Wonders of the Pilbara and West Coast

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From your first river ramble in Perth to your final blazing Broome sunset, travelling up Western Australia’s coast offers day after day of magic. This epic Perth to Darwin tour lets you take in World Heritage-listed sites (Ningaloo) as well as contenders for the honour – the gorges and waterfalls of Karijini and limestone spires of the Pinnacles among them. Not to mention Monkey Mia’s resident dolphins…

Tour Highlights

  • Cable Beach Sunset Drinks
  • Gantheaume Point Broome – Dinosaur Footprints
  • Karijini National Park – Falls, Gorges, Lookouts, Swim
  • Coral Bay Glass Bottom Boat Cruise – Ningaloo Reef
  • Space & Technology Museum Carnarvon
  • Hamlin Pool Stromatolites
  • Shell Beach
  • Monkey Mia Dolphins
  • Kalbarri National Park
  • HMAS Sydney Memorial Geraldton
  • Pinnacles at Nambung National Park
  • Yachep National Park – Aboriginal experience

Tour Itinerary

(B) Breakfast (L) Lunch (D) Dinner (SD) Specialty Dinner
Tour Code: WPMB

1
Welcome to Perth (D)
Day 1
Welcome to Perth (D)
Almost two weeks of adventures lie before you, the first a tour of Perth. The Western Australian capital almost steals the street-art trophy from Melbourne, the city’s alleys and warehouses decorated with eye-popping murals and installations from local creatives. It’s also remarkably green, with 400-hectare Kings Park and Botanic Garden sitting pretty in the CBD, on a lazy bend of the serpentine Swan River. Two thirds of the grounds are reserved for native plants, but there are also seasonal wildflowers, all enveloping the Anzac Memorial. If you don’t know your fellow travellers by now, you will by the time your welcome dinner is over.
Crowne Plaza, Perth
Centrally located in Perth, within a 10-minute walk of Queens Gardens and Perth Mint. This hotel has 189 air-conditioned rooms featuring refrigerators and minibars.
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Perth – Geraldton (B)
Day 2
Perth – Geraldton (B)
Two wilderness highs provide a fitting start to this journey of contrasts. Venturing north, you soon reach Yanchep National Park. Here, Noongar man Derek Nannup’s Dreamtime stories tell the tale of how the land was created from an Aboriginal perspective. He’s quite the character and likes his guests to get hands-on. Think tasting native bush tucker, smelling medicinal plants, and maybe even trying to play the didgeridoo. Derek will make it look easy. It’s not… Think the day couldn’t get any better? Think again. Within Nambung National Park, the Pinnacles create a moonscape that appears plucked from a sci-fi film, its staggering collection of natural limestone structures jutting into the sky – some are 3.5 metres high. For all their mysterious appeal, geologists tell us the spires were formed 30,000 years ago when an inland sea receded. It’s a spiritual place. Arriving in Geraldton, pay homage to sailors lost off the WA coast during WWII at the HMAS Sydney Memorial.
Mantra, Geraldton
Mantra Geraldton hotel is located right on the Batavia Coast Marina, Champion Bay.  The apartments are close to the region's best attractions like the Western Australian Museum, Geraldton CBD and the HMAS Sydney Memorial. 
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Geraldton – Monkey Mia (B, D)
Day 3
Geraldton – Monkey Mia (B, D)
While stromatolites might sound like something belonging in a cave, these ‘living fossils’ grow in the water at Hamelin Pool. Rock-like in appearance, they’re actually alive, and reveal what life might have been like 3.5-billion years ago, when there was no other complex life on Earth. Remarkably, this is the world’s most abundant colony of them. It’s just one of the natural allures of the state’s World Heritage listed Shark Bay, the largest bay in Australia with more than 1,000 kilometers of beaches. Not all of them are sandy – welcome to Shell Beach. Here, the snow-white colour comes from billions of tiny coquina bivalve shells, up to 10 metres deep and stretching for 70 kilometers. And just when you thought the outlook couldn’t get any prettier, you arrive at Monkey Mia.
Monkey Mia Dolphin Resort, Monkey Mia
Monkey Mia Dolphin Resort is situated midway up the West Australian coastline within the Shark Bay World Heritage Area, home to one of the world’s best-known dolphin encounters.
