Western Australia Adventure
Reefs, beaches and national parks from Perth to Exmouth
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Group Size: Avg 10-20
Trip code: RAWA
Duration: 7 days
A land of ancient cultures, unique marine wildlife, rugged gorges and sugar-white beaches without another footprint in sight, it’s no wonder Western Australia is being named as a trending travel destination! This amazing 7 day trip takes you through the West Coast’s best bits. Explore the rugged canyons of the ancient Cape Range National Park, marvel at the other-worldly landscapes of the Pinnacles Desert, make friends with wild dolphins in Monkey Mia Conservation Park, get your kicks with some high octane sandboarding in Lancelin, snorkel with thousands of colourful tropical fish on the Ningaloo Reef, and party under the stars with your travel fam every night. West is best!
- Explore the surreal scenery of the Pinnacles Desert in Nambung National Park
- Take the best selfies of your life in front of the bubblegum coloured Pink Lake
- See Monkey Mia’s famous Indo-Pacific bottlenose dolphins
- Go sandboarding on Lancelin’s huge, white sand dunes
- Snorkel over the rainbow coloured Ningaloo Reef at Coral Bay
- Explore Kalbarri National Park, including the rugged Murchison Gorge and Nature’s Window
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Day 1: Perth to Kalbarri. Meet the gang in Perth and kick off your adventure with the jaw-dropping Pinnacles Desert in Nambung National Park. Tuck into a delish lunch at Jurien Bay before stopping at the bubblegum coloured Pink Lake for some epic selfies. Arrive in the coastal town of Kalbarri and tuck into a few brews and a dinner with your travel fam.
Day 2: Kalbarri to Monkey Mia. We’re up early for a magical sunrise at either Nature’s Window or the Kalbarri Skywalk! Then discover Murchison Gorge and its famous Z Bend, before heading to the legendary Billabong Roadhouse for lunch. This afternoon, check out the stromatolites at Shark Bay before continuing to Monkey Mia, our awesome beachfront resort.
Day 3: Monkey Mia to Coral Bay. Meet the famous Monkey Mia dolphins this morning! Standing in the shallows seeing these gorgeous creatures is an unforgettable experience. Chill on the sugar-white beach before hitting the highway. Take in spectacular views at Eagle Bluff, and stroll along a shell beach before heading to Coral Bay, just off the Ningaloo Reef.
Day 4: Coral Bay to Exmouth. You’ll have most of today to explore Australia’s largest fringe reef. Discover its abundant marine life for yourself, or supercharge your day with one of our optional trips including swimming with manta rays, and a glass-bottom boat tour (payable locally)! This evening take the short drive up the peninsula to the chilled-out resort town of Exmouth.
Day 5: Exmouth. We’re exploring the ancient Cape Range National Park today where you can chill on the beach or go snorkelling at the aptly named Turquoise Bay. This afternoon, explore Exmouth town, chill by the pool, or join an optional whaleshark or humpack swim! Later, we’ll head to Vlamingh Head Lighthouse for sunset views to die for.
Day 6: Exmouth to Geraldton. We’re off to lively Geraldton today. Visit the coastal town of Carnarvon and one of the local banana or mango plantations en route and stop in Billabong for coffee and ice-cream, before arriving in Geraldton. Enjoy a last dinner with your travel fam (sniff sniff) and a few brewskis. Please note: The plantation visit is seasonal.
Day 7: Geraldton to Perth. Check out the HMAS Sydney Memorial, before taking a stroll along the 3 Bay Walk at Green Head. Then explore the dreamy sand dunes at Lancelin. For an injection of adrenaline, try out sandboarding before returning to Perth late afternoon and saying goodbye to your new life long buddies!
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Most expensive: £1,943 July, 2023
This tour begins in Perth on day 1. Airport transfers are not included so you’ll need to make your own way from the airport to our meeting point. We recommend that you arrive in Perth Airport (PER) the day before the tour starts or earlier, as we meet at 7.25am on day 1. You’ll be given meet up details in your pre-departure information after you’ve booked.
The tour ends in Perth on day 7. As the tour arrives back into Perth around 5pm, we recommend staying an extra night in Perth and travelling onwards the following day.
