Perth & Northbound to Ningaloo ReefReference WW53512
Visit the capital of Western Australia, Perth before embarking on a 10 day self-drive adventure along the Indian Ocean coast to the stunning Ningaloo Reef. Swim with the gentle whale shark, before heading back south, taking Monkey Mia's fantastic beaches and towering coastal cliffs at Kalbarri, on your way back to Perth.
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Depart the UK for your indirect flight to Perth, arriving the following day.
Arrive into Perth. On arrival, make your way to your hotel for your 3 night stay. Remainder of day at leisure.
In the morning, board your downstream cruise to Fremantle and enjoy the Captains commentary as you pass by the iconic sights of the Swan River. Upon arrival in Fremantle's inner harbour, experience a one-hour guided tram tour visiting the key interest points of the beautiful and historic port city. On completion of our tram tour re-board your vessel for the return cruise to Barrack Street Jetty. During the return cruise, you are invited to enjoy the delicious buffet lunch accompanied by a glass of standard wine, beer or soft drink (L)
The day at leisure.
Pick up your car this morning and begin your journey with an early morning start to reach the historic twin towns of Dongara and Port Denison, located 354 kilometres north of Perth. Spend some time exploring these historic coastal villages or for a nature walk, stop at the Greenough River Nature Trail located about 20 minutes south of Geraldton in the town of Greenough. Geraldton and the surrounding districts are noted for the beautiful wild spring flowers and the countryside. (417km/4.5hrs)
Continue north to the tropical fruit town of Carnarvon. Visit a banana plantation, view the spectacular blowholes and from May to October, buy freshly caught seafood directly from the factories. (476km/5hrs)
Drive north through the splendour of Coral Bay to Exmouth, the northern gateway to Ningaloo Marine Park. (363km/4hrs)
Spend the day enjoying Ningaloo Marine Park; snorkel, dive, take a cruise or swim with Ningaloo whale sharks (from April to June). Or discover beautiful Cape Range National Park.
Drive south along the North West Coastal Highway to Monkey Mia, 26 kilometres from Denham in the Shark Bay World Heritage Area. (705km/7hrs)
Enjoy a day of rest, to relax and experience this beautiful area. Visit the dolphins or just relax on the fantastic beaches. There are also boat tours which leave Monkey Mia to view the dugongs or ‘sea cows’ which graze among the seagrass beds. We recommend an afternoon sunset cruise on the Shotover catamaran.
The journey south begins today, but there is still plenty to see and do on the journey back to Perth over the coming days. With its pristine beaches and towering coastal cliffs, Kalbarri is the ideal place for the nature lover. Kalbarri is situated along the winding banks of the Murchison River and adjacent to the Kalbarri National Park. (390km/4.5hrs)
Explore Kalbarri National Park including the magnificent Murchison River Gorges, take a walk to the natural rock arch known as Nature’s Window, or spend the day fishing, diving or just relaxing.
Make your way further south today to the town of Cervantes and the Nambung National Park. If you wish, stop off at Jurian Bay, for pristine white sands and enticing clear waters. The Nambung National Park, which includes the Pinnacles, is located just 17 kilometres south of Cervantes. Spend the rest of the day exploring the amazing Pinnacle rock formations. (377km/4hrs)
Enjoy time on the beach or some fishing before making your way back to Perth. Your car is booked until tomorrow and should be returned to either the city or airport depot, by the same time as it was picked up on day 1 to avoid any additional charges. Overnight in Perth. (200km/2hrs)
Drive to Perth airport, return your car and fly overnight back to the UK.