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West Coast Explorer (Perth-Exmouth return)

Wonders of the west coast

Witness the wonders of Western Australia’s Coral Coast region! Get set for an outdoor adventure like no other. Head north past brilliant white sand dunes, hike through deep red gorges and dive into the pristine Ningaloo Reef all in one tour. Meet dolphins, turtles and much ...

Tour Highlights:

  • Discover the strange desert pinnacle formations
  • Sand Board the huge white danes of WA
  • Explore the stunning gorges of Kalbarri National Parks
  • Witness a beach made entirely of tiny shells 
  • Meet Money Mia's friendly resident dolphins 
  • Stunning coastal scenery & pristine white beaches 
  • Discover the underwater world of the ningaloo reef 
  • Scuba dive the navy pier in Exmouth (own expense)
  • Unwind with a swin at Turquoise Bay
  • Australian farmstay experience
  • Meet rescued Wildlife 

Booking Conditions

Age Restriction: This tour is not suitable for children or infants

Fitness Requirement: Moderate level of fitness required.

What's included

  • Exmouth Explorer Journey
  • Meals as Indicated – 6B, 6L, 6D
  • 6 Nights Dorm Accommodation (with shared facilities)
  • All National Park Entrance Fees
  • Pinnacles entrance fee
  • Monkey Mia entrance fee
  • Highly Experienced Driver/Guide
  • Informative Tour Commentary
  • Small Group Touring

What To Bring

  • 1.5 Litre Water Bottle (essential on long walks)
  • 15kg soft luggage and small day bag
  • Any prescription medication you usually carry with when travelling
  • Please ensure you pack appropriately, all weather conditions
  • Warm jacket, thermals, woollen hat is advisable for the colder months
  • Sturdy walking/hiking shoes with tread
  • Hat, sunscreen & sunglasses
  • Swimmers, Towel & Toiletries
  • Camp torch/headlamp
  • Insect repellent
  • Snorkel equipment
  • Camera

Itinerary

Day 1 : Perth to Kalbarri
Kick off your adventure in the huge white sand dunes of Lancelin, where you can test out your sand boarding skills. Follow up with a guided tour through the Pinnacles Desert before enjoying lunch by the sea then journey up Indian Ocean Drive for some stunning coastal views. After a quick stop in Geraldton it’s on to the seaside town of Kalbarri for our overnight accommodation.
Meals :Lunch, Dinner

Day 2 : Kalbarri National Park to Shark Bay/Denham
Visit the marvels of The Murchison Gorge, Nature’s Window and Z-Bend in Kalbarri National Park where water has carved its way through sandstone. Here you have the option to try abseiling (additional cost). Witness bright pops of colour here during wildflower season (spring). Enjoy a great photo opportunity at Nature’s Window before strolling a beach made entirely of tiny shells. Then its on to Monkey Mia for our accommodation by the beach
Meals :Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3 : Shark Bay to Coral Bay
This morning meet the famous Monkey Mia Dolphins and get some amazing photos. Enjoy chill out time on the beach here or enjoy a coffee at the restaurant before we get back on the road mid-morning. We'll visit the fascinating rock formations, the Stromatolites, before settling in to our accommodation in Coral Bay, located right on the famous Ningaloo Reef
Meals :Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4 : Coral Bay
You’ll have most of the day to explore the Ningaloo Reef at your own leisure. Choose to join a boat tour or enjoy free time to experience the beautiful beaches Coral Bay has to offer. Go for a stroll on the beach and check out the shark nursery, swim with the manta rays (additional cost) or go for a snorkel on the Ningaloo Reef only metres from shore. This evening we take the short drive up the peninsula to Exmouth and check into our accommodation for two nights in the town centre
Meals :Breakfast, Dinner

Day 5 : Exmouth
Today we explore Cape Range National park, a spectacular place of rugged limestone ranges, breathtaking deep canyons and 50km of pristine beaches. Relax on the beach or choose to go snorkelling at the stunning Turquoise Bay (snorkel hire $10), visit Vlamingh Head Lighthouse, relax at Milyering Visitors Center and more before we return to our accommodation late afternoon
Meals :Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6 : Exmouth to Northbrook Farm
Visit the town of Carnarvon and one of the local banana or mango plantations (seasonal) and stay overnight at our accommodation on an Australian wheat farm.
Meals :Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7 : Northbrook Farm to Perth
Enjoy the last views of the scenic countryside before making our way back towards Perth. We’ll stop along the way at Greenough Wildlife Park where you can meet Australian wildlife and hand feed the kangaroos. Then kick back and relax on the bus for the last stretch to Perth, with drop off starting around 6.30pm.
Meals :Breakfast, Lunch