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Monkey Mia Free Time (B)
Day 4
Monkey Mia Free Time (B)
ESparkling turquoise water, powdery white sand, ochre dunes – Monkey Mia knows how to dial up the drama. And then there are the wild resident dolphins, which famously swim to shore in a pod every morning to splash about in the shallows and interact with humans before dancing away to catch a few waves. It’s a hard act to follow. Our suggestions for your afternoon of leisure? Yet more dolphin spotting on an optional sunset cruise around the coast, or seeing Shark Bay as the birds do, on an optional scenic flight. Even from the sky you’ll likely spot dolphins, humpback whales, turtles, and perhaps even dugongs. Or indulge in both. The afternoon is yours.
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Monkey Mia – Carnarvon (B, D)
Day 5
Monkey Mia – Carnarvon (B, D)
Carnarvon calls, the beacon its not-so-under-the-radar satellites. The unassuming Carnarvon Space and Technology Museum played a huge role in global history, helping to beam the 1969 moon landing to TV sets around the world. That’s just one of its claims to fame, as you’ll discover touring the gallery’s collection with a passionate guide. The experience is interactive, so budding astronauts can try on space suits and climb aboard a spacecraft simulator.
Best Western, Carnarvon
Ideally located in the centre of Carnarvon, this motel is located just minutes from the tranquil waters of the Facine. The Facine is often visited by turtles, dolphins and the occasional dugong.
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Carnarvon – Coral Bay (B, D)
Day 6
Carnarvon – Coral Bay (B, D)
You don’t need to get your hair wet to experience the sheer wonderment of Ningaloo Reef. A Coral Bay glass-bottom boat cruise jettisons you within a whisker of turtles, colourful coral and an embarrassment of fish – some 500 species have been recorded. You won’t know where to look, although your on-board naturalist will help guide your gaze. This is part of the World Heritage listed Ningaloo Coast, a popular hangout among larger-then-life migratory marine life. Like whale sharks, the world’s largest fish, which amass here between March and September every year. Before you settle into your plush Exmouth hotel, admire the curves of the coastline from Vlamingh Head Lighthouse. Your gaze will hold firmly on the ocean for the next couple of days.
Mantarays Ningaloo Reef Resort, Exmouth
Mantarays Ningaloo, is the only resort on Sunrise Beach, which is the gateway to the world heritage listed Ningaloo Reef and the Cape Range National Park.
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Exmouth Free Time (B, D)
Day 7
Exmouth Free Time (B, D)
Steel yourself for a few ‘pinch-me’ moments today. Opt to snorkel (with an ethical operator) over Ningaloo Reef. Time your visit right, and you could have whale sharks and humpback whales in your company. Nothing quite prepares you for the moment you glimpse these gentle giants up close, gliding gracefully through schools of fish. It’s a full day of unbridled, and unrivalled, marine immersion. We understand if you’d prefer to stay dry, and instead choose to book an optional sunset cruise or simply spend the day strolling the sand on the lookout for dolphins. The choice is yours.
Mantarays Ningaloo Reef Resort, Exmouth
Mantarays Ningaloo, is the only resort on Sunrise Beach, which is the gateway to the world heritage listed Ningaloo Reef and the Cape Range National Park.
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Exmouth – Karijini National Park (B, D)
Day 8
Exmouth – Karijini National Park (B, D)
It’s an epic commute across the Pilbara from Exmouth to inland Karijini. But it’s oh-so worth it. If you’ve ever wanted to fall in love at first sight, it’ll happen at Karijini National Park. This is nature writ large, a place of immense gorges and deep, dark chasms; waterfalls and gem-like rock pools. This red slice of the Hamersley Range is a magnet for nature lovers, not only for the earthly delights but also the creatures that call the cliffs home. If you didn’t know any better, you’d think someone had taken the glasses off your nose and cleaned them for the first time. Even darkness doesn’t temper the natural drama. You’re hundreds of kilometers from the nearest town, so expect dazzling Southern Hemisphere stargazing from your safari-style tent.
