West Coast, Ningaloo & Karijini Adventure

Trip Code: PVKIC

Why we love it

Enjoy the turquoise waters of Ningaloo Reef, where you’ll have views of the rich and diverse marine life and colourful coral underneath., Drive to the top of the gorge for limitless views of Cheela Plains, where you’ll have the chance to enjoy sunset drinks and dinner around the campfire., Explore the highlights of Karjini National Park, including Weano Gorge, Joffre Lookout, Fortescue Falls and many other special gems in the area., Spend time relaxing in the amazing rocky environment of Hamersley Gorge and cool off with a dip in its tranquil pools., Join an evening First Nations experience where you will learn about Gutharraguda (Shark Bay) from the Nhanda and Malgana people. Try your hand at playing the didgeridoo or traditional conch shell and taste some bush tucker prepared by your hosts over the open fire., Visit The Pinnacles at Nambung National Park where natural limestone pillars tower above the sand to create an otherworldly landscape.

Is this trip right for me?

This trip requires a very good level of fitness as it includes some moderate to challenging walks on steep terrain to access the gorges, lookouts and waterfalls. Please ensure you only embark on walks that are appropriate for your fitness and ability. You must bring appropriate footwear for walking and clothing for spending all day outdoors.

Due to the remote nature of this itinerary and the policies of our local partners, travellers over the age of 60 will need to complete a form to self-assesses your fitness and suitability for this trip.

When travelling in Western Australia, temperatures can be very hot during the day and drop quite dramatically at night. Consider what time of year suits you best to travel, check weather forecasts in advance and pack accordingly.

Important information

SINGLE SUPPLEMENT
A single supplement is available if you’d prefer not to share a room on this trip. The single supplement excludes Days 4 and 5 (Permanent Tented Camps) where you will be in shared accommodation and is subject to availability. Please note that due to the small properties we use there is only a limited amount of single supplements available per trip departure. If you would like to book a single supplement and enquire about availability please speak to your booking agent.

ACCOMMODATION STANDARD
Due to the challenge of finding suitable accommodation in the Pilbara region you will experience a mix of standards on this trip. Accommodation in Karijini National Park is a basic permanent tented camp, at the outback station they are simple cabins, all with shared facilities, while our hotel in Exmouth is a very comfortable choice. The remainder of the accommodation is in classic motels and/or hotels. For the nights at the camp we recommend you bring your own sleeping bag.

START & END TIME
This trip begins at 11am in Exmouth on day 1 and ends upon arrival in Perth in the late afternoon/early evening on the last day (day 14).

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 well in advance of travel, as these can sell out quickly. 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.

FITNESS
This trip requires a very good level of fitness as it includes some moderate to challenging walks on steep terrain to access the gorges, lookouts and waterfalls. Please ensure you only embark on walks that are appropriate for your fitness and ability. You should bring appropriate footwear for walking and be ready to spend all day outdoors.

SELF-ASSESSMENT FORM
Due to the remote nature of this itinerary and the policies of our local partners, travellers over the age of 60 will need to complete a form that self-assesses their fitness and suitability for this trip.

What to bring/pack

What you need to bring will vary according to the trip style you have chosen, the countries you are visiting and when you are travelling. Generally speaking, 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 or up or down a flight of stairs. Our travellers usually find the smaller their luggage is, the more they enjoy the trip not having to worry about carrying heavy bags! Aim to keep your main luggage under 15kg.

Many travellers carry their luggage in a compact smaller suitcase or backpack with wheels. We recommend your bag has carry straps or handles so it is easy to lift and carry for the times you are unable to wheel it (ie. on rough surfaces or up steps).

If you are taking overnight trains, or primarily using public transport then the smaller your luggage the easier it will be to store under or above bunks. Large suitcases may not be able to be taken on board. A lockable bag or small padlock for your bag will be useful especially when travelling on public transportation as well.

You'll also need a day pack/bag to carry water, camera, and jacket etc. when you’re exploring during the day.

Below we have listed the essentials for this trip:, https://www.intrepidtravel.com/packing-list, It is suggested that you bring your own:

- Sleeping Bag
- Head Torch
- Water Proof Shoes

If you are unable to bring these, they can be provided while on the trip. However for your comfort it would be suggested that you bring your own., WATER BOTTLE
Please bring your own water bottle to refill along the way. Although it can be difficult to avoid bottled water when travelling, please use the water dispensers which are provided on some of our vehicles and at some of our accommodation. Your leader will advise whether tap water is safe to drink in your destination, if it is you can simply refill with tap water. When unable to avoid bottled water it is better to buy the largest available and distribute into your smaller bottle for the day.

Physical rating

3

This trip requires a good level of fitness as it involves some walking over uneven terrain with occasional scrambling over rocks or walking in water, allowing you to really get among nature. Walks may take place in the middle of the day when heat may affect your wellbeing. Please bring sturdy, comfortable walking shoes and comfortable clothing. Read the day-to-day itinerary carefully to find out more details on each day's activities, and whether they are suitable for you. For your time in Karijini National Park you will be accompanied by a second guide, which will give you the option between more physically demanding walks, or more moderate walks. Please note that travellers over the age of 60 will need to fill in and complete a self-assessment form.

Joining your group

Ningaloo Lodge Exmouth, 1/3 Lefroy St, Exmouth, AUSTRALIA, Phone: +61 899494949

Joining instructions

Finishing your trip

Quality Hotel Ambassador Perth, 196 Adelaide Terrace, Perth, AUSTRALIA, Phone: +61 8 9325 1455

Meals & dietary information

Breakfasts included: 13

Lunches included: 4

Dinners included: 4

If you have any dietary requirements please advise your booking agent at the time you make your booking along with your leader at the time of the group meeting. While most dietary requirements can be arranged, some may be more difficult to be catered for than others.

VEGAN MEALS
On this trip it is impossible to cater to vegan customers due to the remote locations visited where specific food items are not available. You may like to bring along some of your own supplies to ensure you can enjoy your favourite foods as these may be limited in remote locations.

Climate & seasonal information

In case of emergency

While we always endeavour to provide the best possible holiday experience, due to the nature of travel and the areas we visit sometimes things can and do go wrong. Should any issue occur while you are on your trip, it is imperative that you discuss this with your group leader or our local representative straight away so that they can do their best to rectify the problem and save any potential negative impact on the rest of your trip.

We recognise that there may be times when your group leader/local partner may not be able to resolve a situation to your satisfaction - if this is the case, please ask the leader to speak to their direct manager.

You may also choose to provide details in your online feedback, which we ask you to complete within 30 days of the end of your trip. Please do be aware that it is very difficult for us to provide any practical help after the trip is completed, so informing us while still travelling will give us the opportunity to resolve the issue in real-time.

For general contact details please use the following page: http://www.intrepidtravel.com/ourtrips/contact/

In case of a genuine crisis or emergency, you can reach our local office on the number below.

Via Travel: +61 2 7229 1083

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