Pickups

Operates: Tuesday, Friday (all year round, select days during low season) 

Departs from Perth: approx 7.00am 

Returns to Perth: approx 6.30pm

We pick up from several central locations around the Perth CBD @ 7:25am – The Old Swan Barracks, at 2 Francis Street, Northbridge, is our primary point for pick-ups and drop-offs.   Alternative pick up points are:

  • 7:00am – Fremantle YHA Prison, 6A The Terrace, Fremantle
  • 7:30am – Rendezvous Hotel Perth, 24 Mount St, Perth
  • 7:40am – Criterion Hotel, 560 Hay St, Perth
  • 7:45am – Perth 178 Backpackers, 178 James St, Perth
  • 7:50am – Old Swan Barracks, 2 Francis St, Perth
  • 7:55am – Billabong Backpackers, 381 Beaufort St, Highgate
  • 8:00am – Witches Hat Hostel, 148 Palmerston St, Perth

Please note that these times are to be used as a guide only and your actual drop-off/arrival time may vary significantly due to circumstance.   For tours returning to Perth regulations state that we can only drop you off at your original pickup point or at the Swan Barracks.

Please note- you must arrive at your pickup locations at least 10 minutes prior to your allocated pickup time 

We accept no responsibility if you fail to nominate a pickup location- this must be confirmed at least 24 hours prior with our reservations department, failure to nominate and board the bus will result in fare forfeiture 

Optional Excursions

Optional Activities (Available to sign up on tour with your guide)

  • Snorkelling
  • National Parks
  • Scenic Tour / Sightseeing

Available Extras

  • Meals not indicated in the itinerary (own expense)
  • Alcohol (own expense)

Optional Activities: (see below we recommend you book these prior to departure, direct with the operator to guarantee availability)

Kalbarri Abseiling 

Start the day with adventure by abseiling down the gorge walls in Kalbarri National Park with Kalbarri Abseil. No previous experience is necessary, as full training will be provided on site. All equipment provided also. Get photos on your own camera, as guests not participating can take photos for you!

Swim with Manta Rays on the Ningaloo Reef with Coral Bay Ecotours  

Enjoy a 5-6 hour tour of the Ningaloo Reef with Coral Bay Ecotours. The day includes all equipment, including a short length wetsuit if required, morning and afternoon tea and a buffet style lunch of cold meats and salads. Enjoy the underwater dance of the manta rays as well as 2 reef snorkels where you will see beautiful fish, corals and possibly sea turtles and reef sharks! They’ll also make a visit to the turtle sanctuary, where you can view turtles coming up for a breath in the shallows.

Glass Bottom Boat on the Ningaloo Reef with Coral Bay Ecotours 

Join Coral Bay Ecotours for a tour of the Ningaloo Reef on board their glass bottom boat. Learn about the tropical and temperate fish and corals you see under the glass. Choose between a 1,2 or 3 hour journey. The 1 hour is glass viewing only. The 2 hour journey includes viewing through the glass and a snorkel site. The 3 hour includes viewing through the glass, snorkelling and a visit to the turtle sanctuary, where you can view turtles feeding and coming up for air in the shallows. Your skipper can even try to get the turtles under the glass for you! Snorkel tours include equipment.

Whaleshark swim (seasonal March-July) with Kings Ningaloo Reef Tours

Get set for an unforgettable day, as you head out to swim next to the biggest fish in the sea, the whale shark! This is truly a once in a lifetime experience and one that you will never forget! Start the day with a reef snorkel, where you can explore the coral gardens and view beautiful fish. You may even spot a sea turtle or reef shark! Then experience the awe of swimming along-side the whale shark, which are typically 5-10m in length here! All equipment is provided, including a wetsuit if required. Morning and afternoon tea and a delicious lunch also included.

Whaleshark/Humpback Whale swim (seasonal Aug – Sept) with Kings Ningaloo Reef Tours 

Join King’s Ningaloo Reef tours for an unforgettable day out on the water. Start the day with a reef snorkel, where you can enjoy the beautiful coral gardens and fish. You may even spot some turtles or reef sharks! Then they’ll head out in search of humpback whales and whale sharks with the help of a spotter plane. The humpback whale swim is dependent on the willingness of the whales to be part of the tour. In the event the whales are uncooperative, the plane will search for another group. Should a whale shark be spotted on the day also, guests can upgrade their ticket to include a whale shark swim for an additional $110. All equipment is included as well as a wetsuit if required. Moring and afternoon tea and a buffet style lunch supplied also.

