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Activities
  • 9 days walking
Accommodation
  • 8 nights camping
  • 1 night cabin accommodation
Meals
  • 9 Dinners
  • 7 Lunches
  • 9 Breakfasts

10 Days$2790USD

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Remote adventures
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Small groups only
Guided group sizes are strictly limited to maximum 16 people, average of 8-10


 
 
Trip Code: KNR

Trip highlights


  • Walk in the iconic Knox Gorge, Kalamina and Joffre Gorges
  • Swim in the beautiful Ningaloo Reef
  • Abundant opportunities to walk, swim and unwind
  • Explore ancient gorges with cool pools
  • Climb Mt Jarndunmunha (Mt Nameless) and visit the outback station at Cheela Plains

Explore the dramatic gorges of Karijini National park, and soak up the beauty of the Ningaloo Reef with the perfect blend of activity and rest. Starting in Paraburdoo we head north up to Karijini, where we take in some of the world's most striking features and landscapes.Our leisurely pace allows plenty of time to soak in the feel of the Pilbara and to swim in the many idyllic swimming holes. We spend four full days in Karijini walking, swimming, exploring and relaxing before we drive across to Exmouth and the fabulous Ningaloo Reef.


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We will pick you up from the airport at Paraburdoo and head into the beautiful Karijini National Park in time for sunset drinks and dinner. Upon booking we will let you know which flight into Paraburdoo you will need to book onto. Please do not book flights before confirming the recommended flight times for your departure date. Accommodation: Karijini National Park – Eco Retreat campground

Meals:  D

First up today, we will 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, we will take the opportunity to stop in at the Visitor’s centre to check out the information about the park and 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. Dale’s, Circular Pool and Fern Pool are iconically Karijini. The stunning water holes with their deep red rocks and lush ferns, and waterfalls offer an experience you will remember for the rest of your life. Once we have had a fill, we will head back to camp for meal under the stars. Accommodation: Karijini National Park – Eco Retreat campground

Meals:  B,L,D

Mt Bruce is Western Australia’s second highest peak. The Mt Bruce walk 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 us most of the day and is definitely worth the effort. Accommodation: Karijini National Park – Eco Retreat campground

Meals:  B,L,D

We’ll 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 us with fantastic jade pools nestled deep within the narrow gorge walls. Highlights include Kermits Pool and Handrail Pool. Accommodation: Karijini National Park – Eco Retreat campground

Meals:  B,L,D

Before we say goodbye to Karijini we will walk from our campsite to Joffre Gorge. Navigating some fairly large boulders we’ll find a natural amphitheatre, with a waterfall and a 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 we 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. Accommodation: Cheela Plains Station Stay.

Meals:  B,L,D

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. We will arrive with time to watch the sun set into the Indian Ocean. Accommodation: Yardi Homestead Caravan Park.

Meals:  B,L,D

What is a trip to Ningaloo without the opportunity to swim with the whale sharks? The tours are optional and extra costs apply, but highly recommended. Alternative activities will be arranged for those who do not want to do a Whale shark tour. (Lunch is included on the Whale Shark tour). Accommodation: Yardie Homestead Caravan Park

Meals:  B,D

Today we will 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 make our way to Yardi creek for a fabulous but relaxed day. Accommodation: Yardie Homestead Caravan Park

Meals:  B,L,D

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 swim and 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. Accommodation: Yardie Homestead Caravan Park

Meals:  B,L,D

Our last day! After breakfast you will be transferred to the airport for your flight back to Perth, or alternatively make your own onwards travel arrangements. Please book flights 11am or later to return to Perth onwards. The tour team will drop you at the airport in time for your flight. Some flights which depart on the weekend are only in the afternoon, at which time guests will be dropped into the township of Exmouth and a shuttle will take them to the airport after lunch.

