Explore the Western Edge of WA along the Batavia Coast, Coral Coast and Ningaloo Reef. Acclaimed as Western Australia’s World Heritage Biosphere. Dolphins, Whale Sharks, Coral, Cruises, Heritage, Natural Environment.
- Pinnacles Desert
- Turquoise beaches and soaring cliffs
- Steep cliffs of the Murchison Gorges
- Monkey Mia Dolphins
- Shell Beach
- OTC Satellite Earth Station
- Glass bottom boat coral viewing and
- Snorkel over the coral at Coral Bay
- Snorkelling at iconic Turquoise Bay
- Pristine Ningaloo Reef Cape Range National Park
- 3 Hour Dolphin and Sea Creature Cruise
- Aboriginal Art
- Delicious food
- Yardie Creek
- Visit HMAS Sydney Memorial Geraldton
- Nature’s Window in the Murchison River
- Kalbarri National Park.
- Shark Bay World Heritage Park – Stromatolites, Shell Beach, Eagle Point, Monkey Mia Dolphins
- Carnarvon where central desert reaches to ocean
- Whale Shark Swim Snorkel
Day 1 - Perth to Kalbarri. Pinnacles, Geraldton, Pink Hutt Lagoon, Pot Ally Gorge. This morning we travel north to the Pinnacles Desert to view the spectacular sight of thousands of limestone pillars that resemble an ancient ruin. Following the scenic Indian Ocean Drive, we break for lunch at the popular seaside town of Dongara. Geraldton is a bustling town is the commercial centre for the Mid-West region, exporting Iron Ore, Mineral Sands, Wheat, Barley and Western Australian Rock Lobster. In Geraldton, we visit the HMAS Sydney Memorial, which features a silver dome of 645 seagulls to represent the loss of HMAS Sydney sailors. We also stop at the St Francis Xavier Cathedral which was built in stages from 1914 to its eventual opening in 1938. The Byzantine style architecture of this cathedral is one of Monsignor John Hawes’ greatest masterpieces. We explore the Yamaji Art Centre which is Aboriginal owned and operated and provides professional services to support and develop Aboriginal artists living in the Lower Murchison region of Yamaji Country. Northampton, one of the oldest settlements outside Perth today, classified by the National Trust as a Historic Town. We will see stunning coastal gorges and magnificent scenery on our drive further up the coast, including Hutt Lagoon and the vivid pink Salt Lake where beta-carotene is harvested for commercial use, and Pot Alley.
Day 2 - Kalbarri to Monkey Mia Dolphins. Nature’s Window, Shark Bay, Stromatolites, Shell Beach, Eagle Bluff, Denham, Monkey Mia. Kalbarri nestled at the mouth of the Murchison River is surrounded by stunning coastline, soaring river gorges and protected bays. Today, we visit the amazing Kalbarri National Park for spectacular views of the Murchison River Gorges to see The Loop and Nature’s Window; a natural rock arch that frames the upstream views. At Shark Bay, World Heritage Area marvel at the astonishing world-class natural attractions in the region. Shark Bay is well known for its white beaches, turquoise waters and rust-red sand dunes. Shark Bay World Heritage Area is primarily renowned for both its terrestrial and marine life. It is nature at its most pure. Along the World Heritage Drive, we stop at Hamelin Pool to view Stromatolites, which are one of the earliest forms of life to evolve on our planet. The living fossils are part of the earth’s evolutionary history. Visit Shell Beach which is home to billions of tiny Cardiid Cockle; the 60 km stretch of beach is covered to a depth of some seven to ten metres. A stop at Eagle Bluff will give you a scenic view over the coast; you might be lucky enough to spot Lemon Sharks, Stingrays, Turtles or Dugongs. Before dinner at Monkey Mia Resort go for a walk along the beach to see the Dolphins or go for a refreshing swim.
Day 3 - Monkey Mia to Carnarvon. Three-hour Dolphin Cruise, Carnarvon One Mile Jetty Heritage Precinct. This morning, on day three of our Perth to Ningaloo Reef tour, experience a very special breakfast whilst watching the dolphins come in close to the shore. After breakfast walk to the beach to see dolphin feeding and hear all about their lives in Shark Bay. Join a three-hour boat cruise to see the dolphins in their natural environment and other wonderful sea creatures of the Shark Bay area, including dugongs, turtles, stingrays, lemon sharks, nervous sharks and sponge dolphins. After lunch, we head further north to Carnarvon, a regional hub that provides essential services to the surrounding areas. The township lies at the mouth of the Gascoyne River and supports horticultural and fishing industries. We visit the Carnarvon One Mile Jetty Heritage Precinct. The One Mile Jetty was built in 1897 and was the first port in Australia to transport commercial livestock by the sea on a regular basis. State ships stopped in Carnarvon on average twice a week until they ceased operations in 1966.
