Day 1 - Broome & The Pilbara
Welcome to the pearling town of Broome, where your Western Australia adventure begins. Those keen on beach-lazing might like to arrive a few days early, as the local sands are superb. You’ll begin today though with a tour of the town. Hear the stories of the colourful precinct of Chinatown, see the typical local architecture and the old Pearling Master homes of Old Broome, then stop by the clear blue waters of Roebuck Bay at Town Beach to learn of Broome’s One Day War. Broome can be thirsty work, so stop by Matso’s Broome Brewery to sample their handmade ales and famous ginger beer (at own expense). Afterwards, visit the Japanese Cemetery and Broome Port, the base for many of today’s Pearling vessels. Travel by the Broome Race Course, before taking a walk to Gantheaume Point to see the footprints of dinosaurs and hear the story of Anastasia’s Pool. After a picnic lunch, leave Broome and cross the Great Sandy Desert, calling in at Eighty Mile Beach for a stroll along the white sand. Spend the night at Pardoo Station in the Pilbara Region.
Day 2-4 - Karijini National Park
This morning, make your way to the spectacular Karijini National Park, where you’ll spend the next three days exploring. Along the way, take in a guided mine tour at Tom Price to find out what drives the Pilbara, then head to a private camp for a night under the amazing outback stars. Take advantage of two full days to uncover Karijini National Park and its incredible gorges. Formed over 2,500 million years ago, the Hamersley Range features an unusual series of gorges and rock formations caused by centuries of erosion. Freshwater springs trickle through chasms to form translucent rock pools and walking trails weave between dramatic rock ravines. Spend the days hiking along rocky trails, swimming and relaxing by cascading waterfalls and fresh waterholes. Bring your camera, there’ll be lots of photo opportunities at spectacular gorges like Dales Gorge, Fortesque Falls, Fern Pool, Circular Pool, Weano Gorge and Hancock Gorge.
Day 5-7 - Coral Bay & Exmouth
Today’s a long day of driving (approximately 6-7 hours in total). Leaving Karijini, travel through the vast bushland and cattle stations of the Pilbara region. This sparsely populated region is known for its red earth and rich mineral deposits. Three nights at an exclusive campsite at Yardie Creek Station in Exmouth allows time to explore the Ningaloo Reef and Cape Range National Park. One day will be spent in the local area, taking a walk to Vlamingh Head Lighthouse and soaking up the sun on the pristine beach at Turquoise Bay. There will also be free time for optional activities like snorkelling with whale sharks. A day trip to Coral Bay, exploring the World Heritage-listed Ningaloo Reef, is a highlight of the trip. The marine park is home to 250 species of coral and over 500 species of fish. Snorkel, scuba dive or cruise the reef in a glass-bottom boat to see the tropical life teeming below the surface. You might prefer to take a scenic flight over the reef for spectacular views from above, or head out on a quad bike tour of the local area. Snorkel equipment is provided, but all of the other activities will be at your own expense and subject to availability. In the evenings, relax at camp and spot kangaroos and emus, along with the array of birdlife.
Day 8 - Shark Bay World Heritage Area
Continue south through the agricultural town of Carnavon to the Shark Bay World Heritage area, where you’ll be based for the next two nights. Here you’ll stay in the most westerly township on the Aussie mainland – Denham.
Day 9 - Shark Bay World Heritage Area
After a short drive across the Peron Peninsula we make our way down to the beach and pay a visit to the world famous Monkey Mia dolphins – sure to become your new best friends. Spend a glorious day relaxing or head on a sailing adventure to see more dolphins and even dugongs in this awesome location. (Optional, at own expense and subject to availability)
Day 10-11 - Kalbarri National Park
Today we visit the beautiful Shell Beach - one of only two beaches in the world made entirely from shells. Then, on a guided tour at Ocean Park we see the raw fury of sharks feeding; discover endangered sea turtles, highly venomous sea snakes, excruciating stonefish and more! Learn about the secret lives of clownfish, stingrays, and visit our rescued sea turtles with your entertaining tour guide. Further south and we get to the wonderful seaside town of Kalbarri where we spend the next 2 nights.
In the rugged terrain and seclusion of Murchison Gorge, located in Kalbarri National Park, we explore Nature’s Window and Z-Bend Gorge – an exhilarating 150m descent into the heart of the gorge. Feeling adventurous? Give abseiling a go or join a sunset cruise (own expense).
Day 12 - Pinnacles Desert & Perth
It’s a driving day today, but another spectacular one. Passing the pink lakes on the way, stop for lunch in Geraldton, the second largest town in WA. Get a feel for the older way of life here with a wander along the Hampton Rd historical walk. Get a taste for the important local industry based around the Western Rock Lobster at the Lobster Shack in Cervantes, then travel south through Nambung National Park. Here you’ll stop to see the strange ancient limestone formations of The Pinnacles, which rise out of the desert. Continue on to Perth, arriving in the centre around 6pm.
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