Located in Shark Bay World Heritage Area, Monkey Mia is renowned for its friendly dolphin encounters. Join park rangers knee-deep on the water’s edge and interact with these beautiful creatures.
Enjoy one of WA’s top 5 visitor experiences at the breathtaking Karijini National Park. Explore the park’s red rocky gorges, waterfalls and swimming holes while staying in a unique tented cabin.
Encounter the diverse marine life of the world’s largest fringing reef aboard a Ningaloo discovery cruise. Choose to accompany guides snorkelling for a closer look at this pristine marine habitat.
Visit Australia’s largest tonnage port facility at Port Hedland and enjoy an informative harbour cruise. In Newman take a guided tour of BHP’s spectacular Mt Whaleback mine, the largest single pit open-cut iron ore mine in the world.
Upon your arrival at Broome airport you’ll be met by your friendly and professional touring crew. Enjoy a town tour before checking in to the luxurious Cable Beach Club Resort & Spa. Enjoy a spectacular Indian Ocean sunset from the resort before your welcome dinner. (D)
This morning we depart Broome and head south along the Great Northern Highway. Pass between the Great Sandy Desert and Eighty Mile Beach, arriving in Port Hedland later this afternoon. Tonight we stay at The Esplanade Hotel. (B,L,D)
Port Hedland is home to Australia’s largest tonnage port facility. This morning we visit the Port Hedland Seafarers Centre for an interesting behind-the-scenes look at the workings of the Port Hedland iron ore port. After a quick presentation we board one of the Seafarers launch service boats and circumnavigate the entire port, with insightful commentary from your local skipper. After the tour we depart Port Hedland for Newman and arrive late afternoon to check in to the Seasons Hotel. (B,L,D)
This morning we join a guided tour of the BHP Billiton Mt. Whaleback mine, the largest single pit open-cut iron ore mine in the world. We then depart for the breathtaking Karijini National Park & spend 2-nights at the Karijini Eco Retreat in unique tented cabins with ensuite bathrooms. (B,L,D)
Today we explore some of the stunning gorges in Karijini National Park, the second largest park in Western Australia centred on the Hamersley Range. It’s famous for its beautiful red gorges, stunning waterfalls and cool swimming holes. A system of walking trails leads us down to some of the best spots where you can take a dip in sparkling rock pools. After a picnic lunch we continue touring around other sections of the park, including Weano Gorge and Oxer lookout. We return to the retreat mid-afternoon and relax before dinner. (B,L,D)
This morning we make our way up towards Karratha, a town established in 1968 to service and accommodate the iron ore miners in the Hamersley Ranges. En route we visit Tom Price before stopping off at the magnificent Millstream-Chichester National Park, which is characterised by rugged escarpments, tree lined rivers and pristine water pools. The run-off from the Hamersley Ranges flows via the Fortescue River into an underground aquifer that feeds the waterholes within the park. Millstream actually used to be a pastoral lease which ran for over 100 years.
This afternoon we enjoy visits to Deep Reach and Chinderwarriner Pools and the historic Millstream Homestead. Continue onto Karratha late this afternoon and spend the night at the Karratha International Hotel. (B,L,D)
This morning we head out to the Burrup Peninsula to view ancient petroglyph engravings. Dating back to between 30,000 and 45,000 years, the collection of rock motifs include the oldest known depiction of the human face as well as extinct mega fauna and the now extinct Tasmanian Tiger. We’ll also visit the North-West Shelf Visitors Centre in Dampier to learn about one of Australia’s largest resource projects, where gas is drilled at offshore platforms 130km north of Dampier. This afternoon we head south towards one of the most pristine natural wonders in Australia, the Ningaloo Reef.