Day 4 - Carnarvon to Coral Bay. Carnarvon town and Space and Technology Museum. Carnarvon is a diverse and laidback town where the outback meets the coast. It is recognised as a food bowl region, well known for its bananas, mangos, and luscious seafood. There is a rich indigenous culture, as well as stations producing wool and cattle. This morning we visit the Carnarvon Space and Technology Museum, Carnarvon Tracking Station and the OTC Satellite Earth Station. The station was built to support NASA’s Gemini, Apollo and Skylab programs, before making our way up the coast to Coral Bay.
Day 5 - Coral Bay to Exmouth. Glass bottom boat cruise, Charles Knife Gorge, Cape Range. The UNESCO Ningaloo Coast World Heritage Area was established in 2011 and is regarded as one of the last great ocean paradises. The area was listed due to its marine and terrestrial assets including rare flora and fauna including the Whale Shark with 300 to 500 of these megafauna gathering at Ningaloo annually. The Ningaloo Reef is one of the longest near-shore reefs in the world and Australia’s largest fringing reef system, stretching 300 kilometres from Red Bluff going north along the coast to Muiron Islands the north and Bundegi Beach east in the Exmouth Gulf. After a leisurely breakfast, experience a glass bottom boat and snorkelling cruise on the Ningaloo Reef. Not only will you see the reef passing by under the glass, you will also get the chance to snorkel at two beautiful locations. A highlight is to see a large coral formation known is Ayres Rock. Immerse yourself amongst hundreds of tropical fish and view magnificent coral gardens in this underwater wonderland. After lunch, we tour to Exmouth and visit the Charles Knife Gorge for fabulous views of Exmouth Gulf. Enjoy a drive on the top of Cape Range with deep gullies and gorges dropping away below us. We end the way at the historical Wapet Oil Well No. 3 site before arriving into Exmouth for the evening.
Day 6 - Exmouth Region. Whale Shark Swim ( In Season ). Today you join the World’s leading WhaleShark Swim team on the Ningaloo Reef. Experience the exhilaration of snorkelling and swimming with these magnificent creatures. On this cruise, you will see other sea creatures on the way out to the WhaleShark Swim sight. If you can swim and snorkel, you too can safely experience the excitement and wonder of swimming with the world’s largest fish. If you can’t snorkel, we can teach you.
Day 7 - Exmouth to Perth. Cape Range National Park, Yardie Creek, Turquoise Bay. We will spend this morning enjoying all the highlights of Exmouth, including a drive along the Indian Ocean Ningaloo Reef side of Cape Range National Park to visit scenic sights. Visit Yardie Creek. Enjoy the stunning gorges, unique flora and fauna, and the beautiful natural environment. Visit Turquoise Bay. Return to Exmouth for Lunch and transfers to Learmonth Airport. Day 6 & 7 we swap the Whale Shark Swim Experience when not in season with day 7 as a full day tour to include the Yardie Creek Cruise and snorkelling at Turquoise Bay on Day 6. And Day 7 Morning is at leisure before transfers to Learmonth Airport for a morning flight out.
- Accomodation - Kalbarri Edge Resort - Monkey Mia Dolphin Resort - Carnarvon Best Western Motel - Coral Bay Ningaloo Reef Resort - Mantarays Ningaloo Resort Exmouth X 2 Nights
- Meals - Breakfasts - cooked or continental - Light lunches, can include, local café, picnic, roadhouse fare - Two-course dinner
- Entry fees - Pinnacles Nambung National Park - Kalbarri National Park - Shark Bay World Heritage National Park - Monkey Mia - Cape Range National Park - Cruise fees - Dolphin Cruise Monkey Mia - Coral viewing and snorkelling at Coral Bay - Yardie Creek Cruise - Whale Shark Swim / Snorkel
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- Any meals or drinks not specified in inclusions.
- Anything not included in the list of inclusions (above).
- Domestic flights, unless specified in inclusions.
- Travel insurance.
- Prices may vary due subject to availability and accommodation type, number of travellers and activities.
The initial deposit is refundable for 5 days - a cooling off period long enough for us to send you precise final terms. Note, many of these are still being negotiated but this first payment will be held in trust, giving us time to determine the conditions for final payment without putting this payment at any risk.
