Ningaloo and Shark Bay Discovery

from £1061
excluding flights *
7 nights Mar-Oct

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.

Highlights

  • Explore the spectacular canyons and rugged gorges of Cape Range National Park
  • Swim with dolphins, turtles and even whale sharks or humpback whales at Ningaloo Reef
  • Drive along the Shark Bay World Heritage Drive admiring the region's bountiful natural wonders
  • Spend the evening on an indigenous dream-walking tour, learning about the land, nature and Aboriginal traditions
  • Meet the friendly bottle-nosed dolphins of Monkey Mia

What's Included

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

Full description

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.

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Prices & Dates *

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.

From prices per person based on 2 sharing a room with private bathroom, including car hire. Prices for other combinations of passengers and rooms available on request. Other vehicle types also available.

Departure Duration Car Category Twin Price (pp)
01 Mar 2019 - 31 Oct 2019 7 nights Toyota Corolla (or similar) £1061

What's Included

  • Accommodation in rooms with private bathroom (mix of mid-range hotels and motels)
  • Car rental (standard vehicle, Toyota Corolla or similar)
  • Snorkel with whale sharks or humpback whales
  • Didgeridoo dreaming night tour (min 4 pax)
  • 24 hour emergency assistance from our team during your holiday
  • No surcharge guarantee
  • Full financial protection »

Itinerary & Accommodation

Itinerary & Accommodation

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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.

Day 2: Exmouth & Ningaloo Reef Marine Park

An unforgettable wildlife encounter is possible today, with an included cruise out to Ningaloo Reef. 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.

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.

Day 4: Carnarvon - Shark Bay (350 km)

This morning 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. This 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.

Day 5: Shark Bay

Today is at leisure – you may wish to explore 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.

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).

Day 8: Coral Bay - Exmouth (153 km)

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

Bayview, Coral Bay

Australia

Grade: Standard

Type: Hotel

Bayview Coral Bay is a family run resort, located at the heart of the Ningaloo Reef World Heritage area that provides the ideal location to base yourselves for your exploration of Ningaloo and Coral Bay.

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Monkey Mia Dolphin Resort, Shark Bay

Australia

Grade: Standard

Type: Hotel

Located on the renowned Dolphin Beach one of the world’s best natural dolphin sighting areas, Monkey Mia Resort epitomises the laid back atmosphere of the region and is the ideal place to base yourself for exploration of the surrounding area.

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Mantarays Ningaloo Reef Resort, Exmouth

Australia

Grade: Superior

Type: Hotel

Mantarays Ningaloo Reef Resort is located in Exmouth Marina on Sunrise Beach; the gateway to the world heritage listed Ningaloo Reef and Cape Range National Park.

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Cable Beach Club, Broome

Australia

Grade: Superior

Type: Hotel

Cable Beach Club Resort and Spa provides the ultimate place to unwind, with Indian Ocean sunsets, a variety of experiences on offer, an award winning spa and delicious fresh cuisine.

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