10 Day Ningaloo & Karijini Adventure
- Discover the Pilbara’s Karijini National Park
- Snorkel Ningaloo Reef, visit remote gorges & more
If you ever need proof of how magical Australia is, look no further than Karijini National Park and the World Heritage listed Ningaloo Coast. Though both very different, these two West Australian wonders are like dazzling fantasy worlds brought to life, with fiery red cliffs, impossibly blue waters and remarkable native wildlife, plus a host of walking trails worthy of an epic journey. Are you ready for the adventure of a lifetime? This 10 day guided tour of Karijini and Ningaloo is for you. Departing from the remote town of Paraburdoo, you’ll venture deep into the heart of the Pilbara, taking in rugged mountain ranges, cascading waterfalls, and hidden waterholes, then switch things up with a journey along the stunning Ningaloo coast. Along the way you’ll trek along winding trails, sleep beneath a canopy of stars in remote campgrounds, and witness ‘pinch-me’ vistas with not another human in sight. Package also includes private A/C transport, 25 meals including all meals on most days, and professional tour leaders to show you the way. To make the adventure even more memorable, an optional whale shark snorkelling experience is also available. Note: This tour features camping accommodation and covers rocky and uneven terrain. Though you don’t need to be super fit to undertake it, you will require a good level of agility and balance. Want to travel solo? You're in luck. There is no single supplement required for this deal.
Today make your own way to Paraburdoo, in the Pilbara region of Western Australia (flights not included). Flights to Paraburdoo are operated by Qantas. The flight we recommend booking departs Perth at 1:30pm and will get you to Paraburdoo by approx. 3:30pm. If this flight is not available, other flights flying in on this day are fine too. If you are unsure, please check with the land operator and they can let you know the best flight option after you book. Upon arrival in Paraburdoo, be picked up from the airport at Paraburdoo for the 80km transfer to the town of Tom Price, where you will set up camp for the night and enjoy a nice welcome dinner. Please note: Throughout this tour all camping equipment is provided, except sleeping bags and pillows. The tents are spacious four person tents, which will be used for one or two people if you are coming as a couple. A thick self-inflating mattress is provided to sleep on, as well as a knee-high stretcher bed. If you’ve never put up a tent before, don’t worry, the team will help you become an expert in no time. There are long-drop toilets in Karijini and flushing toilets in Exmouth. Showers are available all the way. There is also ample opportunity for swimming on most days. The only washing machines are at Tom Price caravan park and Exmouth. Water is available for bucket washing of clothes. We find that clothes get so dirty and dusty you might as well keep wearing the same ones! Please note: Some departure dates may overnight in Karijini Eco Retreat Campground on Day 1, in addition to days 2, 3 and 4. The tour will miss Tom Price altogether. These dates are marked with a * in the Important Information section of the deal.Overnight: Camping at Tom Price Tourist Park
Meals included: Dinner
You’ll be surprised at just how good the food is despite the remoteness and lack of facilities. Breakfast comprises cereals, fruit and toast, with the occasional cooked breakfast thrown in. Lunch is cold meats and salads as sandwiches, rolls or wraps. Dinner is a simple but yummy two course meal. In addition, morning tea is provided and fresh fruit is available at all times. After breakfast today, head into the Karijini National Park (approx. 100km drive) and onwards to Karijini Eco Retreat Campground, which will be your home for the next three nights. After setting up camp, 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, take the opportunity to stop in at the visitor’s centre to view the information about the park and perhaps 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. Dales, Circular Pool and Fern Pool are iconically Karijini. These stunning water holes, with their deep red rocks, lush ferns and waterfalls, offer an experience you will remember for the rest of your life. Again, there is a bit of challenge to negotiate the rocky, uneven surfaces and the odd slippery rock, however the reward for effort is unsurpassed. Afterwards, head back to camp for a delicious meal under the stars. About Karijini Eco Retreat Karijini Eco Retreat is an environmentally friendly accommodation and restaurant facility nestled in the pristine bushland at Joffre Gorge - in the heart of the world-class Karijini National Park. Explore a wonderland of ancient landscapes - red cliffs, gorges, waterfalls and emerald green waterholes - and enjoy the relaxing surrounds of the retreat. Karijini Eco Retreat is owned by Gumala Enterprises Pty Ltd (GEPL), the business arm of the Gumala Aboriginal Corporation, which is one of Australia’s largest 100% Traditionally Owned organisations, serving the Banjima, Yinhawangka and Nyiyaparli people of the Pilbara region in Western Australia.Overnight: Camping at Karijini National Park Eco Retreat Campground
Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch;Dinner
Mt Bruce/Punurunha is Western Australia’s second highest peak. The Mt Bruce Walking 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 most of the day and is definitely worth the effort.Overnight: Camping at Karijini National Park Eco Retreat Campground
Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch;Dinner
This morning, head out to 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 with fantastic jade pools nestled deep within the narrow gorge walls. In the afternoon, return to Karijini where you may enjoy the remainder of the day at leisure.Overnight: Camping at Karijini National Park Eco Retreat Campground
Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch;Dinner
This morning, climb down some fairly large boulders into Joffre Gorge. Here find a natural amphitheatre, with a waterfall and 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, 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. About Cheela Plains Cheela Plains Station is a family-owned and managed cattle station located in the semi-arid, pastoral rangelands of the Pilbara in Western Australia.Overnight: Camping at Cheela Plains Station
Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch;Dinner
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 (approx. 500km drive). Arrive with time to set up the tents at the beautiful Yardie Homestead and then watch the sun set into the Indian Ocean. About Yardie Homestead Yardie Homestead is a very special place near Exmouth, adjacent to the Ningaloo Marine Park and Indian ocean and just minutes from the entrance to the Cape Range National Park. Yardie Homestead Caravan Park is situated 32km from Exmouth on the western seaboard of the North West Cape, surrounded by a wilderness of rugged ranges and pristine coastline.Overnight: Camping at Yardie Homestead Caravan Park
Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch;Dinner
Today is free at leisure, or you can alternatively take part in an optional whale shark tour. What is a trip to Ningaloo without the opportunity to swim with the whale sharks? Some guests have said the experience is “one of the best things I have ever done in my life”. High praise! There are also Snorkel tours available on the reef. These tours are optional and are an additional cost but highly recommended. Alternative activities are available and can be arranged for those who do not want to do a whale shark tour.Overnight: Camping at Yardie Homestead Caravan Park
Meals included: Breakfast;Dinner
Today, 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 Yardie Creek Gorge, then head to Turquoise Bay on Ningaloo Reef for a swim and snorkel before returning back to Yardie Homestead.Overnight: Camping at Yardie Homestead Caravan Park
Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch;Dinner
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.Overnight: Camping at Yardie Homestead Caravan Park
Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch;Dinner
Our last day! Enjoy breakfast this morning before checking out and being transferred to the airport for your flight back to Perth (not included), 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 11.00am or later to return to Perth onwards. The tour team will drop you at the airport in time for your flight, or for those who wish to remain in Exmouth, will provide a drop off in town.
Meals included: Breakfast
Tour InclusionsShow All
- An unforgettable Outback adventure ex Paraburdoo
- Discover remote and untouched landscapes on guided nature walks of the Pilbara
- Marvel at the rugged beauty and ancient geological formations of Karijini National Park
- Explore the rocky gorges of Cape Range National Park, adjoining one of the most pristine coastlines in the world
- Visit the Ningaloo Coast World Heritage Area, which stretches more than 300km along the coast
- Marvel at the striking contrast between the arid Cape Range, the sparkling white beaches, and turquoise underwater scenery of Ningaloo Reef
- Walk through the picturesque Kalamina, Dales, Hancock, Joffre and Weano Gorges of Karijini
- Swim in remote waterholes fed by waterfalls and surrounded by red cliffs
- View the Hamersley Range from atop Mt Bruce/Punurunha, WA’s second highest mountain
- Snorkel in the crystal clear waters of Turquoise Bay and the Ningaloo Reef
- Visit the spectacular Yardie Creek Gorge and Charles Knife canyon in Cape Range N.P.