Scuba Dive the Navy Pier with Dive Ningaloo  

The Navy Pier Exmouth has been voted one of the top 10 dive sites in Australia and one of the top shore dives in the world. The dive is to a maximum depth of 15m and strong currents mean that dives can only be completed during slack tide. Therefore, dive times will vary day to day. Search for nudibranchs, scorpion fish, octopus and eels. Huge groupers, sea snakes, grey nurse sharks, reef sharks and wobbegongs are commonly seen here also, as well as a beautiful array of fish and corals. There is a $50 Navy Entrance payable in cash only on the day (included in above pricing). All equipment supplied.

Scuba Dive the Ningaloo Reef with Exmouth Dive Centre 

Explore the underwater world during 2 reef dives with Exmouth Dive Centre. There are numerous dive sites to choose from and these will be selected on the day based on conditions. Tours typically run from 7.30am until 4.30pm. See amazing coral formations, beautiful fish, reef sharks, turtles, nudibranchs, eels and more during your 2 dives. All equipment is provided.


*Please note these tours are not operated by us and can have different terms and conditions. We recommend you visit their websites for all the details and terms and conditions. Weather can impact on these tours, which is outside of our control. Tours may be cancelled, in which case a full refund will be issued by the operator. As we are dealing with wildlife, they are always expected but never guaranteed.

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One of our most popular tours from Perth up the magical West Coast of Australia including the Ningaloo Reef, Kilbarri National Park, and Monkey Mia

Recent Independent Reviews

  • On this trip you will find out the West Coast is the best coast! This Perth to Exmouth tour is a perfect adventure for those to visit this amazing coastline, seeing native wildlife and hiking our National Parks. There is an element of participation on this small group tour with everyone getting involved with cooking and the washing up. All meals and accommodation included, so all you have to think about is exploring and making new friends.

    On Trip Advisor

    Amazing

    So I have traveled all over Australia seen the most amazing things! But then I did this tour and I had the most amazing time the place you go are like no other! Swimming with whale-sharks, manta rays, watching humpbacks, turtles and so much more. All the accommodation is top notch. Now I come to the one individual that just needs one word to describe her legend (Carla) the best ever!

    On Trip Advisor 20 July 2019

    Highly Recommend 

    Just finished an awesome week in WA. Our tour manager Carla was bloody amazing, the accommodations were all clean and comfortable. Monkey Mia was my favorite plus waking up to dolphins in the bay was perfect.
    One thing I would advise is to ask your agent or Autopia directly to book your excursions in advance as I was unable to book onto a dive with the whale sharks due to no availability

    On Trip Advisor 18 July 2019

    Such a great experience!

    The trip with our tourguide Carla was amazing! I totally fell in love with the beautiful west coast of Australia. Even if it was a long time sitting in the bus, we always had so much fun. Carla explained everything very well and gave us a lot of tips. I can highly recommend this tour if you want to travel in a small group and don’t have lots of time to explore the beautiful west coast of Australia

    On Trip Advisor 29 May 2019

    The best trip I've been on!

    Its hard not to fall in love with Western Australia after this 7 day tour!!

    This trip takes you to all the best destinations and sights WA has to offer, there are SO many incredible stops along the way its hard to just name a few!
    The white sandy beaches and turquoise waters have some of the most beautiful marine wildlife I have seen any where in the world!
    We had the opportunity to swim with manta rays, whale sharks, reef sharks, turtles and more! We went on plenty of walks including seeing the Pinnacles and Kalbarri National Park. The accommodation was varied and nice, everyone on the tour was so friendly! There was a range of different nationality's and ages on board and the tour definitely had something for everyone. 10/10!

    On Trip Advisor 21 April 2019

    What an experience

    This was my birthday present to me and I was able to tick so many things off my bucket list. The bus is a bit older, with some seats having seen better times, but it wasn't full, so people could choose where to sit. The tour guide Steve was a knowledgable guy, who was also easy going and fun to talk to. We started in Perth and first stop were Pinnacles. Arrived in Kalbarri in the evening, Hostel was ok. The next day some of us went abseiling in the Kalbarri NP. What an experience. Next night we stayed in Monkey Mia, unfortunately the dolphins didnt come out that day. We stopped other place on our way to Coral Bay. Wraps for lunch or sometimes we stopped at petrol stations where you could buy a gold old aussie pie. Steve was amazing and was able to organise whale shark and Manta Ray Swims for everyone, although it was school holidays and many people around. I would still suggest to book ahead and not be disappointed. 2 nights in exmouth was great. Good accommodation. Good food. And on our way to Perth back, we stayed on farm in Northampton, which was amazing