6 nights’ accommodation are included on this trip. You’ll be staying in dorm-style accommodation with shared bathrooms. Rooms are up to 10 people. Standard private rooms are available upon request for an extra fee. Please note accommodation listed below is a guide only and may be subject to change.
- Kalbarri YHA Backpackers (Kalbarri): Laid-back hostel at the mouth of the Murchison River. Communal lounge, swimming pool and free use of boogie boards and snorkel gear.
- RAC Monkey Mia Dolphin Resort (Monkey Mia): Beachfront resort with resort-style pools, mini-golf, restaurant and bar, and of course, dolphins!
- Ningaloo Coral Bay Backpackers (Ningaloo): Relaxed hostel just a short walk from beautiful white sand beaches, with swimming pool, alfresco dining area, table tennis and pool tables, and licensed bar.
- Potshot Hotel Resort Backpackers (Exmouth): Centrally located hostel with outdoor pool, onsite restaurant, tour desk, and bar.
- Geraldton Backpackers (Geraldton): Gorgeous beachfront location in the heart of Geraldton city centre with barbecue, sun terrace, pool table and sea views.
6 breakfasts, 5 lunches and 5 dinners are included on this trip. Please let your travel advisor know if you have any dietary requirements before you travel.
The minimum age to join this trip is 18. This fantastic trip is an open-aged experience that caters for a mix of younger and older travellers. This means that you may travel with people who are outside your own age group. Such a mix of ages creates a great group dynamic and enhances the travel experience, as you get to know a range of people with different stories to tell!
British citizens can usually get an eVisitor visa or an Electronic Travel Authority (ETA) for up to three months at a time. If you’re planning to stay for longer and to work in Australia, you’ll need to apply for a Working Holiday Visa. Information is available from the Department of Home Affairs, or the Australian High Commission in London. Your passport will need to be valid for the proposed duration of your stay.
Please note: Visa rules are subject to change. Please check for the most up to date information before you travel.
This trip is designed with your safety and wellbeing in mind. As a result of Covid-19, many of our suppliers and partners around the world are introducing new policies and procedures surrounding health and safety in response to the Coronavirus outbreak. As the state of travel is evolving these new safety measures will adapt over time, and will be different for each trip. Here are some of the changes you may see on your trip:
Arrival safety meetings
Most trips have an arrival meeting on the first day where the guide or local team will run through the trip, the safety protocols, and to answer any questions you may have. Now more than ever it is important you arrive in time for these meetings.
Proof of vaccination or negative covid test
For the safety of all travellers, at the start of some trips you may be required to show evidence that you are fully vaccinated (14 days after your second dose) and/or show evidence of a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours of the tour start date in order to join the programme.
Updated hygiene and safety procedures
Our suppliers and partners have health and safety procedures in place on all of our trips. These protocols will be updated and adapted as a response to the Coronavirus outbreak, dependent on local restrictions and laws.
Transport and accommodation choices
Our suppliers and partners choose the accommodation and transport on our trips very carefully, and you may see a change to what would normally be used as a response to the outbreak. This may involve such changes as enhanced use of private transport or quieter accommodation.
Trained and knowledgeable staff
Our staff in the UK are trained to help you with your trip before you depart and answer any questions you may have. In addition, the local team and guides on our trips are there to help with any health and safety concerns and to ensure our trips run safely and smoothly.
Reduced group sizes
Some trips will run with reduced group sizes to start with. You may find that trips are more intimate and chilled, whilst still being packed with fun and adventure.
Your guide or the local team will be on hand to help you seek medical attention should you require it during your trip. As medical facilities and standards can vary around the world, you should ensure you have adequate travel insurance in place before you depart to cover you for any medical emergencies.
24/7 emergency support
We operate an emergency phone line for our travellers abroad. This is operated by a UK based member of staff 24/7 if you have a genuine emergency or urgent matter that you need attending.
It is important that you take measures to make travelling safer for yourself and others around you. Ensure you frequently wash your hands, cover your face when you sneeze and cough, bring and use your own hand sanitiser and facial coverings/masks, and enable social distancing where necessary. You should also ensure you listen to the instructions and guidance of the local team at all times, and follow all local laws and restrictions.