the North. We will travel through many large historical sheep and cattle stations (some over 1 million acres in size) and modern mining centres. We share our last night together at one of our outback campsites.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Pilbarra Outback to Perth

Leaving early we 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 into Perth.

Meals Included: Breakfast & Lunch

Australia’s west coast boasts some of the world’s best beaches set against a backdrop of rugged Outback terrain – perfect for a road trip like no other. This unique 10-day West Coast Karijini adventure brings you face-to-face with the region’s best natural wonders and exposes you to a rich and colourful landscape. Get snorkelling in the sublime Ningaloo Reef, discover the rocky gorges and waterholes of Karijini National Park and drive along the Coral Coast through the Pilbara then back to Perth. Western Australia’s coast and desert regions are vast and amenities sometimes sparse, but the rewards alongside expert local leaders and small-group experiences are rich beyond belief.

  • Discover Western Australia’s desert landscapes, national parks and sublime Coral Coast in rugged style on the ultimate small group overland adventure.
  • Enjoy the flexibility of a private vehicle, the expert knowledge of a passionate local guide and the magic of camping under the stars – what’s not to love about the land of Aus?
  • Why not check out the underwater aquarium of Ningaloo Reef by plane, glass-bottom boat or snorkel, and season depending, swim with the gentle giants of the deep – whalesharks!
  • Pilbara’s cattle stations, red earth and mining communities are reminiscent of the sun-baked Australia much of the world imagines, and you’ll get to see it all firsthand.
  • Trek the trails of Karijini National Park, weaving through its rocky gorges, and reward your efforts by taking a swim in the park’s ancient waterholes. This is living

  • Transport – All Terrain vehicle
  • Accommodation – Camping (with facilities) (3 nights), Hostel (4 nights), Permanent safari camp (with shared facilities) (2 nights)
  • Nambung National Park (Pinnacles) Entrance
  • Monkey Mia Dolphins
  • Ningaloo Reef Marine Park
  • Karijini National Park Entrance

Optional activities

  • Snorkel with Manta Rays – half day trip
  • Whale Watching (seasonal)
  • Glass Bottom Boat Cruises
  • Snorkel with the Whalesharks
  • Snorkel at Turquoise Bay

  • We recommend you pack as lightly as possible and make sure that you are able to carry and lift your own luggage, and walk with it for short distances.
  • Most travellers carry their luggage in a backpack, although an overnight bag with a shoulder strap would suffice if you travel lightly. Smaller bags are convenient and we recommend your bag has carry straps. You’ll also need a day pack/bag to carry water, camera, and jacket etc. when you’re exploring during the day.
  • Refillable 1.5L Water Bottle
  • Comfortable sleeping mats are provided when camping.
  • Please bring a travel pillow and sleeping bag or pre-purchase a sleeping bag from us.
  • Lightweight clothing. You will need to bring a mixture of lightweight clothing and layers. Long shirts and pants are useful to protect against the harsh Australian sun. Clothes should be easy to wash and dry.
  • During dry season months (May – August) overnight temperatures can drop below 0 Celsius but daytime temperatures can still exceed 30 degrees Celsius. Daytime temperatures and humidity can be extreme in the shoulder seasons of March, April and September, October with temperatures over 35 degrees Celsius.
  • Comfortable closed-in shoes will help to protect your feet from cuts and scratches when walking through bush/grass-lands, and will also act as a barrier protection in rare cases against bites or stings.
  • Sun protection – hat, sunscreen, sunglasses.

Is this trip right for you?

  • It is a ‘no frills’ West Coast experience. You’ll spend some nights of the trip sleeping at camping grounds in twin-share tents. While conditions can be basic, this is all part of the adventure.
  • This trip requires a moderate to high level of fitness as it involves a lot of walking, allowing you to really get among nature. The hikes in Karijini National Park are challenging. Please bring sturdy, comfortable walking shoes and comfortable clothing. You will need two pairs of shoes, one that can get wet.
  • On some days of the trip, you will spend several hours driving, often through very sparse areas of desert. Sit back and enjoy landscapes that you would miss in any other form of travel, and please read the itinerary carefully for travel time estimates.
  • Temperatures in Western Australia can be extreme. During the day the weather can be hot (and the Australian sun is strong) so please bring appropriate clothing, use sun protection and drink plenty of water. In the evenings temperatures really drop, so ensure you have base layers and warm clothing.
  • When you’re not camping, you’ll stay in multi-share accommodation that may be mixed gender dormitories.
  • Tour commences in Perth on Day 1 at 7 am and finishes in Perth (Day 10) at approximately 6 pm. Onward travel should be booked for the following day.
  • A strict luggage limit of 15 kg applies. Please bring a soft sided bag only.
  • This trip requires a sleeping bag.
  • The accommodation on this trip is a mix of Hostel – mixed gender multi share and camping in unpowered tents. The minimum age for this trip is 18 years old.
  •  Travellers with special dietary requirements or food allergies are required to advise us at the time of booking. You may be asked to pay for any additional food if you have not advised us of any special dietary requirements. Due to the often-remote nature of our trips, food is basic but plentiful and delicious. The following dietary needs can be easily catered for. Vegetarian, Gluten Free, Dairy Free (soy available), Pork Free. Please bring your own staples (nuts, bars, snacks) if you require a diet differing from the above.
  • To participate in this trip, you must be prepared to assist with preparing meals, cleaning dishes, collecting firewood, setting up and packing up camp every day, in all conditions.
  • Please note that standard accommodation on this trip is, 4 nights multishare accommodation with shared facilities, 5 nights camping. There are no upgrade rooms available on this trip and due to the multishare accommodation the minimum age for this trip is 18. Basix accommodation on the West Coast consists of multishare accommodation and simple permanent tents when camping.
  • You will need to bring your own sleeping bag or pre-purchase one from us for the nights spent camping.
  • Please also provide your own pillow if you wish.
  • Multishare accommodation may be in mixed sex dorms.
  • This tour is only for fit and active people, who can hike 5-9kms a day over uneven terrain, often in high temperatures. Some hikes may require sections of walking/swimming through water. Temperatures can be extreme; very high during summer days and very cold during winter nights. The operator reserves the right to assess the fitness capability of passengers prior to tour departure. Tour is not suitable for children.
  • There is a STRICT LUGGAGE LIMIT of 15kgs per person, in a backpack or soft bag.
  • You should consult your doctor for up-to-date medical travel information or for any necessary vaccinations before departure. We recommend that you carry a first aid kit as well as any personal medical requirements as they may not easily be obtained while travelling.
  • Our trips generally finish early evening. We recommend booking one night post accommodation in your end city and planning onward travel for the following day. We cannot accept responsibility for missed onward travel if we are delayed for some reason on the last day of travel.

Perth to Exmouth, Karijini & Return (formerly West Coast & Karijini)

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