- Stay at the Karijini Eco Retreat in the heart of the word class Karijini National Park
- Overnight at Cheela Plains Station, a family-owned station located in the pastoral rangelands
- Stay at Yardie Homestead near Exmouth, just a short walk away from the pristine coastline
- Enjoy a free day at leisure at Yardie Homestead
- 9 nights camping accommodation on the tour under the stars in remote W.A
- High quality camping equipment provided (excluding sleeping bags and pillows)
- Enjoy 25 meals including daily breakfast
- National park fees
- Professional Tour Leader
- Private transportation with A/C
- Transfer from Paraburdoo Airport to Karijini
- Transfer from Yardie Homestead to Learmonth Airport
Important infoShow Less
After purchase, you will receive a receipt and a Purchase Confirmation. The booking is subject to final confirmation from the tour provider. You will be required to complete a waiver located in your Purchase Confirmation and once the waiver has been completed, you will receive a final booking confirmation directly from the tour provider by email and/or phone within 3 business days. Please do not make any connecting travel arrangements until you have received final confirmation from the tour provider.
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Covid-19 Booking Policy
TripADeal Tour packages are non-refundable. If your Tour package is affected by Covid-19 related travel restrictions and you are unable to travel, you will receive either a free date change (credit that is specific to your original package and purchase value) or an open credit less any non-recoverable supplier fees to the value of your original purchase for use on any other package available via the TripADeal website. Please note: Date change credits are subject to availability and not guaranteed until confirmed by TripADeal, not the property you are due to stay with.
Please note: all additional charges are payable direct to your Travel Consultant in AUD (unless otherwise stated).
Travel offer is valid for travel on selected dates until the 15th August 2022.
This travel offer is priced for one person based on solo travel or twin share.
Single Traveller Supplement
There is no single supplement required for solo travellers.
April: 15, 19, 23
May: 1, 9, 17, 25
June: 20, 26, 28
July: 2, 6 10, 14, 22, 30
August: 7, 15
Please note: Dates with a * will stay an extra night at Karijini Eco Resort Campground on Day 1 in place of Tom Price Tourist Park
- Tom Price: Tom Price Tourist Park (select departure dates will not stay here and stay an extra night at Karajini Eco Retreat Camp Ground on Day 1)
- Karijini: Karijini National Park Eco Retreat Campground
- Cheela Plains Station: Cheela Plains Station Campground
- Exmouth: Yardie Homestead Caravan Park
- All camping equipment is provided, excluding sleeping bags and pillows so please bring your own. The tents are spacious four person tents, which will be used for one person or two people if you are coming as a couple. A thick self inflating mattress is provided to sleep on as well as a knee high stretcher bed. If you’ve never put up a tent before, don’t worry, we’ll help you become an expert in no time.
- There are long-drop toilets in Karijini and flushing toilets in Exmouth. Showers are available all the way. There is also ample opportunity for swimming on most days.
- The only washing machines are at Exmouth. Water is available for bucket washing of clothes. We find that clothes get so dirty and dusty you might as well keep wearing the same ones!
Maximum Room Capacity
2 (subject to availability).
- No child discounts. Full price applies for all children travelling with their parents.
- Valid for Children 12 years old and over.
Please note: Children must be accompanied by a responsible adult 18 years old and over to travel. No unaccompanied minors allowed.
2 x Stretcher Beds in Tents (Stretchers & Tents included)
Minimum group size 2, maximum group size 15 per vehicle.
Optional Tours / Activities / Equipment Hire
- Optional Sleeping Bag Hire: $35 per person (Please request prior to travel directly with the land operator)
- Whale Shark Tour (Please request prior to travel directly with the land operator)
Adult: $410.00 per person
Children (17 & under): $295.00 per person
Seniors: $360.00 per person
Observers: $250.00 per person
- Prices are based on per person, are subject to availability, time permitting and weather conditions, and are payable direct to the tour operator in the currency specified
- Some tours require minimum numbers to operate.
- Meals/beverages not stated in the itinerary
- Optional gratuities/tipping
- Optional activities/tours
- Personal expenses
- Travel insurance (Strongly recommended)
TOUR GUIDE VS. TOUR LEADER
Often locals with intimate knowledge of an area, its culture, and history. Their role entails providing commentary, routing the tour, and seeing that people have a good time. They are a licensed, qualified expert who supplies specific information on history, art, architecture and culture of the city/village/attraction in which he or she is guiding the tour. The guide meets the group at the required place and leaves the group at the end of the tour, they do not travel with the group.
An experienced person tasked with ensuring the smooth operation of tours, as well as providing practical support to passengers throughout the whole trip. Their role primarily includes assisting with accommodation, transportation between locations, and communication with tour guides in each stop. A tour leader may provide general guidance around a city or village, and offer information on the place visited on the bus, however they are not required to have specific knowledge on art, architecture, or history. They are not allowed to provide a guided tour or commentary of a city/village/attraction once there and if caught doing so, can be fined.
