West Coast Explorer

13 days - from £1,095

Experience the vast and untouched beauty of Western Australia on this unforgettable holiday. You will pass deserted beaches, explore coastal cliffs and river gorges in the World Heritage-listed Kalbarri National Park and discover some of the world’s most spectacular coral reefs. If you want to truly unplug and connect with nature in this more remote region of Australia, then this holiday is for you.

Highlights:

  • Let a local show you all the highlights of Fremantle and visit one of the most notorious prisons in the British Empire
  • Visit the Pinnacles Desert where thousands of limestone pillars rise out of the golden sand
  • Marvel at nature’s ability to carve the landscape at Kalbarri National Park
  • Interact with the famous wild dolphins in Monkey Mia
  • Snorkel at Ningaloo Marine Park, and see a stunning underwater landscape of fish and corals located directly off the beach
  • Take a stroll on the famous Cable Beach in Broome

Please remember that this is a sample itinerary; we specialise in creating tailor-made holidays that are unique to you and your style.

Perth – Fremantle – Pinnacles Desert – Geraldton – Kalbarri – Monkey Mia – Carnarvon – Coral Bay – Karratha – Port Hedland – Broome.

Perth

Day 1 - Welcome to Perth

Upon arrival at Perth airport, you will be transferred to your hotel. We have nothing planned for you today, so you can get accustomed to your new surroundings. If you feel energetic, take a stroll to Swan River or Kings Park. (Miss Maud Swedish Hotel, Standard Room).

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Day 2 - Explore Fremantle with a local

Make your way to Fremantle today, Perth’s port area, which is known for its maritime history, architectural heritage, including convict built colonial era buildings and one of the most notorious prisons in the British Empire, the World Heritage Listed Fremantle Prison. The walking tour winds its way through “Freo” and your local guide will tell you some amazing stories from colonial times. Visit all the landmarks including the Fremantle Prison and Fishing Boat Harbour.

Pinnacles Desert

Day 3 - Perth to Geraldton

Pick up your rental car this morning and head north out of Perth via the Indian Ocean Drive. Take the turnoff on your left to Cervantes, a small town famous for the nearby Nambung National Park. In the Pinnacles Desert you will find thousands of limestone pillars that rise out of the yellow sand. After, follow the scenically beautiful “Indian Ocean Drive” leading along the coastline. Located about 450 km north of Perth, the Geraldton is perched near beautiful coastline to the west and rolling hills to the east. (ibis Styles Geraldton)

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Kalbarri National Park

Day 4 - Geraldton to Kalbarri

Continue north out of Geraldton. Today’s overnight stop is Kalbarri (approx. 160kms), situated at the mouth of the Murchison River. Spend the remainder of the day exploring Kalbarri National Park. The park has cut magnificent red and white banded gorges for 80 km, as it carves its way to the sea. There is much to see and do in the national park, marvel at the coastal cliffs and river gorges, there are also many walking trails and hikes for the more energetic. (Kalbarri Palm Resort).

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Monkey Mia

Day 5 - Kalbarri to Monkey Mia

Today, depart for Monkey Mia (approx. 400 kms) in the famous Shark Bay region, which is protected under the charter of UNESCO’s World Heritage List. Continue on Peron Peninsula’s West coast and from there, to Monkey Mia. The dolphins of Monkey Mia are world famous for their ritual of swimming to shore to interact with humans. The wild dolphins of Monkey Mia have really put this isolated place on the map. (Monkey Mia Dolphin Resort)

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Day 6 - Monkey Mia to Carnarvon

Early morning, you will have another opportunity to come close to the friendly dolphins visiting the resort’s beach. Then return to Brand Highway via the Overlander Roadhouse, from where you will travel north to Carnarvon on the banks of the Gascoyne River. The region is home to an important and large banana industry. Other tropical fruits are also cultivated successfully. (Hospitality Inn Carnarvon)

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Day 7 - Carnarvon to Coral Bay

