Get friendly with a wallaby, cuddle a koala, feed the deer, or watch the monkeys play at Caversham Wildlife Park (own expense). This Wildlife Park, a menagerie of native and exotic animals and birds, will prove a fun day out particularly for children. Take a picnic or cook up a feast on one of the on-site barbecues. The farm encourages a very interactive environment ensuring plenty of opportunities to get up-close and personal with the residents. Do not forget your camera! Stay overnight in Perth.
One Nights Superior Accommodation: Parmelia Hilton Perth
Perth to Geraldton
Drive north to Geraldton; known as the 'Sun City', its shoreline is the stunning Batavia Coast. This is one of Western Australia’s water sports hotspots, particularly for yachting, windsurfing, surfing, diving and fishing and is an excellent base to explore the Houtman Abroholos Islands. Overnight in Geraldton.
One Nights Superior Accommodation: Mantra Geraldton
Geraldton to Carnarvon
Continue north up to Carnarvon passing through the historic town of Northampton – one of the oldest settlements in WA filled with rich history. Once in Carnarvon, marvel at the Carnarvon blowholes which can reach up to 20m high. This natural spectacle is caused by the ocean forcing water through the sea caves and up through holes in the rock. Make sure to indulge in the local produce that the Gascoyne region has to offer including seafood, seasonal fruit and vegetables and fruit ice-creams. Overnight.
One Nights Superior Accommodation: Carnarvon Sea Change Apartments
Carnarvon to Exmouth
Arrive in Exmouth, on the fringe of the Cape Range National Park and dive this intricate reef system which stretches over 260 km and, at some points, is only meters from the beach. The Ningaloo Reef is home to a myriad of marine life, including one of the rarest, and the largest fish in the world - The Whale shark. This area of Western Australia is known as an underwater playground and is not to be missed.
Two Nights Superior Accommodation: Novotel Ningaloo Resort
ningaloo reef exploration
The best way to experience this is with a snorkeling adventure to get up close and personal with the abundance of marine life. From March to June, see Whale sharks, Humpback whales from June to November and Manta rays from May to November. Green, Loggerhead and Hawksbill turtles also arrive in summer as they begin their nesting season after mating during October and November. The bio-diversity of this ecosystem makes Exmouth an attractive destination and is sure to impress.
Exmouth to Coral Bay/Ningaloo Reef
Arrive at the amazing Coral Bay & Ningaloo Reef; this is Australia's only fringing reef where the coral starts right at the water's edge. Stroll along the Coral Bay Walkway; a stunning walk where you have a unique opportunity to witness dolphins, manta rays and a large range of fish swimming through the crystal clear waters from a number of vantage points. The 2km walk takes you through the Pioneer and Naturalist Parks where you can see kangaroos, emus, a variety of birdlife and perhaps a glimpse of the bungarra - a giant goanna. Settle back on the white sands to watch the famous West Australian sunset. Get out on the water on a glass bottom boat to get a closer view of the marine life (own expense). Overnight.
One Nights Superior Accommodation: Ningaloo Reef Resort
Coral Bay to Shark Bay
A long drive today as you head around the coast down to Denham and the Shark Bay World Heritage Area on the Peron Peninsula – famous for its friendly dolphins of Monkey Mia. Enjoy the crystal clear beaches and welcoming locals. Head to the Discovery and Visitor Centre to learn about Shark Bay’s hidden treasures or relax at Shell Beach and enjoy the sunshine (entry fees apply). Overnight.
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Day 8 & 9
Shark Bay To Monkey Mia
Enjoy a 2.5 hour wildlife sailing cruise in one of the world’s most important animal behavioral research sites. Scientists from all over the world come to Monkey Mia to unravel the mysteries of the marine world filled with wildlife including wild dolphins, green turtles and dugongs. If you are visiting in the warmer months, you will also witness sea snakes, sharks, sting-rays and the possibility of manta rays and whales. Stay 2 nights.
Please note: There is an entry fee into the Monkey Mia Reserve – Adult $8.00 for a day permit
Two Nights Superior Accommodation: Monkey Mia Dolphin Resort
Monkey mia to Kalbarri
Make your way to Kalbarri, keep an eye out for the world’s oldest living fossils - the Hamelin Pool stromatolites, believed to be about 3.5 billion years old. Once in Kalbarri, enjoy the rugged scenery of the Kalbarri National Park and the Murchison River. See the colorful wildflowers (in season) and the amazing rock formations within the Park. Overnight.
One Nights Superior Accommodation: Gecko Lodge B&B
Kalbarri to Cervantes
Spend the day on an action packed half day sand boarding tour, including riding down an 280ft sand crater! You will also get to swim and snorkel in the safe waters of Lucky Bay Lagoon. Then head down to Gnarloo where you will experience a night’s stay at a working pastoral station. The station is located on the stunning west coast by the Ningaloo Marine Park, making it a haven for wildlife and great waves!
One Nights Superior Accommodation: Pinnacles Edge Resort
Cervantes to Perth
Just outside of Cervantes lies one of Australia’s most unique landscapes, the Pinnacles Desert. Located in the Nambung National Park, these ancient limestone pillars rise straight out of the sand and are a must see (park entry fee not included). The formations are best seen at dawn or dusk when they cast long, strange shadows over the rippling yellow sand dunes, you can get up close to the Pinnacles on a scenic drive and walk trail that includes an amazing lookout over the Nambung National Park.
Continue on to Perth where your adventure concludes.
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