Please note: Tour leaders/guides are not a standard inclusion in all travel offers. Tour leaders/guides will only be made available when particularly required to enhance the experience of the destination featured.
CLIMATE & AVERAGE TEMPERATURES
- The late autumn, winter months and early spring months are the most pleasant time to visit, with clear warm days providing a respite from the chills across the south of Australia. The nights can get cold.
- Summer is usually unbearably hot, with temperatures soaring above 40°C. Summer is also the wet season in this part of the country. The rivers are full and flow spectacularly with the rainfall from thunderstorms and cyclones, and this can hinder access. There will be so much water flowing through the gorges that you won’t be able to walk through them at all!
A guide to temperatures throughout the year is (given in degrees Celsius)
January: Average max. of 39 and min. of 26
April: Average max. of 33 and min. of 21
July: Average max. of 24 and min. of 11
October: Average max. of 35 and min. of 20
During the winter months of June, July and August make sure that you bring warm clothing for the nights, especially if you have children!
- You will be surprised at just how good the food is despite our remoteness and lack of facilities. Breakfast comprises cereals, fruit and toast, with the occasional cooked breakfast thrown in. Lunch is cold meats and salads as sandwiches, rolls or wraps. Dinner is a simple but yummy two course meal.
- In addition, morning tea is provided and fresh fruit is available at all times. We are not allowed to have campfires in either of the national parks; food is cooked on gas stoves. All eating utensils are provided.
- You may bring a small amount of alcohol with you, either in casks or cans – we can’t take glass. There will be an opportunity to purchase alcohol and other supplies during the tour when we stay in Tom Price. There is very limited capacity for cooling drinks.
WHAT TO BRING
Due to health and safety requirements, please limit your luggage to one small-medium sized, soft sided bag per person – it has to be loaded and unloaded many times. 12 kg should be sufficient. If you’re travelling as a couple, please pack two smaller bags rather than one large one. Sleeping bag, pillow, day pack and walking poles can be additional to your main luggage bag.
Suggested items to pack for your tour
- Pillow, sleeping bag and sleeping sheet (in a sturdy plastic bag if they don’t fit in your luggage)
- Day-pack – one with a waist strap is best to help take some weight off your shoulders
- Shorts or trousers and shirts for walking – lightweight and quick-dry material are best
- Casual clothing for evenings and rest days
- Warm clothing in case of cold evenings and mornings – jumper, tracksuit pants, beanie
- Waterproof jacket
- Walking socks
- Comfortable, sturdy walking shoes or boots (ankle support is recommended as many surfaces are rocky and uneven)
- Reef sandals or shoes for walking in water. Make sure they have good grip even when they’re wet
- Ankle gaiters/sock protectors suitable for hot weather (not plastic)
- Sun protection – hat, sunglasses, sunscreen (and consider your clothing)
- Bathers and small swimming towel (lightweight so you can easily carry them)
- Bath towel
- Toiletries, hand sanitiser and personal medication
- Reliable headlamp with spare batteries (much better than a torch because you can use both hands when wearing a headlamp)
- Any preferred first aid supplies such as blister treatment (your guides will carry a first-aid kit)
- Water bottle/s – 2 to 3 litre capacity
- Fly net (to go over hat)
- Insect Repellent
- Camera and charger/batteries (You can use your battery charger on the bus while we are driving). A waterproof camera is great for the many swimming holes
- Walking poles if you use them
- A lunch container so your sandwich doesn’t get squashed
- Snacks for the walks if desired
Fitness Level Required / Mobility
- Our vehicles are not equipped with wheelchair access, so unfortunately our tours are currently not suitable for wheelchair users and those less mobile.
- You do not have to be super fit to enjoy this tour, but you will need a good level of agility and balance. In Karijini we are walking over rocky and uneven terrain, and whilst it does not require fitness, you will need good balance to negotiate the rocks and slippery surfaces. 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 daypack 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.
Gratuities / Tipping
- Gratuities (tips) are not included in the tour price for services of the tour leader (when available) and driver throughout the tour. Tipping is optional and at the customer's discretion.
- Tipping for all services provided on tour is always a matter of personal discretion, however please be aware that tipping is considered by many locals to be a part of their normal remuneration and they may approach you for payment and there is no need to be intimidated by the request.
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