Karijini Eco Retreat, Karijini
Karijini Eco Retreat is one of Australia’s leading eco-tourism attractions. Situated 1,500km north of Perth in WA’s second largest national park, the retreat offers safari-style eco tents, cabins and campsites nestled amongst native bushland at the edge of Joffre Gorge.
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Karijini National Park (L, D)
Day 9
Karijini National Park (L, D)
It took billions of years to create the geological wonders of Karijini: the striking red escarpments and the quiet gorges all enveloped by tall gums and pocked with enormous termite mounds. You have a single day to explore, so bring your stamina and sense of adventure. You’re heading deep into the national park, which covers 630,000 hectares just north of the Tropic of Capricorn. It’s WA’s second-largest national park, and the scale can be daunting. Thankfully, you’re in the company of a guide who knows all the hidden nooks and cool waterholes just begging for a swim. Things get hot here – why not dive in?
Karijini Eco Retreat, Karijini
Karijini Eco Retreat is one of Australia’s leading eco-tourism attractions. Situated 1,500km north of Perth in WA’s second largest national park, the retreat offers safari-style eco tents, cabins and campsites nestled amongst native bushland at the edge of Joffre Gorge.
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Karijini National Park – Port Hedland (B, D)
Day 10
Karijini National Park – Port Hedland (B, D)
At first glimpse of the Pilbara, you may well think you’ve been transported to Mars, the ethereal landscape almost glowing in the sun. The soil couldn’t get any redder, the skies any wider, the rock formations any more dramatic, with much of the countryside streaked with mineral deposits. People are few and far between until you reach the town of Port Hedland. There are plenty of local characters to meet over dinner at your hotel, which gets busy when musicians begin to play. Before you leave, head to a lookout to spot migrating humpback whales and snubfin dolphins cruising along the coast, season pending.
The Esplanade Hotel, Port Headland
The Esplanade Hotel in Port Hedland offers a range of family friendly and premium dining choices, the sophistication of a lounge bar or the relaxed atmosphere and ambience of a terraced deck amongst an outdoor setting perfect to take in the Pilbara’s balmy evenings. 
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Port Hedland – Broome  (B, D)
Day 11
Port Hedland – Broome  (B, D)
Skirting the edge of the Great Sandy Desert, your morning outlook is flat – almost as far as the eye can see, the sand eventually giving way to mountain ranges and then multicultural Broome. The city delivers many surprises, from its eclectic restaurants and colourful Chinatown to its long pearling history – the pristine waters produce some of the most prized pearl oysters in the world, and fortune-seekers from around the world descended during the region’s ‘pearl rush’. Traditions linger today, with pearl farms and boutiques tempting you inside. It’s time to discover Broome’s other standout attraction: its sunsets. Follow locals to the sand on Cable Beach, which is so long that it can accommodate 4WDs, camel trains and foot traffic. Salute the end of your first spectacular Broome day.
Cable Beach Resort and Spa, Broome
This Resort is styled to reflect the Asian and colonial influences of Broome, and the diverse choice of accommodation is complemented by acres of lush tropical gardens.
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Broome Free Time  (B)
Day 12
Broome Free Time  (B)
Which direction should you choose to venture today? You could visit a pearl farm to witness the precision that goes into growing and harvesting these gems. Or simply enjoy Broome’s tropical climes, strolling along Cable Beach, hunting for dinosaur footprints, and browsing boutiques. The choice is yours.
Cable Beach Resort and Spa, Broome
This Resort is styled to reflect the Asian and colonial influences of Broome, and the diverse choice of accommodation is complemented by acres of lush tropical gardens.
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Farewell from Broome (B)
Day 13
Farewell from Broome (B)
How do you pick a favourite adventure from the last 12 days? You don’t have to – let them all shine in equal measure in your memory.

