Karijini & Ningaloo Reef

10 Days

Physical Rating:
Moderate

2021 Departure Dates

24. Apr – 3. May 2021
27. Apr – 6. May 2021
1 – 10. May 2021
7 – 16. May 2021
10 – 19. May 2021
14 – 23. May 2021
20 – 29. May 2021
23. May – 1. Jun 2021
27. May – 5. Jun 2021
3 – 12. Jun 2021
7 – 16. Jun 2021
10 – 19. Jun 2021
16 – 25. Jun 2021
19 – 28. Jun 2021
23. Jun – 2. Jul 2021
29. Jun – 8. Jul 2021
2 – 11. Jul 2021
6 – 15. Jul 2021
12 – 21. Jul 2021
15 – 24. Jul 2021
19 – 28. Jul 2021
25. Jul – 3. Aug 2021
28. Jul – 6. Aug 2021
1 – 10. Aug 2021

2022 Departure Dates

15 – 24. Apr 2022
19 – 28. Apr 2022
23. Apr – 2. May 2022
27. Apr – 6. May 2022
1 – 10. May 2022
5 – 14. May 2022
9 – 18. May 2022
13 – 22. May 2022
17 – 26. May 2022
21 – 30. May 2022
25. May – 3. Jun 2022
29. May – 7. Jun 2022
2 – 11. Jun 2022
6 – 15. Jun 2022
10 – 19. Jun 2022
16 – 25. Jun 2022
20 – 29. Jun 2022
24. Jun – 3. Jul 2022
28. Jun – 7. Jul 2022
2 – 11. Jul 2022
6 – 15. Jul 2022
10 – 19. Jul 2022
14 – 23. Jul 2022
18 – 27. Jul 2022
22 – 31. Jul 2022
26. Jul – 4. Aug 2022
30. Jul – 8. Aug 2022
3 – 12. Aug 2022
7 – 16. Aug 2022
11 – 20. Aug 2022
15 – 24. Aug 2022

Explore the dramatic gorges of Karijini National park, and soak up the beauty of the Ningaloo reef on this amazing guided tour. This is an active holiday that will leave you feeling on top of the world at your absolute best, with the perfect blend of activity and rest.

We start our tour in Paraburdoo and head north up to Karijini, where we take in some of the world’s most striking features and landscapes. Our leisurely pace allows plenty of time to soak in the feel of the Pilbara and to swim in the many idyllic swimming holes. Starting in Karijini we will walk, swim and explore through many ancient gorges, then it’s off to Cheela Plains station stay for a ridgee didge outback station stay, before we drive across to Exmouth and the fabulous Ningaloo Reef. Fly back home from Exmouth with memories that will last a lifetime.
Some of the walks are easy and some are quite challenging, but all are spectacular and you are often rewarded with a refreshing swim at the end. You only carry a day pack as you walk and there is often the option to turn back when you wish. All walks are less than 10 km but each has its challenges. The terrain is rocky and there is a lot of ascending and descending – both for the peaks and the gorge walks. A reasonable level of fitness, mobility and balance is required to fully enjoy the trip.

As this tour takes us to some remote places it is one of our comfortable camping-based tours. Each guest will stay in a semi permanent tent, with a cosy camping bed.

Karijini & Ningaloo Reef Tour Inclusions

  • Friendly and knowledgable Guides
  • 4Wd Private bus
  • Small Group max 15 guests
  • Semi permanent tents and comfy camping beds

Meals:

  • 9 Breakfasts, 7  Lunches, 9 Dinners

Accommodation:

  • Comfortable camping in semi permanent eco tent. Due to flight availability, some departures stay overnight in a motel in Tom Price and/or Exmouth but all departures will still get to experience all the sites on our itinerary.All camping equipment is provided, except sleeping bags and pillows. The tents are semi permenant spacious four person tents, which will be used for one or two people if you are coming as a couple. A  mattress is provided to sleep on as well as a knee high stretcher bed.

Optional

  • Full Day Whale shark and snorkelling tour (guests can either swim or spectate)
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Day 1: Arrival Day. Paraburdoo to Karijini National Park

We will pick you up from the airport at Paraburdoo and head into the beautiful Karijini National Park in time for sunset drinks and dinner.*

Upon booking we will let you know which flight into Paraburdoo you will need to book onto.

*Due to flight availability the itinerary may change slightly.  On some departures guests will stay the first night in Tom Price and then head into Karijini National Park the following day. All departure dates will still go to all the same gorges and sights.

Accommodation: Karijini National Park – Eco Retreat Campground

Meals: Dinner

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Day 2: Kalamina Gorge, Karijini Visitors Centre and Dales Gorge

First up today, we will head deep into the park to check out the spectacular Kalamina gorge. Though the path is rocky and uneven under foot this is one of the easier walks with a mostly gentle descent. At the bottom of the gorge, we will be rewarded by one of Karijini’s perfect swimming holes where we can cool off.

After Kalamina gorge, we will take the opportunity to stop in at the Visitor’s centre to check out the information about the park and grab yourself an ice cream. After a picnic lunch, we will go to Dale’s Gorge where we will spend the rest of the afternoon. Dale’s, Circular pool and Fern Pool are iconically Karijini. The stunning water holes with their deep red rocks and lush ferns, and waterfalls offer an experience you will remember for the rest of your life.

Once we have had a fill, we will head back to camp for meal under the stars.

