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7 Day Ningaloo Reef and Karijini National Park Walk

(Itinerary in reverse)


Day 1: Arrival Day – Exmouth and Ningaloo Coast World Heritage Area

GETTING THERE: Guests will need to fly to Exmouth in Western Australia on the morning of day one of the tour. Qantas and Virgin operate regular flights from Perth to Exmouth. Flights from Perth to Exmouth are 2-hours duration.

ITINERARY: Welcome to Western Australia. Guests will need to fly today from Perth to Exmouth anytime during the day. Make your own way to your accommodation at the Mantarays Ningaloo Beach Resort (for departures from May 2025 onwards) which will be home for the next two nights. Meet your guide at 3:30pm in reception. Tonight you’ll enjoy dinner featuring modern cuisine served with wine.

7 Day Karijini National Park & Ningaloo Reef

 

Day 2: Ningaloo Reef Whale Shark Experience

ITINERARY: After breakfast, the guides will transfer you to today’s activity – Swim with the gentle Whale Sharks
For adventure lovers and nature lovers, nothing compares to the exhilaration of swimming with the gentle giants of Ningaloo Reef – the whale sharks. The World Heritage-listed Ningaloo Reef is one of the largest, most reliable, and best-managed whale shark aggregations in the world. An estimated 300-500 whale sharks make their way to Ningaloo annually between March and August. Mark Norek Life’s An Adventure MD said… “However, this is only a rule of thumb and when we did the tour in September we did swim with the whale shark. The crew did say they also look for Humpback whales and Manta Rays. On the tour we saw all three marine animals. End of the day you can be not so lucky, but the tour was amazing and the Coral alone was well worth the day out let alone swimming with Whale sharks- It was the best day tour I have ever done!”

After our day’s activities, all guests return to our accommodation at Mantarays Ningaloo Beach Resort with the remainder of the day at leisure. Tonight enjoy dinner in the restaurant served with wine while you talk about our day’s adventures.

7 Day Karijini National Park & Ningaloo Reef

 

Day 3: Drive to Charles Knife Canyon then onto Cheela Plains Station

TRAIL NOTES: Charles Knife Canyon – 5km, 2 hours. Moderate Grade.

TERRAIN: Uneven, rocky and unmodified terrain but a good, well defined track. Largely flat walk with some small inclines.

WALK ITINERARY: After a hearty country breakfast, today we head west, it will take you much of the day to drive to our destination but there is plenty to see along the way, particularly Western Australia’s famous wildflowers. While wildflowers vary in abundance with the seasons, and from year to year, there is always something interesting and colourful in flower and this section of road is renowned for its swathes of purple Ashburton pea, yellow flowering sennas (cassias) and acacias, purple mulla mullas and the iconic Sturt’s Desert Pea. On route, we will also visit the spectacular lookout for views over Charles Knife Canyon and enjoy a walk around the area. We then continue on to our accommodation at Cheela Plains Station, a family-owned and managed cattle station located in the semi-arid, pastoral rangelands of the Pilbara with a unique environmentally-centred grazing system. We enjoy traditional country hospitality and a fabulous home-cooked meal with wine.

7 Day Karijini National Park & Ningaloo Reef

 

Day 4: Cheela Plains – Hamersley Gorge – Karijini Eco Retreat

TRAIL NOTES: Hamersley Gorge Walk 1km, 3 hours return. Moderate to Difficult Grade.

TERRAIN: There’s a short descent into the gorge. Expect some rock-hopping and uneven ground but a well formed trail.

ITINERARY: After a hearty breakfast, we drive approximately 3 hours to Karijini National Park and head straight to the awe-inspiring Hamersley Gorge. Your walk today takes in the contrasting ecosystems of the Pilbara, as we descend from the dry plains into the cool, shady greenness of the gorge where you will marvel at the contrasts between the red rock, lush ferns and the clear pools hidden below. This is a dramatic gorge, full of colour texture and reflections and a great spot for a swim. There are several lookouts giving spectacular views of the Karijini gorge system. After a glorious day exploring you check into your luxury glamping accommodation at the Karijini Eco Retreat which will be home for the next three nights. Then, enjoy a fabulous dinner with wine at Alfresco Restaurant while watching tonight’s rich, colourful, long-burn sunset typical of outback Western Australia

7 Day Karijini National Park & Ningaloo Reef

 

Day 5: Dale Gorge and Knox Gorge

TRAIL NOTES: Dale Gorge and Knox Gorge Walks – 5.4km, 5 hours. Moderate to Difficult Grade.

TERRAIN: There are some good dirt paths but today’s walks are largely on uneven, rocky and unmodified terrain. Be prepared for some scrambling over rocks and a small amount of ledge walking. In and out of the gorge’s are steep, short ascents with steps.

