Ningaloo and Shark Bay Discovery

Ningaloo and Shark Bay Discovery

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  • 7 nights
  • Mar-Oct
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Ningaloo and Shark Bay Discovery

from £1,133 excluding flights

  • 7 nights
  • Mar-Oct

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Highlights

In pictures
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Discover the wilderness of Shark Bay World Heritage Site

Swimming with whale sharks, NIngaloo, Western Australia

Swim with dolphins and whale sharks at Ningaloo Reef

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Encounter the pelicans and bottle-nosed dolphins of Monkey Mia

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Learn about the land, nature and Aboriginal traditions

Why this trip...

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Tailor made

This itinerary can be tailor made to suit you and is intended to give you a guideline of what is possible in a given timeframe

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Explore at leisure

With the route, transport and accommodation sorted, each day offers the freedom to explore

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Activities included

This itinerary features a range of included activities

Overview

This week-long self drive itinerary showcases the very best of Australia's Coral Coast beginning and ending in Exmouth on the tip of the North West Cape in Western Australia.

Explore dramatic coastal gorges, meet the friendly dolphins at Monkey Mia, discover the UNESCO World Heritage Listed Shark Bay region, plunge into the depths of Ningaloo Reef Marine Park and swim with the manta rays, dolphins and even whale sharks on this unforgettable adventure.

Contact our team of Australia Travel Specialists to find out how you can fit this itinerary into a tailor made holiday.

Itinerary

The itinerary shown is an example of this self-drive holiday. We have many other hotels and route recommendations which can be tailored to your requirements. Please discuss with our Travel Specialists who can put together a bespoke itinerary for you.

Day 1 arrive Exmouth

On arrival in Exmouth collect your rental car. Spend the rest of the day exploring the area, perhaps visiting beautiful Turquoise Bay or hiking the rugged red gorges of Cape Range National Park. En route back to Exmouth stop off at Vlamingh Head Lighthouse for sunset vistas over the Indian Ocean.

On arrival in Exmouth collect your rental car. Spend the rest of the day exploring the area, perhaps visiting beautiful Turquoise Bay or hiking the rugged red gorges of Cape Range National Park. En route back to Exmouth stop off at Vlamingh Head Lighthouse for sunset vistas over the Indian Ocean.

Day 2 Exmouth & Ningaloo Reef Marine Park

Enjoy a day on Ningaloo Reef heading out on a cruise (included). From March to August you’ll have the chance to swim with the largest fish in the sea, the whale shark, whilst from August to October you can snorkel with humpback whales. There will also be time to explore the dramatic coral of Ningaloo, snorkelling amongst colourful fish and the occasional turtle.

Enjoy a day on Ningaloo Reef heading out on a cruise (included). From March to August you’ll have the chance to swim with the largest fish in the sea, the whale shark, whilst from August to October you can snorkel with humpback whales. There will also be time to explore the dramatic coral of Ningaloo, snorkelling amongst colourful fish and the occasional turtle.

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Day 3 Exmouth - Carnarvon (360 km)

Head south to Carnarvon, at the mouth of Western Australia’s longest river – the Gascoyne. On the way, an optional detour takes you to the Carnarvon blowholes to witness an incredible natural phenomenon where jets of water sporadically erupt from the rocks. On arrival in Carnarvon you may wish to take a stroll along the mile-long jetty for striking views of the coastline.

Head south to Carnarvon, at the mouth of Western Australia’s longest river – the Gascoyne. On the way, an optional detour takes you to the Carnarvon blowholes to witness an incredible natural phenomenon where jets of water sporadically erupt from the rocks. On arrival in Carnarvon you may wish to take a stroll along the mile-long jetty for striking views of the coastline.

Day 4 Carnarvon - Shark Bay (350 km)

Head south towards Monkey Mia at Shark Bay. Follow the Shark Bay World Heritage Drive and visit Hamelin Pool, a marine reserve containing the world’s best-known colony of stromatolites: rock like structures caused by microbes being compressed over thousands of years. Continue on to extraordinary Shell Beach, where thousands of miniature cockleshells cover the beach. Your final stop on the way to the resort of Monkey Mia is Eagle Bluff Lookout, for panoramic views of Shark Bay Heritage Park and the Indian Ocean. In the evening enjoy an indigenous Didgeridoo Dreaming tour to learn about Shark Bay’s history, culture and landscapes as seen through the eyes of its traditional custodians. Under a thousand stars you will listen to the didgeridoo, hear fascinating stories and feast on bushtucker cooked over the campfire.

