Follow this link for a personal view and photos of this tour provided by Rowena who travelled in July 14′.
Day 1 – Perth to Cervantes
The start of your adventure! You’re picked up in a comfortable coach bus and your belongings are stored in a spacious trailer, as your tour guide takes you through Metropolitan Perth. You drive down to the artsy harbour town of Fremantle, where the streets are lined with buskers and seagulls, and up past the state’s most popular strip of blue and bright beaches, including Scarborough and Cottesloe. Meanwhile, the bus is gradually filling as passengers are picked up along the way, and conversations begin to flow between your fellow travelers.
You’re driving out of Perth, about 42 kilometers, in the direction of Yanchep National Park, a place noted for it’s cave’s, extensive native bushland, and koala colony. There you get up close and personal with the koala’s and kangaroo’s and enjoy walking through sun soaked eucalyptus and grass tree’s. If you’re there at the right time, you may find yourself in a canoe on an adventure down tranquil Moore River. You watch the sun set over the rock stars of the West Australian outback, the Pinnacles. Formed roughly 30,000 years ago by natural erosion, the limestone pillars are fascinating and peculiar to behold. Tonight you sleep snug at accommodation in Cervantes.(L,D)
Day 2 – Cervantes to Kalbarri
Your bus is headed further north, along the coast. You have a quick break in Dongara, a seaside town, where you sit at the bay with some morning tea, and watch fishing boats pass on by. After a little more driving, you’re at Greenough Wildlife Park, a privately owned, rescue and rehabilitation park for West Aussie animals.
The park has been saving hurt and orphaned animals for more than 30 years. You take a look around, at the emu’s, kangaroo’s, dingoes, crocodile and birds, then have the opportunity to cuddle a joey or have a native snake slither along your arms. You get a glimpse at the bizarre horizontal tree’s of Geraldton, as you pass on through to Hutt River Province, a separate country within WA, the size of Hong Kong, with 18,500 acres of largely untouched farmland.
There you will meet Prince Leonard, the man responsible for the Independent Sovereign State, since 1970. You will browse through his rare, historical collections of crystals, coins and letters. If you’re traveling between June and November, you may see some migrating humpback whales from the cliff tops of the coastal gorges in Kalbarri. Each year the whales travel up the coast to the Kimberley for their seasonal migration. Your night is spent at Kalbarri Backpackers.(B,L,D)
Day 3 – Kalbarri to Monkey Mia
You’re up with the sun, heading to Kalbarri National Park where you’ll walk down 400 million year old red rock, into the famous Z bend gorge, where 150 meters below, a freshwater pool awaits you. For those adventurous souls and outdoor types, you can enjoy an optional Abseil into the gorge for $30.00. Then you’re setting your sights on Nature’s Window, where you can sit in a natural rock arch, with panoramic views of the magnificent Murchison River.
After lunch the bus enters the Midwest Outback, a land of more sheep and fewer people. You drop into the strange, isolated and beautiful Hamelin Pool for a peak at the Stromatalites, the oldest and largest living organisms on the earth. Geologists have claimed a visit here is like looking back in time, at the face of the earth about 3.5 billion years ago. You’re soon stepping out of the bus, in the World Heritage area of Shark Bay, and onto Shell Beach, a place where white shells of all sizes form the beach. Tonight you’re in the shallow bayed town of Shark Bay, for a breathtaking sunset, and a sleep at the Nanga Beach Hotel.(B,L,D)
Day 4 – Monkey Mia to Coral Bay
Today you visit Monkey Mia Cove, a popular tourist destination, famous for being one of the most reliable meeting places for dolphins in the world. The water is turquoise and clear as you get the chance to encounter these beautiful bottle nose creatures up close, and for a lucky few, to feed them. A tour guide tells you about the different schools of dolphins that visit each day, as they splash and smile at you just meters from your feet. Then you’re off to Eagle Bluff, a cliff top look out, where you can spot all sorts of marine life, from squid, to sting rays, to sharks all in the one biodiverse area. Back on the bus, you’re heading even further north, and the landscape becomes more vast, flat and extraordinary. Locals call the area Big Sky Country, and it’s easy to see why, as you spot Hawks flying above you on the second longest straight road in Aussie.
You won’t forget tonight. You sleep under the stars in a remote outback Sheep Station shearers quarters, 114 years old, you take a dip in their private stretch of ocean, and then later you’re toasting marshmallows on a rustic fire. The ambience and solitude of this outback area is all you need for a good nights rest. (B,L,D)
Day 5 – Coral Bay to Exmouth
The day ahead is blissful. You spend the day at Coral Bay, a tropical oasis that sits right on the Tropic of Capricorn. Coral bay, aptly named, is home to around 250 species of thriving coral and 500 species of fish, and marks the beginning of the world acclaimed Ningaloo Reef. Not to be missed. Its soft white beach and blue seamless water will have you aching for a snorkel (there is the option to hire some for $10).
Whether you decide to spend the day lazing on the beach, or jump on a glass bottom boat, the day is yours to enjoy and the sun is there to bask in. Later in the afternoon you jump on the bus again for a short trip into Exmouth. You settle in for the night at the Potshot resort. (B,L,D)
Day 6 – Exmouth Overnight
Sea creatures big and small call this place home, and it’s no wonder why, it’s unlike anywhere you’ve visited yet. Today you are given the choice to do as you like or join the tour bus in a venture to idyllic Turquoise Bay, another Ningaloo hot spot, where wild sea turtles are spotted almost every day.(Click here for more info) Whale shark tours (March to June) are also available for those who fancy a swim with the graceful, gentle giants.The placid plankton feeders are the world’s largest living fish, known to reach lengths of 13 meters. If you choose to snorkel or dive with them, you spend your day (8am-4pm) on a boat out in the big blue. If you are traveling one way with us (6 Day Tour), your tour finishes this afternoon. If you are returning to Perth (8 Day Tour) with us, tonight your overnight accommodation is included, Potshot Resort.(B,L)
Day 7 – Exmouth to Northampton
7:00 am departure, you travel on the bus south down the highway towards the overnight stop at the Old Convent at Northampton where spooky things can happen. The convent was built in 1919 and sits next to the Largest Parish Church in West Australia. The bus will stop regularly along the way regularly for anything you may see of interest also fuel, lunch, smoke, toilets etc. (B,L,D)Overnight – Old Convent Northampton (Dorms). (B,L,D)
Day 8 – Northampton to Perth
Traveling down the highway further you arrive back in Perth at the departure point approximately lunch time….(B,L)
Exmouth to Perth Slingshot 2 days – $200.00 per person includes one nights accommodation, 2 Breakfasts, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner Departs Sundays from Exmouth arrives in Perth Monday midday.