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Ningaloo Reef & Pilbara Adventure | by Intrepid

Ningaloo Reef & Pilbara Adventure | by Intrepid

Perth, WA

This 8-day adventure is the perfect way to experience Australia’s surroundings. Spend your time soaking up sun and snorkelling in Turquoise Bay at Ningaloo Reef – keeping an eye out for the famous whale sharks– before heading inland. 

You’ll pass classic scenes of auburn landscape and limitless horizons before arriving at Karijini National Park, where you’ll have a chance to learn about the ancient culture of the Banyjima, Kurrama and Innawonga people, the traditional owners of the land. Swim in the secluded natural pools and hike through the vibrant gorges as you disconnect from the world and connect with the land around you.

Inclusions

  • 7 nights / 8 days tour
  • 3 nights in a hotel, 2 nights in shared accommodation on a station and 2 nights in a private tent
  • 7 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 5 dinners
  • Private vehicle and guide
  • Guided walks in Karaijini and Tom Price National Parks and all touring

Image Credit: Tourism Western Australia, Nick Rains

Travel Validity

Valid for Departures

  • 02 Apr 2022
  • 16 Apr 2022
  • 30 Apr 2022
  • 14 May 2022
  • 28 May 2022
  • 11 Jun 2022
  • 25 Jun 2022
  • 09 Jul 2022
  • 23 Jul 2022
  • 06 Aug 2022
  • 20 Aug 2022
  • 03 Sep 2022
  • 17 Sep 2022
  • 01 Oct 2022
  • 15 Oct 2022

Itinerary & Map

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Day 1: Exmouth - Ningaloo Reef

Welcome to Exmouth! Check in to your accommodation before meeting your local leader and fellow travellers at 11am, then get to know everyone a little better over lunch. 

After lunch, head out and explore the town and spectacular surrounding areas with a local guide. Start with a walk around the township, then venture into the Cape Range National Park. Here, your local guide will introduce you to a world of ancient gorges and glittering coastline. 

Pay a visit to the famously beautiful Turquoise Bay. With pristine white sands and bright blue waters, this is undoubtably one of the world’s most breathtaking beaches. Stop off at several stunning lookout points where you can soak in the scenery and marvel at the iconic Ningaloo Reef. 

After an exciting afternoon, join your fellow travellers for dinner at a local brewery in the evening and reminisce about the day’s discoveries over a tasty meal and craft beer.

Inclusions

  • Ningaloo Reef with welcome lunch.
Day 2: Exmouth

This morning, you’ll be donning your swimmers for a day on the water. Today you’ll have a free day where you'll have the option of two activities – heading out in search of Ningaloo Reef’s famous seasonal Whale Sharks, which will need to be pre-booked, or soaking up the wonders of the reef at the snorkel drift. If you opt for the latter, you’ll hire some snorkel gear and enter the water at the southern end of the beach, where the current will naturally take you down the length of the beach with views of the rich and diverse marine life and colourful coral underneath. 

This evening is free to enjoy as you wish – your local leader will have plenty of recommendations for the best places to enjoy a fresh seafood dinner, so don’t hesitate to ask them.

Inclusions

  • Breakfast

Special Information
It is very important that you pre-book any Whale Shark experiences prior to departure, as this can sell out in advance due to popularity. Please note that the currents at Turquoise Bay can be strong and you are advised against undertaking any snorkelling here unless you have booked this experience with an experienced guide.

Day 3: Cheela Plains

Today after breakfast you’ll be saying goodbye to Turquoise Bay and begin the approximate six-and-a-half-hour drive inland to Cheela Plains, with a stop at Bullara Station for morning tea and a lunch stop at Ashburton River. 

Along the way you’ll have plenty of time to appreciate the scenes of the Outback, before arriving at your destination. Once here, you’ll drive to the top of the gorge for limitless views of Cheela Plains to enjoy sunset drinks and dinner around the campfire before settling in to nearby accommodation and watching the southern sky put on a show!