Reservations are confirmed on receipt of a non-refundable deposit of $A500 per person or per booking, or the amount specified on your booking. On receipt of your reservation form and deposit, we will, subject to availability, reserve your place on your selected travel module. Additional deposits may be required and will be advised at time of booking. Final payment of land costs are due at least* 60 days prior to arrival and all reservations will be cancelled if full payment is not received by the due date, with loss of deposit. On receipt of your payment, we will send tour information and vouchers. Please ensure that you receive the information before you travel. Bookings made at least* less than 60 days prior to departure must be paid in full. Due to time constraints, tour information and vouchers may be collected on the first day of departure with Wildiaries from its tour guide. These arrangements will be confirmed to you in writing prior to travel. Every reservation amendment will incur an AUD$50.00 charge, subject to availability. Note that if travel documents have been issued, the fee will be AUD$100. *Special conditions may apply to some trips. You will be notified if this is the case.
All cancellations must be made in writing to Wildiaries, and all tours are subject to the following cancellation charges based on the number of days before tour departure: Over 60 days: No refund of tour deposit Between 0 and 60 days: No refund of tour cost There is no refund for any unused portions of the tour once the tour has commenced. [Please note that if the reason for cancellation falls within the terms of any holiday insurance policy which you hold, then any such charges will normally be refunded to you by the insurance company, subject to the terms of your insurance]. Any cancellation fees imposed by hotels, ground operators or other principals or suppliers of goods and services will be charged to you in addition to the cancellation amounts stated above.
Baggage restrictions may apply to charter air travel and small group tours and must be strictly adhered to. We recommend that you ensure you adhere to any weight restrictions indicated.
4. WILD ANIMALS
Please be aware that travel may take you into areas of extreme weather conditions [eg. heat] or bring you in close contact with wild animals. Cases of dehydration and attacks by wild animals are rare, but no tour can guarantee that this will not occur. Neither Wildiaries, its contractors, agents or staff can be held responsible for any injury or incident on your tour. Neither does Wildiaries guarantee sightings of any wild animals, even if these are listed as animals possible to see on a tour.
5. PASSPORT, VISAS & DEPARTURE TAX
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7. CHANGES TO SCHEDULES
Although every effort is made to adhere to schedules it should be borne in mind that Wildiaries reserves the right to alter any tour arrangements due to local conditions while providing similar tour inclusions.
Whilst Wildiaries uses its best endeavours to ensure that all anticipated accommodation is available as planned, there shall be no claim of any nature whatsoever against Wildiaries for a refund either in the whole or part, if any accommodation or excursion is unavailable or the passenger was unable to use that service. [Please note that if the reason for cancellation falls within the terms of any holiday insurance policy it is your responsibility to refer the matter to your insurance company to seek a refund].
You must take out comprehensive insurance cover before travel for cancellation, medical expenses, personal baggage and money. This should be arranged at the time of payment of any non-refundable costs to cover you for cancellation at that time.
10. PRICING & INSURANCE
We will do the utmost to keep to the prices published. Should increases be forced on us by tour operators, etc. Wildiaries reserves the right to surcharge without notice. All tour costs are based on all known costs at the time of publication.
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(c) Clients with special dietary problems are advised to warn us in advance of departure.
(d) For flight information on how to get to the starting point of your tour, contact your travel agent. Please ensure that you re-confirm all your flights prior to air travel.
11. MEDICAL & HEALTH
(a)Hospital facilities in remote locations are often unavailable and evacuation can be difficult and expensive. Wildiaries assumes no liability regarding provision of medical care. A Medical Certificate must therefore be filled out and returned to Wildiaries. If you are aged 65 or older, the Medical Certificate must be signed by your physician. Once you have been confirmed on a trip, normal cancellation penalties apply if your doctor does not approve the Medical Certificate.
(b). It is vital that persons with medical problems make them known to us well before departure. The tour leader has the right to disqualify anyone at any time during a tour if he or she feels the tour member is incapable and/or if a tour member’s continued participation will jeopardise the individual involved or the group. Refunds are not given under such circumstances. The tour leader’s decision is final and neither Wildiaries nor the tour leader shall be subject to any claims or liability in respect of such disqualification.
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(a) Share Basis for Single Travellers
Accommodations (both hotels and tented) are usually based on double occupancy. If you are travelling alone and wish to share accommodations, we will assign you a room-mate if possible. If there is no one with whom you can share, or if you prefer single accommodations, you are requested to pay a Single Supplement Fee.
(b) Tour Information
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