Head south towards Monkey Mia at Shark Bay. Follow the Shark Bay World Heritage Drive and visit Hamelin Pool, a marine reserve containing the world’s best-known colony of stromatolites: rock like structures caused by microbes being compressed over thousands of years. Continue on to extraordinary Shell Beach, where thousands of miniature cockleshells cover the beach. Your final stop on the way to the resort of Monkey Mia is Eagle Bluff Lookout, for panoramic views of Shark Bay Heritage Park and the Indian Ocean. In the evening enjoy an indigenous Didgeridoo Dreaming tour to learn about Shark Bay’s history, culture and landscapes as seen through the eyes of its traditional custodians. Under a thousand stars you will listen to the didgeridoo, hear fascinating stories and feast on bushtucker cooked over the campfire.

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Day 5 Shark Bay

Enjoy a day leisurely exploring the dramatic landscapes of Francois Peron National Park on a 4WD adventure, or enjoy a marine wildlife cruise into the restricted Dugong Management Zone to spend the afternoon with the rare dugong, dolphins and other marine wildlife (additional cost). Don’t miss the chance to meet the bottlenose dolphins that frequent the shallows at Monkey Mia’s beach.

Enjoy a day leisurely exploring the dramatic landscapes of Francois Peron National Park on a 4WD adventure, or enjoy a marine wildlife cruise into the restricted Dugong Management Zone to spend the afternoon with the rare dugong, dolphins and other marine wildlife (additional cost). Don’t miss the chance to meet the bottlenose dolphins that frequent the shallows at Monkey Mia’s beach.

Day 6 Monkey Mia - Coral Bay (550 km)

Head north along the coastal road to Coral Bay, the southern gateway to Ningaloo Reef Marine Park. Admire another stunning sunset over the Indian Ocean before spending the evening relaxing and enjoying the catch of the day at one of the beachside restaurants.

Head north along the coastal road to Coral Bay, the southern gateway to Ningaloo Reef Marine Park. Admire another stunning sunset over the Indian Ocean before spending the evening relaxing and enjoying the catch of the day at one of the beachside restaurants.

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Day 7 Coral Bay & Ningaloo Reef Marine Park

Spend the day enjoying the plethora of marine experiences on offer from Coral Bay. Snorkel in crystal clear waters straight off the beach to witness the abundance of marine wildlife that feeds on the reef. Book a guided scuba diving excursion, keep your feet dry on a glass bottom boat cruise or take to the skies on a breathtaking scenic flight (additional cost).

Spend the day enjoying the plethora of marine experiences on offer from Coral Bay. Snorkel in crystal clear waters straight off the beach to witness the abundance of marine wildlife that feeds on the reef. Book a guided scuba diving excursion, keep your feet dry on a glass bottom boat cruise or take to the skies on a breathtaking scenic flight (additional cost).

Day 8 Coral Bay - Exmouth (153 km)

Continue north back to Exmouth where your Coral Coast adventure ends.

Continue north back to Exmouth where your Coral Coast adventure ends.

Accommodation Options

We will recommend accommodation for this holiday, but with a wide choice available in Western Australia, we can adapt to suit your personal preference mixing different grades and styles.

Discuss your options with our Travel Specialists.

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Prices and Departures

Price from £1,133 excluding flights

Airfares start from around £730 per person and are quoted separately to the holiday price. When enquiring, our Travel Specialists will provide the best fare possible from your preferred airline / airport.

What's Included

  • Accommodation in rooms with private bathroom
  • Car rental including GPS
  • Snorkel with whale sharks or humpback whales
  • Didgeridoo dreaming night tour (min 4 persons)
  • 24 hour emergency assistance from our team during your holiday
  • No surcharge guarantee
  • Full financial protection

This itinerary starts from £1,133 per person, based on 2 sharing a room in standard accommodation, and vehicle rental with GPS.

Prices may vary depending on departure date, or should you prefer alternative categories of accommodation or vehicle size. Please contact us for a detailed quote based on your preferred travel dates, vehicle category and style of accommodation, or to tailor this itinerary.

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