TOUR HIGHLIGHTS: – Pinnacles Sunset – Hutt River Province – Z-bend and Nature’s Window – Monkey Mia Dolphins – Shell Beach – Outback Sheep Station – Ningaloo Reef Includes meals, fees and accommodation.
MONDAY – DAY 1 (L, D)
Pickups start at 7.30am at the YHA on Wellington Street. We then drive up the beautiful Sunset Tourist Drive picking up from Scarborough Beach and Hillary’s on the way. Our first stop is at Yanchep National Park for a close encounter with some koalas. Depending on the weather we will either visit the Caves at Yanchep Park, or have a go at sandboarding in Lancelin. After lunch we travel further up the highway to Cervantes where there is time to chill out or walk down to the ocean for a swim and maybe see some of the local Sea Lions swimming close to shore. Then it’s off to Nambung National Park to see the world famous Pinnacles at Sunset, one of the best times to see them. Overnight in Cervantes (Dorms).
TUESDAY – DAY 2 (B, L, D)
Travelling north up the coast, we pass through historical Greenough and the Wildlife Park, stopping to see the unique horizontal trees before arriving at the Hutt River Province, a small breakaway country and the second largest on this continent. Meet a prince and hear about his passion for his own country. Don’t forget to bring your passport! The Kalbarri coast will take your breath away with its beauty, migrating whales may be seen from the cliff tops in season, enjoy a little free time in Kalbarri before a mouth-watering Aussie BBQ. Overnight in Kalbarri (Dorms).
WEDNESDAY – DAY 3 (B, L, D)
We travel deep into Kalbarri National Park to the awesome Z-Bend gorge for some optional abseiling and a hike down into this 400 million year old landscape, in season we can enjoy a swim in a secluded pool, then on to Nature’s Window. After lunch we enter the Midwest Outback, land of few people and huge sheep stations. We drop into the strange Hamelin Pool stromatolites, some of the oldest organisms on Earth and believed to be among the first producers of oxygen, before entering the World Heritage area of Shark Bay and the unique Shell Beach. Tonight we stay at the most western town in Australia overlooking the beautiful Shark Bay (Dorms)
THURSDAY – DAY 4 (B, L, D)
We arrive at Monkey Mia in time to meet the world famous Bottle Nose Dolphins, enjoy a real close encounter and some free time. Continuing north, we head to Eagle Bluff. From our cliff top spot we may see below us lots of wildlife including sharks. Travelling ever northwards you can see why the locals call this area Big Sky Country, also home to the second longest straight road in Australia. Tonight we have exclusive use of an Outback Sheep Station shearers quarters; really rustic and great fun – take a ride in the back of a ute to a private beach for sunset, toast marshmallows on the camp fire, sit and soak up the ambience of the Outback, test your astronomy skills at our million-star accommodation, and if you like, you can take your bed outside and fall asleep to the sight of the milky-way and the sounds of the Outback. Sheep Station shearers quarters, twin share (no upgrade available).
FRIDAY – DAY 5 (B, D)
We stop on the Tropic of Capricorn before we arrive at Coral Bay. Here the beautiful Ningaloo Reef is just meters from the white sandy beach. Today is full of optional activities; you can sit on the beach and swim, hire snorkel and fins to explore the reef yourself, take a glass bottom boat for a guided tour of what the reef has to offer, or join the Eco day tour to swim with the Coral Bay manta rays (includes lunch).
Late this afternoon we make our way up onto the Northwest Cape and into Exmouth. Overnight Potshot Resort (Dorms). We have use of all Resort facilities which include 2 swimming pools, bars and restaurants.
SATURDAY – DAY 6 (B, L)
Today is yours to do as you want. There are day cruises with the whalesharks (in season, optional), dive charters to the outer reef (optional), or you can come on our FREE explorer tour out to Cape Range and Turquoise Bay. Hire snorkelling equipment (optional) and splash straight into the amazing underwater garden of the Ningaloo Reef either in the Bay or on the Drift. Hopefully we’ll spot turtles, octopus and reef sharks as well as a myriad of multi-coloured fish and, of course, the beautiful coral formations that make up the reef. We take a drive up to Vlamingh Head lighthouse for spectacular views over the tip of the peninsular before heading back to town. The 6-day one-way tour finishes this afternoon. Those returning with us have overnight accommodation, Potshot Resort (Dorms).
SUNDAY/MONDAY – DAY 7/8 (B, L, D) / (B)
It’s time to head back to Perth, we travel south down the highway towards our overnight stop at the Old Convent at Northampton where spooky things can happen. We will stop along the way regularly for anything we may see of interest also fuel, lunch, toilets etc. Overnight – Old Convent, Northampton (Dorms. No ensuite for upgrades)
Travelling further back down the highway we arrive in Perth at our start point at approximately lunch time.
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