WALK ITINERARY: After a hearty breakfast our guides take you on a series of short but challenging walks today as you explore Dale Gorge and Knox Gorge. Today you will witness how the power of water has shaped Karijini. There are impressive waterfalls, and deep, cold pools as well as spectacular lookouts. This morning we’ll walk into Fortescue Falls (approx 1.5hrs), enjoying various breaks along the way with optional swimming before walking to Fern Pool. We’ll then transfer to Know Gorge. This is an ancient part of our Earth where the slow but impressive process of erosion has carved out a unique landscape from rocks that are more than 2,000 million years old. Afterwards we return to our accommodation for relaxation followed by dinner served with wine.

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Day 6: Mt Bruce

TRAIL NOTES: Mt Bruce Walk – 9km, 6 hours. Difficult Grade.

TERRAIN: The trail varies from easy, gentle gradients to sections of steeper terrain and one short section that requires scrambling up a rock chute, with some exposure.  Overall it is a clear and well defined trail, with sections on uneven, rocky and unmodified terrain. Total climb is 450m in elevation change.

WALK ITINERARY: You will rise above it all today, for spectacular views across the Spinifex-clad Pilbara landscape. You will climb to the summit of Mt Bruce, Western Australia’s second-highest peak, at 1,234 metres above sea level. The Aboriginal name for Mount Bruce is Punurrunha and while the summit trail has some steep and rocky sections many walkers regard this as one of the finest and most exciting mountain walks in Western Australia. It is also a great chance to see some of Western Australia’s unique wildlife including the Pebble Mound Mouse and Rothschild’s Rock Wallaby. We will all walk halfway up Mt Bruce, at this point those who wish to continue to the submit to enjoy a lunch with a view with continue with one guide, while the rest of the group descends the mountain to enjoy lunch back at the Eco-Retreat.  Option to go to Joffre Gorge for a swim. After our walk, we make our way back to our accommodation to relax before enjoying dinner and wine in the restaurant.

7 Day Karijini National Park & Ningaloo Reef

 

Day 7: Walk Hancock and Weano Gorge and transfer to Paraburdoo Airport (4 or 6pm flight)

TRAIL NOTES: Hancock & Weano Gorge Walks total – 2km, 2 hours. Moderate Grade.

TERRAIN: Like the other gorge walks, there are some good sections of dirt paths but also some uneven, rocky and unmodified terrain. Be prepared for some scrambling over rocks and a small amount of ledge walking.

WALK ITINERARY: After a hearty breakfast, we’ll head out to explore two of Karijini’s finest and most famous gorges – Hancock and Weano. The drive will take approximately 3-hours. The walks are challenging in places, with some wading through water and clambering over rock ledges, but these are not difficult walks and the gorges are truly amazing. At times, the gorge walls are just an arms-length apart and the rich red colour and banding of the rock is simply breathtaking. You will discover beautiful jade pools nestled deep within the gorge complex, including the famous Handrail Pool. These walks are a photographer’s paradise. After this spectacular last adventure, we’ll drive 2-hours to Paraburdoo where guests can fly onto Perth to end this fabulous journey.

DEPARTING: Flight from Paraburdoo to Perth (flying time 1h 45mins). From Perth flights can be booked to your home port.

*At the time of creating this tour we based departure dates around scheduled flights. Unfortunately schedule changes with airlines are a possibility. If you cannot find flights which match the arrival and departure date to our itinerary, clients (at own expense) will have to book a pre or post night accommodation (booking details for accommodation can be found in this predeparture information).

 

This is an all-inclusive tour with no hidden extras:

PACK-FREE WALKING:

  • Pack Free Walk – Carry only a day pack

WOW-MAZING EXPERIENCES INCLUDED:

  • Spectacular Ningaloo Reef Whale Shark experience

BEST ACCOMMODATION IN EACH AREA:

  • 3 nights accommodation at Karijini Eco-Retreat
  • 1 nights accommodation at Cheela Plains Station
  • 2 nights accommodation at Mantarays Ningaloo Beach Resort (for departures from May 2025 onwards)

SUPERB MEALS & WINE:

  • Complimentary Australian wine served with evening meals
  • 6 x delicious restaurant dinners featuring beautiful local produce
  • 7 x packed lunches
  • 6 x breakfasts
  • Fresh fruit and trail mix to enjoy during your walk

GUIDES & TRANSFERS:

  • Professionally guided – Our CEO’s (Chief Experience Officers) are passionate, well trained and enthusiastic with the ability to bring to life a depth of information
  • Transfers to/from the walk each day
  • National Park Fees
Contact Us
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    Guests can meet this tour at our Life’s An Adventure Premises:
    29/6955 Arthur Highway, Port Arthur.
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  • Email: walks@lifesanadventure.com.au
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