Inclusions

Attractions Included

  • Cable Beach Sunset Drinks
  • Gantheaume Point Broome – Dinosaur Footprints
  • Karijini National Park – Falls, Gorges, Lookouts, Swim
  • Coral Bay Glass Bottom Boat Cruise – Ningaloo Reef
  • Space & Technology Museum Carnarvon
  • Hamlin Pool Stromatolites
  • Shell Beach
  • Monkey Mia Dolphins
  • Kalbarri National Park
  • HMAS Sydney Memorial Geraldton
  • Pinnacles at Nambung National Park
  • Yachep National Park – Aboriginal experience

Coach Features

  • 48 Seat coach
  • Restroom
  • Air conditioned

Experiences Included

  • Specialist team of two highly experienced Travel Director and Driver Guide
  • Local specialist guides
  • Centrally located premium 4-star hotels

Meals Included

  • 11 Full Breakfasts
  • 10 Dinners
  • 1 Be My Guest Lunch

Fitness Requirements

  • Remote region of Western Australia – Moderate level of fitness required
    Extreme temperatures can be experienced in this remote region of Australia. Pack warm clothes for the cool evenings and comfortable clothes for the heat of the day.

Visited Locations

  • Perth
    Perth is an urban oasis among the vast nature of Western Australia where soft-sand beaches and scenic parks meet a thriving metropolis of small bars, creative restaurants and curated street art.
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  • Geraldton
    Geraldton is a coastal city in the Mid West region of Western Australia with naturally blessed surrounds, which includes beautiful beaches.
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  • Monkey Mia
    At Monkey Mia (850 kilometres or 530 miles north of Perth), wild dolphins have been dropping by for generations, garnering international fame, this is a World Heritage-listed for its natural assets, this is a wild, arid landscape of massive skies and stiff ocean breezes.
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  • Carnarvon
    Carnarvon is a coastal town situated approximately 900 kilometres north of Perth, in Western Australia. It lies at the mouth of the Gascoyne River on the Indian Ocean.
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  • Coral Bay
    Coral Bay is an idyllic introduction to the breathtaking beauty of the World Heritage-listed Ningaloo Reef, with pristine white-sand beaches and turquoise waters it’s one of the few places on earth where you can come face-to-face with fascinating marine creatures like whale sharks.
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  • Exmouth
    Exmouth is a small resort town on Western Australia’s North West Cape. It’s a gateway to nearby Ningaloo Marine Park with its coral reefs, colourful fish and migratory whale sharks.
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  • Karijini National Park
    Karijini National Park one of Australia’s most dramatic and spectacular destinations where gorges of ancient rock, cool swimming holes and showering waterfalls showcase this.
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  • Broome
    Broome is a tropical delight and the gateway to the Kimberley, one of the world’s great wildernesses.
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Attractions

  • Kings Park Perth
    Exploring one of the most beautiful inner city parks in Australia, Kings Park is home to the spectacular Western Australian Botanic Garden
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  • HMAS Sydney Memorial
    Set high on the hill overlooking Geraldton, here you can reflect at the evocative HMAS Sydney Memorial and you can take in the astonishing views over the seaside township of Geraldton. 
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  • Carnarvon Space and Technology Museum
    The Carnarvon Space and Technology Museum celebrates the little known history of the role Carnarvon played in the manned space program and in the Australian satellite communications industry. 
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  • Ningaloo Reef Glass Bottom Boat Tour
    On a shallow draft glass bottom boat, cruise over World Heritage listed Ningaloo Reef at famous Coral Bay
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  • Hamelin Pool
    At Hamelin Pool you can see the world’s best known colony of Stromatolites. Dating back to the beginning of life on earth, while they may not appear alive, these living structures have helped scientists unravel the history of life on earth! 
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Available Dates

Dates Price per person
Available
03 Jun 2025 - 15 Jun 2025 $8,883$12,291
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22 Jul 2025 - 03 Aug 2025 $9,138$12,644
Wonders of the Pilbara and West Coast
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