Inclusions

  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • Cheela Plains sunset drinks
Day 4: Cheela Plains - Karijini National Park

This morning, you’ll make the approximate 1 hour and 40-minute drive to Tom Price, the gateway Karijini National Park. Once here, your local guide will show you the highlights including West Karijini, Hancock Gorge, Kermit’s Pool, Junction Pool and many other special gems before stopping to enjoy lunch at the Weano Recreation area. 

After lunch you’ll travel to Joffre Gorge and descend from the heat to an oasis of pools for an afternoon of swimming or relaxing in the shade of the ferns. Once you’ve had a chance to recharge your batteries, you’ll head to your safari camp for the evening and dinner.

Inclusions

  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • Karijini National Park - Kermit's Pool
  • Karijini National Park - Junction Pool
  • Karijini National Park - Joffre Gorge
  • Cheela Plains - Tom Price & Karijini National Park
  • Karijini National Park - Hancock Gorge

Special Information
Accommodation for tonight is in simple tents, however it is worth it for the incredible scenery of Karijini National Park. Rooms will have stretcher beds, and sleeping bags will be provided however you can bring your own if you would prefer. Single or Twin travellers may have to share in a four person tent.

Day 5: Karijini National Park

Today you have a full-day guided tour of the highlights of Karijini National Park. Pack your swimmers as you start the day with a dip in the spring-fed Fortescue Falls at Dales Gorge before hiking the two-hour round-trip to Circular Pool at the other end of the gorge for another well-earned swim before lunch. 

After lunch you’ll head to the Karijini Visitors Centre where you’ll have the opportunity to learn more about the traditional owners of Karijini – the Banyjima, Kurrama and Innawonga people – and their connection to the land. From here, you’ll return to camp for the evening. Enjoy a cup of tea or coffee in the afternoon and relax before you enjoying another meal cooked by your leader under the southern sky.

Inclusions

  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • Karijini National Park - Fern Pool
  • Karijini National Park - Dales Gorge

Special Information
Accommodation for tonight is in simple tents, however it is worth it for the incredible scenery of Karijini National Park. Rooms will have stretcher beds, and sleeping bags will be provided however you can bring your own if you would prefer. Single or Twin travellers may have to share in a four person tent.

Day 6: Cheela Plains

After breakfast you’ll leave your safari camp and make your way back to Tom Price to refuel, before heading to Hamersley Gorge. Here you can enjoy a relaxed morning of lazing around, including a dip in the Jade Pools. Head back to a pub in Tom Price for lunch, before driving for the afternoon back to Cheela Plains. After checking in and having time to freshen up, you’ll join the group for dinner at your accommodation.

Inclusions

  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • Karijini National Park - Hamersley Gorge
Day 7: Exmouth

After breakfast you’ll check out of your accommodation and begin driving back to Exmouth. After driving for approximately 2 and a half hours, you’ll stop at Nanutarra Roadhouse for lunch. 

Upon arriving in Exmouth, you’ll check in to your accommodation and unwind before your leader will take you to one of their favourite local restaurants for a final dinner with the group and a chance to reflect on the incredible adventures you’ve shared.

Inclusions

  • Breakfast and dinner.
Day 8: Exmouth

Today your trip comes to an end after breakfast. Say goodbye to your fellow travellers and head back to Exmouth airport, or if you booked additional accommodation, you can enjoy an extended stay.

Inclusions

  • Breakfast.
Exclusions
  • Personal expenses and tips
  • Comprehensive travel insurance. 
Terms and Conditions
  • It is very important that you pre-book any Whale Shark experiences, as this can sell out in advance
  • Accommodation is on a twin share basis, and single travellers are paired with the same gender
  • A single supplement is available on all nights of this trip, except for nights 4 and 5 in Karijini National Park
  • It's challenging to find accommodation at comfort standard in this region and so accommodation may not meet the expectation of our usual comfort trips
  • Blackout dates apply and shown in calendar
  • Booking changes are allowed free of charge before final balance due date, additional rates may apply on new dates
  • Final balance is due 2 months before departure.