We arrive in Exmouth late afternoon and check in to the luxurious Mantarays Ningaloo Beach Resort, located right on Sunrise Beach. Enjoy premium ocean view rooms during your 3-night stay. (B,L,D)
Ningaloo is an untouched 300km long fringing barrier reef that protects a shallow, brilliant
white sandy lagoon of clear tropical waters. It is one of only a few places on earth where you are able to walk from the beach straight onto a coral reef. This morning we enjoy a half day discovery cruise on Ningaloo Reef. Learn about the diversity of marine life in the park and take the opportunity to snorkel in the park’s pristine waters (accompanied by guides - equipment provided).
Note: Upgrade your half-day reef discovery cruise to a full-day whale shark cruise (cost approx. $275). Enjoy a snorkelling experience like no other and swim with the majestic Whale Shark! Must be booked in advance through our office - subject to availability. Enquire for details.
This afternoon we return to Mantarays Ningaloo Beach Resort. Enjoy time to stroll along the beach or marina before meeting in the award winning Mantaray’s Restaurant for dinner. (B,L,D)
Today we’ll set off to discover Cape Range National Park, a spectacular place of rugged limestone ranges, breathtaking deep canyons & 50 kilometres of pristine beaches. The area is well known for the striking contrast of its turquoise waters, white beaches and red ochre landscape behind. This morning we’ll enjoy one of the area’s main attractions, the Yardie Creek Gorge cruise. This ancient gorge has deep blue water, red limestone cliff faces and a wonderful array of birds and wildlife including the rare black-footed rock wallaby. There’s also a walking trail to the top of the gorge (1.5km – good level of fitness required). The views down the creek and out to Ningaloo Reef are simply spectacular. After a picnic lunch we’ll visit Milyering, the Cape Range National Park Discovery Centre. We then return to Exmouth for our final night at Mantarays Ningaloo Beach Resort. (B,L,D)
This afternoon there is an option to take a scenic flight over Ningaloo Reef. Spot whales, whale sharks, turtles and mantarays from the air and admire the spectacular scenery. Prices start from approximately $160 for 30 minutes. Please contact our office for more details.
This morning we depart Exmouth and journey south through Carnarvon on our way to Shark Bay and Monkey Mia. We arrive late this afternoon and check in to the Monkey Mia Dolphin Resort where we’ll stay for the next 2 nights. (B,L,D)
The Shark Bay World Heritage Area was inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List in December 1991. It is only one of a handful of places on the list that satisfied all four natural criteria concerning its natural beauty, biological diversity, ecological processes and earth’s history. Its seagrass meadows are the largest in the world and support a huge population of dugong, along with a variety of other marine life.
This morning we head down to the beach to meet the famous locals, a pod of wild dolphins that come in to the shallows and interact with people. (As the dolphins are wild, their appearance cannot be guaranteed). We then enjoy a catamaran sailing adventure in Shark Bay Marine Park, keeping an eye out for the bay’s precious marine life including dugongs, dolphins, sharks, huge sea turtles and more. This afternoon can be spent at your leisure at the Resort. (B,L,D)
This morning we make our way back to the Highway via Denham and the Shark Bay World Heritage Discovery Centre. The centre utilises artefacts, specimens, models, photo galleries, illustrations and electronic media to inform visitors about the major features of Shark Bay, including Indigenous and European culture, maritime and pastoral history, the flora and fauna of the region and much more.
We’ll also stop off at Hamelin Pool Marine Nature Reserve, one of a few places in the world with marine Stromatolites, or ‘living fossils’. We also visit the Old Telegraph Station before heading south to Geraldton, arriving late-afternoon. We spend the night at the Ocean Centre Hotel on the beachfront. (B,L,D)
This morning we depart Geraldton and head south to one of the most renowned landscapes in Australia, the Pinnacles. Here, thousands of limestone pillars rise from the shifting yellow sands, resembling a landscape from a science fiction movie. Enjoy a wander through these eerie formations before departing for Perth, arriving late afternoon to check in to the Crown Promenade. This evening enjoy a farewell dinner as we look back on our adventure along the West Coast of Western Australia. (B,L,D)
This morning enjoy some free time before being transferred to the airport for your return flights. Bon Voyage! (B)
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