This morning continue your journey north until you reach Minilya Roadhouse (approx. 170 kms). Take the turnoff that leads towards Exmouth and the North West Cape and follow the road for about 80 km until you reach your destination for the next two days – Coral Bay at the southern end of Ningaloo Reef. This afternoon you might like to take a stroll along the beach, keep an eye out for small stingrays that might be bathing in the shallows! (Bayview Coral Bay)

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Coral Bay

Day 8 - A day in Coral Bay

A day at leisure to explore the area – Ningaloo Marine Park is the largest marine park in Western Australia and it protects the fringing coral reef, a stunning underwater landscape of fish and corals located directly off the beach. Coral Bay is blessed with pristine beaches and a nearly perfect climate year round. Swimming, snorkelling, scuba diving, beach fishing, reef fishing and deep sea fishing are available all year round. Enjoy a casual and relaxing day which for a change doesn’t involve any driving at all.

Day 9 - Coral Bay to Karratha

Today’s drive will be slightly longer (approx. 530 kms), it is therefore advisable that you depart a little earlier. You will bid farewell to the coast of the Indian Ocean for a little while, take the road north out of Coral Bay to Bullara where you should turn right and head back to the Northwest Coastal Highway. You have now entered The Pilbara region which has some of the world’s most ancient natural landscapes, dating back two billion years and stretching over 400,000 square kilometres. (Karratha International Hotel)

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Day 10 - Karratha to Port Hedland

This morning before heading onto Port Hedland you might like to visit Dampier, where you can join a Pilbara Iron Port facility tour and learn all about the crushing, stockpiling and loading processes. Port Hedland is another town famous for its massive resource industry, long trains, big ships and salt piles. But it’s just as rich in indigenous culture, pioneering history and wildlife. It’s a great spot for fishing and crabbing, whale watching and turtle nesting. (Hospitality Inn Port Hedland)

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Broome

Day 11 - Port Hedland to Broome

Today’s drive is approx. 600kms. Continue north on the Great Northern Highway up the coast. There is not much to see on this long drive as you pass the Great Sandy Desert, but you will get an impression of the vastness and the dimensions of Western Australia. The drive takes you along Eighty Mile Beach and to Broome. The tropical climate, combined with a relaxed lifestyle and the leisurely pace everyone seems to embrace have created the term „Broome Time“, which you will no doubt adapt to very quickly! (The Mangrove Resort Hotel Broome)

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Cable Beach Broome

Day 12 - Explore Broome

The day is yours to enjoy! Relax, unwind and kick back and recover from a long roadtrip. Broome’s attractions include its tropical climate, cosmopolitan character and world famous pearling industry. You might like to also take a camel ride down the famous 22 km Cable Beach. Before checking out the town’s restaurant scene, why not take a stroll along world-famous Cable Beach, a perfect swimming beach on the shores of the Indian Ocean! There are even dinosaur footprints to be discovered at Ganthaume Point.

The Kimberleys

Day 13 - Bon Voyage

This morning you will be transferred to the airport for your onwards flight. If you don’t want to end your road trip here, you may continue to Darwin, passing the magnificent Kimberleys and Nitmiluk National Park.

DETAILS

This itinerary costs from £1,092 per person based on 2 sharing and includes all services and accommodation. Flights are not included.

We recommend booking international and domestic flights in advance. Alternately, we can book flights on your behalf but a booking fee may apply.

Email or call (0207 112 0019) to get started.

INCLUDED

  • Prices start from  £1,092 per person
  • Accommodation as stated
  • Transfers as stated
  • Rental car details: Toyota Camry or similar. Fee includes Unlimited Kilometres, Damage Cover (DC) subject to Accident Damage excess, Vehicle Registration Fees (VRR), Admin Fee Recovery (AFR), 24Hr Roadside Assistance, Goods & Service Tax (GST)
  • Local taxes
  • All trips are ATOL protected or ABTA bonded to ensure you are fully covered