Walk Western Australia's Karijini & Ningaloo Reef


Minimise the driving time and maximise the adventure on a 10-day guided camping tour in Western Australia. Snorkel in the clear waters of Turquoise Bay at Ningaloo Reef, take a dip in secluded swimming holes fed by tumbling waterfalls, explore the rugged landscapes of Karijini National Park and more. With the perfect combination of activities and relaxation surrounded by some of Australia’s most incredible scenery, this trip is big on adventure. With an opportunity to swim with whale sharks plus plenty of hiking trails, this trip is perfect for those who love to jump right in.

10 days, from

$2,585

per person

GROUP SIZE

15 people max

ACTIVITY LEVEL

4
Trip code: PJXN
Style: Basix
Theme: Walking & Trekking

Details

Countries Visited:  Australia
Accommodation: Semi-permanent tented camp (shared facilities) (9 nights)
Transportation: Private Vehicle , Walking
Included Meals:

  • 9 breakfasts
  • 7 lunches
  • 9 dinners

Group size: Minimum 1, Max 15

  • Explore Karijini National Park including Kalamina, Dales, Weano & Hancock Gorges, Kermit's and Handrail Pool, and summit Mt Bruce - Australia’s second highest peak.

  • 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.

  • Snorkel Ningaloo Reef, where you’ll see rich and diverse marine life plus vibrant coral creating a rainbow of colours underneath the turquoise waters.

  • Take the opportunity for an (optional) experience of a lifetime and go swimming with whale sharks, the world’s biggest fish, off Western Australia’s Coral Coast.

  • With all meals included, you’ll enjoy breakfast at your campsite, fresh picnic lunches in incredible locations and delicious campfire dinners prepared by your guide.

Itinerary

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Day 1: Paraburdoo / Karijini National Park

Welcome to Paraburdoo Airport! After a pickup at the airport, your group will drive into Karijini National Park, home of the Banjima, Innawongka and Eastern Guruma peoples. This is Western Australia’s second largest national park with a landscape that is more than 2.5 billion years old and some of the best hiking trails in the state. Get to know your group over sunset drinks and dinner before settling into your comfortable safari-style tent for the night.

Day 2: Karijini National Park

Your first walk is an introduction to hiking in Karijini National Park, Kalamina Gorge. Don’t forget your swimmers as you’ll have the chance to cool off in one of Karijini’s pristine swimming holes at the bottom of the gorge. After your swim, drop into the Visitor’s Centre to check out the information about the park and perhaps grab yourself an ice cream. From here, it’s off to Dale’s Gorge for the rest of the afternoon and a swim in Circular Pool and Fern Pool, two of the park’s most beautiful waterholes. With deep red rocks, lush ferns and waterfalls, you’ll feel like you’ve discovered your own private paradise.

Day 3: Mt Bruce / Karijini National Park

After breakfast, lace up your hiking boots for a hike to Mt Bruce, Western Australia’s second highest peak. This full day ridge walk has it all, from paths that feel like you’re taking a gentle stroll to rock scrambles and climbs so steep there is a chain for support. When you reach the top of the mountain, the 360 degree views of the Karijini Range, its rich red landscape and a bird’s eye look at a working mine site make the occasional challenging section of this walk completely worthwhile.

Day 4: Karijini National Park

Today’s occasionally challenging walk has four major highlights including two of Karijini National Park’s most famous gorges - Hancock and Weano. The trail to Junction Pool Lookout is relatively flat and has terrific views of Hancock and Joffre Gorges. Your feet will enjoy a cool down as some sections of the walk require wading. Soak up the scenery during a swim in the pristine waters of Kermit’s Pool and Handrail Pool before the return trip to camp for a shower and dinner under the stars.

Day 5: Mt Nameless / Cheela Plains

This morning you will say farewell to Karijini and begin your journey toward the West Coast. The rocky peak of Mt Nameless (Jarndunmunha) dominates the landscape as you drive to Tom Price. Follow the trail, along the ridge line to the top of this significant mountain. The hike has some challenging sections but rewarding views! For those after an alternative to hiking Mt Nameless, there is a mine site tour that leaves from the visitors centre or you may wish to spend the morning relaxing in the township of Tom Price at a local cafe. In the afternoon depart Tom Price for Cheela Plains, a true outback station stay where you will enjoy a delicious meal under the spectacular desert night sky!

Day 6: Exmouth

Grab your favourite tunes or a good book and settle back and rest your legs on the drive from Cheela Plains to Exmouth. There will be time to stop and stretch your legs along the way and have lunch together before you arrive in Exmouth in time to watch the sun set into the Indian Ocean.

Day 7: Exmouth

Less than 1 in 3 million people have swum with whale sharks and today that person could be you! Book early for the opportunity to go on an (optional) experience of a lifetime and swim with whale sharks, the world’s biggest fish, off Western Australia’s Coral Coast. It’s not unusual for these gentle creatures to grow up to 10 metres in length which makes swimming alongside them an incredible experience. The tours are optional, but highly recommended. Alternative activities are available and can be arranged if you don’t want to join one of the whale shark tours.

Day 8: Cape Range National Park / Ningaloo Reef

Get set for a day of adventure in Cape Range National Park, with a series of short walks, snorkels and swims along the coast. Highlights include exploring Mandu Mandu Gorge on a walk that follows the route of an ancient riverbed and spotting rock wallabies in Yardi Creek Gorge. From here, you’ll head to Turquoise Bay on Ningaloo Reef, part of the traditional lands of the Baiyungu, Thalanyji and Yinigurdira peoples, for swimming and snorkelling before a group dinner back at Yardi Homestead Caravan Park.

Day 9: Cape Range National Park / Ningaloo Reef

You’ll begin your adventures on dry land walking the Badjirrajirra Trail, a 6.8km walk with gorges cut into the limestone karst and spinifex country offering views that seem to stretch on forever. Compared to some of your walks in Karijini National Park, this trail is relatively easy but it can be extremely hot, so your leader may have to augment today’s itinerary if this is the case. Once you’ve explored Charles Knife Canyon, cool off in Ningaloo’s sparkling waters and go in search of turtles around the small islands known as the Oyster Stacks. After another full day of exploring, it’s back to camp for the last night of the trip.

Today’s walking distance is approximately 7kms.

Day 10: Exmouth

After breakfast, you will be transferred to Exmouth airport for your flight back to Perth. Alternatively, you are welcome to make your own onward travel arrangements.