Accommodation: Karijini National Park – Eco Retreat Campground

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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Day 3: Mt Bruce

Mt Bruce is Western Australia’s second highest peak. The Mt Bruce walk trail is a fantastic ridge walk, with some steep and rocky sections along the route. From one side you’ll have the vista of Karijini Range; from the other an iron ore mine! The 9.5 km return walk will take us most of the day and is definitely worth the effort.

Accommodation: Karijini National Park – Eco Retreat Campground

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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Day 4: Hancock and Weano Gorge

We’ll explore two of the most iconic gorges in Karijini – Hancock and Weano. The walks are challenging in places, but not difficult. Both involve some wading and clambering on rocks and ledges; and both reward us with fantastic jade pools nestled deep within the narrow gorge walls. Highlights include Kermits Pool and Handrail Pool.

Accommodation: Karijini National Park – Eco Retreat Campground

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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Day 5: Walk to Joffre gorge, drive to Cheela Plains (via Tom Price)

Before we say goodbye to Karijini we will walk from our campsite to Joffre Gorge. Navigating some fairly large boulders we’ll find a natural amphitheatre, with a waterfall and a delightful paddling pool. A little further down the gorge it drops into the ‘Olympic Swimming Pool’ which is around a 200m swim with sheer cliffs either side.

After lunch we depart Karijini for Cheela Plains (approx. 200km drive), a true outback station stay where you will be amazed by the night sky of the desert on an included astronomy tour.

Accommodation: Cheela Plains Station Stay

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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Day 6: Drive to Exmouth

Time to rest the legs on a travel day. Western Australia is a big place so it will take us much of the day to get across to Exmouth.

We will arrive with time to watch the sun set into the Indian Ocean.

Accommodation: Yardie Homestead Caravan Park

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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Day 7: Optional Whale shark or snorkelling tours

What is a trip to Ningaloo with the opportunity to swim with the whale sharks? Some of our guests have said the experience is “one of the best things I have ever done in my life”.

High praise!

The tours are optional, but highly recommend. Alternative activities are available and can be arranged for those who do not want to do a Whale shark tour.

Accommodation: Yardie Homestead Caravan Park

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

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Day 8: Yardie creek walk and snorkel turquoise

Today we will explore Cape Range national park, with a series of short walks, snorkels and swims along the coast.

Spot rock wallabies and an incredible array of sea life on this wonderful day. We will explore Mandu Mandu gorge and Yardi Creek gorge then head to Turquoise Bay on Ningaloo Reef for a swim and snorkel  before heading back to Yardi Homestead for our last night.

Accommodation: Yardie Homestead Caravan Park

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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Day 9: Charles knife canyon and snorkel Oyster stacks

Having experienced Ningaloo from the water, today we will spend a bit more time on dry land. Known locally as the Badjirrajirra Trail, this 6.8km walk will take us into the heart of the Cape Range National park. With gorges cut into the limestone karst, the trail leads us through spinifex country offering views that seemingly go on forever.

Compared to some of our exploits in Karijini this trail will be relatively easy. The heat can definitely be a factor though, so we may have to augment today’s itinerary if this is the case.

That said, after exploring the Charles Knife Canyon, we will head back to the blue waters of Ningaloo for another opportunity to snorkel. This time visit Oyster stacks with its rich array of marine life. Hopefully we will spot a turtle!

After another full day of exploring, we will head back to camp for the last night.

Accommodation: Yardie Homestead Caravan Park

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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Day 10: Departure Day

Our last day! After breakfast you will be transferred to the airport for your flight back to Perth, or alternatively make your own onwards travel arrangements.

Please note: Flights from Exmouth (Learmonth) Airport are operated by Qantas and not included in the package price. Please book flights 11am or later to return to Perth onwards. The tour team will drop you at the airport in time for your flight. Some flights which depart on the weekend are only in the afternoon, at which time guests will be dropped into the township of Exmouth and a shuttle will take them to the airport after lunch.

Meals: Breakfast

Length and grade of walks adjusted according to fitness levels – where possible. We reserve the right to alter the tour itinerary at any time due to circumstances beyond our control. If this should occur we will do our best to offer a suitable alternative.

Secure your seat with a $350 deposit

Tour Price: $2,995 twin share

Your tour balance will be due 6 weeks prior to your departure.

Cancellation Policy

  • 85 days or more, you will be refunded all monies paid, less a $50 administration fee.
  • 42 to 84 days prior to departure, you will lose your deposit
  • 28 to 41 days: 25% of full tour cost
  • 14 to 27 days: 50% of full tour cost
  • less than 14 days: 100% of full tour cost, no refund

If you have any concerns about cancelling, please take out travel insurance covering this contingency. This policy will be adhered to despite the most compelling and compassionate circumstances

This is one of our two comfortable camping tours. Each night we camp in designated campgrounds. Due to flight availability, some departures stay overnight in a motel in Tom Price and/or Exmouth but all departures will still get to experience all the sites on our itinerary.

All camping equipment is provided, except sleeping bags and pillows. The tents are semi permenant spacious four person tents, which will be used for one or two people if you are coming as a couple. A  mattress is provided to sleep on as well as a knee high stretcher bed.

There are flushing toilets and showers at all of our accommodations, however during the day when we are out and about long-drop toilets will be available. There is also ample opportunity for swimming on most days.

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