Meals:  B

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Pick you up from the airport at Paraburdoo for the 80km transfer to Tom Price where we will spend the night and enjoy our first meal together. Upon booking we will let you know which flight into Paraburdoo you will need to book onto. Please do not book flights before confirming the recommended flight times for your departure date. Accommodation: Tom Price Caravan Park

Meals:  D

By morning tea time, we will be relaxing in one of Australia’s most beautiful gorge systems. We’ll spend the rest of the day exploring Dales Gorge, with Circular Pool, Fortescue Falls and Fern Pool all offering wonderful swimming opportunities. In the evening we set up camp and relax into our home away from home for the next three nights at Karijini. Accommodation: Karijini National Park – Eco Retreat campground

Meals:  B,L,D

We’ll spend the morning enjoying Knox Gorge. It’s a steep descent into the gorge with some loose rock but there’s no prize for first place so we’ll take our time and then enjoy wandering beneath the towering gorge walls as far as we can go. After lunch we’ll head to the tranquil Kalamina Gorge for more walking & swimming. Accommodation: Karijini National Park – Eco Retreat campground

Meals:  B,L,D

Mt Bruce is Western Australia’s second highest peak. The Mt Bruce walk 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 us most of the day and is definitely worth the effort. Accommodation: Karijini National Park – Eco Retreat campground

Meals:  B,L,D

We’ll pack up camp this morning before heading 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 us with fantastic jade pools nestled deep within the narrow gorge walls. In the afternoon we’ll say goodbye to Karijini and head for Tom Price where we will spend at Tom Price. Accommodation: Tom Price Caravan Park

Meals:  B,L,D

We can walk directly from our accommodation to climb Mt Jarndunmunha this morning. It’s a fairly steady ascent all the way to the summit but the views over Tom Price and surrounds are great. After lunch we’ll have a look around Tom Price before heading for a true outback station stay at Cheela Plains where we will be amazed by the night sky of the desert on an included astronomy tour. Accommodation: Cheela Plains Station Stay.

Meals:  B,L,D

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. On route we will take a drive up through the spectacular Charles Knife Canyon. We will arrive with time to set up the tents one more time and then watch the sun set into the Indian Ocean. Accommodation: Yardie Homestead Caravan Park

Meals:  B,L,D

What is a trip to Ningaloo without the opportunity to swim with the whale sharks? The tours are optional and extra costs apply, but highly recommended. Alternative activities will be arranged for those who do not want to do a Whale shark tour. (Lunch is included on the Whale Shark tour). Accommodation: Yardie Homestead Caravan Park

Meals:  B,D

Today we will 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 make our way to Yardi creek for a fabulous but relaxed day. Accommodation: Yardie Homestead Caravan Park

Meals:  B,L,D

Our last day! After breakfast you will be transferred to the airport for your flight back to Perth, or alternatively make your own onwards travel arrangements. Please book flights 11am or later to return to Perth onwards. The tour team will drop you at the airport in time for your flight. Some flights which depart on the weekend are only in the afternoon, at which time guests will be dropped into the township of Exmouth and a shuttle will take them to the airport after lunch.

Meals:  B,L


Map

Elevation

The map and elevation chart are for illustrative purposes only and meant to provide general guidelines.


Inclusions

  • 9 breakfasts, 8 lunches, 9 dinners and snacks daily
  • Transport in air-conditioned 4WD tour coach
  • 2 professional wilderness guides
  • 9 nights camping
  • All group camping equipment including bed, mattress, eating utensils and camp chairs (not included: sleeping bag and pillow)
  • All National Park entrance fees
  • Emergency support satellite phones and first aid kit

  • Flights to and from departure points
  • Pre or post tour accommodation
  • Travel insurance
  • Sleeping bag or pillow (can be hired)
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Day packs
  • Optional whale shark tour (contact your consultant for pricing)

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Total Priceper person from

$2790USD

Options & Supplements*
  • Sleeping Bag HireUSD$32
  • Ningaloo Reef Tour - Observer only (stay onboard boat)USD$240
  • Ningaloo Reef Tour - child (17 and under)USD$320
  • Ningaloo Reef Tour - concession / seniors cardUSD$350
  • Ningaloo Reef Tour - adultUSD$400
  • Ningaloo Reef Tour - Family (2 adults & 2 children 17yo or under)USD$1380
*Prices listed are per person

Essential Information

Ready to book? Make sure you download and read the detailed Karijini National Park & Ningaloo Reef Adventure trip notes which contains all the essential information you need to know before booking. Once you’ve booked, we will supply you with a Pre-Departure document which contains a detailed gear list and other important information to help you prepare for your adventure ahead.


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